Strauss: Class News

November 13, 2015

Mark your calendars!

The Kindergarten Thanksgiving Program will be on Friday, Nov. 20 at 9:00 a.m. We can't wait to see you there!

Please have your child wear a white shirt and dark pants to school on the day of the program. There is no need to buy new clothes for this; try turning a shirt inside out to make it all white or borrowing from a sibling's closet!

Thanks so much!

Thanksgiving Holiday Break

Please remember that we will not have school the week of Thanksgiving (Nov. 23 - 27). Enjoy the week with your kindergartner!

Literacy Learning

In Reader's Workshop, we will be reviewing main idea and details and making connections. Students will be working towards mastery of these skills as we encourage them to tell as much as they can about a story. Your child will be expected to draw or write the main idea and 3 key details from a story we read together. You can practice this at home with any text (fiction or nonfiction). Try asking your child: What is this text mostly about? Then have your child find 3 pictures in the text that support their answer.

In writing next week, we will be writing informational pieces about turkeys and Pilgrims. Our standard is to recall information from experiences and gathered resources. We will be using multiple nonfiction texts about turkeys and Pilgrims to learn and support our writing.

Math Memo:

The "teen" numbers can be tricky for students to understand and write. There are some great videos on youtube to explain these numbers. Just search "tricky teens song kindergarten."

When we ask students to represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0 - 20, we show them a number and then have them use manipulatives to make that number. You can practice this at home with just about anything: beans, cheerios, hair barrettes, etc. Write a number on a flashcard and then have your child find the number of objects that number represents!

You can also give your child lots of practice with counting forward by calling out a random number and having them count up! This is a fun game to play just about anywhere!

Deck the Halls in December

Our economics unit is coming up and Kindergarten needs your help! During this time, students will be learning about work, wages, goods, and services by participating in holiday craft activities. Please be looking for information about this memorable event in your child's orange folder.

App of the week: Number and letter writing

Search "Little Writer" in the app store to download a free app for practicing numbers and letters. This will help your child practice forming those tricky numbers that students typically struggle with!


Mr. Young has been doing character education lessons in all the kindergarten classrooms. This week, we learned about the character trait of kindness. We love our kind kindergartners! Be sure to recognize the kind things your child does at home!

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