Sunday, January 15, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
January 16th - January 20th 


This Thursday we welcome our new principal, Mrs. Ball, to SAS!  Thursday morning Kindergarten students can arrive in the classroom per our usual routine from 8:25-8:40.  At 8:40 Ms. Cramer will bring the class upstairs so they can participate in welcoming and meeting Mrs. Ball in the school hall with the older students.  

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will meet our next SuperKid and begin working on the letter Ff and the /f/ sound.  We will also be working on a couple of sorting activities this week to continue to build phonemic awareness for beginning sounds and rhyming words.  We will also continue to build our writing skills by working to add detail to our writing through describing words.  Later in the week we will also reread "The Mitten" and practice retelling/sequencing the story.

Math:
This week in math we will be continuing our work on Numbers to 120, Addition with sums to 10 and Subtraction.  This week our subtraction focus will be moving from a subtraction sentence using "take away and is" to the subtraction equation using the "-" and "=" symbols.

Religion:
This week in religion we will continue to work in our God's Gift of Senses unit.  We will be working through several read aloud stories as well as several sorting activities to identify the 5 senses and how they are important in the exploration of our world.  There will be NO mass this Friday.

Science:
This week in science we will begin our next unit on "Living & Nonliving Things and their roles in Ecosystems".   Our focus this week will be identifying living and nonliving things.  We will be working to ask questions to help us identify if something is living or nonliving.  We will also be exploring the needs of living things.

Notes & Announcements:

  • SCHOOL CLOSED MONDAY
    • School will be closed Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  
  • NEW PRINCIPAL WELCOME
    • We will welcome our new principal, Mrs. Ball, on Thursday!!  
  • 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. 
    • Spring Field Trip - Thursday, May 18th 
    • End of Year Picnic - Monday, June 5th
  • FRIDAY FLYER - CATHOLIC SCHOOL'S WEEK
    • Please make sure to read the Friday Flyer each week as it contains updates and useful information regarding upcoming activities.  The latest Friday Flyer includes an overview of Catholic School's Week which begins on January 29th.  
  • DRESS DOWN DAY 
    • On Friday (1/20/17) we will be having a school-wide dress down day to raise money for the family that tragically lost 6 children in the house fire last week.  Please see the Friday Flyer for information.  
Have a Wonderful Week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 





Sunday, January 8, 2017



The Week in Kindergarten
January 9th - January 13th

January's Character Counts Pillar is Fairness
Last week students created these AMAZING giraffes to match the animal on our Fairness poster! 
Language Arts:
This week in LA we will continue to work through our Letter Tt unit in our SuperKids program.  We will be identifying and decoding the /t/ sound at the beginning and end of words.  We will also continue to practice Memory Words daily.  This week we will continue to focus on Story Elements (character & setting) as we work in read aloud fiction texts.  During writing, our focus will be using describing words to give our readers more information about our ideas.

Math:
This week in math we will continue our review of Numbers to 120 and Addition with sums to 10.  We will also be working on foundational subtraction skills as we use the words "take away" and "is" to write out subtraction sentences.  For example:  5 take away 2 is 3.  Later in our unit we will replace  words with math symbols "-" and "=".

Religion:
This week in religion we will touch on several different topics including the celebration of Jesus' name and a fun Holy Trinity activity using a winter snowman.  We will also begin the next unit in our religion workbooks  - God Gift of Senses.  We will join our 8th Grade buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.

Science & Social Studies:
This week in science we will complete our mini-unit on penguins.  We will also take two days at the end of the week to incorporate lessons on Martin Luther King Jr.

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES:
    • January Sharing Day - Friday, January 13th
      • THEME: "Something to Keep Me Warm"
    • 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. 
    • Spring Field Trip - Thursday, May 18th 
    • End of Year Picnic - Monday, June 5th
  • SCHOOL CLOSED 
    • School will be closed on Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Have a wonderful week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Thursday, January 5, 2017



SAVE THE DATE
-Kindergarten Spring Field Trip-

We will be going to the Carrie Murray Nature Center on 
Thursday, May 18th from 10:00-2:15.
  
There is no limit on chaperones for this trip :-)  Please keep in mind that all chaperones MUST be STAND certified prior to attending.  More specific information will be coming home as we move into spring.  

Monday, January 2, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
January 2nd - January 6th
Happy New Year!!


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will be very busy diving back into our daily routine!  We will be meeting our newest SuperKids (Tic, Tac & Toc) and will be focusing on the letter Tt and the /t/ sound at the beginning and end of words.  We will also be bumping up our practice of rhyming words.  Five new Memory Words will be introduced this week:  go, little, come, my, where.

In addition, during our Read Aloud time we will be reading several books about a fun character, Tacky the Penguin. During this time we will be focusing on several reading/writing skills including story elements (characters and setting) and sentence punctuation (period, question mark and exclamation mark).

Math:
This week during math we will review Numbers to 120 and basic addition with sums to 10.  We will begin Topic 8: Understanding Subtraction mid-week and will work on acting out stories about separating groups to build our foundation for subtraction skills.

Religion:
This week in religion we will have two main areas of focus:  Character Counts and the Epiphany.  Early in the week we will learn about our new pillar of good character, Fairness.  We will spend time at the end of the week completing activities about the Epiphany and celebrating the arrival of the Wise Men to worship baby Jesus.  We will join our 8th Grade buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.

Science:
This week in science we will begin a mini-unit - All About Penguins.  In this mini-unit we will focus on reading nonfiction text and using information from our text to write informative sentences about penguins.  We will also be working on building a "can-have-eat" chart using the information we learn about penguins.

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
Have a wonderful week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, December 18, 2016



This Week in Kindergarten
December 19th - December 23rd



Language Arts:
During this short week in LA we will focus on finishing up our SuperKids unit on the Letter Ii.  We will also take time during LA to review beginning sounds and writing sentences using uppercase letters at the beginning, spacing between words and punctuation at the end.  We will pull our comprehension skill of retelling into Religion this week as we continue to practice retelling the story of Jesus' birth.

Math:
This week in math we will take time to review using tens frames to create numbers to 20.  We will also continue to practice addition with sums to 10.  We are also going to be building our Counting On skills by pulling a number from a Numbers to 120 set of cards and rolling a dice to count on - having the numeral first often helps students begin with a numeral other than one and count on from there.  We will continue to build this skill and learn how to translate that into solving addition problems.

Religion:
This week in religion we will complete one more nativity retelling activity and will work on placemats for the December Senior Lunch.  We will also join our 8th Grade Buddies for mass on Wednesday at 9:00.

Social Studies:
This week in social studies we will work on completing our Christmas Around the World unit.  Our "suitcases" with our scrapbook and projects will come home on Wednesday.

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES:
    • Red & Green Day and Jingle Bell Dash - Tuesday, December 20th
      • Show your holiday spirit on Tuesday for a donation to our upcoming Empty Bowls project!!  Looking forward to LOTS of holiday cheer!!  
      • We are scheduled to participate in the Jingle Bell Dash Tuesday morning.  Weather permitting this event will be outside - please dress accordingly as we will be out for at least 30 minutes.  If it is too cold or rainy, Mrs. Shouse and Mrs. Reiniger will be setting up fun stations in the hall :-)  
    • 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
  • SMALL MIRACLES ANIMAL SHELTER DONATIONS:
    • Thank you to everyone who has already sent in donations for our community outreach to the Small Miracles Animal Shelter!  We are collecting donation through tomorrow and will take the donations to the shelter later this week.
  • SCHOOL CLOSED:
    • School will close at 12:25 on Wednesday and will reopen Tuesday, January 3rd.  
Ms. Cramer and I wish all of our wonderful Kindergarten family a truly blessed Christmas and a great start to 2017!!  Thank you for all of your support, encouragement and generosity during this holiday season and throughout the year!  We are truly blessed to teach in such an amazing school community!!  Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

Have a wonderful week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Saturday, December 10, 2016


This Week in Kindergarten 
December 12th - December 16


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will continue to work in our Letter Ii unit in our SuperKids program.  We will continue to practice our Memory Words and will be adding the following words to our word wall this week: he, she, to, was, said.  These words have been added to the Memory Word link to the right.  We will continue to work on sentence structure this week as well complete a Roll & Write activity and journal writing.

Math:
This week during math our focus will continue to be reviewing Numbers to 120 and building addition skills (sums to 10).  This week we'll practice using a number line to solve addition problems.  During Kindergarten our main strategies to solve addition/subtraction equations will be:  drawing a picture, counting on, using a number line, using manipulatives or objects as counters. 

Religion:
This week in Religion we will focus on the season of Advent with a Primary Team (PK-2nd) Advent Prayer Service.  We will also complete several nativity retelling activities throughout the week.  We will celebrate Saint Lucy on Tuesday and will join our 8th Grade Buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.

Social Studies:
This week in social studies we'll continue with our Christmas Around the World unit.  This week we'll take a look at traditions in Germany and Italy.

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES:
    • Christmas Program - Monday, December 12th
      • Information for Monday evening has come home in several different forms:  a hard copy in your child's folder (green paper), an Alert Now e-mail from the school office, and in our weekly Friday Flyer.  Please let me know if you have any questions about Monday evening's Christmas Program.
    • Sugar Cone Christmas Tree Decorating 
      • Students will be decorating their own sugar cone Christmas tree as a fun activity on Friday afternoon!  Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to send in supplies and to the volunteers who will be helping in the classroom during the activity! 
    • 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
  • SMALL MIRACLES OUTREACH
    • Many thanks to everyone who has sent in donations for the Small Miracles Animal Shelter!  We will be collecting donations through Monday, December 19th.
  • REPORT CARD ENVELOPES
    • If you have not done so already, please return your child's signed report card envelope by Friday, December 16th.  
Have a wonderful week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Friday, December 9, 2016



Fun Idea Alert!

I just came across this idea on Pinterest and though I'd pass it along since we're right in the middle of holiday wrapping season :-) The post says for toddlers but I think it would be fun for many ages!! 

(Click the link below to view the page)