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Kindergarten Class Web Page


Teacher Julie Baricevic
Teacher's Aide: Marisol Joynt
Room Parent: Sarah Herzog
Room Parent: Beth isenhath

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Welcome to Kindergarten!

Two young gerbils have joined our kindergarten class. Their names are Princess and Leia. 
Valentines in Kindergarten:
We will have our Valentines Party  on Tuesday, Feb 9th. 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,n,r,s,t,p(this week)
words: I, 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. Today the children are bringing home their "Wisemen ornament". I know it is a little late for the tree but there is always next year! Many children are bringing home their Advent/Christmas timeline (red and accordian folded)as well. 
It won't be long before we are in another preparation time: Lent. 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. We will soon have a bulletin board of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's portraits and 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. 
We have begun a new science adventure as well.. Our field trip to Discovery park was 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 every week. 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. If you have older children you know this is a skill that will be practiced for many years to come and you will be glad you started this routine early.  Please send the folder back to school the following day. At the beginning of the month your child will bring home a months worth of weekly reading logs. This is homework. The kindergarten expectation is that the student writes the title and rates the book. If your child has difficulty writing the title at first,  an adult can assist by writing the title in highlighter and have child trace over it. Please send back to school after you have finished the week.

PLEASE label your child’s sweaters and sweatshirts. Sweatshirts/sweaters are a required piece of the uniform (they must have 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) or at recess. Can you imagine trying to find the owner of 19 identical sweatshirts? PLEASE LABEL!!!!

Lunch

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

Kindergarten needs:

Yoplait yogurt containers (the ones that are bigger on the bottom than the top)

Anyone interested in a do it at home project transferring cassettes to cd’s?

 

Upcoming Events
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  • Thursday, Jan 21, Free Dress
  • Sunday, Jan 24 Catholic Schools week Mass - 9:30
  • Monday, Jan 25 – Wear School Family colors
  • Feb 1-5 - Catholic Schools Week
  • Feb 2- Groundhog Day
  • Feb 9 - Valentines Party - 2pm
  • Feb 10 - Ash Wednesday - Mass (complete school uniform)
  • Feb 12 - No School (Presidents holiday)
  • Feb 15-16 No School ( Presidents holiday con't)

Helpful Documents & Links
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- Kindergarten Handbook 2015



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

Language Arts

Language Arts

Language Arts

Language Arts

Language Arts

9:30 - 10:00

Multi Arts/ Mrs. Flanagan

Writers Workshop

Writers Workshop

Writers Workshop

Writers Wrokshop

10:00 -10:40

Snack / Bathroom / Recess

10:40 - 11:45

Math

Math

Math

Math

Math

11:45 -12:15

Lunch

12:15 -12:45

Recess

12:45 - 1:15

PE

PE

PE

Religion

Multi-Arts

1:15 - 2:00

Science/Social studies

Religion

Show and Tell/VIP

1:30  Library

Religion

2:00 - 2:45

Centers

Centers

Early Dismissal

Science/ Social Studies

Centers

2:45 - 3:00

Prepare for Dismissal

Prepare for Dismissal

3:00 - 6:00

Optional: Extended Care