The Kindergarten Scoop

Mrs. Eckenrode's Classroom Newsletter

Ask Me About...

Here are just a few of the things you can ask your kindergartner about from this past week:

We LOVED looking at all of the pictures and videos of us playing in the snow! They were a great inspiration for us as we wrote a paragraph (Yes, you read that right...a whole paragraph!) about our adventures in the snow.

We read the book Hairy Bear about a Mama Bear who thinks she hears robbers downstairs. She tries to wake up Papa Bear but he really didn't want to get out of bed. Finally, they go downstairs to find out that it was just the little bears raiding the refrigerator. The kindergartners then showed me what they know about story elements (characters, setting, beginning, middle, and end) by writing and illustrating each. They did an amazing job! Thank you for continuing to have your child retell about the books you read at home with them too!

If your kindergartner came home complaining about a hurt hand, there is no need to be alarmed. The students were troopers as they continued to demonstrate what they know on the literacy and math assessments. They wrote numbers, letters, words, sentences, and even paragraphs. I am very excited to share their progress with you through the progress report on February 10th!

In library, Mrs. Robinson read Tiny Goes to the Library by Cari Meister, My Librarian Is a Camel by Margriet Ruurs, and I like to Visit the Library by Jacqueline Laks Gorman. They talked about different kinds of libraries around the world. The class compared the books and decided which book is fiction and which are nonfiction. Then Mrs. Robinson showed them some of the books from the 0-499 section and where to find them. They were allowed to check out one nonfiction book which the students were very excited about. Please remember to send library books back every Tuesday so that your child can get new ones. Thanks!

They did it again! The class amazed another adult in the building with their awesome manners and behavior. Mrs. Wesolowich, the school nurse, screened the class this morning for their vision. She commented on how kind and respectful every student was.

Looking Ahead

Below is what we having coming up next week:
  • Love will certainly be in the air as we prepare for Valentine's Day and talk about its history.
  • We will visit centers that have a valentine theme.
  • We will practice making predictions while we read books.
  • We will begin using a new writing journal. This one has lines to help the students work on letter formation and sizing.
  • We will tackle math word problems and figure out strategies for how to solve them. I will also introduce using a number model to show their work as they solve word problems.
  • Now that we entered the 3rd marking period, it is time to switch seats and make new friends at table groups.

Important Dates

Monday, February 1st: Valentines can start being sent in.
Thursday and Friday, February 4th and 5th: Staff Development, No school for students
Wednesday, February 10th: Kindergarten progress reports sent home
Friday, February 12th: Valentine's Day Party (10:15-10:45)
Monday, February 15th: Presidents' Day, No school
Thursday, February 18th: 100th Day of School Celebration (An assignment came home this week to help us prepare for the big day.)

Valentine's Day

This is just a reminder that your child can begin addressing all of his/her valentines and send them in as soon as they are completed. We decorated our bags this week and they are ready to be filled! Below is a list of student names:




Ben K.















Ben H.


Other teachers you may want a card for: Mrs. Robinson (library), Mr. Durie (gym), Mrs. Selvaggi, Mrs, Schmidt, and Mrs. Kauppas (educational assistants)

Cleaners Needed!

With germ season among us, I have been scrubbing the surfaces in the classroom a few times a day. We are almost out of disinfectant wipes. If anyone has a container to spare, we'd gladly take it! Is it Spring yet? Thank you!

Pictures of the Week