I hope everyone enjoyed the 3-day weekend. This week we talked a lot about “workers” and why we celebrate Labor Day. We discussed many different jobs that people do and why they are so important to our communities. We even talked about some of the tools that people need to do their jobs. The children did GREAT coming up with several different jobs. We read books about “workers” followed by nice discussions. The children then illustrated in their journals what type of job they’d like to have when they grow up! Be sure they tell you what they hope to be doing in the future! I’m confident they will be very successful and I look forward to hearing from them in the future!
This week in our reading series the children were introduced to a fiction story, “Jazz Baby.” We talked about the meaning of a fiction story as well as the style of jazz music. We even listened to some jazz music in our classroom. The children really liked it. They got up and “moved” to the beat. I bet if you play some jazz music at home they might even show you. They liked the “upbeat” version much better than the softer jazz. The children were introduced to many different pairs of rhyming words in this story as well. We will be working on rhyming words a lot this year, but they are off to a pretty good start. We created two different word webs this week after reading our story: how we dance and musical instruments. The children did a GREAT job! The children will be bringing home their first reading activity book that we completed together over the past few weeks. Please take a little time to sit down with them and let them tell you some of the things we’ve done. Hopefully the children have practiced reading their 1st mini sight word reader that they brought home last week. These are for them to keep at home and practice. Please encourage your child to read these to (with) you each time they bring one home. It will help build their confidence and fluency as they start reading “popcorn words” and figuring out words they don’t know. We will begin Unit 1 (Families) next week. Each unit takes about 3 weeks and then the children will bring home their completed activity book. We will begin focusing on one letter/sound a week. Although we focus on 1 letter sound a week, we are constantly working on all letter sounds. We will also begin learning how to write these letters in D’Nealian (the St. Rose Kindergarten Way, as you might hear your child say ). The workbooks are NOT written in D’Nealian so we will be using other D’Nealian pages for handwriting practice. It’s a good idea to have your children practice each letter as it’s introduced at home too. If at any time I feel your child can use some extra practice, I will send home some extra practice pages. Please refer to the D’Nealian handout I passed out at Back To School Night.
Apple Works Field Trip:
Be sure to mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 25th. We will head to Apple Works in the morning and will return by lunch time. Look for more details to come home in a couple weeks along with a permission slip. There will be a place on the permission slip to mark if you would like to attend as a chaperone. There is limited space on the wagon ride and tour so we will only need one adult per student IF you are able to attend. You MUST have your Safe and Sacred Training completed and a current background check on file by October 17th in order to attend. Please be sure to check out the following link if you have not yet completed your training. The link to the program is https://safeandsacred-archindy.org/login/index.php
Be sure to stop by some time during the school day the week of September 12th to check out our STAR door! If you are new to St. Rose it might give you an idea of how people decorate our STAR door! I’ve already had people asking me when we are going to begin showing off our STARS. The whole school looks forward to learning about our Kindergarten students! Below are the stars for September:
*9/9 (Fish Fry & Euchre tournament only) & 9/10 St. Rose Parish Festival. On Saturday there will be kids games, a petting zoo, bounce house, mass outside at 4:30 and a bonfire and band following mass. Come join us for fun, food and fellowship!
*9/26 Trash Bag orders and money due. Dine to Donate at Chicago’s Pizza from 5-8 p.m. Come enjoy a yummy dinner (dine in or carry out) and help raise money for PRIDE.
*10/1 Franklin Fall Festival (stay tuned for more info to come regarding St. Rose students taking part in the parade)
*10/3 Picture Retakes
*10/7 Spirit Day and Missionary Childhood Association boxes for Sr. Loretta are due.
*10/10-10/14 Fall Break (No School)
*The children made puppets today that can be used for practicing their address, birthday and phone number. The more the children can use their senses to help them learn the better. Role-playing can be very helpful as well as making up a song or rhyme if they are having a difficult time. If you need suggestions, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I plan to begin assessing September goals toward the end of the week of September 19th. I will send home a “goal sheet update form” once I assess your child. IF your child does not complete all of their goals this form will let you know which goals your child has completed and which ones they have not completed. Please know it takes time to assess 16 students on an individual basis so your child may not be assessed until the following week. Some of the children said they haven’t started practicing their goals yet. Please be sure you are working on these at home.
*Please help your child remember his/her assigned show & tell day. Show & tell is an important part of improving our listening and speaking skills.
*If you would like to read your Kindergarten student’s favorite book in honor of their birthday, please send me an e-mail so we can set up a day and time. If your child’s birthday falls on a weekend, we can pick a day close to the date. We love having guests come share the gift of reading with our Kindergarten class! 🙂 This month we will be celebrating Marshall and Izzy’s birthdays.
*We will have our annual Kindergarten Vision Screening on Tuesday, September 21st. Franklin School System offers this free screening to all Kindergarten students. They will send a bus to pick us up. We are normally gone about 30-40 minutes and then return to school. Mrs. Salazar and I travel with the children. Please fill out the permission slip and return it on Monday.
*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.
*If at any time your e-mail address changes, PLEASE send me a message so that I can continue to keep you updated on all of the great things going on here at St. Rose. You should be receiving Mrs. Floyd’s weekly ROAR every Monday and my newsletter “blog” link every Friday. If not, there is a problem so please let me know so we can fix it and keep you in the loop. You can also find my newsletter at www.stroselions.net under the Kindergarten “blog” tab.
*Be sure to ask family and friends to save their BOX TOPS and send them in to help earn money for our school.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
*Thank you for helping out with the snacks every day!
*Thanks in advance to all who are helping with the festival in any way! We truly appreciate it!
*Thanks in advance to all who are selling trash bags to help with the PRIDE fundraiser! We truly appreciate all that PRIDE does for us so thanks for your support!
*Thanks to all who handed in the library card application forms! I was excited to hear how many of my students signed up to get their very own library card, not to mention how many of them already have their own card! 🙂
*THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!
ASK ME ABOUT…
…things that are yellow and the “yellow song.”
…Jazz Baby & some of the “jazz” instruments we learned about.
…making an “I Can” class book (students will take turns bringing this home next week).
…why we celebrate Labor Day and some of the many jobs in our community.
…how many bundles of “ten straws” we have for our calendar now that we’ve been in school more than 20 days (2 bundles of 10).
…what we do before Fr. Steve reads the Gospel (story from the bible) at mass.
…what we call the “holy” book where we read stories about Jesus (the children will each get their own copy of a bible for children in their Friday folders today, this is for them to keep).