The Wonderful World of Kindergarten

         October 2017   Mrs. Rodriguez         

 

English Language Arts (ELA)-We are learning the alphabet one letter per week. I will be utilizing a variety of resources including Alphabetic Phonics.  For each letter we will be learning the name and sound of the letter, the keyword to help unlock the sound of each letter (ex. dog /d/ and bat /b/) and how to make the capital and lowercase letters. It’s important to know both types of letters especially for reading purposes.  Any extra handwriting practice at home would be super! Another major part of kindergarten is phonological awareness. One way you can help your child with this at home or in the car is clapping out parts of words (syllables), concentrating on the beginning sounds of words and practicing rhyming words. They need to be able to recognize words that rhyme and produce rhyming words. It is important that they begin reading and writing on the left and move to the right (in class we say, “begin on the green dot side and move towards the red arrowhead.”) We are also learning about the parts of a book, what the author and illustrator does. Literature: As I read a story to the class, we will discuss the story, characters and setting of the story.

Reading homework = When I introduce a new letter of the alphabet, your child will have a page of homework in their class folders. It is due the next day.  Also, read to your child each evening. Reading with your child is the best gift they can ever receive from you!

Lexia Computer Reading Program- Yes we are using Lexia again this year!  Yay!

Your child’s log-in is: Username= their first name (lowercase with no spaces); Password= 1234. Here is the website: www.lexiacore5.org. There is an app also!

 

 

Pizza Hut Book It! Reading Program- Each month from October through March 2018, your child can earn a free personal pan pizza slip from Pizza Hut! All you have to do is read 8 or more books to them. I will send home a reading log each month for you to write down the title and author of the books that are read to your child. If you do read more than 8, right the title and author on the backside of the log. Make sure a parent and your student signs the reading log before your child turns it into me. Then, I’ll send home a free personal pan pizza slip in their folder. Students that turn in a signed reading log all six months, will receive a special award at the end of the program from me.

 

Mathematics- In math class we have been learning how to correctly write the digits. There is a phrase for each number to help them remember how to make the number. It really does make a difference when they say the phrase as they are writing the number! Some of the other skills we’ve been working on are: how to solve basic addition and subtraction problems, AB patterns, sorting objects, count objects to match a number, show fingers to match a given number, count on beginning from a given number other than 1 and count to 100 by 1’s.

Math homework = Work in their BMPH (Bernie’s Math Power Hour) packet.  Remember to have your child return their BMPH folder by Tuesday each week. The packet does not need to be finished in one night. It is meant to be done over the week- one page per evening. Remember to make sure their BMPH packet is in their BMPH folder so they get credit for completing it. Your child receives points if a parent signs the signature line on each packet. PLEASE KEEP ONLY BMPH WORK IN THE BMPH FOLDER.  Please keep reading homework and any other papers in their classroom folder.

 Religion-We will continue to learn the following prayers: Our Father, Glory Be, Angel of God, Grace before Meals, and the Hail Mary. You will find these prayers in your Back to School packet. We’ve been talking about Mass procedures/behavior, knows every choice has a consequence, Jesus loves us, being a good steward (takes care of God’s creation) and knows what prayer is (talking and listening to God). I read Bible stories to the class from a children’s Bible and follow up with comprehension questions and various activities that goes along with the story.

Please pray for all who are sick, our school, our principal and pastor, the benefactors of HSCA and for our new church and school building project. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

 

REMINDERS/INFORMATION FROM MRS. RODRIGUEZ:

1. Tardies- Our school day begins at 7:45 a.m. Your child may begin coming into the classroom at 7:40 a.m. if your child arrives before 7:40 a.m., they need to go over to Extended Day. The clock in the office is the main clock we use for tardies. I would suggest setting your clock to the office clock to avoid tardies. Tardy Policy:  We count tardies from Thursday to Wednesday. Any student from Pre K3 – 8th grade that is tardy three (3) times a week between Thursday of the current week and Wednesday of the following week will have to attend morning detention at 7:00 a.m. on the Thursday of that week. If a student is late and misses Mass on Friday, that counts as two (2) tardies. If they come after the Liturgy of the Eucharist, they have missed Mass.

2. Dress Code- we are in summer dress uniform until November 1st. We are doing pretty well with the dress code! Please remember belts need to be worn if there are belt loops and predominantly white, red or black tennis shoes. From Dr. Shropshire: Cargo shorts and Cargo pants are not part of the dress code. A personal request from me- please have your daughter wear a pair of shorts under their jumper. Beginning November 1st, boys will be required to wear a red tie and polo shirts will be replaced with button down dress shirts for girls and boys.

3. Please call the office if your child is not coming to school so it is an excused absence and the office will let me know.

4. Please stop by my classroom and sign up for your parent teacher conference on either the evening of October 30th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. or Tuesday, October 31st from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. I may need to start before 8:00 a.m. First come, first serve! I’ll do my best to schedule everyone to fit your schedule. It always works out! My goal is 100% participation. I’m also going to send home a copy of the sign-up schedule for those who don’t come in the building.

 

Upcoming Events for October:

  2- Pizza Hut Book It! Reading program begins

  6- NO SCHOOL Teacher In-Service

  7- HSCA’s Red & Black Event 7:00 p.m.

11- LATE START- School begins at 9:00 a.m. (tag day colors are tan/brown)

13- Quarter 1 ends

      Birthday Celebration

16- Quarter 2 begins

25- LATE START- School begins at 9:00 a.m. (tag day colors are black/orange)

30- Parent/Teacher Conferences 6:00p – 8:00p Report cards will be given at Conferences.

31- NO SCHOOL- Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Report cards will be given at Conferences.

November 1- All Saints Day- Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics- School Mass for Kdg- 8th gr. 7:45 a.m.

                  3- NO MASS- School will begin at HSCA campus 7:45 a.m.

                  6- Fall Pictures- students may dress out of uniform for pictures

 

Thank you for taking the time to read what we are doing in your child’s classroom!

 

With God’s Grace and Mercy,

Mrs. Rodriguez

                                                                         

 

 

                                                                      

 

 

                                

September 2017      

by Mrs. Rodriguez

English Language Arts (ELA)- We have begun learning the Alphabet and I will teach it one letter at a time. I will be utilizing a variety of resources including Alphabetic Phonics!  

For each letter we will be learning the name and sound of the letter, the keyword to help unlock the sound of each letter (example: apple /a/ and bat /b/) and how to write the capital and lowercase letters. It’s important to know both types of letters especially for reading purposes.

Another major part of my ELA class is phonological awareness. A few ways you can help your child at home or in the car is finger clap and count the syllables in various words, practice listening for rhyming words and produce rhyming words and listening for the beginning sound of words. We will be working on these skills in class and learning about what the author and illustrator does and the parts of a book. When I read a story, we will discuss it, answer comprehension questions and discuss the characters and setting of the story. Through the course of the year, we will be discussing the problem and resolution as well. Please remember to read to your child as often as you can. Reading with your child is the best gift they can ever receive from you! Reading homework = 1. Read to your child each evening and ask them comprehension questions as you go through the story. If your child has begun learning to read our pre-primer or primer words, please encourage him/her to point them out to you in the story and read them too! 2. Practice Sight words at home with your child. I will be sending home a letter and a list of sight words that I need your child to practice at home. I begin with the Dolche Pre-Primer word list in class. There are 40 words on the first list. When I test your child and they can fluently read all 40 words, they will receive an award from me and move on to the next list! I will send home the Dolche Primer word list. There are 52 words on the second list. I will continue through the lists as they have mastered each list!

Beginning in October and going through March, we will participate in the Pizza Hut Book It! reading program.  Each month your child has the required number of books read to them, they will receive a coupon slip for a free personal pan pizza! Those students who participate all six months will receive a special award for participating from me!

Library- Kindergarten will be going to the Library on Wednesday’s. When the librarian is ready to begin having my class check out a library book, they will need to take extra good care of it and return it by the following Wednesday so it can be checked in and they can check out a new book. Remember to write the book title down on your child’s Book It! reading log during October through March!

Mathematics-  We will be learning how to correctly form the digits from 0-9, learn the numbers names, count from 0- our goal is to fluently count to 100 by the end of the year- we practice this daily, count objects with 1-to-1 correspondence, count beginning at a given number other than 1, 2D and 3D shapes and daily use of Math Meeting which encompasses many math skills including patterning, addition- digits 0-9 plus 1, place value and tally mark the weather.

Math homework = Practice counting by 1’s to 100, count objects with 1-to-1 correspondence and work in their BMPH (Bernie’s Math Power Hour) packet.  Remember, to have your child return their green BMPH folder by Tuesday each week. The packet does not need to be finished in one night. It is meant to be done throughout the week- one page per evening. Just remember to make sure a parent has signed their packet and it is in the BMPH folder or they won’t get their points for completing it. **Please have your child put their classroom work, my homework and any correspondence from you to me or the office in their classroom folders, not in their BMPH folders. Thank you!

Religion- We will be learning the following prayers: Our Father, Glory Be, Angel of God, Grace before Meals, Grace After Meals and the Hail Mary. You will find these prayers in your Back to School packet. We will be learning about The Story of Creation and Noah and the Ark. God is so good!!!!  We are also learning information about The Holy Bible. We will be discussing and discovering how God loves us so much! We are all children of God and we are beautifully and wonderfully made! We will be continually learning about Mass behavior.  On Friday’s at Mass, we take up a collection for the school. I encourage your child to bring an offering to place in the basket. It makes them feel good giving back to God! It can be just a few coins or a dollar- it is whatever you would like to give.

Please pray for all who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, our school, our principal and pastor, the benefactors of HSCA and the realization of a new church and school.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Science- We will be learning about how apples grow, Johnny Appleseed and how we are like apples -God created us similar, but unique.

Social Science- We will be discussing a program called Youth Corp. “Youth Corp students are encouraged to live a life of influence, to be productive citizens, lifelong learners and take responsibility for their lives, family and community.” The first idea we will discuss is that we are in control of our thoughts. This ties in with our BIST program. The five life goals that we work on are listed in your Back to School packet.

REMINDERS FROM MRS. RODRIGUEZ:

1. Tardies- Our school day begins at 7:45 a.m. Your child may begin coming into the classroom at 7:40 a.m. if your child arrives before 7:40 a.m., they need to go over to Extended Day. The clock in the office is the main clock we use for tardies. I would suggest setting your clock to the office clock to avoid tardies. Tardy Policy:  We count tardies from Thursday to Wednesday. Any student from       Pre K3 – 8th grade that is tardy three (3) times a week between Thursday of the current week and Wednesday of the following week will have to attend morning detention at 7:00 a.m. on the Thursday of that week. If a student is late and misses Mass on Friday, that counts as two (2) tardies. If they come after the Liturgy of the Eucharist, they have missed Mass.

2. We begin school on Friday’s at Holy Savior Catholic Church on 14th & Erie campus. Students need to be there by 7:45 a.m. Please have them use the restroom before leaving home.  Extended day is offered over at the Youth Building next to the rectory at 6:30 a.m. for anyone who needs it.

3. Dress Code- we are in summer dress uniform until November 1st. We are doing pretty well with the dress code! Please remember white or black socks only (high enough that they can be seen), belts need to be worn if there are belt loops and predominantly red, white or black tennis shoes. A personal request from me- please have your daughter wear a pair of shorts under their jumper. We want your child to be called to the office for Dr. Shropshire’s weekly uniform incentives!  

4. I must know the day before if your child needs a breakfast or hot lunch. Have your child give me a note or please tell me in the classroom.

5. Please call the office if your child is not coming to school so it is an excused absence and the office can let me know.

6. If someone else or another parent is picking up your child, please, please contact the office so they can let me know.

 

 Upcoming Events

September 7           3 R's Mandatory New Parent Meeting 6:00 p.m. Dr. Shropshire- 

                            Library        

September 8          September Birthday Celebration

September 13         Late Start - School begins at 9:00 a.m. Dress Down day for $2.00

September 14         3 R’s Parent Meeting- PowerSchool 6:00 p.m. – Ms. Santiago-Library     

September 17         Catechetical Sunday at HSCC -11:00 a.m. Mass- All are invited-Students are asked to wear their school uniform. 

September 20         Goodies for Grandparents- 7:15 a.m. HSCA Library                             

September 21         3 R’s Parent Meeting- KCCRS (Kansas College & Career Ready Standards) Math- Kdg -2nd 6:00 p.m. -Mrs. Rodriguez- Library

September 22         1st Quarter Progress Reports sent home

September 27         Late Start - School begins at 9:00 a.m.  Dress Down day for $2.00

                                                          

Thank you for blessing me with you and your child this school year! We are going to learn so many wonderful things!

 

With God’s Grace and Mercy,

Mrs. Rodriguez

Hello parents and students!

Here are a few educational websites that your kindergarten child can work on at home. Research shows that keeping your child engaged over the summer months will help him/her not to lose skills they learned the previous school year!

I hope you and your child enjoy these websites.

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Rodriguez

Mrs. Rodriguez
Lead Teacher/Kindergarten 
srodriguez
@holy-savior.org

 

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