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Katherine Welcomer

Mrs. Welcomer's Kindergarten Class

Hello K2 Families,

We had another great week! 


In a recent article published in the Mayo Clinic I read there's a science behind that phenomenon called "loving kindness." The story shared research that showed that learning and practicing kindness can profoundly affect your attitude, outlook and even your health. Better yet, you can rewire your brain to be more present and kinder to others, giving your mood a daily boost. 


These three simple practices will help get you started: meditation, acts of kindness, and focusing on gratitude. Each day in kindergarten we try to take time to think about small and large things that we are thankful for, we take mindful moments in which we breath, and sit calmly and silently, and we look for and celebrate acts of kindness! I am so grateful for each of your unique children! Each one adds something special to our daily classroom learning and climate. 

This week we had our first of ten LPIE Art lessons! The lesson focused on lines! The artists painted and used tools to remove paint from their paper by forming different lines. These 10 lessons are fabulous and definitely a highlight of the art curriculum for the children and myself! Thank you parents for supporting this amazing organization!


In reading this week we added some new “powers” to our reading! We now have: pointer power, reread power, buddy power, sight-word power, picture power, sound power and persistence power!!!! I have begun to assess the children’s growth, and I am happy to report that every child has made personal growth in reading and phonemic skills! Thank you families for continuing to read to your child each and every day!


Your child is bringing home a lot of readers this week. They have practiced reading them over and over again! Some of the books focused on sight words, others on science and math concepts, others on reading fluidness. Please have your young reader keep these just right books in a place that they can reread them!


In writing, the writers have been using writing tools to help with their narrative stories. Each child now has a vowel chart in their writing folder to help them figure out the tricky middles of words. They also are using alphabets and checklists to help bring their writing to a higher level. This continues to be a part of the day that we all look forward to!


We also read a lot of autumn books and scarecrow books this week. The children drew and painted scarecrow faces too! Next week we will learn about The First Thanskgiving!


Parents, thanks for the help with the thankful turkey feather homework! Each child had the opportunity to stand in front of the class and describe how they decorated their feather, and share what they are thankful for. If your child still has not brought in their feather, there is still time! These very special feathers are on display in our classroom!


Have a wonderful three-day weekend! On Veteran’s Day, take a minute to remember our brave past and present military!  –Katherine 



Welcome to K2  Kindergarten

Mrs. Welcomer's class!

My name is Katherine Welcomer and I am so happy to be your child's teacher. This kindergarten year will be a year of new beginnings, a year filled with large and small accomplishments, a year of trying new things and making new friends. Kindergarten is an important year in your child's education. It sets the foundation for future years. I am honored to be on this very memorable and special journey with you and your child!


Gentle Beginnings Schedule: Aug. 13-23, 8:15-11:45 - All Students Attend - Please have your child wait by the front door until the door is opened by the teacher. Please be on time to pick up your child, and please let me know how your child will be picked up (Happy Days, Baby Sitter).


Extended Day Schedule Begins Aug. 26th

  • Early Friends 8:15-12:45
  • Late Friends: 9:30-2:00 
  • Wacky Wednesday Begins Aug. 28th,  All Students Attend 8:15-11:45


I believe that a good parent-teacher relationship is necessary for maximum school success. Throughout the year I will communicate with you through notes, telephone calls, weekly newsletters, emails, and parent-teacher conferences. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. The best way to contact me is through my school's email:


I'm looking forward to a wonderful year with you and your child! - Katherine

Scholastic Book Order Information

Order Forms due by October, 30

Scholastic Book Clubs Ordering


Class Activation Code:  GR23C

Dear Parents,

This month's Scholastic Book Club flyers are ready for you to explore with your child. Children read more when they choose their own books, so I encourage you to look at the flyers together.

You can return the order form and payment to me, or give online ordering a try. It saves time, offers more book choices, and earns extra rewards for the classroom!

 Happy reading,

Katherine Welcomer

Important Dates!
  • Important Dates:
  • Report Cards Go Home Nov. 22
  • Thanksgiving Break No School Nov. 25-29