Kindergarten Newsletter, October 21

Upcoming Events/Mark your Calendars:

  • Tuesday, October 25th: 8am Mass
  • Tuesday, October 25th: Author Assembly– “Witch’s Brew”
  • Red Ribbon week is next week!  We talk about how we try to keep our bodies healthy by paying attention to what we eat, getting rest and moving! Please see below and mark your calendars.

What’s Due:

  • Witch’s Brew book: be sure to turn in the order form if you wish to purchase the book.  The author presentation will be on the 25th for Prek-2nd grade. This form was in your Wednesday envelope last week.
  • SOCK-TOBER: From October 17th – 28th, the National Junior Honor’s Society will be be collecting BRAND NEW SOCKS to donate to a local charitable organization. Collection boxes will be in the Morrissey Hall lobby, the junior high wing (near door #12), and in the Parish Center.  Sock sizes can be for adults or children.
  • RSVP for the TRUNK OR TREAT.  You only need to RSVP if you wish to participate in the car decorating and the (optional) handing out of candy.  ALL students will attend/walk around, no need to rsvp. 

  • 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!
  • Scholastic Book Club:  You can place online orders using our class code, H2NGF;Next set of orders due NOVEMBER 4th.

This Week:

We celebrated our friend Leyla this week!  Her birthday was earlier in October.  Happy belated birthday, Leyla!

  • Click the link to view our Halloween guidelines:        Reach out if you have any questions about Halloween!
  • The kids enjoyed the fire safety presentation.  I hope you made time to go through the fire safety book your child made and reviewed those important safety tips.  Be sure to check out the pictures page!
  • We had our second “lockdown drill” with the police present.  They children know to go to their “safe spot” while the teachers do their jobs.

Language Arts:

  • Jolly Phonics: We started group 5 this week and will finish next week with  NG, V, OO

  • Journaling: We’ve started journaling! Right now we are working on drawing pictures with crayons, writing words with pencils and “writing the sounds we hear.”  That last one is tricky for our beginning writers.  They’re very used to asking, “how do you spell —-?”  Now, the response is, “write the sounds you hear!”  If a child writes “pumkin”  for “pumpkin”–thumbs up, that’s great!  Phonetic spelling/ brave spelling/inventive spelling–those are all terms we use for encouraging children to write the sounds they hear.  Correct spelling will come later!  Let’s make confident writers!
  • 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, using expression according to the punctuation, . ! ? and “tapping out” the individual sounds in consonant vowel consonant (CVC) words. This is all ORAL practice.
  • We will read fiction and nonfiction books about BATS next week.
  • We  will illustrate the song “pumpkin patch” 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.  I will introduce any new words next week, we will be reviewing.  I will be assessing the children on the 17 words that have been introduced. After next week, we are on to COLOR WORDS!  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 writing tablet or iPad (any kind of doodle, writing app)


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 have started our “Second Step” program.  This 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 with Second Step next week and will primarily focus on the feelings: HAPPY AND SAD. God cares for us no matter how we are feeling.  We can talk to God when we are feeling happy or sad!


  • Healthy eating: We will revisit our “healthy eating” unit which we set aside for fire safety this week.  We will be sorting kids according to the food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, dairy and fats, oils and sweets.  We will be sorting healthy and unhealthy foods.  We will be drawing a “healthy meal” according to USDA’S nutrition guide, “MY PLATE.”

Nutrition Education Store MyPlate Poster

  • Bats: we will be reading fiction and nonfiction books about bats.  We will make a venn digram to compare birds to bats. We will make a bat at the art center too!