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                                             Kindergarten News

Upcoming Important Dates:

  • Friday, April 20- Mid quarter
  • Wednesday, April 25- Grandparents Day for Preschool, Kindergarten, 2, 4, 6, and 8th grades...STUDENTS MUST PACK A LUNCH TODAY!...SPRING CONCERT AT 7 P.M. FOR GRADES NOTED ABOVE
  • Friday, April 27- Volunteer Mass and Reception
  • Thursday, May 3- 8th grade and Kindergarten field trip to the zoo
  • Friday, May 4- No School...teacher meetings
  • Wednesday, May 9- Kindergarten Mother’s Day Tea at 1 p.m…..students leave with mom after the tea
  • Friday, May 11- No school in preparation for parish picnic on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12
  • Friday, May 18- Field Day with noon dismissal
  • Wednesday, May 23- LAST DAY FOR HOT LUNCH...KINDERGARTEN END OF THE YEAR CELEBRATION AT 1:30 PM...LAST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN WITH DISMISSAL AFTER THE CELEBRATION

Welcome Back!!!  I hope everyone had a restful break.  I am happy to say that the children came back ready to work!  We are going to continue to work hard until the last day of school on Wednesday, May 23.  


Due to the short week, I am sending some graded papers home, but the Friday folder and checklist won’t come home until next Friday, April 20.  Because the children returned to school so engaged, we are going to take the Scholastic School Readiness Test next week. The test will be administered Monday-Thursday next week.  We will test for about 75 minutes each day and reserve Friday for any make up tests for students that are absent. What can you do to prepare your child for the test? Please make sure your child has a good night sleep, eats a good breakfast, and is on time for school.  The test is hand scored, so I will have the results back to you by the following Monday or Tuesday. I am confident the children will do very well. If you have any questions regarding the test, please let me know. As with all standardized tests, they give the teacher a good look at what your child has mastered and what has yet to be learned, BUT  please remember that while the test is colorful and engaging for 5-6 year olds, it is just one picture of your child’s ability. Therefore, I wouldn’t really make a big deal about next week. We don’t want to cause anxiety, and as I said, it is just one picture of your child’s ability. In other words, don’t stress!


On Wednesday, April 25, we will have Grandparents Day for all students in grades PreK, K, 2, 4, 6, and 8th grades.  Grandparents and/or special guests are invited to a viewing of the Spring Concert at 10 a.m. in the school gym. The children are asked to wear their school uniforms this day.  Later that evening, the children may dress up for the Spring Concert at 7 p.m. More information regarding this will be coming home from Mrs. Mircsov. The children are expected to come to the evening performance for the school families.  If this is a problem, please let Mrs. Mircsov know. She has been working very hard with all the children on this performance. Please remember to pack your child a lunch on Wednesday, April 25 also. There will be no hot lunch this day, but milk will be available for purchase.  


I am in the process of gathering pictures for a class slideshow which will be shown during the closing program on Wednesday, May 23.  If you have any pictures you’d like to send me for the video, please send the pictures to me within the next three weeks. Each family will receive a copy of the video at the closing program.  


As you know, there are many events coming up next month.  Our zoo field trip is coming up on Thursday, May 3. A permission form from the office should be coming home soon.  The children will need to pack a sack lunch and drinks will be provided. Please start praying for good weather now.


The Mother’s Day Tea is on Wednesday, May 9.  Thank you for sending in your responses. The children are preparing for the big day.  Please remember the tea begins at 1 p.m. Please try to be on time or even a little early.  The children get very worried if they don’t see you.


On Thursday, May 10, the parish picnic kicks off with a talent show.  My class participates in the parish talent show every year. I will let you know more information as the talent show approaches, but the children will earn booth tickets for participating in the talent show.  You don’t want to miss out, so keep that evening open if you can. The parish picnic is on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12. Please volunteer your time in one of the booths or games and enjoy the rest of the picnic with your family.  This is one of the biggest fundraisers for the parish and school, so please make plans to attend. The teachers usually have a cake/cookie booth, so come by and see your favorite teachers and win something yummy too.


Field Day is on Friday, May 18.  This is one of the highlights of the school year.  The children may dress in shorts and their team shirts.  The children will assemble in teams and spend the morning outside participating in fun events.  There is no need for a book bag or a snack. Snacks will be provided for the children as they rotate through the stations.  If you haven’t volunteered for much this year, this is the event to do so. It is so much fun!! There will be a noon dismissal following field day.  


Finally, our last event will be our end of the year program on Wednesday, May 23 at 1:30 p.m. in the school gym.  All are welcome to attend...parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, etc.


As the school year winds down, I will send home many things...projects, supplies, a memory book, and a Summer Fun packet with math and reading activities to help your child retain what was learned this school year.  We will also be making a time capsule. Your child will put little mementos from this school year inside, and you will add to it also. The capsule should not be opened until your child graduates high school.


While the time seems to be ticking away, know that we will be working hard on academics right up until the last day.  If I could make one suggestion for your child this summer, it would be to join the summer reading program at your local library.  It typically doesn’t begin until June, but the library offers fantastic incentives to the children. Keep your child reading ALL SUMMER!  This will build a lot of confidence for your child as he/she moves into first grade.


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Kindergarten News

                                 


Monday, March 5                  

    -Music with Mrs. Mircsov

    -DR. SEUSS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION                   

Tuesday, March 6               

    -PE with Mrs. Reddy (wear tennis shoes)

   -library time

Wednesday, March 7

    -Art with Mrs. Wills

Thursday, March 8     

    - Computers with Mrs. Mircsov

Friday, March 9

    - 8 am all school Mass

    -2:15 pm Stations of the Cross

    -End of the third quarter

                                                               

Upcoming Important Dates

***Friday, March 9- End of the third quarter

***Tuesday, March 13- Home and School Meeting at 6:30 pm

***Wednesday, March 21- Spring Pictures

***Friday, March 23- Read-a-Thon Kickball game for K, 2, 3, and 6

***Saturday, March 24- Easter Egg Hunt and Open House at the primary building 10-noon

***Wednesday, March 28- Kindergarten class Easter Egg Hunt

***Thursday, March 29- Holy Thursday with a noon dismissal...Easter break begins.  


KINDERGARTEN DOES NOT RETURN TO SCHOOL UNTIL APRIL 11.  KINDERGARTEN HAS TWO EXTRA DAYS OFF DUE TO SCREENING FOR INCOMING KINDERGARTEN CLASS!


I WILL SEE THE CHILDREN ON APRIL 11, 2018


IMPORTANT DATES:


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 IS GRANDPARENTS DAY FOR KINDERGARTEN, SECOND, FOURTH, SIXTH, AND EIGHTH GRADE CLASSES.  MORE INFORMATION WILL BE SENT HOME SOON.  THE SPRING CONCERT IS ALSO THAT NIGHT.  KINDERGARTEN IS EXPECTED TO ATTEND!


We are just about finished with Letterbook Mm/Nn.  We will begin a new letterbook (Pp, Vv) on Tuesday of next week.  The latest and last set of sight words came home this week as well.  Please add these words to the words you already have. Go over all of them to make sure the children haven’t forgotten the old ones.  Since we have so many words now, you can use the words to help form sentences for your child to read. Often times, the children can read the word in isolation but not in the written text.  I’ve also seen the pictures and text really help a struggling reader read more fluently. I am giving the children opportunities to read all day long. Many of the children are bringing in books to read to the class, and many of them are reading very well.  As a parent, I know it is natural to worry about your child’s ability and development; especially when you hear your child’s friend is reading on his/her own. I know I read books to my children even before they were born. We read constantly to them growing up.  Unfortunately, that didn’t help them have a love of reading or read any quicker than anyone else in the room. Remember that learning is different for each child. I’ve seen children learn to read early in the year, after Christmas, during the summer, or not until the second semester of first grade.  Please keep reading to the children, go over sight words, take them to the library to develop a love of reading. The children are very excited about reading right now. I want that to continue for them well into their adulthood.


I wanted to mention also that you may have noticed grades slipping a bit recently.  The children are able to do much of the word now independently. Much of the daily work was done together, but now I am giving the children more opportunities to work on their own.  They are ready!! However, I do see a lot of the children rushing through their work. I’ve seen sloppiness in handwriting, in coloring, and overall quality of work. That doesn’t mean I am not assisting when the children need it.  I am walking around and asking the children questions about their work. My job is to teach and facilitate learning. The children are making me proud by applying what they know to daily work. Please look through your child’s papers though.  Look at the work. If you see a comment on the work, please talk to your child about it. If you think the work looks great, then give praise. Your role at home is very important. If the children are hearing the same message at home and school, your child is more likely to take the advice and work harder and smarter.  Thank you for all the effort you are putting forth with your child to study sight words, read letterbook stories, work on Simple Solutions, etc. I promise it will pay off in two ways. Your child will learn the concept, and your child will develop a good work ethic when it comes to school.


We are still in need of candy and eggs for the Saturday, March 24 egg hunt and also for the Wednesday, March 28 class egg hunt.  Please make sure candy is all individually wrapped. To avoid allergy issues, please try to send candy without nuts or peanut butter.  Preschool has a very bad peanut allergy, so we need to be very careful.


I am very pleased with the children for being able to add and subtract from the same work assignment.  I’ve had very little confusion. If you want to challenge the children, you can purchase a pack of addition and subtraction flashcards.  The children are better at adding so far, but I am amazed how many of the children know the facts already. Maybe this is something to work on this summer too!  




Speaking of summer, the children will all receive a summer fun packet the last week of school.  All the sight words, spelling words, and sound out words will be in the folder. There will also be math and reading work for the children in the folder.  So much information can be lost over the summer, so my hope is that the packet will keep your child’s skills fresh, so he/she remains ready for first grade!  I would also enroll your child in the summer reading program at the St. Louis County library. This typically starts the first week of June, and there are lots of fun incentives and prizes for the children.  I will mention it to the children too, so they get excited about it.



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Dr. Seuss's Birthday
   
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Mrs. McIntyre's Wish List


Listening Center with headphones
ipads or tablets for room (4)
Easel (painting one side/magnetic on other side
Painting of room and new shelving
Stickers
Activtablet for Promethean
Learning Games
Books with tapes
Kidney Shaped Learning Table
If you would like to make a donation for the school to assist Mrs. McIntyre's class above is her wish list.  If you would like more information about this please contact the office or Mrs. McIntyre.