Welcome to Kindergarten!

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This is where I will be updating important information and posting Newsletters. I’m looking forward to what this year will bring. Curious about what we’ll be doing this year? Take a look at a summary of the scope of the year here: Soaring to Success!

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Kinder News: Week 6

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Hi Families! Here’s what’s coming up this week in A102!

Literacy:

  • Books: What’s a genre?
  • Heart Words: “me” “with”
  • Letters:
    • Introduction: Zz
    • Deeper Study: Mm
  • Writing: I like ________.

Math:

  • Count and Compare 5
  • Peer Discussion: Agree/disagree

Reminders:

  • HOMEWORK FOLDERS: Unfortunately, only one third of our class consistently brings their folders back every day. Just to remind that these need to be brought to and from home daily, and if lost are a $1.00 to replace. Please check to see where your student’s folder is every day and watch for important information.
  • PICTURE DAY: This Tuesday is Picture Day! If you didn’t receive your flyer, you can order on the LifeTouch website: lifetouch.com
  • READING LOGS: I only received 3 reading logs last week. 😦 Students will receive a new reading log every Wednesday, and I will collect and record the previous weeks. Thank you to those that are turning them in!
  • PUMPKIN PATCH TRIP: An orange flyer went out this week giving information about our class field trip next week. If you did not receive one please let me know. The form at the bottom only needs to be returned if you (a parent/guardian) plan on coming with us.

We are continuing to learn and practice being kind and respectful to each other. To support your student ask them how they think they can be kind/respectful friends to their classmates and teachers.

Have a great week everyone,

Heather St. Louis

 

 

 

 

Kinder News Week 5

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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 PartyOur 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!

Best,

Heather St. Louis

 

 

 

Kinder News Week 4

aaron-burden-43441Hello A102 Families!

It’s October already- how did that happen?! We are picking up the pace academically in kindergarten and starting to dive in deeper to Literacy and Math. (My apologies for not sending a newsletter home last week, I moved houses and things were a bit crazy in the St. Louis home last week.)

Literacy: We begin Targeted Reading Groups this week. This is where the class will be placed in small groups, based on skill, so that each kinder can have a more tailored approach to their individual learning. As a whole group, we are focusing on alphabet names, sounds and the sight words see, can, we and a. (Last week’s words were I, like, the and and). Our letters introduced this week for writing and sounds are Pp, Qq, Rr, Ss, and Tt (Last week Kk, Ll, Mm, Nn, and Oo).

Math: This week we are continuing to grow in our conceptual awareness of counting and will be focusing on writing/composing 1, 2, 3 and 4. This is along with our analysis of shapes and what their properties are.

What’s ahead: 

  • Curriculum Night: This Tuesday, October 3rd from 6:00pm-7:15ish. There are two identical sessions, one at 6:30 and the other at 7:00, that I will be doing in A102 after you meet in the cafeteria for a quick address from our Principal. Hope to see you all there!
  • Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins! We will be talking about pumpkins and Fall for our science explorations, as well as a field trip to a pumpkin patch later this month. Stand by for details in the near future. I am so excited about October!
  • Snacks: Our snack cabinet is starting to feel a little empty. Please donate snacks for the class if you are able. For those who have already contributed: thank you! The kiddos are loving crackers, cereals, fruit snacks and granola bars, but any healthy snack is great!

As usual, please continue to fill out your students reading logs, and watch for fresh ones every Wednesday. Have a great week everyone!

Best,

Heather St. Louis

A Quick Note…

I forgot to mention in my latest Newsletter that our blue reading log forms start on Wednesday and end on Tuesday.  Every Wednesday your kindergartener will receive a new log for the next week and I will collect and record the old one. We are already logging a ton of reading minutes!  Great job families!  

Kinder News: Week 2

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Dear Families,

Week one of kindergarten went very well. This is a sweet bunch of students who are getting to know each other and getting used to all-day school. We will continue to build up stamina as the weeks go on, but I am very proud of how they did this week.

A few reminders of forms sent home this week:

  • A pink Welcome to Kindergarten info sheet for families to fill out about their kiddo. Please send this back to school with your student in their homework folder.

  • A Dental Services form was also sent home. Please fill it out and return for your student to receive dental hygiene services at Riverbend.

  • If you have not seen/received either of these forms please let me know and I will send home extras that I have.

Literacy Goals: We will be introducing letters Ff-Jj this week and continuing our exploration of rhymes and syllables. We are also learning an American Sign Language version of the ABC song, which the kinders are loving!

Math Goals: We will start having math consistently everyday this week. We are focusing on the concept of counting, and what it means to assign a number to an amount of objects. We will be working on developing math conversation skills as we discuss concepts in groups and pairs, as well as listening to each other when we share ideas.

Social Goals: We are continuing to talk about community rules and how to be kind to one another, even when problems arise. We are also discussing how to make new friends and celebrate the unique differences every person has.

A note about Birthdays: Unfortunately because of district-wide policy we cannot enjoy home baked sweets/goods as part of birthday celebrations here at school. However, this does not mean we won’t acknowledge and celebrate your child’s birthday! Summer birthdays will be spread out throughout the school year so that we will be sure to make sure that every student feels special. If you have any questions or concerns about this please contact me, and I will be happy to talk about it with you.

Week 2 will end with an early release Friday, which means dismissal is at 12:30. Here we go for another week in A102!

Kinder News: Week 1

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Hello Room A102 Families!

Now that we have our official class list, I am really looking forward to what this year will hold for our class. What a sweet group we have!! Here’s a glimpse of what we have planned this week:

We will be focusing on community building and social skills as we get settled into kindergarten. We will reading a lot of stories with these ideas in mind and discussing them afterward. Feel free to ask your kindergartener about what they talked about at school in regards to kindness, making friends and how to resolve problems in the classroom or on the playground.

Reading and Writing Goals: We will focus on letters Aa- Ee, rhyming, and syllables. Support your kinder’s learning by reciting a small poem or song and have them tell you what rhymes they hear.

Math Goals: We will be focusing on counting, patterns and geometric concepts like shape properties. Support can be asking your kinder what shapes they see around the home, for example they could see a rectangle in the coffee table or a circle in the clock.

Specials: The kindergarteners will start going to Music, PE and Library this week! Ask them what their thoughts are as they explore these special classes.

Once again, I can’t express enough how excited I am about getting to know this group of students. If you have any questions please email me at heather.st-louis@sprinngfield.k12.us. I you haven’t already, please check out my website (msheatherstlouis.wordpress.com) and subscribe to receive future newsletters in your email via the blog. It’s easy to do: there is a small text box to enter your email and press the black “FOLLOW” button. (If you would prefer a paper newsletter please let me know because in a couple of weeks I plan to move to digital notifications.)

Here we go!!

All the best,

Heather St. Louis