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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:

Literacy:

  • 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: http://www.stcletusparish.com/news/kindergarten/word-wall-lists/attachment/word-wall-list-october-november-4/

Math:

  • 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.

Religion:

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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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:

Literacy:

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!”

Math:

  • 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.

Religion:

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.

Science:

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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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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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 mbentley@stcletusparish.com .  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!

Literacy: 

  • 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

Math:

  • 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!

Religion:

  • 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!

Literacy:

  • 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.

Math:

  • 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.

Religion:

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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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. 

Literacy:

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!

Math:

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.

 

Religion:

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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Kindergarten Newsletter, November

Upcoming Events/Mark your calendars:

  • Monday, October 30th: Hot Lunch, Stir Crazy
  • Tuesday, October 31st: Classroom Halloween Party; those that signed up to volunteer, please remember to arrive around 1:00.  This is earlier than the time listed on the calendar for the older grades.  Kindergarten needs more time to party! 🙂
  • Wednesday, November 1st: Hot lunch, pizza and School Mass, 9am
  • Thursday, November 2nd: 5th grade musical, we will attend in the afternoon.
  • Friday, November 3rd: No School, In-service

What’s Due:

  • Are you checking our newsletter every weekend?  Be sure to do so, you don’t want to miss anything!
  • Scholastic orders: There are some great Thanksgiving and Christmas books out!  Our classroom activation code is H2NGF.  Place orders at any time!
  • Have you “liked” the St. Cletus facebook page?  We often like to share photos of the children there too!  Be sure to follow St. Cletus and check it out!

This Week:

It was another busy week in kindergarten! We celebrated red ribbon week as a school and talked about taking care of ourselves and only putting good things into our bodies.

Next Week: Halloween will be celebrated in our classroom on Tuesday. You have already received our note regarding Halloween. Our room parents have fun things planned for this party!

Literacy: 

  • In our journals, we are asking students to stretch out or tap out the words they are writing. This is putting our Jolly Phonics into action! We need to help them see how letters work together to make the words. They are to write what they hear. This is called inventive spelling or brave spelling.  When your child asks, “how do you spell  —?” Please answer with, “write the sounds you hear!” This will build into correct spelling, but for now, we just want to see what they hear!
  • Halloween books at the listening center!
  • Decodable/printable booklets: when your child comes home with one of these, be sure he/she is reading it to three lucky listeners.  A few tips: Watch for your child to follow left to right tracking, point to each word.  Ask your child to point out specific sight words on each page.  It’s OKAY for your child to use the pictures to figure out unknown words.  This helps build confidence!
  • Jolly Phonics: We will finish up GROUP 6 sounds and actions with ch, sh & th next week.  Hard to believe we will be moving into our last group 7 sounds soon!  We are not “finished” with Jolly Phonics after group 7.  We will continue to reinforce the sounds and actions with journaling daily being one of the main ways we practice.

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  • Sight words: We have introduced COLOR WORDS to the children and have added them to our word walls.  You received an updated word wall to keep at home. Click HERE for an extra copy. We will continue to practice reading and writing our sight words during center time! 
  • Guided writing: “I am a _______” for Halloween!

Religion: 

  • November 1st is all Saint’s Day! We will look at saints and how we can become saints. God asks us to love one another, this helps us to be well on our way to being saints, God’s superstars! We will attend Mass with our buddies on November 1st.

Science:

  • Pumpkins: We will scoop out the pulp and seeds and read non fiction books about pumpkins to learn facts/information about pumpkins!

Math: 

  • Our work with number sense will continue. What does a 17 look like? How many tens in 24? Proper formation will be a focus for us too!
  • Which face should we carve on our pumpkin?  We will create a graph to help us decide which face we should carve!  
  • We will sort ourselves by the kind of halloween costumes we are wearing.

 

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter, October 20

Mark your calendars:

  • Monday, October 23rd: Hot Lunch, Buona Beef Caesar salad or chicken tenders
  • Monday, October 23-24th: Hearing screening
  • Wednesday, October 25th: Hot Lunch, McDonald’s burgers

Here is the schedule for Red Ribbon Week:

  • Monday, October 23: We Are Drug Free! Classrooms will create and post pledges on how to respect ourselves and be healthy.
  • Tuesday, October 24: Make Healthy Choices; bring in items needed for the Food Pantry such as:
    • Pasta
    • pasta sauce
    • canned fruit
    • canned vegetables
    • Cereal
    • Crackers
    • Cookies
    • Cooking Oil
    • Diapers size 4 and 6
  • Wednesday, October 25: Be a Hero, Pay it Forward! Super hero dress down day and students pay acts of kindness forward.  Create a class list to see  how many acts of kindness can be paid forward for the week/month.
  • Thursday, October 26th: Team Up Against Drugs – Homerooms will decide on a way to unite as a team.  Homerooms could decide to wear a certain color top or something else specific.  For this activity, kindergartners will be provided a special sticker by their teachers to wear for the day. Student Council encourages homerooms to participate in a team building activity.
  • Friday, October 27th: St. Cletus Stands Together–Dress down day in wear spirit wear/school colors – no donation needed.

There will be a Red Ribbon raffle at the end of each day.  Three students will be chosen/day to win some small prize.  Each red ribbon will have a number on the back, students MUST have their ribbon in order to win the prize.

This Week:

  • We had a fantastic time on our field trip to the Farmer’s Market! A big Kindergarten shout out to our special guest speaker, Mrs. Whiteway! She came into our classroom to tell us all about the market and some of the interesting items we might see there.  This preparation helped us to really enjoy and notice new things. The farmers at the market were very generous to our children, giving them lots of freebies.  Please visit them in their LAST WEEK before closing for the winter and thank them for treating our SC students so well (last day, October 26). Ask your child about his/her favorite part of our trip! Not surprising, some children just love riding on the big yellow school bus.  Please check out our pictures page to see all the fun we had.
  • We also made a prediction this week…..will Mrs. Mahr have a boy or a girl? We made a tally graph to keep track of the results. We love making graphs to collect information! A graph is the best way to explore those results.
  • The room parents are getting ready for the Halloween party!  Thanks to all that have volunteered for something.  There are a few slots left!Please note we are asking volunteers to arrive at 1:00 (earlier than the time listed on the school calendar).  Kindergarten parties require a little extra time. 🙂                http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4eaeaf2da4fe3-kindergarten

Next Week:

Literacy: 

  • Sight word focus: a, and, did, do, go, have, is, I, like, my no, or, see, the, to, we, will, yes; we will introduce YOU & WENT and our COLOR WORDS (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, brown, black, pink).  We will be singing and dancing to learn how to read and spell these words.  We are always rockin’ in kindergarten!
  • Journal writing: Most children can tell us the sound and letter in isolation, we are working towards knowing that when we put these sounds and letters together we can make words. When we put these words together, we make sentences! 
  •  We will continue to work on our Jolly Phonics. We will wrap up GROUP 5 sounds next week with V, oo & will begin GROUP 6 sounds with: y, xImage result for jolly phonics groups

Math:

  • Counting by 1s and 10s.  You can practice this at home or in the car!
  • Counting forward from a given number (other than 1).  You can practice this at home or in the car!
  • Comparing two numbers up to ten.  We will use the > < = signs.
  • Number formation
  • Breaking numbers down into tens and ones.  How many groups of ten in 27?  How many leftover ones?
  • Tallying and Graphing
Here is the schedule for Red Ribbon Week:

Religion:

  • God cares how we feel! When we are afraid, we can talk to others that love us and God is always there for us. Our feelings unit ends this week, but caring for others will continue all year as well as all our lives!

Science: 

  • Are you and your family seeing signs of Fall? Look at the trees and feel the chill in the air! Slowing down and seeing God’s world through the eyes of a child is a gift! Enjoy it!
  • Pumpkins and bats next week! We will explore both fiction and nonfiction books. What do we get from each type of story? Nonfiction books give us facts!
Here is the schedule for Red Ribbon Week:
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Kindergarten Newsletter, October 13

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars: 

  • Saturday, October 14: Virtus training at St. Cletus Parish Center, 9 am.
  • Monday, October 16:Hot Lunch, Noodles, mac and cheese or chicken.
  • Wednesday, October 18:Hot Lunch, Jimmy Johns, turkey or ham sandwich.

We are finding some children are not eating the hot lunch that has been ordered. We hate to see food go to waste and hungry children! You can always send something else and be sure your child has some fruit on hot lunch days.

  • Thursday, October 19:Field Trip to the Farmers Market! The children will each be allowed to buy something at the market.  The cost of this item was included in your field trip fee.  Please do NOT send your child with extra money.
  • Saturday, October 21:St. Cletus Fun Run! All info was sent home in the school SCOOP!

This Week: We learned a lot and had fun too during our cross-curricular apple unit this week. We read non-fiction books to learn apple facts and we read fiction books about apples, just for fun! Check out our pictures page to see all the fun we had during apple centers.

We learned about feelings and how God cares how we feel. God asks us to care for others too. We can read faces to see how someone else is feeling.

Here we are reading the story about a little red house with no doors, no windows and a star inside.  Ask your child to retell the story to you.  This is a great skill for children to practice.  When you get to the end, you child knows a grown-up will help to cut open an apple to reveal the star! If you need help with the story, click HERE.

Next Week:

We will be preparing for our trip to the Farmers Market on Thursday.  Chaperones for the field trip are the grown-ups of:

Brooke Valenta, Lily Jacoby, Aiden Ludden, Charlotte Wasik, Molly Malham, Cassidy Johnson, Izzy Serdinak and Mary Clare Napleton. 

Please be at school on Thursday by 8:50.  We will leave promptly at 9:00.  Please no siblings on the field trip, we need your full attention on the kindergartners. A reminder note will be sent home on Wednesday.

Literacy:

  • We are journaling more often. Some days we draw and label things, this may be just the first sound of the picture or writing the last sound, or all the sounds we hear. We will move into picture writing and dictating the sentence the child tells us to write. The children will begin to attempt this soon! They are all making progress!
  • Sight word work: focus words are: a, and, do, did, go, is I, no, see, the, to, we, will, yes, my, like; look for these words while reading!
  • Jolly Phonics: We finished group 4 this past week and will move on to group 5 sounds.  Practice groups 1-4 (sounds and actions) at home!

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Math:

  • We will continue to explore bar and tally graphs including a candy corn graph.
  • Correct number formation using the poems.
  • We will also continue to use ten frames to show numbers up to 20.
  • We will practice counting by 1s. Practice at home!
  • We will practice counting by 10s. Practice at home!  We enjoy rocking out to this song while practicing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYRTtwZGwj8
  • We will create and label patterns.

Religion:

  • God cares how we feel and He asks us to care how others feel! We will be exploring our feelings over the next few weeks. We will look at what we can do when we are angry first.

Science:

  • Ask your child if an apple will float or sink. We did an experiment in our classroom just like scientists do! We predicted and graphed our results.
  • The children enjoyed learning about apples.  Apples are a healthy food for us to enjoy! We will continue to look at foods that are healthy and good for us and explore ways that we can keep our bodies healthy: eating right, exercising and getting plenty of rest. On Wednesday, a representative will come to speak to the children about all the things they will see at the farmer’s market.  On Thursday, we will become reporters interviewing the farmers about all the healthy foods they bring to the market to sell to us! 
  • We will learn all about PUMPKINS next week!

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Monday, October 9th: NO SCHOOL, Columbus Day Holiday.
  • Tuesday, October 10th: Bring in your favorite kind of apple to school.
  • October 10th: Dining for Dollars Chick-fil-A,  Countryside 5-8, no flyer needed!
  • Wednesday, October 11th: All school Mass, 9 am
  • Thursday, October 19th: Field Trip to the LaGrange Farmers Market

This Week: 

  • We worked very hard this week! We are so excited to now have a full month of kindergarten under our belts.  The children have settled in so nicely to our routines and we continue to make a lot of progress each and every day! Please help extend your child’s learning at home by using the newsletter to get ideas.  Also, you can find additional activities to do at home by clicking HERE. Keep your child’s learning hands on! This is how young children learn best.

Next Week: 

We will begin our first unit on APPLES. This cross-curricular unit will have us busy, especially during center time!  We will have apple math, literacy and science centers! Please note we are asking all children to bring their favorite kind of apple to school on Tuesday.   We will send a reminder email on Monday so you don’t forget after the long weekend!

Literacy:

  • We are moving into the blends of letters. Please review the sounds we already have learned in our Jolly Phonics program. The blends are tricky! We will be completing group 4 sounds next week: ie, ee & or; practice group 1-4 sounds and actions at home!

Image result for jolly phonics groups

  • Word wall word practice. Look for our word wall words in books. Our current word wall words are: a, I, is, do, did, go, see, we, will, the, to, yes, no.  Ask your child to write these words for you.  Find these words in books while reading.
  • Journaling: when the children journal, they draw a picture and then “write the sounds they hear.”  We do not answer the question, “how do you spell….?”  The goal of journaling is to help the children become independent writers. Practice this at home! It’s okay if it’s not spelled correctly.  Again, we’re building confident, independent writers when we used “brave spelling” or “inventive spelling”.

Math and Science:

  • We will be working on numbers and recognizing numbers 1-20. Have your child tell you how many tens and ones are in a number. For example, how many tens in 17? How many left over? This is the language we use in class, using the same language at home just might help! Please refer to the activities for home page to print a ten frame to use at home!
  • Patterning and sorting with apples.
  • Ordering numbers from 1-20.
  • Using a ten frame to show numbers.
  • Graphing: Do you like applesauce?  Which is your favorite kind of apple?
  • We will introduce NONFICTION text to the children and will learn all about APPLES.
  • We will weight and measure apples.
  • We will test whether or not an apple sink or floats in water.

Religion:

God cares how we feel! We will look at our feelings, how we can read someone’s face to tell how that person is feeling. In sad times, we turn to God. Let’s remember to turn to God in happy times too! A grateful heart is a happy heart!

 

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter, September 30th

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars: 

We are hoping for a quiet, regular week of fun learning!

This Week:

  • The cooler weather has helped us settle into our school routine! It also helps us know Fall is here! Look for those signs of the changing season with your child! Oh what fun we had on Grandparents day! We loved showing those we love our school. The best part was celebrating Mass together!
  • The house book pages look great!  We will finish putting them together and will begin sending home next week!
  • We have met with the room moms, Roxanne’s mom and Sofia’s mom, and have started kindergarten party planning.  Please watch for an email from them soon about our first classroom event, the Halloween party.

Next Week:

Literacy:

Continue to practice our Jolly Phonics sounds and actions. We can tell when you work at home with your child! Their confidence shows! We hope your child is reading to you when he/she brings home a decodable book.  Next week, look for a fall decodable book to be sent home. We ask your child to read to three “Lucky Listeners.” We practice reading these books in school and look for our word wall words. Can you see improvements already? We can!

  • We will wrap up group 3 sounds and begin group 4 with: “ai” “j” and “oa”
  • Journal writing: when the children write, we ask them to “write the sounds they hear.”
  • Word wall word focus: do, did, go, is, no, the, we, will, yes, I, a
  • We will continue to practice “stretching” and “tapping out” words.  Try this at home with consonant-vowel-consonant words. This helps your child hear each individual sound.

And remember…

Math:

Our math program covers some basic skills that we will build on as the school year continues. Help your child to set the table. How many plates do we need? We need 4 forks, we already have 3, how many more do we need? Let your child see you use math in your every day life!

  • patterns
  • counting
  • graphing
  • using the greater than/less than sign < = >
  • number printing using the poems
  • number recognition

Religion:

Our “Creation” theme continues next week. Ask your child to sing our creation song to you.  Hint: “God made flowers, God made trees…” Help your child see the beauty in God’s world. This season is a great time to get outside and look around! It is a joy to see God’s creations through the eyes of a child.

Science:

  • weather
  • seasons
  • all living things needs water
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Kindergarten Newsletter, September 22

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Sunday, September 24th: Parade and Homecoming game. Parade begins at 9 a.m. on 54th Street behind our school. Game begins at 11:30 at Lyons Township High School.
  • September 27th: Dining 4 Dollars at Brookfield Ale House, 4-9 pm.  20% of all sales go to St. Cletus!  No flyer required.
  • Friday, September 29th: Grandparent’s/Special Friend’s Day Mass, 1:15 followed by reception in the gym. We hope your child’s grandparent or special friend can make it! Your child will be allowed to leave with his/her grandparents UNLESS YOU SEND US A NOTE SAYING NOT TO.

What’s Due:

This Week:

We talk a lot about “centers” in kindergarten.  The students rotate through 8 centers, 4 in each room.  There are 3-4 students at a center.  We do morning and afternoon centers pretty much every day! So what did centers look like this week?  See below!

“Learning centers allow children to develop appropriately. Since mature, well-rounded growth must include the whole self, children should be encouraged to play and explore their environment for selfish and social reasons as well as academic ones. When used for all of these purposes, learning centers are an important part of a balanced kindergarten.”  To read more about why small group learning centers are so important in these early learning years, click HERE.

  • We discovered that we need to be careful not to wrinkle someone’s heart! We read the book Crysathmum. It is a story about a little girl with a different name. When she attended school, the children made fun of her name. This wrinkled her heart! “Before you speak, think and be smart, it’s hard to mend a wrinkled heart!” God asks one thing of us, that is to LOVE ONE ANOTHER. That is something we often discuss at school. Kindness maters! Kindness counts in Kindergarten!
  • We are working hard on our Jolly Phonics sounds and letters! Please continue to practice these at home. While reading with your child, look for letters and our word wall words. The children will be happy show you! They will be beaming with pride too!
  • Can you believe Friday was the first day of Fall? Where did these first weeks of school go? Time flies when you are having fun…and working hard!
  • We become part of God’s family when we are Baptized. The children enjoyed showing us a memento from this special day and telling us about their Godparents! We went on our weekly Church visit to see the baptismal Font. Have your child show you this area of our Church when you go to Mass this weekend!

Next Week:

Literacy:

  • Sight word focus next week: do and did.  Look for these words while reading with your child!  Continue to look for: we, will, go, to, the, yes, no
  • Jolly Phonics: we will begin group 3 letters: g, o, u, l

Image result for jolly phonics group

  •  Journaling by drawing and labeling the pictures.

What can you do at home? Use these activities with your child to reinforce skills:

1.) Read every day (the single most important thing you can do for your beginning reader).

2.) Practice beginning sounds regularly. For example in the car, “what’s at the beginning of the word, STOP?”  “what’s at the beginning of taco?”.  Focus  on GROUPS 1 and 2 of Jolly Phonics.

3.) Flash the first TWO groups of Jolly Phonics letters to your child: Ask your child to give the sound and action.  Give your child a word that begins with one of those sounds.  Ask your child to repeat the beginning sound and action.

4.) Look for current word wall/focus words: we, will, go, the, yes, no in books. “I see a ‘the’ on this page…do you!?” Next week, begin to look for do & did.

5.) Create word wall flash cards and practice regularly.  Click HERE for a copy.  Print 2 copies on cardstock and play memory.

6.) Get a toy car  and ask your child to “park the car” in the “the spot”, in the “go spot” etc.  The parking lot is editable.

Math:

  • graphing
  • number recognition
  • counting and counting on from a number other than 1.
  • tallying
  • patterns
  • sorting

What can you do at home? Use these activities with your child to reinforce skills:

1.) Practice counting regularly as high as your child can go.  Go back and forth. “I say 1, you say 2.”

2.) Give a number other than 1 and ask your child what comes next. Grown-up: “7…” Kindergartener: “8!”

3.) Use the number writing poems to practice writing numbers 1-10 at home.

4.) Give your child a group of items and practice counting them.

5.) Give your child a number less than 10.  Ask your child to show you tally marks for that number.

Religion:

Our theme will be “Creation.” God made the world for us to care for, God’s world is beautiful! Our Creation unit will last for a few weeks. Help your child see God’s handy work as you explore nature.

Science:

Our Creation unit will go hand in hand with science and exploring nature as we look to the seasons changing. LOOK for these signs too!  These is nothing like seeing the world through your child’s eyes! Joy, excitement at all the little things we as adults can take for granted!

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Kindergarten Newsletter, September 15

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Friday, September 22nd: Homecoming Pep Rally in the gym for full day students, 1:50
  • Friday, September 22nd: Bring in a baptism memento, see RELIGION below for more info.
  • Sunday, September 23rd: Homecoming parade and football game, more information to follow!
  • Friday, September 29th: Grandparent’s Day, see the Wednesday envelope for more info. Half dayers are welcome to stay full day and attend this Mass and event.

What’s Due?

  • “House Page”: the ones we’ve received so far look great!  Keep ’em coming!

 This Week:

  • Our days are busy, filled with learning! We enjoyed “friendship fruit salad” with our friends on Thursday.  God gives us our friends because He loves us! He asks us to share that love with others. We made a tally graph after we ate our fruit salad. Ask your child which fruit was his or her favorite! Ask your child which was the overall class favorite. It’s fun to try new things, some of these fruits may be new to your child. We encourage trying new things  all the time! Check out our PICTURES PAGE to see the children sharing fruit with their friends.
  • Our first printable, decodable came home. When your child comes home with a book, he/she should read this to three “lucky listeners.”  They feel so proud when they can read to you. Help your child find our focus words in other books. Those words are: we, will, go, yes, no and the.
  • We have all the chaperones needed for our upcoming field trip.  Thank you!

Next Week:

Literacy: 

  • We started working in our journals. We are drawing pictures and labeling the picture with the beginning sound. We will write and draw in our journals more often!
  • Jolly Phonics: we will continue to work with group 2 letters: c, k, e, h, r, m, d
  • Phonemic Awareness: this concept is about hearing sounds. Practice rhyming words with your child. This is a great start for reading!

What can you do at home? Use these activities with your child to reinforce skills:

1.) Read every day (the single most important thing you can do for your beginning reader).

2.) Practice beginning sounds regularly. For example in the car, “what’s at the beginning of STOP?”  “what’s at the beginning of taco?”.  Again, focus on GROUP 1 of Jolly Phonics.

3.) Flash the first group of Jolly Phonics letters to your child: S, A, T, I, P, N. Ask your child to give the sound and action.  Give your child a word that begins with one of those sounds.  Ask your child to repeat the beginning sound and action.

4.) Look for current word wall/focus words: we, will, go, the, yes, no in books. “I see a ‘the’ on this page…do you!?”

5.) Create word wall flash cards and practice regularly.  Click HERE for a copy.  Print 2 copies on cardstock and play memory.

6.) Get a toy car  and ask your child to “park the car” in the “the spot”, in the “go spot” etc.  The parking lot is editable.

Math:   

  • Printing numbers using our number poems.
  • Graphing
  • Tallying: we make “bundles of 5” and we circle “groups of 10”
  • Using a tens frame to quickly recognize numbers less than or equal to 10.
  • Patterning
  • 1 to 1 counting: looking for 1 to 1 correspondence means that with each object counted there is a spoken number.
  • Representing “1 more.”  “What is 1 more than 5?”

What can you do at home? Use these activities with your child to reinforce skills:

1.) Practice counting regularly.  Go back and forth. “I say 1, you say 2.”

2.) Give a number other than 1 and ask your child what comes next. Grown-up: “7…” Kindergartener: “8!”

3.) Use the number writing poems to practice writing numbers 1-10 at home.

4.) Give your child a group of items and practice counting them.

5.) Give your child a number less than 10.  Ask your child to show you tally marks for that number.

Religion: 

  • Our theme next week will be “I am Special to God!” We will explore Baptism. We become part of God’s on our Baptism day. Our family celebrates this day! Each child is asked to bring in a memento of his/her Baptism. It can be a picture, shoes, party invitation or anything you may have at home to remember this day. If your child has not been baptized, please bring in another special religious memento.

Please have this item in a bag with your child’s name on it. This activity will take place on Friday, September 22.

  • We continue to focus on being a good friend.  We see “God’s Superstars” each day in our classrooms. We will use the book Chrysanthemum to learn more about being a good friend and how when we say unkind things, it puts a wrinkle in our friends’ hearts: “Before you speak, think and be smart.  It’s hard to fix a broken heart!”

Science:

We are documenting our Kindergarten tree that in the courtyard outside our classroom. We will watch as the seasons change by looking at this beautiful gift from God! We are learning about “scientific drawings.”  We are drawing what we observe with our eyes instead of using our imagination.

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Kindergarten Newsletter, September 8

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Monday, September 11th: No School
  • Tuesday, September 12th: Picture day
  • Wednesday, September 13th: 9am School Mass

What’s Due:

  • Tuesday, September 12th: Picture day forms
  • Wednesday, September 13th: Field trip forms and fee due.  Chaperones are chosen on a first come, first serve basis.  Please, no siblings on field trips.  We need your full attention on the kindergartners!  Mrs. Bentley’s class has all our chaperones!  Mrs. Mahr needs  2 more. Please let us know if you can join us!
  • Thursday, September 14th: bring in a small bag of fruit for “friendship fruit salad.”  Please scroll down to “religion” for more info.
  • Friday, September 22nd: House page due.

This Week:

  • It was a short week due to the Labor Day holiday and the early dismissal on Friday.  We hope to see you all out at Fall Fest this weekend!  The kindergarten team had a great time kicking off the weekend fest on Thursday evening!
  • “Dress down days:” At St. Cletus you will hear a lot about “dress down days.”  These are days geared toward the 1st-8th grade who are allowed to be out of uniform if they bring in a dollar for a charity or cause chosen by the student council.  Kindergartners are of course welcome to participate in the  giving!  This past “dress down day” was for the victims of hurricane Harvey.  As a school we raised over $1,600! Cardinals care!
  • Please practice opening lunch containers with your child at home. This builds confidence! Please send a napkin daily as well. If your child’s lunch requires  a spoon or fork, please provide the item in his/her lunch. This is a fun time of day for our students! They love eating lunch with their friends, and look forward to this independent social time!
  • The kindergartners will all meet their 8th grade buddies before we attend our first Mass together on Wednesday.  The children LOVE their buddies every year.  At church, the buddies teach them good church behavior, help them hold the books, teach them when to kneel and sit, etc.  We do fun things with our buddies all year long!

Next Week:

Literacy:

  • Sight word focus: yes, no, go, we, will, to, the.  What can you do at home:  Click HERE to find words to print out and use as flash cards.  Print out 2 sets on cardstock and play memory! When reading to your child, ask him/her to find these words on the page: “I see the word GO on this page, do you?”
  • Jolly Phonics: We finished “group 1: s, a, t, i, p, n” this past week.  Next week, we will begin group 2 letters, c/k, e, h, r, m and d. What can you do at home: practice the sounds and actions of group 1 letters.  Give your child a word with one of our group 1 sounds and as your child to give you the BEGINNING sound.  For example, “snake”, have your child make the /s/ sound and action.

Image result for jolly phonics groups

Math: 

  • We will continue to print numbers using our poems. You can find a copy of the poems HERE.
  • Counting by 1’s
  • Recognizing numbers quickly on a tens frame:      Image result for tens frame
  • Sorting
  • Graphing
  • Patterning

Religion:

“I am special to my friends” We will be making a Friendship Fruit Salad. Here’s what we are asking:

Each child should bring in a baggie size portion of his/her favorite fruit to share with the class. You are NOT bringing enough for the whole class. This baggie size will be added to a class bowl to share with our friends. We will be having this treat Thursday, September 14A reminder email will be sent home the day before.

We will explore new ways to make friends and be a friend to others as God asks us to do!

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter, September 1

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, September 4th: No School, Labor Day
  • Thursday, September 7th-Sunday, September 10th: Fall Fest: for information on volunteering for or attending fall fest, refer to the school scoop.
  • Friday, September 8th: EARLY DISMISSAL, 1pm for full day students
  • October 14: Virtus Training: In order to volunteer at St. Cletus School, you need to be “Virtus trained.”  The next session at St. Cletus will be on Saturday, October 14th at 9am in the parish center. Be sure to register by clicking HERE. You can find other sessions located at other schools and churches as well.

What’s Due:

  • Scholastic book orders: place orders online, anytime, using class code H2NGF.
  • Hot lunch orders: Place online by September 2, no late orders will be excepted.
  • What’s the buzz on your child parent survey: turn in ASAP
  • Park permission slips: turn in ASAP

This Week:

We finished our first full week of kindergarten!  You would all be so proud of how well your children have picked up on the kindergarten rules and procedures. We expect a lot out of them behaviorally and academically each day and they have been ROCKSTARS! Keep up the good work, kinder-cardinals!

We hope you like the magnet your child brought home on Friday!  Please use this to proudly display work your child brings home.  We love to celebrate the little things in kindergarten.  Be sure to do that at home as well!

Next Week:

Please look for a field trip permission slip to be sent home on Wednesday next week.  Our first field trip will be to the La Grange Farmer’s Market on October 19th.  We will need chaperones.  Chaperones are accepted on a first come, first serve basis! Please return the signed field trip permission slip forms along with the fee.

Religion:

  • Has your child come home with a “God’s Superstar” sticker?  Each time your child is caught doing something kind or helpful, we thank him/her for being one of God’s “superstars.”  God only asks one thing of us.  To love and care for one another.  We are focusing on being more helpful!
  • Ask your child to sing our “I am special” song to you.  Hint: “I am special, I am special”  Remember to use these prompts as a way to discuss the school day with your child!
  • “I am special to my family:” Each family is unique and different.  All families are filled with love! Next week you will receive a note about a special “house book” project that we are going to ask you to complete at home.  Please watch for this to come home next week.  You will receive directions and paper to make this project. We want to show us why your family is special and why your family ROCKS! Example:

Math:

  • Number writing using our number poems.  Click HERE to get an extra copy and practice at home!
  • Counting: practice at home!  Practicing in the car is a good time too!  You say a number and your child says the next. Go back and forth!
  • Graphing
  • Tally marks: we make “bundles of 5” and “groups of 10.”  Tally marks help us to keep track of information.

Literacy:

  • We have started to add words to our “word wall.” You have already or will be receiving a letter that explains how important it is for your child to begin to recognize “high frequency words.”  Remember, these are the words that appear most frequently in our reading and many of them cannot be sounded out!  By helping your child learn these words, he/she will become a more fluent reader. These “high frequency words” will all go up on our word wall.  The first two words on our word wall: go & the.  Please refer to the back of the note sent home for a complete list of the words that will be on our word wall by the END OF OCTOBER.
  • Jolly Phonics: We have started our Jolly Phonics program.  We began with the letter “s.”  You will receive a note about our Jolly Phonics program next week.
  • We have been busy reading stories about beginning kindergarten.  We’ve been making a lot of “connections!”
  • Name writing: Beginning our names with one capital letter, the rest lowercase.  Starting each letter at the correct line.
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