Kindergarten Newsletter, January 17

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Saturday, January 18: Dudes and donuts: come join other little cardinals and their dudes for breakfast (older siblings are welcome)!  How fun!  Thanks Little Cardinals Committee for sponsoring! Enjoy!
  • Monday, January 20: MLK day, No School
  • Thursday, January 22: Dining 4 Dollars at Lou Malnati’s ; flyer required!
  • Sunday, January 26-31: Open house on Sunday, January 26th; please join us for 9:30 Mass followed by an open house for current and prospective families from 10:30-2; Mrs. Thomas will be in the classroom and be sure to stop by to see and introduce yourself to Mrs. Gorman who will be selling spirit wear!

Be sure to look at the newsletter for talking points to use with your kindergartener!

Upcoming Classroom events, please watch for important notes/emails:

Next Week:

Language Arts:

  • Daily journaling and interactive writing: the kids are doing a great job during our writing block time! Half of the children journal while the other half practice writing sentences on whiteboards.  During journal time, we are looking for 2+ sentences, detailed drawings, finger spaces in between words, correct spelling of word wall words and INDEPENDENT (this is hard!) stretching of unfamiliar words.  At home, don’t forget to say, “write the sounds you hear” when helping your child spell words.  If “snow” is spelled “sno”–that is great!  Correct spelling will come later, let’s build CONFIDENT writers first! At home: ask your child what he/she wrote about in his/her journal each day!
  • Guided reading with fluency journals: the children will practice reading fluency passages at their reading level.  During reading group, we will practice sounding out consonant vowel consonant words and nonsense words. At home, practice sounding out consonant/vowel/consonant words like bug, rat, mat, etc. and have your child write those words down.
  • Sight words: we will practice sight words please refer to the December/January word wall. How do we practice?  We write the words on salt trays, on whiteboards with magnetic letters, we sing and look for these words in books, our morning message and pocket chart poem/song. At home: be sure to look for these words in books!
  • Read aloud: The Snowy Day; this past week we explored Jan Brett’s The Mitten and The Hat and discussed characters, setting, problem and solution.  We will do the same thing with The Snowy Day! We will also make text to self connections: “this story reminds me of…”


  • We will wrap up our learning of Dr. Martin Luther King.  We have discussed ways to we can make the world a better place, just as he did. Our kindergarten bulletin board (pictured above) shows how we are making our classroom a better place every day. Each time a child is caught doing something kind, he/she puts a heart sticker on his/her mitten.  We feel God’s love through our friends!
  • We will begin to learn a new pocket chart song about our Catholic School…ask your child to sing it to you next week.  It starts off like this: “we go to a catholic school, we go to St. Cletus, yes we do! Yes we do!”


  • Continue to practice counting to 60 by ones.
  • Continue to practice counting to 100 by 5s and 10s to 100. Practice this at home!
  • We will begin to learn how to count by 2s to 20. Practice this at home!
  • 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.