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Kindergarten Newsletter, January 11

Mark your Calendars:

  • January 14: Hot lunch, turkey sandwich
  • January 16: Hot lunch, hot dogs
  • January 17: 9 am School Mass
  • January 18: Cardinal Pursuit: Join us for our Cardinal Pursuit Trivia Night on Friday, January 18, in Morrissey Hall. Doors open at 7:00. Event starts at 7:30. Participants are encouraged to form adult teams of 8-10 players to compete against other members of the St. Cletus community. The cost is $20 per person, payable at the door. Teams provide their own food and beverages. All are welcome!

Looking Ahead:

  • Catholic School’s week will kick off with 9:30 Mass on Sunday, January 27th  followed by an open house in the school.  This is for both current and prospective families.  We hope to see you there!

What’s Due:

  • If your last name begins with N-Z, you are responsible for bringing in supplemental supplies.  For kindergarten this includes: 1 box baby wipes, 2 rolls of paper towels, 2 canisters of disinfectant wipes, 3 boxes of tissues, 1 box of gallon ziplocs (GIRLS ONLY) or 1 box of sandwich ziplocs (BOYS ONLY)

This Week:

Welcome back to kindergarten!  A new year means lots of new,  things in kindergarten…new 24 pack of crayons, new ‘skinny’ pencils, new hair cuts, missing teeth, taller children…such fun!  It’s a great day to be a kinder-cardinal!

Next Week:

Literacy:

  • First and last name writing: we will practice last name writing and expect full names to be written on any work that we do in class.
  • Guided reading groups: we will be putting our reading strategies to work in small groups as we practice our reading.
  • Journaling: Our current expectations: Each sentence begins with a capital letter, use of punctuation, finger spaces in between words, ‘write the sounds you hear’ independently, correctly spell word wall words, details in pictures (easier with those new crayons!).  We will begin expanding on our thoughts by requiring two sentences or using the word ‘because’.  We will learn a song to help us spell that long tricky word!
  • High Frequency/word wall words: Click HERE for our current word wall.  We will continue to focus on number words one-ten and will introduce: with, are, can, new. At home: besides looking for word wall words in books, start to ask your child to put together simple sentences!  Make a visit to the library and ask the librarian for early readers for your child, all filled with word wall words and simple sentences. Another great way to have children practice reading is by writing little notes in their lunches using word wall words and other simple words.  For example, “Dear ___, I  hope  you  like  the  cookie  in  your  lunch.  I   love  you!” Find ways  to make  reading fun!
  • Snow stories at the listening center.
  • We will explore Jan Brett’s The Mitten and review terms like “characters” and “setting”.  We will review retelling a story using the beginning, middle and end.

Science:

  • We will do an experiment with temperature using mittens and a thermometer. First we will make predictions, then experiment and finally record the results.

Math:

  • Addition up to 5.  We will talk about the “plus sign” and “equal to” sign.  Adding makes our numbers GROW.  At home: Find ways to practice addition at home.  For example: “there are 2 cookies on your plate.  If I give you 2 more, how many will you have altogether?”
  • Counting by 1s to 60 or above.
  • Counting by 5s and 10s to 100, we will continue to review. Practice this at home, just takes a few minutes in the car!
  • We will introduce counting by 2s to 20.  This is tricky!
  • Counting forward from a number other than 1.

Religion:

“I’ve got sense, I’ve got senses” …we will learn a new song about our senses next week!  God gives us our senses to help us learn more about His world!  We will focus on our sense of SIGHT next week. We will experiment with doing different tasks with our eyes open and our eyes covered.