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Kindergarten: There's a lot going on in kindergarten these days. You might say they are "busy little ants". Actually, they have a little ant farm so they are having a great time watching the ants work.

100th Day of School: There was a lot of excitement in 5K as they celebrated the 100th day of school.

Catholic Schools Week Activities: Catholic Schools Week is always a great time to celebrate Catholic education. They played board games, Bingo, watched movies, had extra recess time and enjoyed time spent together. Thank you to Home and School for sponsoring candy guesses throughout the week.

Grandparents Day Projects: Although we could not have the traditional Grandparents Day festivities the students were busy making projects and letters or cards to show their appreciation for their support.

Teddy Bear Parade: 5K students got their exercise while marching through the school for their Teddy Bear Parade.

Literacy

Through the Treasures Reading and Language Arts Program, kindergarteners at St. Mary's learn through different themes each week that five and six year olds can relate to. Our curriculum takes us through two weeks of new material, followed by a third week of review. Below are some of the many skills and concepts focused on throughout the year.

*Oral Language

*Word Study

*Reading

*Language Arts

Math

Using Houghton Mifflin Math, kindergarten students explore and discover math concepts. Literature and problem solving techniques are used frequently to enhance understanding of the following concepts.

*Sorting (color, size, shape, kind, and their own rule)

*Positions and Patterns (top, middle, bottom, before, after, between, left, right, inside, and outside)

*Comparing Sets, Data. And Graphing (one-to-one matching, same number, sort and graph, and pictographs)

*Represent and Read Numbers 0-31 (writing, counting, order by number, estimate, relate to calendar, and count by 2s, 5s, and 10s)

*Plane Shapes and Fractions (circle, rectangle, square, triangle, patterns with shapes, symmetry, equal parts, halves, likely and unlikely)

*Solid Shapes (sort, identify, and build solid shapes)

*Using Numbers 0-12 (names, order, sort, more and fewer, estimate quantities)

*Time (times of day, days and months on the calendar, comparing temperature, more and less time, order events, time to the hour, compare digital and analog clocks)

*Money (sort and graph coins, penny, nickel, dime, quarter)

*Length (compare length, order by length, estimate and measure length)

*Weight and Capacity (compare weight, order by weight, estimate and measure weight, compare capacity, order by capacity, estimate and measure capacity, and tools for measuring)

*Addition (add 1 to numbers 0-9, and add 2 to numbers 0-8)

*Subtraction (subtract 1 from numbers 1-10, subtract 2 from numbers 2-10, and relate addition to subtraction)

Religion

St. Mary's kindergarteners' faith is enriched by Sadlier's We Believe series. The units include prepared lessons on the following.

*God Gives Us Many Gifts

*God is Our Creator

*Jesus Shows Us God's Love

*Jesus Wants Us to Share God's Love

Students develop and understanding of his or her Catholic faith by daily FAITH STATEMENTS, the CATECHISM, SCRIPTURE and the RITES OF THE CHURCH, SAINTS, FEASTS, and DEVOTIONS. Many times our religion theme or the church season will tie in well with our reading , math, science or social studies concepts.

The class also attends weekly Mass every Wednesday morning. We help worship and praise God by singing at church from time to time. They pray regularly on arrival to school, before meals, and before departing, or whenever the desire arrives.

Science and Social Studies

Science and social studies classes are planned along with the themes from religion and literacy , and seasonal lessons.

Field Trips

Kindergarten students at St. Mary's School are blessed to experience a few fieldtrips throughout the school year. They either go to the pumpkin patch or the apple orchard in the fall, the Grand Theater, the Public Library, and a spring trip of some kind.

Weekly Schedule

 

Hello, my name is Michele Novak and I am the Kindergarten teacher at St. Mary’s School.  I also teach grades 6 – 8 Spanish.  I have a Bachelor of Science degree from UW Stevens Point with a major in Elementary Education K – 8 with a Language Arts Emphasis.  I began my teaching career as a Kindergarten teacher at St. Francis Xavier School, Merrill and have taught at Maple Grove Charter School, Hamburg, the Wausau School District, St. Anthony’s School in Athens and most recently was the principal at St. Joseph School in Stratford.



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Email: mnovak@stmarysmarathon.org

 
 

Michele Novak
Kindergarten

 

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