Sunday, January 25, 2015



This Week In Kindergarten
January 26th - January 30th

This week we will celebrate Catholic Schools Week!  There will be LOTS of fun activities going on throughout the week!  Please read the front page of the Friday Flyer carefully and let myself or the school office know if you have any questions.

This week we will fit in as much academic work as possible while still enjoying all the fun of CSW!  We will be focusing on the following skills this week:

Language Arts:
  • Letter Tt and the /t/ sound
  • Sentence structure 
    • Uppercase letter at beginning
    • Spacing between words
    • Punctuation at the end
  • Handwriting letters introduced in SuperKids Units 1-9
  • Blending and writing CVC words (consonant vowel consonant) using the vowels introduced so far (/a/, /i/, /o/)
Math:
  • Numbers 0-100
  • Addition using + and = with sums to 10
Religion:
  • God Gives Me Feelings unit
  • We will join our 8th Grade buddies for mass on Friday.  Since this is also Grandparents Day mass will be held in the school hall.  
Read Aloud Time:
  • We finished up our unit on Penguins last week and will use our Science/Social Studies time this week to read aloud several versions of The Mitten.  We will work on the following skills during these read alouds:
    • Sequencing 
    • Summarizing/Retelling
    • Compare/Contrast
    • Making Predictions
Notes & Announcements:
  • CSW Service Project:  Each class in the school is asked to donate travel sized toiletries which will be taking to the Franciscan Center in Baltimore by the 8th Grade class.  Kindergarten will be doing their part by stuffing all the bags that will be taken to the center.  The Kindergarten class is asked to donate travel sized tissues.  Bags will be stuffed Tuesday.  (Please see the Friday Flyer for more information)
  • CSW Snacks:  Father John will be providing a snack for students each day during Catholic Schools Week.  Please see the Friday Flyer (front page) to see what the snack will be each day.  The treats will be distributed as follows:
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - During Lunch
    • Thursday - During Morning Basketball Games (K will have theirs in classroom)
    • Friday - After mass in classrooms
  • February Projects:  Information regarding February Projects will come home in your child's folder on Thursday.  There will be information on two projects for homework and a community outreach project. 
    • February 100th Day Outreach Project:  Information will be coming home the week of January 26th regarding our 100th Day Outreach Project.  Each year the Kindergarten class sets a goal to donate 100 items to a community organization.  This year we'll be donating to Small Miracles Dog and Cat Rescue in Ellicott City.  Our focus will be:
      • Fancy Feast wet food, classic varieties (cat)
      • Friskies wet food, any variety (cat)
      • Wet food, Pedigree or any brand (dog)
*Click on "Small Miracles" above to check out their website*

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

Monday, January 19, 2015



This Week In Kindergarten 
January 20 - January 23

Language Arts:
This week in Language Arts we will continue to work through our SuperKids unit, Tic, Tac, Toc.  We'll be working on writing uppercase and lowercase Tt and identifying the /t/ sound at the beginning and ending of words.  We will also be working on writing skills during morning work and science.  During morning work we're working on sentence structure:  uppercase letter at beginning, spacing between words, and punctuation at the end.  During science, we'll be working on using nonfiction texts to write an information piece about penguins.  We will be using the anchor chart we've worked on after each nonfiction reading to guide this writing. 

Math: 
We will continue working on addition during math.  This week we'll move from using the "and/is" format (for example:  2 and 4 is 6) to the "+/=" format (for example:  2 + 4 = 6). 

Science:
During science we will be finishing up our nonfiction on penguins and working on information writing using information learned over the past week.  These writing pieces will be on display outside of the classroom during Catholic Schools Week next week.

Religion: 
This week during religion we'll be beginning our new unit, God Gives Me Feelings.  We will be reading lots of books on feelings and emotions and talking through what makes us feel certain ways and what we can do with those feelings. 

Notes & Announcements:
Early Dismissal Friday:  This Friday is an early dismissal day.  We will be dismissing at 12:25.

Catholic Schools Week:  Next week we will celebrate Catholic Schools Week.  There will be lots of fun activities planned throughout the week including a Parent Open House on Wednesday and Grandparents/Special Persons Day on Friday.  Please check the Friday Flyer/Monthly for more information on these special days.

February 100th Day Outreach Project:  Information will be coming home the week of January 26th regarding our 100th Day Outreach Project.  Each year the Kindergarten class sets a goal to donate 100 items to a community organization.  This year we'll be donating to Small Miracles Dog and Cat Rescue in Ellicott City.  Our focus will be:
  • Fancy Feast wet food, classic varieties (cat)
  • Friskies wet food, any variety (cat)
  • Wet food, Pedigree or any brand (dog)
*Click on "Small Miracles" above to check out their website*

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

Sunday, January 11, 2015



This Week In Kindergarten
January 12 - January 16

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will finish up our SuperKids unit on the letter Ii and begin our new unit Tic, Tac, Toc where we'll focus on the letter Tt.  We will continue to work on identifying story elements (characters, setting, problem, solution) in the stories we read.  We will also begin working more on writing this week during morning work (January Words Book) and in small groups with journals.  We will be focusing on sentence structure (uppercase at beginning, spacing between words, punctuation at the end).

Math:
This week in math we will finish up our unit Numbers to 100 and begin our first addition unit.  During this first unit on addition we will be working on using joining stories to solve addition problems.  As we progress through our addition units students will move from joining stories (I have 3 red stickers and 2 blue stickers.  How many stickers do I have altogether?) to addition number sentences/equations (3+2=5).  We will be working on learning several strategies to solve addition problems:  using fingers for counting smaller sums, using manipulatives/objects to "act out" the story, using a number line/counting on, and drawing pictures.

Religion:
This week in religion we will read several biographies on Martin Luther King Jr. and his vision of peace.  We will continue to talk about our Character Counts pillar of the month, fairness.  We will join our 8th grade buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.

Science:
Last week during science we read several fiction books about a favorite Kindergarten character, Tacky the Penguin.  This week we will focus our attention to nonfiction books to learn about penguins.  We will be viewing the live penguin cam from SeaWorld in Orlando throughout the week to check on the penguins there.  The information about the penguin cam is listed below if you'd like to take a look a home too :)

  • Animal Vision Penguin Cam - SeaWorld Orlando, LF
    • http://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando/animalvision/viewanimals/penguins/
    • To change the view to a different camera (3 are available) click on the eye beside the cam tools option
Have a great week!!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz

Friday, January 9, 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2015



Happy New Year!!
This Week In Kindergarten
 January 5th - January 9th

Language Arts:
This week in Language Arts we will begin our next SuperKids unit - Icky and learn about our third vowel Ii.  We will practice identifying the short /i/ sound at the beginning and in the middle of words and write uppercase and lowercase Ii.  We will also be focusing on using the sight word "a" in our writing, sequencing events in a story and retelling stories using story elements (characters, setting, problem, solution). 

Math:
This week in Math we will be working in Topic 6 - Numbers to 100.  We will focus on counting to 100 by ones and by tens.  We will also be looking for patterns on a hundred chart.  During our morning routine we are also working on identify numbers that are even and numbers that are odd. 

Religion:
This week in religion we will complete two Epiphany activities early in the week then work on a snowflake activity to show that just like each unique and special snowflake, God made each of us unique and special too!  We will also learn about our new Character Counts pillar of the month - fairness.  

Science:
This week in science we will begin our unit on penguins.  We will start our unit by reading fiction texts about one of Kindergarten's favorite characters, Tacky the Penguin.  During our fiction reading we will begin to discuss what we already know about penguins and how some of the things in the fiction texts are true of real penguins and many of the things are not true of real penguins.  Next week we will focus on nonfiction reading about penguins - Where do they live?  What do they eat?  How do they care for their young?  How to they survive in the cold climate of Antarctica?  

Homework: 
January homework will come home in folders tomorrow.  Enrichment homework will not come home in paper form but is posted on the class blog homework page.  The SuperKids Topic 8 word list will be posted this week. 

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


Sunday, December 14, 2014



This Week In Kindergarten
December 15 - December 19

Language Arts:
This week we will complete our SuperKids Unit - Lily.  We will finish up this unit and spend a couple of days reviewing Units 1-7 to wrap up before Christmas Break.  

Math:
This week during Math we will also be finishing up a topic (Topic 5) and reviewing Topics 1-5 prior to leaving for break.  We will begin Topic 6 - Numbers to 100 in January.

Social Studies:
This week in social studies we will finish up our Christmas Around the World unit by learning about Christmas and New Year celebrations in Germany and China.  When we return in January we will begin our next Science unit on Winter & Penguins.  

Religion:
This week in religion we will work on our last interactive book related to Advent and Christmas.  We will complete Who Was With Jesus and work on completing a nativity scene.

Notes & Announcements:
Gingerbread Houses:  We will be decorating gingerbread houses on Wednesday.  Volunteers will be setting up in the school hall at 2:00 and we will decorate from 2:15-3:00.  Donated supplies are due Monday - thank you for all of your supply donations and volunteering your time to help make this a fun project for the class!!

Red & Green Day:  Thursday will be Red and Green Day ($2.00 donation).  We will also be participating in the Jingle Bell Dash in the afternoon.

December 19th:  We will begin Friday by joining our buddies for mass.  Upon returning to class we will have our Christmas celebration from 10:00-12:00.  School will dismiss at 12:25.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 


Sunday, December 7, 2014



This Week In Kindergarten
December 8 - December 12

Language Arts:
This week we will be working our way through our newest SuperKids unit as we learn about Lily and the letter Ll.  We will focus on the /l/ sound at the beginning and end of words.  We will also take a look at -ad family words (sad, glad, mad, bad, etc.).  We will practice labeling and learn about reading words that end in a double consonant (doll, fall, odd, etc.).  **The Word List for Unit 7 has been added to the Homework Page of the blog.**

Math:
This week during math we will be working through Topic 5 - Numbers to 20.  This particular unit moves quickly through the teen numbers.  We will be focusing on writing teen numbers correctly, ordering teen numbers, identifying teen numbers as ten and some more (for example:  thirteen is the same as ten and three more or sixteen is the same as ten and six more).  Students will be introduced to base ten blocks this week. 

Religion:
Kindergarten will join their 8th grade buddies on Monday for mass at 9:00.  We will work on an interactive advent book and begin working on our nativity scenes. 

Social Studies:
This week in social studies we will continue to work through our Christmas Around the World unit.  So far we have focused on traditions in the United States and Mexico.  This week we will take a look at Brazil, South Africa and Germany. 

Notes & Announcements:
Little Flower Daycare Center Donations:  Crayon and marker donations for the Little Flower Daycare Center are due tomorrow.  All donations collected will be taken upstairs tomorrow to the intermediate team to be placed into stockings for the center.  Thank you for all of the donations that have come in so far!!

Polar Express Day:  Friday PK & K will celebrate our annual Polar Express Day during the afternoon.  We will celebrate by wearing PJs to school, having hot cocoa and cookies and listening to Mrs. Claytor read the Polar Express.  Check your child's folder tomorrow for information. 

Report Card Envelopes:
Please return signed report card envelopes by Friday, December 12th.  If you would like a conference to discuss your child's report card please indicate "yes" on the report card envelope.  Thank you for the wonderful comments! We're off to a great start to Kindergarten!

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

Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz