Weekly Update 11/8

Hello KA Families,

Conferences are coming up!  Please sign up for a parent teacher conference time that works for your family.  Students are encouraged to attend the conference as well.  Please access the sign up link here: https://signup.com/go/HkggCGx

Just a reminder, that the following forms are due.

  • -Pre- Conference Survey – This will help guide our parent-teacher conference coming up later this month.  Parents fill out the front, students fill out the back.
  • -Progress reports- please sign and return!
  • -Scholastic book orders (optional).  Did you know that you can help our classroom earn free books, by ordering books for home? You can order online with code P74D8, or send in to school (checks payable to Scholastic Book Club, no cash.)

Next week in KA, we will be working on the letter Nn and the sight word “to”.  In math, we will be working on number sense activities, and practicing the numbers 1-5 and the concepts of “more” and “fewer” with graphing.   In writing, we are working on using the sight words we know to begin sentences (I, we, am, can, the, like, a, see, go, to.)

Keep up the good work with the November homework calendar. Mrs. White and Mrs. Geppert check homework each Friday.  It will be collected on the last Friday of the month.

Coming Up:

  • Monday Nov. 11th– No school for Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Food Drive (ends Nov. 15th) Kindergarten is collecting boxed cake mix.  Thank you for supporting this important charity for our community!
  • Nov. 22, 25, 26 – parent teacher conferences (no school)
  • Nov. 27, 28, 29 – Thanksgiving holiday (no school)

Classroom reminders: Please remember our classroom is nut-free!  Make sure to check any cookies, candy, or other items your child might have in their lunchbox.  Please make sure your child has a weather-appropriate coat or jacket every day, and a refillable water bottle every day!  Thank you.

Need at-home volunteer hours?  Our class would love some new batches of homemade play-doh.  Please let me know if you are interested!  I can send home a recipe (or there are a lot of different recipes online as well).

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!

Weekly Update 11/1

Hello KA Families,

What a fun week we’ve had, with Halloween and All Saints Day!  There are a number of important papers coming home today in your child’s folder.

  • -Pre- Conference Survey – This will help guide our parent-teacher conference coming up later this month.  Parents fill out the front, students fill out the back.
  • -Progress reports- please sign and return!
  • -Scholastic book orders (optional).  Did you know that you can help our classroom earn free books, by ordering books for home? You can order online with code P74D8, or send in to school (checks payable to Scholastic Book Club, no cash.)

Next week in KA, we will be reviewing the letters Tt and Ii.  We will be reviewing the sight words “see” and “go.”  In math, we will be working on number sense activities, and practicing the letters 1-5.   In writing, we are working on using the sight words we know to begin sentences (I, we, am, can, the, like, a, see, go.)  In science, we will continue studying the seasons.  In social studies, we will be learning about Veterans Day.

Keep up the good work with the November homework calendar. Mrs. White and Mrs. Geppert check homework each Friday.  It will be collected on the last Friday of the month.

Coming Up:

  • Friday Nov. 8th– Veterans Day assembly at 2:00 (please join us if you can! All are welcome!)
  • Monday Nov. 11th– No school for Veterans Day

Classroom reminders: Please remember our classroom is nut-free!  Make sure to check any cookies, candy, or other items your child might have in their lunchbox.  Please make sure your child has a weather-appropriate coat or jacket every day, and a refillable water bottle every day!  Thank you.

Need at-home volunteer hours?  Our class would love some new batches of homemade play-doh.  Please let me know if you are interested!  I can send home a recipe (or there are a lot of different recipes online as well).

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!

Mid-trimester Kindergarten

Hello KA Parents,

We have reached the mid-point of the first academic trimester!  Kindergarteners receive report cards each trimester; their first report cards will go home the beginning of December.  Parent-teacher conferences will be scheduled for the Fri/Mon/Tues before Thanksgiving.  (More about this coming soon!)

Here is what we have been working on the first half of the first trimester in kindergarten.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

Literacy (reading/writing):  In reading, we are working on listening and retelling, both fiction and non-fiction.  We have introduced the letters Mm, Aa, Ss, Pp, Tt, and Ii.  For each letter introduced, students practice saying the letter sound and identifying works that start with that sound.  We practice writing the letter, with correct letter formation that begins from the top.  The majority of our letter writing practice focuses on lowercase letters, as these are what we encounter most as we read and write!  We have literacy stations four times each week, in which we work on reading out loud in small groups, listening to reading on the iPads, writing, and hands-on activities such as play-doh, wiki-stix, and literacy games.  The students have learned the sight words “I”, “we”, “can”, “the”, “am”, “a”, “see”, “go”.  These are words we memorize.  As we add new sight words each week, we practice using these words in sentences.  In reading groups, we are learning to track each word with our finger as we read.  We look for sight words, use the pictures in a book as clues, and listen for patterns and rhyming words.

Math: In math, we have been learning about patterns, positions, shapes, colors, and sorting.  We use many manipulatives to practice these skills in a hand-on setting.  We practice counting every day as part of our morning meeting and calendar.  We use a ten-frame to help us identify ten objects and are beginning to count by tens.  We do graphing as a group to identify data and trends in our classroom, such as personal traits, favorites, weather, etc.  We are beginning to work with numbers 0-10, and learning to write numbers correctly.  We have math stations 3-4 times per week, to practice these skills and apply them in new ways.

Science/Social Studies:  We have learned about what scientists do, that there are many types of scientists, and that in kindergarten we are all scientists! We completed our first unit on the five senses.  Students learned about the use and application of each of the five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch.  We identify the body parts that we use for each sense.  The students completed a booklet showing each of the five senses.  We completed apple investigations in September, and pumpkin investigations in October.  We are currently learned about the four seasons of the year.  We read our own Let’s Find Out! magazine each week, with seasonal topics related to science and social studies.

Religion: We recite the Sign of the Cross, Our Father, Blessing Before Meals (bless us o Lord…) every day.  We learn that when we pray, it is a special time to talk to God.  We learn that we can pray as a class, with our family, or by ourselves.  We practice deep breathing to calm and quiet ourselves before we pray.  We share special intentions so we can pray for each other and show caring for each person.  We have read and studied the Creation story in the bible, and learned about all of the different things God made.  We learn that God made all of us unique and special, and He loves us very much.

Specialists:  We are so lucky, we get to attend special classes each day.

  • Monday- music (Mrs. Rivord)
  • Tuesday- PE (Mrs. B)
  • Wednesday- PE (Mrs. B)
  • Thursday- music (Mrs. McMurray) AND library (Mrs. Mallahan)
  • Friday- counseling (Mrs. Framel)

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress in kindergarten, please let me know!  Our hallway art changes often, so come check it out any time!  For pictures of our class in action, please see our private KA Instagram page at kakindofday.

Weekly Update 10/25

Dear KA Families,

I hope to see many of you at the SMM Carnival tonight!  The students are doing great with a more independent morning routine.  It is an important social/emotional learning step for students to come into the classroom and unpack their own things, etc.  (If you have any papers for the teacher or the office, just put them in your child’s folder and we will get them daily!)  Thank you for supporting your child’s independent learning in this area!

Next week in KA, we will be focusing on the letter Ii and the new sight word “go.”  In math, we will be working on number sense activities, and practicing the letters 1-5.   In writing, we are working on using the sight words we know to begin sentences (I, we, am, can, the, like, a, see, go.)  In religion, we will learn about some of the different Catholic saints, and take part in the parade of saints in the gym/church on Friday at 10:45.

The new November homework calendar will be going home today!  Mrs. White and Mrs. Geppert check homework each Friday.  It will be collected on the last Friday of the month.

Coming Up:

  • Tuesday Oct. 29th– Peace day.  Students may wear their blue SMM Peace shirts OR regular uniform.
  • Thursday Oct. 31st: Halloween, students may dress up in school-appropriate costume (optional).  Students may either wear their costume OR wear their regular uniform.  Please note that they may not have masks or face coverings, no weapons, and students must be able to “do school” independently in their costume.  We will have a Halloween celebration in class at 10:40 am. Thank you for signing up to bring items for our party!  We are still in need of some volunteers to help out (need to have taken the Virtus class).  Please sign up to volunteer here:  https://signup.com/go/xHsuZMt
  • Friday Nov. 1st: All Saints Day, students may dress up as their favorite saint (optional) OR wear their regular uniform.  (*It is not a free dress day.) Please note that they may not have masks or face coverings, no weapons, and students must be able to “do school” independently in their costume. Need ideas?  Check out these ideas.

Classroom reminders: Please make sure your child has a weather-appropriate coat or jacket every day, and a refillable water bottle every day!  Thank you.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!

Weekly Update 10/20

Dear KA Families,

I hope you all had a great weekend!  The students are doing great with a more independent morning routine.  It is an important social/emotional learning step for students to come into the classroom and unpack their own things, etc.  (If you have any papers for the teacher or the office, just put them in your child’s folder and we will get them daily!)  Thank you for supporting your child’s independent learning in this area!

Next week in KA, we will be focusing on the letter Tt and the new sight word “see.”  In math, we will be working on number sense activities, and practicing the letters 1-5.   In writing, we are working on using the sight words we know to begin sentences (I, we, am, can, the, like, a, see.)  In social studies/religion, we will have our fall lesson for “talk about touching” (see email from last week).  In religion, we will also begin learning about some of the different Catholic saints.

Keep up the good work with October homework!  Mrs. White and Mrs. Geppert check homework each Friday.  It will be collected on the last Friday of the month.

Coming Up:

  • Friday Oct. 25th: Noon 12:00 dismissal (no lunch period)
  • Friday Oct. 25th: SMM Halloween Carnival 6-9 pm.  Hope to see you there!
  • Thursday Oct. 31st: Halloween, students may dress up in school-appropriate costume (optional).  Please note that they may not have masks or face coverings, no weapons, and students must be able to “do school” independently in their costume.  We will have a small Halloween celebration. Stay tuned for more details soon.
  • Friday Nov. 1st: All Saints Day, students may dress up as their favorite saint (optional) Please note that they may not have masks or face coverings, no weapons, and students must be able to “do school” independently in their costume. Need ideas?  Check out these ideas.

Classroom reminders: Please make sure your child has a weather-appropriate coat or jacket every day, and a refillable water bottle every day!  Thank you.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!

Mrs. Katie White

Kindergarten Teacher

Weekly Update 10/10

Dear KA Families,

What a fun week we’ve had with pumpkins, leaves, and of course our field trip!  Now that we’ve been in school over a month, we will be working on more student independence in our morning routine.  When the teachers arrive in the gym to pick up the class and lead the line to the classroom, we will “wave goodbye” to parents in the gym.  It is an important social/emotional learning step for students to come into the classroom and unpack their own things, etc.  (If you have any papers for the teacher or the office, just put them in your child’s folder and we will get them daily!)  Thank you for supporting your child’s independent learning in this area!

Next week in KA, we will be reviewing the letters Ss and Pp and the sight words “like” and  “a.”  In math, we will be working on number sense activities, and learning some new math games (come see them in action at Math Night!)  In science, we will be conducting pumpkin investigations!  We will meet with our sixth grade reading buddies on Friday to do a fun writing project for Halloween.

Keep up the good work with October homework!  Mrs. White and Mrs. Geppert check homework each Friday.  It will be collected on the last Friday of the month.

Coming Up:

  • Friday Oct. 11th: No school, Archdiocese-wide teacher in-service day.
  • Monday Oct. 14th: Vision screening for kindergarten students.  See attached letter for more information about vision screening.
  • Thursday Oct. 17th: Math night!  5:30-6:30 pm.  Come to SMM to learn more about how to support your child in math.  Classrooms in the primary wing, and the library will be open for math games and activities.

Need Service Hours at Home? We have more workbooks and need to have the pages torn out and collated.  If you are interested in doing a set of papers at home, please let me know and I will send some home with your child next week.  Thank you!

Classroom reminders: Please make sure your child has a weather-appropriate coat or jacket every day, and a refillable water bottle!  Thank you.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!

Weekly Update 10/4

Dear KA Families,

Happy October! Can you believe the students have been in school for 23 days?  I recently read an article about the “magic” of the 25th day in kindergarten.  It is often the turning point in really solidifying classroom routines, expectations, and working as a team in the kindergarten classroom.   The students are feeling comfortable in class and with their teachers, making friends with new classmates, and responding to instructions and learning.

Next week in KA, we will focus on the letter Pp and the sight word “a.”  In math, we will be working on different ways to sort (by color, shape, type, etc.) and beginning with numbers.  In science, we will be learning about the life cycle of pumpkins and conducting pumpkin investigations!

It looks like the October homework is off to a great start, keep up the good work!  Mrs. White and Mrs. Geppert check homework each Friday.  It will be collected on the last Friday of the month.

Coming Up:

  • Thursday Oct. 10th:  Field Trip to The Farm at Swan’s Trail!  Thank you, everyone, for turning in the permission slips!  All children will need to ride in a booster seat or car seat when we carpool to the farm.  I will be contacting the parent volunteers soon to coordinate the logistics of the day. *Students may wear free dress for this field trip.  Please dress for being outdoors at the farm!
  • Friday Oct. 11th: No school, Archdiocese-wide teacher in-service day.
  • Thursday Oct. 17th: Math night!  5:30-6:30 pm.  Come to SMM to learn more about how to support your child in math.  Classrooms in the primary wing, and the library will be open for math games and activities.

Classroom reminders: Please make sure your child has a weather-appropriate coat or jacket every day, and a refillable water bottle!  Thank you.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!

Weekly Update 9/27

Dear KA Families,

We have had such a great week!  We are in full swing with literacy stations, math stations, and our first Scholastic Let’s Find Out magazine.  It is exciting to see the students begin to take ownership of their learning and the classroom routines.  Next week in KA, we will focus on the letter Ss and the sight word “like.”  In math, we will be working on different ways to sort (by color, shape, type, etc.) and beginning with numbers.  In science, we will continue discussing ways to keep our bodies healthy!

The new October homework calendar and reading log are coming home in folders today.  Please make sure to check off and/or initial the daily activities to show which ones your child has completed AND fill out the reading log on the back!  Mrs. White and Mrs. Geppert check that the homework is completed each week.  It will be collected on the last Friday of the month.

Coming Up:

  • Friday, Oct. 4th:  First Friday- the first Friday of each month is free dress, and St. Vincent de Paul food drive (in lower parking lot before school).  Thank you for supporting the important community charity!
  • Thursday Oct. 10th:  Field Trip to The Farm at Swan’s Trail!  Thank you, everyone, for turning in the permission slips!  All children will need to ride in a booster seat or car seat when we carpool to the farm.  I will be contacting the parent volunteers soon to coordinate the logistics of the day. *Students may wear free dress for this field trip.  Please dress for being outdoors at the farm!
  • Friday Oct. 11th: No school, Archdiocese-wide teacher in-service day.

Classroom reminders: Please make sure your child has a weather-appropriate coat or jacket every day, and a refillable water bottle!  Thank you.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!

Weekly Update 9/22

Dear KA Families,

Thank you for your Fun Run support!  It was a great show of school and community spirit out on the field on Friday!  This week in KA, we will be reviewing the letters Aa and Mm, and the sight words “I”, “we”, “can”, “the”, and “am”.  In math, we will be working on patterns, sorting, and beginning with numbers.  In science, we will be discussing ways to keep our bodies healthy!  In social studies, we will be learning what it means to be a Peace-maker.  In religion, we are learning about creation, and different ways to pray.

Homework Reminder: Homework is due each Friday.  Please make sure to check off and/or initial the daily activities to show which ones your child has completed.  Please make sure to fill in the reading log as you go as well!  Mrs. White and Mrs. Geppert check that the homework is completed each week.  It will be collected on the last Friday of the month.  Students will receive the October homework this Friday.

Field trip reminder: Permission slips and $7 fee was due Friday.  Please return asap if you haven’t already.  Mrs. Olson will be checking the requirements for all volunteers.  Our field trip to The Farm at Swan’s Trail is on Oct. 10th.  All children will need to ride in a booster seat or car seat when we carpool to the farm.  I will be contacting the parent volunteers soon to coordinate the logistics of the day.

Tuesday is Peace Day!  Throughout the year, the 8th graders organize spirit days and Peace days for our school.  Tuesday is the first Peace day, and they will be hosting a Peace assembly.  If students have a blue SMM Peace shirt from last year, they may wear it on this day (otherwise, wear uniform.)  If you would like to order a Peace shirt for your child to wear for future peace days, you can find the link here: t-shirts are $8.

https://stmarym.org/2019/09/19/2328/

Classroom reminders:

  • Please make sure your child has a weather-appropriate coat or jacket every day, and a refillable water bottle!  Thank you.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!

Mrs. Katie White

Kindergarten Teacher

Weekly Update 9/12

Hello KA Families,

It was wonderful seeing so many of you on Wednesday at curriculum night!  For those who couldn’t make it, the kindergarten “flip book” and positive behavior plan were sent home in your child’s folder.  Also, on Friday, students will be bringing home their first homework calendar!  This will be a monthly calendar with a daily activity on the front, and a reading log on the back.  Homework will be checked off every Friday. The daily activity (Monday-Thursday) should only take about 5-10 minutes, and then the reading log is used to record daily reading with a parent or family member.  Reading together with your child is the most important thing you can do to support his or her learning at home!

We are very excited to meet our 6th grade reading buddies tomorrow!  Every other week, KA and 6A students will have an opportunity to read together.  Later in the year, we will sit with our 6th grade buddies when we attend school mass as well.

Next week, we will be focusing on the letter Aa and the sight words “I”, “we”, and “the”. In math, we will continue working on patterns and position words.  In religion, we are studying God’s creation.  In science, we are learning about our 5 senses, and will complete an apple investigation.  We will also create apple art in our first art docent lesson with Mrs. Geppert!

Coming Up:    

  • Fun Run is Friday Sept. 20th! Wow, it looks like many of you already signed up on funrun.com and are collecting pledges for you child!  Awesome!  Thank you for supporting our school!  The fun run will be outside on the lower field beginning at 1:00 that day.
  • KA won a pizza lunch! We had the most pledges the first day; way to go!  We will have a pizza lunch in our classroom on the fun run day: Friday, Sept. 20th.
  • We need a room parent!  Are interested? Please let me know and I can provide some information about what that role would include.  Also, if you are interested in volunteering in the classroom (literacy stations or math stations) or completing some at-home volunteer tasks, please let me know!
  • Our fall field trip is scheduled for Thursday Oct. 10th!  KA and KB  will visit The Farm at Swan’s Trail in Snohomish.  Permission slips will be coming home next week.  We will need volunteer field trip drivers!  *Please note that all volunteers will need to have completed the Virtus/Called to Protect class, and have a current background check, and driver form with proof of insurance.  No parent may accompany the class on a field trip without these protocol in place.  The Archdiocese of Seattle is very strict about these rules, and we cannot make any exceptions.  If you would like to drive a carpool for the field trip, please let me know!  Thank you!

Reminders:

  • Thank you for sending your child to school with a weather-appropriate jacket and a water bottle each day!
  • Please make sure to label all jackets, as well as uniform sweaters/vests/sweatshirts with your child’s name!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!