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Kindergarten Homework, September 12 – October 14, 2016
Your child will have homework every night except Fridays. The assignments are not too involved, but will serve as a review of things learned and also a way of teaching responsibility. The children are being prepared for first grade, and will need our help and guidance through this process. Read More

February 10th Newsletter

Posted on February 13, 2017

February 10, 2017
Dear Families,
I hope everyone enjoyed their snow day yesterday! Also Happy 6th Birthday to Ryan Ji and Julia F-M who celebrated birthdays this month. Please find below the highlights from the week and be sure to read the announcements at the end of the letter.
This week in Fundations, we continued uppercase letters with N and O. We also practiced our short O sound as in o- octopus /o/ to make words using the OP and OT word family. We made words such as
Cop Lot
Top Pot
Stop Not
Mop Dot
In our thematic unit of Arctic animals, each student created their own arctic creature using information we learned from our Narwhal, Polar Bear, Penguins and Musk Ox. They wrote how their animal stays warm, what it eats, and how it moves around by recalling information that we discussed previously from the animals (polar bears have fur and blubber to keep them warm, Musk Oxen have hooves to help them dig through the snow to find food, etc.) They even came up with their own Arctic animal name and illustrated what their animal looks like! I was super impressed with the creativity that was used to come up with these animal names.
In math, we closed out chapter 5 with an assessment and began chapter 6 – Subtraction. We introduced the words subtract and minus. Subtract means to take away or take apart. When we use the word minus we are talking about the symbol (-) that shows the equation is a subtraction equation. In lesson 6.1 we used the expression “take away” to represent subtraction within 5. (4 take away 3 equals 1, 4 take away 2 equals 2.)

Sight word Said
Vocabulary (review of some Arctic words)

Announcements
• Every Monday for the rest of the Winter, hot chocolate will be sold during lunch for $1.00. Please label in an envelope HOT CHOCOLATE $1.00 if you will be sending in money for your child.
• Valentine’s Day is on Tuesday. If you would like to send in any Valentines for the children (candy, goody bags) please write who it is from ONLY (unless they are cards for the class)
• Winter break – 2/19- 2/25
• Book report due – 2/14
• Mr. Green in class workshop 2/150714

Best,
Ms. Seise

K-2 Newsletter (January 20, 2017)

Posted on January 25, 2017

January 20, 2017

Dear Families,
This week we enjoyed a trip to Alley Pond Environmental Center. Thank you to Mr. Grammas, Mrs. Palmeri, and Mrs. Persaud for volunteering for our trip. The students learned all about mammals and their young. They also learned about birds and were even shown a bird, a tortoise, and a rabbit! Please read the highlights and notes for this week.
This week in Fundations we learned uppercase H and I. We also learned a new sigh word- how. We practiced writing how as a question, “How are you?” “How can I play that game?” We also continued our unit on Arctic/ Antarctic animals and learned about the Narwhal. Narwhals are a type of whale found in the Arctic Ocean. It is also known as the unicorn of the sea because of its long tusk which is actually a tooth. We learned that they travel line groups called pods, unlike penguins that stay in a colony. We also learned that only the male has a tusk, but Narwhals eat fish and squid. Narwhals have babies every 3 years. They also use sonar, sound waves to travel through the ocean.
In math, we continued with lessons 5.8. and 5.9.

Sight Words – how

Unit vocabulary
Narwhal
tusk
sonar
pod
Reminders
Catholic Schools Week- Begins January 30

Have a great weekend!!!
Best,

Kindergarten Homework, Week of October 10, 2016

Posted on October 9, 2016

Monday 10/10 – SCHOOL CLOSED for Columbus Day! Please let your child draw or cut out at least 3 pictures that begin with the O, octopus sound. Please let your child write capital O, 3 times and lowercase o, 3 times.

Tuesday 10/11 – BOOK REPORT DUE – Please have your child complete both sides of the math page that is stapled in his/her homework book.

Wednesday 10/12 – Please let your child draw or cut out at least 3 pictures that begin with the A, apple sound. Please let your child write capital A 3times and lowercase a, 3 times.

Thursday 10/13 – Please have your child complete both sides of the math page that is stapled in his/her homework book.

Friday 10/14 – Have a great weekend!

Newsletter:

Dear K-1 Families,

We are back from the long weekend and are ready to learn, learn, learn!

We practiced our letters o and a with Echo.  Echo taught us to say “o”, octopus, and then to make the letter sound for o.  For the letter a, we say “a”, apple, and then make the letter sound for a.  These two letters are very special because they are vowel letters and vowel letters on our alphabet line are red! We also learned that we stretch out our vowel letters when we recite them.  Families, we’ll practice with you this weekend!

As part of our theme exploration, we have been working on our books entitled “In the Fall”.  In our books, we are writing about what different types of animals do in the fall to prepare for the long winter ahead. Did you know that some animals (like bears and squirrels) hibernate?  Hibernate is a fancy word for sleeping through the winter. Together, we wrote about and illustrated what some of these animals do in the fall.

During math we have been practicing comparing numbers up to five.  We have been using the expressions greater than, less than and the same.  When we compare sets, we practice by making matches.  If we can make a match, then we know that our sets are the same.  If we can’t make a match, then we look to see if one set is greater than or less than the other set.

Here are a few reminders for the week ahead:

  • Wednesday is gym and dismissal is at 2:10 pm.
  • Thursday, October 20th is our trip to the Firefighters Museum.  Please dress your child in his/her gym uniform and sneakers.  Parent chaperones, please meet in the school office at 9:15 am.  If your child receives special lunch, he/she will do so when we return to school.
  • Our next trip permission slip has been sent home for Turkeys and Tomahawks. Please sign and return ASAP.
  • A new HW sheet will be sent home in your child’s HW notebook on Monday, October 17th.  A copy of this HW sheet can also be found on our class page under “resources”.
  • Monday, Oct. 31st (Halloween) Our Kindergarten friends may wear a costume.  We ask that no props/accessories/weapons are brought in and face masks are not allowed.  If you would like to send in goodie bags for the class, please send in small bags with treats.  Please label the bags with only your child’s name and not the names of each individual friend.  We have 21 friends in our class and no nut allergies.

God Bless,

Mrs. DeVito

Kindergarten Homework, Week of October 3, 2016

Posted on October 2, 2016

Monday 10/3 – Please let your child draw or cut out at least 3 pictures that begin with the U, up sound. Please let your child write uppercase U 3 times and lowercase u, 3 times.

Tuesday 10/4 – Please have your child complete both sides of the math page that is stapled in his/her homework book. (Trip to Martin Viette BAYSIDE Campus, please wear gym uniform)

Wednesday 10/5 – Please let your child draw or cut out at least 3 pictures that begin with the C, cat sound. Please let your child write uppercase C 3 times and lowercase c 3 times.

Thursday 10/6 – Please have your child complete both sides of the math page that is stapled in his/her homework book. (Trip to Martin Viette, Douglaston Campus, please wear gym uniform)

Friday 10/7 – Early Dismissal 11:45 Have a great weekend!

Newsletter:

Dear K-1 Families,

We did it! We went on our very first field trip and it was a blast!  A very big thank you to all of our parent chaperones for accompanying us to Martin Viette Nursery.  We had a great time picking pumpkins and watching some cool demonstrations about apples and pumpkins from our guide Ms. Donna. Families please do not forget to wash the apples we have brought home-they were freshly picked just for us!  We can’t wait to see what’s in store for our next field trip!

We had a great week working with Echo to learn our letters “u” and “c”.  Both of these letters are plane line letters and we had an awesome time practicing them.  When we think of the letter “u” we say “u”, up, and make the letter sound for u.  The letter u is also a special letter because it’s the second vowel letter we have been working with.  Echo taught us that vowel letters are written on pink colored cards while consonants are written on beige cards.  Our vowel letters are special because they can be “stretched” out.  Families, we’ll practice stretching out our vowels with you! When we think of the letter “c” we say “c”, cat and make the letter sound for c.

This week we finished up authoring our books entitled, “Do You Know How Pumpkins Grow”?  We wrote about how a pumpkin grows from a tiny seed, to a sprout, to a green pumpkin, to a growing pumpkin and finally a pumpkin ready to be carved into a jack-o-lantern!

In math, we are learning that larger is a fancy word for more and fewer is a fancy word for less. Let us explain families- 5 is larger than 4 and 2 is fewer than 3. We also worked with the number zero.  We learned that another word for zero is none.  We used the strategy “making a model” to show the number zero.  Together, we came up with word problems that showed zero or none.  Did you know that if 5 friends are each reading a book and then all the friends put them away there are none left?  Pretty awesome! We have been practicing listening to our math problems using our listening ears. We practice breaking apart our math problems one part at a time so that we don’t get confused.  Lots of information at once can be confusing, but when we take our problem apart one piece at a time, it’s easy to understand!

Families, here are a few reminders for the upcoming week:

  • Monday, October 10th -school is closed in observance of Columbus Day.  See you on Tuesday, October 11th.
  • Tuesday, October 11th -our first book report is due.  Please see the resources section of our class page for a copy of the book report form.
  • Wednesday, October 12th – gym and dismissal is at 2:10 pm.
  • A friendly reminder that snack and lunch should be packed separately and labeled as such with your child’s name on both.
  • A friendly reminder for HW-if your child cannot draw a picture that begins with the letter sound we are learning, he/she may cut out pictures from a magazine or from the Internet.

Have a great, long weekend!

God Bless,

                                                                                      Mrs. DeVito

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