St. Mary's Catholic Grade School. We have educated children living in Woodford County; Metamora, Germantown Hills, Washburn, Eureka, and Roanoke areas for over 135 years.
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St. Marys School
St. Mary's Grade School
400 West Chatham
Metamora, IL 61548
tel: 309-367-2528 ● fax: 309-367-2169
St. Marys School

Welcome

 

to Mrs. DuBois' Kindergarten page! 

Meet the Teacher

 

2020-2021

 

Kindergarten Morning Prayer

These Kinder-cuties start each day with a Morning Offering. 

Such sweet souls!

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March News

 

The Cat in the Hat

We started March with a celebration of Dr. Seuss in honor of his March 2 birthday.  Check out these cute Cats and see if you can find your cutie.  

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Thing One and Thing Two

Cutest craft ever! 

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Bartholomew and the Oobleck

In The kids enjoyed the story of Bartholomew and the Oobleck, not only for the crazy, Seuss-ical story, but also for the great lesson it teaches.  Everyone needs to say they're sorry from time to time!  And then they had a blast making some oobleck of their own!  How can something be hard and solid, sticky and runny all at the same time? Pretty cool stuff!

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February News

 

February Birthdays

We had two birthday celebrations in February.

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Pete the Cat

Who doesn't just love Pete?!  We had a fun three-day week reading about and watching Pete in action and using what we learned to discuss character traits.  What a character Pete is!  We explored subtraction using his lost buttons and his missing cupcakes too.  And we learned that when things go wrong...

Do we cry?  Goodness no!

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Valentine Party

We ended our week with a Valentine Party!  Many thanks to all the families that contributed to the fun with the crafts, plates & napkins, chips, cookies and PIZZA!  What a special treat!  

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We had so much fun delivering cards & goodies to all our friends.

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Valentine's Day Fun

We had tons of fun during Vv week preparing for the Feast of St. Valentine.  Aside from learning his story, which helped us all understand why we send little cards to each, we also played some fun Valentine skills games.  We added dice and used the sum to color a cute Valentine picture.  We spun Cupid's arrow and made real or nonsense words depending on what letters we landed on (which became hilarious!).  The kiddos began creating meanings for their nonsense words and it was simply comical!  We also used candy conversation hearts to sort, count, tally, graph, analyze, add and compare using greater than/less than symbols.  We even wrote some sentences using the phrases on them.  (We also ate some, of course.)  It was a super fun week!

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100th Day of School

We made it!

We are 100 days smarter!  The kiddos celebrated this fun milestone with a party.  They made 100th Day T-shirts, hats, necklaces and flags.  They did everything the 100 way and ended the day with a yummy cupcake. 

Now the big question...

Will we make it to 200?

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Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week is always a fun way to show how much we love our special school.  The kiddos had the opportunity to help out those in need with a collection for the Friendship House, they made cards for the residents of Snyder Village, and participated in Class Color Day

(which was also Pizza Day!).  

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January News

 

Marshmallow Snowflakes

We had a fun week of winter activities and the kiddos loved learning about snowflakes.  We learned that they are made from ice crystals and that each one has six sides.  We took this new information and tried to create a six-sided "crystal" from toothpicks and marshmallows.  It was yummy fun because we, of course, munched some marshmallows too!

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Snow Fun!

We had a winter wonderland in the play yard for our first week back.  Outside recess was a blast!  So good to see all the monkeys having so much fun together!

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December News

 

Virtual Spirit Week

Our Student Council organized a school-wide spirit week as a fun way to celebrate Christmas "together" while we're apart!  We had days like:  crazy hat day, Christmas clothes day, bring your pet to "school" day, and pajama day.  The kinder-kids had fun and it was great to get pictures of their participation from home!

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G is for God's Greatest Gift

For our third week of E-learning we practiced the letter Gg, which had us focusing on God's Greatest Gift:  Jesus of course!  We had several nativity crafts, some fun games with gift boxes and a ZOOM meeting where we played "What's in the Gift Box?"  (It was Baby Jesus!)  It was also a perfect week to learn about Our Lady of Guadalupe, with some fun videos about St. Juan Diego and his vision of Mary, as well as some fun projects.  Great job learning at home kiddos!

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N is for Nicholas!

For our second full week of E-Learning we focused on the letter Nn and it was the perfect time to learn all about St. Nicholas.  Thanks for sending all the pictures of your St. Nick fun and all the hard work you are doing at home.  I'm proud of you!

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November News

 

Christ the King

Thanks to all of you that sent in pictures of your kiddos making their Christ the King Crowns!  Loved seeing their sweet faces!

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Our First Week of Virtual Learning

The Kinder-kiddos (and their families!) did a great job transitioning into Virtual Learning this past week.  I am so proud of how hard everyone worked and love seeing the great pictures of all of you working at home!

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Happy Birthday, Little Monkey

We had the chance to celebrate with this little monkey on our last day before transitioning to virtual learning.

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Welcome to our New Friend

We're so excited to have a new friend in our class!

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Fall Fun

The trees that line the play yard have to be some of the most beautiful anywhere in town this time of year and when they dropped their leaves, we couldn't resist to spend some time outside playing in them!  What fun!  

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SAINTS AND SCARECROWS

Saints in the Making

We began November with the letter Ss and a week of learning all about All Saints Day.  We had so much fun with a saints coloring book, coloring page and matching card game.  We focused on several of the saints that we learn about throughout the kindergarten year:

St. Mary, St. Michael, St. Francis, St. Therese, St. Anthony, St. Lucy, St. Nicholas, St. Patrick, St. Bernadette and St. Faustina.  

Why do we learn about the saints?  Well...so we can become on ourselves of course!  They are beautiful examples of regular people, just like us, who loved God by living a life of prayer and service others.  If we can be like them, we can be a saint too!

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Scarecrows 

Letter Ss week was a perfect time for some fall scarecrow fun!  We read about a shy scarecrow, a lonely scarecrow and a scarecrow begin built.  We built our own and wrote about him (or her!) using words we know like:  he, she, is, by, do & you.  We played some number bonding games and made a number bond book to help us practice our math fluency to five. We also learned some funny dances!  Have you ever danced like a scarecrow?  We have!

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October News 

 

JACKS EVERYWHERE!

Happy Halloween

The kinder-kids are just too cute to be spooky!  Check out all the fun costumes from our Halloween party.

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All Things Jack-o-Lantern

Our mini jack-o-lantern unit came to an end right as we prepared to celebrate Halloween!  We had fun all week with the letter Jj and all things pumpkin!  We read a little book about Jack the Jack -o- Lantern and all his emotions (helping us practice the word family /ad/).  We made a Five Little Jack-o-Lanterns setting and added candy characters to retell the story together and practiced our CVC words and sight words in another easy reader.  We also carved a jack-o-lantern, planted the seeds and talked about the life cycle we hope to watch happen in our root garden.  Lastly, we had tons of fun in our game binder with jack-o-lantern equations, place value and number bonds.

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Jack!

To start our Jack-o-Lantern mini unit, each kiddo created his or her own little Jack!  They turned out super-cute and were very creative.  Some used marker, some used felt, some used plastic pieces...And some used all three!  

Many thanks to Grandma and Grandpa Schaidle for donating the pumpkins from their farm.  

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The First Snow

What a perfect first snowy day we had!  We couldn't resist grabbing our coats and heading right out into the thick of it! 

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MONSTERS!!

Monster Math

We had fun with all sorts of math concepts during our monster mini unit.  We counted on and back, focusing on "one more" and "one less".  We played a fun monster game called Monster Equations ~ We rolled dice, subitized the number of dots and used the counting on strategy to add them together.  Then we recorded the equation.  The kiddos did a great job!  We also made a really cool monster using all sorts of shapes, then recorded which shapes we used.  We learned new shape words like: trapezoid, octagon and hexagon.

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Monster Readers

The kiddos have been working so hard this new quarter learning all sorts of sight words as well as learning to blend sounds together to read simple, three letter words.  It was fantastic to see them use these new skills in all of our reading activities during our monster mini unit.  They played a game called Feed the Monster, which had them reading story strips and finding the correct animal (pig, cat, hen, bug, dog) to "feed" to the monster on their game boards.  They also had two great books to read during this unit that had them practicing new sight words, CVC words, as well as color words.  The kinder-kids are becoming "Monster" readers!  

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Writing about Monsters

Readers become better readers by reading and writers become better writers by writing!  The kinder-kids were challenged this week to use some of their new sight words in a full sentence, as well as use what the know about counting sounds to spell a word they don't know.  It was a HUGE process and the did a "MONSTER" job!  Each kiddo was given a picture of a CVC word (jet, pan, fox, sun, wig, etc) and they used that to write the sentence:

My monster is by the _____.

Then they illustrated their story board to match.  

I hope you can zoom in so you can see each kiddo's fantastic writing.  And keep in mind, they did this all on their own.  No copying from a board, no help from me!  

WOW!  Way to go kiddos!

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Mini Monsters

Making mini-monsters from Play-Dough was so much fun!  

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X is for X-Ray

Since it's almost Halloween, we skipped to the end of the alphabet for our review of the letter Xx and had some fun with X-rays (since they look like skeletons!).  The kiddos had fun learning the Skeleton Dance as well as some vocabulary about their bones.  We made Q-tip X-rays and practiced words in the "at" family by looking at the x-rays of a "cat", "bat" and "rat".  We also practiced addition while building the parts of a skeleton based on the answer to simple equations.  It was a short week, but filled with Halloween fun! 

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Fire Safety Month

We had our first fire drill for Fire Safety Month and the kiddos did a great job finding our safe place!  Then we had a chance to talk to Firefighter Sluga, learning all about the fire engine!

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Our Lady of the Rosary

October is the month of the rosary and we had a fun day celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.  We made an edible rosary using chocolate chips (for the Hail Mary) and marshmallows (for the Our Father).  We practiced the prayers, colored images of the rosary & the Blessed Mother, and even got to choose a special rosary all our own to take home (to remind us to pray a Hail Mary every night!) 

Mother Mary, Pray for Us!

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Apples Everywhere

After finishing our 5 week long ABC unit, we'll now have weekly mini units to focus on reinforcing one letter each week.  This week was letter Aa and our mini Apple unit!  We had apples everywhere!  The kiddos enjoyed several apple games in their green binders, created fun apple projects in their center baskets and had a fun day of apple tasting.  We graphed our favorite type of apple and even practiced our great emergent writing skills by writing a sentence about which apple was our favorite.  We had a little reader about apples that helped us practice lots of our sight words and number words.  It was a fabulous week!

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September News

 

Number and Pattern Play

As we continue to work our way through the alphabet, we always take some afternoon time to work on math skills as we play in our green binders.  This week, our games focused on number and pattern play activities.  The kiddos practiced matching numbers, recognizing combinations to ten using groups of pencils and extending all sorts of patterns.  

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K is for Kool-Aid!

We focused on the letters Jj - Nn this week and took some time out from all our hard word to enjoy some "Kool-Aid" on "Kk" day!

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Picture Day

Take a look at these gorgeous kiddos!

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Happy Birthday Little Monkey!

We celebrated another birthday this week!

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Fun with Letter "Ii"

On Friday of this week, we practiced the letter Ii.  It's a bit tricky to find snacks, activities and fun ideas for the letter Ii, but to end our week and our day on Friday, we enjoyed some "ice" pops.  And since it was a rainy day, we had to eat them "inside" (another "Ii" word) so I guess it worked out!

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Letter Challenge

After practicing several letters on paper and on our little marker boards, we played a fun game with some of our desk toys.  We tried to see what kinds of letters we could form using our tiles and links. We discovered that the tiles were good for making letters that had straight lines and the links were good for letters that were curved.  Some kiddos got creative and blended the two tools so they could create letters that had flat sides and curved lines.

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Happy Birthday Little Monkey!

We had a birthday celebration this week! 

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Green Binder Math and Letter Games

This week's Green Binder Games had us practicing the letters and numbers of the week.  We focused on numbers 1-5 in concept and proper number form, as well as patterning.  We also practiced letters A - E, learning how to write them each the kindergarten way.  We worked on those letter sounds, and began making several books that we will add to throughout the month of September.  They include:  I Can Write My Letters, The Alphabet Action Book, and I See the ABC's.  For one, we have even starting learning to write a full sentence!

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August News

  

Happy Birthday Little Monkey!

We had a birthday celebration this week!

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Introducing:  Green Binder Games

It just wouldn't be kindergarten without center time, but with COVID issues we are unable to play in centers with shared materials.  So to make the time that would normally have been reserved for centers more fun, we now have a really cool alternative:  Green Binder Games.  Each kiddo has a special green binder with all sorts of fun, colorful and interactive print and play games.  Each day, we learn a new game, but at center time, the kids can play any of them they want.  And next week, we'll learn to start recording our game results, adding an extra level of learning to the fun.  This week's games were, of course, monkey games!  

Feed the Monkey

Five Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Monkey Tails

All three monkey games reinforced number recognition, subitizing and counting.

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Monkey Monkey Who Do You See?

We made cute little monkey masks. I wonder which kinder-kid is hiding behind each.

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Our First Unit: Monkeys!

Of course we started our first full week with a mini unit on ~ what else ~ MONKEYS!

We had all sorts of fun reading silly monkey books, as well as some informational nonfiction.  We made monkey crafts (a stick puppet and a life-sized monkey) and played some neat little monkey games.  We also had some great monkey snacks, like monkey bread, a monkey cookie and mini monkey cupcakes.  

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Outdoor Learning

We were very blessed to have received a donation of some cute little portable desks and the kids absolutely love going outside for some of our lessons.  We usually take about a half hour each morning to sit in the shaded portion of the playground and another half hour in the afternoon to work out under the sycamore tree in the play yard.  What a wonderful way to get some fresh air and still be able to get some activities done!

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Washing Those Germs Away

Our last day this week was spent learning all about how to wash our hands here at school, making sure to get all those icky germs down the drain!  We played a funny game, sorting things we need to wash our hands (like soap and paper towels) and things we don't need (like a bathtub and toothpaste!).  We also created two little hand prints:  one dirty with germs and one clean after washing, and as a special treat, the kiddos got to choose a "clean hand clapper" at the end of the day.  And of course we can't forget the icky germ cookie we had for snack. It was a great day to end our fantastic first week of school!  Great job, Monkeys!

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Making Masks More Fun!

Our second day of school was even better than our first and we had some fun with our masks!  We read a funny little book, danced to a funny little song and designed a mask of our own.  We even had a snack that looked like a mask (sort of!).  It was a great day to be wearing a mask!

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Welcome Back Monkeys! 

We have a great group of kiddos this year!   

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Hard Workers Learning Our Class Rules

Our first day was spent learning all about what it means to be a kinder-kid.  The kiddos enjoyed playing a game to sort appropriate and inappropriate behaviors and color in a class rules coloring book.

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First Day Fun Outside

Needed a mask break on our first day!  Had a fun time on the play set.

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2019 -2020 Archives

 

May News

 

End of the Year Video

Have a great summer Kinder-Families!  Enjoy our End-of-the-Year Video!

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E-Learning Pictures:  Week Six

Lots of our monkeys have received visits from the Tooth Fairy lately!  Their new smiles are awesome!  We also had lots of fun making special gifts for Mom for Mother's Day and enjoying "Shark Week"!  Check out what you're friends have been up to in these great pictures (and keep sending!) 

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E-Learning Pictures:  Week Five

It was fun to see what some of our friends were up to this week.  It was definitely a great week to explore rain (but we also had a warm, sunny day thrown in there for all of the little monkeys who have swimming pools!).  Check out our great pictures and keep sending them!  

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April News

 

E-Learning Pictures:  Week Four

Looks like the kinder-monkeys had tons of fun this week.  In honor of Earth Day, we had kiddos planting herb gardens and writing poetry about nature.  Many kiddos also enjoyed the Pet the Cat activities that were sent this week.  We had cupcakes, Cool Cat Boogie, cat masks & puppets.  Some kiddos had fun with The Good Shepherd religion activities too!  From doing school work in pajamas, to working in shorts, to getting all dressed up to go to "work", we had a great group of kinder-workers this week! Enjoy the pictures!

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E-Learning Pictures:  Week Three

Another great week of learning from home.  We had some kiddos who had a great time with the "egg drop challenge" and some that created their homemade set of resurrection eggs.  We also had our first Zoom meeting!  It was so fun to see all my sweet kinder-monkeys!  We'll plan to do that every Friday.

Keep sending pictures.  I love to see what you're up to each week!

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E-Learning Pictures: Week Two

We had fun with Holy Week and Jelly Beans this week!  Thanks for sending in some more fantastic pictures.  I love seeing your kiddos enjoying our lessons at home. Keep up the great work and I hope you all have a wonderful Easter!

He is Risen!

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E-Learning Pictures:  Week One

Our first full week of E-learning is officially behind us!  Thanks to all of our wonderfully supportive parents (and great kiddos, of course!) who made it a tremendous success.  Keep up the good work.  

I miss you all terribly and hope you are all staying safe and healthy.

Thanks for sending pictures of the fun you're having at home.  Please continue to do so!  Each week, I'll make a collage of all the pics I receive so we can "visit" with our friends from afar!

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March News

 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sad to not be able to see all my little leprechauns/monkeys for a while.  Everyone stay safe and healthy and we'll hopefully see you back soon!

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Did We Catch that Leprechaun?

Well....Sad to say that the Leprechaun was too clever for us!  But we did get a surprise when we came to school Friday morning!  

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Building a Leprechaun Trap

What fun we had researching different types of Leprechaun traps and then working together to choose the best parts of each one in order to design our own.  The kinder-monkeys decided we needed to use the "trap door" design and "lure" the leprechaun using lots of rainbows, gold glitter & coins, shamrocks, and little leprechaun images (so he wouldn't be scared).  One monkey even thought to bring some Lucky Charms cereal as "bait".  

On construction day, each friend had a special job.  We put all the pieces together and...SUCCESS!  Our trap was amazing!  Now we had to just wait to see if it was clever enough to fool a leprechaun!

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Some Seussical STEM!

We had such fun throughout the first week of March as we celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  We combined his wonderful stories with some exciting STEM activities and challenges.  The kids had a blast trying to create the Cat's hat using Solo cups and paper plates.  It was harder than it looked, and after many rounds of trial and error & strategy changes, some of our groups were able to get quite a stable stack.   One measured almost 30 inches tall!  The following day, they used what they learned from that challenge to try to stack "10 apples up on top".   Now that was tricky!  Our little engineers learned quickly that bumpy things need something flat to help them stack, so we decided to add one additional tool.  The teams had to choose their tools carefully, and then we discussed which tools worked well and which didn't.  

We also had fun making Oobleck (after reading Bartholomew and the Oobleck) and testing several different kinds of fish (after reading One Fish, Two Fish) to see if they would sink or float.  Both of those activities had us discussing types of matter and comparing weights & densities.  We learned words like:  matter, solid, liquid, gas, buoyant, submerge & dissolve. 

And, of course, we had to make green eggs (just because it's gross). 

It was a great week of combining literature, science, math, engineering and FUN!

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February News

 

Happy Birthday, Little Monkey!

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Science with Skittles

We conducted a really cool science experiment that went along with our color unit perfectly!  We used Skittles (Dog's spots!), placing them in a rainbow pattern around a plate.  We discussed predictions about what might happen if we covered them with water.  The kiddos had some really interesting ideas.  The kiddos recorded what they thought might happen, and then we tested our predictions.  It was exciting to see all their faces as the colors began to bleed off the skittles and stay in rainbow form.  We discussed some new science words like: 

disintegrate, dissolve, and stratification.

The kiddos drew the results of the experiment on their recording sheet and then we revisited the experiment 30 minutes later.  It was interesting to see that the stratification had disappeared and all the colors had mixed to create brown.  Our little scientists were most interested, however, in the fact that the "S" on the top of each Skittle did NOT disintegrate.  They were all floating on the top of the water. 

Wonder what they're made out of!

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Learning to Bowl in PE

Mrs. Cowling's bowling unit is always one the favorites!  It's so fun to see the kiddos learn to correctly set the pins and to hear them begin to use the correct vocabulary, like "strike" and "spare".  And it's just FUN!

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Happy Birthday, Monkey

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Happy Valentine's Day

Thanks to our Room Moms for a great party!  It was worth the wait!

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STEAM and Valentine's Day!

We had all sorts of fun with Valentine candy hearts as we explored several different STEAM challenges.  The kiddos had a blast (literally) creating and testing candy catapults.   The first test launches didn't go very far, but after some collaboration & redesigns, they became very successful.  I think we're still looking for some of the pieces of candy that landed somewhere around the room! 

We also had some fun STEAM challenges using candy hearts for stacking, making 2D and 3D shapes, graphing and exploring symmetry.  

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Some Silliness is Always Good!

Wednesday we looked out the window and could hardly see the playground!  It looked like a blizzard outside, so we decided to bring the fun snow inside with an indoor snowball fight!  Sometimes you just have to get a little silly!

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Our Lady of Lourdes

The story of St. Bernadette and her vision of Mary is always a favorite!  After reading the story, we watched the movie of Bernadette's life.  We made a pretty art project of the grotto and had a yummy recipe too!

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Groundhog Day

We had such fun learning about Phil & Gertie and predicting if either of them saw their shadows.  We made a graph of our predictions and analyzed it.  Then we watched some video footage of each groundhog to see if we were right.  Interestingly, Phil did not see his shadow, but Gertie did!  We read some groundhog nonfiction, learning several facts that we used for an informational writing activity.  Then we made a fun little groundhog art project and even a yummy groundhog snack, complete with a little groundhog coming out of his burrow.

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Smart Grid Science

Junior High has been using the Smart Grid Energy System to learn about power plants, electricity, and circuits.  It is an amazing hands-on program, and we had a chance to experience it when the 5th and 6th grade asked us to join them.  We broke into small groups, with each group being taught by a junior high friend.  We were shown how to set up a circuit with ground wires and charges and then tested it to see if it would make our town "turn on".  What a fun experience!

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January News

 

January Work of Mercy

To end the month of January, our Corporal Work of Mercy was outreach to Snyder Village.  We made "Snowman Soup" care packages (hot cocoa!) for the folks at the local retirement home.  It fit in perfectly with the end of our snowman unit too!  

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Catholic Schools Week

We love our fantastic school!  We had so much fun celebrating it during Catholic Schools Week with all sorts of special events:  Team Color Day, Disney Day, Muffins with Mom, Donuts with Dad, Dress Up for Jesus and a fun Movie Day!

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100th Day of School!

We celebrated the 100th Day of School with all things 100!  We made special hats, glasses, flags and T-shirts and then we had a parade!  We visited all the classrooms to let them know it was a special day!

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Some More Snowmen!

With all the snow lately, it was only fitting that we make some more snowmen!  These were made of paper, though!   We broke into groups and had to follow the three C's of Kindergarten:

Communicate

Cooperate

Compromise

Each person on the team was responsible for a certain part of the snowman and then it was assembled.  They turned out very cute!  

After making them, we wrote a story about them.  The kiddos did a fantastic job using sight words in their writing and remembering to proofread for punctuation & proper use of upper case letters.  Our snowmen and our stories made a great hall display for Catholic Schools Week Open House this weekend!  Hope everyone can stop by and see them!

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Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

With the first snowstorm of the new year, we decided to build some snowmen! 

Our Junior High friends are busy working on their projects for the upcoming Science Fair, so we decided to turn our snowman fun into our next STEAM project, as well as use it as our own display board at the Science Fair.  

Our project is titled:  "Sun Power"

Here's what we did...

We broke into four STEAM TEAMS.  Each team created a snowman that had to be 6 inches tall.  We used rulers to make sure they were the right size.  Then, back in our classroom, the teams chose a material to make a house for their snowmen.  We discussed each material and made predictions about their abilities to "insulate" the snowmen or collect the "solar energy".  We then recorded our predictions about how each material might change the snowmen.  We placed our snowman houses around each of our snowmen and let the sun do its work.  

After 4 hours, we observed the changes and compared the results to our predictions.  

All our findings will be on display during the Science Fair Exhibition on January 26 in the school gym (during the KC Pancake Breakfast).

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Happy Birthday Little Monkey!

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December News

 

Merry Christmas Little Monkeys!

My little monkeys looked adorable in the new monkey hats that they got for Christmas and they had a blast at our Christmas party.  What a fun way to end 2019 and get ready for our new year together!

Merry Christmas, everyone!  And Happy New Year!

See you all in 2020!

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Angels Everywhere!

Our classroom was filled with angels as we performed our yearly Kindergarten Advent Play.  The kiddos were so cute in their angel costumes and did such a great job singing & reciting from the gospel of Luke.  

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A Visit From Santa

It's always fun when Santa makes his way through the school!  What a surprise it was for our class to get to sing some songs with him and get our pictures taken with him!

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An Elfin Visit!

We had a surprise visit from Grandma Elf and her cute little helper, Annie the Elf!  Such fun!

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All-School Christmas Program

Mrs. Noble worked so hard putting together a fantastic Christmas Program this year!  Everyone did a wonderful job and the kinder-kids were especially cute!

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December Outreach:  Mittens of Mercy

For December, our Work of Mercy was "Clothe the Naked".  The kiddos put their faith into action by doing a special chore at home to earn $1.00.  They then donated that dollar to our "Clothe the Naked" fund.  We all walked to Dollar General and used our fund to buy children's hats and mittens to donate to families at the Eureka Heart House.  Some of the kiddos pooled their money so they could buy larger sets of items. The gals at Dollar General fell in love with our cuties!  They were so polite and well-behaved.  We came back with 14 items to send to those in need.  It was a great experience!

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St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe

The kiddos were enchanted by the story of St. Juan Diego and his visit from the Blessed Mother on the top of Tepeyac Hill in Mexico.  After watching a quick clip movie about the story, we made St. Juan's tilma, with the image of Our Lady on it.  We added pretty sparkling roses, too.  The kiddos learned the story so well that when we went to church on Thursday (which was the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe), the kinder-kids were the ones that answered ALL of Father's questions!  He was so proud of them (and so was I!).  

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The Feast of St. Nicholas

We had such fun waiting for St. Nick to arrive and fill out shoes!  We also watched a movie about his life, made a little St. Nick stick puppet and went home in St. Nick miter hats (complete with white beard!).  Too cute!

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Classroom Nativity

After reading the story of the first Christmas, the kiddos worked very hard to retell the story in their own words.  We learned about story structure having a "beginning, middle and end", as well as setting and characters.  After rewriting the story, we created our own nativity scene.  Each kiddo made one character and we put it together to create our own version of what the first Christmas looked like.  It looks super cute in our hallway!

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November News

 

Give Drink to the Thirsty

As we continue to learn the Corporal Works of Mercy, we stopped this month to give thanks for all we've been blessed with and help out those we are less fortunate.  Our work of mercy this month was "Give Drink to the Thirsty", so we collected boxes of juice that we delivered to the church collection box for the Weekend Snack Pack Program. This program gives children in our area small bagged meals on the weekends when they are not at school to have a hot lunch.  We collected 13 boxes of juice to help out the program!  While we were at the church making our delivery, we stopped in to visit Jesus and prayed for the kids who will receive our donations.  

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Christ the King Sunday

Our church year is ending this weekend with the celebration of Christ the King!  The kiddos enjoyed this quick project, especially adding the jewels to Jesus' crown.  They are very excited for the fact that Father will begin wearing his violet vestments soon!

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Turkeys Everywhere

We've spent the last two weeks with tons of turkey fun!  We've measured turkeys, patterned their feathers, counted them, written stories about them, practiced color words with them and made word families using their feathers.  Next week we will all construct a turkey trap to see if we can catch one!  

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Fall Fun!

What a beautiful fall day!  Check out the fun we had!

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All Saints Day

To help us celebrate some of the fantastic saints we've learned about this year, we created a fun little "Saint Cube" and Saint Paper Dolls for All Saints Day.  Our Saint Cube had six of our favorite saints on it:  St. Therese, St. Mary, St. Michael, St. Francis, St. Nicholas, and St. Patrick.  We turned it into a game by rolling it and saying the name & a fact about the saint it landed on.  We also made Saint Paper Dolls.  It was fun to see how they were holding hands after we cut the doll shape!  We decorated each doll to look like a special saint.  If we were really careful, we could get them to stand up in a little circle...too cute for the center of the kitchen table or by our bedside!

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October News

 

Happy Halloween!

Definitely the cutest ghouls and goblins in town! 

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Our First Snow!

What's more fun than Halloween? Snow on Halloween! 

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 National Candy Corn Day

 

October 30th is National Candy Corn Day!  In honor of this yummy candy, we spent the whole day with candy corn.  There are so many different kinds and we tried several to see which was our favorite.  We had a jarful of candies and estimated how many there might be.  Then we counted them all by making groups of ten.  There were 598! WOW!  That was a lot of counting!  Then we sorted, tallied and graphed a smaller set of our own.  We even made a funny little candy corn man!  It was a fun day! 

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STEAM Team Monsters

We had our first STEAM Team activity this week and it was so much fun!  Each team had a "recipe" they had to follow in order to create a paper monster.  They had to include certain shapes and physical characteristic, and they had to use a measuring tool to make sure it was the right size.  The kiddos did a great job communicating and cooperating with their partners in order to complete their task.  The finished products were very creative! 

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Monsters Everywhere!

As we approach Halloween, we had a fun week filled with friendly monsters!  The kiddos had a blast using many of our recent sight words in their reading, writing and partner games as they looked for, counted, created and wrote about monsters.  We made monster hats, monster puppets, a "Do You See My Monster" book, and a monster cookie.  We also practiced recognition of and counting to various teen numbers by adding eyes to paper monsters.  We played Monster Mania, which reinforced our reading of number words one - five, and we worked with a partner to create a big monster.  It was a fun week!

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Can You Find Your Little Monster?

Who can be scared of monsters when they're as cute as these little ones?

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Works of Mercy:  Feed the Hungry

Our class is focusing on learning the Corporal Works of Mercy and putting our faith into action in a special way each month.  This month our work of mercy was "Feed the Hungry".  Each kiddo packed three or four Halloween treat bags for our local food pantry.  

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School Carnival Fun!

We got to visit the school carnival as a class!  We all ended up in the jail!

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Pumpkins Everywhere

We filled our short, three-day week with all things pumpkin!  We read an emergent book entitled Pumpkins Everywhere and practiced the reading strategy of matching  picture clues to beginning sounds by pairing the mixed up pictures to the correct text.  We also created our own version of the story by putting pumpkins by all sorts of crazy things!  We enjoyed an interactive poem of The Five Little Pumpkins and made a yummy snack to go with it.  We also made a cut-paper pumpkin and wrote a fantastic riddle about it, focusing on the traits of color, size and shape.  We used the words we've been learning this week to write the riddle:  do, you, it, & is.  We also counted pumpkins and made several different number pumpkin lines (most of which had us focusing on the teen numbers).  In science, we learned about how a pumpkin grows and compared it to the sunflower life cycle that we learned last month. 

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Columbus Day

We had a little lesson to help us understand why we have an extra day off this weekend!  

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Fire Safety Month

We had a visit from the Fire Department this week as we practiced our first school-wide fire drill.  The kinder-monkeys remembered exactly what to do and no one panicked!  After the drill, Fireman Mike let us check out the fire engine.  It was so cool!  

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Fall Fun on the Farm

We spent a fun week on the farm!  We had several little books about the farm that helped reinforce the sight words we've been learning.  Then we used the patterned text of those books to write our own version them, practicing proper spelling of our sight words too!  We also introduce our first "word family" and used it in our writing.  The kiddos did a fantastic job!  In math, we focused on number recognition and counting on "one more" than any given number.  We played several games from our math center using little farm animal counters to help practice this skill.  And of course, we made a fun farm snack...a little corral with a horse inside!  It was almost too cute to eat!

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Our Lady of the Rosary

October is the month of the Rosary and we learned all about Mary, the Mother of God and our example of how to say "yes" to Him in all things.  We learned about the prayers of the rosary, colored a beautiful image of Mary and discovered a special place in our classroom atrium dedicated to Mary.  We also made a beautiful little heart-shaped rosary so we can practice our prayers at home or use them as sacrifice beads, just like St. Therese did!

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Super Sunflowers

The sunflowers in our school learning garden were very ready to be picked, so we went out as a class and chose the biggest one we could get out of the ground!  We brought it in (and it almost touched the ceiling!) for some fun science and math activities.  We estimated how tall we though it was, then we actually measured it with one inch unifix cubes.  It was 151" tall ~ way taller than all of us!   We talked about all the parts of a plant and the important job each part has.  Then we created our own sunflower with all those parts.  We even brainstormed for words that could describe a sunflower, and we used this list for our first writing activity.   We also made a sunflower cookie using candy corn!  And we can't forget that we dug the seeds out of the head of the sunflower and planted some in our classroom terrarium as we learned about the flower's life cycle.  We can't wait for them to sprout!

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The Feast of St. Therese

October is full of feast days for some amazing saints and it all starts on October 1st with St. Therese.  We learned all about this wonderful young lady and how she lived her life as a sacrifice for Jesus.  The kiddos heard the story of how Therese used little sacrifice beads to keep track of all the things she did throughout her day that could be given as a gift to Jesus.  What a wonderful way to become a saint!

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The Feast of St. Michael

Even though The Feast of the Arch Angels is official in September, we started our month of October learning all about our Protector, St. Michael.  We made a St. Michael shield and began learning his prayer.  

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September News

Happy Birthday Little Monkey!

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MTHS Day

As part of the high school homecoming activities, groups of high school students visited area businesses and schools to perform service.  We had a fantastic group of young men and one super young lady (an STM alum!) visit our classroom and help us with our end-of-the-unit activity.  We made ABC T-shirts and then went on an ABC walk.  Because of the weather, our walk had to take place inside, but it was so fun!  We enjoyed getting making some friends too!

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ABC Unit:  Part 5

We finished our ABC unit with letter T - Z.  We had to squeeze two letters into one day on Tuesday and Thursday but the kiddos have gotten so good at handwriting that it was easy as pie!  Probably the favorite (too bad you can't detect sarcasm through typing!) was our activities for letter Vv.  We made Veggie Varmints and sampled various vegetables.  I have to say, the kiddos preferred the xylophone and zebra activities using Little Debbie Snack cakes better!

Our other recipes included:

Tt is for Tony Tiger.

Uu is for Under the Umbrella.

Vv is for Veggie Varmint.

Ww is for Wacky Walrus.

Xx is for eXciting Xylophone.

Yy is for Yellow Yo-Yo.

Zz is for Zany Zebra.

We also started ordering all our ABC book pages so that we can take them all home!

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Happy Birthday Little Monkey!

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Picture Day

Take a look at these cuties!

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ABC Unit: Part 4

For our 4th week of ABC practice, we focused on letters Oo, Pp, Qq, Rr & Ss.  We added all five letters to the books we're making and practiced how to make each one.  We are getting so good at our handwriting skills!   Each day had some special games to reinforce each letter sound, but the favorites were our selection of big floor "puzzles" and the "super soaker" fun we had on Friday to finish the week.  We also added recipes for each letter:

Oo for Ollie Octopus.

Pp for Pretty Penguin.

Qq for Quirky Quail.

Rr for Rascal Rabbit.

Ss for Slippery Snake.

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Map Testing

We completed our MAP tests!  The kiddos followed directions so well.  All results will be available during parent/teacher conferences in October.

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ABC Unit:  Part 3

Our third week of ABC practice focused on the letters Jj-Nn.  We had fun with jellyfish and jumping on letters, kangaroos and working in the kitchen, lions, Legos and choosing a rest time "lovey", mice and monkeys (of course) as well as a fun Mystery ABC Game.  We ended with narwhals (and I was surprised how much the kiddos already knew about that strange creature)!  We added all these letters to our touch and feel ABC book, and we learned to write them properly.  We had some super-fun recipes, too!

Jj is for Jolly Jellyfish.

Kk is for Kicking Kangaroo.

Ll is for Leo Lion.

Mm is for Mini Mice.

Nn is for Nice Narwhal.

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Music with Mrs. Heiple

It's always fun when Mrs. Heiple joins us for some fun music time.  So far she's taught us two songs about our great school!

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ABC Unit:  Part 2

For our second week of our alphabet unit, we focused on letters Ff - Ii.  We had some fun "fishing" for letters, playing a "garbage game" and creating "houses" for different letters.  For the letter Ii, we played with "itty" bitty letters and enjoyed some ice cream!  We continued making our "touch and feel" ABC book and had lots of fun with some more recipes too!

Ff for Funny Fish

Gg for Goofy Gorilla.

Hh for Happy Hedgie.

Ii for Icky Insect.

We also celebrated Mary's birthday with some yummy cupcakes made by our fabulous lunch ladies!  

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ABC Unit:  Part 1

We began our ABC unit with the letters A - E.  The kinder-monkeys have jumped right in with some great activities to help them with letter recognition, sound associations and kindergarten handwriting.  We have started making a couple of fun ABC books ~ one that is "touchy-feely" and one that goes with a song we've been learning.  The kiddos brought some furry friends to school for some cool activities that reinforced each letter as well.  For Bb, we all brought our "bear buddies" and did some sorting and graphing activities.  For Cc, we brought our "cute cats" and made a classroom cat castle from colorful cups!  And for Dd, we brought our darling doggies and did a doggie dance to "Who Let the Letters Out"!  The kids had a blast!

We also had so much fun with some alphabet recipes. 

Aa for Apple Andy.

Bb for Buddy Bear.

Cc for Cutie Cat.

Dd for Darling Dog.

Ee for Excellent Elephant.  

We'll be putting all our recipes into a recipe book at the end of our unit!  

It was a great first week with the alphabet, and we can't wait for next week!

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August News

Our First Unit: Monkeys!

Of course, our first instructional unit was MONKEYS!  We had all sorts of fun reading several Curious George books, as well as other books about monkeys.  We introduced two important literary terms:  fiction and nonfiction.  The kiddos are already getting good at identifying a book as one or the other.  We practiced some fine motor skills, practiced writing our name, and practiced following directions in order to make some cute monkey crafts (one that was almost as tall as us!).  Probably the most fun, though, was our afternoon snack each day... Monkey cookies, cupcakes and of course, bananas!

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The Breakfast Club

One of my favorite classroom routines is "The Breakfast Club".  Every morning, as soon as the kiddos come into the classroom, they choose a work tray that has one of our skill-based games on it.  The tray also has a small breakfast snack for the kids to munch on while they play their game.  This week's games focus on learning the names of all our new friends.  Each week, the games on the trays change.  And the kiddos look forward to seeing what their breakfast snack will be each day!

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Getting to Know Our Classroom

The kiddos had some fun investigating all the areas of our classroom as they completed a "Classroom Scavenger Hunt".  Searching for things like blocks, markers, alphabet letters and rosaries helped them learn where all our fun tools and toys are located.  Plus it was a great opportunity to learn how to put things back where we found them!!

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Sliding Into a Great New Year!

Having fun on the playground with our new friends is a perfect way to get to know each other and start the year off right!

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Welcome Back Monkeys!

What a great group of little monkeys we have this year!!

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Back to School Picnic

Sunday, August 11

Black Partridge Park

3:00 - 6:00

Games, Food, Fun and Fellowship to kick off our new year together!

 

Provided:

pulled pork & hot dogs

condiments

lemonade, tea, bottled water

table service

 

What to bring:

chairs

a dish to share

Please contact Alicia Hermann at 309-264-9019 for questions or to RSVP.

Hope to see you all there!

 

Unpack Your Sack

Wednesday, August 14

5:00

Bus Service Meeting in the PreK building. 

If your child is new to the school and riding a bus, you may wish to attend.  

5:30 - 6:30 

Bring all your school supplies to our classroom to unpack your sack, meet your classmates and check out our room!  

 

First Day of School 

Thursday, August 15

I can hardly wait!  I'm so excited!

Here's what you can expect...

 

7:30 - 8:00 Arrival

Please bring your monkey to the north end of the building to the blacktopped playground area.  We have a morning walking program.  All kinder-kids (including those students that are bridging) will take part in this walking program each morning.  I will be present from 7:30 - 8:00 (until Labor Day) to gather and walk with my kiddos.  The church bell will ring at 8:00, at which point we will all gather at the front steps for morning prayers. 

I will take the kiddos inside from there!   

But...what if there are tears?

 If your sweetie is sad the first day of school, you are welcome to walk with us.  I only ask that you say your goodbyes after our morning prayer and let me take the kiddos in on their own. 

Please do not accompany us to our classroom. 

It is my experience that the kids do much better when they are on their own, with their friends and occupied with our routine.  Long goodbyes delay the inevitable and make it harder on everyone.  Please know that I've been on your side myself. My youngest cried for weeks. I had no hair left by September.  I will do my best to make the transition easy for your baby.

(And for you!)  

This year is slightly odd as our first day of school is also a Holy Day of Obligation.  Please note that I will not be taking the kinders to church until next week. 

 

Morning Parking Procedures

 

From Chatham: 

You may park in any of the spaces along Chatham for drop off.  If you park on the church side of Chatham, please walk your child across the street, as it is very busy in the mornings. 

You may also pull up to the blacktop in the section from the stop sign to the alley and allow your child to hop out of the car.  However, you are not allowed to exit your car at this drop off location.  It is more of a "drive through" drop off.

If you choose this type of drop off, you must be traveling east, so your child an exit on the school-side and not have to cross the street.

  

From Tazewell:

  

You must be heading north on Tazewell to drop off at St. Mary's.  You must park in the preschool parking spaces or the church parking spaces along Tazewell and walk your child across the street at the crosswalk 

Please note that Tazewell is a bus zone.

Most parents avoid this side of the school during drop off, unless they also have prek kids. 

  

11:30  Dismissal

 

I will dismiss all the kinder kids (including bridge kids) on the first day. 

No buses will be running at dismissal so please plan for pick up.   

There are dismissal boxes drawn on the blacktopped area on the north side of the building.  My dismissal box is at the far west end, closest to alley gate.  I will walk my monkeys all the way out to that box (even if you are waiting at the front door!).  

The kiddos will be dismissed one at a time. 

The students will be instructed not to leave the box until I say they can.  I will ask each one of them to identify the person with whom they are leaving, so please:

 

Do not prompt your child to come to you.

 

We want all of our students to get into the habit of being formally dismissed rather than just running off.  We can, therefore, be assured that all are accounted for and safe.

Thank you for your support in this!

  

Dismissal Parking Procedures:

Until I am familiar with all faces and cars, I would ask that you please park your car in a designated parking space and walk to our dismissal box to gather your child.  

After I have gotten to know everyone better, feel free to use the parallel parking "drive up" spaces along the blacktopped area between the stop sign and the alley.  That area is for parents that do not wish to exit their cars.  Please be aware that if you do pull into those spots, you must NOT exit your car.  It's a drive-through!

Also note:  There is no parking along the east side of the building on Tazewell on the school-side of the street during dismissal. 

That is a bus zone. 

You can park in any of the designated spots around the school, preschool or church.  This includes the parking spaces on the preschool side of Tazewell and all spaces on Chatham. 

Wow!  That was a ton of information!

 

 Are you overwhelmed?

 

Don't be.

It makes so much sense once you do it! 

And don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns!

309-367-2528

309-383-2970 (home)    309-357-1290 (cell)

 

Second Day of School 

Friday, August 16

First Full Day of School

All procedures are the same except dismissal is at 3:00 and buses will run.

!!   Important   !!

Please make sure I know how your child will be getting home.  I will take all my kinder kids to the playground dismissal box unless I am informed by you to put them on the bus or send them to aftercare. 

Instructions should please be in writing.

If your child is bridging, he or she will be dismissed from the PreK building.

If your child is a bus rider, he or she can begin riding the bus on Friday, August 16.

I ride the transfer bus the first two days to make sure the kinder kids know how to find their home bus at the high school.  We will also pair any transfer riders with an older student buddy.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns about busing.

 

 

 

2018-2019 Archives

 

 

 

April

 

Holy Week

The kinder-kids have learned so much about the last week of Jesus' life as we spent Holy Week focusing on each day's events.  They can tell you all about Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.  With several art projects, Atrium works and Bible stories, these kiddos became little experts!

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Easter Fun!

We had a fun day in first grade coloring Easter Eggs!  

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Hallway Play Day

Each year, the elementary wing has a hallway play day.  All the kids gather in the hall with all sorts of different games, toys and building materials.  They work, play and collaborate with friends from all the grade levels as they create fun structures, teach each other new games and just have some good old fashioned fun!

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Roller Derby!

Mrs. Cowling turns the gym into a roller rink during the month of April!  She has enough skates and helmets for everyone and the kids have a blast learning how to skate!  What's the first thing they learn to do properly?  Fall down!!

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March

 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

You don't have to be Irish to love this super saint!  

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Bowling in PE!

Mrs. Cowling has the kiddos bowling in PE class!  It's been fun watching them go from setting up and trying to hit four pins to learning how to set up & hit all ten pins.  They've learned some new vocabulary too...especially STRIKE!

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February

 

Dog's Colorful Day

Learning to read and write color words is fun with the crazy dog in Emma Dodd's story of Dog's Colorful Day.  The kinder-kiddos also practiced retelling the story using beginning, middle and end story structure, and they created their own story about Dog, sending him on an adventure of their own making.  They also used colorful spots (just like those Dog had) to sort, count, tally and graph.  

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Happy St. Valentine's Day!

Our Room Moms prepared a fun-filled afternoon to help us celebrate this "lovely" day!  Thanks Room Moms!  We love you!

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Our Lady of Lourdes

The kinder-kids loved hearing the story of sweet Bernadette and her visions of Mary.  They made a pretty little grotto art project to honor Our Lady of Lourdes.

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100th Day of School

We made it! Even though the snow days delayed us a bit, we finally made it to the 100th day of school!  We celebrated with a parade and a fun day of all things 100!

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Muffins with Mom and Grandma

A yummy morning for a Catholic Schools Week tradition!

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Donuts with Dad and Grandpa

Yummy morning number two!!

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January

 

Super Science Fun

The kindergarten and first grade participated in the Junior High Science Fair Exhibit this year!  What great little scientists we have!

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 Snowman Soup

The all-school virtue for the month of January is stewardship.  To help the little ones internalize this virtue, we made care packages of Snowman Soup for the residents of Snyder Village.  The monkeys loved coloring a snowman picture for the front of the package and adding the yummy ingredients (hot cocoa!).  Of course, we also added a special prayer for the friends who will receive our packages.

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The Feast of the Epiphany

For our first week back after Christmas break, we learned all about the Twelve Days of Christmas and the visit of the Wise Men.  We made some fun art projects, like a king's crown complete with jewels and a silhouette of a king also with jewels (but those jewels helped us practice using symmetry!).  We also made a "fold-able"... a book of folded construction paper that holds several mini-books inside it.  Our fold-able held all the secret codes of the song The Twelve Days of Christmas.  It turned out so cool!  We also wrote a "Kings" book, using our own great emergent writing and our fantastic illustrating skills.  We had a wonderful week back and an amazing start to our new year!

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December

 

 Merry Christmas Everyone!

Our Christmas Program this year was a huge success!  The kiddos did a wonderful job and of course, Mrs. Pemberton did too!  Thanks to her for all her hard work again this year.  Merry Christmas to all!

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A Visit from Santa

The monkeys were so excited to be invited to first grade for an afternoon visit from Santa.  They had the chance to tell him what they would like for Christmas this year and he even stayed to pose for pictures!

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The Feast of St. Nick

The kiddos had a great time learning all about this wonderful saint.  They had the chance to watch a movie about his life, create a little ornament, and make cool miter hats in his honor!  They even received a special treat for his feast day!

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Art at the Bodega

Many thanks to the PTO for bringing this great event to the school.  The kiddos had a great time creating their bodega art and the plates looked amazing when they were finished.  What a fantastic experience!

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November

Happy Thanksgiving

Thankful for these cute little turkeys!

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October

Happy Halloween!

Check out the cutest goblins in town!

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National Candy Corn Day!

Did you know there's a whole day dedicated to candy corn?  October 30 is National Candy Corn Day and the kinder-kids had a great time with this sweet and tasty treat.  There are so many different kinds of candy corn now-a-days, which made for great opportunities to sort, count, tally, and graph.  We also tasted several different kinds to graph which was our favorite.  (fun fact:  the chocolate harvest corn was an overwhelming winner!)  We also had an estimation jar, filled to the top with candy corn.  We estimated how many were in it and then counted them ALL!  There were 300 pieces!  Wow!  Counting them was easy when we grouped by tens. To end our fun day, we made a cute little candy corn man and had a great cupcake that looked like a candy corn when you bit into it!  YUM!

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Oh, Lovely Mud!

The kinder-kids had a fun visit to a fictional farm this week!  We visited Mrs. Wishy-Washy, a silly farmer gal with some even sillier animals who LOVE the mud! We made "wishy-washy snack" by dipping animal crackers in chocolate pudding mud and then "washing" them in a cup of milk before munching on them!  What fun! And we couldn't resist exploring the mud ourselves (although our mud was much more kid friendly than real mud!).  We made some "homemade mud" (chocolate pudding) and compared it to real mud using adjectives.  We wrote about the mud and created fun "mud" sentences using the sight words we know.   Then we graphed whether or not we would play in the mud.   It was a fun and messy week!

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Sunflower Fun

Since we only had three days this week and we spent the mornings with report card assessments, we decided to have some afternoon fun with sunflowers.  We started out in the sunflower house in the school garden.  We pulled one and observed its many parts.  Then we measured it.  Believe it or not, it was 186 inches tall!  It touched the ceiling!! We used that measurement to create a life-size version of our own sunflower.  It was so cool, and it looks great in our hallway.  We picked out all the seeds, tried to count them (but there were just too many), so we decided to plant some in our science center instead.  We learned about adjectives and used them to write our own little sunflower book.  Then we made a yummy sunflower cookie.  It was a fun week!

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Our Lady of the Rosary

After hearing from Father Vien that we should be praying a Hail Mary every night, it was only fitting to talk about the rosary & all its prayers.  The kiddos had a great time figuring out just how many prayers that is!  They used this new knowledge to count out chocolate chips and used them to make an edible rosary!  Yum!!  Each Hail Mary was a chocolate chip and each Our Father was a marshmallow.  The day got even better when each kiddo got to take home a real rosary from our special treasure box.  Hopefully they will use it to pray that Hail Mary every night, just like Father said! 

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The Feast of St. Francis

The kinder kiddos loved the story of gentle St. Francis, especially hearing how he saved the town of Gubbio from the wolf.  They made a fun little diorama for St. Francis filled with the nature and critters of God's creation he loved so much.  And they totally loved the snack...wolf paw cookies.

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Exploring with Christopher Columbus

In preparation for our day off next week, the kiddos read some great non-fiction stories about Christopher Columbus and his journey to the new world.  They learned the names of his ships and made a "hand"-made Santa Maria out of their hand prints. 

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The Feast of St. Michael

Even though the Feast of the Archangels is actually in September, the kinder-monkeys took a little time in October to read all about St. Michael and their own guardian angel.  They began learning the prayer to St. Michael and will soon be able to say it in church with the rest of the parish.  They also loved hearing the story of powerful St. Michael's defeat over Lucifer and making a St. Michael shield to take home.  The best part of the day was probably the "devil's food" donut that they could eat with a St. Michael sword! 

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The Feast of St. Therese

 October is filled with so many wonderful saintly celebrations, so we kicked the month off right with one of my favorites:  St. Therese!  The kiddos enjoyed hearing her story, learning all about her "little way" to heaven and her "shower of roses!  They were excited to make a St. Therese "Cross of Jesus" and even used the art center to make their own version of it!  Some of them loved the story so much, they decided to make their own sacrifice beads using materials from the art center. 

I think we have little saints in the making!

St. Therese, Pray for Us!

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September

 

ABC Unit

We finally made it all the way to Zz!  For the past four weeks, the kinder-monkeys have been working on some very fun letter activities to help introduce the name,  formation, and sound of each letter.  Although we'll continue to reinforce these skills throughout the entire year, the introductory unit is officially over.  We're sad to see it go!  It was filled with games, songs, books, toys, snacks (and even a critter during Tt week) for each letter.  The kiddos' fine motor skills have grown by leaps and bounds, and most of them have almost mastered naming every single letter & sound now!  Way to go monkeys!

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Picture Day!

What a great group of cuties!  Aren't they just adorable out of their uniforms?

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Just Some Reminders

We have two "Out of Uniform" days coming up!

Tuesday, September 25 

Picture Day!

Students may wear non-uniform clothing.  Please be sure to check the guidelines for "Out of Uniform" days in the student handbook.

Most importantly:  Please make sure all shoes are close-toed!

Friday, September 28

MTHS Homecoming!

Students can help us cheer on our hometown team by wearing MTHS red & black or St. Mary's Spirit Wear on Friday.  If students will be participating in the parade, they may wear the jersey or uniform representing the team float they will be on.

Jeans or casual shorts may be worn as well.

Please remember your $1.00 donation to take part in spirit wear days!

This month's spirit wear donations benefit our STM Student Council.

 

Playground Fun!

What kinder-monkey can resist an extra recess?  Especially when the weather is so gorgeous!  

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Happy Birthday, Mary

The Kindergarten kiddos were invited to the First Grade room to join in their celebration of Mother Mary's birthday on Friday afternoon.  Who can say no to cupcakes and ice cream? 

Thanks for inviting us, First Grade!

Happy Birthday, Mary!  We love you!

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Learning About Our Classroom

The Kinder-monkeys have had a great time learning about all the fun centers in our classroom.  Center Time is always the best part of the day, when the kiddos can move about the room and learn through hands-on, cooperative free exploration. 

We've now opened all of our first quarter centers: 

Math (Construction and Number Toys)

Learning Library (ABC Games and Beginning Reading Games)

Atrium (Prayer and Bible Story Center)

Art Shelf (Junk for the Imagination!)

Snack Table (Self-Serve Snack Time)

Additional centers will open as the year progresses and our skill focus changes.  

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August

 

 

Monkeys Everywhere

Our first week was everything monkeys!  We used our favorite fictional monkey, Curious George, and his many antics & stories to complete lots of fun activities.  We made monkey masks, stick puppet monkeys, a full sized monkey almost as big as us, and we even tired our hand at drawing Curious George.  We spent some time coloring him, learning his "glue rule" and we also had some fun monkey cookies and cupcakes!  Oh!  Who can forget the bananas?  We ate lots of bananas this week, because that's what monkeys do!

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Welcome Monkeys!

Meet this year's sweeties!

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Back to School Night

Wednesday, August 15

 

Welcome Back Munchkins!

 

Join us for our school-wide

Back to School Night

Wednesday, August 15 

5:30 - Mr. Koehler's address in the gym

5:45 - Light Meal

Visit the Classrooms

Bring all your school supplies and have fun meeting all your new friends!

7:00 - The Assumption of Mary Mass

(Holy Day of Obligation)

 

See everyone there!

 

First Day of School

Thursday, August 16

I can hardly wait!  I'm so excited!

Here's what you can expect...

7:30 - 8:00 Arrival

Please bring your munchkin to the north end of the building to the blacktopped playground area.  We have a morning walking program.  All kinder-kids (including those students that are bridging) will take part in this walking program each morning.  I will be present from 7:30 - 8:00 (until Labor Day) to gather and walk with my kiddos.  The school bell will ring at 8:00, at which point we will all gather at the front steps for morning prayers. 

I will take the kiddos inside from there!  

 

But...what if there are tears?

 

If your sweetie is sad the first day of school, you are welcome to walk with us.  I only ask that you say your goodbyes after our morning prayer and let me take the kiddos in on their own. 

Please do not accompany us to our classroom. 

It is my experience that the kids do much better when they are on their own, with their friends and occupied with our routine.  

And please know that I've been on your side myself. My youngest cried for weeks. I had no hair left by September.  I will do my best to make the transition easy for your baby.

(And for you!) 

 

Morning Parking Procedures

 

From Chatham:

You may park in any of the spaces along Chatham for drop off.  If you park on the church side of Chatham, please walk your child across the street, as it is very busy in the mornings. 

You may also pull up to the blacktop in the section from the stop sign to the alley and allow your child to hop out of the car.  You are not allowed to exit your car to help this form this drop off location. 

It's like a "drive through".

If you choose this type of drop off, you must be traveling east, so your child can exit on the school-side and not have to cross the street.

 

From Tazewell:

 

You must be heading north on Tazewell to drop off at St. Mary's.  You must park in the preschool parking spaces or the church parking spaces along Tazewell and walk your child across the street at the crosswalk

 

Please note that Tazewell is a bus zone.

Most parents avoid this side of the school during drop off, unless they also have prek kids. 

  

11:30  Dismissal

 

I will dismiss all the kinders on the first day.

This includes the bridging students.

There are dismissal boxes drawn on the blacktopped area on the north side of the building.  My dismissal box is at the far west end, closest to alley gate.  I will walk my munchkins all the way out to that box.

(Even if you are at the front door!)  

The kiddos will be dismissed one at a time. 

The students will be instructed not to leave the box until they have been told that they can.  I will ask each one of them to identify the person with whom they are leaving, so please:

Do not prompt your child to come to you. 

We want all of our students to get into the habit of being formally dismissed rather than just running off.  We can, therefore, be assured that all are accounted for and safe.

Thank you for your support in this!

 

Dismissal Parking Procedures:

Until I am familiar with all faces and cars, I would ask that you please park your car in a designated parking space and walk to our dismissal box to gather your child.  

After I have gotten to know everyone better, feel free to use the parallel parking "drive up" spaces along the blacktopped area between the stop sign and the alley.  That area is for parents that do not wish to exit their cars.  Please be aware that if you do pull into those spots, you must NOT exit your car.  It's a drive-through!

Also note:  There is no parking along the east side of the building on Tazewell on the school-side of the street during dismissal. 

That is a bus zone. 

You can park in any of the designated spots around the school, preschool or church.  This includes the parking spaces on the preschool side of Tazewell and all spaces on Chatham. 

 

Wow!  That was a ton of information!

 Are you overwhelmed?

Don't be. 

It makes so much sense once you do it! 

And don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns!

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2017 - 2018 Archives

September

Happy Birthday Little Monkey

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Celebrating Mary

The Kindergarten and First Grade kicked off September with the celebration of Mary's birthday!  

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August

Happy Birthday, Little Monkey!

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Can You Guess Each Monkey!

Each little afternoon kinder-monkey made a monkey mask.  Can you tell who's who?

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Happy Birthday Little Monkey!

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Welcome Monkeys

Meet the new kiddos of kindergarten!  Looking forward to a great year with these little sweeties!

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Unpack Your Sack Night

Welcome Back Monkeys!

Join us for our school-wide Back to School Night Friday, August 18 at 6:00

Bring all your school supplies and have fun meeting all your new friends!

See everyone there!

 

2016-2017 Archives

 

February News

 

Happy Birthday, Monkey

We celebrated this little monkey's "un-birthday"!

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Our Lady of Lourdes

The monkeys loved the story of St. Bernadette and her visions of Mary at the Grotto.  They also loved making their own little grotto with a holy card to remind them of the story.

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Catholic Schools Week

Our PTO planned a great week for us, including fun dress up days and an all-school movie!

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Groundhog's Day

Did Phil see his shadow?  All the monkeys made their predictions and graphed them.  Then they made a little setting for Phil with (or without) his shadow, depending on their guess.  It was fun to watch the festivities on-line to see who predicted correctly.

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100th Day of School

The monkeys had a 100-ful day, doing everything the 100 way!  They counted to 100 by ones, fives and tens.  They drew 100 objects, wrote the numbers 1-100, made trail mix with 100 pieces of yummies.  They drew themselves as 100-year-olds and made a 100th day keepsake T-shirt.  It was a super day!

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January News

 

Happy Birthday, Monkey

We celebrated one little monkey's half-birthday this month!

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Snowman Soup for Snyder Village

As a kick-off to Catholic Schools Week and to reinforce our call to serve one another, the Kindergarten Monkeys took some time to create care packages for the folks at Snyder Village.  The kiddos each made three packages of "Snowman Soup", which included a packet of hot cocoa, marshmallows, a spoon and a Hershey's kiss.  The kiddos also added a picture and a prayer card.

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December News

 

A Visit with Santa

It's always a treat when the man in red stops in our classroom!

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Klaus and Nutmeg

We had a great time at the Snowman Reindeer Farm in Canton.  What a great opportunity to learn about and meet real reindeer!

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Little Angels

The annual Advent Play is always a hit, especially with such a great group of little angels!

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The Feast of St. Nick

We all placed our shoes out for a visit from St. Nick and we had fun learning about this amazing bishop.

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November News

 

Magic with Ronald

Thanks to our wonderful Preschool friends for inviting us to the great magic show put on by McDonald's!  We had a great time!

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October News

 

 

 

Happy Halloween

The monkeys had a blast at their Halloween party this year!

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Our Lady of the Rosary

The monkeys are doing a wonderful job learning to pray the Rosary during this month of the Rosary, and what's more fun than learning how all the prayers fit together by making a Rosary out of skittles candies! 

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St. Francis

Everyone loves the story of gentle St. Francis, especially when they learn of his love for all of God's creation.  The monkeys had fun making a diorama of St. Francis with his woodland friends for their tables at home.

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St. Therese, Teach Us the Little Way

The month of October brings so many wonderful feast days and it starts off perfectly with St. Therese.  The monkeys learned the story of this wonderful young girl and how she used little things to become holy.  Our goal:  to try to do five little things each day to get closer to heaven.

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September News

 

Field Trip Fun!

Our end of September trip to Ackerman Farms was the perfect way to kick off our October farm unit.  The monkeys had so much fun learning about all the different types of pumpkins, going on a hay rack ride, and visiting the animals!  Although it was very cold, it was a great autumn day of farm fun!

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St. Michael, Pray for Us!

The end of September brought the Feast of St. Michael and a chance for the kinder-monkeys to make St. Michael shields as they begin learning the prayer of St. Michael!

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Learning Trees

September was dedicated to learning the letters of the alphabet and, along with Curious George Learns the ABC's, we used an all-time favorite:  Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!  Check out our fun alphabet trees...

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Happy Birthday, Mary!

We celebrated the birthday of the Blessed Mother by making a beautiful card for her!

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August News

 

Happy Birthday, Monkeys

We enjoyed celebrating some August birthdays with our new friends!

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Can You Guess Each Monkey?

See how many you recognize behind that funny little mask!

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Welcome Monkeys!

We have 10 curious little monkeys in our classroom this year!

Welcome to all our sweeties!

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2015-2016 Archives

 

February News

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Little Monkey!

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Catholic Schools Week 

The kiddos enjoyed a week to celebrate our wonderful Catholic school by focusing on the Corporal Works of Mercy.  All families contributed to a clothing drive which was taken to the local Friendship House, and each kiddo in the school created a Blessing Bag, which was filled with goodies for the homeless.  The 8th grade students distributed these while conducting their service project working at the local food pantry.  We also enjoyed breakfast with our families, a magician, the addition of a Friendship Bench on our school playground and school scarves!  We love our school!

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January News

 

2016-2017 Kindergarten Registration

Calling all monkeys!

We're getting ready for our next group of cuties.  All kiddos who will be 5 years old by September 1 should plan to attend our Kindergarten Registration Night on February 4 from 6-7.  This is a great opportunity for the kiddos to see their classroom, meet their classmates, and be introduced to their teacher.  Parents are, of course, welcome too! 

Hope you can all swing in! 

Please contact the school office for questions.

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The 100th Day of School

We made it!  We've worked hard all year, counting those days and we've finally reach the BIG 1-0-0!  We had a 100-ful celebration of this fun-tastic milestone!

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Spreading Winter Warmth

As a kick-off to Catholic Schools Week the kindergarten monkeys are spreading warmth this winter by creating care packages of "Snowman Soup" for the folks at Snyder Village.  Our care packages include some yummy, hot cocoa mixes, hot tea and coffee singles along with a special prayer card.  The monkeys love knowing they are brightening someone's day!  What a great way to serve others.

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December News

 

A Special Visitor

 Kindergarten enjoyed a fun visit from the big guy with the red suit and long beard!

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Our Annual Advent Play

Every year our little monkeys become the cutest angels ever as we recite the nativity story from Luke Chapter 2 for our family and friends. 

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

We combined our celebrations of St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe, learning the story of Juan Diego's life and making his tilma with the beautiful image of Mary on the front.

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The Feast of St. Nick

The monkeys had such a fun time setting out their shoes and waiting for "St. Nick" to fill them with a special treat!  What a fun tradition to honor this important saint in our Church.

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Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Little Monkey!

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November News

 

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Little Monkey!

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Honoring Our Veterans

School was in session this year and it was a great opportunity for the students to learn about the sacrifices of those who serve.  Many thanks to the two area vets who visited our school for a special assembly.

God Bless Our Veterans!

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October News

 

Happy Halloween!

Check out these great costumes!

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Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday little monkey!

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Farm Fun!

October is harvest time and the monkeys in kindergarten had the opportunity to take a wonderful field trip to Obery Farms.  Mrs. Cowling helped arranged this trip to her family farm where we all experienced combine rides & auger wagon rides, weighing of the corn and visiting the elevator.  Plus it was just fun to play in the field!  What a great way to end our farm unit!

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Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Little Monkey!

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The Feast of St. Francis

A special day to learn all about the feast of our patron saint!

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Blessing of the Animals

In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, Father Greg invited animals of all kinds, big and small, for a morning blessing on the playground.  He had an extra-special blessing for that little piggy that ran wee-wee-wee all the way down the road!

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The Feast of St. Therese

What better way to begin October than with the Feast of St. Therese!  The monkeys loved listening to the Glory Story CD of this beautiful young woman's life and we all agreed to try to be just a bit more like her by following the "little way" to heaven.

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September News

 

The Feast of St. Michael

What a great way to finish out the month of September!

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Picture Day

Don't we look cute in our fancy clothes?

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Honoring Our Heroes

Father Greg dedicated a recent school Mass homily to celebrating some of our local heroes (and dad's of our own students!) in honor of the memorial of 9/11.

 What a great day!

Thanks for all you do!

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Chicka Chicka 123

We moved out of the coconut tree and into the apple tree with some crazy number activities using the book Chicka Chicka 123

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Happy Birthday

We had our first birthday celebration!

Happy Birthday Little Monkey!

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The Chicka Chicka Boom Room

Our first unit of the year is our alphabet unit based on the fun story Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.  The monkeys had all sorts of fun practicing and playing with letters in our fun classroom environment.  The kiddos loved the games we played on our Promethean Board and digging for letters in our science center sand box.  We even talked about the parts of a palm tree, with all the monkeys making their own at our project center.  It was a fun introduction to letters and writing! 

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August News

 Our First Week Together

It's tons of fun to monkey around in Kindergarten, especially during the first week of school!  We learn all about how to be curious....with Curious George!  We read as many of George's books as we can.  We explore all the nooks and crannies of our classroom (because we are sooooo curious about them all!).  We make some fun crafts, like a George puppet and mask, and we have some fantastically yummy monkey snacks.  It's a great way to ease into our year and all the little monkeys in Kindergarten just love it! 

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Welcome Monkeys!  Our First Day

What a great group of little monkeys we have in Kindergarten this year and we enjoyed a fun first day together! 

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 Movie Night

It was a great evening to gather with our St. Mary's family as we all prepare for another year together!  I know I'm so excited to get started with my nine, cutest-ever monkeys. 

See everyone again on Monday!

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The Big Day!

August 17 ~ First Day of School

Many new Kinder-Monkeys (and their Moms & Dads) are uncertain of what to do on the first day of school. 

Well...as Jesus always says:  "Fear Not!"

 

 

Drop Off

When you arrive at school (prior to 8:00 please!), bring your monkey to the north side of the building.  That's the church side, where the front doors are located.  We have a morning walking program.  All the kids gather on the blacktop and walk with friends until the church bells ring at 8:00.  For the first week or so, I will be on the blacktop too, collecting my little monkeys and walking with them.  At 8:00, Mr. Dansart will lead us all in a morning prayer, and then we will all head inside.

 

I will ask that parents please say their goodbyes at the front door and do not accompany us into the building.  Believe it or not, the longer Mom or Dad is around, the harder it gets to say goodbye.  For those of you who love to capture these moments, please attend our Unpack-Your-Sack Night to get some great pictures of your monkey in his or her new classroom!

 

Dismissal

For safety reasons, please park in the lined parking spots along Chatham, exit your car and walk to the blacktop to get your child.  I prefer to see the person with whom I am sending my monkeys home.  The little ones are, of course, not allowed to cross the street on their own.

Dismissal is at 3:00. 

My monkeys are dismissed first, so we don't get trampled on the stairs!  I will bring the monkeys out to the far end of the blacktop, into our Kindergarten "box".  They will be dismissed one at a time, as I identify the person with whom they are leaving.  Thank you for being patient as I learn all your new faces!  Please inform me if someone with whom I may be unfamiliar is picking up your child.

 

Unpack-Your-Sack Night

Friday, August 14

4:15 Mass

5:30 Principal's Presentation

6:00 Classroom Visits

8:00 Movie on the Yard

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