Sunday, March 22, 2015


This Week in Kindergarten
March 23 - March 27

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will finish up our unit on the letter Bb and begin our next unit on the letter Rr.  Our newest memory word is the word of which we will focus on when reading and writing in class.  We will continue to work on sentence writing and adding details to our writing by using describing words.  We will also learn about the exclamation mark and how it changes the way we read sentences.  *Word Lists for Semester 2 Units 1-2 will be posted on the homework page this evening.*

Math:
This week in math we will finish Topic 10 and begin Topic 11:  Decomposing Numbers 11-19.  During topics 10 and 11 our main focus has been using 10 to build larger numbers.  For example:  10 and 1 is 11 or 10 and 5 is 15 and 16 is 10 and 6.  We will continue to review addition and subtraction problems daily as a warm-up to our math instruction. 

Religion:
This week during religion we are turning our focus back to the Very Hungry Caterpillar as our focus for Lent.  We will work on making our own caterpillars, creating a stick puppet set, and painting a caterpillar Lent prayer.  We will join PK-2nd for Stations of the Cross on  Friday before our Easter Celebration. 

Science:
This week during science we will finish up our unit on Healthy Eating.  We will reread one of my favorite stories, Strega Nona by Tomie DePaola as we talk about the grain group and review all 5 food groups before taking a few days off from science/social studies to have fun read aloud times for some great Easter stories!

Notes & Announcements:
Save the Date Reminders:  Tuesday, June 9th we will celebrate our Kindergarten year at Patapsco State Park from 10:00/11:00 (flexible arrival time) until 2:00.  Friday, May 29th we will visit the Carrie Murray Nature Center for our Spring Field Trip. 

Wacky Tacky Day:  Student Council is sponsoring a Wacky Tacky Day on Friday (March 27th) for a donation of $2.00.  All money raised will go toward Operation Rice Bowl. 

Easter Celebration: We will have our Easter celebration this Friday (March 27th) from 1:45-2:30.  We will have a snack and egg hunt on the playground!

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

Sunday, March 15, 2015


This Week in Kindergarten 
March 16 - March 20

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will finish up our last unit in SuperKids Semester 1.  We will begin Semester 2 - SuperKids Club on Wednesday and will focus on the letter Bb.  We will also be working on the structure of writing friendly letters and practice writing friendly letters as a whole group.  We will also be working on learning about plurals and how to change words from singular to plural by adding "s" to the end. 

Math:
During math this week we will be working on making the numbers 8, 9, and 10 using addition sentences.  We will begin Topic 10 (Composing Numbers 11-19) on Thursday.  During this unit, we will focus on adding to 10 to make larger numbers.  For example 10+2=12 and 10+4=14.

Religion:
This week during religion we will work through our Kindergarten Growing In Love book.  Please return your Parent Connection Family Life book by Wednesday, March 25th.  If you did not hand in your permission slip and would like your child to participate in Growing In Love instruction this week, please send in your permission slip tomorrow or write a note in your child's folder giving permission for your child to participate. 

A Note About Mass - Due to the standardized testing schedule Kindergarten will not attend mass this Friday at 11:15.  K and PK will attend at STEM assembly at 10:30 then K will go to specials as usual.  Next Friday (March 27),Kindergarten will join PK-2 next week for Stations of the Cross followed by our Easter Celebration.

Science:
This week in science we will continue to work through our Healthy Eating unit.  We have focused on the fruit and vegetable group so far and will focus on the dairy, protein and grain groups this week. 

Notes & Announcements:

IMPORTANT SCHEDULE CHANGE - With the extension of the school year due to snow days, Kindergarten's Last Day of school will now be Tuesday, June 9th.  Our reservation at Patapsco State Park has been changed from June 5th to June 9th.  Kindergarten's last day at school will be Monday, June 8th and we will celebrate our year as a class at the Tire Park on Tuesday, June 9th. 

Spring Field Trip - Our spring field trip will be on Friday, May 29th.  We will go to the Carrie Murray Nature Center and will participate in two programs:  Five Senses Nature Walk and Birds of Prey

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

Sunday, March 8, 2015


This Week in Kindergarten
March 8 - March 13

I think we will have a full week this week!!  It will be nice to get some momentum going as we move toward Easter Break. 

As we were only in class one day last week and half of that was spent on our field trip to Goucher College, the look at this week will closely mirror that of last.  Completing several of the SuperKids student book pages at home for snow day activities will be extremely helpful in moving into our last Unit of Semester 1.  It will be my goal to begin that unit this week.   

We have a little more flexibility in Religion, Math and Science to pick up where we left off week before last and still be in good shape to complete everything by the end of the year.  For a look at what we'll be up to in Religion, Math and Science please see last week's post. 

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

Sunday, March 1, 2015



This Week in Kindergarten
March 2 - March 6

Language Arts:
This week in LA, we will meet our last SuperKid - Hot Rod and learn about the letter Hh and the /h/ sound.  We will also be doing activities to celebrate Read Across America Day!  On Monday, Mrs. Schratz will read The Cat in the Hat on fun/silly hat day.  On Thursday, I'll read my favorite Dr. Seuss story Fox in Socks on fun/silly sock day!  On Friday, we will watch a fun Dr. Seuss video with PK. 

Math:
This week in math we will finish up our first set of Addition/Subtraction units by completing a lesson on deciding if a story problem is an addition problem or a subtraction problem.  On Thursday, we will begin Topic 9 - More Addition and Subtraction where we will focus on determining different ways to show numbers through addition.  For example - 4 can be shown as 2+2 or 3+1. 

Religion:
This week in religion we will continue to focus on Lent.  We will read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and make our clothes pin caterpillars.  On Friday, we will join our 8th grade buddies for mass at 9:00.

Social Studies/Science:
This week in we will finish up our US Symbols unit in Social Studies by reading and writing about the White House.  We will have a "finish-up/review" day before beginning our next Science unit - Healthy Eating.  Students should be able to give at least one fact about all of the US Symbols we studied:  the American flag, the bald eagle, the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell and the White House.

Notes & Announcements:

March Homework:  March homework is posted on the class blog and will come home in your child's folder tomorrow.  The SuperKids word list document has had a make-over!  All the words for the first semester of SuperKids are now listed - we will work to complete Unit 12 and Unit 13 by the end of next week.  I recommend reviewing these lists regularly - feel free to print them out to choose one list to practice daily during homework time.

Field Trip Wednesday:  On Wednesday, we will join 1st and 2nd grade on our field trip.  Please keep in mind we will not have snack on Wednesday.  We will return in time to have our regular lunch and afternoon schedule. 

Early Dismissal Friday:  School will dismiss at 12:25 on Friday.  Aftercare is available for those pre-registered for Friday - the registration form can be found in the Friday Flyer. 

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


Sunday, February 22, 2015


This Week in Kindergarten
February 23 - February 27

Language Arts:
This week in Language Arts we will work to finish up Unit 11 - Ettabetta.  We've worked to recognize the short /e/ sound at the beginning and in the middle of words and have practiced handwriting for both uppercase and lowercase Ee.  We are continuing to work on handwriting daily and practice using letter sounds already introduced to encode words for writing - the class is doing EXCELLENT!  Please continue to review the SuperKids Word Lists (document can be found on the Homework Page of the blog).  Students should be working to read these words with little support as all the sounds have been introduced and practiced in class. 

*Please keep in mind that making the jump from recognizing letter sounds to blending them together to decode (sound out) words clicks right away for some children and takes more practice for others - this is completely appropriate in Kindergarten  - the more practice the better!)*

Math:
This week in Math we will fully focus our attention on subtraction.  Subtraction is a more difficult skill than addition and having the number fluency to move between addition and subtraction is a skill that we will practice throughout the remainder of the school year.  This week we will focus on using the minus and equal signs to write subtraction number sentences (equations).

Religion:
This week in Religion students will work on a Lent Reminds Us Of Jesus interactive book and we will continue to review the meaning of Lent as a time to grow closer to God.  Students will also be introduced to the Stations of the Cross and will join Grades 1-2 on Friday for a video explaining the stations.

Social Studies:
This week in Social Studies we will continue to work through our US Symbols unit.  We will focus on the bald eagle and Liberty Bell.  We will read nonfiction books on both symbols and complete a page for each symbol in our US Symbols Informative Writing books.

Notes & Announcements:
March Field Trip:  Payments and permission slips for our March 4th field trip are due this Friday, February 27th.
Small Miracles Animal Rescue Donations:  THANK YOU for all of the donations for our 100th Day community outreach project!  Mr. Weatherholtz and I took 146 cans of dog/cat food to the shelter last Thursday!  They were very appreciative of our support! 

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

Sunday, February 8, 2015


This Week In Kindergarten
February 9 - February 13

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will be working on finishing up our SuperKids unit, Frits.  We've worked on identifying the /f/ sound at the beginning of words and using it in encoding (writing) and decoding (reading) activities.  We will also be working on oral listening skills and sequencing skills using the read aloud I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Rose

Math:
This week in math we will take time to review addition before officially moving on to our first subtraction unit.  We will review addition by building snowmen, playing a dice addition game and using skittles to complete addition sentences! 

Religion:
This week in religion we will work on another project for February Senior Lunch.  Students will decorate envelopes and fill them with hearts containing bible verses about God's love.  These will go upstairs along with the Valentine's Day cards made on Grandparent's Day for Senior Lunch.  Students will also learn about St. Valentine and make St. Valentine paper bag puppets. 

Holiday Read Alouds:
During the afternoon we will take a couple of days to complete seasonal/holiday activities. We will be rereading The Snow Globe Family and working on a writing piece - If I lived in a snow globe....  We will also read a fun Valentine's Day story and make a fun ladybug "love bug" as a holiday craft. 

Notes & Announcements:
Substitute Monday & Tuesday:  I will be out of the building both Monday and Tuesday of this week.  I will be attending the State Kindergarten Teacher Conference in Towson which I always find extremely motivating and inspiring!  I will be returning on Wednesday with LOTS of fun new ideas!  Ms. Cramer will be leading the class with Mrs. Ross assisting. 

100th Day Outreach Project:  MANY THANKS for all the dog/cat food that has been donated to the classroom!  We have certainly met (and exceeded) our goal of 100 cans!!  We will be conducting our official count on the 100th Day of School and I will deliver the cans the following Thursday to the shelter. 

Valentine's Day Celebration: We will be celebrating Valentine's Day in the classroom on Thursday from 10:30-12:00.  Please make sure to send in both valentines and valentine containers for the celebration. 

Early Dismissal & School Closed:  Please keep in mind that Thursday is an early dismissal day and Friday/Monday school is closed. 

Have a Wonderful Week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz

Sunday, February 1, 2015



This Week in Kindergarten 
February 2nd - February 6th

Language Arts:
This week we will meet our newest SuperKids - Frits and begin to learn about the letter Ff.  We will be continuing to build our reading skills by reading and writing lots of words from the SuperKids word lists.  This week we'll focus on adding details to our writing and learning to write questions.

Math:
This week in math we will finish up our first addition unit and move into our first subtraction unit - Understanding Subtraction.  During the addition unit students have learned several strategies for solving addition problems:  counting on (putting larger number in head and continuing to count from there), using fingers (for lower numbers as needed), using manipulatives (using an object to represent number sets) and drawing pictures.  We will be learning to do the same for subtraction problems in Topic 8.

Religion:
This week in religion we will focus on the Character Counts pillar of Respect.  We will watch several respect videos and read several stories about respect then create a writing piece on Friday:  "I show respect when I..."

Social Studies:
This week we will begin our next Social Studies unit:  US Symbols.  Throughout the unit we'll focus on five different US symbols starting this week with the American Flag.  During this unit we will work on fulfilling one of our writing standards as well.  We will be working on using nonfiction texts to write complete an informational writing piece. 

Notes & Announcements:
Homework:  Homework over the next two weeks will consist of our two February Projects (Valentine's Day valentines and containers and 100th Day Posters).  We will NOT be sharing any homework on Friday during this time.  A February Homework Menu will come home mid-month for the last two weeks of February. 

100th Day Service:  We're off to a GREAT start toward our goal of donating 100 cans of wet dog/cat food to Small Miracles Dog and Cat Rescue.  Thanks so much for your support!!  We'll begin counting cans this week and we'll keep you posted :)

Save The Date:  Permitting we do not extend the Kindergarten year due to snow days we will be celebrating the last day of Kindergarten (June 5th) at Patapsco State Park.  (If this date changes I will let you know as soon as I know.)  On this day, Kindergarten students DO NOT come to school but meet at the park with family/friends to celebrate the last day of Kindergarten.  Specific information will be coming home as we move closer to the end of the school year.

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