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This week in KA (October 16-18)

This week we did a variety of activities.  We continued working with the number 10 in math.  We counted and compared groups and worked more with the words greater and less.  We enjoyed a few visitors in our classroom.  Sr. Valerie introduced herself to us and explained a little about what it means to be a “sister”.  Mrs. Brundage talked with us about bullies and what to do if someone is being unkind to us.  They practiced telling someone to stop and backing away to find an adult when needed.  We had fun carving a pumpkin and talking about how being a Christian is like a pumpkin!

Next week in KA (October 16-18)

In reading, we will be learning about the letter “c” and learning the word “a”.  Please add this to the list of sight words you are practicing at home.  We will be reading about how animals move, discussing reading with expression, and focusing on details in a story. 

In math, we will be finishing chapter 4 and taking the chapter 4 test.  This test will be cover the number 10, showing 10, and comparing numbers.

In religion, we will be talking about how we can make choices.  We will discuss how our choices can make God happy.

A few extra notes:

Reminder that Monday we have Library! If your child has not already turned in their library book, please be sure it is in their book bag on Monday morning so that they can select a new book to bring home!

Homework:  The Leaf Man homework assignment is due back to school on Monday, October 23rd.

School Raffle:  Continue selling those raffle tickets!  Tickets can be turned in any day!  Friday, October 27th is hat/crazy hair day!

Halloween:  Those parents that signed up to help with the Halloween party have been contacted.  If you did not sign up to help with the party, you are still able to come help your child get into their costume as well as watch the school parade.  We will begin changing at 12:40 and the parade will begin at 1:00.  The children will parade through the halls of the school, out into the parking lot, across to church and back.  The party will follow the parade.  Please remember, in order to be in the classroom the day of the party, you must have your volunteer requirements completed.  If you do not have them completed, I will not be able to allow you in the classroom that day.  Thank you for your understanding and help in keeping our classroom and school a safe and secure place for the children.

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This week in KA (October 8-12)

In reading this week, we focused on the word “we” and the letter “T”.  We read stories about how people and animals communicate.

In math, we looked more at the number ten.  We talked specifically about how to count, write, draw and read it.  Please continue working on reading the number words, zero through ten, with your child at home.

In Religion, we talked about ways we are alike and different.

Next week in KA (October 16-18)

REMINDER we DO NOT have school on Thursday or Friday (October 19-20). 

Since we have a shorter week, we will be doing a variety of activities this week.  We will continue working with the number 10 in math.  We will also be reviewing the words we have already learned.  We are going to have a number of visitors joining us in our classroom.  Sr. Val will be coming in to visit and introduce herself to us.  Mrs. Brundage will be coming in to talk with us about bullies and being kind.  We will also be doing a fun activity looking at how being a Christian is like a Pumpkin!

I am looking forward to taking a little break from our typical routine and switching it up a bit!  I think they kiddos will enjoy it as well.

A few extra notes:

Reminder that Monday we have Library! If your child has not already turned in their library book, please be sure it is in their book bag on Monday morning so that they can select a new book to bring home!

School Raffle:  Continue selling those raffle tickets!  Tickets can be turned in any day!  MONDAY is “Mismatched Monday”, students may be out of uniform for this day.  We discussed that mismatched clothes are fun and silly and that they are welcome to wear whatever they feel is fun and silly!

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Next week in KA (October 8-12)

We had a wonderful Grandparent’s Day!  It was a joy to see so many people surround the students with love!  The crazy socks added a little extra flare, and I hope the Grandparent’s didn’t think I was too crazy in my “teacher socks”. 

In reading next week, we will be focusing on the word “we” and the letter “T”.  We will be reading stories about how people and animals communicate.  We will also be discussing the long and short “a” sounds.

In math, we will be looking more at the number ten.  We will talk specifically about how to count, write, draw and read it.  Please continue working on the number words, zero through ten, with your child at home.  We will be assessing them on these soon!

In Religion, we will be talking about all the ways we are alike and different.

Last week in KA (October 2-6)

In reading we added the word “see” to our word wall.  We read and learned about our five senses.

In math we worked on the chapter 3 test as well as began to look at the number 10.

In religion we will be looked at our chapter “God gives me five senses”.

A few extra notes:

Reminder that Monday we have Library! If your child has not already turned in their library book, please be sure it is in their book bag on Monday morning so that they can select a new book to bring home!

School Raffle:  Continue selling those raffle tickets!  Tickets can be turned in any day!  Next Friday is spirit/jersey day.  Students can wear a spirit shirt or jersey with their uniform bottoms!

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Next week in KA (September 18-22)

What a fun and exciting week we had in Kindergarten!  Our field trip was a lot of fun!  We enjoyed picking apples, tasting cider and donuts, and going on a hay ride.  I was proud of the wonderful behavior I saw from the students.  A big thank you again to our parent chaperones for joining us!  Wednesday was another exciting day.  We had a special visitor come to our classroom!  Mr. Shinaberry brought our cider press into school and we used some of our apples from the field trip to make our very own cider.  Kindergarten B joined us for the afternoon and it was a very fun activity to do following our field trip.  We all agreed that our very own cider tasted just as good if not better than the cider on our trip!

In reading we will be adding the word “see” to our word wall.  We will be reading and learning about our five senses.

In math we will be working on the chapter 3 test as well as beginning to look at the number 10.  Please add the word ten to the list of words you are working on at home.

In religion we will be looking at our chapter “God gives me five senses”.

Friday, October 6th is Grandparent’s Day.  Grandparents are welcome to join us in our classroom for activities from 8:45-10:00.  I am looking forward to meeting them!

Last Week in KA (Sept. 25-29):

In reading we worked on the letter “S” and reviewed our first four focus words.  Many of the students are able to consistently read these words!  Thank you for your continued help!

We read The Little Red Hen this week and the students participated in a readers theater of the story.  Each group was assigned a character and enjoyed saying “Not I” in unison when it was their turn!  We then sequenced the events of the story and they even made their own red hen to bring home!  Look for these in their folders coming home today.

In math we worked on finishing chapter 3.  Now that the students know numbers 0-9, we are working on comparing numbers.  Please take opportunities at home to point out greater, less, and the same number of objects.  Understanding how many greater or how many less is a challenging concept for many students.

 A few extra notes:

Reminder that Monday we have Library! If your child has not already turned in their library book, please be sure it is in their book bag on Monday morning so that they can select a new book to bring home!

Grandparents Day is next Friday, October 6th.  Grandparents are welcome in our classroom from 8:45-10:00.  We will not be attending mass.

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This week in KA (September 18-22)

 In reading we read about community helpers and jobs.  Our word of the week was “and”.  After reading a story about a woman who works at a pizzeria, the students were able to “make their own pizza” using Ritz crackers, sauce and cheese!  It was a lot of fun!

In math, we began chapter 3.  We focused on counting, writing and reading the numbers 6-9.  We will continue working on reading the words for these numbers, please be sure you are practicing all the words at home.  The students are so proud of themselves when they are able to read them successfully in class!

In religion we discussed the Bible.

We also tasted red, yellow and green apples.  They students were able to select their favorite and we created a class graph.  Red apples won by a landslide!

Next Week in KA (Sept. 25-29):

In reading we will be reviewing our first four focus words.  And, the, like and I.  Please be sure you are practicing these at home as well.  These words enable to students to begin building sentences, being able to read and write these words help create a feeling of success!

In math we will continue working on Chapter 3.  Representing, counting and writing numbers 6-9.  Again, please be sure you are working on reading and writing the number words at home with your child!

In Religion we will be discussing Chapter 5, “God Created All People”.

Reminder:  Our field trip is Tuesday, September 26th.

          Things to know for the field trip:

    1. Your child may be out of uniform for the field trip.  They should wear play clothes.  Please remember that since we will be outside there is a chance your child may get dirty.  Please dress them appropriately for the weather and in something that won’t be ruined if it gets dirty.

  1. We will be eating lunch at the orchard.  PLEASE PACK A BROWN BAG LUNCH WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME CLEARLY LABELED.  EVERYTHING IN THEIR LUNCH SHOULD BE DISPOSABLE.  Please do not pack ice packs, silverware or drink cups that need to be returned.  EVERYTHING will be thrown away at the end of lunch time.  This ensures nothing is lost in transport or mixed up with another student.  This makes lunch at a different place run much smoother, thank you for your understanding!
  1. If you have any questions regarding the field trip, please do not hesitate to email me!

 A few extra notes:

Reminder that Monday we have Library! If your child has not already turned in their library book, please be sure it is in their book bag on Monday morning so that they can select a new book to bring home!

Grandparents day is Friday, October 6th.  Grandparents are welcome in our classroom beginning at 8:45 and we will be finished at 10:00.  Kindergarten will not be attending Mass.  Please do not have the grandparents arrive prior to 8:45.  It is important that we begin our day and have the students settled prior to the grandparents arrival.  Thank you for your understanding!

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This week in KA (September 11-15):

This week in reading we read about pets. Our new word of the week was "the".  Please add this to the growing list of words you are practicing at home!

In math we continued comparing sets. We also worked on our chapter 2 assessment.

Our religion chapter was "God Gave Us Animals and Plants".  We talked about the ways we show love by caring for animals and plants.

On Tuesday, our students took the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) reading readiness test. I was very proud of how well the students did with this new experience.

Next week in KA (September 18-22)

 In reading we will be reading about community helpers and jobs.  Our word of the week will be “and”.  We will be discussing beginning sounds and working on the letter “M”.

In math, we will begin chapter 3.  We will focus on counting, writing and reading the numbers 6-9.  We will begin working on reading the words for these numbers, please add these new words to the words you are practicing at home!

In religion we will be discussing the Bible and how it tells us about God’s love.

We will continue talking about apples and preparing for our field trip!

 A few extra notes:

Monday is PICTURE DAY!  All students will have their pictures taken, if you are interested in ordering pictures, please refer to the information you have received in your child’s folder, or review the SJA Weekly.

Reminder that Monday we have Library! If your child has not already turned in their library book, please be sure it is in their book bag on Monday morning so that they can select a new book to bring home!

We have planned two field trips for this year. Our first field trip will be to Erie Orchard and Cider Mill on Tuesday, September 26th.  Thank you for returning the permission slips.  Many of you offered to chaperone, if you are needed, you will receive a separate email from me.  I will select different parents for the second field trip of the year,  Thank you for the support you provide to our classroom! We will also be going to The Valentine Theater on Tuesday, April 10th.

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This Week in KA (September 4-8):

This week seemed to fly by!  We got a lot done and the students did great getting back into our routines after the long weekend.  A special thank you to all those that sent in $1 for hurricane Harvey relief.  The students all enjoyed their dress down day.

This week in reading we read about dinorsaurs and worked on a dinosaur morning book.  This is coming home today.  I encourage you to work on reading it with your child.  The book includes our number words and the word I.  We added the word "like" to our word wall this week.  So far, the students have learned and are working on: zero, one, two, three, four, five, I, and like.  Working on these words at home will help your child feel confident while reading in school.  Try playing a matching game as a fun way to practice.  You can use simple notecards cut in half, write each word on two cards, flip them over and see how many matches your child can find!

This week in math we worked on comparing sets of objects.  We used the words greater and less to compare our sets.

In religion, we talked about our church family.  We also practiced making the sign of the cross.

Next week in KA (September 11-15):

In reading we will be reading about pets.  Our new word of the week will be "the".

In math we will continue comparing sets.  We will also work on our chapter 2 assessment.

Our religion chapter is "God Gave Us Animals and Plants".

We will begin exploring apples and pumpkins in science.  This will have us prepared and excited for our field trip to the orchard on September 26th.

On Tuesday, our students will be taking the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) reading readiness test.  Please be sure your child gets a good nights sleep on Monday and a healthy breakfast on Tuesday morning.  We want them ready to do their best!  More information on this test was sent home in the SJA Weekly yesterday.

A few extra notes:

Reminder that Monday we have Library!  If your child has not already turned in their library book, please be sure it is in their bookbag on Monday morning so that they can select a new book to bring home!

We have planned two field trips for this year.  Our first field trip will be to Erie Orchard and Cider Mill on Tuesday, September 26th.  We will also be going to The Valentine Theater on Tuesday, April 10th.

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This Week in KA (August 28-September 1):

In reading we worked on the theme of families, letters K-O, and our focus word was “I”.  I enjoyed learning more about your families as we shared our scrapbook pages.  Thank you for taking time to work on those with your children.  I am sure it will be a fast favorite in our classroom library!

In math we worked on ways to make five, ordering numbers through 5, and understanding zero.  We are working on reviewing reading our number words and will continue to do so.  They were added to our word wall this week, and I hope you will continue practicing them with your children at home.

In Religion, we spent time talking about our families and how they are a sign of God's love.  We also began reading some Bible stories.  The students really enjoyed this.

Next week in KA (September 4-8):

I hope you all enjoy your long weekend.  Reminder, we do NOT have school on Monday, September 4th due to Labor Day.

In reading next week we will be reviewing letters P-T and our sight word focus will be like.

In math we will be focusing on looking at sets of objects and comparing which is greater and which is less.

In Religion we will be discussing our church family.

A few extra notes:

Due to having no school on Monday, we will not be having library class next week.  Please feel free to keep your books until the following week.  If you child would like to turn them in, I will have a basket available in the classroom for them to do so.

A HUGE thank you for all of the wipes that were donated to our class.  They are a HUGE help keeping our kiddos clean!

We have planned two field trips for this year.  Our first field trip will be to Erie Orchard and Cider Mill on Tuesday, September 26th.  Permission slips for this were sent home today.  We will also be going to The Valentine Theater on Tuesday, April 10th.

 

 

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KA (August 21-25):

What a wonderful week we had in Kindergarten A!  I have enjoyed getting to know each of the students.  They have begun learning our routines and are doing a great job. 

In reading this week we worked on reviewing letters A-J, identifying rhyming words, and breaking words apart into syllables.  The students impressed me with how well they did recognizing letters around our room.

In math we worked on modeling, counting, and writing numbers 1-5.

Our religion topic this week was “I am a child of God”, the children were all confident that God made the special!

One last exciting part of our week was naming our class pet.  We were excited to decide on the name “Duke”, please take a moment this weekend to ask your child about our furry dog friend.

 

(August 28-September 1):

Next week, Mrs. DeDad will be holding a used book sale during lunch on both August 29th and August 30th.  Books will be $0.25 a piece, if your child would like to purchase a book please send your child’s money in either a Ziploc bag or envelope with your child’s name and KA labeled on it.

Please remember that your child’s scrapbook page that you received at Meet the Teacher night is due on Monday!

In reading we will be focusing on the theme of families, letters K-O, and our focus word will be “I”.

In math we will work on ways to make five, ordering numbers through 5, and understanding zero.  We will also be working on reading our number words zero-five.  These words are a great practice activity at home!

In religion, we will be working on our chapter “My Family Is a Sign of God’s Love”.

For those of you interested in volunteering in our classroom or school, please contact Jane Friesner to verify what requirements you need in order to do so.  jfriesner@joanofarc.org

A Few More Notes:

Remember, there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 4th, due to Labor Day

We are in need of baby wipes in our classroom!  This item was inadvertently left off our supply list, and without a sink in our classroom for students to wash their hands, they are severely missed!  If you would be willing to donate some to our classroom, this would be greatly appreciated!

 

Contact

Jenna Shinaberry
Kindergarten Teacher- KA
jshinaberry@school.joanofarc.org