Monday, December 26, 2016

Thank you!!

Dear Middle School Students and Parents,

I want to thank all of you for your very generous Christmas gift. I am overwhelmed.  Also, thank you for your warm welcome to the St. Mary's community over the past several months.  I feel very blessed to be part of this wonderful school.

Best wishes for a marvelous holiday and I look forward to seeing everyone in the new year!

Mrs. Janaskie


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

12/20 Homework Posted

Don't forget your non perishable food items and unwrapped toys!  Thanks

Sunday, December 18, 2016

12/18 Reminders

Don't for get to bring your canned goods  and unwrapped toys in this week!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

12/8 Homework updated

6th Grade Parents:

Emergency!!  Our classroom is about to run out of tissues!!
Could you please send a box or two in with your 6th grader sometime in the next few weeks?

Much Thanks,
Mrs. Janaskie

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016


Monday's homework for Language Arts and Literature are posted on my grade level pages.

Have a nice evening.

Friday, September 2, 2016

We had a GREAT first week!

Well we made it through the first 3 days!  I enjoyed meeting all of you and look forward to getting to know you even better.  We will begin to look at narrative writing and review some grammar basics next week in Language Arts.  In Literature, we will focus on getting ready for Shakespearience on Friday.  Even 6th grade will begin to explore some background information about William Shakespeare.

Here is a picture of 6th graders: Sophia, Michael, Hayden and Faith who were the only middle school team to have their marshmallow tower upright by the end of the challenge! Everyone did a great job on this activity and I hope you learned a little bit about teamwork and collaboration.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

August 31,2016

It was a pleasure getting to meet everyone today.  I think we are off to a great start!

No homework in 6, 7 or 8th grade Language Arts or Literature tonight.

See you in the morning.

Mrs. Janaskie

Friday, August 26, 2016

Hello from Mrs. Janaskie!

Dear 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Students and Parents,

I am so excited to join the St Mary's Middle School team and to be your Language Arts and Literature teacher.  We are going to have a wonderful year together and I am looking forward to getting to know each of you!

Let me tell you a little bit about myself and my family.  My husband, Paul, and I moved here last August from Bethesda, Maryland with our three kids and black lab, Junie.  We have a son and a daughter in college, and our youngest son attends Northwest Catholic High School.  All of our children attended Catholic parochial schools, from kindergarten to 12th grade.

We have enjoyed getting settled here in Connecticut; it is truly a beautiful state.  I must confess, however, that we are still not used to seeing bears and turkeys in our backyard!!

My professional life began after I received my Master's degree from the University of Rochester.   I worked as a healthcare policy analyst in New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. mostly focusing on the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs. Next, I spent 14 years as a full-time mom (i.e. a part-time chauffeur, school lunch angel, soccer fan, and Girl Scout leader!).  In the summer of 2015 I completed my M.Ed. at the University of Maryland and became a teacher.  During that time, I spent a  year teaching 5th grade in Howard County, Maryland.  I am a life-long learner and want to support a love of learning in others.  I can't wait to get started!!

I hope you are enjoying the last days of summer.  I will see you all soon!

Mrs. Janaskie