Kindergarten News

We have Reading, Math, Social Studies, Science, and Religion as a part of our regular curriculum.  We also have Values, once a month with Mrs. Bombara, Art, once a week, Music, once a week, Physical Education, once a week, Computer, once a week, and Library, once a week.  As part of our Reading and Math we use tablets, once a week.  The supply list is on the first page so you may check that before school starts.  I have crayons and pencils for the first few weeks.  I will provide a daily folder and journals. 

 I have put up a bird feeder and a suet basket outside in the tree outside our window.  Last year the children enjoyed seeing the birds that come.  We have seen woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, titmouse, and goldfinches.  In the winter months last year we saw bluebirds.  If anyone would like to donate black oil sunflower seed or high energy suet I would appreciate it.  In the winter months the bluebirds come when we put out "Peanut Delight" suet.  Thank you!  My husband donated a thistle feeder and some thistle and the goldfinch come regularly to that feeder.  Thistle would also be appreciated.

We have a bead jar which we work to fill as a class.  When the children follow rules and/or show kindness toward one another a bead goes into the jar.  When it is full the class benefits from some type of reward.  The class rewards vary. 

Your child's Daily Folder will come home each day, please return it each morning.   I will collect this folder each morning read any notes and forward any papers for the office.  There may be several important messages in the folder so please check it as well as the web page each day.  You may email through the web page or you may send a note in the folder.  I will check it each day and return it each afternoon with your child.

Morning drop off is no earlier than 8:15 am.  That is the time a teacher will be on duty. Children are to wait outside in their line.  I will meet them outside at 8:30.  At the beginning of the year you are welcome to wait with your child.  If you arrive before 8:15 am, you may leave your child with Before School Care (BSC) or you may wait outside with them. There is a charge for BSC. BSC is available from 7 am until 8:15 am.

Please do not send novelty items.  Children may bring a book to use at rest time.  (no stuffed animals or blankets)

We have a snack before going to morning recess.  Please pack the snack SEPARATELY from lunch and let your child know where it is. If your child needs a fork or spoon to eat their snack or lunch, please pack one with their food.  One snack and one small drink.  Snack is not that far before lunch.  If you have any questions or concerns about allergies, you may contact the school nurse through the office.

 We dismiss at 2:50 pm.  The children will come out with me, line up in the same place we line up in the morning before school.  Parents will wait near the playground and I will dismiss the children one at a time when I have made eye contact with you.  If at 3:00 pm, your child is still waiting, he/she will be sent to After School Care (ASC) and you will be charged accordingly.  In case of rain dismissal will be the same.  Parents, please remember to wait for your child near the playground.  It is difficult to spot parents and grandparents when they are on the side near the driveway.  We cannot see through the lines of other students. 

READING - We will start with our first  Reading Unit.  There will be a small booklet that comes home with each story.  It will include the new words we add each week.  Please keep it and have your child read it to you often.  This will reinforce the sight words that we practice each week.   

The question of the week will be: How do children get to school?  

The Big Question for the First Unit is: How do we cooperate with each other?  If your child is not forthcoming about what he/she learned in school you can bring up these topics.  Hopefully, it will start a conversation about the school day.

Everyone will have a chance to take Kanga and Roo home for a weekend.  If your child brings home Kanga on Friday make sure he/she returns it on the following Monday (or Tuesday if we have a Monday holiday)  THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!  If your child does not return Kanga on time someone else will not have a turn.  There will be a notebook in the bag with Kanga and Roo.  Please write a short narrative to tell what your child did with the mascots over the weekend.  We will read it together when it is returned. This is a great language development and a great way to get to know classmates.  

We have  "What's in the Sack?" each day. This is another oral language development program since children have to ask and answer questions.  It also gives children a chance to explore what favorite things they have in common.
When your child brings home the sack, help him/her choose something that is important to them.  We will ask questions about the item and then guess what is in the sack.  The children will have many chances to take home the sack until they are comfortable speaking in front of the class.

 Reading words: I, am.  (I will add to the list as we add words.  Each week we will add words which can be found in the small reading booklet that comes home.)

Math - Our  Topic in Math is Numbers 0 to 5.   I  will send home, in the daily folder, a Glossary of terms.   Please keep the glossary for the year. These will be terms that I use in the classroom.  When your child brings home the math papers you should review them using this glossary.

Religion -  We will say prayers each day.  We say The Our Father and Guardian Angel Prayer in the morning, Grace before and after lunch, and the Hail Mary at the end of the day.  Your child will learn these by just reciting them each day.  We will also read, sing, and pray about the gifts God gives us.  Our essential question is: Why are we wonderfully made by God?  When the project disciple page comes home ask your child about our lesson. They have been instructed to share the information on the page.  We are also joining the school community every first Friday to say the rosary and during advent and lent every Friday, the Divine Mercy Chaplet.  It is usually about 2:20 pm.  Feel free to join us. We will practice by watching a video on How to Say the Rosary.  The children enjoy it and are ready to join in with the school wide rosary on Friday.  I have rosary beads that the seventh and eighth graders made a few years ago for your children.  They are large wooden rosaries and we use them each week but if your child has rosaries they want to bring they may. 

Science - We will start Science by learning how to observe the weather.  We will do this daily and record the results.  We will also begin by learning about scientists.   Our essential question for the rest of the month will be: How do we use and observe objects?   We will learn how to exercise with a fun CD.  As an extra we will also observe the birds at our feeders. 

Social Studies - We will be learning about school and family rules. Our essential question will be:  How do rules help us?

I will try to keep you up to date on what we are doing for work.  If you have any questions please ask.


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