Sunday, March 26, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
March 27th - March 31st

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will move into our next SuperKids unit on the letter Nn and the /n/ sound.  We will continue to review Memory Words daily and will also continue to build writing skills each day as we work on Friendly Letters and Picture Prompt Writing activities.  Our phonics work is now consistently including beginning blends such as the /fl/ in flower, floor, and flag.  We are also continuing to work on writing more independently - students are encouraged to use the sounds they hear in the words as they say them slowly to build their encoding skills.

Math:
This week in math we will be continuing to move through our Measurement unit.  We will focus on finishing up height measurement and move forward with measuring capacity and weight using a balance scale.  We will continue to review Numbers to 120, Addition and Subtraction throughout the week.

Religion:
This week in religion we will make the "wings" for our Lenten butterflies as we review The Very Hungry Caterpillar and how we can use it as an example of change.  We will take time to review the connection of the change of a caterpillar into a butterfly with the changes we can make during Lent to grow closer to God.  We will also move to our next Bible Hero - David.  We will have a class Stations of the Cross on Friday.  There will be no mass this week due to testing in Grades 2-8.

Character Counts!:
This week we will be celebrating Character Counts with buddy activities and a Fun Run on Wednesday.  Our class color is GREEN in celebration of the pillar of Responsibility.  Students should wear their uniform sweatpants, green shirts and comfy shoes on Wednesday for the run :-)

**We will have several CC! activities plus a couple of Spring themed art activities in the classroom this week - we will NOT have Science/SS this week but will move forward with our last big Science unit next week.**

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES - Mark Your Calendar!
    • Character Counts Fun Run - Wednesday, March 19th (K wears GREEN)
    • Muffins with Mom - Friday, April 28th 
    • Spring Field Trip - Thursday, May 18th 
    • Mother's Day Celebration - Friday, May 12th from 2:00-3:15
    • End of Year Picnic - Monday, June 5th
  • FRIDAY FLYER
    • Please make sure to read through the Friday Flyer each week.  It is packed full of useful information....especially on upcoming events and activities!  
    • Please make note that school is now CLOSED on Thursday, April 13th as the beginning of our Easter Break.
  • DONATIONS NEEDED IN K
    • Thank you to those who have been able to donate cleaning wipes to our classroom.  We will continue to collect these anytime you are able to donate.  Cleaning wipes get used up quickly as we snack, craft, paint and have lots of messy fun in the classroom :-)  
Have a wonderful week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, March 19, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
March 20th - March 24th


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will work in our unit on the letter Rr.  We will also add four new words to our Memory Word Wall:  get, yes, what, no. While we continue to work on building skills for decoding and encoding beginning, middle and ending sounds we are not adding consonant blends into our word work.  Students are now working to recognize beginning blends such as /cl/ in words like class, cloud and clap.  We will also be continuing to work on rhyming words throughout the week during small group instructions.

Math:
This week in math we will continue in our Measurement unit with fun activities on both length and height.  In Kindergarten, while we will do several measurement activities using nonstandard units of measurement, our main goal will be to build our measurement vocabulary and work to discuss and write about comparing measurements.  For example:  The blue flower is taller than the red flower but the yellow flower is the tallest in the garden.  We will continue to review Numbers to 120, addition and subtraction during our morning calendar time, as a daily warm-up and during small group instruction.

Religion:
This week in religion we will complete our Bible Heroes page on the story of Daniel and the Lions Den.  We will also begin a resurrection craft and do Stations of the Cross a couple of times this week.  On Thursday, we will talk about the Annunciation (March 25th).  We will join the PK-2nd Grade classes for Stations of the Cross on Wednesday morning and will join our 8th Grade Buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.

Science:
This week in science we will continue with our My Plate unit on healthy eating and the 5 Food Groups.  We will work on tying in the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar and create our own Kindergarten caterpillar as a fun addition to our unit :-)

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES - Mark Your Calendar!
    • March Fun Run - Monday, March 20th @ 1:15 (Students should wear PE Uniform, comfortable shoes.....green shirts are welcome!)
    • March Sharing Day - Friday, March 24th (Theme:  Teeny Tiny Treasure)
    • Doughnuts with Dad - Friday, March 24th from 7:30-8:20 (registration information in Friday Flyer)
    • Muffins with Mom - Friday, April 28th 
    • Spring Field Trip - Thursday, May 18th 
    • Mother's Day Celebration - Friday, May 12th from 2:00-3:15
    • End of Year Picnic - Monday, June 5th
Have a wonderful week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Saturday, March 11, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten 
March 13th - March 17th 


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will finish up our unit on the letter Bb by reading "The Big Bus" in our student books.  We will be spending much more time reading independently, in small groups and in whole group as we continue in our second semester of SuperKids.  Midweek we will begin our next unit on the letter Rr.  We will continue to work on handwriting and writing activities weekly.  Our writing is coming along wonderfully!  I reviewed last week's journal writing using March words and am so impressed with how creative students are being in their writing!!  We will also continue to review Memory Words daily.  

Math:

This week in math we will move into our new unit - Measurement.  This week our focus will be tools used for measuring, measurement vocabulary and measuring length using nonstandard units of measurement.  We will continue to review Numbers to 120, Addition and Subtraction weekly during our math warm-up time and during our small group rotations.  

Religion:

This week in religion we will continue in our Bible Heroes book with the story of Daniel.  We will also read about and celebrate St. Patrick toward the end of the week.  We will also spending time with the Stations of the Cross throughout the week.  We will join our 8th Grade Buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.  

Science:

This week in science we'll begin a mini unit on Keeping Healthy.  This week we'll focus on My Plate and the five food groups. 

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES - Mark Your Calendar!
    • Doughnuts with Dad - Friday, March 24th from 7:30-8:20 (registration information in Friday Flyer)
    • Muffins with Mom - Friday, April 28th 
    • Spring Field Trip - Thursday, May 18th 
    • Mother's Day Celebration - Friday, May 12th from 2:00-3:15
    • End of Year Picnic - Monday, June 5th
  • Follow SAS on Twitter @StAugustineElem 
Have a wonderful week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, March 5, 2017




This Week in Kindergarten 
March 6th - March 10th

Image result for Lent



A BIG Thank You to all of our Guest Readers last week!  It was wonderful to have so many families share in our Read Across America fun with us!! 


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will be finishing up our first semester of SuperKids and our unit on the letter Uu. We will be adding the words at, play and me to our Memory Word Wall this week.  We will move into our second semester on Wednesday and begin our unit on the letter Bb.  As we move into our second semester, we will spend more time in our guided reading groups and reading in lots of fun ways in the classroom!  Each new unit will bring three new SuperKid books to your SuperKids bookshelf.  Books with one diamond are the basic level reader, books with two diamonds indicate an intermediate amount of reading and decodable words and books with three diamonds are the enrichment books for the unit.  All students will have access to all books through the SuperKids online portal and can practice reading independently, reading with someone or listening to the stories. 

Math:
This week in math we will spend time reviewing Numbers to 120, Addition, Subtraction and Place Value.  All students have made wonderful progress in their math skills this year!  I am looking forward to a great third trimester of Kindergarten Math!!  

Religion:
This week in religion we will take time away from our Bible Heroes book to focus on several Lenten activities.  We will spend some time working in an interactive reader ("Lent Reminds Us Of Jesus") and reading "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".  We will be working to make the connection that just as the caterpillar changed over the course of the book, our Lenten journey is a time of change - change to grow closer to God.  We will revisit this book several times throughout Lent :-)  We will join our 8th Grade Buddies for Mass on Friday at 9:00.  

Social Studies:
This week we will finish up our US Symbols unit in social studies.  Our focus this week will be the White House.  We will take some time to review the symbols we learned about and will finish up any last minute writing in our US Symbols books which will come home at the end of the week.  

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES - Mark Your Calendar!
    • Grandparents Day - Thursday, March 9th 
      • Weather permitting K visitors will meet the class on the playground for recess at 10:30 then head into the classroom for a read aloud, math activity and religion activity.  
    • Spring Field Trip - Thursday, May 18th 
    • Mother's Day Celebration - Friday, May 12th from 2:00-3:15
    • End of Year Picnic - Monday, June 5th
  • Follow SAS on Twitter @StAugustineElem 
  • Substitute on Friday:
    • Ms. Cramer (with the help of Miss Lisa) will be substituting in Kindergarten on Friday as I will be screening incoming Kindergarten students for the 2017-2018 school year.  I will be away from e-mail most of the day.  If any dismissal changes arise, please let the main office know and they will get word to Ms. Cramer.  Thanks!!
Have a wonderful week!!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, February 26, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
February 27th - March 3rd


Read Across America Flyer

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will continue to move forward with our SuperKids unit on the Letter Uu while celebrating Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Week!  It will be a busy week!!  Many Thanks to all the guest readers who were able to sign up - we're looking forward to having you!!  This week will be filled with lots of rhyming activities as well as Memory Word practice, beginning/middle/ending phonics work and some independent reading with our Beanie Baby buddies :-)

Math:
This week in math we will continue our focus on place value (tens and ones).  We will especially focus on teen numbers with students identifying that a teen number is one ten and some ones.  For example:  The number 13 is one ten and three ones.  We will also continue to review Numbers to 120, addition and subtraction daily.

Religion:
This week in religion while completing an outreach project called "Sending Smiles" and learning about our next Bible Hero, Abraham, we will turn our focus to the season of Lent.  We will have several Lenten activities this week and will attend Ash Wednesday mass with our 8th Grade buddies at 9:00 on Wednesday.  There will be no mass on Friday.  Older grades will gather in church on Fridays for Stations of the Cross.  Throughout Lent grades PK-2nd will have our own Stations of the Cross every other week (beginning next week).

Social Studies:
This week in social studies we will continue to work in our US Symbols unit.  This week we will continue our focus on the bald eagle (our eagle family in Iowa has laid eggs!) as well as the Statue of Liberty and the Liberty Bell.

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES - Mark Your Calendar!
    • Read Across America Week - February 27th - March 3rd 
      • Please make sure to check your flyer daily to see what fun activity we'll be having in the classroom!!  Don't forget....Monday is Silly Sock Day!! 
    • Spring Field Trip - Thursday, May 18th 
    • Mother's Day Celebration - Friday, May 12th from 2:00-3:15
    • End of Year Picnic - Monday, June 5th
  • Follow SAS on Twitter @StAugustineElem 
Have a Wonderful Week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 


Tuesday, February 21, 2017



This (Short) Week in Kindergarten
February 22nd - February 24th


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will finish up our unit on the letter Hh and move into our last unit of our first semester of SuperKids.  In our final unit we will focus on the letter Uu and the /u/ sound.  We will also add four new words to our Memory Word Wall:  when, going, of, do.  On Friday we will work on two February Sharing (oral sharing and writing about sharing) activities during our morning work rotation.

Math:
This week during math we will work to build our understanding of place value for ones and tens.  Our main focus this week is teen numbers are one set of ten and some ones.  We will be using base ten blocks to build teen numbers and relating our work back to addition using addition sentences such as 10+3=13, 10+5=15, etc.  We will continue to review Numbers to 120, addition and subtractions regularly throughout the day.

Religion:
This week during religion we will move away from our Bible Heroes work for a bit to revisit diversity.  We will be reading several books about diversity and focusing on God's creation of each individual as unique and special with many wonderful gifts to share :-)  We will join our 8th Grade buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.

Social Studies:
This week in social studies we will continue to work in our US Symbols unit.  This week we will be reviewing the American flag and how it represents our country and beginning to learn information about the bald eagle.  We will be checking in on a live eagle cam in Iowa as the eagles nest and lay their eggs.  If you'd like to peek in at home as well check out the following link:

Decorah Eagles Live Cam

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES - Mark Your Calendar!
    • February Sharing Day "Me & Someone I Love" - Friday, February 24th 
    • Read Across America Week - February 27th - March 3rd 
    • Spring Field Trip - Thursday, May 18th 
    • Mother's Day Celebration - Friday, May 12th from 2:00-3:15
    • End of Year Picnic - Monday, June 5th
  • Follow SAS on Twitter @StAugustineElem 
Have a wonderful week!!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, February 12, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
February 13th - February 17th
Happy Valentine's Day!


REMINDER:  School will be closed on Monday, February 20th (President's Day Holiday) and Tuesday, February 21st (Professional Development Day).  Enjoy the long weekend!

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will meet our last SuperKid, Hot Rod, as we work our way to the end of Semester 1 in our SuperKids program.  This week will complete several fun Valentine's Day themed activities as we continue to practice blending letter sounds, memory words and rhyming/word families.  We will also be working to build comprehension skills through one of my favorite Valentine's Day read alouds, "Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch".  If you'd like to check out the story at home click the link below :-)

Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch

Math:
This week in math we will be continuing our work on representing numbers 1-10 in different ways with addition.  For example, we are working on decomposing the number 8 into 8+0, 7+1, 6+2, etc.  This week our focus will be on the numbers 8, 9 and 10.  We will also continue to practice basic addition, subtraction and numbers to 120 during our warm-up and small group time.

Religion:
This week in religion our focus will be St. Valentine early in the week and we will begin our Bible Heroes book toward the end of the week.  This week we'll focus on the stories of Noah and Moses.  We will join our 8th Grade buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.

Science/Social Studies:
This week we will finish up our unit on ecosystems in science by exploring animals that live in arctic ecosystems.  On Thursday, we'll turn our focus back to Social Studies as we begin our US Symbols unit.  We will begin our unit by learning more about the American Flag and how is represents our country.  Through the unit we will also take a look at the bald eagle, the White House, Statue of Liberty and the Liberty Bell.

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES - Mark Your Calendar!
    • Valentine's Day Celebration - February 14th 
      • Please make sure to bring your valentines and valentine container on Tuesday!! 
    • Read Across America Week - February 27th - March 3rd 
    • Spring Field Trip - Thursday, May 18th 
    • Mother's Day Celebration - Friday, May 12th from 2:00-3:15
    • End of Year Picnic - Monday, June 5th
  • 100TH DAY FOOD DRIVE - THANK YOU!! 
    • Many Thanks for your support in our 100th Day Canned Food Drive!  Kindergarten has donated 121 cans to the Elkridge Food Pantry!!  Way to Go!
  • Ms. Barb's helping out!!
    • During the week of February 13th Ms. Cramer will be out on Monday and Tuesday and I will be out on Friday.  Our former SAS PK teacher, Ms. Barb, will be filling in on these days!  We're excited to have her!! 
    • On Friday, February 17th I will be away from e-mail for much of the day.  If you have information that needs to be relayed to the classroom on this day please call the main office and Mrs. Cynkar will make sure Ms. Cramer and Ms. Barb are notified.  
  • Follow SAS on Twitter @StAugustineElem 
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Have a Wonderful Week!!
Mrs. Weatherholtz