Kindergarten Weekly Update 2/22

Looking Ahead:
We had a great field trip to the Fire Station! Thank you to all the parent volunteers who joined us.
Reminders:
Thank you to the parent volunteers that sit with our class at Mass on Wednesday mornings. I appreciate the help. Please remember that you are there to help the children maintain appropriate Mass behavior and that all the children need to be treated equally. We need to assure this for fairness to all the students that don’t have parents present. It is not always possible for you to sit near your child as it is necessary for me to spread the parent volunteers out as necessary. The children are not instructed to hold hands during the Our Father prayer. When I get up to help with the gifts and to receive Holy Communion, please help keep the students quiet and facing the altar.
We continue practicing reading sentences with the use of pictures and our high frequency words. This week was a review of all the sight words we have been practicing. Please encourage the children to read these words in the books you choose nightly. It would be helpful to keep the small books each week and have them practice as review of all the words we have learned. It is great practice for them.
I will begin sending home “Book Bags” at the beginning of the week, Monday, to be returned on Fridays. In the “Book Bags” will be some small readers that your child should read to you. These books should be practiced many times throughout the week, before they are returned on Friday. This will count as time for their reading log each night. There will also be a key ring with sight word flash cards attached in the “Book Bags.” These should be practiced nightly as well. I will add words to the rings weekly. We will be testing on sight words every other week.
Please continue to read at least 15 minutes every night with your child and fill out the reading log. Please keep the reading log in their home folder on the “return to school” side. I will be checking for completion each morning, and stamping the log to track whether or not the assignment was done each night. This way, I can assign an accurate grade for the reading log. I will collect the reading logs each week on Friday. A new log will be sent home every Monday.
Share Schedule:
Monday: Abigail, Andrew, Brayden, Christian, Elise
Tuesday: Eva, Jalynn, John C., Kyle, Liam
Wednesday: Martha, Moises, Agnes, Anthony, Cassy
Thursday: Dayvin, Emmett, Frank, Jayln, John M.
Friday: Lia, Lorenzo, Mia and Zach
*Reminder that the Super Star Student of the week can bring something to share each day of the week.
**I will have a bin outside the classroom for the share items in the morning. Please only have your child bring an item to share on their scheduled day (except when student is Super Star Student). If they forget, they are not to bring something the next day, but instead they will wait until their next scheduled share day. Thank you for your help with this. The children may share books, gifts, and stories.  Weapons and other such items may not be brought to school. Likewise, fragile items should not be sent to school.
Super Star Student- I will go in alphabetical order by first name. The student that is Super Star Student for the week will bring in a small photo album with 10-15 pages. You may wish to include pictures and a description of your child’s likes/dislikes, favorite vacations, special events, thing he/she enjoys doing, etc. We will read from this book every day that your child is Super Star.  Being Super Star also means being line leader, prayer leader, and calendar leader.  The Super Star may share every day during his/her week, not just on his or her assigned share day.
Super Star Students for February/March:
February 25th-March 1st: Lorenzo
March 4th-8th: Mia
March 11th-15th: Moises
Please continue to read at least 15 minutes every night with your child and fill out the reading log. Please keep the reading log in their home folder on the “return to school” side. I will be checking for completion each morning, and stamping the log to track whether or not the assignment was done each night. This way, I can assign an accurate grade for the reading log. I will collect the reading logs each week on Friday. A new log will be sent home every Monday.

What we will be covering this week:
  • Religion: Jesus Wants Us to Love
  • Math: Adding and Subtracting Numbers (Garfield Math), Compare Objects Using Same As, Compare Objects Using Heavier Than and Lighter Than
  • Reading: ZooBorns!, Two Cubs, Animal Bodies, A Pup and a Cub, Baby Farm Animals, Kitty Caught a Caterpillar
  • Language Arts: Essential Question- How are some animals alike and how are they different?
  • Grammar: Read Words with short vowels u, a, and i with t and b, Action Words (verbs)
  • Phonics: Letter: Uu, High Frequency Words: for ,she, was, little, with, he ,are, my, to, do, you, is, go, and, like, you, a, we, the, I, can, see, at, am
  • Social Studies: American Monuments and National Symbols
  • Science: The Most Magnificent Thing/Engineering Fair
Dates and Reminder:
  • Friday, 3/1: Half Day: Dismissal at 12 PM
  • Wednesday, 3/6: Ash Wednesday
  • Friday, 3/8: Stations of the Cross 2 PM
  • Saturday, 3/9: Track Meet K-8 at Cathedral Catholic High School
  • Wednesday, 3/13: Half Day: Dismissal at 12 PM
  • Thursday, 3/14: Team Day-Students may wear blue jeans and St. Mary team shirt
  • Friday, 3/15: Stations of the Cross 2 PM
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at .