Kindergarten Newsletter, April 16

Upcoming Events/Mark your calendars: We are a week away from the BIG Spring Auction!  The virtual auction will take place on Saturday, April 24th. To build some excitement:

  •  The students are encouraged “rescue their teacher from the island” by bringing  in change or dollars to raise the most money to rescue their teacher! A bucket will be placed in each classroom to collect the money.   The class with the most money raised by Friday will win a popsicle party and the teacher will win a beach bag of goodies sponsored by the FSA.
  •  Please be sure to check out our kindergarten auction items. Bidding starts TOMORROW (Saturday)!



Also…the auction chairs still need your help!  Please see below…

  • Donate a silent auction item!
  • Please donate red or white wine with a price tag of $20.00 or more to help build our Wine Cellar for this year’s Spring Auction! (Monetary donations are also accepted.) All donations made by Saturday, April 17, will be entered in a drawing for fun prizes for you and your children! Drop-off options for wine and monetary donations:
    • School office
    • The Nielsens’ front porch or mailbox (any time) or drive by & drop off Saturday, April 17, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Address: 5600 S. Kensington, Countryside. Click for more information:Wine
  • Contribute to the Father’s Club Beer Cave: All beer donations can be dropped off at Audrius Girnius’s house, located at 622 8th Ave, LaGrange ; Donations can be left on his front stoop. What kind of beer?  Anything! How much beer?  Anything you’d like to contribute. Cases, 6-packs, Bombers, all accepted and greatly appreciated!

Next Week:

Language Arts: We will begin our final author study on Eric Carle! We will be reading MANY of his books including, Little Cloud, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Quiet Cricket, The Clumsy Click Beetle, The Lonely Firefly, The Grouchy Ladybug, The  Very Busy Spider, The Mixed Chameleon and more!

  • Sight words: make, then, they, little; we will review all other words.
  • Daily journaling, daily phonemic awareness: the kids are doing a great job of putting together their phonics and phonemic awareness to create some great journal entries each day!  We are working on adding details to our WORDS instead of just the picture.  We can add details by writing multiple sentences or using the word ‘because.’
  • Beginning/middle/end: we will use the Eric Carle books to retell stories and name the characters and setting.
  • Word work: we continue to practice CVC words and CVCe words and look at what the silent e does to vowels—it makes the vowel say its name!


  • We have started our new kindness project in kindergarten.  Each time a child is caught doing something kind, he/she will put a petal on the bulletin board in the hallway.  We will be “planting seeds of kindness!”
  • New life in spring: We will explore God’s plan for springtime.  As winter gives birth to spring, we see new life of many kinds! We will discuss all these examples of new life around us!
  • We will continue praying the OUR FATHER for the rest of April.


  • Caterpillars have arrived in kindergarten! We will be busy reading fiction and nonfiction text about caterpillars.  We will write about what we have learned and what we observe. Scientists draw and takes notes about what they observe.  We will do the same!
  • We will plant bean and popcorn seeds and will keep seed journals to track their growth!  We will focus on the vocabulary words: root, root hairs, stem, leaves, flower, seed coat.
  • We will learn about Earth day and review all the things that WE can do to take care of God’s world.


We will continue Chapter 8 in Go Math:

  • Counting to 100 by ones
  • Counting to 100 by 5s
  • Counting to 100 by 10s
  • Counting to 20 by 2s
  • Represent addition up to 10 with fingers, drawings, sounds
  • Represent subtraction up to 10 with fingers, drawings, sounds
  • Compose and decompose numbers 11-19.
  • 3D Shapes-cube, cylinder sphere and cone. Here are the learning goals for 2d and 3d shapes: Analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts (e.g., number of sides and vertices) and other attributes (e.g., having sides of equal length); currently, we are just working on recognizing and naming 3d shapes.