Sunday, November 19, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten 
November 20th - November 24th 
~ All Things Bright & Merciful ~
Dear Kindergarten Families -

During this short week we will take time to review material introduced thus far in the year rather than beginning new material prior to several days off for the Thanksgiving holiday.  We will participate in the Turkey Trot Fun Run on Tuesday morning as well as the Buddy Celebration on Tuesday afternoon.

Please keep in mind we will continue to collect canned fruit donations through tomorrow. Many thanks to those who were able to donate thus far!

Upon returning we will dive into our next Wonders unit for LA, continue in our Numbers to 120 unit in math, begin to prepare for the season of Advent in religion and move into our next Social Studies unit, Christmas Around the World.

Ms. Cramer and I wish each Kindergarten family a blessed Thanksgiving break filled with quality family time, rest and relaxation and lots of tasty treats :-)  

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  • Wednesday, Nov. 22nd - Friday, Nov. 24th:  SCHOOL CLOSED - Thanksgiving Break
  • Friday, December 8th:  Dinner w/Santa 
  • Monday, December 11th: Grandparents Day
  • Monday, December 18th: SAS Christmas Program 
  • Thursday, December 21st:  Early Dismissal (12:25) - No Bus / No After Care
  • Friday, December 22nd - Monday, January 1st: SCHOOL CLOSED - Christmas Break 
  • Thursday, February 8th:  K and PK CLOSED (Team Professional Development Off-Site)
  • 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

Sunday, November 12, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
November 13th - November 17th
~ All Things Bright & Merciful ~



Language Arts:
This week in LA we will move into our third unit of our Wonders program.  This week our focus letter will be our second vowel, Ii and the /i/ sound.  We will continue to practice letter sounds and blending each day.  Our new word this week will be to.  We will also continue to practice retelling and sequencing as well as using our word wall words to write simple sentences.

Math:
This week in math we will continue to work in our Numbers to 120 unit.  We will practice rote counting as well as skip counting throughout the week.  This week we'll be counting sets, building 100 charts and using 100 charts to play partner games as we practice working with larger numbers.

Religion:
This week in religion we will focus on meal time prayers (God is Great, Johnny Appleseed, Thank You Lord, and Bless Us O Lord).  Before leaving for Thanksgiving break, students will bring their prayer plates home to share with family over the holiday.  Please note there is no mass this week as Fr. John will be off site.

As we approach Thanksgiving we are partnering with the parish to collect nonperishable items to be donated to families in need.  Each class has been assigned an item and Kindergarten has been assigned canned fruit.  If you would like to donate to our classroom collection please send in your canned fruit with your child anytime this week.  Thank You!!

Science:
This week we will focus on finishing up our Introduction to Weather unit before leaving for Thanksgiving break.  This week (and Monday/Tuesday of next week) we will focus on rainbows and reviewing our unit as a whole.

Notes & Announcements:
  • Friday, November 17th: Race for Education
  • Thursday, February 8th:  K and PK CLOSED (Team Professional Development Off-Site)
  • 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 

Sunday, November 5, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
November 6th - November 10th
~ All Things Bright & Merciful ~


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will take time to review and practice skills introduced in our first two units of the Wonders program.  We will review the letters m, a, s, p and t as well as the sight words introduced thus far.  We work on many different sight word activities throughout the week as well as watch lots of great sight word videos as transition songs.  We've recently added sight word songs from the YouTube channel "Miss Molly" to our sight word tool box :-)  Click the link below to check out the video for our latest word, like.

We will also begin filling our November Book Bags with our first interactive reader "I Like Tt".  We will keep these bags in the classroom unit the end of the month then they will come home for at home practice.  (We began our filling our "book bags" in October - those books came home last week to continue practicing at home.)

We will also begin working more independently on journal writing each week.  We have been working on recognizing sentence structure as a complete thought with an uppercase letter at the beginning, spacing between words and punctuation at the end.

Miss Molly Sight Word Song - like

Math:  
This week in math we will begin our unit on Numbers to 120.  This week we'll dive into the 100's Chart and work on lots of activities that will reappear throughout the year for small group, partner and independent practice.  We will continue to focus on the vocabulary more, fewer, greater and less as we move through this unit.  We will search for patterns on the 100s Chart that can help build our number sense for larger numbers.

Religion:
This week in religion we will complete our Thankful Turkey crafts that we began on Friday.  We will also begin working on our Thanksgiving Prayer Plates for meal time prayers and our Keep Christ in Christmas posters that will be submitted with the rest of the school for the Knights of Columbus poster contest.  We will join our 8th Grade buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.

We introduced the following meal time prayer on November 1st:
Thank you Lord for happy hearts
For rain and sunny weather
Thank you Lord for this our food
And that we are together

Science:
This week in science we will continue with our Introduction to Weather unit with a focus on snow and rainbows.  We will also work on reviewing weather vocabulary at the end of the week and finishing up our Wild Weather informative writing books :-)

Notes & Announcements:
  • Friday, November 10th: Early Dismissal @ 12:25 (Bus and After Care Available)
  • Friday, November 17th: Race for Education
  • Thursday, February 8th:  K and PK CLOSED (Team Professional Development Off-Site)
  • 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 

Monday, October 30, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten 
October 30th - November 3rd
~ All Things Bright & Merciful ~


Language Arts:
Our letter this week is the letter Tt and we will focus on the /t/ sound at the beginning and the end of words.  Our new word this week is the word like.

Math:
This week we will review numbers 0-20.  We will also review comparing and ordering numbers as well as counting sets of objects by grouping them into sets of 10.  We will take time for assessment on Friday prior to entering into our next math unit Numbers to 120 next week.

Religion:
This week in religion we will continue to focus on letting Jesus' light shine in us :-) We will join our 8th Grade buddies on Wednesday for All Saints Day Mass.  (Please Note:  There is no mass on Friday.)  At the end of the week we'll begin to turn our focus on giving thanks to God as we enter the month of November.

Science:
This week we will continue our Introduction to Weather unit with a focus on precipitation as we learning more about rain and snow.

Notes & Announcements:
  • Tuesday, October 31st:  Fall Fun Run (9:30) and Halloween Celebration (1:45)
  • Thursday, November 2nd:  Kindergarten Fall Field Trip to Carrie Murray Nature Center
  • Friday, November 17th: Race for Education
  • 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 

Sunday, October 22, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
October 23rd - October 27th 
~ All Things Bright and Merciful ~ 

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will focus on the letter Pp and the /p/ sound at the beginning and end of words.  We will add the word a to our word wall and begin using our word wall words to build sentences during shared writing activities.  We will continue to practice identify rhyming words and will practice blending and segmenting CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant words such has bat, mop and sit).  

We will also take a little bit of time to read and sequence some fun Halloween stories this week :-)   Two of my favorites include Big Pumpkin and The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything (Click on the titles for a YouTube read aloud).

Math:
This week in math we will practice counting collections using our strategy of making rows of ten for organized counting.  We will also order numbers 0-30 and review ordinal position words first - tenth. We will continue to practice identifying 1 and 2 more/less than a given number and will play a fun game comparing numbers to 120 called Feed the Monster.

Religion:
This week in religion we will relate carving a jack-o-lantern to letting our light shine for Jesus.  We will sing an old favorite - This Little Light of Mine daily and will learn some fun motions to add to the song :-) We will also focus on All Saints Day which is coming soon.  We will make saint envelopes with Pray for Us on the outside and mini saint cards on the inside to help us remember that we have saints looking over us from Heaven.  We will join our 8th Grade buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.

Science:
This week in science we will continue to move through our Introduction to Weather unit.  We will focus on rain and wind this week.  We will take a look at how rain/wind can be both helpful and harmful in our world.

Notes & Announcements:
  • Friday, October 27th:  Halloween Bingo (Doors Open @ 6:00 : Bingo begins @ 7:00)
  • Sunday, October 29th: Parish Trunk-or-Treat 2:00-4:00
  • Thursday, November 2nd:  Kindergarten Fall Field Trip to Carrie Murray Nature Center
  • Friday, November 17th: Race for Education
  • 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 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017



Parent - Teacher Conference Day
Friday, October 20th

There are a few spots left for Kindergarten Parent-Teacher Conferences :-)  Please click the link below to see the remaining spaces available if you are interested in a conference time for Friday.  I look forward to seeing you Friday!

Parent-Teacher Sign-Up

Have a great afternoon!
Mrs. Weatherholtz

Sunday, October 15, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
October 16th - October 20th 
~ All Things Bright and Merciful ~



Language Arts:
This week we will finish up our first unit in our LA program.  We will focus on the letter Ss and the /s/ sound at the beginning and end of words.  We will also add the word see to our classroom word wall.  We will be using our word wall to begin guided writing by completing the sentence "We see the..." in our writing journals.

Math:
This week in math we will focus on counting strategies and ordering/comparing numbers 0-20.  We will be counting sets of objects by organizing our set into rows of 10 as well as marking off objects as we count them on paper to ensure we've counted each object in our set.  We will continue to work with ten frames and number lines this week.

Religion:
This week we will  continue to work with the Bible story, Noah's Ark as we build our retelling skills using stick puppets to retell the story.  We will practice tracking print as we reread our Noah's Ark Emergent Reader.  Both the emergent reader and puppets will come home at the end of the week for retelling practice at home :-)  We will also be working on a couple of saint activities as we near All Saints Day on November 1st.  We will be making a class banner of 27 saints and will be working on creating mini saint "statues" on Thursday afternoon with our 4th Grade buddies.  We will not have school mass this week since school is closed on Friday.  Our first mass last week went wonderfully!  We're looking forward to joining our 8th Grade buddies again on October 27th for mass.

Science:
This week in science we will continue to build our weather vocabulary as we focus on clouds and rain.  We will be doing informative writing in our Wild Weather books and will be seeing if we can create a cloud in a jar :-)  Wish us luck!

Notes & Announcements:
  • Friday, October 20th: SCHOOL CLOSED:  Parent-Teacher Conferences (Sign-Up Here)
  • Friday, October 27th:  Halloween Bingo (Doors Open @ 6:00 : Bingo begins @ 7:00)
  • Sunday, October 29th: Parish Trunk-or-Treat 2:00-4:00
  • Thursday, November 2nd:  Kindergarten Fall Field Trip to Carrie Murray Nature Center
  • Friday, November 17th: Race for Education
  • 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 

Saturday, October 7, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
October 9th - October 13th
~ All Things Bright and Merciful ~


Language Arts:
This week we will continue to move through Unit 1 of our Wonders program.  We will focus on the letter Aa and the short /a/ sound at the beginning the in the middle of words.  We will also add the word we to our word wall this week.  We will continue to practice retelling and sequencing as we read our big book of the week Pouch!.  We will finish our week with one of my favorite October read aloud stories, Room on the Broom; we will read this fun story several times throughout the month to practice lots of reading skills :-)

Math:
This week during math we will continue to work on counting and cardinality.  We will begin to build onto our 0-10 foundation and start incorporating teen numbers.  This week we'll practice using tens frames and number lines as math tools.  We will also practice counting sets of objects and ordering numbers to 20.  This week we'll also be introduced to the ordinal position words first through tenth.  

Religion:
We will start off our week in religion with our focus on praying a decade of the rosary.  We will make our own one decade rosaries which will come home with a "Praying the Rosary for Children" handout for an at-home resource.  This week we'll also focus on the story of Noah's Ark this week which we'll span into both LA and Math instruction.  We will attend our first school mass on Friday with our 8th Grade buddies at 9:00.  

*Attention Amazon Prime Members:  In class we've been LOVING the Brother Francis CD which streams free for Amazon Prime Members.  This past week we listed to both the Rosary Prayer song and the Our Father Prayer song (multiple times!).  If you're looking for a great religion CD for kids, this one is a great option!*

Science:
This week we will begin our first science unit:  An Introduction to Weather.  This week we'll make our weather folders, begin to learn weather vocabulary and begin to write in our "Wild Weather" books :-)  

Character Counts:
This month we'll focus on the pillar of Citizenship.  Over the course of the month we will incorporate read aloud stories about and examples of how we can display citizenship in our classroom, our school, our home and our community. 

Mark Your Calendars:
  • Friday, October 20th: SCHOOL CLOSED:  Parent-Teacher Conferences 
  • 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 

Sunday, October 1, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
October 2nd - October 6th
~ All Things Bright and Merciful ~


Language Arts:
We have finished up our Quick Start unit in LA and will begin our first unit this week.  We will be focusing on the letter Mm and the /m/ sound and the sight word the.  We will continue to practice sequencing and rhyming as we explore nursery rhymes and will begin to work on retelling skills in our big book What About Bear?.

Math:
This week in math we will continue to work in our first Counting & Cardinality unit on the numbers 0-10.  We will focus on writing numerals correctly as well as representing numbers in different ways (using tally marks, on a ten frame, with a picture, etc.).  We have been working with ten frames as our first math tool of the year - this week we'll add in a number line as an additional math tool we'll use throughout the year.

Religion:
This week in religion enter the Month of the Holy Rosary.  Each Monday we will say a decade of the rosary and will learn more about the rosary as we move through the month of October.  We will also learn about St. Francis this week in celebration of his feast day on October 4th.  We will visit the St. Francis statue by the church and visit the church to continue to prepare for our first mass with our buddies on Friday, October 13th.

Social Studies:
This week in SS we will continue to focus on where we are on the map :-)  We will complete a flip book that takes us from our home through our city, state, country, continent to our planet as a whole.

Character Counts:
This month we'll focus on the pillar of Citizenship.  Over the course of the month we will incorporate read aloud stories about and examples of how we can display citizenship in our classroom, our school, our home and our community. 

Mark Your Calendar:
  • Monday, October 2nd:  Lunch in Classrooms
  • Thursday, October 5th:  Flu Shot Clinic (See eNews for Details)
  • Friday, October 20th: SCHOOL CLOSED:  Parent-Teacher Conferences 
  • 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 

Sunday, September 24, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
September 25th - September 29th
~All Things Bright and Merciful~

Language Arts:
This week we will finish up our Smart Start unit in our Wonders program.  We will review the sight words I and can and will finish up our quick review of the alphabet with letters Ss-Zz.  This week we will continue to work on our LA rotation routines and will begin our writing journals for the year :-)

Math:
This week in math we will finish up our quick unit on 2D shapes and will begin our first counting unit on numbers 0-10.  We will spend a bit of time in this unit building strong number sense that will come into play later in the year as we work with larger numbers and in our addition/subtraction units. We will continue to practice/review many math skills including patterns during our morning calendar routines.

Religion:
This week in religion we will complete our God Created the World books.  We will visit church a couple of times to prepare for our first mass with Grades 1-8 in October.  We will continue to practice the Our Father prayer as well as the God is Great meal time prayer.  We have been ending our days together singing and doing motions to Jesus Loves Me; this has been a wonderful way to end our busy days together :-)

Social Studies:
This week in SS we will finish up our review of people in our community and will move into connecting our community to the world.  We will be reading Me on the Map and will be practicing mapping skills as we map the school playground :-)  We will also begin a fun flip book at the end of the week to learn more our location of the Earth.

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. 

Notes & Announcements:
  • Thursday, September 28th: School Picture Day (Individual Portraits)
  • 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