Kindergarten Newsletter, February 24

Upcoming Events/Mark your Calendars:

  • Saturday, February 25th: Dudes and Donuts–info/form was in the Wednesday envelope

Looking ahead/Mark your calendars/Volunteer opportunities through the end of the school year:

  • Cardinal Palooza: Saturday, April 29: hope to see you there!
  • Friday, May 12: Kindergarten Mother’s Day Tea:  ALL moms are invited to attend this event, which is a kindergarten tradition.  Each child needs to have a special someone there. It will be around 10am and will last about one hour–songs, lemonade, muffins and lots of hugs and kisses! Official invite to be sent home in April, but mark your calendars now!
  • Wednesday, June 7: Kindergarten Celebration, time TBD–plan on attending!
  • Field Trip:  We will also have another field trip in the spring, date TBD.  This will be another parent volunteer opportunity.

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!
  • Cardinal Palooza: Have you created your page?  Please go to, click on “Become a #cardinalpalooza VIP” and create a page. Remember, if your child raises at least $100 by March 1st they will be included in a raffle (on March 1st) to win either an Oculus VR, Apple AirPods, or a $50 Target gift card! Thank you for your support!
  • Mystery Reader:  Please consider signing up! Simply reach out if none of these dates/times work but you’re still interested!
  • Mother’s Day Tea permission slips: Please turn the bottom of the form in by Wednesday, March 8.
  • March Parent Teacher Conference Sign-up: An email from the office went home, please be sure to sign up!
  • Food Pantry, rice bowl donations: Lenten almsgiving projects–please send in peanut butter and/or jelly any day next week. We are also collecting change for our rice bowls.

This Week:

Another busy week!  Our short week started with Mardi Gras Tuesday, followed by Ash Wednesday.  We prayed the Stations of the Cross for the first time and had another mystery reader! Thanks to Nico’s mom and Mary Cate’s dad for being our first two mystery readers. We have two more mystery readers next week! We ended our week with our final senses test–a taste test!  We graphed our favorite kinds of food–sweet, salty, bitter or sour. Ask your child which had the most!

Next Week:

Next week we will be diving into Dr. Seuss books! His rhythm, rhyme and repetition are just what are beginning readers need.

Language Arts:

  • High Frequency words: This past week we added, BUT and NOT.  Next week, OF, SAID
  • Journaling:  Daily journaling continues! I am excited for you to see their writing progress when we sit down together at conferences.  Independent journaling is A LOT!  I am asking them to generate their own topics, stretch unknown words, correctly spell word wall words, remember finger spaces, punctuation and reread words to make sure it makes sense.  They’re doing a great job! At home:  help your child see you writing by making a grocery list, writing cards or making a card for someone.
  • Interactive writing: a writing leader is chosen and creates a sentence that the rest of the students write on their whiteboards.  Now, students ask the leader questions about his/her topic sentence and based off those questions, the leader generates a second sentence for students to write.  This interactive writing activity is a great way to help students understand what they should be doing during their INDEPENDENT journaling time.
  • Guided reading, fluency journals: small group reading practice, phonics word work practice
  • Pocket chart poem: Read, read, read a book, we read all the time!  We love books by Dr. Seuss, we love the way they rhyme.  We will illustrate this pocket chart song in our poetry journals next week.


We started Chapter 6 which is all about subtraction.  Along with subtraction, we will keep working on addition.  We will also be doing more story problems and determining whether it’s an addition or subtraction story and we will also begin to write addition and subtraction sentences vertically.

  • Our goal is to FLUENTLY add (and eventually subtract) within 5, and add (and eventually subtract) up to 10 (using objects, drawings, fingers, etc.) We use dice, dominoes, manipulatives, ipad games and more to practice math facts!
  • Counting to 100 by ones
  • Counting to 100 by 5s and 10s
  • Counting to 20 by 2s. They’re doing great with this! At home:  Practice counting by 2s!
  • Count forward from a given number (except 1)
  • Represent Addition up to 10 with fingers, drawings, sounds
  • Compose and decompose numbers 11-19 by drawing
  • Compare two objects (taller/shorter, bigger/smaller, faster/slower)
  • Money: we will dive more in to money next week. Learning goals are to identify 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.


  • We will be saying the OUR FATHER every day during Lent.
  • We will be praying the Stations of the Cross each week during Lent.
  • If you are able to, please send in peanut butter and/or jelly any time next week.
  • We will be visiting the food pantry next week and will get a tour from Kendall Grant, the director.  Students will have an opportunity to see where their food donations go and how the food pantry works. As our February morning prayer says, “May we remember our brothers and sisters in need around the world.”
  • We will continue to collect money for the rice bowl collection.