Kindergarten Weekly Update

Dear Parents,

We have completed our second set of STAR testing for Kindergarten. The purpose of STAR Early Literacy is to assess students’ early literacy skills in preparation for reading. The STAR test identifies student reading levels (e.g. Emergent Reader) and provides student performance results for pre-K through third grade students. These tests give us a benchmark for Kindergarten skills as well as indicating the progress your child has made. We will contact you ONLY if there is a concern in this area. Report Cards are distributed on Friday, March 14th and will indicate your child’s progress to date.

In Language Arts, we will take a break from our usual routine this week. The students will be working on writing a class book for the Young Author’s Faire. This is a Diocesan sponsored event in which students  from all the Catholic Schools submit books which are judged in different categories.

As we mentioned last week, we are initiating a new system for behavior. Your child will be receiving a weekly report in the Friday Folder (envelope). It will indicate a rating code for work habits -( i.e.  completing work, using time wisely, working neatly,etc. ) as well as behavior

( following directions, listening, playground, etc.) The students have really seemed to respond positively thus far and are becoming more aware of their actions and their choices.

The Super Kid this week is William.

Rosie will go home with Michael Sean.

The Guesstimation Jar goes to Caroline.

What’s Happening in Class?

Language Arts//Writing- make connections with the Superkids lessons and put into writing ideas about leadership and how to be a good leader,write complete sentences with a first draft and then a final draft, illustrate sentences

Math.-Count forward from a given number rather than starting at 1, count backward from any number in the range of 10-1, read numbers from 0-20, write numbers from 0-20, order numbers from 0-20, counting by 5’s. 10’s to 100 ( you can begin counting by 2’s if your child is ready)

Science- Force and Motion Vocabulary introduction

Social Studies- Amelia Earhart

Religion-Ash Wednesday, Lent, Rice Bowls- Your child should have brought home in their Friday Folder a “Rice Bowl.” CRS is Catholic Relief Services Lenten Faith in Action program for families and faith communities. Inside the rice bowl are suggestions for how to use the bowl to deepen our faith with each other  and to share the wealth which we have with others. Please discuss with your child any extra chores that they can do during Lent or kind actions that they can exhibit to others during this Lenten season. They are due back at any time during Holy Week.Thanks for your support.

Looking Ahead

Monday, March 4th- March homework distributed

Wednesday, March 6th– Ash Wednesday- All School Mass-8:30AM

Thursday, March 14th- Report Cards go home

Friday, March 15th– No School-Staff Development

Monday, March 18th– Free Dress- March Birthdays

(Thank you to my room mothers and all of the parents for the wonderful birthday gift certificate to one of my favorite restaurants. Your thoughtfulness is much appreciated.  Sincerely, Mrs. Halkias)

Thanks for all you do.  Mrs. Foster and Mrs. Halkias

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