Ms. Austin's Kindergarten

Newsletter, April 10, 2016

Chapel Performance, Tuesday, April 12th

Our class will lead the ES Chapel in the MSR on this Tuesday. Please plan to join us as we talk and sing about Gentleness.

Chapel starts at 8:05 a.m. Please make sure to have your child come a little early on Tuesday. We will be in the MSR a little before 8 a.m. to get ready.

Concordia ES Spring Carnival

Concordia ES Spring Carnival

Friday, April 15, 2016

The ES Spring Carnival takes place on the Soccer Field. We will be outside on the field all day or, in the event of bad weather or bad air quality, the event will be moved indoors to the Middle School and Elementary School Gyms.

There are 14 different game stations (including 2 large bouncy castles, balloon dartboard, jump-in-a-sack race, bubble wands, etc.), where students play and win prizes or treats. We have separated the ES students into 4 groups, and each group will come out to the field at their appointed time to enjoy the carnival.

Time Slots

Grade levels

9:00-10:20 (80 minutes)

Grade 1&2

10:35-11:55 (80 minutes)

Preschool 3&4

12:10-1:30 (80 minutes)

Grade 3&4

1:45-2:45 (60 minutes)


* There is a 15-minute break for transition between groups.

****PARENTS are welcomed! Please come and enjoy this fun time with your child.

Free Dress Day!

Friday, April 15th will be a Free Dress Day in the Elementary School!



  • 3-D Shapes (Technology Lesson with Mr. Grice)
  • Introduction of the Quarter (Adding with 1's, 5's, and 10's to 25)
  • Dice Addition and Subtraction Game
  • Late in the Year counting (Also- What number comes before?)

Reading Workshop:

  • Begin new unit: Avid Readers
  • Avid readers are people who love reading so much, they can hardly bear to stop!
  • Avid readers don't just read. They also react to books.
  • Avid readers mark their thinking in books (using post-it notes).

Word Study:

  • Handwriting practice
  • Long Vowel Rules: Magic e

Science: Worm Unit begins!

  • What do you know about worms?
  • Observing worm behaviors
  • Building a worm habitat
  • How are earthworms helpful?

Religion: God made the plants and the animals. (Creation story and painting)

Writing Workshop: New Unit- Persuasive Writing

  • Studying Mentor texts- How does the author try to convince others?
  • Shared Persuasive Writing- Writing a letter to our principal
  • Writing Proposals as a Class
  • Response writing to a persuasive story or question

Learning Centers:

  • Monday- Bruce's Birthday Celebration!
  • Word Sorts
  • Writing Number Stories
  • Money Exchange Game (with quarters)