April K-4 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

As I was reviewing the class’s progress so that I could better prepare each child’s lesson plan during this period of home study.  I found that the class’s progress was very much on track as to where they should be at this time in the school year.

I truly believe that with your parental involvement with your child’s homework and lesson packets, we will succeeded in preparing your child for the next level in their schooling.

I can only imagine the difficulties that you as parents are experiencing during these trying times.  It is not easy being a parent during the best of times.  Let alone now, when you are facing physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and financial disruptions that slowly wear away at you.

Just remember – you are never truly alone!  God is within and with you!  Remember those foot prints in the sand.  Remember the Love that you feel for each other.  Remember the birth of your child.  Remember when your child read to you for the first time.  Remember that first magical moment of inspiration in your life.  Remember that first sunrise with your loved ones.  Live each day; the best that you can.  Help each other.  Peace be unto you.  Life is good!

Yes, Life Is “Good”; and like all good things, there is a beginning.  In our case, we are all looking forward to warm weather and a big goodbye to thick jackets. Take time to enjoy the sights and smell the fragrances of Spring and share them with your child. We will be talking about various signs of Spring; how to dress during springtime and the different sports and activities that we can enjoy during this season. Children will continue learning about Little Things (Insects and Bugs). We will even watch how these little creatures grow, what they do, their body parts, how they are alike and different and why farmers like some of these bugs on their farms.

Student are going to continue learning beginning, middle, and ending sounds, short vowel sounds, consonant blend sounds, word families, as well as, more sight words.

In Mathematics, students will continue to learn numbers 1 to 50 and identify quantities of numbers using terms like greater, less and equal.  We will explore Two Dimensional and Three Dimensional shapes and their attributes.  We will also talk about Fractions.

Happy Easter!

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

 

Religion:        

Lent / Easter

Springtime

 

Language and Literacy:

Beginning, Middle and Ending Sounds of Pictures Words

Vowel – a, i, o

Word Families

 

Science:

Signs of Spring Season

Insects and Bugs

Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Life Cycle of a Frog

 

Mathematics:

Number – 1 – 20 – 30 – 40 – 50

Greater, Less and Equal

2 Dimensional and 3 Dimensional Shapes

Fractions

K4 March Newsletter 2020

Dear Parents,

Our unit about Discovering God’s Gifts of Animals, Birds, Fish, Flowers, Trees,  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 their first exposure to love. Children need to feel loved and wanted by people around them        in order experience and learn about loving. In class, children will share their     family’s fun times.

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   grow and those parts that we can eat. We have planned several science experiments  for our K4 children to make, observe and derive conclusions.

In Language we will be talking 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 beginning and ending consonant sounds of picture words.  

Children will work on counting “one-to-one” correspondence through 20 by counting real objects. Comparing sets by using the terms “more than” and “less than.

Religion:

God Gave Us Flowers and Trees

God Gave Us Family and Friends

 

Language and Literacy:

Beginning & Ending Consonant Sounds

Review Letters: Letter Recognition and Sound

Practice Writing Uppercase and Lowercase Letters

Rhyming Words

 

Science:

Magnets

Seeds — Germination — Plants

 

Mathematics:

Number – 19 — 20

Review Numbers and Counting 1 to 20

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

Comparing Sets – More, Less or Equal

 

 

Important Dates to Remember:

 

Monday, March 2 ——– Read Across America Parade at 2:00 (Playground)

Friday, March 6 ——— Students will wear their Regular School Day Uniform                                          

Wednesday, March 11 — Class Picture Day

Monday, March 16 ——- 2:00 pm Early Dismissal

Thursday, March 19 —– End of 3rd Quarter

Friday, March 20 ——– Teachers In-service — No School Day

Saturday, March 21 —– St. Patrick’s Day Parade *Wear your St. Pat’s

                                       T-Shirt, free entry into Five Points Festival following

Thursday, April 9 ——– K4/K5 and Grades 4-6 Lenten Retreat

                                        11:30 am Dismissal (no After Care Program)

Friday, April 10 ———- Spring Break

Monday, April 20 ——– School Resumes

 

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

K4 February Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Religious Education: The children will discover God’s gifts: Water, Light and Air. In these lessons we will help the children to be aware and appreciative of God’s gifts.  We will let children express their thankfulness for God’s gifts through Scripture, music and prayer.

Science: We are celebrating National Dental Health Month. The children will share any experiences they may have had when visiting the dentist. We will talk about going to the dentist for a check-up if teeth hurt or even if they feel fine and learn things to help keep teeth healthy.

In class, the children will classify animals according to their habitat or environment in which various animals generally live.

The children will explore magnetism by experimenting with how the magnets interact with each other. We will explain that a magnet has two sides, called positive and negative, and that opposites pull together.

Social Studies: We will introduce the meaning of Valentine’s Day as a special day when we share our love with the people around us and discuss feelings and how the actions of others can affect how we feel. We will emphasize sharing, caring, helping and being a good friend.

Presidents’ Day makes it a great time to learn about our Presidents: past and present. It is also a good time to present money as a unit. We will identify money, its uses and the names and values of coins and paper money.

Because it is the height of cold season, we will be talking about how to stay healthy. How do we take care of our bodies? What do we eat to help make our bodies strong & healthy?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Religion: I Discover God’s Gift

God Gave Us Animals, Light, Water and Air

Themes:

Animal Habitats

Valentine’s Day

Health, Dental Hygiene and Time

Presidents’ Day

Language and Literacy:

Letter of the week – Yy — Uu — Xx — Zz

Real or Make-Believe Story

Rhyming Words

Beginning & Ending Consonant Sound of Picture words

Mathematics:

Number: Numbers 1 to 14 — 15161718

Numbers Before, After and Between

Recognize a simple pattern and extend

Compare sets of no more than 15 objects

using the terms “more than”, “less than” or “same as”

Classify objects in their environment by color, shape, size or function

Organize and represent data with real objects

Important Dates to Remember:

Monday, February 3 ——– Teacher Workday (No School Day)

Friday, February 7 ———- Due date for Children’s Book Donations for Rotary Club project

Monday, February 10 —— Early Dismissal 2:00 p.m. ASP Available

Friday, February 14 ——– Valentine’s Day

Monday, February 17 —— Presidents’ Day (No School Day)

Wednesday, February 26 – Ash Wednesday

Saturday, Feb 22 ————St. Peter’s Silent Auction and Gala at State Museum (6:30 pm)

Please check your child’s backpack for seasonal change of clothes and a light jacket for outdoor activities.

For our Valentine’s Day activity on February 14th, your child will bring valentine’s treats to share with everyone.

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

K4 January 2020

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! We hope that you and your family enjoyed the Christmas Break and the pleasure of being with family and friends.

In Religious Education, the children will develop a greater awareness of God’s gift of animals, birds and fish. The children will try to learn the names of various animals, birds and fish. In class, the children will use bar graphs to help visually classify animals, birds and fish according to their habitat or environment in which they live.

In Science we will incorporate winter season, migration and hibernation.  The children will learn about the different kinds of bears, where they live, how they take care of their babies and how they protect themselves.

In Social Studies we will talk about the life of an American hero, Martin Luther King Jr., and his importance in United States history.  We will ask the children what their dreams are and how they can be positive role models.

In Math, we will be talking about the “New Year”, the twelve months of the year and learning about important things that happen during each month. The children will also, learn about the concept of measuring time – today, yesterday, tomorrow, day before, day after, as well as, weeks, months and years. At home please continue helping your child to identify, create, extend and verbally describe a pattern of concrete objects.

During our story time, the children will predict events in a story (we will ask questions during the story telling “What will the character do next?”) or the children will be asked to provide a new story ending (after reading a story, we will let the children think and dictate their own story endings).

We will end the month of January with a fun filled week in celebration of “Catholic School Week”.    We will be studying the school’s history and what it means to be attending a Catholic School.

Please keep a  seasonally appropriate change of clothes’ long sleeves shirt, long pants including underwear and socks in your child’s backpack for the cold weather. Please label everything.

Religion: I Discover God’s Gift:

God Gave Us Animals — God Gave Us Birds — God Gave Us Fish

Values to live by – Respect and Share

Science: New Year — Winter — Migration — Hibernation

Social Studies: American hero Martin Luther King, Jr.

Language:

Letters – Ww — Kk — Ee — Jj

Identify picture words that rhyme.

Story Sequencing

Sight Words – the — I — at — an — and — are

Beginning and Ending Letter Sound of Picture Words

Practice writing Uppercase and Lowercase letters

Mathematics:

Numbers —- Review numbers 1 thru 12

13 thirteen — 14 fourteen — 15 fifteen

Review Primary and Secondary Colors — pink — gray

Identify and Make Patterns — AB — ABC — AABB

Measuring Time — Today — Yesterday — Tomorrow —

Weeks — Months — Years

Important Dates to Remember:

Monday, January 6 – Back to School

Monday, January 13 – Early Dismissal (2:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, January 14 – End of 2nd Quarter

Monday, January 20 – No School (Martin Luther King Day)

Tuesday, January 21 – Report Card Distributed

Tuesday, January 28 – Signed Report Card Due Back to Teacher

Sunday, January 26 – Catholic Schools’ Week Mass Celebration

Sunday, January 26 thru February 1- Catholic School Week

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

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!

Religion:                                                                  

Advent Season                                                         

The First Christmas                                                

Language and Literacy:                                                   

Story Sequencing                                                                                           

Rhyming Words                                                                  

Letter of the week- Vv, Oo, Gg                                                   

Review – Letters and Sound                                 

Mathematics:

Numbers – 10, 11 and 12

Identify AB and ABC Pattern

Ordinal Numbers – 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Missing Numbers 1 to 12

Color – White

Science:  

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

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.

Religion:

Thanksgiving

Language:

Letters – Ss — Ii — Dd — Cc

Rhyming Words

Mathematics:

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

K4 October Newsletter

Dear Parents,

The children have been working on “Following Directions” three to four step directions. They will continue to master these skills (Listen, Ask, Repeat and Get ready to follow the directions).

Religion:

God Made Me” We will be finishing Unit One “God Made Me” for our Religion studies. The lessons promote the children’s feelings of happiness and joy for their names, smile, hands, and voices – which are all gifts from God that help contribute toward their self-uniqueness and increase their awareness of themselves and God’s love for them.

“I Can Discover” The overall objective of this unit is to focus the children’s attention on one “SENSE” at a time. Thus, to help them appreciate how each sense is helpful to us. To do this, we will endeavor by example, experiment and discussion, to heighten their awareness of their senses and what role those senses play in each child’s daily activities; and to express their thankfulness to God for the gift of our 5 Senses (I Can See, I Can Touch, I Can Hear, I Can Smell, and I Can Taste).

Language: Letters – Pp —– Bb —— Rr —— Nn

They will continue to learn and recognize uppercase and lower case letters and their phonetic sounds. Please help them to memorize these sounds by using the flash cards that they will bring home every week. Play a game “Beginning Sounds” with your child to name things around them that begins with a certain letter sound that they are learning. This will also help your child increase their vocabulary words.  

Let your child practice writing their first name and the letters that they are learning from school. We will be talking about “Opposites” and reciting and memorizing more Nursery Rhymes. 

Mathematics:

Numbers ——————– 5 five —– 6 six —– 7 seven —– 8 eight

Shapes ———————- Oval —– Rhombus —– Pentagon —– Octagon

Secondary Colors ——— Orange —– Green —– Purple

The children are progressing nicely in Mathematics with number recognition, counting accurately and writing numbers. Please encourage your child to practice writing numbers at home.  Even if you think your child already knows numbers, it’s important that he/she sees the relationship between the “written number” and the “amount” being counted.

We will work more on the concepts of “Same and Different”.  We will also introduce “Sorting and Classifying” by different attributes like colors, shapes and sizes.

The children enjoyed learning their Primary Colors RED, Yellow and Blue, with songs. Have them sing the Color Songs to you and review the colors with them. Next week we will begin with the secondary colors.

Theme:

In My Neighborhood —— My Family —– Fall Season —— Halloween 

Important Dates to Remember

October 4 Thursday

Pet Blessing (Soccer Field 2:30 p.m.)

October 7 Monday – 11 Friday

Scholastic Book Fair

October 11 Friday

Grandparents / VIP Day Celebration (8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

Early Dismissal (11:30 a.m.)

October 14 Monday

Columbus Day (no school day)

October 15 Tuesday

Teacher In-service (no school day)

October 18 Friday  

PTO Movie Night (5:30 – 8:00 p.m.)

October 23 Wednesday

End of 1st Quarter

October 25 Friday

PTO Halloween Party (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.)

November 1 Friday

Parent Teacher Conference (no school day)

Report Card Distribution

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

September K4 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

We would like to thank all the parents for attending the Back to School Night. It shows that you are all interested and committed to your child’s education. The first two weeks were a good, positive beginning. The K-4 children are trying to get to know each other, know where to look for the things they need, and are trying their best to follow directions, classroom rules and routines.

On a daily basis, children will be practicing how to hold a writing instrument correctly and learning to write their names.  At home, show your child how to hold a writing instrument by placing your hand over theirs while writing to demonstrate the correct way to hold the writing instrument. Read to your child a book at home and ask to retell one or two events from the story.

Religion: My Name Is Special and Discovering Me

The children will learn to develop positive attitudes about themselves, their families and friends by discovering and learning more about the many gifts, talents, and abilities God has provided to them and all mankind.

Science: Body

This month, children will be identifying body parts and what each part can do.  Although, each of us is difference from everyone else, our bodies are made of the same things as everyone else. The exact same parts and each of those identical parts are doing the exact same function for each of us and all those many parts combined, keep us alive.

Language and Literacy: Letters – Tt, Ff , Hh, Aa

Children will work on letter recognition of uppercase and lower case letters, then the sounds, and writing of the letters.  Children will also learn “Nursery Rhymes” and Opposites.

Mathematics:

Number – 1-one, 2-two, 3-three, 4-four,

Shape – Square, Circle, Triangle, Rectangle

Color – Primary Colors: red, yellow, blue

Thinking Skills – Same and Different

In Mathematics, children will learn more about number characters, number words, then will make sets and count using one to one correspondence.

Important Date to Remember:

Monday, September 16Early Dismissal 2:00 p.m.

After School Program Available

Tuesday, September 17 – PTO Meeting 3:30 p.m. at Gibson Hall

Tuesday, September 24 – Envelope Draw Funds due

Team: Mrs. Elizabeth Pasco and Mrs. Pamela Robinson

August Newsletter

Dear Parents,

We are excited about meeting each and every one of you and welcoming you personally into our St. Peter’s Catholic School Family!

The time spent at St. Peter’s Catholic School can truly be a wonderful experience because of the unique quality of our program, providing an excellent nurturing education and a strong foundation for success in school. We share the same hopes – that this year will be a fun time for all of our Kindergarten 4 students, a time of growth: physically, socially, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.

We want every child to be successful and to feel happy and safe. A positive attitude is so important for a child’s success. We intend to do our utmost to foster that attitude in your child in a fun, safe and friendly environment. You can count on great activities and a rewarding program for your child this year.

Our activities have been developed so that your child have the opportunities to develop skills in the areas of Religion, Language Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Guidance and Social Skills, Arts, Music Awareness, Physical Education and Foreign Language (Spanish). Activities are created to be developmentally appropriate as possible to best suit the needs of each student.  The activities are planned so that each day’s activities will be done either in groups of various sizes, individually, or as a whole class.

A newsletter will be distributed on a monthly basis to each family; describing our lesson themes and activities.  It also highlights important dates to remember and reminders. In addition, the newsletter will also be posted on our web site. All reminders will be inserted in your child’s “Tuesday Folder” and taken home each Tuesday.  Parent/teacher communication is very important for the success of your child. We heartily welcome your input and participation to achieve our mutual goals.

     Social Studies:                                                              

First Day of School

Welcome Teachers, Students and Families

Classroom Rules and Safety Rules

Show Children the School Resources and Environment

Getting to Know School Administration and Staff

     Religion:

Glad to be Me

My Name Is Special

God Made Me Special

     Language and Literacy:

Identify the FIRST letters of their name.

Letters – M

     Mathematics:

Shape – Circle & Square

Number – 0 zero & 1 one

Color – red & yellow

Same and Different


Important Dates to Remember:

Monday, August 19

First Day of School!

Arrive by 7:55 a.m. and dismissal at 11:30 a.m.

  Please send your child a light morning snack and a bottle of water.

Tuesday, August 20

11:30 dismissal

          Please send your child a light morning snack and a bottle of water.

Wednesday, August 21

11:30 dismissal

          Please send your child a light morning snack and a bottle of water.

Thursday, August 22

First full day of school – Arrive by 7:55 a.m. and dismissal at 3:30 p.m.

*Please make sure to send your child with their lunch and light

afternoon snack and a bottle of water.*

Tuesday, August 27

Back to School Night 6:30 p.m. at Neglia Hall and School Building

Monday, September 2

Labor Day/ No School

Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

Kindergarten 4 Summer 2017

Kindergarten 4 Reading List

Many parents ask what they can do to keep their child’s skills fresh over the summer.

Here are my recommendations:

1. Practice writing first names with lowercase letters (Kelly not KELLY) within three lines (one solid line at the bottom, dotted line in the middle, solid line at the top)
2. Review letter names and their sounds
3. Challenge them to find sight words in books or on labels (the, and, is, he, she, it, go, etc.)
4. Count items up to 20 (or higher!)
5. READ! Read as many books as you can with your child. Here are some of our class favorites:

Pete the Cat books by Eric Litwin

-Anything by Mo Willems, especially the Elephant & Piggie series

-Caldecott winners (http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecottwinners/caldecottmedal)

The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff (and other similar stories in the series)

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Kindergarten 4 Supply List 2017-2018

  • 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 (Because there is no water faucet in the classroom, the students will need to bring the Water Bottle daily to school filled with water only. Please make sure your child knows how to open and close the water bottle.)
  • 2 sturdy Plastic folders with pockets
  • 1 pair round tipped scissors (Fiskers) for school and 1 pair for home. (If your child is left handed, please make sure to buy him/her left handed scissors.)

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

 1 pencil BOX (8 x 5)

1 large bottle of hand soap

2 boxes Crayola crayons (16 count)

12 #2 Ticonderoga pencils

8 Elmer’s glue sticks

2 large boxes of tissue

1 reams of white copy paper

1 package of baby wipes

2 large containers disinfectant wipes

2 Expo brand markers

Girls: 1 box of gallon sized Ziploc bags and 1 package of white cardstock

Boys: 1 box of quart sized Ziploc bags and 1 package of your choice of ONE Color construction paper (9×12)

1 four package of Playdough

1 package of SEASONAL (Halloween, winter, fall) stickers

1 photo of family in picture frame