Kindergarten Newsletter - February 5, 2016


Kindergarten Movie Night: Kindergarten will be participating in their first movie night on Wednesday February 10th from 4:30-5:45pm. Join us for pizza, pajamas and a movie. Pizza and salad will be provided by the school. We invite you all to wear pajamas or comfy clothes (your child will be wearing them all day!) We will be putting out a sign-up sheet for you to RSVP. Please let us know as soon as possibly if you are able to attend. Younger siblings will be having their own event, we hope you can make it!

Field Trip: Save the Date! On Friday, February 19th, the Kindergartners will be visiting the Museum of Science and Industry as an extension of our learning about the human body. The bus will be leaving the center PROMPTLY at 8:45am. Please have your child here NO LATER than 8:15am. If you would like your child to have breakfast here at school, please have them here by 7:30am. We will return to the center by 2:45pm. All of our chaperone spots are full, however, if you’d still like to attend, we have plenty of room on the bus. We just ask that you pay your admission once we arrive at the museum. We are all looking forward to a fun exciting day at the museum!

CAMP AND KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FORMS: Please turn in your registration forms for both camp and Kindergarten to your child’s lead teacher or to the front desk NO LATER than Wednesday, February 10th, 2016.  If you have any questions, please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator.

Staff Absence: Due to medical reasons, Mrs. Arado is currently out of the school for a short period of time. We are staffing the room with current Kindergarten teachers in order to best provide a cohesive classroom for the children. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Suzie Brunner.

Community Happenings

Celebrate Valentine’s Day (just a tad early) on Saturday, February 13th at 1:30 PM, as we welcome Sherri Duskey Rinker to The Book Stall, 811 Elm Street In Winnetka. Her new book, Silly Wonderful You, has just been released! Join us for a reading, refreshments, and Valentine’s Day fun for parents, grandparents, and their treasured kids! Silly Wonderful You is a funny and tender love letter from a parent to her child, written by the author of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, and illustrated by award-winning artist Patrick McDonnell. This event is free and open to the public. We recommend it for adults of all ages, and their child guests ages 3 and up. Call us at 847-446-8880 for more information.

Time: 1:30pm

Cost: FREE

Ages: Ages 3 and up with adult


Curriculum Update

This week we focused on the importance of books and reading. We came to the conclusion that everyone loves to be read to. We discussed the different types of books that we read here in kindergarten. Fiction books, like Curious George, Bernstein Bears and Elephant and Piggie, are those we like to read in Kindergarten. They do not depict real people or events, instead they entertain and tell a story. Nonfiction books, like our bird book, provide us information and give us facts about things we want to learn more about. As a group, we made a list of what each type tends to have in common. We also touched upon chapter books because we really like to have them read to us or listen to them before nap time. Chapter books can be either fiction or non-fiction. When they don’t have a lot of pictures, we have to use our imaginations to picture what’s happening.

Sight Words: We have started to learn sight words during our pre-lunch stair time. Sight words, also known as high-frequency words, are words that occur often in the books we read, and are those that we’re encouraging children to memorize as a whole by sight. This strategy is helpful for emergent readers to automatically recognize these words in print without having to decode. Each week, we will learn 2-4 new sight words. The children will help us define them, write them, and use them in a sentence. Once we’ve practiced these things, the words will be placed on our word “wall” located on the cabinets above our carpet area. Word walls have many benefits. They teach children to recognize and spell high-frequency words, see patterns and relationships in words, build phonemic awareness skills and apply phonics rules. Word walls also provide reference support for children during reading and writing activities. Children learn to be independent as they use the word walls throughout their daily activities. We will include each week’s sight words in the newsletter.

Literacy Table

At the literacy table, we did something different this week. We learned that every fiction book has a beginning, middle, and end. Each day, the children listened to a teacher read a fiction book to them. After, they talked about what happened in each part of the book. Then, they drew a picture of each while a teacher helped to write what each child dictated happened.


Math Table

At the math table, we focused our attention on place value. Each day, during morning group time, we work on place value using straws. At the math table, we used playing cards, chalk and chalkboards. Children selected 2 or 3 cards, wrote each of them on the board, and read back the 2 or 3 digit number. Teachers asked and talked about which numbers were in each place (the ones place, the tens place and the hundreds place).


Art Table

At the art table, we made our own mini books. Each child decided if they wanted to create a fiction or non-fiction book. We talked about what the cover page of a book looks like and usually includes. We took our time creating the pictures and writing the words. We used books in our classroom as references. The kindergartners really had a fun time becoming published authors!

Have a terrific weekend!

Mrs. Arado, Mrs. Daugherty, Mr. Mark, & Miss Berne