Kindergarten Newsletter, January 20

Upcoming Events/Mark your Calendars:

  • Tuesday, January 24: McDonald’s on La Grange Road, dining for dollars, 5-7pm
  • Friday, January 27th: Family bingo night, 6:30-7:30

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

  • Sunday, January 29th: Catholic School’s Week Open House for current AND prospective families.  We hope to see you there!
  • Tuesday, January 31st: 100th day of school for kindergarten: we will have a celebration! More information to come out soon!
  • 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!
  • Students with last names N-Z: Supplemental supplies: 2 baby wipes, 3 canisters disinfectant wipes, 2 rolls paper towels, 3 boxes of tissues, girls: 1 box gallon ziploc bags and boys:1 box sandwich size bags
  • 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!
  • Scholastic Book Club Orders: due by 1/24–orders should arrive before Valentine’s Day. Class code is H2NGF.
  • Pizza Hut Book It: turn in your December calendars at any time.  January calendars went home.  If you need an extra copy, just send me an email.
  • Mystery Reader:  Please consider signing up!

Language Arts:  We will begin the iready reading diagnostic test next week.

  • High Frequency words: Last week, PLAY and WENT up on the word wall.  Next week: love, from, dear–all important words as we approach Valentine’s Day!
  • LAST names:  students are expected to write first AND last names on papers and projects.  At home: ask your child to write his/her last name.  If  your child isn’t yet confidently spelling his/her last name, set the timer and practice for 5 minutes each night! We will keep practicing at school too!
  • Journaling:  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.
  • Guided reading, fluency journals
  • Pocket chart poem: “I’ve got senses, I’ve got senses”
  • Sequencing the events in a story to retell the beginning, middle and end. We are currently reading books by Jan Brett– The Mitten, The Hat, The Snowy Nap and Three Snow Bears; we are retelling these stories keeping in mind the characters and setting too.  At home: before reading, do a “picture walk”–look at the pictures, but don’t read the words.  Make predictions!  After reading the story, ask your child to retell the story.  Your child can gather props to help!


We started the iready math diagnostic this past week.  A few more will be finishing up next week.  They did great!  A computer assessment is tricky for little ones, but I think they really rocked it! It also gave me some valuable to data that I can use for more targeted instruction.

We will be getting ready for the big 100th day celebration on January 31st!

Chapter 5: We will continue with Chapter 5, addition.  We are working on quickly solving +0 and +1 equations.  Next week, we will focus on doubles up to 5 (0+0, 1+1, 2+2, 3+3, 4+4, 5+5) and +2 and +3. We use words like “addend” “equation” “number sentence” “plus sign” “equal to sign”.  We will begin to look more at word problems that use addition and the words that indicate it’s an addition sentence such as “altogether” “sum” “total” “in all”.

  • 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 80 by ones
  • Counting to 100 by 5s and 10s
  • Counting to 20 by 2s. We just started 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)

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! Next week we will focus on SEEING and HEARING.