Pre-Kindergarten

clark@blessedtrinitycatholicschool.org

“Serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful song.”

                                   Psalm 100:2

AUGUST 2022

Dear Families,

Welcome to Pre-Kindergarten at Blessed Trinity Catholic School!  We are looking forward to working with you and your child.  It will be an exciting school year, packed with fun-filled learning experiences and activities!

Throughout the school year, our class will focus upon learning to identify the letters of the alphabet and learning to produce the unique sound(s) of each individual letter.  Our literacy program will help the children develop phonological awareness (awareness of sounds in spoken words).  The program will also help expand vocabulary, and assist students in developing comprehension skills in reading.

During the school year, the Pre-K class will explore numbers from one to fifteen and learn to recognize a variety of colors and shapes.  Students will also learn about God’s everlasting love through Bible stories, songs, and various projects.

There will be a new classroom theme each month.  Together, we will explore many interesting topics.  During the first few weeks of school, we will be busy establishing our classroom routines.  The children will be learning about our rules and procedures in the classroom and around the school.  We will begin our alphabet study, starting with the letter Aa.  As September approaches, our first theme will be “All About Me/My Five Senses.”  Additionally in September, the color red, circles, and  letters Bb, Cc, and Dd, and the number zero will all be introduced.

In order to create a warm, caring and safe environment in the classroom, we will be asking the Pre-K students to follow five simple rules.  This will allow the children to know what is expected of them on a daily basis.  The five rules are as follows:

          1.  Use kind words – “Love other people and be kind.”
               Luke 6:27
          2.  Use your listening ears (follow directions) – “God gave us ears to hear… “
               Proverbs 20: 12
          3.  Use your walking feet (no running inside the classroom or school building).
          4.  Use helping hands – “Help one another.”  Galations 5:13
          5.  Do not hurt others – “Do to others as you want them to do to you.”  Luke 6:31

At the start of the school year, each student will be given a clear plastic folder.  Your child will be bringing it home every day.  You may see notes and updates from the teachers and from the school, as well as your child’s completed classwork assignments and art projects.  Since teacher and parent communication is very important, we ask that you please examine and empty the folder’s contents daily, and have your child return the folder to school on the following day.  Please feel free to drop a note in the folder, if you have any questions or concerns.

The Pre-K class has many resources (“specials”) each week.  P.E. class is scheduled for every Monday.  Please make sure your child wears his/her school uniform or PE uniform and tennis shoes.  No school shoes are required on this day.  Tennis shoes must be worn in order for your child to participate in P.E.  Girls are encouraged to wear shorts under their jumpers.  Music class is every Tuesday.  Library Day/Media is scheduled for every Wednesday.  Please remember to place your child’s library book in their folder or backpack, so they may be able to check out a new book.  The children go to the playground Tuesday through Friday.

As a reminder, we ask families to label all of your child’s outerwear (sweaters, jackets, vests, hats, scarves, etc.) and belongings (backpacks, water bottles, etc.)  Those children who plan to be here for lunch ( in Early Birds or Lunch Bunch), we also ask that their first and last names are written on their lunchboxes.

Each day students should bring in a full water bottle.  Please make sure it is one that your child can easily open and close, and that is no larger than 2 1/2″ in diameter.  Additionally, we ask that your child always has an extra change of clothing inside his/her backpack, since spills and accidents often occur in preschool.

If you have any questions or concerns, or need further information, you may place a note in your child’s folder or contact us via email.

Welcome again to Blessed Trinity Catholic School and to the Pre-K program!

                                          May God Bless Our School Year Together!
                                            Mrs. Meg Clark & Mrs. Susan DeFreitas

Mrs. Susan and I send a very heart felt “Thank YOU!” for all the cards and chocolate we received for Valentine’s Day. We are very blessed to share part of our day with the Pre-Kindergarten children.  This week they learned all about the letter Vv and how Valentine’s let us share with our family and friends how much they mean to us all.

Thank you also for those who have shared some spare change to fill our “Baby Bottle for Babies”. We have next week to continue the collection to help mothers and babies in need. We have also been presented with a challenge to collect as many Box Tops for Education we can. Please cut them out of the many products which support this program.

As a reminder there is no school on Monday, February 18th as we celebrate President’s Day. Enjoy the long weekend and we look forward to seeing the children on Tuesday.

Ms. Stahmer

Mrs. Haynes

email: haynes@blessedtrinitycatholicschool.org


Serve the Lord with gladness: come before Him with joyful song.”

                                                                          Psalm 100:2

Updated: February 2, 2023

Fourth and Fifth grade are taking a field trip to St. Augustine on Thursday, March 30th. We will leave the school @ 9:00 AM and return @ 1:45 PM. The students will visit the Fort, ride the trolley and have lunch provided by Subway which includes either a ham, turkey or veggie sandwich, chips, cookie and bottled water. The cost of the trip is $33.50. The permission slip is coming home today and must be returned with the payment BEFORE FEBRUARY 16th.

Chaperones for the trip have been chosen from the hat. Thank to all who volunteered. The lucky four are: Mrs. Cole, Mrs. Solomon, Mr. Sumbeling, and Mrs. Victorino.

Help Session is every Thursday immediately after school until 3:30 PM. Students not picked up by 3:35 PM will be sent to extended day at the parent’s expense. The purpose of Help Session is to assist students who are struggling in the classroom and earning a grade of D or F. It will also help those who have been absent and need to make up tests or a Science activity. It is not intended for someone trying to make straight A’s or A/B Honor Roll.

Please remember that cell phones and Smart watches are NOT permitted in the classrooms. They are to be dropped off in the office immediately upon entering the building and retrieved at dismissal. This is a Blessed Trinity policy.  Any violation will result in a Behavior Notice to the Assistant Principal.

Important Dates to Remember:

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2023 —– No Uniform for students who brought in  2 cans of canned fruit

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2023 —- Third Quarter Progress Reports

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2023 —- SCHOOL CLOSED…… Discretionary Day

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2023 —- St. Augustine Field trip payment & permission slip due

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2023 —– NO SCHOOL …. Professional Day

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2023 —- SCHOOL CLOSED …… President’s Day

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21- THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2023 —- Terra Nova standardized testing

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2023 —– Ash Wednesday …. Holy Day of Obligation…..Lent begins

THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2023 —– Early dismissal @ 12:15 PM

FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2023 —— SCHOOL CLOSED….. Discretionary Day

 

TESTS, QUIZZES, & PROJECTS:

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Vocabulary Workshop —- Unit 12 TEST

Spelling —- List 14 TEST prefixes anti-, de-, super, trans-  antibiotics, antibodies, antiseptic, antisocial, antivirus, deactivate, decay, decline, deduct, dejected, deport, superficial, superhuman, superintendent, supersede, superstar, supervise, transaction, transatlantic, transformation, translate, translucent, transport

Thursday, February 9, 2023

Social Studies —- Unit 5, Lessons 3-4 TEST

Friday, February 3, 2023

Reading —– “Just 17 Syllables” TEST

 

Accelerated Reader: Students will be required to read and take 3 Accelerated Reader (AR) Tests and corresponding Vocabulary Quizzes (if available…not every book has one) within his/her assigned reading level range, striving for 80% accuracy, each Quarter. Your child’s range is written in the back of his/her Planner. Reading levels will be adjusted throughout the year.  Three AR Tests with a minimum score of 80% are due at the end of each quarter.  Please encourage your child NOT to wait until the last-minute! Be sure to check out `ARBookFind.com for book recommendations and AR levels.

Homework Policy:

— Neatly done and complete.

— If collected, the student’s name must be on the top right corner to receive full credit.

— If there is no name, there is no credit. Students are reminded to write their name before they turn anything in and it is the first direction given for tests.

— All Math homework is to be done in pencil, never in pen. All work must be shown to receive full credit. NO WORK, NO CREDIT.

— A student will complete a Homework Notice/ Sour Note, for any assignment that receives a zero. This notice explains why the assignment received a zero and must be signed by a parent and returned the next day.  If the assignment is attached with the situation corrected, the student will receive 50% credit on that assignment instead of a zero.

Class Rules:

— Have all needed books, notebooks, spirals, and supplies at your desk for the portion of day because you will not be allowed to return to the cubby to get something.

— Respect all adults, faculty, staff, volunteers, and students. Speak kindly and treat each other as you want to be treated.

— Raise your hand to ask or answer a question.

— Pencils are to be sharpened at the beginning of the day OR during classwork time.

— Transition quietly from one subject to the next.

—- Remain in your sit. If you need to use the bathroom or get up for another reason, raise your hand to ask for permission.

Class Rules Violations:

— Verbal Warning

— Name in book

— Lose recess minutes

— Inform the assistant principal: a consequence may result

Resource Schedule:

Monday————- Art

Tuesday ———— PE……..Students come to school dressed in their PE uniform 

               ———— Spanish

Wednesday ——— Music

Thursday ———– PE ……….Students come to school dressed in their PE uniform 

Friday————— Media/Research …….This is taught as one class period block of time.

 


“Serve the Lord with gladness, come before him with joyful song.”    Psalm 11:2

Feb. 3, 2023

Dear Families,

Grade 4 Terra Nova Testing is scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 21- Wednesday, March 1. We will be testing each morning promptly at 8:10. Please make every effort to arrive at school on-time. Tardy students will be held in the office until testing is completed for the day. Make-up Assessments will be scheduled at a later date. If possible, please avoid making doctor or dentist appointments until after 11:00 during testing week. Students would benefit from eating a hearty breakfast and getting a good night’s sleep each and every day, but especially during standardized testing week!

Thank you for donating Blessing Bags for our CSW Service Project. And many thanks for your generous donations to Bounty for Babies. There was only a $1.33 difference between our Third-Place spot and First Place! No need to pack a lunch……our class has earned a pizza & cookie lunch on Tuesday, Feb. 7!

Students donating two cans of fruit have earned a Non-Uniform Day on Monday, Feb. 6. All traces of nail polish must be removed as well.

A Gentle Reminder for our Boys: Per BT’s Dress Code Policy, “Pants must fit properly and not be faded.” If pants are faded, torn, or have worn out knees, it is time for a new pair of uniform pants, and retire the old ones. Dress shorts may be worn beginning April 1.

Grades 4 & 5 will visit St. Augustine on Thursday, March 30. Permission Forms are in your child’s Red Folder. Please send $33.50 cash or check on or before Thursday, Feb. 16. The cost includes bus transportation, guided tour of the Castillo de San Marcos, Old Town Trolley Tour of Historic Downtown St. Augustine, and a Subway lunch. Lunch includes a ham, turkey, or veggie sub, chips, cookie, and water. Tomatoes and condiments are on the side. Please check your child’s meal choice on the back of the Permission Form. Special thanks to Jude and Adriana’s Moms and Ava and Klara’s Dads for chaperoning our field trip!

QUESTION:  Is your child completing the assigned IXL Math & Language Arts objectives each week?

Grade 4 Help Session is held on Wednesdays. Students struggling with Reading and/or Math concepts are invited to participate. Please email me or write a note in the Planner if you would like your child to attend. Students will be signed into Extended Day if not picked up at 3:30.

TESTS:

Religion: Tuesday, Feb. 7, Chapter 12

Vocab Workshop: Wednesday, Feb. 8, Unit 10

Math: Thursday, Feb. 9, Chapter 8 Test

Reading: Friday, Feb. 10, Animal Defense Academy

Spelling: Friday, Feb. 10

Social Studies: Friday, Feb. 10, Seminole & Seminole Wars (p. 88-97)

 ACCELERATED READER (AR):

Students are required to read and take a minimum of 3 Accelerated Reader (AR) Tests and corresponding Vocabulary Quizzes (if available…not every book as one) within his/her assigned reading level range, striving for 80% accuracy, by Friday, March 3. Your student’s new Reading Level Range will be written in the back of the Planner upon completion of the STAR Assessment and is adjusted throughout the school year. Please encourage your student NOT to wait until the last minute to complete this AR requirement. Be sure to check out arbookfind.com for book recommendations and AR levels.

Fourth Graders can check out books from the Media Center every Friday. Students are required to have one AR Book at his/her desk EVERY DAY, or they are not prepared for our day.

Please encourage children to read, read, read….every day! The AR Grade each Quarter is the average of the top 3 test scores.

LOOKING AHEAD:

Monday, Feb. 6: Non-Uniform Day for canned fruit donation

Thursday, Feb. 9: Third Quarter Progress Reports

Monday, Feb. 13: No School

Tuesday, Feb. 14: Valentine Exchange

Friday, Feb. 17: No School

Monday, Feb. 20: No School

Tuesday, Feb. 21- Mar. 8: Grade 4 Terra Nova Testing

Wednesday, Feb. 22: Ash Wednesday Mass in the Gym

Thursday, Mar. 9: 12:15 Dismissal

Friday, Mar. 10: No School

Monday, Mar. 13: No School

Wednesday, Mar. 15: Confessions

Wednesday, Mar. 15: Art & Talent Show 5:30- 7:30

Friday, Mar. 17: End of Third Quarter

Thursday, Mar. 30: St. Augustine Field Trip

2022-2023 Schedule

The following websites are available for additional practice:

Religion: religion.sadlierconnect.com  *click on We Believe Grade 4

Math: www.sadlierconnect.com  *scroll to “Student & Family Resources”; *click “Let’s Go!” in the purple box; *click Sadlier Math Grades K-6; *click Sadlier Math Grade 4 (orange text)

Vocabulary Workshop: www.sadlierconnect.com  **scroll to “Student & Family Resources”; *click “Let’s Go” in the purple box; *click Vocabulary Workshop Grades 1-12; *click Vocabulary Workshop “orange”

Everything: www.khanacademy.org

ARBookFind.com

Gentle Reminder… Per BT Policy, unless medically necessary, all cell phones,  Smart Watches, and other electronic devices MUST be dropped off to the Office every morning upon arriving to school and picked up at dismissal.  They may not be brought into the classroom or kept in backpacks. Thank you for your cooperation.

Third Grade


Mrs. Renee Bascon

email: bascon@blessedtrinitycatholicschool.org

“Serve the Lord with gladness, come before Him with joyful song.” Psalm 11:2

Updated: Jan. 27, 2023

Dear 3rd Grade Families,

Please speak with your student about behaving during the school day. Lately, the students have been talking and playing around while I’m teaching. They are also acting up during transition times and in the hallways. Our resource teachers have even commented to me how rowdy and disrespectful they have been acting. This is of course, not the whole class, but a good majority. I don’t want to take away our playground times, but if they cannot behave, we will just walk the halls silently to get some exercise.

Catholic Schools Week is also coming up quickly. We are preparing for a fun week celebrating our Catholic Schools!  Parents are encouraged to join us on Thursday morning in the gym as we our entire schools joins together to pray the living rosary.

Blessed Trinity is collecting pop top cans of fruit for our school wide service project. If your student donates 2 cans, he/she will have a nonuniform day on Monday, Feb. 6.

We are also collecting Blessing Bags for 3rd grade’s service project. These large gallon Ziploc bags are filled with items needed for the homeless, such as granola bars, hand sanitizer, mini deodorant, mini water bottle, etc. If you are able, please put together and send in a Blessing Bag so we can bless those in need within our community

I believe I now have every student’s correct email address. They children will be tested next Friday on their address and phone number as well as the correct address format. Please make sure to contact our school office if you move houses so we can keep our records up to date.

 

Tests/ Assessments this coming week:

Tues, Jan. 31:

  • Science Test on Heat Energy

Wed., Feb. 1:

  • Math Ch. 7 Division Facts Test

Thurs., Feb. 2:

  • Unit 1-6 Vocabulary Workshop Review Test (Open Book)

Fri., Feb. 3:

  • Un. 3 Less. 4 Spelling, Reading, and English (including address and phone number) tests

 

BTCS Catholic Schools Week Activities:

Monday, 1/30:

-Silly Sock Day/ Flannel PJ Bottoms/ Closed Toe Slippers (must wear socks with slippers). PJ bottoms should be worn with the school shirt, PE shirt, Eagle T-shirt, or teal school t-shirt.

Tuesday, 1/31:

– Hat Day

– Eagle t-shirt day

Wednesday, 2/1:

– Fingernail Polish Day

– Tacky Tie

Thursday, 2/2:

– Sports team shirts/jersey day with jeans and sneakers, Fingernail Polish

Friday, 2/3:

– Dress as a storybook character, Fingernail Polish

Saturday, 2/4:

– Father/Daughter Dance

Monday, 2/6 – Non-uniform day for food donation

 

Upcoming School Info:

EAGLE T-SHIRT DAYS: Jan. 31

Fri., Jan. 27: 12:15 Early Release Day

Sun. – Sat., Jan. 29- Feb. 3: Catholic Schools’ Week

Sat., Feb. 4: Father Daughter Dance

Thurs., Feb. 9: 3rd Quarter Progress Reports

Mon., Feb. 13: No School

Tues., Feb. 14: Valentine Exchange

Fri., Feb. 17: No School

Mon., Feb. 20: No School

Tues., Feb. 21- Wed., Mar. 1: Terra Nova testing for Grade 3

 

AR (Accelerated Reading)-

Students are required to read and take a minimum of 3 accelerated reader tests per quarter within his/ her reading level, striving for 80% accuracy. Your student’s reading level is listed at the back of their planner. Please encourage your child to read 25 minutes daily!

PE-

PE will be on Mondays and Thursdays. Please send your child to school on those days in their PE Uniform with sneakers. No jewelry except small post- style earrings on PE days!

Opportunity (Help) Sessions for 3rd graders are held on Tuesdays afternoons from 2:50-3:30 for students needing extra help with Math or Reading. Please email me or send a note in the planner if you’d like your child to attend.

Students must bring a water bottle (no larger than 2 ½ inch diameter) to school to be refilled daily.

We will be continuing to keep the classroom sanitized and clean our hands frequently throughout the day to help keep the germs away. Please keep your child home if he/ she is sick with a fever!

Each student will be allowed to utilize an iPad in class as a learning tool in the classroom throughout the year. Students will be expected to comply with the school wide rules and expectations for technology use.

 

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Ms. Behrend

Email: behrend@blessedtrinitycatholicschool.org

Homework 9/26

Daily Math: Monday-Thursday

Spelling Choice Board

In addition to checking this website, please sign up for our Class Dojo so you don’t miss any reminders

Spelling Homework Directions 

How to Use the Spelling Choice Board

  1. Pick one of the options to practice your words.
  2. Complete the directions for that option
  3. Put an X on the box that you choose
  4. Repeat on another day for the second practice option
  5. On Thursday night, combine the choice board with your two practice pages (stapled or paper clipped would be preferred)
  6. Student turns in on Friday

SACRAMENTS: IMPORTANT DATES 

Reconciliation Retreat: November 5th at 9am

Reconciliation: December 3rd 11am

First Communion Retreat: March 4th at 9am

First Communion Practice: May 4th at 6pm

First Holy Communion: May 6th at 11am

Class Schedule

Monday: P.E (wear P.E uniform)

Tuesday: Music and Media/Research

Wednesday: Art

Thursday: P.E (wear P.E uniforms)

Friday: Spanish

Please make sure you send your child to school each morning with:

-a full belly (breakfast every day!)

-a full sized water bottle filled with water

-a balanced lunch

-their take home folder

Ms. Molly Carlson

Email: carlson@blessedtrinitycatholicschool.org

“Serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful song.” Psalm 100:2

 

Hello First Grade Families!

Welcome to a new year at Blessed Trinity. In first grade, we will grow our love of learning, focus on our reading skills, and share our Catholic faith. In this classroom, your children are valued, respected, challenged, and loved. See below for my class expectations, discipline, schedule, and helpful reminders. I look forward to working with you for a successful, dynamic year of learning and teaching!

~May God Bless Our School Year~

Warmly,

Ms. Carlson

 

Gentle Reminder…attendance and being on time is extremely important. Please make sure that your child comes to school ready to learn, in clean, proper uniform attire, and has had a good breakfast to start their day strong!

**Please check binders nightly for homework and any school/classroom information.**

Please encourage your children to read, read, read….EVERY DAY! First grade is a reading year, fine tuning the phonics and comprehension skills necessary for children to become fluent readers. First graders should be reading a minimum of 15 minutes at home daily; this can be alongside an adult, taking turns with pages, listening to a fluent reader, or reading on their own with a parent checking in on their reading.

Accelerated Reader (AR):

Students will use the Accelerated Reader program at school to take comprehension quizzes on the books that they read to help track their understanding and reading progress during the year. First graders are expected to take one, passing AR quiz per week. A passing score is 80% or better, on books that are in the students suggested reading range. Students will complete a STAR assessment during the first week of school, and will receive their first reading range. Families can use these levels to find books for home reading practice; please use the website below to search for books.

First graders can check out 1-2 books from the library each week. Books are due back to the library every Thursday. Students can also borrow books from the classroom library whenever they need.

arbookfind.com

 

Our resource schedule:

Monday: P.E (wear sneakers)

Tuesday: P.E (wear sneakers), Music

Wednesday: Art, Playground

Thursday: Library/Media, Playground

Friday: Spanish, Playground

 

*We attend Mass every Wednesday at 8:30am. 

**We have playground/recess time on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

 

In order to create a loving, safe, academic environment, students are expected to follow our classroom and school rules. Please ensure your child understands what is expected of them, and arrives prepared for learning. Daily uniform checks are included as part of school expectations.

Classroom Expectations:

  • We follow directions and transitions quickly.
  • We use our hand signals and communicate clearly.
  • We stay on task and always try to do our best.
  • We use active listening when a speaker is talking.
  • We keep our hands, feet, and belongings to ourselves.
  • We show respect to our classroom, teacher, students, and selves.
  • We make smart, thoughtful choices.

Classroom Behavior Management:

  1. Redirect (warning)
  2. Sideline (think time)
  3. Skills coaching (Student meets with teacher)
  4. Note home (signed by parent)

 

Kindergarten

Ms. Shea

email: shea@blessedtrinitycatholicschool.org

Hello and welcome to Kindergarten 2022-2023!

My name is Ms. Shea and I am so happy to be here at Blessed Trinity this year. Kindergarten is a very important year of learning for a student. They have a full day of school, lunch and attend mass every Wednesday. A new change this year is that the students are able to wear their “P.E. uniform” all day on P.E. days.

We have P.E. on Mondays and Tuesdays @ 8:15 in the morning.