Ms. Austin's Kindergarten

Newsletter, December 11, 2015

Dear Parents,

I cannot believe how fast this year is going! Your children are growing up right before my eyes. Everyday brings new mastery of skills that were beyond them when they started school. I love Kindergarten!

When school starts back we will be adding a new girl to our classroom. Her name is Tongqin Zan. We are excited to add another student to our great class!


  • Subtraction Symbol (-)
  • Slate Activities (Word Problems)
  • Attribute Blocks

Reading Workshop:

  • Readers need extra strength Book Talk power!
  • Readers use all their powers to read new books!

Writing Workshop:

  • Using rubrics to evaluate and edit our work (See photo below!)

Verse of the Week:


“Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God, for Christ’s sake forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

During Advent, we prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. One way we prepare our hearts is to let go the grudges we hold against anyone. Whom would you like to forgive as you prepare your heart for Christmas?

“ ‘I can forgive, but I cannot forget’ is only another way of saying, ‘I cannot forgive’.” -Henry Ward Beecher

Upcoming Dates:

December 14- Christmas Program Performance for our class! The program starts at 6:30

p.m. Children need to be in the HS Gym no later than 6:20 p.m.

December 15- One Hen Market Day

Please send 10-20 rmb for your child to support the 4th grade's One Hen Market Day. They design, make and sell their own products. Any money raised goes to charity.

December 16- Class Christmas Party! Come and join us in our classroom from 1-2:15 as we

enjoy the fun activities the Room Moms have planned for us!

December 17- 10 a.m. All School Christmas Assembly

Early Dismissal Day 11:30

January 6- School starts back!

January 12- Free dress day for all students if they make a 5 rmb donation to the Will Foundation at school!

A Note from the Library

Parent Feedback Survey for our ES Book and Resource Fair

Thank you for supporting Concordia's Elementary School Library! The Elementary School Library Winter Fair is the first of its kind at Concordia and is a great opportunity to bring students, teachers, families, and the community together to celebrate reading. Please take a moment to share your experiences attending the Book & Resource Fair via the link below. We value your feedback.

Christmas Library Return & Check-Outs

During this Christmas break, we are excited to continue to fill our readers up with their favorite books, movies, music, and play-aways. Parents and kids will be allowed to check-twice their allotment of books, so as to have enough of their favorites at home during the break. All books checked-out next week, will be scheduled for return in the New Year, January 7, 2016. Have a blessed Christmas celebrating the birth of our Christ and a wonderful New Year!

Check-Out Maximum:

Pre-School: 2 books

Kindergarten: 4 books

Grade 1: 6 books

Grade 2: 6 books

Grade 3: 8 books

Grade 4: 10 books

Ms. Thong's Christmas program:

When: Monday, December 14th at 6:30 p.m. (please arrive by 6:20 p.m. in the high school gym)

Where: High School Gym

What to wear: Holiday clothes- nice clothes; dresses, skirts, slacks, nice shirts. Please try to avoid wearing jeans and tennis shoes

Songs: All of the songs and lyrics are on Ms. Biank's website. Click on the link below and you can practice at home: