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

 

 

 

May 30th – June 1st

Dear Parents and Grandparents,

Congratulations to your son or daughter for completing K4.  I’m certain that each of them will be successful in kindergarten.

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for a wonderful school year! This class is so special to me, I will always remember this class.

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, 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 Williams, especially the Elephant & Piggie series

-Caldecott winners (complete list here)

-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

-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

-Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae

-A House for a Hermit Crab by Eric Carle

-Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

 

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL summer, and give your sweet kids a hug from me!

 

Love,

Mrs. Hart

 

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. Thank You!

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

 

1035 Hampton Street Columbia, South Carolina 29201

803 252-8285 www.StPetersCatholicSchool.org

May 29th – June 1st

A Note From Mrs. Hart

Dear Parents and Grandparents,

Can you believe this is the last week of Four-Year-Old Kindergarten? It has been such a fun year full of learning and laughter. You children have grown so much over this past year and are ready for Kindergarten. Mrs. Robinson and I are very proud of your children!

This Week in Class

Math

-Classify objects in their environment by color

-Make a pattern out of sea creatures

English Language Arts

-Recognize letters A-Z

-Recall some details in stories read aloud

-Participate in choral speaking of poems, songs, and stories with repeated patterns

Reading

Look Out Kindergarten

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

How do Dinosaurs go to School

On the First Day of Kindergarten

Upcoming Dates & Reminders

June 1st – Last Day of K4

June 1st – Please us at 1:00pm for certificates