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Kindergarten Class Web Page


Teacher Julie Baricevic
Teacher's Aide: Marisol Joynt
Room Parent: Inger Frauenheim
Room Parent: Julie Leffingwell

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Welcome to Kindergarten!

May 5, 2014

Math

In April, our highlights in Math touched on measurement - measuring temperature, weight, capacity and length. Counting is still a big deal in kindergarten and we take every opportunity to do it!  We regularly count by 10’s and 1’s and we are getting better at counting by 5’s. We continue to work on counting on from a number other 1. This month we will be working with many story problems.

Writing

Letters that have been introduced are: h,b,t,l,m,c,a,s,g,r,n,p,f,k,i,d,u,y,qu,o - just a few left and we will get through them all by the end of the year.

Sight words (we call them star words): and, the, to, he, I, it, she, said, with, he, a, are, mom, love, that, is, you

In class, the expectation is that whenever the kindergartener is using one of these letters (h,b,t,l,m,c,a,s,g,r,n,p,f,k,i,d,u,y,qu,o) he/she will use the correct formation including, always lower case (except at the beginning of their name), beginning at the appropriate line (hat line, belt line or boot line) as well as the correct stroke and a two finger space between words. If your child is unsure of the formation ask him/her to write it in the air (“using the same hand you write with”) like we practice at school.

Literature

After our Fairy Tale unit we began and just completed a unit on Author Studies. We studied Audrey Wood, Eric Carle and Dr. Suess. We learned about the authors and their lives, as well as listened, read and appreciated many stories these authors have written.

We began our unit on Poetry today which will work in concert with our Writers Workshop unit on poetry.

Religion

Our Lenten journey included inviting children to examine how God is their life and how they sometimes need help. The children (once again) surprised and delighted me with their honest and candid prayers of thanks and prayers for help. The weeks leading to Easter, including Holy Week is some of my favorite time to spend with young children. The materials that are part of CGS are so rich and inviting that the children will use their beloved ‘center time’ to work with these materials. Our Easter celebration continues as we continue to celebrate the risen Christ.
This month we begin our morning with a simple procession to crown Mary. Please note your child has a day he/she is assigned to make and bring a crown from home.

Science/Social Studies

Our 5 week study of rocks, soil and fossils began with enthusiastic rock hunters and ended with oh.. it’s a surprise!  We had a great time investigating rocks and how we use them, learning about soil and its parts and lastly finding out a little bit about fossils. Of course, our science journals are brimming with documentation about what we found out.

This week we begin 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.

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.

PE

Remember to send your child in approriate footwear (gym shoes) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Mrs. Christensen LOVES her new gym floor!
Lunch

Please, please send a cloth or paper napkin to act as a placemat for lunch. Our cafeteria is open but we still eat in our classrooms. Helpers at lunch are much appreciated. 
Upcoming events:

VIP in Kindergarten:
May 5- Ava
May 12 - Kieran
May 19 - Nick
June 2 - Andy
Thank you very much for the supplies you contribute during your child's VIP week. We use it all and are very appreciative.


Parent Reminders
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May 8 - Class Pictures
May 9 - Mothers Tea 1pm
May 11 - Happy Mothers Day!
May 26 - NO SCHOOL Memorial Day
May 30 - Junior Oylmpics - 12:30 Dismissal
June 12 - Noon dismissal
June 13 - Last day of school dismiss at 10:30
June 15 - Happy Fathers Day!



Upcoming Events
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Helpful Documents & Links
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- Kindergarten Handbook
- VIP Schedule
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Star Student

 

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

Multi-Arts

9:15 - 10:00

Math

Math

Math

Math

Math

10:00 -10:40

Snack / Bathroom / Recess

10:40 - 11:45

Handwriting &
Writer's Workshop

Handwriting &
Writer's Workshop

Handwriting &
Writer's Workshop

Handwriting &
Writer's Workshop

Handwriting &
Writer's Workshop

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

Show and Tell/Centers

1:30  Library

Science/Social Studies

2:00 - 2:45

Multi-Arts

Centers

Early Dismissal

Centers

Centers

2:45 - 3:00

Prepare for Dismissal

Prepare for Dismissal

3:00 - 6:00

Optional: Extended Care