Sunday, October 26, 2014



This Week In Kindergarten
October 27 - October 31

Language Arts:
This week in Language Arts we will be continuing to work in our SuperKids unit for the letter Aa.  We will be focusing on the letter sounds /c/, /o/, /g/ and /a/ and using them to identify beginning, medial and ending sounds in words.  We will also be working on practicing rhyming words and learning about sentence structure (uppercase letter at beginning, spacing between words and punctuation at the end.)  On Friday we will meet our fifth SuperKid, Doc. 

Math
We will be wrapping up Topic 3 in math this week by working on a problem solving lesson and completing the Topic 3 assessment.  We will begin Topic 4 - Comparing and Ordering Numbers 0-10 on Thursday. 

Religion:
We will be adding two poems to our Poetry Folders this week during Religion - The Candy Corn Prayer and The Jack-O-Lantern Prayer.  We will also be learning This Little Light of Mine.  On Thursday we will talk about All Saints Day and begin a mini-unit on several familiar saints. 

Science:
Tomorrow we will wrap up our mini-unit on bats by completing a fact sheet.  We will use the nonfiction texts we've read in class to complete this activity.  For the rest of the week we will use our time in Science to complete several reading activities based off of Halloween stories.  We will pick back up with Social Studies on November 3rd. 

Notes & Announcements:

Halloween Celebration & Trunk-Or-Treat:  This Friday we will celebrate Halloween in the classroom with a fun celebration in the afternoon.  Students will have a fun craft to complete then come out to the back parking lot for Trunk-Or-Treating.  Afterwards, we will return inside for a snack and Halloween video to wrap up the day. 

Healthy Snack Sale:  The school nurse, Mrs. Shouse, will be running a healthy snack sale on Thursday.  Please see the Friday flyer for specific information about the sale.  If your child will be purchasing anything from the sale please place their money inside their lunch box so they can grab it quickly and independently during the sale. 

Uniforms:  This is the last week for summer uniforms.  Beginning next week (November 3rd) Kindergarten students may not wear shorts.  The Kindergarten winter uniform is navy sweatpants, grey/yellow t-shirts, and navy school sweatshirts.  Students may take their sweatshirt off when needed but may not wear shorts again until spring.  If your child's change of clothes is summer attire and you would like to switch it out for winter attire please send the winter clothes in a labeled Ziploc bag and we will switch the bags. 

THERE IS NO HOMEWORK THIS WEEK - PLEASE KEEP READING NIGHTLY AND HAVE LOTS OF FUN PREPARING FOR A FUN HALLOWEEN ON FRIDAY!!

Have a wonderfully spooky week filled with many more treats than tricks!  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!!
Mrs. Weatherholtz

Have a wonderful week


Sunday, October 19, 2014



This Week In Kindergarten
October 20 - October 24

Thank You to all families that were able to attend conferences on Friday!  It was a busy day but it was wonderful to be able to touch base with 24 families!  

Language Arts:
This week in Language Arts we will begin our fourth SuperKids unit.  We will be meeting the SuperKid, Alf and learning all about the letter Aa (at this point in the year we will focus on the short /a/ sound).  This week we will also work on recognizing words that can be found in the -AT family which will help us practice listening for the middle /a/ sound and rhyming words. 

Math:
This week in math we will continue to work through Topic 3.  We will be focusing on the numbers 6-10.  We will take a look at building each number using counters on a tens frame as well as writing each of the numbers correctly.  We are working as a whole group to create a mini anchor chart for each number which will include the number word, number in tally marks, a picture to represent the number and a set of counters arranged in tens frame format. 

Religion:
In celebration of the school wide Character Counts week we will be focusing on reading about each of the pillars of good character in religion.  The pillars are:  trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship (TRRFCC).  We will be joining our 8th grade buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.  Noah's Ark puppet sets will also come home this week. 

** Practice at Home:  In Language Arts we're beginning to practicing the reading skill of retelling - using these puppets to retell the story of Noah's Ark is a great way to practice this important reading skill. **

Science:
This week in science we will finish up our unit on Seasons and begin a mini unit on Bats in celebration of Halloween.  We will learn lots of bat facts and do a fun bat art project to go along with our readings!

Notes & Announcements:
Character Counts Week!  This week we are celebrating CC! week as a whole school.  Please see the Friday flyer for information on the fun activities that are occurring this week.  Remember, tomorrow is the day we dress in CC! colors - Kindergarten will be in PURPLE.

Halloween Bingo is Friday!!  Hope to see lots of families there!

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

Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz

Monday, October 13, 2014



This Week In Kindergarten
October 14 - October 16

Language Arts:
This week in Language Arts we will finish up our SuperKids unit focusing on the letter Gg and the /g/ sound.  We have been practicing identifying words that begin and end with the /g/ sound as well as writing uppercase and lowercase Gg.  Lowercase g can be challenging because it drops below the bottom line on lined paper - dry earse practice using lined paper (especially the "ice cream" paper given out at Back to School Night) can be helpful.  We will also work on sequencing the events of a story as a whole group and work on our first Halloween craft :)

Math:  
This week in math we will finish up Topic 2 and begin Topic 3 (Numbers 6-10).  We will continue to work on showing numbers in different ways - tally marks, using fingers, drawing pictures, using objects, and within tens frames.  We will also learn to write the numerals 6-10.  Patterns will continue to be reinforced through our calendar routine, as will days of the week and months of the year.  Within calendar time we are also practicing counting each day as we mark each day of school.

Religion:
In religion we will be finishing up our Noah's Ark puppet set and students will practice retelling the story of Noah's Ark using their puppets.  These sets will come home next week.  We attended our first mass last Friday and the whole class did a wonderful job!

Science:
This week in science we will finish our All About Seasons unit and be ready to begin a mini-unit on bats next week!

Notes & Announcements
Field Trip Permission Slips & Payments are due Thursday, October 16th.

Parent - Teacher conferences will be held on Friday.  School is closed for the day with conferences beginning at 8:00 and ending at 5:15. 

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

Sunday, October 5, 2014



This Week In Kindergarten
October 6 - 10

Language Arts:
This week in language arts we will begin working through our student books for the SuperPet Golly.  Throughout this unit we will focus on the letter Gg and the /g/ sound at the beginning and end of words.  We will continue to practice rhyming words and review the letters Cc and Oo daily.

Math:
This week in math we will work toward finishing up Topic 2 - Comparing Numbers 0-5.  We will continue to practice the vocabulary more, fewer, and same as.  We will also work on identifying ordinal numbers (first, second, third, etc.).

Religion:
This week we will begin our first religion project of the year as we begin to make stick puppets to act out the story of Noah's Ark.  We will join our 8th Grade buddies for our first mass on Friday, October 10th. 

Science:
In Science, we will continue to work through our first unit of the year - Seasons.  We will be reading many nonfiction texts about the seasons and working to complete our All About Seasons book. 

Notes & Announcements:
Homework:  We will have our first "Homework Sharing" time on Friday - please send in one written or electronic piece of homework to share with the class. 

Trunk-or-Treat:  We will celebrate Halloween with our 3rd Annual Kindergarten Trunk-or-Treat on Friday, October 31st.  You have already received some information from our room parents via e-mail and will be receiving a paper with specifics this week in your child's folder.  This fun event will take place toward the end of our school day (set up can begin between 1:15 and 1:30) with trunk-or-treating in the back parking lot then a snack and Halloween video in the classroom to finish up our day! 

Early Dismissal:  On Friday, October 10th we will dismiss at 12:25.  Aftercare will be available for those that register in advance. 

As I will be traveling back to Baltimore from SW Virginia, I will not be in school tomorrow but will return ready for a great week on Tuesday.  Ms. Cramer will be filling in tomorrow.  Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the above information.  Have a wonderful week!  Let's Go O's!!

Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz

Sunday, September 28, 2014



This Week in Kindergarten
September 29 - October 3

Language Arts:
We will finish up our second SuperKids topic this week learning about the letter Oo and the short /o/ sound.  On Thursday, students will be introduced to the third character from the SuperKids series - Golly the SuperPet!  We are working very hard on handwriting each day and at this point students should be writing uppercase C and O and lowercase c and o appropriately on lined paper.  We are also working to write our names with a uppercase letter at the beginning and lowercase letters throughout.  At the end of the week, we will begin focusing on how to write sentences using correct format - uppercase letter at the beginning, spacing between words and punctuation at the end.

Math:
This week in math we will continue to work through Topic 2 - Comparing Numbers 0-5.  We are focusing on identifying groups that have more and fewer, specifically 1 more/2 more and 1 fewer/2 fewer.  The class is doing very well learning to navigate their math workmats as well as using manipulatives responsibly!  I am very proud of their hard work!!

Practice At Home - The vocabulary words more and fewer seem simple enough but it takes practice for students to become fluent in mental math skills.  "Fewer" tends to be more challenging for students than "more".  You can practice this skill quickly at home by giving your child story situations for them to think about.  For example:  I have 2 cupcakes.  You have 1 more than me.  How many cupcakes do you have?  I have 4 gumballs.  You have 1 fewer than me.  How many gumballs do you have?  etc.

Religion:
We have finished up for first religion take home packet God Creates the World.  Be on the look out in your child's folder - these packets will come home this week so your child can share their hard work with you!  We will move next into the story of Noah's Ark.  This year students will be making a stick puppet set to help them remember and retell the story.  Kindergarten will attend our first mass with our 8th Grade buddies on Friday, October 10th - all families are welcome to join us in church.  We are planning to meet our buddies for the first time on Monday, October 6th. 

Science:  
Tomorrow we will finish up our first Social Studies unit - Community Helpers.  On Tuesday, we will move in our first Science unit - All About Seasons.  

Notes & Announcements:
Picture Day is Friday, October 3rd.  Students may wear free dress for their pictures.  If your child wears dress shoes to school, please make sure they have appropriate shoes for recess.  For girls wearing dresses, I recommend wearing shorts or leggings under dresses for outside play time.

Things Coming Home:  Please check your child's folder daily as there will be lots of important things coming home this week (field trip information, October homework, October Scholastic Order Forms, picture day forms).

Individual Behavior Charts:  Many students are close to filling up their first individual behavior chart for the year.  When your child's chart is filled they will have three choices as a celebration - free dress pass, sharing time, extra library book from Mrs. Miller.  When your child chooses, there will be a card in their folder indicating their choice.  Free dress passes can be used any time except days there is mass.  

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place Friday, October 17th.  Sign-up information will be coming from the school office soon. 

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

Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz


Sunday, September 21, 2014



This Week In Kindergarten
September 22 - September 26

Language Arts:
This week we will learn more about our newest SuperKid, Oswald.  Through the parent portal you should be able to now access Cass' song and library book and Oswald's library book.  Oswald is interested in odd animals and loves art projects!  He will be helping us learn about the letter Oo and the short /o/ sound.  During our daily routine, we are continuing to focus on identifying and naming rhyming words as well as identifying how many syllables are in words.

Math:
This week during math we will be working on Topic 2:  Comparing and Ordering 0-5.  We will continue to practice patterns and identify both pattern units (the part of the patterns that repeats) and missing parts of patterns. 

Religion:
In religion we will be continuing to work on illustrating our own God Created The World book.  The class is learning about each day of creation and will be bringing their books home next week to share!  Grades 1-8 will be attending mass this Friday.  Kindergarten's first mass will be on October 10th.  Our older buddies (4th and 8th) will be choosing buddies this week and we will be working to set up a time for buddies to meet and get to know one another before we attend mass in October. 

Social Studies:
We are continuing to work on our Community Helpers unit in social studies.  This week we will focus on community helpers that keep us safe. 

Notes & Announcements:

Behavior Notes:  As a class we have spent the first two weeks of school learning the routines and procedures of the classroom as well as the rest of the school.  We are now moving into the "practice" stage.   The two things that take lots of practice each year are:  keeping self-to-self and following directions the first time given.  Your child will be given prompting and reminders as needed throughout the school day but talking about the rules/procedures of the classroom at home can be very helpful too.  Please refer to the behavior system hand out that was in your "Welcome to Kindergarten" packet for specifics on our class behavior system and check your child's folder daily for an update on how their day went.  Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Parent Conferences:  We will be having parent-teacher conferences on Friday, October 17th.  Information will be coming home via communication from the office as we move closer to that date.  During these conferences I quickly review your child's social/academic/behavior progress in Kindergarten to this point.  I will also have information about the Primary Team (PK-2) service project for the year and the Kindergarten report card which will go home in early December.

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

Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning
Mrs. Weatherholtz


Sunday, September 14, 2014



This Week In Kindergarten 
September 15 - 19

Language Arts: 
This week in Language Arts we will continue to work through our first unit, Cass.   We will be focusing on the letter C and identifying words that begin with the /k/ sound.  We will also begin to practice recognizing and naming rhyming words and syllables.  During reading instruction we will be working on identifying the difference between fiction and nonfiction text.  On Friday, students will be introduced to our second SuperKids character, Oswald.  

Math:
This week in Math we will continue working through Topic 1.  Students will be working on counting and writing the numbers 4 and 5.  We will also continue to work on identifying and building patters.  We are continuing to practice our calendar routine daily.  Students are working to learn the days of the week and the months of the year through song.  We are also focusing on identifying which day comes before/after any given day of the week.  

Religion:
This week students will begin creating their own God Created the World book in Religion.  We will also be practicing the Our Father prayer daily.  Kindergarten students will be learning who their 8th grade buddy will be in the next week or so and will have the opportunity to meet with them prior to attending their first mass in October.   

Social Studies:
In Social Studies we are moving into our first unit, Community Helpers.  This week we will be focusing on community helpers that help take care of our family - doctors, nurses, dentists, and veterinarians.  

Notes & Announcements:
Save the Date:  The Kindergarten class will have their Halloween celebration on Friday, October 31st.  We will have our 3rd Annual Trunk-or-Treat celebration from 1:45-2:30 followed by a snack, craft and video in the classroom to finish up the day.  All families are welcome attend and decorate their cars for the Trunk-or-Treat at 1:45.  More specific information will be coming home as we move closer to Halloween.

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

Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz