Kindergarten Newsletter, February 3

Upcoming Events/Mark your Calendars:

  • Friday, February 10: Family bingo–see the note sent home in the Wednesday envelope

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

  • Tuesday, February 14: Valentine’s Party: all students should bring valentines to share with friends.  Students will pass out valentines in the morning and then we will have a party in the afternoon. 5 grown-ups will be need to volunteer at our afternoon party.
  • 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?  I have! please go to, click on “Become a #cardinalpalooza VIP” and create a page. If we just get all our school families to REGISTER, we get a prize!  Other incentives include: first class that hits $2500—an ice cream truck will come to school for our class!  If you surpass your family goal (you set your own goal)–you get your desk/table spot decorated! If you raise more than $100–you get to spin a wheel of prizes! If our class raises the most money–we get a pizza party!  If your family raises the most money–you get a round trip limo ride, to and from school! If our class raises the most money–your  child’s teacher gets a spa day! 🙂 If you hit your family goal by March 1, you get get entered to win raffle prizes!  So much fun!  Please help support this very important fundraiser for our school in any way you can!
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This Week:

What a busy week it was in kindergarten! Tuesday we celebrated 100 days of learning and fun in kindergarten. Thursday, we learned the groundhog is predicting 6 more weeks of winter (some of us were happy, others not so much!) and on Friday, we wrapped up Catholic School’s Week with the red and white games. Go Cardinals!

Next Week:

We will be getting ready for Valentine’s Day by working on special project, writing about things we love and we will decorate the bags we will use to collect valentines. Please refer to the NOTE about our Valentine’s party.  ALL students should come with valentines to pass out to friends. If you’d like to volunteer at the party, we have a few more slots available:

Please remember, you MUST be virtus certified:

Language Arts: This past week we were busy reading 100th day and groundhog stories, next week, we will be reading two different stories Snowy Day and The Thing About Yetis

  • High Frequency words: Last week: love, from, dear;  Next week: for, day; February/March word wall will go home next week.
  • Journaling:  Daily journaling continues! At this point in the school year, children are now: generating own topic, writing 1 sentence, using finger spaces in between words, correctly spelling word wall words (they have our large class word wall as well as individual word walls in their pencil boxes), phonetic spelling of all other words (“write the sounds you hear!”), detailed illustration, date written as 1-20-2023.  You can help  at home by using the phrase, “that would be a GREAT journal topic!!”–help your child see that even the smallest things are worth writing about!
  • Interactive writing: a writing leader is chosen and creates a sentence that the rest of the students write on their whiteboards.  Soon, the audience will ask the leader questions which will help that student generate a second sentence and eventually a third sentence!  This daily activity helps with journal writing and expanding thoughts beyond the topic sentence.
  • Guided reading, fluency journals: in small groups we will practice reading books and passages that help students practice specific phonics skills.
  • Pocket chart poem: We will review our senses song and will learn a new song for Valentine’s Day, all about showing God’s love.
  • Read Alouds: Winter stories next week–great for text to text comparisons and text to self comparisons– “this reminds me of when…”


Chapter 5: We will be wrapping up Chapter 5 next week.

  • 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)
  • Writing & Representing to 20
  • 1 to1 Counting of objects to 30
  • 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)
  • Next week, we will begin to learn about MONEY; our learning goals include identifying the penny, nickel, dime and quarter, the value of each and naming some of the symbols on each coin.

Religion/Science/Social Studies:

  • Senses: I’ve got senses, I’ve got senses, yes I do! yes I do!  We  will begin to explore our senses next week.  We learn more about God’s world through our senses! This past week we focused on HEARING, next week we will focus on SMELLING.