Sunday, March 1, 2015



This Week in Kindergarten
March 2 - March 6

Language Arts:
This week in LA, we will meet our last SuperKid - Hot Rod and learn about the letter Hh and the /h/ sound.  We will also be doing activities to celebrate Read Across America Day!  On Monday, Mrs. Schratz will read The Cat in the Hat on fun/silly hat day.  On Thursday, I'll read my favorite Dr. Seuss story Fox in Socks on fun/silly sock day!  On Friday, we will watch a fun Dr. Seuss video with PK. 

Math:
This week in math we will finish up our first set of Addition/Subtraction units by completing a lesson on deciding if a story problem is an addition problem or a subtraction problem.  On Thursday, we will begin Topic 9 - More Addition and Subtraction where we will focus on determining different ways to show numbers through addition.  For example - 4 can be shown as 2+2 or 3+1. 

Religion:
This week in religion we will continue to focus on Lent.  We will read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and make our clothes pin caterpillars.  On Friday, we will join our 8th grade buddies for mass at 9:00.

Social Studies/Science:
This week in we will finish up our US Symbols unit in Social Studies by reading and writing about the White House.  We will have a "finish-up/review" day before beginning our next Science unit - Healthy Eating.  Students should be able to give at least one fact about all of the US Symbols we studied:  the American flag, the bald eagle, the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell and the White House.

Notes & Announcements:

March Homework:  March homework is posted on the class blog and will come home in your child's folder tomorrow.  The SuperKids word list document has had a make-over!  All the words for the first semester of SuperKids are now listed - we will work to complete Unit 12 and Unit 13 by the end of next week.  I recommend reviewing these lists regularly - feel free to print them out to choose one list to practice daily during homework time.

Field Trip Wednesday:  On Wednesday, we will join 1st and 2nd grade on our field trip.  Please keep in mind we will not have snack on Wednesday.  We will return in time to have our regular lunch and afternoon schedule. 

Early Dismissal Friday:  School will dismiss at 12:25 on Friday.  Aftercare is available for those pre-registered for Friday - the registration form can be found in the Friday Flyer. 

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


Sunday, February 22, 2015


This Week in Kindergarten
February 23 - February 27

Language Arts:
This week in Language Arts we will work to finish up Unit 11 - Ettabetta.  We've worked to recognize the short /e/ sound at the beginning and in the middle of words and have practiced handwriting for both uppercase and lowercase Ee.  We are continuing to work on handwriting daily and practice using letter sounds already introduced to encode words for writing - the class is doing EXCELLENT!  Please continue to review the SuperKids Word Lists (document can be found on the Homework Page of the blog).  Students should be working to read these words with little support as all the sounds have been introduced and practiced in class. 

*Please keep in mind that making the jump from recognizing letter sounds to blending them together to decode (sound out) words clicks right away for some children and takes more practice for others - this is completely appropriate in Kindergarten  - the more practice the better!)*

Math:
This week in Math we will fully focus our attention on subtraction.  Subtraction is a more difficult skill than addition and having the number fluency to move between addition and subtraction is a skill that we will practice throughout the remainder of the school year.  This week we will focus on using the minus and equal signs to write subtraction number sentences (equations).

Religion:
This week in Religion students will work on a Lent Reminds Us Of Jesus interactive book and we will continue to review the meaning of Lent as a time to grow closer to God.  Students will also be introduced to the Stations of the Cross and will join Grades 1-2 on Friday for a video explaining the stations.

Social Studies:
This week in Social Studies we will continue to work through our US Symbols unit.  We will focus on the bald eagle and Liberty Bell.  We will read nonfiction books on both symbols and complete a page for each symbol in our US Symbols Informative Writing books.

Notes & Announcements:
March Field Trip:  Payments and permission slips for our March 4th field trip are due this Friday, February 27th.
Small Miracles Animal Rescue Donations:  THANK YOU for all of the donations for our 100th Day community outreach project!  Mr. Weatherholtz and I took 146 cans of dog/cat food to the shelter last Thursday!  They were very appreciative of our support! 

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

Sunday, February 8, 2015


This Week In Kindergarten
February 9 - February 13

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will be working on finishing up our SuperKids unit, Frits.  We've worked on identifying the /f/ sound at the beginning of words and using it in encoding (writing) and decoding (reading) activities.  We will also be working on oral listening skills and sequencing skills using the read aloud I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Rose

Math:
This week in math we will take time to review addition before officially moving on to our first subtraction unit.  We will review addition by building snowmen, playing a dice addition game and using skittles to complete addition sentences! 

Religion:
This week in religion we will work on another project for February Senior Lunch.  Students will decorate envelopes and fill them with hearts containing bible verses about God's love.  These will go upstairs along with the Valentine's Day cards made on Grandparent's Day for Senior Lunch.  Students will also learn about St. Valentine and make St. Valentine paper bag puppets. 

Holiday Read Alouds:
During the afternoon we will take a couple of days to complete seasonal/holiday activities. We will be rereading The Snow Globe Family and working on a writing piece - If I lived in a snow globe....  We will also read a fun Valentine's Day story and make a fun ladybug "love bug" as a holiday craft. 

Notes & Announcements:
Substitute Monday & Tuesday:  I will be out of the building both Monday and Tuesday of this week.  I will be attending the State Kindergarten Teacher Conference in Towson which I always find extremely motivating and inspiring!  I will be returning on Wednesday with LOTS of fun new ideas!  Ms. Cramer will be leading the class with Mrs. Ross assisting. 

100th Day Outreach Project:  MANY THANKS for all the dog/cat food that has been donated to the classroom!  We have certainly met (and exceeded) our goal of 100 cans!!  We will be conducting our official count on the 100th Day of School and I will deliver the cans the following Thursday to the shelter. 

Valentine's Day Celebration: We will be celebrating Valentine's Day in the classroom on Thursday from 10:30-12:00.  Please make sure to send in both valentines and valentine containers for the celebration. 

Early Dismissal & School Closed:  Please keep in mind that Thursday is an early dismissal day and Friday/Monday school is closed. 

Have a Wonderful Week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz

Sunday, February 1, 2015



This Week in Kindergarten 
February 2nd - February 6th

Language Arts:
This week we will meet our newest SuperKids - Frits and begin to learn about the letter Ff.  We will be continuing to build our reading skills by reading and writing lots of words from the SuperKids word lists.  This week we'll focus on adding details to our writing and learning to write questions.

Math:
This week in math we will finish up our first addition unit and move into our first subtraction unit - Understanding Subtraction.  During the addition unit students have learned several strategies for solving addition problems:  counting on (putting larger number in head and continuing to count from there), using fingers (for lower numbers as needed), using manipulatives (using an object to represent number sets) and drawing pictures.  We will be learning to do the same for subtraction problems in Topic 8.

Religion:
This week in religion we will focus on the Character Counts pillar of Respect.  We will watch several respect videos and read several stories about respect then create a writing piece on Friday:  "I show respect when I..."

Social Studies:
This week we will begin our next Social Studies unit:  US Symbols.  Throughout the unit we'll focus on five different US symbols starting this week with the American Flag.  During this unit we will work on fulfilling one of our writing standards as well.  We will be working on using nonfiction texts to write complete an informational writing piece. 

Notes & Announcements:
Homework:  Homework over the next two weeks will consist of our two February Projects (Valentine's Day valentines and containers and 100th Day Posters).  We will NOT be sharing any homework on Friday during this time.  A February Homework Menu will come home mid-month for the last two weeks of February. 

100th Day Service:  We're off to a GREAT start toward our goal of donating 100 cans of wet dog/cat food to Small Miracles Dog and Cat Rescue.  Thanks so much for your support!!  We'll begin counting cans this week and we'll keep you posted :)

Save The Date:  Permitting we do not extend the Kindergarten year due to snow days we will be celebrating the last day of Kindergarten (June 5th) at Patapsco State Park.  (If this date changes I will let you know as soon as I know.)  On this day, Kindergarten students DO NOT come to school but meet at the park with family/friends to celebrate the last day of Kindergarten.  Specific information will be coming home as we move closer to the end of the school year.

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

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