Hi Parents!

 

Whew!  Last week was a busy week, but I’m glad to be back to school and our routines, and I think the kids are too!  Our class loved meeting our new teachers.  On Friday, I found out that the new Lion Cubs assistant would be leaving us, and therefore Ms. Eastham would be going back to Lion Cubs to help out with the little ones.  Therefore, Mrs. Sanchez will be with us Monday and Wednesday mornings and Tuesdays and Thursdays all day now.  I will be changing a few things around in our schedule now to ensure that we get 4 days of stations in.  Stations are my favorite part of the day, and very important as that is the time that I get to work in small groups with the children.  Our groups are differentiated by skill level, and it allows me to really focus in on what that particular group is working on.  During this time, Mrs. Sanchez is also working with small groups.  We get a lot of learning in during stations!  The students love it too because when they are not working with the teachers then they get to do educational apps on the iPads or work on independent work.

 

Don’t forget the children will come home with a small book and a book review paper as homework starting this week.  Read the book nightly and send the paper back on Thursday.  Please help your child write the sentence (or sentences if your child is able) if needed.  We are working on only having the first letter capitalized, proper spacing, period at the end.  I know the extra time spent at home on this will really help them.  THANK YOU!!!

 

 

I have been working on getting the Mass planned for Kindergarten next week.  If your child has a part, I will have a letter/instructions in his/her binder on Thursday.  If your child is reading, please practice the reading part over the weekend.  All are welcome to attend the upcoming Kindergarten mass!

 

 

The 100th day of school is quickly approaching.  The 100th day is actually on Thursday, 1/24, but since it is a mass day, we will celebrate on Friday, 1/25.  This is a big day in Kindergarten, as a lot of our goals are centered around 100.  We should know how to count and write to 100 by the end of the school year.  (The Indiana standard is to write to 20 by the end of the school year, but I think our kiddos can do more 😉 ).  We should also know that 10 groups of 10 make 100.  To celebrate this day, your child can do either or both of the following things…

  • Count out 100 things that you have at home and bring them in to share with the class. (100 cheerios, 100 gummy bears, 100 paper clips, 100 pennies, 1 year I worked in a classroom where a child brought in 100 shark teeth!)  Anything you can think of!  If your child brings in something that is edible, please let me know if the child can share these with the class.
  • Your child can decorate a t-shirt at home and wear it for the 100th day of school. This means they do not need to wear uniforms on this special day.  I have seen shirts with 100 pom poms, 100 googly eyes…Pinterest has some awesome ideas!

Mrs. Boring also celebrates this day as well, and 1st graders get to dress up like they are 100 years old.  It is adorable and hilarious, and something that you get to look forward to next year!

Let me know if you have any questions about this.

 

Below is a preview of some of the things we’ll be doing this week and what we have been working on:

 

Reading/Phonics:

We will finish up talking about hibernation/adaptation/migration this week.  We will also finish up the SH digraph.  I am going to discuss decoding/reading strategies to the students this week, and I have a little bookmark that will go home with them probably on Thursday so that the students can share with you the reading strategies they are learning.  We will also do a book study on one of my favorite books, The Mitten by Jan Brett.

Math:

We have been working on addition and addition strategies and the students are really getting good at this.  Some students will even take addition timed tests (just for fun!) in small groups during stations.  I have noticed that MANY students are still writing numbers backwards.  We are working on this during small group/stations time as well.

 

Important Dates/Reminders:

*1/18 & 1/19 PRIDE’s Bedknobs & Broomsticks at the Artcraft 7:00 p.m.

*1/21 NO SCHOOL/MLK Jr. Day

*1/24 KINDERGARTEN’S FIRST MASS!

*1/25 Kindergarten’s 100th day celebration.  No uniform this day for Kindergarten if they decorate a t-shirt.

*1/28-2/1 Catholic School’s Week (stay tuned for more details to come)

*1/27 St. Rose Open House 12:30-2:30. Be sure to bring your child to check out the 1st grade room and visit with Mrs. Boring.  Also, if you know of anyone possibly interested in coming to St. Rose, this is the day to invite them to our school and let them see how awesome it is 😊

 

*Please be sure your child is prepared for outdoor recess (warm coat, hat, gloves/mittens).  We do go out all winter if the temperature is above 25 degrees.  During the months of November-March, the girls may wear navy pants & white shirts on mass days.  Leggings are not allowed, however, solid color navy or white, opaque or cable knit tights are allowed.  Please refer to the handbook link Handbook 2018-2019 for any questions regarding the school uniform.  Please be sure to write your child’s name in their school sweatshirts, jackets, coats, etc.

 

*Cold & flu season is upon us.  Please be aware that if your child has a fever and/or is throwing up, they may not return to school unless they are 24 hours free from both symptoms.

 

Lunch/Recess & Special Schedule

 

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

Monday:  1:15-2:00  PE w/Mr. Setnor (Kindergarten & 1st grade combined)

Tuesday:  1:15-2:00  PE w/Mr. Setnor

Wednesday:  1:15-2:00  Art 2:00 Dismissal EVERY Wednesday

Thursday:  8:30  Weekly Mass & 1:15-2:00 Music

Friday:  1:15-2:00 Library (Don’t forget to send in library books on Fridays so the students can get new ones)