March 2018 Newsletter
The Wonderful World of Kindergarten!
English Language Arts- We are almost finished learning all the letters of the alphabet! We are working on sounding out and spelling three letter words (CVC words). Spelling Rule: when a vowel is followed by a consonant, the vowel is typically short. We will continue to work on rhyming words, count and segment syllables, blend and segment CVC and CVCC words. We are working on copying sentences from the board to paper. We are learning that the first word must be capitalized, words are separated by spaces, learn when to use a period, question mark and exclamation mark and the sentence must make sense. We will be working towards writing our own simple sentences utilizing these four important rules. We will be reading simple text which will include CVC words and our sight words. We will be learning about fact and opinion. When the 4th quarter begins, I will add our last ten pre-primer words to our sight word deck. Don’t forget to help your child practice their sight word list! Our literature this month will primarily be about Lent, Easter, spring and science concepts.
Mathematics- We will be working on six mathematical concepts on each worksheet. They are: 1-to-1 correspondence, number identification, or comparing numbers; addition or subtraction; patterns; measurement; geometry; story problem or mathematical reasoning. Other skills we are working on during math and math meeting are: reviewing 2D flat and 3D solid shapes. counting to 100 by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s, count forward and backward, hundreds, tens and ones place value, tally marks, ten frames and finding out how many more to make 10, decompose numbers from 11-19 (10+1=11, 17=10+7) and represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings, acting out situations, verbal explanations (number talks), expressions, or equations and basic addition and subtraction facts to 5. Right now, I let students use their fingers or counters for the basic math facts to 5, but they really need to have them memorized going into first grade.
Religion- We are still in the Liturgical season of Lent and we are preparing for Easter. Easter is the most important season in the Catholic Church! Please encourage your child to participate at Mass on Friday’s. It is part of their Religion grade. We work daily on our prayers that we are responsible for learning. We read and discuss stories from the Children’s Bible. Please pray for all who are sick, our school, the benefactors of HSCA and the reality of a new church and school with our “A New Hope, A New Home, Built of Living Stones” campaign! We are so close! Please keep praying! Thank you for your donations to the Walk in Sister Shoe (WISS) campaign- HSCA benefits greatly!
Science- We will be learning about Forces: Effects of Push and Pull and Forces: Change of Speed and Direction. We discuss the weather each day!
REMINDERS FROM MRS. RODRIGUEZ:
1. Short sleeve polo's are not part of the winter dress code, belts need to be worn if there are belt loops, white or dark socks only and boys remember your ties each day! Your child has to be in correct uniform the whole week to be put on the Uniform Incentive list on Fridays! Spring Uniform begins April 3rd.
2. Please remember that there is only one day a month for celebrations. This includes student’s birthdays or any special days during the month. Please do not send cupcakes.
3. Your student’s BMPH packet in their BMPH folder is due by Tuesday. Remember each packet has a parent signature line in the top right corner for you to sign. Students loose points when there is no parent signature. Students are encouraged to continue earning points for the next incentive! Please keep your child’s letter of the week homework and any other class papers in their classroom folder NOT their BMPH folder. I do not go through their BMPH folder and won’t see their homework. Thank you!
4. Please remember to have your child return their library books. We go to the library on Wednesday mornings. They do not get to check out a new book until their outstanding book is returned. If there are any outstanding library books in May on the last days of school, parents will probably have to purchase the book so their child can participate in our kindergarten graduation.
5. When I send home homework, it is due the next day. Please have your child complete the homework in pencil. I’m trying to get them into a routine of having homework and returning it the next day, like they’ll be doing as they get older and it is part of their grade!
6. We are getting close to the end of the year and I want to remind you of Diocesan Policy #406. Students who are absent 20 or more days of school will be mandated to attend summer school. Late/Tardy minutes will be accrued to a school day. If the student accrues 7.5 hours in tardy minutes, that will equal one day absent.
March and Beginning April Upcoming Events
March 9 End of 3rd Quarter
11 Daylight Savings Begin (turn clocks forward an hour- Spring forward!)
12 Quarter 4 begins (Holy Cow!)
14 Late Start- School Begins at 9:00 a.m. $2 Tag Day colors are Green and White
15-16 Parent-Teacher Conferences (6-8 p.m./ 7:30-4:30) Sign up list came home last week.
Thank you to those who have returned your sheet! I am sending home your confirmation sheet Monday, March 5th. Look for it in your child's folder. Please return your sheet if you haven’t.
19-23 Spring Break- NO SCHOOL
26 Classes Resume- 7:45 a.m.
Last day for after school UVS visit to YMCA
28 Late Start- School Begins at 9:00 a.m. $2 Tag Day color is Purple
29 Holy Thursday
30 Good Friday- NO SCHOOL
April 1 Happy Easter
2 Easter Monday- NO SCHOOL
3 Classes resume- 7:45 a.m.
With God’s Grace and Mercy,
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.