Kindergarten Newsletter, March 17

Upcoming Events/Mark your Calendars:

  • Tuesday, March 21: Dining for dollars at Kenny’s
  • Friday, March 24: March Madness Basketball dress down day

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

  • 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!
  • Thursday, April  27th:Field trip to the La Grange Library

What’s Due:

  • Volunteering: If you wish to volunteer at St. Cletus School, please make sure you complete the following requirements. Get these requirements completed!
  • Hot lunch: Don’t forget to place your weekly hot lunch orders!
  • Cardinal Palooza: Have you created your page?  Please go to, click on “Become a #cardinalpalooza VIP” and create a page.
  • Mystery Reader:  Please consider signing up! Simply reach out if none of these dates/times work but you’re still interested!
  • Food Pantry, rice bowl donations: Lenten almsgiving projects–please send in granola, breakfast bars for next week!
  • Library field trip permission slips: please turn in along with $10.

Next Week:

  • Math game packs are making their way around the room. These are games that practice addition and subtraction.  Please make sure all the items included are returned.
  • I have started to send poetry journals home.  Be sure to take some time to listen to your child reading his/her journal and return EVERYTHING by the date indicated.  Please keep it in safe spot.  I need these journals to be returned!
  • We will celebrate the first day of spring!
  • We have one mystery reader next week, on Friday.  Who could it be!?

Language Arts:

  • High Frequency words: Days of the week, here, of, was
  • Journaling:  Daily journaling continues! I LOVE this time of the day.  It’s so fun to hear and see what’s on the kids’ minds. A big focus right now is capitalizing the first word in a sentence and independent sounding out of words.  Write the sounds you hear! Our interactive and shared writing time is great practice before INDEPENDENT journaling time.
  • Interactive writing: The writing leader is coming up with a sentence and then the children write it on their whiteboards. We are currently using quotation marks and ending all sentences with “he said” or “she said” to practice those word wall words.  After sentence writing, we will alternate between word work practice (CVC words and words with beginning and ending digraphs (sh, ch, th, wh) and also word wall word practice.
  • Guided reading, fluency journals: small group reading practice, phonics word work practice
  • Pocket chart poem: Once all poetry journals are returned, we will illustrate our FIRST DAY OF SPRING song.
  • Read alouds: We will begin reading Eric Carle stories.  We will learn more about Eric Carle as an author and illustrator.


Chapter 6 in Go Math was sent home  Next up,  Chapter 8!  We will be working on writing and representing numbers from 20 and beyond. We will continue to review addition, subtraction and money recognition through the remainder of the school year.  It’s a part of our daily calendar time!

  • 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 100 by ones
  • Counting to 100 by 5s and 10s
  • Counting to 20 by 2s.
  • Count forward from a given number (except 1)
  • Represent Addition up to 10 with fingers, drawings, sounds
  • Compose and decompose numbers 11-19 by drawing
  • Money:  Learning goals are to identify the penny, nickel, dime and quarter, the value of each and recognize some of the symbols.  We will also work on counting groups of coins.
  • Practice writing addition and subtraction sentences vertically and horizontally.
  • Identify word problems as “addition” or “subtraction”, generate an equation and solve.


  • We will be saying the OUR FATHER every day during Lent.
  • We will continue to pray the Stations of the Cross on Fridays each week during Lent.
  • If you are able to, please send in granola, breakfast bars any time next week. This is the latest food the kids have decided on.
  • We will continue to collect money for the rice bowl collection.
  • “Jesus went about doing good”; next week’s stories are “The Good Samaritan” and “The Lost Sheep”; Jesus used PARABLES to teach others about loving one another and about God’s love.
  • We will review Joseph as the father of Jesus and talk about him as a SAINT, one of “God’s Superstars.” His feast day is March 19.