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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! ūüôā 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! ūüôā

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) ‚Äď 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! ūüôā
  • 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! ūüôā 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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Kindergarten Newsletter, December 15

Upcoming Events/Mark your calendars:

  • Monday, December 18th: Hot lunch, Jimmy John’s
  • Monday, December 18th: We look forward to seeing you at our Mass on Monday, December 18th at 9am. Please be sure your child is rested and ready to share his/her singing voice! The children are to dress up.¬† We want to look our best for Mass! There will be seats reserved on the holy family and tabernacle side of the church. We hope to see you there!
  • Wednesday, December 20th: Hot Lunch, pizza and band concert in the afternoon
  • Friday, December 22nd:¬†Classroom Christmas party and early dismissal, 1:00 and no aftercare.¬† Christmas break begins!

This Week:

We are sure you are super busy at home as Christmas grows closer and boy oh boy have we been busy at school too!¬† We have been in the Christmas spirit, singing, making special art projects and of course preparing for Mass on Monday.¬† Your child will be coming home with one of these special projects, made especially for YOU! Please know this gift is VERY FRAGILE.¬† If you don’t open it right away, please make sure your child puts it in a safe place, away from pets and younger siblings! ūüôā

On Thursday, we had a special visitor join us in the afternoon.  Mrs. Mahr came and read a story and shared a special treat with us!  We were all happy to see her!

Thank you for helping your child find kind deeds at home.  This is what Advent is all about, finding ways to share kindness with others!   We have created a soft bed for baby Jesus thanks to all of our kind deeds! If you need a reminder of the true reason for the season, here it is:

We look forward to another busy, fun and productive week before beginning Christmas break! The children will end the school week with with our classroom Christmas party, planned by the room parents.  Thanks in advance to all of those who are helping out in some way.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Mass on Monday. We’d also like to wish all of our kindergarten families a Merry Christmas and a safe, relaxing break!

 

 

 

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter December 8

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

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

This Week:

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

Next Week:

Literacy:

  • Journaling, sentence writing, using punctuation, beginning the sentence with a capital letter and spacing between words.
  • ¬†We introduced the word BECAUSE, the song will help with the spelling, but this word can help with expanding our thoughts as we write.
  • We continue to review our Jolly Phonics to assist with “writing what we hear.” We regularly practice the sounds at school.¬† Are you practicing at home?
  • Making connections: reading Christmas stories this month allows the children to “make connections.” We often use the phrase, “this reminds me of when…” Try this at home when you are reading!¬† Does a story remind you of another story you have read?
  • Sight word practice, keep practicing our word wall words at home:¬†http://www.stcletusparish.com/news/kindergarten/word-wall-lists/attachment/word-wall-list-october-november-4/

Math:

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

Religion:

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

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

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter, December 1

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

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

Next Week:

Literacy:

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

Math:

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

Religion:

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

Science:

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

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Kindergarten Newsletter, November 21

Happy Thanksgiving to our kindergarten families!

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

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

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter, November 17

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

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

What’s Due:

This Week: 

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

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

Literacy: 

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

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

Math:

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

Religion:

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

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter: November 10, 2017

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

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

What’s Due:

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

This Week:

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

Next Week:

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

Literacy:

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

Math:

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

Religion:

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

Social Studies:

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

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Kindergarten Newsletter, November 3

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

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

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

Thursday, November 9th, school picture retakes.

 

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

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

Construction paper, markers, crayons, yarn – craft things

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

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

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

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

Literacy:

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

Math:

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

 

Religion:

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

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

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Kindergarten Newsletter, November

Upcoming Events/Mark your calendars:

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

What’s Due:

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

This Week:

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

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

Literacy: 

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

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

Religion: 

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

Science:

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

Math: 

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

 

 

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