Class News 12/6/19

December 6, 2019 Class News 

We had another fantastic week together in kindergarten. We are getting ready for Advent and thanking God for all we have! Your children are progressing tremendously in so many ways. They are growing into confident learners!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: this and have. Next week will be from and or.

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned the letters /y/ /v/ and /z/.  We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with y, v and z.

Literacy centers: We continued with our reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, and iPad center. At the phonics center, students used stamps that had a picture and then the word with missing letters and students had to write the missing letter t in order to finish spelling the word. Students used their own stamp pads to stamp the picture and then sound out the word to complete it. In reading groups, we continue to practice CVC and some CVCe words in our decodable books.

Writer’s Workshop/Social Studies: To assist in the understanding of the Advent season, this week we spent time discussing the difference between a need and a want. We defined a need as something we have to have in order to live. Some needs we came up with are – water, healthy food, clothes to keep us warm, and shelter. Some wants we came up with are – phones, iPads, video games, toys and junk food. You can keep this conversation going at home by donating things you no longer need to others during the Advent season, or maybe as a point of prayer to thank God that we have all that we need.

We also learned all about elves this week! We brainstormed ‘adjectives’ – words that describe elves. A few we came up with are: happy, sneaky, and little! We used a writer’s workshop skill to label the parts of an elf, and noticed patterns and trends of clothing we often see Elves wearing – hats, belts and pointy shoes. We exercised our creative writing skills this week by writing what we would do if we were an elf! On Friday, we had fun making our own elves to display in our classroom! Come check them out!

Math: This week, we continue to learn numbers beyond 10 (10-20). We are showing numbers 10-20 on tens frames to help us grow our number sense and understand the place value of teen numbers (group of ten and how many more?) When we count numbers 10-20 on a tens frame, we start at ten, then count on from there – “Ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen…”

Religion: We began Unit 3 in our religion books: Jesus is God’s Son. We are learning that Jesus is God, he is the Son of God, and we call Jesus Lord because he is God. We will continue this unit through Advent to learn about the birth of Jesus! We also learned who the Holy family is – Mary is the Mother of Jesus, Jesus is the Son of God and Joseph cared for Mary and Jesus. We read the story of the birth of Jesus. Each morning, as a part of our Advent prayer, we learn a new symbol of Advent. We then add that symbol as an ornament to our Advent trees. Some of the symbols we have learned about so far are – sun, hand, dove, cross, garden and the evergreen tree. Ask your child if they can remember what any of these symbols mean. We will gather with the first grade every morning to celebrate each week of Advent. We continue to practice the Sign of the Cross and our daily prayers.

STEM/Science: We had the opportunity to travel to the Makerspace in the portables to create snow launchers with Mrs. Ocampo! We used cups, balloons and cotton balls to create snow launchers that shot our snow at targets. Students poked holes in their cups, put a balloon over the end and then decorated them to look like a snowman. They would pull back on the balloon and the cotton ball would shoot out. Students were shooting their snow at snowmen, into blizzards and at different targets. It was a great opportunity for students to have creative freedom and we look forward working in the Makerspace again in January! There are photos from this activity on my website!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Step: Ms. Shaw visited our classroom again this week to teach another Kelso’s Choice lesson to the students! This lesson was about ignoring and how we ignore when we are being bothered or someone is saying something unkind to us. Ignoring requires students to use their eyes to look away, zip their lips so they don’t engage, calm their body and keep their hands to themselves and think about something that makes them happy or that they look forward to. Ms. Shaw acted out ignoring with various different students so that they had the opportunity to practice this skill. She would say something that was unkind and they had to look away, zip their lips, calm their body and think of something that made them happy. Students shared that while they were ignoring, they were thinking of Christmas, spending time with family and playing with their friends! I encourage you to ask your child about ignoring and even practice with them at home!

Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
  • I can count forward beginning with a given number within the known sequence (instead of starting at 1)
  • Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.
  • 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 tell how the words and pictures go together in stories.
  • 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 help my class learn about a subject and then write about it.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, December 9th – All School Mass, Dress Uniform
  • Thursday, December 19th – Christmas Concert, 6:20pm in the Church. Meet in our classroom at 5:50pm.
  • Friday, December 20th – Noon Dismissal
  • No School Dec 21st – Jan 5th – Winter Break

Best,

Miss Williamson

Class News 11/22/19

November 22, 2019 Class News 

We had a fun week in kindergarten! Students are getting excited to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families! See what we were up to this week!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: at and be. Next week, due to the short week, we will not be introducing any new sight words. We will of course keep reviewing the ones we have learned! The students continue to use their sense of sight and hearing to spot sight words everywhere!

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we reviewed the letters During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we reviewed the letters /l/ /k/ /j/ and /w/.  We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with l, k, j and w. When students are finished, they work hard writing words and drawing pictures that begin with our letters of the week.

Literacy centers: We continued with our reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, and this week instead of iPads, we worked on a play doh center. At the play doh center, students used a jar of play doh to create letters and then used the letters to create words that they recorded. At the phonics center, students used clip boards to find Thanksgiving themed words taped around the room and copied them onto their recording sheet. In reading groups, we use alphabet cards to practice sounds and play a game that requires students to think of a word that begins with the letter card I show. We continue to make predictions using word clues and picture clues, using our reading finger to track words, sound out words and identify sight words. Thank you to Miss McKenna, Miss Mary Ann and Miss Katie for volunteering with centers this week!

Writer’s Workshop: This week, we began by writing about something that makes us excited! Some students wrote about playing with friends, the holidays and even going to Target! We also read the book “Friends” and wrote about what makes us a good friend! We are working on “adding on” to our stories using the words “and” and/or “because” to tell the reader more information!

Math: Our essential question for chapter 3 is “How can I show numbers beyond 10 (10-20)?” We are showing numbers 10-20 on tens frames to help us grow our number sense and understand the place value of teen numbers (group of ten and how many more?).  We ordered and glued down number cards 11-20 on a sentence strip. We created a “foldable” and filled missing numbers to complete a number line up to 20.

Science: Today we worked on space post cards given to us from Mr. Bosza that will be flying up to space and then returning back to us! We copied the St. John School address and then drew a picture using colored pencils about something that excites us when we think about space! We are so excited to be sending our post cards to space!

Parent Art: Thank you Miss Amy for coming into the classroom and leading a fun art lesson! Students used foil and paint to decorate a fall tree!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
  • I can count forward beginning with a given number within the known sequence (instead of starting at 1)
  • Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.
  • 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 tell how the words and pictures go together in stories.
  • 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 help my class learn about a subject and then write about it.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.

 Important Dates:

  • Monday, November 25th – All school Thanksgiving Mass, Dress Uniform
  • Wednesday, November 27th – Friday, November 29th, Thanksgiving Holiday, No School
  • Thursday, December 19th – Christmas Concert, 6:20pm in the Church.
  • Friday, December 20th – Noon Dismissal
  • No School Dec 21st – Jan 5th – Winter Break

 Important Information:

  • The 6thgraders are putting on a food drive to stock up the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. The drive is from now through Monday, November 25th. Thank you in advance for your help!
  • 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. Senora Blanca will incorporate lessons where she will create a class letter in Spanish to send to Bruno 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

 

Class News 11/15/19

November 15, 2019 Class News 

We had another wonderful week in Kindergarten! We have been working hard, having fun and learning new things!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: they and I.

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned the letters /j/ /w/ and /q/.  We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with j, w, and q.

Literacy centers: We continued reading groups, sight word center, phonics center, independent library center, and iPad center. At the phonics center, students read sight word cards, used letter beads to string them into the words, and wrote the word down! In reading groups, we used expo markers and foam letters to finish spelling simple CVC and worked on sounding them out! We continue to use our “Eagle Eye” to observe picture clues and word clues to make predictions about what the story will be about.

Writers Workshop: This week we started a Thanksgiving project. We are making placemats to use at your Thanksgiving dinner! Students wrote the prayer before meals, “Bless Us Oh Lord” and watercolored items that relate to Thanksgiving. We will laminate and send home soon for you to enjoy at home! In celebration of the upcoming holiday, we discussed what it means to be thankful for something – to feel happy and pleased that you have something or someone in your life. We first brainstormed as a class about things we are thankful for (mom, dad, the Earth, recycling, sunshine, teachers, and Jesus!). Then, we then took those ideas and wrote them on a graphic organizer. In order to spell words, students are working on “best guess spelling” and doing their best to hear every sound in the word so they know what letters to write down. At home, when your kids ask you how to spell something, remind them about “best guess spelling” and putting down all the sounds they hear! We used our graphic organizers to make turkey’s, writing down the 6 things we are thankful for on the feathers of the turkey! They are up on our Wow Work Wall, come take a look!

Math: This week, we continued to work on using the vocabulary of “greater” and “less” than. Students use these words during calendar time to make observations about the weather chart and which days are “greater” and “less” than others! We also practiced looking at numbers that are one more, and one less. Students used a number line to write down numbers that are one more and one less than the number given!

Second Step: Ms. Shaw, our school counselor visited our classroom to 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. The choices are wonderful because it empowers our students to solve problems at recess, in the classroom, at home, everywhere! It might be helpful for you to familiarize yourself with the choices and reinforce them at home – the “wheel of choices” are attached. They also can be found in the “helpful handouts” page. This week, students discussed the difference between a small problem and a big problem as well as the difference between tattling and reporting. Students listened to a scenario and categorized it as a small problem that they should use a Kelso’s choice to solve, or a big problem where they need an adult’s help. We learned that tattling is when you tell an adult about a small problem that you can solve on your own with a Kelso’s choice. Reporting is when you tell an adult about a big problem.

Religion: This week we spent time re-focusing our intention and reverence during our afternoon prayer when we ask our Guardian Angels to watch over us. “Angel of God, my Guardian Dear…” We also worked on a social and emotional book where students had to read the emotion the girl or boy was feeling and draw what their face may look like. We are working empathy and being aware of what others around us are feeling so that we can best help them!

Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
  • I can count forward beginning with a given number within the known sequence (instead of starting at 1)
  • Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.
  • 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 tell how the words and pictures go together in stories.
  • 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 help my class learn about a subject and then write about it.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, November 20th – Picture Retakes
  • Thursday, November 21st – Dress Uniform, Grandparents and Special Friends Day (Grades 2-5)
  • Monday, November 25th – All school Thanksgiving Mass, Dress Uniform
  • Wednesday, November 27th – Friday, November 29th, Thanksgiving Holiday, No School

 Important Information:

  • The 6thgraders are putting on a food drive to stock up the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. The drive is from now through Monday, November 25th. Thank you in advance for your help!
  • 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. Senora Blanca will incorporate lessons where she will create a class letter in Spanish to send to Bruno 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

 

Class News 11/7/19

November 7, 2019 Class News 

We had another wonderful week in Kindergarten! Take a look at what we have been up to!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: with and his. Next week we will learn they and I.

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned the letters /l/ and /k/. We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with l and k.

Literacy centers: This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, and iPad center. At the phonics center, students colored and read a book about Veteran’s Day, they circled all the words they were able to read! We are working hard at vowel sounds! 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 stretching out words to hear every letter in the word. We continue to practice reading CVC words and sight words.

Writers Workshop: We continue to practice using three steps to write a story – think of a story and picture it in your mind, draw the pictures, write the words. We wrote a three page story about what we will be doing for Thanksgiving. Including information about where we will be going, who we will be with and the plans we have for the day!

Math: We continue to review our tens frames and dot cards, which help us learn how to count on from the larger number to get the total. We practiced “shake and spill” where students decomposed 5 or 10 on a tens frame. We filled a cup with 5 or 10 two-sided math tokens (one side yellow, other red), shook the cup and spilled them. Then, we moved the tokens to show the number on a tens frame. Lastly, we wrote the number of yellow and red tokens to make 5 or 10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religion: This week we learned that God made us in His image. We learned that we as humans are very special because God made us like Him. Like Him, we can think, make choices, and love.

We also had Peacemakers this week with Mrs. Dahlgren (our monthly conversations about bullying) where the focus was tolerance. What it is (accepting differences in other people) and how to practice it. She then read The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane DeRoth. Ask your child why kindness is a Super Power!

Social Studies: We read a poem about Veteran’s Day and students came up to the board to circle sight words or other words they were able to recognize in the poem. We are thankful to be free to sing, go to school, play, and many more things!

Science: We looked through and made observations about another National Geographic magazine. We learned how crayons were made and packaged. We also read about where different animals live and the jobs humans have taking care of animals! Ask your child to tell you the story about the man’s camera and the polar bear who got ahold of it!

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 count and divide words into syllables.
  • 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 tell how the words and pictures go together in stories.
  • 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 help my class learn about a subject and then write about it.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.
  • I can count up to 10 to tell how many things are in a group.
  • 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:

  • Monday, November 11th – Veteran’s Day, No school
  • Wednesday, November 20th – Picture Retakes
  • Thursday, November 21st – Dress Uniform, Grandparents and Special Friends Day (Grades 2-5)
  • Monday, November 25th – All school Thanksgiving Mass, Dress uniform
  • Wednesday, November 27th – Friday, November 29th, Thanksgiving Holiday, No school

 Important Information:

  • The 6thgraders are putting on a food drive to stock up the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. The drive is from now through Monday, November 25th. Thank you in advance for your help!
  • 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. Senora Blanca will incorporate lessons where she will create a class letter in Spanish to send to Bruno 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

Class News 11/1/19

November 1, 2019 Class News 

We had a fun week filled with Halloween and All Saints Day Mass! Take a look at all we did!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: as and are. Next week we will learn with and his.

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we reviewed the letters /c/ /h/ /f/and /d/.  We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with c, h, f and d. We love to come up with new words that begin with our letters of the week! Especially when “candy” and “Halloween” begin with those letters!

Literacy centers: This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, and iPad center. At the phonics center, students “wrote the room.” They carried around clip boards and found Halloween words which they copied down on their recording sheet. We are busy working on finger spaces and writing in mostly lowercase letters! 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.

Writers Workshop: On Wednesday, we read the story “Room on the Broom” and wrote about what animal or person we would want to have ride on our broom! We continue to work on finger spaces, writing with lowercase letters, and using punctuation at the end of our sentence.

Math: Students were excited to practice estimating with candy corn! Each table group had a jar with candy corns and had to work as a group to make their best guess on how many candy corns were in the jar! We then counted the candy corns to see if their estimation matched up. We continue to focus on “one more” when counting numbers 1-10. We are also working hard on problem solving in our math journals. Students love to critically think about questions, solve them independently, and share with the class under the document camera!

Religion: The entire kindergarten and 7th grade put on the All Saints Day mass on Thursday! The kindergarteners colored pictures of different Saints and processed with them into the mass with their buddies. Great job to those students who sang, read, were greeters, and bell ringers! Students loved participating in the liturgy. We are Christ-centered students! (SLE)

 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 count and divide words into syllables.
  • 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 tell how the words and pictures go together in stories.
  • 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 help my class learn about a subject and then write about it.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.
  • I can count up to 10 to tell how many things are in a group.
  • 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, November 8th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Monday, November 11th – Veteran’s Day, No school
  • Thursday, November 21st – Dress Uniform, Grandparents and Special Friends Day (Grades 2-5)
  • Monday, November 25th – All school Thanksgiving Mass, Dress Uniform
  • Wednesday, November 27th – Friday, November 29th, Thanksgiving Holiday, No school

 Important Information:

  • The 6thgraders are putting on a food drive to stock up the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. The drive is from now through Monday, November 25th. Thank you in advance for your help!
  • 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. Senora Blanca will incorporate lessons where she will create a class letter in Spanish to send to Bruno 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

Class News 10/25/19

October 25, 2019 Class News 

We had a terrific week learning together in kindergarten! Your children are working hard and having fun! Take a peek at all we did this week:

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: on and for. Next week we will learn as and are.

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned the letters /d/ and /f/.  We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with d and f. We are working on our “best guess” spelling, meaning they write whatever letters they hear!

Literacy centers: This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, and iPad center. At the phonics center, students use foam pieces to fill in missing letters in words. For example, a card may say “l__g”, students would have the find the “O” foam piece to complete the word. In our sight word group, students continued to work on their sight word rings and are even practicing writing them during their quiet choice time! 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.

Writers Workshop/Science: We used our five senses to observe our class pumpkins. The class came up with terrific describing words using our five senses to guide our thinking. As scientists do, we had a fun pumpkin investigation lab, where we got to measure the parts of a pumpkin with unifix cubes, count the lines, and we even investigated whether our pumpkins float or sink in water! We are working on using capital letters to start a sentence, finger spaces between words, writing mostly lowercase letters, and punctuation at the end of a sentence!

Math: We dove into work with ten frames this week, filling in the correct number of boxes to model a certain number. The students also began creating their own ten frames and modeling whichever number they choose. We continue to work on problem solving prompts and have moved into prompts that require students to do subtraction! Students are coming up with at least four different ways to model their answer, and a handful each day will come up to the document camera to share their thinking!

Religion: This week we attended class mass with our 7th grade buddies! We also completed the required Virtus Lesson about safety and what a “safe touch” is. High fives, hugs with family, and holding hands with mom and dad are all safe touches! The entire kindergarten grade and 7th grade is putting on the All Saints Day mass on Nov 1st. We invite you to join us!

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:

  • 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
  • Friday, November 1st – All Saint’s Day Liturgy, Dress Uniform
  • Friday, November 8th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)

 Important Information:

  • The 6thgraders are putting on a food drive to stock up the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. The drive is from now through Monday, November 25th. Thank you in advance for your help!
  • 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. Senora Blanca will incorporate lessons where she will create a class letter in Spanish to send to Bruno 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

Class News 10/18/19

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

Class News 10/10/19

October 10, 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

Class News 9/13/19

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

Class News 10/4/19

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