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We will be meeting our new SUPERKIDS friend Sal. He will be teaching us about the letter S, so please make sure your child can recognize, print, and vocalize the sound for "s". Remember, please keep reviewing our previous letters: c, o, g, a, and d.
The other skills Sal will be working with us on are tracking (using your finger to follow along with each word as we read), blending and decoding words that contain "s", looking at pictures to give clues about the story, and drawing conclusions.
Sal will be telling us about his favorite sports this week. In honor of Sal's favorite activities, we will be having an out-of-uniform day. Please have your child wear their favorite sports team shirt on Friday, November 4th.
In math we will be working on numbers 6-12. Please practice writing and recognizing these numbers at home as well. We have been practicing counting, your child should be able to count to 45.
Please continue to practice your phone numbers at home. If a construction paper phone has not yet come home in your child's folder, they have not been able to recite the number you gave us correctly. If you are unsure of the number you turned in, please contact your teacher.
In religion, we will begin working on the "Our Father". Please practice this at home with your child. Please also continue to practice the "Hail Mary".
You should have received a schedule for conferences in your folder this week. Please look at the time you are supposed to come at, contact your teacher if you need to switch your time or make other arrangements.
Thank you to everyone who contributed candy to the class. It will greatly help our Halloween Party's success.
Mother's Club Hot Lunch is Friday, November 4th.
Report Cards will come home Friday, November 4th. Please sign and return them as soon as possible. Thank you!
Tomorrow is an all school out-of-uniform day. Please wear RED to show support for Red Ribbon Week. Jeans and gym shoes are acceptable.
If you have not done so already, please bring in one bag of individually wrapped candy (24 pieces or more) tomorrow. Please be sure that there is no nut content. This will be used for prizes at Monday's Halloween Party.
Out-of-Uniform on Friday, October 21st.
No school Friday, October 28th.
We will continue through the end of next week with Doc. Please make sure to keep on working with the words we sent home.
Please practice writing your numbers 0-5.
It is starting to get colder outside, girls may wear flannel pants to school, to be taken off upon arrival. They will also be able to wear these outside for recess, we will be going out daily. Please also work on zippering coats.
Just a reminder about the uniform policy. Girls need to wear knee high socks beginning October 15th. Girls are more than welcome to wear uniform pants during this chilly time of year.
Please remember to make sure that your child's bag contains only their lunch, snack, and folder. We are having trouble packing up with all the extra things in the bags.
We will be meeting another new SUPERKID friend Doc. She will be teaching us to recognize that the same word is always spelled with the same letters, how to identify initial and final "D" sounds, blend sounds to decode words, discuss fixing toys, inventions, sequencing events, and determining cause and effect.
This week we will be sending home word cards that your child should be able to sound out. Please make sure you practice sounding them out at home.
Please do not forgot any of the lessons that our past SUPERKIDS have taught us as well!
In math, we are beginning to learn to write and recognize numbers 0-5. Please make sure to practice these skills at home as the math sheets come home.
We are still working on memorizing the "Hail Mary". Please be sure to practice this at home as well. We will be starting a new prayer soon.
In religion, we are discussing the Bible. Please take the time to share your own favorite Bible story with your child this week.
It has come to our attention that the lunchroom workers are asking that no siblings be brought school during lunch. We always love to have extra help in the lunchroom, but please make other arrangements for siblings during this time.
October is Fire Safety Month. We will talking about fire safety in class next week. Please make sure you discuss this at home with your child. A firefighter will be visiting all the classrooms to talk with the students.
On Thursday, October 20th Jr. Achievement will be visiting St. Juliana School. We are welcoming students from UIC into our classrooms to teach us about the community. Teachers do stay in the room with the volunteers all day to assist them.
Just a couple of reminders about our Halloween Party:
1. Please bring in one bag of individually wrapped candy (24 pieces or more) by Wednesday, October 26th. Please be sure that there is no nut content.
2. The students may wear costumes to school, please be sure your child will be comfortable wearing it all day. Also please make sure there are no weapons included with your child's costume at school.
3. Monday, October 31st is a regular school day. We start at 8:15am, and the day ends at 2:50pm.
4. Half-day friends will be dismissed as usual at 11am. They are welcome to come back for the party at 1pm, and they will be dismissed again at 2pm.
5. All parents are welcome to come celebrate at this special party with their Kindergarteners, but please make other arrangements for siblings at this time. Parents please go down to the lunchroom to meet your Kindergartener when we come down to the party.
No School on Monday, October 10th in celebration of Columbus Day.
Alf will continue to be in our classrooms for another week! What an adventurous SUPERKID he is! Please ask your child about all the adventures he has been on! We have talked about how "A" has a two different sounds, but we will only be focusing on the short "A" sound (can, cat, etc.), Please make sure your child is able to write, recognize, and knows the sound that "A" makes.
On Monday we will be sending home our first "progress test". Please look at the bottom of each section for the score they received. If your child received any "below the cut-off" marks, please work with them on this skill. Please sign and return these progress reports. Everyone tried their hardest, and please keep in mind this was our first progress test.
This year, our class will use the Superkids Reading Program, a core reading and language arts program designed for kindergarten through second grade. This program includes a parent web portal, which contains a wealth of resources, such as:
• Information about the Superkids Reading Program and what your child will learn this year
• Tips for helping your child practice skills learned in class
• Links to activities you can do with your child at home
• Updates on what your child learned as his/her class completes each unit of the program
We have made it to the 30th day of school, please make sure your child can count to 30.
Save this date: Our Kindergarten/8th grade Halloween party is on Halloween, October 31st. All Kindergarten parents are invited to come and celebrate with their children. The party is from 1pm-2pm. Please make arrangements for siblings at this time. More information will follow as we come closer to the celebration.
Our half-day friends will be dismissed at their normal time, but are invited to come back for the Halloween party from 1pm-2pm.