June 3, 2020

Dear K-5 Parents,

 

It has been a pleasure to work with each of your children this year! I am very grateful to have met each and every one of them. The ending of the school year may not have ended as we had expected, but I am thankful we had so many opportunities to meet through Zoom and Google Classroom.  This summer, a kindergarten review packet will be sent via email.

 

I wanted to thank all of the K-5 parents once more for all the incredible work put into this school year, especially during this distance learning process.  Thank you again for all your support and kindness.

 

I hope everyone has a fantastic, fun-filled summer! 

 

God Bless,

Miss Rovelli

Kindergarten Supply List 2020-2021

Mrs. Tara Gilliam, Teacher

TGilliam@StPetersCatholicSchool.org

 

 

 

  • 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 (students will need to bring a water bottle daily to school filled with water only. Please make sure your child knows how to open and close the water bottle.)
  • 2 BLUE sturdy plastic folders with pockets
  • 1 pair round tipped scissors for school and 1 pair for home. If your child is left-handed, please make sure to buy left-handed scissors.
  • Full change of uniform clothing (place in a large zip lock bag to be kept in your child’s backpack)

 

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

 

1 BLUE pencil box

1 box Crayola crayons (16 count)

1 package of Crayola washable markers (10 count)

1 bottle of Elmer’s liquid school glue (4 ounces)

2 large boxes of tissue

2 reams of white copy paper

1 package of baby wipes

1 large container Lysol/Clorox disinfectant wipes

2 black and white marbled composition books

Girls: 1 package of white cardstock

Boys: 1 play-doh 4-pack assorted colors

1 bottle of plain (fragrance free) hand soap

 

Optional:  Face Mask

 

Kindergarten Reading List 2020-2021

Mrs. Tara Gilliam, Teacher

TGilliam@StPetersCatholicSchool.org

 

 

Research has shown that single greatest factor in predicting reading success is whether a child is read to when young. Here are just some suggestions to get you started!

 

Freight Train

By: Donald Crews

 

Ten Little Fish

By: Audrey Wood

 

Hop on Pop

By: Dr. Seuss

 

The Mixed Up Chameleon

By: Eric Carle

 

Goodnight Moon

By: Margaret Wise Brown

 

Any Easy Readers Level One

Summer Bridge activity book highly recommended for practice of taught skills in K-4.

 

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Thank you for an incredible year!

Dear First Grade Students and Families,

It is with so much joy and gratitude that I look back on our year together. We accomplished so much in what seems like such little time, shared so many joys, and we overcame so many obstacles together. It has been my pleasure and privilege to watch each student grow and learn throughout our year.

 

Despite the changes we all endured this spring, I am so thankful to the hard work everyone put forward into being flexible and consistent in order to continue to allow our students to learn and thrive. This time has been difficult for many reasons, but a blessing for many others. I commend everyone for the patience and grace you’ve all shown during such an unusual time.

 

I am so grateful for the blessings I have been given in these 17 precious children. This class has brought me more joy than I could have ever imagined, and I look forward to continuing to watch them grow as they progress in their years at St. Peter’s. Remember that I will always be interested in these children and their life stories, wherever they go, whatever they do, and whoever they become. My students are in my classroom for one year, but they are in my heart forever.

 

Thank you all for an incredible year filled with hard work, laughter, support, but most importantly, Christ’s unconditional love. I wish everyone a happy and healthy summer!

 

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” -John 14:27

 

First Grade Supply And Reading Lists for 2020/2021

STUDENT SUPPLY LIST

 

-2 boxes #2 pencils (preferably Ticonderoga)

-1 box crayons

-1 pack colored pencils

-1 pack markers

-1 pair children’s scissors

-1 pack of gluesticks

-1 pack erasers

-1 pack of Expo markers

-5 pocket folders (1 green, 1 blue, 1 yellow, 1 red, 1 purple)

-2 Primary Lined Composition books (these have a section for students to draw a picture)

-1 pencil box to hold supplies

-4 boxes Kleenex

-2 bottles of hand sanitizer

-2 containers of Clorox Wipes

-4 rolls of paper towels

-1 pack of Primary Lined paper

-2 packs of copy paper (1 white, 1 colored)

-1 pair headphones

 

SUMMER READING LIST

 

  1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  2. The Bear’s Picnic by Stan Berenstain
  3. Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban
  4. Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin
  5. Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler by Esphyr Slobodkina
  6. Franklin Rides a Bike by Paulette Bourgeois
  7. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
  8. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
  9. The Listening Walk by Paul Showers
  10. The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
  11. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  12. Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
  13. Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood
  14. Ten Apples up on Top by Theodore Lesieg
  15. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

 

*Note that many of these books may be read with an adult!

 

 

Summer 2020 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to your son or daughter for successfully completing 5th grade. I am certain that each of them will be successful next year as well.

The summer reading list is attached. I have chosen five possible novels for the students. They are to choose two of them to read this summer. All students are required to read at least two novels this summer. Attached is a list of the novels from which they may make their selections. In addition to the choice of books, students have a choice of activities for follow up. The students will pick one of the two books they read and complete one activity from the list attached. They are listed with the summaries of each book. The completed project will be due by the end of the first FULL week of school. These activities will be graded and averaged into the first quarter grades. Please remember to remind your child to complete their summer reading neatly. They may use the computer to type up their project or write it with their best cursive handwriting. I look forward to seeing their project in August.  

I have also posted this letter on my school blog for you to access all summer long if needed. Feel free to email me at rgrant@stpeterscatholicschool.org, if you have questions. I will be checking my email over the summer months from time to time. Have a great summer and happy reading!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Grant

 

Summer Reading for Rising Sixth Graders

Read TWO of these books and do ONE of the listed activities for ONE book. Work is due the first full week of school.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The story begins in Berlin 1942. When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches alongside as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance. But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides he must explore his new home. While exploring, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different than his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

 

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a fantasy novel for children, published in 1950. It is one of the most popular children’s books, especially in England. Most of the novel is set in Narnia, a land of talking animals and mythical creatures that is ruled by the evil White Witch. Four English children are relocated to a large, old country house following a wartime evacuation. The youngest, Lucy, visits Narnia three times via the magic of a wardrobe in a spare room. Lucy’s three siblings are with her on her third visit to Narnia. In Narnia, the siblings seem fit to fulfill an old prophecy and find themselves adventuring to save Narnia and their own lives.

 

The Brooklyn Nine by Alan Gratz

Baseball is in the Schneider family blood. Each member of this family, from family founder Felix Schneider in the 1800s to Snider Flint in the present day, has a strong tie to the game and to Brooklyn. Through the years this family has dodged bullets on a battlefield, pitched perfect games, and dealt with the devastating loss of family and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Nine innings—nine generations. One game—one family. Through it all, one thing remains true: the bonds of family are as strong as a love of the game.

 

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

In the Pacific there is an island that looks like a big fish sunning itself in the sea. Around it, blue dolphins swim, otters play, and sea elephants and sea birds abound. Once, Indians also lived on the island. And when they left and sailed to the east, one young girl was left behind. This is the story of Karana, the Indian girl who lived alone for years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Year after year, she watched one season pass into another and waited for a ship to take her away. But while she waited, she kept herself alive by building shelter, making weapons, finding food, and fighting her enemies, the wild dogs. It is not only an unusual adventure of survival, but also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery.

 

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

The first time she saw him, she flipped. The first time he saw her, he ran. That was the second grade, but not much has changed by the seventh. She says: “My Bryce. Still walking around with my first kiss.” He says: “It’s been six years of strategic avoidance and social discomfort.” But in the eighth grade everything gets turned upside down. And just as he’s thinking there’s more to her than meets the eye, she’s thinking that he’s not quite all he seemed.

Projects (Chose ONE for ONE book you read)

  • Book Timeline: Use complete sentences and pictures to illustrate 10 important events from the novel. Each event should include a paragraph, with correct spelling and grammar, describing what happened and how it affected the characters in the story. Dates should be written, if known. Remember to include the title and author on the top of your timeline.
  • Book as a Movie Project: Write a 3-5 page script as if you were producing the movie for the book. Include all characters and who you would use to play each character. Use complete sentences and at least 15 important events from the book. Accompanying your script, you must have an illustrated (must be drawn and not a copy of the cover of the book) movie poster that promotes your movie.
  • Letter Exchange Project: Write a series letters between you and a character from the story, or between two characters of the story. You will need to write six letters altogether: three from you to the character in your book and three from the character back to you. Include a cover page with the title, author and an illustration. Each letter should be about a page long. In your letters, ask the character questions that have to do with the character’s life and the story. Have the character answer the questions in his or her letters back to you. Write about things that you find interesting, things that you and the character have in common, or events from the novel.
  • Graphic Novel Project: Write a graphic novel (comic strip style) of the book by using 10 important events. The front cover should include the title of the book, name of the author (your name), and a large picture of an important scene. The pages should tell the story in frames with pictures (which are drawn and colored), captions and thought and speech bubbles. Use correct spelling and grammar.

 

2020-2021 STUDENT SUPPLY LIST

  • Loose leaf paper (on going necessity)
  • 2 reams of copy paper
  • 1 very large “stretchable” book cover for Math textbook
  • 3 composition notebooks for Reading, Religion, and Language Arts
  • 2 composition or spiral (lined or graph) notebooks for Math (I know some students complete their math better on graph paper so it is student preference)
  • A 1-inch binder for Spanish (they can use the one they brought in last year)
  • 2 one-half inch binders for Social Studies and Science (please make sure they have pockets inside)
  • 1 pencil pouch (preferably the soft kind)
  • 1 foot-long ruler with inches on one side and centimeters on the other
  • #2 pencils (on going necessity)
  • eraser tops (on going necessity)
  • blue pens and red pens
  • A pack of glue sticks
  • 1 box of crayons or colored pencils (16 or 24)
  • 2 yellow highlighters (one for homeroom and one for your travel bag)
  • 2 boxes of tissues (we may need more depending on cold/flu season and allergies)
  • 1 Clorox or Lysol wet wipe dispenser
  • 1 pack of EXPO markers (these can be different colors)
  • 1 sturdy cloth bag to carry books in from class to class
  • 6 folders for Vocabulary, Language Arts, Math, Reading, Religion, and Guidance.

Please label all your child’s belongings

End of the School Year Newsletter 2019 – 2020

Dear Parents,

First, we would like to say how grateful we are, that all of our students, their families, our co-workers and their families are still with us during this epidemic. Some families have lost loved ones for various reasons unrelated to the epidemic and we will remember them in our prayers.

These past ten weeks have been a mixture of confusion, disruption, stress, and traumatic moments filled with visions of awe and inspiration. You, as parents, have persevered through it all; safeguarding and nurturing your children. Bless You All!

Through you, your children have been able to continue their education and growth in a much broader sense then we could have ever imagined three months ago. The greatest gifts we can give our children are life, love, an understanding of God, and an ever growing potential for success in their future.

Given what has been happening recently, we want to thank all of our St. Peter’s Catholic School Kindergarten 4 families for being so involved and persevering to finishing the year successfully. The last ten weeks have brought us, your children and you, the parents; so much closer as a group.  Thank you!

This school year has been full of new experiences for the children: meeting new friends, learning about the world around them and entering the new world of “School”. 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 physically, mentally and emotionally. The children are very much ready to move on. Your loving children will be fondly remembered!

Do not be surprised if your child experiences some anxiety over entering K5.  This is only natural.  You can start by talking about all the wonderful things they have learned in K4 and what your child and their classmates have done together and what the next year will be like for them. By the time summer is over you will be more aware of how the new school year will be like and your children will be more ready to move on to the K5 activities and accept new responsibilities.

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

We wish you all a healthy, safe and enjoyable summer!

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Mrs. Pasco & Mrs. Robinson

 

 

Suggestions for Summer Activities

 

Continue to review letters, numbers, counting, name writing, etc.

so that your child will retain it during the summer months.

 

*Practice writing first and last name. (3 times a week)

 

*Write uppercase and lowercase letters.

(Once a week on a Kindergarten wide lined paper.)

 

*Review:

  • Identifying uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
  • Identifying the sounds of letters

 

*Continue reading books to your child and ask question for comprehension.

Have your child draw their favorite scene in the story.

(Check out books at the library or online.)

 

*Draw pictures of their favorite activity of the week. (Once a week.)

 

*Play Rhyming Word, Opposite Words or Matching Game.

 

*Practice reading Sight Words or High Frequency Words.

 

*Review some Nursery Rhymes. (Nursery rhymes are important for increasing reading ability. Read Out Loud while swiping your finger across the words as you read them.)

 

*Practice writing numbers. (Once a week 1 thru 20, 50 or more)

 

*A counting game for your child to play & practice counting.

 

*Sorting Objects by colors, shapes or groups.

 

*Comparing Numbers (more/fewer or greater/less or equal)

 

*Making Patterns or a Spy Game

(AB pattern, ABC Pattern, ABB pattern, etc.)

 

*Review Color Words by singing the Color Songs (online)

 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVe9bYyVu3xGb33x8wsopzA

Summer Reading & Supplies

Second Grade Summer Reading List 2020-2021

Below is my suggested Summer Reading List. Your child should read at least three picture books or chapter books and fill out the attached worksheet for each book. In addition, I strongly suggest working on any of the First Grade ELA or Math workbooks that were sent home from first grade.  Math Flashcards are also a great idea; they are on the Supply List.  Bring your books the first day of class and be prepared to read them aloud and share your Book Reports.

Suggested Book List 

Any Library Mouse books by Daniel Kirk

Any There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A.. 

books by Lucille Colandro

Stuart Little: Stuart at the Library by Susan Hill

Froggy Builds a Tree House by Jonathan London

Skippy Jon Jones: Class Action by Judy Schachner

Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corrine J Naden

Any Frog and Toad books

Any Bernstein Bears books

Any Magic Tree House chapter books

Any Junie B. Jones chapter books

Any A-Z Mystery chapter books

Second Grade Reading Report by ______________________

Student’s Name

Title:__________________________

Author: ________________________

What did you like about this book?  Please be specific.

Title:__________________________

Author: ________________________

What did you like about this book?  Please be specific.

Title:__________________________

Author: ________________________

Why did you like this book?  Please be specific.

Due to COVID concerns, all supplies will be individualized. Current supplies should be labeled and placed in a “toolbox” and a separate soft pencil case for pencils, erasers and colored pencils.  Extra supplies for each individual child should be labeled and placed in a strong cloth or paper bag to be kept in the closet.  Please do not send any supply that might be construed as a toy; such distracting erasers and pencils, etc. will be sent home and need to be replaced.  As necessary, I will post updates to this list on the Website if anything changes due to COVID.

1 backpack without wheels

1 “toolbox” for miscellaneous supplies

                                                1 pencil bag

1 box of crayons (24 pack)

#2 pencils (4 boxes of 24) (preferably sharpened)

1 box of ballpoint pens for correcting papers                                  (preferably purple, but any color will do)

2 glue sticks

1 pair scissors

  1. PLASTIC folders (red, blue, green, yellow)

                                 3 reams of copy paper

2 packets of multi-colored construction paper

2 composition notebooks

6 large rubber erasers

1 package of colored pencils

2 handheld non-electric pencil sharpeners 

1 package (10) washable markers

1 SET EACH addition/subtraction/multiplication/division flash cards         

Individual tissue packs (will be kept at their desk as needed)

4 small hand sanitizers (pump) (one will always be kept at individual desks)

4 containers of disinfectant wipes Clorox/Lysol

1 box of gallon; 1 box of quart; 1 box of regular sandwich bags

Spanish: 1” Binder and Color Pencils. If your binder is in good shape from last year, you may reuse it.

Summer 2020 Newsletter

St. Peter's Catholic School of Columbia SC

Dear Parents of rising fourth grade students,

Congratulations to you on another successful year! I am looking forward to meeting and working with each and every one of you in the 2020-2021 school year. Before we have the opportunity to learn together, there are a few assignments I would like to share for the summer break.

In order to help keep up our learning growth, I am requesting that parents please encourage each child to continue to practice mathematics, especially times tables up to 12 and basic subtraction.  Some great resources to help with this are  Prodigy Game and Math Playground. Both sites are free and provide engaging learning opportunities in mathematics for elementary learners. 

In addition to continuing with mathematical development, I would also like students to practice reading, both fiction and nonfiction, over the course of the summer holidays. These may include websites, newspaper articles, magazines, books, etc. to help keep your child engaged. In addition to this practice, I have selected a summer reading project that I hope will be interesting for your child. 

Experience has taught me that students who have a say in their education are more involved and interested in the process. Therefore, I have chosen a project that allows every child to select a book to his or her liking. The book must be at or above the F&P reading level assessed by the 3rd grade teacher (or just a book on a 4th grade level that your child has not yet read). I have attached the project description as well as a list of suggested novels by reading level to help out. We will present these projects the first full week of classes. 

Have a wonderful summer, and I greatly anticipate learning with your children in the coming year. 

Please also find the class supply list for rising fourth graders attached to this newsletter.

God Bless!

Mrs. Shannon Ronald

Fourth Grade Supply List

Summer 2020 Project

Suggested Book List (updated 6/24/2020)

 

05/26/2020 – 5/29/2020

Hello K-5 Families!

This week marks the last week of our school year and of online learning. On Monday, June 1st, students supplies will be picked up through carline. As a reminder, the times for pickup are based on your child’s last name.

Also, on Friday, May 29th, we will be having a special class meeting. It will be crazy hair themed and I look forward to seeing all the fun hairstyles everyone wears! We will also have a share-and-tell portion of the class meeting.

Thank you to all the parents and students of K-5 who have been a joy to have met this past year. And thank you very much to the parents of K-5 for all the work they have put into distance learning during this uncertain time. I appreciate all of your hard work and patience.

Have a wonderful and blessed week (and summer)!

Miss Rovelli

05/18/2020 – 5/22/2020

K-5 Newsletter

Week 7 of Home-Learning

05/18/2020 5/22/2020

Hello K-5 Families!

I hope everyone is doing well! We are nearing the end of the school year, with only two more weeks left in our distance learning.

As a reminder, starting this week no new assignments will be assigned to be graded. I did include a packet for students to work on if they have completed and turned in all their previous assignments. It contains three weeks of material to utilize.

Also, next Monday we will not be having any class meetings or one-on-one meetings due to Memorial Day.

Have a wonderful week!

Miss Rovelli

Week 8 of Home-Learning

K-5 Newsletter

Week 8 of Home-Learning

05/11/2020 5/15/2020

Hello K-5 Families!

We are in our eighth week of home-learning and this will be the last week that students will have assignments sent out to be graded. Beginning on May 18th, no new assignments will be assigned for grades and this will give students time to catch up on any remaining schoolwork they have not yet completed. If your child is caught up and would like supplemental assignments to work on, let me know and I will gladly send them to you.

May 29th will be our last day utilizing Google Classroom and online learning. Up until that point, we will be having our weekly Monday, Wednesday, and Friday class meetings at 11am. Also, any private one-on-one meetings set up with me will continue until May 29th as well. The only day we will not be having either will be on Memorial Day, Monday the 25th.

For our Friday, May 29th class meeting we will be having a special crazy hair day meeting. I look forward to seeing all the fun hairstyles the class comes up with!

Have a wonderful week!

English Language Arts: R-Blends

Math: Coins and Addition

Science: Forms of Energy

Social Studies: Natural and Man-Made

Religion: Celebrating is Good

Miss Rovelli