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! We look forward to enjoying each and every moment with your children this school year. 

In these unprecedented times with Covid19, we are working hard to provide the best possible school experience for your children. We appreciate your patience and positive support at home. Masks must be worn inside school at all times. Masks may be removed outside unless your 6 feet of space cannot be maintained. We will eat outside as much as possible. Please send a yoga mat with your child's name on it to use all year for outdoor learning and eating. Don't forget to pack a reusable water bottle (or two). Our water fountains are turned off and we cannot refill water bottles. We would love donations of water bottles to the classroom to pass out as needed. 

I look forward to meeting your children on Tuesday as we start the adventure that is kindergarten together! Please don't hesitate to email me with any questions at .


Mrs. Skibo

September 13 - 17

This is our first five day school week with no half days. This means your children will be tired come Friday because it is also the first week we do not have rest time. We will begin social studies and science in the afternoon in place of rest time. We also begin eating in the cafeteria this week on Thursday and hot lunches begin. We begin Superkids, which is our reading program and begin reading the Bible in religion starting with the Creation story. We have all five of our specials this week and computer for the very first time with Mrs. Ramsayer. 

Back to School night is virtual (Zoom) at 7pm on Wednesday. I will send home a folder of information on Wednesday in your child's backpack for you to follow along with at home during back to school night. We really hope every parent can attend this important meeting as we cover a wealth of information for the entire year. We will send the Zoom link out that morning. 

Please check your child's lunch items, we have found many with nuts (chewy bars, chocolate sticks, clif bars, etc.) We do not allow any food items with nuts in the classroom. This year we do have students with nut allergies in KA. Thanks for understanding. 

Students have struggled to social distance during outdoor play. Because of this, we will go back to wearing masks outdoors AND indoors as a school. 

Don't forget to order hot lunch by 5pm on Sunday from Vignola. https://vignolas.ahotlunch.com/login

Morning and aftercare are open! Please make sure to tell me if and when your student will attend so I can make sure to get them to the right place after school. 

As always, email me with any questions! Have a great week,

Catie Skibo

What we are Learning This Week....

Religion: We continue to practice praying many times a day. We learn the sign of the cross, the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be. We begin reading the Bible this week with the Creation Story. We make our own Creation Story wheel and retell the story. We recognize all that God has given us in our daily lives and we thank  Him for it. 

Reading: This week we begin our reading program: Superkids. We meet our first Superkid, Cass, who loves to cook concoctions and has a cat named Coconut. We listen to Cass' song and learn vocabulary: concoction, colander, coconut, casserole, ingredients, odd, playful, puzzled, creep and fierce.Your children learn to name and write uppercase and lowercase Cc 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 practice listening for the sound of /c /at the beginning of words, such as cup and corn. We learn that the Superkids are kindergarten students just like us who will teach us the letter names, sounds, and how to form the letters. As we learn more letters we will blend them together to learn how to read. 

During this unit, will read books such as, What Do Crocodiles Eat for Dinner?Bee-bim Bop, How did that Get in my Lunchbox?, Minette’s Feast, and the interactive book, “How Food Grows”. 

Math: This week we continue Chapter 1 on sorting. We are learning to sort by color, size, shape, and kind. We also learn to sort by two attributes at the same time and to sort using our own rule. We learn the vocabulary: alike, same, and different. This is an easy unit to start the year with. To encourage sorting at home as your child to sort the laundry, match up the socks, or sort the silverware in the drawer after it is cleaned in the dishwasher. Sorting toys at clean-up time is another great way to practice this skill. 

Language Arts: This week we will complete worksheets that focus on the letter C.  We will also begin our weekly journal writing on Friday. We learn what RED words are (sight words that we have to memorize) and we begin to read and spell the color words: red, orange, yellow, etc. We will discuss parts of book: title, front and back cover, title page as well as author and illustrator. We will practice writing the letter Cc and writing simple words on whiteboards. 

Science/Social Studies: This week we will begin our unit on apples. During this two week unit, we will 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 the apple.  We will discuss what happens to the seed as it goes through the many stages of becoming an apple. We will do an apple taste test, make apple prints, discover what an apple tree looks like through the seasons, and write words to describe this fruit. 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


Important Dates

 Monday, September 13th:

- First day of hot lunch

Wednesday, September 15th:

- Virtual Back to School Night on Zoom at 7pm

Saturday, September 18th:

- Family Fun Night after 5pm Mass

Friday, September 24th:

- Half 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***

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

 - 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. 

- Important papers will typically be sent home in your child's red folders everyday. 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.  

- Don’t forget to label everything your child brings or wears to school, we have many, 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. 


Weekly Specials Schedule 

Monday: Art and Computers

Tuesday: Library

Wednesday: Music

Thursday: Art

Friday: PE

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What class will my child be in? At de Chantal, Mrs. Hamilton releases the class lists for the upcoming school year a couple of days before school begins in late August. The lists are posted at the entry door for the school (not the door facing old Georgetown Rd, but the door near the Atrium on the side of the school). Mrs. Hamilton will send an email when the class lists come out. This is usually a very exciting and much anticipated announcement for the students! There are two kindergarten classes: KA and KB.

2. What is the uniform for kindergarten students? All uniform items should be purchased at Flynn and O'Hara. There is a fall/spring and winter uniform. There is also a PE uniform. In the fall/spring, boys wear a short sleeve white polo shirt with the de Chantal crest, navy blue Flynn and O'Hara shorts, white or blue de Chantal socks, and the shoes are Bucks. The girls wear short sleeve polo shirts with plaid Bermuda shorts OR a white blouse with the plaid jumper, white or blue de Chantal socks, and either black or blue Mary Janes, saddle shoes, or Bucks. Shoes should be leather, not canvas. ALL kindergarten students wear the PE uniform only on their designated PE day. The PE uniform is navy blue jersey shorts with the de Chantal logo, and a white PE t-shirt with the de Chantal logo. De Chantal socks and sneakers are worn to school on PE days.

3. Is there Hot Lunch and how does my child buy it? Yes. Vignola Gourmet is providing our hot lunch this year. Please see the link on the de Chantal main page to sign up for hot lunches. You must have completed your weekly selections by 5pm on Sunday for the upcoming week. We will eat in the cafeteria 1-2 days per week. The other days will be in the classroom or outside. 

4. Are you nut free? YES! We are nut free in every classroom. The cafeteria is not nut free, but does have nut free tables. Sunbutter and coconut are allowed.

5. What should we bring on the first day of school? Your child should be in full fall uniform with a backpack and a lunchbox. The backpack should not be a small pre-k backpack, it should be a full size backpack (Overall: 13.75" wide x 7.5" deep x 17" high or larger works best). NO rolling backpacks please. In the backpack should be all of the school supplies from the list found on our de Chantal school supplies website. In the lunchbox should be snack for the first day, a washcloth to use as a placemat, and a trash bag (no lunch because it is a noon dismissal day). Each day you child’s lunch box should have a washcloth to be used as a placemat and a trash bag (newspapers bags work well). Even though you may pack their entire lunch using reusable containers, they will still need a trash bag each day to bring home trash from unexpected birthday treats and other snack items shared with our class. 

6. When is dismissal? The first day of school is a noon dismissal. The next days, Wednesday and Thursday are full days with a 3pm dismissal. All school days run from 7:45am- 3pm. You will not be marked tardy if you are in school by 8:10am. 

7. When is Back to School Night? Back to School night is at 7pm on Zoom on Wednesday, September 15th.

8. Is there Extended Care? Yes, our school has a fabulous extended day program run by our nurse and our current PE teacher. It has an outstanding study hall run by our resource teacher. Hours are from 7-7:45am and 3-6pm. There is an additional fee for the program. You can find more information on our de Chantal website.

9. What should I do if I have any questions? Feel free to email me: or ask a parent friend who’s child already attends de Chantal. There is a very detailed Handbook with answers to all of your questions. We will send it out the first week of school.

 10. I am worried about my child’s adjustment in a new school…. We understand completely and we are here to make that adjustment smooth and seamless. We work hard to make everyone feel welcome, loved, and safe. We will help your child make friends, introduce them to everything at de Chantal, and communicate with you frequently. You will be able to walk your child in to school during the first week of school and after that, 7th and 8th grade students will help walk your child into school and get them to the right classroom. It takes a little bit of time to adjust to kindergarten, but we will be with them every step of the way. Never hesitate to email me and let me know your concerns, even if your child had a rough start to their day and may need some extra love and care. Every year we successfully usher in a new group of kindergarten students and they go on to be successful first graders in June!

 11. I’m ready to get involved what should I do first? There are MANY ways to volunteer at de Chantal and that is one of the best ways to jump in and get involved in our vibrant community. To volunteer at de Chantal you must be VIRTUS certified and do a background check with Mrs. Catherine Tomsheck in our business office. For more information please visit http://www.dechantal.org/volunteering/