Kinder Sparks News

January Newsletter

Working Hard in Kindergarten


Winter/Arctic Animals

MLK/Multicultural Study

Tennessee/My Home

Hibernation/Groundhog Day

Close Reads:

Snowy Day

Martin's Big Words

Nonfiction Map Study

Bear Snores On

Sight Words:

for, have, of, they, said


Short Vowel Study: Aa, Ee, Ii, Oo, Uu

All letters and sounds have been taught.

You child should know all the letters and sounds.

At this point in the year, your child should be able to name at least 35 letters in a minute and say 35 sounds in one minute. Please have your child practice this each night using their homework letter fluency page.


Your child should be writing complete sentences. Each sentence should have correct subject/verb, capitalization, spaces and punctuation. This is a wonderful time to purchase your child a journal so they can practice writing at home.


Make 10

Understanding Addition and Subtraction within 10

Winter Time Reminders

  • We follow the Rutherford County policy for inclement weather.
  • Parents will be notified from James Evans at the central office.
  • If school is 2 hours late, our start time would be 9:30.
  • In the event of an early release for inclement weather, your child's teacher needs to be aware of any transportation changes that would be different than how they currently go home.
  • Please be sure your child wears a coat each day during the Winter season.
  • Please send in a winter change of clothes for your child to keep at school.

School Expectations

As we transition into the new year, we will be working very hard to prepare for First grade expectations in both academic and behavior. As a reminder, our behavior expectations are the following:

  • Listen and follow directions the first time given
  • Keep hands and feet to yourself
  • Be respectful to classmates and faculty/staff
  • Use appropriate hallway and cafeteria manners

It is beneficial for your to view your child's agenda each night to review the color they were on for the day and encourage positive behavior.

Dates to Remember

January 8: Students return from Winter Break

January 11: Report Cards go HOme

January 15: MLK Day/NO SCHOOL