Kindergarten Newsletter, October 28

Upcoming Events/Mark your Calendars:

  • Monday, October 31:  Halloween party in the morning and  Trunk or Treat in the afternoon
  • Tuesday, October 25th: 8am Mass, All Saint’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!
  • Scholastic Book Club:  You can place online orders using our class code, H2NGF;Next set of orders due NOVEMBER 4th.

This Week:

Language Arts:

  • Jolly Phonics: We finished group 5 (sent home on Thursday) and will be on to group 6 next week with Y, X, CH

  • Journaling: Journaling is off to a great start! Right now we are working on drawing pictures with crayons, writing words with pencils and “writing the sounds we hear.” We will transition to daily journaling in a couple of weeks, when we finish introducing all 42 Jolly sounds.  Daily writing is the best way to practice letter/sound relationships!
  • Phonemic awareness:
  • We will be all about PUMPKINS next week! We will read fiction and nonfiction stories about pumpkins.
  • We  will illustrate our Halloween pocket chart song in our poetry journals. Ask your child to sing it to you!  Hint: “The ghost goes boo, the ghost goes boo, hi-ho on Halloween…”
  • Word wall words: Our current word wall: do, go, no, the, we, will, yes, you, I see, like, to, a, is, my, and, have.  We will continue to review these words and will start learning COLOR WORDS: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, brown, black, pink  AT HOME: Please be sure to practice words: End of october word wall 

Math: We will finish chapter 3 in Go Math next week!

  • We will sort and graph candy corn.
  • We will practice counting by TENS.  Practice this at home or in the car.  Students need to count by 10s to 100.  We
  • Number formation:  AT HOME:  number+formation+reference+sheet 7
  • Counting by 1s to 50. Practice this at home, please!
  • Writing numbers to 30.
  • 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 and base 10 blocks: 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. We will use base 10 blocks to also help build that number sense and  compare numbers that are easily confused like 12/ 20, 41/14, etc.
  • 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: Saints are God’s superstars! We will learn about All Saint’s Day and talk about how we can become Saints too!  By doing God’s work we too can be Saints! We will continue our unit on feelings and as is appropriate during Halloween, talk about FEAR.


  • We will be all about pumpkins next week! On Friday, we graphed which face we want to carve on to our pumpkin.  On Monday we will carve the pumpkin. Throughout the week, we will learn about the life cycle and compare it to the life cycle of an apple.  We will create another venn diagram to compare apples to pumpkins, similar to how we compared bats to birds! We will compare the weight of a pumpkin compared to other objects.