Kindergarten News

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Conferences

Thank you so much for meeting with me last week to discuss your child’s progress in kindergarten. I could not be more proud of how much these little darlings have grown since September! We still have lots of kindergarten left, though, and lots to do to get ready for First Grade! Please have your child spend 5-10 minutes each night reading from the envelope of books I sent home. These little readables are phonics based and highlight our “star words” and letters introduced so far. They are great practice for developing reading fluency. The books also give the kids the chance to practice reading with expression or as we say in kindergarten “make your reading sound like talking.”

This was our last formal conference of the year, but please know that I am available to discuss your child’s progress with you anytime! I tell the kids all the time that you and I are a team!

Mexico!

One of our social studies responsibilities is to teach the kids about Mexico. We will be looking at life in Mexico and comparing the differences between city and village life. We’ll look at the similarities and differences between the people of Mexico and the United States. We’ll learn a song or two in Spanish, make maracas and cascarones and a hand-made piñata. We’ll make some crafts, sample some foods, and learn to read a little book in Spanish. If you have anything else to add to our studies, we welcome your ideas and resources. Would you like to share a story? Cultural or family tradition? Do you have items from Mexico? Let us know and we’ll schedule in!

Staff Service Day

Last Friday, our staff met up with teachers from St Josephs, Holy Family and St Mary's to participate in a day of service. I had the pleasure of working with other pre-k and K teachers out at the Tumwater Apartments--low-income, senior housing. Besides doing a few needed chores like weeding and sweeping cobwebs from porches, we also visited with residents who were so gracious and welcoming. What we accomplished in that short time is so small in comparison to the need. If you and your family are looking for a volunteer opportunity in the community, you may want to check out Catholic Community Services--they do good work!!

Language Arts

In Language Arts this week, we'll review these sight words; is how find this will be go and for and these letters Dd Gg Ii and Rr. Our stories, including our leveled readers are all Curious George books--a favorite among the students.

God's Time

Our God’s Time lessons this week will focus around the events of Holy Week. The kids have been praying the Stations of the Cross each Monday during Lent using a booklet we made in class. (see homework) They’ll have the opportunity to have their feet washed by a friend on Thursday, just as Jesus did for his disciples. Later this week, we’ll make ‘rolled away rolls’ to remind us of the empty tomb and we'll read the book “The Proud Tree.”

A few reminders...

*please return your child's signed report card

*OJP this Wednesday--"Jack and the Beanstalk"

*noon dismissal Friday

*Mother's Day tea, May 5th, 10:30 a.m