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Kindergarten Newsletter, March 22

Upcoming Events/Mark your calendars:

  • Monday, March 25: Hot Lunch, meatball sandwich
  • Wednesday, March 27: Hot Lunch, breaded or grilled chicken and Dining for Dollars at Portillo’s (Summit flyer)
  • Saturday, March 30: St. Cletus Auction; if you can’t make it out to the event, we hope you’ll visit the auction page and check out our kindergarten items!

What’s due?

  • Mother’s Day Tea permission slips, please turn in!
  • Food pantry donation (please see Religion section below): muffin, cake mixes, flour or sugar by Thursday.

This Week:

  • We learned a new poem to help us welcome the first day of spring!  Ask your child if he/she remembers it: “Oh what a beautiful thing…” The picture at the top of the newsletter shows some of us looking outside at the first day of spring!
  • We celebrated two saints, St. Patrick and St. Joseph.
  • The leprechaun was just too fast for us! His house is gone, the traps are empty and all that was left were some chocolate coins!  Maybe next year!

Next Week:

Religion:

  • We are working hard during Lent to better ourselves on the INSIDE!  Just as the church asks us to do, we are focusing on prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  In each of our classrooms, we have “rice bowls,” a money collection that has been a Catholic tradition for many years.  We told the children if they find any loose change at home, they can donate that to the rice bowls.  We are also busy collecting food for the food pantry.  Thank you for sending in pasta and mac and cheese this week!
  • On Thursday afternoon, we visited the food pantry in the rectory and saw how the food is set-up just like a grocery store!  We saw our jars of peanut butter and jelly ready to be given to  needy families.  For next week, the children decided on cake or muffin mixes, flour or sugar.  The food pantry organizer also said they are low on these items.  If you have an extra box of cereal at home, please have your child bring it to school by Thursday. If you are interested in volunteering at the food pantry, please click HERE. Kids can start volunteering on their own when they reach 6th grade.  Kindergartners can volunteer WITH A PARENT, but you need to let Kendall Grant know ahead of time so there aren’t too many little ones on the same day.

Literacy:

  • Daily journaling, giving more information with 2 or more sentences. We will partner share and learn to give feedback by offering 1 compliment such as, “I like how detailed your picture is!”
  • Word wall words: daily review of March words!
  • Spring stories: Spring is here!  Our reading corners and listening centers are full of spring stories to be read and enjoyed!

Math:

  • Counting by 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s.
  • Identifying and describing 2d and 3d shapes.
  • Representing addition and subtraction with equations, written both horizontally and vertically.
  • Decomposing numbers up to 10 in more than one way. For example, 5=2+3 and 5=4+1
  • We will introduce measurement–both length and width.

Science:

  • We planted bean and popcorn seeds and will be keeping seed journals over the next few weeks.  We will learn about roots, stems, leaves and flowers!