Sunday, April 24, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten
April 25th - April 29th

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will continue to work on our SuperKids unit on the letter Mm.  We will be working on reading/writing words that begin and end with the /m/ sound.  Our newest memory word is the word for.  We will also continue to work on opinion writing.  

Math:  
This week in math we'll be continuing to work in our 2D Shapes unit.  We'll focus on rectangles, trapezoids and pentagons this week.  We will be incorporating writing into our math lessons by writing what each shape would say if it could talk.  For example, the circle might say, "I have 0 sides and 0 vertices".  We will continue to review addition/subtraction, graphing, numbers to 120 and time during our morning routine and during our math warm-up time.  

Religion:
This week in religion we'll work on a unit on the Fruits of the Spirit.  Our introduction to the Fruits of the Spirit will be a read aloud story titled Pups of the Spirit.  Each day we'll focus on a different Fruit of the Spirit.  This week each student will make their own Fruits of the Spirit puzzle and we'll focus on love, joy and peace.  There are several great demonstrations that go along with this unit!  Be sure to ask your child about our lesson each day!  We will also be working on writing and typing (Computer Lab) the Glory Be prayer this week.  

Science:
This week in science we'll finish up our Earth Day writing booklets.  We will also continue with our discussion on plants and take a look plant parts and their "job".  In our current science unit we've focused on the following:
  • God created the world
  • In our world there are living and nonliving things
  • Living things can be grouped into plants and animals
  • All living things have needs
  • Many living things depend on other living things
    • One of the main connections we've made include plants need carbon dioxide and animals need oxygen.........plants release oxygen and animals release carbon dioxide.  We've also discuss the food chain and the interdependent relationships within it.
Notes & Announcements:
School CLOSED Tuesday:  School will be closed on Tuesday.  Our school will be a polling location and Faculty & Staff will be on retreat for the day.  

Friday Flyer Info:  Please make sure to look over the Friday Flyer each week as it contains LOTS of information on school-wide events/activities.  The most recent Friday Flyer contains information on Wacky Tacky Day and the "Motel Box" Community Outreach Project.   

End of the Year Picnic:  Information for the EOY Kindergarten Picnic will be coming home in early May.  Below is a brief schedule that will be sent home in hard copy in May.  Please Note:  Kindergarten students WILL NOT come to school on June 3rd.  They will report with families directly to the park.  Family members and younger siblings are welcome to attend the celebration!  
  • Arrival: 10:00-11:00
  • K Performance of Songs and "Diplomas":  11:00-11:30
  • BYO Picnic Lunch: 11:30-12:00(ish)
  • Free Play: 12:00-2:00 (Families can head out as needed anytime after lunch)
Have a wonderful week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, April 17, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten
April 18th - April 22nd

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will finish up our unit on the letter Nn and begin our next unit on the letter Mm.  We will continue to work on sentence structure as we practice both opinion writing and writing friendly letters.  Please continue to review word lists at home for practice decoding (sounding out) words in isolation.  Our next work list for the letter Mm will come home mid-week.

Math:  
This week in math we'll begin our last main unit in math, Geometry.  We will work with 2D shapes first and identify where these shapes are in real-life objects and how many sides and corners each shape has.  While working in our 2D Shapes unit, we'll continue to practice numbers to 120, addition, subtraction, graphing and time.  Our focus for 2D shapes will be:  circle, square, rectangle, triangle, pentagon, hexagon, trapezoid.  Our vocabulary focus will be:  sides, vertices, parallel.

Religion:
This week in religion we will finish up our Family Life: Growing in Love program.  Please be sure to return your Parent Connection booklets this week.  Student booklets that we've used throughout the program will come home at the end of this week.   After completing our Family Life program, we'll take a couple of days to review God's creation of the world in observance of Earth Day on April 22nd.  Next week, we'll begin our mini-unit on the Fruits of the Spirit.  We will join our 8th Grade buddies at 9:00am for Mass on Friday.

Science:
This week in science we'll focus on Earth Day.  We will read several non-fiction texts on protecting the Earth and the importance of recycling and saving energy.  Two members of the Vamos Verde Club will be reading an Earth Day story to the class on Friday.

Notes & Announcements:
Mother's Day Celebration:  Please continue to send in your Mother's Day Celebration RSVPs.  We're looking forward to a wonderful, laid-back afternoon celebrating with Kindergarten moms :-)

Spring Field Trip:  Spring Field Trip permission slips and chaperone forms will come home Monday.  Please read over the information carefully and let me know if you have any questions regarding our Spring Field Trip to the Carrie Murray Nature Center.  Please keep in mind that chaperones MUST be STAND certified in order to join the class on the trip.

End of the Year Picnic:  Information for the EOY Kindergarten Picnic will be coming home in early May.  Below is a brief schedule that will be sent home in hard copy in May.  Please Note:  Kindergarten students WILL NOT come to school on June 3rd.  They will report with families directly to the park.  Family members and younger siblings are welcome to attend the celebration!  
  • Arrival: 10:00-11:00
  • K Performance of Songs and "Diplomas":  11:00-11:30
  • BYO Picnic Lunch: 11:30-12:00(ish)
  • Free Play: 12:00-2:00 (Families can head out as needed anytime after lunch)
Have a wonderful week!!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016



Spring Time Class Work

Kindergarten has been working hard since being back from Easter Break!  We've been working on several spring themed math and science activities including these great plant posters that we completed today.  Every student did an excellent job identifying and labeling the four main needs of plants.  




Sunday, April 10, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten
April 11th - April 15th

Language Arts:
This week during LA we will be moving into our next unit on the letter Nn.  We will continue to work through our phonics instruction by reviewing sounds previously introduced and using those sounds to expand our reading/writing.  We will continue to work on opinion writing and writing friendly letters throughout the week.  We will also be taking the first SuperKids Semester II benchmark assessment on Tuesday.  Our new Words List on the Nn unit will come home early this week for at home review/practice.

Math:
This week in math we'll shift our focus from measurement to graphing.  In Kindergarten we'll work on creating simple picture/bar graphs and using graphs to identify information.  We will also continue to review time to the hour and half hour as a daily warm-up.  As we go through our week, we'll also be reviewing both addition/subtraction in small group activities.

Religion:
This week in Religion we will continue to work in our Family Life:  Growing in Love books.  We will be completing lessons 5-8 in class this week and will finish the program early next week.  On Friday, we'll join our grandparents/special friends for a prayer service with Fr. John at church.  We will also work on bible verse table decorations for the next Senior Lunch.

Science:
This week in Science we'll continue working on our Relationships in Ecosystems unit by discussing the needs of plants and animals and how they depend on one another.  On Thursday, we'll break from our newest unit to visit the 4th Grade and browse their Economy Day projects.  Before heading to check out the projects we'll take a few minutes to review needs/wants and goods/services from earlier this year.

Notes & Announcements:
Save the Date:
Mother's Day Celebration - Thursday, May 5th
Spring Field Trip - Friday, May 13th
End of the Year Picnic - Friday, June 3rd 

Grandparents/Special Friend Day:  Please see the information sheet in the Friday Flyer for our schedule on Friday.  Please note that Friday is an early dismissal day with 12:25 dismissal.  Students who will be leaving with their Grandparent/Special Friend will be dismissed at 12:00.

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

Saturday, April 2, 2016


This Week in Kindergarten
April 4th - April 8th

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will work on our next SuperKids unit on the Letter Rr.  Throughout this unit we'll focus on words that begin/end with the /r/ sound and handwriting uppercase and lowercase Rr. We will also review reading/writing blends at the beginning of words such as dr in the word drag or fl in the word flag.  We will also be reviewing both informative writing and writing friendly letters.  We will begin to learn about opinion writing.

Math:
This week in math we will work on finishing up our unit on Measurement.  We will review length and height and will practice measuring capacity and weight.  As a warm-up to our measurement lessons, we will begin taking a look at time and telling time to the hour and half hour on an analog clock.

Religion:
This week in religion we will begin our Family Life: Growing in Love instruction.  Parent Connection books will come home early this week and we will be working in student books in the classrooms.

*Please Note:  Students in grades K-8 must have a signed permission slip to participate in Growing In Love instruction.  Students without a permission slip or with a permission slip indicating that the family would prefer their child not participate will leave the room during this time.*

Science:
This week in Science we'll begin our next unit Relationships in Ecosystems.  We will begin this unit by discussing living and nonliving things as well as the needs of living things.  As we move through this unit our main focus will be centered around the following essential questions:

  • How are all living things alike?
  • How do living things interact with and impact each other?
  • How do living things obtain the food they need?
  • How do humans affect the Earth and other living things?
Notes & Announcements:
Save the Date:
Mother's Day Celebration - Thursday, May 5th
Spring Field Trip - Friday, May 13th
End of the Year Picnic - Friday, June 3rd

Summer Uniforms - Students may begin wearing summer uniforms on Monday, April 4th.  We will also begin lining up outside for arrival.  

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



Wednesday, March 23, 2016



Many thanks for the snack donations that came in for our Easter snack today!  The class enjoyed making and snacking on their special treat!  Happy Easter!

Sunday, March 20, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten
March 21st - March 25th

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will work on finishing up our unit on the letter Bb.  We will continue to work on identifying the /b/ sound at the beginning and end of words in both reading and writing activities.  We  will also continue to work on identifying the parts of friendly letters and writing our own friendly letters to classmates and teachers in the school.  When we return from Easter break we will jump into our next unit on the letter Rr and begin working on opinion writing pieces as our next writing topic.

Math:
This week in math we will continue to practice measuring length and height.  We will review measuring accurately using nonstandard measurement units (counters, linking cubes, etc.).  We will also work in small groups to review addition/subtraction and counting collections this week.  When we return from Easter break we will continue our focus on measurement by measuring weight and capacity.

Measurement Over Easter:  If you're looking to practice your measurement skills over Easter break try out one of these fun measurement activities :-)  

  • Longer/Shorter Search:  Find three things at home that are longer than a plastic egg.  Find three things at home that are shorter than a plastic egg.  
  • Use plastic eggs as a nonstandard unit of measurement:  How many plastic eggs long is your dining room table?  How many plastic eggs long is your bed?  Etc. 
  • Plastic Egg Roll:  How far can you roll a plastic egg by blowing it with a straw?  Measure who in your family can blow it farthest in one breath.  
  • Use jelly beans as a nonstandard unit of measurement:  How many jelly beans long is your favorite book?  How many jelly beans long is your dinner plate?  Etc. 
Religion:
This week in religion we will focus on the Easter Story.  We will work on making our resurrection eggs and using them to retell the story of Jesus' death and resurrection.  We will also join PK-2nd Grade on Wednesday for Stations of the Cross.  We will also read about St. Joseph and the Annunciation this week.  

Science:
This week in science we'll continue to read/discuss the five food groups and My Plate.  

Notes & Announcements:

Easter Break:
We will have early dismissal (12:25) on Thursday and school will be closed Friday, March 25 for Easter Break.  School will reopen Monday, April 4th.  Upon returning from Easter Break students can begin wearing Summer Uniforms (sweatshirts and sweatpants can be worn on cooler mornings as needed) and will begin lining up outside for morning arrival.

Save the Date:
Mother's Day Celebration - Thursday, May 5th
Spring Field Trip - Friday, May 13th
End of the Year Picnic - Friday, June 3rd

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