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K4 December Newsletter

Dear Parents,

The children will be learning about the Advent season and Christmas. Advent 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.

Reading and listening to Christmas stories and singing Christmas Carols help us to get into the spirit of Christmas. We will share Christmas holiday vocabulary through books and songs.  Thoughts such as love, giving, sharing and compassion stand out as guiding rays of light which take on a special sense of importance in our spiritual and social lives. This time of the year brings out the best in us and we are more apt to share with others who don’t have as much as we do.

As children works on their calendar activities they are also counting down the days to Christmas. We will integrate language, math, social studies, arts, music and science into their active schedule. The children will be busy creating projects on various subjects and themes.

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

Merry, Merry Christmas!


Advent Season                                                         

The First Christmas                                                

Language and Literacy:                                                   

Story Sequencing                                                                                           

Rhyming Words                                                                  

Letter of the week- Vv, Oo, Gg                                                   

Review – Letters and Sound                                 


Numbers – 10, 11 and 12

Identify AB and ABC Pattern

Ordinal Numbers – 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Missing Numbers 1 to 12

Color – White


Sink and Float  

Important Dates to Remember:

December   9 Monday – 2pm Early Dismissal

December 13 Friday Grinch at Koger Center All School Field Trip

December 19 Thursday – “Christmas Music Program” in the church, 7:00pm;

teachers with students in Neglia Hall at 6:30 pm.

December 20 Friday – Caroling and Christmas Gift Exchange

9:45 to 11:00a.m.                                         

 11:30 Early School Dismissal, no After School Program

January 6 Monday – School Resume

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

November 18-22, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Ronald

This week will be a busy one! Please read carefully for all of our weekly events.

This Week in Class


This week we continue to work on our research reports for our Saints, and we will prepare to lead our next morning prayer on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 8:30am in the Basilica. Our theme is Thanksgiving and what it means in the Catholic Church.


This week we will work on our oral fluency as we prepare to present for our morning Prayer. Students will learn how to face their audience and speak at an appropriate pace and volume for the audience.  


This week we will continue to focus on drafting our research reports. Students will complete their outlines and  draft the body paragraphs so that they support the main idea stated in their introductory paragraphs. Once the body paragraphs have been constructed, we will focus on writing our conclusion and introductory paragraphs.This research paper is an interdisciplinary work that will cover multiple standards for our fourth graders.

Due to the intensive nature of the research report, there will be no vocabulary unit this week.

Social Studies

This week we will complete our study of the five regions of the United States. The final assessment for this unit which will be on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 and Wednesday, November 20, 2019. I have split the test into two parts. Day one will cover the locations of each state within the United States, and day two will cover the capital of each state. To help your student learn the names of each state and capital, please take a look at the following video.

Once we have taken the final assessment for the regions, we will begin our study of the early history of the United States.


This week will will wrap up our unit on the scientific method. We will plan and perform our first lab this week. 

 Important Dates

November 27-29, 2019 Thanksgiving Break

November 11th – 15th

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

The weather is turning cold! Be sure to bundle up and send warm clothes for recess. Hopefully we will get outside despite the rain.

The class will be attending the Veteran’s Day Parade on Monday. PE uniforms please and dress warmly. All Safe Haven cleared parents are welcome to join us! Thank you to Mr. Miles for allowing our school to use your business to watch from.

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this month, the class will discuss the various saints that are a part of our heavenly community. The students will be researching a saint and creating an in-class virtual project based on their saint.

Reading: The students will continue through Willy Wonka’s world this week. We are nearing the end of our journey. What will happen to Mike Teevee? Where will the glass elevator take us? We will answer these questions and more!

Language Arts: The class will continue nouns this week, specifically common vs proper and begin plural nouns. Also, our spelling test, focused on the /ow/ sound, will be on Friday. STAR homework due Friday.

Math:  This week in math, we will continue time and add in temperature. It ties in nicely with our science lessons on weather. In this series, we do not test until after we are finished the 10th lesson and we completed three lessons last week.

Science: We will continue our weather unit! We will learn various weather tools and how to use them properly.

Social Studies:  The class will continue map skills by working with latitude and longitude as well as coordinates more this week. It is important to understand how to read a map and what coordinates are and how to plot them.


Monday, November 11th- Veteran’s Day Parade; 2:00 dismissal

Tuesday, November 26th- Capella to sing at the Nutcracker

Wed-Fri November 27, 28, & 29- Thanksgiving Break

K-5: Week 12

Kindergarten 5 Newsletter

St. Peter’s Catholic School 

1035 Hampton Street Columbia, SC 29201 

(803) 252-8285 

Dear Parents, 

It was wonderful to see parents last week at the conferences! If you were unable to make it, send me an email and we can schedule another time to meet. 

This week, we are practicing our long and short vowels. We had a test on Monday to see where students are at currently learning these vowels. I appreciate all of the hard work students have been putting into this. In Science, we will be working on learning about spring and summer. In Math, we will be learning about different pattern types. In Social Studies, we will be finishing up our lessons on community helpers. Students will be taking an assessment on Friday to test their knowledge on this. We have covered teachers, doctors, nurses, firefighters, police officers, and mail carriers.

Thank you so much to everyone who brought in treats for our little Halloween party in class last week! Also next Monday, November 11th, we will be having an early dismissal day at 2pm. The after school program will be available. There will also be a Veteran’s Day parade starting at 11am. 

Let’s have another great week of school!

Have a wonderful and blessed week, 

Ms. Rovelli 

Week 12 — November 4 – 8, 2019

Sight Words:

Have, He, Her, Here, I, In

Social Studies:

Community Helpers


Seasons and Weather Patterns



Language and Literacy:

Sight words, long vowels, and reading together

Important Dates to Remember: 

Monday , November 11th — Veteran’s Day Parade/Early Release Day/ASP Available

Ms. Rovelli and Mrs. Moore

November 4-8, 2019

Great Things are Happening in First Grade!

Weekly Newsletter- November 4-8, 2019

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, we are learning stories from the Old Testament such as Naomi and Ruth and Samuel the Prophet. We continue to reinforce the process of praying the Rosary. We utilize Jesus Calling each day to discuss scripture, and introduce a new saint daily.

Reading:  The class will spend this week learning about double consonant patterns. We will be reading a story called Jack and the Wolf. We are discussing plot, setting, and characters in a narrative. Students are able to work daily in their differentiated reading groups, and are able to participate and visualize during whole class Read Alouds.

Language Arts: (Grammar and Writing):   This week in ELA we will be working on writing the upper and lower cases of “K and L”. We will be reinforcing basic writing strategies like holding our paper and pencil correctly, while sitting up straight with our feet on the floor. We continue to work in our Interactive Notebooks each day, utilizing various prompts to enhance and perfect our writing skills. In grammar, we are reviewing adjectives, nouns, and verbs, and how they all work together to build excitement in our sentences.

Math:  We are continuing with skip counting and gathering data to represent frequency. We are continuing to work in differentiated math groups to best engage students on their individual math levels.

Science: We are starting our unit on Parts of Plant, and how plants help keep God’s creation, the Earth, alive and thriving! Our class and second grade will be going on a Leaf Walk at the end of the week!

Social Studies:  We are still working on community helpers and citizenship.


**Please send in headphones with your child’s name on them to use during centers.

*** If you ARE interested in being a Mystery Reader in the months of November, December, or January, please email me. I will let you know available dates with a response back so that we can put you into our Mystery Reader schedule! The kids LOVE this part of our Fridays, so please feel free to join us!  ***

-Please check the comments section of blue folders for individual comments on your child’s weekly progress.

Snacks and lunches are encouraged to have healthy options and items that have protein so that students may focus and power thru the remainder of the school day after lunch.


Monday, November 11th– Veterans’ Day Presentation (8:30) and Parade (appx 10am) –

Monday, 11/12: Early 2:00 Dismissal; Faculty Meeting

Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday, Nov.27th-Return Monday, December 2nd

Kindergarten 4 November Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Thank you for sharing your time with us during the Parent/Teacher conferences last Friday.  We were happy to be able to meet all of you. The first quarter went by so quickly.  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/children.

We have been spending a significant amount of time and effort working on “SELF-HELP and FINE MOTOR SKILLS”. The children are learning to get their own materials, gather their own things, clean up after themselves, as well as buttoning and zipping their own clothing. A feeling of accomplishment; “I can do it” goes a long way towards building good healthy habits.

Gaining control of their hand muscles is a very important goal for the children.  Children will continue practicing and improving their eye/hand coordination, writing strokes, cutting skills and putting together/takes apart multilink cubes. 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.

In Religion, we will be discussing the topic of Thanksgiving; its meaning and significance in our culture and 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, measurements, such as tall, long, and short. Play with your child by comparing groups of objects of no more than 8 to 10 objects/group and use quantitative words to describe them, such as, (Which has more or less?). We will also introduce classifying objects or pictures according to sizes (small, medium, large or big).

Beginning November 4th, 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.




Letters – Ss — Ii — Dd — Cc

Rhyming Words


Numbers —– Review numbers 1 thru7 — 8 eight —– 9 nine —- 10 ten —-  

                       Review numbers 1 thru 10

Colors —- Review Primary Colors —– Secondary Colors  

                  brown —– black —– white

Size – Small, Medium and Large —– More and Less

Important Dates to Remember:

November 11 – Monday – Early Dismissal 2:00 p.m.  ASP Available

November 22 – Friday – K4 Thanksgiving Feast at 9:45

November 27, 28 & 29 – Thanksgiving Break No School

Happy Thanksgiving!

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

October 28th – November 1st

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

It was great to see everyone on Friday evening! You all looked spooktactular! This is always a family favorite. Also on Friday was a successful first field trip. Dr. Mitchell did a wonderful job teaching the students how to navigate around the city of Columbia. We walked 2.33 miles!

Thank you all for signing up for your conference on Friday. If you haven’t, I still have plenty of spots available! The signup sheets are in the front office.

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, the class will discuss the history of Halloween, All Saint’s Day, and All Soul’s Day and what makes these holidays uniquely Catholic.

Reading: The students will enter the chocolate room this week, among other great candy making rooms. This week we will focus on comparing and contrasting the characters by using their behaviors. We are also working on our comprehension and how to phrase our answers in the best way by using our questions to help restate.

Language Arts: The class will begin nouns this week. Also, our spelling test, the Halloween list, will be on Wednesday. There will only be spelling homework on Monday and Tuesday.

Math:  We will began our new math series- Saxon Math. Last week we focused on calendars, skip counting, and time. This week we will expound on those concepts even further. In this series, we do not test until after we are finished the 10th lesson and we completed three lessons last week.

Science: We will begin our weather unit! We will learn what a meteorologist is and does this week and why their job is important.

Social Studies:  The class will continue map skills by working with latitude and longitude as well as coordinates more this week. It is important to understand how to read a map and what coordinates are and how to plot them.


Thursday, October 31st- Halloween!

Friday, November 1st- NO SCHOOL – Conference Day; All Saint’s Day

September 30-October 4, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Ronald

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This week we will have our annual Pet Blessing on Thursday, October 3, 2019 on the soccer field at 2:30pm. If you are unable to bring your family pet at 2:30pm, the child is welcome to bring a picture of the animal to be blessed.

This Week in Class


This week we will continue our study of the Bible and how it relates to Catholic Social Teaching. We will continue to discuss the life and dignity of the human person as well as Care for all of God’s creation.  Students will explore the Old and New Testaments and delve deeper into the history of scripture and tradition of the Catholic Church. We will also practice our prayers for the Rosary, and learn about the different mysteries we ponder as we pray.


This week in literature we will focus on determining the main idea of both fiction and nonfiction passages. We will read different stories and determine the main ideas as well as the themes of each. Also, we will work cooperatively with our ELA to develop well written, cohesive summaries of our findings. 


This week we will continue our unit on sentences. Students will practice different methods of writing sentences as well as learning more about Power Writing. In Power Writing, we will learn the different “Powers” of sentences. We will then use these powers to develop prewriting outlines for writing and then work to turn them into 3-5 sentence “Powergraphs.” Power writing helps to keep our writing organized and cohesive. Students will also learn how to use transition words appropriate to the types of writing they produce.

Also this week, students will complete their second unit of derivational word sorts. Students will focus on how each word is spelled and any spelling changes that occur when adding suffixes to the word. Students will also work to craft strong sentences that use context clues to help the reader to understand the meaning of each word. The spelling test for this unit will be on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. The vocabulary test will be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

Word Sort 2:

Swampy, silently, merrily, squirmy, velvety, rapidly, secretly, greedily, squeaky, seriously, fluently, hastily, wealthy, skinny, eagerly, readily, scratchy, generously, shaggy, politely, silvery, briefly, spotty, bravely


This week will continue our Unit 2 studies, which build upon the concepts learned in Unit 1. We will focus on solving word problems with  missing addends, figuring out how to find the value for a missing number in subtraction problems, adding three digit numbers, and subtracting two and three digit numbers including the use of regrouping. The next test is presently scheduled for Wednesday, October 9, 2019.

Social Studies

Students did a great job learning about the Northeast Region of the United States! Our test on this region will be on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.  Students will need to know the names and locations of each state, the capital of each state, the climate, geographical features, local landmarks, and natural resources within each region. Check your child’s interactive notebook for our region mini-booklets. Following this test. Students will begin their study of the Southeast region of the United States. 

Students will take a test on each region before we do our cumulative assessment for the entire United States. To help your student learn the names of each state and capital, please take a look at the following video.


This week we will continue our in depth study of the scientific method. In our interactive notebooks, students will take notes and do activities focused upon using inferences to create hypotheses. Students will differentiate inferences from facts. They will also explore testable questions and how to properly write a hypothesis.

 Important Dates

October 3, 2019 Pet Blessing 2:30pm

October 7, 2019   2pm dismissal/Birthright items due

October 9, 2019   Picture day

October 11, 2019 Grandparents Day/11:30am dismissal

October 14-15, 2019 Teacher In-service days. No School for students

October 17, 2019  Sixth grade field trip to Cardinal Newman

October 18, 2019   5:30-8pm PTO Movie Night

October 21, 2019  8:30am Living Rosary during Morning Prayer

October 22, 2019 Begin signing up for Conferences in the office

October 25, 2019 5:30pm PTO Halloween Party

November 1, 2019 Parent/Teacher Conferences

September 23-27, 2019