Transitional Kindergarten Weekly Update

Welcome to Transitional Kindergarten! 

Thank you to our Mystery Reader this week, Hera’s mom, Robyn! She read, Stellaluna, by Jannell Cannon. Thank you so much for participating!

The All About Me heritage posters were simply spectacular! Your amazing children were well prepared and knowledgeable as they presented their posters to the class. They are on display outside the classroom. Our Cultural Heritage Day celebration was filled with interesting and delicious foods. Thank you for your efforts! 

We will join the rest of the school on a walking field trip to the Alameda Theater this Wednesday to view “Penguins” in honor of Earth Day. Uniforms are required, but please be sure your child is wearing comfortable athletic / walking shoes. We should return in time for recess, so we will not bring snacks or drinks with us. 

Please remember this week is a shortened week. School is dismissed on Holy Thursday at noon, and there is no school on Good Friday. I wish you a very blessed Easter and a great spring break!

Thank you for all you do! 

Blessings, Mrs. Hillenbrand

FOOD ALLERGY ALERT: Gluten. Please refrain from sending foods containing gluten if they will be shared with the entire class. Thank you.

Letter of the Week: Review A – X

If they wish, students are invited to bring one item from home to share during Letter of the Week activities. The item needs to start with the letter of the week  and needs to fit in the small paper bag provided. Please, no fragile or expensive items, and no electronics.

Letter of the Week Show and Tell Schedule

Tuesday: Ashley, Cole, Oliver

Wednesday: Joseph, Landon, Liam, Luca

Thursday: Lucy, Mia, Hera, Abby

Friday: Bella, Miles, Juan Carlos (since there is no school on Friday, please choose any other day to bring sharing)


  • Please make it a habit to always send your child to school wearing a school sweater or sweatshirt. For additional warmth, a coat may be worn over the sweater or sweatshirt.


April 15 – Free dress for children with an April birthday

April 17 – Walking field trip to Alameda Theater to view movie in honor of Earth Day

April 18 – Holy Thursday seder meal. Noon dismissal. 

April 19 – Good Friday. No school. 

April 19 – April 28:  Spring Break

April 29 – Back to school! Information regarding Book Drive plus the May homework assignment will come home today.

May 1 – All school mass. Full uniform please.

May 7 – Last day to contribute to our Book Drive, benefitting Children’s Hospital Oakland

May 8 – Muffins with Mom event until 9:15 a.m. in the classroom

May 9 – Spring Concert + Celebration of the Arts 

May 20 – Homework DUE

Be a T.K. Mystery Reader!

Welcome to a fun way to visit your child’s classroom and encourage a love of reading this year! Each Friday, a surprise guest will come to TK and read their favorite children’s book to the class. The Mystery Reader can be a parent, relative, or any other special person in a student’s life. Students love listening to their favorite stories, especially when their special person is the one reading it!

The Mystery Reader is scheduled for Fridays at 8:30 a.m. or by special arrangement. Mystery Readers must first go to the office to sign in as a visitor, then come to TK. Please wait outside the TK classroom door at or before 8:30 a.m. Please review the available dates below, then send me an email to request one (or more!) that works best for you. Thank you for participating!

September 7, 2018J. Murray
September 14, 2018Fr. Robert
September 21, 2018M. Mervar
October 5, 2018M. Ramirez
October 12, 2018M. Fox
October 19, 2018S. Burkey
October 26, 2018J. Thomas
November 2, 2018C. Trujillo
November 9, 2018
November 16, 2018Nonna Thomas
November 30, 2018Trinity
December 7, 2018N. Gwire
December 14, 2018N. Carter
January 11, 2019A. Grant
January 25, 2019S. Thomas
February 8, 2019R. Grant
February 15, 2019J. Hancock
February 22, 2019G. Schaffer
March 1, 2019J. Croft
March 8, 2019M. Carter
March 22, 2019W. Connors
March 29, 2019J. Schmitz
April 5, 2019J. Giggey
April 12, 2019R. Slack
May 3, 2019U. Cherian
May 17, 2019E. Slack

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