Kindergarten Newsletter, April 1

Upcoming Events/Mark your calendars:

  • Saturday, April 2: The Spring auction is HERE! We hope to see you there!  Click the link for more information:
  • Monday, April 4: Tour of the food pantry and spirit wear dress down day
  • Tuesday, April 5: 8am Mass
  • Lenten Food Pantry donation for next week: Cake, brownie, cookie mixes

Kindergarten auction items:  Check out the donations from Mrs. Mahr and Mrs. Firestone!

  • Lunch with Mrs. Firestone, #136: You and a friend get to decide on a lunch choice (Subway, Jimmy John’s, Little Joe’s, pizza, etc.) and get to eat lunch with Mrs. Firestone!  Dessert is included, of course!
  • Lunch with Mrs. Mahr, #135: You and a friend get to decide on a lunch choice (Subway, Jimmy John’s, Little Joe’s, pizza, etc.) and get to eat lunch with Mrs. Mahr.  Dessert is included, of course!
  • Painting and cookie party (Firestone and Mahr), #137: Winner along with TWO FRIENDS will have a canvas painting and cookie decorating party with Mrs. Mahr and Mrs. Firestone.  This will take place on an agreed upon date, after school.

Next Week:

Language Arts:  We will wrap up our Eric Carle unit next week! Ask your child about his/her favorite Eric Carle stories.

  • High Frequency/word wall words:  Word wall list-AprilMay went home on Friday! Our focus words next week are come, some, at & if
  • Daily journaling and guided reading
  • Word work practice: using magnetic letters, word cards and more!
  • Eric Carle sequencing and retelling; we are working on remembering the details in his stories as we retell our favorite Eric Carle stories.
  • Easter art projects and writing
  • Fiction and nonfiction Easter stories

Math: We will continue Chapter 9: 2D shapes.

  • Coin identification: Our money unit is going well!  There are so many songs that have been helping us learn about the quarter, nickel, dime and penny. Students will be able to recognize quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies, name the value of each and name some of the symbols on each coin. Ask your child to dump out some coins from his/her piggy bank.  Ask your child what he/she knows about each coin!
  • Counting to 100 by 1s
  • Counting to 100 by 10s and 5s
  • Counting to 20 by 2s
  • Writing & Representing to 30+
  •  1 to1 Counting to 100
  • Represent Addition up to 10 with fingers, drawings, sounds
  • Represent Subtraction up to 10 with fingers, drawings, sounds
  • Represent Addition and Subtraction up to 5 with equations
  •  Decompose numbers up to 10 in more than one way (5=2+3 and 5=4+1)
  • For any number from 1 to 9, find the number that makes 10
  •  Fluently add and subtract within 5
  • Compose and decompose numbers 11-19 by drawings & equations
  • Identify Shapes (different orientation/sizes)
  • Identify 2-D (flat) shapes: naming the number of vertices and sides for each shape
  • Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes


  • We will continue praying the Our Father in the morning.
  • We are starting to see signs of Spring all around us.  The new life we see with tree buds, flowers sprouting, birds tweeting—all of that reminds us of Jesus’ resurrection.  We will discuss these symbols of new life and will begin planting activities.
  • We have started to grown bean and corn seeds.  Just like scientists, we will record their growth in a seed journal. We will draw what we observe with our eyes!
  • We will continue praying the Stations of the Cross in church next week. Please talk to your child about Jesus’ journey.  Who were the people that showed him kindness along the way? It’s a sad story, but Jesus doesn’t want us to be sad.  What is the happy part of the story?
  • We will continue the “Growing with God” program. Our next lesson is: friendship and bullying
  • We will continue our Lenten acts of almsgiving: Please bring in any change for the rice bowl collection and also for next week, the children decided on cookies, cake, brownie mixes (Mahr and Firestone). The kids have sure come up with some GREAT ideas of things to donate.  They really know what other kindergarten children would love to have. Remember, only donate what you can!  We are working hard to fulfill our Lenten commitments of praying more, sharing kindness and acts of almsgiving.
  • On Monday, we will get a tour of the new food pantry and hear from the director about how the food pantry works to help those in need.