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

Sunday, September 28, 2014



This Week in Kindergarten
September 29 - October 3

Language Arts:
We will finish up our second SuperKids topic this week learning about the letter Oo and the short /o/ sound.  On Thursday, students will be introduced to the third character from the SuperKids series - Golly the SuperPet!  We are working very hard on handwriting each day and at this point students should be writing uppercase C and O and lowercase c and o appropriately on lined paper.  We are also working to write our names with a uppercase letter at the beginning and lowercase letters throughout.  At the end of the week, we will begin focusing on how to write sentences using correct format - uppercase letter at the beginning, spacing between words and punctuation at the end.

Math:
This week in math we will continue to work through Topic 2 - Comparing Numbers 0-5.  We are focusing on identifying groups that have more and fewer, specifically 1 more/2 more and 1 fewer/2 fewer.  The class is doing very well learning to navigate their math workmats as well as using manipulatives responsibly!  I am very proud of their hard work!!

Practice At Home - The vocabulary words more and fewer seem simple enough but it takes practice for students to become fluent in mental math skills.  "Fewer" tends to be more challenging for students than "more".  You can practice this skill quickly at home by giving your child story situations for them to think about.  For example:  I have 2 cupcakes.  You have 1 more than me.  How many cupcakes do you have?  I have 4 gumballs.  You have 1 fewer than me.  How many gumballs do you have?  etc.

Religion:
We have finished up for first religion take home packet God Creates the World.  Be on the look out in your child's folder - these packets will come home this week so your child can share their hard work with you!  We will move next into the story of Noah's Ark.  This year students will be making a stick puppet set to help them remember and retell the story.  Kindergarten will attend our first mass with our 8th Grade buddies on Friday, October 10th - all families are welcome to join us in church.  We are planning to meet our buddies for the first time on Monday, October 6th. 

Science:  
Tomorrow we will finish up our first Social Studies unit - Community Helpers.  On Tuesday, we will move in our first Science unit - All About Seasons.  

Notes & Announcements:
Picture Day is Friday, October 3rd.  Students may wear free dress for their pictures.  If your child wears dress shoes to school, please make sure they have appropriate shoes for recess.  For girls wearing dresses, I recommend wearing shorts or leggings under dresses for outside play time.

Things Coming Home:  Please check your child's folder daily as there will be lots of important things coming home this week (field trip information, October homework, October Scholastic Order Forms, picture day forms).

Individual Behavior Charts:  Many students are close to filling up their first individual behavior chart for the year.  When your child's chart is filled they will have three choices as a celebration - free dress pass, sharing time, extra library book from Mrs. Miller.  When your child chooses, there will be a card in their folder indicating their choice.  Free dress passes can be used any time except days there is mass.  

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place Friday, October 17th.  Sign-up information will be coming from the school office soon. 

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 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