Kindergarten Newsletter, February 23

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Tuesday, February 27: 8am Mass
  • Thursday, February 29: Leap day WEAR GREEN dress down day
  • Friday, March 1: No School

Looking Ahead:

KINDERGARTEN MOMS, please save the date for the “Mother’s Day Tea,” a kindergarten tradition!  Moms will be asked to attend this event on Friday, May 10th from 10-11:30.  You won’t want to miss it!  Official permission slips and an invitation will come home in APRIL. Mark your calendars NOW!

What’s Due:

This Week:

Rest time is now transitioning into a quiet time.  Children get to decide if they want to read a book from their book pockets, complete iReady lessons, some have to finish centertime work or journaling or they can just rest.  They’re loving curling up with a book at rest time.  Every few weeks, I’ll record your children reading and will upload to Seesaw.  Watch for those!

Next Week:

It’s going to be a fast week with no school on Friday and leap day celebrating on Thursday!  I will be starting assessments with students next week.  I will share those results with you at conferences in March and you will also be receiving your child’s first kindergarten report card. Next week, I will start with name, number writing 1-50 and high frequency word assessments. Conference sign-up will be coming out soon.  Watch for that email from the office!

We will celebrate LEAP DAY on February 29. Students are encouraged to wear green! Always a fun day to learn about and discuss.

Math: We finished chapter 6 (sent home) and we will be moving on to chapter 8 which is all about numbers BEYOND 20. We will continue to practice the skills below.

  • Counting by 1s to 100.  Practice at home!
  • Counting by 2s to 20. Practice at home!
  • Counting by 5s to 100. Practice at home!
  • Counting by 10s to 100. Practice at home!
  • Addition AND subtraction using dice, dominoes, whiteboards, manipulatives, magnetic numbers and more!  Our goal is to FLUENTLY (automatically) add and subtract within 5 and be able to use drawings, fingers, etc. to add within 10.
  • Recognizing numbers 1-100.
  • Breaking numbers 1-100 down into “tens” and “ones”.

Language Arts:

Superkids: We will continue booklet “Pp and Vv”;  “Mm and Nn” have come home for some and will come with others on Monday.  Don’t forget to PLEASE save these booklets and listen to your child practice reading the short stories. There are two in each booklet.

Word wall words: Next week, we will add put, up, pull

Journaling: Students are now being encouraged to write 2 sentences. Current journaling expectations: Write the date, write 2 sentences, finger spaces in between words, end sentence(s) with punctuation, generate own topic, detailed picture.

Read alouds and listening center: we will begin St. Patrick’s day books!


  • We will continue praying the STATIONS OF THE CROSS.
  • Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. In kindergarten, we will focus on prayer and almsgiving. We have added the “Our Father” to our daily morning prayer time. By the end of Lent, we should be able to recite that prayer independently!
  • Almsgiving: we will continue to make weekly food pantry donations during Lent. Each week, I’ll have the kids brainstorm ideas, thinking of foods that kindergarten age children would like.  They came up with SO many great ideas today but we decided to go with mac and cheese, pasta and/or sauce. You can send in donations any day next week!
  • Jesus is our BEST example of sharing kindness with others.  We will be reading stories of some of Jesus’ miracles and ways he showed love and compassion towards others.

Here is the Lent letter  discussing our focus in kindergarten: Lent Letter 3