Kindergarten Newsletter, December 2

Upcoming Events/Mark your Calendars:

  • Sunday, December 4: 8am-2pm, breakfast with Santa. Be sure to RSVP (link below)
  • Tuesday, December 6: 8am Mass
  • Wednesday, December 7: PBIS assembly
  • Thursday, December 8: Holiday Shop–we will browse; please refer to the flyer that was sent home.
  • Thursday, December 8: 8am Mass, Holy Day of Obligation–Immaculate Conception
  • Friday, December 9: Mrs. Zontos will take any children that are purchasing to the Holiday Shop.

Looking Ahead:

Please mark your calendars. The kindergarten Christmas Mass and song presentation is Wednesday, December 21 at 9:30. Children should dress up for the Mass and all are welcome to attend!  After the Mass, students will sing and recite songs and poems on the altar.  In the afternoon, we will have a birthday party for Baby Jesus.  We will be able to have 6 parent volunteers.  You will get a sign-up genius link for this soon from Amaya’s dad.

What’s Due:

  • Volunteering: If you wish to volunteer at St. Cletus School, please make sure you complete the following requirements.  We will have two classroom volunteer opportunities in October. Get these requirements completed!
  • Hot lunch: Don’t forget to place your weekly hot lunch orders!
  • Christmas Lights: If you have any Christmas lights that don’t work, feel free to send them with your child.  NJHS is recycling them.
  • Breakfast with Santa: Be sure to RSVP:  and also consider volunteering:
  • Classroom Christmas Party: please watch for a sing-up email (volunteers and supplies) next week.

Language Arts: Next week we will begin our gingerbread man unit!

  • Journaling: I LOVE kindergarten writing at this time of the year.  It’s so exciting to see the children put their Jolly Phonics to use on paper. Daily journaling in kindergarten has started!  How can you help at home?  Use the phrase, “that would be a GREAT thing to write about in your journal!”  Help your child see that even the smallest things are worth writing about.  Also, when your child is writing a note, making a list, making a card….say things like “write the sounds you hear,” or “stretch that word out.” Do not focus on correct spelling. If your child spells CHRISTMAS like this “Crims”….great!  Correct spelling will come later! This is called brave, phonetic or inventive spelling–we are building confident writers and working on those letter/sound relationships.
  • Phonemic awareness: isolating beginning, middle and end sounds.  Listening for rhyming words.  Counting syllables in words.  Stretching words to hear the individual phonemes. Replacing beginning sounds with new sounds to make new words.
  • Word wall words: The December/January word wall went home earlier in the week.  Our current word wall: do, go, no, the, we, will, yes, you, I see, like, to, a, is, my, and, have, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, brown, black, pink, did, or, me, big; next week, I will introduce: run, am, can
  • Read alouds:  we will read Gingerbread Friends, Gingerbread Baby, Gingerbread Man, Gingerbread Boy, Gingerbread Girl and more!  We will create a character, setting, problem and solution chart to keep track of each story and make text to text comparisons.
  • Christmas stories at the listening center!
  • Gingerbread playdoh will keep us busy at center and free choice time. Mmm…it smells SO good!

Math: We will wrap up chapter 4 next week before beginning chapter 5 which is all about ADDITION!

  • Counting to 70 by ones–Practice this at home!
  • Counting to 100 by 10s–Practice this at home!
  • We have started to practice counting by 5s to 100–Practice this at home!
  • Writing & Representing to 30
  • 1 to1 Counting  of objects to 40
  •  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)
  • Compose and decompose numbers 11-19 by drawings & equations
  • Our cross-curricular gingerbread unit will touch on many math skills including sorting buttons, finding the differences in gingerbread cookies, graphing our favorite stories and more!


  • Now is Advent, Advent is here.  When Advent is over, Christmas is here! Each day, we will gather around a crib in our classroom and adding a piece of straw for each kind deed shared at home.
  • On Mondays each week during Advent, we will “light” a new candle on our Advent wreaths. On Fridays, we will visit the Advent wreath in church and say a prayer.
  • We are learning new songs and poems.  This is part of our journey through Advent and a way we are growing closer to Jesus! We can’t wait to present these songs to you at the Mass on the 21st.
  • We will learn about the Nativity story by reading books, reading from the bible, singing and completing activities about the story.