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Kindergarten Class Web Page


Teacher Julie Baricevic
Teacher's Aide: Kelly Pishaw
Room Parent: Michelle Housel
Room Parent: Molly Jackson

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Welcome to Kindergarten!

Happy New Year Kindergarten Families,
It's cold... please make sure your child brings his/her entire uniform to school (that means a school sweatshirt, sweater, fleece) as well as a warm jacket for outside!!  

Language Arts

This week we are beginning to compare and contrast three versions of ‘The Mitten” ‘Mitten’ activities will be distributed throughout our workstations and centers for storytelling and writing practice.

We have learned letters and their sounds: a,b,c,h,l,m,t,s
In language arts we are spending time reviewing and practicing the correct formation of learned letters. Kindergartens are spelling 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 sound before we begin moving a little faster.

Math

Decembers calendar work encouraged 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". In January, the same teddy bear sports a sweater and using the theme of buttons, students develop an understanding of part-whole relationships as they recognize a set of objects can be broken into smaller subsets. We explore and record combinations to 5 as well as lots of discussion and building of combinations to 10. We will work on some interval counting using a number line and learn to read inequalities using the greater than and less than symbols.

Religion

We had a wonderful December reading from the Holy Bible about the Annunciation, The Birth of Jesus and Adoration of Shepherds. Following the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd model, I give presentations using child friendly materials, linking it to Scripture Readings. For an activity, the children had the opportunity to retell the story of the First Christmas using costumes and props. A few children had an opportunity to act out The Birth of Jesus during our morning Advent prayer.

Science/Social Studies

After reading Squirrel’s New Years Resolution we will begin to make our own resolutions. The class has an abundance of lofty ambitions in 2017 to help themselves or help others. Some examples are, "Loan poor people money" or "Teach people how to play football". I tried to reign them in a little and had some realistic resolutions such as, "Give snacks to poor people" and my personal favorite, "Turn off the TV when my Dad tells me". Your child’s completed project will be on our bulletin board soon.

Take home folders will go home on Monday and Thursday.  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
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Thursday, Jan 5 – Pridewear or Seahawks colors
Friday, Jan 6 - Epiphany - please bring a box with a lid
Monday, Jan 16 – No School – MLK holiday
Jan TBD – Camp Long Field Trip (permission slips coming home soon)
Thursday, Jan 19 – Free Dress
Wednesday, Jan 25 – Wear School Family colors

 

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