Rm. KB - Miss Green

 

Welcome to Kindergarten at St. Jane de Chantal School!

Ms. Green

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Kindergarten is an exciting year full of learning and fun! We count to the 100th Day of School, learn about the Superkids in Reading, have a Valentine's Day ball, watch baby chicks hatch in May, and much more!

January 11 - 15, 2021

I hope everyone enjoyed their three day weekend! This week we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and discuss how we can listen to his positive message for peace during these times.

Kindergarten students receive their first report card on Jan 22nd or 25th. We will email you if we feel the need to schedule a virtual conference on your student's progress. If you would like to request a virtual conference just let us know. 

This week the homework assignment "Why I love my Catholic School" is due. Please have your child take their time and complete their best work. These will hang in the hallway and be shared aloud to prepare for Catholic Schools Week. 

This is the time of year we begin to perfect our self help skills in kindergarten. We will be memorizing our phone numbers (parent cell), addresses, and learning how to tie our shoes. We chose the phone number you gave the school as your emergency contact at the beginning of the year. For many this is the mom's cell phone number. If you would like your children to memorize a different phone number, just let us know. We practice zipping, buttoning, and snapping, too. Practice these at home to help your child master these kindergarten skills. 

Recess angel sign-up times are available! The kindergarten recess time is 12:30-1pm. You must be Virtus certified to volunteer and must wear a mask. If you volunteer, please meet us at the back door to our classrooms. We really appreciate any help! 

Below you will find our schedule for the week - have a great week!!

Best,

Miss Green

Weekly Schedule:

Religion: This week we continue to say the prayers we have learned (Our Father, Hail Mary). We will discuss important kindergarten vocabulary words for Religion and read stories from the Bible that show these terms. Words include forgiveness, faith, sacraments, missionaries, and more.

Reading: This week we meet a new Superkid named Hot Rod who loves to drive his race car (go-cart), "The Fast Cat." He wants to be a race car driver when he grows up and build his own race car and races it in his story. Hot Rod teaches us about the letter Hh and the sound it makes. We learn to write upper and lowercase Hh, adding a tail to lowercase h. We listen for Hh at the beginning of words. In this unit, we spend significant time working on vowel sounds heard in the middle of words, as it is difficult to discriminate short vowel sounds.  Hot Rod teaches us the importance of sharing. We read the fiction story: Hot Rod's Sharing Solution and the non-fiction library book: I Sell. New vocabulary includes: hot rod, hood, hubcap, sharing, solution, sell, photograph, fig, market, and the different parts of a car. Scroll down to see which letters we have learned. Many parents have asked, "How do I help my child learn to read?" The main three things you can do is read to them aloud, have them practice reading to you aloud, and practice flashcards blending decodable words. 

Math:  This week we begin Chapter 16: Greater Numbers. We review 10-20 and learn numbers 21-31 this week. We order numbers, count by 2's, 5's, and 10's, and problem solve with these larger numbers. We continue to estimate and "guess and check" our work by counting numbers. We continue to practice writing, reading, and counting to numbers 0-31 daily in school. It can be tricky to remember the order to write these numbers, so continue to practice at home! 

Language Arts: This week we continue to strengthen handwriting and phonics with whiteboards. We write in our journal about Martin Luther King Jr. We practice flashcards for Hot Rod's unit and practice all decodable words learned so far. We will read the Supersmart: Wheels and read stories about races and our library book The Flat Cat. We practice reading stories with the correct pitch and volume. We draw conclusions using prior knowledge and we distinguish between reality and fantasy. 

Science/Social Studies: This week we begin our discussion of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, and other brave African Americans who have stood up for their rights in our country to change history. We discuss equality, love, kindness, bravery, and many other characteristics these strong Americans showed. We will learn about Inauguration Day and practice self-help skills at school with our addresses, telephone numbers, birthdates, and shoe tying.

Important Dates:

 Monday, January 18th:

- No School- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 19th:

- Why I Love my Catholic School Due for Blue Team

- Cozy Day for Kindergarten

Thursday, January 21st:

- Cozy Day for Kindergarten

Friday, January 22nd:

- Why I Love my Catholic School Due for Green Team/ all-virtual

- Report Cards go home with Green Team

Monday, January 25th:

- Report Cards go home with Blue Team

Monday, February 1st:

- Start Catholic Schools Week

Tuesday, February 2nd:

- Valentine's due from Blue Team to school

Friday, February 5th:

- Valentine's due from Green Team to school

Letters We Have Learned So Far

C for Cass who loves to Cook

O for Oswald who loves Odd animals

G for Golly who loves to sniff Grass and Garbage

A for Alf who loves Adventures

D for Doc who loves to fix and build things

 S for Sal who loves Sports

L for Lily who loves her Little Lions

I is for Icky who loves Insects and Television

T is for Tic, Tac, and Toc who love to Toss Tangerines, jump on the Trampoline & Tootle on the Tuba 

Volunteer Information

Before you may volunteer in the school, you must attend a Child Protection Workshop and complete a background check with Catherine Tomsheck. Please click here for more information: http://www.dechantal.org/hsa/volunteering-compliance-process/

****Important  Reminders****

- Please pack your child a snack, drink, trash bag (small newspaper bags work well), and a wash-cloth to use as a placemat EVERYDAY.

 - We are a nut-free classroom. Please do not send your child with items that contain nuts or are processed in a factory with nuts for morning snack. 

Important papers will typically be sent home in your child's red folders everyday, but packets for Blue and Green Team will always go home on the 2nd day of their in-person schedule. Please empty the folder before sending back to school the next day.

- Please practice self-help skills with your children (opening lunch containers, zipping backpacks and lunch boxes, tying shoes, buttoning clothing items). These are skills used in the classroom daily.  

- Don’t forget to label everything your child brings or wears to school, we have many, many children all wearing the same thing, it is hard to trace clothing and lunch boxes back to their owners!

- When sending money in to school please place in sealed envelope and label the outside with a To: and From: as well as what it is for.