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This Week (May 6-10):

Our theme in reading this week was what we can do to become a good friend or neighbor which tied into our Bible story, “The Good Neighbor” which we listened to last week.

We reviewed all the vowel sounds this week.  

On Thursday, we took part in the wedding of the letters Q and U.  The video is posted on the SJA Facebook page if you would like to take a look!  The children had a wonderful time at the wedding.

In Math, we continued our unit on three-dimensional shapes by using positional words to tell where objects that are three-dimensional shapes are located.  

We also began learning how to tell time to the hour on an analog and digital clock.  The children are excited to learn this!

In Religion, we learned about May being a special month for Mary.  We attended May Crowning on Tuesday and spent time making our own Mary altar in the classroom.  Thank you to Weston who brought in beautiful tulips for our Mary altar!

We began a new Social Studies unit on symbols that represent our country.  We learned about The Liberty Bell, The Statue of Liberty, The White House, The American Flag, and the bald eagle.

This week was our last turn for Library for the year.  Please return all library books on Friday, May 17th.

Next Week (May 13-17):

R.E.D. folders will not be going home next week.  I have decided to have this past week be the last week for them.  I cannot stress enough the importance for continuing to have your child read over the summer.  Enrolling your child in the public library’s summer reading program is an excellent way to continue to motivate them to keep reading.  

If your child has not completed his/her four ducky points for this quarter, please continue to work on them.  The last day for ducky points will be Tuesday, May 21st, for the ducky regatta will be on Wednesday, May 22nd.  I would love to see everyone in KB participate!

In Math, we will complete our study of three-dimensional shapes and positional words.

Our Religion book is titled, “We Take Care of Ourselves”.

Mass is on Tuesday! Please make sure your child is wearing his/her uniform.  Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who helped make Teacher Appreciation Week special for all the teachers at SJA! We enjoyed the treats all week!

 

On the Horizon:

May 22nd is Field Day! If you are interested in volunteering that day, please contact Mrs. Russell!

Have a wonderful weekend! Happy Mother’s Day to all of our wonderful KB Mothers!!

Mrs. Switlick

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This Week (April 29-May 3):

Our theme in reading this week was what children learn in Kindergarten.  We enjoyed hearing how other Kindergarten classrooms are a lot like ours!

We worked on the last letters of the alphabet and our last sight words this week! They were Yy, Qq, off, our, day, take, too, show.

In Math, we continued our unit on three-dimensional shapes by learning the names of the cylinder, sphere, cube, and cone.  We also worked on describing each shape’s surfaces.

In Religion, we listened to the story of “The Good Neighbor”.  We learned that Jesus wants us to always help others.

Thank you to everyone who supported our school by purchasing books at the book fair and food at Chick Fil A!

 

Next Week (May 6-10):

We will be working on all of the vowel sounds.

In Math, we will continue our study of three-dimensional shapes and begin positional words.

Our Religion book will focus on helping others and Mary.

On Monday, I will be receiving some professional development in preparation for my new position next year.  Mrs. Kennedy will be subbing.

Tuesday is our last Kindness Day with Mrs. Armbruster! Thank you, Mrs. Armbruster for all of your help this year! Students may wear their Kindness t-shirts.

Thursday is our QU Wedding! Students should wear nice clothes to school on Thursday.  However, please keep in mind that we will still be going outside for recess and having Phys. Ed. that day.

 

On the Horizon:

May 22nd is Field Day! If you are interested in volunteering that day, please contact Mrs. Russell!

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Mrs. Switlick

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This Week (April 15-19):

Even though it was such a short week, we managed to get a few things accomplished!

In Math, we continued our unit on three-dimensional shapes by experimenting with them to see which ones could stack and roll and why.

We also worked on graphing the colors of a bag of jelly beans and writing a sentence about our graph.  The children enjoyed this delicious “have-to”!

We did our fourth subtraction minute math test.  I am starting to see progress! Any practice at home is appreciated.

In Religion, we continued to work on our Stations of the Cross book.  Today we saw The Mime Stations of the Cross. The eighth graders did an excellent job!

On Thursday, we enjoyed a Retreat Day by sequencing the events of the Triduum, learning about the meaning of Easter, and completing our Stations of the Cross book.

Our bean seeds that were given to us from Toledo Grows were sent home today.  Miss Hannah said they need to be planted in soil at this time. The children are excited to see them grow!

 

Next Week (April 22-26):

Easter break!

 

On the Horizon:

The PSO book fair is April 29th through May 3rd.  We will be going to the book fair as a class on Friday, May 3rd, during our regular library time.

 

Happy Easter! Safe travels for those of you going out of town!

 

Mrs. Switlick

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This Week (April 8-12):

This week, our theme in reading was why it is important to help your friends.  We listened to many wonderful stories that the children enjoyed.

We worked on the letters Vv and Zz.  Our sight words were look, very, their, saw, put, out.

In Math, we completed our unit on two-dimensional shapes and began a new unit on three-dimensional shapes.  The children are enjoying these units.

We did our third subtraction minute math test.  We will continue to practice at school. Any practice at home is appreciated.

In Religion, we continued to work on our Stations of the Cross book.  We are looking forward to seeing The Mime Stations of the Cross on Holy Thursday at 1:45 pm.  Parents are welcome to attend as well.

On Tuesday, we enjoyed a visit from Toledo Grows.  We learned about how animals live together in the environment and the parts of a plant.  

On Wednesday, the children took the MAP test in Math.  I was proud of their effort.

Thursday was the SJA Musical! We enjoyed watching Kaley, Emery, Solia, and Kate!

 

Next Week (April 15-19):

In Math, we will continue our chapter on three-dimensional shapes.

In Religion, we will continue to work on our Stations of the Cross book.

Please return your child’s R.E.D. folder on Thursday.  I am not sending home a QR code story due to the short week.

Library books can be returned at any time or kept until after Spring Break.

No school on Good Friday.

 

On the Horizon:

Spring break is April 19th through April 28th.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Mrs. Switlick

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This Week (April 1-5):

This week, our theme in reading was what it is like to be the youngest in a family.  We learned that younger children often want to spend time with their older siblings!

We worked on counting how many syllables are in a word.  

In Math, we continued our unit on two-dimensional shapes by learning about what a hexagon is, comparing two-dimensional shapes, and combining shapes to make other shapes.

We did our second subtraction minute math test on Monday.  We will continue to practice at school. Any practice at home is appreciated.

Our Religion book this week was titled, “We Show Our Love for God”.  We learned how families teach us to love God and and how they help us to love God.  We also began a Stations of the Cross book.

Third quarter report cards are posted on RenWeb.  Please let me know if you are unable to review your child’s report card or have any questions.  

On Wednesday, the children took the MAP test in Reading.  They will take the MAP test in Math next Wednesday.

 

Next Week (April 8-12):

We will be working on the letters Vv and Zz and the following sight words: look, very, their, saw, put, out.  Please keep letting me know if your child is ready for the next sight word list. We are currently on list 9, the last list!

In Math, we will complete our chapter on two-dimensional shapes.

In Religion, we will continue to work on our Stations of the Cross book.

 

On the Horizon:

Spring break is April 19-28.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Switlick

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This Week (March 25-29):

 

This week, our theme in reading was why it is important to try hard.  We learned that if you try hard you can do almost anything!

In Math, we began a new unit on two-dimensional shapes.  The children already had a lot of background knowledge on the topic, so we are going through this topic rather quickly.  We learned what a vertex is and how to correctly draw a square, rectangle, triangle, and circle.

We did our first subtraction minute math test on Monday.  We will continue to practice at school. Any practice at home is appreciated.

Our Religion book this week was titled, “We Show Our Love for God”.  We learned how Christian families keep Sunday holy and how Jesus taught us to love God.

We continue to go to Mass each week.  I am very impressed by my students excellent Mass behavior each week! Thank you so much for taking your child to Mass.  It makes my job so much easier!

Since it was the last week of March, we made fuzzy lambs for our saying, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb”!

On Friday, we enjoyed another marble jar party for all of our good choices in KB! We also enjoyed our fun Music Spirit Week!

 

Next Week (April 1-5):

 

We will be working on the letters Ll and Ww and the following sight words: have, one, ask, help, every, walk.  Please keep letting me know if your child is ready for the next sight word list. We are currently on list 8.

In Math, we will continue our chapter on two-dimensional shapes.

In Religion, we will continue to talk about our love for God.  We will also be starting a Stations of the Cross book and will continue to work on it throughout Lent.

On Tuesday, we will be having Kindness Day.  Students are permitted to wear their Kindness t-shirts with any bottoms they would like.

On Wednesday, we will be taking our Spring MAP test.  A good night’s rest and fulfilling breakfast will help your child do their best!

On Friday, third quarter report cards will be posted on RenWeb.  Please let me know if you are unable to review your child’s report card or have any questions.  

 

On the Horizon:

Spring break is April 19-28.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Mrs. Switlick

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This Week (March 18-22):

 

It was definitely a rough week in KB! Many students were out sick.  I have been disinfecting the classroom every day. Hopefully the long weekend will help get rid of all of the sick germs! Thank you to those who kept me up to date on what their children were diagnosed with, so I could keep an eye out for the ones that were here.

This week, our theme in reading was how people get food from plants.  We read a book about how bread is made and then made our own bread on Wednesday.  We enjoyed the fresh bread smell all day long!

In Math, we completed our unit on numbers twenty to one hundred.  Please look for your child’s workbook to come home next week.

Our Religion book this week was titled, “We Make Choices”.  We recognized that each of us makes choices, and we can pray to The Holy Spirit to help us make good choices.

On Friday, we enjoyed our field trip to The Valentine Theatre to see “A Sick Day for Amos McGee”.  Many of the students had the pleasure of having box seats and the rest of the students got to sit in the balcony which they enjoyed. A special thank you to Mrs. Conner and Mrs. Keeler who chaperoned our trip!

 

Next Week (March 25-29):

We will be working on the letter Uu and the following sight words: do, went, just, down, little, only.

It is hard to believe we are beginning the fourth quarter of the school year this week! To keep with our reading initiative this year, I am setting a goal of 4 ducky points for each student.  I am thrilled to say every student in KB met their 2nd and 3rd quarter goal. I would love to see that continue! As a class, the students read and did a response for 139 books! I would love to see this momentum going.  However, it is Spring, and I don’t want to see them not get outside and play. With that being said, I am setting a class goal of 125 books for fourth quarter.

In Math, we will begin a new chapter on two-dimensional shapes.

We will begin doing subtraction facts on our minute math quizzes.

In Religion, we will continue to talk about making good choices.

Next week is Spirit Week for Music! Monday is wear cultural clothing from one of our Unbound students or spirit wear if you bring in $1.  Tuesday is dress like a country singer. Wednesday is dress as your favorite Disney character. Thursday is dress up like you are the conductor of an orchestra or an opera singer (Please keep in mind we are going to Mass on Thursday.).  Friday is pajama day for lullaby music day.

 

On the Horizon:

On Tuesday, April 2nd, we will be having our next Kindness Day! Students are permitted to wear their Kindness t-shirt with any bottoms they would like.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Mrs. Switlick

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This Week (March 11-15):

 

This week, our theme in reading was how animals’ colors help them survive.  The children loved learning about animals this week!

We worked on the letters Hh and Kk.  Our sight words this week were he, away, must, no, by, there.  We are now on the pink list in class! Thank you to everyone who has helped their child learn their sight words this year! I truly appreciate it!

In Math, we worked on numbers 1 through 100! We worked on counting these numbers by ones and tens.  

Please keep working on addition facts with sums up to five! Thank you!

Our Religion topics this week were Lent and The Holy Spirit.  We learned the Holy Spirit helps us live as children of God and identified ways to call on the Holy Spirit in prayer.

Just a friendly reminder that students are expected to be practicing their address and phone number at home.  Once your child knows his/her address and phone number, please return the paper that was sent home at the beginning of the quarter.  Students will be assessed on their phone number and address at the end of the quarter which is March 21st.

In Social Studies and Math, we have been learning about money.  In Kindergarten, children are expected to know the name and value of the penny, nickel, dime, and quarter.  We also have been learning about saving and spending money. During center time this week, the children made a piggy bank to save their money in! They were very excited to learn about money!

 

Next Week (March 18-22):

We will be having a review week about all of our letters and sight words so far in Kindergarten.  We will also be doing a lot of assessments since it is the end of the quarter.

In Math, we will continue our unit on numbers to 100.

Our Religion book is titled, “We Make Choices”.

On Monday, students are permitted to wear green instead of their uniform in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

Mass is on Tuesday, March 19th.  Please make sure your child is wearing his/her uniform.  Thank you!

On Thursday, we are going to The Valentine Theatre.  We will be eating lunch at 11:00 am in the classroom.  Please make sure if you are bringing your child lunch that day that it is here by 11:00 am.  Thank you!

No school on Friday, March 22nd.

 

On the Horizon:

On Tuesday, April 2nd, we will be having our next Kindness Day! Students are permitted to wear their Kindness t-shirt with any bottoms they would like.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Mrs. Switlick

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This Week (March 4-8):

 

This week, our theme in reading was what steps someone can follow to plant and grow flowers.  We are excited to know that Spring is on its way! We have learned the saying, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb”.  Each day we are determining whether or not it is a lion or lamb day. So far, we have more lion than lamb days.

We worked on the letter Ee, the -et word family, and the -ed word family.  Our sight words this week were she, all, over, when, her, and some. We are now on the purple list in class!

Students who earned their three ducky points were sent to the office this week to collect their second rubber duck.  If you need more ducky response sheets, please let me know. I would love to see everyone meet their goal this quarter!

In Math, we began a new unit on representing, counting, and writing numbers twenty and beyond.  

Please keep working on addition facts with sums up to five! Thank you!

Our Religion topics this week were Ash Wednesday, Lent, and The Holy Spirit.  We learned the Holy Spirit helps us to remember to help others.

Thank you to Mrs. Armbruster who came in to do our Kindness lesson this week which was titled, “I Am a Friend.”

Just a friendly reminder that students are expected to be practicing their address and phone number at home.  Once your child knows his/her address and phone number, please return the paper that was sent home at the beginning of the quarter.  Students will be assessed on their phone number and address at the end of the quarter which is March 21st.

 

Next Week (March 11-15):

We will be working on the letters Hh and Kk and the following sight words: he, away, must, no, by, there.

In Math, we will continue our unit on numbers 20 to 100!

Our Religion book is titled, “The Holy Spirit Helps Us”.

Mass is on Thursday, March 14th.  Please make sure your child is wearing his/her uniform.  Thank you!

 

On the Horizon:

On Thursday, March 21st, we are going on a field trip to The Valentine Theatre.  Please return your child’s permission slip by Monday, March 11th.

 

Have a wonderful weekend! Don’t forget to “Spring Forward”!

 

Mrs. Switlick

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This Week (Feb. 25-March 1):

 

This week, we spent a lot of time reading and listening to Dr. Seuss books! The children loved having lots of time enjoying books this week! We were happy to have two guest readers read their favorite Dr. Seuss books this week, Mrs. Guzman and Mrs. Kendziora.

In Math, we completed our unit on numbers eleven through nineteen.  We spent a lot of time concentrating on decomposing these numbers such as 18 is 10 ones and 8 ones.  We will continue to review these numbers are they are proving to be challenging for some students.

Please keep working on addition facts with sums up to five! Thank you!

Our Religion book was titled, “Jesus Blesses the Children”.  We learned that Jesus invited the children to come to him, why it is important to pray to Jesus, and what it means to listen to Jesus.

We reviewed what we learned from Dr. Brennan last week about Dental Health by playing a game called “Tic Tac Tooth”.  

Just a friendly reminder that students are expected to be practicing their address and phone number at home.  Once your child knows his/her address and phone number, please return the paper that was sent home at the beginning of the quarter.  Students will be assessed on their phone number and address at the end of the quarter which is March 21st.

 

Next Week (March 4-8):

We will be working on the letter Ee and the following sight words: she, all, over, when, her, some.

In Math, we will begin a new unit on numbers 20 to 100!

Our Religion book is titled, “The Holy Spirit Helps Us”.  We will also be focusing on Ash Wednesday and Lent. A paper went home in your child’s folder today about a school wide Lenten project.

On Monday, students who bring in $1 to support the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society may dress down.  

Tuesday is Kindness Day.  Students are asked to wear their Kindness t-shirts with bottoms of their choice.

On Wednesday, we will be attending Mass for Ash Wednesday.  Please make sure your child is wearing his/her uniform.

On Thursday, we are having our pajama day that was earned from our Ducky Points.  Please have your child wear his/her pajamas to school with school shoes.


 

On the Horizon:

On Thursday, March 21st, we are going on a field trip to The Valentine Theatre.  Please look for a permission slip to be coming home soon.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Mrs. Switlick

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This Week (Feb. 18-22):

 

This week, our theme in reading was how things change when someone grows up.  I have definitely seen many changes in KB lately! Many of the children are maturing in many ways.  It is hard to believe that they will be first graders before we know it! Do not forget to come to our Open House on Sunday and check out first grade!

We focused on the letter Xx and the following sight words: said, was, then, good, ate, could.

We made our reading goal this week and surpassed the 75 mark! The children voted and decided that they wanted another pajama day! Since we already have many fun things planned for next week for Dr. Seuss week, I told them it would have to be the following week.  I will let you know as it gets closer.

In Math, we worked on numbers fifteen, sixteen and seventeen.

Please keep working on addition facts with sums up to five! Thank you!

Our Religion book was titled, “Jesus Is Always With You”.  We discovered that Jesus is always with us, learned that things tell us about Jesus and discussed ways that we can tell other people about Jesus.   

In Social Studies, we learned about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.  We also learned about the difference between goods and services.

It is that time of year that uniforms (including shoes) are wearing out.  Please make sure your child’s uniform is in good condition and that if you are buying new shoes for your child, the new shoes follow our dress code.  Low-top tennis shoes may be worn but no high-top tennis shoes. Also the predominant color of the tennis shoe, dress shoe, or deck shoe must be white, black, brown, grey, or navy in color.  Thank you!

Also, please make sure your child has a nut-free snack every day.  If you could please pack your child’s snack separate from their lunch, that would be prefered.  Recently, snack has been taking quite a long time. Students are not sure what they are supposed to be eating, or they do not have anything to eat.  I appreciate your help in this matter.

 

Next Week (Feb. 25- March 1):

We will be working be taking a break from our usual reading series and will be enjoying Dr. Seuss books all week! Please see the green flyer that went home on Thursday with all the details.

In Math, we will continue to work on counting, writing, and representing numbers 11 to 19.

Our Religion book is titled, “Jesus Blesses the Children”.

No School on Monday.

Mass is on Thursday at 8:30 am.  Please make sure your child is in his/her uniform.


 

On the Horizon:

Tuesday, March 5th, is our next Kindness Day.  Students may wear their Kindness t-shirts.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Mrs. Switlick

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This Week (Feb. 11-15):

This week, our theme in reading was playing and working together.  We read a wonderful poem about musicians working together in a concert.  The children loved learning about the different kinds of instruments!

We focused on the letter Oo and the following sight words: make, them, give, play, say, now.  We began List #5, the blue list, this week! Thank you for all of your help at home with sight words.  Many of our children are continuing to progress through the lists.

I have not gone through the R.E.D. folders yet, but we are very close to meeting our class goal of 75 books read this quarter! Way to go KB!

In Math, we worked on numbers thirteen and fourteen.

Please keep working on addition facts with sums up to five! Thank you!

Our Religion lesson focused on how Jesus is the Light of the World.  We worked on something special that will be displayed at Open House on February 24th.  Please plan to come and check it out!

Mrs. Keller visited our classroom this week to do a science experiment involving the reaction between candy hearts and different liquids.  

We earned another marble jar party for positive behavior in our classroom, enjoyed a wonderful Valentine’s Day party, and cheered our SJA basketball games at a pep rally on Friday.  It was definitely a week of festivities!

Tomorrow is the La Soiree Rouge.  Please look for our beautiful windchime that we made in KB!

Next Week (Feb. 18-22):

We will be working on the letter Xx and the following sight words: said, was, then, good, ate, could.

In Math, we will continue to work on counting, writing, and representing numbers 11 to 19.

Our Religion book is titled, “Jesus Is Always With Us”.

On Thursday, we will be listening to a presentation on Dental Health by our own SJA parent, Dr. Brennan! It was rescheduled from this past week.

Mass is on Friday at 8:30 am.  Please make sure your child is in his/her uniform.

On the Horizon:

SJA Open House is on Sunday, February 24th, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.  Please come by and check out the first grade classrooms for next year!

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Mrs. Switlick

Contact

Amy Switlick
Kindergarten Teacher- KB
aswitlick@school.joanofarc.org