Class News 10/18/19

Miss Murray’s Class News 10/18/19

We had another great week together in kindergarten! One highlight of our week was our field trip of course! We had a blast together in the pumpkin patch and got to see a real working farm to summarize and celebrate all we have learned together about pumpkins. I am looking forward to conferencing and sharing your child’s successes with you. I treasure being able to partner with such wonderful families. Your children are excited, kind and happy learners!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: he and was. Next week we will learn for and on. Are you working on these at home? A good way to practice sight words is to keep a bundle of sight words (simple flashcards you can make with notecards) in your purse or bag and pull them out whenever you have an extra minute to spare – waiting for an appointment, quickly before you go out the door, etc.

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned all about the letters /c/ and /h/. We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds /c/ and /h/, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with c and h. Some words they came up with were ‘Halloween, Harriet, cake, and carrot.’ Take a look at your child’s spelling coming home in their Friday folder. If you choose to do homework at home, practicing lowercase letter formation is a good skill to practice with parent guidance! You might choose to brainstorm words that start and end with c and h while you’re driving, going for a walk or eating dinner.

Next week will be beginning sounds /f/ and /d/.

Literacy centers: This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, iPad center and at the phonics center students used pretend telephones to sound out three letter words and wrote them on white boards! Thank you to all the parents who were able to volunteer this week! In reading groups, we continue to use our “Eagle Eye” to observe picture clues and word clues to make predictions about what the story will be about. We are busy finding and circling sight words in our decodable readers! Keep up the reading practice at home!

Writers Workshop/Science: During writer’s workshop, we compared and contrasted a pumpkin and an apple using a Venn diagram! We first brainstormed as a class, and then completed it individually. We used pictures and words to see how they are the same and how they are different! See if your child remembers what the similarities and differences are.

We also read the book “Arthur Writes a Story” and continued to write our own stories in our writing journals! We are working on using capital letters to start a sentence, finger spaces between words, writing mostly lowercase letters, and punctuation at the end of a sentence!

Math: We practiced showing numbers 1-10 with tally marks, dots, words, tens frames and numeral. We created a pumpkin patch book by matching various forms of numbers on pumpkins to the matching numeral pumpkin patch. Check out your child’s pumpkin patch book in their Friday folders! We are continuing to count by ones, fives, and tens as well as using complete sentences to explain our math thinking.

Religion: This week we started unit two in our religion book, “God Always Loves Us.” We are learning how to be a friend, and comfort our friends when they are sad. We can ask “are you okay?” or “can I help you?” Jesus taught us to love God, but also love our neighbor!

The entire kindergarten grade and 7th grade is putting on the All Saints Day mass on Nov 1st. We invite you to join us! We continue to be Christ-centered people who pray with intention and reverence (SLE) by mastering our prayers – Guardian Angel, Prayer Before Meals and Prayer After Meals.

Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can read emergent level text with purpose and understanding.
  • With prompting and support, I can ask and answer questions about key details in text.
  • I can spell simple words phonetically.
  • I can read CVC words.
  • I can speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly.
  • I can read the words in a book in the right order.
  • I can say the most common sound for each consonant in the alphabet.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.
  • I can understand that the last thing I count tells the number of things in a group.
  • I can name the number for each thing in a group as I count them.

 Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, October 22nd – Individual Portrait Day
  • Monday, October 28th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Tuesday, October 29th – 9am Start for all grades
  • Thursday, October 31st – Halloween Carnival led by middle school 1-3pm
    • Students may wear a Halloween costume that day
    • More information to follow next week
  • Friday, November 1st – All Saint’s Day Liturgy, Dress Uniform
  • Friday, November 8th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)

Important Information:

St. John School and Parish are very excited to announce a partnership with Unbound-a charity that allows us to directly help children in need. Kindergarten will sponsor Bruno.  He is from Bolivia and speaks Spanish!  He is 5 years old and enjoys playing ball, putting together puzzles and watching television. Senora Blanca will incorporate lessons where she will create a class letter in Spanish to send to Bruno throughout the year. Every first Friday of the month your child is welcome to bring in a $1 donation and make cards or write letters to Bruno. If you have any additional questions, please let me know. Thank you! Your support will help Bruno get a wonderful education and new pen pals from Seattle.

Have a great weekend!

Miss Murray