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.


Miss Williamson