Kindergarten Newsletter, January 28

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Sunday, January 30: We will kick off Catholic School’s Week with Mass at 10:30, followed by an open house until 2:00.  Please join us at church and stop by the open house as school! CSW events listed below!
  • Monday, January 31st: We will celebrate our community by making Valentine’s cards for veterans and individuals in assisted living.
  • Tuesday, February 1: We have such a SOUP-er school!  Bring in a can of soup to be donated to the food pantry.  We will also attend 8am Mass.
  • Wednesday, February 2: Student day!  We will do a fun activity with our buddies!
  • Thursday, February 3: Teacher Appreciation Day!
  • Friday, February 4: We will attend the red and white games to see our 8th grade buddies play.  The 1st through 8th grade classrooms will be playing volleyball all day, each classroom being assigned to the “Red team” or the “white team”.  They will keep track of points and the team with the most points at the end wins!

This Week: 

  • We made it to 100 DAYS IN KINDERGARTEN!  How exciting! We celebrated ALL day long with fun games and activities.  Be sure to ask your child– “what was the best thing about the 100th day?”
  • As mentioned in previous newsletters, don’t forget to send in supplemental supplies, N-Z families!
  • If you have an abundance of ketchup packets at home, feel free to send them in!  It’s nice to have them in the classroom for hot lunch days!

Next Week:

Language Arts:

  • CVC word practice: the children are working hard on what we call “segmenting” and “blending.”  That’s when they give the beginning, middle and end sounds of a word and then blend together to say what the word is. Try this at home!  Ask your child to sound out the word “bat”, “fun” , etc. Listen for your child to give the beginning, middle and end sounds.
  • High frequency words: New focus words: said, are, of, he, she; Word wall list-February March .
  • Journaling: Current expectations include: generating a topic, finger spaces in between words, correct spelling of word wall words, phonetic spelling of all other words, use of punctuation, detailed picture, date written on the page.  The children are expected to write 1 or more sentences depending on what they’re ready for! Journaling is a GREAT way for the children to practice their Jolly Phonics skills daily in a meaningful way.  Continue to help your child see that even the smallest things are worth writing about!  Regularly say to your child, “Oh, that would be a GREAT thing to write about in your journal!”  Also, ask your child what he/she has been writing about!
  • Guided reading: the children will practice reading books and using their reading strategies. We are focusing on “get your mouth ready, then dig a little deeper into the word” “use the picture clue,” “skip the word,” “what makes sense?” and “look for chunks (sh, th, ee, ea, etc.)
  • Pocket chart: We will learn a new pocket chart song about our Catholic School! We will illustrate this song in our poetry journals.

Math: We will continue to work on addition, but SUBTRACTION will now be our main focus in chapter 6.  With addition our numbers are GROWING.  With subtraction they are SHRINKING!

  • Centers will continue to focus on addition as well as subtraction now.  Our goal is to be able to “add and subtract within 10” and “FLUENTLY add and subtract within 5”.  We will achieve this by doing different addition and subtraction activities during centers with dice, dominos and other manipulatives.
  • We will practice counting DOWN from 20.
  • Counting to 100 by ones
  • Counting to 100 by 5s
  • Counting to 100 by 10s
  • Counting to 20 by 2s
  •  Count forward from a given number (except 1)
  •  Represent addition up to 10 with fingers, drawings, sounds
  • Represent subtraction up to 5 with fingers, drawings, sounds
  •  Compose and decompose numbers 11-19 by drawings
  •  Compare two objects (taller/shorter, bigger/smaller, faster/slower)
  • We will graph whether or not we think the Groundhog will see his shadow.

Religion: We will celebrate our Catholic school all week long!

Science/Social Studies: The winter olympics are coming to kindergarten!  We will talk about the American flag and other countries’ flags, the opening ceremonies, where the Olympics are located and much more!  During the next two weeks, we have a large graph in our hallway that will help us keep track of the U.S medal count.  We will learn about different winter sports, will write about them and graph our favorite. We will end the Olympic unit with our own Olympics–stay tuned for more information on that!