Kindergarten Newsletter, March 3

Upcoming Events/Mark your Calendars:

  • Thursday, March 9: 11:30 dismissal, parent teacher conferences
  • Friday, March 10: NO SCHOOL

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!
  • 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!
  • Cardinal Palooza: Have you created your page?  Please go to, click on “Become a #cardinalpalooza VIP” and create a page. Remember, if your child raises at least $100 by March 1st they will be included in a raffle (on March 1st) to win either an Oculus VR, Apple AirPods, or a $50 Target gift card! Thank you for your support!
  • Mystery Reader:  Please consider signing up! Simply reach out if none of these dates/times work but you’re still interested!
  • Mother’s Day Tea permission slips: Please turn the bottom of the form in by Wednesday, March 8.
  • March Parent Teacher Conference Sign-up: An email from the office went home, please be sure to sign up!
  • Food Pantry, rice bowl donations: Lenten almsgiving projects–please send in macaroni and cheese or pasta any day next week. We are also collecting change for our rice bowls.
  • February BOOK IT logs can be turned in at any time.  March logs went home on Thursday.

This Week:

  • I was very busy with assessments this week.  I can’t wait to share the progress I am seeing with all of you!
  • We toured the food pantry on Friday.  The kids enjoyed seeing the mini grocery store right next to us!

Next Week:

Language Arts:

  • High Frequency words:  Next week, we will review OF, SAID—we didn’t spend enough time on those two words this past week.
  • Journaling:  Daily journaling continues! I am excited for you to see their writing progress when we sit down together at conferences. Current expectations:  I am asking them to generate their own topics, stretch unknown words, correctly spell word wall words, remember finger spaces, punctuation and reread words to make sure it makes sense.  They’re doing a great job! I think you will enjoy seeing what your child views as the “important things” to write about! 🙂
  • Interactive writing: a writing leader is chosen and creates a sentence that the rest of the students write on their whiteboards.  Now, students ask the leader questions about his/her topic sentence and based off those questions, the leader generates a second sentence for students to write.  This interactive writing activity is a great way to help students understand what they should be doing during their INDEPENDENT journaling time. After sentence writing, we will continue to practice CVC words and will now work on more words with digraphs sh, ch, th, wh
  • Guided reading, fluency journals: small group reading practice, phonics word work practice
  • Pocket chart poem: New pocket chart poem, all about a leprechaun–we will practice singing this new song and we will also illustrate the Seuss song we learned this past week.


We are half way through Chapter 6 which is all about subtraction!

  • 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. They’re doing great with this!
  • 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
  • Compare two objects (taller/shorter, bigger/smaller, faster/slower)
  • 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 be praying the Stations of the Cross each week during Lent.
  • If you are able to, please send in MACARONI AND CHEESE OR PASTA 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”  Jesus is our BEST example of sharing kindness with others. We can learn from Bible stories how Jesus wants us to treat others.  Jesus often used parables to teach people about God and sharing kindness.  Next week, we will begin exploring some of these stories from the Bible.