Here we are in week 5 of the year- which means your kiddos have been kindergarteners for over a month now! The class is getting very used to our schedule (I think some of them know it better than I do..), and are thriving on consistent routines. Afternoons are still a struggle because by then most of the kindergarteners are tired from a full day of learning and playing. However, we will continue to build up stamina as the fall goes on.
Literacy: We continue to learn concepts of print, and this week we will be focusing on recognizing the difference between letters, words and sentences and how they work together. Our letters this week are Uu-Yy. Keep turning in those reading logs! Our A102 families are rocking at home reading! (Don’t forget to add those minutes to the pizza reading program to help your kiddo earn a free pizza from Pizza Hut. If you need more flyers let me know.)
Math: Last week our class worked with groupings of 1’s, 2’s and 3’s and this week will will explore 4’s and 5’s. As with every math class there will be a lot of emphasis on discussion and looking at a few problems deeply to try to understand the “why” behind the problems. Along with this is learning how to listen respectfully to one another and how to agree or disagree with what someone said.
Book Orders: Last week an October Scholastic Book Order form went home with your kindergartener. September’s orders earned everyone in the class a free book! If you would like to place an order this month, please return your forms and payment by Friday, 10/27.
Class PJ Party: Our class has earned a PJ/Stuffie party by being Safe, Respectful, and responsible and earning Rockin Rapids!! Give your student a high five! Students can wear their PJ’s to school (don’t forget shoes ^_^) this Friday 10/13 along with bringing a stuffed animal. Stuffies should be no bigger than lap sized, and very special or delicate stuffies should be kept at home. We will do our best to keep them safe, but there is always a risk at school. It is not required that students wear PJ’s, it is completely optional. Let’s celebrate our stellar students!
FYI: I will be out the next three Wednesdays for a district training for our literacy curriculum. The substitute for all three dates will be the same, Ms. Wilson, who has been wonderful. Feel free to contact me with any concerns.
Field Trip: No official word on our pumpkin patch day yet, but it will either be Tuesday the 24th or Thursday the 26th. I will be sure to send information in advance when I receive word. I’ve already had some parent interest in joining us on the field trip, and the more the merrier. If you are interesting in joining that day please email me!
Let’s have a great week!
Heather St. Louis