St. Ethelreda School

Catholic Elementary School

"Educating Tomorrow's Leaders"

Welcome to the St. Ethelreda web site. Our school is located at 8734 S. Paulina in Chicago, IL.

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Teacher Talk: 1st Grade Fun Days

First grade class finishes up the school year with “Fun Days!"
The students participated in several activities that were connected to different subjects that they learned this year.
  1. Money: Students had a Children’s Store where they bought and sold different articles using play money.
  2. Spelling Bee Contest: Students used all the words they learned in spelling, including the high - frequency words.
  3. Other fun activities were: Snuggle UP Reading, Addition & Subtraction Math Bee, and a Coloring Contest.
Congratulations to the following winners:
  • Spelling Bee - 1st place: Zachary, Antoine, & Elijah
  • Addition Math Bee - 1st place: Heavyn, 2nd place: Antoine, Trey, & Daecobi
  • Subtraction Math Bee - 1st place: Kintrell, 2nd place: Bryan
  • Coloring Contest - 1st place: Ashley, 2nd place: Christian, 3rd place: Elijah
Pizza Party & Game Day: Students’ hard work and efforts gave them a great reward - a Pizza Party!!

Thanks, first grade and everyone who contributed to Teacher Talk all year long!


Teacher Talk: 3 in 1

It's the last week of school, and St. Ethelreda is abuzz with activity. In our final Teacher Talk post of this school year, we have 3 contributions rolled into one awesome post.

Preschool: Painted Ladies
Ms. Jordan, Ms Seaton and the Pre-3 class celebrate the arrival of spring in our classroom by watching caterpillars transform into butterflies. We welcome five (5) caterpillars to our classroom. They arrived in a small container already stocked with special food to help them grow.

Most of the children called the caterpillar’s worms and wanted to know why we had bugs in our classroom. I want them to understand that this is a part of our classroom learning experience. Many books were read about caterpillars and butterflies. I showed the children pictures of the different stages of butterflies and what to expect during the caterpillars transformation to become butterflies.

The children were amazed to actually see the caterpillars’ growth each day. They invited their siblings and friends from other classrooms to share their science experience. We saw the caterpillars spin what is called silk around their bodies. The silk harden and became what is called chrysalis. The caterpillars crawled to the top of the container and got into an upside down position. They stayed in this stage for five days. I removed the chrysalis from the small container and placed them into a larger home.

On the sixth day to our surprise, we had one, two, three, four, and five butterflies which developed into adult Painted Ladies. We sprinkled sugar on sliced oranges and placed them inside for the butterflies to eat. Immediately they began to eat and fly around their new home.

Art activities were also done. Each child colored a caterpillar and placed it on a pair of paper wings to make a butterfly. We combined our butterflies together and made a mobile. We pretend that our paper butterflies are flying around the classroom.

Wow! Caterpillars to butterflies right before your eyes. We also learned three new big words transformation, chrysalis and metamorphosis.

Science Experiment: The Egg Drop Challenge

Ms. Finn submitted this Teacher Talk entry about recent Junior High science experiment she had the students complete. It's called "The Egg Drop Challenge".

This year’s junior high science project was a technological design challenge called the “Egg Drop” in which students created a container that would prevent a raw egg from breaking when dropped from a height of 15 feet. Students used their knowledge of the concepts of gravity and Newton’s laws of motion to design their containers following the strict specification requirements for size and mass.

Although the challenge proved to be more difficult than anticipated, the project was a “smashing” success! With great anticipation, students dropped their containers (with a raw egg inside) from the balcony of the Church building. Points were assigned according to whether the egg was broken or intact and whether the container was in or out of the target area.

We congratulate the following students for their winning designs:

8th Grade

  • Gevonte Clark and Mariah Wimberley – 1st
  • Joseph Pointer and Raeshawn Pierce – 2nd
  • Joshua Wright and Tranayle Fortineaux – 3rd
7th Grade
  • Razell Cash and Robert Jackson – ***High Score for Junior High***

6th Grade
  • Robert Gholston and Terrance Roberts – 1st
  • Anthony Peoples and Dirk Jordan – 2nd
  • Deja Starks and Dejaniria Ferguson – 3rd

3rd Grade: Study Island

Mrs. Johnson's 3rd grade class is working on our new Study Island program on-line. This program is designed to enhance students skill in Reading and Math.

Third grade has been studying multiplication and division of whole numbers. Study Island has different modes for students to work at their on: game or test mode.

Students log in under their own names and work at their own pace to complete a topic. As students progress through a topic, the difficulty increases.
Once a student masters a topic, they receive a blue ribbon for that topic.

Thanks to all our teachers over the whole school year for your contributions to Teacher Talk and the St. Ethelreda website!


Thank you, Cardinal George!

We were honored to have Cardinal George visit St Ethelreda School on May 27, 2009.

The Cardinal was greeted on the red carpet by Principal Spells and others from St. Ethelreda. He said mass for the school, which was followed by a spirited assembly. Then, Cardinal George toured St Ethelreda, visiting classes and taking questions from our students. The visit ended over lunch where the Cardinal met with Principal Spells and members from the St. Ethelreda Board.

It was a great day for our school.

Thank you to Cardinal George and to all who attended.


June: School's Out

It's hard to believe the 2008-09 school year is almost over. The calendar of June 2009 events is available.

St Ethelreda lawn signs (shown below) are in and will be distributed during the last week of school.

Please show the neighborhood your Eagle Pride in St. Ethelreda School all summer long! And don't forget our EAGLE1 Scholarship Program:
  • 2 months free tuition for new families
  • 1 month free tuition for current families referring a new family that signs up
Peaceful, positive and productive... all summer long!


St. Ethelreda School welcomes Cardinal George

Our school is receiving a very special visit from Frances Cardinal George on Wednesday, May 27th from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Cardinal will celebrate mass, greet students and have lunch with Principal Spells and the school board. What a blessing it will be to have Cardinal George grace our school with his holy and inspiring presence!



Welcome to our new web site.

St. Ethelreda School provides an excellent Catholic, spiritual, and academic program for its students. Our motto is "Educating Tomorrow's Leaders", and many of our graduates continue on to attend the finest Catholic high schools across Chicago.

Principal Spells talks to some children

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We'd love to hear from you. The more you learn about St. Ethelreda, the more you'll understand why parents choose to send their children to our school, and why our graduates make such an impact in high school and in life.

If you're already part of the St. Ethelreda family, then welcome to our new web site. The site is a beginning, a work in progress. The content of the site will grow significantly over time for students, parents, prospective families and benefactors.