Kindergarten Newsletter, September 11

Upcoming Events:

  • Wednesday, September 16: Dining for Dollars at Chipotle (5801 S. La Grange Road, Countryside); have Chipotle for dinner AND help support our school!
  • Thursday, September 24: Virtual Grandparent/special person day: please refer to the email sent by Mrs. Schaefer

This Week:

The children are really settling into their routines. Have we mentioned how proud we are of them!?  They are adjusting so well to our covid rules on top of typical classroom routines and new kindergarten expectations.  It’s A LOT. They’re really doing such a great job!

Seesaw: be sure to log in and check out any extra, OPTIONAL quick practice activities.  We would like the children and grown-ups to get used to navigating Seesaw.  Be sure to also check your INBOX for “boom cards.”  Boom cards are self-checking 5-10 minute practice cards.

Amazon wishlists: Thanks SO much for all the donations.  We are so appreciative and the kids are too!

Mrs. Mahr:

Mrs. Firestone:

Next Week:

We will be starting the “iready assessment” this month (Mrs. Mahr’s class started on Friday 9/11).  I-ready is the new school-wide program we will be using to assess students in math and language arts in grades K-8.  It gives a complete picture of student performance and growth. i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment designed to give us insight into student needs. After the children take the diagnostic for both language arts and math, it creates a differentiated “supplemental curriculum” for each student.  It will help us identify the strengths and areas of growth for each student and as a school, we feel like this will help us identify any learning gaps that resulted from learning at home in the spring. Please note these assessments will take place during Spanish and TLC times.

Language Arts:

  • Jolly Phonics: We will continue Group 3 sounds with o, u, l, f, b. Please review groups 1, 2, 3 letters, sounds and actions.

What is Jolly Phonics? — Jolly Phonics at Home

  • Sight words: The words that are currently on our word walls are: a, do, did, go, I, no, the, yes, we, will,you   Next week we will focus on: is, see, to; At home: SIGHT WORK PARKING LOT : edit with current word wall words, print and ask your student to “drive” into certain spots using a matchbox car.
  • Name writing: We will continue to practice writing our names correctly with one capital letter and correct formation of all letters. At home: EDIT, PRINT and practice.
  • Michael Heggerty Phonemic Awareness: we are focusing on beginning sounds, hearing rhyming words, expression (.!?) and breaking apart compound words.
  • Printable decodable book: We will highlight the book “I see”.  When your student comes home with one of these printable, highlighted books, please make sure he/she reads it to “three lucky listeners.”  Repetition is very important!
  • Journaling: We will start to practice labeling pictures. We will practice “stretching” and “tapping out words” down our arms or “punching out” beginning or end sounds.   We will not answer the question, “how do you spell -?” and we ask that you don’t at home either.  Instead answer with, “write the sounds you hear!”  Correct spelling will come later.  Right now, we are practicing letter sound relationships and helping the children become CONFIDENT writers.


  • Finding Shapes in Environment and Describe Positions (above, below, beside, etc)
  • Identify 2-D Shapes (different orientations/sizes)
  • Patterning – AB
  • Counting to 20.
  • Number writing practice using the poems.  We have introduced poems for numbers 0-10 and next week we will focus on numbers 6-9 formation poems next week; correct formation means starting the numbers at the top and using the lines.  Click this link to practice number formation at home: number+formation+reference+sheet 7
  • Ten frame work: we are using ten frames to quickly identify numbers 1-10, 1 more and 1 less of each number.  We are working with a single ten frame right now.  At home: Go to seesaw for assigned (OPTIONAL) ten frame activity or print the following and showing your child a number using small manipulatives:

Terrific Ten Frame | Swoop into Kindergarten

  • Tally marks: we are practicing making “bundles of 5” and “groups of ten”.  At home: Ask your child to show you tally marks for numbers less than 10 or go to Seesaw for assigned (optional) activity.
  • Greater than less than: we will begin to use the following symbols  >. <, = to compare numbers.


I am special to my friends! We feel God’s love through our friends. God made each of us special so our friends are special too! What ways have we shown kindness to our friends so far this year?