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Kindergarten Newsletter December 8

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Monday, December 11: Hot lunch-Wendy’s – 4pc Nuggets or Hamburger/Cheeseburger and Shop With Scrip Orders Due by 8:30am
  • Wednesday, December 13Hot Lunch – Little Joe’s – Mac & Cheese Bites and State of the School Address, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Thursday, December 14: Christmas Program, 1st-4th grades; we will attend the afternoon dress rehearsal performance; evening performance is at 7:00.
 Looking Ahead/mark your calendars:
  • Monday, December 18thMass at 9am: As mentioned in the note sent home on Monday, the kindergarten and 8th grade have been working together to prepare this Advent mass and we hope you can join us! The first few pews will be reserved for families on either side, next to our school children. The children will present Christmas songs to you up on the altar, immediately following the Mass .

This Week:

Now is Advent, Advent is here, when Advent is over, Christmas is here!! This week we have been focusing on Advent.  We are busy preparing our hearts for Jesus’ birthday.  How are we doing this in kindergarten?  We are reminding ourselves to show kindness to everyone! Please be sure to carefully read the letter that was sent home on Monday and help assist your child is finding ways to share acts of kindness.

Next Week:


  • Journaling, sentence writing, using punctuation, beginning the sentence with a capital letter and spacing between words.
  •  We introduced the word BECAUSE, the song will help with the spelling, but this word can help with expanding our thoughts as we write.
  • We continue to review our Jolly Phonics to assist with “writing what we hear.” We regularly practice the sounds at school.  Are you practicing at home?
  • Making connections: reading Christmas stories this month allows the children to “make connections.” We often use the phrase, “this reminds me of when…” Try this at home when you are reading!  Does a story remind you of another story you have read?
  • Sight word practice, keep practicing our word wall words at home:


  • Number writing, correct formation
  • Tens and ones, breaking down numbers: “how many groups of ten in 24?”  “How many ones in 24?”
  • Pre-addition and subtraction skills: comparing numbers to determine “how many more” and “how many less”.
  • Counting by 1s, 5s and 10s.


Advent is a time to “get ready.” There are so many things to do to prepare for this holiday, please be sure to take the time to see the reason why we celebrate. Your child will come home with stories and songs. Little children singing can really put us all in the spirit! The best word to describe this is …JOY!

A letter was sent home on Monday explaining our plan to give baby Jesus our presents of kind deeds. Each day we will gather around baby Jesus’ crib and share our kind deeds with the rest of the class. Please help your child find kind deeds at home!  Some examples this week include: watering the Christmas tree, holding the door for someone and helping to carry in the groceries. We will continue to work hard at our kind deeds and watch as Baby Jesus’ crib becomes softer and more ready for his arrival on Christmas day!


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Third Grade News Room 112 Mrs. Reckwerdt December 1st, 2017


Religion: To start the Advent season the students will be  going to the church for the Sacrament of  Reconciliation on Monday, December 4th.  On Wednesday, December 6th we will be meeting at church for the 8:00 am Mass.  On Thursday we will have the chapter 5 test on the start of the church. On Friday, December 8th we will be attending the 9:00 am School Mass of the Immaculate Conception.  Third grade will be leading the December 12th 9:00 am School Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.    Please come and pray with us if you are available. We received a gracious thank you from Feed My Starving Children for our generous donation. All together it was $424 which they wrote is enough to feed 5 children for an entire year.

Math:  Students are continuing to learn multiplication properties, strategies, and the multiplication facts.  Please encourage your child to spend a few minutes daily to practice the multiplication facts. There will be a Chapter 4 Go Math Test on  Wednesday,  December 6th and a Simple Solutions quiz on Friday, December 8th.

Reading:  Everyone should be reading a mystery book  for the “cereal” box  book report. The book report  is due on  December 14th. Students have already been given the direction sheet.  In class students are reading and analyzing the non fiction selection, “The Moon Seems to Change.” They are also comparing it to several poems.   In small groups everyone is reading a Cam Jensen mystery book.

Phonics:  Students are learning about more different “r” controlled vowels. They will also be reviewing the previous concepts: compound words, blends, consonant digraphs, the three sounds of “y” and  r controlled vowels.  I am anticipating the Unit 3 test will be on Wednesday, December 6th.

Spelling: Next week we will be reviewing  units 7-11. There will be a review test on Friday, December 8th.

Language: In Shurley English our next area of learning will be prepositions and prepositional phrases. Students should be familiar with plurals, possessives, homophones, editing marks, common and proper nouns. The December poems were passed out today, and the selected poem will be recited on December 20th.

Science:  We are learning more about the Engineering Process.    We will be discussing how things have improved and changed over time especially with the use of technology. Each student will be making a poster to show how one particular item has changed and improved over time.  This will be due on either December 21st or January 12th depending upon your schedules.

Social Studies:  Students will be learning how immigrants  make a new life in America blending their old culture with the new culture. They will also be learning about the Great Migration, Langston Hughes, and using intermediate directions.  The chapter 3 test will probably be on December 12th.


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Week of 12-4 Overton News

Happy December!!

Language Arts: Students will receive December poems on Monday! December poems are due on December 21st! Students will be given spelling list #10 on Monday. Our spelling test will be Friday, December 8th!!

Reading:  Students are finishing up reading The Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan. One group is reading a new novel called Fudge. This week we are going to focus on main idea with those novels and how to write a summary. Our whole class book this week is The Year of Ms. Agnes. December Book Reports will be due December 22nd.

Math: We have started a new chapter about multiplication patterns, finding unknown factors, the distributive property, strategies with multiples of 10, and multiples of 10 by 1-digit numbers. We will have a mid-chapter checkpoint on Tuesday, 12/5.

Writing: This week we are starting a new unit of writing over informative writing! Students can write about ANYTHING they want to teach someone else. This week we are starting to plan and write our first informational pieces!!

Science: This week we are finishing up the chapter about plants and animals! We will begin reviewing for our test on Wednesday. The test over Unit 4 will be on Monday, December 11th. 

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Important Dates:

12/5- Math chapter 5 mid-chapter checkpoint

12/6- 8 AM Mass

12/8- Spelling Unit 10 Test

12/11-Science Unit 4 Test

12/14- Christmas Program

12/21-Poems Due

12/22-Book Reports Due

12/22- 1 pm dismissal, beginning of Christmas break!


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Kindergarten Newsletter, December 1

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Saturday, December 2: Vendor Fair at St. Cletus school, 6-9pm.
  • Saturday, December 2 -Sunday, December 3: Event at 5 Below in Countryside Plaza, flyer required.
  • Sunday, December 3: 1st Sunday of Advent, attend Mass!
  • Monday, December 4: Hot Lunch – American Bagel – Pizza Bagels or Bagel Dog
  • Wednesday, December 6: Hot Lunch – Chipotle – Cheese Quesadilla or Chicken Quesadilla
  • Friday, December 8: Mass at 9 a.m.
This Week:
We explored Gingerbread stories this week! We looked at the characters, compared stories regarding these characters. Some stories had the same characters while others did not! Fairy tales, fables or legends are stories that get handed down through generations. This unit was a fun study to explore! We finished this unit sharing a special gingerbread cookie! Ask your child which book was his/her favorite and why. Also ask your child which was the class favorite. Which book had the most votes? The least? 

Next Week:


We are writing in our journals more often now.  Creating a sentence that tells the reader about the drawing is our goal. The pictures should have lots of details and the sentence should end with a period. We are modeling this through shared writing whiteboard/smart board activity.  The children write a sentence on their whiteboard along with the teacher. Writing and reading activate the same areas of the brain. We want to take advantage of this and write often as well as read often! Have your child make lists, for the store or for Christmas gifts. Developmental spelling means he/she is writing what he/she hears. Taking words apart or stretching these words helps your child hear the sounds. Correct spelling comes later, this is an important step in your child’s development as a reader and a writer! We want those thoughts out on the paper! So remember, when your child says, “how do you spell –”  Please respond by saying, “let’s stretch out the word” or “write the sounds you hear!”


  • Counting by 1s, 5s, 10s;  We sing and dance as we practice counting every day during our calendar time! We are focusing right now at counting by 5s since we are really good at counting by 10s. Ask your child to show you!
  • Our number writing is a practice we do each month with paper and pencil, on whiteboards, in salt trays and on the smartboard.  You can practice at home too! Don’t forget those number poems.
  • We are working on pre-addition and subtraction skills including asking, “how many more (is 5 compared to 3)?”  “Which number is more? less?” “how many more to make a group of 10?” We also practice counting on from given numbers. Practice asking questions like this at home.  Show your child 2 different groups of items and ask your child these different questions.


We are preparing for our Mass as well as the start of Advent. We will get our hearts ready for Jesus’ birthday during Advent. Do you have an Advent wreath? Does your family have traditions for the season? Share these with your child. If you do not have any traditions yet, this is a great time to start! You can begin the Advent season by attending church this Sunday with your family.  Look for the first Advent candle to be lit. A letter regarding our classroom traditions will be coming home on Monday. Please check your child’s folder for important information about what we will be doing in our classroom during the Advent season as we prepare our hearts for Jesus’ birthday on Christmas Day.


The season of Fall has been beautiful! We have spent more time outside enjoying it at recess. We have Kindergarten tree, ask your child about it, how does it look now?

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3rd Grade Thanksgiving Prayer Service

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Kindergarten Newsletter, November 21

Happy Thanksgiving to our kindergarten families!

We are thankful for each of your children who bring us so much joy each and every day.

Don’t forget to count YOUR blessings, just as the children did all month long!


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Preschool Newsletter – November 17, 2017

Preschool Newsletter – November 17, 2017

Upcoming events:

  • Monday, November 20th – Thanksgiving prayer service *please bring one non-perishable food item* (NO hot lunch)
  • Tuesday, November 21st – Early dismissal at 11:30 am (NO AFTERCARE)                                                                          *Parent-teacher conferences from 12:30 pm till 8:00 pm *Please be sure to schedule your conference ASAP! Follow this link to set up your conference with your child’s teacher
  • No School/Thanksgiving break: November 22 – 24

This week we learned all about the letter J.

Our letter J story was called The Jaguars Jamboree.

Here of some of our new letter J words: jump, joke, jack-o-lantern, jaguar, jam, jeans, jog, jelly fish, and jet.

Our theme this week was Thanksgiving.

Center Activities included:

  • Water color turkey painting
  • Coffee filter turkeys
  • Puppet turkeys
  • Letter J pictures
  • Smartboard and computer letter/number matching
  • Handwriting book
  • Name turkeys
  • Thanksgiving early reader
  • Corn painting
  • J for jellybean/jungle/jelly fish craft

Writing prompt:

I Am Thankful- Please check these out in our hallway.


  • Maxwell is thankful for God.
  • Isabella is thankful for her teachers.
  • Gabriel is thankful for his cars and trains.
  • Steven is thankful for Chicago.
  • Nora is thankful for toys.


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Kindergarten Newsletter, November 17

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  •  Monday November 20: Thanksgiving Prayer service 9am. We are asked to bring in a canned good for our food pantry.
  • Tuesday, November 21: Early dismissal. ALL CHILDREN will be dismissed at 11:30. Parent teacher conferences begin at 12:30.
  • **If you are in Mrs. Bentley’s class, Room 100 and  have not signed up for a conference time, please do so TODAY by sending an email to .  The sign up has been closed so we will accommodate your requests as best we can. 
  • Tuesday, November 21: We will attend the St. Cletus book fair as a class and each child will come up with his/her own wish list.  Please do NOT send your child with money, any book fair items should be purchased with a grown-up!  The book fair will be open on Sunday (8:45am-1:00), Monday (until 4:00) and Tuesday (8am-7pm).

What’s Due:

This Week: 

We had a wonderful feast! Thank you to all who donated food items. We baked and mashed on Monday in preparation of our feast on Tuesday. We came together as Pilgrims and Indians, just like the first Thanksgiving. We are grateful for so many things, but our theme for this fun event was, “food and friends!” Click  Here to see all the fun we had!

Next Week: Our short week will still give us plenty of time for fun learning activities!


  • We have completed our final group in Jolly Phonics.  We will not introduce new sounds, but rather practice and reinforce the sounds we have learned these past few months. We will continue to use our Jolly smartboard activities to reinforce these sounds along with journaling, shared, guided and interactive writing activities. Please continue to reinforce the sounds at home:

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  • Shared writing activities: this is when the students ‘share the pen’ with the teacher.  The children will learn to stretch out words, use finger spaces, punctuation and more.
  • With the introduction to our Jolly sounds completed, we will now have time to journal daily. We will give the children a topic to journal about, such as things they like to do or about family and friends and we will work towards having each child generate his/her own topic. As you go through your day together, ask your child, “Is this something you can journal about in school?” This will really help your child see that it’s the little things that are worth writing about–write about what you had for breakfast, write about your brother or sister, write about a dream you had last night…the possibilities are endless!  Help your child see that these are things that are worth writing about!! Our current journaling goals are: “write the sounds you hear,” correctly spell all word wall words and use finger spaces.  We have been labeling items in our journals all year long, but now we are ready to really put our Jolly Phonics skills to work…look out…we are going full steam ahead! 
  • Word wall words: we continue to practice reading and spelling color words while focusing on our October/November words.  We practice these words regularly during center time and calendar time


  • Graphing helps us gather information and analyze this information. How did the graph answer our question? We analyze the results of our graphing at school by asking questions like, “how many more?” “how many less?” “which has the most? the least?” We will graph our favorite thanksgiving foods next week.
  • Counting by 1s, 5s and 10s. Practice at home!
  • Counting on from a number other than 1. Keep practicing this at home and in the car. Start with a number like 10 and ask your child to count on.
  • Patterning
  • Continue to work on groups of tens, those tricky teen numbers are difficult! We often ask, “How many groups of ten in 23? What does a 23 look like?” Using the same language we use in school will  help these concepts stick with your child!


  • Gratitude is something we can feel each and every day! Thanksgiving is a great day to be thankful to God for all our blessing, but aren’t we blessed each day? The kindergarten turkey in our hallway reminds us of all that we have to be thankful for! Be sure to begin your Thanksgiving meal with prayer, just as they did at the first Thanksgiving, and just as we do each day at school before we eat. Let your child know what YOU are grateful for and encourage your child to share what he/she is thankful for. We will make our weekly church visit and share what we are thankful for! 


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Kindergarten Newsletter: November 10, 2017

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Monday, November 13th:  Veterans Day Mass at 9am
  • Monday, November 13th: Hot lunch, McDonald’s
  • Monday, November 13th-Thursday, November 16th: Dining for Dollars, Bakers Square on La Grange Road
  • Tuesday, November 14th: Thanksgiving Feast: children do NOT need to bring a lunch today.  We will be eating together at our feast!
  • Wednesday, November 15th:  Hot lunch, Little Joe’s
  • Wednesday, November 15th: Welcome Wednesday for prospective families, 8am-10am.  Encourage your friends and neighbors to come check out our early childhood program!

What’s Due:

  • Did you send in your item for our feast? We will be doing some preparation on Monday, November 13th. Thanks room parents for helping us with this!
  • Place online Scholastic orders using class code H2NGF. Place orders at anytime! There are great Thanksgiving, Christmas and early readers/sight word stories!

This Week:

These are busy weeks in kindergarten.  After a fun filled Halloween month, we’re preparing for our next celebration, the Thanksgiving Feast. Ask your child about our centers this week as well as the big turkey on the bulletin board in our hallway. We hope you take the time to show gratitude in your daily life! Your child is learning to see God in all things, and be grateful! Each child will be placing a thankful feather on our kindergarten turkey.

Next Week:

Thanksgiving Feast is on Tuesday, November 14th.  You do NOT  need to send your child to school with a lunch this day! If the usual Thanksgiving meal is something your child does not eat, he/she can bring a lunch. The children are preparing their own feast to enjoy!


  • We are looking to journal as we start our day. This practice lets the children put  their new found phonics skills to good use! Jolly Phonics is coming to an end, which means now we must put it to work! Have your child help you write out the grocery list, items needed for a recipe, a note to a relative that may live far away. Writing is something adults do every day! Let your child help you write and use the “tap it out” or  the “stretch it out” strategy. We are seeing some great reading when we do our book looks. We are looking for words we can use this strategy on as well as looking for those word wall words.
  • Keep practicing those word wall words, especially our color words: CURRENT WORD WALL LIST
  • Thanksgiving Stories, both fiction and nonfiction at the listening center and read alouds.


  • Counting by 1s, 5s and 10s. We started to sing a song that counts by 5s. We are so good at counting by 10s! Keep up the practice! It always shows when parents work at home. This means just using math in every day life. No need for pencil and paper, children learn best by “hands on” activities. Singing or chanting in the car sometimes is just enough to help!
  • Graphing: We graph in many different ways to collect information,then we compare the results. Don’t be surprised if your child starts asking questions to make graph! Bar graphs and tally graphs are great way to compare information! We do it daily!
  • We will continue working with those tricky ‘teen numbers.’ Recognizing teen numbers as “a group of ten with leftovers.”  So 17 is 1 group of ten with 7 ones left over.
  • Number writing formation.
  • Writing numbers 1-30.


Our attitude is gratitude! Look for the small ways to see how lucky we are– the sunset, the cool breeze, the smile from a loved one..these are all the ways God shows Himself to us! Don’t let those pass you by! We live in a very hurried world! Taking the time to see all we can be thankful for is a blessing for you as well as your child!

Social Studies:

We are learning about the first Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims and the Indians helped each other and learned from each other. Thanksgiving was a big celebration of friends and families. The children will be making costumes and food to prepare for our own Thanksgiving Feast.  The menu will be: deli turkey, applesauce, fruits and veggies, corn muffins and a pumpkin dessert.  Yum! We will pray and thank God for the food in front of us, just as they did at the first Thanksgiving.

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National History Day Opportunity for Recent St. Cletus Graduates

National History Day, in conjuction with the Albert H. Small Student & Teacher Institute is sponsoring an outstanding opportunity for St. Cletus alumni, who are presently sophomores or junniors in high school.  From the site:

In June 2018, fifteen student/teacher teams will engage in a rigorous study of D-Day and World War II. Beginning in January, students and teachers will engage in an online class led by World War II historians, which includes weekly readings and online discussions with their peers. Additionally, teachers will aid students in the historical study of a Silent Hero buried in or memorialized at the Normandy American Cemetery whose story has not been previously told. With help from a research volunteer from the National Archives and Records Administration, students will research and learn about the life of a soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, or Coast Guardsman in order to build a website once they return from France.

In June, the teams will travel to Washington, D.C., where the students and teachers will be immersed in lectures and activities presented by World War II historians and they will participate in a scholarly study of the war memorials in the D.C. area in order to understand the cost of war.

On the final leg of the journey, the group will travel to France and walk in the footsteps of history in Normandy. In addition to learning from local historians and curators, students will study and make presentations on various aspects of the Normandy Campaign that they have individually studied throughout the year. The Washington, D.C. and Normandy portions of the institute will require significant walking. Please be sure that you are able to walk up to two miles on uneven terrain, in variable weather. Please be aware that due to health issues this is a tobacco free trip.

The last day in Normandy will be a day of remembrance. The students will present a eulogy at the grave of a Silent Hero® buried at the Normandy American Cemetery and present eulogies based on individual research of a member of the U.S. military who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Teams will return to the U.S. together, teachers are required to return from France with their student and accompany them to their final destination. Once the teams return from France, teachers will help their students as they work to build their Silent Hero profiles, which will be used to immortalize and pass on the memory of American sacrifice to later generations.  

Additional information can be found at the National History Day site.  I would encourage interested students to check with their high school social studies departments to determine if any faculty members would be interested in applying with them.  It promises to be an invaluable experience.  Please let me know if students are unable to find faculty sponsors.

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The Social Studies Corner – 8th Grade

The eighth grade students have been actively engaged in a continued exploration of World War I.  The students recently completed an analysis of the origins of the war in which they addressed the manner in which different empires and political states found themselves in a state of conflict.  Students immersed themselves in the human element of the conflict as they drafted letters to/from home in which they explained their fears and observations as citizens of warring states.  They also observed original video in which they viewed life in 1914, the response of peoples in different countries to the declaration of war and the realities of trench warfare.

At present, students are completing a chapter in which they explored America’s transition from isolationism to participation as a member of the Allied forces.  The students learned about the philosophy of isolationism and President Woodrow Wilson’s role in pursuing American neutrality.  To that end, the students read Wilson’s 1914 address to Congress and discussed the meaning of his words.  They also evaluated the effectiveness of  his speech and the response that participants in the war to America’s position.  They ended the week by analyzing historic newspapers and the positions that Americans throughout the country took on the war issue.

This week, students will discuss the Sinking of the Lusitania and the Zimmerman Telegram and their role in American’s entry in the war as they work towards completing the chapter with a quiz on Wednesday.

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The Social Studies Corner – 7th Grade

The St. Cletus seventh grade students have been working hard as they explore America’s beginnings as an independence state.  Over the past weeks, they have explored the series of events that lead colonial Americans to conclude that independence from Britain was a necessary endeavor.  Students have discussed the impact that several key events (the Seven Years War/Proclamation of 1763, British laws, the Boston Massacre,  The Boston Tea Party, the Intolerable Acts and Lexington & Concord) had on the colonial mindset as the colonists marched towards rebellion.  Students discussed the First Continental Congress and its efforts to broker peace with King George III and Parliament.  As part of the chapter, the students participated in a role-playing exercise in which they took on the positions of Loyalists, members of the Daughters/Sons of Liberty and those colonists who were undecided on issues of independence.

At present, students are working through events leading up to and including the Declaration of Independence.  The seventh graders discussed the actions of the Second Continental Congress, including its appointment of George Washington as leader of the Continental Army and its efforts to avoid war through the Olive Branch Petition.  Students also continued their analysis of primary sources as they read the words of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and identified key phrases that Paine used to recruit colonists to the independence movement.  Students will cap the chapter as they read the text of the Declaration of Independence in teams and analyze the themes that lead to America’s identity.  The seventh grade students will apply their knowlege as they take their Chapter 4 quiz on Wednesday, November 8.

On Thursday, Students will begin analysis of the Constitution as they work towards success on the federal and Illinois constitution tests before the Christmas holidays.

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The Social Studies Corner – 6th Grade

The St. Cletus sixth grade students have been busy over the past few weeks.  They completed their study of ancient Sumer and early Mesopotamia by preparing summaries of one of the four Mesopotamian Empires:  Akkadia, Babylonia, Assyria and Neo-Babylonia.  The students demonstrated an amazing level of proficiency and creativity as they performed their skits and songs (some in rap form) and shared their videos with the class.  Each student also prepared a poster in which they “sold” the superiority a characteristic of their chosen empire.  They should be pround of their accomplishments.

Students have begun work on a study of Egypt, Kush and Canaan.  The unit began with an analysis of the physical and environmental factors of these regions, as well as a study of the maps that illustrate these features.  The sixth graders will cap student of this chapter with a quiz this Tuesday, November 7.  Beginning on Wednesday, the students will commence additional study of early Egypt, starting with a discussion of the Egyptian Pharaohs.

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Kindergarten Newsletter, November 3

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

Monday, November 6th, Hot Lunch, Little Joe’s beef sandwich.

Wednesday, November 8th, Hot Lunch Wendy’s baked potato or chicken sandwich.

Thursday, November 9th, school picture retakes.


This Week: We had a great time at our Halloween party! The games/centers were so much fun! Thanks to all our parents who came in to assist! Click HERE to check out pictures from the party!

Next Week: The sixth grade class came up with an all school act of kindness basket project The grade levels have been passing down this project and first grade picked us!  We received many wonderful games, books and art supplies to add to our indoor recess fun. The first grade brought some items from home, that they were not using any more. These things were all in great condition for us to use in our classroom. Now it is our turn to pass down to preschool! Here are some ideas,

Construction paper, markers, crayons, yarn – craft things

Pencils, pens, staplers, sticky notes, scissors – teacher items

Games and books (these can be old one you have that you don’t play much any more!)

Cleaning supplies like baby wipes, tissues, paper towel, hand sanitizer, etc.

Anything goes, as long as it works well in a preschool classroom! If you have any questions on items you have, please let me know. Remember, these items can be from home that you would like to donate, but please make sure they’re in decent condition! These items are due in our classroom by Friday, November 10th. Any questions, please feel free to email me. 


We have one more unit in Jolly Phonics. During our morning book look we are asking students to find words they can stretch out or sound out and raise their hands when they found a word that they can read to us. Putting our Jolly Phonics skills to practice is the goal for all reading as well as writing! Help your child do this as you begin to read together. Your child can now begin reading WITH you, isn’t it amazing to see these skills come to life? Always makes us excited!


We will  continue to practice counting, by 1s and 10s. We will count on, for example…let’s start counting at 17, and stop at 25.  We use the greater than less than sign daily! The children are getting very good at placing it correctly!  We also are looking at how many more will we need to get to a group of ten? We often use a ten frame and this visual is very helpful when we begin addition and subtraction after the new year.



We will begin our month long theme of Gratefulness.  In the hallway outside room 100 we will have a turkey, but he will be missing feathers. Each day we will discuss gifts from God. We will then add a feather to make our turkey colorful! Look for the ordinary things in our lives that we can be grateful for, a warm bed, hot water for our shower, food, a sunny day, a smile from a loved one…the list goes on and on. We have said, “make an ordinary day Extraordinary by looking, keeping our eyes open to find God in all things, big and small!

Science: The trees are changing, the weather is getting cooler, help your chld see the season of Fall in it’s fullest!

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Pirates! The Musical

The 5th grade class will be performing “Pirates! The Musical” at 7pm on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017. The show will be performed in the St. Cletus Parish Center. Families and friends are most welcome! We look forward to seeing you there!

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