Sunday, September 17, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
September 18th - September 22nd
~ All Thing Bright and Merciful ~


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will continue with our Quick Start unit.  We will focus on letters Ii-Rr and will add the word can to our word wall.  We will focus on the nursery rhyme Little Miss Muffet for our rhyming practice and the fun story Tikki Tikki Tembo for retelling and sequencing.  We will also begin to learn the routines and procedures for our four group LA rotation this week :-)

Math:
This week in math we will continue to work in our first unit on 2D Shapes.  We will focus on the vocabulary words side and corner.  We will also work on comparing and contrasting 2D Shapes.  We will continue to practice patterns, counting to 100, days of the week and month of the year during our morning calendar routine and as a warm-up during our math time.

Religion:
This week during religion we will begin working on our God Created the World books.  Each day we will read a portion of the story of creation from various bible story books.  We will continue to practice the Our Father and God is Great prayers daily.  We will also be visiting the church this week to prepare for our first mass in October.

Social Studies:
(Please Note:  We were not able to begin our first social studies unit last week as we dedicated our time in the afternoons to developing our end of day routines and spent a bit of extra time on the playground in the afternoon to build social skills and build friendships with new classmates.)  

We will begin our year with a social studies unit and will alternate with science instruction moving forward throughout the year.  Our first social studies unit is People & Communities.  We will start our unit by chatting bout communities and the importance of rules.  We will review students' knowledge of community helpers through the week as we focus on the following questions:  Who helps in a community?  Who keeps our community healthy?  Who keeps our community safe?  Who keeps our community running?  

Character Counts:
Our CC! Pillar of the Month is Responsibility.  Over the course of the month we will incorporate read aloud stories about and examples of how we can be responsible in our classroom, our school, our home and our community. 

Mark Your Calendar:
  • Friday, September 22nd:  12:25 Dismissal (No Bus & No Aftercare due to SAS Team Professional Development)  
  • Thursday, November 2nd:  Kindergarten Fall Field Trip to Carrie Murray Nature Center
  • Tuesday, May 22nd:  Kindergarten Spring Field Trip to Sharp's Farm
  • Wednesday, June 6th:  Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration at Patapsco State Park (*Please Note:  This date is subject to change pending snow days over the winter months - any changes will be relayed ASAP)
Have a Wonderful Week!
Happy Playing, Laughing and Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 


Sunday, September 10, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
September 10th - September 15th
~ All Things Bright and Merciful ~


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will begin our first Wonders unit.  Each unit in the Wonders program spans 3 weeks and includes phonics instruction, high-frequency word practice, guided reading, writing practice and handwriting instruction.  The first unit is a "quick start" unit which will serve as an introduction of many of the routines students will see throughout the year during our hour-long language arts period each day.  This week we'll have a quick introduction to the letters Aa-Hh and the high-frequency word I.  We will also work in the well known nursery rhymes Jack and Jill and Little Miss Muffet.

Religion:
This week during religion we will take time to chat about a two important saints in our school community, St. Augustine and our Kindergarten classroom saint, St. Kateri.  We will also be practicing the Our Father prayer daily as well as the meal-time prayer God is Great.  At the end of the week we will begin our first unit God Made All Things as we begin reading and learning about the story of creation.  We will visit the church on Friday to begin to prepare for our first school mass in October.

Math:
This week in math we will begin to learn our math routines and procedures for the year.  We will begin this year's math instruction in our first topic, 2D Shapes.  As most students are familiar with many 2D shapes this is a perfect place to ease in and begin working on becoming independent workers and building our stamina for our 45-60 minute math period each day.  This week we'll focus on AB and ABC patterns as well as rectangles, squares, circles and triangles.  During our morning calendar routine we will practice days of the week, months of the year, counting to 120, place value and patterns daily :-)

Social Studies:
We will begin our year with a social studies unit and will alternate with science instruction moving forward throughout the year.  Our first social studies unit is People & Communities.  We will start our unit by chatting bout communities and the importance of rules.  We will review students' knowledge of community helpers through the week as we focus on the following questions:  Who helps in a community?  Who keeps our community healthy?  Who keeps our community safe?  Who keeps our community running?  

Character Counts:
Our CC! Pillar of the Month is Responsibility.  Over the course of the month we will incorporate read aloud stories about and examples of how we can be responsible in our classroom, our school, our home and our community.

Mark Your Calendar:

  • Monday, September 11th: Kindergarten Begins Full Day Schedule (8:25-3:25)
  • Thursday, September 14th:  Meet the Faculty Night (7:00-8:30)
  • Thursday, November 2nd:  Kindergarten Fall Field Trip to Carrie Murray Nature Center
  • Tuesday, May 22nd:  Kindergarten Spring Field Trip to Sharp's Farm
  • Wednesday, June 6th:  Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration at Patapsco State Park (*Please Note:  This date is subject to change pending snow days over the winter months - any changes will be relayed ASAP)

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

Thursday, September 7, 2017




Dear Kindergarten Families - 

Just a reminder that the CCASTA Staff and St Augustine School are hosting a Tailgate Party this Friday!! All are invited to enjoy free food, games, contests, cake walk, face-painting, Scholastic Book Fair Grand Opening & more at the St Augustine campus.  

Hope to see you there!!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Monday, September 4, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
September 5th - September 8th 
~ All Things Bright and Merciful ~ 


This week in Kindergarten our focus will be building a positive classroom community as students get to know their teachers, classmates and new classroom routines.  We will enjoy several Back to School read alouds together including Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Kissing Hand and Have You Filled A Bucket Today?  Through these wonderful stories we'll learn one another's names, that it's okay to miss home and how to be a kind and caring friend on this new school adventure.  We will also begin to explore lots of the wonderful learning materials in our classroom - this is always a fun part!  

We will have a wonderful week playing, laughing and learning together as we gear up for this wonderful year!  Please let me know if you have any questions :-) 

Mark Your Calendar:
Wednesday, September 6th: Group 1 First Day (8:25-12:25)
Thursday, September 7th: Group 2 First Day (8:25-12:25)
Friday, September 8th: Whole Group (8:25-12:25)
Friday, September 8th:  CCASTA and SAS Tailgate Party (6:00-8:00)
Monday, September 11th: Kindergarten Begins Full Day Schedule (8:25-3:25)
Thursday, September 14th:  Meet the Faculty Night (7:00-8:30)

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

Thursday, August 31, 2017



Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Welcome to Our New Room!!

We're looking forward to welcoming families at our 
Supply Drop Off on Friday, September 1st!

Last Name A-J - 9:00-12:00
Last Name K-Z - 1:00-3:00



Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Solar Eclipse 2017



Dear Kindergarten Families - 

As you know we're gearing up for the solar eclipse on August 21st.  Here in MD we'll be able to view a partial eclipse but many cities in the US will be in the total eclipse range for the first time in years! Check out the links below for a fun eclipse read aloud and nonfiction science video :-)  Enjoy the eclipse and don't forget to keep those eyes safe!  

"Someone is Eating the Sun" Read Aloud

Getting Ready for the Eclipse Informational Video
(Note:  The first 3 minutes of this video focus on the upcoming solar eclipse.  The remaining 10 minutes of the video focuses on general eclipse information.)


Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach


A little summer reading about one of my favorite cool cats!  Enjoy!  



Check out more fun read aloud stories by Pink Penguiny here 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017



We are striving to be a State of Maryland “Green” School. One example we can meet our Green School goal is being intentional with how we use our resources and demonstrate 21st century educational best practices.  We are currently transitioning our summer academic review to an online format. Thank you for joining us in being a school that embraces these sound best practices.

Download free eBooks from our local libraries. Save money and encourage reading.  Check out your local public library for LOTS of great stories for the summer!! 



Anne Arundel Library:  http://www.aacpl.net/ebooks

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Welcome to Kindergarten



Dear 2017-2018 Kindergarten Families,

Welcome to our class blog!  Over the course of the year I'll be using the blog as a digital newsletter to keep families informed of what is going on in the classroom each week.  Please add our blog to your favorites list, sign up for e-mail alerts and check it weekly for updates.  I look forward to seeing returning families and meeting new families as we approach the beginning of our new school year!

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