Kindergarten Newsletter, October 22

Mark your Calendars: Next week is Halloween week and Red Ribbon week…it will be a BUSY week!!

  • Monday, October 25: We will attend the Living Rosary in the afternoon.  We will make “St. Cletus is Drug Free” posters for around the school.
  • Monday, October 25: Dining for Dollars at Chipotle in Countryside; 33% will go towards St. Cletus!  Spread the word!

  • Tuesday, October 26th: 8am Mass and “sock it to drugs”; wear crazy socks to school.
  • Wednesday, October 27th: Your choices are the key to your dreams: Pajama Day!
  • Thursday, October 28th: Team up and stay in the game by making good choices! Wear your favorite sports team jersey or St. Cletus shirt!
  • Friday, October 29th: Drugs are Scary! Wear your costume to school! Classroom Halloween party and the Haunted Car Yard in the afternoon; please arrive by 12:30 to decorate your car. DO NOT bring candy to pass out.  Please be sure to RSVP by October 28th. ALL kids will parade around the haunted car yard.

This Week:

Fall fun and learning continued this week! We had a fire drill on Thursday and the kids did great.  There are quite a few kindergartners out with colds. It seemed to hit both rooms mid-week.  Many negative covid results, but a lot of runny noses and coughs.  Just an FYI! We continue to keep up with sanitizing.  A big thank you to Mrs. Zontos for being so diligent about wiping down surfaces and keeping kids moving in and out of the bathroom to wash those hands.

Next Week:

Excitement about Halloween is growing!  We will celebrate Halloween in our classrooms on Friday.  You will receive a note from us about specific Halloween guidelines/information. A big thanks to our room parents and all that helped donate something.  We look forward to a fun day together including a morning party with bingo, crafts, candy corn graphing and more, and also the haunted car yard parade in the afternoon.   We will take LOTS of pictures!

Language Arts:

  • Jolly Phonics: We will finish GROUP 6 with SH and TH; we will just do two sounds next week since we will be busy with Halloween activities.  Hard to believe we will be on to our FINAL Jolly Phonics group!
  • Phonemic Awareness: We are focusing on beginning sounds, rhyming words, counting syllables, counting words in a sentence and deleting initial sounds and substituting initial sounds (ie BAT, take away /b/, you’re left with -AT)  (ie BAT, take away /b/, put in /c/, your new word is…CAT!);  Phonemic awareness is oral manipulation of words and sounds.  It only takes up about 5-10 minutes of our day, but it is a strong predictor of reading and spelling success and therefore is a very important part of our day!   Children with strong phonemic awareness skills become successful readers and spellers!
  • Sight Words:  We will continue to work on COLOR WORDS–red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, white, brown, pink. Keep the word wall that was sent home earlier in a safe spot!
  • Halloween decodable books: don’t forget, when your child brings these books home, read to three lucky listeners!
  • We will write about our Halloween costumes and draw a picture to match; we will turn this into a class book.
  • We will read fiction and nonfiction books about pumpkins.

Science: we will be all about pumpkin exploration next week!  On Wednesday, we will be partnering with our 8th grade buddies to create pumpkin catapults.  The children will be recording the results, just like real scientists.  They will create one catapult and test it, then make some modifications to see if they can make their pumpkins (mellowcreme pumpkins) go even further.  The 8th graders will assist with this first formal STEM activity.


  • We will continue our Second Step program to discuss recognizing feelings.
  • October is the month of the rosary. We will learn about the Rosary and the two main prayers, the Hail Mary and the Our Father. We will participate in the living rosary at church.

Math: We are on to Chapter 4 in Go Math!  The students’ number sense is growing.  This will help us as we get into addition and subtraction.

  • Halloween count the room, math centers
  • Which face should we put on our pumpkin?  Graphing activity
  •  Rote counting to 40 by ones
  • Skip counting to 100 by 10’s
  • Writing & Representing to 30
  •  1 to1 counting of objects to 40
  • 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; for example, 14= 10 (1 group of ten) +4 (and 4 ones) and also looking at Quick Shows With Ten-Frames – moffett4understandingmath and recognizing this as “14”.