Kindergarten Newsletter, January 18

Upcoming Events/Mark your calendars:

  • Monday, January 21: No School, MLK day
  • Wednesday, January 23: Hot Lunch, chicken tenders

Looking Ahead:

  • Sunday, January 27th marks the start of Catholic School’s Week.  We are proud of our Catholic school and can’t wait to show it off at the open house on Sunday.  Please plan on joining us for 9:30 Mass and come on over to the open house afterwards.  We will be here!  This open house is also for prospective families.  Bring your friends and neighbors and show them what CARDINAL COUNTRY is all about!
  • Tuesday, February 5th will be our 100th day celebration! We will send a note home about an activity we need your help with the last week of January.

What’s Due:

  • If your last name begins with N-Z, you are responsible for bringing in supplemental supplies for the second half of the school year.  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)
  • As mentioned in the note that went home earlier in the week, please begin to brainstorm with your child a talent that he/she would like to share with the class for our classroom talent show on Thursday, January 31.  We will begin to talk more about that at school next week!

This Week:

Be sure to check out our pictures page!

You can thank us or blame us for the snow we expect to see this weekend!  It’s been a winter wonderland in kindergarten. We have been busy reading snowy books, making winter art projects, playing in our snow sensory bin and our snow-dough.  We even had a snowball fight INSIDE our classroom on Fun Friday!  We’re hoping all this snow fun INSIDE will lead to us seeing some snow outside this weekend!

The children enjoyed reading Jan Brett’s The Mitten and The Hat.  We learned about the author Jan Brett and her favorite animal, the hedgehog.  Now we know why the hedgehog is in so many of her stories! We practiced retelling her stories starting with the beginning, middle and end and remembering to include characters and setting.

NEW in kindergarten: the children will begin to check out and take home books from the library.  Please teach your child to be responsible for this book and remember to bring it back before the  next library day.

Next Week:


  • Word wall words: click HERE for our current word wall words; we will practice
  • Journaling: journaling is going really well!  We are focusing on adding details to our WORDS, by writing 2+ sentences or using the word “because”.
  • Listening center and read alouds: we will continue to explore winter books focusing on THE SNOWY DAY. We will practice retelling the story and we will make connections to the story.
  • Segmenting or breaking words down into their individual sounds and then blending them back together.


  • 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 and Science:

  • New kindness project in KINDergarten:  In the kindergarten hallway we have a bulletin board that says, “God’s love keeps us warm” and each child has a mitten that he/she colored.  We feel God’s love through the kindness of others.  Each time a child is caught doing something kind, he/she will be asked to place a heart sticker on their mitten.
  • We will continue our senses unit next week focusing on TASTING.  We learn about God’s world through our senses!
  • Each day a new child will be our “meteorologist.”  Please help your child fill out the form inside the envelope that will be sent home (if it’s his/her turn).  After filling it out, ask your child to practice reading it.  He/she will share the weather report with the class the next day!