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! 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! 

January 25 - 29, 2021

Welcome to the last full week of January, can you believe how fast the first month of 2021 went? As we get closer to Valentine's Day, don't forget to send in Valentines the week of February 1-4th with your child so they can quarantine. Please make sure all Valentine candy handed out is store-bought (not homemade) and NUT FREE. Next week is Catholic School's Week. This is a week where we celebrate being a Catholic School. Each day we thank different people who make Catholic Schools a reality: the students, parents, the community, the priests, the administrators, and the teachers. Thank you for having your student take their time to complete the Why I Love My Catholic School project. They did an incredible job and the projects are hanging in the hallway to share. Next week, your student will show their paper to the class and Mrs. Hamilton. Way to go Kindergarten!

Report cards are going home (or already went home). Please send back the envelope signed, we do not need the papers inside OR the report card, those are for you to keep. If you would like to request a virtual conference just let us know.

On the topic of projects, the next Kindergarten project instructions have gone home: The 100 Day Science Fair Project! Anything works for this project as long as it is 100. Your child could do 100 beads on a necklace, 100 stickers on a poster, 100 legos built into something, 100 buttons in a jar....get creative and have fun with this! Your student can organize their project in groups of 1's, 2's, 5's or 10's or they don't even have to be organized! Let us know if you have any questions. Please don't send in projects until February 16th or 18th. Thank you!

This is the time of year we begin to perfect our self help skills in kindergarten. We will be memorizing our phone numbers (parent cell), addresses, and learning how to tie our shoes. We chose the phone number you gave the school as your emergency contact at the beginning of the year. For many this is the mom's cell phone number. If you would like your children to memorize a different phone number, just let us know. We practice zipping, buttoning, and snapping, too. Practice these at home to help your child master these kindergarten skills. 

We continue our weekly Star Student with Cole this week. When it is your child's week, they can bring a show and tell and a book each day they are in school. We will make sure the show and tell and book are not passed around or used by other students. The days your child is virtual, they will be able to present their show and tell around 11:45, before we go to lunch. If your green team child has a favorite book for each day of the week (many do) just send them all in by the Friday before their week and I will get them from school to read virtually and return them to your student the following week. You can also send me the book title and I can find the book in my own collection or online through youtube.

Recess angel sign-up times are available! The kindergarten recess time is 12:30-1pm. You must be Virtus certified to volunteer and must wear a mask. If you volunteer, please meet us at the back door to our classrooms. We apologize in advance that parents cannot enter the school (even to use the bathroom) and younger siblings must stay at home. If it is raining, there will not be outdoor recess, so we won't need a volunteer that day. Your main job is to keep the students socially distanced and safe. Thanks for your help!

Below you will find our schedule for the week - have a great week!!

Love,

Mrs. Skibo

Weekly Schedule:

Religion: This week we continue to say the Lord's prayer, the Hail Mary, and the Glory be to prepare for saying the Rosary in the spring. We spend the week discussing and learning about important kindergarten religion vocab terms and important people in the Bible. We read stories in the bible that exemplify these terms and discuss how we use them in our daily life. We learn about the Eucharist, sacraments, the ten commandments, and Moses. 

Reading: This week we wrap up Hot Rod by playing his fun race car board game. We also listen to his special story: Hot Rod and the Sharing Solution. On Thursday we start the last unit of the first semester of Superkids. In the last unit, all of the Superkids get together and form a Superkid club so they can hang out together and have fun. The word "Us" is the theme of this unit, as together, the Superkids define the word "Us." In this unit we learn the last vowel Uu and the sound it makes. We listen for the Uu sound at the beginning and middle of words. We spend the unit differentiating between vowel sounds in the middle of words. We also practice position words with the Superkids such as under, over, beside, right, left, etc. After this unit, we enter the second semester of the Superkids curriculum called "Superkids Club." The Club is where the Superkids get together and go on adventures as we learn the rest of the letters of the alphabet with them. This is a slightly faster paced part of the program. Make sure your student is ready by keeping up with flashcards and memory words such as: I, a, and the. Your child should be able to read the short stories found in the Superkids booklets and the library books that are online. For some students, blending sounds and reading will take more practice. Reading as much as possible and encouraging your student to blend sounds instead of giving them the answers will help this process. 

Math:  This week we wrap up Chapter 16: Greater Numbers. We review 20-30, order numbers 0-31, count by 2's, 5's, and 10's, and use patterns to count to these higher numbers. We review estimating and the concept of "guess and check." We investigate the 100's chart looking for patterns. Kindergarten students have a difficult time writing larger numbers. It takes practice to remember which number to write first. We practice writing, reading, counting to, and representing numbers 0-31 daily in school. We finish chapter 16 this week with a math test and start Chapter 5: Plane Shapes on Friday. This is a much easier chapter, which gives some students a much needed break from counting and writing numbers to 31. 

Language Arts: This week we continue to strengthen handwriting and phonics with whiteboards. We will also complete worksheets that focus on the letters learned so far. We continue our weekly journal writing about our favorite Superkid. We practice all decodable words learned so far as well as the memory words: Ia, and the. We will read the Supersmart: Wheels and read stories about races such as the Iditarod in May Finds her Way, and women pilot race in Flying Solo, and fiction stories such as Bye, Bye Motabhai, and Five Nice Mice and the Great Car Race. We read the story The Flat Cat in the workbook. We practice reading stories with the correct pitch and volume. We draw conclusions using prior knowledge and we distinguish between reality and fantasy. 

Science/Social Studies: This week we begin learning about how to be a scientist. We learn the scientific method; discussing how scientists use it to problem solve and find solutions. We learn how to use our five sense to observe like a scientist, and we learn about the different tools a scientist would use. We use some of these tools in the classroom as we conduct a sink or float experiment. We create hypotheses, gather data by conducting the experiment, and then analyze the data we collected to summarize results. We discuss mass and weight as we learn to use scales to compare weights of different objects. We use and define the vocabulary words: density, heavier, lighter, weight, scale, and mass this week. We also continue practicing self-help skills at school with our addresses, telephone numbers, birthdates, zipping, and shoe tying.

Important Dates:

Monday, January 25th:

- Report Cards go home with Blue Team

Monday, February 1st:

- The start of Catholic Schools Week

Tuesday, February 2nd:

- Valentine's due from Blue Team to school

Friday, February 5th:

- Valentine's due from Green and All-virtual Teams to school

Tuesday, February 9th:

- Valentine's Party for Blue Team

- Dress up in fancy apparel 

Thursday, February 11th:

- Valentine's Party for Green Team and online for any student that is virtual

- Dress up in fancy apparel (optional online)

Friday, February 12th:

- No School- Professional Day for Teachers

Monday, February 15th:

- No School- President's Day 

Tuesday, February 16th:

- 100 Day Projects due for Blue and All Virtual Teams

- 100 Day Party for Blue Team

Wednesday, February 17th:

- The actual 100th day of school

Thursday, February 18th:

- 100 Day Projects due for Green Team

- 100 Day Party for Green Team

  

Letters We Have Learned So Far

C for Cass who loves to Cook

O for Oswald who loves Odd animals

G for Golly who loves to sniff Grass and Garbage

A for Alf who loves Adventures

D for Doc who loves to fix and build things

 S for Sal who loves Sports

L for Lily who loves her Little Lions

I is for Icky who loves Insects and Television

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

F is for Frits who loves to go Fishing

 E is for Ettabetta who loves Educational Puzzles and Games

H is for Hot Rod who loves to race Hot Rods!

U is for Us- All the Superkids together!

 

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, but packets for Blue and Green Team will always go home on the 2nd day of their in-person schedule. 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 

We will provide instructions for the 5 specials in the classroom or at home virtually with Mrs. Skibo. All of the Specials will be on a rotating schedule. You will never need the PE uniform right now. The 5 specials are: library, art, music, PE, and computers. We will not have all of these each week, but will try to get in as many as we can.