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Kindergarten Newsletter, October 13

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next Week:

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

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

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

Literacy:

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

Image result for jolly phonics

Math:

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

Religion:

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

Science:

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

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

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

This Week: 

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

Next Week: 

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

Literacy:

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

Image result for jolly phonics groups

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

Math and Science:

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

Religion:

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

 

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter, September 30th

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars: 

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

This Week:

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

Next Week:

Literacy:

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

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

And remember…

Math:

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

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

Religion:

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

Science:

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

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

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

What’s Due:

This Week:

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

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

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

Next Week:

Literacy:

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

Image result for jolly phonics group

  •  Journaling by drawing and labeling the pictures.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Math:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Religion:

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

Science:

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

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Kindergarten Newsletter, September 15

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

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

What’s Due?

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

 This Week:

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

Next Week:

Literacy: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Math:   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Religion: 

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

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

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

Science:

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

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Kindergarten Newsletter, September 8

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

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

What’s Due:

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

This Week:

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

Next Week:

Literacy:

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

Image result for jolly phonics groups

Math: 

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

Religion:

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

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

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

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter, September 1

Upcoming Events:

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

What’s Due:

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

This Week:

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

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

Next Week:

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

Religion:

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

Math:

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

Literacy:

  • We have started to add words to our “word wall.” You have already or will be receiving a letter that explains how important it is for your child to begin to recognize “high frequency words.”  Remember, these are the words that appear most frequently in our reading and many of them cannot be sounded out!  By helping your child learn these words, he/she will become a more fluent reader. These “high frequency words” will all go up on our word wall.  The first two words on our word wall: go & the.  Please refer to the back of the note sent home for a complete list of the words that will be on our word wall by the END OF OCTOBER.
  • Jolly Phonics: We have started our Jolly Phonics program.  We began with the letter “s.”  You will receive a note about our Jolly Phonics program next week.
  • We have been busy reading stories about beginning kindergarten.  We’ve been making a lot of “connections!”
  • Name writing: Beginning our names with one capital letter, the rest lowercase.  Starting each letter at the correct line.
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Kindergarten Newsletter, August 25

Welcome to our kindergarten newsletter!

Every FRIDAY our kindergarten newsletter will be posted. Please be sure to check here every week to find out what’s happening in kindergarten.  We love to post pictures too!  Get in the habit of checking our newsletter page by Sunday night each week. You don’t want to miss anything!  Also use the information or prompts we give you to ask your child about the kindergarten day or week. You can find this newsletter by going to:

http://www.stcletusschool.com/–>PARENTS–>NEWSLETTERS–>K

If you hover over the “K,” you will find different kindergarten pages that will help you including:

  • Handouts/extra practice
  • Pictures
  • Special Schedule
  • Class newsletter
  • Book recommendations
  • Class links

School communication is also sent home on WEDNESDAYS in the electronic “School scoop” and also in your white “Wednesday envelope.”  Please make sure the white envelopes are returned the next day.

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Virtus training for all school volunteers: in order to volunteer at school, you must complete VIRTUS TRAINING.  There is a session available this weekend at the parish center:
 Virtus Training Session
When: Sat, August 26, 9am – 12pm
Where: St Cletus School – Parish Center 
Must register through OCS website
  • Regular Schedule ALL WEEK!

What’s Due:

  • Park permission slip (in your orientation packet)
  • “What’s the buzz on your child” survey (in orientation packet)
  • Hot lunch orders.  Please refer to the “school scoop” or click HERE.
  • Interested in becoming a room parent? Room 99 (Mahr) still has availability. It’s a great job for two people to share too if you think it may be too much for your schedule!  Click HERE.

This Week:

  •  We are just getting our feet wet in Kindergarten and loving it! It was great to meet you all at orientation on Wednesday. Thank you for coming!
  • On Friday Pete the Cat took us on a school tour. We saw so much cool stuff! It’s all good! When we got back to our classroom, we had a treat from Pete! He left us colored goldfish which we sorted before we ate. He even left us a cool bracelet and bookmark! Pete is the best! Kindergarten sure does ROCK!
  • We love to post pictures! To check out our first week of school, click here!
  • We learned our first new song in kindergarten.  Ask your child to sing it to you.  Hint: “Come on everybody, get down get with it!” Remember, we often will give you prompts like this.  Rather than asking your child, “what did you do at school today” be more specific.  “Who did you play with?”  “What center did you visit today?”  “I heard you learned a new song, can you sing it?”

Next Week:

  • We will begin a full week of our regular schedule, including morning and afternoon centers.  Click the link for a copy of our kindergarten goals: Kindergarten Goals
  • Go to our HANDOUTS/EXTRA PRACTICE page to find our kindergarten prayer and pledge. Ask your child to recite these to you! We say the prayer and pledges together each day.
  • Please refer to our calendar for our special schedule. If you need an extra copy, click here. You will notice that we have gym and music on Monday. Please remember to wear gym shoes and gym uniform!
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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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