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November 30, 2016

Friday Dec. 9th at 7:30pm &

 Saturday Dec.10th at 5:00pm

Monsignor Clarke School Gymnasium

$10 Adults, $5 Students

Tickets now on sale!

Order forms in the office!

A Christmas Carol
Don't Forget Your Baked Good!

Each family is asked to donate one baked item for the bake sale table.  Please drop off your item to the MCS gym  (individually wrapped and ready to sell) between 10am and 2pm on Saturday, December 3rd.

Important Dates

Book Fair 11/28 to 12/4  

Christmas Festival 12/4/2016

December PTO Meeting 12/7/2016 at 7pm:

Report Cards 12/9

Annual Christmas Concert featuring MCS Band 12/15/2016 at 6:30pm

(Please note: children must arrive by 6 pm)

                     NO SCHOOL 12/12                     Parent/Teacher Conferences


  MCS Christmas Festival

Please HELP us make this year's Christmas Festival a success!  If you could volunteer 2 hours out of your day we would greatly appreciate it....  We need all hands on deck to make this a HUGE success!

Message from the Principal
            During the summer, my wife and I enjoy traveling.  Last summer, we traveled to Finland, Russia, Estonia, Norway, Denmark and Sweden.  All of these countries operate under the Nordic Model. The Nordic model includes a combination of free market capitalism with a comprehensive welfare state and collective bargaining at the national level. It’s a system that works very well for them and its success is largely based upon cultural and demographic characteristics that we, in the US, would likely find difficult to replicate.  As an educator, I was particularly interested in the educational programs of the region, especially that of Finland.  Finland , was once poorly ranked educationally with a pompous bureaucratic system that provided low-quality education and large inequalities. It now boasts the best readers in the world!  Below are a few of the  interesting and stimulating facts about their educational system that appear to mirror those found in most private or religiously based schools, like MCS.  
  • They have national curriculum's with goals and subject areas, but teachers are free to teach the way they want. MCS staff enjoys this freedom as well.
  • Finland is largely a homogeneous population similar in all the indicators that might impact educational performance.  MCS families, by in large, also share this distinction.
  • They have the same curriculum for all students. At MCS, we may adjust the pacing, mode of instruction or evaluation for an individual student, but not the content of their program
  • They have a liberal approach to curriculum; teachers are allowed to choose their own textbooks and to customize  their lesson plans.  MCS staff enjoys this same freedom.
  • No high stakes testing, only for college admission (or, in our case, admission to competitive Catholic high schools)
  • Finnish and MCS teachers are not evaluated based on student scores on standardized tests
  • If learning problem is noted in Finland or at MCS, diagnostic testing of student is used early and frequently, and if necessary, intensive intervention is provided or recommended.
  • Finnish and MCS teachers visit each other’s classes to observe their colleagues at work
  • Instruction in Finnish schools (and at MCS) caters to the needs of the different types of learners in terms of their skills and interests
  • High achieving Finnish and MCS students serve as role models for their less advance classmates
  • In Finnish and MCS preschool, socialization into school culture and learning to work together with other children is the central rule
  • Finnish and MCS teachers have regular contact with parents
  • Finnish and MCS parents provide strong models to their children relative to the importance of education and the need to be invested in their programs.
  • Finnish and MCS students study in a relaxed & informal atmosphere
  • The Finns and MCS staff believe learning to read is the key to all the rest of learning
  • When Finnish and MCS students are let out, they are allowed to attend after school programs such as dance, music, and art
       As you can see, MCS embodies many of the strong attributes associated with Finnish schools. Decades ago, when the Finnish school system was badly in need of reform, the goal of the program was never excellence. It was equity. All students deserve the best we have to offer.  The school’s responsibility is to help each student to have access to the best we have to offer. That’s a goal, we at MCS, happily share with our peers in Finland.

God Bless,
Dr. F

Important Announcements
  Important message from
Olivia Barber,
8th grade:

      I recently learned that teens often get overlooked in traditional toy drives, and decided to start a Teen Gift Drive for my 8th grade service project. (Because teens are moody enough without getting gypped at Christmas). I have  partnered with The Jonnycake Center and The Narragansett Housing Authority, and have made an Amazon wish list and items can be purchased from the list and drop shipped right to me at school.  Or if you would rather purchase a gift locally that would be great too. Items can be sent into the office with my name on them. Just click on the link below to see the list. Or go to and search for Teens for teens RI wishlist

 Please consider buying a gift for a needy teen This Holiday season.

Thank you, and Happy Holidays !


School's Out Camp
Monday, December 12th

Since we won't be having school on Monday, December 12th due to Parent/Teacher Conferences we will be hosting a School's Out Camp with     Mrs. Whaley!  Please click the below link to register your child.

Thank You From the
233rd Military Police Company
  PTO Save the Date's

Our PTO has a lot of great activities planned.  

 Sunday, December 11th
La Salette Shrine
Christmas Festival of Lights

Saturday, December 17th
Kids Movie Night
(Date Night/Christmas Shopping)
Location: MCS Cafeteria
Sports Corner

Basketball Report Home Games

Girls JV Team played Saturday against Blessed Sacrament and lost 37-30

                     Points scored by Emily Howe 11, Dani Harriman 7,                         Bridget Mohan 6 and Marina Charette 6

Girls V Team played Saturday against St Rocco's and won!

Boys Team played Sunday at Bishop Hendricken and lost 44-25

                   Points scored by Chris Bell 2, Sean Ryan 2, Ian Mackin 7                     and Marcus Plante 14.


Sunday, December 18th
Girls basketball halftime scrimmage at
URI Men's Basketball game vs. Holy Cross
Location: URI Ryan Center
Tickets to Game to be sold in office info coming soon.

  Intramural Update

The Multi Sport program has it's last class today Wednesday, November 30th! I hope everyone that participated enjoyed it!

Basketball intramural registration is due December 9th.
Our program will be split into two groups.

Grades K-2 learning skills and drills on
Wednesdays from after school until 4pm.
Grades 3-5 will learn skills and drills on Tuesdays and
will play mini games on Thursdays after school until 4pm.

Both groups will receive a T-Shirt the for the older group
the shirt will be their Basketball Team Shirt.

 The girls on the run had their Dress Down Day to raise money for the MCS boys and girls soccer team for new soccer balls next season!
They raised $205, great job girls!

Advancement Update
  New Corporate Sponsorship Program for MCS

If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a corporate sponsor please CLICK HERE

By signing on as a corporate sponsor, you play a leadership role in helping MCS continue it's mission to promote the highest standards by providing programs and services to our students.  Partner with us today and learn how we can work together to promote your business while you make a significant difference in the lives of our students.

Contact Sara Marshall, Director of Advancement

Looking for volunteers to help with annual fund mailing.
Contact Sara Marshall if you have some free time.