Monday, May 25, 2015



This Week In Kindergarten
May 26 - May 29

Language Arts:
This week we will finish up our work with the letters Xx and Yy and will begin our last unit of the year on the letter Zz and the /z/ sound.  We be reviewing all letters, letter sounds and handwriting for each letter.  We will find out how the SuperKids wrap up their year and begin reading "The SuperKids Album".  We will take our end of the year name/letter/number writing assessment at the end of the week. 

Math:
This week in math we will continue to work through our Step-Up to First Grade lessons.  This week we'll focus on Lessons 5-7 and review subtraction.  Students will also be introduced to fact families and review counting by 10s and base ten counting. 

Religion:
This week in religion we will finish our Thank You God For My Five Senses books and take time to reflect on our religion work over the past year. 

Science:
This week in science we will finish our unit on Plants by completing our Plant Parts Flip Book and creating Plant Parts and Needs posters. 

Notes & Announcements:
8th Grade Buddy Activity: Kindergarten students will meet with their 8th Grade buddies for the last time on Tuesday afternoon.  8th Grade students have a very special project to give to their Kindergarten buddies.  These projects will be in your child's folder tomorrow afternoon. 

Spring Field Trip:  Our Spring Field Trip to the Carrie Murray Nature Center will be this Friday.  Information will come home mid-week regarding the specifics for the trip. 

Looking Ahead - After Care:  Last week's Friday Flyer contained sign-up information about Before Care and After Care for June 1st - June 12th.  If your child needs before/after care on those days please fill out the form and return to school with payment via your child's folder by Friday, May 29th. 

Looking Ahead - Moving Up Day:  Kindergarten students will participate in Moving Up Day on Wednesday, June 3rd from 1:00-1:30.  They will visit with Mrs. Claytor in First Grade and have the opportunity to chat with her about what first grade is like and check out the classroom!  Students returning to SAS for first grade will receive a letter from Mrs. Claytor in their folder after they visit her classroom.  

Looking Ahead - Summer Birthday Celebrations:  We will be celebrating summer birthdays in early June.  Families of those celebrating summer birthdays will be sending in birthday treats on the following dates:
  • July Birthday Celebration - Wednesday, June 3 (2:00-3:00)
  • August Birthday Celebration - Friday, June 5 (1:15 - 1:55)
Looking Ahead - End of the Year Picnic:  Information was sent home regarding our End of the Year Picnic at Patapsco State Park.  This information will be resent as a reminder early next week.  Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the picnic. 

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

Sunday, May 17, 2015



This Week in Kindergarten
May 18 - May 22

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will finish up our unit on the letter Jj and begin our last SuperKids student book of the year!  We will begin our unit on the letters Xx and Yy mid-week.  We will be focusing on two memory words this week:  said and you.  As we work through our last unit we will be reviewing reading and writing skills that have been introduced and practiced throughout the year. 

Math:
This week during math we will be working on the End of the Year assessment for EnVision math.  Students will take the assessment online throughout the day Monday and Tuesday.  During math time we will be beginning our Step-Up to First Grade unit which will introduce the class to the format of the First Grade workmat as well as review and build upon skills we've learning throughout the year.  The class is VERY excited to begin these new First Grade lessons!

Religion:
This week in religion we will work to finish up our God Gave Me Senses unit by focusing on the sense of touch and smell.  We will join our buddies for our final mass together on Friday to celebrate the First Communion of our second graders.  Mass will be followed by the May Procession and the crowning of Mary.  Students are asked to bring in a flower for the Kindergarten class vase on Friday.

Science:
This week in science we will continue to work through our Plants unit.  We will learn the function of the leaves and flowers of a plant.  On Thursday we will begin the first of two activities that will reflect our learning about plants.

Notes & Announcements:
Kindergarten Class Shirts:  Orders and payment for Kindergarten class shirts are due tomorrow (Monday).  I will submit the order early in the week to ensure the shirts are printed and delivered before our End of the Year Picnic on June 9th.

Early Dismissal Friday:  Friday is an early dismissal day.  Students will be dismissed at 12:25.

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



Sunday, May 10, 2015



This Week In Kindergarten
May 11 - May 15

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will be working in the K/Qu unit of our SuperKids curriculum.  We will be reading a play titled The Glum Princess.  We will be working on story vocabulary in each act as well as identifying story elements such as characters, problem, solution, and setting.  We will move into our next unit (Letter Jj) at the end of the week. 

Math:
This wee during math we will continue to work in our Shapes unit.  We will focus on the flat surfaces of 3D shapes as well as how 3D shapes move using the vocabulary words roll, stack, and slide.  We will also work on creating 2D shapes out of other 2D shapes.  For example:  How many triangles could I use to make one hexagon? 

Religion:
This week in religion we will be working in our God Gave Me Senses unit.  We will be doing reading and writing activities for each of the five senses. 

Science:
We will be beginning our last Science unit of the year this week - Plants.  This week we will begin learning about plant parts and the role of each part.  We will focus on seeds, roots and stems this week. 

Notes & Reminders:
Mother's Day "Thank You!" - Thank you to everyone that attend our Mother's Day celebration on Friday!  It was a wonderful day to spend time together and the class could not have been more excited to welcome you into our classroom! 

Kindergarten Class Shirt Order Form - You will see an order form in your child's folder tomorrow for our Kindergarten Class Shirt.  Orders are due Monday, May 18th.  

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

Sunday, May 3, 2015


This Week in Kindergarten
May 4 - May 8

A Note About The Week:
This week will be a bit different as Kindergarten students will be taking the Scholastic First Grade Readiness Test.  To administer this test, I split the class into three groups.  Each day (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), one group will complete the test in the classroom with me.  The rest of the class will be with Ms. Cramer completing their Language Arts and Religion activities for the day.  The test covers both LA and Math topics that we've worked on through the year.  The duration of the test is 80 minutes.  We will take a break after each section and will take a longer break for snack mid-way through the test.  I plan to be testing from 9:15-11:25 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  This test is not an "admission" test for first grade, rather it gives myself and Mrs. Claytor an overview of any skills that should be reviewed over the summer and at the beginning of next year to ensure a smooth transition into first grade.  If you have any questions regarding the Scholastic testing please let me know. 

Language Arts:
This week during Language Arts we will move into our next SuperKids unit on the letters Kk and Qq.  We will learn about the letter sounds and writing both letters correctly.  This unit will also introduce students to the structure of a play with the story The Glum Princess.  During Science, we will be taking a few more days to complete Mrs. Wishy-Washy related activities.  Last week, we focused on fiction story elements.  This week we will focus on non-fiction reading about ducks, cows, and pigs.  We will complete labeling activities and use information from text to complete are-have-can papers. 

Religion:
This week during religion students will work on two interactive books:  God Gave Me Senses and Signs of New Life.  Students will also work on finishing their special Mother's Day projects. 

Math:
This week during math we will continue to work in our Shapes unit.  We will focus on our last 2D shape (hexagon) and move into 3D shapes where we'll learn about spheres, cylinders, cones, and cubes. 

Notes & Announcements:
Mother's Day Celebration:  We will celebrate Mother's Day this Friday (5/8/15) with extra recess on the playground and a snack/celebration in the classroom.  We're looking forward to having Mom's join us in the classroom!!

Field Trip Permission Slips & Payments:  Permission slips and payments are due Friday, May 8th for our Spring Field Trip on May 29th. 

End of the Year Picnic:  Our End of the Year Picnic will be held at Patapsco State Park on Tuesday, June 9th.  It will be a BYOL (bring your own lunch) picnic with a short program and lots of play time at the Tire Park!!  More specific information will be coming home as we near the end of the year. 

May Homework:  A "Countdown to Summer" homework calendar will be in your child's folder tomorrow (copier permitting - it was down at the end of last week for repairs.............hopefully we'll be back up and running tomorrow). 

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

Sunday, April 26, 2015



This Week in Kindergarten
April 27 - May 1

Language Arts:  
This week in LA we will finish up our unit on the letter Vv and begin our unit on the letter Ww.  We will also be working in two stories:  "The Pet Hospital" and "Lily & The Wigwogs".  Both of these stories will be available through the online portal by the end of the week.  This week in science we will take time between science units to practice several reading skills we've worked on throughout the year.  We will be reading Mrs. Wishy-Washy and practicing identifying story elements  and retelling/summarizing stories.  Next week, we'll work on tying in nonfiction stories about cows, pigs, and ducks and review labeling and using nonfiction texts to answer questions.

Math:
This week in math we will move into our Shapes unit.  We will begin this week with 2D shapes (rectangles, square, circles, triangle).  We will also be practicing sorting skills.  Over the course of our shapes unit, we will be reviewing skills we've practiced throughout the year including addition and subtraction. 

Religion:
This week during religion we will continue to read bible stories from one of our favorite bible story books - Jesus' Calling.  We will also be working to complete our special Mother's Day project.  Next week we will begin our final religion unit of the year:  God Gives Me Senses.

Notes & Announcements:
Race for Education & Spring Fling:  Both the Race for Education (morning) and Spring Fling (afternoon) will take place this Friday.  Kindergarten typically participates with the first race group beginning around 9:00.  I will pass along any information that indicates otherwise.  Kindergarten will explore the Spring Fling from 2:00-3:00 on Friday.  If you will be attending the Spring Fling with your child from 2:00-3:00 please come to the classroom at 1:50 to meet your child.  All Kindergarten students should report back to the classroom at 3:00 for dismissal instructions.

Elkridge Food Pantry Donations:  Many thanks for all of the canned food donations that have come into the classroom during the month of April (and all year long!!).  April donations will be taken over this week.

Spring Field Trip:  Permission slips and payments are due Friday, May 8th for our Spring Field Trip to Carrie Murray Nature Center.

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

Sunday, April 19, 2015


This Week In Kindergarten
April 20 - April 24

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will begin our next SuperKids book containing three new units - Pp, Vv and Ww.  We will begin focusing on the letter Pp and the /p/ sound tomorrow.  We will also be focusing on using strong describing words in our writing.  Students will be introduced to synonyms - we will begin by making a list of words that we could use in place of the word "good".  We will also discuss the meaning of singular possessive words in sentences such as Golly's collar is brown or Sal's baseball is in the bus.

Math:  
This week in math we will continue to work through our measurement unit.  Last week we focused on the vocabulary height, length, taller(est), and shorter(est).  This week we'll focus on measuring volume/capacity and weight.

Religion:
This week in religion, we will continue to read aloud bible stories and work on our special Mother's Day project.  We will join our 8th Grade buddies at mass on Friday.

Science:
This week in science we'll finish up our mini-unit on protecting the Earth and celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday by watching the movie  Fern Gully (with popcorn!) during the afternoon.  On Thursday, we'll begin our Science unit on living and nonliving things which will serve as a beginning to our unit on plants. 

Please Note:  Lots of information came home Friday in your child's folder as well as in the Friday Flyer.  Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the many upcoming events/activities.  

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

Sunday, April 12, 2015


This Week In Kindergarten
April 13 - April 17

Welcome Back!!  Upon returning from Spring Break, we really kick into "get ready for 1st Grade" mode!  I find that this is a very exciting time for Kindergarten as students are becoming more confident in their academic skills!  Hold on tight - April and May always FLY by!  We have a lot to accomplish in a small amount of time so we'll be hitting the ground running - here's a look at our week:

Language Arts:
We will finish up our unit on the letter Nn and the /n/ sound on Tuesday and move right into our next unit - Mm on Wednesday.  Outside of the letter Mm and the /m/ sound, we'll be focusing quite a bit on writing.  This week we will discuss writing multiple sentences on the same topic (at this point, we'll be doing a lot of writing as a whole group with guided teacher instruction).  We will continue to work on decoding (sounding out) as we read (and reread) stories from our SuperKids student books. Continuing to practice reading books on the Online Portal is GREAT at-home practice.

Math:
We have finished up our addition/subtraction topics in math and will be moving into the last portion of our EnVision curriculum.  We'll begin our unit on measurement tomorrow and students will be focusing on measurement vocabulary:  length, height, weight, capacity, longer/est, shorter/est, taller/est.  We will continue to review addition/subtraction daily during transitions, calendar-time and during our math warm-up.

Religion:
Over the next few weeks we'll be working on a very special (and top-secret) activity for our Mother's Day celebration.  We will begin each day with a bible story from the class' favorite bible story book, Jesus Calling, and prayer then work on our project.

Science:
This week we will begin our science mini-unit Caring for the Earth.  We will focus on ways to help take care of the Earth and practice informative writing each day be recording a way to care for the Earth from our non-fiction reading.

Notes & Announcements:
Dates to Remember:  

  • Race for Education/Spring Fling - Friday, May 1st.  If you're in need of volunteer hours, contact the school office for information on volunteering for the Race for Education and/or Spring Fling.  
  • Mother's Day Celebration - Friday, May 8th.  *More information to come*
  • Spring Field Trip - Friday, May 29th.  *More information will come home Friday*
  • End of the Year Picnic - Tuesday, June 9th.  *More information to come as we near the end of the school year*
Summer Uniforms:  Student may begin wearing spring uniforms tomorrow.  Winter uniforms may still be worn on cooler days.  Please see the student handbook (Student Handbook) for information on summer uniforms.  

April Homework:  April homework will be in your child's folder tomorrow.  You can also find the April homework menu on the Homework page of the class blog.

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