Monday, February 19, 2018


Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School Kindergarten 


This Week in Kindergarten
February 19th - February 23
~ All Things Bright & Merciful ~


Language Arts:
This week in LA is a review week.  We will focus on reviewing all letter sounds introduced thus far and using our individual letter sounds to practice blending when reading/writing.  We will also add our recent words to the word bags we're building in the classroom.  We will revisit sequencing and retelling this week through fiction read alouds and will continue to practice adding details to our writing.

Math:
This week in math we will continue to work on decomposing numbers up to 10.  We will begin working with number bonds and part-part-whole problems this week as well.  We will continue to count our days of school and use this time during morning calendar to learn more about place value for ones, tens and hundreds.

Religion:
This week during religion we will focus on Lent.  Deacon Tom will be visiting on Tuesday to chat with the class about the season of Lent and the Stations of the Cross.  We will join our buddies on Friday for mass at 9:00 and will do Stations of the Cross in our classroom.  Throughout Lent, we will do Stations of the Cross each week either on our own in the classroom/church or with PK-2nd Grade as a group.

Social Studies:
This week in Social Studies we will continue to work on identifying the importance of US Symbols.  We will continue to check in on the live eagle cam out of Iowa as they get closer to laying their eggs for the year.  Our focus this week will be the bald eagle and the Statue of Liberty.

Dates to Note:
  • Friday, February 16th & Monday, February 19th: SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Tuesday, February 20th: Dentist Visit PK & K for Dental Health Presentation 
  • Sunday, March 25th: PK-8th Grade Open House 1:30-3:30
  • 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, February 11, 2018



This Week in Kindergarten
February 12th - February 16th
~ All Things Bright & Merciful ~


A Busy Week Ahead:
Monday:  Regular Monday Schedule
Tuesday: Afternoon Valentine's Day Celebration 
(Please bring your valentines and valentine container)
Wednesday: Ash Wednesday Mass @ 9:00
Thursday: 100th Day!!  (Please bring your 100th Day Poster)
Friday:  SCHOOL CLOSED

Langauge Arts:
This week in LA we will focus on the letter Kk and the /k/ sound.  We will also add the words she and was to our word wall.  This week we'll focus on a mix of Valentine's Day and President's Day read alouds as we continue to build our comprehension skills during whole group read alouds.  We will work to identify story elements (characters, setting, problem and solution) as we read and well as pull facts from nonfiction texts.

Math: 
This week in math we will continue to work on decomposing numbers.  Our short week last week pushed several lessons into this week.  We will be covering decomposing the numbers 7, 8 and 9 this week.

Religion:
This week in religion we will turn our focus to the season of Lent.  We will join our 8th Grade Buddies for Ash Wednesday mass on Wednesday at 9:00.  We will spend time talking about Lent and how we can use this time to grow closer to God.  We will also talk about St. Valentine this week :-)

Social Studies:
This week in social studies we'll focus on our first US symbol of our unit, the American Flag.  We will review the meaning of a symbol and learn how the flag represents our country.  We will also continue to read our valentines as they come in from across the country :-)

Dates to Note:
  • Tuesday, February 13th: Valentine's Day Celebration 
  • Wednesday, February 14th: Ash Wednesday 
  • Thursday, February 15th: 100th Day of Kindergarten!!
  • Friday, February 16th & Monday, February 19th: SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Sunday, March 25th: PK-8th Grade Open House 1:30-3:30
  • 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, February 3, 2018



This Week in Kindergarten
February 5th - February 9th
~ All Things Bright & Merciful ~


CALENDAR REMINDER:  PK3, PK4 AND K WILL BE CLOSED ON 
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH DUE TO OFF-SITE STAFF DEVELOPMENT 

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will focus on the letters Bb and Ll and we will be adding the words is and little to our sight word wall.  We will continue to practice using letter sounds to decode as we read and encode in our writing.  We will review medial short a, e, i and o sounds as we work with CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words.   

Math:
This week in math we will continue to work on decomposing numbers into two parts as we work with the numbers 6-9.  Students will be working to identify multiple ways to represent each whole number as we begin to work with part-part-whole problems and number bonds.  

Religion:
This week in religion we will focus on Jesus' love for us all :-)  We will also make our first set of valentines for our upcoming February Senior Lunch.  We will attend mass with our 8th Grade buddies on Friday at 9:00.

Social Studies:
This week we will begin our social studies unit focusing on US Symbols.  This week our focus will be on recognizing that a symbol represent/stands for something else.  This week we will take a look at the American Flag and how is symbolizes our country.  

Dates to Note:
  • Thursday, February 8th:  K and PK CLOSED (Team Professional Development Off-Site)
  • Tuesday, February 13th: 100th Day Celebration & Valentine's Day Celebration 
  • Friday, February 16th & Monday, February 19th: SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Sunday, March 25th: PK-8th Grade Open House 1:30-3:30
  • 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, January 28, 2018



This Week in Kindergarten
January 29th - February 2nd
~ All Things Bright & Merciful ~


CALENDAR REMINDER:  PK3, PK4 AND K WILL BE CLOSED ON 
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH DUE TO OFF-SITE STAFF DEVELOPMENT 

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will bump our our letter work to two letters per week with review weeks incorporated along the way.  This week we will focus on the letters Ff and Rr.  We will also begin adding two new words to our sight word list each week.  Our new words this week will be with and he.  We will continue to work on our writing skills each week as well as decoding/encoding through reading and writing.  

Math:
This week in math we will complete our first assessment unit and move into our next unit decomposing numbers.  We will focus on the numbers 4 and 5 this week and will identify multiple ways to decompose both numbers.  For example: we can decompose 4 into 4 = 3 + 1, 4 = 2 +2, 4 = 0 + 4, etc.  

Religion:
This week in religion we will celebrate our Catholic School!  We will work on several activities focused on Catholic Schools Week as well as activities for our day of service on Tuesday :-)  We will attend mass on Friday at 9:00 - all families are welcome to attend!!

Science/Social Studies:
We have finished up our science unit on penguins and will begin our next social studies unit next week.  We will take this "in between" time to work on a fun project I've been eager to incorporate into our classroom for years!!  We have signed up for a nation-wide Valentine Exchange and will be exchanging a class valentine with 12 schools from around the US.  We will be working on decorating our valentines as well as writing a note about our state, school and classroom this week :-)  Our valentine packets will be shipped out at the end of the week and we will eagerly await our valentines in return!!  

Catholic Schools Week:
We are excited to celebrate our nation, our call to serve others, our community & culture, our students and our SAS families this week!!  Please click here to read over our plans for the week :-) 

February Projects:
We will celebrate both the 100th Day of Kindergarten and Valentine's Day in February!  Both of these fun celebrations have an at-home project assignment.  This information will be sent home this week with your child's February Learning at Home packet but if you'd like to take a peek at the upcoming projects please click here.

Dates to Note:
  • Catholic Schools Week: January 28th - February 3rd 
  • Thursday, February 8th:  K and PK CLOSED (Team Professional Development Off-Site)
  • Tuesday, February 13th: 100th Day Celebration & Valentine's Day Celebration 
  • Friday, February 16th & Monday, February 19th: SCHOOL CLOSED
  • 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, January 21, 2018



This Week in Kindergarten
January 22nd - January 26th 
~ All Things Bright & Merciful ~


CALENDAR REMINDER:  PK3, PK4 AND K WILL BE CLOSED ON 
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH DUE TO OFF-SITE STAFF DEVELOPMENT 

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will work on our next vowel, Ee and the short /e/ sound.  We will also add the word are to our word wall.  We will revisit sequencing this week as we reread and retell a favorite January read aloud, The Mitten by Jan Brett.  We will continue to work on our handwriting as well as sentence writing.  We are currently working to add details to our writing using describing words :-)

Math:
This week in math we will continue our work on subtraction.  We will focus this week on building fluency and using a number line to find the difference in a subtraction equation.  We will also review writing numbers to 120 at the end of the week.

Religion:
This week in religion we will work on our first character trait of our revamped PBIS/Character Counts program.  Our first character trait will be cooperation and we will focus on how cooperating with others will help us all be SAS Angels!  Our new model for the program will be "Be an SAS Angel:  Show Kindness, Always Faithful, Spread Joy".  We will join our buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.

Science:
This week we'll finish up our unit on Penguins by completing a "Penguin Report" and craft activity :-)   Next week we'll use our Science/SS time to work on creating valentines and friendly letters for other PK and K classes across the country in a fun Valentine Exchange with 12 other schools across the USA and Canada :-)

Dates to Note:
  • Friday, January 26th:  Early Dismissal (12:25) 
  • 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, January 15, 2018



This Week in Kindergarten 
January 15th - January 19th 
~ All Things Bright & Merciful ~


CALENDAR REMINDER:  PK3, PK4 AND K WILL BE CLOSED ON 
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH DUE TO OFF-SITE STAFF DEVELOPMENT 

Language Arts:
This week in LA our new letter will be Hh and our new sight word will be my.  We will continue to work on handwriting daily as well as encoding (writing) and decoding (reading) daily using the letters and words we've worked on thus far.  

Math: 
This week in math we will continue to move through our first subtraction unit of the year.  Our focus this week will be using the - and = symbols to write equations for separation stories.  We will continue to review addition and numbers to 120 as a math warm-up and during our small group work.  

Religion:
This week during religion we will welcome Deacon Tom for a lesson on Eucharistic Adoration which will be followed up by a Eucharistic Adoration lesson in class.  We will also work on a winter Trinity activity this week.  We will join our 8th Grade Buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.  

Science:
This week in science we will turn our focus to nonfiction reading about penguins.  We will focus on pulling facts from texts and using information from the texts we read to answer questions about where penguins live, what they eat and what adaptations they have to live in their environment.  


Weather Reminders:
  • Please send students to school with hats, gloves and coats. A sweatshirt will not suffice for students being able to go outside and enjoy recess. Students must have coats and gloves to be able to go outside. St. Augustine follows the recommended "Child Care Weather Watch" temperatures for students going outside.
  • SAS follows the Howard County Public Schools decisions for weather related early dismissals, delayed openings and closings. 

Dates to Note:
  • January 15th:  SCHOOL CLOSED - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • 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 


Saturday, January 6, 2018



This Week in Kindergarten
January 8th - January 12th 
~ All Things Bright & Merciful ~


Language Arts:
As this week is a review week in our Wonders curriculum we will spend our time reviewing all letters/words previously introduced in both reading and writing activities.  We will work on our first writing project as we begin to explore the writing process.  We will use the story The Snow Globe Family to brainstorm, draft and finalize a writing piece about what it would be like to live in a snow globe :-)  We will continue to focus on comprehension skills throughout the week and using text to gather information.

Math:  
This week in math we will finish up our first addition unit and move into our first subtraction unit.  Once we've taken time to build a foundation in both we will take a more in depth look at both addition and subtraction as we continue to practice math strategies, use math tools and build number sense and problem solving skills.

Religion:
*Please note that due to our delay schedule on Friday we were not able to attend Eucharistic Adoration this month but will do so with our 8th Grade buddies in February.*  

This week in religion we will finish up our Epiphany directed drawings (they're AMAZING!!) and will begin to work on placemats for January Senior Lunch.  As we move forward in our year we will also begin to have a special religion visitor a couple of times each month!  Deacon Tom will be coming into classrooms on a regular basis to speak with the students on various topics :-)  Our first K topic will be Eucharistic Adoration to prepare for our first visit in February.

Science:
This week in science we will finish up our fiction portion of our Penguin unit and will begin our nonfiction portion.  We will learn about where penguins live, what they eat and what adaptations they have to survive in their environment.  This unit will tie directly into many of the comprehension strategies and skills we're working on in LA.

Weather Reminders:

  • Please send students to school with hats, gloves and coats. A sweatshirt will not suffice for students being able to go outside and enjoy recess. Students must have coats and gloves to be able to go outside. St. Augustine follows the recommended "Child Care Weather Watch" temperatures for students going outside.
  • SAS follows the Howard County Public Schools decisions for weather related early dismissals, delayed openings and closings. 

Dates to Note:
  • January 15th:  SCHOOL CLOSED - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • 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 


Tuesday, January 2, 2018



Cold Weather Gear Announcement



Please see the following reminder posted to the SAS Facebook page:  

Welcome back St. Augustine Catholic School Students and Parents!
Please send students to school with hats, gloves and coats. A sweatshirt will not suffice for students being able to go outside and enjoy recess. Students must have coats and gloves to be able to go outside. St. Augustine follows the recommended "Child Care Weather Watch" temperatures for students going outside.

Stay Warm!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, December 31, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten 
January 1st - January 5th 
~ All Things Bright & Merciful ~


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will move to our next letter (Dd) and our next sight word (do) as we move forward with our Wonders program.  We will continue to review all letters and words introduced thus far as well as beginning, ending and middle sounds in CVC words.  We will also continue to build our comprehension skills as we read aloud a winter favorite, The Mitten by Jan Brett.  We will work on identifying story elements (character, setting, problem and solution) and retelling what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story.

Religion:
This week in religion we will work on our January religion bulletin board, learn about the Epiphany coming up this weekend and learn about St. Elizabeth Ann Seton as we observe her feast day on Thursday.  We will join our buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00 and will also join them in church for Eucharistic Adoration during the afternoon.

Math:
This week in math we will review and practice our addition skills.  Our focus this week will be building fact fluency and using strategies learned thus far to solve addition problems.

Science:
During Januar we will return to science and cover several topics over the course of the month.  We will begin with a two week mini-unit on penguins.  We will spend the first week pulling in LA skills as we read several fiction stories about one of Kindergarten's favorite characters, Tacky the Penguin.  Next week we'll dive into nonfiction texts to learn more about penguins.

Dates to Note:
  • January 1st: SCHOOL CLOSED - Happy New Year!!
  • January 15th:  SCHOOL CLOSED - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • 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