December 12, 2017

Dear Parents,
During this joyous and special time of the year our thoughts and conversations seem to slow down and we begin to think about our relationships: with Jesus, our Church, families 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. The Giving Tree project at St. Peter’s Catholic Church is a wonderful opportunity for the children to really experience this.

Listening to Christmas stories and singing Christmas Carols help us to get into the spirit of Christmas. Last Friday we all watched the Ballet presentation of “Twas Before Christmas” at Koger Center and it was indeed fantastic and the 4K children started to show their high jumps and spin movements when we got back to school. The children will be participating in our Christmas Music Program later this week.

All of us at St. Peters Catholic School wish you and your family a very Merry, Merry Christmas!

 

Week 16 and 17 – December 11 – 21

Religion:                                                                                           
Advent Season       The First Christmas

Language Literacy:

Review – Letters upper case or lower case / Letter sound

Mathematics:
Review – Numbers 1 to 12

Books:

The Gift of Christmas               The Night Before Christmas

Merry Christmas Curious George         The Crippled Lamb

 

 Important Dates to Remember:

December 11 Monday – K4 Class Caroling at 9:30 to 11:30
December 12 Tuesday – Christmas Music Program rehearsal schedule at 8:30 to 10:30 am
– Mass at 6:00 pm. Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Party will follow.
December 13 Wednesday – Mass with Bishop Robert E. Guglielmore
– Educational Technology Apps on iPads with Mrs. Phillips 3rd Grade Class
December 14 Thursday – “Christmas Music Program” in the church, 7:00 pm;
teachers with students in Neglia Hall at 6:30 pm. No After School Program
December 15 Friday – Christmas Gift and Cookies Exchange at 10:00 am
– Farewell Party for Emma at 2:15 pm.
December 20 Wednesday – 11:30 school dismissal, no After School Program
December 21 to January 2 – Christmas Break No School Days
January 3 – School Resumes / Wednesday Mass

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

December 5, 2017

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

Dear Parents,
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 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.
As children do their calendar activities they are also counting down how many more days before Christmas.
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, ability to share and take turns), 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) work on fasteners, including zippers and buttons.

Week 15 – December 4 – 8

Religion:  Advent Season

Mathematics:

Number – 12 twelve

Identify AB – ABC – AABB – Pattern

Ordinal Numbers – First 1st, Second 2nd,

Third 3rd , Fourth 4th , Fifth 5th

Color – Brown

Language Literacy:

Story Sequencing

Identify words that rhyme

Letter of the week- Ii

Sight words – the, a, an, and, at, are

Books:
The Christmas Story      Helping (values of life)       Who Is Coming To Our House
The Little Match Girl      The Crippled Lamb       Spot’s First Christmas

Important Dates to Remember:
December 8 – Friday “Twas Before Christmas” Koger Center, 8:30 – 11:00
December 13 – Wednesday Mass with Bishop Robert E. Guglielmore
December 14 – Thursday “Christmas Music Program” in the church, 7:00pm;
teachers with students in Neglia Hall at 6:30pm. No After School Program
December 15 – Christmas Gift and Cookies Exchange at 2:15pm
December – 20 – Wednesday – 11:30 school dismissal, no After School Program

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

November 28, 2017

Dear Parents,
If time truly flies when you’re having fun, then we’re having the time of our lives in K4! Many thanks to all of our K4 families for their involvement and support of our “Thanksgiving Feast”! We think that we speak for all, when we say it was wonderful.
Another Holiday Season is creeping up on us. The children will be busy creating projects. Children will be learning about God’s Creation in our religious studies, as well as, integrating language, math, social studies, arts, music and science into their busy schedule.

Week 14 – November 27 – December 1, 2017

Religion:
The Story of Creation

Theme:
Nutrition

Language and Literacy:
Story Sequencing
Venn Diagram of the “Three Little Pigs”
Identify words that rhyme.
Letter of the week- Ll
Practice writing letters
Sight words – the, a, an, and, at, are

Mathematics:
Identify and Draw Shape
Number – 11 eleven
Identify AB – ABC – Pattern
Ordinal Numbers – First 1st, Second 2nd, Third 3rd, Fourth 4th
Color – Pink

Books:
The Story of Creation
Pablo’s Tree
My Little L Book
Courage by Elaine P. Goley
Courage by Jane Belk Moncure
The Ugly Duckling

Important Dates to Remember:

December 3 – Sunday 1st day of Advent

December 8 – Friday Koger Center, 8:30-11:00

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

November 13, 2017

Dear Parents,

Our Religious Study: ‘God Gave Us Animals’ is our next lesson. We hope to increase the children’s appreciation for God’s gift of animals and to develop a sense of wonder, respect, and gratitude for this gift through stories, discussions, and activities.

Thanksgiving Day is near and the children are busy learning about the history of Thanksgiving. Our activities have been focused on the interaction between the Pilgrims and the American Indians and will culminate with our own Thanksgiving Feast on Friday, November 17 at 10:30 – 11:30 A.M. Please mark your calendar for this important event. Please check your e-mail for the sign-up list from Mrs. Schrenker and Mrs. Dennis.

Week 13 – November 13 – 21, 2017

Religion:

God Gave Us Animals

God is the creator of all that exists.
(Cf.CCC297)

Theme:
Thanksgiving

Language and Literacy:
Story Sequencing
Identify words that rhyme.
Letter of the week- G g
Practice writing letters

Mathematics:
Identify and Draw Shape – Review Shapes
Number – Review 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Identify AB and ABC – Pattern
Ordinal Numbers – First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth

Books:

How Many Days to America
Let’s Be Thankful
The Tasty Thanksgiving Feast
My “G” Book
The Silly Thanksgiving Party
The Amazing Turkey Rescue
The Great Turkey Race
Turk and Runt
A Plump and Perky Turkey

Important Dates to Remember:

November 17 – Friday – K4 Thanksgiving Feast at 10:30 to 11:30 A.M.
In St, Bernardin Center

November 22, 23 & 24 – Thanksgiving Break – No School

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

November 7, 2017

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 and share the interest that you showed in your child’s progress. Attending to children’s needs requires that we explore all areas of development. As we work to identify and improve these areas, we help to lay the foundation for their future success.

The final lesson in our sense unit will be the sense of taste. This will provide an appropriate time to review and celebrate all of our senses as gifts from God.

In Math we will collect leaves from outside and sort them by their color, extending this activity by graphing the number of red, yellow, orange, brown, and green leaves. Perhaps parents can help their child gather a small bag of leaves at home and bring them to school. Children will also use the leaves to make patterns.

Week 12 – November 5th – November 10th

Religion:

I Can Taste

What have you that you did not receive?
If then you received it, why do you boast
as if it were not a gift? (1 Cor 4:7)

Theme:

Sense of Taste

Language and Literacy:

Story Sequencing
Identify words that rhyme.
Letter of the week- C c
Practice writing letters

Mathematics:

Review Shapes – Pentagon, Hexagon, Octagon
Number – 10 ten
Identify AB – Pattern
Positional Words: (in front of, back of, beside, outside, inside)

Books:

The Five Senses
My Five Senses
My “C” Book
The Pout-Pout Fish

Important Dates to Remember:

November 13- Monday – Early Dismissal 2:00 p.m. / ASP Available
November 22, 23 & 24 – Thanksgiving Break – No School

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

October 30, 2017

Dear Parents,

Wow! All the Halloween costumes were terrific and creative. There were lots of goodies and loads of fun! Many thanks to all!

The first quarter went by so fast. We will be working hard and focusing on Fine Motor Skills. Gaining control of the hand muscles is a very important goal for children. Children will continue practicing and improving their writing strokes. 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.

The study this week will emphasize that God gave us a sense of smell as a natural gift. The sense of smell provides for both, our enjoyment of pleasurable experiences such as different kinds of fragrances or the salty air at the beach, as well as, for protection, by smelling various odors that can alert us to possible danger.

We will encourage children to act out stories, pantomime a nursery rhyme/poem or finger play using one’s own hand gestures. They will also be identifying rhyming words and sequencing events in the story.

In Math, we will continue to expand childrens’ awareness of Geometry. It is intuitive for young children who are naturally interested in the shape, size, and position of objects in the world around them to use geometric concepts and related language in describing the relative position of objects in the real world and in pictures. Using words such as in back of, in front of, next to, below, on top of, under, outside, beside, inside, so frequently that they become second nature.

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

Week 11 – October 30th – November 2nd

Religion:
I Can Smell
Let my prayers rise up to you, O God, like the smoke of burning incense. (Cf. Ps 141:2)

Theme:
Sense of Smell

Language and Literacy:
Story Sequencing
Act Out (The Three Little Pigs)
Identify words that rhyme.
Letter of the week- Ee
Practice writing letters

Mathematics:
Identify and Draw Shape – Octagon
Number 9-nine
Color – Brown
Identify AB – Pattern
Positional Words: (in front of, back of, beside, outside, inside)

Books:
The Old Woman and the Red Pumpkin
Corduroy’s Best Halloween Ever
The Runaway Pumpkin
The Silly Scarecrow
Brave Little Fox

Important Dates to Remember:
November 3 – Friday – No School Day (Parent/Teacher Conference) November 22, 23 & 24 – Thanksgiving Break
November 13- Monday – Early Dismissal 2:00 p.m./ ASP Available No School

We would like to give thanks to all the families for donating goodies during the Halloween Party.
Happy Halloween!
Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

October 24, 2917

Dear Parents,
We have been working a great deal on SELF-HELP-SKILLS. The children are learning to gather their own things; as well as, cleaning up after themselves and putting on their own jacket or sweater. All these activities help to provide a feeling of accomplishment. “I can do it” goes a long way towards building good healthy habits. With the change of weather, please let your child put on a light sweater or jacket for outdoor activities.

Week 10 – October 23rd – 26th

Religion:
I Can Hear – Sense of Hearing
He who has ears, let him hear. (Lk 8:8)

This week our lesson is on the sense of hearing. To help our students develop an appreciation for their sense of hearing, we will use various enjoyable activities like listening to music, prayer, and scripture and introducing the value of silence for quiet prayer.

Theme: Halloween
Halloween is celebrated on October 31st every year. We will talk about various decorations we see around for Halloween. Student will share to the class what costume they will be wearing. We will talk about safe practices that apply to Halloween.

Language and Literacy:
In Language Literacy, children will learn Story Sequencing and identify words that rhyme.
Letter of the week- Rr

Practice writing: letters (Mm, Tt, Ff, Bb, Aa, Hh, Nn, Pp)
Rhyming Words
Story Sequencing

Mathematics:
In Mathematics, children will be learning about Patterns. Please help your child to look for Patterns around them.

Identify and Draw Shape – Hexagon
Number 8- eight
Color – Black and White
More and Less

Books:
The Falling Leaves and the Scarecrow
The Little Scarecrow Boy
Chipmunk at Hollow Tree Lane
The Halloween Party
The Three Little Pigs

Important Dates to Remember:

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)
November 3 – Friday – No School Day (Parent/Teacher Conference)

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

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