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Teacher Julie Baricevic
Teacher's Aide: Kelly Pishaw
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Welcome to Kindergarten!

Kindergarten just keeps getting busier. Thank you to all for meeting with me for parent teacher conferences last week.  I was so happy to discuss your child with you and appreciate your valuable insights.

Language Arts

We have been reading about Thanksgiving and the story of the first Pilgrims and the Native Americans. Literacy workstations are off and running. Children are working in pairs exploring letters, words, and books. In handwriting we have learned h,b,t,l, and m. We learned lines this week! Ask your child what the hat, belt and boot lines mean.

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 “draw the best you can”. Children usually come to kindergarten accustomed to draw and then write the story about what they know how to draw. Writers think of an idea and draw it – our Star Student work has made this transition much easier.

Math

Children are building number awareness as we practice counting, counting on from any number and counting backwards.  We practice subitizing (the ability to quickly identify a small number of items, without counting) as a group and in our math workstations. Our latest mathematical investigation is comparing 2 dimensional shapes with 3 dimensional objects. Ask your child if he/she can find a cube, sphere, cylinder or cone  at your house. We continue to make pattern discoveries in our calendar work.

Religion

We continue to teach from our religion series and integrate lessons and materials from Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Portraits of Guardian Angels are adorning the walls of our classroom. Your children are doing very well presenting their Saint! We are learning so much about Saints from their presentations. You can view all the Saints in our hallway display. I often hear second graders reminiscing about “their Saint”.  Please return the 'Saint' report to school before or on your child’s scheduled presentation day.

Advent will be here before you know it and we have already begun to prepare for the preparation time of year. Ask your child what liturgical color purple means. Kindergarteners will make their own version of an advent wreath to take home.

Science/Social Studies

Pumpkin Investigations was our October focus. We made good use of our pumpkins we picked out at our field trip by measuring them (using unfix cubes), counting the lines, deciding if it was big. little or small and lastly guessing if it would sink or float and then finding out! Our 5 senses unit is on the horizon.

We had a fun and engaging Veterans Day project. We learned a little about the Military and about the sacrifices many veterans have made to keep us safe. This project is our bulletin board “God Bless Our Vets” outside our classroom.

Take home folders will go home on Monday. Please establish a routine at home that includes your child taking out the contents of backpack with a specific location to put his/her folder. To avoid the loss of school communication please discourage your child from opening his/her folder away from adult supervision.

  1. PLEASE label your child’s sweaters and sweatshirts. Although sweatshirts/sweaters are a required piece of the uniform (they must have them with them) kindergarteners often opt to take off the sweatshirt/sweater very early in the day – due to our classroom being very warm (all year). Can you imagine trying to find the owner of 20 identical sweatshirts? PLEASE LABEL!!!!
  2. Please send a napkin (cloth preferred) in your child’s lunch everyday!! This is their placemat. It not only keeps their food off the table but it also creates a defined area for their food.
  3. Shoelaces – If your child wears shoes with shoelaces please tie them in double knots before they come to school.

We do not go through your child’s backpack – sometimes children can remember to give it to a teacher or you could shoot me an email to tell me to look if you’ve sent something.

Upcoming events:

Muffins for Mom – Tuesday 10/11

Donuts with Dad – Tuesday 10/18

Moms and Dads, on your designated day come into the classroom with your child when you bring him/her to school. We’ll have our morning prayer, play a game or work on an activity and share our delicious snack together. Our visit will be short and sweet and you’ll probably be on your way by 9-9:15.

Upcoming Events
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November 11 - Veterans Day (NO SCHOOL)
November 15 –Open House for prospective K families – 7pm

November 17 – Free Dress

November 22 - 9am Mass (Full Uniform please) (this means sweatshirts, sweaters, vests etc)
November 23-25 - Happy Thanksgiving (the Pilgrims and Native Americans feasted for 3 days – we can too!)
November 27 - Advent begins
November 28 - Advent Prayer in school foyer

Helpful Documents & Links
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- Kindergarten Handbook



Class Times

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

7:00 - 8:15

Optional: Extended Care

8:15 - 8:30

Morning Prayer and Messages

8:30 - 9:30

Handwriting

Handwriting

Handwriting

Handwriting

Handwriting

9:30 - 10:00

Multi Arts

Language Arts/
Writers Workshop

Language Arts/
Writers Workshop

Multi Arts

Language Arts/
Writers Workshop

10:00 -10:15

Bathroom / Recess

10:15 - 11:00 Snack/
Math
Snack/
Math
Snack/
Math
Snack/
Math
Snack/
Math

10:00 - 11:45

Math

Math

Math

Math/
Writers Workshop

Math

11:45 - 12:30

Lunch / Recess

12:30 - 1:15

PE

PE

PE

Science/
Social studies

Religion

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