Sunday, April 12, 2015


This Week In Kindergarten
April 13 - April 17

Welcome Back!!  Upon returning from Spring Break, we really kick into "get ready for 1st Grade" mode!  I find that this is a very exciting time for Kindergarten as students are becoming more confident in their academic skills!  Hold on tight - April and May always FLY by!  We have a lot to accomplish in a small amount of time so we'll be hitting the ground running - here's a look at our week:

Language Arts:
We will finish up our unit on the letter Nn and the /n/ sound on Tuesday and move right into our next unit - Mm on Wednesday.  Outside of the letter Mm and the /m/ sound, we'll be focusing quite a bit on writing.  This week we will discuss writing multiple sentences on the same topic (at this point, we'll be doing a lot of writing as a whole group with guided teacher instruction).  We will continue to work on decoding (sounding out) as we read (and reread) stories from our SuperKids student books. Continuing to practice reading books on the Online Portal is GREAT at-home practice.

Math:
We have finished up our addition/subtraction topics in math and will be moving into the last portion of our EnVision curriculum.  We'll begin our unit on measurement tomorrow and students will be focusing on measurement vocabulary:  length, height, weight, capacity, longer/est, shorter/est, taller/est.  We will continue to review addition/subtraction daily during transitions, calendar-time and during our math warm-up.

Religion:
Over the next few weeks we'll be working on a very special (and top-secret) activity for our Mother's Day celebration.  We will begin each day with a bible story from the class' favorite bible story book, Jesus Calling, and prayer then work on our project.

Science:
This week we will begin our science mini-unit Caring for the Earth.  We will focus on ways to help take care of the Earth and practice informative writing each day be recording a way to care for the Earth from our non-fiction reading.

Notes & Announcements:
Dates to Remember:  

  • Race for Education/Spring Fling - Friday, May 1st.  If you're in need of volunteer hours, contact the school office for information on volunteering for the Race for Education and/or Spring Fling.  
  • Mother's Day Celebration - Friday, May 8th.  *More information to come*
  • Spring Field Trip - Friday, May 29th.  *More information will come home Friday*
  • End of the Year Picnic - Tuesday, June 9th.  *More information to come as we near the end of the school year*
Summer Uniforms:  Student may begin wearing spring uniforms tomorrow.  Winter uniforms may still be worn on cooler days.  Please see the student handbook (Student Handbook) for information on summer uniforms.  

April Homework:  April homework will be in your child's folder tomorrow.  You can also find the April homework menu on the Homework page of the class blog.

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




Sunday, March 29, 2015


This Week In Kindergarten
March 30 - April 3

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will finish up our unit on the letter Rr and begin our unit on the letter Nn.  We will continue to focus on blending and rhyming as well as writing friendly letters.  During our daily handwriting practice we are working on beginning ALL uppercase letters at the top line of our paper and focusing on where each lowercase letter begins (either top or middle line).  Reinforcing the same letter formation at home is helpful in beginning each letter correctly.

Math:
This week in math we will work on finishing up our last topic that focuses on addition/subtraction skills.  We will work on decomposing numbers 11-19.  For example:  11 = 10 + 1 and 15 = 10 + 5.  When we return from break we will being our topic on measurement.

Religion:
This week in religion we will finish our work with The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  We will finish our VHC puppet set and create a class book to go along with the story.  We will also revisit the Stations of the Cross.

Read Alouds:
We have finished our unit on Healthy Eating and will begin our next Science unit after break.  This week we will use our science/social studies time to read several fun Easter themed stories and complete reading activities focusing on comprehension skills.

Notes & Announcements:
Class Pictures:  Class pictures will be taken tomorrow.  All students should be in their winter school uniform for the class picture.

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

Sunday, March 22, 2015


This Week in Kindergarten
March 23 - March 27

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will finish up our unit on the letter Bb and begin our next unit on the letter Rr.  Our newest memory word is the word of which we will focus on when reading and writing in class.  We will continue to work on sentence writing and adding details to our writing by using describing words.  We will also learn about the exclamation mark and how it changes the way we read sentences.  *Word Lists for Semester 2 Units 1-2 will be posted on the homework page this evening.*

Math:
This week in math we will finish Topic 10 and begin Topic 11:  Decomposing Numbers 11-19.  During topics 10 and 11 our main focus has been using 10 to build larger numbers.  For example:  10 and 1 is 11 or 10 and 5 is 15 and 16 is 10 and 6.  We will continue to review addition and subtraction problems daily as a warm-up to our math instruction. 

Religion:
This week during religion we are turning our focus back to the Very Hungry Caterpillar as our focus for Lent.  We will work on making our own caterpillars, creating a stick puppet set, and painting a caterpillar Lent prayer.  We will join PK-2nd for Stations of the Cross on  Friday before our Easter Celebration. 

Science:
This week during science we will finish up our unit on Healthy Eating.  We will reread one of my favorite stories, Strega Nona by Tomie DePaola as we talk about the grain group and review all 5 food groups before taking a few days off from science/social studies to have fun read aloud times for some great Easter stories!

Notes & Announcements:
Save the Date Reminders:  Tuesday, June 9th we will celebrate our Kindergarten year at Patapsco State Park from 10:00/11:00 (flexible arrival time) until 2:00.  Friday, May 29th we will visit the Carrie Murray Nature Center for our Spring Field Trip. 

Wacky Tacky Day:  Student Council is sponsoring a Wacky Tacky Day on Friday (March 27th) for a donation of $2.00.  All money raised will go toward Operation Rice Bowl. 

Easter Celebration: We will have our Easter celebration this Friday (March 27th) from 1:45-2:30.  We will have a snack and egg hunt on the playground!

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

Sunday, March 15, 2015


This Week in Kindergarten 
March 16 - March 20

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will finish up our last unit in SuperKids Semester 1.  We will begin Semester 2 - SuperKids Club on Wednesday and will focus on the letter Bb.  We will also be working on the structure of writing friendly letters and practice writing friendly letters as a whole group.  We will also be working on learning about plurals and how to change words from singular to plural by adding "s" to the end. 

Math:
During math this week we will be working on making the numbers 8, 9, and 10 using addition sentences.  We will begin Topic 10 (Composing Numbers 11-19) on Thursday.  During this unit, we will focus on adding to 10 to make larger numbers.  For example 10+2=12 and 10+4=14.

Religion:
This week during religion we will work through our Kindergarten Growing In Love book.  Please return your Parent Connection Family Life book by Wednesday, March 25th.  If you did not hand in your permission slip and would like your child to participate in Growing In Love instruction this week, please send in your permission slip tomorrow or write a note in your child's folder giving permission for your child to participate. 

A Note About Mass - Due to the standardized testing schedule Kindergarten will not attend mass this Friday at 11:15.  K and PK will attend at STEM assembly at 10:30 then K will go to specials as usual.  Next Friday (March 27),Kindergarten will join PK-2 next week for Stations of the Cross followed by our Easter Celebration.

Science:
This week in science we will continue to work through our Healthy Eating unit.  We have focused on the fruit and vegetable group so far and will focus on the dairy, protein and grain groups this week. 

Notes & Announcements:

IMPORTANT SCHEDULE CHANGE - With the extension of the school year due to snow days, Kindergarten's Last Day of school will now be Tuesday, June 9th.  Our reservation at Patapsco State Park has been changed from June 5th to June 9th.  Kindergarten's last day at school will be Monday, June 8th and we will celebrate our year as a class at the Tire Park on Tuesday, June 9th. 

Spring Field Trip - Our spring field trip will be on Friday, May 29th.  We will go to the Carrie Murray Nature Center and will participate in two programs:  Five Senses Nature Walk and Birds of Prey

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

Sunday, March 8, 2015


This Week in Kindergarten
March 8 - March 13

I think we will have a full week this week!!  It will be nice to get some momentum going as we move toward Easter Break. 

As we were only in class one day last week and half of that was spent on our field trip to Goucher College, the look at this week will closely mirror that of last.  Completing several of the SuperKids student book pages at home for snow day activities will be extremely helpful in moving into our last Unit of Semester 1.  It will be my goal to begin that unit this week.   

We have a little more flexibility in Religion, Math and Science to pick up where we left off week before last and still be in good shape to complete everything by the end of the year.  For a look at what we'll be up to in Religion, Math and Science please see last week's post. 

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

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