Hi parents!

The binders should have come home on Thursday with updated December resources.  Please let me know if you are missing any sight words lists or any other pages from the binder.

Don’t forget that while Kindergarten does not have official homework yet, every night students should go through their binders and read the sight words, practice their letters, practice sounding out “nonsense words” (which is a great first step for sounding out other words), and practice recognizing numbers out of order.  If you want to do more than this with your child, I recommend having students write out sentences using their sight words.  We talk A LOT about how sentences start with a capital letter, end with a period, and have spaces between each word.  Another great thing to work on with your child at home is reading books together.  The students love the Elephant and Piggie and the Pigeon books by Mo Willems.  They should be able to read or sound out most of the words in these books.  Let me know if you need anymore recommendations.  Thank you!

The Christmas Program will be held on Thursday, December 13th.  We will be asking for all families to arrive at 6:15-6:20 on this day.  Families should drop their child off in the classroom, and then head to the PLC.  Students will make their entrance later.  Students are asked to dress in their Sunday best for this occasion.

I am planning a Polar Express Day for Kindergarten again this year.  On this day, Kindergarten will be allowed to come to school in their PJs, bring small blankets or stuffed animals, and be ready to celebrate Polar Express Day with hot chocolate and a special viewing of the movie.  We will read the book and do activities leading up to this day too.  I’m thinking we won’t have Polar Express Day on the last day of school before break due to Mass, so the tentative date for our Polar Express day is 12/19.  More info with the exact date to come home soon.


Below please find some of the things we have been doing this week, and what we will be working on coming up:

Reading:  This week we read books about the birth of Jesus and the real reason for the season.  We also discussed Advent.

We also talked a lot this week about nouns.  The students should know that nouns are found in our sentences and can be people, places, and things.

Coming up…

Next week our theme will be the Gingerbread Man.  We will be reading lots of these books and working with a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the different Gingerbread Man books.

Math:  We talked about different patterns this week, and we made paper pattern chains to decorate our classroom Christmas tree.  The students should know different types of patterns (AB, ABC, ABB, AAB, etc.).  We also continued working with numbers and our pages in our Go Math series.


Lunch/Recess & Special Schedule:

Daily Recess LC-1st grade:  10:30-11:00 & Lunch 11:00-11:30

Monday:  Gym

Tuesday:  Gym

Wednesday:  Art

Thursday:  Mass and Music

Friday:  Library (Please send library books back on Fridays)


Important Dates/Reminders:

*12/3 Book Fair begins (We will be going as a class at some point next week, but I do not know the day yet.  I will let you know!)

*12/4 PRIDE meeting at 6:30 p.m.

*12/7 Spirit Day

*12/13 K-5 Christmas program at 6:30 p.m.

*12/18 & 12/19 PRIDE’s Santa Shop (more info. to come)

*12/20 End of 2nd quarter (there will be no school on Friday, 12/21) & EARLY DISMISSAL AT 1:00 on 12/20.  The Kindergarten Christmas party is from 12:00-1:00.  All are welcome to attend!

Here are the parents that signed up to help at Back To School Night for the Christmas Party: 

Craft- Aubrey Miller

Game- Ayla Viewegh

Snack- Hazel Morrow and Oliver Cochran (I’m not sure why we have 2 down for this.  If you were planning on doing something together, that works!  If it was just a mistake, let me know and we can get it figured out.) 

Drink pouches- Braydon Turner

Napkins- Abby Hurley

If there have been any changes & you are no longer able to help, please let me know ASAP.  Thank you!


As always, please let me know if you ever have any questions/concerns.


Miss Centeno