Kindergarten Newsletter, January 10

Mark your Calendars:

  • Monday, January 13: Hot Lunch, Little Joe’s
  • Wednesday, January 15: Hot Lunch, Noodles
  • Thursday, January 16: Cardinal College Event: Creating independence: Teaching self-help skills, responsibility and  emotional awareness–please consider attending this lecture!  6:30 in the St. Cletus Parish Center.  Please RSVP to Mrs. Schaefer at; please refer to flyer in Wednesday envelope.
  • Friday, January 17: Hot Lunch, Meatheads
  • Saturday, January 18: Dudes and Donuts: A little Cardinal event! All early childhood friends (girls and boys) are invited to come to this fun event beginning at 9am in the Parish Center.  If you have an older (non EChildhood) sibling, he/she can come too! Hope to see you there! Thanks to FSA Little Cardinals Crew for sponsoring. Information was sent home in the Wednesday envelope.

Looking Ahead:

  • Sunday, January 26th: St. Cletus Open House, 10:30-1; for current and prospective families.  Please bring a neighbor, a friend and show them what cardinal country is all about!

This Week:

  • Welcome back!  The new year brings many new changes to kindergarten!  Ask your child about some of these changes:  new crayons, new pencils, new table spots, new journaling expectations, new “interactive writing” time, new guided reading fluency journals.  It’s January in kindergarten and we are busy learning and having fun!
  • Don’t forget to check out our pictures page and also be sure to check out the pictures from our Advent My clicking on the link:              You can download the pictures directly from this link.
  • In the coming weeks, you will be receiving an email from the room parents about our Valentine’s Party on February 14th. Thanks in advance for signing up!

Next Week:

Language Arts:

  • Daily journaling: expectations are 2+ sentences, generating your own topic, correct spelling of word wall words, independent sounding out of unfamiliar words (“write the sounds you hear”) and detailed pictures.
  • Leveled Guided reading: we have started “fluency journals” where the children are reading passages at their own reading level.  Fluency is not only the ability to decode the words on the page, but the ability to comprehend or understand what is being read.
  • Sight word practice:  we will continue to focus on number words; please click HERE for our most recent Dec/Jan word wall.
  • Interactive Writing: The children are now participating in interactive writing where they write the two sentences the writing leader shares.  See the picture above!
  • Our listening center and read alouds are snow stories!  We are working on making both text to text connections (this story reminds me of that story) and text to self connections (this story reminds me of when I…”)
  • Our new pocket chart and poetry journal poem is: A Chubby Little Snowman.


  • Continue to practice counting to 60 by ones.
  • Continue to practice counting to 100 by 10’s.
  • Continue to practice counting to 100 by 5s.
  • We will begin to learn how to count by 2s to 20.
  • Count forward from a given number (except 1)
  • Addition and subtraction: We will represent Addition up to 10 with fingers, drawings, sounds. We will represent Subtraction up to 5 with fingers, drawings,  sounds.  Our goal is to to be able to fluently add and subtract within numbers 5 and under (so 4+2, 3+2, 4+1, etc. will become automatic).  To practice this, we do a lot of small group centertime work with manipulatives including dice, dominoes.
  • We will compose and decompose numbers 11-19 by drawing.


  • We visited the manger at church to see that Jesus has been placed in His crib; we will finish celebrating the Christmas story next week.  Throughout January and February, we will “try to live the Christmas season all through the year” by watching for opportunities to be kind to one another. We have started a new kindness project in kindergarten; each time a child is caught doing something kind, he/she will be asked to put a heart sticker on a mitten he/she colored on our kindergarten bulletin board.