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Kindergarten Newsletter, May 26

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Monday, May 29: No School
  • Tuesday, May 30: 8th grade awards ceremony in church.
  • Wednesday, May 31: Hot Lunch, Pizza
  • Wednesday, May 31: 8th grade “clap-out;” we will clap as the 8th graders leave our building one final time!

This Week:

  • We went to the leadership prayer service on Tuesday where we saw the new student council members sworn in to their new positions.  It sounds like they have a lot of great ideas for the next school year!  We also saw the junior high national honor’s society receive their certificates.
  • The rain didn’t stop us from having a great time with our buddies on Tuesday.  The treats you all sent in were perfect!  Thank you! The kindergartners and 8th graders enjoyed their picnic time together.  Check out the PICTURES!
  • Boy are these kindergartners a talented bunch!  God gave each child unique gifts and talents and we enjoyed seeing them share those gifts with us on Thursday.  We saw singers, artists, gymnasts, swimmers, hula hoopers, readers and more! The children gained confidence when they performed in front of their friends and learned how to be good a respectful, encouraging audience. Check out the PICTURES!
  • We released Mrs. Mahr’s butterflies earlier this week. We had so much fun observing their life cycle!

Next Week:

We will be busy practicing for our kindergarten celebration.  We’re sounding REALLY good.  You will be so PROUD!

Literacy:

  • We will continue our kindergarten memory books.
  • We will complete the final pages of our kindergarten journal!  We can’t wait for you to see them!
  • We will do re-reads of some of the “welcome to kindergarten” books we read the very first week of school.  We will do a lot of reminiscing and ‘making connections.’ A trip down memory lane is so much fun! We have grown!
  • We will finish literacy assessments.

Math:

  • Review and assessment: addition, subtraction, time, money, measurement, 3d and 2d shapes, counting by 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s, graphing, number writing and recognition.

Religion:

  • We will take part in a little “hunt” over at church, looking for different items like the tabernacle, altar, statues, St. Francis Chapel and more.  These are all areas of our church that we have visited this year. Have your child show you these things when you go to Mass as a family this summer! We will learn one more song in kindergarten –“Welcome to His house!”

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Kindergarten Newsletter, May 19

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Monday, May 22: Hot Lunch, Little Joe’s hot dogs
  • Tuesday, May 23: Picnic lunch with 8th grade
  • Wednesday, May 24: Hot Lunch, Wendy’s chicken sandwiches
  • Thursday, May 25: Classroom talent show, see below
  • Wednesday, June 7: Kindergarten Celebration, 10:30 in Morrissey Hall

This Week:

Center Time this week:

This Week:

A note from Mrs. Mahr:

The secret is out! On Tuesday, I shared the news with the kids that I’m expecting a baby in the fall!  The kindergarten team had so much fun watching the kids find out.  Their reactions, comments and questions were so very sweet, smart and of course, funny! Thank you also for your kind words and well wishes!

  • A BIG thanks to the room parents for getting the Kindergarten Celebration invitations out to you this week!  We hope to see you all there! Also, thanks to all that have signed up to help out in some way.  There are still a few spots left! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4caca623a31-endofyear .  It is going to be a special morning of celebrating all that your child has accomplished this year! The kindergartners are busy practicing their songs!
  • The kindergartners attended Mass on Wednesday and saw their 8th grade buddies receive their ribbons. So fun!
  • We got to see the chicks in 3rd grade this past week.  We had so much fun!

Next Week:

  • You received a note about our buddy picnic coming up on Tuesday, May 23rd. Please note that you are to send your child with a small treat (cupcake, brownie, donut, cookie, etc.).  The 8th grader will be bringing a blanket. Please DO NOT send your child with buddy gifts.  We made a present for them.
  • Don’t forget to help your child prepare for our classroom talent show on Thursday! The teachers are busy preparing too!

Literacy:

  • Review and assessments: Jolly phonics letters, sounds and actions, word wall words.
  • Journaling: ask your child what he/she is writing about?  What kind of details is he/she putting in writing?
  • Guided reading in small groups, word work and reading strategy practice.
  • We will begin our Kindergarten memory books.

Math:

Review and assessments:

  • Number writing
  • Counting by 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s
  • Number recognition
  • 3d and 2d shapes
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Money (recognition and counting groups of coins)
  • Measurement
  • Time to the hour

Religion/Science:

  • Talent Show: God has blessed us with so many unique talents.  Our talents are given to us to share with others.  We will be sharing these talents with our friends in our classrooms on Thursday, May 25th. Please be sure to practice with your child at home.  “My name is ___ and my talent is __.” We will use the book “OK” by  Tom Lichtenheld to start to discuss how we are just okay at some things and GREAT at other things!  Isn’t it fun to try out new things!
  • The butterflies in Mrs. Bentley’s room were released on Thursday. We’re still waiting on the butterflies in Mrs. Mahr’s room.  We were busy keeping track of all our observations in our butterfly journals!

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter, May 12

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Mark your calendars:

  • Monday, May 15th: Hot lunch, Little Joe’s
  • Wednesday, May 17th: Hot lunch, McDonald’s sausage/egg sandwiches
  • Wednesday, May 17th: School mass and 8th grade ceremony.
  • Thursday, May 18th: Registration, prospective family open house, 6:30-8.
  • Friday, May 19th: 8th grade day, we will watch our buddies play basketball and volleyball in the gym.

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday, May 25th: Classroom talent show, please refer to the letter that was sent home.
  • Wednesday, June 7th: Kindergarten celebration, 10:30 in Morrissey Hall. All families are invited to attend!
  • Please watch for a note about our upcoming Kindergarten and 8th grade picnic.  The note will be sent home on Monday.

This Week:

  • We were busy finishing up our Mom projects this week.  We hope you like your child’s gifts to you!
  • We went to the park on Friday afternoon.  Kindergartners are meant to move and play!

Next Week:

We will continue assessments for 3rd trimester report cards.

Literacy:

  • Even as your child becomes more of an independent reader, continue to make time to read WITH your child.  Discuss what your child is reading and ask questions.  Part of reading fluency is comprehension.  “What do you think will happen next in the story?” “What happened at the beginning?  What happened at the end?” “Can you make a connection to this story?”  “Which character did you like the best and why?” “What was your favorite part?”
  • Journaling: your child’s final journals will be coming home in less than a month!  The children have become such great writers because we PRACTICE each and every day.
  • Word wall review.
  • Nonfiction caterpillar and butterfly stories. What do we know about butterflies and caterpillars?  What do we still want to know?
  • Guided reading: small group reading practice and reading strategy review.

Math:

  • Review: addition, subtraction, patterning, counting and naming coins, 3d and 2d shapes, graphing, counting by 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s.
  • We will continue to practice telling and showing time to the hour on both digital and analog clocks.
  • Measurement using standard and nonstandard units.

Science/Religion:

  • We have chrysalises! The kids have been busy writing and drawing their observations in their butterfly journals.  Will we have butterflies next week!? We will see! We will continue to learn about the caterpillar life cycle.
  • “Going to church:” we go to church to spend time with God as a church family. Next week, we will learn a new song.  Ask your child to sing it to you!  “Come along with me, to my Father’s house…” Don’t forget to spend time with God in church with your family! We go regularly to church.  This past week, we visited Mother Mary and said a special prayer for our moms. Your child has learned proper church behavior with the help of their 8th grade buddies. Have you noticed how grown up they are in church?

 

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter, May 5

Upcoming Events/Mark your calendars:

  • Monday, May 8: Hot Lunch, Buona Beef salad
  • Tuesday, May 9: May Crowning Mass, 9am
  • Wednesday, May 10: Hot Lunch, Jimmy John’s subs

Looking Ahead:

  • Wednesday, June 7th at 10:30 is the kindergarten celebration in Morrissey Hall.  All families are invited to attend!  Please watch for an email from the room parents. We will need your help!

This Week:

We had a great time at the library on Friday! We read stories about courage, went on an “I spy” tour of the library, enjoyed a book look, had fun making a rainbow craft and enjoyed a ruby red slipper cookie treat. Pictures are posted!

Next Week:

Spring soccer in the back field begins!  Click HERE for more info!

Literacy:

  • We will read stories about moms.  We will make connections to these stories, either to our own lives or we will make connections to another text.
  • Journaling and partner pair sharing our writing and drawings.  What is one compliment you received from your partner?
  • Word wall word practice: we will begin the 3rd trimester high frequency word assessments.
  • Guided reading: small group reading practice.

Math:

  • Review: addition and subtraction.
  • Review: money recognition and counting.  The kids are seeing how helpful it is to know how to count by 1s, 5s and 10s when they’re counting a group of coins!
  • Review: 3D shapes, patterning and graphing.
  • We will continue to practice telling time TO THE HOUR on both digital an analog clocks. Use time at home: “At 6:00 we will eat dinner.” “at 7:00 we will get ready for bed,” etc.
  • Measurement: using standard and nonstandard units.

Science/Religion:

  • We will continue to work on our butterfly observation journals.  Ask your child what he/she is observing right now!  We have some very large caterpillars that have been very busy eating.  We’re predicting we will see chrysalises this week!
  • Nonfiction stories about the caterpillar to butterfly life cycle.  We are keeping track of all the nonfiction information we have learned.
  • Moms show us just a little bit of God’s love each day. Mary is our Mother in Heaven. We will continue to discuss this as well as prepare some special gifts for our Moms! Our classroom May altars now filled with flowers from your homes show our love for Mary!  We will continue to pray Mary’s prayer, the Hail Mary together each day this month.
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Kindergarten Newsletter, April 28

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Monday, May 1: Hot Lunch, Little Joe’s beef sandwiches
  • Wednesday, May 3rd: Hot Lunch, Wendy’s baked potatoes
  • Friday, May 5th: Kindergarten field trip to the library

Looking Ahead:

  • Mark your calendars! The kindergarten celebration is Wednesday, June 7th at 10:30am in Morrissey Hall.  We will be celebrating all of their kindergarten accomplishments! All families are invited to to attend. The room parents will be reaching out to you within the next two weeks with ways that you can help make it a special celebration for the children. Watch for an email!

This Week:

  • We had a good first week back!  We noticed missing teeth, taller children and the rosy cheeks indicated they did a lot of playing outside over break.  We heard some great stories about family time together.  How fun!
  • We celebrated Earth Day a couple of days late, but talked about how EVERY DAY should be Earth day!  God asks us to care for His world.  We reviewed different ways we can care for the Earth by singing songs and reading books.  Reduce, reuse, recycle!  We do all of these things in our classroom, but we can always be better!
  • Those that volunteered to be a chaperone for our field trip next week should have received a note before break about whether or not we will need your help.  Any questions about this, just ask.

Next Week:

  • It’s hard to believe we will be entering our last month of kindergarten next week! We will come full circle by reviewing the attributes of the Wizard of Oz characters that have helped us in kindergarten. Each time a child is caught showing courage, using their brain or having heart, he/she will fill out a special ticket to take home.  If your child comes home with one of these, ask your child to explain why he/she earned it!
  • Friday, May 5 is our field trip to the La Grange Library.  We will be leaving by bus in the morning and returning before lunch. We ask that all children wear their ST. CLETUS GYM clothes on this field trip.  Thank you.

Literacy:

  • We will begin to explore books about MOMS.  Our moms are very special to us. We will read books about moms and make connections.  We will also work on some special projects! 🙂
  • Journaling and partner pair sharing our work.
  • Guided reading and writing.
  • Review of word wall words.

Math:

  • Reviewing addition and subtraction: solving and creating number sentences.  We are getting really good at this!
  • Reviewing money: recognizing coins and their value.  Counting groups of coins. Ask your child to count out change for you!
  • Time to the hour.
  • Measurement: using standard and nonstandard units.

Science/Religion:

  • Caterpillars have arrived! We will be observing the caterpillars over the next few weeks and learning about the life cycle of a caterpillar to a butterfly.  We will read many fiction and nonfiction books about caterpillars and butterflies.
  • Monday is the start of May.  We will begin to honor Mary on this day and all month long. We will have May Altars in our classrooms. This Catholic tradition helps our students see Mary as our Mother too! Any fresh cut lilacs or other flowers can be brought into our classrooms and we will put these in a vase near our prayer corner/May Altar. We will learn about Mary’s life and pray the Hail Mary all month.
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Kindergarten Newsletter, April 6

Upcoming Events/Mark your Calendars:

  • Saturday, April 8th: Grades K-3: Easter Egg hunt, Morrissey Hall, 9:30-11; RSVP (see the school scoop)
  • Monday, April 10th: Hot Lunch, Buona Beef Mac and Cheese
  • Wednesday, April 12th: Hot Lunch, Subway sandwiches
  • Thursday, April 13th: Holy Thursday Prayer Service, presented by the 1st grade, 9am in church.
  • Friday, April 14th-April 23rd: Easter Break
  • Monday, April 24th: Return to School

This Week:

Thanks to all that donated their time, money and efforts to our spring auction this past weekend.  It was a huge success!  A big thanks to Sadie McCabe’s (Mrs. Bentley’s room) parents for chairing the auction.  It was a a fun evening for our school families and a successful fundraiser for our school.  Thank you all!

The children had fun with Easter centers this week in kindergarten.  We also had a great time exploring Eric Carle books and learning more about this author and illustrator.  We will wrap up this author study next week. On Friday, we played an Eric Carle trivia game to test our knowledge. We sure are Eric Carle experts! Check out some of our Eric Carle and Easter fun this week:

Next Week:

  • Don’t forget to turn in library field trip permission slips along with $5 by next week.  Parent chaperones will be notified before break.
  • We will wrap up our Eric Carle unit, continue to learn about Holy Week and finish our Easter centers next week. Wishing everyone a wonderful Easter holiday and break!

Please read below or see the note that was sent home on Friday:                                                                         

Dear Kindergarten Families,

With the arrival of spring, we see evidence of new life blooming all around us! Can you see your child blossoming too?  We do!  We are so very proud of all the children’s accomplishments.  It’s fun to see them doing things that maybe they could not do at the beginning of the year—tying shoes, reading, writing sentences, saying prayers—so many accomplishments! Your child should feel proud and so should YOU!  Together we have helped your child grow!

Throughout these past few weeks of Lent, the children have been working hard to spread kindness.  With each kind deed performed, a new tissue was added to our kindergarten butterfly and the once dull, colorless caterpillar has been transformed into a beautiful butterfly.  Just like that butterfly, each child has worked hard during Lent to transform—to become more beautiful on the INSIDE by doing nice things. We are doing God’s work each and every day when we do kind things for one another.

Next week is Holy Week in our church.  We will continue to learn about Jesus’ journey to the cross. Ask your child what he/she knows about the Stations of the Cross. We have been praying them together in an appropriate way for our young ones to understand and feel compassion for Jesus. The parts of the story we focus on are the acts of kindness from Simon and Mary, how Jesus never gave up and how Jesus forgave the soldiers.  We can learn from His example! We conclude the Stations of the Cross by reminding the children that Jesus gave us Easter so we can rejoice and be happy!  Though we are not in school on Good Friday, please take time for a prayerful moment to discuss why this day is special.  Remind your child that though it is a sad day, we remember it is called ‘Good Friday’ because Jesus’ death on the cross saved us from sin and opened the gates of heaven for us! On Thursday, April 13th after we attend the Holy Thursday prayer service at 9am, we will share bread together with our friends just as Jesus did with His friends. After dismissal at 3:00 (aftercare is still available), the students begin Easter Break and will not return to school until Monday, April 24th.

We’d like to wish all of our kindergarten families a Happy Easter!  Easter is a time of profound love and joy!  May Jesus’ new life remind you of God’s never-ending love for each of us!

 

The Kindergarten Team

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter, March 31

Upcoming Events/Mark your calendars:

  • Monday, April 3rd: Buona Beef Salad
  • Wednesday, April 5th: Cafe Salsa quesadilla
  • Thursday, April 6th:  Stations of the Cross
  • Friday, April 7th: No School

This Week:

  • The totals are in!  We raised over $400 between both kindergarten classrooms for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.  As a school we raised over $8,000!  Way to go, Cardinals!  Congrats to Mr. K’s 7th grade class for raising the most money and winning the Olive Garden lunch.
  • The St. Cletus Hoopla auction is almost here!  Be sure to check out the two kindergarten auction items, pictured above.  The auctions begins at 5:00 on Saturday, April 1st.  Be there for final four tip-off! Each Wizard of Oz bag contains: DVD, assortment of rainbow candy, Wizard of Oz blanket and popcorn. Bidding starts at only $25! It’s going to be a fun evening for our families and we hope to raise a lot of money for our school!
  • We attended the Living Stations of the Cross, presented by our 8th grade buddies on Thursday.
  • On Friday, “National Crayon Day,” Crayola announced the retirement of dandelion and introduced its replacement- a color in the”blue family”.  We watched the announcement together on the smartboard.  With mixed emotions, we said goodbye to dandelion and hello to the new color. The kids generated some really great ideas for the new shade of blue: robin’s egg blue, sky blue, blueberry, ocean blue and more!  We’ll have to submit some of our suggestions!

 

Next Week:

  • Please look for the permission slip for our next field trip to the La Grange Library in your child’s folder or white envelope.  We will send it home on Wednesday, April 5.  The field trip will be on Friday, May 5th.  Chaperones will be needed and  accepted on a first come, first serve basis.  Your attendance on our first field trip will also be considered. The permission slip along with the $5 fee will be due Wednesday, April 12.

Literacy:

  • We will begin an author study on Eric Carle. We will learn about Eric Carle, read his many stories, write about them and create artwork that mimics his style. Many of the books we read will be familiar to the children, others will be ones they’ve probably never read before! We will explore Eric Carle’s website where we will learn more about his style of writing and illustrating as well as other fun facts about him.
  • Write the room, “Easter Edition.”
  • Guided reading in small groups and guided writing practice.
  • Journaling: the children have more lines in their journals since they are getting so good at adding DETAILS to their writing and drawings.

Math:

  • We will sort and graph jelly beans.  And maybe even enjoy a few! 🙂 When your child comes home with a graph, be sure to ask questions like, “which has the most?” “which has the least?” “how many more does ____ have compared to ___?” “How many more to make a group of ten?”
  • Easter egg addition: crack open the Easter egg to find and solve the addition or subtraction sentence!
  • Identifying coins, recognizing symbols and naming the amount of each coin.  Give your child a pile of coins.  Ask your child to sort those coins.  Then ask your child to show you 30 cents from the dime pile.  How about 30 cents from the nickel pile.  Any other ways to make 30 cents? All that counting practice we’ve done has helped us with money!
  • Calendar time: 3d shape review, graphing, counting by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, how many more to make 10, subitizing/quickly recognizing the number  of a set of objects.

Science/Religion:

  • Plants/new life: continue to look for signs of new life all around! God’s plan for new life is a wonderful thing!  Even a tiny seed that looks dead can grow and change into something beautiful and useful!
  • We will read stories from the bible as a way to get ready for Holy Week.  We will begin with the story of Palm Sunday.  Please take your child to church on Palm Sunday! Your child is very familiar with Jesus’ journey to the cross.
  • This past week we were busy caring for our bean, popcorn and marigold seeds.  Now the bean and popcorn seeds are at home with you and we’ll continue to care for our marigolds in the classroom. The kids LOVE to see the first sprouts in their container. Please be sure to plant the bean and popcorn seeds in a pot at home!
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Kindergarten Newsletter, March 23

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Monday, March 27th: Hot Lunch, Little Joe’s Mac and Cheese bites
  • Tuesday, March 28th: Dining for Dollars at Chick-fil-A on LaGrange road, 5-8pm
  • Wednesday, March 29th: Hot lunch, Jimmy John’s sandwiches
  • Wednesday, March 29th: Welcome Wednesday for prospective early childhood families, 6-7pm
  • Thursday, March 30th: Stations of the Cross
  • Friday, March 31: Wear your auction shirt!

This  Week:

  • We saw the junior high production of Into the Woods.  The kids loved seeing their buddies on stage!
  • We are seeing more and more signs of spring on our walk in the afternoon!  Birds chirping, buds on trees, sprouts coming up–are you seeing these signs at home too? We’ve enjoyed watching the construction progress outside this week too!  The construction workers love an audience that “ohhs and ahhs” and did some pretty neat things with their equipment.  The kids loved it!
  • We celebrated the first day of spring on Monday.  We learned a new poem too.  “Oh what a beautiful thing…” Ask your child to finish it!

Next Week:

Literacy:

  • Are you still reading to your child EVERY DAY?  Remember this is the single most important thing you can do to support your child’s reading development.  Your child can read to you now too!  Make sure when your child comes across an unfamiliar word, he/she uses our reading strategies.  You can prompt your child with: “get your mouth ready,” “do you see a chunk?”  “what makes sense?” “use the picture to help…”
  • We will read spring and Easter stories.  We will complete an Easter bunny guided drawing at the art center.
  • Daily journaling and partner pair sharing our entries.  What is one thing your partner did really well in his/her journal?
  • Letter writing practice: during center time, we will continue to practice top to bottom letter formation.
  • Word wall word reading and writing practice: The April/May word wall will go home next week.
  • Spring words practice: spring words have appeared at the writing center.  We will practice writing and creating these words with markers, pencils and magnetic letters.

Math:

  • Creating and solving addition sentences.
  • Money: naming each coin: penny, nickel, dime and quarter.  How much is each coin worth?  We will work on counting out change. We will sort and graph a group of coins.
  • 3D and 2D shape review: cone, cube, sphere, cylinder.

Religion/Science:

  • We visited St. Patrick and St. Joseph at church this past week. Let your child show you the statues after Mass.
  • Next week we will continue our plants/new life unit.  God’s plan for new life is all around us in the springtime!
  • We will record our bean and popcorn seed observations in our seed journals. Scientists draw and write about what they see.  We will do the same!
  • We will continue to do more spring planting in our classrooms next week.  It’s always fun to watch new life blossom! Waiting isn’t easy.  We learn the value of patience.
  • We will participate in Stations of the Cross as a kindergarten class.
  • The butterfly in our kindergarten hallway is becoming so colorful!  Each time the children do something kind, they are asked to put a piece of tissue on the butterfly.  With each kind deed, your child is becoming more beautiful on the inside! Do a Lenten check-in with your child–are you showing kindness at school?  How is your butterfly page at home looking?

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter, March 17

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Monday, March 20th: Buona Beef, turkey sandwiches
  • Wednesday, March 22nd: Wendy’s crispy chicken sandwich
  • Wednesday, March 22nd: We will attend the Into the Woods junior high performance at 1:50
  • Thursday, March 23rd: Stations of the Cross
  • Friday, March 24th: No School

 

This Week:

  • Thank you for the many ways in which you showed kindness towards Mrs. Thomas and her family. We lit a candle for Mr. Thomas and his family at church and have been saying extra prayers for them at school. Please do the same at home.
  • Thank you for participating in the student council sponsored Leukemia/lymphoma Society fundraiser.  Boy, did we collect A LOT of money!  Both classroom boxes were full.  Thank you for your generosity.  The kids felt good and they LOOKED good all week! 🙂
  • Are you practicing shoe tying at home?  If not, start!  If your child has only velcro or slip on shoes, it may be time to invest in a pair with laces.  We’ve been practicing at school.  We’ve talked about the MANY things we have to practice doing in order to get better.  Some of the examples given were hula hooping, jump roping, reading, going off the diving board, etc.  Shoe tying is another!  Set the timer for 5 minutes at home.  Practice EVERY DAY! Many of the children are getting better and this only motivates some of the other children to practice.  Take advantage of this and practice at home! The kids love tying for their friends

Next Week:

  • We will be attending the Junior High production, Into the Woods on Thursday.  The children will be so excited to see their 8th grade buddies!

Literacy:

  • Journaling: we continue to journal just about every day.  That’s why we are getting SO GOOD! Practice, practice! We’re using all of our Jolly Phonics skills to write multiple sentences.
  • Guided reading: reading practice in small groups.
  • Word work during centers: we will practice creating words including word wall words with white boards or magnetic letters.
  • Spring stories will be at the listening center!

Math:

  • Creating and solving addition and subtraction sentences.
  • We will review 3d shapes.
  • Graphing: we will sort and graph pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.
  • Identifying coins: what is each coin worth?  What are some of the pictures or symbols on each?  One of our centers will be a heads/tails coin flip, tallying how many times we land on each.

Religion/Science:

  • We will begin our plant/new life unit. We will put bean and popcorn seeds in a clear bag and record their growth in journals, just as a scientist would.  We look at new life all around us in springtime–sprouts coming up, buds on trees, birds chirping.  Please help your child notice these signs of Spring.  The first day of Spring is Monday, March 20th!
  • We will learn about St. Joseph.  Happy St. Joseph’s Day!
  • We will attend kindergarten stations of the cross on Thursday.  We learn about Jesus’ journey to the cross.
  •  Through out this Lenten season, we have been looking at Jesus’ life through Bible stories.  We have been reading about His miracles and the stories he told to teach people about God.
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Kindergarten Newsletter, March 10

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, March 13th-Friday, March 17th: Bring the Change Spirit Week: fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (see below)
  • Monday, March 13th: Hot Lunch, Little Joe’s grilled cheese
  • Wednesday, March 15th: Hot Lunch, Great American Bagel
  • Thursday, March 16th: Kindergarten Stations of the Cross
  • Kindergarten Lenten Service Project: Mrs. Bentley’s class, bring in syrup any day next week and Mrs. Mahr’s class bring in pancake mix any day next week.

Student Council sponsored Leukemia/Lymphoma Society “BRING ON THE CHANGE” fundraiser activities. Each day next week there is a new activity.

Monday-Pajama Penny

  • bring in pennies and wear pajamas, gym shoes should be worn

Tuesday-Neon Nickel 

  • bring in nickels, wear neon or bright colored clothing

Wednesday-Dazzling Dimes 

  • bring in dimes, wear flashy, sparkly clothing

Thursday-Crazy Quarters 

  • bring in quarters, wear crazy socks or crazy hats, or crazy, mismatched clothes

Friday-Team Up for Leukemia 

  • bring in dollars, wear sports gear

Upcoming Auction Info/Links:  Click the links below to see how you can help or purchase tickets for this fun and important fundraising event.  Thanks to all who have supported by donating or volunteering their time.  Thanks to Sadie McCabe’s (in Mrs. Bentley’s room) parents for chairing this year’s auction.  It’s a BIG job!  Many thanks!  

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This Week

It was a short week for the students due to conferences.  Thank you for meeting with us this week.  It’s always fun to look back on the progress that has been made over the past 7 months. All the kids have grown so much spiritually, academically and socially.  So much development has taken place, and there’s still a whole lot of kindergarten left! This age and stage of development is fascinating to witness.  We are so very proud of them and you should be too! With this in mind, please be sure that you are not talking on your phone when picking up your child. This is the BEST time to talk to your kindergartner! He/she is eager to tell you all about his/her day! Don’t miss this time. Enjoy these young years!

Next Week:

Literacy:

  • Journaling: our goals are: to write 3+ sentences, begin each sentence with a capital letter, finger spaces in between words, punctuation and correct spelling of word wall words. We are working on adding DETAILS to our sentences.
  • Read alouds: St. Patrick’s Day stories and spring stories next week!  We continue to work on making connections and discussing what each story was about by naming the characters, plot and setting. We also look at what happened at the beginning, middle and end of each story. This helps us organize our thoughts and look at the details of a story. When you read at home, ask your child to name the characters at the end of the story.  Who was his/her favorite character?  Ask your child to retell the story. And of course…just read for FUN!
  • Guided drawing: the children will listen to a set of directions and will create a Leprechuan!
  • Guided writing and guided reading.

Math:

  • We will continue to create and solve addition and subtraction problems and stories. Use real life examples to practice addition at home. “There’s 4 cupcakes on the plate.  If we eat 3 of them, how many will be left?”
  • We will continue to review 2D and 3d shapes.
  • We will continue to practice identifying pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. Ask your child to sort a pile of coins. Have your child show you a penny.  How about a nickel?  A dime?  A quarter?  What words and pictures do you see on the coins?

Religion:

 

  • Last week the kids brought in peanut butter and jelly for the food pantry bins. On Thursday, we went for our church visit and dropped the food off in the bins.  When we feed the poor, we are doing God’s work!  This is especially important during Lent. For next week, the children decided on pasta (Room 99, Mahr) and sauce (Room 100, Mrs. Bentley). Please send this in any day next week!  Again, we only ask that you do what you can.  The children are excited to see how they can help other children their age!
  • We will continue to look at Jesus’ life through Bible stories of His miracles as well as His stories that teach us how to live out the Gospel values. Ask your child to retell a bible story to you!
  • We will talk about God’s special helpers, St. Patrick and St. Joseph next week!

Science/Social Studies:

  • We will compare the Irish flag to the American flag.
  • We will begin to look for signs of spring and will be preparing for the start of our plants/new life unit the following week.

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Thanks for helping us become better readers!

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, March 6th: Hot Lunch, Buona Beef meatball sandwiches.
  • Wednesday, March 8th: Hot Lunch, McDonald’s pancakes.
  • Wednesday, March 8th: Welcome Wednesday for any prospective families beginning at 8:30.  Invite your friends and neighbors to come visit the early childhood wing!
  • Thursday, March 9th: 1/2 day, 11:30 dismissal.
  • Friday, March 10th: No School.

This Week:

  • We went to church on Wednesday and received ashes.  The ashes let others know that we are special friends of Jesus.  Our Lenten journey began on this day!
  • We had fun celebrating Dr. Seuss this week!  He sure is a funny author and illustrator.  We laughed A LOT this week when reading his books. Dr. Seuss books are PERFECT for beginning readers.  In fact, Seuss was asked to publish a book with a certain number of sight words back in the 1950s due to criticism over children’s reading levels.  The result was The Cat in the Hat! Seuss has helped make children readers or better readers for a LONG time.   Listed below are some Seuss books that are perfect for your readers at home.  Hurry to the library and keep these books available at home…then watch your child’s confidence GROW!

Great Seuss books for beginning readers:

The Foot Book, The Ear Book, The Eye Book, Hop on Pop, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Wacky Wednesday

A little Harder…

The Cat in the Hat, Fox in Socks, There’s a Wocket in my Pocket, I can Read with my eyes shut, I Wish I had Duck feet

To see a list of Seuss books from easiest to hardest, check out this list: http://teachbesideme.com/learning-read-dr-seuss/ Try out some of these books and find the best fit for your child!

Next Week:

  • Be sure to check your child’s folder for the report card!
  • Conferences on Thursday!  Please make sure you come on time!  We look forward to discussing your child’s progress with you.

Literacy:

  • Journal writing: don’t forget to talk to your child about journal topics!
  • Jolly Phonics review
  • Guided reading and writing
  • Listening center stories

Math:

  • We will  continue to work on creating and solving addition problems.
  • We will begin to work on subtraction.  We will talk about the minus sign and describe subtraction is “taking away.”
  • Money: recognizing and naming pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.

Religion:

  • We have started our new Lenten kindness challenge.  Each time a child is caught doing something kind, he/she will place a piece of tissue on our butterfly.
  • We will do Stations of the Cross each week leading up to Lent.
  • Each week during Lent, the children will be coming up with favorite kindergarten foods to donate to the church food pantry bins.  If you are able to, please send this food item in with your child.  After much discussion about what foods other kindergarten children would like, they came up with bringing in peanut butter (Mrs. Mahr’s room) and jelly (Mrs. Bentley’s room) for our first week of Lent (due by March 9). We have other charity projects starting in the coming weeks, like our rice bowl money collection and the student council sponsored Leukemia/Lymphoma Society fundraiser.  Kindergarten is an important year for the children to become more aware of the needs of others.  We stress this daily!  However, please know that all of these fundraising projects are optional.  Even if the kids give a few pennies to some of these projects, the whole point of caring for the needs of others (especially during Lent) is achieved! We know your family’s needs are important too!

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter, February 24th

I’ve got senses, I’ve got senses, Yes I do!  Yes I do!

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Monday, February 27th: Hot Lunch, Little Joe’s hot dogs
  • Tuesday, February 28th: All school assembly, “Bring on the Change,” 1:50.
  • Wednesday, March 1st: Ash Wednesday Mass
  • Wednesday, March 1st: Hot lunch, Pisa Pizza
  • Thursday, March 2nd: Stations of the Cross
  • Friday, March 3rd: Report cards distributed

What’s  due?

  • Sign up for P/T conferences!  Parents of multiple students were to begin signing up on February 21st and parents of oldest and only students were to sign up beginning Thursday, February 23rd.  Please be sure to sign up this weekend if you haven’t already!
  • Yearbook orders due March 27th.  Click HERE to order.
  • Scholastic book orders: place any online orders and you will receive them by mid March; classroom activation code for new users: H2NGF
  • Don’t forget to turn in box tops!
  • Auction Wine cellar donations

This Week:

  • We had 2 fire drills this past week.  The kids did a great job!
  • We wrapped up our senses unit by exploring our senses centers.
  • We finished up math and literacy assessments.  Report cards go home next week!

Next Week:

Next week is Ash Wednesday which marks the start of Lent!

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  We will honor him next week by exploring his books.  Seuss books are perfect for beginning readers because they have the three R’s–rhythm, rhyme and repetition. This is so important for our young readers! We will learn a new poem:

Read, read, read a book,

We read all the time!

We love books by Dr. Seuss

We love the way they rhyme!

Literacy:

  • Dr. Seuss week!  We will focus on several of his books: The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Wacky Wednesday, What Pet Should I Get, Hop on Pop, One Fish Two Fish…,
  • Rhyming and word family work with Dr. Seuss!
  • Dr. Seuss Bingo
  • We will complete a Cat in the Hat guided drawing. Writing: What would you do if the Cat in the Hat wanted to make mess in YOUR house?
  • Writing: “I will not eat __________  and __________.  I do not like them in a _______.  I do not like them with a _______.” We’re going to see some creative and silly sentences with this writing assignment!
  • Journaling: we’re trying to add those “juicy details” to our writing.  The hamburger analogy we used last week reminds the children that after they write their topic sentence (the bun), we need to add the good stuff or all the details–the meat, lettuce, tomatoes, ketchup, etc. Partner pair sharing has helped the kids ask and listen to questions which then helps them generate additional sentences.
  • Last name writing practice.
  • Guided reading and guided writing practice.

Math:

  • One Fish Two fish addition.
  • Addition: creating and solving addition problems vertically and horizontally. We are trying to fluently add within 5.  We are working on adding within 10 using pictures, our fingers, the hundreds chart or number line.
  • Counting by 2s, 5s and 10s.  The children do well with counting by 5s and 10s, but we still need to practice counting by 2s! Keep practicing at home!
  • Decomposing teen numbers.  17=10+___       19=10+___

Religion/Science:

  • “God’s love keeps us warm” was our theme this past month. Your child will be coming home with his/her mitten next week.  Ask your child what he/she did to earn the hearts on the mitten.  Kindness counts!
  • You will receive a letter next week about our new Lenten kindness project.  Look for this letter to come home on Tuesday. Lent is a time when we get our hearts ready Easter. We will learn about Lent and Ash Wednesday.  We will begin to talk about Jesus’ journey to the cross.
  • Jesus teaches us about God’s love through his stories (The Good Samartian, The Lost Sheep) and also His actions.  We will learn about some of the kind things that Jesus did.
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Kindergarten Newsletter, February 17th

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Monday, February 20th: No School
  • Wednesday, February 22nd: Hot Lunch, Taco Bell
  • Friday, February 24th: 2nd trimester ends

What’s Due?

This Week:

We had a great time with our sweethearts on Valentine’s Day!  Be sure to check out the pictures page.

We ended the school week by enjoying the beautiful 60 degree February weather at the park. With the weather being so nice, get outside and enjoy time with your child! It feels more like Spring instead of winter. A bike ride, a walk are great ways to get some fresh air!

Next Week:

We will begin assessing for the 2nd trimester report card: First and last name writing, number writing and recognition and sight word assessment next week!

Literacy:

  • Journaling: We continue to work on adding more details to our writing.  The visual we will use next week is a hamburger.  After the topic sentence is written, share with us some more details! We will ask our young authors questions about their topic sentences to help spark ideas about detail sentences. The word “because” also helps us to give more details and offer an opinion on a topic!

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  • Word wall word practice during centers.
  • Guided reading groups: small group reading practice.
  • Word families: Our Michael Heggerty Phonemic Awareness program has helped us ORALLY manipulate sounds and play with words all year long.  For example, “CAT…take out /c/ and put in /b/, and what’s your new word?” “Let’s tap out the word ship to we can hear all the sounds,” “What’s the last chunk in the word fish?” etc. We will use this knowledge to help read and write word family words quickly in PRINT.

Science/Religion:

We will be wrapping up our senses unit with senses centers! God gave us our senses to learn more about His world and to keep us safe.  Thank you God, for our senses!

This past week we talked all about the different ways we feel God’s love.  We will continue to discuss this and will read The Good Samaritan and The Good Shepherd.  Jesus was a storyteller, a teacher, and He still teaches us about LOVE through these stories!

Math:

  • Addition: writing and solving addition problems.  We have practiced writing addition problems horizontally and now will practice writing them vertically. Our math centers will include using ten frames, dice and dominoes to help create and solve addition sentences.  We have used several different strategies to solve addition problems including a number line, the hundreds chart, our fingers, pictures and ‘counting on’.  We ask the children to explain or show their thinking/strategy when they solve addition sentences. Our goals are to be able to fluently add within 5 and to be able to solve addition sentences with numbers up to 10 using other strategies.
  • Doubles addition: we will continue to practice solving doubles addition problems quickly.
  • Number writing: printing numbers neatly, from top to bottom using the number poems.
  • Decomposing numbers from 11-19 to show these numbers as a group of ten and some ones.  For example, writing, 17=10+7; 18=10+8
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Kindergarten Newsletter, February 9th

 

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, February 13th: Hot Lunch, Buona Beef’s chicken tenders
  • Tuesday, February 14th: Kindergarten Sweetheart Celebration, 1:45
  • Wednesday, February 15th: Hot Lunch, Arby’s roast beef sandwiches
  • Thursday, February 16th: School Mass, 9am

Looking Ahead:

St. Cletus Spring Auction: Click HERE for more information.

What’s due?

  • T-shirt orders for the spring auction. Click HERE for the form.
  • Valentines for the children to pass out.  Children should bring these to school on February 14th. Please remember: 19 children in each classroom (please only send valentines for your child’s class), have your child sign his/her name, but leave who it is TO, blank and also be sure to have the same valentines for both boys and girls.  This will help us efficiently get all valentines passed out! We will decorate bags to collect all of these valentines in next week.
  • The items you signed up to send in for the Sweetheart Celebration were due. If you haven’t sent yours in, please do so by Monday. Please refer to the sign up genius list sent out by the room moms.

This Week:

  • On Monday we celebrated 100 days in kindergarten!  The kids had a great day.  Thank you for helping your child count out 100 pretzels, m & ms, etc.!  The kids all explained their strategies for counting before we combined all of the ingredients into one big bowl.  They then enjoyed their 100th day center activities.  Be sure to check out the pictures page!
  • We attended the winter band concert Wednesday afternoon.  The kids enjoyed it!

Next Week:

Tuesday is our SWEETHEART CELEBRATION.  Guests, please make sure you arrive no later than 1:45 through the main office door.  We don’t want any of our kindergarten sweethearts waiting without a guest.  During centers on Monday, we will be very busy doing last minute preparations.  The kids are excited!

Literacy:

  • Valentine stories at the listening center.
  • Sight word practice: we’re focusing on days of the week and months. How do we practice sight words?  We practice using whiteboards, magnetic letters, playdough stamps, magna doodles, cheering activities, smartboard and computer games…and much more!  We’re always looking for sight words during our independent and shared reading time!
  • Journaling: the children are becoming better writers because we practice EVERY DAY. We have a classroom word wall, why not have a word wall at home!? You can add family names as well as words you and your child see often in books that you read together. This can be on the wall, in a notebook or even on note cards. Talk to your child about how he/she would like to bring this to life! This reinforcement will help your child see reading and writing can happen everywhere!

Math:

  • Sorting and graphing candy hearts.
  • Heart patterning.
  • Addition sentences: creating and solving addition sentences.  We use dominoes and dice A LOT to practice addition and subtraction.  It’s a great visual for the kids and it makes repetitive practice FUN for the kids! We’re working on being fluent in solving +0 and +1 sentences and will move on from there.
  • Doubles addition: we will learn a new song to help us remember our DOUBLES (1+1, 2+2, 3+3, etc.).
  • Counting: we’re always practicing counting by 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s.  We need a little extra practice with counting by 2s.  Practice at home!

Religion/Science:

  • God gives us our sense of smell!  We learn about God’s world through our senses.  Our senses also help to keep us SAFE!
  • We learn about Go’d s love through the people that love us, like our sweethearts guests! We will continue to talk about the different ways our sweethearts show us God’s love as we prepare for the celebration on Tuesday. We hope our guests also feel God’s love through the kindergartners!
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Kindergarten Newsletter, February 3

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, February 6th: Hot Lunch, Buona Beef mostaccioli.
  • Monday, February 6th: 100th day of school for kindergarten
  • Wednesday, February 8th: Hot Lunch, McDonald’s hamburgers
  • Wednesday, February 8th: Band concert at 1:50 and 7pm.
  • Friday, February 10th: No School, in-service for the teachers.

What’s Due:

  • Monday, February 6th: please bring in your child’s assigned 100 snack.
  • Tuesday, February 7-9: please send in any items you signed up for!

This Week:

  • We had a great Catholic School’s Week! We played “kindergarten jeopardy” two times and it was a big hit. On Wednesday, we attended Mass and had a wonderful teacher appreciation lunch thanks to the FSA and parent volunteers.  On Thursday, we showed appreciation for our students by enjoying a cookie treat in the afternoon.  On Friday, we attended the Red and White volleyball games and watched our 8th grade buddies play.

Next Week:

Literacy:

  • Journaling/Writing: we are focusing on using the word “because” in our writing in order to give an opinion. We will be using the word “because” to write about why we love our sweetheart guests.
  • Word Wall words: You received the February and March word wall page this past week.  We will be focusing on reading and writing days of the week .
  • Our listening center and bookshelves are filled with Valentine’s books.  We will be able to make a lot of text to text connections when we read these stories!

Math:

  • We will celebrate 100 days in kindergarten on Monday! 100th day centers will be a blast!
  • Addition: solving and creating addition sentences.  We are trying to fluently add within 5.
  • Counting by 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s to 100.
  • We will graph our favorite 100th day trail mix ingredient.

Religion/Science:

  • We will continue with our senses unit next week, focusing on our sense of TASTE.  
  • God shows us His love through those that love US! We will be busy preparing for the Sweetheart Celebration all next week.
  • Our kindness mitten project continues with the children putting a heart on with each act of kindness. We will read the story The Good Samaritan from the Bible.  Jesus is our best example of how to treat others!
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