Ms. Austin's Kindergarten

Newsletter, December 4, 2015

Dear Parents,

Wow! This year is flying past us! I am so impressed with the growth that I am seeing in this class. It is showing up across the board in your child's reading, writing and mathematical reasoning! I love Kindergarten and the "Aha!" moments that I am so privileged to see here everyday!


  • Interrupted Counts
  • Meet the Calculator
  • Roll and Record with 2 Dice
  • Body Shapes
  • Shape Comparisons

Reading Workshop:

  • No Library this week! We will go and shop at the Book Fair during our Library time on Monday.
  • Readers use all they know to make story predictions.
  • Readers need extra-strength Reread Power to bring their stories to life!

Word Work:

  • -es Family
  • -ot Family
  • -op Family

Social Studies/Religion: Christmas lessons and Christmas crafts! I love this season!

Writing Workshop:

  • Adding details to our illustrations to show what is happening outside (ex. through the window)
  • When an author wants to focus on something important they draw it much bigger and focus in on it (Zoom in).
  • Zooming out to see the whole scene
  • Facial expressions to show feelings

Learning Centers:

  • Sorts
  • High Frequency Words
  • Handwriting

Also, LOTS of practices for the Christmas Program!

Verse of the Week


“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up, according to their need, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29

Thomas Jefferson spoke these very important words about responsibility. How would you explain these words to another student?

“Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be know but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were all the world looking at you, and act accordingly.” -Thomas Jefferson

Ms. Thong's Christmas Program

It is that time of year, where the Christmas program is approaching fast, here is some important information regarding the program:

When: Monday, December 14th at 6:30 p.m. (please arrive by 6:20 p.m.)

Where: High School Gym

What to wear: Holiday clothes- nice clothes; dresses, skirts, slacks, nice shirts. Please try to avoid wearing jeans and tennis shoes

Songs: All of the songs and lyrics are on Ms. Biank's website. Click the link and you can practice at home:

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

December 7-11- ES Book Fair (Our class shops on Monday, Dec. 7th)

December 12- Zavier's Birthday!

December 14- Christmas Program Performance for our class! The program starts at 6:30 p.m.

December 17- All School Christmas Assembly

Early Dismissal Day 11:30

January 6- School starts back!

January 12- Free dress day for all students if they make a 5 rmb donation to the Will Foundation at school!