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

Sunday, November 30, 2014



This Week In Kindergarten
December 1 - December 5

Language Arts:
We will continue to work through our SuperKids unit on Sal and the letter Ss.  During this unit we are working on recognizing that some words show action (verbs) while some words give information about who/where/what (nouns).  We will practice writing uppercase/lowercase Ss and listening for the /s/ at the beginning and end of words.  We will meet our next SuperKid on Friday!  We will also be working on identifying the problem and solution in read aloud texts.  Please Note:  Word Lists have been added to the Homework page of the blog for at home practice. Aside from the SuperKids names', students should be working on using the letter sounds they know to decode (sound out) words from these lists.  

Math:
This week in math we will work on finishing up Topic 4 and will begin Topic 5:  Numbers to 20.  We will continue to practice using number lines and identifying numbers that come before/after a given number.  We will also be working on learning how to break teen numbers down in Base Ten format.  For example:  13 can be broken down into 1 Ten and 3 Ones.

Religion:
We will begin the season of Advent in school by with our opening prayer tomorrow morning.  We will take a look at our class advent wreath and learn a song that we'll share together daily.  We will also be focusing on St. Nicholas this week as we celebrate the St. Nicholas' feast day on December 6th. 

Social Studies:
We will begin our Christmas Around the World unit by taking a look at Christmas traditions in the United States.  This week we will work on the United States and Mexico. 

Notes & Announcements:
Christmas Program:  The school-wide Christmas program will take place tomorrow.  There will be an afternoon and evening performance. 

December Homework:  December homework will come home tomorrow in the form of an advent chain.  A note about homework will be in your child's folder. 

Dinner With Santa:  Dinner with Santa will be held on Friday, December 5th. 

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

Sunday, November 23, 2014



This Week In Kindergarten
November 24 - November 25

This week will be a short week in the classroom!  Please keep in mind that both Monday and Tuesday are half days with dismissal at 12:25.  After care is available but per-registration is required. 

On Monday, we will be focusing on playing catch up on a few activities before leaving for break.  Tuesday, will be a fun and busy day with the Turkey Trot first thing followed by our school-wide feast from 10:30 - 12:00.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoys time off with family and friends!  See you in December!!

Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, November 16, 2014



This Week In Kindergarten
November 17 - November 21

Language Arts:
This week in language arts we will meet our sixth SuperKid, Sal and learn about the letter Ss.  We will focus on learning the /s/ sound, handwriting uppercase and lowercase Ss and identifying /s/ at the beginning and end of words.  We will learn about the difference between nouns and verbs and how we use each in writing.  We will work on writing a list and using that list to create a picture book about sports.  We will also begin to work on identifying the problem and solution of a story. 

Math:
This week in math we will finish up Topic 4 by comparing and ordering numbers 0-10 and learning how to use a number line to solve math problems. 

Religion:
This week in religion we will continue to focus on the things we are thankful for as we approach Thanksgiving.  We will be creating pumpkin stick puppets, building an interactive "Thank You God" book and creating Thank You God for (Student Name) turkeys.  We will join our 8th grade buddies at mass on Friday at 9:00 - all families are welcome to attend.

Social Studies:
This week in social studies we will review needs and wants and learn about goods and services.  This week will conclude our social studies unit for November.  We will continue working in Social Studies in December as we begin our Christmas Around the World unit when we return from Thanksgiving break. 

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

Monday, November 10, 2014



This Week In Kindergarten
November 11 - November 14

Language Arts:
This week in Language Arts we will finish up Unit 5 - Doc.  We will be focusing on using the /d/ sound at the end of words and we will begin blending practice with the letters that have been introduced so far.  During morning work, we will continue writing practice as we write sentences in our November Words Books.

Math:  
This week during math we will continue to work through Topic 4 - Comparing Numbers 0-10.  We will be working on identify numbers that are 1/2 more/fewer than a given number and determining numbers that are greater than/less than 5 and 10. 

Religion:
This week during religion we will be working on meal-time prayer plates in preparation for Thanksgiving.  Next week, students will bring home 4 meal-time prayers to share with their families. 

Social Studies:
This week in social studies we will continue to work through our Long Ago and Today unit focusing on transportation.  We will also begin to discuss the difference between needs and wants.

Notes & Announcements:
Food Collections:  The whole school is collecting canned goods throughout the week and the primary team is collecting peanut butter/jelly for the month of November.  Thank you to everyone who has already donated!  We've had a great response so far!!

Field Trip:  Thank you to everyone that was able to chaperon our fall field trip to Sharp's Farm.  I was very pleased with how well the class did!  They were attentive and participated wonderfully during the presentations!! 

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

Sunday, November 2, 2014



This Week In Kindergarten
November 3 - November 7

Thank you to everyone who volunteered, set-up trunks and donated supplies/snacks for our Halloween celebration on Friday!!  Because of you the class was able to have a super fun afternoon!!  Thanks so much!!

Language Arts:
During this short week we will be focusing on the letter Dd and the /d/ sound at the beginning and end of words by working through our SuperKids unit all about Doc.  We will continue to review rhyming words and blending sounds together to form simple words.  This week we will write both uppercase and lowercase Dd.  Unit 5 (Doc) is the first unit that contains a word list - this list will be included in the November homework packet which will come home on Monday. 

Math:
This week during math we will focus on comparing numbers 0-10 using the vocabulary more/less, greater than/less than, and more/fewer.  We will continue to practice patterns, days of the week/months of the year, and counting skills during our morning meeting routine. 

Religion:
This week during religion we will learn a new meal time prayer, Thank You, Lord.  We will also be working in our Saint books learning/reading about St. Francis and St. Nicholas.  On Friday we will attend mass with our 8th grade buddies at 9:00 - all families are welcome to join!

Social Studies:
This week during social studies we will begin our new unit Long Ago and Today.  During this unit we will focus on a few different things including how technology/transportation/life style has changed over time and needs vs. wants.  This week we will focus on learning the vocabulary yesterday/today/tomorrow and will take a look at how clothing has changed over time and how technology has changed over time. 

Notes & Announcements:
Homework:  November homework packets will come home tomorrow.  Please remember that homework does not have to be returned daily but students should choose one homework from the week to share on Friday.  November's homework packet includes an "Enrichment Menu" which is a collection of addition items to choose from that are meant to be more challenging/problem solving based. 

School Closed Tuesday:  School will be closed Tuesday for Election Day.

Field Trip Wednesday:  We will have our fall field trip on Wednesday.  A week of trip information sheet will be in your child's folder tomorrow.

Winter Uniforms:  Winter uniforms begin tomorrow.  Kindergarten students should have on their winter uniforms beginning tomorrow with the change from shorts to sweatpants. 

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