Kindergarten Newsletter

February 22nd - 26th

What we're learning this week...

Phonics: S Blends (sp, st, sm)

Book: Duck For President by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin

Reading Strategies: Identifying the problem and solution in a story, making a connection, making an inference, sharing our opinions of the book

Math: Comparing numbers to 20, number handwriting practice, fluency of addition and subtraction within 10, partners of 10 (how to make 10)

Writing: Writing our opinions, letter formation (handwriting practice), 5 star writing rubric (finger spaces, proper punctuation, capital letters at the beginning of the sentence, spelling sight words correctly, does my writing make sense?)

Social Studies: Maps and globes, me on the map

Science: Mystery Science – Force Olympics - How can you knock down a wall of concrete?

Religion: The Three Days, Jesus is faithful to God, Church Year: Lent, Lenten practices, praying, doing loving actions, Lenten Prayer Box; Sign of the Cross; Lord’s Prayer

Social Skills: Following directions and making an apology

Virtue: Cooperation

Social and Emotional Learning: listening to others: children discuss the importance of being thoughtful and careful listeners, and practice how to use whole body listening skills (eyes looking, ears listening, mouth quiet, body still) during a song.

Learning practice at home

Homework is optional in Kindergarten, but I would strongly encourage and suggest you take some time each night to choose one of the learning resources below and work with your child for 15-20 minutes. Need login info? Just let me know, and I am happy to send it! Please remember to read with your child each night, and give them plenty of opportunities to read texts at their reading level. Keep practicing sight words too!

Spirit Wear Days and Dollar Denim Days

Thursday, February 25th will be a Spirit Wear Day. Wear your special SMA spirit shirt! Spirit shirts still available in the school office. Styles and sizes are limited. For these special dress days - please remember that it is not a free dress day. To clarify: Dollar Denim Day = uniform top with denim bottom and regular uniform shoes. Spirit Wear Day = spirit wear top with uniform bottom and regular uniform shoes.