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Kindergarten Newsletter, January 21

Upcoming Events/Mark your calendars:

  • Tuesday, January 25: 8am Mass
  • Sunday, January 30: 10:30 Mass followed by an in person open house starting at 11:30 and ending at 2pm.  Stop by any time! Hope to see you at church too!
  • Don’t forget to place hot lunch orders if you wish! Keep in mind, any sides are paid for separately, so please send sides ( fruits, veggies, etc.) to go along with the pizza, chicken nuggets, etc.  

This Week: Next week, on Friday, we will celebrate the 100th day of kindergarten with a party on Friday! Our centers will be 100th day themed and we will enjoyed a 100th day snack in the afternoon.

If your last name begins with N-Z, don’t forget to send in your supplemental supplies in the coming weeks:

  • 2 boxes baby wipes
  • 2 rolls of paper towels
  • 3 canisters of disinfectant wipes
  • 3 boxes of tissues
  • Girls–1 box of gallon ziploc bags
  • Boys-1 box of sandwich ziploc bags

Language Arts:

  • CVC word practice: the children are working hard on what we call “segmenting” and “blending.”  That’s when they give the beginning, middle and end sounds of a word and then blend together to say what the word is. Try this at home!  Ask your child to sound out the word “bat”, “fun” , etc. Listen for your child to give the beginning, middle and end sounds.
  • High frequency words: We will continue to practice our December/January words and will get ready for our February/March words: Word wall list-February March .
  • Journaling: Current expectations include: generating a topic, finger spaces in between words, correct spelling of word wall words, phonetic spelling of all other words, use of punctuation, detailed picture, date written on the page.  The children are expected to write 1 or more sentences depending on what they’re ready for! Journaling is a GREAT way for the children to practice their Jolly Phonics skills daily in a meaningful way.  Continue to help your child see that even the smallest things are worth writing about!  Regularly say to your child, “Oh, that would be a GREAT thing to write about in your journal!”  Also, ask your child what he/she has been writing about!
  • Guided reading: the children will practice reading books and using their reading strategies. We are focusing on “get your mouth ready, then dig a little deeper into the word” “use the picture clue,” “skip the word,” “what makes sense?” and “look for chunks (sh, th, ee, ea, etc.)
  • Pocket chart: We will also learn a new song about the 100th day and will illustrate it in our poetry journals.
  • We will continue reading Jan Brett stories and will make text to text comparisons.

Math: We will continue to work on addition, but SUBTRACTION will now be our main focus in chapter 6.  With addition our numbers are GROWING.  With subtraction they are SHRINKING!

  • Centers will continue to focus on addition as well as subtraction now.  Our goal is to be able to “add and subtract within 10” and “FLUENTLY add and subtract within 5”.  We will achieve this by doing different addition and subtraction activities during centers with dice, dominos and other manipulatives.
  • We will practice counting DOWN from 20.
  • Counting to 100 by ones
  • Counting to 100 by 5s
  • Counting to 100 by 10s
  • Counting to 20 by 2s
  •  Count forward from a given number (except 1)
  •  Represent addition up to 10 with fingers, drawings, sounds
  • Represent subtraction up to 5 with fingers, drawings, sounds
  •  Compose and decompose numbers 11-19 by drawings
  •  Compare two objects (taller/shorter, bigger/smaller, faster/slower)

Religion/Science: We will wrap up our unit on senses next week!  The kids had so much fun doing activities to learn about their senses and how our senses keep us safe and help us learn more about God’s world.  We will also begin to talk about how lucky we are to go to a Catholic School.  In our school, not only do we get to play and learn together we also get to PRAY together! In preparation for Catholic School’s week, we have several projects to complete including to learn a new pocket chart song about our school, writing about our favorite thing about St. Cletus, decorating paper crosses that will be placed in the church bulletins for parishioners, completing a guided drawing of a cardinal and more!