Dear Parents and Friends,
Happy Monday!! We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving. It is now December, which is a very busy and stressful month for all. This time of year, kindergartners become unfocused, chatty and a bit wound up. We do understand how excited they are for the upcoming festivities. Please remind your children to do their best at school. This would be very appreciated and all that we can ask for. Thank you in advance for your help to make this month run smoothly.
This week, we will begin a new two week theme, Sing a Song, Paint a Picture. This week we will focus on musicians and music and next week we will concentrate on art and artists. This is an energetic unit which the kids certainly will enjoy!
In Math, we will continue to practice counting as well as comparing larger quantities of numbers. The teen numbers are still tricky for some. Please continue practicing counting with your child. Thank you!
This week on Wednesday, December 6th, we will have our monthly walk to school day. This is an all school event that is free for everyone to participate in. We will be meeting at the Hetty Green Part at 7:25 and begin walking together at 7:45. Feel free to join us, the more the merrier!!
KinderRoo has brought us all of our letters now! This has been an exciting time of year for us and we are sad that we won’t have any more of her antics in our hallways, but excited to start sounding out more words and reading more independently! This is our last week with our current “white books.” Next Monday, your child will be bringing home their first KinderRoots Shared Story - #4, The Wet Dog. With these stories, your child will need to follow each word with their finger and sound out any words that are difficult for them. There will be green and red words on the front cover of each book. The red words are sight words that they will learn by saying the word, spelling the word and then saying the word again. The green words can be phonetically sounded out. This will be difficult in the beginning. But with continued practice week after week, the routine will become easier. Please remember to keep reading at home. Your help is truly the success of this entire program. The more they read the stories and are exposed to the print, the better readers the children will become. The homework slip will also look different each week, but will still need to be signed each night. Your child will have a question to answer each night on the back. If you have any questions next week, feel free to contact one of us or send in a note or email. This part of our program is so exciting for the students. We can’t wait to begin!
Report cards were sent home on Friday. If you did not receive one in your child’s yellow folder, please let us know. Remember that if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you! We are pleased with all of our children’s efforts and accomplishments and look forward to seeing even more gains during the next trimester.
Please remember that the Shopping Mall is scheduled for next Wednesday, December 13. Please send in your permission slip this week, if you have not done so already. The money just needs to be brought to school by next Wednesday morning if you do not or have not sent it in with the permission slip. Thank you!
Have a Great Week!
Amy and Ashley