Kindergarten Newsletter, October 14

Upcoming Events/Mark your Calendars:

  • Monday, October 17th: Dining for dollars at Chipotle in Countryside
  • Tuesday, October 18th: Fire Department presentation for the early childhood

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!
  • Seesaw: New boom cards are posted!  Be sure to check them out!  Reach out if you’re having any difficulties.
  • Scholastic Book Club:  You can place online orders using our class code, H2NGF;Next set of orders due NOVEMBER 4th.

This Week:

Happy Birthday to Cecilia!  We celebrated Cecilia on Thursday, our field trip day!  It was quite an exciting day!

Language Arts:

  • Jolly Phonics: With all the field trip excitement, we didn’t have a chance to finish up GROUP 4, so we will do that next week.  We will finish ee/or and then we will begin group 5 with z, w and ng. 

  • Journaling: Next week, I will introduce “journaling” to students.  We will practice drawing a picture with crayons and writing words to match that picture in pencil.  We will journal 2-3 times a week until November when we finish introducing all 42 Jolly Phonics sounds and transition to DAILY journaling.  This is the BEST way for the kids to practice their letter/sound relationships!
  • Phonemic awareness: Daily phonemic awareness exercises are an important part of our day!  We are now working on isolating the BEGINNING sounds, isolating ENDING sounds,  listening for rhyming words, replacing parts of words and deleting parts of words, counting up words in sentences and using expression according to the punctuation, . ! ?.  This is all ORAL practice.
  • Word wall words: Our current word wall: do, go, no, the, we, will, yes, you, I see, like, to, a, is, my; Next week, I will introduce AND, HAVE;   AT HOME: Please be sure to practice words: End of october word wall 
    • Highlight the words in newspapers or magazines
    • Use magnetic letters (cookie sheets can be used as a magnetic surface)
    • Look for the words in books and ask your child to point them out 
    • Write notes to your child using these words—lunch notes are a great idea!
    • Play sight word memory/bingo
    • Use shaving cream or salt to trace the words with one finger (on a cookie sheet or table)
    • Rainbow words-write words three times with three different colors
    • Use chalk to write words on the sidewalk
    • Write the words on a magnadoodle, boogie board writint tablet or iPad (any kind of doodle, writing app)
  • Read alouds: we will use three stories: The Little Red Hen, The Little Red Hen Makes Pizza and The Little Green Witch to make “text to text comparisons”, and discuss the “characters” and “settings” in stories.


We will continue Chapter 3 in Go Math.  We are working with numbers 6-9.  We are practicing different number combinations to make those numbers using counters (ie 6=  3 and 3, 4 and 2, etc.)

  • Number formation:  AT HOME:  number+formation+reference+sheet 7
  • Counting by 1s to 40. Practice this at home, please!
  • Writing numbers to 20.
  • using > < = to compare numbers
  • 1 to 1 Counting of a group of objects
  • Classify objects
  • Finding Shapes in Environment and Describe Positions (above, below, beside, etc)
  •  Identify 2-D Shapes (different orientations/sizes): we will use geoboards next week to create the different shapes.
  • Patterning: creating, finishing and labeling
  • Tally marks: representing a number using tally marks.  We will practice making “bundles of 5” and “groups of ten”; doing this really helps children improve their number sense and understanding of tens and ones.
  • Ten frame: We are using a double ten frame to represent teen numbers.  Some students will be representing numbers beyond 20 using ten frames. The goal is for children to quickly recognize numbers using TENS and ONES.  double ten frame mats

Religion: We will begin our unit on feelings.  God cares how we are feeling, whether it’s happy, sad, angry, etc.  We will begin with “happy” and “sad”.  At this time, I will introduce our Second Step Program.  Second Step is a social-emotional learning program that teaches various social and emotional skills such as emotion recognition and management, empathy, problem solving and bullying prevention.


  • We will continue to learn about healthy eating.  The children will learn that not only is it important to eat properly to stay healthy, but they also need to get proper rest and exercise.  We will get moving to the song CHICKEN FAT.  This was a popular 60s and 70s gym class song when President JFK was trying to get kids to be ACTIVE!  Always a kindergarten favorite, we will do just that!
  • We will go to a fire safety presentation focusing on when we call 9-1-1, what to do if there’s a fire in your home and what to do if you’re on a fire. Thank you La Grange Fire Department for  coming to talk to us!