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:


Our word families this week included words ending with the -ed and -in chunk. How many of these words can your child name or write?


The students learned to use the cross out method to solve subtraction number stories. Ask your kindergartner to show you how to use this strategy to answer a subtraction problem.


We enjoyed student presentations during our social studies unit on Community Helpers. The students did a fabulous job telling all about their careers of interest. It is great to hear about so many different community helpers. I was really impressed with the posters, tools, and preparation with each presentation!


We got together with our 6th grade buddies for an activity to continue our celebration of Earth Day. The 6th graders even got to see how many of the 40 sight words their buddies could write. As one 6th grader put it, "Wow! I can't believe how well they can spell these words!"


Our class assembled our surfboard for Kutz's Spring Fair Contest. Every classroom was given a cardboard surfboard to decorate for the competition. With the help of Mrs. Angstadt and her amazing artistic skills and the kindergartners' excellent coloring skills, we are sure to win! See the final product in the Pictures of the Week below.


During library, Mrs. Robinson also talked about Earth Day and read Why Should I Protect Nature? by Jen Green and Recycle Every Day! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. Due to 6th Grade Assessment approaching, the students are only permitted to check out fiction books over the next few weeks.


Our class did it again! They received their 25th compliment from adults around the Kutz community. We will be having a celebration for their hard work one day next week. Congratulations to our kindergartners for their amazing behavior!

Looking Ahead

Below is what we have coming up next week:
  • We are looking forward to more student presentations on careers of interests. Please see the letter sent home last month about expectations including a scoring rubric. Let me know if you have any questions.
  • We will brainstorm and write about May activities.
  • The students will learn about lines of symmetry and symmetrical shapes.

Important Dates

  • Friday, May 13th: Field trip permission form and money due (Please return permission forms and checks in an envelope.)
  • Friday, May 13th: Spirit Day, Crazy Hat and Sock Day
  • Saturday, May 14th: The Kutz Spring Fair (12:00-4:00)
  • Thursday, May 26th: Field Trip to Merrymead Farm (9:00-1:00)

Math Benchmarks

As we near the end of the school year (32 days, but who's counting?), I wanted to share the math benchmarks again. While we practice these daily in school, any extra practice at home to reinforce these skills is also helpful.

  • Count forward by 1's to 110
  • Count backward by 1's from 20
  • Count by 2's to 30
  • Count by 5's to 105
  • Count by 10's to 110
  • Write numbers sequentially from 1 to 100
  • Read and write all two digit numbers out of order
  • Read and write tally marks
  • Understand addition and subtraction
  • Solve addition and subtraction word problems
  • Make reasonable estimations
  • Identify pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters by name and value
  • Tell time to the nearest hour
  • Create and interpret graphs
  • Identify, extend, and create patterns
  • Identify circles, rectangles, squares, triangles, rhombuses, trapezoids, and hexagons
  • Identify symmetrical shapes


Please let me know if you have any questions about these skills. Thank you for your support!

Pictures of the Week

Community Helpers Presentations

Our Class' Surfboard

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Dominic Day: Sending Sunshine His Way!

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