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 husband,Pat, shares my passion for education and was a K-8 principal in Sedgwick; he is now retired. Our son, Kelly, graduated from K.U. and is a reporter for the Kansan. Our daughter, Kirstie, graduated from W.S.U. 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 15th 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                        

* 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 "How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity." Psalm 133:1. 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 teaching your children and having the best year ever!


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

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

Band: Imagine Dragons          Color: lime green, turquoise     Sport: Volleyball

                                                      & red



Welcome SMCS 2019-20 5th grade class!






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