October 17,2017

Dear Parents,
Our next lesson in Religious Study is “I Can Touch”. Sense of touch is presented to young children as a natural gift from God that is useful in discovering and learning about the world around them. Children will experience the enjoyment of using this sense through various sensory activities. We will also emphasize the child’s feeling of acceptance, love, and belonging are as a result of God’s love and his wonderful gift of touch and are manifested in such forms as a handshake, a consoling pat on the shoulders, a guiding hand, or a tender hug.

In Language Literacy, children will learn more Nursery Rhymes and Poems to be able to identify rhyming words.

In Mathematics, children will classify objects or pictures according to size and function or other conceptual categories.

We will discuss the uses of fire, fire safety rules, what to do in case of a fire, and how to call 911 for help in case of an emergency.

Week 9 – October 16th – 20th

Religion:
I can Touch – Sense of Touch

Jesus welcomed the children and laid his hands on their heads to bless them.
(Cf. Mt 19:13-15)

Theme:
Fire Prevention and Fire Safety

Language and Literacy:
Letter of the week- Pp
Practice writing: letters
(Mm, Tt, Ff, Bb, Aa, Hh, Nn)
Rhyming Words

Mathematics:
Identify and Draw Shape – Hexagon
Number 7 – seven
Color – Primary Colors and Secondary Colors
Size – Small, Medium and Large
More and Less

Books:
Clap Hand by Helen Oxenbury
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins
Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin, Jr
My Father’s Hand by Joanne Ryder
My Hands by Aliki
Touch by Sue Hurwitz

Important Dates to Remember:
October 18 – Wednesday – Picture Day
October 23 – Monday – Early Dismissal 2:00 p.m.
October 26 – Thursday – PTO Halloween Party 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Neglia Hall
October 27 – Friday – No School Day In-Service Training

October 10, 2017

Dear Parents,
A very special “Thank You” to all of the Grandparents who visited our K-4 class last Friday! Your presence gave the children another good reason to know that they have very special people in their lives.
Beginning on October 11, the K4’s are joining the Wednesday Mass. A jumper for girls and a tie for boys is required attire for Wednesday Mass.
This week, children will be gaining a greater awareness and appreciation for their sense of sight. The children will be able to express thankfulness to God for their sense of sight through scripture, music, and prayer.
In Language Literacy, children will now be learning about Rhyming Words. We will challenge them to identify words that have the same ending sound from the songs and poems and be able to repeat rhyming words.
In Mathematics, children will continue learning about their numbers, colors, shapes, sizes, more or less, and things that go together. Play with your child by comparing groups of objects of no more than 6 objects/group and use quantitative vocabulary to describe them, such as, (Which has more or less?).

The theme this week will allow children to share what they know about the Fall Season, Such as: What is the weather like? Activities and sports we enjoy. Holidays we celebrate and the various types of clothing we wear during the Fall Season? What happen to trees and plants around us when the Fall Season progresses?
How leaves change color? What do insects do during the Fall Season?

Week 8 – October 10th – 13th

Religion:
I can See – Sense of Sight

Then Jesus touched their eyes and
they were able to see.
(Cf. Mt 20:34)

Theme:
Fall/Autumn Season

Language and Literacy:
Letter of the week- Nn
Practice writing: letters
(Mm, Tt, Ff, Bb, Aa, Hh)
Rhyming Words

Mathematics:
Identify and Draw Shape – Pentagon
Number 6 – six
Color – black
Size – Small, Medium and Large
More and Less
Things that go together

Books:
Autumn Days
Apple Picking Time
The Apple Picking Party
Growing Trees
Trees Count
Pablo’s Tree

Important Dates to Remember:

October 11 – Pet Blessing 2:25 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
October 13 – Living Rosary 9:30 to 10:00 at the Soccer Field
October 18 – Picture Day
October 23 – Early Dismissal 2:00 p.m.
October 24 – Parent/Teacher Conference Sign-up sheet available in the office
October 26 – PTO Halloween Party 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Neglia Hall

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

October 3, 2017

Kindergarten 4 Newsletter
St. Peters Catholic School
1035 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 252-4285

Dear Parents,
We are ready to take on another month of learning and fun-filled activities. September was indeed a busy month. For Language Literacy children have been working hard on letter recognition; uppercase as well as lowercase letters, phonetic sounds, opposites, reciting and memorizing Nursery Rhymes and of course, singing.

In Mathematics, we will be working more with numbers 1,2,3,4, and 5. Sorting objects by color, shapes, sizes, as well as, the concepts of more or less and things that go together. Please encourage your child to practice writing letters and numbers at home. Even if you think your child already knows numbers, it’s important that he/she sees the relationship between the “written number” and the “amount” being counted.

This week we will be finishing Unit One “God Made Me” for our Religion study. The lessons promote the children’s feelings of happiness and joy for their names, smile, hands, and voices – which are all gifts from God that help contribute toward their self-uniqueness and increase their awareness of themselves and God’s love for them.

For our theme this week, children will be learning about farmer, and their farms. We will talk about animals that live on a farm; the different sounds that each farm animal makes and where they live on the farm (barn, stable or other shelter). What farm produce is harvested in the fall?
Week 7 – October 2nd – 6th

Religion:
God Made Me

God has made us. We belong to God’s family.
(Cf. Ps 100:1-3)

Theme:
Life at the Farm

Language and Literacy:
Letter of the week- H h
Practice writing the child’s first name and
letters (Mm, Tt, Ff, Bb, Aa)
More Opposites
Nursery Rhymes

Mathematics:
Identify and Draw Shape – Oval
Number 5-five
Color – Purple
Size – Small, Medium and Large
More and Less
Things that go together

Books:
The Little Red Hen
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Floss
Rooster’s Off to See the World
Shoes From Grandpa
The Vegetables We Eat

Important Dates to Remember:

October 6 Friday – Grandparents Day Celebration 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
October 9 Monday– Columbus Day (no school day)
October 11 Wednesday – Pet Blessing 2:25 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. at the Soccer Field
October 13 Friday– Living Rosary 9:30 a.m. at the Soccer Field
October 18 Wednesday – Picture Day
October 23 Monday – Early Dismissal 2:00 p.m.
October 26 Thursday – PTO Halloween Party 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Neglia Hall

September 26, 2017

Dear Parents,

In Religion, our lesson topics have been “My Name Is Special”, “My Smile Is Special”, and “My Hands are Special.”
In this week’s lesson, “My Voice Is Special”, children will discover why their voices are very special. No two voices are the same. Our voices are gifts from God that can be used in many different ways. The sound of our voice can help convey our feelings.

This week’s Themes are “Who Are The People In Our Neighborhood?” and “Who Are The Community Helpers”. Please help your child get to know the names of some of your neighbors.

Our K-4 children will learn about the first vowel letter (Aa) and more opposite words. In Math, children will continue learning about secondary colors, numbers, counting accurately, sorting objects by color, shape, comparing groups of objects of no more than 5 objects per group and use quantitative vocabulary to describe them (compare groups which has more or less). We will also be introducing objects having different sizes (small, medium and large).

Week 5 – September 25 to 29

Religion:
My Voice is Special

Open my lips, O God, so that all the words of
my mouth may be truthful and praise you today.
(Cf. Ps 51:15)

Theme:
Who Are The People In My Neighborhood?
Who Are The Community Helpers

Language and Literacy:
Letter of the week- Aa
Practice writing the child’s first name.
More Opposites

Mathematics:
Identify and Draw Shape – Diamond
Number 5-five
Color – Orange
Size – Small, Medium and Large
More and Less

Books:
Curious George Takes A Job
Corduroy Goes To The Doctor
Mike Mulligan And His Steam Shovel
Curious George Goes To The Hospital
Doctor DeSoto

Important Dates to Remember:

September 29 Friday – 7:30-9:00 A.M.
Coffee Break for parents of K4 & K5 students in the Library with the Principal.

October 6 Friday – 7:30-11:30 Grandparents Day

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

September 19, 2017

Dear Parents,

Our children are having a wonderful time here at school. This week we have started practicing church manners. We will start attending the Wednesday Mass, October 4th. Yesterday we had a chance to attend the Monday Morning Prayer with all the students. K4 children indeed behaved themselves, we are very proud of them.

This week in Religious Education children will discover that their hands are a very special part of their body. They will also develop an awareness of the value of having hands and a sense of thankfulness for them. Hands are indeed a marvelous gift from God. Encourage your child to think of all the things for which they use their hands.

For our body theme we will discuss the parts of the body and what each part can do. Occasionally ask your child to imagine how things would be different if they didn’t have that particular part of their body (e.g., eyes, hands, ears, and so on). The children especially enjoyed the song “Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes” as well as many of the other songs that they are learning in combination with music and movement activities that lighten the learning atmosphere.

The children will continue to learn and recognize; letters and their sounds, opposites, nursery rhymes and songs, shapes, colors and number recognition as well as one to correspondence.  Children will also do a lot of painting, coloring, cutting and writing to help with their fine motor skills.

The children are progressing nicely in Mathematics. They have mastered the concepts of “same and different” and will now begin working on objects that are in pairs.

We feel honored to be part of your children lives, we are also aware of the responsibilities we have in teaching and nurturing your children to enhance their social emotional skills.
Your ideas and suggestions are always welcome; please feel free to talk to us about your concerns and we will try to help in any possible way we can.

Week 5 – September 18 to 22

Religion: My Hands Are Special!
Everyone clap your hands! Shout
To God with loud songs of joy! (Cf. Ps 47:1)

Theme: My Body

Language and Literacy:
Letter of the week- B b
Practice writing the child’s first name.
Opposites
Pair of Objects

Mathematics:
Identify and Draw Shape – Rectangle
Number 4 – four
Color – Orange

Books:
It’s Mine
Hands Are Helpful
Goldie Locks and the Three Squares
Here Are My Hands
I am Me

Important Dates to Remember:
September 21 Thursday – PTO Meeting 5:30 Neglia Hall
September 25 Monday  – 2:00 Early Dismissal (ASP Available)
September 29 Friday     – 7:30-9:00 Coffee Break for parents of K4 & K5 students in the Library with the Principal.

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

September 12 to15

Dear Parents,

In Religious Education, the children will discover that their smiles are very special. Through their own journey of discovery, they will be able to appreciate their own individual smiles, as well as, the smiles of those around them. This recognition will reinforce each child’s sense of self-worth as a child of God. The children will learn to express their appreciation to God for their special smile through Scripture, music and prayer.

This week children will be identifying body parts. For the past three weeks we have been talking about what makes us special. Although we are different from everyone else, our bodies are made of the same things as every other person’s. The exact same parts and each of those identical parts are doing the exact same function for each of us and all those many parts combined, keep us alive.

In Oral Language, children will begin to understand and use intonation and emphasis to ask a question, express feelings; like when they express happiness, sadness, surprise, displeasure, and urgency.

On a daily basis children will be writing their name and learning and practicing how to hold a writing instrument correctly. At home, show your children how to hold a writing instrument by placing your hand over theirs while writing to demonstrate the correct way to hold the writing instrument.

For Time and Space we are naming the days of the week in sequence during calendar time. They answer questions like (what day is today, yesterday and tomorrow?) Asked this question during drop off at school.

Week 4 – September 12 to 15

Religion:My Smile is Special!
Let the children come to me…
And he took them in his arm and blessed them.
(Mk 10:13-16)

Theme:My Body

Language and Literacy:
Letter of the week- F f
Practice writing the child’s first name.
Opposites

Mathematics:
Identify and Draw Shape – Triangle
Number 3 -Three
Color – Blue

Books:
Designed By God So I Must Be Special
The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings
What Am I Made Of?
I Wonder Why…My Body Needs Sleep
The Rainbow Fish
From Head to Toe

Important Dates to Remember:
Every Friday – Please let your child wear P.E. t-shirt and
tennis shoes.
September 21 – PTO Meeting 5:30 Neglia Hall
September 25 – 2 PM Early Dismissal (ASP Available)
September 29 – 7:30-9:00 Coffee Break for parents of
K4 & K5 students in the Library with the Principal

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

September 5, 2017

Dear Parents,
We hope that you had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend. We are refreshed, the children are also refreshed, we hope, and now we will continue what we had started earlier.
In Religious Education, the children will learn to develop positive attitudes about themselves, their families, and friends, by discovering and learning more about the many gifts, talents, and abilities God has provided to them and all mankind.
In Language Literacy we will start to learn uppercase and lower case letters. First we will work on letter recognition, then sounding and writing the letters.
In Mathematics, children will learn more about number characters, number words, then will make sets and count using one to one correspondence. Children will learn about primary colors, two dimensional shapes, and lines that they will use for writing strokes. They will also learn more about objects that are the same/alike and different.

Week 3 – September 4 to 7

Theme:
Discovering Me

Religion:
My Name is Special!
God made me. God loves me. God knows me by name!
(Isaiah 43:1-4)

Language and Literacy:
Letter of the week- T, t
Identify and write the child’s first name.

Mathematics:
Identify and Draw Shape – Circle
Number 2 – two
Color – Yellow

Books:
I Can See What God Does
Amazing Grace
“Take Care of Things” Edward Said
Clifford’s Good Deed

Important Dates to Remember:

September 21
PTO Meeting 5:30 Neglia Hall

September 25
2 PM Early Dismissal (ASP Available)

September 29 – 7:30-9:00
Coffee Break for parents of K4 & K5 students in the Library with the Principal

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

August 29, 2017

Dear Parents,

The first week has been a good one!  The K-4 children are getting to know each other,

learn where to look for things they need, and are trying their best to follow directions,

classroom rules and routines.  They have spoken about themselves, their favorite things,

and their families.

During your visit, please take a moment to look around your child’s classroom to see

what skills they are working on.

 

Week 2 – August 28 to September 1

Theme: Rules and Regulation

Religion: Gad Made Me Special

Language Literacy: Identify letters of their name and write. Letter of the week – Mm

Mathematics: Shape: SQUARE, Number: 1 ONE, Color: RED, Alike/Same and Different

Special Area Schedule: Monday: Spanish, Tuesday: Guidance and Music, Wednesday: Art,

Thursday: Library and Music, Friday: P.E.

 

Books: Me and My Family, God’s Creation, David and Goliath,

The Patchwork Quilt, I Love You Crazy,

 

Important Date to Remember:

Monday, September 4 – Labor Day/ No School

 

Team: Mrs. Elizabeth Pasco and Mrs. Pamela Robinson

 

 

 

Welcome

Kindergarten 4 Summer 2017

Kindergarten 4 Reading List

Many parents ask what they can do to keep their child’s skills fresh over the summer.

Here are my recommendations:

1. Practice writing first names with lowercase letters (Kelly not KELLY) within three lines (one solid line at the bottom, dotted line in the middle, solid line at the top)
2. Review letter names and their sounds
3. Challenge them to find sight words in books or on labels (the, and, is, he, she, it, go, etc.)
4. Count items up to 20 (or higher!)
5. READ! Read as many books as you can with your child. Here are some of our class favorites:

Pete the Cat books by Eric Litwin

-Anything by Mo Willems, especially the Elephant & Piggie series

-Caldecott winners (http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecottwinners/caldecottmedal)

The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff (and other similar stories in the series)

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Kindergarten 4 Supply List 2017-2018

  • Tri-fold sleep mat- 45”Lx19”Wx1”H (The mats are red & blue. Due to storage limitations in our room, we cannot allow mats that are larger than these dimensions. Any mat that is larger will be sent home and a new mat will have to be purchased. The required mat size is available at Wal-Mart.)
  • 1 Back Pack (Please make sure the Back Pack can hold a small blanket for quiet time and a letter size folder; Please NO wheels, animal shaped, or messenger bags.)
  • 1 Water Bottle (Because there is no water faucet in the classroom, the students will need to bring the Water Bottle daily to school filled with water only. Please make sure your child knows how to open and close the water bottle.)
  • 2 sturdy Plastic folders with pockets
  • 1 pair round tipped scissors (Fiskers) for school and 1 pair for home. (If your child is left handed, please make sure to buy him/her left handed scissors.)

 Please label the above items with your child’s name. Thanks!

 1 pencil BOX (8 x 5)

1 large bottle of hand soap

2 boxes Crayola crayons (16 count)

12 #2 Ticonderoga pencils

8 Elmer’s glue sticks

2 large boxes of tissue

1 reams of white copy paper

1 package of baby wipes

2 large containers disinfectant wipes

2 Expo brand markers

Girls: 1 box of gallon sized Ziploc bags and 1 package of white cardstock

Boys: 1 box of quart sized Ziploc bags and 1 package of your choice of ONE Color construction paper (9×12)

1 four package of Playdough

1 package of SEASONAL (Halloween, winter, fall) stickers

1 photo of family in picture frame