Monday, May 30, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten
May 31st - June 3rd

The last blog post of the year is always bittersweet.  This year has been wonderful!  As hard as it is to say good-bye to such a great class it is also so very easy to look back and see how much the children have grown!  They are ready to move forward to 1st Grade!  This week we will tie up loose ends in our curriculum and begin the big job of "taking down" the classroom to ready it for summer cleaning.  We will have lots of fun together this week and will end our week celebrating at our End of the Year Celebration Picnic on Friday :-)  Below are a few notes for the week - I will also e-mail picnic reminders on Thursday.

Book Picnic: Just a reminder that tomorrow we will have our Book Picnic during snack.  Students can bring a blanket/towel and book from home to take outside for our Book Picnic :-)

Moving Up Day:  Kindergarten students will have the opportunity to visit 1st Grade and officially meet Mrs. Clayton tomorrow afternoon!  This is always an exciting day!

Class Shirts:  Our Kindergarten class shirts are here and they look great!  They will come home on Wednesday.  All students should wear their class shirt to the picnic on Friday - they can be in free dress outside of their class shirt but should wear comfy shoes for play :-)

Final Days Schedule:  Kindergarten will be in school this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Thursday is our last day in the classroom as our celebration will be held at the park on Friday.  Kindergarten students WILL NOT attend school on Friday.  Kindergarten students will be finished of the year on Friday and will not be attending school on Monday (6/6), Tuesday (6/7) or Wednesday (6/8).

Thank you for all of your support and encouragement throughout the year!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning all summer long!!
Mrs. Weatherholtz

Sunday, May 22, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten
May 23rd - May 27th
~Our Last Full Week~

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will be working hard to complete as much of our final SuperKids units as possible.  We will work to finish up our unit on the letter Jj and will begin our last SuperKids student book for the year on the letters X, Y and Z.  We will be completing our final T3 assessments this week and will be wrapping up our curriculum for the year.

Math:
This week in math we will work to get through as many 3D shape activities as possible.  Our focus for 3D shapes will be cylinders, cubes, spheres, and cones.  We will be working to identify these shapes in the real world, identify how many faces (flat surfaces) each shape has and what the shape of each face is, and how each of these shapes move (roll, slide, stack).

Religion:
This week in Religion we will continue our reading on Mary.  We will also take a few lessons to focus on the rosary as a guide for prayer.  Tomorrow we will be writing "Thank You" friendly letters to Sr. Therese for all of her visits with our class this year.


Notes & Announcements:
Free Shoe & Accessory Day - As a "Balloon Pop Celebration" Kindergarten will have a Free Shoe & Accessory Day tomorrow :-)

End of Year Picnic - Our End of Year Picnic will be held on Friday, June 3rd.  Our last day in the classroom will be Thursday, June 2nd - Kindergarten students WILL NOT attend school on Friday, June 3rd.

Memorial Day - School CLOSED

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


Sunday, May 15, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten 
May 16th - May 20th

Scholastic Testing:
This week Kindergarten will be completing the Scholastic Readiness test.  We will be testing in three groups (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) from 9:15-11:15.  This test is a summative review of all skills we've worked on throughout the year and will be one of the tools used to aide in differentiated instruction in First Grade. 


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will be moving into our last units of our SuperKids program.  We will set our focus this week on the letters K, Q and J.  We will also focus on reading a play.  We're continuing to work on our writing skills daily and the class is making great progress!  We're working now to write at least two sentences on a topic.  

Math:
This week in math we'll begin working on 3D shapes.  During this unit we'll be working specifically on cylinders, spheres, cones and cubes.  We'll identify how many faces, sides and vertices each shapes has as well as how these shapes can move (roll, stack, slide).  We will be tying our last science unit, Forces, into our math unit as we explore push and pull using our shapes.  

Religion:
This week in Religion we will be focusing on Mary as we approach our May Procession & Crowning of Mary on Friday.  We will continue reading about Mary's life and will work on several activities to celebrate Mary.  We will join our 8th grade buddies on Friday for mass and our May Procession at 9:00.  After mass we will process to the Mary statue outside of Kindergarten for our crowning.  Each student is asked to bring a flower for our vase which will be carried during the procession.  During mass we will also celebrate our 2nd Grader's First Communion with the school community!  All families are welcome to attend :-)

Notes & Announcements:

Thursday Cancer Awareness Day:  
Students can dress out of uniform (I believe a color will be assigned to each class.......more info on that to come as it is passed along) with Wacky Hair for a donation of your choice.  All money collected will go to the Mercy Cancer Center and Wigs for Kids.  

Early Dismissal Friday:  
We will have a half day on Friday.  Students will be dismissed at 12:25.  

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

Sunday, May 8, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten
May 9th - May 13th

Please continue to keep the Flynn family in your thoughts and prayers.

Scholastic Testing: **POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT WEEK**
This week Kindergarten will be completing the Scholastic Readiness test.  We will be testing in three groups (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) from 9:15-11:15.  This test is a summative review of all skills we've worked on throughout the year and will be one of the tools used aide in differentiated instruction in First Grade.

Language Arts:
This week we will continue our unit on the letter Vv and begin our unit on the letter Ww.  Our last few units of SuperKids move fairly quickly and allow students to gain a significant amount of read practice in a short amount of time.  I recommend keeping student books as they come home to use for reading practice over the summer as each unit has a story for students to practice reading independently.

Math:
This week in Math we will finish up our unit on 2D shapes with a fun "What Does the Shape Say?" craft/writing activity.  We will begin our focus on 3D shapes next week.  During our 3D shapes unit we will be incorporating our last Science unit on forces as we discuss how 3D shapes move.

Religion:
This week in Religion we will finish our unit on The Fruits of the Spirit.  We will begin our focus on Mary as we move closer to our May 20th May Procession and Crowing of Mary as we celebrate Mary and our 2nd Graders First Holy Communion.

Science:
This week in science we'll finish up our unit on Plants by reading and writing about the stem and flower.  We will wrap up our unit by reviewing the needs of plants, plant parts and how those parts are important to the plant.

Notes & Announcements:
Race for Education:  Kindergarten will participate in the Race for Education tomorrow morning!  Please make sure to wear your race shirt, uniform shorts/pants, and comfortable shoes :-)

EOY Celebration:  We will celebrate the end of our Kindergarten year on Friday, June 3rd at Patapsco State Park.  Information will be coming home in hard copy in your child's folder early this week.

Kindergarten Class Shirts:  Class shirt orders will be submitted Tuesday, May 10th.  Please send in your order form and payment on Monday, May 9th if you would like a 2016 class shirt :-)

Spring Field Trip:  We will head to the Carrie Murray Nature Center by bus on Friday for our Spring Field Trip.  We have lots of chaperones signed up to join and are looking forward to a great day!  Please keep your fingers crossed for good weather!

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

Sunday, May 1, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten
May 2nd - May 6th

Language Arts:
This week in LA we'll move into our next SuperKid student book on the letters Pp, Vv and Ww.  During the last month in our SuperKids program we'll focus on using sounds to decode words when reading to build reading fluency.  Word lists will be coming home fairly quickly as we move through the last few units of our program - these are wonderful practice that can be kept to review over the summer and in preparation for First Grade :-) We'll also continue to focus on writing Friendly Letters and Opinion pieces.

Math:
This week in math we'll continue to work in our "What Do the Shapes Say?" 2D Shapes unit.  This week we'll finish up our shapes writing booklets and will work on a fun Fox Shape "craftivity"! After competing our 2D Shapes unit, we'll be moving on to our 3D Shapes unit which will be a cross-curricular unit with our Forces: Push & Pull unit in Science.

Religion:
This week in Religion we'll continue to work in our Fruits of the Spirit unit.  As we work in this unit we'll also be beginning to turn our focus on Mary for the month of May.  As we move closer to our May Crowning Day (May 20th), we'll take time to work on several activities related to Mary.

Science:
This week in Science we'll finish up our unit on Living and Nonliving things by identifying plant parts and their "job" for the plant.  Our focus will be on the following plant parts:  seed, roots, stem, leaves, flower.

Notes & Announcements:
May Homework:  May Homework will come home on Monday.  May homework is set up a bit different and is optional as our school year winds downs and families become busier every day with sports and after school activities.  Please read over the cover letter and let me know if you have any questions regarding May homework.

Mother's Day Celebration:  We will celebrate Kindergarten Moms on Thursday!  We're looking forward to welcoming moms for recess and into the classroom at 2:00 :-)

Race for Education:  We will participate in the school-wide Race for Education on Friday!  Our time will begin at 9:05 with PK, 1st and 2nd Grade.  We will have snowballs following the race at 10:10.  It is a school tradition to sign shirts following the race.  Students in K will be able to sign one another's shirts after our race time.

Field Day:  Grades 1-8 will have Field Day during the afternoon Friday.  K will not participate in the school-wide field day but will have their own "mini" field day during PE on the following Monday.

20 Days Left Countdown!:  Beginning Wednesday, we'll have our 20 Days Left Countdown incentive!  The class will be working to "earn" letters in the word BALLOON throughout the day for great whole-class behavior.  At the end of the day, if we've spelled BALLOON, we'll pop a balloon and see what fun activity lies inside!  I will send an e-mail for any activities that require bringing something from home (such as a stuffed animal for "Stuffed Animal Day" or a towel/blanket for "Book Picnic Day"). I'm hoping this will be a fun incentive to finish up our GREAT Kindergarten year!!

EOY Picnic:  Information regarding our End of the Year Picnic on June 3rd will be coming home this week.  Please be on the look out in your child's folder and let me know if you have any questions.

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

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