Newsletter 4/24-5/5 2017

Kindergarten Newsletter

April 24th-May 5th

 

Here are some questions you can use to help facilitate conversations about kindergarten during the next 2 weeks:

 

  • What are the new sight words you have learned? (away, funny, jump, not, two)
  • What can you do to make the world a more beautiful place?
  • Can you name the four coins we have introduced? How much are they each worth?
  • How many paper clips did it take to make your wood raft sink?

Literacy:

In phonics, we will begin to learn about blends (st, bl, dr).  We will continue to focus on the difference between long and short vowel words as well as continue to work on digraphs (th, sh, ch).  We will be reading and writing these spelling patterns in books, the mystery bag, Smartboard activities, and literacy centers. Our new sight words are away, funny, jump, not, and two.  Make sure to practice these words at home.

During the next two weeks, the children will participate in learning center activities that will focus on blends, digraphs, and sight words. In Literacy Centers, the students will complete Easter and Earth day centers too.  They will build words using Easter eggs, practice writing ‘Easter’ and ‘Earth Day’ words on white boards, and write the room with letters that begin with ‘Easter’ and ‘Earth Day’.

In reading, the students will continue to apply the new strategies they have learned to decode words. They will practice in whole groups, small groups and during Book Club. We will also be working on building comprehension skills while reading by answering questions about the characters, details and events in the stories.  The students will work on making predictions and making connections to the themes in the text.

In writing, we continue to add details using question words (Who?, What?, When? Where?, Why?, and How?). The children are working on using an introduction, middle (at least 3 sentences), and a conclusion sentence. This is a great way for the children to transition to writing stories with a beginning, middle, and end.

We will also begin the two weeks with an Earth Day writing project. The kindergarten classes will read a lovely story called Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney and learn the important lesson that we all have an opportunity and the responsibility to make the world a more beautiful place. They will then brainstorm and write their ideas about ways they would like to make the world beautiful for their April and May writing prompt.

The children are practicing their writing skills in preparation for Grandparent’s Day and Mother’s Day too. They are practicing correct letter formation and sentence writing in the context of cards.

Handwriting Without Tears:

The next several weeks we will review numbers and learn lowercase letters  i, e, l and Words for Me. We will also continue to practice forming lowercase and capital letters correctly in our journals and everyday writing with more independence.

Math:

In math, will continue to learn various math concepts through whole group lessons, exploration of manipulatives and guided activities.   The students spent time before break learning about the length and height of objects.  We will enrich and expand on this topic through the story, How Big is a Foot, by Rolf Müller and through fun hands on centers. The students will also be introduced to weight and capacity. They will use direct comparison to compare objects by weight and compare the capacity of two objects to determine holds more and holds less.

Over the next two weeks  the students will focus on learning to recognize and count coins!  This is a great connection to our coin drive for the RMH.  The students will:

  • Count coins (penny, nickel, dime, quarter) and record the total using the cents symbol
  • Explore characteristics of each coin
  • Learn about the value of each coin
  • Count a collection of pennies
  • Identify pennies, nickels, and dimes
  • Exchange pennies, nickels, and dimes

Religion:

In Religion, the students will discover that Mary is Jesus’ mother and learn about the Holy Family. During this time, students will deepen their appreciation of Mary as the mother of Jesus.

We will be getting ready to lead Grandparent’s Day Mass, 5/12. This helps the children begin to understand the order of Mass and the special parts of each.

Second Step:

Over the next two weeks the students will finish the bullying prevention unit.  We will review how to recognize bullying, how to report bullying and how to refuse bullying.  Our last lesson will focus on the power of being a bystander.  The students will learn that bystanders are people who see or know about bullying that is happening to others.  They will learn that as a bystander you can help stop bullying.

In our second step lessons, the students will also learn how to handle things being taken away.  They will work on using words and being assertive when someone takes something from them.

All year we have talked about being ourselves and our own special gifts that we are given. This month we will read a book called Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by Marla Dismondy and talk about all of the unique qualities that make us special.  As a bulletin board this month we will make Confidence Clouds. The students will write their names in the center of the cloud and they will create a rainbow of colors using adjectives that describe who they are.  Look for these on the Kindergarten bulletin board.

Social Studies:

In Social Studies we will be reading a book called Where Do I Live? By Neil Chesanow. This book will be used as a springboard to a project about where we live in the big picture. For example, I live in a house, in a neighborhood, in Seattle, in Washington, etc… This is wonderful extension to our Flat Stanley project!

In Scholastic Let’s Find out we have a Who picks Up the Trash? issue and a Can you Squirm like an Earthworm? issue.  These are great connections for Earth Day and our Miss Rumphius writing.

Science:

For the next two weeks, we will continue to investigate wood, paper and fabric. The kindergarten students will have the opportunity to rotate classrooms to learn about the different  types of materials.

 

In KA the students will learn more about fabric.  They will read a book called Lucy’s Picture by Nicola Moon and create a collage out of the different fabrics they have been investigating.  In KB the students will be observing how wood interacts with water.  They will put the wood in water basins and observe that all the wood will float. They will then try and sink the floating wood by attaching paper clips and rubber bands.  They will discover that some of the woods will sink quicker than others. In KC the students will investigate paper.  They will be introduced to papermaking and recycling.  The students will shake the toilet tissue and water in a bottle to make pulp and then form it into a new sheet of paper.  The students will discover that the new paper has many of the properties of the original paper and also has some very different properties.

Important Dates:

April 24th- May 5th- Ronald McDonald House Coin Drive- Bring your coins to class!

Friday, April 28th- Free Dress Day and April Birthday Baking!

Friday, May 12th – Grandparents Day and Mass led by Kindergarten (9:00am)

  • Dress uniform

Saturday, May 20, 12:30 – 4:00 p.m.- Spring Stewardship Day

Newsletter 3/27-4/14 2017

Kindergarten News

March 27th– April 14th

Here are some questions you can use to help facilitate conversations about kindergarten from now until Easter Break:

  • What are some of the Bible stories we have been reading?
  • Can you use tally marks to show different amounts (7, 12, 10)?
  • Can you read these long vowel words? (home, drive, hike)
  • How can you show numbers beyond 10?
  • What book is your class performing for Reader’s Theater? What is your part?
  • Where are you going for your field trip? What is your new science unit about?

Literacy:

In phonics, we will continue to work on reading digraphs (sh, th) and short vowels. We will also continue to focus on the difference between long and short vowel words.  We will continue reading and writing these spelling patterns in books, the mystery bag, Smartboard activities, and literacy centers.

We will be reviewing all the sight words we have introduced so far this year. Be sure you are practicing those at home too!

During the next two weeks, the children will participate in learning center activities that will celebrate Easter and Spring!  In literacy centers, the students will build words using Easter eggs, practice writing Easter words on white boards and write the room with letters that begin with S-P-R-I-N-G. We will also be reviewing healthy food choices through several hands on activities.

In reading, the students will continue to apply the new strategies they have learned to decode words.  Some of the strategies they have learned are:

  • Use my Reading Finger to help me focus on the word
  • Look at the first letter in the word
  • Look for chunks I know (sh, at, a_e)
  • Look for ‘little words’ inside a big word
  • Stretch out the word
  • Skip the word and come back to it (knowing the other words might help you figure it out
  • Try a word that starts/ends with the same letter and see if it makes sense

These are great strategies that will help your young reader while practicing at home.

We will also be working on building comprehension skills while reading by answering questions about the characters, details and events in the stories.  The students will also work on making predictions and making connections to the themes in the text.

In writing, the students are continuing to grow as writers by adding more detail to their stories.  We will continue to do engaging activities to help them add more detail.  For example, they will read their story to a partner and then ask questions like: Who was there?  Did you like it?  Where were you?  Questions like these will help the author give the reader (audience) more information.  We will continue to practice these activities in small groups and as a class.

The students will also learn to organize their writing into different parts.  They will learn to divide their story into 3 parts:

  • Introduction-What are you going to write about? Tell the reader.
  • Middle with 3 or more details (transition words, because)
  • Conclusion-Wrap it up/bring it all together, restate what you wrote about.

Handwriting Without Tears:

The next several weeks we will review numbers and learn lowercase letters  a, d, g, u and Words for Me.  We will also continue to practice forming lowercase and capital letters correctly in our journals and everyday writing with more independence.

Math: We will continue to learn various math concepts through whole group lessons, exploration of manipulatives and guided activities.

The students will:

  • Decompose numbers 11-15 using concrete objects and drawings to show a group of 10 and some more.
  • Compose numbers 16 to 19 using concrete objects and drawings to show a group of 10 and more.
  • Decompose numbers 16-19 using concrete objects and drawings to show a group of 10 and some more.
  • Use direct comparison to compare the lengths of objects.
  • Use direct comparison to compare the heights of objects.
  • Guess check and revise to solve problems.

Additionally, the children continue to work in small groups, one-on-one, and in a whole group to play math games, go to math centers, and engage in enriching Math Journal prompts.

Religion:

In Religion, the students will learn that we use prayer to strengthen our relationship with Jesus. We pray with thanks and needs for others and ourselves. Each week, we discuss our Lenten cross and what are doing to help others during this Lenten season.  The children are excited to share there the activities they do each day to help others and follow Jesus’ example.

We will start to talk about Easter and the Easter story. We will be working on a special project that provides a concrete representation of the parts of the Easter story. We will read more Bible stories that walk us through the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday).

We will be creating a visual representation of the Easter Story. We begin our project with the Last Supper and journey through Jesus being condemned, nailed to the cross, Dying and Rising on Easter morning. Each event is shown with a concrete symbol of the 12 events in the Easter story. For example, the Last Supper is represented by a cracker-the body of Christ. This special project will come home on Good Friday, 4/14.

Here is a resource that provides more information on the season of Lent and how you can observe the season at home:

http://www.loyolapress.com/liturgical-year-lent.htm

We will also see our 8th grade buddies for Stations of the Cross on Friday, April 7th in the beautiful Villa Chapel.

Social Studies/Science:

In Scholastic Let’s Find out we have a Stems Grow Up, Roots Grow Down issue and an introduction to spring with a fun Hello, Baby Caterpillar! issue.  These lessons are fun and engaging. The weekly readers serve as great conversation starters!

Science:

Our next unit for science is called Materials and Motion. The Materials and Motion module provides early-childhood students with physical science, earth science, and engineering core ideas that relate to students’ interests and are teachable and learnable. We begin with a study of natural resources and properties of materials and how those properties determine their use-wood, paper, fabric. Students come to understand that humans use natural resources for everything they do and that people affect the world around them. Students use those materials to engineer structures, applying physical science core ideas of energy transfer.

Throughout the Materials and Motion module, students engage in science and engineering practices by asking questions, participating in collaborative investigations, observing, recording, and interpreting data to build explanations, and designing objects and systems to achieve specific outcomes. Students gain experiences that will contribute to beginning-level understanding of the crosscutting concepts of patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; energy and matter, and structure and motion.

During the time before Easter we will be teaching an introductory lesson on three topics wood, paper, and fabric. Each classroom will explore the properties of these materials in various ways. As a connection and extension to this portion of our unit we will be going on a field trip to the Center for Wooden Boats.  The Center for Wooden Boats specializes in teaching children about boats, boat making, and water. We will be asking for drivers for this trip soon. Watch for an email with details.

Kindergarten Highlight

Reader’s Theater

The kindergarten classes will be performing Reader’s Theaters for you!  Read on to find out more about this important literacy activity…

Taken from What Is Readers Theater? byLinda Cornwell

http://www.scholastic.com/librarians/programs/whatisrt.htm

Readers Theater is an integrated approach for involving students in reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities.  It involves children in….

  •  sharing literature,
  •  reading aloud,
  •  writing scripts
  •  performing with a purpose, and
  •  working collaboratively.

Benefits of Using Readers Theater in the Classroom or Library?

Readers Theater helps to….

  •  develop fluency through repeated exposure to text.
  •  increase comprehension.
  •  integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening in an authentic context.
  •  engage students.
  •  increase reading motivation.
  •  create confidence and improve the self-image of students.
  •  provide a real purpose for reading.
  •  provide opportunities for cooperative learning.

Characteristics of an Effective Readers Theater Reader

An effective reader….

  •  Reads with expression, proper emphasis, and clear enunciation, using his/her voice effectively to convey meaning.
  •  Projects to the audience.
  •  Is familiar with the part and is able to read it with fluency.
  •  Paces himself/herself effectively.
  •  Uses props, when employed, effectively (the script is a prop).
  •  Demonstrates poise and self-confidence.

Important Dates

Thursday, April 6th-Reader’s Theater in the Rainbow Theater 2:15-3:00

  • Refreshments 2:15-2:30
  • All K performance 2:30-2:55

Friday, April 7th-Stations of the Cross with Buddies (12:50-1:20)

Tuesday, April 11th-Field Trip to the Center for Wooden Boats *More details to come!

Monday, April 10th-14th – Holy Week

Friday, April 14th – Good Friday-Stations of the Cross (Dress uniform) *Early Release-11:50

SAVE THE DATE-Friday, May 12th- Grandparent’s Day and Mass led by Kindergarten!

Have a great week!

The Kindergarten Team

 

Newsletter 3/13-3/24 2017

Kindergarten News

March 13th– March 24th

Here are some questions you can use to help facilitate conversations about kindergarten during the next 2 weeks:

  • What are some of the Bible stories we have been reading?
  • What are some of the new sight words you have learned?
  • Can you use tally marks to show different amounts (7, 12, 10)?
  • What happens to wood and paper when it gets wet?

 

Literacy:

In phonics, we will begin to practice reading and spelling digraphs (ex. sh, ch, th). Word sorts, SMART Board games, and reading activities will help us practice digraphs and blends in fun ways.

Over the next two weeks we will introduce a new strategy for flipping to the long vowel sound.  Together we will practice looking for the ‘magic e’ or ‘silent e’ at the end of many words.  They will practice switching between long and short vowel words, ex. cap/cape, rat/rate, her/here. Furthermore, our new sight words are who, what, where, when and why.  We will practice reading these new words in books and use them to add more detail in our daily writing.  Be sure to add them to your home word walls!

During the next two weeks, our literacy centers will focus on nutrition and healthy food choices. We will play games, write the room and read stories focusing on taking care of our bodies by making healthy food choices. We also prepare for our field trip to Thistle Theatre by reading and exploring the Japanese folk tale, Hanako and the Cherry Tree.

In reading, we will continue to practice new strategies for decoding words. Children are already in the habit of looking at the pictures to help them read words. Now they are ready to develop a larger repertoire of strategies that will be especially helpful as they read books with more words and less picture support. Some of the strategies we will introduce are:

  •   Stop and reread if something doesn’t make sense
  •   Skip the word and come back to it (knowing the other words might help you figure it out)
  •   Ask, “What would make sense?”
  •   Try a word that starts/ends with the same letter and see if it makes sense

 

We will be practicing these strategies as a whole class, in our Book Clubs, and through one-on-one practice. Encourage your kindergartener to try out these strategies at home when you read together!

In writing, the students will continue to work on their individual writing goals and use their journals with Handwriting Without Tears double lines. Their new March journals mark their growth in writing by having more lines for writing and a smaller picture space. You will notice that as your young writer grows, he or she will be spending more time on writing and less on drawing. This new paper allows for that. We will also be continuing to point out capital and lowercase letters as the children move toward conventional capitalization.

We are also emphasizing adding specific details in our writing to answer questions that a reader (audience) might have.

These questions might be:

Who else was with you?

When did you go?

Where did you go?

Would you like to go again?

What was the weather like?

What was your favorite part?

We will also be using creativity to write using a prompt about leprechauns. The prompt is, What would you do if you found a pot of gold? These colorful pieces give students an opportunity to use their many writing skills (because, transition words, capitals, periods, spacing) in a fun way.  We will also continue to stretch our imaginations in writing by using story writing elements (characters, setting, problem and solution).

Handwriting Without Tears:

The next two weeks we will review the lowercase letters we have learned so far and learn lowercaset, a, d, and g. We will also continue to practice forming lowercase and capital letters correctly in our journals and in everyday writing with more independence.

Math: We will continue to learn various math concepts through whole group lessons, exploration of manipulatives and guided activities.

The students will:

  • Compose numbers 11 to 15 using concrete objects and drawings to show a group of 10 and more.
  • Decompose numbers 11-15 using concrete objects and drawings to show a group of 10 and some more.
  • Compose numbers 16 to 19 using concrete objects and drawings to show a group of 10 and more.
  • Decompose numbers 16-19 using concrete objects and drawings to show a group of 10 and some more.
  • Make a table to solve problems.

Additionally, the children continue to work in small groups, one-on-one, and in a whole group to play math games, go to math centers, and engage in enriching Math Journal prompts.

Religion/Second Step Lessons/Buddies:

In Religion, the students will learn that we use prayer to strengthen our relationship with Jesus. We pray with thanks and needs for others and ourselves. Each week, we discuss our Lenten cross and what we are doing to help others during this Lenten season.  The children are excited to share there the activities they do each day to help others and follow Jesus’ example.

Second Step:

In Second Step the student will have their third bullying lesson. In this lesson the students will learn about refusing bullying. They will learn that you can refuse to let bullying happen to you or to others. They will also learn that being assertive helps when you’re refusing bullying. This lesson reinforces the importance of reporting and adds a focus on helping students learn to use their assertiveness skills to report bullying. The students will also be learning about fair ways to play. They will learn that sharing, trading and taking turns are fair ways to play with toys with other children.

Birthday Baking:

This month we will celebrate March birthdays by makinggreen pudding.This fun treat is a great tie into St. Patrick’s Day and our monthly writing activity.

Social Studies / Science

In Scholastic Let’s Find out we will explore the, A Little Chick Hatches issue and an introduction to spring with a fun Who’s Habitat is That? issue.  These lessons are fun and engaging. The weekly readers serve as great conversation starters!

Science:

Our next unit for science is called Materials and Motion. The Materials and Motion module provides early-childhood students with physical science, earth science, and engineering core ideas that relate to students’ interests and are teachable and learnable. We begin with a study of natural resources and properties of materials and how those properties determine their use-wood, paper, fabric. Students come to understand that humans use natural resources for everything they do and that people affect the world around them. Students use those materials to engineer structures, applying physical science core ideas of energy transfer.

Throughout the Materials and Motion module, students engage in science and engineering practices by asking questions, participating in collaborative investigations, observing, recording, and interpreting data to build explanations, and designing objects and systems to achieve specific outcomes. Students gain experiences that will contribute to beginning-level understanding of the crosscutting concepts of patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; energy and matter, and structure and motion.

Kindergarten Highlight

Hanako and the Cherry Tree

Presented by: Thistle Theater

We are so excited to go on our second field trip on Thursday, March 16th. We will be reading the book, sequencing the story, making connections to literature and social studies to prepare for the play.

About Thistle Theatre

Thistle Theatre is a puppet company from Seattle founded in 1992 by Artistic Director, Jean Enticknap. Thistle Theatre specializes in tabletop Bunraku-style of puppetry. Bunraku (pronounced Boon-rah-koo) is a form of puppetry originating in  Japan about 400 years ago. While Thistle Theatre modifies the art form, the concept remains the same. One, two or three puppeteers operates the puppet and wear black hoods and costumes to symbolize their invisibility.

About The Story, Play And Music

The story of Hanako and the Cherry Tree comes from the Rakugo tradition. Rakugo is a type of humorous storytelling that is 300 years old. In Rakugo, storytellers remain seated as they tell the story relying on their voices and facial expressions to portray the cast of characters. The only props used in a Rakugo story are a fan (sensu) and a small towel (tenugui). The audience is invited to use their imaginations to make the story come alive. The more creative the storyteller the more the audience appreciates the telling. This is the spirit in which Hanako and the Cherry Tree was created. The original story rakugo story is called Atama Yama “Mountain Head”. It falls into the category of a surrealism. This story can also be compared to “tall tales”, an American tradition of storytelling.

 

Jean Enticknap re-imagined Thistle Theatre’s adaptation of Hanako and the Cherry, featuring a modern girl named Hanako. She and Mr. Yama represent generational differences, but learn to understand and help each other. To help set the ambiance and emotion of the story, the play is scored with almost 20 minutes of original music created by Michael Flint. There are two traditional songs used as incidental music. Sakura, the cherry blossom song, is sung by one of the villagers in a shadow puppet scene Hanako hums the Momotaro song. The puppeteers in this production are Amy Escobar, Zane Exactly, André Nelson and Gina Wilhelm, directed by Jean Enticknap.

Important Dates:

Tuesday, March 14th- Report Cards go home

Thursday, March 16th- Field trip to Thistle Theater

Friday, March 17th-K/8th Grade Buddies *Reschedule from 3/3.

Thursday and Friday, March 23rd-24th –No Classes-Spring Conferences

Friday, March 31st-Free Dress

Have a great week!

The Kindergarten Team

 

Newsletter 2/27-3/10 2017

Kindergarten News

February 27th-March 10th

Here are some questions you can use to help facilitate conversations about kindergarten during the next 2 weeks:

  • Can you read/spell was, make, jump, down, and come?
  • What is Lent? Why is it such an important time of year?
  • Who are some adults that care about you and that you can talk with?
  • What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book?

Literacy

In phonics, the students will review all of the short vowel sounds.   Now that the students have learned each individual vowel sound they will work on deciphering between them.  We will practice using games, the Mystery Bags, the SMARTboard, elkonin boxes and picture and word sorts.

During literacy centers the students will be sorting vowel sounds, creating “ing” books, searching the room for words with letters in “March” and practicing sight words. We are excited about the independence and reading skills the kindergarteners are developing during Literacy Centers!

This year we will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday (3/2) in a special way. We will be having a Dr. Seuss reading and pajama day. This is a perfect time of year to focus on Dr. Seuss books because many of his books are at a great level for the students to decode.

During the day the students will complete many activities:

  • Dr. Seuss themed centers including rhyming words, nonsense words, write the room, and playing games with word families in these fun books.
  • Sharing and reading many Dr. Seuss books.
  • Complete a STEAM activity making Dr. Seuss’s hat
  • Create an art project

Our new sight words are:  was, make,  jump, down, and come. Be sure to add them to your home word walls!

In reading, we will review and practice strategies for decoding words. Children are already in the habit of looking at the pictures to help them read words. Now they are developing a larger repertoire of strategies that will be especially helpful as they read books with more words and less picture support.

Some of the reading strategies we will review are:

  •   Stop and reread if something doesn’t make sense
  •   Skip the word and come back to it (knowing the other words might help you figure it out)
  •   Ask, “What would make sense?”
  •   Try a word that starts/ends with the same letter and see if it makes sense

We will be practicing these strategies as a whole class, in our Book Clubs, and through one-on-one practice. Encourage your kindergartener to try out these strategies at home when you read together!

In writing, the students will continue to work on their individual writing goals and use their journals with Handwriting Without Tears double lines. Their new March journal’s mark their growth in writing by having more lines for writing. You will notice that as your young writer grows, he or she will be spending more time on writing and less on drawing. The students have learned many new tools to help them expand their writing such as transition words and additives.  This new paper allows for that. We will also continue pointing out capital and lowercase letters as we move toward conventional capitalization.

We will continue working on our retelling skills and writing stories of our own. The children will create their very own stories by brainstorming, writing rough drafts and creating a final draft. As the children continue to grow as writers and readers, we will emphasize doing our best work.  We will talk about what that looks like and how we can do our best and stay focused while working independently.

We will also be using creativity and our imaginations to write using a prompt about leprechauns. The prompt is, What would you do if you found a pot of gold? These colorful pieces give students an opportunity to use their many writing skills (because, transition words, capitals, periods, spacing…) in a fun way.

Handwriting Without Tears

The next two weeks we will begin the lowercase letters c, o, s, v, w and review all the capital letters and numbers. We will continue to practice forming lowercase and capital letters correctly in our journals and everyday writing with more independence.

Math

We will continue to learn various math concepts through whole group lessons, exploration of manipulatives and guided activities.

Students will:

  • Students will identify,name, and describe 3-dimensional shapes.
  • Students will build 3-dimensional shapes.
  • Compose numbers 11 to 15 using concrete objects and drawing to show a group of 10 and some more.
  • Decompose numbers 11 to 15 using concrete objects and drawings to show a group of 10 and some more.
  • Make a table to solve problems.
  • Compose numbers 16 to 19 using concrete objects and drawing to show a group of 10 and some more.
  • Decompose numbers 16 to 19 using concrete objects and drawings to show a group of 10 and some more.

We will also use our Math Journals as tools to show our thinking. We are practicing using multiple strategies including using numbers, pictures, and words to solve problems. We enjoy playing math games and using centers as a hands-on way to reinforce the math concepts that have been covered so far.

Religion/Second Step Lessons

The students will attend Mass on Ash Wednesday (March 1st) which will be a dress uniform day. This signifies the beginning of Lent. They will learn that Lent is a time to reflect on everything Jesus gave us and think about what we can do to give, rather than simply giving up something like candy. We will be sending home a project for you to complete during Lent. It is a cross and each box is filled with an act the students can do during Lent to be more like Jesus. Each time your child does one of these they color in a square. By Easter Sunday (4/16) the goal is to have all of these boxes colored in. This activity is for you to keep at home.

In celebration of St. Patrick’s we will be making shamrocks. These shamrocks will signify the Holy Trinity and remind us about the sign of the cross. The children will decorate these for our classroom windows.

In Second Step, we will continue to talk about problem solving and bullying. In our bullying prevention program we learned about how to recognize bullying. Thank you for completing the Home Link as homework. Watch for these to come home each time we teach a bullying lesson. Our next lesson will be about how to report bullying. In this lesson students will be able to:

  • Identify caring adults to talk to about the bullying or mean behaviors
  • Differentiate between tattling and reporting
  • Demonstrate how to report bullying

We have been meeting in small groups during Second Step also. Last week we brainstormed problems and solutions and shared in our groups.

We will also be reading a book called “God Sees Me All the Time” by Denise Vezey.  This is a great connection between our Second Step curriculum and our religion lessons. The book is made up of three stories with real life examples showing that God is always with us. The first story is about making good choices even when we think no one is watching. The second story is about feeling afraid and alone but knowing that God is with us. The last story is about doing chores and acts of kindness all the time even when we might not feel like it. These three stories will help the students continue to develop their social and emotional skills as well as reiterate the love God has for us.

Social Studies

In Scholastic Let’s Find Out we will read  Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss and a weather focus called Do you Hear the Weather? These lessons are fun and engaging. The weekly readers serve as great nonfiction conversation starters!

Flat Stanley news continues to come via ‘snail mail.’ Our bulletin boards are clear evidence of the travel adventures our Flat Dolls are having.

Science

In the next two weeks the students will be wrapping up their nonfiction snail books. They have used their knowledge of snails, books, and resources around them to write multiple facts about snails.  They have written complete sentences, edited their work, and drawn detailed scientific illustrations.  The students have spent a lot of time and effort working on these books and we are proud of all of their hard work. To culminate the project the Kindergarteners will be reading their books to the 2nd graders in Mr. Downey and Ms. Casper’s class.  This will be a wonderful way for the students to publish their work!

Kindergarten Highlight

Hanako and the Cherry Tree

Presented by: Thistle Theater

We are so excited to go on our second field trip on Thursday, March 16th. We will be reading the book, sequencing the story, making connections to literature and social studies to prepare for the play.

About Thistle Theatre

Thistle Theatre is a puppet company from Seattle founded in 1992 by Artistic Director, Jean Enticknap. Thistle Theatre specializes in tabletop Bunraku-style of puppetry. Bunraku (pronounced Boon-rah-koo) is a form of puppetry originating in  Japan about 400 years ago. While Thistle Theatre modifies the art form, the concept remains the same. One, two or three puppeteers operates the puppet and wear black hoods and costumes to symbolize their invisibility.

About The Story, Play And Music

The story of Hanako and the Cherry Tree comes from the Rakugo tradition. Rakugo is a type of humorous storytelling that is 300 years old. In Rakugo, storytellers remain seated as they tell the story relying on their voices and facial expressions to portray the cast of characters. The only props used in a Rakugo story are a fan (sensu) and a small towel (tenugui). The audience is invited to use their imaginations to make the story come alive. The more creative the storyteller the more the audience appreciates the telling. This is the spirit in which Hanako and the Cherry Tree was created. The original story rakugo story is called Atama Yama “Mountain Head”. It falls into the category of a surrealism. This story can also be compared to “tall tales”, an American tradition of storytelling.

Jean Enticknap re-imagined Thistle Theatre’s adaptation of Hanako and the Cherry, featuring a modern girl named Hanako. She and Mr. Yama represent generational differences, but learn to understand and help each other. To help set the ambiance and emotion of the story, the play is scored with almost 20 minutes of original music created by Michael Flint. There are two traditional songs used as incidental music. Sakura, the cherry blossom song, is sung by one of the villagers in a shadow puppet scene Hanako hums the Momotaro song. The puppeteers in this production are Amy Escobar, Zane Exactly, André Nelson and Gina Wilhelm, directed by Jean Enticknap.

Important Dates

Wednesday, March 1st-Ash Wednesday Mass *Lent begins

*Dress uniform

Thursday, March 2nd-Pajama Day to celebrate Dr. Seuss

*Bring a book to school to share.

Friday, March 3rd- 8th Grade Buddies

Friday, March 10th-No School-Professional Development Day for teacher

*EDP is open if you pre-register your child

Saturday, March 11th-Villa Gala Auction *Buy tickets online

Tuesday, March 14th-Report Cards Sent Home

Thursday, March 16th-Field trip to Thistle Theater

Thursday-Friday, March 23rd and 24th-Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences

* No School

Have a great week!

The Kindergarten Team

 

Newsletter 2/13-2/24 2017

Kindergarten News

February 13th – February 24th

Here are some questions you can use to help facilitate conversations about kindergarten during the next 2 weeks:

  • What is one story from the Bible that you heard or enjoyed?
  •  What can you do to help yourself calm down? (belly breathing, counting, taking a break)
  •  Can you draw the symbol for subtraction?
  • What is the difference between a 2D and 3D shape? Can you name of each and give a real life example? (Example-circle-pizza, rectangular prism-bookshelf…)
  • Can you read, spell, and write the new sight words? (find, here, we, up, run)

Literacy:  In writing, students will continue to work on their individual writing goals and use their journals.  As they continue to grow as writers we will emphasize writing conventions such as capitalizing the first letter of each sentence, using lowercase letters and  including a period at the end of each sentence.  Students will work on forming their letters correctly and putting spaces between each word.  We will also encourage students to be independent learners by sounding out words on their own, writing multiple sentences, and including a quality illustration.

Story elements include characters, setting, problem, and solution. The students will be identifying these story elements in order to better understand how stories are written. This will help the children be able to start to retell. Retelling is a complex reading skill that takes practice. Retelling requires the reader to understand what they read and then be able to tell the story again in their own words. A detailed retelling includes the books characters, setting, problem, and solution as well as key or main ideas from the book. After practicing the story elements and retelling with teacher guidance the students will use a graphic organizer to show their findings. The graphic organizer we will be using is called a ‘Storybook House.’ Watch for these to come home soon!

As a next step the students will begin to create their own creative stories.  For the introduction we will read, The Library Mouse, by Daniel Kirk.  This book demonstrates how we are all authors and can share our inventive stories through the writing process. The students will learn different brainstorming strategies, story elements and begin to transfer sight and transition wordsto their very own books.

As the children continue to grow as writers and readers, we will emphasize doing our best work.  We will talk about what that looks like and how we can do our best and stay focused while working independently.

In phonics, we will continue to work on the short u and ing sounds. Our next chunk is ug. Also, as part of our mid-year assessments we have been talking about nonsense words. Nonsense wordshelp us see what letter sounds the students are able to blend without the use of picture clues or the context of a sentence.  When a child reads a nonsense word such as “chab” we are able to see what letter sounds students are able to blend consistently and independently.  This is a great tool that helps us support the students in their growth as readers and writers.

During Literacy Centers the students will be finding ig, ug, and winter words around the room, working on identifying beginning, middle, and ending sounds. They will also be making The King of -ing crowns. These are crowns that the children use to find, read, and write ing words on. This is a fun and engaging phonics center. Lastly, our new sight words are find, here, we, up, and run.

Handwriting Without Tears:

In the next two weeks we will continue to review the capital letters and begin an introduction to the  lowercase letters. We are also practicing using the Handwriting Without Tears double lines.

Math:

We will continue to learn various math concepts through whole group lessons, exploration of manipulatives and guided activities. In addition to our math lessons we will also be problem solving in our Math Journals and engaging in many hands-on centers and games.

The students will:

- Solve subtraction word problems within 10 using objects or drawings to represent the problem.

- Students will describe objects using the names of shapes and put shapes together to form new shapes.

- Students will create collages using 2-dimensional shapes.

- Students will identify,name, and describe 3-dimensional shapes.

- Students will build 3-dimensional shapes.

Religion/Second Step Lessons/Buddies:

In Religion, the students will learn about Valentine’s Day. We will also begin to read more stories from the bible. Our lesson will focus on Jesus’ stories and how to listen to his message of love.

In Second Step, your child is learning the first two steps for problem solving. They will learn how to say the problem, then think of solutions for that problem. Students will practice what they should do when they are experiencing a strong feeling before trying to solve a problem and will review how to calm down by putting their hands on their stomach, naming their feeling and taking deep belly breaths. We will also continue our bullying unit and learn how to report bullying.

*Be sure to read the Kindergarten Highlight for more about social skills!

In Buddies we celebrated the 100th day of school on Friday, 2/10. We went outside to jump, hula-hoop, skip, and run our way to 100! Look for this fun activity that came home in your child’s Friday Folder, 2/10.

Social Studies & Science:

In social studies, we have been learning about President’s Day and discussed the role of a president by reading different stories to help students understand the importance and responsibilities of a leader. We will be reading books about presidents of the past and practicing reading a book about them to friends.

In Science, we have wrapped up our Science Rotation. Each class had a great time learning about snails, goldfish, and pillbugs/sowbugs. As an extension of this learning the students will be combining their knowledge of snails with their writing skills. They will be writing their own nonfiction book!

Our Scholastic Let’s Find Out lessons will be focused on Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day.

Kindergarten Highlight

Ages and Stages

School-age children come in all shapes and sizes, but child development between five and six years typically has a few things in common. Here’s what your child might be doing, how you can support them in school and at home.

School-Age Child Development at 5-6 years: What’s happening?

Feelings-Your kindergartener is learning to express their feelings, although they might need help and time to identify and talk about tricky emotions like frustration or jealousy. They have much better control over their feelings too and they might have fewer unexpected outbursts of anger and sadness. You might see more patience, and your child might even be open to reasoning with you.

Daily life and behavior-Your kindergartener is becoming more independent and loves making small decisions, like what clothes to wear or what to eat for lunch. School opens up a whole new social world – which comes with a whole new set of rules. This might be demanding or challenging for your child. School can be tiring for children so don’t be surprised if they are a little moody or easily upset, especially after a long day. On these days you might want to try and keep your child quiet at home after school and aim for an early bedtime.

Making mistakes is how children learn and they are all going to make lots along the way. Be supportive and know there are always two sides to every story. You can be supportive by asking how the situation made your child feel and what they can do differently next time. Encourage your child to apologize and take responsibility for their mistakes.

What are we doing at school as your child navigates social skills?

  • Reading lots of books that encourage pro-social behavior (waiting their turn, using kind words, solving problems using words, being assertive, being polite…) Some of the books we will be reading are The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill, Tattlin’ Madeline by Carol Cummings, My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook, and The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig just to name a few. These books serve as springboards for important conversations as the children learn.
  • Weekly Second Step lessons with discussions and role playing.
  • Monthly lessons taught by our school counselor Ms. Jen Reisinger about various topics that each teacher helps pick based on recurring issues. For example, in past months the lessons have focused on feelings, being kind, listening and waiting, and many more.
  • Emotional coaching as things come up in our day come. We are practicing using ‘I’ statements when we are upset. For example, ‘I don’t like it when you…’ and ‘Next time I will…’ The children are taught to speak directly to each other and use eye contact in order to read their facial expressions and look for feelings. We use ‘teachable moments’ to model and talk through appropriate problem solving.
  • As teachers we model polite and respectful manners too. Children are listening and watching even when we are not aware.

What are some things you can do to help your child’s development at this age?

  • Encourage moving-play different sports and do recreational activities together or with others. These teach social skills like taking turns, cooperating, negotiating, playing fairly and being a good sport.
  • Include your child in simple household chores-setting the table or helping you to put clean clothes away develops moving and thinking skills, while also teaching cooperation and responsibility. These skills are important for school!
  • Model pro-social behaviors in your daily life-managing frustrations, making mistakes, and positive moments in your adult day.
  • Play with your child each day, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. Play gives you the chance to enter your child’s world and find out what they are thinking and feeling. It also shows your child that you care about them and want to spend time with them.
  • Practice classroom behavior-for example, you could give your child small tasks that keep their attention or that need their to follow simple rules or instructions. Have conversations about their favorite animal or sport and encourage them to listen, respond and question.
  • Arrange playdates-spending time with other children, especially if they go to the same school, helps your child’s social skills.
  • Talk about your child’s feelings-you can help your child work out why they are feeling something and help them put words to these feelings. This will help them form friendships and show empathy towards others.

Thank you for your continued partnership and support!

Important Dates

Tuesday, February 14th – Valentine’s day parties (various times)

Monday, February 20th and 21st-No School for President’s Day holiday!

Friday, February 24th-Free Dress and February/August Birthday Baking

Wednesday, March 1st-Ash Wednesday Mass *Lent begins

*Dress uniform

Saturday, March 11th- Villa Gala Auction

Tuesday, March 14th- Report Cards Sent Home

Thursday-Friday, March 23rd and 24th-Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences-No School!

Have a great week!

The Kindergarten Team

Newsletter 1/30-2/10 2017

Kindergarten News

January 30th – February 10th

 

Here are some questions you can use to help facilitate conversations about kindergarten during the next 2 weeks:

  • Can you sing the Sight Word Song to your family?
  • What are some symbols that you see in everyday life that show God’s love?
  • Can you think of a word that makes the sound sh, ch, th, wh? (ex.sh, ch, th, wh-brush, lunch, tooth, whale)
  • What is one way  you can Recognize bullying? (Example-it happens everyday, the person won’t stop doing it-someone won’t let others play day after day)
  • What are the symbols for addition, subtraction, and equals?
  • Which room did you visit during All K Choice?

Literacy:  In literacy we  are continuing to introduce, model, and find transition words in writing and in books. The students are working hard to create stories and use the transition words in their daily writing. Transition words (first, then, next, after that, last) help writers sequence and organize their thoughts as well as elaborate. During Literacy Centers, the students will search the room for the letters in F-E-B-R-U-A-R-Y and stamp words too.

In phonics, we will continue to work on vowels. This week we will focus on the short u sound.  We will also be introducing the chunk, ‘-ing.’  The students will make ‘King of ing’ crowns and then decorate them with ‘ing words hidden throughout the room.  They will also make ‘ing’ books using ‘ing’ words, sentences and pictures.

During the next couple weeks we will be learning a new sight word song to help us remember many of the words we have already introduced. It is sung with rhythm and cadence! Here are the words to the song.

Sight Word Song

Here are 20 words you’ll need if you want to write and read.

of     the   was    he

it     is    with    his

as      they    for    a

on    at   and    that

in   to   are   you

Know these words and you’ll read too!

In reading this week we will read and model some of the skills used to read non-fiction text. Some of these important skills include looking at photos (instead of illustrations), reading diagrams, using the table of contents, and listening for and finding interesting facts. We will also compare and contrast the fiction and non-fiction text using many familiar classroom examples.

In writing, the students will continue working toward the individualized writing goals they set. The children set a variety of goals, including adding more details to their writing, using neat handwriting, learning to write longer stories, and practicing using transition words.

Mid-Year Assessments:

Throughout the next two weeks we will be completing our mid-year kindergarten assessments. Here is a list of the assessments:

-Leveled reading check

-Nonsense words (phonics)

-Sight words

-Mid-year writing

-Alphabet Assessment-Names and sounds

-Mid-year math check up

You will see the results of these assessments through our report cards and conferences in March.

Handwriting Without Tears:

Over the next two weeks the students will continue working with the ‘Magic C’ letters.  They will also  learn the letters S, A, I, T, J and reviewing the previously learned capitals.  You can expect your kindergartener to begin forming these letters and numbers correctly with independence.

Math:

We will continue to learn various math concepts through whole group lessons, exploration of manipulatives and guided activities.

The students will:

  • Model subtraction as taking away from or separating groups of objects.
  • Use concrete objects to solve subtraction problems.

The students will be making notecards and creating foldables to reinforce these concepts throughout the lessons. They will also be learning a new game called Subtraction Munchies where they will put their knowledge of subtraction into action through this fun, hands-on game.

Religion/Second Step Lessons:

In Religion, students will learn that,We Are God’s Children, Alike and Different and Jesus Gathers Friends.

In Second Step, we will continue to focus on emotion management. The students will be learning how to handle being knocked down. They will learn how to listen to their bodies when they are hurt and calm themselves down. The students will also learn how to ask for more information before assuming that what happened to them was done on purpose.

We will also be starting our first bullying prevention lesson. Our first lesson is called Recognizing Bullying. This is a very important lesson as it clarifies to the students what bullying is and how it is both harmful and against the rules. The students will learn that bullying is when someone “keeps being mean” to someone else on purpose.  They learn that bullying is something that is recurring and that the person that it is happening to is not able to make it stop. Learning about what bullying is  empowers the students to avoid bullying others and to respond appropriately if they see or experience bullying. Through discussions, stories, video vignettes, and pictures the students will learn that bullying is a mean and hurtful behavior that keeps happening. They will learn it is not safe, respectful or kind and they will learn how to recognize it so they can get it to stop.

Look for a bullying prevention letter in your child’s Friday folder, 2/3.

Social Studies:

In social studies, we will learn about Chinese New Year by reading a book called, Happy New Year by June Behrens. We will practice using our non-fiction listening skills to find facts about how Chinese New Year is celebrated. The children will get to make a Chinese dragon for a related art project and record a fact they learned (tying in our nonfiction learning from reading). Watch for these colorful dragons to come home!

In our Scholastic-Let’s Find Out we will learn about A Groundhog’s Day and Rosa’s Ride?

Science:

It is an exciting time for science in Kindergarten!  We are completing our second science unit called Animals Animals Two by Two. Each kindergarten class will be responsible for taking care of their special type of animals.  KA students will receive snails-both water and land, KB will have goldfish and KC will have sowbugs and pillbugs.  With this, the kindergarten students will have the opportunity to rotate classrooms to learn about the different animals from each kindergarten teacher.

Here are the lesson concepts we will focus on:

  • Living things have certain characteristics, which make them different from nonliving things.
  • Animals have unique structures that perform specific functions.
  • Animals have unique behaviors.
  • Animals demonstrate certain behaviors that are influenced by internal (e.g. hunger) and external (e.g. tunnels, food, plants) cues.
  • Animals have certain basic needs (water, air, food, waste removal, appropriate temperature) that must be met in order for them to survive.

Kindergarten Highlight

Each year we celebrate Catholic School’s Week. This year it is January 29th-February 4th . We will talk, pray, and celebrate the many ways that Villa, our family, teachers, and Mother Cabrini continue to be a blessing in our lives and give thanks! Be sure to have your child wear their dress uniform for Mass on Friday, 2/3.

Daily Themes:

Celebrate the following daily themes during Catholic Schools Week:

-Monday: Celebrate Families

-Tuesday: Celebrate Faculty/Staff

-Wednesday:  Celebrate Neighbors and Community

-Thursday: Celebrate Students

-Friday: Celebrate Villa

Community Service Drive to Benefit St Vincent de Paul:

We ask each student to bring one of the following hygiene items: toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, bath soap, toilet paper, paper towels, etc. Items will be stored in the classrooms until mass on Friday 2/3/17.

National Catholic Schools Week 2017

January 29th-February 4th

Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week. Schools typically observe National Catholic Schools Week with Masses, open house and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.

Catholic Schools Week began in 1974. Catholic Schools Week always begins the last Sunday in January.

 

To learn more….https://www.ncea.org/our-services/catholic-schools-week

 

Important Dates:

January 29th-February 4th- Catholic Schools Week

Thursday, February 2nd- Talent Show and Free Dress

Friday, February 3rd-Mass for Catholic Schools Week *Dress uniform

Friday, February 10th-100th Day Celebration with our 8th grade buddies!

Tuesday, February 14th-Valentine’s Day parties (various times)

Monday and Tuesday, February 20th-21th-President’s Day holiday-No School!

Friday, February 24th- Free Dress

 

Have a great week!

The Kindergarten Team

 

Newsletter 1/17-1/27 2017

Kindergarten News

January 17th – 27th

Here are some questions you can use to help facilitate conversations about kindergarten during the next 2 weeks:

  •     Who is Martin Luther King Jr.? How was he important?
  •     Can you read (and for extra challenge, spell) transition words? (first, next, then, last)
  •     What are transition words and how do you use them in your writing?
  •     Can you count by 5s? What about 2s and 3s?
  •     What do the addition and equal symbols look like?
  •     What did you do with your 8th grade buddy [on Friday, Jan. 20th]?

Literacy

Last week we began introducing transition words into the children’s reading, writing, and speaking. This marks an important step of growth into more organized storytelling and awareness while reading. Now, when children tell one another about their weekends, they use words like first, next, after that, then, and last to give structure to their retelling. While listening to or reading books they are on the lookout for these words (they like to make a T with their hands to show they have found a transition word). And, when writing, they use these words to help them add on and write an organized story. At home, two ways you can develop your students’ growth with transition words are to (1) point them out in conversations you share and stories you read together, and, (2) model using transition words in speaking and encourage your kindergartener to do the same.

In phonics, we are continuing to teach students’ to read in chunks (at, an, ed, ig), short vowels, and sight words. These next couple weeks we will introduce the short o vowel sound and the chunk -op. By focusing on chunks the children begin to notice these in bigger words (crop, stop, operation) as they read more consistently. Watch for an -op book to come home to practice.

Additionally, we will be learning four new sight words: first, next, then, last.

During Literacy Centers, children will scour the room for words beginning with P-E-A-C-E, play sight word games, hunt transition words around the room and in books (first, next, then, after that, finally), go to the Listening Centers, and use white boards to practice sight words and winter words.

Students will also continue to meet in their Book Clubs. They will practice skills specific to their individualized reading needs, as well as being on the look-out for transition words and chunks they know. Thank you for continuing to practice your child’s books with him or her each night! This consistent work at home and school is making all the difference in their steady progress.

In writing, the students will begin working toward the individualized writing goals they will set this week. The children will set a variety of goals, including adding more details to their writing, using neat handwriting, learning to write longer stories, and practicing using transition words. This is a big step as they begin to self assess and continue to see themselves as young writers!

Last, we will begin teaching the children to create expository, or nonfiction, pieces of writing. Students will use transition words to create writing pieces; for example, How to Make a Snowman or How to Bake a Cake. Come see these amazing writing pieces in the kindergarten classrooms. You will be impressed with their creativity, writing voice, organization, and vocabulary!

Handwriting Without Tears

The students will complete the section about forming the uppercase with capital letter review, C, O,  Q,  G,and play the Mystery Letter GameYou can expect your kindergartener to begin forming these letters and numbers correctly with independence.

Math

We will continue to learn various math concepts through whole group lessons, exploration of manipulatives and guided activities.

The students will:

- Students will use the plus symbol (+) and the equal symbol (=) in addition sentences.

- Students will use concrete objects to show how many in all.

- Students will write a number sentence to solve addition problems.

- Students will model subtraction as taking away from or separating groups or objects.

- Students will use concrete objects to solve subtraction problems.

- Students will use the minus symbol (-) and the (=) symbol in subtraction sentences.

Additionally, the children continue to work in small groups, one-on-one, and in a whole group to play math games, go to math centers, and engage in enriching Math Journal prompts.

Religion and Second Step

In Religion, the students will learn that God gave them neighbors. They will appreciate the neighbors and community members God has given them, learn how neighbors and community helpers show God’s love, and engage in a prayer for their neighbors.  In preparation for Catholic School’s week the children will also make bags and cards with their 8th grade buddies on January 20th to give to our fabulous (and patient) Villa neighbors.

The students will also start a new unit called Jesus Comes to Us. We will look at and recognize the various signs and symbols of God’s love around us. For example, the Advent wreath, Valentine hearts, and even our birthday cake remind us that God loves us.

In Second Step, we will continue to focus on emotion management. We will discuss and read about being angry, dealing with being hurt, losing something, and dealing with disappointment. The children will practice looking and listening for signs of being tense and use calming strategies (deep breaths, counting, going outside, taking a break) to become relaxed. They will also practice problem-solving skills to help with conflicts in a positive way.

Thank you for sending in your student’s gratitude mittens. Our kindergarten bulletin board is filled with wonderful things the students are grateful for. Please continue to send in the gratitude mittens as your student fills them out. We will be adding to the trees the whole month of January.

Science

It is an exciting time for science in Kindergarten!  We have begun our second science unit called Animals Animals Two by Two. Each kindergarten class will be responsible for taking care of their special type of animals.  KA students will receive snails-both water and land, KB will have goldfish and KC will have sowbugs and pillbugs.  With this, the kindergarten students will have the opportunity to rotate classrooms to learn about the different animals from each kindergarten teacher.

Here are the lesson concepts we will focus on:

  • Living things have certain characteristics, which make them different from nonliving things.
  • Animals have unique structures that perform specific functions.
  • Animals have unique behaviors.
  • Animals demonstrate certain behaviors that are influenced by internal (e.g. hunger) and external (e.g. tunnels, food, plants) cues.
  • Animals have certain basic needs (water, air, food, waste removal, appropriate temperature) that must be met in order for them to survive.

Social Studies

The student’s flat dolls have started their big adventures we are excited for the responses, and look forward to discussing  and mapping out the wonderful adventures of their dolls. We will also continue to discuss Martin Luther King Jr. and create a beautiful writing activity about peace in the kindergarten hallway. Make sure to look up next time you walk by. :)

 In addition, students will participate in our Scholastic: Let’s Find Out as part of our social studies curriculum.  We will focus on Arctic Giants (a great connection to our animals 2X2 unit) and We have a new President.  We are eager to apply all of these great real world connections into the classroom!

Kindergarten Highlight:

Ronald McDonald House

This year we will be supporting the Ronald McDonald House for community service projects. The RMH House is a home away from home for families who have children receiving treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

These next two weeks we will  be learning more about this important community organization in class and we will be making snack bags and ‘love notes’ to help the families at the Ronald McDonald House. The children will enjoy putting the snack items into their bags and creating a special note to go inside each one.

Thank you to our event coordinators Martsi StuartGenevieve Davis, and Tanya Micheletti for organizing this wonderful project.  Please be sure to look at the signups  that have been sent out on sign up genius to donate and volunteer for a great cause.

For more information about the Ronald McDonald House, please see:

http://www.rmhcseattle.org/

Important Dates:

  • Friday, January 20th-Winnie the Pooh performance (for students only-during school)!
  • Friday, January 20th – K/8 buddies for a fun Catholic Schools Week project
  • Wednesday, January 25th- Ronald McDonald House Snack Bags
  • Friday, January 27th – Free Dress
  • Friday January 27th- January Birthday Baking
  • Sunday, January 29th-Catholic Schools Week Mass at St. Bridget (wear your Villa uniform!)
  • Thursday, February 2nd – Villa Talent Show
  • Friday, February 3rd-Mass for Catholic Schools Week *Dress uniform
  • Monday, Feb. 6th-Parenting Seminar with Laura Kastner (7:00 pm)
  • Coffee with the Counselor – Kindergarten- Wednesday, March 8

Have a great week!

The Kindergarten Team

Newsletter 1/3-1/13 2017

Kindergarten News

January 3rd-13th

Welcome Back and Happy New Year!

2017

Here are some questions you can use to help facilitate conversations about kindergarten during the next 2 weeks!

  •  What are our new sight words?( are, of, look, there, big, blue, day)
  •  Can you think of some -ig words? (big, wig, pig, twig, wiggle, giggle)
  •  What is one of your goals for the New Year?
  •  Can you read and write the tricky teens out of order?
  •  What are different ways to show 8, and 9? (example 8: 3 and 5)
  •  What can you do to show compassion if you see that someone is sad?

Literacy:

Students will continue to strengthen their literacy skills with new tools for writing, new literacy centers, and learning new reading skills in Book Clubs.  The students will also practice speaking and presentation skills while sharing their String Stories in front of the class.

During the first 2 weeks of January our Literacy Centers will be all about the New Year. They will spell New Year’s words using letter tiles, practice writing New Year’s words on whiteboards, find words that begin with letters in New Year, and practice reading these words in their reading and writing.  The students will also begin a book-making center where they can work on stories that they create.  The children will also create a class book entitled, Happy New Year.

During the month of January we will begin to talk about writing goals. Students have the opportunity to reflect on their personal growth from September and choose an area to work on (i.e. writing multiple sentences, using spaces, spelling sight words, or adding details to illustrations).  One goal all students can work on is doing their best work.  We will talk about what  “best work” looks like for each student, taking our time and doing our best on all work at home and at school.

Over the next few weeks, student will also learn to use transition words to help them in them in their writing.  Such as, first, next, then, later, etc.  The students will become detectives and help identify the transition words within our read aloud stories.  Teaching the children to use transition words will help make their writing more interesting and help keep the writing going.  The students will also learn that it makes the story  more interesting when they use more than one transitional word in their writing rather than always using the same one.  Furthermore, students will be encouraged to be creative writers and will begin to write their own creative stories.  They will learn to plan out their writing by telling stories with a beginning, middle, and use picture graphic organizers as another strategy for planning stories. They will also begin to learn how to create a first draft and then make revisions for a final finished story.

We will take these next few weeks to review and celebrate all the progress that the students have made by reviewing short a and e and introduce the short i sound and our new word chunk, ig. When you are reading with your child you can continue to point out words in books or in environmental print (signs, food labels, etc.)  Spelling words is a great way for students to practice phonemic awareness, letter sound recognition and blending letter sounds. A great way to practice is to play spelling games at home. For example: you can ask your child to spell mat then spell mate and talk about the difference.  You can have your child practice spelling words on paper or out loud.  Our sight words for the next 2 weeks are: are, of, look, there, big, day and blue.

Handwriting Without Tears:

The students will learn about forming the uppercase letters W, X, Y, Zand review the corner starting capitals.  We will also work on writing numbers 8, 9, and 10.  You can expect your kindergartener to begin forming these letters and numbers correctly with independence.

Math:

  • Show ways to compose or make 8, 9 and 10 using concrete objects, pictures and numbers
  • Model addition by putting groups together or adding to groups
  • Learn and use new math vocabulary for addition (add, join, in all, plus sign, equals sign…)
  • Model addition by putting groups together or adding groups with concrete objects

We will also continue to practice math skills through our daily calendar activities, math journals and small groups with Mr. Kessler.

Religion and Second Step Lessons:

In Religion, we will celebrate theEpiphany on Friday, January 6th.  We will remember when the Three Kings followed the star that led them to Jesus.  The students will also learn that God gave them friends and that God wants them to be good friends.  The children will learn how to cooperate with each other and appreciate the friends that God has given them. Our second lesson these next two weeks will focus on our teachers. We thank God for our coaches, specialists, and teachers.

In Second Step, we will discuss calming down strong feelings. Students will learn to how to calm strong feelings down by putting their hands on their stomach to check in with their body through belly breathing. We will also discuss how to handle waiting. They will learn and practice  the calming down steps such as  self talk and belly breaths that help them wait.

In January, the kindergarten hallway bulletin board will have a ‘Mitten Tree.’ The students will be bringing home mittens to reflect and write on about things they are grateful for. Then, send the mittens back to school and they will be put on the tree. It is a winter version of a ‘gratitude tree.’ Watch for these mittens to come home in your child’s Friday folder as a homework.

Social Studies & Science:

Thank you for the addresses for our Flat Stanley project.  The students have completed their ‘flat dolls’ and they have been shipped off to their first location! We are excited for the upcoming responses, and look forward to discussing and mapping out the wonderful adventures of their dolls. *See the attached photo!

In addition, students will participate in our Scholastic: Let’s Find Out as part of our social studies curriculum.  We will focus on Get to Know Snow and Kids are the Same and Different: Martin Luther King Jr. (1/16/17).  We are eager to apply all of these great real world connections into the classroom!

In Science, the students will begin a new unit called Animals Two by Two. This unit provides our students with some common land and water animals. Students observe and describe the structures of fish, snails, and isopods (sowbugs and pillbugs). Each classroom will be creating a habitat for an organism. In the three investigations the students study animals in pairs. They observe and care for an animal over time and are introduced to another animal that is similar but with differences in structure and behavior.

Students will learn what animals need to survive and the relationship between their needs and where they live. The first hand experiences are enriched with our Villa grounds as well as photos and books of these and many other animals.

Throughout the Animals Two by Two unit students engage in science and engineering practices by:

  • Asking questions
  • Participating in collaborative investigations
  • Observing, recording, and interpreting data to build explanations
  • Obtaining information from experiences, photos, and books

The big ideas and concepts in this unit focus on:

  • Understanding of cross-cutting (connecting) concepts
  • Concepts of pattern
  • Cause and effect
  • Systems and system models
  • Structures and function

Important Dates:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School: January 16th
  • K/8th Buddies (Catholic Schools Week Activity)-Friday, January 20th
  • Free Dress-Friday, January 27th
  • Villa Talent Show-Thursday, February 2nd
  • Catholic Schools Week Mass-Friday, February 3rd *Dress uniform

Have a great week!

The Kindergarten Team

Newsletter 11/28-12/16 2016

Kindergarten News!

November 28th- December 16th

Here are some questions you can use to help facilitate conversations about kindergarten during the next 3 weeks before Christmas Break!

  • What is your new chunk? (-ed) Can you think of some words that have -ed in them? (bed, fed)
  • Can you read the new sight words?
  • Can you spell the sight words? (How do you spell help?)
  • Can you write the numbers 6, and 7?
  • Can you recognize the ‘tricky teens’ out of order? Can you write them?
  • Where did you plant your class tree?
  • Why is Advent a special time of year?
  • Why is Christmas a special time of year?

Literacy: Students will continue to strengthen their literacy skills with new tools for writing, new literacy centers, and learning new reading skills in Book Clubs.

The students will work on the long and short e sounds through mystery bags, actions, and centers.

We will also  focus on the –ed rhyme. You can support your child’s learning at home by pointing out the many words in books, on signs, and anywhere else with –ed in them.

We will also learn new sight words: red, is, it, play, help,and yellow

The first part of December our Literacy Centers will center around Advent and early literacy. We will write the room with the word ADVENT, go to the Listening Center and respond through writing, make holiday cards, practice phonics (short vowels, at, an, and ed chunks), and practice our sight words using various hands on materials.

The later part of December our Literacy Centers will be about Christmas. They will practice writing Christmas words on whiteboards, write the room, make cards, go to the Listening Center, practice phonics and sight words.

In Book Clubs, the students will learn the reading strategy “flip the sound”. This strategy helps students when they come to a tricky word by reminding them to try both sounds a letter makes if how they are sounding it out does not make sense. For example, when children sound out kind, they typically use i’s short sound. After learning the flip the sound strategy, they will know to try the long i sound to see if that makes more sense.

Writing:  

The kindergarteners are making a big jump in their writing development. They are working on taking all the skills we have taught, modeled, and practiced to write with fluency, details, multiple sentences, and use the word wall on a consistent basis. It is important that we (as teachers and parents) provide the time and space to cement these complex skills before moving forward and introducing new concepts. This time allows each student on their writing continuum to practice these skills or take even further risks. The process is amazing to watch!  The students will  be practicing these skills through a variety of other activities including journal writing, holiday cards and monthly writing.

This month, the kindergarteners will be writing about what they would give to the baby Jesus as a gift. The children will use the skills that they have been taught and modeled these last few months as well as the Word Wall for sight words. These meaningful pieces will be displayed on your child’s classroom bulletin board.

Handwriting Without Tears:

The students will be learning about forming the uppercase letters L,U,VThey will also be learning numbers and 7.

Math:

The next few weeks students will continue working with number stories in their math journals, rotating centers within the classroom, and play challenging math games that enrich the concepts introduced throughout our My Math program.

The students will:

  • Draw diagrams to solve problems
  • Count and recognize numerals to 50
  • Count to 100 by ones
  • Count by 10’s to 100
  • Show ways to compose or make 4, 5, 6 and 7 using concrete objects, pictures and numbers

Religion:

In religion, the students will learn that God Gives Me A Family through our Blessed Are We CurriculumIn December, we are focused on the celebration of Advent.  Children learn about what it means to wait for something, as we wait for the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day. Students light candles on an Advent wreath and learn songs and prayers of the season.

One special way we celebrate Advent in kindergarten is through the decorating of a Jesse Tree. The Jesse Tree is named from Isaiah 11:1: “A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots.”  Every day we share a story and add an ornament to the tree that represents Old Testament events from Creation to the Birth of Jesus.   Through the Jesse Tree, students learn Old Testament stories and become familiar with the events that lead up to the birth of Jesus.

Second Step:

We will be starting a new unit on emotion management. The lessons we will be focusing on for the next few weeks are “We feel feelings in our bodies” and “Managing Frustrations”.  The students will learn that all feelings are natural and  they can use  physical clues in their own bodies to identify these feelings. They will also learn how to manage strong feelings in their bodies and learn to say “stop” and name their feelings to help them calm down.

Science:

In science, students will begin investigation 3 in our unit on Trees and Weather called Observing Weather. Here, students will learn about weather and climate, natural hazards, conservation of energy and energy transfer.  They will observe and compare using senses and tools and then practice recording this information into their science journals.  In addition, the kindergartners will create a weather calendar, record temperatures and construct a windsock to observe wind direction.

Social Studies:

In Social Studies this month the students will be reading Flat Stanley and making their own flat dolls. Flat Stanley  is a story about a boy who is flattened by a bulletin board. He is now flat as a pancake but otherwise fine. The story goes onto tell about Flat Stanley’s adventure. The students will be making flat dolls of their own and we will be sending them to visit family and friends around the country.    The goal of our “flat doll” project is to enhance our students’ curiosity, knowledge, and understanding about the world.

**Please be on the lookout for an email this week going into more detail about this wonderful project.

In Let’s Find Out we will focus on Holiday Needs and Wants and Get Ready for Winter, Chipmunk. These are both great tie ins with science, religion, social studies, and literacy.

Over the next few weeks, students will enjoy learning about Christmas Around the World. Through stories and crafts students will explore Saint Lucia Day (Sweden), Las Posadas (Mexico), and La Befana (Italy). This engaging unit broadens our students’ worldview as they learn about and compare a variety of cultures and countries.

Kindergarten Highlight: Holiday Celebrations!

December is a busy month, full of the wonderful holiday traditions at Villa! Here is what you can expect to see in the next few weeks!

Wednesday, 11/30- Book It Repertory Theater comes to Villa on Wednesday, 11/30 to share the book Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña. Book-It Repertory Theatre is a non- profit organization dedicated to transforming great literature into great theater and inspires its audiences to read.

Friday, 12/2- Birthday Baking for November and December birthdays

Tuesday, 12/6- Report Cards Sent Home!

  •     Please sign and return the envelope after reviewing your student’s progress.  The report card and assessments are your copies to keep for your records.

December 5th-16th – Garland of Gloves Project

  • We will collect new winter accessories for the children and families at Ronald McDonald House. Please bring hats, scarves, mittens, and even socks to school. Watch our Garland of Gloves grow in the kindergarten hallway! Thank you!

Wednesday, 12/7-Christmas Illuminata

  • This event will begin at St. Bridget with a concert by the Villa band. Then, it will move to Villa for Christmas carols, hot cocoa, and cookies for all. This is a fun family event!

Thursday, 12/8-Mass of the Immaculate Conception-9:00am (Dress uniform)

  • Dress Uniform-Villa crewneck sweatshirt and white collared shirt for all, navy pants or plaid.

Wednesday, 12/14- Christmas Program in the Rainbow Theater at 1:30pm

  • We hope all of you will join us in the theater at 1:30pm on December 16th for our annual Kindergarten Christmas Program (pre-program parent reception begins at 1:00).  The children have been working hard to make their performance special.  Traditionally, students wear nice holiday attire for the program.

Friday, 12/16-Free Dress, and early dismissal

Monday, 12/18-1/2-Christmas Break!

Tuesday, 1/3/17-Welcome Back!

Have a great week!

The Kindergarten Team

Newsletter 10/31-11/22 2016

Kindergarten News!

October 31st -November 22nd

This newsletter is from now until Thanksgiving break.  Be sure to read through and mark your calendar with important dates in November too.

Here are some questions you can use to help facilitate conversations about kindergarten during the next several weeks!

  • Can you read the new sight words?
  • Can you spell the sight words (how do you spell because) Can you sing the ‘because’ song?
  • Can you write the number 5?
  • What is the difference between tattling and reporting?
  • What is a Bucket Filler attitude?
  • What are the short vowel sounds of a and e?
  • Can you think of some words with -an in them? (tan, Jan, man, candy)

Literacy: Students will continue to strengthen their literacy skills with new tools for writing, new literacy centers, and learning new reading skills in Book Club.

In Literacy Centers, students will begin Thanksgiving-themed activities.  In class, we will create a list of Thanksgiving words so that children can incorporate these words in their reading and writing practice throughout the month of November. We will read Thanksgiving stories and talk about the different traditions celebrated in our  families.  They will make Thanksgiving words with letter tiles, stamps, and white boards.  They will go on a hunt for sight words, and listen to a Thanksgiving story and write a response.  The new sight words we will be learning arehave, for, on, am, an  andsaid.

In Phonics we will continue to focus on the vowels and recognizing the short vowels in words.  We will focus on the short e (ex. egg) sound and continue to review short a.  The students will continue to play SMARTboard games, sing songs, use the Mystery Bag and participate in engaging activities to help students practice the vowel sounds. We will continue to apply what we have learned through these engaging activities.

We are also going to focus on the -an chunk over the next few weeks. We will be reading words like man, fan, ran, candy, Jan etc. We will also continue to practice the –at chunk.  The children are recognizing chunks in words and it is helping them to read and spell new words.  We are so proud of the progress they are making!

*Please continue to read your child’s Book Club books with them each night.  Thank you for helping your student bring their Reading and Homework folder to school every day.

In writing, students will continue to learn skills during mini lessons that will help strengthen their writing. We are encouraging students to recognize not only the beginning sound in words but also the ending sound and middle sounds.  We continue to use bubble gum spelling to help the children hear sounds in words.

The students will continue to elaborate. They will use the sight word because to help them add details to their sentences. During journal writing and science writing, children will practice adding specificity by including labels. We will also be introducing a pictorial chart to help our young writers elaborate by adding feelings, setting, and people to their work. This also ties in nicely to our Second Step lessons, which continue to focus on noticing and expressing feelings.

During the month of November we will think about all that we are thankful for in Kindergarten.   The kindergarten classes will be inspired by the story Thanksgiving is For Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland.  The students will have the opportunity to think about what they are thankful for and use the word because to elaborate on their idea.  This writing is a great informal assessment and will hang on our November bulletin board.

They will also be creating a wonderful class book that will be shared with each family and then kept in our classroom library for all students to enjoy.

Special Home Project:

This month the students will be reading the story Turkey Trouble by, Wendi Silvano.  In this story the Turkey tries to disguise himself as multiple characters so he is not eaten for Thanksgiving. As a special home project the students will try and find their own way to disguise a turkey for thanksgiving. This project utilizes the following 21st century skills: critical thinking, creative thinking, flexibility, and productivity. Look for this homework assignment to come home on Friday, November 4th.

Handwriting Without Tears:

The students will learn about forming the uppercase letters M, H, K.  We will also work on writing number 5.  The children will review Frog Jump capitals by playing a game called Mystery Letter.  This is a fun way for students to practice forming letters and numbers correctly.

Math:These next few weeks students will begin working with number stories in their math journals, rotating centers within the classroom, and play challenging math games that enrich the concepts introduced throughout our My Math program.  Students will also begin to work in small groups with Mr. Kessler in order to gain additional support and challenge as we learn new and important math skills.

The students will:

  • Name, recognize, count, and write the numerals 11 and 12 using concrete objects and illustrations.
  • Name, recognize, count, and write the numerals 13 and 14 using concrete objects and illustrations.
  • Name, recognize, count, and write the numerals 15 through 20 using concrete objects and illustrations.

We are engaged in math all day long in the classrooms. From taking turns counting the class, to keeping track of the days we have been in school, to number songs and additional problems throughout the day… these children are loving being mathematicians!

Religion:

In Religion we will be finishing up our unit “Who I Am” by learning that God creates our senses. This is a great tie in to our science lessons and how we use our senses to observe. Also this month, our religion lessons will focus on celebrating All Saints Day and Thanksgiving. The students will learn about several saints as well as the founder of Villa, Mother Cabrini. The students will also remember all of God’s gifts to us. They will say “Thanks!” and “Alleluia!” for the many blessings and unconditional love from God.

Second Step:

In Second Step we will continue focusing on empathyEmpathy means feeling or understanding what someone else feels.  We will discuss how to identify anger. It is natural to feel angry, but it is not okay to be mean or hurt others. People can have different feelings about the same situation, and that’s okay! Students will also learn about accidents. They will work work on, “I’m sorry. It was an accident. Are you okay??” in different scenarios. Lastly, we will discuss when you feel empathy for someone compassion is a good way to show it.

We will also read the story: Tattlin’ Madeline, by Carol Cummings. This story will help the students identify the differences between tattling and reporting.  We report to an adult when someone is really hurt, in trouble or property is damaged.  Tattling is when you can solve the problem yourself or you are trying to get someone else in trouble.  We want to encourage the children to be reporters!

Our goal is to give students tools and strategies to help them get along, include others, and treat everyone with respect.  The students will learn that all feelings are okay.  We will continue to read physical signs in our bodies so we can help identify our feelings.  The students will learn to be “detectives” and check in with our bodies to find clues about how we feel.

Learning physical clues can help identify feelings. Our bodies often give us clues as to how we are feeling. We will share a song about feelings and discuss how our bodies change when feelings change.

Ronald McDonald House:

The kindergarteners  have several service learning opportunities throughout the year. The kindergarteners focus on the needs of the families at Ronald McDonald House. The children have their first project this month! We will be making Thanksgiving placemats to decorate and bring joy to the RMH cafeteria. Watch for more information about the Ronald McDonald House in the December Newsletter. Thank you!

Buddies:

The kindergarteners really enjoy spending time with their buddies.  They had so much fun during the Halloween Parade and we look forward to spending more time with them on November 18th for Buddy Balooza and to make a Thanksgiving craft.

Science:

In addition to adding to their content knowledge about trees, students have been learning and practicing important scientific skills such as how to draw and label a diagram, the difference between a science notebook and a writing journal, and how to use their senses to make observations. They know they are scientists when they use these skills!

As we wrap up our investigation on trees the students will  be a part of planting a tree on the Villa grounds.  We will use our Science Notebooks to record what we learned about trees throughout the investigation. We will also be starting our investigation on leaves. During the beginning of this investigation we will focus on using our senses to learn by taking a walk around the Villa grounds to observe the leaves on the trees. We will discuss  similarities and differences among the leaves and  gather leaves to observe more closely in our classrooms. We will use the leaves to make a graph, sort by shapes and add them to our science notebooks.

Social Studies:

Our Let’s Find Out for the month of November will be A Duck Can’t be President,  I Hear a Big Wild Turkey and A Long Time Ago. We will also talk about our families traditions and how they are the same and different.

Kindergarten Highlight:  Second Step

At Villa Academy, we value our strong community where everyone is treated with respect.  In our second step curriculum, we will focus on helping the children develop skills that will build the foundation of the kindergarten community and will help shape how they interact as they grow.  Throughout the year we will take a closer look at interpersonal skills, systemic skills and judgment skills.  They will learn how to better understand personal emotions and read the emotions of others.  This will help the children understand empathy and empathize with one another.   We will practice how to communicate with others even during difficult situations.   We will discuss how to be flexible and work as a member of a team.  The children will discuss how they can be inclusive on the playground and learn strategies to help them work together.  Some of the activities we will do to learn these skills include:

  • Skits
  • Stories
  • Role Play

The kindergarten team has made it a priority to help students create a community that each student can feel a part of and can feel respected. The children will learn how to be a good community member and collaborate with each other.   We want to help the children create good relationships and give them tools they can use to problem solve.  We will continue have opportunities where all 3 classes can get together for learning and have more time to interact socially such as Birthday Baking.

Have a great week!

The Kindergarten Team

Important Dates for November:

Tuesday, 11/1- All Saints Day Mass (Dress Uniform)

Wednesday, 11/2-Diwali presentation for all K with the Parikh (Dhara in KA) family

Wednesday, 11/2-UNICEF trick or treat boxes come back to school (optional)

Wednesday 11/2- 7th grade Coffee with the School Counselor, Mrs. Reisinger

Thursday,11/3 -8th grade Coffee with the School Counselor, Mrs. Reisinger

Saturday, 11/ 5-Admission Open House 10-12am

Friday, 11/11-No School for Veterans Day holiday!

Thursday, 11/18 Buddy Balooza!  *FREE DRESS

Wednesday-Friday, 11/23-11/25- No School for Thanksgiving Break!

Sunday, November 27th-Advent Begins!

It is early but mark those calendars now…

Tuesday, 12/8-Mass of the Immaculate Conception-9:00am (Dress uniform)

Wednesday, 12/7-Christmas Illuminata

Wednesday 12/14 at 1:30 – K-1  Christmas Program

Friday, 12/16-Early Dismissal 11:50

Monday, 12/19-1/2-Christmas Break!

Tuesday 1/3/17-Happy New Year! Welcome Back!