Kindergarten Newsletter, August 26

Hello families!

Welcome to the Kindergarten page where you will find all things KINDERGARTEN.  Please take some time to explore the different tabs.

Begin at the St. Cletus website:  , then go to CLASS PAGES–> KINDERGARTEN

  • Pictures: I will post pictures from the week here
  • Home Activities: Resources for you to use at home, special week list, specials schedule, sight word lists, prayers, etc. all posted here!
  • Book ideas: Ideas for reading at home
  • Goals: kindergarten goals for the year
  • News: weekly newsletters will be posted here; a brief description of what the week was like and what’s coming up next

*I’m still working on updating these pages for this school year, but for the most part, they’re all ready for you to explore.

Upcoming Events/Mark your calendars:

  • Wednesday, August 31: we will attend the all school Mass at 9:30am; we will attend with our 8th grade buddies.

What’s Due:

  • The “get to know your student” information sheet that was given to you at the open house.  Thanks to all that have completed.
  • Milk: if you would like to sign your child up for milk, please email and let her know.  It’s $12 for the year.
  • Hot lunch: Hot lunch begins next week, Monday, August 29th. Please refer to the email that was sent by Mrs. Schaefer through directory spot.; don’t forget to send in fruits/veggies/side if necessary.
  • Headphones: Once we begin iReady, I would like all students to have headphones.  Please send in headphones that cover the ears (not buds) by Friday, September 9.  Below are a few examples:

This Week:

  • We had our first fire drill on Friday.  It’s never a sound the kids enjoy hearing, but they did very well. We will continue practicing other drills in the coming weeks.  The important thing we discussed about fire drills is that we need to get OUT of the building.
  • We attended specials beginning on Wednesday, be sure to ask your child about those classes.
  • The kids are really settling in nicely.  There are SO many rules and routines in kindergarten, it’s an adjustment even for those that have been in full day school settings.  It’s normal for kids to come home tired and cranky.  As it starts to get darker earlier, consider moving that bedtime up! The children have already made SO much progress and each day runs a bit more smoothly.  Keep it up, Kinder-cardinals!

Happy Birthday, Mario!  We celebrated our first kindergarten birthday this week.  Thank you for sharing a treat with us!

Next Week:

  • District 105 will be in for speech screenings.  ALL students will be screened. Screening will start Monday.
  • We will take the fall iReady diagnostic.  iReady begins in kindergarten and is continued up through 8th grade.  So, what is iready? IReady is an online program for reading and math that will help me determine student needs, differentiate learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year.  i-Ready consists of two parts: Diagnostic (taken at three different points throughout the school year) and Personalized Instruction.  Next week we will begin the DIAGNOSTIC. The iReady Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your student’s needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions. The purpose of this is not to give your student a score or grade, but instead to determine how best to support your student’s learning. Once all students finish the reading and math diagnostic tests, then the personalized instruction begins. i-Ready personalized instruction provides students with lessons based on their individual skill level and needs, so your student can learn at a pace that is just right for them.
  • Next week you will be getting an information sheet about SEESAW.  I’ll email to let you know when to look for it in your student’s folder.  The sheet  will have his/her password information.  Seesaw is a platform that I will use to post some of your student’s accomplishments and I will also assign optional digital “boom cards” so you can see what your student is learning in school.  More on this next week!
  • We will meet our 8th grade buddies on Monday!  We will get to know them a bit before we attend Mass with them on Wednesday.

Have a great weekend!  Sometimes the kids are a bit more teary the second week of school.  I promise you, once we get going with our routines, they are busy, busy, busy and happy, happy, happy!

Mrs. Mahr