Sunday, September 21, 2014



This Week In Kindergarten
September 22 - September 26

Language Arts:
This week we will learn more about our newest SuperKid, Oswald.  Through the parent portal you should be able to now access Cass' song and library book and Oswald's library book.  Oswald is interested in odd animals and loves art projects!  He will be helping us learn about the letter Oo and the short /o/ sound.  During our daily routine, we are continuing to focus on identifying and naming rhyming words as well as identifying how many syllables are in words.

Math:
This week during math we will be working on Topic 2:  Comparing and Ordering 0-5.  We will continue to practice patterns and identify both pattern units (the part of the patterns that repeats) and missing parts of patterns. 

Religion:
In religion we will be continuing to work on illustrating our own God Created The World book.  The class is learning about each day of creation and will be bringing their books home next week to share!  Grades 1-8 will be attending mass this Friday.  Kindergarten's first mass will be on October 10th.  Our older buddies (4th and 8th) will be choosing buddies this week and we will be working to set up a time for buddies to meet and get to know one another before we attend mass in October. 

Social Studies:
We are continuing to work on our Community Helpers unit in social studies.  This week we will focus on community helpers that keep us safe. 

Notes & Announcements:

Behavior Notes:  As a class we have spent the first two weeks of school learning the routines and procedures of the classroom as well as the rest of the school.  We are now moving into the "practice" stage.   The two things that take lots of practice each year are:  keeping self-to-self and following directions the first time given.  Your child will be given prompting and reminders as needed throughout the school day but talking about the rules/procedures of the classroom at home can be very helpful too.  Please refer to the behavior system hand out that was in your "Welcome to Kindergarten" packet for specifics on our class behavior system and check your child's folder daily for an update on how their day went.  Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Parent Conferences:  We will be having parent-teacher conferences on Friday, October 17th.  Information will be coming home via communication from the office as we move closer to that date.  During these conferences I quickly review your child's social/academic/behavior progress in Kindergarten to this point.  I will also have information about the Primary Team (PK-2) service project for the year and the Kindergarten report card which will go home in early December.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the above information.  Have a wonderful week!!

Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning
Mrs. Weatherholtz


Sunday, September 14, 2014



This Week In Kindergarten 
September 15 - 19

Language Arts: 
This week in Language Arts we will continue to work through our first unit, Cass.   We will be focusing on the letter C and identifying words that begin with the /k/ sound.  We will also begin to practice recognizing and naming rhyming words and syllables.  During reading instruction we will be working on identifying the difference between fiction and nonfiction text.  On Friday, students will be introduced to our second SuperKids character, Oswald.  

Math:
This week in Math we will continue working through Topic 1.  Students will be working on counting and writing the numbers 4 and 5.  We will also continue to work on identifying and building patters.  We are continuing to practice our calendar routine daily.  Students are working to learn the days of the week and the months of the year through song.  We are also focusing on identifying which day comes before/after any given day of the week.  

Religion:
This week students will begin creating their own God Created the World book in Religion.  We will also be practicing the Our Father prayer daily.  Kindergarten students will be learning who their 8th grade buddy will be in the next week or so and will have the opportunity to meet with them prior to attending their first mass in October.   

Social Studies:
In Social Studies we are moving into our first unit, Community Helpers.  This week we will be focusing on community helpers that help take care of our family - doctors, nurses, dentists, and veterinarians.  

Notes & Announcements:
Save the Date:  The Kindergarten class will have their Halloween celebration on Friday, October 31st.  We will have our 3rd Annual Trunk-or-Treat celebration from 1:45-2:30 followed by a snack, craft and video in the classroom to finish up the day.  All families are welcome attend and decorate their cars for the Trunk-or-Treat at 1:45.  More specific information will be coming home as we move closer to Halloween.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the above information.  Have a wonderful week!!

Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz

Sunday, September 7, 2014



This Week In Kindergarten 
September 8th - September 12th

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will continue to work in our first SuperKids unit - Meeting Cass.  We will focus on words that begin with the /k/ sound.  Students will be introduced to the position words top, middle, bottom in order to build a foundation for handwriting.  We will begin working on writing both uppercase and lowercase Cc this week.  During read aloud stories we are focusing on many concepts of print including parts of a book (front cover, back cover, spine, title, illustrations, text) and what roles the author and illustrator playing in writing a book.  As a part of guided writing we are also working on making lists.

Math:
This week in math we are continuing to work through Topic 1:  Numbers 1-5.   This week we will work on writing the numbers 1, 2, and 3 correctly and representing the numbers 4 and 5 using math manipulatives.  We will also continue learning about AB (red, blue, red, blue, red, blue...) and ABC patterns (red, blue, yellow, red, blue, yellow, red, blue, yellow...).  

Religion:
This week in religion we will continue to focus on God's creation of the world.  We will read the creation story from several more bible story books and begin to illustrate our own story on Friday.  We will be continuing to learn and practice the Our Father prayer. 

Social Studies:
We will begin our first social studies unit this week - My Community.  We will learn what and who makes up a community.  

Notes & Announcements:
HSA Back to School Night - The first HSA meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, September 9th from 6:30-8:00.  The primary team (K-2) will be offering two sessions to focus on introducing homework routines, the SuperKids Parent Portal and the EnVision Math online resources.  Please see the September Monthly (available on the school website) for a specific timeline for the evening.  
Scholastic Book Fair - The Scholastic Book Fair is underway in the Burke Wing!  Kindergarten students visited on Friday to browse the fun books and make a wish list.  If you are interested in browsing the book fair it will be open from 8:15-4:15 through September 11th as well as on Tuesday night for the HSA meeting.

Friday Flyer and Monthly Newsletters - Please make sure you are looking over the Friday Flyer each week and the Monthly Newsletter each month.  This is the main form of school-wide communication and there's always lots of useful information and updates included.  

Dismissal - We are beginning to move quicker with dismissal as I become more familiar with who is picking up Kindergarten students daily.  Please make sure you do not pull out of the parking lot until directed by a faculty member (typically it will be Mrs. Schratz, Mrs. Arvin or myself directing traffic in the afternoons).  This system is to ensure that everyone is leaving the parking lot as safely as possible.  Thank you for your patience - it will get smoother each week!  

Please let me know if you have any questions about the above information.  Have a wonderful week!! 
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Kindergarten Schedule

Dear Kindergarten Families,

Below is a link to our Kindergarten schedule.  It will take us a few weeks to get to the full schedule but this is where we're heading :)  Things are going really well in Kindergarten!  We've had a great start to the year!

Kindergarten Schedule

Thanks!
Mrs. Weatherholtz

Monday, September 1, 2014

This Week In Kindergarten

Dear Kindergarten Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!  I am excited to have our whole class together for our first full day tomorrow!  We will begin to work toward following our full day schedule but it will take several weeks to get to that point.  This week we will focus on lots of "getting to know you" activities so that students are able to begin to form positive friendships with one another.  Please read through the following information carefully and let me know if you have any questions.

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will do a few Back to School activities with the stories Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and The Kissing Hand.  We will also be introduced to our first SuperKid from our new Language Arts curriculum, Cass.  This week students will be introduced to their student books and will begin to learn all about the letter Cc.

Math:
This week in math we will do some exploration with manipulatives that we will use throughout the year.  We will begin Topic 1 which will focus on the numbers 1-5.  Many students come into Kindergarten with a great foundation of numbers, especially 1-10.  I use the first 2-3 topics to introduce the math routines we will use throughout the year.  We will also begin to learn our calendar routine and practice identifying and creating patterns.

Religion:
This week in religion we will begin to learn and practice the Our Father prayer.  We will also begin to explore the story of God's creation of the world in our first religion unit, God Creates the World.  In addition, we will begin to focus on our first pillar of character, responsibility.

Notes & Announcements:
  • Class Directory & Dismissal Chart
    • Over the weekend I worked to compile the information I have received so far for the Class Directory and Dismissal Chart.  Forms from the Teacher Meet & Greet are due tomorrow.  Once I have received forms from all families I will send out a draft for families to look over and make sure I have typed in everything correctly.  I will then make any corrections/addition and send out a final copy for you to have throughout the year.  Over the course of the year if any of your information changes please let me know and I will update our forms.  
  • First Week Dismissal
    • Beginning tomorrow, I will follow the information provided on the Arrival/Dismissal form.  If your child will not be following the information you provided on that form (especially tomorrow) please let me know asap via e-mail, note in your child's white folder or a phone call to the school office.  
  • Lunch Volunteers
    • I have received several e-mail regarding volunteering for lunch this week.  I would like to take this week to introduce and practice our lunch routines before we begin having volunteers come in.  We should be all set to have volunteers begin coming in on Monday, September 8th. 
    • I have not received room parent information from the school office.  As soon as that occurs I will let everyone know and they can begin working on setting up a lunch volunteer calendar for the class.
    • Thank you in advance for your understanding and we are looking forward to having volunteers with us beginning next week.  Please see the Friday Flyer for lunch volunteer training times.  All lunch volunteers much have their STAND certification cards.  
  • Back to School Night
    • Please mark your calendars for our September 9th Back to School Night (HSA Meeting).  The primary team is planning to have brief presentations regarding how you can work to reinforce skills at home through homework.  
If you have any questions regarding the above information please let me know.  Have a wonderful week!!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Another Great Day In K!!

Dear Wednesday-Friday Day Families -

Our second group had just as great of a day as the first group!!  We had time to explore parts of the school, the playground and the classroom - everyone did an awesome job moving around the school!  Although it was super hot we had lot of fun on the playground!!

Looking forward to having the whole group together on Tuesday!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz

Mark Your Calendars

Mark Your Calendars

Wednesday, November 5th - Kindergarten Fall Field Trip to Sharp's Farm 
  • We will leave school promptly at 9:15 to begin our farm tour at 10:00.  We will pack lunch for the farm and leave to return to school around 1:00.  We should return to school no later than 2:00.  
  • We can take as many chaperones as are available to attend.  All chaperones will travel with the class on the bus.  Younger siblings are not permitted.  You MUST be STAND certified to attend class field trips.  
  • Please be on the look out for additional and more specific information as we get closer to the trip date.
Friday, June 5th - Kindergarten End of the Year Picnic
  • We will celebrate our last day of Kindergarten at Patapsco State Park with a short program and lunch picnic.
  •  Kindergarten students WILL NOT come to school on this day.  
  • Arrival to the picnic will begin at 10:00 and the program/lunch will begin at 11:00 - there will be lots of time to free play at the Tire Park!!
  • Please keep an eye on your child's folder as we move toward the end of the year for more specific information about our celebration picnic.