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