Kindergarten Newsletter, January 26

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Friday, January 26th: Chuckie Cheese Fundraising Event
  • Monday, January 29: Sports Jersey Day with uniform!
    Wear your uniform bottoms with your favorite sports shirt.
    Make Valentines for the Parishioners during class!
  • Tuesday, January 30: 8am Mass; We will say a special blessing for Teachers at the Mass. Our School is SOUPER! Bring a can of soup for the food pantry. Teachers will enjoy lunch – together – from FSA. Classes will eat in their classroom with parent volunteers.
  • Wednesday, January 31: Teacher Appreciation Day! Show your love for your teacher. Spirit wear full dress down day!
  • Thursday, February 1: Student Appreciation Day: Books, Board Games & Buddies! Teachers will find a time to share some special time with their buddies. Full Dress Down – Dress comfortably, according to the out of uniform
    code, to have some fun on the floor. No homework day.
  • Friday, February 2: Red & White Day! Red and White Game
    We’ve got spirit, yes we do, we’ve got spirit how ‘bout YOU!? Students in grades 1-8, wear your assigned red or white color along with gym shoes for the red and white volleyball games, which takes place throughout the school day. Early childhood students, wear your cardinal colors and come out and cheer on your buddies!

What’s Due:

  • Supplemental supplies: If your last name begins with N-Z, your supplemental supplies are due–thank you:
  • Laps for Laughs: please set up your family page; refer to the flyer in the Wednesday envelope.
  • Dudes and Donuts RSVP: see the flyer that went home earlier this week; return RSVP slip at the bottom by February 1st.  The event is on February 3, 9:30-11 for all preK and kindergarten students.

This Week:

We are ALMOST done with the iready reading and math diagnostics.  This is the WINTER diagnostic (we took one way back at the beginning of the school year) and is ONE way to measure how your child is doing in reading and math.  Computer assessments are not always the most accurate, especially with the little ones, so I have my own assessments to share with you at conferences in March.  The diagnostic is just ONE piece of information that I look at to help me target individual needs.

Next Week

It is Catholic School’s Week!  We will celebrate our wonderful Catholic School with all kinds of fun activities.  Please refer to the flyer that I sent home, the “upcoming events” above or click Catholic Schools Week flyer for 2024

Language Arts:

  • We will finish reading a few more Jan Brett stories next week, focusing on story elements–characters, setting, problem, solution.  We will also continue to work on sequencing, putting events in order.
  • Last name writing practice: we will continue to work on knowing the letters in our last names, using only one capital letter and starting at the correct lines. Thank you for your help at home!
  • Journaling: Daily journaling continues!  “Write the sounds you hear” is a phrase they hear often. We are also working on more DETAILED drawings. We are starting to encourage some students to write a second sentence.
  • We have started interactive writing time!  Students each have a chance to share a sentence with the class.  While it is being written on the smartboard, students are writing it on their individual whiteboards as well.  After writing the classmate’s sentence, we will do some word work on our whiteboards.
  • SuperKids: We are now in the Superkids CLUB!  We are working on the booklet for “b” and “r.”  A little more info is written below:

Superkids’ Club

This level continues children’s phonics instruction by teaching the remaining 13 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each, and how to write the capital and lowercase forms. With each new letter they learn, children are able to decode and encode (spell) more and more words. They read longer decodable stories as the level progresses, and lessons continue to develop their comprehension and vocabulary through reading. Expressive writing is taught the same way as in the previous level, but as children increase their knowledge of letters and sounds, they are able to write more words themselves.

  • Continue to watch for book buddy bags to come home.  Keep in a safe spot and practice the fluency pages, books and/or work work practice pages and return by the date indicated.
  • Word wall words: we are currently working on number words one through ten.  Next week we will add: of, off, by
  • We will learn a new song for our pocket chart.  It’s all about our Catholic School!

Math: We finished chapter 5 in Go Math and are on to Chapter 6 which is all about subtraction.  Chapter 6 will focus on subtraction, but we will continue to practice addition during center time activities and calendar time.

Our 100th day is almost here!  We will be having a celebration in the classroom. 100 is a BIG deal in kindergarten!  Please refer to the note that was sent home on Friday and I have the food assignments listed here: 100th day celebration food chart

  • We will do our monthly number writing assessment for January.  We are up to writing numbers 1-40.
  • Counting by 1s to 100.  Practice at home!
  • Counting by 2s to 20. Practice at home! Many like to try to count past 20 (the kindergarten goal/expectation) by 2s. Great!
  • Counting by 5s to 100. Practice at home!
  • Counting by 10s to 100. Practice at home!
  • Addition AND subtraction using dice, dominoes, whiteboards, manipulatives, magnetic numbers and more!  Our goal is to FLUENTLY (automatically) add and subtract within 5 and be able to use drawings, fingers, etc. to add within 10.


Our new classroom kindness project revolves around “God’s love keeps us warm”–showing love to others is how we feel God’s love!

We started our unit on senses.  We will spend about a week on each sense.  We learn more about God’s world through our senses! We will finish talking about our sense of sight next week and will move on to hearing. We will continue to sing our senses song: ” I’ve got senses, I’ve got senses, yes I do!  yes I do!  Seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching, thank you, God.  Thank you, God!”