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Kindergarten Class Web Page


Teacher Julie Baricevic
Teacher's Aide: Marisol Joynt
Room Parent: Gloria Arteaga
Room Parent: Jessica Feeney

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Teacher's Comments

Welcome to Kindergarten!


Language Arts

Handwriting, phonics and workstations have been a daily occurrence in kindergarten since the beginning of the year. I am noticing huge leaps in the children’s ability to transfer their learning from handwriting and phonics work to their writing in workstations. Workstation writing gives students the opportunity to tell what they know or how they feel about a book we have read as a class or a book they have just read or listened to (books on cd) independently or with a reading partner. We are currently learning about a few authors and will compare and contrast their style in both writing and illustration. Eric Carle is a beloved children’s book author and he was our introduction to our Author Study.
Math

Our current math unit focuses on geometry with connections to algebra and it is fun!

A well-regarded theory of geometry is that a student passes through a certain progression of levels in geometric understanding and progress is more dependent on educational experiences than on age or maturity. Experience with shapes, terms and geometry related concepts is the greatest single factor influencing advancement through the levels.

Of the five levels, kindergarten children are at level 0. Our work with shapes involves lots of sorting, identifying and describing various shapes with many opportunities to build, make, draw, put together and take apart shapes. We are sorting shapes based on common attributes and finding patterns and identifying trends – this way of thinking is fundamental to algebra. Also as students sort shapes in groups they express the relationship symbolically – with equations and inequalities - which is a critical part of algebra.

Religion

We prepared for Ash Wednesday by burning palm branches (outside in a pail) saved from last Palm Sunday. On Ash Wednesday the children were able to appreciate the significance of the ashes and not be worried about the black smudge. On Ash Wednesday we buried our prayer card “Alleluia” as a tangible reminder that we do not say or sing ‘Alleluia’ during Lent. After burying it, one child approached me in private and said, “Can we still say Halleluiah?”  - love these kids!

While I was growing up it was customary to give-up something for Lent. I’ve never been very good at giving things up – mention the word diet and all I can think of candy and beer. After some discussion with the kiddos we talked about one way to be closer to God is to be more like Him. Together and with some help from me we decided we would report kind acts they have seen others do.  As each child reports they take away a thorn (painted toothpick) from the crown of thorns (grapevine wreath).

Our service – learning project is the Goat Project. You should have received a letter sent both by email and with your child in their take home folder.

Science/Social Studies

The 100th day of school fell on Ash Wednesday. It was a kooky day. We made our 100 day smarter crowns and during math the children had to find all the labeled 1-100 Hershey kisses I hid in the room and place each on the correct number on the 100’s chart. As part of our 100 day celebration activities the children imagined what they might look like as their 100-year-old self.  They did a fabulous job of capturing the wrinkles. Now they are noticing mine! Their writing is equally as entertaining. FYI – many of them plan to live at home with you!

For science that day we had a dum dum licking experiment. Children had to count how many licks it took to get to the end of a dum dum sucker. The most licks recorded were 420. YUM!

We just began a living vs. non-living science unit last week which will continue for a few more weeks. After watching a powerpoint the children had to make some hard decisions about what is living.

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 send appropriate utensils with your child in his/her lunch. Please check water bottles for a secure seal.

 

Upcoming Events
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March 4 - Kindergarten celebrates Fr. Tim's Birthday
March 5 - Pridewear
March 12 - Field Trip Cinderella (shoreline conference center) 
March 20 - No School (teacher in-service)
April 3 - Good Friday - Noon Dismissal
April 6-10 - Spring Break - No School

Helpful Documents & Links
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- Kindergarten Handbook
- VIP Schedule

Class Times

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

7:00 - 8:15

Optional: Extended Care

8:15 - 8:30

Morning Prayer and Messages

8:30 - 9:15

Language Arts

Language Arts

Language Arts

Language Arts

Language Arts

9:15 - 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

Religion

1:15 - 2:00

Science/Social studies

Religion/ 
Mrs. Denniston

Show and Tell/VIP

1:30  Library/Mrs. Lovejoy

Multi Arts/ Mrs. Flanagan

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