Kindergarten Happenings

September 26, 2014

We started learning about Fall!

Look at what we did!

  • In reading, we learned how to explore new books. We look at the cover, look at the pictures, stop and think about what we see, and then try to point to the words and read in a quiet whisper voice.
  • In word work, we practiced hearing rhyming words in poems and in things around us. We also practiced hearing syllables!
  • In math, we learned about patterning in preparation for learning about numbers. Patterns have a repeating part and when we know it we can keep going! We practiced counting, reading, and writing our numbers through 5.
  • In both math and reading, we have been doing small group activities to practice how to work in independent centers when we start them in a couple weeks.

Library Days

Each kindergarten class goes to the library one day a week while we are learning how to choose our own books. Please be sure to send the library book back to school in time for library day so that your child can check out another book.


Kilgo - Monday

Leganza - Wednesday

Gaston - Thursday

Dais - Friday

"Grow Your Brain" Phrases

Kids thrive when they are within routines and when things are familiar. Here are some of the phrases we use at school in reference to learning and meeting challenges that we encourage you to use at home too! You might already be hearing some of them!



  • Grow your brain!
  • I don't know it yet, but I will!
  • I can keep practicing!
  • I can try harder!
  • Yes, I can do it!
  • Mistakes don't stop me! I can learn from them!

Educational Opportunity Absences

If your child will be absent due to what you perceive to be an educational opportunity, you need to do 2 steps before the absence can be counted as excused.


STEP 1: BEFORE YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT, go to the MES home page, click the Parent Tab, click Request an Excused Absence, and submit the form to Principal McDowell. She will review your response and decide if your trip satisfies the requirements for an educational opportunity.


If Principal McDowell does not decide the absences can be excused, your child will be counted unexcused for the days they miss. If Principal McDowell does decide it can be considered an educational opportunity, the absences are NOT excused yet. You MUST complete Step 2.


STEP 2: WHEN YOUR CHILD RETURNS TO SCHOOL, he or she will need to hand in any work given to them by their teacher AND have completed an Educational Opportunity Packet. To find the packets, go to the MES home page, click the Parent Tab, click Grade Level Educational Opportunity Packets, and choose kindergarten. Complete the packet during your trip and it should be handed in within 3 days of returning to school.


If you have any questions, ask your child's teacher for clarifications.

Kindergarten Themes

Here are the kindergarten themes for the new few weeks! Ask your kindergartener about what they're learning!


  • Fall
  • Apples
  • Leaves
  • Pumpkins

Upcoming Events and Reminders

  • Wed, Oct 8 - Walk to School Day
  • Sat, Oct 11 - Walk for Education: 2pm on McCorkle Place

Next week, we will...

  • learn more about the skills to begin reading.
  • practice writing more letters.
  • continue our unit on numbers
  • continue using detailed drawing to express ourselves in writing through observations of wood and paper.