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The St. Cletus kindergarten program offers a faith based learning environment for your child. We work hard to teach the whole child, helping each student grow academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. 

Social/emotional and spiritual growth is fostered by leading kindergartners in the following activities:

  • We make weekly classroom church visits.
  • We attend Mass with our 8th grade buddies 2x a month.
  • We learn about God and prayer from our daily religion lesson.
  • We learn from our monthly kindness projects, where children are encouraged to help one another and get caught doing it! Be respectful, be responsible, be compassionate, be a CARDINAL!
  • We donate food to the food pantry.

Academically, we help your child reach his/her greatest potential by:

  • Offering small group learning opportunities through math, science and literacy centers.
  • Offering a balanced literacy program that teaches children to read and write through daily journaling, shared writing activities, read alouds, guided reading and writing, Jolly Phonics instruction and the Michael Heggerty Phonemic Awareness program.
  • Offering math instruction that features whole group, small group and individualized instruction beginning with calendar time and leading into math centers.
  • Offering STEM instruction where the children are encouraged to become critical thinkers by creating, building and experimenting.

Not only do the children show growth by the end of the school year, they have FUN! Children learn best through play.  Our kindergartners are engaged in developmentally appropriate activities that allow them to learn and have fun at the same time! Kindergarten Rocks! Explore the kindergarten webpage to learn more!


  • Number poems (practice writing numbers using these poems): Number Poems
  • Ten frame mat (ask your child to show you 7. Show you 10. When your child is comfortable with numbers under ten, move onto teen numbers. Use kindergarten language. “How many groups of ten in 17? (1)” “How many ONES leftovers are there? (7): double ten frame mats


  • Help your child feel like a SUPER reader by playing this game in the car: environmental-print-bingo
  • Edit by inserting our different word wall words. Take a toy car and ask your child to park in each spot. If your child needs help with letters, instead edit and insert letters- Ll, Ss- and have your child park in each ‘spot.’ Sight Word Parking Lot
  • Let your child highlight word wall words in the newspaper.
  • Have your child point out word wall words in books while reading.
  • Write your child notes. Try to use as many word wall words as you can.
  • Ask your child to “stretch out” or “tap out” words. Again, use our kindergarten language.
  • Print 2 copies and play bingo: 



Current word wall list:

October-November: word wall list- word wall list- October November

Jolly Phonics: Jolly Phonics Flash cards (2)

List of Jolly Phonics letters and actions:Jolly Phonics note to parents

KINDERGARTEN GOALS: Kindergarten Goals

Classroom Prayers and Pledge: kindergarten Prayer and Pledge

Special Days List: Birthday list 2022

Specials Schedule: Special Schedule



The MOST important thing you can do to help your child is READ to him/her EVERY day. Any books with rhythm, rhyme and repetition are EXCELLENT choices for reading with your child. Below we compiled a list of our own recommendations.

Scholastic’s Guide to Kindergarten:

**Great articles to read at the start of the kindergarten school year!**

Tips for Reading with your child:

Use the link below to search for books related to a specific topic:

Scholastic Book Recommendations:

Popular books for young children from GoodReads:

2017 Monarch Award Winners:

Picture books not to miss (2017)

100 Great Children’s Books:

Popular Books for kindergartners:

  • THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT, by Drew Daywalt. Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
    (Philomel.) A colorful problem arises when Duncan’s crayons revolt. (Ages 3 to 7)
  • GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
    (Chronicle.) Trucks at sunset. (Ages 4 to 8)
  • THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH!, by Mo Willems
    (Hyperion.) A filthy bird is persuaded to bathe. (Ages 3 to 7)
  • DRAGONS LOVE TACOS, by Adam Rubin. Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri (Dial.) What to serve your dragon-guests. (Ages 3 to 5)
  • JOURNEY, by Aaron Becker(Candlewick.) A lonely girl draws a red door on her bedroom wall and enters an imaginary world. (Ages 4 to 8)
  • ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER, by Andrea Beaty. Illustrated by David Roberts (Abrams.) A young inventor learns to fail better. (Ages 4 to 8)
  • PRESS HERE, by Hervé Tullet (Handprint/Chronicle.) A dance of color. (Ages 4 to 8)
  • LOCOMOTIVE, by Brian Floca(Richard Jackson/Atheneum.) A family’s 1869 journey across America on the newly completed transcontinental railroad. (Ages 4 to 10)
  • PETE THE CAT: I LOVE MY WHITE SHOES, by Eric Litwin. Illustrated by James Dean (Harper/HarperCollins.) Well-shod Pete has rainbows on his feet. (Ages 3 to 7)
  • MY NEW FRIEND IS SO FUN!, by Mo Willems (Hyperion.) Gerald must deal with the fact that Piggie has a new pal. (Ages 6 to 8)

Mrs. Bentley and Mrs. Mahr’s Favorite Books and Authors:

(The Kissing Hand (Great for the first week of school!)
Superhero ABC

  • Jan Brett: The Mitten, Gingerbread books
  • Lois Ehlert
  • Laura Numeroff: If you Give a Mouse a Cookie, If you Give a Moose a Muffin, etc.
    There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly
  • Doreen Cronin: Giggle, Giggle, Quack, Quack, Click, Clack, Moo, etc.
  • Bill Martin, Jr. : Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You see? Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you hear? etc. Chicka Chicka BOOM BOOM
  • Rosemary Wells
  • Kevin Henkes: Wemberly Worried, Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse, etc.
  • Eric Carle: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Grouchy Ladybug, etc.
  • Dr. Seuss: Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, etc.
  • Mo Willems: Elephant and Piggie Series, Pigeon Series
  • David Shannon: Too Many Toys, David Goes to School, No David! etc.
  • Ian Falconer: Olivia series
  • Jane O’Connor:Fancy Nancy Series (leveled readers also avaiable)
  • Viorst, Judith: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible No Good, Very Bad Day
  • Van Allsburg: The Polar Express
  • Freeman, Don: Corduroy Series

The books below are great for beginning readers. Remember, books with rhythm, rhyme and repetition are PERFECT for beginning readers:

  • Leveled Readers/Easy Readers
  • I Can Read books
  • Ready to Read books, etc.
  • Dr. Seuss Books
  • Mo Willems Elephant and Piggie

Click to link below to access our kindergarten year-long goals:

Kindergarten Goals FINAL

Read about all the exciting activities and learning taking place in kindergarten.

Kindergarten Newsletter, May 24

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars: Monday, May 27th: No School, Memorial Day Tuesday, May 28th: 8am Mass Please be sure to check out your local library’s summer reading program.  It can be a great motivator for the kids!  Please check out LaGrange Library’s summer reading flyer: la grange library summer reading Looking Ahead: KINDERGARTEN CELEBRATION: You...
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Kindergarten Newsletter, May 17

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars: Tuesday, May 21: 8am Mass and Dining for Dollars at the Wendy’s on 55th in Countryside! 4-7pm Wednesday, May 22: PBIS assembly Friday, May 24: EARLY DISMISSAL, 2pm Looking Ahead: Sign-up for summer camps!  The early childhood summer camp sign-up is DUE!  It is being run by Mrs. Zontos and Mrs....
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Kindergarten Newsletter, May 3

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars: Monday, May 6: May Crowning Mass, 9:30am Tuesday, May 7: 8am Mass Thursday, May 9: Foam Party Friday, May 10: Mother’s Day tea in the morning at 10:15 and 8th grade ribbon ceremony in the afternoon (we will attend) Looking Ahead: KINDERGARTEN Mother’s Day Tea: Friday, May 10th from 10:15-11:30. KINDERGARTEN...
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Kindergarten Newsletter, April 24

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars: Tuesday, April 30: 8am Mass Looking Ahead: KINDERGARTEN Mother’s Day Tea: Friday, May 10th from 10:15-11:30. You should have received your official invitation last week! KINDERGARTEN CELEBRATION: Wednesday, June 5, 10am.  The celebration will be about 1 hour.  Students are dismissed to you after the celebration! These are two events you...
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Kindergarten Newsletter, April 19

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars: Monday, April 22: Kindergarten field trip to the La Grange Library. Tuesday, April 23: Mass, 8am Wednesday, April 24: PBIS assembly Friday, April 26: NO school, teacher PD day In addition to the above, the student council wants us to all recognize earth day–all week, and really EVERY DAY!  Here’s the...
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Kindergarten Newsletter, April 12

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars: Tuesday, April 16: 8am Mass Thursday, April 18: we will see the school play dress rehearsal– High School Musical, Jr.! Looking Ahead/mark your calendars: KINDERGARTEN Mother’s Day Tea: Friday, May 10th from 10:15-11:30. You should have received your official invitation on Friday! KINDERGARTEN CELEBRATION: Wednesday, June 5, 10am.  The celebration will...
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Kindergarten Newsletter, March 22

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars: Saturday, March 23: Easter Egg hunt at 9am Thursday, March, 28: 2pm dismissal Friday, March 29: No School, Good Friday April 1st: begin spring break, return April 8th Looking Ahead: KINDERGARTEN MOMS, please save the date for the “Mother’s Day Tea,” a kindergarten tradition!  Moms will be asked to attend this...
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