Week of December 4 – 8 Newsletter

Dear K5 Parents, 

I would like to thank each of you for welcoming me to St. Peter’s with open arms! My first week with K5 was without a doubt a week to remember! 

I appreciate all the support that each of you have put forth in ensuring your child receives the education they deserve. I look forward to continuing to fuel your child’s love for learning! 

This Week in Class:

Word of the week: Hope

Week 1 of Advent: Jesus: The Gift of Hope.

  “So our hope is in the Lord. He is our help, our shield to protect us.” — Psalm 33:20

Theme

Advent: Hope

Religion

St. Nicholas: The man behind the story of Santa Claus (St. Nicholas Day: December 6)

Language and Literacy: 

Word Families: For example, the “at” word family includes bat, cat, hat, and so on.  

Vowels: a, e, i, o, u

Guided Reading Groups: Working on oral language, vocabulary development, and phonemic awareness

Mathematics: All about numbers 21- 40

Reminders:

  • Wednesday, December 6: Mass at 8:30am (Mass Uniforms)
  • Thursday, December 7: K5 will be attending the Strength and Movement Parent Presentation at 12:45pm in Neglia Hall
  • Friday, December 8: Field Trip to Koger Center to see  “Twas the Night before Christmas” *Please be at school by 8:00am
  • Cubby space is getting crowded! Please send your child with a small blanket for nap time, and if they do bring a stuffed animal from home, please make sure it is a smaller one.

Have a great week!

Ms. Visotski and Ms. Moore

A Note from Miss De Rhodo

Dear Parents,

We will be continuing our unit on Gratitude this week and next week (the two days we will be present at school)! Our focus is on being thankful for plants and animals this week.

We will have the new “popcorn” (sight) words he, she, and do this week. Please try your best to practice these and the full list of words with your child at home during the week when you are able. Practice at home is so beneficial!

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

 

In Class this week:  November 13-17


English Language Arts:

Sight words: This week we will be reviewing and assessing all sight words learned so far. Our words we will be learning/focusing on this week will be she, he, do.

Full list: I, a, and, like, the, is, come, we, to, see, me, be, am, an, no, it, has, you, this, have, he, she, do

Reading: predicting; Listening to informational texts and telling facts learned from it; main idea and details about informational text

ELA: sounds at certain parts of words; ABC order

*Here is a link to a letter name and sound activity we are doing as well: “Phonercise” Dr. Jean

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxrUgwVbqoM

 

Writing: Students will work on writing their sight words, names, and using the skill of sounding out words (at least their first sound) to write words. Students are working on writing on lines, writing what a picture represents, and writing simple sentences.

Religion: Ordinary Time

Math: numbers 11-20 review, greater than, less than, equal to for these numbers; counting to 30; ordinal numbers

*Here is a link to a song that helps students practice counting aloud in the correct order that we will be using this week (1-20): “The Number Rock” by Etc Language Resources

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PA3RsVVdh8 

 

Science: parts of plants; living things vs. non-living things; fish-what shape is best for swimming, parts of a fish, how they breathe under water

PE: working on balance

 

Books this week:

The Giving Tree , Shel Silverstein

Gracias Thanks, Pat Mora and illustrated by John Parra

My Garden, Kevin Henkes

A Good Day, Kevin Henkes

Animals That. . . Fly, Crawl, Jump, Swim . . ., Mary Atwater, Prentice Baptiste, Lucy Daniel, Jay Hackett, Richard Moyer, Carol Takemoto, Nancy Wilson

Important Dates & Reminders

November 20 – Students’ personal “Gratitude Bags” are due.

November 22 – November 24: Thanksgiving Break. No school on these days. Happy Thanksgiving!

*Hope the students enjoyed the new type of book sent home yesterday.

 

*Please send your child with one snack for snack time each day. We are trying to keep snack time as just a time to briefly recharge and not linger with many food items. Thank you!

 

*Cubby space is getting a little crowded! Please send students with a small blanket for nap time, and if they do bring a stuffed animal from home, please make sure it is a smaller one.

 

Homework

This week will be for the student to read and discuss the book sent home. Students’ homework will be concerning ABC order (we will be learning about this Tuesday so you may want to wait until the ending part of the week to complete this activity with your child) and math counting order. Continuing to use the sight word flash cards for practice at home is beneficial as well.

Thanks for all you do to support your children and our classroom!

 

Sincerely,

Miss De Rhodo and Ms. Moore

November 6-10

                                                                     A Note from Miss De Rhodo

Dear Parents,

It was a pleasure meeting with all of you on Friday; the conferences were productive and insightful. Thank you for all of your feedback, and thank you for always being so supportive of your children’s educations.

This week we will be starting a unit on Gratitude (for the month of November). I hope for it to be reflective and humbling. This week, we will start by naming things we are thankful for and then focus on how we are thankful for our families and homes. Next week we will focus on being thankful for plants and animals. The last week and a couple days before Thanksgiving, we will focus on this holiday (the historical event, how we celebrate, symbols).

On the first day of this unit, I will discuss what gratitude means and unpack my own “Gratitude Bag.” This will be a bag that contains symbols, pictures, or items that represent what and whom I am grateful for. I will be asking the students to create their very own “Gratitude bag” to share with the class. Please help them include at least 3 items in a bag that express what or whom the students are thankful for. I believe they will enjoy creating this bag and sharing it. They will share it at the end of the unit. I would like the students to bring their bags in on November 20th. I will put reminders in the next couple newsletters.

Also, as for the sight word notecards sent home, these are to review with your child. As new words are learned, I will send more home. This week, we will continue to work from the list sent home last week, therefore, you already have the words to focus on this week and a new bag will not be sent home.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

In Class this week:  November 6-10

English Language Arts:

Sight words: This week we will be reviewing and assessing all sight words learned so far. Our words we will be learning/focusing on this week will be this and have. Last week we focused on has and you.

Full list: I, a, and, like, the, is, come, we, to, see, me, be, am, an, no, it, has, you, this, have

Reading: Main idea; characters; finding action words in texts

ELA: rhyming and action words

*Here is a link to a letter name and sound activity we are doing as well: “Phonercise” Dr. Jean

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxrUgwVbqoM

Writing: Students will work on writing their sight words, names, and using the skill of sounding out words (at least their first sound) to write words.

Religion: We are going to be reviewing all prayers we have learned so far this year. We will also be listening to the story of The Good Shepherd and the Lost Sheep (Mt.18:12-14) and discussing how God is always merciful and caring.

Math: numbers 11-20: representing teen numbers in ten frames (showing that teen numbers are ten and some ones), writing numbers, recognizing more, less or equal

*Here is a link to a song that helps students practice counting aloud in the correct order that we will be using this week: “The Number Rock” by Etc Language Resources

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PA3RsVVdh8   

Social Studies:  Our families and what they do for us and our home (house, city, and state-directions and maps)

PE: Skill of kicking a ball to a target and to a person

Books:

The Thankful Book by: Todd Parr (introducing unit)

Read aloud then Buddy ReadFamily Fun (showing what we love to do with our families) by: Adam Shepard

We Are Family by: Patricia Hegarty and illustrated by: Ryan Wheatcroft

Being Thankful by: Mercer Mayer

My House By: Byron Barton

P is for Palmetto by: Carol Crane illustrated by: Mary Whyte

Important Dates & Reminders

November 13: There will 2pm Dismissal. The After School Program will be available from 2:30-5:30 pm.

November 20 – Students’ personal “Gratitude Bags” are due.

November 22 – November 24: Thanksgiving Break. No school on these days. Happy Thanksgiving!

*Students will be receiving a different type of book to take home starting this week. These will be books that students should be able to read mostly by themselves and feel very confident about, containing mostly high frequency words studied. The book will be read in class before the students take it home. Then, students can identify which words they know from the book. Students will be able to keep these books to read as often as they would like once the week is done.

*Please send your child with one snack for snack time each day. We are trying to keep snack time as just a time to briefly recharge and not linger with many food items. Thank you!

*Cubby space is getting a little crowded! Please send students with a small blanket for nap time, and if they do bring a stuffed animal from home, please make sure it is a smaller one.

Homework

This week will be for the student to read and discuss the book sent home Monday. Students’ homework will be concerning phonics and/or rhyming and math skills. Continuing to use the sight word flash cards for practice at home is beneficial as well.

Thanks for all you do to support your children and our classroom!

 

Sincerely,

Miss De Rhodo and Ms. Moore

October 30-November 3

A Note from Miss De Rhodo

Dear Parents,

I am very proud of how your children did in the first quarter of Kindergarten. There has been a great amount of social and academic development. This week, we will finish up our Unit on Fall, reviewing the different aspects of the season and learning about Halloween. It will definitely be an exciting week!

On another note, I am running very low on treasure box items for the classroom. The children truly look forward to receiving this reward for positive behavior. If you would be able to pick up even a couple small items such as Hot Wheel’s cars (Walmart has them for a very inexpensive price), mini Playdoh, or any other small trinkets, I would appreciate the assistance so very much!

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

In Class this week: October 30-November 3


English Language Arts:

Sight words: This week we will be reviewing all sight words learned so far. Our words we will be learning/focusing on this week will be this, have, has, and you.

Full list: I, a, and, like, the, is, come, we, to, see, me, be, am, an, no, it, this, have, has, you

Reading: Main idea and details; sequencing; retelling

ELA: rhyming; color words

*other skills: opposites

Writing: We will work on writing our name, our sight words, and work on using sounds connected to letter names to help us write words.

Religion: We are going to be reviewing all prayers we have learned (The Sign of the Cross, the Prayer before Meals, Guardian Angel, and started to learn to Hail Mary) throughout the week. We will also be having a lesson on All Saints Day (November 1).

Science: Apple tree growth

Math: continue working on numbers 1-20, matching sets of objects to their number, representing teen numbers in ten frames, writing numbers, more or less or equal

Books:

The House That Witchy Built by Dianne de Las Casas Illustrated by Holly Stone-Barker

Apples Written and illustrated by: Ken Robbins-We will use this book to discuss and learn how an apple tree grows. We can also mention what Halloween activity people usually take part in that has to do with this fruit.

Shivery Shades of Halloween: A Spooky Book of Colors by: Mary McKenna Siddals Illustrated by Jimmy Pickering – focus on color words, each student will have the color words on cards in front of them and will hold up which one it is as we sound out-identifying sounds

Spike & Ike Take a Hike by: S.D. Schindlerfocus on rhyming words, they can identify and tell why they rhyme

Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Halloween with Pumpkins, Costumes, and Candy by: Deborah Heiligman- This National Geographic book will give students a cultural insight. The Day of the Dead can will be discussed which is a special day in Mexico to honor loved ones who have died.

Halloween Is… by: Gail Gibbons – Students will learn all about how Halloween came to be. We will identify the main topic of the book and its details.

Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins by: James Dean- Children love Pete the Cat, and this story incorporates this character with the holiday of focus this week.

 

Important Dates & Reminders

November 3 – Parent – Teacher Conference Day (I look forward to meeting with all of you!)

 

Homework

This week will be for the student to read and discuss the book sent home Monday. Students’ homework will be concerning phonics and/or rhyming and math skills.

Thanks for all you do to support your children and our classroom!

 

Sincerely,

Miss De Rhodo and Ms. Moore

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 23-26th

 

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 continue to work with the children on the theme of Fall. We will even learn about the growth of a pumpkin from just a seed.

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

In Class this week: October 23-26th

English Language Arts:

Sight words: am, an, no, it

Full list: I, a, and, like, the, is, come, we, to, see, me, be, am, an, no, it

Reading: Main idea and details; sequencing; characters

Grammar: Nouns will be identified throughout the week as review.

Writing: We are working this week on writing our name.

Religion: Last week, we heard and discussed a story which is contained in God’s special book. This week, we will learn why the Bible is God’s special book and is a wonderful book for us to read.

Science: This week we will learn about the growth cycle of a pumpkin. Students will also be learning in depth about the season of Fall.

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

Books:

How Do You Know It’s Fall? By: Ruth Owen

The Busy Little Squirrel

J is for Jack-O’-Lantern

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves By: Julia Rawlinson

Pumpkins By: Ken Robbins

Important Dates & Reminders

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. Students will also be asked to collect and bring in 3 leaves and to complete the two sheets given in their blue folder this Monday.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Books:

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!