Rm. KA - Mrs. Skibo


Mrs. Skibo

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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.

September 16 - 20th 

I hope everyone had a wonderful time at family fun night. It was so nice to see so many kindergarten families there! We have started to get into our routine in kindergarten. Our days are full of activity and for some, it is still difficult to stay awake for all of it! Your child is probably coming home tired, and that is okay. The adjustment period to a full day of school usually takes 4-6 weeks. I usually get the best of them each day at school, and they will most likely fall apart at home with you. I will always let you know if they are struggling at school. If you don't hear from me you can assume everything is going smoothly. Feel free to contact me to check in or with any concerns you may have.

This week ends in a half day on Friday. Thank you for packing washcloths and trashbags in the lunch bags and for emptying red folders and sending forms back in. I appreciate the support you give our class at home by doing these small things that make it easier for me!

Back to School night is this Wednesday at 7pm. Please enter through the back doors of kindergarten. It should take one hour. The Lunch Angel training for anyone interested in being a lunch angel (you do not have to be VIRTUS certified to attend the training) will be held on Wednesday at 6pm, but will be over with enough time for you to come to back to school night. 

The Used Uniform Sale is scheduled for Saturday 9/28 from 8:00 am to 11:30am in Christopher Hall (gym). This is a great opportunity to purchase extra shirts, pants, jumpers, an blouses. If you have items to sell or donate please drop them off on Friday 9/27 from 7:45 am to 8:15 am.

One of the biggest ways to volunteer in the classroom is to be a Lunch Angel. To be a Lunch Angel you must be Virtus certified and fingerprinted. If you are already Virtus certified, please contact Catherine Tomsheck ( ) to be fingerprinted. If you are not Virtus Certified, there is a class at St. Bart's in Bethesda on Sept 17th but you need to reserve a space by going to https://www.virtusonline.org.

As always, email me with any questions at  

Love, 

Mrs. Skibo

Weekly Schedule:

Religion: We pray a lot at school. Learning how to pray in a reverent way is something that is learned. We continue to practice being in the moment during prayer and strengthening our relationship with God through prayer. We will continue to practice the Sign of the Cross and recite the Hail Mail and Our Father each day. This week we continue to read from the Bible. We read about Noah, the Tower of Babel, and Sarah and Abraham. We learn that God always keeps his promises to us just as he promised Noah he would never flood the Earth again. We will visit the church on Wednesday and receive a "behind-the-scenes tour." We learn about special church items such as the Monstrance, ambo, sacristy candle, baptism oil, chasible, patin, chalice, and more!

Math:  This week we continue the first chapter in our math book which covers position words, patterns, and differentiating between left and right. New vocabulary includes position words such as: up, down, in front of, between, beside, under, over, around, through, above, below, etc. This week we learn to identify the ABA, ABC, ABB, and AAB patterns. We will practice continuing a pattern and creating our own patterns. We use sound, color, motion and size to create patterns. We will review for the chapter 1 math test on Thursday with the booklet Lunch Bunch. We will send this home in their red folder to review at home. We will complete our first math test on Friday. It is only five questions and we do not use it as a traditional test grade, we use it to see where students need more help and when making small math groups. 

We usually learn a new math concept each day that builds on the concepts learned in previous days. If your child has trouble with a concept we repeat it both in small group and large group the following days. I may send home the work they completed in school with a note at the top to "practice at home," which means I need you to review a concept at home with your child. The more times they hear it and see it, the better off they will be!

Reading: This week we continue our Superkids Reading Program. We met our first Superkid, Cass and now we will meet out second Superkid, Oswald. Oswald likes to make/draw odd animals. Your children will be introduced to the letter O by listening to Oswald sing a song about odd animals whose names begin with the first sound in his name, such as ocelot, otter, ostrich, and octopus. Your children continue to learn to name and write uppercase and lowercase Oo on ice cream lines – with a pink (strawberry) line on top, yellow (vanilla), line in the middle, and brown (chocolate) line on the bottom. Colored lines will help your children learn top, middle, and bottom and remember where to place their pencils when forming letters. We will also practice listening for the sound of /o/ at the beginning of words, such as ostrich and octopus. At the bottom of the page, you will find a list of the Superkids (as we meet them) and what they enjoy. Please review these with your children.

During this unit, will read books such as, Melissa’s Octopus and Other Unsuitable Pets, Strangest Animal, I See a Kookaburra!, and Zeraffa Giraffa.

I will send Cass' booklet home on Tuesday. Look over the booklet with your child and keep it in a safe place to use when reviewing letters. 

Language Arts: This week we will complete worksheets that focus on the letters C and O. During this unit, we will read books about odd animals as well as the interactive online book: The Odd Ostrich. We will also continue our weekly journal writing on Friday as we write about our favorite food. We discuss parts of a book: title, front and back cover, title page as well as author and illustrator.

Science and Social Studies: This week we begin our unit on apples. During this two week unit, we read books about this delicious fruit and learn about Johnny Appleseed, the different kinds of apples that grow and much more!  This week we will focus on the life cycle of an apple and the different parts of an apple. We will learn about the different ways we use apples, the history of the apple, and the different apple varieties. Next week we will introduce the scientific method through an apple taste test, as we make a hypothesis, record our results on a graph, and summarize our findings. When you go to the grocery store with your children, be sure to show them all the different apples and the names for each. 

 Superkids We Have Covered

C is for Cass who loves to cook concoctions

O is for Oswald who loves Odd animals

Important Dates: 

Wednesday, September 18th:

- Lunch angel training- 6pm

- Kindergarten Back to School Night- 7pm

Friday, September 20th:

- Half Day

Monday, September 30th:

- Picture Day!

 Weekly Specials Schedule 

Monday: Computers

Tuesday: Library

Wednesday: Music

Thursday: Art

Friday: P.E. (wear PE uniform & sneakers to school on this day)

 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 Fridays. 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 Friday. 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: 

http://www.dechantal.org/campus-life/extended-day-program/

- 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. 

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