Sunday, February 7, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten
February 8th - February 12th

Language Arts:
This week in LA we'll be catching up, reviewing and finishing up our SuperKids unit on the letter Ff. We will also meet our next SuperKid, Ettabetta and begin to work on the vowel Ee.  Our focus for the letter Ee will be the short /e/ sound as a beginning and middle sound.  We will be working on changing beginning, middle and ending sounds to make new words.  For example:  Students will be given a word such as dog and have to change it to the word log by changing one letter.  They will then have to change the word log to the word leg by changing one letter and so on.

Math:
Much like in LA, we will spend time this week in math catching up and reviewing our addition and subtraction skills.  We will be reviewing representing a sum in different ways and building fact fluency.   On Friday we will work on a fun sorting and addition activity with conversation hearts!

Religion:
This week in religion we will start the week focusing on Lent.  We will attend Ash Wednesday mass with our 8th Grade buddies at 9:00.  We will be using the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar as part of our Lent focus to help the class understand that just as the caterpillar changes and grows in the story, Lent is a time to focus on growing and changing to become closer to God.  We will also be learning about the Stations of the Cross and the Resurrection story during Lent.  Toward the end of this week we will continue our People of the Bible unit by reviewing Noah, Moses, Abraham, and David and reading about Daniel and Peter.  

Social Studies:
This week during Social Studies we'll continue with our US Symbols unit.  We've started our unit by discussing the American Flag and will continue this week with the Bald Eagle.  We'll also be using this unit to work on our informative writing skills by completing our My US Symbols book.

Notes & Announcements:
Monday, February 8th:  School IS in session on Monday.  Due to the change in schedule Hot Lunch will not be available.  There will be no Howard Co bus service.  The AOB bus and Before/After Care is available.

Rachel's Friends $2.00 Free Dress Friday!  Students may wear free dress on Friday for a $2.00 donation.  All money collected will be donated to Marian House in Baltimore.

Rachel's Friends Change Challenge:  Kindergarten is also participating in the Change Challenge to raise additional money for the Marian House in Baltimore.  Loose change donations will be collected through Friday.  Thank You to everyone that's already sent change our way!

Mark Your Calendars:  
May 5th - Mother's Day Celebration (2:00-3:00)
May 13th - Spring Field Trip (Carrie Murray Nature Center)
June 3rd - End of the Year Celebration at Patapsco State Park (This date could change depending on number of snow days throughout winter - I will relay any changes ASAP)

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

Sunday, January 31, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten
February 1st - February 5th
Catholic Schools Week

We will spend this week celebrating Catholic Schools Week with lots of extra activities including school mass, buddy activities, basketball games, a whole school dance, parent open house and much more!  As we navigate all of the fun activities we'll spend the time we have in the classroom working to get back on track from all those snow days :-)  Below is a quick peek at our week in the classroom.  Make sure to check out the Friday Flyer sent out on 1/29/16 for lots of CSW info.

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will review our focus on the letter Ff and the newest SuperKid, Frits.  We will also be completing a few February themed projects and finish up our Noah's Ark Words books we're we'll continue to focus on sentence structure.

Math:  
This week in Math we'll be reviewing making sums of 6 and 7 and will work on making sums of 8.

Religion:
We will join our 8th grade buddies for mass at 9:00 on Monday.  We will continue to work on our People of the Bible unit with a focus on Abraham and David & Goliath.   During our Parent Open House we will also be working on our February Senior Lunch Project.....Sharing God's Love.  We will be reading about St. John Bosco and St. Blaise this week.

Social Studies:
This week we'll begin our February Social Studies focus on US Symbols.   Over the course of the unit we'll learn about the American flag, the bald eagle, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty and the White House.  During this unit we'll be learning about these US Symbols while working on our informative writing skills.

Notes & Announcements:

Mark Your Calendars:
May 5th - Mother's Day Celebration (2:00-3:00)
May 13th - Spring Field Trip (Carrie Murray Nature Center)
June 3rd - End of the Year Celebration at Patapsco State Park (This date could change depending on number of snow days throughout winter - I will relay any changes ASAP)

Thursday (Feb. 4th) is a half day with a 12:25 dismissal.  Parent Open House will begin at 11:00 with classroom visits from 11:30-12:15.

Friday (Feb. 5th) School Closed

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







Monday, January 18, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten
January 18 - January 22

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will meet our next SuperKid, Frits, and begin learning about the letter Ff and the /f/ sound.  We will focus on words that begin with /f/ and words that have the ending /f/ sound.  The word list for this unit will come home Tuesday or Wednesday of this week for word practice at home.  Students can use the SuperKids word lists for reading and/or writing practice.   In class we're working on using words we know such as "dog" to create new words such as "log" or "dig" by changing either the beginning, middle or ending sound.  We will continue to practice writing in our Noah's Ark Words Books.  We are focusing on writing sentences with details and learning how to write two sentences about a given topic.

Math:
This week in math we'll be moving into the second part of addition/subtraction in Topic 9.  Throughout this topic, students will use their understanding of addition and subtraction to show different ways to make numbers 4-10.  For example:  4 = 2 + 2 and 4 = 1 + 3.  We will continue to reinforce the vocabulary term sum and will reinforce that the = symbol means "the same thing as".  For example:  4 is the same thing as 2 + 2.

Religion:
This week in religion we will continue to learn about people of the Bible.  Our focus last week was Noah and this week we'll take a look at Moses' importance in the Bible.  We will be reading about, writing about and creating a craft related to Moses this week.  We will also join our 8th Grade buddies at mass on Friday.  Families are always welcome to attend!  Mass will begin at 9:00.

Social Studies:
The next two weeks in Social Studies we'll work on several activities to build SS vocabulary (vocabulary words are listed in italic after each theme.  We will begin with Long Ago & Today (past, present, future) followed by Needs & Wants (needs, wants) and Goods & Services (goods, services).  

Notes & Announcements:
Friday Early Dismissal:  Friday (1/22) is an early dismissal day with after care available for those who sign-up via the form in the Friday Flyer.

Spring Field Trip:  The date for our Spring Field Trip to the Carrie Murray Nature Center has been set for Friday, May 13th.  We will leave school at 10:00 and return by 2:00 at the latest.  We can take as many chaperones (must be STAND train) as are able to go :-)  More information will come home as we get closer to our trip date.

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

Friday, January 15, 2016



Senior Lunch Place Mats
This week students in grades PK-2nd have been working on place mats for Monday's Senior Lunch.  Each month the primary team works on completing 200 table items (place mats, decorations, cards, etc.) as our service to our community. Below are a few samples of our place mats for January :-) 






Sunday, January 10, 2016




This Week in Kindergarten
January 11 - January 15

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will finish up our unit on the letter Tt.  We will be working on creating character lists from our story, Tag.  We will also be working in our new words book about the story of Noah.  We will continue to focus on writing more independently and begin writing asking sentences and incorporating the question mark in our writing.  Toward the end of the week we will take a couple of days to explore the story The Mitten by Jan Brett.  Using this story we will practice identifying story elements (character, setting, problem, solution), sequencing and retelling.

Math:
This week in math we will finish our first unit on subtraction.  We will use the story Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons to practice subtraction problems.  We will also practice subtraction using the story Little Quack: Hide and Seek.  To finish up Topic 8 we will complete an activity in which students are given story problems and must determine if they are addition or subtraction problems based on the information given.  We will continue to practice differentiating between addition/subtraction as we move into our next topics.  

Religion:
This week in religion we will be learning about and practicing retelling the story of Noah's Ark.  One of the AOB religion standards for Kindergarten is to "identify specific persons and events from the Bible including the story of creation, Noah's ark, the Nativity and the Greatest Commandments".  After spending this week learning about the story of Noah we will take a look at several other Bible stories as we move through the month of January.  We will be reading the story of Noah's ark several times this week as well as creating a stick puppet set for retelling.  This set will come home on Friday to practice at home :-) 

Science:
We will begin our week in science completing an informative writing piece about penguins.  Last week we read several nonfiction books and created a thinking map as a prewriting activity.  Students will practice using information they've learned from nonfiction texts to complete their three sentence writing piece on Monday.  For the rest of the week we will continue our focus on penguins but will read several fiction pieces about a fun character, Tacky the Penguin.  During these stories we'll focus on identifying story elements and comparing/contrasting fictions vs. nonfiction texts.  

Notes & Announcements:
Mark Your Calendar:  The primary team (Grades PK - 2nd) will be having a Family Math Night on March 10th beginning at 6:00pm.  Be on the look out for an information flyer in your child's folder in early February.  We hope to see you there!!

Spring Field Trip:  The ball is rolling on our Spring Field Trip!  We will head to the Carrie Murray Nature Center ealry/mid-May.  As soon as the nature center confirms our requested date I will relay that so that you can mark it on your calendar.  All STAND certified chaperones will be welcome to attend.  

Looking Ahead - End of the Year Picnic:  Pending an excessive amount of snow days we will have our end of the year picnic at Patapsco State Park on Friday, June 3rd.  More specific information will come home in May.  If the date changes due to an extension of the school year I will let you know asap.  

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

Thursday, January 7, 2016



Epiphany
On Monday, students worked on an directed drawing activity to illustrate the Three Kings in celebration of the Epiphany on Wednesday.  Tuesday and Wednesday we worked on completing our pieces by adding color and any additional details.  Every student did amazing work!!  Here's a sample of our work!  These pieces are displayed in the K/PK hallway and on our classroom bulletin boards if you'd like to take a peek :-)  They will be displayed at least through next Friday then will come home in folders.  





Sunday, January 3, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten
January 4th - January 8th
Happy New Year!!

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will get back into the swing of things by beginning a new SuperKids unit on the letter Tt.  We will work on identifying the /t/ sound, words that begin and end with the /t/ sound, and writing uppercase and lowercase Tt.  Our Tic, Tac, Toc word list will be coming home in your child's folder this week.  We will also focus on writing sentences more independently using sounds of letters we know as well as resources around the room.  As we move through January we will begin to incorporate independent writing more frequently.

Math:
This week in math we'll review basic addition and move into our first subtraction unit.  Subtraction is introduced in Kindergarten as "separating stories".  For example:  There were 5 frogs at the pond.  3 frogs hopped away.  How many frogs are left?  We will work on lots of story problems to begin writing subtraction equations as we move through our first subtraction unit.  We will also continue to practice skip counting by 10s, 5s and 2s as a math warm-up.

Religion:
This week in religion we will spend time learning about St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in observance of her feast day on January 4th.  We will also take time to read about the Epiphany which is observed on January 6th.  At the end of the week we will complete a snowman trinity activity and begin our next mini-unit, Noah's Ark.  We will join our buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00am - Families are welcome to attend!

Science:
During January our time is shared between Science and Social Studies.  We will begin the month with a two week mini-unit on Penguins.  We will take time to read both fiction and nonfiction texts about penguins.  During our time in nonfiction books we will also discuss informative writing.  

Notes & Announcements:
Winter Gear:  During the winter months we will continue to go to the playground as much as possible.  As long as the temperature is above 32F we will go outside for at least a short recess each day.  Please be aware of the forecasted temperature each day and plan accordingly - students may need hats, gloves and heavy coats on colder days.

January Homework:  January homework will be coming home asap (hopefully tomorrow........copier willing.....fingers crossed!)

Weather Related Closings:  In the event of winter weather we follow the Howard County Public School systems closing and/or delay schedule.  The HCPSS is very good about posting closing/delays on their main school website (www.hcpss.org) by 6:00am.  

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