Kindergarten Newsletter, September 22

Upcoming Events/Mark your calendars:

  • Monday, September 26th: We will have a bus evacuation drill
  • Tuesday, September 27th: 8am Mass; doors open at 7:45.  Please be on time!
  • Wednesday, September 28th: GIRLS, please bring in a special baptism memento.
  • Thursday, September 29th: BOYS: please bring in a special baptism memento. This could be a candle, outfit, shoes, invitation, picture, etc.  Please make sure it is IN A BAG AND LABELED. Please see the religion section below.

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!
  • 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!
  • House page: If you haven’t turned it in, please do so ASAP!
  • Picture day forms: be sure to submit these forms online. NOTHING needs to be turned in to me.  It’s all done online.
  • We are all set with chaperones for our upcoming field trip.  Acceptance notes went home. The 7 chaperones for the trip are: Grown-ups of- Ian and Trinity Mendoza, Mary Cate King, Tess Napleton, Mario Sosa, Marco Licavoli, Amaya Carradero, Alex Murray.
  • Scholastic Book Club:  You can place online orders using our class code, H2NGF;

This Week:

Happy Birthday, Santiago!  We celebrated Santiago’s birthday on Wednesday!

Next Week:

Language Arts:

  • Jolly Phonics: we will finish up group 3 sounds: l, f, b; 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!  We are now working on isolating the beginning sounds, listening for rhyming words, replacing parts of words and deleting parts of words. This is all ORAL practice.  They’re getting really good at it!  I really push them for participation because phonemic awareness is VERY important for our beginning readers and writers!
  • Literacy centers: Next week, we will work on word wall word practice with a few different games, letter writing, decodable books “At school” and “Fall Basket”, letter/sound relationships and write the room.
  • Word wall words: Our current word wall has: do, go, no, the, we, will, yes, you; next week, I will introduce I, see
  • Write the room:  Our write the room is growing into a sentence next week!  They will begin to write the labels around  the room, but this time as a sentence” “I see the chair.” or “I see the door.”
  • 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 will wrap up our very first GO MATH workbook.  The kids are doing great! We sit at our lap desks and they follow along with me on the smartboard.  We do this 2-3 times a week in addition to our hands-on daily math centers.

  • Number formation: the children are doing a great job with their number formation!  It’s important to get this down so when we really start manipulating numbers they don’t have to put so much effort into the formation which could become frustrating.  Instead they can focus on the math skill at hand! AT HOME:  number+formation+reference+sheet 7
  • Counting by 1s to 40. AT HOME: practice counting by 1s as high as your child can go.  Take turns!  You (or a sibling) start, and go back and forth.  The car is a great place to do this!  They’ve got no where to go. 🙂
  • Writing numbers to 20.
  • using > < = to compare numbers
  • 1 to 1 Counting of a group of objects: one math center will be grab and count next week; they will have to grab cubes from a bag, count and write the number.
  • 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: We are using a double ten frame to represent teen numbers.  Below is the number “14.”  AT HOME: Please consider printing out (or just create your own if you don’t have a printer) this ten frame and double ten frame.  We use foam counters, but you can use any small manipulative at home.  M and Ms, cheerios–those work great!  Ask your child to show you “10”, “14” “20” etc.; once your child gets that down, start asking questions like “how many more to get to 10?” “how many more to get to 20?” “How many groups of ten and how many ones in that number?” double ten frame mats

Ten frames make the abstract concrete - Reckon Math


  • Tuesday Mass at 8am! If your schedule allows, please join us.  We’d love to see you there!
  • We will wrap up our unit on FRIENDSHIP.  I am special to my friends!  We will illustrate the new song we learned about friendship (hint: friend, I will remember you, think of you and pray for you!) in our poetry journals.
  • We will begin our unit on BAPTISM. Baptism is when we became a part of God’s family! GIRLS: please bring in a special baptism memento on Wednesday, September 28th.  BOYS: please bring in a special baptism memento on Thursday, September 29th.  This could be a candle, outfit, shoes, invitation, picture, etc.  Please make sure it is IN A BAG AND LABELED. If your child was not baptized, please send in any special religious memento!