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Kindergarten Newsletter, March 5

Upcoming Events/Mark your calendars:

  • Thursday, March 11: 11:30 dismissal
  • Thursday, March 11: P/T Conferences
  • Friday, March 12: No School

Looking Ahead:

The auction is next month, Saturday, April 24! It’s going to be a fun night AND it’s such an important fundraiser for our school. Please be sure to check out the AUCTION PAGE: https://stcletusschool.com/fundraising/auction/

How Can you help right now?

This Week:

The sunshine and warmer temps allowed us to get outside and PLAY!  Boy did that feel good!  We wrapped up assessments this week and look forward to discussing your child’s progress with you at conferences.  As always, we are MORE than happy to schedule more time to chat if needed, but we will need to keep to the 10 minutes as we are both booked solid for the afternoon and evening. Please make sure you are on time.  If you do not receive a Google Meet link by Wednesday afternoon, please reach out to your child’s teacher!

Next Week:

Language Arts:

  • Author study: Mo Willems: Now that Dr. Seuss has gotten us really excited about reading, we are moving on to Mo Willems books including the pigeon series and the Elephant and Piggie series.  These books are SO FUNNY!  We’ve already started exploring his books and we can’t stop LAUGHING! Do you have these books at home?  These books are great for teaching expression which is something we are working on more in reading group. These books allow us to see how a !  vs a ?  changes the meaning of a sentence. These books are also long so the children get excited that they’ve read a “60 page book”!  There are also a lot of word wall words in these books and short sentences with picture clues. Below is a list of Elephant and Piggie books.  If you don’t have any in your home, please check them out from the library.  Another great author to get in your kindergartner’s hands!

 https://www.thoughtco.com/elephant-and-piggie-books-by-mo-willems-627541

  • We will use Elephant and Piggie books to go over beginning/middle/end.  We will use this to retell stories in our own words.  At home:  ask your child to retell a story using words like, ‘first,’ ‘next,’ ‘then,’ and ‘finally.’
  • Daily Journaling, daily phonemic awareness continues–such important parts of our day!
  • Sight Words: Focus words will be: not, but, your and days of the week

Math: We will be wrapping up Chapter 6 and moving on to Chapter 7. Chapter 6 will go home next week. Our focus is on addition and subtraction and learning to switch from GROWING (addition) to SHRINKING (subtraction). Please find real life ways to incorporate addition and subtraction practice at home.  “There are 6 shoes here on the floor.  If you put your two away, how many will be left?”  “Did I just make an addition or a subtraction sentence?”

  • Counting to 100 by ones
  • Counting to 100 by 5s
  • Counting to 100 by 10s
  • Counting to 20 by 2s–this has been a bit trickier for the kids!  Practice in the car and at home; the goal is to count by 20, but if your child is getting the hang of it–keep going!
  • 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 drawing
  • Compare two objects (taller/shorter, bigger/smaller, faster/slower)

Religion:

  • We dropped off over 60 boxes of pasta and macaroni and cheese to the food pantry!  Thank you!   Due to the short week, we will not be collecting anything new next week, but will continue after next week with our Lenten promise of Almsgiving.
  • Our new kindness project is off to a great start! Each time a child is caught doing something kind he/she adds an egg to our bulletin board. This is helping us stick to our Lenten commitment of being kind and growing closer to Jesus.
  • Each morning in addition to our kindergarten prayer, we have started saying the OUR FATHER.  In the mornings, we open up the curtain for morning prayer and pledge so we ALL get to pray together.  It is so wonderful to hear more and more voices join in saying the Our Father as the children learn the words. We are trying really hard to pray more during Lent!
  • We started praying the Stations of the Cross on Fridays.  We remind the children that this is another form of prayer and so we begin and end with the sign of the cross.  We discuss how it is a sad story, but Jesus does not want us to be sad.  That’s why He gives us Easter!  As a reminder, here are the things we focus on in case your child has any questions at home: We talk about the people that helped Jesus along the way and we also focus on the fact that Jesus FORGAVE all the mean people in the story. Jesus knew he had to die on the cross so he could open the gates of heaven for us.  Please be sure to ask your child about the Stations of the Cross and discuss his/her feelings about this story.
  • Jesus is our BEST example of doing good and sharing kindness.  We will begin to explore His acts of kindness and some of the parables he shared to teach others about kindness.  We will begin with The Good Samaritan, Jesus Heals the Blind Man and Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man.
  • We will read nonfiction stories about Easter.