October 16-20


A Note from Miss De Rhodo

Dear Parents,

I am proud of the hard work that has been going on in the classroom and am excited to work with the children this week on the theme of Fall. We will be learning about the different sights of the season and even having a special treat on Friday (learning about how apple cider is made and getting to try it!).

I hope you and your students enjoyed reading the special book sent home last week. I could tell the students liked this assignment; a new book will now be sent home each week. One should have come home yesterday (Monday, October 16th).

Thank you for the continued support of your child, their education, and our K5 classroom. It is greatly appreciated!


In Class this week: October 16th-20th

English Language Arts:

Sight words: to, see, me

Full list: I, a, and, like, the, is, come, we, to, see, me

Reading: Main Idea (what the book is all about); sequencing; characters

Grammar: Animal and things are nouns.

Writing: We are learning about captions.

Religion: The Bible is God’s special book.

Science: This week we will be finishing learning about the body. We will learn about the heart, lungs, and brain.

Math: counting to 20, matching sets of objects to their number, writing numbers

Social Studies: Through reading groups, students will read details about certain jobs.



Full of Fall by April Pulley Sayre

The Leaves Fall All Around by Steve Mack

Colors (Part of the Buginning Series) by Max Lucado

Hibernation Station by: Michelle Meadows

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by: Lucille Colandro

From Apple Trees To Cider, Please! by: Felicia Sanzari Chernesky


Important Dates & Reminders

October 18 – Wednesday – Picture Day

October 23 – Monday – Early Dismissal 2:00pm

October 26 – Thursday – PTO Halloween Party 5:30pm to 7pm in Neglia Hall

October 27 – Friday – No School Day In-Service Training


Homework this week will be for the student to read and discuss the book sent home Monday and a couple items of Math and English language arts which will be sent home tomorrow.

Please sign and return the work I send home to you! Thank you so much!

October 10-13

October 10-13, 2017

A Note from Miss De Rhodo

Thank you to all who participated in our Grandparents Day events this past Friday. The K5 class and I thoroughly enjoyed sharing our classroom and spending time with our special guests.

I am excited to begin another week in Kindergarten, and this one is going to be very exciting! We have the Pet Blessing, the Fire Safety Parade, and the Living Rosary.


This Week In Class

Reading: We will be reading and discussing the job of fire fighters and how we can exercise fire safety. Our sight words for the week are is, see, we, to, me, and come. Please practice these at home with your child throughout the week. You can spell out the words, sound them out, clap them out, use them in a sentence, write them, etc.

Books we will be reading in class this week- Everybody Works by Shelley Rotner and Ken Kreisler, A Day at the Fire Station by Richard Scarry, Fire! Fire! By Gail Gibbons, Firehouse Dog by Amy and Richard Hutchings, and Firefighters by: Norma Simon.

Math: We will count and name how many objects are in a set of 0-10, practice writing numbers, and work on counting by ones to 20.

Science: We will learn about our brain, lungs, and heart.

Social Studies: We are learning about various jobs in our community at the beginning of the week, and we will focus on learning about fire fighters’ duties.


Important Dates & Reminders

This week we be having our Fire Safety Parade field trip, Thursday, October 12.

Our Living Rosary will be Friday, October 13.

Blessing of the Animals (As part of honoring the Feast of St. Francis) will be taking place on Wednesday, October 11. If the children would prefer to not be around animals and are uncomfortable in this setting, they may stay inside while it occurs. Please ask your child about this; you can let me know in your blue folder if you would like your child to remain indoors during the pet blessing.

October 2-6

A Note from Miss De Rhodo

We are excited about starting the new month of October! This is a busy week with the Book Fair in the Library and Grandparent’s Day on Friday, as well as learning a lot!

We are especially fortunate to now have Ms. Claire Slifko, past K5 teacher, working in the classroom with us every Tuesday morning. She will be supporting student learning with group and individual instruction. We are grateful for her time!


In Class this Week

Reading: We will go over the high frequency words the and and. Other common sight words the students will continue to be exposed to are:  I, like, the, we, me, be, are, by, for, will, is, and can.

Books we will read this week:

I Love Saturdays y Domingos (Alma Flor Ada)

Full, Full, Full of Love (Trish Cooke)

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? (Eric Carle)

A Chair for My Mother (Vera B. Williams)

ELA: Our focus will be on the sentence conventions such as starting with a capital letter, ending punctuation, and expressing a complete thought.

Math: We will work on ABC patterns. The class will be working on math computation using manipulatives.

Science: We have learned about external body parts, skin and bones. We will review bones using a song (see link below) and learn about our muscles.

Religion: A week from Friday, October 13th, the school will be participating in a Living Rosary. This week in K5, we will discuss the purpose of the Rosary and learn the Hail Mary Prayer.

Important Dates and Reminders

Grandparent’s Day is Friday!

Book Fair is open all week!

September 25th-29th

A Note from Miss De Rhodo

Welcome to week 6! Just so you are aware, the homework from the Reading workbook this week is not part of the WTK pages, just the regular page numbers. The pages are about words that name people and places being nouns.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me! Thank you for supporting your  children!

In Class this week:

Units of Study:

Religion-We will finish up our chapter on Adam and Eve and original sin.

Science-We identified different and more specific body parts last week such as wrist, ankle, calf, etc. We also talked about why skin was important. This week we will talk about muscles and bones. We may start to get into important internal organs such as the heart and lungs.

Reading: We will learn about story structure such as places in the story (settings) and sequencing.

ELA: We will learn about the sound of letters U and V. We will learn that words which name people and places are nouns. Identify whether a word is a place or person and if it is a noun or not.

Writing: We will go over the purpose of labels, what they look like, and create our own.

Math: We will finish patterns this week.

Important Dates & Reminders

THIS WEEK: On the morning of September 29th 7:30am-9am in the library, there will be a Coffee Break with Mrs. Preston  for K4 and K5 families! Come meet other families, and ask Mrs. Preston any questions you may have!

-Grandparents’ Day will be October 6th from 8:30am to 11:30am! Grandparents can come visit the classroom and meet the teacher! Note: On this day, grandparents will only be able to take a student home if written permission is given in advance by the parent or guardian!

September 18-22

A Note From Miss De Rhodo

Hello families! Welcome to week 5! Just so you are aware, I will be sending home a packet of completed work by the end of the week; you will be able to see just how hard your little ones have been working! I am very proud of each one of them! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!


In Class This Week

General: We will review the days of the week. We will review our class rules this week: Be respectful. Be responsible. Be safe.

ELA: Q,R,S,T,U sounds (as well as reviewing sounds of letters preceding these)

Reading: We will review the high frequency words I and like . We will review the skill of retelling and practice it. Also, we will read an informational story on the topic of school and review the genres fiction and informational. Reading groups are taking place this week, focusing on and practicing specific words and skills. We will also begin the part of the reading unit on pets.

Math: We will learn about different types of patterns.

Science: We will learn about different body parts.

Social Studies: We will learn about certain details about our school and safety. Who are some people who work at our school and are in charge? What are the rules they enforce to keep us safe at different places at school?

Religion: We will learn about the Bible story of Adam and Eve and go over rules and consequences.

Important Dates & Reminders

-The first PTO meeting of the year will be this Thursday, September 21st, at 5:30pm in Neglia Hall. Dinner will be available for purchase!

-On the morning of September 29th 7:30am-9am in the library, there will be a Coffee Break with Mrs. Preston  for K4 and K5 families! Come meet other families, and ask Mrs. Preston any questions you may have! 🙂

-Grandparents’ Day will be October 6th from 8:30am to 11:30am! Grandparents can come visit the classroom and meet the teacher! Note: On this day, grandparents will only be able to take a student home if written permission is given in advance by the parent or guardian!

September 12-15

A Note from Miss De Rhodo

Hello families! I am excited to begin Week 4 with this wonderful Kindergarten class. We will be reading about school this week, so I encourage you to talk with your child about what he or she enjoys about our school days!


In Class This Week:

ELA: We will learn and review the sounds and names of Ll, Mm, Nn, Oo, Pp, producing words that begin with these letters

Reading: We will read two informational texts and one fantasy text. They are about school! We will talk about main ideas and characters and also learn vocabulary from text. Furthermore, the goal is to begin leveled reading group meetings this week. The students will also continue to review the sight word I and learn and review the sight word like this week.

Math: We will finish shapes this week and begin patterns.

Science: We will review parts of the body we have gone over already and go over a few more.

Social Studies: We will learn about and discuss how each person is different from another.

Religion: We will learn about the story of Adam and Eve.


Important Dates & Reminders:

Mass tomorrow (Wednesday)!

PE on Friday.

The first PTO meeting will be September 21st at 5:30PM Neglia Hall; mark your calendars!

September 5th-8th

A Note From Miss De Rhodo

Hello families! I am excited to begin week 3 of Kindergarten with your children! There has been lots of learning, play, and friend-making happening, and I cannot wait for that to continue!
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

In Class this Week

ELA: Kk, Ll, Mm, Nn, Oo; high frequency word-I ; rhyming words

Reading: We will read a realistic fiction story called Building With Dad. We will learn new vocabulary through this story, and we will talk about what it means for a story to be realistic fiction. We will read this story twice to practice comprehension and analyzing skills.

Math: This week we will continue to go over shapes and their characteristics. We will also be manipulating plane shapes to create larger shapes and pictures.

Science: function of body parts and/or senses

Religion: Mass procedures such as genuflecting, showing reverence, and the Sign of the Cross

Important Dates and Reminders

PE on Friday
I will be sending home a few sheets with instructions on how you can help your student practice forming letters and numbers at home!

August 28-September 1

A Note From Miss De Rhodo

Hello families!

I am very excited to be starting out my second week teaching these wonderful children. I continue to enjoy getting to know them and working with them. Please let me know if you have any questions about our class! See you tonight at 6:30PM in Neglia Hall for Back to School Night!

In Class This Week

Reading: Finding the main idea in a text; We are starting a unit on families this week.

ELA: capital and lowercase letters A-J, sounds of these letters, rhyming

Math: plane and solid shapes, how solid shapes can move

Social Studies: How are families different and alike? What makes a group of people a family?

PE: simple movements



PE is on Fridays, so please have your child wear this uniform then!

See you tonight at Back to School Night!

August 22-25

A Note From Ms. De Rhodo

Hello families!

I am so excited to meet the students, and I am ready for a wonderful year! This week in class, we will be getting to know each other the first couple days, and I will also be teaching students about the rules and procedures of the classroom. As for some specifics in academics please see the next section of this newsletter!

I also wanted to give you the following insight. Throughout the first week, I will be meeting with each student individually in order to see where each student stands in knowledge of certain foundational material and skills in Math and English Language Arts. In no way is this a test for your student to be graded on! This is just an assessment to figure out how I can best help your student reach his/her full potential. After analyzing the results, I will be able to create reading groups that will be developmentally appropriate and beneficial for each student’s needs. After seeing how the students are doing in the various groups, I will be able to see if the groups need to be changed or not. Overall, I am eager to meet your little students and do my very best to teach them, care for them, and help them grow!

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns!
Ms. Emma De Rhodo ederhodo@stpeterscatholicschool.org

In Class This Week
Reading: We will be learning and reviewing the parts of a book (front cover, spine, back cover, pages, words, author, illustrator).

ELA: We will be going over the name and sounds of Letters A-D, and we will also be learning to identify when words rhyme and produce a word that rhymes with a given word.

Handwriting: We will practice writing one’s name and letters A-D (Handwriting)

Religion: We will be learning about God’s creation!

Math: We will be learning about 3D shapes

*PE: stretching and balancing and simple movement

Important Dates and Reminders:

Students will be walked into the classroom the first two days.
The first two days end at 11:30am.
I will provide a snack for the children the first two days (goldfish or animal crackers).
Back to School Night will be on the 29th of August in Neglia Hall at 6:30PM. Excited to be able meet with you all and answer any questions you have!