Kindergarten Newsletter, November 4

Upcoming Events/Mark your Calendars:

  • Tuesday, November 8: 8am Mass
  • Wednesday, November 9: Picture Retake Day–please send me a quick email if your child is doing a picture retake, thank you
  • Friday, November 11th: Dress down–red, white and blue day for Veteran’s Day

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!
  • Pizza Hut “book it”: turn in your October calendars for your pizza certificate! Start your November reading!
  • Halloween Candy sort page:  Turn this in for a sticker and a chance to share your results with the class!
  • Personal Care Item Drive Donations: Student council is hosting this drive for our St. Cletus Food Pantry starting November 7th.  They will be collecting Personal Care Items such as soap, shampoos, conditioners, deodorant, feminine products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper.

  • Halloween Candy: If you have any Halloween candy you’re looking to get rid of–you can donate to the St. Cletus Food Pantry.  It can be individual wrapped candy, it does not need to be a full bag.

This Week:

  • A Halloween party followed by trunk or treat was quite a way to start the week! After Halloween, we gathered together in church for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.  It was a very busy week at school.  The kids did great at school, I hope they held it together (for the most part) at home too. 🙂  It will be nice to return to our normal routines next week.

Language Arts:

  • Jolly Phonics: We will finish group 6 next week with sh, th and will move on to our FINAL group–qu, ou.  The idea behind getting all 42 sounds introduced within the first 3 months of school, is that now we can cycle through them over and over for the remainder of the year.

  • Journaling: We will continue to write in our journals next week.
  • Phonemic awareness: Our newest skill is clapping out the number of syllables in words.  We continue to practice isolating beginning and end sounds, listening for rhyming words, counting out the number of words in sentences, replacing sounds with new sounds to make new words.
  • Pocket Chart: We will learn a new Thanksgiving “thankful song” and will illustrate that song in our poetry journals.
  • Word wall words: Our current word wall: do, go, no, the, we, will, yes, you, I see, like, to, a, is, my, and, have, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, brown, black, pink  ; we will focus on COLOR words next week. We will be busy singing our color word songs next week!  AT HOME: Please be sure to practice words: word wall list- October November
  • Write the room:  Our  “I see the…” sentences will expand to add color words.  Now the sentences will say, “I see the BROWN door.”  “I see the ORANGE pumpkin” and so on!
  • Read alouds:  we are naming the “setting” and “characters” in stories; we are working on sequencing the events in stories.  AT HOME: when reading a story, please practice retelling the story–beginning, middle and end.

Math: We will start chapter 4 next week! Chapter 4 is all about: ways to make 10 (if I have 7, how many more do I need to get to 10?), counting, ordering and comparing numbers.

  • Counting to 50 by ones–Practice this at home!
  • Counting to 100 by 10s–Practice this at home!
  • Writing & Representing to 30
  • 1 to1 Counting to 40
  •  Represent Addition up to 10 with fingers, drawings, sounds
  • Represent Subtraction up to 10 with fingers, drawings, sounds
  • Represent Addition and Subtraction up to 5 with equations
  • Decompose numbers up to 10 in more than one way (5=2+3 and 5=4+1)
  • Compose and decompose numbers 11-19 by drawings & equations

Religion: Thanksgiving is a time we get to stop and count our blessings!  We will make “thankful turkeys” and each day we will add a feather to our turkeys with one of those blessings written on each feather.  Count our feathers, count our blessings!

We will continue Second Step and exploring FEELINGS.  God cares how we feel!


  • We will wrap up our study of pumpkins next week.
  • We will complete a sink or float activity with Halloween candy.