3/25 – 3/30

It was a very busy week in kindergarten!  We focused on weather and STEM in reading, writing, and science.  It’s hard to believe that next week is already April!

Thank you, Anna Redmond for the beautiful candid photo!

A few reminders…  If you are able to escort your child to the playground in the mornings, please do so.  When waiting for teachers to come pick up their classes, the expectation is that students are standing in a line and waiting nicely.  Please remind your child that there is no running, playing, screaming, wrestling, etc. during this time.  Parents, thank you for reinforcing this prior to 8:15am when they are picked up and taken inside.  We appreciate your help with this issue!

Sight Words:  This week we learned the words their and if.  Next week, we will learn the words will and up.  Please continue to practice sight words on a daily basis at home!  You can use this list to reference the words we’ve learned so far this year.

Phonics:  During phonics this week, we focused on reading, spelling, and brainstorming words in the -ut, -ug, and -un word families.  On Monday and Tuesday, we brainstormed a number of words within these word families and spelled them out together.  On Wednesday, students cut and glued their sort picture and word cards and matched each word to a picture.  On Friday, they were able to write sentences that included one word from each word family.

Literacy Centers:  It was such a productive week in Literacy Centers!  Students practiced sequencing story-cards in the correct order so that the story made sense.  Our Blanchet helper was leading this center on Tuesday and Monica Wambua was leading it on Thursday – thank you!  During word work, students filled out their own word family donut-chart that included pictures and spellings of many words within our -ut, -ug, and -un word famlies.  On iPads, they were either practicing their letter formation or spelling CVC words to match given pictures.  At sight word center, Ms. Miller worked on practicing our new sight words and writing them in complete sentences.  During Reading Group, we began working in our StoryTown textbook and focused on the reading skill Making PredictionsThe kids (and teachers) absolutely love when parents come in and help for literacy centers and we are in need of parents on Tuesdays and Thursdays!  If you are able to sign-up, please do so using the following link.

Writer’s Workshop:  We spent our week talking about the weather around us and different climates throughout the world!  On Monday, we wrote about our favorite way to spend a rainy day.  See photos below for a few very creative ideas!  On Wednesday, we wrote “official” weather reports to present to kids who are trying to dress appropriately for the changing springtime weather.  Their reports included advice such as, “Today it is partly sunny and windy.  You will need a coat.  Don’t wear sandals and you better not forget your shoes!”

Math:  We introduced the concept of “take away” or subtraction this week!  We read story problems and drew pictures to model the number sentence.  We will continue subtraction throughout the next several weeks.  At home, you can help your child by practicing basic addition and subtraction problems.  We also practiced our problem-solving skills with Ms. Gudaitis on Tuesday while solving Tangram Puzzles.  The kids showed such persistence and grit during this challenging activity!

Science:  Not only did we learn about different types of weather this week, but we also celebrated the school-wide STEM Day on Thursday!  We adventured up to the third floor and visited our 7th grade buddies for a STEM challenge.  Teams were given 20 notecards, 20 paper clips, 20 straws, and 2 meters of masking tape.  The goal was to build the tallest free-standing tower.  The tallest tower built in our class was 150cm high!  On Friday, we created wind-tunnel mazes using connecting cubes, straws, and marbles.  The kids had so much fun designing their mazes to be more complex and challenging each time!

Art:  Thank you so much to Anna Redmond for leading a very creative art lesson this week!  The students were given the task of creating a “triangle quilt” using recycled paper scraps and elmer’s glue.  Anna taught about the four layers of a quilt and they mimicked her exercise in their own paper quilt designs.

Religion:  We continue to reflect on our Lenten journey.  We also continue learning about the Stations of the Cross in class and as a school on Friday afternoons.  We learned about the community of a small farming village in Sri Lanka and where the CRS rice bowl contributions will go this week.  We continue to focus on prayer, fasting, and helping others.

Lent Service Project:  Teddy Bear Patrol – We are collecting new or gently used small stuffed animals (no bigger than 12 inches) for kids in need.  Please bring your donation to our classroom by April 11th.  Perhaps your child could do a job or use some allowance money and then buy a stuffy for a child in need.  We will be parading our bears to the Greenwood Fire Department.  More details about the delivery walk coming soon!

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • Friday, April 5th – St. John School Auction
  • Friday, April 19th – Good Friday (dress uniform & silent dismissal)
  • April 20th-28th – Spring Break
  • Wednesday, May 1st – Crowning of Mary Rosary (dress uniform)
  • Monday, May 27th – No School
  • Friday, May 31st – Field Trip (volunteer forms will be sent home after break)

Best,
Miss Purchio

3/18 – 3/22

We had another fantastic week together in kindergarten!  We learned all about the water cycle, welcomed spring and all of the beautiful sunshine, and continued on our Lenten journey together.  Father Crispin even visited us on Friday morning!  What a wonderful week.

Sight Words:  This week we learned the words do and how.  Next week, we will learn the words their and if.  Please continue to practice sight words on a daily basis at home!  You can use this list to reference the words we’ve learned so far this year.

Phonics:  During phonics this week, we focused on reading, spelling, and brainstorming words in the -ip, -ig, and -ill word families.  Students began creating their own “donut chart” to help brainstorm words that belong to these families and illustrate pictures to match.  On Wednesday, they cut out their sort picture and word cards, and then read the words to match each word to a picture.  On Thursday, students glued the sort cards into categories and wrote their own words to match.  Finally, they were able to write silly and creative sentences that included one word from each word family.  For example, “I had to take a pill because the pig bit me on the lip.”  Next week, we will learn about the -ug, -ut, and -un word families.

Literacy Centers:  Students were busy workers in literacy centers this week!  During game center, students worked on their fine-motor skills by using tweezers to pick up and move small pieces of cereal into an ice cube tray.  During word work, students used pictures to help them build and read CVC words using whiteboard markers.  On iPads, they were either reading along with bible stories or practicing their letter formation.  During sight word center, Ms. Miller worked on writing sight words on whiteboards and using them in sentences.  We are continuing to read decodable and leveled books for each group during reading center with Miss Purchio.  I am so proud of their hard work during this time on Tuesdays and Thursdays!  We are in need of parents to come help lead a center.  If you are able to sign-up, please do so using the following link.

Writer’s Workshop:  We have been learning all about the water cycle this week in Room 1! We read the book, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and created our own book based on the pattern of the original.  These kids are such wonderful authors and illustrators!  Our book will be available in the classroom library.  We continue to focus on including 4 main checkpoints to make our sentences complete: uppercase letters at the beginning of a sentence, spaces between words, period at the end of a sentence, and mostly lowercase letters.

Math:  This week we worked on solving addition story problems using number lines. Ms. Gudaitis brought in a giant number line and we “walked/hopped” to represent addition problems.  Next week, we will begin discussing subtraction.

Science:  Our week was full of water cycle songs, motions, diagrams, videos, fiction and non-fiction books.  We learned the stages of the water cycle and represented them in a variety of ways.  Ask your child to sing one of our songs about the water cycle at home!  We also “made it rain” in class on Wednesday!  We used shaving cream and blue food coloring to represent clouds and rain droplets.  Take a look at the photos below.

Religion:  We continue to reflect on our Lenten journey.  We also continue learning about the Stations of the Cross in class and as a school on Friday afternoons.  We learned about the people in Uganda and where the CRS rice bowl contributions will go this week.  Father Crispin also joined us and the kids were able to tell them everything they are doing this year during Lent to strengthen their relationship with Christ.  We are focusing on prayer, fasting, and helping others.

Lent Service Project:  Teddy Bear Patrol – We are collecting new or gently used small stuffed animals (no bigger than 12 inches) for kids in need.  Please bring your donation to our classroom by April 11th.  Perhaps your child could do a job or use some allowance money and then buy a stuffy for a child in need.  We will be parading our bears to the Greenwood Fire Department.  More details about the delivery walk coming soon!

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • Thursday, March 28th – Family STEM Night in Egan Hall (5:30-7:30pm)
  • Friday, April 5th – St. John School Auction
  • Friday, April 19th – Good Friday (dress uniform & silent dismissal)
  • April 20th-28th – Spring Break
  • Wednesday, May 1st – Crowning of Mary Rosary (dress uniform)
  • Monday, May 27th – No School
  • Friday, May 31st – Field Trip (volunteer forms will be sent home after break)

Best,
Miss Purchio

3/4 – 3/8

Happy Friday!  I hope you all enjoyed your week.  We were very busy here in Room 1.  This week we started Lent, attended the middle school play, and played in the snow!  Our parent volunteer links are updated and we’re still needing slots filled for sight words, literacy centers, math centers, and parent-led art.  We appreciate all of your help and would not be able to do as much without you all!  Thank you for signing up.  I am also looking for a parent or two to volunteer in the library each Thursday from 12:45-1:15pm.  If this is something you are interested in, please let me know!

Phonics:  This week we learned the -ap and -ag word families.  We used a donut-chart to help us brainstorm and spell words that end with these sounds.  When students finished morning work throughout the week, many created their own donut-charts on the back of their worksheets or wrote stories using their letter sounds and stretching-out strategy!  They cut, sort, and glued pictures and words that ended with the -ap and -ag sounds and wrote their own words from these families on the back.  Next week we will learn three new word families: -op, -ot, and -og.

Sight Words:  This week we learned the words an and each.  Next week, we will learn the words which and she.  Please continue to practice the words at home!  If you need resources to help with this, please reach out.

Literacy Centers:  In reading group this week, we practiced reading and writing sentences that have sight words, CVC words, and our word family words in them.  For our word work center, they played a memory matching game with different March-themed words.  They used picture clues and sounding out to read the new words they’re learning this month.  We continue to reinforce the importance of handwriting and encourage students to take their time when forming letters and numbers.

Writer’s Workshop:  We discussed the importance of settings this week during Writer’s Workshop.  We read a book about children wandering through a museum and all of the different halls they visited.  We discussed the difference between the overall setting (a museum) and the smaller settings (dinosaur hall, insect hall, human hall, etc.).  Throughout the week we continued to point out the different settings of the books we read.  Next week we will compare characters and settings as a review.

Math:  This week we learned and practiced two new addition strategies: “I can draw a picture,” and “I can use a ten-frame.”  We played games to help us practice these strategies all week and the kids did great!  Next week we will learn two new strategies: “I can use my fingers to add,” and “I can count on to add.”

Religion:  On Wednesday morning, we attended Ash Wednesday mass.  When we returned from mass, we filled in the first piece of our Lenten Journey map and colored pictures of kids receiving ashes to keep in our journals.  Then we discussed and brainstormed ways we can give back to God this season by prayer, fasting, and helping others.  We also sent home CRS Rice Bowls with each of your children.  During Holy Week in April, we will collect all the rice bowls and donate the money earned to Catholic Relief Services.  If you have any questions about how to use the online content at home, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Art:  Ms. Kay joined us this week and the kids learned how to draw cartoon birds.  They were so focused and loved this directed-drawing lesson!  Next time Ms. Kay visits, we will color and paint their work.

Star Student:  Please double check your child’s week!  If you have questions, let me know.

Grandparents & Special Friends’ Day:  On Thursday next week, from 11:00-12:00 we will host our grandparents and special friends for a beautiful luncheon and springtime performance in Egan Hall.  Students are asked to wear dress uniform and bring a sack lunch for themselves and their guest(s).  The parking lot will be open.  We ask that your guests come no earlier than 10:45am.  Thank you!  If you have questions, please let me know.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • **Tuesday, March 12th – Class Photos (dress uniform)**
  • Thursday, March 14th – Grandparents & Friends’ Day (dress uniform)
  • Friday, March 15th – Scholastic Orders Due (code: QB6PH)
  • Thursday, March 21st – Report Cards go home

Best,
Miss Purchio

2/25 – 3/1

What a wonder(full) five day week we had in Room 1!  It was so nice to be back in our normal routine and enjoy a full five days together.  Tracy Smith has updated our parent volunteer links for sight words, literacy centers, math centers, and parent-led art.  Please take a moment to look them over and sign up for available slots.  We appreciate all of your help!  I am also looking for a parent to volunteer in the library each Thursday from 12:45-1:15pm.  If this is something you are interested in, please let me know!

Phonics:  This week we continued working on word families -at, -ad, and -an.  We created “donut charts” to help brainstorm words that end with these sounds.  Then we used our Words Their Way curriculum to cut, sort, and glue pictures and words within these word families.  Next week, we will be introducing the -ap and -ag word families.

Sight Words:  Thank you for practicing sight words at home!  The kids are so excited to be able to read many short books within our classroom because they are filled with sight words.  This week we learned the words there and use.  Next week, we will learn the words an and each.

Literacy Centers:  It was so nice to have literacy centers again this week!  In reading group we built -at family books.  During library center, the kids read Dr. Seuss books quietly to themselves and pointed out sight words they knew along the way.  During iPad center, the kids listened to Bible Stories being read to them and they followed along with the words on the bottom of the screen.  For our word work center, the kids build CVC words with letter beads and practiced writing the words on lined paper.  We continue to reinforce the importance of handwriting and encourage students to take their time when forming letters and numbers.  Ms. Miller played sight word games with her groups during sight word center as well.

Writer’s Workshop:  We continued to discuss characters this week during Writer’s Workshop.  We talked about the difference between main characters and other characters.  In each book we read throughout the week, students were so excited to tell me who the main characters were and they explained how they knew as well.  Some strategies we use to determine if a character is the “main” character:  Is their name in the title?  Is their picture on the cover?  Are they on most of the pages?  Are they in most of the pictures?  Next week we will talk about story settings.

Math:  We continued to practice our addition strategies this week.  We used dice to roll and add a variety of numbers together and we built paper chains that represented many different addition equations.  The kids also completed a short, end-of-chapter assessment.  These are in your child’s Friday Folder.  Next week, we will continue to work on addition strategies and number sense.

Religion:  We introduced the season of Lent to the children this week and they put together their Lenten Journals.  On Wednesday next week, we will celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass as a school.  You are welcome to join us at 9:00am in the church!  During Lent, the kids will focus on Jesus and on preparing their hearts for Easter.  We will fill out our Lenten Journals each week and they will go home on Good Friday.

Art:  Thank you Lauren Exnicios for leading such a fun art activity on Thursday afternoon!  With the help of parents Catherine Musangi and Anna Redmond, the kids were able to make tie-dye shamrocks that are hanging in our classroom windows now.  They look so nice when the sun shines through!

Dr. Seuss Day:  On Friday we celebrated Dr. Seuss Day!  We started the morning off with some fun Truffula Tree rhymes.  Then we read “Bartholomew and the Oobleck” and made our own oobleck.  The kids watched closely as I mixed cornstarch, water, and food coloring together to create the odd “solid/liquid” material.  In the afternoon, they worked in teams experimenting with their oobleck and dropping different objects to see if they would sink or float.  If you’d like to make your own oobleck at home, here is the recipe I used!

Star Student:  Please double check your child’s week!  If you have questions, let me know.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • Wednesday, March 13th – Ash Wednesday Mass (dress uniform)
  • Thursday, March 14th – Grandparents & Special Friends’ Day, 11am Egan
  • Friday, March 15th – Scholastic Orders Due (code: QB6PH)
  • Thursday, March 21st – Report Cards go home

Best,
Miss Purchio

Snow Week

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope you all enjoyed your snow days at home.  It’s hard to believe that after only being back in school for two short days this week, we’re already saying goodbye for another winter break.  I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing break.  We will resume on Wednesday, February 20th.  Pray for no more snow!  As our last two weeks have been short and sweet, I don’t have a full newsletter to share with you.  Our plans changed drastically when we realized our days were shorter.

Phonics:  We reviewed digraphs and practiced breaking apart words in our reading and our writing.  Next week, we will begin our word families -at and -an.  We may try to squeeze in -ag, if there is time.

Sight Words:  This week we reviewed the sight words we have previously learned and added the word can to our list!  Next week, we will learn the words saidthere, and use.  Thank you for practicing sight words at home!

Math:  We continued to practice our addition strategies this week.  We used dice to roll and add a variety of numbers together.  We used hearts to build math sentences and show a visual representation of adding groups together.  Next week, we will continue our work with addition.

Religion:  This week, we learned about St. Valentine and his mission to spread love and kindness to everyone.  We brainstormed ways we can share love with those around us, our families, and our friends.

100th Day of School:  Can you believe it?  100 days already!  We will be celebrating the 100th day of school on Friday, February 22nd.  I am in need of parent volunteers to help with this celebration.  If you are able to help, please let me know!  We will need volunteers from 9:45-11:00 and 12:00-1:00.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • February 15-19th – Midwinter Break (no school)
  • Friday, February 22nd – 100th Day of School Party
  • Wednesday, February 27th – Class Mass @ 9am (dress uniform)
  • Thursday, March 14th – Grandparents & Special Friends’ Day, 11am Egan Hall
  • Friday, March 15th – Calendar Change!  We will be having school on this day.

Best,
Miss Purchio

1/28 – 2/1

What a very busy and joyous week it was at St. John School!  These kindergartners celebrated Catholic Schools Week with such bright smiles and warm hearts each day.  I loved learning about their different heritages, seeing them happily donate their canned food to those in need, dressing up like teachers, and cheering on our school in purple and gold attire!

Volunteers:  Thank you so much for signing up to help with sight words, literacy centers, math centers, and parent-art.  The kids love seeing you in our room and I appreciate your help!  We truly couldn’t do all that we do without volunteers like you.  There are still a number of spots to be filled for February!

Sight Words:  This week we learned two new sight words – we and were.  Were is a tricky sounding word!  Help your child practice using the word and hearing the difference between were, we’re, and where.  Please continue to practice the other words on Fry’s First 100 List each week at home.  Next week, we will be learning the words when and your.

Phonics: We learned two new digraphs this week – /th/ and /wh/.  In our Words Their Way books, we sorted pictures that began with /th/ and /wh/.  As a class, we brainstormed words that have the /th/ or /wh/ sounds in them.  Then, the kids wrote their own words that started with these digraphs and illustrated pictures to match.  Next week, we will be reviewing all four digraphs we’ve learned /sh/ /ch/ /th/ and /wh/.

Literacy Centers:  In reading groups this week, continued to work on reading comprehension together.  In groups of 2-3, students also learned how to read with a partner.  We practiced the poem “Elbow to elbow, knee to knee.  I read to you, you read to me.  Book in the middle, eyes on the words.  Ready to go?  I think so!”  With partners, students read passages and answered comprehension questions.  During word work, students built CVC words using magnetic letters and small picture cues.  Thank you to Anna Redmond and Rachel Montague for volunteering to help lead this center!  We also brought back library center this week and the kids were thrilled to cuddle up with good-fit books during their 15 minute library time.

Writer’s Workshop:  In honor of Community Day for Catholic School’s Week, we wrote letters to our local fire department.  We thanked them for being brave, for helping our community, and for saving people and animals.  In honor of Nation Day, we celebrated our heritage and the fact that we are all unique!  When we returned from the American Flag photo that took place in the church, we wrote about what makes us each special and unique.  Students finished the sentence, “I am a unique piece of the puzzle because…”  They then glued their writing onto the back of the paper they held up during our school-wide photo.  Check out the flag below!

Math:  We started Chapter 5: Addition this week!  Chapter 5’s essential question is: How can I use objects to add?  We learned some key words: add, join, and in all.  We practiced telling addition story problems using these clues and practiced math illustrations as a problem-solving strategy.  We continue to practice how to skip count by 5s and 10s.

Religion:  This week, we learned different ways to share God’s love and care for others.  Donating cans of food, like we did on Monday, is one way to show you care!  Sharing on the playground, picking up toys, and praying before bed are other ways to show you care!

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Valentine’s Day Party:  Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching!  Students are invited to make a Valentine’s Box at home with their family and bring it on Thursday, February 14th.  A shoebox or tissue box is the perfect size – be creative!  Make sure to leave a large slit/opening on the top of the box so classmates can easily drop cards inside.  As a way to celebrate our wonderful friendships at school, students will also be passing out Valentines to one another.   There are 24 students in our class.  Have your child put his or her own name on the Valentine cards.  Do not put names of recipients on the Valentines.  That way the children can simply drop a Valentine into each other child’s mailbox during our celebration.

100th Day of School:  Can you believe it?  100 days already!  We will be celebrating the 100th day of school on Friday, February 22nd.  I am in need of parent volunteers to help with this celebration.  If you are able to help, please let me know!  We will need volunteers from 9:45-11:00 and 12:00-1:00.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • Tuesday, February 5th – State of the School
  • Thursday, February 7th – State of the School
  • Wednesday, February 13th – All School Mass (dress uniform)
  • Thursday, February 14th – Valentine’s Day Party
  • February 15-19th – Midwinter Break (no school)
  • Friday, February 22nd – 100th Day of School Party
  • Wednesday, February 27th – Class Mass @ 9am (dress uniform)
  • Thursday, March 14th – Grandparents & Special Friends’ Day, 11am Egan Hall

Best,
Miss Purchio

1/7 – 1/11

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It was such a wonderful first week back from Christmas break!  All the kids seemed very happy to be back in our normal school routine and see their friends again.  We were all very tired by the end of the week – make sure to get lots of rest this weekend and we will start fresh again on Monday!

Volunteers:  Tracy, our fabulous room parent, has opened up the volunteer signups for January and February.  Parents, thank you so much for signing up to help with sight words, literacy centers, math centers, and parent-art.  The kids love seeing you in our room and I appreciate your help!  We truly couldn’t do all that we do without volunteers like you!

Sight Words:  This week we learned two new sight words – by and words.  The kids are having so much fun finding all of their sight words in books, morning messages, wall art, etc.  Next week, we will be learning the words but and not.  Please continue to practice the first 30 words on your Fry’s First 100 List.

Phonics: We learned our first “digraph” this week – two letters that when put together, make a whole new sound.  We learned the digraph /sh/.  We sorted pictures that began with /s/ /h/ and /sh/.  As a class, we brainstormed words that begin and end with the /sh/ sound.  Next week, we will be learning the digraph /ch/.

Literacy Centers:  In reading groups this week, we built and read a book that helped us practice our new /sh/ sound – “Fish in a Ship”.  We continued to use our Lips the Fish and Eagle Eye reading strategies as well.  The kids continued to do sight word center with Ms. Miller and independent iPad center.  With our wonderful Blanchet Aid, Ms. Tulula, kids worked on building CVC words with letter beads and coloring the matching picture.  They are all gaining confidence in sounding out and blending these words independently!  Next week, during reading groups, we will learn our new reading strategy Stretchy Snake.  We will practice how to s-t-r-e-t-c-h out words while reading!  We will also start our January “Write the Room” as an independent student center.

 

Writer’s Workshop:  On Monday morning, the class was so eager to share all about their Christmas break.  We wrote in our Writer’s Workshop notebooks and drew pictures to go with our writing.  We continue to practice beginning sentences with an uppercase letter, using two finger spaces between words, and ending our sentences with a period.  On Wednesday, we read the book “Snowmen at Night” and wrote about what we would do if we could adventure as a snowman at night.  To help build our fine motor skills and tiny muscles in our hand, we created a torn-paper snowman to accompany our writing.  These are up in the room for you to come see!

Math:  We began a new Common Core Standard this week – composing and decomposing numbers 1-10 (breaking apart numbers into their sub-parts, for example we can break apart 4 into 2 and 2, 3 and 1, 4 and 0).  We explored this concept by using red and yellow counters to “shake & show” a number in multiple ways.  The class was very excited to see that there were many unique ways they could show the numbers 4, 5, 6, and 7.  We’ll continue working on this standard throughout next week!

Art:  Ms. Kay joined us this week and began a two-part project with the class.  The kids got their hands on some magic “claydough” and used Mr. Sketch scented markers to dye their white clay the different colors of the rainbow.  Next time Ms. Kay visits us, they will use their dyed clay to build a snail shell.

Religion:  We talked about the importance of our Guardian Angels again this week.  The class watched a short video about a little girl who is searching for her Guardian Angel.  Next week, we will continue to discuss the role our Guardian Angels play and write prayers to them as well.

Star Student:  Please double-check your child’s star student week.  If they accidentally missed theirs, let me know and we can reschedule for later this year. At the beginning of your child’s special week, they may bring in a poster from home that will be put up in the classroom!  This is a time for your child to be creative!  The poster may include family photos, favorite activities, etc.  On Friday, they may bring one item to show and share with the class.  We’ll end the week by creating a special book all about your child!

Note:  Catholic Schools Week, Vocation Day is Thursday, Jan 31st.  I am hoping to invite 2-3 parents to come into our classroom to share with the kids about your vocation/job.  Typically, each parent spends about 30 minutes presenting/interacting with the class in order to teach our students about your vocation.  Please send me an e-mail if you are interested!

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Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • Friday, January 18th – Scholastic Order Due
  • Monday, January 21st – MLK Jr. Day (no school)
  • Sunday, January 27th – Catholic Schools Week begins (open house)
  • January 27-February 1st – Catholic Schools Week! (more info to come)
  • Wednesday, February 13th – All School Mass (dress uniform)
  • February 15-19th – Midwinter Break (no school)
  • Wednesday, February 27th – Class Mass @ 9am (dress uniform)

Best,
Miss Purchio

Note – The Photos page has finally been updated.  Thank you for your patience!

Marble Party

Congratulations!  Room 1 has earned a Marble Party!

 Your kiddos have been working so hard on following directions quickly and quietly and it is finally time to celebrate!  Tomorrow morning, we will have our marble party.  It’s pretty simple, but I’ve listed a few guidelines for you to reference below.

  • Students may bring 1 stuffed animal or “stuffy” to cuddle with during our party.
  • Students may bring 1 small pillow or blanket.
  • Students are responsible for whatever they bring in, so less is more!  If your child cannot carry their items and their coat/backpack on their own, it’s probably too much.  Keep in mind we will also be sending home folders, class art, and gifts for parents.
  • Dismissal is at 12:00pm.  We will not be eating lunch, so feel free to pack a larger than normal snack.

Thanks for all of your help at home.  Let me know if you have any questions!  Merry Christmas!

Miss Purchio

12/10 – 12/14

It was a very busy week in Room 1!  The kids could not be more excited for Christmas and their spirit grows each day in anticipation of this very special holiday.  It was so wonderful to watch them practice and perform for their Christmas concert last night.  Thank you to Anna for taking photos and capturing this special event!

Volunteers:  Tracy, our fabulous room parent, has opened up the volunteer signups for January and February.  Parents, thank you so much for signing up to help with sight words, literacy centers, math centers, and parent-art.  The kids love seeing you in our room and I appreciate your help!  We truly couldn’t do all that we do without volunteers like you!

Ask:  We will be using paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls for an art project next week.  Each child will need 2-4 rolls, depending on their size.  Please send these in as soon as possible!  I would like to collect them prior to our art project on the 19th. Thank you Marney & Anna for volunteering to help already!  I’m hoping we can still get 1-2 more volunteers.  It will be on Wednesday, December 19th from 10:00-11:00 and finishing up from 12:00-1:00.  If you are able to help with either of these time slots, please let me know!  There will not be a sign-up genius for this date.

Sight Words:  This week we learned the sight words from and or.  Next week, we will learn the words one and had.  The kids are continuing to build their Sight Word Notebook each morning and continue to use them as a resource during Writer’s Workshop.  Please practice sight words at home and review the first 30 words of Fry’s First 100 Sight Words.

Phonics:  This week we studied the letters and ending sounds /t/ and /x/.  We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by ending sounds, and glued them on a graphic organizers.

Literacy Centers:  This week we had reading groups, sight word center, fine motor practice, word work, and iPad center.  During word work, the students moved about the room completing their “Write the Room” activity sheet.  The words displayed throughout the room are all about December, Christmas, and the Holiday Season.  They then tried to write sentences or illustrate pictures that included these words.  During fine motor practice, students used tweezers to spell sight words out.  In reading groups, we worked on answering comprehension questions after reading leveled text.

Writer’s Workshop:  This week, we made little books that described the special gifts we would give Baby Jesus on Christmas.  Kids were writing the most adorable sentences and I can’t wait for you to read your child’s book this weekend!  Gifts ranged from blankets, pacifiers, and bottles to money, music, and hugs.  Next week, we will be writing letters to Santa Claus and sending them straight to the North Pole.  I will be mailing these out in order for them to get delivered before Christmas Eve.  Let me know if you’d like to see a photo of your child’s letter and I’m happy to send it your way!

Math:  We continued counting and writing numbers greater than 10 this week.  Our favorite strategy is counting on, which allows us to use ten frames to count big numbers quickly.  Next week, we’ll be doing a variety of Christmas math activities.  (Photos to be uploaded next week.)

Science:  On Wednesday this week, we adventured up to the 3rd floor to participate in Hour of Code.  The kindergarteners sat with their 7th grade buddies and solved block code puzzles to the theme of The Grinch.  It was so much fun!  (Photos to be uploaded next week.)

Art:  Ms. Kay joined us this week to create beautiful winter scenes out of card stock paper, oil pastels, and white paint.  They will be on display in the lunchroom soon!

Religion:  We continued to discuss the season of Advent this week and read books about the Nativity Story.  The kids continued to decorate their Jesse Trees each morning with a new ornament.  We will be sending these home next Friday so they can keep putting an ornament on every day until Christmas.  On Monday morning, we will go straight to the church for our prayer service at 8:15am.  Thank you for getting to school a few minutes early for this!

Star Student:  Please double-check your child’s star student week.  If they accidentally missed theirs, let me know and we can reschedule for later this year. On the Monday of your child’s special week, they may bring in a poster from home that will be put up in the class for the week!  This is a time for your child to be creative!  The poster may include family photos, favorite activities, etc.  On Friday, they may bring one item to show and share with the class.  We’ll end the week by creating a special book all about your child!

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • Monday, Dec. 17th – Paper rolls due
  • Wednesday, Dec. 19th – Signed report cards due
  • Friday, Dec. 21st – Noon Dismissal (break begins)
  • Monday, Jan. 7th – Welcome Back! (break ends)

Best,
Miss Purchio

12/3 – 12/7

What a wonderful week!  We are having so much fun embracing the spirit of Christmas in Room 1.  We would love for you to come in and join us during the next few weeks before break!  Without your help, we would not be able to do sight words 1:1 every morning, guided literacy centers, guided math centers, and art!!  Thank you for signing up to help with sight words, literacy centers, math centers, and parent-art.  The kids love seeing you in our room and I appreciate your help!

Ask:  We will be using paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls for an art project in two weeks.  Each child will need 2-4 rolls, depending on their size.  Please feel free to start sending these in now!  I am happy to collect them prior to our art project on the 19th.  Speaking of this art project, I would love 2-3 volunteers for this!  It will be on Wednesday, December 19th from 10:00-11:00 and finishing up from 12:00-1:00.  If you are able to help with either of these time slots, please let me know!  There will not be a sign-up genius for this date.  Thank you!

Sight Words:  This week we learned the sight words this and have.  Next week, we will learn the words from and or.  The kids are continuing to build their Sight Word Notebook each morning and continue to use them as a resource during Writer’s Workshop.  Please continue to practice sight words at home and review the first 25 words of Fry’s First 100 Sight Words.

Phonics:  This week we studies the letters and sounds /y/, /z/, and /v/.  We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds, glued them on a graphic organizers.  We did not have time to draw and write our own words that begin with y, z, and v on the back this week.  These phonics sheets are in your child’s Friday Folder.  It would be a great addition to your homework next week if they completed this!  We are continuing to practice our sign language letters when reviewing the alphabet.  So many of our students are kinesthetic learners and love this hands-on approach to letter and sound practice.  Here is a video that we use to practice the signs/sounds at school.  Feel free to practice at home as well!

Literacy Centers:  This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, word work center, independent library center, and iPad center.  During word work, the students practiced rhyming and played a bingo game to help reinforce this skill.  When determining if two words rhyme, we use a little chant.  Have your child show this to you and challenge them to find more words that rhyme.  In reading groups, we are continuing to use our “Eagle Eye” to observe picture clues and “Lips the Fish” to say the first sound in a printed word.

Writer’s Workshop:  This week, we focused on the difference between wants and needs.  On Monday, we used hula hoops from the playground to sort different items throughout the classroom into the two categories.  Students placed items such as food from lunch boxes, water bottles, warm coats, and shoes into the needs hula hoop.  Toys from choice time, key chains from backpacks, and art supplies were placed into the wants hula hoop.  We discussed the important difference between these two categories, especially when thinking of the many blessings we have during this holiday season.

Math:  This week we began counting and writing numbers greater than 10.  This was very exciting for the kids, as they LOVE big numbers.  Here is a link to their favorite number song we use in class.

Science:  This week we learned about problems, solutions, and engineers.  A problem is something that needs to be fixed or made better.  A solution is something that helps fix a problem.  And an engineer is someone who uses math and science to help solve problems.  After learning these basic definitions, we began our first STEM activity of the year.  Roughly once a week, we’ll be participating in STEM lessons and hands-on activities.  The kids absolutely loved this chance to build creatively with the purpose of solving a problem.  The problem this week:  Santa’s reindeer kept getting lost and it was too close to Christmas for Santa to keep leaving the workshop to find them!  He needed our help to build a fence using popsicle sticks, masking tape, and sticky tack in order to keep the reindeer safely enclosed at the North Pole.  See photos below for a closer look at your children’s creations!  As you can see, some of the fences didn’t quite work.  We loved being able to discuss how we could improve our designs next time – just like real engineers!

Art:  Thank you Jen Russell for taking the lead during parent-art this week!  The kids created their own snowglobe ornaments to hang on their trees or doorknobs at home.

Religion:  On Monday morning at 8:15am, we met as a school in the church for prayer.  We will continue to do this each Monday throughout Advent.  I’m encouraging families to be on the playground and in line no later than 8:12am on these days.  Thank you for your help!  We also began decorating ornaments for our individual Jesse Trees in the classroom.  We discussed the importance of a symbol to help us remember certain events, stories, or lessons.  Our ornament symbols on the tree this week were a garden (where God’s plan started), a cross (to remember Jesus’ purpose), a dove (symbol of peace), the sun (Jesus is the center of us), and a hand (a gift from God to help us help others).  We also celebrated the Immaculate Conception on Friday morning at mass.

Advent Service Project:  The Kim family is collecting new toys for Treehouse, a local nonprofit, dedicated to closing the achievement gap between youth in foster care and their peers.  Please consider donating a new toy before December 10th.  The Kim family will be delivering the toys December 12th.  Please leave these unwrapped.  Thank you!

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • Monday, Dec. 10th – Toy Donations due
  • Thursday, Dec. 13th – Report Cards go home
  • Thursday, Dec. 13th – Christmas Concert (7:00pm)
  • Monday, Dec. 17th – Paper rolls due
  • Friday, Dec. 21st – Noon Dismissal (break begins)
  • Monday, Jan. 7th – Welcome Back! (break ends)

Best,
Miss Purchio