Sunday, April 23, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
April 24th - April 28th


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will jump right in to our next SuperKids unit on the Letter Pp and the /p/ sound.  We will also introduce our next four Memory Words (we're almost at the end of our list!!).  Our new words this week will be:  make, up, down, all.  We will be moving from writing Friendly Letters into Opinion Writing this week and will increase our writing time in the classroom as we learn more and more great writing skills :-)

Math:
This week in math we will review Bar Graphs and will move into our next type of graph, Tally Graphs.  We will continue to review and practice Numbers to 120, Addition and Subtraction as we move forward with our Graphing & Data Unit.

Religion:
This week in religion we will focus on two Bible Hereos, Ester and Joseph, which we'll add to our books we've been working on.  We will be joining our 8th Grade buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.

Science:
This week in science we will continue with our Force & Motion unit and will pull in a bit of LA this week :-)  Our theme for the week will be Huff & Puff.  We will explore how we can move things by huffing and puffing like the Big Bad Wolf did in the class story of the Three Little Pigs.  This week we'll read several versions of the story and will practice identifying story elements as we go through the week.  We'll finish up our week with a fun STEM activity related to both the story and our Science topic :-)

Earth Day:
Throughout the week we will also slide in several Earth Day themed activities as we celebrate our wonderful Earth that God created!


Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES - Mark Your Calendar!
    • Muffins with Mom - Friday, April 28th @ 7:30
    • SCHOOL CLOSED - Friday, May 5th (Professional Day)
    • Mother's Day Celebration - Friday, May 12th from 2:00-3:15
    • Spring Field Trip - Thursday, May 18th
    • Race for Education - Friday, May 19th (Early Dismissal Day)
    • SCHOOL CLOSED - Monday, May 29th (Memorial Day)
    • End of Year Picnic - Monday, June 5th
  • FRIDAY FLYER
    • Please make sure to read through the Friday Flyer each week.  It is packed full of useful information....especially on upcoming events and activities!  
  • DONATIONS NEEDED IN K
    • Thank you to those who have been able to donate cleaning wipes to our classroom.  We will continue to collect these anytime you are able to donate.  Cleaning wipes get used up quickly as we snack, craft, paint and have lots of messy fun in the classroom :-) 
Have a Wonderful Week!!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Saturday, April 8, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
April 10th - April 12th
SCHOOL CLOSED April 13th - April 23rd for Easter Break


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will finish up our SuperKids unit on the Letter Mm.  Prior to leaving for Easter Break we will take time to review all letter sounds introduced thus far as well as the writing skills we've been working on over the course of the year.  We will continue to work on beginning blends and will review Memory Words daily.  

Math:
This week in math we'll finish up our bar graph portion of our Graphing & Data unit.  When we return from break we will take time to review bar graphs and move forward with our Graphing Unit.  We will continue to review Numbers to 120, Counting Sets, Addition and Subtraction as we move toward the end of our Kindergarten math curriculum.  

Religion:
This week in religion we will focus on Holy Week and will review the Stations of the Cross as we prepare for Easter Break.

Science:
This week in science we will continue with our Force & Motion unit.  We continue to build vocabulary and will do two exploration activities to determine how different forces make objects move and how objects move on different surfaces.  We will spend time outside with both tennis balls and bouncy balls this week :-) 

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES - Mark Your Calendar!
    • Muffins with Mom - Friday, April 28th 
    • Spring Field Trip - Thursday, May 18th 
    • Mother's Day Celebration - Friday, May 12th from 2:00-3:15
    • End of Year Picnic - Monday, June 5th
  • FRIDAY FLYER
    • Please make sure to read through the Friday Flyer each week.  It is packed full of useful information....especially on upcoming events and activities! 
  • SPRING OUTREACH PROJECT
    • Many Thanks to everyone for all the canned fruit donations!  
  • DONATIONS NEEDED IN K
    • Thank you to those who have been able to donate cleaning wipes to our classroom.  We will continue to collect these anytime you are able to donate.  Cleaning wipes get used up quickly as we snack, craft, paint and have lots of messy fun in the classroom :-) 
Have a wonderful week and a blessed Easter Break!!  
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 


Saturday, April 1, 2017


This Week in Kindergarten
April 3rd - April 7th


FREE DRESS MONDAY!
IN CELEBRATION OF ALL OF THE AMAZING 
CHARACTER COUNTS DOORS CREATED BY EACH CLASS 
MONDAY, APRIL 3RD WILL BE A SCHOOL-WIDE FREE DRESS DAY!!

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will move forward into our SuperKids unit on the letter Mm and the /m/ sound.  We will add three new words to our Memory Word Wall:  put, be, look.  We will continue to build writing skills as we encode in our writing journals and work to add details to our writing.  We will spend time working on decoding skills in small groups in our SuperKids leveled readers (can be found on SuperKids app under "bookshelf").

Math:
This week in math we will move into our next unit - Data & Graphing.  We will begin our work with data and graphing by looking at how bar graphs can be used to collect data.  We will be working on several shared writing pieces as we gather information from our graphs.

Religion:
This week in religion we will be focusing on Lent as we review Station of the Cross by working on posters.  We will also be working on our second set of Bible Verse coloring sheets which will serve as place mats for the April Senior Lunch.  We will join PK-2nd Grade for a Primary Team Stations of the Cross on Wednesday morning and our 8th Grade Buddies at mass on Friday at 9:00.

Science:
This week we will begin our last big science unit for the year - Forces & Interactions.  Our focus this week will be to define motion and force.  We will be focusing on push and pull forces and completing several activities to see how weight effects how much force must be applied to an object in order for it to be put into motion.  We will also take a look at how the amount of force applied to an object effects how far and at what speed the object will move.

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES - Mark Your Calendar!
    • CC! Free Dress - Monday, April 3rd
    • Muffins with Mom - Friday, April 28th 
    • Spring Field Trip - Thursday, May 18th 
    • Mother's Day Celebration - Friday, May 12th from 2:00-3:15
    • End of Year Picnic - Monday, June 5th
  • FRIDAY FLYER
    • Please make sure to read through the Friday Flyer each week.  It is packed full of useful information....especially on upcoming events and activities! 
    • Please make note that school is now CLOSED on Thursday, April 13th as the beginning of our Easter Break.
  • SPRING OUTREACH PROJECT
    • Each class will be working to collect food donations for local food banks during the week of April 3rd.  Kindergarten has been assigned canned fruit.  Please see the flyer in the Friday Flyer for further information.
  • DONATIONS NEEDED IN K
    • Thank you to those who have been able to donate cleaning wipes to our classroom.  We will continue to collect these anytime you are able to donate.  Cleaning wipes get used up quickly as we snack, craft, paint and have lots of messy fun in the classroom :-)  
Have a wonderful week!!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, March 26, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
March 27th - March 31st

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will move into our next SuperKids unit on the letter Nn and the /n/ sound.  We will continue to review Memory Words daily and will also continue to build writing skills each day as we work on Friendly Letters and Picture Prompt Writing activities.  Our phonics work is now consistently including beginning blends such as the /fl/ in flower, floor, and flag.  We are also continuing to work on writing more independently - students are encouraged to use the sounds they hear in the words as they say them slowly to build their encoding skills.

Math:
This week in math we will be continuing to move through our Measurement unit.  We will focus on finishing up height measurement and move forward with measuring capacity and weight using a balance scale.  We will continue to review Numbers to 120, Addition and Subtraction throughout the week.

Religion:
This week in religion we will make the "wings" for our Lenten butterflies as we review The Very Hungry Caterpillar and how we can use it as an example of change.  We will take time to review the connection of the change of a caterpillar into a butterfly with the changes we can make during Lent to grow closer to God.  We will also move to our next Bible Hero - David.  We will have a class Stations of the Cross on Friday.  There will be no mass this week due to testing in Grades 2-8.

Character Counts!:
This week we will be celebrating Character Counts with buddy activities and a Fun Run on Wednesday.  Our class color is GREEN in celebration of the pillar of Responsibility.  Students should wear their uniform sweatpants, green shirts and comfy shoes on Wednesday for the run :-)

**We will have several CC! activities plus a couple of Spring themed art activities in the classroom this week - we will NOT have Science/SS this week but will move forward with our last big Science unit next week.**

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES - Mark Your Calendar!
    • Character Counts Fun Run - Wednesday, March 29th (K wears GREEN)
    • Muffins with Mom - Friday, April 28th 
    • Spring Field Trip - Thursday, May 18th 
    • Mother's Day Celebration - Friday, May 12th from 2:00-3:15
    • End of Year Picnic - Monday, June 5th
  • FRIDAY FLYER
    • Please make sure to read through the Friday Flyer each week.  It is packed full of useful information....especially on upcoming events and activities!  
    • Please make note that school is now CLOSED on Thursday, April 13th as the beginning of our Easter Break.
  • DONATIONS NEEDED IN K
    • Thank you to those who have been able to donate cleaning wipes to our classroom.  We will continue to collect these anytime you are able to donate.  Cleaning wipes get used up quickly as we snack, craft, paint and have lots of messy fun in the classroom :-)  
Have a wonderful week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, March 19, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
March 20th - March 24th


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will work in our unit on the letter Rr.  We will also add four new words to our Memory Word Wall:  get, yes, what, no. While we continue to work on building skills for decoding and encoding beginning, middle and ending sounds we are not adding consonant blends into our word work.  Students are now working to recognize beginning blends such as /cl/ in words like class, cloud and clap.  We will also be continuing to work on rhyming words throughout the week during small group instructions.

Math:
This week in math we will continue in our Measurement unit with fun activities on both length and height.  In Kindergarten, while we will do several measurement activities using nonstandard units of measurement, our main goal will be to build our measurement vocabulary and work to discuss and write about comparing measurements.  For example:  The blue flower is taller than the red flower but the yellow flower is the tallest in the garden.  We will continue to review Numbers to 120, addition and subtraction during our morning calendar time, as a daily warm-up and during small group instruction.

Religion:
This week in religion we will complete our Bible Heroes page on the story of Daniel and the Lions Den.  We will also begin a resurrection craft and do Stations of the Cross a couple of times this week.  On Thursday, we will talk about the Annunciation (March 25th).  We will join the PK-2nd Grade classes for Stations of the Cross on Wednesday morning and will join our 8th Grade Buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.

Science:
This week in science we will continue with our My Plate unit on healthy eating and the 5 Food Groups.  We will work on tying in the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar and create our own Kindergarten caterpillar as a fun addition to our unit :-)

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES - Mark Your Calendar!
    • March Fun Run - Monday, March 20th @ 1:15 (Students should wear PE Uniform, comfortable shoes.....green shirts are welcome!)
    • March Sharing Day - Friday, March 24th (Theme:  Teeny Tiny Treasure)
    • Doughnuts with Dad - Friday, March 24th from 7:30-8:20 (registration information in Friday Flyer)
    • Muffins with Mom - Friday, April 28th 
    • Spring Field Trip - Thursday, May 18th 
    • Mother's Day Celebration - Friday, May 12th from 2:00-3:15
    • End of Year Picnic - Monday, June 5th
Have a wonderful week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Saturday, March 11, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten 
March 13th - March 17th 


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will finish up our unit on the letter Bb by reading "The Big Bus" in our student books.  We will be spending much more time reading independently, in small groups and in whole group as we continue in our second semester of SuperKids.  Midweek we will begin our next unit on the letter Rr.  We will continue to work on handwriting and writing activities weekly.  Our writing is coming along wonderfully!  I reviewed last week's journal writing using March words and am so impressed with how creative students are being in their writing!!  We will also continue to review Memory Words daily.  

Math:

This week in math we will move into our new unit - Measurement.  This week our focus will be tools used for measuring, measurement vocabulary and measuring length using nonstandard units of measurement.  We will continue to review Numbers to 120, Addition and Subtraction weekly during our math warm-up time and during our small group rotations.  

Religion:

This week in religion we will continue in our Bible Heroes book with the story of Daniel.  We will also read about and celebrate St. Patrick toward the end of the week.  We will also spending time with the Stations of the Cross throughout the week.  We will join our 8th Grade Buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.  

Science:

This week in science we'll begin a mini unit on Keeping Healthy.  This week we'll focus on My Plate and the five food groups. 

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES - Mark Your Calendar!
    • Doughnuts with Dad - Friday, March 24th from 7:30-8:20 (registration information in Friday Flyer)
    • Muffins with Mom - Friday, April 28th 
    • Spring Field Trip - Thursday, May 18th 
    • Mother's Day Celebration - Friday, May 12th from 2:00-3:15
    • End of Year Picnic - Monday, June 5th
  • Follow SAS on Twitter @StAugustineElem 
Have a wonderful week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, March 5, 2017




This Week in Kindergarten 
March 6th - March 10th

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A BIG Thank You to all of our Guest Readers last week!  It was wonderful to have so many families share in our Read Across America fun with us!! 


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will be finishing up our first semester of SuperKids and our unit on the letter Uu. We will be adding the words at, play and me to our Memory Word Wall this week.  We will move into our second semester on Wednesday and begin our unit on the letter Bb.  As we move into our second semester, we will spend more time in our guided reading groups and reading in lots of fun ways in the classroom!  Each new unit will bring three new SuperKid books to your SuperKids bookshelf.  Books with one diamond are the basic level reader, books with two diamonds indicate an intermediate amount of reading and decodable words and books with three diamonds are the enrichment books for the unit.  All students will have access to all books through the SuperKids online portal and can practice reading independently, reading with someone or listening to the stories. 

Math:
This week in math we will spend time reviewing Numbers to 120, Addition, Subtraction and Place Value.  All students have made wonderful progress in their math skills this year!  I am looking forward to a great third trimester of Kindergarten Math!!  

Religion:
This week in religion we will take time away from our Bible Heroes book to focus on several Lenten activities.  We will spend some time working in an interactive reader ("Lent Reminds Us Of Jesus") and reading "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".  We will be working to make the connection that just as the caterpillar changed over the course of the book, our Lenten journey is a time of change - change to grow closer to God.  We will revisit this book several times throughout Lent :-)  We will join our 8th Grade Buddies for Mass on Friday at 9:00.  

Social Studies:
This week we will finish up our US Symbols unit in social studies.  Our focus this week will be the White House.  We will take some time to review the symbols we learned about and will finish up any last minute writing in our US Symbols books which will come home at the end of the week.  

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES - Mark Your Calendar!
    • Grandparents Day - Thursday, March 9th 
      • Weather permitting K visitors will meet the class on the playground for recess at 10:30 then head into the classroom for a read aloud, math activity and religion activity.  
    • Spring Field Trip - Thursday, May 18th 
    • Mother's Day Celebration - Friday, May 12th from 2:00-3:15
    • End of Year Picnic - Monday, June 5th
  • Follow SAS on Twitter @StAugustineElem 
  • Substitute on Friday:
    • Ms. Cramer (with the help of Miss Lisa) will be substituting in Kindergarten on Friday as I will be screening incoming Kindergarten students for the 2017-2018 school year.  I will be away from e-mail most of the day.  If any dismissal changes arise, please let the main office know and they will get word to Ms. Cramer.  Thanks!!
Have a wonderful week!!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz