St. John's Lutheran School & Church
510 Kewaunee Street
Racine, WI 53402
Church: (262) 637-7011
School: (262) 633-2758

Kindergarten-Newsletter

August 28, 2015

 Religion
God is wise and loving, as evidenced in His goodness and care in creating the world and all living things.  How did God create?  “With His Word”  He has created each and every one of us as a unique individual, sharing in His mercies given freely through Jesus our Savior. 
Know that the LORD, He is God!  It is God who made us, and we are His. Psalm 100:3

Technology Crisis
Would you believe that on the second day of school our Smart Board projector went KA-POOIE!  Oh no what can we do? We had to go “Old School” and write everything on chart paper.  It is a good thing that Mrs. Witek saves everything and there were a few paper tablets still in the classroom.  On Wednesday we had a better plan.  We connected a projector to the laptop so that the programs stored on the computer could be opened and displayed on the Smart Board screen.  No interactive learning but at least we had our examples and references back.  Mr. Charpentier is ordering us a new one.   

Off to a Great Start
What a busy first week!  This group is so eager to try all the new experiences in kindergarten although my previous students are missing all the playtime from preschool.  We want you to know all about what we're doing.  Be sure to read the newsletter each Friday to see what we have done.  I will be submitting the book order next week Friday Sept. 4th.  Please have your orders back if you would like to place an order or you can order online at www.scholastic.com/readingclub. The online code is GJYZF

What Have We Learned
Language - We shared some great "Welcome to School" books during this first week of school.  Ask your child which was their favorite. Mrs. Witek really likes Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. A lot of us were familiar with this story but as an extra bonus, we watched it in video format on the Smart Board.  We looked at the letters A-E and tried writing them in our workbooks.  Handwriting can be a challenge for some.  Dotted lines to trace serve as the “training wheels” to letter formation. Speaking of letters, have you heard your child sing the ABC song?  Many children love to sing this ditty as they learn alphabet letters.  But, what is that strange letter that pops up in the middle?  It’s LMNO! (Slurred together)  As an impromptu activity, we decided to create the infamous LMNO.  You can see them hanging in the hallway.  When pictures are associated with letter symbols, we are certain that there has never been such a creature.  So….. we came to the conclusion that there was no such thing as a LMNO and that with careful articulation we could produce an alphabet with the much neglected letters L, M, N, and O.  

Writing - We completed the first page of our kindergarten book.  This is a special book that we will be working on throughout the year.  When kindergarten graduation arrives, your child will bring home a great memory of their year.

Math –Our vocabulary words “set”, and “match” were put to use as we discovered ways to compare, count, and write sets of one through four.

Art – Lines come in many varieties.  We looked for examples and practiced creating lines that were straight, curvy, jagged, thick, thin, and curly.  We will be continuing this project in learning centers next week as we create a caterpillar which will represents these line techniques.

Music – Rap is not my favorite form of music but the Rules Rap gave us an original format to develop and remember some procedures to keep us safe, healthy, and ready for learning. 

Science – I’m very excited to dig into our science curriculum.  This inquiry based program engages the innate curiosity of young children.  Aligned with the National Science Education Standards, lessons and activities will help children develop the ability to ask their own questions and answer them by seeking information from reliable sources and from their own observations.  Heading outside on Thursday, we used our observation skills to give a weather report. What concrete facts supported the statement, “It is windy today”?   What five investigative tools has God equipped us with?  (Our five senses)

P.E. – We are all specially made and capable of a variety of movements.  We identified different parts of our bodies and explored how they can independently move.   Back to Back was a game in which we partnered with a friend to perform some silly formations.  Once a week, usually on Thursdays, we will utilize our recess time for a planned “Gym” activity.

Social Studies – Friends at school

Snack Calendar
In the packs this week, you will find a green calendar with names designated for each school day.  This is the day that you child is assigned for supplying the class snack.  Please send enough for 22 children and try to provide a nutritional snack.  We want to save the sweets for birthday celebrations. 

Take Home Packs
At the end of each week I will be sending home your child's work in a file folder.  Please return the file folder on the following Monday so that we can fill it with a new week’s worth of work.  You will also receive a paper copy of the class newsletter each week. The school newsletter will come home as an email.  Please let me know if you do not receive it.  If you misplace any paper copies, you can access school or classroom information from the school website at www.stjohnsracine.org.  Dropdown menus will take you to a variety of informational sources.  From my classroom page, you can preview the week’s activities by accessing the link entitled “Our Busy Week.”  I update my website Sunday evening. 
Any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. 

Weekly Reading Sheets
Included in the pack this week you will find a sheet of paper titled "Store Up Some Good Books."  This is to record the books that you read with your child each day.  One sheet will come home on Friday for the following week.  You need to record only one book each day and books can always be re-read.  Please turn the reading sheet back into us on Friday or the following Monday.  Thanks

One Final Thought
Parents I know that this is a lot of information for you to digest and these routines are new to many of you.  I can’t stress enough that I want you and your child to feel comfortable with our school and your child’s education.  If you have any questions or concerns I can be reached by email at witek@stjohnsracine.org or by calling the school office.  A message will be taken during the day and I can return your call after 4:00. 

 

2015-2016 School Theme: Have No Fear Little Flock
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.”  Luke 12:32
 

 

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