End of the 1st Quarter:
We made it through the first 9 weeks of school! Whew! Your children deserve an EXTRA HUG and a PAT ON THE BACK for their hard work over the past 9 weeks! Thanks for helping your child have a successful 1st quarter and for helping them to become more independent. We couldn’t do it without your support so give yourselves a BIG PAT ON THE BACK as well! 🙂 I look forward to meeting with all of you after fall break at the upcoming parent/teacher conferences to discuss your child’s progress. Confirmation letters with your scheduled date/time came home in last week’s Friday folder. If for some reason you didn’t receive this, please let me know ASAP so I can let you know your scheduled conference time. Conferences are 15 minutes each. I do my best to stay on schedule so please be sure to arrive on time. I have 2 of my own children’s conferences to attend at the end of the evening. Kindergarten conferences are for parents only. Some of the older grades have the students leading the conferences, but that does not apply to us. Report cards will come home on Wednesday, October 19.
FRIENDS ALL AROUND
This week we read an expository story; a non-fiction story. The children are beginning to better understand the difference between a fiction and a non-fiction story. The story Friends All Around gave us a chance to learn about several activities that friends (of all ages) like to do in many different countries. This gave us the opportunity to compare and contrast what the friends were doing as well as to compare and contrast the details we were seeing in the photographs. The children did a GREAT job! We focused on the letter sound for “P” and learned the popcorn word “a.” Many children were saying “PUH” for the “P” sound so we are really working on “chopping” our sounds and not adding an extra sound. They should be able to tell you what it means to “chop their sounds” and not add “uh” to the end. We also worked more on blending this week. The children are doing a good job as we are beginning to blend sounds. Here are a few words they should be able to blend for you: am, Pam, Sam, map, sap. If they have been keeping their “letter puppets” they make weekly they can practice spelling/reading some words with them. Be sure they tell you how our “turtle and rabbit” finger puppets help us when stretching out sounds to read new words. I hope they are showing you at home how excited they are about reading! Be sure they are reading (and saving for practice) the “mini sight word” readers to you that they bring home with each unit we do. They are reading words all over our classroom and in many books! I’m so PROUD of “our” kiddos! 🙂
- I can recite (not sing) the alphabet.
- I can count to 30 by 1’s and 10’s (Challenge: by 2’s & 5’s).
- I can recite the days of the week in order (Challenge: I can READ the days of the week in random order.).
- I know my left and right.
- I can make the Sign of the Cross (see handout in Friday folder).
- I can say our daily, meal prayer: Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive from thy bounty, through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
**If you want your child to do the challenges, please note this in the comment section of the Friday folder or send me a quick e-mail to let me know. If you are planning on your child doing the challenges, please be sure to work on these at home. Thank you!**
Please continue working on September goals. Only 3 students have completed their September goal sheets. Many children are very close (one goal away & it’s not even tying)! Keep practicing! I will begin assessing October goals the week of October 24th. It’s not uncommon for many children to complete their October goal sheet before their September goal sheet strictly due to tying. If you need any suggestions, please let me know.
As soon as I mentioned the month of October Monday when we changed the calendar in our classroom, the children were asking me about Halloween. 🙂 We will have a Halloween party on Monday, October 31st at 1:30. The children are allowed to bring costumes to change into for the party (optional, not mandatory) Monday afternoon. We will allow them time to change shortly before the party begins. Please be sure your child brings his/her costume in a bag and that you put their name on it in case we have any duplicate costumes. We realize that some of the children may be wearing “make up” with their costumes on Halloween night, but due to the short amount of time we have for our party, we would like to ask that you NOT send make up to school for your child’s costume. Time does not allow for us to apply make up. The party will be from 1:30-2:30. If you are helping with the party OR would like to come and join us, you may arrive at 1:15. ALL ARE WELCOME! This will allow time for “setting up” and for helping get 17 kindergarten students into their costumes! 🙂 As you can imagine, we may need a little help getting the children ready for the party. If you signed up at “Back To School” night to help with the Halloween party, our room mom, Mrs. Goins, will be giving you a reminder call when the date gets closer.
*10/7 End of 1st grading period & Fall Break begins at dismissal. There will be NO EXTENDED CARE TODAY.
*10/8 4:30 Mass; ALL ARE WELCOME!
*10/9 8:00 & 11 a.m. Mass; ALL ARE WELCOME!
*10/10-10/14 Fall Break; Students are NOT allowed to wear shorts once we return from Fall break until after Spring break. Please be sure the children are wearing jackets or school uniform sweaters/sweatshirts so they have them for recess as the weather is getting cooler. Girls are allowed to wear navy or white tights under their jumpers or skirts (no leggings).
*10/19 Report Cards will be sent home.
*10/19-10/21 Parent Teacher Conferences; EARLY DISMISSAL AT 1:00 ON 10/20 AND 10/21. There will be NO EXTENDED CARE ON 10/21.
*Upcoming STARS: 10/17-10/21 Roman; 10/31-11/4 Alex; 11/7-11/11 Brady; 11/14-11/18 Bristol.
*If you signed up to be a chaperone for our upcoming field trip to Apple Works, you MUST complete your Safe and Sacred Training by October 17th. You must also have a current background check on file. We have a few volunteers still missing these two things. Please be sure your child has a white shirt/sweatshirt the Monday we return from fall break so we can make our apple shirts. Thanks to all who signed up to help: Monday, 10/17 @ 8:15: Mrs. Goins, Mrs. Flores & Mrs. Wooten. Tuesday, 10/18 @ 8:15: Mrs. Bennett & Mrs. Marshall
*We did NOT check out library books today since we will be on fall break.
*Students should be practicing their “popcorn words” (sight/high frequency words) at least 2-3 times a week. Reading the mini sight word readers that the students bring home each week is a good way to practice. There are a few students that could really use some extra practice.
*Please be sure to go over the papers that come in your child’s Friday folder each week with them so they can see what they are doing well and so they can learn from their mistakes. Please be sure to practice handwriting at home if need be.
*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.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
*Thanks to Deputy Baird, his wife and Benny, for teaching us about personal safety! We always enjoy their visit!
*Thanks to Ms. Hammond for setting up Deputy Baird’s visit to St. Rose!
*Thanks to Mr. Boring for coming to our classroom to kick of fire prevention week (early)! We learned a lot about fire safety/prevention!
*Thank you for helping out with our daily snacks!
*Thanks to all of our volunteers who have signed up to attend our upcoming field trip to Apple Works!
*Thanks for the white shirts that have been sent in so far!
*Thanks for all of the coins that were collected to help Sr. Loretta continue her missionary work to help those in need!
*Thanks for all of the trash bag sales!
*Thanks for helping your child to have a successful 1st quarter!
*THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!
ASK ME ABOUT…
…some things that are black & the black song (see if I can sing all 8 color songs).
…what sound “p” makes and some words that begin with the “p” sound.
…the fable “The Lion and the Mouse.”
…what we learned from Mr. Boring’s visit; our fire drill last week (Kindergarten did GREAT!)
…how many ways out of our house we should know in case of a fire (2).
…what we should have once we get out of our house safely in case of a fire (a meeting place).
…ask me what # to call in case of an EMERGENCY and why it’s important to know our address and phone # (both Mr. Boring and Deputy Baird told us the importance of this).
…our visit from Deputy Baird and what we learned about personal safety; why we need a “code word.”
…what pattern we see on our number line when we are counting by 5’s; by 10’s.
…how many bundles of straws we have to illustrate how many days we’ve been in school.