Rm. KA - Mrs. Skibo

Mrs. Skibo



Welcome to Kindergarten at St. Jane de Chantal School!

Kindergarten brings Superkids, the Thanksgiving Feast and play, the 100th Day Party, the Valentine’s Day Ball, the very exciting Leprechaun Traps and much more! I look forward to enjoying each and every moment with your children this school year. 

Please check this website often. It will be updated weekly, aiming to answer many of your questions, however, if your questions are not answered, please feel free to email me anytime at

Please read on to see what we will be working on each week as well as information every kindergarten parent should know at De Chantal.

January 14 - 18, 2019

I hope everyone enjoyed our second snow day of the year; how exciting to have significant snow! It helps us to kick-off our week learning about snow and winter in science. There is a lot of snow in the forecast so keep an eye on closures and delay announcements made by the county. This week we meet a new Superkid, continue the chapter in math about solid shapes, read from the Old Testament, discover winter and snow, and discuss diversity. This week we also attend the school spelling bee, and have a half day on Friday.

We continue second quarter testing. To help your child review, they should know numbers 0-6 (how to write them and identify), letters (name and sound) learned so far, the color words (ex. red, orange, yellow), decodable words, and memory words. We will also be testing on tying shoes, zipping, address, birthdate, and phone number. We are just beginning to learn these. The expectation is that we start practicing now, and have mastered these by June. 

We sent home a homework assignment last Tuesday that is due this Friday, January 18th. Your child will write sentences about why they love de Chantal. This homework will be displayed for Catholic SChool's Week, the last week of January, so it should be your child's best work. Letters should be formed correctly and the picture at the top should be colored with crayons or colored pencils.

Mark your calendars now for February 14th when we will have our fabulous, annual Valentine's Day Ball in Kindergarten. Start planning your fancy outfits, and brushing off your dancing shoes! All parents/ special family members are invited to the Ritz de Chantal to witness KA's best manners on display and join in on the festivities and we dance the morning away. This party will take place at the same time as the other class Valentine parties. We ask that all siblings stay at home so that there is enough room for parents and for dancing! Snow is the only thing that will delay this special event. 

The week we meet our next Star Student, Colette. When it is your child's turn to be our Star Student, he or she can bring in their favorite book(s) and show and tell items. The entire week is for them, so if they want to bring in a different book and show and tell item everyday, they can! At the end of the week, the student will take home our class puppies. There is a journal to write in about your child's weekend with the puppies. The puppies and their journal are due back the following Tuesday. 

There are many ways to volunteer at our school and all of the fun events cannot happen without volunteers. To be able to volunteer, you must be Virtus certified. This means taking an evening Child Protection Class as well as arranging a meeting with Catherine Tomsheck, our Business Manager, to complete a background check. Scroll down on my web page for more information. 

Please feel free to email me with any questions or comments you may have at . I am also available to meet in person before school or after school most days, just email to set up a time. Happy Fall!


Mrs. Skibo

Weekly Schedule

Religion: We continue to say our three class prayers: Glory Be, Our Father, and Hail Mary. We learned about devotions and setting a devotion before praying. Each student will add a few personal names to the devotion basket, so that we can pul one out each day and pray for those who are important to KA students. We will back up in the Bible a little bit and read from the Old Testament. Next week we will begin to learn about Jesus' early life as a boy. 

Math: This week we continue chapter 6 on solid shapes. New vocabulary includes: sphere, rectangular prism, cone, pyramid, cylinder, and cube. We investigated these shapes dividing them into categories based on whether they stack, roll, or slide, and the number of faces they have. We will sort these solid shapes based on the shapes of their faces. We will use playdough to create the solid shapes, and will graph solid shapes. Look for the review booklet on Thursday in the red folder to prepare for our test on Friday. 

Reading: This week we wrap up learning about Frits who loves to go fishing! We learned the sound and name of the letter Ff. We practiced writing Ff and decoding Ff in simple words such as flat, fit, and fast. New vocabulary we will understand in context include: pier, bait, dock, oxygen, and gills. We will discuss being patient in our daily lives (especially when fishing). We will read Frits' non-fiction book about Fish.

This week we will also meet our second to last Superkid, Ettabetta. Ettabetta loves puzzles and games. She has created her very own puzzle book for us to do as well! In this unit, we will learn the short vowel sound for Ee, learn to write Ee and decode the sound of Ee in simple words. We will read riddle books and silly puzzle books. New vocabulary from this unit include: exercises, excellent, entertaining, educational, hot dog stands, caboose, riddles, sledding, test, get set, shove, fits, keep trying, and address. 

I have added Memory words and Decodable words to the list below. These are words that we will test your child on this week for second quarter report cards. Make sure you have made flashcards for the words and are practicing multiple times a week. 

Scroll down to find a list of the Superkids (as we meet them) and what they are known for. Please review these with your children for our second quarter testing. Keeping the Superkids booklets in a safe place to review is a good way to have your student practice the letter sounds.

Language Arts: This week we will read the Supersmart Interactive book: Studying the Stars. We will read Ettabetta's library book: A Sled. We will read books about riddles and puzzles. We will compare different kinds of texts. We will practice summarizing a text and recognize periods and question marks. We will use white boards to review writing words and sentences with spacing between words and correct punctuation. We will write in our journals about  Martin Luther King Jr.

Science: This week we begin our unit on winter and snow. We will observe snow (wahoo for snow on the ground!), learn about how snowflakes are formed, as well as distinguishing characteristics of snowflakes. We will learn to cut out snowflakes using coffee filters, and will make our own snow globes. We will discuss what animals do in winter and how we dress for winter weather. Winter is officially here!!

Social Studies: We spend the month of January discussing diversity. We learn about Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Ruby Bridges. We discuss all of the ways we are different and similar, from our eye color, to the sports we like to play and whether we have glasses or not. We encourage pride in our differences and use past history to understand why "being different" was more difficult. 

 Superkids We Have Covered

C is for Cass who loves to cook concoctions

O is for Oswald who loves Odd Animals

G is for Golly who loves to sniff Grass and Garbage

A is for Alf who loves Adventures

D is for Doc who loves to fix broken toys

S is for Sal who loves Sports

L is for Lily who Loves her Little Lions

I is for Icky who learns information from watching TV

T is for Tic, Tac, and Toc who love to Toss Tangerines & Tootle on a Tuba

F is for Frits who loves to Fish

E is for Ettabetta who love puzzles and games

Memory Words

(words you just have to memorize)

God, Oswald, Golly, Alf, Lily, a, Icky, I Frits

Decodable Words

(words you can sound out by blending letters)

(new words are in bold)

cod, add, odd, cog, dog, Cass, sad, gas, sad, sod, clad class, clog, doll, glad, glass, gloss, lad, lag, lass, log, loss, Sal, salad, did, dig, dill, gill, ill, is, lid, Sid, sill, slid, act, at, cast, cat, cost, cot, dot, got, it, last, list, lost, lots, sat, sit, slot, still, stilt, Tac, tag, Tic, tilt, Toc, toss, tot, Alf cliff, fad, fast, fat, fig, fill, fist, fit, flag, flat, floss, fog, gift, if, lift, loft, off, sift, soft, staff, stiff

Important Dates:  

 Friday, January 18th:

- Half Day, there is extended day

- "Why I Love de Chantal" is due

 Monday, January 21st:

- Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No School

Friday, January 25th:

- Report Cards sent home- Kindergarten receives their 1st one

Sunday, January 27th:

- The Start the celebration of Catholic Schools Week

Monday, January 28th:

- Open House for prospective and current families


 Weekly Specials Schedule 

Monday: Computers

Tuesday: PE

(wear PE uniform & sneakers to school)

Wednesday: Library

Thursday: Music

Friday: Art

 Volunteer Information

Before you may volunteer in the school, you must attend a Child Protection Workshop and complete a background check with Catherine Tomsheck. Please click here for more information: http://www.dechantal.org/hsa/volunteering-compliance-process/

****Important  Reminders****

- We have PE on Tuesdays. Please have your child come to school wearing only the PE uniform: white DeC tshirt and blue shorts with tennis shoes and school socks. Your child will wear this PE uniform EVERY Tuesday. Please do NOT wear it underneath the regular fall uniform.

- Please pack your child a snack, drink, trash bag (small newspaper bags work well), and a wash-cloth to use as a place mat EVERYDAY- even half days.

 - We are a nut-free classroom. Please do not send your child with items that contain nuts or are processed in a factory with nuts for morning snack. All birthday treats must be nut free and not processed in a factory with nuts. 

- If you are sending your child to extended day, please remember to fill out the form located online: 


- Important papers will typically be sent home in your child's red folders every Tuesday and Thursday but may be sent home on other days as well (especially in the beginning of the year) when important time-sensitive papers may have to come home. I will send an email to alert you should this happen. Please empty the folder before sending back to school the next day.

- Please practice self-help skills with your children (opening lunch containers, zipping backpacks and lunch boxes, tying shoes, buttoning clothing items). These are skills used in the classroom daily.  

- If there is any change in your child's dismissal routine (i.e. going home early, or being picked up by someone else, etc) you must send a note in that morning.  Please do not email me with time sensitive dismissal info because I may not get it in time for dismissal.

- Don’t forget to label everything your child brings or wears to school, we have many children all wearing the same thing, it is hard to trace clothing and lunch boxes back to their owners!

- When sending money in to school please place in sealed envelope and label the outside with a To: and From: as well as what it is for.