Kindergarten Weekly Note

Dear Kindergarten Families,

We hope you received your child’s report on Monday evening.  We apologize for the typo on some of Jonah and Elizabeth’s reports.  You may have noticed it listed Emily Light as a teacher, who was a maternity sub in kindergarten last year.  We have been assured the mistake has been fixed.   If you have questions or are looking for clarification about any information on the report, please contact us.  We really want to be sure to keep our lines of communication open.

This week we completed our Friendship Toolboxes.  We added the “Get Help Tool” and the “Moving On Tool.”  At the beginning of kindergarten, many children are most comfortable resolving conflict by getting help from an adult. We teach our students that getting help is an important strategy, but that before getting help they should try to use their other friendship tools independently. If these tools aren’t working they can get help not just from an adult, but from a peer! Our students practice mediating conflict between their peers and learning how to accept help or advice from a friend.   At the end of conflict resolution, the children learn to either shake hands or give each other a high-five and say, “We are moving on!” We explain this tool to the students as making a promise that you will try to “move your heart to a new feeling” rather than remaining angry or frustrated or continuing to talk about the conflict.

We shared our Friendship Tools with our Book Buddies this morning, and they are looking forward to using them at home with you as well. (We did make it clear that the Win-WIn Solution card is not always an option with a grown-up.  Sometimes you just have to do what your grown-up tells you).

At Seed to Table, we are combining Spanish, friendship and food as the children create Trail Mix for a friend, asking in Spanish, “Te gusta ____?”  And then responding “Si, me gusta___” or “No me gusta.” 

During Writing Workshop this week, we added the words “you” and “love” to our sight word list on our Word Wall, and focused on the sounds of the letters “z” and “qu.”   We are reading lots of books about Valentines and Friendship, and talking about strategies to help read words of books.

Our February calendar heavily features counting.  Students count and compare sets of dots to 30.  They collect pennies and nickels as a way to practice counting on from five with greater fluency, as well as count by fives.  Students practice counting by 10s to 100.  We also practiced counting by 2s. We are also counting and reading numbers to 20 on our number line as students deepen their understanding of teen numbers. 

Please note:

Valentine’s Day: Thursday, February 11th we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day in Kindergarten!  If your child would like to make/buy valentines for the class we ask that your child PLEASE BRING 25 VALENTINES signed by your child, BUT NOT LABELED WITH INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS’ NAMES.  It gets very complicated to pass them out, if they have names on them. Also, a reminder that we are a “candy-free” school.

Just a reminder, our policy around birthday treats is that those foods will not be shared with anyone with a food allergy for safety reasons, even if the foods are deemed “allergen free.”  If your child has any allergies, please be sure to send in safe birthday treats for your child.  We check any foods that are provided by school with our nurse to be sure they are safe for everyone.  If you would like to check ingredients, they are available early in the week for that week’s Seed to Table.  

Questions to ask your child this week:

  • What did you write about at Writing Workshop this week?
  • What did you put in your friend’s Trail Mix at Seed to Table?  What went into your own Trail Mix?
  • What did you read during “Read to Self?”  How did you read it?
  • Did you use any Friendship Tools this week?  How did they help you?

Activities to do with your child:

  • Have your child explain how to use each Friendship Tool and use them as needed.
  • While eating dinner, ask one another “Te gusta ____?” 

Have a great weekend,

The Kindergarten Team