Sunday, June 2, 2019



Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School 

This Week in Kindergarten 
June 3rd - June 7th
~ When We Serve Others, We Serve Christ ~


Dear Kindergarten Families,

It's hard to believe, but our year is coming to a close!  Looking back over the year our class has grown in so many ways!  It's truly a pleasure to teach Kindergarten and see the academic and social growth of each student!  This year is bittersweet as Ms. Cramer and I will be moving on to new roles as our last class together heads off to 1st Grade.  We are thankful to have spent this last year with you!  Thank you for all of your support and encouragement over the course of the year.  You are the first and most influential teachers to your children and we are grateful to have partnered with you on their educational journey this year!  

We will take this last week together to finish up units in all subject areas, prep to close up the classroom for summer, ready for our End of Year Picnic on Thursday and have lots of fun enjoying our last three classroom days together!  We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday at Patapsco State Park.  

Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning All Summer Long!
See You Thursday!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Thursday, May 30, 2019




As you begin to gather books for summer reading, check out the link below for some fun book ideas from a great go-to blog for reading :-)  There are TONS of great reading ideas to be found on the "What Do We Do All Day?" blog.  Click HERE for book ideas for June and check out the site for book ideas for all grade levels!  Happy Summer Reading!  

Monday, May 27, 2019



Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School 

This Week in Kindergarten 
May 27th - May 31st
~ When We Serve Others, We Serve Christ ~



Language Arts:
This week in LA we will take time to review all short and vowel sounds and ready for our End of Year Benchmark assessments for our LA program.  We will continue to practice handwriting, friendly letters, and opinion writing.  We will also review all Kindergarten 40 sight words.

Math:
This week in math we will continue to work in our 3D Shapes unit.  We will focus on attributes of cones and spheres before beginning to review all 2D and 3D Shapes at the end of the week.  

Religion:
This week in religion we will continue to work in our People of the Bible with a focus on Queen Ester, Joseph, Ruth and Peter.  We will join our 8th Grade Buddies on Friday for our last school mass of the year (for Kindergarten) at 9:00 - all are welcome!

Science:
This week in science we will wrap up our mini-unit on plants as a follow up to our Spring Field Trip.  We will continue to focus on plant parts and plant needs this week.  

Dates to Note:
  • Tuesday, May 28th: Donuts w/Dad
  • Thursday, June 6th: Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration @ Patapsco State Park 
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Mrs. Weatherholtz  

Sunday, May 19, 2019



Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School 

This Week in Kindergarten 
May 20th - May 24th
~ When We Serve Others, We Serve Christ ~


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will focus on our last Long Vowel sound, Long Ee.  We will also add our two last words to the word wall, come and does.  This week we will continue to review writing skills as well as decoding CVC words in our reading.  We will be reviewing all of the strategies we've worked on throughout the year as we spend time reviewing our Unit 9 and Unit 10 leveled readers.  The Howard County Public Library will be visiting on Thursday to preview their summer reading program :-)  

Math:
This week in math we'll continue to focus on 3D Shapes (cube, cone, cylinder, and sphere).  We will be taking an introductory look at the attributes of each shapes (edges, faces and vertices) as well as how each shape moves (roll, stack, slide).  We are using the following YouTube video to review 3D shapes (CAUTION - It WILL get stuck in your head - LOL).  Click HERE to take a listen :-)

Religion:
This week in religion we will focus on and review several people of the Bible and familiar Bible stories.  As we move through this mini-unit, we will focus on how the people we are studying about trusted God to accomplish great things.  We will focus on Noah, Moses, Daniel and David this week.  We will join our 8th Grade Buddies for mass at 9:00 on Friday.  

Science:
This week in science we will continue to review how things move with some fun outside learning opportunities while we turn our focus inside on reviewing what we learned about plants on our spring field trip.  We will take a quick look at plant parts, plant needs and how plants grow over the next two weeks to wrap up our science instruction for the year.  

Dates to Note:
  • Tuesday, May 21st: Mrs. Weatherholtz Out for PD Off-Site; Ms. Cramer & Mrs. Bodendorf Sub
  • Tuesday, May 21st:  Kindergarten Field Day Activities during PE - Mrs. Reiniger will provide ice pops for all K students at the end of the period :-) 
  • Thursday, May 23rd & Friday, May 24th: Mrs. Weatherholtz Out; Ms. Cramer & Mrs. Bodendorf Sub 
  • Monday, May 27th: School CLOSED (Memorial Day Holiday)
  • Tuesday, May 28th: Donuts w/Dad
  • Thursday, June 6th: Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration @ Patapsco State Park 
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, May 12, 2019




Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School 

This Week in Kindergarten 
May 13th - May 17th
~ When We Serve Others, We Serve Christ ~


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will be focusing on our next long vowel sound with the long /u/ sound.  We will also add the words good and who to the word wall (only 2 more words for the year!).  This week we will continue to practice opinion writing as well as writing our second friendly letters.  We will also continue to review concepts of print and identify story elements in fiction texts.  

Math:
This week in math we will wrap up our graphing and data lessons and move into our final unit of the year, 3D Shapes.  Our unit will focus on identifying the difference between 2D and 3D shapes as well as describing 3D Shapes by their attributes (faces, edges, vertices) and how they move (roll, stack, slide).  We will focus primarily on cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres and will touch on rectangular prisms and pyramids as well.  

Religion:
This week we will turn our focus to the Blessed Mother, Mary this week as we ready to celebrate the May Procession and Crowning of Mary on Friday.  We will join our 8th Grade buddies for a very special mass as our 2nd Grade class celebrates their First Holy Communion with the school community.  Immediately following mass, we will process with our buddies to the statue of Mary in front of the PK classrooms for the crowning by our 8th Grade Religious Coordinator.  All are welcome to join!  All students are invited to bring a flower from home to add to our class vase that will be placed at the statue of Mary during the crowning :-) 

Science:
This week in science we will continue to explore force and motion.  We will focus on gravity this week as we create a fun ocean art project to go along with the fiction text A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle.  

Dates to Note:
  • Thursday, May 16th: Spring Field Trip (Sharp's Farm) (Chaperones Welcome!) 
  • Friday, May 17th: Muffins w/Mom, 2nd Grade First Communion Mass & May Procession
  • Tuesday, May 21st: Mrs. Weatherholtz Out for PD Off-Site; Ms. Cramer & Mrs. Bodendorf Sub
  • Thursday, May 23rd & Friday, May 24th: Mrs. Weatherholtz Out; Ms. Cramer & Mrs. Bodendorf Sub 
  • Monday, May 27th: School CLOSED (Memorial Day Holiday)
  • Tuesday, May 28th: Donuts w/Dad
  • Thursday, June 6th: Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration @ Patapsco State Park 
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, May 5, 2019




Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School 

This Week in Kindergarten 
April 29th - May 3rd
~ When We Serve Others, We Serve Christ ~


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will continue with our focus on Long Vowels with a focus on the Long O sound. We will also add the words where and look to our word wall.  While we continue to review informative and opinion writing as we journal write, we will add our last type of writing this week as we learn about writing friendly letters.  We will practice writing letters with a heading, greeting, body, closing and signature to classmates and friends all around the school :-)  

Math:
This week in math we will continue to work in our Data & Graphing unit.  This week we will be reviewing bar graphs and learning more about working with tally marks.  We will continue to review numbers to 120, addition, subtraction and place value daily as a math warm-up and calendar time.  

Religion:
This week in religion we will revisit and complete our Fruit of the Spirit prayer journals that we began before stopping to turn our focus toward Lent and Easter.  After we complete our prayer journals, we will spend our remaining time in religion focusing on the Blessed Mother and people and stories of the Bible.  We will join our 8th Grade buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00 - all are welcome!!

Science:
This week in science we will continue with our unit on Force & Motion.  This week we'll tie in literature as we complete Three Little Pigs themed lessons.  Throughout our unit we will be focusing on how things move, how an objects shape, size, and weight effect the way it moves and how much force we need to apply to objects to move them.  

SAS STEM Night:
Be on the look out for more information for our 1st Annual STEM Night coming up in May in this weeks E-News :-)  See the sign-up link below to RSVP.


Dates to Note:
  • Monday, May 6th: School CLOSED (AOB Professional Development)
  • Thursday, May 9th: STEM Night @ SAS
  • Thursday, May 16th: Spring Field Trip (Sharp's Farm) (Chaperones Welcome!) 
  • Friday, May 17th: Muffins w/Mom, 2nd Grade First Communion Mass & May Procession
  • Tuesday, May 21st: Mrs. Weatherholtz Out for PD Off-Site; Ms. Cramer & Mrs. Bodendorf Sub
  • Thursday, May 23rd & Friday, May 24th: Mrs. Weatherholtz Out; Ms. Cramer & Mrs. Bodendorf Sub 
  • Monday, May 27th: School CLOSED (Memorial Day Holiday)
  • Tuesday, May 28th: Donuts w/Dad
  • Thursday, June 6th: Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration @ Patapsco State Park 
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, April 28, 2019



Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School 

This Week in Kindergarten 
April 29th - May 3rd
~ When We Serve Others, We Serve Christ ~


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will continue working with long vowel sounds, focusing on the Long Ii.  We will differentiate the long and short /i/ sound in CVC and CVCe words such as kit and kite.  We will add the words has and play to our sight word wall.  We will review informative and opinion writing this week before adding new type of writing next week, Friendly Letters.  The Howard County Library will be visiting this week with STEM themed books/songs :-)  

Math:
This week in math we will begin our unit on Graphing & Data.  Over the course of this unit we will learn about picture graphs, bar graphs and tally graphs.  We will focus on how to create a graph and how to use the information given on a graph.  

Religion:
This week in religion we will be completing an interactive book for our May book bags with a "Signs of New Life" theme as we move into spring with new life all around :-)  We will also be working to create spring placemats for May Senior Lunch.  We will revisit and finish up our Fruit of the Spirit prayer journals before moving into our final topics of the year; The Blessed Mother, Mary and An Introduction to People of the Bible.  We will join our 8th Grade Buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00 - all are welcome!  

Science: 
This week we will begin our final Science unit of the year, Force & Motion.  This week we will focus on defining unit vocabulary and exploring how things move.  This unit is very hands on and focused on exploration and discussion of our findings - it's always a favorite!!  We will take advantage of the warmer weather and hopefully have several science lessons outside during this interactive unit :-) 

SAS STEM Night:
Be on the look out for more information for our 1st Annual STEM Night coming up in May in this weeks E-News :-)  See the sign-up link below to RSVP.


Dates to Note:
  • Saturday, May 4th: Backyard Bash BBQ
  • Monday, May 6th: School CLOSED (AOB Professional Development)
  • Thursday, May 9th: STEM Night @ SAS
  • Thursday, May 16th: Spring Field Trip (Sharp's Farm) (Chaperones Welcome!) 
  • Friday, May 17th: Muffins w/Mom, 2nd Grade First Communion Mass & May Procession
  • Tuesday, May 21st: Mrs. Weatherholtz Out for PD Off-Site; Ms. Cramer & Mrs. Bodendorf Sub
  • Thursday, May 23rd & Friday, May 24th: Mrs. Weatherholtz Out; Ms. Cramer & Mrs. Bodendorf Sub 
  • Monday, May 27th: School CLOSED (Memorial Day Holiday)
  • Tuesday, May 28th: Donuts w/Dad
  • Thursday, June 6th: Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration @ Patapsco State Park 
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, April 14, 2019



Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School 

This Week in Kindergarten 
April 15th - April 19th
~ When We Serve Others, We Serve Christ ~


Ms. Cramer and I wish all Kindergarten Families a wonderful Easter Break with family and friends.  We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday, April 29th to enter into the final stretch of our year together!  

Language Arts:
During this short week in the classroom we will take a few days to review the letters and sight words introduced thus far.  There will be no new letters/words this week.  We will review letter sounds, blending to build CVC words, handwriting, sentence structure and using details to enhance our writing. 

Math:
This week in math we will review measurement of length, height, capacity and weight.  We will continue to review addition/subtraction facts and numbers to 120 daily during our calendar routines.  We will begin our unit on Data & Graphing when we return from Easter Break.  

Religion:
This week in religion we will focus on Holy Week.  We will create a Holy Week retelling poster and continue to work in our Easter and Stations of the Cross readers.  We will join our 8th Grade Buddies on Wednesday for mass at 9:00 - all are welcome! 

Science:
We will take this week to pause between units to complete a few miscellaneous activities.  When we return from break, we will pick up with science as we move into our last major science unit of the year - Force & Motion.  

SAS STEM Night:
Be on the look out for more information for our 1st Annual STEM Night coming up in May in this weeks E-News :-)  See the sign-up link below to RSVP.

STEM Night RSVP

Dates to Note:
  • April 17th - Easter Celebration in Classroom from 2:00-3:00
  • April 18th - April 26th: School Closed - Easter Break 
  • Saturday, May 4th: Backyard Bash BBQ
  • Thursday, May 9th: STEM Night @ SAS
  • Thursday, May 16th: Spring Field Trip (Sharp's Farm) (Chaperones Welcome!) 
  • Thursday, June 6th: Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration @ Patapsco State Park 
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, April 7, 2019



Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School
This Week in Kindergarten 
April 8th - April 12th
~ When We Serve Others, We Serve Christ ~


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will begin our focus on long vowel sounds with the Long A sound.  In Kindergarten our focus will be to differentiate the long and short /a/ sound in CVC and CVCe words such as cap and cape.  We will add the words help and too to the word wall.  We will continue to work on opinion and informative writing throughout the week.

Math:
This week in math we will continue in our measurement unit with a focus on measuring weight and capacity.  We will review measuring length and height during small group activities.  

Religion:
This week in religion we will begin working on Holy Week posters as we move toward Holy Week next week.  We will join the Early Childhood Team for Stations of the Cross on Thursday.  We will NOT be joining our 8th Grade Buddies for Mass this week due to Vision and Hearing Screening beginning at 9:00.  Please Note:  I apologize for the need to complete Vision & Hearing Screening forms twice - thank you for filling out and returning the updated form sent home late last week.  

Science: 
This week in science we will work to complete our Habitat unit with informative writing about desert and freshwater habitats as well as taking a quick look at grassland habitats.  We will work in small groups at the end of the week to create habitat posters to demonstrate our learning throughout the unit.  

SAS STEM Night:
Be on the look out for more information for our 1st Annual STEM Night coming up in May in this weeks E-News :-)  See the sign-up link below to RSVP.

STEM Night RSVP

Dates to Note:
  • UPDATE:  April 15th APRIL 8TH - Spring Uniforms Begin (Please review the uniform policy in the student handbook as we transition back into spring uniforms)
  • April 17th - Easter Celebration in Classroom from 2:00-3:00
  • April 18th - April 26th: School Closed - Easter Break 
  • Saturday, May 4th: Backyard Bash BBQ
  • Thursday, May 9th: STEM Night @ SAS
  • Thursday, May 16th: Spring Field Trip (Sharp's Farm) (Chaperones Welcome!) 
  • Thursday, June 6th: Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration @ Patapsco State Park 
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, March 31, 2019



Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School
This Week in Kindergarten 
April 1st - April 5th
~ When We Serve Others, We Serve Christ ~


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will be having a review week.  We will be reviewing all 26 letters and their sounds with a focus on short vowel sounds before beginning to work with long vowel sounds next week.  We will also review all sight words introduced thus far before beginning to add new words next week.  

Math:
This week during math we will complete several measurement activities focusing on height then spend a few days reviewing addition facts, number bonds and subtraction facts.  We will continue with our measurement unit next week as we begin to learn about measuring weight and capacity.

Religion:
This week in religion we will begin our Growing in Love lessons as well as continue to do the Stations of the Cross as we continue our focus on Lent.  We will join our 8th Grade Buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00 - all are welcome!

Science:
This week in science we will explore our next two habitats; desert and freshwater habitats.  We will take a look at examples of living and nonliving things in each habitat and compare/contrasts the habitats through sorting and informative writing.  

SAS STEM Night:
Be on the look out for more information for our 1st Annual STEM Night coming up in May in this weeks E-News :-)  See the sign-up link below to RSVP.

STEM Night RSVP

Dates to Note:
  • April 3rd - April 5th: Mrs. Weatherholtz attending LA Conference - Welcome Guest Teacher Ms. Bodendorf 
  • April 15th - Spring Uniforms Begin 
  • April 18th - April 26th: School Closed - Easter Break 
  • Saturday, May 4th: Backyard Bash BBQ
  • Thursday, May 9th: STEM Night @ SAS
  • Thursday, May 16th: Spring Field Trip (Sharp's Farm) (Chaperones Welcome!) 
  • Thursday, June 6th: Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration @ Patapsco State Park 
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Mrs. Weatherholtz