Sunday, June 3, 2018



Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School Kindergarten 

This Week in Kindergarten
June 4th - June 8th
~ All Things Bright & Merciful ~


It's hard to believe we're finishing up our Kindergarten year this week!  On Monday and Tuesday we will wrap up all subjects for the year.  Ms. Cramer and I are looking forward to seeing everyone at the park on Wednesday.  Ms. Cramer and I will be there as early as 10:00 and are excited to welcome families between 10:00 - 11:00.  We will have a few songs to present to families at 11:00 followed by each student receiving their end of year information folder.  After lunch we will have lots of play time on the playground and will wrap up between 1:00 - 2:00.  Please let me know if you have any questions regarding our End of the Year Picnic Celebration at Patapsco State Park on Wednesday.  Thank you for a wonderful year!!  

Monday, May 28, 2018



Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School Kindergarten

This Week in Kindergarten
May 29th - June 1st
~ All Things Bright & Merciful ~


Language Arts:
We will complete our last Wonders unit of the year this week with a review of all letters and words that we've worked on throughout the year.  We will continue to journal write and review friendly letters as we write to our school nurses in thanks for a great year!  We will complete our sight word bags which will come home next week for summer practice/review.

Math:
This week we will also finish up our 3D Shapes unit in math by focusing on the attributes of the sphere.  We will review cubes, cylinders, cones and spheres by completing an emergent reader that will be added to our May book bags.

Religion:
In religion this week we will work toward completing our People of the Bible unit as we take a look at Joseph and His Colorful Coat, Ruth and Peter.  We will attend our last K mass on Friday at 9:00.

Science:
This week in science we will wrap up our science instruction for the year by reviewing our material for the year as well as pulling in a few Scholastic Science Spin lessons that we were not able to get to during our regular units :-)  First Up.....All About Bubbles!  Weather permitting, we will complete the lesson inside and head outside w/bubbles to explore how amazing bubbles really are!

Dates to Note:
  • Friday, June 1st: Donuts with Dad (PK-8th) in school hall 
  • Wednesday, June 6th:  Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration at Patapsco State Park 
Have a Wonderful Week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Saturday, May 19, 2018



Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School Kindergarten

This Week in Kindergarten 
May 21st - May 25th
~ All Things Bright & Merciful ~
Language Arts:
This week in LA we will complete our final letter work of the year with the Long Ee sound.  We will also add our two last words to our word wall - come and does.  Our full list of Kindergarten high-frequency sight words contains 40 words and can be found under "Kindergarten Links" on the right side of the blog homepage.  This week we will also begin our introduction to opinion writing.

Math:
This week in math we will continue to work in our 3D Shapes unit as we focus on the attributes of cylinders, cones and spheres.  We will take a look at how these shapes move, how them are similar and different and where we find them in real life.

Religion:
This week in religion we will continue our People of the Bible unit.  We will focus on the story of David and Goliath and Queen Ester this week.  We will join our 8th Grade Buddies for mass for their last academic day of the year :-)  We wish all of our 8th Grade buddies a wonderful summer and a great start in high school next year!

Science:
This week during science we will continue to move through our Force & Motion unit as we explore how things move on different surfaces and how to move objects from one position to another.  We will also take a few lessons to explore gravity in fun ways outside :-)

Dates to Note:
  • Tuesday, May 22nd:  Kindergarten Spring Field Trip to Sharp's Farm
  • Wednesday, May 23rd: Howard County Library Visit to preview Summer Reading Program
  • Monday, May 28th:  SCHOOL CLOSED - Memorial Day Holiday 
  • Wednesday, June 6th:  Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration at Patapsco State Park 
Have a Wonderful Week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, May 13, 2018



Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School Kindergarten

This Week in Kindergarten
May 14th - May 18th
~ All Things Bright & Merciful ~


Language Arts:
This week in LA we are moving into our last 3-week unit of our Wonders program.  We will focus on the Long U sound and the words good and who.  We will continue to work on writing friendly letters this week before moving into opinion writing next week :-)

Math: 
This week in math we will finish up our unit on data and graphing by completing our work with tally graphs and picture graphs.  We will move into our final math unit of the year - 3D Shapes.  During this unit our focus will be on the attributes of common 3D shapes (cone, sphere, cube, and cylinder).  We will also identify where we see these shapes in real life and how these shapes move (roll, stack, slide).

Religion:
This week in religion we will move our focus back to our People of the Bible unit.  This week well talk about bit more about Moses as well as Abraham and the story of Daniel.  We will join our buddies for mass at 9:00 on Friday.

Science:
This week in science we will continue to work in our Force & Motion unit.  This week we will connect our learning in science to language arts as we talk about force using various versions of The Three Little Pigs.  We will talk about how much huffing and puffing it takes to move certain objects as well as story elements of several versions of the Three Little Pigs :-)

Dates to Note:
  • Friday, May 18th: Early Dismissal (12:25) - Professional 1/2 Day 
  • Tuesday, May 22nd:  Kindergarten Spring Field Trip to Sharp's Farm
  • Monday, May 28th:  SCHOOL CLOSED - Memorial Day Holiday 
  • Wednesday, June 6th:  Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration at Patapsco State Park 
Have a Wonderful Week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz  

Sunday, May 6, 2018



Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School Kindergarten

This Week in Kindergarten
May 7th - May 11th
~ All Things Bright & Merciful ~


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will focus on our next long vowel, long /o/.  We will focus on long /o/ as the medial sound spelled -oa- in words like soap and coat.  We are using the little rhyme "when two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking" to help us remember when we see two vowels together in the middle of a word they do not often say their own short sounds but the long sound of the first vowel.  We will also add the words where and look to our word wall and continue to work on friendly letters in our writing.

Math:
This week in math we will review bar graphs and will move forward with our graphing unit as we chat about tally graphs.  Last week, students voted on their favorite dessert out of ice cream, pie, cupcakes and donuts and this week we'll use the data we collected to create both a bar graph and a tally graph.  We are continue to review patterns, addition/subtraction fluency and counting to 120 in many of our daily routines :-)

Religion:
This week in religion we will take a step away from our People of the Bible unit to focus on Mary as we approach our May Crowning mass on Friday and Mother's Day over the weekend.  We will practice the Hail Mary prayer throughout the week and will complete several read aloud and coloring activities with a focus on Mary.  We will continue to move through our Growing in Love lessons during our morning prayer time.  We will have mass on Friday at 9:00 and celebrate Moms and our 2nd Graders during mass and our May Procession - it is always a wonderful mass!!

Science:
This week in science we will continue in our Force & Motion unit as we explore how we can make things move by applying a push or a pull on the object.

Dates to Note:
  • Friday, May 11th:  Muffins With Mom & Morning w/Kindergarten
  • Friday, May 18th: Early Dismissal (12:25) - Professional 1/2 Day 
  • Tuesday, May 22nd:  Kindergarten Spring Field Trip to Sharp's Farm
  • Monday, May 28th:  SCHOOL CLOSED - Memorial Day Holiday 
  • Wednesday, June 6th:  Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration at Patapsco State Park 
Have a Wonderful Week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz  

Saturday, April 28, 2018



Welcome to St. Augustine School Kindergarten

This Week in Kindergarten
April 30th - May 4th
~ All Things Bright & Merciful ~


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will focus on the long /i/ sound and will add the words has and play to our word wall.  We will continue to learn about writing friendly letters and practice adding details to our writing as we journal write.

Math:
This week in math we will focus on gathering data and creating bar graphs.  We will use our graphs to answer questions regarding the information we've collected.  We will continue to review addition/subtraction fluency during our morning calendar routine and our math warm-up each day.

Religion:
This week in religion we will move into our last big unit of the year, People of the Bible.  During this unit we will focus on many familiar bible stories and learn more about how the people in these stories relied on and trusted in God.  We'll get started with Noah and Moses this week.  We will also continue to work our way through our Growing In Love books during our morning prayer time.  Due to school being closed on Friday, we will not have mass this week but look forward to celebrating our 2nd Graders First Communion at our next mass on May 11th.

Science:
This week we'll begin our last science unit of the year, An Introduction to Force & Motion.  We will focus on building vocabulary (force, push, pull, touch, collide, direction, speed, motion) and exploring how objects move and how the motion of an object can be changed.

Dates to Note:
  • Friday, May 4th: SCHOOL CLOSED - Professional Day
  • Friday, May 11th:  Muffins With Mom & Morning w/Kindergarten
  • Friday, May 18th: Early Dismissal (12:25) - Professional 1/2 Day 
  • Tuesday, May 22nd:  Kindergarten Spring Field Trip to Sharp's Farm
  • Wednesday, June 6th:  Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration at Patapsco State Park 
Have a Wonderful Week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz  

Sunday, April 22, 2018



Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School Kindergarten 

This Week in Kindergarten
April 23rd - April 27th 
~ All Things Bright & Merciful ~



Language Arts:
This week in LA we will move into our 9th unit of our Wonders program. We will focus on the long /a/ sound this week and will add the words help and too to the word wall.  We will be doing lots of writing this week :-)  We will continue to use our big book read aloud on Monday as inspiration for our weekly journal write and we will also spend time writing Friendly Letters this week.  

Math: 
This week in math we will finish up our Introduction to Measurement unit and move into our next unit on Collecting Data & Graphing.  We will continue to review patterns, numbers to 120 and beyond and addition/subtraction fluency during our morning calendar and math warm-up time.  

Religion:
This week in religion we will finish up our Fruit of the Spirit unit with a focus on gentleness and self-control.  We will complete our prayer journals as well as a review activity before moving into our next unit, People of the Bible, next week.  Each morning we will be completing a Growing in Love lesson during our morning meeting (it will take roughly 10 school days to complete the Kindergarten book).  We will join our 8th Grade buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.


Science:
This week in science we will continue to work through our Ecosystem unit with a focus on desert and wetland habitats.  We will wrap up our unit at the end of the week by creating group ecosystem posters to review the material learned and to practice working collaboratively and cooperatively in a small group :-) 

Dates to Note:
  • Tuesday, April 24th: Kindergarten Visits Elkridge Library from 10:00-11:00
  • Wednesday, April 25th:  Kindergarten Class Photo 
  • Friday, May 11th:  Muffins With Mom & Morning w/Kindergarten 
  • Tuesday, May 22nd:  Kindergarten Spring Field Trip to Sharp's Farm
  • Wednesday, June 6th:  Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration at Patapsco State Park 
Have a Wonderful Week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz  


Sunday, April 15, 2018



Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School

This Week in Kindergarten
April 16th - April 20th
~ All Things Bright & Merciful ~
Language Arts:
This week in LA we will have a letter/word review week before diving into long vowel sounds next week.  We will continue to review all letters, letter sounds, blending/decoding and writing skills as we move into our last two units of our Wonders program.

Math:
This week in math we will review measuring length and height and will work on measuring the weight of various objects.  We will use the vocabulary heavier, lighter, heaviest, lightest when comparing the weight of objects from the classroom.

Religion:
This week in religion we will continue with our Fruit of the Spirit lessons as we focus on patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness.  We will also take time to talk about how we can care for God's earth as we near Earth Day on April 22nd.  We will join our 8th Grade Buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.

Science:
This week in science we will continue with our Introduction to Ecosystems unit and will focus on rainforests and arctic habitats.  We will take a look at some of the living and nonliving things found in each environment and how the coexist together to thrive in their ecosystem.

Dates to Note:
  • Tuesday, April 24th: Kindergarten Visits Elkridge Library from 10:00-11:00
  • Wednesday, April 25th:  Kindergarten Class Photo 
  • Friday, May 11th:  Muffins With Mom & Morning w/Kindergarten 
  • Tuesday, May 22nd:  Kindergarten Spring Field Trip to Sharp's Farm
  • Wednesday, June 6th:  Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration at Patapsco State Park 
Have a Wonderful Week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Thursday, April 5, 2018



Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School Kindergarten

This Week in Kindergarten
April 9th - April 13th
~ All Things Bright & Merciful ~


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will focus on our last two letters, Yy and Zz.  We will also add the words this and what to our word wall.  (Once we enter our final two units of the Wonders program we will focus on applying all letter sounds to reading and writing as well as beginning to focus on digraphs and long vowel sounds.)  This week we will review our sentence structure and will begin working on friendly letters midweek :-)

Math:
This week in math we will continue with our measurement unit with a focus on height.  We will review measurement vocabulary for comparing length and height and will practice measuring height with various nonstandard measurement tools. 

Religion:
This week in religion we will begin our next unit; The Fruits of the Spirit.  This week we'll focus on love, joy and peace.  We will be keeping a prayer journal during our unit asking God to help us share his love, joy and peace each day.  We will join our 8th Grade buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.

Science:
This week in science we will jump into our Introduction to Ecosystems portion of our Living & Nonliving unit.  This week we will learn more about what an ecosystem is and talk about the main characteristics of an arctic and desert ecosystem. 

Dates to Note:
  • Tuesday, April 24th: Kindergarten Visits Elkridge Library from 10:00-11:00
    • Trip information and permission slips along with a Library Card application will be coming home early this week.  Please keep an eye out in your child's folder.
  • Wednesday, April 25th:  Kindergarten Class Photo 
  • Friday, May 11th:  Muffins With Mom @ 8:00 
  • Tuesday, May 22nd:  Kindergarten Spring Field Trip to Sharp's Farm
    • Field trip info will be coming home when we return from break :-) Please keep an eye out in your child's folder.  
  • 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, March 26, 2018



Fun Ideas for Welcoming in Spring!!  



Warmer weather is just around the corner....hopefully!  In a professional development presentation I worked on earlier this month I came across a great at home resource for outside play :-)  

"15 Minutes Outside:  365 Ways to get out of the house and connect with your kids" 
by Rebecca Cohen has LOTS of fun ideas for outside play all year long :-)  

If you're looking for great ideas to get the family outside and celebrate the warmer, longer days this is a wonderful resource!  The book is broken down by month/season and is a quick read.  I grabbed my copy from the local library but it is also available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  

Happy Playing!
Mrs. Weatherholtz