December Newsletter

Dear Parents,

At this joyous and special time of the year we begin to think about our relationships: with Jesus, our Church, family and friends. Thoughts such as love, giving, sharing and compassion stand out as guiding rays of light and seem to take on a special sense of importance. We talk to our children about these values and their importance to each of us and to those close to us. This time of the year brings out the best in us and we seem to be more apt to share with others who don’t have as much as we do.

Advent season is a time of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. Waiting is difficult for young children, the Advent season is a good time for them to learn about patience and preparing as a way to handle the waiting time.
We will expose children to the Christmas holiday vocabulary through books and songs. Reading stories to children about the spirit of the Christmas season. Singing songs about Jesus are simple ways for children to learn and experience the value and enjoyment of Advent (waiting) for the celebration of Christmas.
Children will be learning about Advent and Christmas in our religious studies, as well as, integrating language, math, social studies, arts, music and science into their busy schedule. The children will be busy creating projects on various subjects and themes.
Toys are stressed in many of the activities in December. Allow your children to enjoy play time with their toys with or without friends. Play time provides clues about a child’s interests, attention span, stage of play development, social skills (example, the ability to share and to take turns), the ability to manipulate toys, and their imaginative and creative use of toys.
Let us be patient as the children continue to work on putting on outerwear (sweater, jacket, coat, hat and gloves). Help them practice using fasteners, including zippers and buttons.
Listening to Christmas stories and singing Christmas Carols help us to get into the spirit of Christmas. On December 7th we will watch the Ballet presentation of “Nutcracker” at Koger Center and then on December 18th the children will be participating in the Christmas Music Program.

Religion:
Advent Season
Christmas

Language and Literacy:
Letter of the week – Ss —– Dd —– Oo
Story Sequencing

Rhyming Words
Review – Letters upper case or lower case / Letter sound

Mathematics:
Number – 11 eleven —–12 twelve
Identify AB Pattern —– ABC Pattern
Sizes – Small, Medium, and Big
Greater (More) or Less (Fewer)
Color – white —– pink

Important Dates to Remember:
December 7 – Friday “Scrooge” Koger Center, 8:00 – 12:00
December 18 – Tuesday “Christmas Music Program” in the Basilica, 7:00pm;
teachers with students in Neglia Hall at 6:30pm. No After School Program
December 19 – Wednesday – Christmas Gift Exchange at 10:00 am
December 20 – Thursday – 11:30 school dismissal, no After School Program
December 21 to January 2 – Christmas Break
January 3 – School Resumes

Have a Wonderful and Merry Christmas to all!

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

November Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Thank you for sharing your time with us during the Parent/Teacher conference last Friday. We were happy to be able to meet all of you. Attending to children’s needs requires that we, as teachers, explore all areas of your child’s development. As we work to identify and improve these areas, we help to lay the foundation for their future success. That is why it is so important that Parents and Teachers work hand in hand to guide and nurture our students.

The first quarter went by so fast. The children will continue to work on their Fine Motor Skills. Gaining control of the hand muscles is a very important goal for the children. Children will continue practicing and improving their eye hand coordination, writing strokes and cutting skills. We will incorporate activities and projects that focus on the use of fine motor skills to strengthen the muscles in the children’s hands and fingers and to develop their coordination and general dexterity.

For the whole month of November we will explore God’s gift of the five senses. The children will be gaining a greater awareness and appreciation for their sense of sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste. The children will be able to express thankfulness to God for their senses through scripture, music, and prayer. We will also talk about Thanksgiving as a special celebration with family and friends.

In Language Literacy, children will now be learning about Rhyming Words. We will challenge them to identify words that Rhyme – Words that have the same ending sound. We will do this by using songs, nursery rhymes and poems, to help recognize rhyming words.

In Mathematics, children will continue learning about their numbers, colors, shapes, sizes and the concept of “more or less”. Play with your child by comparing groups of objects of no more than 8 to 10 objects/group and use quantitative vocabulary to describe them, such as, (Which has more or less?). We will also introduce classifying objects or pictures according to size and function or other conceptual categories.

Beginning November 5th, the K4’s are joining the Monday Morning Prayer at St. Peter’s Basilica. In the near future, our class will join the rest of the student body to attend the Wednesday morning Mass.

Please keep an appropriate change of clothes in your child’s backpack. With the change of weather, be sure that your child is dressed with a warm sweater or light jacket for outdoor activities.

Religion:
I can See —- I can Touch —– I Can Hear —– I Can Smell —– I Can Taste

Language:
Letters – B b —– I i —— C c—— S s
Rhyming Words

Mathematics:
Numbers —– 9 nine —– 10 ten —– Review numbers 1 thru 10
Review Primary Colors —– Secondary Colors —– brown —– black —– white
Size – Small, Medium and Large —– More and Less

Theme:
Fall Season and Thanksgiving

Important Dates to Remember:

November 9 – Friday – Assistant Superintendent Visit (Dr. John Rayes)
November 12 – Monday – Early Dismissal 2:00 p.m.
November 13 – Tuesday – PTO Meeting 5:30 p.m.
November 21, 22 & 23 – Thanksgiving Break No School

Happy Thanksgiving!

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

October Newsletter

Dear Parents,

We have been working on “SELF-HELP-SKILLS” a great deal in class. They are learning to get their own materials, gather their own things, as well as, cleaning up after themselves. A feeling of accomplishment; “I can do it” goes a long way towards building good healthy habits.

The children are learning their colors, numbers and body parts through songs and poems and many other combinations of music and movement activities that lighten the learning atmosphere. To help children learn and express their appreciation for God’s love and gift of life; we use scripture, music, prayer, stories, follow-up discussions, and various other activities.
They will continue to learn and recognize uppercase and lower case letters and their phonetic sounds. Please help them memorize them by using the flash cards that they will bring home every week. Play a game “Beginning Sound” with your child to name things around them that begins with a certain letter sound that they are learning. Let your child practice writing their
first name and the letters that they are learning from school. We will be talking about “Opposites” and reciting and memorizing more Nursery Rhymes. Children will also be working on their Journal Notebooks, painting, coloring, cutting and writing to help with their fine motor skills.

The children are progressing nicely in Mathematics with number recognition, counting accurately and writing numbers. Please encourage your child to practice writing 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. We will work more on the concepts of “Same and Different” and will now begin working on objects that are in “Pairs”. We will also introduce “Things that Go Together”, Sorting and Classifying by different attributes like colors, shapes and sizes. Children enjoyed learning their primary colors with a song. Have them sing the Color Songs to you and at the same time reviewing it with them.

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 and emotional skills.

Religion:
1st week “My Smile Is Special” In this lesson, the children take pride in their own smile, given to them by God. Children will learn the uniqueness of
everyone’s smiles.

2nd week “My Hands are Special” 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.

3rd week “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.

4th week “God Made Me” 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.

Theme: My Family —— My Friends —— In My Neighborhood —— Fall Season / Halloween

Language: Letters – P p —– G g —— A a —— R r

Mathematics:
Numbers ——————– 6 six —– 7 seven —– 8 eight —– 9 nine
Secondary Color ———– Orange —– Green —– Purple
Shapes ———————- Rectangle —– Oval —– Diamond —– Trapezoid

Important Dates to Remember:

October 2 Tuesday – 5 Friday ——- Scholastic Book Fair
October 4 Thursday ——————-Pet Blessing (Soccer Field 2:30 p.m.)
October 5 Friday ———————- Grandparents Day Celebration (8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
October 8 Monday ——————– Columbus Day (no school day)
October 9 Tuesday ——————– PTO Meeting (5:30 – 6:30 p.m.)
October 22 Monday —————— End of 1st Quarter
October 25 Thursday —————– PTO Halloween Party (5:30 – 7:30)
October 26 Friday ——————— Teacher Workday
November 2 Friday ——————– Parent Teacher Conference (no school day)

 

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

September 4, 2018

September Newsletter

Dear Parents,

We hope that you had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend. The K-4 children are trying to know each other, know where to look for the things they need, and are trying their best to follow directions, classroom rules and routines.
On a daily basis children will be writing their names 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.

Theme: Body
This month, children will be identifying body parts and what each part can do. Although we are different from everyone else, our bodies are made of the same things as everyone else. 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.

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).

Religion: My Name Is Special and Discovering Me
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.

Language and Literacy: Letter Ff , Hh, Nn, Mm
We will start to learn uppercase and lower case letters. First we will work on letter recognition of uppercase and lower case letters, then the sounds, and the writing of the letters. Children will also learn “Nursery Rhymes” and opposites.

Mathematics: Shape – Square, Triangle, Rectangle, Diamond
Number – 2 two, 3-three, 4-four, 5-five
Color – Primary Colors: red, yellow, blue
Same /Different and Alike

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/different and alike.

Special Area Schedule:
Monday: Guidance, Tuesday: Spanish and Music, Wednesday: Library and Technology,
Thursday: Library and Music, Friday: P.E.

Important Date to Remember:
Friday, September 7 – “Free Soccer Shots (ASP)
Tuesday, September 11 – First PTO Meeting (5:30p.m.)
Monday, September 17 – Early Dismissal 2p.m. After School Program Available

Team: Mrs. Elizabeth Pasco and Mrs. Pamela Robinson

August 19, 2018

Dear Parents,

It is a pleasure to welcome all of you and your children to our 2018-2019 Kindergarten 4 Class.

Our school’s mission is “Nurture, Challenge and Achieve”. The time spent at St. Peter’s Catholic School can truly be a wonderful experience because of the unique quality of our program providing an excellent nurturing education and a strong foundation for success in school. We share the same hopes – that this year will be for all of our Kindergarten 4 children, a time of growth: physically, socially, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.

We want every child to be successful and to feel happy and safe. A positive attitude is so important for a child’s success. We intend to do our utmost to foster that attitude in your child in a fun, safe and friendly environment. You can count on great activities and a rewarding program for your children this year.

A newsletter will be distributed on a regular basis to each family describing our themes and activities, highlighting important dates to remember and reminders. In addition, the newsletter will also be posted on our web site. All reminders will be inserted in your child’s “Tuesday Folder” and taken home each Tuesday.

Parent/teacher communication is very important for the success of your child. We heartily welcome your input and participation to achieve our mutual goals.

Themes for this month:

August 20 – 24: Welcome, Friends, Classroom Rules, Restroom Rules, Lunch Rules and Playground Safety Rules

We will begin the school year by getting familiar with our classroom, materials, and each other.

August 27 – 31: Glad to be Me

Children will share their expertise about themselves. It is a wonderful opportunity for them to further explore their classroom environment within the context of a subject they know well.

Religion:
God Made Me Special

Language and Literacy:
Identify the letters of their name.
Letters – Tt, Ll

Mathematics:

Shape – Circle & Square
Number – 0 zero & 1 one
Color – red & yellow
Same and Different

Important Dates to Remember:

Monday, August 20 – First Day of School! Arrive by 7:55 and dismissal at 11:30
Tuesday, August 21 – 11:30 dismissal
Wednesday, August 22 – 11:30 dismissal
Thursday, August 23 – First full day of school
Tuesday, August 28 – Back to School Night 6:30 p.m. at Neglia Hall
Monday, September 3 – Labor Day/ No School

Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

Kindergarten 4 School Year 2018 – 2019 June 6, 2018

Dear Parents,

It is a pleasure for us to be a part of your child’s beginning steps into their new, exciting and somewhat intimidating adventurous steps into the halls of St. Peters Catholic School. We intend to do our best to foster an inquisitive attitude; one of confidence within themselves and a healthy bond with their classmates and St. Peter’s Teachers and Staff. All within a safe and friendly environment. As you prepare your child, talk about old and new friends, things your child likes to do with friends and how to take care of themselves and their friends.

Give your child an opportunity to play with you and others, as well as to play alone. Enjoy games and activities together. Help your child to be a good sport and engage in fair play. This year will be a very critical period in your child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. As we strive to nurture and guide your child, we ask and look forward to your direct involvement in our efforts.

Books you read together at home count to prepare your child – so please pick up a book every day! Read to your child and have your child tell stories to you. Have your child sit next to you and use your finger to guide your child’s eyes to the words as you read them. Doing so, will help them to recognize word characters. Together, enjoy the excitement, feelings, and ideas found in books. Also, let your child look at books, magazines, and pictures alone. Children can read pictures. This is a step towards reading print.

Share a few minutes alone with your child each day. The gift of your time is precious. Before you know it, your child will have traveled years into the future!

Have a great summer!

Suggested Summer Reading Books:
http://www.readbrightly.com/summer-books-for-preschoolers/

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

 

Kindergarten 4 Supply List
School Year 2018-2019

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

• 1 Tri-fold mat – 45”L x 19”W x 1” thickness (The mats are red & blue. Due to storage limitations in our classroom, we cannot allow mats that are larger than these dimensions. The required mat size is available at Wal-Mart.

• 1 Backpack (Please make sure the Backpack can hold a small blanket for quiet time and a letter size folder; please no wheels, animal shaped, or messenger bags)

• 1 Water Bottle (The student 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.)

• 1 pair round tipped scissors (Fishers) for school and 1 pair for home. (If your child is left handed, please make sure to buy him/her left handed scissors)

1 (2 inch) Binder
3 composition notebooks 100 sheets (wide ruled)
1 box 24 colored pencils

1 four package of Play Dough
1 ream of white paper
1 ream of white card stock
1 package of Seasonal stickers (Halloween, fall, winter and spring)

1 bottle hand Sanitizer
1 package of baby wipes
3 large boxes of Kleenex tissue
2 large containers Clorox disinfectant wipes
1 box of gallon sized Ziploc bags
1 box of quart sized Ziploc bags

1 photo of family

May 31, 2018

Kindergarten 4 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

We want to thank all of our St. Peter’s Catholic School families for making this year such a success.

The support, participation and generosity that we have experienced throughout the school year has been deeply appreciated. Thank you for entrusting your precious children to our safe and nurturing care!

It has been such a wonderful year full of new experiences for the children: meeting new friends, learning about the world around them, entering the new world of “School” and reading and writing. We have been very gratified and pleased to be a part of this important step in preparing your child for success in their future school years. We have enjoyed watching each child grow and have relished in their “A-ha” moments of discovery and learning. The children are very much ready to move on. Your incredible children will be fondly remembered!

We wish you all a safe and enjoyable summer!

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

 

Suggestions for summer activities:

Practice writing name.

Practice writing uppercase and lowercase letters.

Practice writing numbers.

Draw pictures of their favorite activity of the week.

Read sight words.

Continue reading beginners books.
(Borrow books at the library.)

• Please check the notebook for some letters to work on and
draw pictures once a week of their favorite activity.
• Let your child use the notebook for their other writing activities.

May 21, 2018

Dear Parents,

I can’t believe that the school year is about to end.

Do not be surprised if your child experiences some anxiety over entering K5. This is only natural. In response, we have begun talking about all the wonderful things we have done together and what the next year will be like for them. Last Friday the K4 and K5 children had a wonderful indoor Field Day. The K4 children got to go inside the K5 classroom and explore the different CENTERS and played with the K5 children. Thanks to all the K5 teachers and children for their warm welcome and the enjoyable day! Next week, the K4 children will again visit the K5 classroom to further ease their transition.

The children will be learning more Nursery Rhymes. We will let children play word games and learn that words are fun and that nursery rhymes contains real and pretend words. Some are about animals and they can act them out.

This week we will focus on special people in our lives; the things they do and say that make them special. The children will, also, be sharing their own wonderful and memorable experiences in K4 with their classmate.

May 21 – 25, 2018

Religion: Virtues
Honesty / Loyalty / Friendship

Language and Literacy:
Nursery Rhymes
Review Rhyming Words

Social Studies:
Significant People in our Life
Friendships and Goodbye

Mathematics:
Number – Review 1 to 80
How many in all?
How many left?

We will have a K4 Year End Celebration. Please try to join us.
If you can’t attend, please let somebody come to insure that your
child has a special someone to watch them perform and celebrate.

 What: K4 Year End Celebration
When: Thursday, May 24, 2018
Time: 10:45 – 12 noon – includes lunch
Where: K4 Classroom

Important Dates to Remember:
May 28 – Monday – Memorial Day / No School
May 30 – Wednesday – 6th Grade Graduation Day
May 31 – Thursday – K5 Graduation Day
May 31 – Thursday – K4 Last Day of School

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

May 14, 2018

Dear Parents,

A sincere wish that all our mothers enjoyed your special “Mother’s Day”!

Thank You, for the appreciation you have shown to us as teachers of your child here at St. Peters Catholic School. It is a great pleasure having your child in our care and preparing them for the real world of school life.

This week we will use word problem solving in math. Answering the question “how many in all and how many are left?” In language and literacy we will focus on sequencing 3 to 4 story events and creating oral stories from them.

We continue to remind children what good behavior is. Please give frequent compliments when you see excellent behavior. It does go a long way towards encouraging positive behavior choices. It is easy to see the good choices once you start looking for them.

May 14 – 18, 2018

Religion: Virtues
Compassion / Faith

Language and Literacy:
Review Beginning Sound, Middle Sound and Ending
Sound Vowel – a, e, i, o, u & y

Social Studies:
Transportations by Land, Water, Air and Space

Mathematics:
Number – Review 1 to 70
Missing Numbers
How many in all?

Important Dates to Remember:

May 14 – Monday – Early Dismissal 2 pm/ ASP Available
May 15 – Tuesday – Music Recital Practice 9:00 – 2:00 pm
May 17 – Thursday – Music Recital Program 6:30 – 8:00 pm
USC Copenhaver Band Hall
324 Sumter Street at Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201
May 18 – Friday – K-5 and K-4 Field Day 9:00 – 12:00 noon
May 24 – Thursday – “K-4 Year-End Celebration” 10:30 – 12:00
May 28 – Monday – Memorial Day / No School
May 30 – Wednesday – 6 th Grade Graduation
May 31 – Thursday – K-5 Graduation / Last day and K4 Last Day

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

May 7, 2018

Dear Parents,

The children will be busy practicing number counting in Math and answering the question “How many altogether?” to introduce the concept of addition. At home, ask your child leading questions about what they observe and count.
Our unit lesson for Social Studies is about Transportation. We will discuss the concept and how people use vehicles of various types to move themselves or objects from one place to another. We will present several types of vehicles in this unit to familiarize our K-4 children with various modes of transportation. We will discuss how these vehicles function, their purpose and compare them with each other; how they are different and how they are the same. We will also discuss safety and the use of seat belts.
We have been enjoying the beautiful days of spring with lots of sunshine. Please make sure that your child has at least one extra set of appropriate clothing for the warm weather.

May 7 – 11, 2018

Religion: Virtues
Responsibility / Work / Self-Discipline

Language and Literacy:
Review Alphabet letters name and sound
Vowel – a, e, i, o, u & y
Consonant Blend (th, ch, sh, wh)

Social Studies:
Transportations by Land,
Water, Air and Space

Mathematics:
Number – Review 1 to 60
Missing Numbers
How many in all?

 

This school year is flying by! We have a lot of activities going on and we can feel the excitement arounds us.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in the upcoming events.

 

Important Dates to Remember:

May 8 – Tuesday – May Procession / Rosary 8:30 – 9:30
May 8 – Tuesday – Art Show in Neglia Hall 3:30 – 7:30 pm
May 11 – Friday – PTO Family Picnic 5:30 – 7:30pm
May 14 – Monday – Early Dismissal 2 pm/ ASP Available
May 15 – Tuesday – Music Recital Practice 9:00 – 2:00 pm
May 17 – Thursday – Music Recital Program 6:30 – 8:00 pm
May 18 – Friday – K-5 and K-4 Field Day 9:00 – 12:00 noon
May 24 – Thursday – “K-4 Year-End Celebration” 10:30 – 12:00
May 28 – Monday – Memorial Day / No School
May 30 – Wednesday – 6th Grade Graduation
May 31 – Thursday – K-5 Graduation / Last day and K4 Last Day
June 1 – Friday – Last of School Grade 1-5 / 11:30 am Dismissal

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson