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Kindergarten Class Web Page


Teacher Julie Baricevic
Teacher's Aide: Carolyn Breysse
Room Parent: Julie Kirkevold
Room Parent: Jesse Sullivan

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Welcome to Kindergarten!

Advent has begun!! Every morning during Advent we gather as a school in the foyer to celebrate this season of waiting and preparing. You are always welcome to join us!

I am sending home the advent song we sing. You will notice each week has its own verse and the chorus is one your child will soon commit to memory. If you have your own advent wreath, this is a great way to tie school and home together.

News for this week: Comfy cozy day on Wednesday, Dec. 5th. We decided this means pajamas in kindergarten. Your child is welcome to bring a stuffy of choice. This is a PE day so please make sure your child wears sneakers for PE.

Report cards will go home on Friday. Please look for the white letter addressed to parents in your child’s backpack. As always, if you have any questions or would like clarification please contact me.

Religion

Our Saint reports are finished now and I was so impressed with the presentations! Parents are to be congratulated for preparing your child so well. They were confident, and knew their saint! Thank you for making this first class presentation such a success.


During December, we begin to familiarize the children with the names of places in Israel and the three principal cities where Jesus lived when he walked on the earth. We will work on the map of Israel and label Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Children will color their map and bring it home. This is all in an effort to give children the understanding that Jesus was a real person. He lived in a place and walked on earth. We will continue to read scripture about Jesus' birth and read storybooks written from a wide and amazing perspectives, the donkey, a cat, shepherds, camel, and my favorite, the innkeeper. We will open the costume box next week and your children will be acting out the story of Jesus' birth.

 

Language Arts

In language arts we are spending time reviewing and practicing the correct formation of learned letters.  Kindergarteners will begin to spell simple consonant-vowel-consonant words individually and together as a class. The vowel is the hardest part of the word so we make sure students are very comfortable with the first vowel before we begin moving a little faster. Since we have already learned, a,b,c,g,h,l,m,s,t, we can put together a few words.

Writers Workshop
Our writing is beginning to take off now. After an introduction of drawing an idea as part of our Star Student work, the children are ready to take the next step. Star Student was a great way to introduce a few key concepts about writing – for instance ‘ when I’m done I’ve just begun” (we can always add detail to the drawing or begin to write words). Children are accustomed to draw and then write the story about it. Writers think of an idea and draw it – sometimes this is a tough transition.

Math

Math stations are constantly changing to reflect our newest learning objectives and gives us the practice we need to master those skills. This month and in to January we will introduce +, - signs and count sets of numbers, put them together and take them apart. We will tackle math stories, talking about scenarios in which adding, subtracting, matching and finding partners of a number occur. Hexagon, trapezoid, square and triangles are the objects we are collecting this month. We not only count them but we try to find them in our world.

The calendar work encourages students to practice using key prepositions accurately as they describe the location of the teddy bear relative to the box. "The teddy bear is under the box". At home, parents can turn everyday activities into spatial awareness activities:

  • At table, talk about things you see in a modified version of “I Spy,” e.g., the breadboard is in the kitchen, on the wall hook above the counter to the left of the microwave oven.
  • Hide an object and give your child instructions on how to find it, e.g., the tennis shoe is under the bookshelf in your bedroom.
  • Ask the child to tell you which items are closer and which are farther away, e.g., which is closer to you, the front door or the television set? Add more items to the list to make the game more of a challenge.
  • Turn your child into a “robot,” giving him directions, e.g., turn right, go up three steps, turn around, go down the stairs, and then hop up and down.
  • Play “Simon Says.”
  • Take your child to play on the jungle gym at the local playground or park.
  • Put jigsaw puzzles together.
  • Build models that come with detailed pictures describing the building process.

Science

We are studying on our 5 senses and working on the accompanying pages in our science book. Last week we smelled 6 different jars from banana to perfume and each child had to guess the smell of each. 
We are also doing a fun Christmas activity during our center time that will result in a book the children bring home about the Five Senses of Christmas.

Thank you Kindergarten VIP's

I'd like to thank all the VIP's for providing our class with delicious, nutritious snacks. Our whole class appreciates the extra effort you put forth to provide the ready to eat fruits and veggies - the kids really love them.

Lunch

Please, please send a cloth or paper napkin to act as a placemat for lunch. Please check water bottles for a secure seal and send appropriate utensils with your child in his/her lunch.

Upcoming Events
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  • December 3&4 - Santa shop orders due
  • December 5 - comfy cozy day
  • December 6 - Pridewear
  • December 7 - 9am Mass (Full Uniform please) (this means sweatshirts, sweaters, vests etc)
  • December 20 - Free Dress
  • December 20 – K-8 advent program 7pm (children in classrooms at 6:30)
  • December 21 - School Families - Noon dismissal

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- Kindergarten Handbook 2018



Class Times

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

7:00 - 8:15

Optional: Extended Care

8:15 - 8:30

Morning Prayer and Messages

8:30 -8:50

Handwriting

Handwriting

Handwriting

Handwriting

Handwriting

8:50 - 9:30 Language Arts Language Arts Language Arts Language Arts Language Arts

9:30 - 10:00

Writers Workshop

9:15
Art

Writers Workshop

Writers Wrokshop

Writers Workshop

10:00 -10:15

Recess

10:15 - 10:45 Bathroom/Snack

Bathroom/Snack

Bathroom/Snack

Bathroom/Snack

Bathroom/Snack

10:45 - 11:30

Math
11:00 Music

Math

Math

Math

Math

11:30 - 12:35

Lunch / Recess

12:35 - 12:45 bathroom/drinks

12:45 - 1:15

PE

PE

PE

Science/
Social studies

Mrs. Denniston

1:15 - 2:00

Science/
Social Studies

Religion

Religion

library

Reading Buddies

2:00 - 2:45

Centers

Centers

Early Dismissal

Centers

Show&Tell/VIP/
Centers

2:45 - 3:00

Prepare for Dismissal

Prepare for Dismissal

3:00 - 6:00

Optional: Extended Care