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Kindergarten Class Web Page


Teacher Julie Baricevic
Teacher's Aide: Marisol Joynt
Room Parent: Gloria Arteaga
Room Parent: Jessica Feeney

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Teacher's Comments

Welcome to Kindergarten!

I hope all that could make it enjoyed themselves at The Mothers Tea. It was nice to see so many Mothers in our room. The children had fun assembling your breakfast in bed. I hope you all enjoyed your special day.

Thank you SO much for the thoughtful cards and gifts during Teacher appreciation week. I feel very appreciated and feel very lucky to be working with such great kids with great families. It is amazing that we have been in kindergarten for 154 days already - yes we are  still counting them!

We can all thank Avery for her winning raffle ticket for a free dress day. We will take a vote to determine our free dress day and let you know .


Language Arts

Our Fairy Tale unit provided an opportunity to read some wonderful children’s stories as well as learn the mechanics of retelling including characters and setting. We had fun with it, making a fairy tale castle book to sort good and evil characters and sorting real and make-believe story settings. Our wiener dog flap book (coming home soon) reminds us that fairy tales have a beginning, middle (longer) and end.

We will finish the year exploring poetry.

Kindergarteners have learned to print and know the sounds of a, b, c, d, e (print only), f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, qu, r, s, t, u, v, ck!   Before the year is over we will learn x and z. Our red flag words (sight words) are: I, a (pronounced /uh/), the The, of, has, you, is.

Kindergarteners are enjoying our reading time whether they are working on sounding out short vowel words or are reading more complex text.

Math

In math we have wrapped up our geometry lessons but students will continue to rotate through geometry workstations. Our focus for the remainder of the year will be addition and subtraction story problems within 10. We will also work on place value by working with numbers 11-19 in order to understand that these numbers are composed of 1 ten and some more. Today we began counting collections. Kindergarten Collections are bags of small objects that have between 30 – 300 items in them. The children work in pairs to count the items one bag at a time.  We had a great introduction today and I was so excited to see a variety of counting  and recording strategies.

Religion

We continue to honor Mary every morning with a crowning. The children were excited to see the 8th graders “crown Mary like we do” at Mothers Tea.  We will learn about and celebrate Pentecost with the class this month.

 

Science/Social Studies

We’ve just begun a social studies unit about our country, our world. We plan to begin with our planet and work our way closer and closer to home. Your participation as a guest speaker will greatly add to the flavor and diversity of learning more about our world. To sign up for a time please fill out the invitation sent home or contact me.

Junior Olympics
Junior Olympics is just around the corner, Friday, May 29th and I want to give a heads up those families who have never been through a Junior Olympics. Our country for Junior Olympics is Israel. In kindergarten, we refer to Israel many times during the year as the place where Jesus walked. The message that in the whole big world, God chose this tiny, tiny place for his son to be born is a powerful message to our youngest in school that big things happen in small packages or that one child can make a difference.

Children come to school that day with two different outfits: The first one is the costume representing our country, Israel. Kindergarten will be part of parade in the gym.  Then we parade with the whole school beginning at one end of the building and ending at the other end. After an Olympic ceremony on the lower playground the children change into their 'family colors'  and disperse into their family group for a field day.

After approx. 2 hours of game playing - the children eat lunch in their family group. You may have noticed the special hot lunch form that has gone out (due 5/22) Even I order this one - It fulfills my personal 1 hot dog a year requirement. Many children get this lunch but sack lunch is fine too.

Then there is a candy sale after lunch. I overheard another kindergartener tell her friend that you have to bring at least $2 for candy. I urge you to make $2 your maximum budget. If your child is bringing candy money to school, please send it to school in a sealed and labeled (with your childs' name) envelope or baggie. I will collect these in the morning (if you want to send it earlier that is fine too) and I will distribute the envelopes/baggie to your child after lunch.

There is a Junior Olympics schedule on one of the links in the school newsletter with more information.

 

Thank you Kindergarten VIP's

I'd like to thank all the VIP's for providing our class with delicious, nutritious snacks. Our whole class appreciates the extra effort you put forth to provide the ready to eat fruits and veggies - the kids really love them.

Lunch
Please, please send a cloth or paper napkin to act as a placemat for lunch. Please send appropriate utensils with your child in his/her lunch. Please check water bottles for a secure seal.

 

Upcoming Events
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May 21 - Free Dress
May 25 - Memorial Day No school
May 29 - Junior Olympics - 12:30 dismiss (we eat lunch at school)
June 11 - Pride Wear - Noon dismiss 
June 12 - Last Day of School 10 am dismissal

Helpful Documents & Links
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- Kindergarten Handbook
- VIP Schedule

Class Times

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

7:00 - 8:15

Optional: Extended Care

8:15 - 8:30

Morning Prayer and Messages

8:30 - 9:15

Language Arts

Language Arts

Language Arts

Language Arts

Language Arts

9:15 - 10:00

Multi Arts/ Mrs. Flanagan

Writers Workshop

Writers Workshop

Writers Workshop

Writers Wrokshop

10:00 -10:40

Snack / Bathroom / Recess

10:40 - 11:45

Math

Math

Math

Math

Math

11:45 -12:15

Lunch

12:15 -12:45

Recess

12:45 - 1:15

PE

PE

PE

Religion

Religion

1:15 - 2:00

Science/Social studies

Religion/ 
Mrs. Denniston

Show and Tell/VIP

1:30  Library/Mrs. Lovejoy

Multi Arts/ Mrs. Flanagan

2:00 - 2:45

Centers

Centers

Early Dismissal

Science/ Social Studies

Centers

2:45 - 3:00

Prepare for Dismissal

Prepare for Dismissal

3:00 - 6:00

Optional: Extended Care