Character Counts week: This week we will be celebrating Character Counts week. It will begin with an introduction at the morning assembly on Monday and the student body will recite the Character Counts! pledge together. We will be celebrating with different school wide activities during the week (look below). More information about the program can be found here: CHARACTER COUNTS! Week


Picture day: We will be retaking out individual school pictures on Tuesday. We will not be taking our class picture. Girls must wear their jumper, sailor blouse, tie, white socks and black tennis shoes. The boys must wear their gray, short-sleeved polo and pants or shorts (only the shirt will show in the picture). Forms do NOT need to be filled out again. I do have extra forms if anyone wants to order more.


Spirit shirts: The office will be placing a new order of spirit shirts. Please contact the office if you’d like to place an order. The cost will be a little higher due to the extra set up fee.


Rainbow day: As part of the Character Counts! celebrations, the students will be able to wear accessories in the color of their pillar. Kindergarten’s color is ORANGE (ex: scarves, hats, socks, jewelry).

Great American Shakeout: We will be participating in the Great American Shakeout at 10:20am. This is the largest earthquake drill in which we will be practicing how to “drop, cover, hold on“. More information can be found at: ShakeOut – Get Ready to ShakeOut!

VIRTUS training: There will be a VIRTUS training in O’Ryan hall from 9-12 noon. Sign up in the main office if interested in attending.


Popsicle day: Students will receive multi-colored popsicles at the end of the day to complete our Character Counts! week.


Grandparents day: We will be celebrating Grandparents day on Tuesday, November 22nd. We will be serving a continental breakfast and have activities in the classroom. We would like to send postcards to all the students’ grandparents, inviting them to this event. Please email me at or send it in your child’s folder.

Capital Christmas Tree: We have decorated ornaments for the Capital Christmas tree. Permission slips were sent home to participate. I have posted pictures of the students with their ornaments at the bottom of the post.

Our students have had the honor of creating their own ornaments for the nation’s tree. Needless to say, the children who have worked on these ornaments are extremely excited about the privilege. In the end, 5,000 ornaments will adorn the tree. It is sure to make a truly dazzling sight when it’s all set up and lit up welcoming visitors from around the world. The tree’s long journey to our nation’s capital begins on November 5, when crews in the Sierra Nevada will cut it down. The tree will then make a 12-city tour of California, with stops on Nov. 13 near the L.A. Zoo and a day later in Rancho Cucamonga. Its will be outfitted with a huge Merry Christmas banner with plenty of room for autographs. The lighting ceremony is set for Dec. 6. To learn more or track the tree’s journey, capitol christmas tree 2011


Grams: Student council will begin selling Halloween grams on Monday, October 24th. The students can buy a gram for 25 cents and have it sent to anyone (student or teacher) in the school. If you child would like to buy grams, please send a list of names with the money.

Treats: Students are welcome to bring in treats or goody bags for their classmates. We have 25 students in the class. Please be sure to have enough for each child. We will be passing out the treats at the end of the day on October 31st (before the Saint parade). I DO not allow the students to eat any of the sweets in school and must wait until they get home.


MATH: Review or complete the math sheet your child is bringing home daily.

PHONICS: Complete phonics worksheets your child is bringing home.

WRITING: Complete the writing worksheets with drawings and words.

READING: Complete the October reading calendar. Please read with your child for 10 minutes or let your child read to you.

This week we are learning:


Become aware of how they can help their families

Thank God for their families and pray for them


Discuss Sunday’s gospel


Count backward from 10

Identify ordinal position to fourth

Identify a missing number

Identify the numbers 0-9

Language Arts:

Phonological awareness: rhyming words

High frequency word: go

Phonics: /k/c

Comprehension: characters

Writing:  sentences

Capital Christmas Tree Ornaments: