Kindergarten News

Kindergarten News April 16-May 17

Theme: Unit 8:  Wonders of Nature
In this unit the children will be exploring animals and plants.

Reading Strategies:

Eagle Eye—Study the pictures to help prepare you for words in the text and to understand the text.

Lips the Fish—Get your lips ready to say the first sound in the word.

Stretchy Snake—Stretch each sound and then put the word together.

Chunky Monkey—Break the word into chunks.

Skippy Frog—Skip the unknown word then hop back to figure it out.

Tryin’ Lion—Even when it gets tricky, don’t give up! Try all of your reading strategies to help you decode new words.

Flippy the Dolphin—Flip the vowel sound (short or long) and try to read the word again.

Comprehension Strategies:  Monitor Understanding, Make Connections, Ask Questions, Answer Questions, Visualize, Infer, Retell, Determine Importance

Writing: Students will write an informative and/or opinion text which will include four or more sentences on topic.

Sight Words: Review of ALL Kindergarten Sight Words

Phonics: Review of all long vowels

Vocabulary Words: offspring, parent, living, non-living, plant, seed, cause, effect

Content:  Living Things, Animals and Plants


Topic 16: Analyzing, Comparing and Composing Shapes

Money: identifying and giving the value of penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and dollar

Step Up to Grade 1: These are sample 1st Grade lessons that give an insight into how the mats will require MUCH more independent reading next year.  (If time allows, this unit will be completed; if not, it will be sent home in packet form.)

EGG-Citing News:

This is going to be a very special week in Kindergarten! Our chick eggs are due to arrive tomorrow, April 17, with a hatch date starting next Tuesday, April 24. As you can imagine, this is a Kindergarten highlight!  We will be learning all about the life cycle of a chicken and how to care for our baby chicks.  Be sure to ask your child about this wonderful experience!


Ice Cream Update

For our remaining Ice Cream Fridays, 4/20, 4/27, and 5/4, the only 2 ice cream options available will be the red/white/blue popsicle and the green Frog Spit. Please let your children know that this change has been made so that they are prepared for the next 3 Fridays, if purchasing. As always, ice cream purchases are optional and all money must be in their binder in a SEALED envelope or baggie, marked with student first and last name and “Ice Cream” on the front. Thank you!


Handwriting Books- Please continue to work in the orange handwriting books, completing any pages that are not completed. It is important to focus on correct letter formation and holding the pencil with an appropriate grasp. Thank you for helping develop your child’s foundational skills! These books are yours to keep!

Reading Logs:  Please continue reading each night to meet our April and May reading goals! We celebrate meeting our goals at our Kindergarten morning meetings, and we want all of our children to be recognized for their success in reading! Our April reading logs will be collected and replaced on Tuesday, May 1.

Reading Homework Resources:

The following resources all count as reading minutes toward your child’s monthly goals. Have fun reading together as a family!

-Raz Kids – 20 minutes weekly (Please note that this is required for all kindergarten students!)

-Sight word books (paper books that are sent home periodically)

-Library books

-Weekly reading and phonics practice mats

-Sight word cards and letter/sound flash cards

Math Enrichment Resource: (Please ask your child’s teacher for the class number, username, and password.) This can be accessed from both computers and tablets, and provides excellent practice.  


Are you ready to have fun like a kid again? Would you like to see every child at John Weldon smiling, laughing, and having the best time because of YOU? If so, then please save the date for our annual Field Day on May 11, 2018. This day would not be possible without the numerous parent volunteers to run the stations! Please sign up using the google form by April 27th. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Abramczyk.

Upcoming Dates:

April 20: Spirit Day-Animal Day

April 24: Blood Drive 4-7pm

April 28: Donut Dash 9 am

May 2: Spirit Day- Wacky Wednesday

May 11: All-Day Field Day for JW students J (info for field day t-shirt ordering will be coming home soon)

May 17: Last Day of School

             Early Release at 1:10


School Resumes: Thursday, August 9th






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