Kindergarten Newsletter, January 27

Upcoming Events/Mark your Calendars:

  • Monday, January 30th: Please send in your ASSIGNED 100th day item for our celebration which will take place on TUESDAY.
  • Sunday, January 29: Kick off to Catholic School’s Week: 10:30-2:30; hope to see you there!
  • Catholic Schools Week flyer for 2023
Sunday, January 29th Mass: 10:30 AM & Open House: 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Please join us for Mass followed by an open house at the school for current and prospective families.  St. Cletus students should attend with their families and wear their school uniforms.

Monday, January 30th Favorite Sport jersey with uniform!

Wear your uniform with any sports jersey you’d like – just remember to be appropriate. Make Valentines for the Elderly in class!

Tuesday, January 31st Our School is SOUPER!!

Regular Dress today – we have 8am Mass.  We will say a special blessing for Teachers at the Mass!     Bring a soup can to donate to the food pantry.  Work as a school to create a chain across the halls about what we pray for at St. Cletus!

Wednesday, February 1st Teacher Appreciation Day

Teachers can dress down and will enjoy lunch from the FSA! Students can wear spirit wear!

Thursday, February 2nd   Student Appreciation Day: Books, Board Games & Buddies!

Teachers will find a time during the day 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! Milk and cookies for students!

Friday, February 3rd   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 take place throughout the school day – See the schedule from Ms. Pryor. Spirit wear for everyone else!

Early childhood students come out and cheer on your buddies!

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

  • Tuesday, January 31st: 100th day of school for kindergarten: we will have a celebration!
  • 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!
  • Mystery Reader:  Please consider signing up!

This Week:

We had a very productive week in kindergarten! We had some really great discussions during our Jan Brett read alouds, worked hard on math fact fluency and made more progress on both math and reading iReady diagnostic exams. We are now looking forward to next week when we celebrate our Catholic school AND our 100th day!  What a fun week it will be!

Next Week:

Language Arts:  We had so much fun reading Jan Brett stories this past week–The Hat, The Mitten, The Snowy Nap, The Three Snow Bears (and we also recalled Gingerbread Baby and Gingerbread Friends which we read back in December);  these were such great books for text to text comparisons and making connections. We are working very hard on naming the characters and settings in stories and also recalling events as “beginning” “middle” and “end.”  You will notice we are doing a lot of sequencing work.  At home:  please work on reading stories and then together, retell the story from the beginning to the end.  You can go back and forth with your child and also consider using props! Next week, we will also complete the reading diagnostic.  We spend about 10-15 minutes on it at a time and it takes about 45 minutes to complete.

  • High Frequency words: Last week: love, from, dear;  Next week: on, in, it, with
  • 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:  Daily journaling continues! 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.  You can help  at home by using the phrase, “that would be a GREAT journal topic!!”–help your child see that even the smallest things are worth writing about!
  • Guided reading, fluency journals: in small groups we will practice reading books and passages that help students practice specific phonics skills.  They’re loving the use of the whisper phones!
  • Pocket chart poem: We will be learning a new song about our Catholic School; hint: “We go to a Catholic School, We go to St. Cletus…”
  • Read Alouds: 100th day books next week!


We will be getting ready for the big 100th day celebration on January 31st! Don’t forget to send in your 100 pieces snack items. Click 100th day celebration food chart if you don’t remember what you were assigned.

Chapter 5: We will be wrapping up Chapter 5, addition, in about a week and a half!

  • 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)
  • We will celebrate the 100th day of school on Tuesday with lots of 100th day activities!

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! This past week we focused on SEEING, next week we will focus on HEARING.
  • We will celebrate our CATHOLIC SCHOOL all week long!