Sunday, September 25, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten
September 26th - September 30th
Happy Fall!!

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will finish up our unit on our second SuperKid, Oswald and begin our their unit on the letter Gg and the /g/ sound.  During our Gg unit, we'll meet the SuperPet, Golly.  We will continue to focus on beginning sounds and rhyming words this week.  We'll also be focusing on our first word family:  the -AT family (cat, mat, hat, bat, pat, etc.).  

Math:
This week in math we will work on reading, writing and counting numbers 6-10.  We will be working  on building general number sense as well as an understanding of the set-up of a Hundred Chart and base ten counting using ones and tens.  We will continue to complete lots of dice activities to build fluency in recognizing 1-6 on a dice without counting the dots (subitizing).  

Religion: 
This week in religion we will visit the church once more before attending our first mass with our 8th Grade buddies on October 7th.  In class, we will continue to work through our God Created the World unit both in our student books and our student-made books.

Science:
We will begin our science instruction this week with our first unit, Seasons & Weather.  This week we'll focus on each of the four seasons and what changes do we see as we move from one season to another.

Notes & Announcements:

  • SCHOOL PICTURES:
    • Individual student portraits will be taken this Friday, September 30th.  Please be on the look out in your child's folder this Tuesday for ordering information.  
  • IMPORTANT DATES:
    • School Pictures - Friday, September 30th
    • Trunk-or-Treat - Monday, October 31st (1:30-3:00)
    • Fall Field Trip - Friday, November 4th
    • Theater Field Trip w/1st & 2nd Grade - Wednesday, February 1st
      • Please Note:  This is a morning field trip with a limited number of tickets.  We will NOT be taking chaperones on this trip and will be back to SAS for lunch. 
    • End of Year Picnic - Monday, June 5th 
  • KINDERGARTEN ROOM PARETNS: 
    • Many Thanks to our 2016-2017 Room Parents for volunteering their time to help our class have a great year!  Mrs. Linton and Mrs. Kelly will be in touch soon to relay upcoming activity info your way :-) 
  • UNIFORM REMINDER (Girls):
    • Please keep in mind that our uniform policy does include requirements for hair accessories.  When in uniform, girls should wear black, white, yellow, navy or uniform plaid headbands - ALL hair ties/ribbons/barrettes should also be these colors.  Thank you in advance for following our school uniform policy.  
Have a wonderful week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 




Sunday, September 18, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten
September 19th - September 23

Language Arts:
This week in LA you will see your child's Cass student book coming home as we move into our second SuperKids unit on the letter Oo.  We will meet our second SuperKid this week - Oswald who loves odd animals!  We will be working on identifying our first vowel by sight and sound as well as writing uppercase and lowercase Oo correctly on our lined paper.  We will also continue to work on writing in our journals using the sight words I, see and the.  We are beginning to practice our small group rotation which will prepare us for more differentiated instruction moving forward.  If you have not done so already, please make sure you have set up your SuperKids online portal so that you have access to our interactive bookshelf.

Math:
This week in math we will review 2D Shapes and move forward with our first number unit: Counting and Cardinality 0-5.  This week we'll set our focus on the numbers 0-5 and will practice counting and writing these numbers.  We will also learn about how these numbers can be represented in different ways including in tens frames which we'll use throughout the year.

Religion:
This week in religion we will continue working through our first unit, God Created the World.  We are working both in our student books (pages come home in folders as we review them in class) and our student made "God Created the World" books.  In preparation for mass on October 7th, we will visit the church in two small groups tomorrow.  We will do this again next week so that students have had the opportunity to see where we'll be during mass and what the expectations will be during that time.  Kindergarten students met their 8th Grade buddies last Thursday so they know who they'll be sitting with during mass.

Social Studies:
This week in social studies we'll work on completing our unit on Community Helpers.  We will move into our first science unit next week (Weather & Seasons).  

Notes & Announcements:
  • Mark Your Calendars:
    • Fall Field Trip:  On Friday, November 4th we will visit Sharp's Farm.  We will be able to take as many chaperones as possible to the farm.  We will leave school at 9:00 and return by 2:30.  All chaperones MUST by STAND Certified to attend. 
    • End of Year Picnic:  We will celebrate the our last day of Kindergarten on Monday, June 5th at Patapsco State Park.  Kindergarten students WILL NOT attend school that day.  We will have a fun picnic celebration at the park from 10:00-1:00.
  • Arrival Procedure Change:
    • Please make sure you've read over the Arrival Procedure Change information in your child's folder.  We will begin this TOMORROW (9/19/16).  Ms. Cramer will be greeting students at the door where we have lined up in the past.  
Have a wonderful week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


-- 2D Shapes Fun --

So far in math we've discussed the following 2D Shapes:  rectangles, squares, triangles, and circles.    We've worked on identifying how many sides and corners each shapes has and how the shapes are similar and different. Our lesson today was using shapes to build other shapes and we set our focus on hexagons.  Students were given a large hexagon and pattern blocks with the challenge to fill their hexagon - everyone did a great job!!  I snapped a few sample pictures to share with the class to chat about how we all made hexagons but they were all created differently :-)  We've been chatting a lot about encouraging one another in class and today students were eager to share their work and share their positive complements with one another regarding our hard work during math!  







Sunday, September 11, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten 
September 12th - September 16th

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will continue to work on our first SuperKids unit on the letter Cc.  We will continue to review the hard /k/ sound and words that begin with that sound such as Cass, cat, and color.  We will begin our focus on handwriting as we introduce our daily dry erase routine - our focus this week will be correctly writing uppercase and lowercase Cc.  We will also be practicing writing first names with an uppercase letter at the beginning and lowercase for all additional letters.  This week we will add new ideas to our list, Foods We Love, and use that list to make our first writing journal entry, I see the _____.  The words I, see and the will be added to our classroom word wall.

Math:  
This week in math we will continue our work on 2D Shapes.  Many of the activities we complete this week will be review for most students.  The benefit of these lessons is to build independent work stamina as we get ready to begin our 3 group math rotation in the coming weeks.

Religion:
This week in religion we will continue our focus on God's creation of the world.  We will be working in our own creation books and continue working in our religion student book.  We will have the opportunity to meet our 8th Grade buddies this week.  They will be helping set a great example for K once we begin attending weekly mass in October.  Our prayer for the week will be:

Thank You God
God made the grass so green.  
God made the water so clean.
God made the sky so blue.
Thank you, God, for the gifts from you.
Thank you God!
Amen

Social Studies:
This week in social studies we will begin our first unit of the year - Community Helpers.  This week we'll focus on people in the community who help keep us and our families healthy:  doctors, dentist and veterinarians.  

Notes & Announcements:
  • Mark Your Calendars:
    • Fall Field Trip:  On Friday, November 4th we will visit Sharp's Farm.  We will be able to take as many chaperones as possible to the farm.  We will leave school at 9:00 and return by 2:30.  All chaperones MUST by STAND Certified to attend. 
    • End of Year Picnic:  We will celebrate the our last day of Kindergarten on Monday, June 5th at Patapsco State Park.  Kindergarten students WILL NOT attend school that day.  We will have a fun picnic celebration at the park from 10:00-1:00.
  • Dismissal Reminders:
    • Many thanks to everyone for making sure we are following the dismissal procedures of the school and keeping all students safe.  Please keep in mind if you are picking up your child as a car rider at 3:25 you must park in the back lot and wait to be dismissed by the teacher on duty - cars should not be parking in the top lot and leaving before cars are dismissed as this interferes with our students making their way to the bus.  
  • Kindergarten Uniforms:
    • Please review our uniform policy on PG 8-9 of your 2016-2017 Handbook.  Please make note of the following:
      • All students should be wearing plain black/white athletic shoes with matching laces (velcro shoes are encouraged for students who cannot yet tie their shoes independently).  
      • All students should be wearing white crew socks when in uniform.
      • Please note the following for girls:  "Make-up and nail polish is not permitted when in uniform.  Religious medals may we worn inside shirts.  Non-beeping watches are allowed.  Girls with pierced ears may wear one small stud earring in each ear.  However, no other jewelry is permitted including rings and wrist bands.  Headbands or scrunchies must be solid navy, yellow, black, white or uniform plaid.  Dangling or hair decorations with logos are not permitted."
      • Please note the following for boys:  "Religious medals may be worn inside shirts.  Non-beeping watches are allowed.  However, no other jewelry is permitted including earrings and wristbands."
Have a wonderful week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Friday, September 9, 2016



Character Counts in Kindergarten!!

This year we are continuing to use our Character Counts program school-wide to encourage positive behavior in the classroom and throughout the school.  Over the course of the year Kindergarten students will be having Character Counts lessons on the six pillars of good character:  Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship.  Each day we will celebrate great character by handing out a couple Character Counts Awards to students working hard to show great character!  Each day students receiving an award will also be able to choose a Character Counts Coupon.  All students will have the opportunity to receive several awards and coupons each trimester as we move throughout the year and we are working to encourage and celebrate one another as we earn these fun awards!!  When your child brings home their award and coupon please send the coupon back to school when your child would like to use it.  Please let me know if you have any questions.



Sunday, September 4, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten
September 5th - September 9th

School is CLOSED on Monday, September 5th in observance of the Labor Day holiday

Language Arts:
This week we will begin our first unit in our SuperKids program.  We will start the year learning about our first SuperKid, Cass and the letter Cc.  This week our writing focus will be making a list.  You will be receiving an e-mail this week with information to set up your SuperKids Online Portal which we will use throughout the year.

Math: 
This week in math we will begin our first unit of the year - 2D Shapes.  Our focus this week will be learning more about our math routine by exploring/reviewing the following 2D shapes:  rectangles, squares, and circles.  Be on the look out at home and as you drive from place to place for 2D shapes that are all around us every day!

Religion: 
This week in religion we will begin our first unit - God Made All Things.  We will work in our student books throughout the year and pull many pages out along the way which you will see in your child's folder.  In addition, we will also focus on our first pillar of character set by our school-wide Character Counts program, Responsibility.   We will begin attending weekly mass on Friday, October 7th.  In the weeks leading up to this date we will meet our 8th Grade Buddies and visit the church several times to learn about mass.

Social Studies:
We will begin our first social studies unit (Community Helpers) next week (9/12).

Notes & Announcements:

  • Change of Clothes:  If you have not sent in a change of close for your child please do so asap.  Your child's change of clothes does not have to be a school uniform.  Change of clothes are used for many reasons including bathroom accidents, nose bleeds, snack/lunch spills, etc.  
  • Mark Your Calendars:
    • Fall Field Trip:  On Friday, November 4th we will visit Sharp's Farm.  We will be able to take as many chaperones as possible to the farm.  We will leave school at 9:00 and return by 2:30.  All chaperones MUST by STAND Certified to attend. 
    • End of Year Picnic:  We will celebrate the our last day of Kindergarten on Monday, June 5th at Patapsco State Park.  Kindergarten students WILL NOT attend school that day.  We will have a fun picnic celebration at the park from 10:00-1:00.
  • Subscribe by E-mail:  We now have our "Subscribe by E-mail" function working on the blog!  You can sign up for e-mail alerts anytime a post is made on our class blog homepage.  Please let me know if you have any questions :-) 
Have a Wonderful Week!!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 



Thursday, September 1, 2016



Successful First Week

Dear Kindergarten Families,

Our three days this week have went wonderfully in the classroom!  We have started working on building our classroom community and learning more about one another!  We've been working hard as we begin to establish our routines and learn the expectations of our classroom and the school. As you know, tomorrow (Friday 9/2/16) is an early dismissal day (12:25).

If your child is a car rider during dismissal please make sure to park in the back lot and walk over to meet the class on the sidewalk by the playground.  Tomorrow we will NOT be doing a car line since the entire school has early dismissal.  We will be coming out for dismissal at 12:20 since it's our first time practicing our regular dismissal routine.  I will be encouraging your child to let me know they've seen you before they can leave our line - after a couple of week we will get pretty quick at dismissing but it's a little slower at the beginning.  Thank you for your patience :-)  Please remember you must stay parked in the back lot until dismissed by the teacher on duty....that will be me :-)

Many Thanks for a WONDERFUL First Week!!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz