Kindergarten Newsletter, April 21

Looking ahead/Mark your calendars:

  • Thursday, April  27th:Field trip to the La Grange Library; no snack needed this day, I will provide
  • Friday, April 28th: No School, staff in-service
  • Saturday, April 29: Cardinal Palooza: I hope you have your tickets!  The kindergarten baskets are almost all ready!  Mrs. Zontos and I are excited to see who the big winners are!  The baskets are filled with different baking tools, cake mix, apron with class picture, cookbook and 2 paint your own cookies (edible cookies that you paint, then eat!)
  • Friday, May 12: Kindergarten Mother’s Day Tea at 10am;  ALL moms are invited to attend this event, which is a kindergarten tradition!
  • Wednesday, June 7: Kindergarten Celebration, 10:30am–plan on attending!

What’s Due?

This Week:

  • Students settled back into their routines after lots of new things were introduced! They get so excited when we make little changes in the classroom. 🙂
  • New boom cards were posted!
  • We attended the school play, Willy Wonka, on Thursday.  It was a big hit with the kids!
  • We were all about taking care of our earth and the three Rs this week–reduce, reuse, recycle!

Next Week:

Thursday is field trip day!  Students do NOT need to bring a snack to school, I will provide.  We will leave by by around 9 and will return before lunch.

Language Arts:

  • High Frequency words: at, get, if, mom, dad; we will continue to practice reading and writing days of the week and months of the year. Our final word wall will be sent home next week!
  • Journaling/writing: daily journaling continues with the children working hard to write 2+ sentences; we will also be busy writing about our moms!
  • Interactive writing and word work: We will continue to write sentences that the chosen writing leader generates and then will do “word work time”, focusing on long vowel words and the job of the silent or “magic e”.
  • Guided reading, fluency journals: We will work on phonics skills in our small groups while reading books that focus on those different phonics skills.
  • Pocket chart poem: We can sing and clap our hands, clap our hands, clap our hands, Jesus is alive! We are still celebrating the Easter season with this pocket chart song.  We will illustrate this song in our poetry journals.
  • Read alouds: fiction and nonfiction spring books–books about plants and books about caterpillars and butterflies.


We started Chapter 9 which is all about 2D shapes.  We will be focusing on circles, squares, triangles, hexagons, trapezoids, rhombuses and rectangles.  Students will be expected to name the number of sides for each shape and the number of vertices (corners).  We call 2D shapes “flat shapes” as soon we will be learning about 3D (fat) shapes.


  • Addition and subtraction practice
  • Identify word problems as “addition” or “subtraction”, generate an equation and solve.
  • Counting to 100 by ones, fives and tens
  • Counting to 20 by 2s.
  • Count forward from a given number (except 1)
  • Money:  Identifying the penny, nickel, dime and quarter, the value of each and recognize some of the symbols.  We will also work on counting groups of coins.


  • New life in spring reminds us of Jesus’ new life in heaven! We will be searching for signs of spring, while observing a few in our classroom as well.  Caterpillars will arrive next week and we will be closing observing them and documenting our observations in journals.  We will be reading both fiction and nonfiction books about caterpillars and butterflies!
  • We will continue to talk about the three Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) and more specific ways that we can take care of God’s world.
  • We feel God’s love through our moms! We will be talking a lot about our moms over the next few weeks as we get ready for the Mother’s Day Tea.  We are busy preparing artwork and the entertainment right now!