Battle of the Book List 2017-18


The Masterminds

Gordon Korman

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Welcome New Staff

St. Mary Catholic School is excited to welcome Mr. John Pescitelli who will teach 4th grade.  He returns to Newton where he taught middle school science.  Thank you for joining our St. Mary team.

Please pray for all of our staff as we begin the 2017-18 school year very soon!


2016 Wichita Diocese Banner School Award

St. Mary Catholic School is proud to announce that the Wichita Diocese awarded it's prestigious Banner School Award in 2016 to our school!  Only two school in the diocese were chosen for this award and it's the second time in three years that St. Mary has been chosen.  We thank you for all of your help and support of our school and share this award with all of our friends and benefactors!

You can read the article from the Newton Kansan at this link:


Upcoming Events

Welcome to 5th Grade!

Welcome to the fifth grade! Hi! I'm Mrs. Breckunitch!

I am so excited for the upcoming school year!  I'm looking forward to working with the fifth graders! Fifth grade will be an interesting year filled with exciting learning activities, time to nurture our spirit and grow closer to God, Our Father, and adventures galore!

My wonderful husband, Patrick, shares my passion for education and is a K-8 principal in Sedgwick. Our son, Kelly, graduated from K.U. in 2009 and is a reporter for the Kansan. Our daughter, Kirstie, graduated from W.S.U. last year and is teaching First Grade at Ortiz Elementary School in Wichita. Both of our children attended Catholic schools in Salina, KS. Some hobbies that I enjoy are reading, gardening, cooking and scrapbooking.

This will be my 12th year teaching fifth grade at St. Mary Catholic School and I truly LOVE our school family! I taught for 25 years in the Catholic schools in Salina, KS. This included first, second, fourth and sixth grade. I enjoyed teaching students of all ages; although I must admit that I LOVE teaching fifth grade!

I believe in using teaching strategies that students can apply to real world situations.  Discipline is important, yet should be approached thoughtfully with "Love & Logic".  Most importantly, I love teaching in a Catholic  school because of the following:

1) I have the opportunity to help mold students to be disciples of Christ.

2) Religion can be integrated into every subject and aspect of the school day.

3) I'm able to encourage students to live their faith and be a bright and positive light in

    our world.

There are many experiences to look forward to in fifth grade like:

* Buddy Projects                  *  Field trips                     * Electives with the Jr. High  

* Band                                * Learning centers             * Battle of the Books (B.O.B.) 

* Religion Bowl                    * Native American Unit       * Saint's Wax Museum

Our theme for this school year is "I am the vine; you are the branches" (John 15:5) As we begin our new school year may we keep what's most important, MOST IMPORTANT in our daily lives - our Catholic faith. I'm looking forward to getting to know you and having the best year ever!


Saint: Kateri Tekakwitha          Holiday: Christmas                 T.V. Show: "The Voice"

Movie: "Avatar"                      Food: Enchiladas, Tacos          Game: Settlers of Catan

Band: MisterWives                  Color: lime green, turquoise    Sport: Volleyball

                                                      & red