Kindergarten Newsletter, September 16

Upcoming Events:

  • Tuesday, September 20: 8am Mass, doors open at 7:45. Please be on time!
  • Wednesday, September 21: Send your child to school with his/her favorite fruit, washed, cut and ready to serve! See religion section below for more info. I will send a reminder email the day  before.
  • Thursday, September 22: Grandfriend’s Mass, 1:15, followed by a reception.

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!
  • Milk: Any changes to milk orders: please email
  • Headphones: If you haven’t sent in headphones for your student, please do so ASAP.  Remind your student to turn it into the important papers tray.
  • Let’s Connect:  Consider following St. Cletus on social media! In particular, please look for St. Cletus on Facebook and join “Mrs. Mahr: kindergarten is sweet” group on Facebook.  There are some great pictures of your children posted already!
  • Hot lunch: Don’t forget to place your weekly hot lunch orders!
  • Seesaw: Be sure you’re logged into seesaw.  Check your MESSAGES to find boom card links.  These links will be active for 2 weeks, then I will send new ones!
  • Grandfriend celebration: RSVP due TODAY, 9/16
  • Field Trip permission slips: Please return field trip permission slips (along with $10) 9/28. We have 6 chaperones and are all set, thank you!
  • House page: Due Friday, September 23rd.  See below for an example.  Do NOT use 3D embellishments and make sure you cover the side where your child’s name is (so the chimney is on the left). This will become a traveling house book!

This Week:

We celebrated our friend Amaya this week! She turned 6 on Friday and brought cupcakes to school to help us celebrate! Happy Birthday, Amaya!

Next Week:

Language Arts:

  • Jolly Phonics: we will begin group 3 sounds: g, o, u, l; we are practicing top to bottom letter formation and also the sounds and actions.
  • Phonemic awareness: Daily phonemic awareness exercises are an important part of our day.  Research shows that strong phonemic awareness is a BIG indicator of reading success.  Right now, here is what we are working on: hearing rhyming words, isolating beginning sounds, breaking apart compound words and reading sentences with expression. Simply put, Phonics is working with print (letters and words), phonemic awareness is done orally (manipulating sounds). We’ve been movin’ and groovin’ to the song “tooty ta” to help us with our phonemic awareness.  This song has us manipulating the first sounds to change it to “sooty sa” or “mooty ma” or “kooty ka,” etc.
  • Name writing: We will continue to focus on using one capital letter and starting at the correct lines.
  • Literacy centers: Next week, we will work on word wall word practice, letter writing, decodable books, letter/sound relationships and write the room “the (label)”
  • Read alouds: we are working on “making connections” to stories using the phrase, “this reminds me of…”; we will also be identifying the CHARACTERS and SETTING in stories.

Math: We are into our first Go Math kindergarten workbook!  We will do our Go Math workbooks 3x a week. Math centers take place every day.

  • Number formation: we will learn number formation poems to help us correctly form numbers 1-9. We will say these poems ALL THE TIME when we’re writing numbers!
  • Counting by 1s to 20.
  • 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)
  • 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: representing numbers on a ten frame and being able to identify quickly.  Below is what a ten frame looks like with 2 counters.  Students need to be able recognize counters on a ten frame automatically. Next week, we will begin to use a double ten frame to represent teen numbers.  Below is the number “14.”

Ten frames make the abstract concrete - Reckon Math


  • Tuesday Mass at 8am! If your schedule allows, please join us!
  • We have started our first kindness project in kindergarten.  Keeping with our ‘kindergarten is sweet’ theme, we are “sprinkling kindness” everywhere we can.  When your child is caught doing something kind, he/she is given a sticker.  If your child comes home with a sticker, be sure to ask about it!  A teacher may have caught your child or another student may have told on him/her! Sometimes Mrs. Zontos or Mrs. Mahr may miss kindness being sprinkled, but the good news is God is always watching!
  • We will wrap up “I am special to my family” and begin “I am special to my friends”; we feel God’s love through our friends! On Wednesday, we will have a friendship fruit salad.  I am asking each child to bring in his/her favorite fruit, washed and cut up (if necessary).  This should NOT be enough for the whole class.  Instead we will combine all these fruits to make one large friendship fruit salad!
  • Ask your child to show you the “holy family” in our church.  We visited the holy family on Friday during our church visit.  We said a special prayer for all of YOU!
  • We will learn a new song about FRIENDSHIP!