Friday, November 25, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten
November 28th - December 2nd



Language Arts:
This week in LA we will continue to work in our unit on Lily and the letter Ll.  We are working to identifying beginning and ending sounds as well as identify the short vowels /a/ and /o/ in the middle of CVC words such as log and glad.  This week we will continue to build our class word wall which contains our Memory Words.  We will add 5 new words (for, this, with, have, like) to our wall this week and work on our complete list during the month of December.   A viewable Google Doc has been added to the "Link" section of our blog (left side of the page) that contains a complete list of the Memory Words introduced so far this year.  As new words are introduced they will be added to this list so that you have the most current list for at home practice.

Math:
This week during math we will continue our review and practice of number to 120.  We will begin to work in our first Addition unit of the year and will be working on the idea of joining objects to create a whole set.  We will begin this unit by using joining stories to create an "and/is" addition sentence such as 5 and 2 is 7.  Later in the unit we will begin to incorporate math symbols to write addition equations using + and = ...... 5+2=7.

Religion:
This week during religion we will turn our focus toward the season of Advent.  We will be working in an interactive book called "Advent is for Waiting" and will also be working on Advent themed pages from our religion student books.  On Friday we will join our 8th grade buddies for mass at 9:00.  We will also work on a fun Advent wreath craft on Friday which will be a great classroom decoration for the month of December!

Social Studies:
This week in social studies we will spend a couple of days focusing on Needs & Wants before diving into our Christmas Around the World unit on Thursday.  This unit will focus on Christmas traditions in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Italy, and China.  Our Christmas Around the World "suitcase" of journaling and projects will come home as a complete unit just before Christmas break.

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES:
    • Polar Express Pajama Day!!  
      • On Monday, December 5th we will have a special Polar Express Pajama Day along with a treat (hot cocoa and cookies) and a guest reader to read The Polar Express during the afternoon.  More specific information will come home during the week of November 28th.  
    • 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
  • VOLUNTEER HOURS
    • Please see the information flyer in last week's Friday Flyer regarding logging volunteer hours.  Please make sure to keep track of your hours via the online system so that you receive credit for your hours throughout the year.  
      • If you attend the Sharp's Farm field trip as a chaperone you can log these hours (9:00-2:00) under "Kindergarten" in the drop-down menu.  
Have a wonderful week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, November 20, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten 
November 21st - November 25th 



In this very short week we will take time on Monday and Tuesday to finish up unfinished items and ready ourselves to celebrate Thanksgiving and begin the season of Advent.

Monday:
On Monday, we will be visited by a friend of the SAS community, Sister Therese, who will give Advent presentations to each grade level.  In the classroom we will complete our Numbers to 120 assessment and complete our prayer plate projects.  Both prayer plates and Thanksgiving placemats will come home this week.

Tuesday:
On Tuesday, Kindergarten will participate in the school wide Turkey Trot and Thanksgiving Feast with our 8th and 4th Grade Buddies.

Wednesday - Friday:
School CLOSED for Thanksgiving holiday.  Enjoy!!

A Math Idea for Home:
In our upcoming December Homework, students will be introduced to a new math activity called GRAB IT.  This activity is a very simple but excellent counting activity.  Provide your child with a supply of objects (all the same object) from home.  For example, a bin of Legos, a bowl of small candies such as M&Ms or wrapped hard candies, a container of dried beans, a container of beads, etc.  Your child should reach into the container and pull out one handful of objects.  Before counting their handful, have your child predict how many objects they've grabbed.  After predicting, count to see how close your prediction was :-)  In class we've practiced counting collections by organizing the collection into groups of 10 then counting.  Happy Counting!!

Notes & Announcements:


  • HELP FEED THE HUNGRY:  The Student Council and Rachel’s Friends are sponsoring a Food Drive for Thanksgiving. They are asking that each child bring one canned good item to school on Monday, November 21st, or Tuesday, November 22nd, to help stock up the local food pantries. Thank you in advance for your generosity. 
  • IMPORTANT DATES:
    • Polar Express Pajama Day!!  
      • On Monday, December 5th we will have a special Polar Express Pajama Day along with a treat (hot cocoa and cookies) and a guest reader to read The Polar Express during the afternoon.  More specific information will come home during the week of November 28th.  
    • 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
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break!!  
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 







Sunday, November 13, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten
November 14th - November 18th

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will finish up our unit on the letter Ss and meet our next SuperKid character, Lily, as we begin our unit on the letter Ll.  We will continue to work on our Memory Words and reading our SuperKids word lists.  We will also continue to work in two emergent readers to practice reading memory words and tracking text as we read.

Math:
This week in math we will spend one final week on Numbers to 120 before moving into our first addition unit when we return from Thanksgiving Break.  We will continue to practice working with numbers to 120 as we progress through the year but will begin working with Addition: Sums to 10 as our next major math unit.

Religion:
This week in religion we will spend a few days working on our Keep Christ in Christmas posters for the Knights of Columbus poster contest.  We will be taking a look at sample posters and discussing the true meaning of the Christmas season.  Students school-wide will be working on completing posters to submit on Thursday for judging.  We will also continue working on our prayer plate project and will join our 8th Grade buddies for mass on Friday.

Social Studies:
This week we will spend our social studies time in a mini-unit Long Ago & Today.  We will take a look at how clothing, school, transportation and technology have changed since the times of the Pilgrims and Native Americans.

Notes & Announcements:
  • AFTER CARE SIGN-UP
    • Please keep in mind that Monday, November 21st and Tuesday, November 22nd are early dismissal days with the rest of the week being closed for Thanksgiving break.  After Care will be available on a sign-up basis.  If your child needs to attend after care on these two half days please see the sign-up sheet in the Friday Flyer. 
  • IMPORTANT DATES:
    • 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
Have a wonderful week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Saturday, November 5, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten 
November 7th - November 11th

SCHOOL IS CLOSED TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH FOR ELECTION DAY

LA:
This week in LA we will begin our next SuperKids unit on the letter Ss and the /s/ sound.  We will continue our focus on identifying beginning and ending sounds as we practice decoding (sounding out in reading) and encoding (using sounds for writing).  We will have a new word list this week and will continue to practice working on our memory words daily.  We will also be reading the story Bear Says Thanks and working on retelling by identifying the events in the beginning, middle and end of the story.

Math:
This week in math we will continue our focus on numbers to 120.  We will be completing several math assessments (completing patterns, ordering numbers 1-30 and writing numbers 1-20) this week as we near the end of the first trimester.  As we work with larger numbers we will also practice ordering and comparing numbers.  We will be practicing ordering a set of numbers from least to greatest.  For example, students may be given three numbers to order such as 7, 10, 5 which should be ordered 5, 7, 10.

Religion:
This week during religion we will continue our work in our new unit God Creates All People.  We will be making a class book to display how God makes all people unique and special.  We will also work on two fall themed activities focusing of God's blessings in our lives as we approach Thanksgiving.  We will also make our second prayer plate for our meal-time prayer project.  We will attend mass with our buddies on Friday at 9:00.

Social Studies:
This week in social studies we will be focusing on our Character Counts pillar of the month - Citizenship.  We will complete several activities that will highlight how we can demonstrate citizenship in our classroom and throughout our school community.

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES:
    • 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
  • WINTER UNIFORMS & CHANGE OF CLOTHES:
    • Please keep in mind that we have moved into our winter uniform time.  K students are no longer allowed to wear their shorts as their uniform and should wear their uniform sweatpants daily.  Students may continue to wear their gray and yellow t-shirts and sweatshirts as needed.  I encourage layering t-shirts with a uniform sweatshirt daily so they can take off/put on their sweatshirt as needed throughout the day.  
    • Many of our change of clothes bags contain warm weather clothes.  If you would like to switch out your child's change of clothes bag please feel free to send in a new cold weather bag and we'll send home their warm weather clothes.  Please relay to your child that they should check their backpack and give any change of clothes bags that need to be swapped out to myself or Ms. Cramer.  
  • SCHOOL CLOSED TUESDAY
    • School will be closed for students on Tuesday for Election Day.  
  • AFTER CARE SIGN-UP
    • Please keep in mind that Monday, November 21st and Tuesday, November 22nd are early dismissal days with the rest of the week being closed for Thanksgiving break.  After Care will be available on a sign-up basis.  If your child needs to attend after care on these two half days please see the sign-up sheet in the Friday Flyer.  
Have a wonderful week!!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Monday, October 31, 2016


Happy Halloween!

Many Thanks to all the families who volunteered, donated, sent in treats and attended our Trunk-or-Treat celebration!  It was a great success!! As always, thank you for your continued support and encouragement from home!  Have a safe and fun night!!

Sunday, October 30, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten
October 31st - November 4th


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will finish up our unit on the letter Dd and the /d/ sound.  We will continue to work on identifying beginning and ending sounds as well as the middle vowel sounds /o/ and /a/.  We will also continue to work on our writing including sentence structure (uppercase at beginning, spacing between words and punctuation at the end).  This week we'll add three new Memory Words to our word wall:  can, it, you.

Math:
This week in math we will continue to focus on numbers 0-120.  We will practice writing teen numbers correctly (always tricky!) and we will begin to focus a bit more on skip counting with counting by 10s.

Religion:
This week we will attend mass on Tuesday at 9:00 with our 8th Grade buddies in observance of All Saints Day.  We will also begin our November Meal-Time Prayer Plate project and a new focus in our student books - God Made All People.  We will also begin to learn a new before meals prayer called Thank You Lord which we will practice throughout the month.

Thank you Lord for happy hearts
For rain and sunny weather.
Thank you Lord for this our food
And that we are together.

Social Studies:
This week we will begin our second social studies unit - Long Ago & Today.  We will begin this unit with a focus from our Let's Find Out Scholastic weekly readers.  This week's reader is titled Go Back in Time and the focus is Pilgrim and Native American life which will tie in perfectly with our field trip on Friday :-)

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES: **This week we'll mark two of these dates off our list**
    • 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
  • Black & Orange Day is Monday!!  
  • Winter Uniforms 
    • Students should begin wearing winter uniforms on Tuesday, November 1st.  For K, the main changes is that shorts are no longer allowed and all students should be wearing their SAS sweatpants as their uniform bottom.  Students can continue to wear their t-shirts and sweatshirts as they do with summer uniforms.  
    • Please keep in mind that students should be wearing white socks with their uniforms.  Colored socks are not allowed unless students are in free dress. 
  • Friday Flyer
    • Please make sure to check the Friday Flyer weekly.  This is a very important communication that includes whole-school information and updates.  
Have a great week!!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, October 23, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten
October 24th - October 28th

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will be working in our SuperKids unit on the letter Dd.  We will focus on the /d/ sound at the beginning and end of words.  We will also be completing two interactive readers this week as we practice using memory words in our reading.  This week we will continue to focus on our sequencing and retelling skills by reading "I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat".  

Math:
This week in math we'll focus on number from 0-120.  We will spend a few weeks working with numbers to 120.  We will be reading, counting, and writing numbers in many different ways.  We will also be playing several games as we learn more and more about larger numbers :-)

Religion:
This week in religion we will continue to talk about the liturgical year.  We will also continue to focus on saints this week as we approach All Saints Day next week.  Noah's Ark stick puppets will come home this week - please encourage your child to use their puppets to retell the story of Noah's Ark.  We will join our 8th Grade buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.

Science:
This week we will finish up our weather unit and take a few days to complete a mini-unit on bats.  We will read several nonfiction texts and see what bat facts we can learn from our reading.

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES:
    • 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
Have a Wonderful Week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz