Sunday, November 16, 2014



This Week In Kindergarten
November 17 - November 21

Language Arts:
This week in language arts we will meet our sixth SuperKid, Sal and learn about the letter Ss.  We will focus on learning the /s/ sound, handwriting uppercase and lowercase Ss and identifying /s/ at the beginning and end of words.  We will learn about the difference between nouns and verbs and how we use each in writing.  We will work on writing a list and using that list to create a picture book about sports.  We will also begin to work on identifying the problem and solution of a story. 

Math:
This week in math we will finish up Topic 4 by comparing and ordering numbers 0-10 and learning how to use a number line to solve math problems. 

Religion:
This week in religion we will continue to focus on the things we are thankful for as we approach Thanksgiving.  We will be creating pumpkin stick puppets, building an interactive "Thank You God" book and creating Thank You God for (Student Name) turkeys.  We will join our 8th grade buddies at mass on Friday at 9:00 - all families are welcome to attend.

Social Studies:
This week in social studies we will review needs and wants and learn about goods and services.  This week will conclude our social studies unit for November.  We will continue working in Social Studies in December as we begin our Christmas Around the World unit when we return from Thanksgiving break. 

Have a great week!!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz

Monday, November 10, 2014



This Week In Kindergarten
November 11 - November 14

Language Arts:
This week in Language Arts we will finish up Unit 5 - Doc.  We will be focusing on using the /d/ sound at the end of words and we will begin blending practice with the letters that have been introduced so far.  During morning work, we will continue writing practice as we write sentences in our November Words Books.

Math:  
This week during math we will continue to work through Topic 4 - Comparing Numbers 0-10.  We will be working on identify numbers that are 1/2 more/fewer than a given number and determining numbers that are greater than/less than 5 and 10. 

Religion:
This week during religion we will be working on meal-time prayer plates in preparation for Thanksgiving.  Next week, students will bring home 4 meal-time prayers to share with their families. 

Social Studies:
This week in social studies we will continue to work through our Long Ago and Today unit focusing on transportation.  We will also begin to discuss the difference between needs and wants.

Notes & Announcements:
Food Collections:  The whole school is collecting canned goods throughout the week and the primary team is collecting peanut butter/jelly for the month of November.  Thank you to everyone who has already donated!  We've had a great response so far!!

Field Trip:  Thank you to everyone that was able to chaperon our fall field trip to Sharp's Farm.  I was very pleased with how well the class did!  They were attentive and participated wonderfully during the presentations!! 

Have a wonderful week!! 
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz

Sunday, November 2, 2014



This Week In Kindergarten
November 3 - November 7

Thank you to everyone who volunteered, set-up trunks and donated supplies/snacks for our Halloween celebration on Friday!!  Because of you the class was able to have a super fun afternoon!!  Thanks so much!!

Language Arts:
During this short week we will be focusing on the letter Dd and the /d/ sound at the beginning and end of words by working through our SuperKids unit all about Doc.  We will continue to review rhyming words and blending sounds together to form simple words.  This week we will write both uppercase and lowercase Dd.  Unit 5 (Doc) is the first unit that contains a word list - this list will be included in the November homework packet which will come home on Monday. 

Math:
This week during math we will focus on comparing numbers 0-10 using the vocabulary more/less, greater than/less than, and more/fewer.  We will continue to practice patterns, days of the week/months of the year, and counting skills during our morning meeting routine. 

Religion:
This week during religion we will learn a new meal time prayer, Thank You, Lord.  We will also be working in our Saint books learning/reading about St. Francis and St. Nicholas.  On Friday we will attend mass with our 8th grade buddies at 9:00 - all families are welcome to join!

Social Studies:
This week during social studies we will begin our new unit Long Ago and Today.  During this unit we will focus on a few different things including how technology/transportation/life style has changed over time and needs vs. wants.  This week we will focus on learning the vocabulary yesterday/today/tomorrow and will take a look at how clothing has changed over time and how technology has changed over time. 

Notes & Announcements:
Homework:  November homework packets will come home tomorrow.  Please remember that homework does not have to be returned daily but students should choose one homework from the week to share on Friday.  November's homework packet includes an "Enrichment Menu" which is a collection of addition items to choose from that are meant to be more challenging/problem solving based. 

School Closed Tuesday:  School will be closed Tuesday for Election Day.

Field Trip Wednesday:  We will have our fall field trip on Wednesday.  A week of trip information sheet will be in your child's folder tomorrow.

Winter Uniforms:  Winter uniforms begin tomorrow.  Kindergarten students should have on their winter uniforms beginning tomorrow with the change from shorts to sweatpants. 

Have a wonderful week!! 
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz

Sunday, October 26, 2014



This Week In Kindergarten
October 27 - October 31

Language Arts:
This week in Language Arts we will be continuing to work in our SuperKids unit for the letter Aa.  We will be focusing on the letter sounds /c/, /o/, /g/ and /a/ and using them to identify beginning, medial and ending sounds in words.  We will also be working on practicing rhyming words and learning about sentence structure (uppercase letter at beginning, spacing between words and punctuation at the end.)  On Friday we will meet our fifth SuperKid, Doc. 

Math
We will be wrapping up Topic 3 in math this week by working on a problem solving lesson and completing the Topic 3 assessment.  We will begin Topic 4 - Comparing and Ordering Numbers 0-10 on Thursday. 

Religion:
We will be adding two poems to our Poetry Folders this week during Religion - The Candy Corn Prayer and The Jack-O-Lantern Prayer.  We will also be learning This Little Light of Mine.  On Thursday we will talk about All Saints Day and begin a mini-unit on several familiar saints. 

Science:
Tomorrow we will wrap up our mini-unit on bats by completing a fact sheet.  We will use the nonfiction texts we've read in class to complete this activity.  For the rest of the week we will use our time in Science to complete several reading activities based off of Halloween stories.  We will pick back up with Social Studies on November 3rd. 

Notes & Announcements:

Halloween Celebration & Trunk-Or-Treat:  This Friday we will celebrate Halloween in the classroom with a fun celebration in the afternoon.  Students will have a fun craft to complete then come out to the back parking lot for Trunk-Or-Treating.  Afterwards, we will return inside for a snack and Halloween video to wrap up the day. 

Healthy Snack Sale:  The school nurse, Mrs. Shouse, will be running a healthy snack sale on Thursday.  Please see the Friday flyer for specific information about the sale.  If your child will be purchasing anything from the sale please place their money inside their lunch box so they can grab it quickly and independently during the sale. 

Uniforms:  This is the last week for summer uniforms.  Beginning next week (November 3rd) Kindergarten students may not wear shorts.  The Kindergarten winter uniform is navy sweatpants, grey/yellow t-shirts, and navy school sweatshirts.  Students may take their sweatshirt off when needed but may not wear shorts again until spring.  If your child's change of clothes is summer attire and you would like to switch it out for winter attire please send the winter clothes in a labeled Ziploc bag and we will switch the bags. 

THERE IS NO HOMEWORK THIS WEEK - PLEASE KEEP READING NIGHTLY AND HAVE LOTS OF FUN PREPARING FOR A FUN HALLOWEEN ON FRIDAY!!

Have a wonderfully spooky week filled with many more treats than tricks!  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!!
Mrs. Weatherholtz

Have a wonderful week


Sunday, October 19, 2014



This Week In Kindergarten
October 20 - October 24

Thank You to all families that were able to attend conferences on Friday!  It was a busy day but it was wonderful to be able to touch base with 24 families!  

Language Arts:
This week in Language Arts we will begin our fourth SuperKids unit.  We will be meeting the SuperKid, Alf and learning all about the letter Aa (at this point in the year we will focus on the short /a/ sound).  This week we will also work on recognizing words that can be found in the -AT family which will help us practice listening for the middle /a/ sound and rhyming words. 

Math:
This week in math we will continue to work through Topic 3.  We will be focusing on the numbers 6-10.  We will take a look at building each number using counters on a tens frame as well as writing each of the numbers correctly.  We are working as a whole group to create a mini anchor chart for each number which will include the number word, number in tally marks, a picture to represent the number and a set of counters arranged in tens frame format. 

Religion:
In celebration of the school wide Character Counts week we will be focusing on reading about each of the pillars of good character in religion.  The pillars are:  trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship (TRRFCC).  We will be joining our 8th grade buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.  Noah's Ark puppet sets will also come home this week. 

** Practice at Home:  In Language Arts we're beginning to practicing the reading skill of retelling - using these puppets to retell the story of Noah's Ark is a great way to practice this important reading skill. **

Science:
This week in science we will finish up our unit on Seasons and begin a mini unit on Bats in celebration of Halloween.  We will learn lots of bat facts and do a fun bat art project to go along with our readings!

Notes & Announcements:
Character Counts Week!  This week we are celebrating CC! week as a whole school.  Please see the Friday flyer for information on the fun activities that are occurring this week.  Remember, tomorrow is the day we dress in CC! colors - Kindergarten will be in PURPLE.

Halloween Bingo is Friday!!  Hope to see lots of families there!

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

Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz

Monday, October 13, 2014



This Week In Kindergarten
October 14 - October 16

Language Arts:
This week in Language Arts we will finish up our SuperKids unit focusing on the letter Gg and the /g/ sound.  We have been practicing identifying words that begin and end with the /g/ sound as well as writing uppercase and lowercase Gg.  Lowercase g can be challenging because it drops below the bottom line on lined paper - dry earse practice using lined paper (especially the "ice cream" paper given out at Back to School Night) can be helpful.  We will also work on sequencing the events of a story as a whole group and work on our first Halloween craft :)

Math:  
This week in math we will finish up Topic 2 and begin Topic 3 (Numbers 6-10).  We will continue to work on showing numbers in different ways - tally marks, using fingers, drawing pictures, using objects, and within tens frames.  We will also learn to write the numerals 6-10.  Patterns will continue to be reinforced through our calendar routine, as will days of the week and months of the year.  Within calendar time we are also practicing counting each day as we mark each day of school.

Religion:
In religion we will be finishing up our Noah's Ark puppet set and students will practice retelling the story of Noah's Ark using their puppets.  These sets will come home next week.  We attended our first mass last Friday and the whole class did a wonderful job!

Science:
This week in science we will finish our All About Seasons unit and be ready to begin a mini-unit on bats next week!

Notes & Announcements
Field Trip Permission Slips & Payments are due Thursday, October 16th.

Parent - Teacher conferences will be held on Friday.  School is closed for the day with conferences beginning at 8:00 and ending at 5:15. 

Have a wonderful week!!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz

Sunday, October 5, 2014



This Week In Kindergarten
October 6 - 10

Language Arts:
This week in language arts we will begin working through our student books for the SuperPet Golly.  Throughout this unit we will focus on the letter Gg and the /g/ sound at the beginning and end of words.  We will continue to practice rhyming words and review the letters Cc and Oo daily.

Math:
This week in math we will work toward finishing up Topic 2 - Comparing Numbers 0-5.  We will continue to practice the vocabulary more, fewer, and same as.  We will also work on identifying ordinal numbers (first, second, third, etc.).

Religion:
This week we will begin our first religion project of the year as we begin to make stick puppets to act out the story of Noah's Ark.  We will join our 8th Grade buddies for our first mass on Friday, October 10th. 

Science:
In Science, we will continue to work through our first unit of the year - Seasons.  We will be reading many nonfiction texts about the seasons and working to complete our All About Seasons book. 

Notes & Announcements:
Homework:  We will have our first "Homework Sharing" time on Friday - please send in one written or electronic piece of homework to share with the class. 

Trunk-or-Treat:  We will celebrate Halloween with our 3rd Annual Kindergarten Trunk-or-Treat on Friday, October 31st.  You have already received some information from our room parents via e-mail and will be receiving a paper with specifics this week in your child's folder.  This fun event will take place toward the end of our school day (set up can begin between 1:15 and 1:30) with trunk-or-treating in the back parking lot then a snack and Halloween video in the classroom to finish up our day! 

Early Dismissal:  On Friday, October 10th we will dismiss at 12:25.  Aftercare will be available for those that register in advance. 

As I will be traveling back to Baltimore from SW Virginia, I will not be in school tomorrow but will return ready for a great week on Tuesday.  Ms. Cramer will be filling in tomorrow.  Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the above information.  Have a wonderful week!  Let's Go O's!!

Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz