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 



Sunday, February 5, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
February 6th - February 10th
Celebrating 100 Days!!  


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will continue to work in our Letter Ee unit.  We will finish up our Ettabetta student book and continue working on our word list words as well as memory words.  This week we will add four new words to our memory word list:  are, in, had, and from.  During our 100th Day celebration on Tuesday we will focus on our writing skills as we answer the prompts "If I had $100 I would buy..." and "I could eat 100...".  In writing we are continuing to work on sentence structure and adding details to our writing (and illustrating).  

Math:
This week in math we will move into our second set of addition/subtraction units.  We will begin our first decomposing numbers unit with a focus on the numbers 4, 5, 6 and 7.  During this unit we will be using part-part-whole maps, number bonds and tens frames to decompose numbers.  For example, we will be learning how to decompose the number 6 into 0+6, 1+5, 2+4 and 3+3.  We will also be working to recognize that 0+6 is the same things as 6+0.  

Religion:
This week in religion we will be working on several activities to learn more about our new class saint, Saint Kateri Tekakwitha.  Fr. John blessed our classroom icon on Friday after blessing the school after mass.  St. Kateri Tekakwitha was the first North American Native American saint and is the patron saint of the environment and ecology.  We will join our 8th Grade buddies on Friday for mass at 9:00.  As always, families are welcome to join us :-)

Science:
This week in science we will continue our focus on ecosystems.  We'll be reading and writing about a variety of ecosystems this week including forest, river and arctic ecosystems.  Our focus in this unit is to identify that living things have needs that must be met in their ecosystem in order for survival to occur.  We will be touching on ways that ecosystems are impacted by human and nonhuman factors throughout the unit.  

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES - Mark Your Calendar!
    • 100th Day of Kindergarten - February 7th
    • Valentine's Day Celebration - February 14th 
    • Read Across America Week - February 27th - March 3rd (Guest Reader information will be coming home soon!) 
    • 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 
    • Donations are due February 7th
    • Thank you for your support!!  So far we have collected 69 cans!! 
  • 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 
Have a wonderful week!!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Saturday, January 28, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten 
January 30th - February 3rd


Happy Catholic Schools Week!  
Thank you for choosing Catholic education! 

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will begin our next SuperKids unit on the letter Ee and the short /e/ sound.  We will continue to practice our memory words (more words to come next week!) and handwriting daily. We will also continue to practice rhyming through song and matching activities.  

Math:
This week in math we will work to finish up our first addition and subtraction units and take our benchmark assessment which will cover Numbers to 120 and basic addition and subtraction.  Next week we will move forward into our next addition/subtractions units on composing and decomposing numbers.  For example:  4 = 2 + 2 or 4 = 3 + 1.

Religion:
This week in religion we will celebrate Catholic Schools Week, learn about St. John Bosco and work on part of our contribution to the February Senior Lunch.  We will join our 8th Grade Buddies for mass on Friday and are excited to have lots of families join us both in mass and in the classroom on Friday!!  

Science:
This week we will take our science focus to ecosystems (ocean, jungle, and forest) as we take our information of living and nonliving things one step further.  This week we will read about ecosystems and the role of both living and nonliving things in keeping an ecosystem in balance.  

Catholic Schools Week Activities for K:
Monday:  We will have a classroom prayer service to start Catholic Schools Week 2017.

Tuesday:  We will join our 4th and 8th Grade buddies to paint  bowls for the Empty Bowls project.

Wednesday: We will join 1st and 2nd Grade for our Junie B. Jones field trip.  PLEASE NOTE:  We will NOT have snack on Wednesday.  We will return in time for lunch.

Thursday: We will cheer on our classmates who participate in the SAS Basketball Clinic and have fun dancing the afternoon away at the Student Appreciation Dance (there will also be a movie option in the classroom - Finding Dory).  PLEASE NOTE:  We will have lunch in the classroom on Thursday - please refrain from sending peanut butter and nut products for lunch.  Hot lunch and milk orders will be delivered to the classroom.  If your child participates in the basketball clinic please have them wear/bring their shirt to school to participate in the games.  Thursday will be a Free Dress day!! We will also receive a special student appreciation treat on Thursday - ice cream!!  

Friday: We will join our 8th Grade Buddies for mass and welcome parents into the classroom during our Parent Open House.  During this time we will be rotating through a three-group rotation (one craft, one religion activity and one math activity).  As you come into the classroom to visit please feel free to jump in and join your child at their stations!  

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES - Mark Your Calendar!
    • Theater Field Trip w/1st & 2nd Grade - Wednesday, February 1st
    • 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 
    • Donations are due February 7th
    • Thank you for your support!!  So far we have collected 23 cans!! 
  • Follow SAS on Twitter @StAugustineElem 
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!!
Have a wonderful week!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 


Sunday, January 22, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
January 23rd - January 27th

Our "Melted Snowman" craft turned out great!!
These along with a lot of other great K craft and art pieces are on 
display in the K hallway and classroom now :-)
Feel free to pop down for our Parent Open House on 
Friday, February 3rd to check out all the amazing work! 

PLEASE NOTE:  SCHOOL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH FOR A
PROFESSIONAL TEACHER WORKDAY.

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will continue our focus on the letter Ff and the /f/ sound.  We are also moving into beginning blends as we become more fluent with the letters introduced thus far.  For example:  Students are now working on writing words such as flag, glad and class using the /l/ to blend with beginning consonants.  We will continue our rhyming practice as we move through the week as well as our independent writing skills.  Writing sentences independently is a very big step for many students!  I am very proud of the writing I am seeing during class!  We are encouraging students to use the sounds they hear in the words they'd like to write as well as using the memory word wall for words like the and is.  Below are a couple of sample sentences from this week's independent writing:

"I see the cat.  The cat is pretty."
"I have a dog.  The dog is small."
"My dog is tired.  He is a dog."
Math:
This week in math our focus will be subtraction.  We will focus on using the minus and equal symbol in writing subtraction equations.  We will also be working with two solving strategies this week:  number lines and drawing a picture.  We will be reviewing Numbers to 120 and Addition w/Sums to 10 as review and warm-up activities.  

Religion:
This week in religion we will continue to work in our God Gave Me Five Senses unit and work on our place mats for the upcoming January Senior Lunch on Friday.  This month we'll be making two placemats for tables:  "It's Snow Secret that Jesus Loves You" and "May God's Love Keep You Warm Today and Always".

Our next mass will be Friday, February 3rd.  Families are always welcome to attend mass but Friday, February 3rd will be our special Catholic Schools Week Parent Open House mass followed by refreshments in the school hall and classroom visiting time from 10:35-11:25 - We hope to see you there!! 

Science:
This week in science we will continue to work on identifying living and nonliving things by asking questions:  Does it grow?  Does it move by itself? Does it eat?  etc.  Next week we'll move into our Ecosystems portion of the unit where we'll take a look at different ecosystems and how nonliving and living things depend on one another to survive.  

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. 
    • Spring Field Trip - Thursday, May 18th 
    • End of Year Picnic - Monday, June 5th
  • 100TH DAY FOOD DRIVE 
    • Donations due February 7th
    • Information has been sent via e-mail and will be coming home in hard copy on Monday regarding our 100th Day Food Drive :-) Thank you for your support!!  
Have a wonderful week!
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 





Saturday, January 21, 2017

Counting Robot

We'll be using this quick Skip Counting song in the coming weeks to review skip counting by 10s, 5s and 2s.  This will be a great transition song in the classroom to reinforce our counting skills!