April 8-12

K5 Families, 

I hope everyone is having a great week. The children thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Legend of the Lenten Pretzel on Friday. I hope they came home and excitingly shared with you everything they learned.

I sent home a letter yesterday regarding the Easter Egg Hunt. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer please email me as soon as possible.

Please take the time each day to look through your child’s homework folder and work with them. Every Tuesday your child completes the first sheet of each new word family in their small groups; the remainder are for homework. 

Note: Please remind your child to treat the books in our classroom nicely. We’ve discussed how to treat them, but have had many damaged in the past two weeks. 

This Week in K5:

Theme and Unit of Study: Easter 

Religion: The Jellybean Prayer and Stations of the Cross

Language and Literacy:

  • Phonics Skills: Blending and segmenting phonemes, pausing for punctuation, and reading with fluency
  • Comprehension Skills/Strategies: Cause and Effect and Sequence of Events
  • Genre: Fiction – a story that is made up. 
  • Sight Words: go, here, soon, for, they, up

Math: Addition and Subtraction review. After spring break we will begin our unit on Money. 

Important Reminders:

  • Tuesday, April 9 — PTO Meeting in Neglia Hall at 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 10 — School Mass (Mass uniform)
  • Friday, April 12 — K5 Easter Eggstravaganza at 10:30am and 11:30am dismissal
  • Monday, April 15 – Monday, April 22 — Spring/Easter break

Have a great week!

Your K5 Team: Mrs. Creech and Ms. Moore

Classroom News April 8th- 12th

Spelling: Students will be participating in a Spelling Bee this Friday. Throughout the week, students will be practicing these review words in interactive games. Spelling Bee words:

an, man, can, ran, fan, ten, pen, hen, land, cut, nut, hut, but, gut, bug, mug, dug, mutt, far, jar, car, star, her, fur, hurt, purr, start, am, ham, him, dim, trim, slim, drum, gum, lamb.

Reading/writing: Students will be discussing -sc and -sk consonant blends. We will also be reading in small groups and independently while discussing story details.

Religion: Students will discuss how they are preparing for Easter. Students will also discuss the presence of Jesus in the tabernacle.

Social Studies: Students will recall and discuss the contributions of historical figures and religious figures in the world.

Science: Students will discuss customary units and Metric units of measurement. Students will understand why measurements are important.

Math: Students will continue to practice telling time using an analog and digital clock. Students will also begin discussing the value of money.

Week of April 1-April 4

A Note From Miss Boron

This is one of my favorite times of year to be a teacher. With the Lenten season at the midway point, our conversations shift into Holy Week and its incredible significance to our faith. Getting to share the Triduum with my students is a blessing; making Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Saturday before Easter and then, Easter Sunday, more meaningful to children is not something every teacher gets to do. How lucky am I?

This week is going to be one of new skills to be introduced and the conclusion of other areas of study.

Religion; Grades Five and Six.

Grade Five. We have had some wonderful discussions about morality, and most recently, the power of words. The Eighth Commandment reminds us that speaking untruths or spreading gossip about our neighbors is slander, or the lesser sin of detraction. We have also talked about how sin contributes to the social ills that we are all subjected to. This first week of April, we will look at Psalm 34 and its meaning for us; in this Psalm (song), we ask for God’s protection.

Grade Six. In talking about St. Therese of Lisieux, the class will learn why she is called a “doctor of the church”. I refer to this saint frequently; not only is she my favorite one, she loved Jesus so much that every little thing she did, no matter how small or large, she offered to Him as though offering Him a beautiful flower. I think that is a powerful thing for the students to think about. Also, we will be talking about the Theological Virtues…we did not get to them this past week as I had planned.

Reading; Grades Five and Six.

Grade Five. Per the recommendation of one of my parents, a former teacher, our next novel will be begun. Bud, not Buddy, is another Newberry Award Winning book. What a wonderful suggestion! So, we will walk to RCPL on Monday and have them order enough copies for all of my students.

Grade Six. This group of students is reading the 1938 classic, Mr. Popper’s Penguins. We began background work today, Thursday, and I told them I chose this lighthearted, cute, humorous, and award winning, because I wanted them to simply enjoy entering a family’s life in the 1930’s, and experiencing the antics that a penguin from Antarctica brings to their home.

English; Grades Five and Six.

Grade Five. We did not get to the lesson called “More Reasons to Capitalize”, so after that is completed, we move onto abbreviations. Like the lesson on titles of works, the class will be introduced to the numerous times that abbreviations can be used.

Grade Six. Today we took our test on comma, semicolon, question mark and exclamation mark use. We have begun learning about colons, and will finish that prior to the lesson on quotation marks. We are staying on track, so I anticipate this unit to be completed by the time Easter vacation comes.

In conclusion, may I wish you a pleasant weekend and though I say it almost every week, enjoy the time you have to spend with your family. Stay close to Jesus…

Warm regards,

Miss Boron

Classroom News March 4th-7th

Spelling: Due to the shortened school week, students will be tested on review spelling words (poke, am, said, all, he, of, come, clap, glass, then).

Math: Students will identify closed and opened figures. Students will also describe characteristics of shapes.

Religion: Students will discuss Ash Wednesday. We will continue to discuss how the Church is God’s Family.

Reading/Writing: Students will identify beginning, middle, and end syllables in words. Students will be able to distinguish between facts and opinions. Students will also discuss headings, subheadings, and print styles.

Science: Students will observe and identify forces (weight- gravity, friction) that slow down or increase an objects motion.

Social Studies: Students will recognize the part of the ear that receives sound. Students will discuss high, medium, and low sound pitches.

March Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Our unit about Discovering God’s Gifts of Fish, Birds, Flowers, Trees, Animals, Light, Water and Air/Wind, would not be complete without a focus on Families and Friends. It is within the family that most young children experience first love. Children need to feel loved and wanted by people around them in order to experience and learn about loving. In class, children will share their family fun times. We would like to acknowledge and thank all those parents that became involved and helped their children to create the animal collage, animal habitat display, the kite building, the Valentine’s treats and the 100th day counting exercise.  THANK YOU!

As we get closer to Spring Time, children will be learning about seeds. What is a seed and the different kinds of seeds? We will plant some seeds and watch them germinate and grow into a plant. We will be discussing their parts and what parts can grow and those that we can eat. We have planned several science experiments for our K4 children to make, observe and derive conclusions.

In Language we will talk about famous authors of children books.  We would like to invite parents to come and read to our K4 children anytime this month at your own convenient time. Children will continue working on Alphabet recognition and sounds.    

Children will work on counting “one-to-one” correspondence through 15 by counting real objects. Comparing sets of no more than 10 to 15 objects using the terms “more than” and “less than. We will introduce Positional words to describe the location of objects.

Religion:

God Gave Us Families

God Gave Us Friends

Language and Literacy:

Beginning & Ending Consonant Sounds

Word Families

Review Letters: Letter Recognition and Sound

Practice Writing Uppercase and Lowercase Letters

Sight Words (my, he, she, we, good, play, go, had)

Science:

Seeds — Germination — Plants

Mathematics:

Number – 19 — 20 and Review numbers 1 to 20

Missing Numbers – Before, Between and After numbers 1 to 20

Positional Words – (up, down, in, over, under, behind, on top of, and in front of)

Important Dates to Remember:

Wednesday – March 6 – Ash Wednesday

         (Parents are invited to attend the School Mass)

Thursday – March 7 – Early Dismissal 11:30 a.m. (no After Care Program)

Friday – March 8 – No School Day (no Enrichment Program)

Monday – March 18 – End of 3rd Quarter

Tuesday – March 19 – 4th Quarter Begin

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

PEHP in March!

Hopefully an early spring is on the way, since Coach Cowan and Doc Rachel are loving having more of our PEHP classes OUTSIDE.  We get to emphasize movement and health while getting fresh air and a little sunshine! 

Please remember the importance of having a healthy breakfast every morning.  Encourage your children to try the “3 out of 5 rule” and choose 1)  a grain, 2)  a fruit or vegetable, and 3)  a milk product or protein to give you the proper energy to get your day started right!

In Coach Cowan’s classes in March, he will focus on neurological activities to help with coordination.  Students will be doing exercises that specifically target using their brains in conjunction with hands and feet.  This is a difficult skill to master for most of the students and will be a good test for them. 

In March Doc Rachel will be focusing on developing core strength and lower body strength.  We will discuss nutrition, healthy dentition, and the importance of plenty of sleep.  We are introducing new games this month, so the kids should have a lot of fun becoming experts at new challenges. 

Let’s hope our March luck holds out for more great weather!

Classroom News February 26th-March 1st

Spelling: Words to know for this week: glad, play, slam, plant, glass, sled, one, said, glue, sloth.

Reading/Writing: Students will identify synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms. Students will learn about Controlled R words and practice using them in complete sentences. Students will also continue to form complex sentences by adding details and conjunctions.

Religion: Students will understand that the Church is God’s Family- called the people of God and the Body of Christ. Students will understand that the church building is God’s house. Words to focus on: quiet, reverence.

Math: Students will break down place values into ones, tens, hundreds. Students will also identify shapes while using the following vocabulary terms: vertex, face, lines of symmetry.

Science: Students will identify what makes things move: force, push, pull.

Social Studies: Students will continue to discuss the North and South Poles; they will learn about life in these parts of the world. We will also continue to discuss cardinal directions.

As a reminder: This Friday students may join in celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday by dressing up as his or her favorite character from a fiction or nonfiction children’s book.

February 25-March 1

K5 Families,

We have an exciting week of learning ahead! This week, we will be finishing up our unit on addition and learning about Dr. Seuss, and the wonderful stories he wrote!

Don’t forget that the Character Parade is this Friday, March 1 at 2:00 pm on the playground. Please reference the letter that was sent home two weeks ago in your child’s Tuesday folder. Keep in mind that your child will be in their costume all day, so it needs to be bathroom accessible. *No masks, toy weapons, super hero, television or movie characters. Students must also wear regular shoes.

Also, you should have received an email from Doodle regarding parent-teacher conferences. If you would like to have a conference please sign up using the link that was sent to you. Conferences will be held at various times from Monday, March 4 – Thursday, March 7.

This Week in K5:

Theme and Unit of Study: Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss

Religion: God Calls Us to Forgive

Language and Literacy:

  • Phonics Skills: Blending review, word building, and pausing for punctuation.
  • Comprehension Skills/Strategies: Sequencing of events and analyzing/evaluating
  • Genre: Informational text – gives facts about a topic.
  • Sight Words: review words: come, me, with, my, you, what, are, now

Math:  Addition review and assessment. We will begin subtraction next week!

Important Reminders:

  • Please make sure your child has a snack DAILY. 
  • Please take at least 20 minutes a night to read with your child!
  • Wednesday, February 27 – School Mass (Please refer to the handbook for proper Mass uniform attire)
  • Friday, March 1 – Character Parade at 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 2 – Angles in the Vista Auction
  • Wednesday, March 6 – Ash Wednesday Mass
  • Thursday, March 7 – 11:30 am dismissal
  • Friday, March 8 – No School

Have a wonderful week!

Your K5 Team: Mrs. Creech and Ms. Moore

February 18th – 22nd

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In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, the class will finish our study of the Holy Spirit.

Reading: The class has begun our new novel “The Wright 3”! They have been enthralled with this book from the first paragraph. We will integrate our math units into reading this book, so the students will see how the math concepts they are learning translate into the real world. Ask them about their pentominoes.

Language Arts:   The students will continue with verbs this week, focusing on helping and being verbs. They will have their spelling test on Friday from the list they received last week. STAR homework also due Friday!

Math:  The students have begun division! We are working in math groups on various concepts such as fact families, writing division problems, and long division for some. Please continue to practice those multiplication facts! Congrats to Reva, Rhett, and Connor for passing all of them!

Click below for fun Kahoot! multiplication and division games.

https://create.kahoot.it/share/multiplication-fact-3-6/42d3aeeb-dba2-4ec6-84d2-0f840baf8472

https://create.kahoot.it/share/division/c61ed38b-5179-417b-9afe-a463cff6746a

Science: We will begin an extensive unit on living things.  This unit will continue throughout the rest of the year and we will look at life cycles, inherited and environmental traits, survival adaptations, habitats, and fossils.  The class will continue with life cycles of plants and break down how a plant grows and what conditions it needs to thrive.

Social Studies:  The class will our unit on our local South Carolina government.  We will finish by discussing checks and balances this week. Check out this Kahoot! game for review. We will test on Wednesday of next week.

https://create.kahoot.it/share/south-carolina-government/3a6fbecf-f296-4e84-9b1f-a73dcbde6c28

Reminders:

Monday, February 18th- NO SCHOOL

Friday, March 1st- Character Parade!

Saturday, March 2nd- Auction Night!

Wednesday, March 6th- Ash Wednesday

Thursday, March 7th- 11:30 dismissal

Friday, March 8th- NO SCHOOL

Saturday, March 16th- St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

February 19-22, 2019

K5 Families,

We hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend! We would like to thank all the parents who volunteered at our Valentine’s Day celebration on Friday! The kids had a terrific time! We also appreciate all the work that went in to helping your child decorate their box.

This Week in K5:

Theme and Unit of Study: What is a President?

Religion: God Calls Us to Forgive

Language and Literacy:

  • Phonics Skills: Blending words and word building
  • Comprehension Skills/Strategies: Cause and effect and inferring/predicting
  • Genre: Realistic Fiction
  • Grammar: Verbs in the past tense. Last week, the children were taught that a verb is a word that tell us what happens. They enjoyed finding the verb in sentences!
  • Sight Words: are, now

Math: Adding sums of 10 in vertical form using a ten-frame. Solving problems by using the Write a Number Sentence strategy. We will be reviewing tally marks as well.

Important Reminders:

  • Please make sure your child has a snack DAILY. 
  • Please take at least 20 minutes a night to read with your child!
  • Wednesday, February 20 – School Mass (Please refer to the handbook for proper Mass uniform attire)
  • Saturday, March 2 – Angles in the Vista Auction for St. Peter’s

Have a great week!

Your K5 Team: Mrs. Creech and Ms. Moore