Sunday, May 21, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
May 22nd - May 26th



Many Thanks to all who were able to chaperone our Spring 
Field Trip to the Carrie Murray Nature Center and 
volunteer/cheer us on at the 13th Annual Race for Education!  
We couldn't do it without you!!  

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will finish up our unit on the letters Kk and Qq.  We will move into our next unit on the letter Jj and the /j/ sound.  We will continue to review Memory Words and will review/practice the writing skills worked on throughout the year.  

Math:
This week in Math we will continue working in our 3D shapes unit.  This unit will focus on cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres and the attributes of each shape.  We will continue to review Numbers to 120, Addition and Subtraction during our morning routine and small-group time.  

Religion:
This week in Religion we will be reviewing the main units of our religion curriculum using the Growing in Love student books for whole group review.  We will attend mass on Friday at 9:00 with our 4th Grade buddies helping :-)   

Science:
This week and next we'll be using various fiction and nonfiction read alouds with a science theme (African Animals, oceans, etc.) to practice our informative writing skills.  This week we'll read about zebras, cheetahs and ocean animals.

Notes & Announcements: 
  • IMPORTANT DATES - Mark Your Calendar!
    • Orioles Day @ SAS! - PK-2nd Grade students may dress down in their Race for Education Oriole inspired shirts to cheer on the O's as we stream the game live in the school hall :-) 
    • SCHOOL CLOSED - Monday, May 29th (Memorial Day)
    • 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!  
  • 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 :-) 
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, May 14, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
May 15th - May 19th


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will begin our next SuperKids unit on the letters Kk and Qq and the /k/ and /qu/ sounds.  During this unit we will read our first skit and discuss how to read a play with parts for various characters.  We will continue to practice our Memory Words and writing skills for both informative and opinion writing.

Math: 
This week in math we will review 2D shapes and begin our last math unit of the year on 3D Shapes.  We will focus on cones, cylinders, cubes, and spheres.  During this unit we'll take a look at where we find these shapes in real life, how these shapes move (roll, slide and stack) and the characteristics of each shape.  We will continue to review Numbers to 120, Addition and Subtraction during our calendar time and math warm-up time.

Religion:
This week in religion we will continue to focus on The Blessed Mother as we celebrate Mary during the month of May.  We will join our 8th Grade Buddies for our last mass together on Thursday at 9:00.  (Kindergarten will have a couple more masses before the end of the year but 8th Grade will be finishing up their academic year and away for various trips on Fridays.)

Science:
This week in science we'll jump back to a bit of informative writing - this time about African Animals.  This week we'll read nonfiction texts on Lions, Giraffes, and Elephants and use the information we read to journal about this interesting animals.

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES - Mark Your Calendar!
    • Spring Field Trip - Thursday, May 18th
    • Race for Education - Friday, May 19th (Early Dismissal Day)
    • SCHOOL CLOSED - Monday, May 29th (Memorial Day)
    • 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!  
  • TEACHER ABSENCES
    • I will be away from the classroom on Monday this week.  The class will be covered by Ms. Cramer and Miss Lisa.  If there are any dismissal notes or information that needs to be relayed to the classroom please contact the school office or send a note in your child's folder so that Ms. Cramer has the information right away.  Many Thanks!! 
  • 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 :-) 
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Have a Wonderful Week!!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, May 7, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
May 8th - May 12th




Language Arts:
This week in LA we will finish up our unit on the letter Vv and begin our next unit on the letter Ww and the /w/ sound.  We will continue to review all Memory Words and practice writing skills we've been working on throughout the year.

Math:
This week in math we'll finish up our unit on Data & Graphing by collecting data from the class and creating various types of graphs using our data.  Next week we'll move into our last math unit of the year - Geometry.  We began our year with 2D shapes and will quickly review those shapes before moving into 3D shapes to finish up the year.  We will continue to review and practice Numbers to 120, Addition and Subtraction daily during our calendar time, math warm-up and during small group stations.

Religion:
This week in religion we'll turn our focus to Mary.  On Friday we will celebrate our second graders and their First Holy Communion and will also celebrate Mary with our May Crowning.  We will join our 8th Grade buddies for mass at 9:00 and process to the statue of Mary by the K/PK doors directly after mass.

Science:
This week in science we've been asked to learn a bit about an endangered specie by our Rachel's Friends club.  Our assigned animal is the Panda.  Throughout the week we'll be reading several nonfiction texts about pandas and will work on a class poster to finish up the week :-)

Mother's Day Celebration:
We're looking forward to having moms visit for our Mother's Day Celebration on Friday!  Weather permitting, we will be meeting on the playground anytime between 2:00 and 2:30 and will head into the classroom at 2:45 for a special snack and treat :-)


Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES - Mark Your Calendar!
    • Mother's Day Celebration - Friday, May 12th from 2:00-3:15
    • Spring Field Trip - Thursday, May 18th
    • Race for Education - Friday, May 19th (Early Dismissal Day)
    • SCHOOL CLOSED - Monday, May 29th (Memorial Day)
    • 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!  
  • TEACHER ABSENCES
    • Ms. Cramer and I will both be out (different days) this week.  I will be out on Thursday and Ms. Cramer will be out of Friday.  Both days we'll have Miss Lisa helping out in K.  
  • 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, April 30, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
May 1st - May 5th


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will move into our next SuperKids unit on the Letter Vv and the /v/.  We will also add our last three words to our Memory Word Wall!!  We will be adding the words will, big and not.  This week we'll working on making memory word cards, building writing skills through opinion and picture prompt writing and building reading fluency in our SuperKid leveled readers.

Math:
This week in math we will work on our last type of graph for our Data & Graphing unit.  We will focus on picture graphs this week and will work on a project next week to tie all our learning about graphs together :-)  We will continue to work on Numbers to 120, Addition and Subtraction during our calendar, math warm-up and small group times.

Religion:
This week in Religion we will finish up our Bible Heroes books by taking a look at Ruth, Peter and John the Baptist.   With our upcoming May Crowning and First Communion mass on May 12th we will turn our focus toward the Blessed Mother, Mary as we move through the month of May.

Science:
This week in science we will explore gravity by dropping items of varying weight during a fun outside activity and will work on our gravity painting crafts.

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES - Mark Your Calendar!
    • SCHOOL CLOSED - Friday, May 5th (Professional Day)
    • Mother's Day Celebration - Friday, May 12th from 2:00-3:15
    • Spring Field Trip - Thursday, May 18th
    • Race for Education - Friday, May 19th (Early Dismissal Day)
    • SCHOOL CLOSED - Monday, May 29th (Memorial Day)
    • 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!  
  • 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, April 23, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
April 24th - April 28th


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will jump right in to our next SuperKids unit on the Letter Pp and the /p/ sound.  We will also introduce our next four Memory Words (we're almost at the end of our list!!).  Our new words this week will be:  make, up, down, all.  We will be moving from writing Friendly Letters into Opinion Writing this week and will increase our writing time in the classroom as we learn more and more great writing skills :-)

Math:
This week in math we will review Bar Graphs and will move into our next type of graph, Tally Graphs.  We will continue to review and practice Numbers to 120, Addition and Subtraction as we move forward with our Graphing & Data Unit.

Religion:
This week in religion we will focus on two Bible Hereos, Ester and Joseph, which we'll add to our books we've been working on.  We will be joining our 8th Grade buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.

Science:
This week in science we will continue with our Force & Motion unit and will pull in a bit of LA this week :-)  Our theme for the week will be Huff & Puff.  We will explore how we can move things by huffing and puffing like the Big Bad Wolf did in the class story of the Three Little Pigs.  This week we'll read several versions of the story and will practice identifying story elements as we go through the week.  We'll finish up our week with a fun STEM activity related to both the story and our Science topic :-)

Earth Day:
Throughout the week we will also slide in several Earth Day themed activities as we celebrate our wonderful Earth that God created!


Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES - Mark Your Calendar!
    • Muffins with Mom - Friday, April 28th @ 7:30
    • SCHOOL CLOSED - Friday, May 5th (Professional Day)
    • Mother's Day Celebration - Friday, May 12th from 2:00-3:15
    • Spring Field Trip - Thursday, May 18th
    • Race for Education - Friday, May 19th (Early Dismissal Day)
    • SCHOOL CLOSED - Monday, May 29th (Memorial Day)
    • 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!  
  • 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 

Saturday, April 8, 2017



This Week in Kindergarten
April 10th - April 12th
SCHOOL CLOSED April 13th - April 23rd for Easter Break


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will finish up our SuperKids unit on the Letter Mm.  Prior to leaving for Easter Break we will take time to review all letter sounds introduced thus far as well as the writing skills we've been working on over the course of the year.  We will continue to work on beginning blends and will review Memory Words daily.  

Math:
This week in math we'll finish up our bar graph portion of our Graphing & Data unit.  When we return from break we will take time to review bar graphs and move forward with our Graphing Unit.  We will continue to review Numbers to 120, Counting Sets, Addition and Subtraction as we move toward the end of our Kindergarten math curriculum.  

Religion:
This week in religion we will focus on Holy Week and will review the Stations of the Cross as we prepare for Easter Break.

Science:
This week in science we will continue with our Force & Motion unit.  We continue to build vocabulary and will do two exploration activities to determine how different forces make objects move and how objects move on different surfaces.  We will spend time outside with both tennis balls and bouncy balls this week :-) 

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES - Mark Your Calendar!
    • 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! 
  • SPRING OUTREACH PROJECT
    • Many Thanks to everyone for all the canned fruit donations!  
  • 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 and a blessed Easter Break!!  
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 


Saturday, April 1, 2017


This Week in Kindergarten
April 3rd - April 7th


FREE DRESS MONDAY!
IN CELEBRATION OF ALL OF THE AMAZING 
CHARACTER COUNTS DOORS CREATED BY EACH CLASS 
MONDAY, APRIL 3RD WILL BE A SCHOOL-WIDE FREE DRESS DAY!!

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will move forward into our SuperKids unit on the letter Mm and the /m/ sound.  We will add three new words to our Memory Word Wall:  put, be, look.  We will continue to build writing skills as we encode in our writing journals and work to add details to our writing.  We will spend time working on decoding skills in small groups in our SuperKids leveled readers (can be found on SuperKids app under "bookshelf").

Math:
This week in math we will move into our next unit - Data & Graphing.  We will begin our work with data and graphing by looking at how bar graphs can be used to collect data.  We will be working on several shared writing pieces as we gather information from our graphs.

Religion:
This week in religion we will be focusing on Lent as we review Station of the Cross by working on posters.  We will also be working on our second set of Bible Verse coloring sheets which will serve as place mats for the April Senior Lunch.  We will join PK-2nd Grade for a Primary Team Stations of the Cross on Wednesday morning and our 8th Grade Buddies at mass on Friday at 9:00.

Science:
This week we will begin our last big science unit for the year - Forces & Interactions.  Our focus this week will be to define motion and force.  We will be focusing on push and pull forces and completing several activities to see how weight effects how much force must be applied to an object in order for it to be put into motion.  We will also take a look at how the amount of force applied to an object effects how far and at what speed the object will move.

Notes & Announcements:
  • IMPORTANT DATES - Mark Your Calendar!
    • CC! Free Dress - Monday, April 3rd
    • 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.
  • SPRING OUTREACH PROJECT
    • Each class will be working to collect food donations for local food banks during the week of April 3rd.  Kindergarten has been assigned canned fruit.  Please see the flyer in the Friday Flyer for further information.
  • 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