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 Apple Farmer Annie

This week’s story was a fiction story about Annie, the apple farmer.   The skill we worked on with this week’s story was sequencing.  The children did a GREAT job identifying the sequence of events in the story!  We also did some additional practice with sequencing using story cards. We worked on the letter sound for “N” this week.  The children continue to do a GREAT job coming up with a list of words for the letter sound we are working on when we do our predictable chart (N is for…) each week.  Although I do not usually “assign handwriting homework,” it is a good idea for the children to practice writing the “letter of the week” at home once I have introduced it at school.  They are very excited about working on “sound spelling” (spelling words the “Kindergarten way,” not the dictionary way) when we return from Christmas break.  This week’s popcorn word was “to.” I’m very pleased with how well the children are reading their popcorn words and beginning to blend sounds.  Sometimes I can’t even get through the directions on a paper without a handful of students interrupting to show me the “popcorn words.”   If you see that your child is struggling to read the “mini sight word” readers they bring home each week, PLEASE be sure you are practicing their popcorn words.  The more they practice, the more confident and fluent they will become.  Here are the popcorn words they should be able to read (with confidence) to date:  I, can, we, the, like, a, see, go, to & Jesus.  Although I have encouraged the children to practice all of the popcorn words on the list that I sent home in the beginning of the year (even if the words haven’t been introduced yet), I would like to ask that you only focus on the above words IF they are not confident when reading the ones that have been introduced.  I don’t want them focusing on the whole list if they are still struggling with the above words.  I’m pleased to see that several students are reading many of our upcoming popcorn words already!  Keep up the good work!



Anthony was our STAR student this week!  He was born on November 1, 2009.  The day Anthony was born was obviously a very special day, however, it’s extra special since he was born on All Saints Day!  When Anthony talks about his birthday it’s evident that he thinks it’s pretty special too! 🙂  Anthony loves his family very much!  He has 4 sisters (2 sets of twins believe it or not), Mary, Monica, Chiara and Collette.  He also has 2 brothers, Joseph and Jacob.  Anthony said he likes playing Legos with his brothers and enjoys doing crafts with his sisters.  He said he likes playing outside with his dad and he enjoys reading books with his mom.  Anthony also likes catching butterflies and flying his Pokemon kite.  His favorite book is Batman and his favorite thing to do is to play with his Legos.  He told us he built a fortress and a spaceship all by himself.  Anthony also told us he likes to go to Buffalo to visit.  He loves to go swimming when he is there at his great grandma’s house.  He said she has a pool with a diving board and a slide INSIDE her house.  He said it is “so much fun!”  Anthony also likes to go tubing on the lake when he is in Buffalo.  He enjoys baking cookies and going out for ice cream with his grandma Jane.   Anthony’s favorite color is blue and he is a Colts fan! 🙂  Thanks for sharing, Anthony!


The next goal sheet will be for November AND December.  As we begin preparing for the holidays, times not only get busy outside of school, but AT school as well.  Below you will find the new goals (please note the challenges as well). Please remember that I do other “skill testing” and assessments over the material we are covering in class, but these are the goals that I would like for you to work with your child on at home to help reinforce what we are learning at school.   Please be sure to work on the below goals with your child at least 2-3 times a week as well as any other goals your child has not yet completed.  11 students have completed their October goals and a few more are very close! 🙂  If you would like for your child to do the challenges, please note this in the comment section of the Friday folder and please be sure you work on the challenges at home if you would like for your child to attempt them when I assess the November/December goals in December.

1.      I can recognize all upper AND lower case D’Nealian letters            (letter recognition only, NOT sound at this time).

2.      I can count to 60, by 1’s & 10’s  (challenge:   count by 5’s to              60).

3.      I can recognize #’s 1-20 in random order (challenge:                        recognize #’s to 30).

4.      I can read 8 color words: red, blue, green, yellow, orange,                purple, brown & black    (challenge: white & pink).

5.     I can say The Pledge of Allegiance.

         I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United

        States of America, and to the republic for

        which it stands, one nation, under God,

        indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.


If you are able to contribute to our Blessing Basket, please click on the following link to sign up:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C084CA5A72DAAFE3-blessing.  Next week you will find 2 laundry baskets outside of our classroom to put these items in.  Please be sure to have all Blessing Basket items to school NO LATER than Friday, November 20th.  If you need to put your items in the school kitchen’s refrigerator, please remember to mark it KINDERGARTEN SCHOOLBLESSING BASKET since the Religious Education Kindergarten class is also preparing a basket.   Refrigerator space is limited so please wait until 2-3 days before the due date for “cold” items.  All other items can be placed


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in the laundry baskets outside of our classroom. Other items such as gift cards, laundry detergent, hats, mittens, coloring books, small toys and games are also accepted for the family.  I found out the size of our family yesterday afternoon.  We have a family of 6:  Mom, Dad, 2 boys (ages 8 & 14) and 2 girls (ages 9 & 11).  Please keep this in mind when you are buying items for our basket.  THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP AND GENEROSITY! (NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL.) We are truly BLESSED here at St. Rose!


*11/11  Veteran’s Day All School Mass @ 8:30; This will be a NUT Day (Red/White/Blue) for a donation sponsored by Student Council.  The money collected will go to an organization that helps soldiers with PTSD.

*11/12  Regular weekly all school mass (students should wear mass uniforms; girls are allowed to wear navy pants for mass for the months of November-March due to possible cold temperatures).

*As winter approaches, there is always a possibility of school closings or delays.  Please note that St. Rose follows Franklin Community School for cancellations and delays. When delays or cancellations occur, they will be announced on local stations (CBS, ABC and NBC) under ‘Franklin Community Schools’. St. Rose will, also, send out an email through Jupiter. On the morning of, you may call the school office at 738-3451 to verify any delays or cancellations.

*Many of the students have been coughing a lot this week, tis’ the season.  We’ve been working on how to properly cover our mouth, blow our nose and wash our hands.  The children have been doing a good job, but as always, your reminders at home are appreciated.  Please remember that students need to be fever free for at least 24 hours before returning to school after having a temperature of at least 100 degrees.  Thanks in advance for your support!

*Library books are due every Wednesday.  Please be sure your child returns his/her library book each week.

*Please be sure you are checking out the St. Rose website frequently to keep up to date on all that is going on at St. Rose School.


*Thanks to Mrs. Salazar for subbing on Tuesday!  Thanks to my students who were on their BEST behavior for her while I was gone! 🙂

*Thanks to all who have signed up to help out with our annual Blessing Basket.

*Thanks to all who attended the field trip last Friday!  We had a GREAT time!

*Thanks to all who attended and helped out in any way at our Halloween party!  We all enjoyed it!

*Thanks for all of the Boo Grams that were sent to me!  I appreciate your thoughtfulness!

*Thanks for continuing to help with our daily snack!




…the sound for “N” and some words that begin with the “N” sound.

…ask me about the “sequence of events” in the story we read this week (Apple Farmer Annie).

…using story cards to practice sequencing.

…”I like to count it, count it.”  (Some of “my kiddos” really like to dance. 🙂  )

…how many bundles of 10 we now have to show how many days we’ve been in school (6 bundles).

…how the Pilgrims traveled to America.

…why the trip was a hard one.

…who were the Pilgrims’ friends when they arrived in America.

…what their new friends taught them.

A Prayer for Veterans Day

(Author Unknown)

Father, we could never thank our military men and women enough for their courageous service and sacrifice to our country and its people. Yet today we lift up our voices to express gratefulness and honor to these military troops both from the past and present. Show us ways in our communities, churches, and families to thank and love them better. Keep and protect these heroes and their families, in the powerful name of Jesus. Amen.


Have a good weekend! 🙂