Class News 2-2-24

Miss Murray’s Class News 2/2/24

We were busy kindergarteners celebrating Catholic Schools Week! We thanked our volunteers and showed our school spirit with our 7th grade buddies. Thank you to those who were able to come in and speak about your vocation! Here is what we have been up to this past week.

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: we and when. Next week we will learn can and your. Can you use these words in sentences or spot them in books with your child?

Phonics: Word families -et, -eg, -en. Students cut out their sort picture and word cards, and then read the words to match each word to a picture. They sorted the pairs into word family categories. Students played partner memory match – trying to match words and picture cards with another in the same word family.  Students glued the sort cards into categories, and finally spelled our spelling words and thought of new -et, -eg, and -en words to add to their list.

Writer’s Workshop: We celebrated Catholic School’s Week and community day by writing thank you letters to our local firefighters! We thanked them for helping our community, saving our pets, putting out fires, and more!

We continued writing our own real or make-believe stories and adding details using our five senses to help give us ideas for details. We continue to focus on including 4 things in our sentences, using our “Fab 4 checklist.”

1. Capital letters at the beginning of a sentence.

2. Spaces between words.

3. Period at the end of a sentence.

4. Mostly lowercase letters.

Math: We continue to build our addition knowledge to work towards our end of the year goal – mastery of addition facts within 10. We learned that a math number sentence can go vertical or horizontal and you will get the same answer! This week we read the book Raining Hearts and created our own raining hearts, math and art project. Students chose an addition number sentence and represented it with hearts “raining” down from an umbrella!

Social Studies: We were so lucky to have parents come in and talk about their vocations! We learned that everyone has strengths, and when you grow up, if you work hard and set your mind to it, you can be whatever you want to be. Students wrote about what they want to be when they grow up. Ask your child what their vocation might be! Thank you to Mrs. Arnette, Mr. Grover, and Mr. Richards for taking the time out of your day to celebrate your vocations with us!

Second Step: This week we learned about the feeling, calm. We learned that we can feel strong feelings like happy, sad, and mad. Sometimes a strong feeling can take over our attentions and actions. In order to help our strong feelings, we can do things like take a slow, deep breath and ask a grown up for help!

Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
  • I can count forward beginning with a given number within the known sequence (instead of starting at 1)
  • Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.
  • 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 tell how the words and pictures go together in stories.
  • 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 help my class learn about a subject and then write about it.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, February 7th – Dress Uniform, Primary Mass, 9am. Join us if you can!
  • Friday, February 9th – No School, Teacher In-Service
  • Tuesday, February 13th– Valentine’s Day Celebration (a day early due to Ash Wednesday Mass)
    • Please bring in a covered shoebox (any plain paper will do, do not decorate!); we will be decorating them in class!
    • Your child may bring in one Valentine for each student in our class (22 students). No names please!
  • Wednesday February 14th – Dress Uniform, Ash Wednesday Mass, 9am
  • Friday February 16th – Noon Dismissal – Winter Holiday
  • Monday February 19th – Tuesday February 20th – No School, Winter Holiday
  • Friday, March 8th – No School, Staff Retreat
  • March 29th – Noon Dismissal, Easter Break
  • April 1st-April 5th – No School, Easter Break