Kindergarten Newsletter, March 9

Upcoming Events/Mark your Calendars:

  • Thursday, March 9: 11:30 dismissal, parent teacher conferences
  • Friday, March 10: NO SCHOOL
  • Wednesday, March 15: PBIS assembly
  • Friday, March 17: Green dress down day, St. Patrick’s Day
  • BRING IN PANCAKE/WAFFLE MIX, SYRUP any day next week for our Lenten almsgiving donation.

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 pancake/waffle mix or syrup any day next week. We are also collecting change for our rice bowls.

Next Week:

  • I am almost done sending home the “sight word game packs.”  We have 4 more kids to go.  Next week, I will begin to send around “math packs.”  These are games that practice addition and subtraction.  Please make sure all the items included are returned.
  • Next week, I will also begin sending home poetry journals to practice and then be RETURNED.  I ask that your child practice reading and singing these poems and songs for a few days and then PLEASE MAKE SURE THE BOOK BAGS WITH THE JOURNALS ARE RETURNED. We will continue to illustrate our new poems/songs, so it’s important that your child brings his/her journal back to school.

Language Arts:

  • High Frequency words:  Next week, we will review all February/March words and focus on recognizing the days of the week.
  • Journaling:  Daily journaling continues! We are now working on writing 2+ sentences.  We model what this looks like when we do shared writing activities together.  A student will come up with a sentence and classmates begin to ask that student questions about his/her topic sentence.  This helps the student generate additional detail sentences!  I love spring journal writing time.  The kids have so much to say and are excited to use their new writing skills to write about themselves!  Little ones do enjoy talking about themselves! 🙂
  • Interactive writing: Interactive writing will shift to ending the 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: We will illustrate the leprechaun song  we learned this past week in our poetry journals.
  • Read alouds: St. Patrick’s day stories


We will be finishing up Chapter 6 next week!  We will be skipping chapter 7 and moving on to Chapter 8 which is writing and representing numbers 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
  • 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 continue to pray the Stations of the Cross on Fridays each week during Lent.
  • If you are able to, please send in pancake/waffle mix or syrup 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 have read about Jesus’s miracles this week–Jesus healing a paralyzed man, Jesus feeding 5000, Jesus heals a man born blind. We will continue r
  • St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s day: We will review saints as “God’s superstars” as we learn about St. Patrick (17th) and St. Joseph (19th).  We will talk about how each is very important to the people of Ireland and Italy. We will learn about how St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity, “Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
  • We will review what the American flag looks like and compare it to the Irish and Italian flags. We will look on a map to find Ireland and Italy.