KinderNews 5.7.2012

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SPELLING TEST: The spelling words for this week are: come, for, go, here, look, me, my, out, down, where

WEDNESDAY:
Golf tournament at Pelican Hill Golf Course in Newport Beach.

THURSDAY: Crusader Day. We will be celebrating our school’s birthday with Crusader day. Student council has fun activities planned for the morning. The in-n-out truck will be at school for lunch. Order forms were sent home last week. In-n-out food cannot be bought that day. Orders must be placed before Tuesday. Please let me know if you need a new form. If parents would like to order, please use the same form as your child’s.  In the afternoon, the eighth grade and teachers will play their annual volleyball game. Students can wear jeans and a sports shirt/jersey

ART GALLERY: Earlier in the school year, each of the students took a picture of a special spot in school.  All of these pictures are on display in the downstairs hallway outside of grades 1-3 and 8.  The Kindergarten photographs are currently on display.  Please come by and see the beautiful photographs the class has taken.  

HOMEWORK:

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

PHONICS: Complete phonics worksheets your child is bringing home.

READING: Please read with your child for 10 minutes or let your child read to you. Mark your April reading calendars.

This week students are learning:

Religion:

New Beginnings

Discuss Sunday’s gospel

Math:

Subtraction stories

Symmetry

Language Arts:

Phonological awareness: phoneme blending

High frequency word: they, she

Phonics: Jj, word building

Comprehension: main idea

Writing: dialogue, word choice

Social Studies:

Compare long ago and today

Science:

Spring weather

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KinderNews 4.30.2012

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SPELLING TEST: The spelling words for this week are: like, we, want, here, down, up, for, out, what, where

TUESDAY:
Parent club meeting in O;Ryan hall at 8:15am.

THURSDAY: Our last art class for the year. Thank you to Jamie Fries (Luke’s mom) for organizing our art program this year. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered for the art program. The students have loved it and have all created beautiful work.

HOMEWORK:

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

PHONICS: Complete phonics worksheets your child is bringing home.

READING: Please read with your child for 10 minutes or let your child read to you. Mark your April reading calendars.

This week students are learning:

Religion:

Learn the Hail Mary prayer

Safeguard the Children

Discuss Sunday’s gospel

Math:     

Act out addition stories

Answer survey questions

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Language Arts:

Phonological awareness: phoneme blending

High frequency word: out, who

Phonics: word building, phonograms –ed, -en

Comprehension: setting

Writing: description of a place, word choice

Social Studies:

Compare long ago and today

Science:

Weather tools

Spring weather


 

KinderNews 4.23.2012

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SPELLING TEST: The spelling words for this week are: one, two, we, want, look, here, this, do, go to

Safeguard the Children: This week all the classes will be teaching the Safeguard the Children lesson. Protecting God’s Children, Touching Safety Program for Children™, is a school-based curriculum. The job of ensuring children’s safety is a challenging undertaking. The prevention of child sexual abuse requires more than adult awareness, education, and training about the nature and scope of the problem. We must also give our children the tools they need to overcome the advances of someone who intends to do them harm. The Touching Safety program guide (Teaching Touching Safety Guide) is a tool designed to assist parents and teachers in this important task. The Touching Safety program is a vehicle through which parents, teachers, catechists, and youth ministers (educators) give children and young people the tools they need to protect themselves from those who might harm them. Permission slips to OPT out of the lesson were sent home. If you choose to have your child opt out, a copy of the lesson will be sent home to be taught at home.

WEDNESDAY: We will have mass aat 10:15am.  Girls must wear their jumpers.

THURSDAY:
Field Trip to Natural History Museum – We will be taking a field trip to the Natural History Museum on Thursday, April 26 with grades 1 and 2. We will be leaving school (on a school bus) at 8:30am. Parents who are attending the field trip will need to drive separately and either meet us at the museum or follow the bus to the museum. Once we get to the museum, the students have an hour to explore. We will then meet at the Dino Hall at 10:30am (for 30 minutes). http://www.nhm.org/site/explore-exhibits/permanent-exhibits/dinosaur-hall.  We will then have lunch from 11 – 11:45am. At 12:00pm we will go the Dinosaur Encounters,
a performing arts-based interpretive program that lets visitors get up close and personal with a realistic, life-sized juvenile T. rex. http://www.nhm.org/site/explore-exhibits/permanent-exhibits/dinosaurs/dinosaur-encounters. After the Encounters, we will head back to school.  

Lunch: Students should pack a snack and lunch in a brown disposable bag.

Uniform: Students will wear their spirit shirts with jeans and tennis shoes.

Chaperones: All parents who would like to attend the field trip must be VIRTUS trained.

SPRING CARNIVAL:The carnival is on Sunday! Wristbands can be bought in the office on April 25-27 from 7:30-8:30am. 

HOMEWORK:

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

PHONICS: Complete phonics worksheets your child is bringing home.

READING: Please read with your child for 10 minutes or let your child read to you. Mark your April reading calendars.

This week students are learning:

Religion:

Learn the Hail Mary prayer

Safeguard the Children

Discuss Sunday’s gospel

Math:     

Act out addition stories

Answer survey questions

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Language Arts:

Phonological awareness: phoneme blending

High frequency word: out, who

Phonics: word building, phonograms –ed, -en

Comprehension: setting

Writing: description of a place, word choice

Social Studies:

Compare long ago and today

KinderNews 4.16.2012

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I hope everyone had a great break!

SPELLING TESTS: The spelling words for this week are: come, do, for, like, the, this, where, up, down, see.

8th GRADE MUSICAL:
The 8th grade musical “ENCORE” will be help this weekend on April 20-22 in the Good Shepherd Parish Hall. Tickets will be sold every morning near the PreK and after school at the Charleville gate.

  • Friday, April 20 – 7:00pm show. Tickets $5
  • Saturday, April 21 – 5:30pm dinner and 7:00pm show. Tickets $20
  • Sunday, April 22 – 3:00pm show. Tickets $5

THURSDAY: We will have an author, Dawn Wynne, visit us on Thursday to read and discuss her book, I Remember When…. It’s an interactive touch and feel board book. A nostalgic look back at how things used to be, I Remember When provides an interactive experience children will love. Parents and grandparents will enjoy discussing the way it was “back in the old days.”
She will bring in a record player, washboard, film camera, rotary phone and typewrite to make it a fun, interactive experience. She will also do a timeline exploring the evolution of written communication.

 

AUTHOR VISIT: The author’s book can be purchased for $15.  The author will be signing books that day if purchased.  Order forms will be going home on Monday.  If you are interested in ordering a book, please return the order from and money prior to Thursday.

HOMEWORK:

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

PHONICS: Complete phonics worksheets your child is bringing home.

READING: Please read with your child for 10 minutes or let your child read to you. Mark your April reading calendars.

This week students are learning:

Religion:

Mary

Learn the Hail Mary prayer

Discuss Sunday’s gospel

Math:     

Match equivalent sets

Identify doubles

Word problems

Act out addition stories

Language Arts:

Phonological awareness: review phoneme isolation, identity, categorization

High frequency word: we, want

Phonics: Ee /e/ short vowel

Comprehension: reality/fantasy

Writing: description of a thing, word choice

Social Studies:

Compare long ago and today

Science:

weather

KinderNews 4.2.2012

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SPELLING TESTS: We will not have a spelling test this week.

INTENT TO RETURN: Intent to return forms were due last week. Please turn in your forms if you haven’t already.

BOOK DRIVE:

The 6th grade class will be collecting books for Book Ends (bookends.org). BookEnds student volunteers organize book drives in their schools to recycle their quality children’s books into the hands of kids in schools and youth organizations in desperate need of books. Their goal is to collect 1,000 books.

TUESDAY (4/3):

Parent Meeting: Parent meeting at 8:15am in O’Ryan Hall.

WEDNESDAY (4/4):

Mass: We will go to mass at 10:15am. Girls must wear their jumpers.

THURSDAY (4/5):

Easter Egg Decorating: We will be decorating eggs with our buddy class. Each student will need to bring in their own white, hard-boiled egg (2-4). If possible, please bring in things to decorate the eggs with.

Easter Egg Hunt: Sheila (Elle’s mom) and Rhea (Mikey’s mom) have organized a fun egg hunt for the kids. At the end of the day (12:00pm) the students will have an Easter egg hunt in the yard. Parents are welcome to join us. The students will be decorating bags in the classroom while the parents hide the eggs.

Early Dismissal: Students are dismissed at 12:30 to begin their Spring break.

Report Cards: Kindergarten will not be getting report cards this weekend. It is only for grades 1-8. Please remember I am available to meet with parents in the mornings (except Friday).

HOMEWORK:

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

PHONICS: Complete phonics worksheets your child is bringing home.

READING: Please read with your child for 10 minutes or let your child read to you. Don’t forget to turn in your March reading calendars and mark your April reading calendars.

This week students are learning:

Religion:

Story of Easter

Discuss Sunday’s gospel

Math:     

Identify shapes

Pay for items using coins

Match equivalent sets

Language Arts:

Phonological awareness: medial

High frequency word: up, down

Phonics: word building, -ox, -ix

Comprehension: reality/fantasize summarize

Writing: description of a person, word choice

KinderNews 3.26.2012

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BAPTISM PHOTOS: We’ve been having fun looking at pictures of the students’ baptism photos. If you have not had a chance to send in a photo, I will continue showing the students to the class.

SPELLING TESTS: The students continue to do a great job with their spelling tests! This week’s words are: one, two, he, here, the, this, what, you, where, see.

INTENT TO RETURN: Please have them turned in by March 30th.

MAGAZINE: We have been using magazines to make collages.  If you have any old magazines at home you can donate, it would be greatly appreciated (not fashion magazines).  Please check the pictures in the magazine to make sure they’re appropriate.  Parenting and home magazines are pretty safe. 

 BOOK DRIVE: The 6th grade class is in charge of the service learning project for the month of April.  They are collecting books for BookEnds. www.bookends.org  It is a nonprofit organization that coordinates book drives in schools to recycle their quality books directly into the hands of kids in schools and youth organizations in desperate need of books. We will be donating the books to St. Thomas the Apostle School.  Their goal is to collect 1,000 books!

MONDAY (3/26): VIRTUS training at 9am in O’Ryan hall.

TUESDAY (3/27): Muffins for Mom – All moms are encouraged to stay for the morning assembly to receive a muffin at the end.

WEDNESDAY (3/28): The Parent Club has planned a parent workshop – Life Stage – College Planning. It will be in O’Ryan hall at 6pm. Child care will be provided.

THURSDAY (3/29): Jump Rope for Heart – We will have a Jump Rope for Heart event in the afternoon. If your child has received sponsors, please have the forms turned in by Thursday.

Art class – We will our monthly art class in the morning. Parents (VIRTUS trained) are encouraged to volunteer.

HOMEWORK:

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

PHONICS: Complete phonics worksheets your child is bringing home.

READING: Please read with your child for 10 minutes or let your child read to you. Don’t forget to mark your March reading calendars.

This week students are learning:

Religion:

Understand they became a child of God through baptism

Realize that Jesus is God’s Son and tell stories about Jesus

Discover that Mary, Mother of Jesus, loved others

Begin learning the Hail Mary

Discuss Sunday’s gospel

Math:

Identify numbers 11-30

Sphere

Sort coins

Tangram designs

Language Arts:

Phonological awareness: medial

High frequency word: up, down

Phonics: word building, -ox, -ix

Comprehension: reality/fantasize summarize

Writing: description of a person, word choice

Social Studies:

Unit assessment

Science:

weather

KinderNews 3.19.2012

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BAPTISM PHOTOS: We will be talking about baptisms this week. If your child has been baptized, please send a picture to school or email it to me. I’d like to give the students a chance to share their photos.

SPELLING TESTS: The students did a great job with their first spelling test! This week’s words are: to, do, the, my, come, go, one, what, this, you.

INTENT TO RETURN: Please have them turned in by March 30th.

JUMP ROPE FOR HEART: In preparation for our Jump Rope for Heart event (Thursday, March 29), the students brought home a sponsorship form. Once completed, they can send it to school.

FRIDAY (3/22):

NO SCHOOL!

HOMEWORK:

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

PHONICS: Complete phonics worksheets your child is bringing home.

READING: Please read with your child for 10 minutes or let your child read to you. Don’t forget to mark your March reading calendars.

This week students are learning:

Religion:

Understand they became a child of God through baptism

Understand that God loves and cares for everyone

Learn to take care of God’s natural gifts

Discuss Sunday’s gospel

Math:     

Tangrams

Identify relationship between larger and smaller numbers

Solve problem by drawing and looking for a pattern

Language Arts:

Phonological awareness: medial

High frequency word: review

Phonics: Ww, Xx

Comprehension: beginning, middle, end

Writing: story response

Social Studies:

Unit review

Science:

weather

Student work in the classroom: 

St. Patrick’s Day activity – The students wrote directions on how to catch a leprechaun. They also decorated a shamrock with pieces of tissue paper.

 

For Dr. Seuss’s birthday – The students painted their hands to create Thing 1 and Thing 2 from The Cat in the Hat. They also wrote a book report on their favorite Dr. Seuss book.

David’s Drawing – We read the book David’s Drawing by Cathryn Falwell. David’s classmates work together to create a beautiful picture. The students worked in groups to create their own beautiful pictures.

Snowmen at Night – We read Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner. It’s a story about what snowmen do at night. The students drew their favorite part from the book and wrote a command to the snowmen.

Where the Wild Things Are: Our most recent art class was based on the book Where the Wild Things Are.

  Lent – The students wrote what their Lenten promise is.   

St. Patrick’s Day – We had a buddy activity last Thursday with the 5th grade class. We made a leprechaun under a rainbow.

    

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