October 18, 2019 Newsletter

October 18, 2019 Class News

We had another great week together in kindergarten! One highlight of our week was our field trip of course! We had a blast together in the pumpkin patch and got to see a real working farm to summarize and celebrate all we have learned together about pumpkins. I am looking forward to conferencing and sharing your child’s successes with you. I treasure being able to partner with such wonderful families. Your children are excited, kind and happy learners!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: he and was. Next week we will learn for and on. Are you working on these at home? A good way to practice sight words is to keep a bundle of sight words (simple flashcards you can make with notecards) in your purse or bag and pull them out whenever you have an extra minute to spare – waiting for an appointment, quickly before you go out the door, etc.

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned all about the letters /c/ and /h/. We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds /c/ and /h/, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with c and h. Some words they came up with were ‘Haunted House, Hat, Candy Corn, Cat.’ If you choose to do homework at home, practicing lowercase letter formation is a good skill to practice with parent guidance! You might choose to brainstorm words that start and end with c and h while you’re driving, going for a walk or eating dinner. Next week will be beginning sounds /f/ and /d/.

Literacy centers: This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, iPad center and at the phonics center students used white boards to walk around the room and copy the words of Halloween cards! Thank you to all the parents who were able to volunteer this week! In reading groups, we continue to use our “Eagle Eye” to observe picture clues and word clues to make predictions about what the story will be about. We are busy finding and circling sight words in our decodable readers! Keep up the reading practice at home!

Writers Workshop/Science: During writer’s workshop, we compared and contrasted a pumpkin and an apple using a Venn diagram! We first brainstormed as a class, and then completed it individually. We used pictures and words to see how they are the same and how they are different! See if your child remembers what the similarities and differences are.

Math: We practiced showing numbers 1-10 with tally marks, dots, words, tens frames and numeral. We are using math models to problem solve and find the answer to word problems. Students get the opportunity to come up to the document camera and share their thinking during this time.

Religion: This week we started unit two in our religion book, “God Always Loves Us.” We are learning how to be a friend, and comfort our friends when they are sad. We can ask “are you okay?” or “can I help you?” Jesus taught us to love God, but also love our neighbor!

The entire kindergarten grade and 7th grade is putting on the All Saints Day mass on Nov 1st. We invite you to join us! We continue to be Christ-centered people who pray with intention and reverence (SLE) by mastering our prayers – Guardian Angel, Prayer Before Meals and Prayer After Meals.

Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can read emergent level text with purpose and understanding.
  • With prompting and support, I can ask and answer questions about key details in text.
  • I can spell simple words phonetically.
  • I can read CVC words.
  • I can speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly.
  • I can read the words in a book in the right order.
  • I can say the most common sound for each consonant in the alphabet.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.
  • I can understand that the last thing I count tells the number of things in a group.
  • I can name the number for each thing in a group as I count them.

Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, October 22nd – Individual Portrait Day
  • Monday, October 28th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Thursday, October 31st – Halloween Carnival led by middle school 1-3pm
    • Students may wear a Halloween costume that day
    • More information to follow next week
  • Friday, November 1st – All Saint’s Day Liturgy, Dress Uniform
  • Friday, November 8th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)

Best,

Miss Williamson

October 11, 2019 Newsletter

October 11, 2019 Class News 

We had fun discovering, sharing and adventuring together this week in kindergarten!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: that and it. Next week we will learn he and was. Are you working on these at home? A good way to practice sight words is to keep a bundle of sight words (simple flashcards you can make with notecards) in your purse or bag and pull them out whenever you have an extra minute to spare – waiting for an appointment, quickly before you go out the door, etc.

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned all about the letters /n/ and /p/. We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds /n/ and /p/, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with n and p. Take a look at your child’s spelling coming home in their Friday folder. If you choose to do homework at home, practicing lowercase letter formation is a good skill to practice with parent guidance! You might choose to brainstorm words that start and end with n and p while you’re driving, going for a walk or eating dinner. Next week will be beginning sounds /c/ and /h/.

Handwriting: This week we practiced forming lowercase letters n and p. We also practiced writing our names, starting with an uppercase letter and the rest being lowercase. We are continuing to use our hat line, belt line, and foot line to make letters and numbers.

Literacy centers: We did not have literacy centers due to showing what we know on our MAP tests! Students tried their best and did a great job!

Writers Workshop: This week, we started learning all about pumpkins! During writer’s workshop, we reviewed what a ‘label’ is (a word that tells us about a picture) and labeled the parts of a pumpkin. We used water colors to paint a pumpkin and labels the different parts of it. Come take a look at them!

Math: We continue to work through chapter one: Numbers 0-5, and will continue to explore the essential question, how do we show how many? We have been learning to compare numbers using the terms “greater than,” “less than” and “equal to.” We look at different numbers and then work to figure out if that number is even or odd. The students use their hands to see if each finger, while modeling the number, would have a buddy or if one is left out. In kindergarten, we learn how to use “tools not toys,” in order to help us solve math problems. We are continuing to practice using complete sentences and showing all our work to explain our math thinking.

Key math words: Count, equal to, greater than, less than, number, zero, one, two, three, four, and five.

Religion: Our school lunch recess monitor, Mrs. Dahlgren, came in this week for a “Peacemakers” lesson. She read a book to the class about friendship and talked with the students about how to be a good friend on the playground and in the classroom. We continue to be Christ-centered people who pray with intention and reverence (SLE) by mastering our prayers – Guardian Angel, Prayer Before Meals and Prayer After Meals.

Science: We began our unit all about pumpkins! This week, we observed many different kinds of pumpkins in the classroom and learned the parts of a pumpkin. Ask your child to name the parts of a pumpkin! We learned the life cycle of a pumpkin, too. Ask your child to retell you the life cycle of a pumpkin!

 Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can read emergent level text with purpose and understanding.
  • With prompting and support, I can ask and answer questions about key details in text.
  • I can spell simple words phonetically.
  • I can read CVC words.
  • I can speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly.
  • I can read the words in a book in the right order.
  • I can say the most common sound for each consonant in the alphabet.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.
  • I can understand that the last thing I count tells the number of things in a group.
  • I can name the number for each thing in a group as I count them.

 Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, October 16th – Liturgy, Dress Uniform
  • Friday, October 18th – Field Trip to Stocker Farms
  • Tuesday, October 22nd – Individual Portrait Day
  • Monday, October 28th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Friday, November 8th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)

Reminders:

  • St. John School and Parish are very excited to announce a partnership with Unbound – a charity that allows us to directly help children in need. Kindergarten will sponsor Bruno.  He is from Bolivia and speaks Spanish!  He is 5 years old and enjoys playing ball, putting together puzzles and watching television.  I attached a photo of Neil. Senora Blanca will incorporate lessons where she will create a class letter in Spanish to send to Neil throughout the year.  Every first Friday of the month your child is welcome to bring in a $1 donation and make cards or write letters to Bruno.  If you have any additional questions, please let me know.  Thank you!  Your support will help Bruno get a wonderful education and new pen pals from Seattle.

Best,

Miss Williamson

September 13, 2019 Newsletter

September 13, 2019 Class News

Your children are such a treat to have in the classroom! It has been a joy getting to know them this past week. They are adjusting well and are happy learners! This week we focused on learning and practicing our classroom and school procedures as well as modeling expectations.  Ask your child about our class marble jar, table points, and how they can earn a sticker! At our morning meeting, we learn about the days of the week and discuss the weather and how it changes over time. Ask your child how to sing our calendar songs and what a meteorologist is. This week we participated in PE, music, Spanish, and art class for the first time! The class enjoyed our specialist time very much!  We also had a fire drill. Ask your child what we do to stay safe in these situations.

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week were the and of. We will continue to learn two sight words per week. Our goal is to learn 50 by the end of Kindergarten! Sight words are words that are most commonly seen in text, that most often break the rules (they are not spelled phonetically), so we learn them by sight!

Phonics: We began whole group spelling lessons with our curriculum, Words Their Way. This week we learned how to sort! Our focus was “Concept sort: Clothes.” We cut out our sort cards that had different clothing on them (shoes, hats, gloves, coats), sorted them by where we wear them on our body, glued them on a graphic organizer and finally created our own drawings and words on the back page. Every week, we will have a new “phonics focus”- next week will be beginning sounds /b/ and /m/.

Literacy centers: Literacy center time is another part of our literacy instruction. Students work in small groups of 4-5. Once we complete assessments for each child, these groups will be ability based. The literacy centers are – guided reading group (with me, where we will practice reading accuracy and fluency with ability leveled books), sight word group (led by Ms. Miller), independent reading in our class library, iPads (we use ‘Teach Me Kindergarten’ app and ‘Little Writers’), and phonics center (hands on phonics practice with weekly changing tools). We look forward to having parent volunteers to help with these centers starting in October! Sign up will be coming out in the next week.

Writers Workshop: We read the story, A My Name is Alice to facilitate our name study this week. Using the book as inspiration, students created a self-portrait and wrote their names in a sentence with a word that begins with the same letter as their name. Take a peek in our classroom to find your child’s self-portrait!

Math: We read the book, Chrysanthemum and shared the diversity of names in our class – a wonderful example of the Empowered Disciple SLE (Student Learning Expectations)– valuing the diversity of God’s children. We then counted how many letters we each have in our names and created a bar graph to organize our class data. We discussed the greatest and the least number of letters.

Religion: We are showing we are Christ-centered people. We will begin to practice praying with intention and reverence to God and saying the Our Father as a class starting next week. As well, at the end of the day we will practice praying to our Guardian Angels to protect us by saying the prayer of the Guardian Angel. We are also learning the prayer before and after meals, which we say to thank God for our lunch and snack. We read the story of Creation from the bible and learned about all the wonderful gifts God has given us.

Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.

 Important Dates:

  • Friday, Sept 20thJog-A-Thon!
    • Kindergarten will be running from 9-9:30AM! Come join us!
  • Sunday, September 22nd – Blessing of the Backpacks Mass

Best,

Miss Williamson

October 4, 2019 Newsletter

October 4, 2019 Class News 

It another busy week in kindergarten! We were scientists and investigated our 5 senses.  As scientists do, we will use our 5 senses the whole year to observe the world around us!  We are active learners!  Take a look at what else we were up to this week.

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: is and you.  Next week we will learn that and it.  Our students are very good at noticing sight words in books we read and in the world around us!

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week, we learned all about the letters /t/ and /g/.  We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds /t/ and /g/, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with t and g. Next week will be beginning sounds /n/ and /p/.

Handwriting: This week we have focused on uppercase and lowercase t and g and continue to practice writing numbers 1-10! We are also working hard at writing our names with only one capital letter! Ask your child to show you the “hat line, belt line and foot line.” If you choose to do homework, name writing is a great skill to work on at home – using uppercase at the beginning and lowercase for the rest. I have sent home a tracing practice sheet to use if you choose.

Literacy centers: During centers, we read books in the library center, walked around the room trying to find different words, and used magnetics to practice the alphabet! Students wrote the room finding cards with pictures and then had to figure out what the beginning sound of that word was. They also used magnets and trays to put their letters in order and spell different words they knew! In small group, we are practicing using the pictures to help us figure out what the story will be about, and sounding out words in order to read them!

Math: We are busy being mathematicians and our math “tool belt” is growing! We are continuing using math models to show our thinking. We are looking at ways to group different numbers and different ways in which to model our answers. Students come up to the document camera and describe their thinking and model to the class! We also worked on writing the numbers 1-10 using the story “Ten Apples Up on Top”. We drew ourselves and then practiced writing our numbers in 10 apples that we put on our heads! They are hanging on our Wow Work wall. Come take a look!

Science: We learned all about our 5 senses this week – sight, hear, smell, taste and touch. We read poems, played games, and created class charts to show that we understand each of the senses. When we learned about sight, we made a chart to see the different eye color in our class then discussed patterns we saw in the charted information. We also put objects in a bag and the children were able to look at them for 10 seconds then draw what they could remember on a sheet of paper! Ask your child what objects they remembered! When we learned about hearing, we listened to different sounds and students drew what they heard (for instance, birds chirping, cars honking, rain falling). We also made a class chart of our favorite foods when discovering more about taste! When we discussed touch, students felt objects in a paper bag and had to guess what the objects were. Ask your child if they were correct with their guesses! Our last sense was smell. We had four cups of four different smells: lemon, mint, vanilla, and coffee. Students smelled was what was in the cup and made predictions of what was in the cup! We use our senses to help understand the world around us!

Social Studies: Our class did a wonderful job creating their family trees! We love admiring them on our wall. You are welcome to come in and take a look at your family tree!

 Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can read emergent level text with purpose and understanding.
  • With prompting and support, I can ask and answer questions about key details in text.
  • I can spell simple words phonetically.
  • I can read CVC words.
  • I can speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly.
  • I can read the words in a book in the right order.
  • I can say the most common sound for each consonant in the alphabet.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.
  • I can understand that the last thing I count tells the number of things in a group.
  • I can name the number for each thing in a group as I count them.

 Important Dates:

  • Friday, October 11th – No School, Teacher In-service
  • Wednesday, October 16th – Liturgy, Dress Uniform
  • Friday, October 18th – Field Trip to Stocker Farms
  • Tuesday, October 22nd – Individual Portrait Day
  • Monday, October 28th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Friday, November 8th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)

 Reminders:

  • There is a field trip permission slip (complete both sides) in your child’s Friday folder. We are going to Stocker Farms on Friday, October 18th! Please sign and return ASAP. Make sure you have completed your Safe Environment Training before you sign up to chaperone. Thank you!
  • Mrs. Dahlgren is still looking for playground volunteers to add to the daily roster of lunch recess monitors. To keep your children safely monitored a total of 5 pairs of eyes, ears and arms are needed at each lunch recess, 11:00-12:15, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Grandparents are welcome. Younger children may come with you providing they aren’t a distraction from duty. Please email Mrs. Dahlgren if you’re able to help with this valuable ministry, floribunda51@yahoo.com. Thank you.

Best,

Miss Williamson

September 27, 2019 Newsletter

September 27, 2019 Class News 

We had another fantastic week together in kindergarten! We were busy writing letters and sight words, celebrating our families, identifying feelings, and noticing signs of fall.

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week were in and to.  We will continue to learn two sight words per week.  Next week we will learn is and you.  Our students are very good at noticing sight words all around us!  Keep practicing this with them at home!  They love identifying words they know in books, magazines, etc.

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week, we learned all about the letters /r/ and /s/. We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds /r/ and /s/, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with r and s. Next week will be beginning sounds /t/ and /g/.

Handwriting: This week we have focused on the letters r and s.  We are also continuing to practice numbers 1-5!  Letter and number formation is a great skill to practice at home!  Refer to resources in your child’s Friday Folder for guidance.  Ask your child to show you the “hat line, belt line and boot line.”

Literacy centers: This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, fine motor center, and phonics center.  A Blanchet High school student came in this week to help with centers.  She will continue to come in to volunteer (as a part of the Blanchet class, “Christian Call”).  We look forward to parent volunteers starting soon!  In reading groups, we made predictions of what our story would be about using two kinds of clues – picture clues and word clues on the cover. We are learning to take a “picture walk” before we read our story to see what the book will be about!

Writers Workshop: We began our Writer’s Workshop this week! Twice a week we think of ideas, write and illustrate stories and to follow our school SLE: An active learner who articulates ideas clearly, creatively, and effectively. This week we learned that writing is just telling on paper. We practiced using three steps to write a story – think of a story or something you know a lot about, picture it in your mind, draw the pictures, write the words. We focused on “best guess spelling” and really emphasized to sound out each word phonetically. We even learned to label our illustrations! Ask your child about their own writing journals and what they wrote about!

Math: We are working on math models and how to model our answers to different questions. For example “How many kids are at your table? How can you show this answer?”. Students come up with various different ways to model an answer to the question in their math journal. They then come up to the document camera and share with the class their thinking. We are discussing that there are many different ways to show your answers in math and that everyone can have a different answer and they can all be correct!

Religion: We continue to be Christ-centered people who pray with intention and reverence (SLE) by mastering our prayers.  We continue to practice sharing God’s love by using compliments and kind words.  We are focusing on ways we can fill others buckets and ways in which we dip into buckets. Ask your child ways in which they have been filling others buckets!

Science: We were so excited to each get a National Geographic Explorer magazine! We read through it as a class, compared and contrasted animals in the rainforest, and discussed where food comes from! Take a look at the magazine with your child! We also observed signs of fall! Some students noticed coldness, leaves changing colors, flowers drooping, animals searching for warmth and more clouds in the sky. We are empowered disciples!

Social Studies: We explored and celebrated our unique families this week. Through various stories and student sharing we learned that every family is special and unique and that God has given us the gift of family.  We created family trees with handprints, paper apples, and your family photo!  They are up in our classroom for everyone to admire!  Come take a look!

 Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can read the words in a book in the right order.
  • I can recognize and make rhyming words.
  • I can say the most common sound for each consonant in the alphabet.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.
  • I can understand that the last thing I count tells the number of things in a group.
  • I can name the number for each thing in a group as I count them.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • October 1st – Safe Environment Training @ Egan Hall
  • Friday, October 11th – No School, Teacher In-service
  • Wednesday, October 16th – Liturgy, Dress Uniform
  • Friday, October 18th – Field Trip to Stocker Farms
  • Tuesday, October 22nd – Individual Portrait Day
  • Monday, October 28th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Friday, November 8th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)

 Reminders:

  • There is a field trip permission slip (complete both sides) in your child’s Friday folder. We are going to Stocker Farms on Friday, October 18th! Please sign and return ASAP. Make sure you have completed your Safe Environment Training before you sign up to chaperone. Thank you!

Best,

Miss Williamson

September 20, 2019 Newsletter

September 20, 2019 Class News

It was a very busy week in kindergarten!  Your children are asking lots of questions and are excited to learn.  We were so happy to participate in the Jog-A-Thon on Friday.  We met our 7th grade buddies on Thursday and they helped the kindergarteners decorate their t-shirts.  The kids loved running with their buddies and seeing how many laps they could complete!  Thank you to everyone for your participation! Please keep in mind, we are still on our way to the $85,000 goal.  Donations will be accepted through the end of September.

Sight Words:  Our two sight words this week were and and a.  We will continue to learn two sight words per week.  Next week we will learn to and in.  We love noticing our sight words in books and around our classroom.  The kids are discovering that sight words are everywhere!

Phonics:  During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned all about the letters /b/ and /m/.  We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds /b/ and /m/ and glued them in our workbooks. We are active learners!  Next week will be beginning sounds /r/ and /s/.

Handwriting:  We love learning how to correctly form letters and numbers in kindergarten!  This week we have focused on both lowercase and uppercase b and m.  We are also practicing numbers 1-5! If your family chooses to do homework, letter and number formation is a great skill to practice at home!  Refer to resources in your child’s Friday Folder for guidance.

Literacy centers:  We worked hard in our literacy centers this week!  In ability-based groups of 4-5 students, we rotated through independent reading “library” center, sight word center, phonics center, fine motor skills, and guided reading group with me!  Literacy centers are one of many examples of how are students are active learners who work independently and collaboratively (SLE).

Math:  Kindergarten math is all about number sense!  This week we practiced writing and reading numbers 1, 2 and 3. Our math specialist, Miss Gudaitis, joins us on Monday afternoons to help with small group instruction.

Religion:  This week we continued studying the Creation Story!  Students are learning that God created everything in the world, things we can and cannot see.  Because God is good, everything He created is good! We continue to show we are Christ-centered people by making the sign of the cross before and after every prayer.  We are mastering our prayers – Guardian Angel, Prayer Before Meals, and Prayer After Meals.

Social Studies:  We continued to talk about how everyone in our class is unique and has different names this week. Even though we are all different, we are a part of our kindergarten family and more importantly the church community.  We read the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and made our own coconut tree with the letters of our name attached!

Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.

Important Dates:

  • Blessing of the Backpacks Mass – Sunday, September 22nd
  • Safe Environment Training – St. John School, Egan Hall – October 1st
  • Field Trip to Stocker Farms – Friday, October 18th
    • Please do not order hot lunch for this day!

Reminders:

    • Please send in a small photo of your immediate family (4×6/5×7 if possible) by next Friday for a class project. Please also attach a list of names (for your children to read). Thank you!
    • We are going to Stocker Farms on Friday, October 18th! A permission slip will be sent home with your child sometime next week. Please fill out and send back ASAP. We need 2-3 more chaperones, email me if you would like join. Make sure you have completed your Safe Environment Training before you sign up. Thank you!

Best,

Miss Williamson