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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!

We will have our Valentines Party on Tuesday, Feb 14th. Please help your child create his/her own unique Valentine mailbox to be used in class of the day of the party. A decorated shoebox with a removable or lifting lid is a perfect size and type as it allows for easy delivery and access to the goods!
A class list will go home soon to help with addressing Valentines. This is a good opportunity for children to practice writing their letters by addressing a few cards each night.


Language Arts

Letters learned: a,b,c,g,h,l,m,s,t,r (this week)/I
wordsI, a
In language arts we are spending time reviewing and practicing the correct formation of learned letters.  Kindergarteners 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 before we begin moving a little faster.

Writers Workshop – Writers workshop continues to be a favorite time of the day. More and more students are trying to sound out words in an effort to tell their story.

Math

Our kindergarten mathematicians continue to find patterns during our Number Corner. Students are developing 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. 
Counting objects at home - up to 50 would be a great daily game especially if you can incorporate writing the number as well. I encourage you to play board games, card games and games involving dice and dominos as well.

Religion

We continued our Christmas celebrations during January in the classroom as we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany. Liz and her daughter did a great job explaining this tradition to the kindergarteners. 
It won't be long before we are in another preparation time: Lent (March 1). In the meantime, children will see presentations of (and work with materials) The Good Shepherd, and Kingdom Parables including the parable of The Mustard Seed and The Pearl of Great Price.

Science/Social Studies

We have had a great time with our Social Studies unit on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's portraits are hanging outside our classroom with a simple writing assignment. This is one of our favorites because each child, although all given the same instructions comes up with their own idea of MLK. Thank you to our centers volunteers for the great job they did helping with this project.
We have begun a new science adventure as well.. Our field trip to Camp Long will be the perfect launching point for a discussion of habitats. Our habitat unit encompasses the forest, ocean and desert habitats. i'm sure you'll hear more about it!

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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Tuesday, Jan 24 – Camp Long Field Trip (Free Dress)
Wednesday, Jan 25 – Wear School Family colors
Sunday, Jan 29 _ Catholic Schools Week Mass (9:30)
Monday 1/30 - Friday 2/3 - Catholic Schools Week - check the school newsletter.
Tuesday, Feb 14 - Valentines Party
Thursday, Feb 16 - Free Dress
Friday, Feb 17 - Tuesday, Feb 21 - NO SCHOOL

 

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