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Katherine Welcomer

Mrs. Welcomer's Kindergarten Class

We had an enjoyable week in kindergarten! The rain made it hard to get out the wiggles and move our muscles, but the children rallied, and we got to Friday and sunshine!


We read lots of informational books about Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Ruby Bridges this week. We painted a portrait of Dr. King, wrote some facts about his teachings, and even talked about our own dreams of a better world!


Writing is progressing in K2. The students are encouraged to write down the sounds that they hear in each word. We say, “If you can hear it, you can spell it!” Some of the things that we are focusing on in our writing are: stretching out our words to spell them, leaving two finger spaces between our words, using capital letters and punctuation, having an illustration match the writing, and going back and adding details to our drawings. We also focused on the importance of rereading what we have written! The children are encouraged to write a little, then reread, then write a little bit more! The class is given multiple venues to write in each week. Free choice writing is one way that the children can “free write”, and of course we write in writer’s workshop!


In writer’s workshop, we are continuing working on How To Books. The writers are thinking of something that they can do, and organizing their thinking and writing in sequential steps! We talked about how sometimes we need to read our story to a friend, so that we can make sure that it makes sense, or to be sure that we did not leave anything out!


In Reader’s Workshop, we continued our work on finding patterns in our reading. After a reader can figure out the word pattern in his or her reading, he or she can use “reading powers” to figure out any changing words in the pattern. We also worked on short “i” “word families”. Word Families are a key element in early reading. Skilled readers recognize patterns in words rather than sound words out, letter by letter.  Word families, (also known as phonograms, rimes, or chunks,) are letter patterns that are more stable than individual vowel sounds.  Readers can use word families to decode by analogy-use, what they know about one word to decode another.  If a reader knows the word, “tack”, for example, it's likely that he/she will be able to read other –“ack” words, such as “snack and jacket.”  Recognizing word families helps students build larger reading vocabularies.


In math this week, we worked on addition! The children are using ten-frames and manipulatives to show their thinking! We also played a fun snowman dice game to keep our teen number recognition sharp, and played a game in which our partner had to figure out what numbers were missing or in the wrong place! We also revisited our shapes this week, we read a fun snowman book that identified shapes by the number of sides and vertices they have! I am very proud of the way they are playing fairly and cooperatively with each other now!


Please have any Scholastic book orders in by January, 28th. 

Please remember that this Monday is a holiday, Martin Luther King Day, NO SCHOOL.


We have a lot of colds and coughs in our room right now, and I am constantly on the children to keep washing their hands and using tissues! The disinfectant wipes that everyone donated really aide in trying to combat germs! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!!!


 Enjoy the long weekend, and take a moment on Monday to remember Martin Luther King Jr., or better yet, ask your child to share some of his or her new schema regarding M.L.K., Rosa Parks and Ruby Bridges! - 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:
  • Monday, Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. -No School