12/3 – 12/7

What a wonderful week!  We are having so much fun embracing the spirit of Christmas in Room 1.  We would love for you to come in and join us during the next few weeks before break!  Without your help, we would not be able to do sight words 1:1 every morning, guided literacy centers, guided math centers, and art!!  Thank you for signing up to help with sight words, literacy centers, math centers, and parent-art.  The kids love seeing you in our room and I appreciate your help!

Ask:  We will be using paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls for an art project in two weeks.  Each child will need 2-4 rolls, depending on their size.  Please feel free to start sending these in now!  I am happy to collect them prior to our art project on the 19th.  Speaking of this art project, I would love 2-3 volunteers for this!  It will be on Wednesday, December 19th from 10:00-11:00 and finishing up from 12:00-1:00.  If you are able to help with either of these time slots, please let me know!  There will not be a sign-up genius for this date.  Thank you!

Sight Words:  This week we learned the sight words this and have.  Next week, we will learn the words from and or.  The kids are continuing to build their Sight Word Notebook each morning and continue to use them as a resource during Writer’s Workshop.  Please continue to practice sight words at home and review the first 25 words of Fry’s First 100 Sight Words.

Phonics:  This week we studies the letters and sounds /y/, /z/, and /v/.  We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds, glued them on a graphic organizers.  We did not have time to draw and write our own words that begin with y, z, and v on the back this week.  These phonics sheets are in your child’s Friday Folder.  It would be a great addition to your homework next week if they completed this!  We are continuing to practice our sign language letters when reviewing the alphabet.  So many of our students are kinesthetic learners and love this hands-on approach to letter and sound practice.  Here is a video that we use to practice the signs/sounds at school.  Feel free to practice at home as well!

Literacy Centers:  This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, word work center, independent library center, and iPad center.  During word work, the students practiced rhyming and played a bingo game to help reinforce this skill.  When determining if two words rhyme, we use a little chant.  Have your child show this to you and challenge them to find more words that rhyme.  In reading groups, we are continuing to use our “Eagle Eye” to observe picture clues and “Lips the Fish” to say the first sound in a printed word.

Writer’s Workshop:  This week, we focused on the difference between wants and needs.  On Monday, we used hula hoops from the playground to sort different items throughout the classroom into the two categories.  Students placed items such as food from lunch boxes, water bottles, warm coats, and shoes into the needs hula hoop.  Toys from choice time, key chains from backpacks, and art supplies were placed into the wants hula hoop.  We discussed the important difference between these two categories, especially when thinking of the many blessings we have during this holiday season.

Math:  This week we began counting and writing numbers greater than 10.  This was very exciting for the kids, as they LOVE big numbers.  Here is a link to their favorite number song we use in class.

Science:  This week we learned about problems, solutions, and engineers.  A problem is something that needs to be fixed or made better.  A solution is something that helps fix a problem.  And an engineer is someone who uses math and science to help solve problems.  After learning these basic definitions, we began our first STEM activity of the year.  Roughly once a week, we’ll be participating in STEM lessons and hands-on activities.  The kids absolutely loved this chance to build creatively with the purpose of solving a problem.  The problem this week:  Santa’s reindeer kept getting lost and it was too close to Christmas for Santa to keep leaving the workshop to find them!  He needed our help to build a fence using popsicle sticks, masking tape, and sticky tack in order to keep the reindeer safely enclosed at the North Pole.  See photos below for a closer look at your children’s creations!  As you can see, some of the fences didn’t quite work.  We loved being able to discuss how we could improve our designs next time – just like real engineers!

Art:  Thank you Jen Russell for taking the lead during parent-art this week!  The kids created their own snowglobe ornaments to hang on their trees or doorknobs at home.

Religion:  On Monday morning at 8:15am, we met as a school in the church for prayer.  We will continue to do this each Monday throughout Advent.  I’m encouraging families to be on the playground and in line no later than 8:12am on these days.  Thank you for your help!  We also began decorating ornaments for our individual Jesse Trees in the classroom.  We discussed the importance of a symbol to help us remember certain events, stories, or lessons.  Our ornament symbols on the tree this week were a garden (where God’s plan started), a cross (to remember Jesus’ purpose), a dove (symbol of peace), the sun (Jesus is the center of us), and a hand (a gift from God to help us help others).  We also celebrated the Immaculate Conception on Friday morning at mass.

Advent Service Project:  The Kim family is collecting new toys for Treehouse, a local nonprofit, dedicated to closing the achievement gap between youth in foster care and their peers.  Please consider donating a new toy before December 10th.  The Kim family will be delivering the toys December 12th.  Please leave these unwrapped.  Thank you!

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • Monday, Dec. 10th – Toy Donations due
  • Thursday, Dec. 13th – Report Cards go home
  • Thursday, Dec. 13th – Christmas Concert (7:00pm)
  • Monday, Dec. 17th – Paper rolls due
  • Friday, Dec. 21st – Noon Dismissal (break begins)
  • Monday, Jan. 7th – Welcome Back! (break ends)

Best,
Miss Purchio

11/26 – 11/30

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Can you believe we are already heading into the month of December?!  I am shocked at how quickly this fall has passed.  It seems like just yesterday we were moving into the new classroom and meeting families at Open House.  Your children are absolutely amazing and I love seeing their progress so far this year.  We are finally settling into our routines and we continue to build our classroom community each day.  It has been so much fun having parents come in and join us each week.  Thank you for signing up to help with sight words, literacy centers, math centers, and parent-art.  The kids love seeing you in our room and I appreciate all of your help!

Sight Words:  This week we learned the sight words at and be.  Next week, we will learn the words this and have.  The kids are continuing to build their Sight Word Notebook and have even began using them when writing in their Writer’s Workshop journals.  Continue to practice sight words at home and review the first 20 words of Fry’s First 100 Sight Words.

Phonics:  This week we reviewed the letters and sounds /l/, /k/, /j/, and /w/.  We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds, glued them on a graphic organizer, then drew and spelled our own words that begin with l, k, j, and w.  These phonics sheets are in your child’s Friday Folder.  They are all getting so much better at stretching out the sounds in their words.

Literacy Centers:  This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, word work center, independent library center, and iPad center.  During word work, the students drew picture/word cards, built the word with foam letters, and wrote the word on a whiteboard.  We are focusing on sounding out different CVC words.  In reading groups, we played a letter recognition bingo game and practiced sounding out words in our leveled books!  We are continuing to use our “Eagle Eye” to observe picture clues and “Lips the Fish” to say the first sound in a printed word.

Writer’s Workshop:  We jumped right into the Christmas spirit this week by beginning our Elf Study.  We read books about elves, brainstormed adjectives to describe elves, and created our own elves to write about and illustrate.  I loved reading all about the very unique elf personalities that the kids brainstormed.  Many of them told me their own “Elf on the Shelf” will be coming this weekend.  I’m excited to hear stories about these funny creatures throughout the next few weeks!

Math:  We wrapped up Chapter 2 in our math book this week.  We have been working on counting and writing numbers, comparing numbers, and using number lines to name numbers “one more” or “one less” than a given number.  We also practiced using ordinal numbers and discussed how they change given the direction of a line.  Next week, we will begin Chapter 3 which focuses on numbers greater than 10.

Religion:  Advent begins on Sunday, December 1st.  We will be discussing the importance and the meaning of this liturgical season.  Every Monday morning at 8:15am, we will meet as a school in the church for prayer.  We encourage families to be on the playground and in line no later than 8:12am on these days.  Thank you for your help!  We will also be decorating ornaments for our individual Jesse Trees in the classroom each day.  The Intermediate grades (3rd, 4th, and 5th) have invited us to join them upstairs for morning prayer throughout Advent.  We are going to try to join them at least once each week and we’ll also be doing our own Advent prayer and wreath in the classroom each day.

Advent Service Project:  The Kim family is collecting new toys for Treehouse, a local nonprofit, dedicated to closing the achievement gap between youth in foster care and their peers.  Please consider donating a new toy before December 10th.  The Kim family will be delivering the toys December 12th.  Please leave these unwrapped.  Thank you!

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 5th – Scholastic Orders Due (class code: QB6PH)
  • Friday, Dec. 7th – Dress Uniform (mass @ 9:00am)
  • Monday, Dec. 10th – Toy Donations due
  • Thursday, Dec. 13th – Christmas Concert (7:00pm)
  • Friday, Dec. 21st – Noon Dismissal (break begins)
  • Monday, Jan. 7th – Welcome Back! (break ends)

Best,
Miss Purchio

10/15 – 10/19

What a wonderful week!  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 in the coming weeks.  Please remember there is no school the next three Mondays in order to accommodate conference times.

Sight Words:  Our two sight words this week were 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 word flashcards (simple cards 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.  Take a look at your child’s spelling coming home in their Friday Folder.  If you choose to do homework at home, lowercase letter formation is a good skill to practice with parent guidance!  Next week will be learning 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 plastic telephones to help them hear the sounds they were reading in CVC word books.  In reading groups, we continue to use our “Eagle Eye” reading strategy 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: We dove into our first writers workshop this week and it was fantastic!  Twice a week we think of ideas and write and illustrate stories.  This week we learned that writing is just telling on paper.  We practiced using these 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:  This week we focused on greater than, less than, and equal to.  We learned about the “Number Gator” and watched this short video to help us remember which way to turn our greater than/less than sign.  We used math counters to play a game rolling and comparing numbers.  The kids practiced their math statements, “_____ is greater than _____.  ______ is less than _____. And _____ is equal to ______.”  We’ll continue to practice this next week too!

Religion:  Next week, we will learning about “Touching Safety” through our VIRTUS curriculum.  Please let me know if you would like to opt-out your child from this lesson.  I can email the required opt-out form for you to fill out.  We will be doing this on Tuesday, October 22nd.

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

Second Step: Mrs. Rousso, our school counselor, visited our classroom to continue working on recognizing and naming our feelings.  Next week, she will introduce the class to our conflict management skills curriculum, Kelso’s Choices. There are 9 different specific strategies for children to use to solve small problems on their own.

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.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • October 22nd – No School (conferences)
  • October 23rd – Picture Day!
  • October 24th – Unity Day (free dress, if you wear/accessorize w/ orange)
  • October 26th – Halloween Carnival led by middle school 1-3pm
    • Students may wear a Halloween costume that day!
    • More information to follow regarding expectations.
  • October 29th – No School (Conferences)
  • November 1st – Dress Uniform (All Saints Day liturgy)
  • November 5th – No School (conferences)

Have a great weekend!

10/1 – 10/5

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.  Take a look at your child’s work coming home in their Friday Folder.  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: Due to MAP testing, we did not have literacy centers this week. Everyone worked hard and tried their best on our MAP tests!  We will share results with you during conferences.

Math: We are busy being mathematicians and our math “tool belt” is growing! We love using cubes, counters, dominoes, and hundreds charts to articulate our thinking! This week we learned about greater than and less than. We revisited the math vocabulary, “equal to.” Ask your child to show you a group of objects that are equal, make one that is greater than and one that is less than. We are practicing using complete sentences to explain our math thinking.  Key math words: count, equal to, greater than, less than.

Science: We learned all about our 5 senses this week – sight, hear, smell, taste, and touch.v 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 5 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.  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 what was in the cup and made predictions about what it could be.  We topped it all off with making applesauce from scratch!  It was delicious!  The students were able to chart whether or not they liked or disliked it.  It was definitely a crowd favorite!  Thank you for bringing in apples.

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!

Second Step: We began our Second Step program this week, beginning with our unit on empathy. We discovered that if you can name your own feelings, it will help you figure out how other people feel. We named ‘happy’ and ‘sad’ when presented with physical clues. We learned that all feelings are natural, some feelings are comfortable, and some are uncomfortable. We identified happy as a comfortable feeling and sad as an uncomfortable feeling.

 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:

  • October 10th – Dress Uniform (mass @ 9am)
  • October 11th – Safe Environment Training in Egan Hall
  • October 19th – Field Trip to Stocker Farms
  • October 19th – Oktoberfest / Svendowment
  • October 22nd – No School (conferences)
  • October 23rd – Picture Day!
  • October 29th – No School (Conferences)
  • November 1st – Dress Uniform (All Saints Day liturgy)
  • November 5th – No School (conferences)

9/24 – 9/28

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. Take a look at your child’s phonics sheet that came home in their Friday Folder.  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 practiced using our “reading finger” to help us track the words we’re reading.  We also talked about using our “Eagle Eye” to help us use the pictures to read the story.

Math: We are working towards articulating our ideas clearly by using complete sentences to explain our math thinking during morning calendar and marking days of school on our class 200 chart. We continue to grow as mathematicians in differentiated groups by counting, writing, and showing numbers 0-10. We love working in math groups and extending our learning through math games!  Key math words: number, zero, one, two, three, four, and five.

Religion: We continue to be Christ-centered people who pray with intention and reverence (SLE) by mastering our prayers.  We continue to practice being mindful and calming down when necessary using our yoga breaths.  We continue to practice sharing God’s love by using compliments and kind words.  Mrs. Rousso, the school counselor, is visiting us once a week to help practice some of these things.

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 paint, 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 10th – Dress Uniform (mass @ 9am)
  • October 11th – Safe Environment Training in Egan Hall
  • October 19th – Field Trip to Stocker Farms
  • October 19th – Oktoberfest / Svendowment
  • October 22nd – No School (conferences)
  • October 23rd – Picture Day!
  • October 29th – No School (Conferences)
  • November 1st – Dress Uniform (All Saints Day liturgy)
  • November 5th – No School (conferences)

 Reminders:

  • Please be an angel and bring in nonperishable food on October 2nd for Guardian Angel day (cereal, peanut butter, pasta, macaroni and cheese, etc.).  We will be donating our items to St. Vincent de Paul!
  • Next week, we will be exploring our 5 senses and making applesauce!  Please bring in one apple on Friday, October 5th.

 

9/17 – 9/21

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 $80,000 goal.  Donations will be accepted through the end of September.  We also had a fire drill this week; the kids did a great job practicing!

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/, glued them on a graphic organizer and then thought of our own words that began with /b/ and /m/ and drew a picture to match.  We even tried our best to spell the words we brainstormed.  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!  Ask your child about “hat line, belt line, and boot line.”  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 counting numbers using dice, ten frames, and school supply pictures.  Our math specialist, Miss Gudaitis, joins us on Tuesday 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.  We continue to practice being mindful using our “yoga breaths”.

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.  Next week, we will read the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and make our own coconut tree with the letters of our name attached!  We will also create a class book, “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Look Who’s in Our Classroom.” 

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.

 Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • September 16th – Blessing of the Backpacks Mass @ 10:30am (free dress)
  • September 28th – Dress Uniform!  (all school mass @ 9:00am)
  • October 11th – Safe Environment Training @ Egan Hall
  • October 19th – Field Trip to Stocker Farms
  • October 19th – Oktoberfest / Svendowment
  • October 22nd – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • October 23rd – Picture Day!
  • October 29th – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • November 1st – Dress Uniform (All Saints Day liturgy)
  • November 5th – Parent-Teacher Conferences

Reminders:

  • Please bring in a small photo of your immediate family by next Friday for a class project.  Please also attach a list of names (for your children to read) Thank you!
  • There is a field trip permission slip (complete both sides) in your child’s Friday Folder.  Please return ASAP and let me know if you would like to chaperone!  I will need 5-6 volunteers.  Make sure you have completed your Safe Environment Training before you sign up.  Thank you!

Have a great weekend!
Miss Purchio

9/10 – 9/14

Your children are superstars!  It has been a pleasure getting to know them.  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 – they are 1/3 of the way to our first Marble Party!

Housekeeping: The school is requesting that we continue to collect and store Comfort Kits for each student.  Please build this kit with your child and send it in as soon as possible.  These will be used in case of an emergency, such as an earthquake.  Link here for more information.

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 phonics 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 then 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 5-7.  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!

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.  For example, “M my name is Miss Purchio and I like marshmallows!”  Take a peek in our classroom to find your child’s self-portrait!

Math: We practiced counting using ten-frames and dice this week.  Our focus was on number formation.  We will continue to work on this throughout the next couple of weeks!

Religion: We began talking about the Creation Story this week.  We read the first chapter of Genesis from our Children’s Bible.  We have begun creating a mobile project that helps display the seven days of creation.

We are showing we are Christ-centered people and are learning and reviewing how to make the sign of the cross.  Every morning, we pray with intention and reverence to God and say the Angel of God prayer as a class.  At the end of the day we thank God for the wonderful day we’ve had.  We are also learning the prayer before and after meals, which we say to thank God for our lunch and snack.\

We continue to practice being mindful using our “yoga breaths” – in through the nose, out through the mouth.  Ask your child to show you this at home!

 

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.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • September 16th – Blessing of the Backpacks Mass @ 10:30am (free dress)
  • September 21st – Jog-a-thon Day!
    • We will be running on the playground 9:00-9:30am.  Come join us!
  • September 21st – Scholastic Orders due
  • September 28th – Dress Uniform!  (all school mass @ 9:00am)
  • October 19th – Field Trip to Stocker Farms
  • October 19th – Oktoberfest / Endowment
  • October 23rd – Picture Day!
  • November 1st – Dress Uniform (All Saints Day liturgy)

9/5 – 9/7

What a wonderful first week of the school year!  I am so proud of our new Kindergarten Class for their hard work last week.  I just have a few reminders as we dive into week two!

  • Water Bottles – Please send your child with a water bottle each day.  We are two flights of stairs away from a drinking fountain and we will not be sending students up to get drinks throughout the day.  They may keep their water bottle in the classroom and rehydrate when needed!  These will go home each night to be washed/refilled.  Thanks for your help with this!
  • Dismissal – We will be dismissing students from inside the classroom from now on.  It is simply too busy and congested outside of our doors on the playground.  There will also be a sign-out sheet that will need to be filled out each day.  Thank you for your patience as we get to know our new space in the main building.
  • Lunch & Snack – Please pack a small, healthy snack for your child each day.  We will have snack at 2:00pm.  Also, it is very helpful if their snack is packed separately from their lunch.
  • Label Sweatshirts – Many students left sweatshirts behind in the classroom last week.  Those with labels were very easy to return!  This is a friendly reminder to make sure your child’s sweatshirts are labeled as well.  Please check the Lost & Found or Uniform Exchange if your sweatshirts did not make it home.

Friday Folders
Jog-a-thon Packets – Everything you need to know is in here!  Let me know if you have any questions.
Scholastic Book Orders (class code QB6PH) – We LOVE Scholastic book orders and your child will too!  Orders are due by September 21st.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • September 13th – Curriculum Night @ 7:00pm
  • September 16th – Blessing of the Backpacks Mass @ 10:30am
  • September 21st – Jog-a-thon Day!
  • September 21st – Scholastic Orders due
  • October 12th – No School
  • October 19th – Field Trip to Stocker Farms
  • October 19th – Oktoberfest / Endowment
  • October 23rd – Picture Day!
  • November 1st – Dress Uniform (All Saints Day liturgy)

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Hello Families,
I am so excited and honored to be your teacher this year!  Kindergarten is so much fun!  I am thrilled to be starting my third year teaching at St. John School.  I hope that you find this webpage to be informative and helpful.  Please explore the different pages and attached links.  I can’t wait to meet you all on Tuesday, September 4th from 3:00-4:00pm for our Open House.  The first day of school is Wednesday, September 5th.  I will meet you on the playground at 8:15am.  We will be dismissed at noon each day the first week.
I can’t wait to meet you in just a few short days!  If you have any questions for me beforehand, please don’t hesitate to reach out.  My email address is kpurchio@st-johnschool.org.
Best,
Miss Purchio