Monday, February 18, 2019



Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School
This Week in Kindergarten 
February 18th - February 22nd
~ When We Serve Others, We Serve Christ ~


Language Arts:
This week in LA is a scheduled review week.  This review comes with great timing since we've missed quite a bit of time to weather related closings/delays as well as various assemblies and celebrations.  We will take time to review all letters introduced to this point as well as all words that have been added to our word wall.  We will have the Howard County Public Library visiting on Thursday morning for a great literature tie-in for grades PK-2nd - we're excited to partner with the local library branch to enhance our reading program!  

Math:
This week in math we will continue to focus on our addition and subtraction operations while adding in place value.  In Kindergarten, we will focus on tens and ones (specifically in teen numbers) when working with place value.  

Please continue to count at home :-)  If your child is comfortable counting sets of objects to 20 and beyond, they can practice counting sets by 2s or 5s to build their counting skills.  

Religion:
This week in religion we will continue with our Fruits of the Spirit lessons and prayer journals.  We will join our 8th Grade buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00 - all are welcome!

Social Studies:
This week in social studies we'll be playing a little catch up in our US Symbols unit.  We will focus on the bald eagle and Statue of Liberty this week :-)  

Dates to Note:
  • Friday, March 1st: School Closed - AOB Professional Day 
  • March 4th - March 8th: Reading Week 2019 (Info will be coming home soon!)
  • Monday, March 4th: Early Dismissal 
  • Wednesday, March 6th: Ash Wednesday 
  • Friday, March 8th: Early Dismissal (End of Trimester 2)
  • Thursday, May 16th: Spring Field Trip (Sharp's Farm) (Chaperones Welcome!) 
  • Thursday, June 6th: Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration @ Patapsco State Park 
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, February 10, 2019



Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School
This Week in Kindergarten 
February 11th - February 15th
~ When We Serve Others, We Serve Christ ~


Please Note:  We are currently scheduled to celebrate the 100th Day of Kindergarten on Thursday, February 14th.  If there are any weather-related closings prior to Thursday our 100th Day will be adjusted accordingly :-)  

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will focus on the letter Kk and the /k/ sound.  We will identify the /k/ sound at the beginning of words such as kite and kitten as well as the /k/ sound at the end of words with the -ck ending such as back and trick.  We will add the words she and was to the word wall.  We will revisit sequencing and recalling details of texts this week as we read The Day it Rained Hearts and Hugs and Kisses.  

Math:
This week in math we will continue to focus on decomposing numbers, taking a look at 9 and 10.  We continue to review addition and subtraction daily and will have lots of fun 100 themed activities this week in celebration of our 100th Day.  

Religion:
This week in religion we will begin our new unit Fruits of the Spirit.  We will focus this week on love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness.  We will be using this unit to begin a focus on prayer in the classroom and will begin our prayer journals themed around the fruits of the spirit.  We will join our 8th Grade Buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00 - all are welcome!  

Social Studies:
We will begin our Social Studies unit on US Symbols this week.  As part of our unit we will be checking in on the Live Eagle Cam out of Iowa.  If you'd like to watch along, the cam can be found HERE.  It is very exciting to see the eagles in their nest!  They typically lay 1-3 eggs each year which should be happening within the coming weeks :-)  

Dates to Note:
  • PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE:  Thursday, February 14th: Kindergarten 100th Day (Subject to change pending weather closures)
  • Thursday, February 14th: Valentine's Day Celebration
  • Friday, February 15th: Early Dismissal @ 12:25
  • Monday, February 18th: School Closed - President's Day Holiday 
  • Friday, March 1st: School Closed - AOB Professional Day 
  • Thursday, May 16th: Spring Field Trip (Sharp's Farm) (Chaperones Welcome!) 
  • Thursday, June 6th: Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration @ Patapsco State Park 
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, February 3, 2019



Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School
This Week in Kindergarten 
February 4th - February 8th
~ When We Serve Others, We Serve Christ ~


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will continue into our next Wonders unit while reviewing last week's material as a result of our weather related delays, early closings and school closures.  We will have a review  week coming up soon to further review any material we were unable to spend as much time on as we typically would :-)  This week we'll focus on the letters Bb and Ll and the /b/ and /l/ sounds.  We will also add the words is and little to our word wall.  

Math:
This week in math we will move into our new unit on Decomposing Numbers & Place Value.  This week we will focus on making the numbers 4-8 in different ways.  For example:  The number 4 can be decomposed or broken into two parts in several ways including 0+4, 1+3, and 2+2.  We will decompose numbers up to 10 and use place value to break down teen numbers into 10s and 1s in the coming weeks.  We will continue to review numbers to 120, addition and subtraction daily through math-warm up activities, small group stations and morning calendar.  

Religion:
This week in religion we will focus Jesus' love of all people and how we can share our love for Jesus with others.  We will have several "Jesus Loves Me" themed activities this week :-)  We will join our 8th Grade Buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00 - all are welcome!  

Science:
Due to weather closures last week we will push our new Social Studies unit (US Symbols) back one week and continue with our Polar Animals unit this week.  We have taken several weeks to identify and learn about animals that live in the Arctic and this week will focus on penguins in the southern hemisphere, particularly Antarctica.  

Volunteering Reminder:
Please keep in mind that all volunteers MUST have completed their Shield the Vulnerable training prior to volunteering in classrooms, at lunch, on field trips, etc.  If you need to check in on your training status or get the process started please contact Cheryl Marc in the school office. 

Dates to Note:
  • Monday, February 4th: Dentist Presentation to K & PK for Dental Health Month
  • Sunday, February 10th: Open House 
  • PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE:  Thursday, February 14th: Kindergarten 100th Day (Subject to change pending weather closures)
  • Thursday, February 14th: Valentine's Day Celebration
  • Friday, February 15th: Early Dismissal @ 12:25
  • Monday, February 18th: School Closed - President's Day Holiday 
  • Friday, March 1st: School Closed - AOB Professional Day 
  • Thursday, May 16th: Spring Field Trip (Sharp's Farm) (Chaperones Welcome!) 
  • Thursday, June 6th: Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration @ Patapsco State Park 
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, January 27, 2019



Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School
This Week in Kindergarten 
January 28th - February 1st
~ When We Serve Others, We Serve Christ ~


Happy Catholic Schools Week!!  This week will be a fun and busy week celebrating Catholic Education!  Here's a peek at our Catholic Schools Week activities for K:
  • Monday
    • Students will create an "Our Learning" banner as a class to be displayed with other classes later in the week
  • Tuesday
    • Middle School presents National History Day projects.  
    • LUNCH IN CLASSROOMS (Please refrain from sending nut products for lunch today.)
  • Wednesday
    • Buddy Activities :-) 
  • Thursday - Student Appreciation Day!
    • Free Dress Day!  
    • Basketball in Hall
      • All K students participating in the SAS Basketball Clinic can participate and should wear their team shirts (feel free to bring a change of clothes for later).  All other students will cheer on the teams!! 
    • Extra Recess & Center Time!  
    • LUNCH IN CLASSROOMS (Please refrain from sending nut products for lunch today.)
    • After lunch movie, ice cream and games in the hall :-) 
  • Friday
    • School mass @ 9:00
    • Service Project - K will decorate lunch bags and prayer cards for bagged lunches 

Outside of all the CSW fun we will spend our time in the classroom staying as on track as possible with the units we're working on :-)

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will focus on two new letters, Ff and Rr and the /f/ and /r/ sounds.  We will also add two new words to our word wall:  with and he.  

Math:
We will continue our work with subtraction this week as we continue to learn to use strategies to solve problems and build fluency for basic addition/subtraction facts.  

In your child's folder tomorrow, you'll find a Math Fact Fluency Bag for at home practice.  This bag includes both addition and subtraction facts that Kindergarten students are working to master.  I recommend beginning at-home practice with sorting cards into addition cards and subtraction cards (for a challenge you may choose to keep them mixed).  To help build fluency, please practice addition/subtraction facts at least 3X per week.  

I found this great idea on Pinterest that would be a fun way to practice math facts at home :-)  


Religion:
This week in religion we will focus on the gift of Catholic education.  We will be creating interactive books, creating bookmarks for senior lunch and writing about why we love our school this week.  We will join our buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.  All are welcome!  

Science:
This week we will work to complete our Polar Animals unit with a look on the other end of the earth.....Antarctica.  We will focus on penguins this week as we wrap up our unit.  

Volunteering Reminder:
Please keep in mind that all volunteers MUST have completed their Shield the Vulnerable training prior to volunteering in classrooms, at lunch, on field trips, etc.  If you need to check in on your training status or get the process started please contact Cheryl Marc in the school office. 

Dates to Note:
  • January 27th - February 1st: Catholic Schools Week
  • Sunday, February 10th: Open House 
  • Wednesday, February 13th: Kindergarten 100th Day (Subject to change pending weather closures)
  • Thursday, February 14th: Valentine's Day Celebration
  • Friday, February 15th: Early Dismissal @ 12:25
  • Monday, February 18th: School Closed - President's Day Holiday 
  • Friday, March 1st: School Closed - AOB Professional Day 
  • Thursday, May 16th: Spring Field Trip (Sharp's Farm) (Chaperones Welcome!) 
  • Thursday, June 6th: Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration @ Patapsco State Park 
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, January 20, 2019



Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School
This Week in Kindergarten 
January 21th - January 25th
~ When We Serve Others, We Serve Christ ~


Language Arts:
This week in Language Arts we will focus on our fourth vowel, Ee and the short /e/ sound.  We will focus on the /e/ sound at the beginning and as the medial vowel in words such as elephant, egg, pet, and ten.  We will practice labeling this week as we create self-portraits of our winter gear after rereading The Jacket I Wear in the Snow.  We will also read The Snow Globe Family and practice brainstorming ideas by creating a list.  We will be adding the word are to the word wall this week.  We will have a special visit from the Howard County Public Library this week for a fun media lesson :-)  

Math:
This week in math we will continue our focus on subtraction and take away stories.  We are continuing to work on using strategies including drawing a picture, using counters and using a number line to solve subtraction problems.  We will continue to review Numbers to 120 and Addition both during our math lessons and during our morning calendar routines.  

Religion:
This week in religion we will pick up lessons missed last week from snow days including using a snowman as a way to better understand the Holy Trinity.  We will also focus on how we are all created uniquely by God and accepting and celebrating the differences among all of God's children.  

Science:
This week we will continue our Polar Animals unit.  So far, we have discussed the geography of the polar regions and have focused on the arctic animals polar bear and harp seal.  We will continue to discuss arctic animals including the walrus, arctic fox and snowy owl before moving south and talking about penguins before finishing up the unit.  

Dates to Note:
  • Monday, January 21st: School Closed - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday 
  • January 27th - February 1st: Catholic Schools Week
  • Sunday, February 10th: Open House 
  • Wednesday, February 13th: Kindergarten 100th Day (Subject to change pending weather closures)
  • Thursday, February 14th: Valentine's Day Celebration
  • Friday, February 15th: Early Dismissal @ 12:25
  • Monday, February 18th: School Closed - President's Day Holiday 
  • Friday, March 1st: School Closed - AOB Professional Day 
  • Thursday, May 16th: Spring Field Trip (Sharp's Farm) (Chaperones Welcome!) 
  • Thursday, June 6th: Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration @ Patapsco State Park 
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, January 13, 2019



Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School
This Week in Kindergarten 
January 14th - January 18th
~ When We Serve Others, We Serve Christ ~


Weather Reminder:
As winter weather moves our way, please keep in mind that we will follow Howard County Public Schools decisions for closings and delays.  You can visit the Howard County Public School website for announcements at www.hcpss.org 

Language Arts:
This week in LA we will focus on the letter Hh and the /h/ sound.  We continue to practice identifying the beginning, middle and ending sounds in CVC words such as hot, map, and sit.  We will add the word my to our word wall this week.  We will be journal writing this week to practice using sight words, encoding (sounding out) and classroom resources to express our ideas in writing.  We will also be reviewing labeling as we label winter clothing pictures after reading "The Jacket I Wear in the Snow".  Our Scholastic Let's Find Out reader this week focuses on Martin Luther King Jr.  In learning about him, we will create peace plates as we discuss ideas of how we can bring peace to our classroom and school community.  

Math:
This week in math we will continue to review/practice Numbers to 120 skills and build our subtraction skills.  We are working on using counters to act out subtraction stories as well as using drawings and x-ing out pictures to represent those being taken away.  This week we'll learn how to use a number line to solve subtraction problems.  

Religion:
This week in religion we will think of God's gifts in the winter by reading "S is For Snowman - God's Winter Alphabet".  We will also use a snowman to represent the Holy Trinity.  We will join our 8th Grade Buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.

Science:
We will continue working in our Polar Animals unit this week as we learn more about polar bears, harp seal and walruses.  We will take a look at how each of these animals are adapted to survive in their cold environments and learn facts about each animal.  

Dates to Note:
  • Friday, January 18th: Early Dismissal
  • Monday, January 21st: School Closed - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday 
  • January 27th - February 1st: Catholic Schools Week
  • Thursday, May 16th: Spring Field Trip (Sharp's Farm) (Chaperones Welcome!) 
  • Thursday, June 6th: Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration @ Patapsco State Park 

Sunday, January 6, 2019




Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School
This Week in Kindergarten 
January 7th - January 11th
~ When We Serve Others, We Serve Christ ~


Language Arts:
This week in ELA we will have our scheduled review week in our Wonders program.  We will be reviewing all sight words and letters introduced so far as we continue to build decoding (reading) and encoding (writing) skills during read alouds, small group leveled reading and journal writing.  Last week we used The Mitten to discuss how the same story can be told in different ways by different authors as we compared 3 versions of the winter favorite :-)  Our focus last week was identifying characters and how the stories were the same and different.  This week we will read several Tacky the Penguin stories by Helen Lester and work to identify the problem/solution in each story.  

Math:
This week in math we will finish up our first addition unit and will begin our introduction to subtraction.  We will revisit both addition and subtraction for a composing and decomposing numbers unit after and intro to subtraction.  This week we will focus on using the terms "take away" and "how many are left" to act out stories about separating a group.  We will continue to review counting, skip counting and numbers to 120 daily.  

Religion:
This week in religion we will take a look at our January PBIS Character Trait - Cooperation.  We will focus on how demonstrating cooperation with others is a way of showing kindness and respect for others while working to accomplish a task/goal.  We will also begin our January Senior Lunch placemats and join our 8th Grade Buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.  All are welcome!  

Science:
This week in Science we will begin our Polar Animals unit.  We will pull geography into the unit as we discuss where the polar regions of the earth are and where we live in relation to them.  We will take a look at several animals that live in the polar regions and how they adapt to their cold environments.  

Dates to Note:
  • Friday, January 18th: Early Dismissal
  • Monday, January 21st: School Closed - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday 
  • January 27th - February 1st: Catholic Schools Week
  • Thursday, May 16th: Spring Field Trip (Sharp's Farm) (Chaperones Welcome!) 
  • Thursday, June 6th: Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration @ Patapsco State Park 

Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Monday, December 31, 2018




Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School
This Week in Kindergarten 
January 2nd - January 4th
~ When We Serve Others, We Serve Christ ~


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will be reviewing all letters/sounds and words introduced thus far.  We will read several versions of "The Mitten" this week and use the texts to practice several reading comprehension skills including sequencing, comparing and contrasting and identifying story elements (characters, setting, problem, solution).  

Math:
This week in math we will review addition as we continue to build our fact fluency for addition facts with sums to 5 and use strategies to solve problems with sums to 10.  This year we will focus on using manipulatives, drawing pictures, counting on and using number lines to solve addition problems.  

Religion:
This week in religion we will focus on the Epiphany coming up on January 6th.  We will revisit the nativity story and how the Wise Men journeyed to see Jesus soon after his birth.  We will join our 8th Grade Buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00.

Science:
This week we will use our science time for a variety of activities including finishing up an Epiphany art project and reading our first winter emergent reader.  Next week we will move into our next Science unit for the year - Arctic Animals.  

Dates to Note:
  • Wednesday, January 2nd: School Reopens
  • Friday, January 18th: Early Dismissal
  • Monday, January 21st: School Closed - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday 
  • January 27th - February 1st: Catholic Schools Week
  • Thursday, May 16th: Spring Field Trip (Sharp's Farm) (Chaperones Welcome!) 
  • Thursday, June 6th: Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration @ Patapsco State Park 

Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, December 16, 2018



Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School
This Week in Kindergarten 
December 17th - December 21st
~ When We Serve Others, We Serve Christ ~



Language Arts:
This week in LA we will focus on the letter Dd and the /d/ sound.  We will add the word do to our word wall.  As this week's schedule will be impacted by special activities/events and lots of Christmas excitement, we will begin this unit this week with the plan to review upon return from Christmas break before diving into new material :-)  

Math:
This week in math we will continue to work on our addition unit as we build in the math symbols + and = for joining stories.  We will begin to practice fact fluency for addition problems with sums to 5.  Students will be bringing home fluency bags (gingerbread house bags) with fact cards inside to practice at home :-) We will also continue to review Numbers to 120 this week.   

Religion:
This week in religion we will continue to focus on the season of Advent and will continue to explore the story of the nativity.  We will be making our Senior Lunch table decorations this week as we continue to learn ways in which we can serve our school/church community.  We will have our final Early Childhood Advent prayer service on Monday and we will join our 8th Grade Buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00 - all are welcome to join :-)  

Social Studies:
This week in SS we will finish up our Christmas Around the World unit with a focus on Brazil and Australia.  When we return from break we will begin our next Science unit, Arctic Animals and will begin to prepare for our first STEM focused topic - Animals in Winter at the end of January.  

Dates to Note:
  • Tuesday, December 18th:  Pajama Day!  Please wear/bring tennis shoes for PE and Recess 
  • Wednesday, December 19th:  Christmas Program & Band Concert 
  • Friday, December 21st:  Early Dismissal (12:25)
  • Thursday, May 16th: Spring Field Trip (Sharp's Farm) (Chaperones Welcome!) 
  • Thursday, June 6th: Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration @ Patapsco State Park 

Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, December 9, 2018



Welcome to St. Augustine Catholic School
This Week in Kindergarten 
December 10th - December 14th
~ When We Serve Others, We Serve Christ ~


Language Arts:
This week in LA we will focus on our next vowel, Oo and the short /o/ sound.  We will spend time this week listening for the short /o/ sound at the beginning and in the middle of words.  We will add the word you to our word wall.  We will continue to build our writing skills as we write about why we love St. Augustine School :-)

Math:
This week in math we will continue to work on our addition unit as we build in the math symbols + and = for joining stories.  We will also continue to review Numbers to 120 as well as patterns this week.   

Religion:
This week in religion we will continue to focus on the season of Advent and will begin to explore the story of the nativity.  We will connect Social Studies and Religion on Thursday as we focus on Sweden and the Feast Day of St. Lucy.  We will join our 8th Grade Buddies for mass on Friday at 9:00 - all are welcome to join :-)  

Social Studies:
This week in SS we will continue to explore Christmas traditions around the world as we focus on Italy and Sweden.  

Dates to Note:
  • Friday, December 14th: PK-8th Grade Open House (10:00-12:00)
  • Wednesday, December 19th:  Christmas Program & Band Concert 
  • Friday, December 21st:  Early Dismissal (12:25)
  • Thursday, May 16th: Spring Field Trip (Sharp's Farm) (Chaperones Welcome!) 
  • Thursday, June 6th: Kindergarten End of Year Picnic Celebration @ Patapsco State Park 

Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Mrs. Weatherholtz