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Saint Mary's Kindergarten Class Celebrates Learning to Count to 100 for "100 Days in School"
Saint Mary's Kindergarten Class Celebrates Learning to Count to 100 for "100 Days in School"

SPRING LAKE, Mich., May 31, 2011 - Seventeen kindergarten students in Judy Tejchma’s class at Saint Mary’s Parish School are extending an invitation to the general public to be their guest at the school to help them celebrate learning to count to 100 at an upcoming “100 Days in School” event on June 8, at 9 to 11 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. in the kindergarten classroom.

Saint Mary’s School is located at 421 east Exchange Street in Spring Lake.  Judy Tejchma has served as kindergarten teacher there for 23 years and previous to that served as a teacher for nine years at Sacred Heart School in Muskegon. Her 32 years as a teacher will come to a close upon her retirement on June 10, with a party planned in her honor on June 12 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church Activity Center, adjacent to the school.

“We are asking that any person in the community who wishes to attend bring in a canned good item for our Saint Mary’s Food Pantry,” said Judy Tejchma.

All visitors to the event will be counted by the kids, plus they will receive a tootsie pop sucker and a kindergartner will read visitors a poem.  Visitors also will be asked to sign the students’ guest list.

“On 100s Day we have lots of fun activities planned with the kindergartners.  They all have to bring in 100 items from home that they have counted by themselves,” said Tejchma.

In addition, visitors at the event will observe children completing dot-to-dot activities that go to 100.  Plus, the kindergartners will regroup 100 stickers, either by 2s, 5s, 10s, 25s or 50s.  There will be ‘100 day stories’ plus songs.  Children also will be counting 100 insects and more,” said Tejchma.

"100's day is so rewarding for the students. They have accomplished so much during the year and we have been keeping track of our days in kindergarten since the first day in September,” said Tejchma.

Everyday since September kindergartners have counted on a number line and added a new number. When they got to a 10's number, they called it a “zero hero day” and they ate a “Zero” (vanilla wafer). They also count by 2's and 5's and 10's on their number line.

“The kids have been anxious to get to 100 for a long time. One-hundred is a special number for kids. They wish to see parents, grandparents and people from the community to come in to be counted," said Tejchma.

Anyone from the community may attend this event, which is open to the general public.  Anyone interested in obtaining further information should contact Judy Tejchma, kindergarten teacher with Saint Mary’s School at:  616/842-1282.

Saint Mary’s Parish School is fully-accredited by the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools.  Over 180 students are enrolled at Saint Mary’s Parish School in first-through-eighth grade.

Saint Mary’s Catholic Church has served the community for 140 years.  Father Dan DePew serves as parish priest for the Saint Mary’s School and church.  Mike Devitt serves as principal of Saint Mary’s Parish School.