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Kindergarten Newsletter April 20, 2018

Mark Your Calendars:

  • Monday, April 23: $1 dress down and wear GREEN for Earth Day (April 22). The money will benefit our ECO club and the garden behind the church which grows fruits and veggies that are used for our food pantry.
  • Monday, April 23: Hot Lunch, Wendy’s.
  • Tuesday, April 24: Kindergarten field trip to the library! Please have your child wear his/her SC gym clothes on this field trip.
  • Wednesday, April 25: Hot Lunch, McDonald’s and we will see the spring musical put on by our junior high students, Beauty and the Beast, in the afternoon.
  • Friday, April 27: No School

This Week:

Some of our center time work:

  • We continued our author study of Eric Carle this week.  On Monday, we will answer the graph question, “Which Eric Carle story is your favorite?”
  • We celebrated Earth DAY all WEEK, learning about how to care for God’s world.  We made an art project, created a shared writing list of ways to care for the Earth and read many stories.  One important thing we learned is to make EVERY DAY EARTH Day! Ask your child about the different ways we can take care of our world, beginning with remembering the 3 R’s-reduce, reuse and recycle.  We rocked along to Jack Johnson’s 3R’s song to help us remember these important words!
  • We visited the health fair in Morrissey Hall on Friday and learned about all different kinds of ways that we can keep our bodies healthy and safe. Check out all the HEALTHY fun we had by clicking HERE!
  • Did you get the Mother’s day tea invite from your child?  We can’t wait to see you there!  Remember, Friday, May 4th, 10:30!

Next Week:

Literacy:

  • Daily journaling
  • Sight word review
  • Jolly Phonics Review: Segmenting and blending sounds in words
  • Guided writing and reading, shared writing activities focusing on FRIENDSHIP.
  • Review all Pete the Cat has taught us this year, including how to be a good friend.  Friendship will be the focus at our field trip on Tuesday.  We’ve made some great friends in kindergarten!

Math:

  • Review 2d shapes and introduce 3D shapes: sphere, cone, cube and cylinder
  • Addition and subtraction: we will continue to review addition with more of a focus on subtraction. Remember, our goal is to fluently add and subtract within 5.  Our dice and domino games are perfect for repeated practice and using these manipulatives makes adding and subtraction FUN! We will practice addition and subtraction with numbers up to 10.
  • Eric Carle favorite book graphing

Religion:

  • We will explore how prayer is talking to God.We talk to God as a friend and we will learn how prayer is an important part of our everyday lives.  Make sure you model this for your child at home too!  Let your child see how important prayer is to you.  Pray at meal times.  Pray at bed time.  Pray anytime, anywhere!
  • Thank you for sending in granola bars for the food pantry!  We dropped off another few boxes on Friday.  We will continue to drop off more next week during our end of the week Church visit on Thursday (no school on Friday).
  • Our “Planting seeds of kindness” kinder-garden bulletin board is in full bloom! We are catching so much kindness in kindergarten!
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Kindergarten Newsletter, April 13

Upcoming Events/Mark your calendars:

  • Monday, April 16th: Great American Bagel Hot Lunch
  • Tuesday, April 17th: Dining for Dollars at the McDonald’s in Countryside, 5-7pm.  No flyer required.
  • Wednesday, April 18th: Hot Lunch, Buona Beef
  • Friday, April 20th: Health Fair
  • Friday, May 4th: Kindergarten Mother’s Day tea, 11:30 dismissal for Kindergarten only

This Week:

  • Feel free to place any online scholastic orders.  For new users, our classroom code is H2NGF.
  • We have been working hard on all kinds of secret things to make the Mother’s Day Tea special.  We can’t wait!
  • Thank you for turning in field trip permission slips.  If you haven’t, please do so ASAP.  We have all the chaperones we need, thank you.

Next Week:

Literacy:

  • Daily journaling
  • Guided reading in small groups
  • Sight Word practice: click HERE for our latest word wall
  • Jolly Word books: we are putting all of our Jolly skills to work and are practicing blending sounds to read words.
  • Eric Carle author study: ask your child about the books we have read so far. Which has been his/her favorite?  Check out some more Eric Carle books at your library!

Math:

  • Addition sentences: writing and solving addition sentences.  Using the vocabulary: Plus, addition, adding, ‘how many altogether,’ ‘how many in all’ when creating addition sentences.  Our goal is to fluently add within 5 and be able to add with numbers up to 10. When the children solve an addition sentence we ask them to explain HOW they got their answer.  This is tapping into their higher level thinking skills.  Try this at home!
  • Subtraction sentences: The children are getting better at addition and we will transition into working more with subtraction.  The first thing we tell the children to do when they see a number sentence is to look for the plus or minus sign.  Once they see this, we tell them to name it a “subtraction” or “addition” problem and then move towards solving.
  • We will graph our favorite Eric Carle story!

Religion/ Science:

  • Your child came home with his/her bean and popcorn seeds.  Please plant these in some dirt and continue to watch at home.  We will plant some of the seeds here at school too so we can watch them continue to grow!
  • EARTH DAY is celebrated on April 22. We will look at God’s world and how we can care for it as we prepare for Earth Day. We will continue to look at ways to take care of our Earth for the remainder of the month including recycling, reusing paper, turning off lights and water, etc.
  • The children have decided they would like to bring in granola bars for the food pantry bins.  If you can donate a box, have your child bring it in!  They love the feeling they get when do God’ work and give to others…

 

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter, April 6

Upcoming Events:

This Week:

We hit the ground running after enjoying our Easter vacation!  The children had wonderful stories to share and got to write about their Easter break adventures in their journals.  It sounds like you all had a wonderful time!

This week you received a permission slip for our final field trip to the La Grange Library.  Please be sure to return the slip along with the $5 fee by Wednesday.  Chaperones are appreciated and accepted based on the order they’re received.

Thank you for turning in the Mother’s Day Tea permission slips.  We started practicing some songs for the entertainment part of this special event this week! We already can’t wait!

Next Week:

We will begin our two week long author study of ERIC CARLE.  Boy has he written a lot of wonderful books! We will explore and enjoy as many as we can over the next few weeks.  We will mimic is artwork at the art center and make flowers, we will learn about his life and will enjoy reading his stories.  At the end, we will graph our favorite Eric Carle story!

Math:

  • Addition: we are working on fluently adding within 5.
  • Subtraction: we started to learn about subtraction.  The words we use are “minus” “subtract” “take away” and “subtraction.”
  • We will practice writing and solving both vertical and horizontal subtraction and addition problems.

Literacy:

  • Guided reading in small groups.
  • Sight words: An April/MAY word wall was sent home on Wednesday.  These are the final words we will be practicing reading and writing through the end of the school year!
  • Journaling: Our current goals: Writing 2+ sentences, correct spelling of word wall words, finger spaces, first letter in the sentence a capital letter and ending punctuation.
  • Eric Carle Author Study: we will begin to explore Eric Carle’s stories through read alouds and at the listening center.

Science:

  • We will be watching and recording the growth of two different seeds, Bean and popcorn, in our seed journals. We will discuss stems, roots, root hairs, shoots and leaves and also learn about what all plants need to grow.  We will make scientific drawings to record what we notice. When we make scientific drawings, we are drawing what we observe, NOT drawing from imagination.
  • We will each plant marigold seeds in our rooms next week.

Religion

  • We learned a new song this week to celebrate Jesus’ rising on Easter Sunday!  Ask your child to sing it to you. Hint: “We can sing and clap our hands…” We love singing in kindergarten!
  • We started a new kindness project in kindergarten.  Each time a child is caught doing something kind, he/she will add a petal to one of the flowers on the kindergarten bulletin board.  Watch our kinder-GARDEN grow.  We’re SO BUSY planting seeds of KINDNESS! We know with this class  we will have a garden that’s fully bloomed in no time!
  • New life in Spring time! We will explore God’s world and find new life as the seasons change!

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter, March 23

Happy Easter!

Each piece of tissue represents an act of kindness by a kindergartner. Wow, that’s a lot of kindness and it shows how we work hard to follow Jesus’ example of loving and caring for others! Kindness counts in KINDergarten!

(Hard copy newsletter sent home Wednesday, March 21)

           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.  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. We conclude the Stations of the Cross by reminding the children that Jesus gave us Easter so we can rejoice and be happy!  Your child will be coming home with a Holy Week flip book.  Ask your child to share what he/she knows about this week in our church.  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! After dismissal (aftercare is still available) on March 23rd, the students begin Easter Break and will not return to school until Tuesday, April 3rd.

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 15

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, March 19: McDonald’s Hot lunch and 9am Mass
  • Tuesday, March 20: Bring on the Change: Quarter Madness-wear college gear
  • Wednesday, March 21: Bring on the Change: Last day to bring in any coins-dress down day
  • Wednesday, March 21: Welcome Wednesday, 6-7pm: encourage friends, family and neighbors to come check us out!
  • Thursday, March 22: Living Stations: we will watch the 8th grade act out the Stations of the Cross
  • Friday, March 23: Washing of the Feet prayer service and Easter Break dismissal at 3:00
  • Saturday, March 24: 10:00 Easter Egg hunt in Morrissey Hall. Don’t forget your baskets!
  • Wednesday, March 21st: Easter Egg coloring contest pages due to the office.

Looking Ahead:

  • Tuesday, April 10: Cardinal College – Making the Shift  
    Jamie Strauss will hold a wonderful presentation on “Becoming a Better Parent,”  from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Parish Center conference rooms.  To RSVP or ask questions, please e-mail Mrs. Schaefer.  For more information, click HERE.

This Week:

  • We’re running very low on paper towels.  Kindergarten can be messy!  If you can send in a roll, that would be GREAT!
  • Welcome back Mrs. Mahr!
  • You received the Mother’s Day Tea Permission slip this week.  Please turn in!
  • Mickey Finn was up to all kinds of mischief in our classrooms! He loves to turn things upside down.  He even made flowers grow on our shamrock plants!

Next Week:

We have library on MONDAY!  Please remember to return books!!

Literacy:

  • Easter stories at the listening center.
  • Write the room: Easter Edition-we will look for special Easter Sentences around the room with our clipboards
  • Word wall words: we will continue to focus on number words, one-ten.
  • Our pocket chart poem will be about the first day of spring.
  • Guided reading groups: the children will practice reading in small groups using our reading strategies and books at their reading level.
  • Journaling-We are looking for the children to: Write 2+ sentences, use punctuation, finger spaces, stretch out unfamiliar words, add details to the picture and write word wall words correctly.

Math:

  • Addition: our goal is to “fluently add within 5” and “add within 10”; we will continue to practice creating and solving using + and =. Next week, we will introduce writing addition sentences vertically. We will begin subtraction when we return from Easter break.
  • Counting by 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s.  We are focusing on counting by 2s and counting on from a number other than 1.

Religion:

  • Holy Week is almost here! We will discuss the stories behind Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  We will make a flip book so that your child can share these stories with you at home as well! Be sure to make it to Palm Sunday Mass next week!
  • The children decided to bring soup and/or crackers for the food pantry for this month.  This will be our last Lenten donation. Send in by Friday!
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Kindergarten Newsletter March 9th 2018


Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

May 4th, Mothers Day Tea…please note…the children will be dismissed with you at 11:30 that day! Our Tea will be in the morning.  We look forward to spending time with our moms!

CARDIANL COLLEGE! APRIL 10, 6:30…what is Cardinal College? It’s a new program, where parents can learn new things! Our first “class” is on parent Coaching. Who couldn’t use a little help and some new ideas on how to raise good kids in this new digital age? Our speaker for the evening will be Jamie Strauss. Jamie comes to us with a wealth of knowledge. She also has two young boys…she gets it! She has the same kinds of struggles all parents do today! Come and join us, bring your friends! You will not be disappointed!

What’s Due:

**Please remember if your last name starts with a letter N-Z, please send in your supplies! We are in desperate need of disinfect wipes, paper towels and baby wipes. THANK YOU!

If you are willing to help with some of our snack days, please let us know! A BIG Kindergarten thank you to the parents who have already volunteered to pick up a snack day! We really appreciate it!

This Week:

We enjoyed discussing your child’s progress at conferences. Each child develops as his/her own unique pace! The steady progress has been great to see in all the students! When we work together, your child benefits! We sure do make a great team!

Next Week:

Literacy:

We began really digging into our leveled readers. Each child is reading a book at his or her instructional level. We are seeing great reading strategies that we have taught in action! When reading with your child at home, notice these simply strategies working. Let your child show you some things that help when coming across an unfamiliar word. The most important reading skill is comprehension. Ask your child what he or she just read, tell you in his or her own words. Sometimes, just stop  mid story and ask what did you just read?

Math:

Addition sentences, horizontal and vertical writing will be our focus. We have a song about knowing our doubles, ask your child!

Religion:

The class voted and we have decided that we would like to donate soup and crackers to our food pantry. When we serve others we serve God! We have been blessed so we can bless others!

With 2 major saints to be celebrated this month we are revisiting what we know about saints. How can we become saints? St. Patrick taught the Irish people about God, we will use a shamrock to do the same!

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter, March 2, 2018

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Saturday, March 3rd: St. Cletus Auction Night!  Be sure to look for the two Pete the Cat inspired auction items from the kindergarten team! Each includes a scoop chair, pointer, reading glasses, Pete readers, Pete drawing book, $20 giftcard to  Anderson’s Bookshop and a Pete the Cat backpack pull.
  • Monday, March 5th: Hot Lunch, Subway
  • Tuesday, March 6th: School Mass, 9am
  • Friday, March 9th: 1/2 day, Parent/teacher conferences; 11:30 dismissal (no aftercare). Please sign up under KINDERGARTEN TEAM. We have morning openings as well.
  • We have a few “teacher weeks” for snack coming up, March 5-9 ,March 12-15,  April 23-26 and April 30-May 4. If you can donate some juice or a snack or even take a snack day or too, please let us know through emailing me! We need snack, napkins and cups for 29 children. We appreciate any help!

This Week:

  • Dr. Seuss was on the loose in Kindergarten! We read stories and did many activities…but mostly we did rhyming! Dr. Seuss books are great early readers because of the rhythm, rhyme as well as the predictable text in the stories.  Plus, they are just plain FUN! Ask your child which one of these delightful books was his or her favorite! Have them try and read one to you! If the books below aren’t in your home already, get to the library and check them out. Try them in the order below, growing in difficulty.

The Foot Book

The Eye book

Great Day for Up

Marvin K Mooney Will You Please Go Now!

Wacky Wednesday

Put Me in the Zoo

The Nose Book

Green Eggs and Ham

Hop on Pop

Are You My Mother?

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?

One Fish, Two Fish

The Cat in the Hat

  • Our leprechaun, Micky Finn has come to visit for the month of March! Ask your child what he does and where he lives! He likes to do some shenanigans!

Next Week:

We are looking forward to discussing your child’s progress with us on March 9th. Please be on time for your conference, we are only allotted a certain amount of time for each child.  We will be mindful of the time.  We will see you on Friday!

Literacy:

  • Our word family study works so well with the Dr. Seuss rhyming theme. We will continue to explore word families next week.
  • The children have become very skilled at taking apart a word by listening to what they hear. This skill is showing up in our journal writing too! Their journals are the very best assessment of progress. Have your child write things at home. Writing a grocery list or note to a grandparent is great practice and you will see the progress too!
  • Word wall word practice: these words are helping us becoming more fluent readers!  These words are also used quite often in our journals.

Math:

  • We will continue to work on creating and solving addition sentences.  We have a song about knowing our “doubles.” Ask your child to sing this song for you! Kindergarten rocks!

Religion:

  • Our Bible stories are showing us the ways Jesus showed love to others. Has your child been kind at home? Our class butterfly is getting very colorful! We hope that kindness becomes  a life long habit!

EXCITING NEWS! Beginning March 8th, we will be checking books out of our St. Cletus School Library to take home! We will have these books for home reading until March 19. Then we will have the opportunity to check out another book! Please be sure to keep these borrowed books in a special spot that will make it easy for your child to find it on the day it is to be returned. Read these books often!  Your child picked the book, it must have piqued some interest!

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Kindergarten Newsletter February 23, 2018

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

 

 **Please sign up for parent teacher conferences. Conferences are on March 9th. It will be under “KINDERGARTEN TEAM“. This will be the start of Mrs. Mahr’s return to the kindergarten team for the remainder of the school year. We have morning slots open on conference day as well.  We look forward to discussing the progress we have seen! We hope you have as well! Thank you!

This looks like fun, if you’re looking for something to do this weekend!  Click HERE to visit the Lakeshore website.

 

  • Monday, February 26th: Hot Lunch, Buona Beef Salad
  • Tuesday, February 27th: School Mass
  • Wednesday, February 28th: Hot Lunch, McDonald’s burgers
  • Friday, March 2nd: All school Religion assembly
  • March 3: “A Night at the Races!” The theme for our schools auction sounds so fun! Did you buy your tickets yet? Don’t miss out on this great event that raises  money for our school! It can be a good place to meet old friends and make some new ones! We have a great school community. Join us!

This Week:

We had our very own Olympics! We  began by honoring our flag and continued into the opening ceremonies with an Olympic torch relay race. We competed in many Olympic events including skating using paper plates, skeleton racing using scooters, jump roping and more! We even got medals! Ask your child about the events and which one was his/her favorite! Check out the  PICTURES PAGE to see all the fun we had!

Next Week:

Literacy:

  • We are reading leveled books. Each child has an instructional level. That is our goal, to find this level for each child. We have many books to choose from and we ask the students to pick a book of interest. Find a page, read the words, put up a finger for each unknown word. If you get to five, it is too hard. If you have 2 or 3 fingers up, it’s just right! We also ask students to read “3 before me!’ This means, read to yourself, reread, or read to 2 other people before coming to read to us. We will begin to use our afternoon time as well as rest time to fit this important task into our busy day!
  • Daily journaling: expectations are using upper & lowercase letters, finger spaces in between words, correct spelling of word wall words and “stretching out”  or writing the sounds you hear for unfamiliar/non word wall words.

Math:

  • We started writing number sentences. This work will continue for the next week. Talk to your child about addition using the terms, “how many in all?” “how many more?”

Religion:

  • Each week during Lent, we will begin going to our own version of The Stations of the Cross. Please discuss the pictures that tell this story. Though it is a very sad story, we have been emphasizing the joyful ending. The hardships Jesus went through ends in the happiness of Easter.
  • We continue to “catch’ children being kind to one another. The once dull butterfly on the board in our hallway is becoming more colorful as the children add a piece of tissue with each act of kindness. Help your child see ways to be kind at home too. We are hoping this becomes a good habit!

Social Studies:

  • We LOVED the Olympic unit that we did!  It was fun to watch our flag being raised as some of our athletes won the gold medal. We kept a count of all the medals for the USA and looked at the other countries that won medals on a big map. Our world came together for a short time to celebrate these athletes! Ask your child about the medal count for the USA!
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Kindergarten Newsletter February 16 2018

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Monday, February 19: No School
  • Wednesday, February 21: Hot Lunch, Buona Beef
  • Friday, February 23: If you have an auction shirt, wear it to school!

Looking Ahead:

  • March 3: Day at the Races Auction! Look for the Kindergarten items, we have something cute that every child would love to call their own! 🙂 Watch for pictures of these fun items in next week’s newsletter! This is not only a fun event that raises money for our school, it is also a great way to meet some of our school families! Bring your friends and get ready for a good time!
  • May 4th: Mother’s Day tea. More information to come! Be sure to check your child’s backpack!

This Week:

Love was in the air all week as we celebrated Valentine’s Day! We feel love for family, friends, nature and all the gifts God has given us! We often ask at the end of the day, “Where did you see God today?” We can see God in the small ways we show love to one another!

We are enjoying our medal graph for the Olympics! We hope you are enjoying watching the Olympics as a family! We will host a Kindergarten version of the games soon. Check out our medal graph so far.  Ask your child which the U.S. has the MOST of ?  The least?  How many medals altogether?

Next Week:

Our class decided to bring mac and cheese or any kind of pasta for the food pantry as our service project this month. You may send this by Friday, February 23. Let your child choose the item to be donated. This is a beautiful lesson in kindness and generosity. When we serve others, we serve God!

Literacy:

  • During Lent we are looking for ways to show God’s love to one another. These are great topics for Journal time! Help your child find ways and discuss this as a good thing to write about in his/her Journal. Here’s what we are looking for now: spacing between words, correct spelling of word wall words, stretching out of unknown words and for capital letters to only be used at the beginning of the sentence. We learn so much about each child during this time of day! Each child writes at his or her developmental ability. We are seeing so much growth! Journaling is such an important part of our day!
  • Word wall practice: be sure to review our sight words at home!
  • Stretching out unfamiliar words, words that are NOT on our word wall.  You can practice this at home.  Use fun pens, markers, chalk, magnetic letters, create a salt tray, etc. and continue to focus on CONSONANT/VOWEL/CONSONANT words like MAT, DOG, CAT, HAT, etc.  When your child seems to be doing well with this, move on to words with  blends like FISH, CHIP, BATH, etc.  Remember, if your child asks, ‘how do you spell ___?” please remind your child to STRETCH IT OUT!  We want to create independent, confident writers! Correct spelling will come later.

Math:

  • Decomposing or taking numbers apart has been going well! We are learning how putting two numbers together is called addition!
  • We continue to practice identifying tens and ones in numbers.  72 is 7 groups of ten and 2 ones left over. Give your child a number.  Ask him/her to write it and identify, “how many groups of ten?”  “how many ones left over?”
  • Number writing: We are still looking for numbers to be formed correctly. You can practice this at home too!

Religion/Science:

We began Lent on Ash Wednesday. We attended Mass as a school family and we received our Ashes as a reminder to us that we belong to God. During the season of Lent, we will be saying the “Our Father” after our morning prayer each morning. You received a note about the other things  we are doing in school to get our hearts ready for Easter. We sent this note on Tuesday. Help your child see opportunities or chances to show God’s love to someone else.

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter February 9, 2018

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • February 14, Valentine’s Day. You received a note about our procedure regarding passing Valentines in school.

What’s Due:

If your last name begins with a letter in the second half of the alphabet N-Z, please send in your supplies. This includes paper towels, tissues and disinfectant wipes. THANK YOU!

This Week:

We celebrated our 100th day in style! We sang, counted, read and did 100 jumping jacks! Ask your child how we did all of these fun activities. Be sure to check out the PICTURES PAGE to see us enjoying our 100th day trail mix!

This week we also had a visit from Deacon Stuart.  He told us about his job as a Deacon, prayed with us and blessed us.  We were busy during centers this week.  Check out a couple of the activities below!

Next Week:

We will be exploring the Olympic games in our classroom! We will be doing our own version of the Olympics too! Watch the games with your child, it can be a great learning experience for everyone! The Opening ceremonies are on Friday, February 9 at 7:00, channel 5. Let’s root on our athletes that have worked so hard to accomplish their dreams! GO USA!

Our Valentine party will be on Wednesday. As we always do, we will play games in a center format and move through both classrooms. Please refer to the note sent home earlier for valentines prep you need to know for home! We have Ash Wednesday mass in the morning.

Literacy:

Our self generated topics for journal time has been going very well! We are impressed with the students ideas! Journal writing is the best true authentic way of assessing what the students are learning. We take and use all our skills in real meaningful writing! It is a joy to see this skill come to life in each child. Developmental milestones are occurring daily.  Keep these discussions going to help your child see that our spoken language can be written down to tell a story!

Math:

Decomposing numbers, taking them apart, has gone well! We will move onto writing number sentences. For example 2 +1=3. We will continue to use our classroom manipulatives to demonstrate this concept.

Religion/Science:

  • As a class, we decided on mac and cheese, another kindergarten favorite, (or any pasta and sauce) for our food pantry donation this month.  You can send this in at any time.  Our service project takes on life when the children are involved. We made a list of ideas and took a vote.  Talk to your child about what he/she would like to give to other children in need. When we serve others, we serve God. What great gift! We are doing God’s work!
  • Our senses tell us about the world God have given us. We will look at our sense of SMELL next week.
  • With the beginning of Lent upon us, look for a letter to be sent home on Wednesday to explain how we will look at Lent and how we can use this time to reflect on Jesus and His love for us!Lent is a time to get our hearts ready for Easter! We will attend Ash Wednesday Mass with our 8th grade buddies.  The ashes on our forehead will let everyone know that “we are friends of Jesus!”
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Kindergarten Newsletter February 2, 2018

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Monday, February 5th: Please send in 100th day items (as assigned in the letter sent home this past week).  We want to make sure we are ready for the 100th day on TUESDAY!
  • Tuesday, February 6th: 100 DAYS OF SCHOOL!
  • Friday, February 9th: If you bought an auction shirt, wear it to school!

Looking Ahead:

  • March 3rd: Spring Auction: we hope to see you there!
  • May 4th: Mother’s Day Tea: More information coming! Mark  your calendars for this sweet event!

This Week:

It was wonderful to see so many families at our Mass and Open House last Sunday! We have so much to be proud of here at St. Cletus! Our school families top that list! Your support of this endeavor makes it all worth while! Our children reap the benefits of our cooperative spirit!

Catholic Schools Week was so much fun! Jammies on Monday and reading with our 8th grade buddies was big fun! Celebrating Mass as a school family always is wonderful. The finishing event, the Red and White Volleyball game was great! Even with all the fun activities, we still managed to learn a thing or two! 🙂

Next Week:

Tuesday, February 6th is our 100th day of school! We hope you have seen all the growth your child has made! This is a year of much development and changes! Many teeth are missing, pants are too short and your child is getting more grown up each day! We are building independent, joyful children! We see it and we hope you do too! Please be sure to have your child count out the food item assigned to you. (letter went home on Monday) This needs to be in by Monday February 5th. We will celebrate this day by writing, singing, snacking and doing 100 jumping jacks, just to name a few fun things!!

Literacy:

  • The children are beginning to generate their own topics for writing during our journal time. Please help us with this at home by looking for writing topics as your child is going though his/her day. Can they journal about some activity? A fun meal or event? These ideas will be the topic for the following day! Talk to your child about what he/she can write about in their journal.

Math:

  • Counting by 2s, 5s, 10s and 1s.  Keep practicing at home!
  • Counting down to our 100th day! The children will participate in a day full of 100th day activities!
  • Addition: Getting ready to tackle addition takes much preparation! We “count on” to see how many more of things that we use in our classroom. We begin by “decomposing” numbers. For example, we can make 6 by putting 5 and 1 together, or 2 and 4 together. Seeing and manipulating items helps the students to understand this concept!

Religion/science:

  • We love looking at our senses as a way to experience God’s world! Next week we will look at our sense of touch. We will discuss different ways to describe how things feel and try to guess different objects only using our sense of touch.
  • Your child will be coming home with a meteorologist report. Each child takes a turn to tell us about the daily weather. Many students have done this already. Look in your child’s backpack daily to work on this fun learning experience!

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter January 26, 2018

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

Next week we get to celebrate our Catholic School!  Please read below so you know what we will be doing each day to celebrate!

  • Sunday, 1/28 :  Catholic Schools Week Mass at 9:30 followed by the open house from 10:30-12:30.  Please encourage your friends and neighbors to join us! The Mass and open house is for current and prospective families.
  • Monday, 1/29:  Pajama Day (wear your pajamas to school, all students should wear gym shoes) and games with 8th grade buddies
  • Tuesday, 1/30:  College or Sports themed Dress down day and ‘can you guess the teacher?’ picture game
  • Wednesday, 1/31: Teacher Appreciation Day: Mass and teacher luncheon 
  • Thursday, 2/1:  Student Appreciation Day: No homework for older students and teacher Swap
  • Friday, 2/2: Red and White dress down day: Bring one red or white food pantry item and Red and White Volleyball game for 1st-8th (kindergarten will watch 8th grade buddies play) – NO Regular gym classes.

This Week:

Thank you to the families who sent in cereal. It is easy to help our family member or our friends and classmates. By giving to the food pantry we are helping people we do not know! THAT is doing God’s work! Thank you for being an example to your child. They are always watching!

We dove into centers this week! Through play, the students learn by doing! We have seen so much growth!

On Tuesday, we attended a Mother Goose Assembly and helped act out many nursery rhymes.  Can you guess which ones by looking at the pictures below? Nursery rhymes are so very important for your child! The rhythm, rhyme and repetition in nursery rhymes are exactly what our little ones need to develop strong phonemic awareness skills. If you don’t sing and chant nursery rhymes with your child, consider getting a book and try to incorporate these into your daily reading!

Next Week:  

Catholic Schools week is a time for us to celebrate all that we do here at St. Cletus! Many great schools in our area, but here we can do things in a different way. Our faith drives us and all our instruction. When you enter our building can you feel the difference? We hope so!

Literacy: 

Journaling and leveled readers will be our focus. We ask our students to stretch themselves, our bodies grow, so does our brain! Have your child show you some words that are NOT word wall words, see the strategies he or she uses to attack the word!

Math:

We will begin looking at addition. We often talk about “counting on.” This pre-addition skill let’s the children see how addition works! Now we will use manipulatives to see how this works. Help your child see that you use addition in many ways. How many plates do we have? How many more do we need? This conversation and discussion can help your child develop these skills too!

Religion/Science:

Our sense of hearing helps us know about God’s world! We can hear beautiful music and hear people tell us that they love us! We learn about all of God’s wonderful world through our senses.

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter January 19, 2018

Upcoming events/mark your calendars :

  • Monday, January 22: Hot lunch-Little Joes, chicken nuggets or meatball sandwich
  • Wednesday, January 24: Hot lunch Bouna Beef, garden salad
  • Sunday, January 28  Open House, 9:30 Mass followed by a 10:30 open house in the school.  Please plan on attending!  Invite your friends and neighbors.  This is for current and prospective families.

Looking Ahead:

  • Saturday, March 3rd: St. Cletus Auction: this is another important fundraising event for our school.  Please consider attending this fun event to show your support and meet some other parents!  For more information, click HERE.
  • Friday, May 4: You should have received your “save the date” note last Wednesday.  Mark your calendar for this fun event called The Mother’s Day Tea!
  • Box tops: Are you collecting box tops at home?  We will submit box tops at the beginning of March.  Keep on cutting!  Grandparents are great at saving these too…be sure to ask them! 🙂
  • Scholastic book orders: submit at any time, for first time users, use code H2NGF.

A great, quick read:

This week:

We have been busy this week with our learning centers and journaling! We are exploring many stories about winter! Snow is such a fun topic with many different authors who love it too.

Thank you one and all for bringing in the cereal for our service project! When we serve others, we serve God. This is doing God’s work! It was great to see the children dropping off those boxes of cereal at church.  We discussed giving to others and even giving to those we don’t know.  The great thing about giving is it makes us feel good too!

Next week:

Next week we will continue to hone our skills with reading, writing and math with activities that are hidden in play and centers. Children don’t  realize all the learning that is taking place, they are just having fun!

Literacy:

  • We will begin journal time with self generated topics. This means each child will write about him/her! This is a difficult writing skill for children, but we generate ideas as a class and say throughout the day, ‘this would be a great thing to journal about! This is also a great time to talk about things that your child can journal about: a trip to the store, a visit from a relative, anything that is of interest to your child! These journals then become a story of your child’s kindergarten life! So fun to look back and read, not to mention to see all the growth! These journals are the best way to assess the progress each child is making with his/her writing. We will look at these journals at the next conference time.
  • Sight word practice: special focus on NUMBER WORDS (one-ten); ask your child what his/her new table team NUMBER is!
  • Making connections: connecting one text to another text and also connecting stories to things in our own lives.  We will use the phrase, “this reminds me…” when reading snow stories!
  • Listening center: winter stories
  • Jolly Phonics review and segmenting (breaking apart sounds) and blending (putting sounds back together) both real and nonsense words. Keep practicing this at home!  Begin with consonant/vowel/consonant words like MAT, SIT, HAT, WET, etc.  Ask your child to “tap out” the words (like we do at school) and also try writing them on a whiteboard, chalkboard, paper, or even in shaving cream or salt on a cookie sheet!

Math:

  • We will continue to practice counting by 1s, 5s and 10s, but counting by 2s will be our real focus. They are really getting good at counting!!
  • We LOVE to collect information using graphs. We use many different types of graphs. Ask your child about our class graphing! (Hint: we use tally marks, groups of ten too! We examine the information and see what we notice!)
  • Breaking numbers down into tens and ones.
  • How many more to make 5?  To make 10? We will use our counting on strategy.  This is a pre-addition skill.

Religion/Science:

  • We will continue our unit on SENSES. We will explore our sense of sight next week. We can see all the beauty in God’s world through our eyes! How does our sense of SIGHT keep us safe?  Has your child been singing our senses song to you? (hint: I’ve got senses, I’ve got senses…”
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Kindergarten Newsletter, January 12, 2018

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Monday, January 15th: No School, MLK Day
  • Wednesday, January 17th: Hot Lunch, McDonald’s pancakes
  • Friday, January 19th: bring in a box of cereal by today, see below, under “next week”*

Looking Ahead:

  • Friday, May 4th: Save the Date for our Mother’s Day Tea, all moms are invited to attend! More information to follow! 
  • Sunday, January 28th: St. Cletus Open house: 9:30 Mass followed by an open house beginning at 10:30.  This is for current and prospective families.  Invite your friends and neighbors!  See you there!

 This Week: 

Our first week of 2018 was great! All the children came back to school wide eyed and ready for new adventures in Kindergarten! We made a list of classroom Resolutions to follow moving forward. Here’s what the children came up with:

  1. Be kind
  2. Help each other
  3. Care more
  4. Share 
  5. Pray more

We are ready to make our classroom a great place to learn and grow! We went on a church visit to see that Jesus is now in the manger.  We reviewed how we celebrated Jesus’ birthday with our families and said a prayer together. Prayer is always a great way to start the new year!

Next Week:

*We will begin our classroom service project in this new year. When we serve others, we serve God. We are doing God’s work! Our children are so fortunate to have loving families who provide all that they need.  Many are not so lucky!  We discussed this with the students. We will be bringing in things to put in the food pantry each month. As a class, we will decide what food item we will donate and this month we choose cereal.  We will try to choose many kindergarten favorites! We are asking that your child bring in a box of cereal any time next week, by Friday, January 19th.  When we go for our Church visit, as we do every Friday, we will drop these boxes of cereal in the donation bins in the Narthex of our Church. Ask your child what kind of cereal he/she would like to donate. If your child can pick it out at the grocery store, all the better! This activity will give our children a sense of giving. As always when giving, we remind the children if it’s more important for your family to have that box of cereal, that’s ok too! 🙂 This will continue through the end of the year, so there will be plenty of opportunities for your child to give. They will see what a great feeling that is!

Literacy:

  • We are journaling more often! The introduction of Jolly Phonics sounds was completed before break and now we’re putting all of our knowledge to work in our writing. Learning to use those sounds in reading and writing is called “segmenting” (breaking down words into individual sounds) and “blending,” (putting those sounds back together).  What can you do at home?

Practice sight words, encourage your child to “write the sounds he/she hears” (don’t worry about correct spelling), practice consonant vowel consonant words at home: Ask your child to spell words like CAT, SIT, BAT, WET, MAT.  If your child is doing well with this, try to add some of those tricky blends in words like: baTH, CHip, fOOt, sEEd, etc.

  • Many of these writings will relate to the stories we are reading. Did you know that reading aloud to your child daily is one of the most important tasks you can do to insure future reading success? Be sure you are reading with your child every night! We will explore many different snowman stories next week and will complete a painting project to go along with this.  Our sensory tub is also full of snowy fun!
  • Snowy stories at the listening center!
  • We will practice segmenting and blending words.
  • Sight words: we are focusing on NUMBER WORDS (one-ten).  We’re always moving and rockin’ in kindergarten.  Here’s one of the songs that helping us to learn our number words.  Try singing it at home! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzfFzJGwwZQ

Math:

  • Number writing/formation
  • Counting by 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s
  • Counting on from numbers other than 1.
  • Number recognition, understanding how many tens and ones. 
  • Graphing: bar graphs and tally graphs

We will review and continue to work hard on having a strong number sense as we get ready to begin addition soon!

Religion/Science:

  • We will begin our unit on our senses. This unit blends nicely with science. God gives us our sense to learn about His world and all the wonderful things in it! We will begin with our sense of taste.  We will discuss how some things are sweet, salty, spicy, sour and we will also discuss how our taste buds change over time so it’s always a good idea to try new foods! We will make a graph to determine which kind of foods we like the most.  We encourage this often at snack time.  It’s always fun to try new foods! We will also learn a new song.  Ask your child to sing it to you!  Hint: “I’ve got senses, I’ve got senses, yes I do! Yes I do!”

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter January 8 2018

Happy New Year!

This week we will be getting back into our routines and getting right down to business! The new year brings a chance to start again, renew our commitment to making our classroom a  great place to learn and grow. We will be making resolutions to kick off this great new fresh start!

We look forward to seeing all the bright shiny faces we have missed and hearing of all the adventures Christmas break brought to our students! Be sure your child gets a good night sleep, we plan on hitting the ground running!

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