Christine Lacy | Kindergarten

Christine Lacy | Kindergarten

October 15

This children met the new Superkid, Alf on Friday.  They will continue to explore the short a sound as in Alf.  They will take their first Superkid’s assessment in the computer lab this week.  They will

begin chapter 3 in math this week which is the numbers 6-9.  The children will learn to show the numbers 6-9 with numbers, objects and the hardest part, words.  Reinforcing the number words; six, seven,

eight and nine at home really help the children when it comes to the assessment in a week or two.

In religion, we will be talking about the Golden Rule and how we treat one another.  We will do this by listening to short stories and discussing as well as role playing and some videos.  This will be reinforced

all year with our Olweus meetings.  Olweus is the bully prevention program we use in the school.

Winter uniforms begin tomorrow.  Please send your child in sweatpants and a school sweatshirt each day.

Lastly, the box tops contest will end on Friday.  Please remember to send in any you have collected either on the sheets we sent home last week or in a baggie.  The class could win a movie and popcorn or extra recess.

Please collect these all year.  A little bit really adds up when everyone collects boxtops.

 

October 12

Tomorrow, Friday October 13th is an early dismissal day.  School dismisses at 1:00pm for a teacher’s meeting.  Your child will need a snack and lunch.  It is also a dress down day with all proceeds going to Puerto Rico relief.  We are also continuing our Socktober sock collection for local people in need.

The children will take a math assessment on Chapter 2.  It is comparing numbers 0-5.  They will take their first Superkid assessment on the computer next Wednesday on the letters C, O and G.  They will meet their new Superkid tomorrow.

October 2

Today we talked about the Feast of St. Francis.  We will continue to talk about St. Francis and how much he loved animals and taught people to take care of the earth.  Please don’t forget that Wednesday is the Feast of St. Francis and we will have our version of the Blessing of the Animals in the garden with first grade.  Please send in a picture of your pet with your child by Wednesday.  If you do not have a pet and your child would like to bring a small stuffed animal that is just fine.

In math, we are talking about comparing numbers to 5.  The language that we use is more than, few than and the same amount.  We only completed to lesson 2.1 today.  I will most likely complete up to and including  lesson 2.4 by the end of the week if you are using the practice book.  If no,t it is very east to fit into everyday life by asking comparing questions using the phrases more than, fewer than and the same amount.  Fewer is always a challenging word for kindergarteners.  The more we all use it the easier it will be for the children.

We will finish up with our Superkid Oswald this week and meet our new Superkid Golly.  The children love Golly.  Golly is the only Superkid that is a dog.  The sound taught is the hard g sound.

We will attend Mass with the school on Friday.  Please don’t forget that Monday is Columbus Day and school is closed. Have a great week.

September 26th

Sorry for the delay this week.  The children will be attending Mass on Friday for the first time.  We will be going with the first and second grades to the 8:30 Mass.  Please talk to your child about

behavior at Mass. Next week is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  We will be having a blessing of the animals with the first grade.  Your child may bring in a picture of his or her pet to have blessed.

If you do not have a pet at your house your child may bring one small stuffed animal.

We will be finishing Chapter 1 in Math this week.  I will give an assessment on the numbers 0-5 which includes the number recognition, number word recognition as well as counting items to show

the number.

The children also met a new Superkid named Oswald.  Oswald teaches the short O sound.  The children are really responding to the Superkids and seem to be enjoying them.  I will be sending home a

homemade wipe-off board as well as dry erase pen your your child to use at home.  Your child can use this all year to practice writing his or her name, numbers, letters, words and eventually sentences.  We will

practice another day at school and then look for them in your child’s folder by the end of the week.

Please check your child’s folder each evening and sign his or her behavior chart.  The transition to kindergarten from preschool can sometimes be difficult for the children in regard to talking so a gentle reminder from home

will help the children keep our classroom a peaceful place to learn.

I have had a few questions about snacks that are appropriate for school in regard to our nut free classroom.  This year it includes peanuts, tree nuts and soy.  Here is a list of snacks that will be appropriate in our classroom:

  • All fruit – no cherries
  • Applesauce
  • Avocado
  • Carrots
  • Oreo’s
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Graham crackers
  • Ritz crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Tortilla / potato chips
  • Baked goods just no peanuts, tree nuts, peanut butter or almond butter in them
  • **Most brand store bought cookies are fine, they all have the warning may be processed in a facility that also process peanuts, tree nuts etc. but the line is cleaned between and Mr. Karabin tells me that there have not been any issues to date.
  • Please remember that this is just for snack time.  Your can send your child with whatever you like during lunch time.  This is only when we eat in the classroom.  Thanks for your cooperation.

September 18th

This week we will continue with Cass our Superkid who teaches the letter sound C makes.  The Cass video is available online and by the end of the week the story Cass will be available as well.

The children will also be exploring the numbers 0-5.  They should be able to identify the numbers 0-5 as number, words and objects by counting.  The hardest by far is identifying the words: zero, one, two, three, four and five.  If you get a chance to practice these at home it will help the children.  They are usually pretty good with identifying the numbers and showing the appropriate number of objects.  We just began lesson 1.5 in math and will finish with 1.8 on Thursday if you are following along with the math practice book.  There is no need to send the homework  into school.  This is for at home reinforcement.

The children brought home a prayer buddy that they made today.  This should help them make the Sign of the Cross. You can see there is a star on the right hand to help the children remember to use the right hand and numbers that they should follow.  They may need a little help. Please continue to help them when they say their prayers at home each night.

Please don’t forget to empty your child’s folder each evening.  Also as a reminder, school is closed for children on Friday as the teacher’s have a Faith Formation Meeting.  Have a great week.

 

September 10

The children had an enthusiastic start to the new school year.  I was so happy to finally meet each one and look forward to getting to know them better as we progress this year.  Please don’t forget that our Back to School Night is this Tuesday at 7:00pm.  I have much to share with you.  My classroom is at the end of the first floor with the smiley face outside the door.

I will wait to cover most things on Tuesday night but have to ask that you do not send any nut products to school for your child’s snack.  We eat snack in our classroom and we have a child that is severely allergic to all nuts.  You may send peanut butter and other products for lunch since the children eat in the cafeteria and it is easier to manage.  Thank you for your help.  See you Tuesday night.

June 21st

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your very generous gift card.  It was very kind of all of you.  Enjoy the summer with your children and make sure to make time to read with them.

Fondly,

Mrs. Lacy

June 11th

Looking ahead this week:

Monday is Dress Like Your Favorite Superkid Day and dismissal at 2:45 and aftercare is available.

Tuesday dismissal is at 2:45 and aftercare is available.

Wednesday dismissal is at 2:45 and aftercare is available. This is the last day for aftercare.

Thursday dismissal is at 1:00 and there is no aftercare.

Friday is Spirit Day and our color is blue.  Dismissal is at 11:30 am and there is no aftercare.

Report cards are available online Friday.

May 8th

Dear Parents,

Your children watched the 8th grade farewell video and said goodbye to their buddies today.  Many were crying as school dismissed because we line the hallways to say goodbye to the 8th grade.  I tried to explain to them that it is okay to cry when someone leaves and that it means you enjoyed the time you had with that person.  I know that they truly enjoyed their time with their 8th grade buddies.   I just wanted to make sure you knew that the tears they shed today were bittersweet.

Mrs. Lacy

P.S. Dress Down Day is free tomorrow with 1:00 pm dismissal.

June 6th

There are only 8 days left of kindergarten but we have a lot to squeeze into those days.  Thursday the children will meet with their 8th grade buddies for the last time.  They have made the buddies a bookmark for them to use in high school.  This can sometimes be an emotional day for the kinders as well as the 8th grade.  Friday is a 1:00 dismissal and a $1.00 Dress Down Day.

Monday is Dress Like Your Favorite Superkid and we will be having an ice cream sundae party in the afternoon.  The children will also be attending the piano recital.  Next Thursday, June 15th is a 1:00 dismissal and Friday, June 16th is the last day of school.  Dismissal is at 11:30am on this day.  It is also Spirit Day.  Our class color is blue.

We are waiting for a nice clear day to harvest our lettuce and enjoy a good salad.  We are also finishing up a science unit on the weather.  Next Thursday, we will have The Great Kindergarten Giveaway.  I will apologize now because this is the day that I raffle off all sorts of interesting things in my room.  Some things are more interesting than others(like books) but others are just interesting.  Everyone gets multiple turns to pick from our accumulation.  The children traditionally love this day.  I hope you understand:)

Lastly, anyone who has a summer birthday is welcome to send in a book next week to share with the class.  We will be singing Happy Birthday and your child will get a birthday crown and bracelet.  Please no snacks.  I will let you know if any other information comes my way as the end of the year approaches.  Enjoy the last days, I know that I am enjoying it with your children.

 

May 30th

I hope your children had a chance to talk to you about the Atlantic City Bomb Squad visiting today. Both the police and children were very enthusiastic about the visit.

We also went outside to harvest our radishes today.  The children got a chance to taste them and see if they like them or not. Our lettuce isn’t quite ready.  It should be ready in about a week so we will have a chance to have a salad one day.

We will be finishing the Superkid’s Club this week.  The children took an assessment today and will take an end of year assessment next week in the computer lab.  We will be exploring the Supersmart section from now until the close of school.  This is the online informational text portion of the program.

The children will also be taking a math assessment on measurement this week.

Our class color for Spirit Day is blue.  Spirit Day is on the last day of school.  We do have one more special event coming up.  Unfortunately, we don’t have a date yet but you might want to talk to your child about it now.  It is Dress Like Your Favorite Superkid Day.  The children love this day and it has come to be a favorite in kindergarten.  When I have the exact date I will let you know but I thought you might want to find out how your child wants to dress.  They can come dressed as any one of the fourteen Superkids.

We will have our last school wide Mass on Friday.  I will also be talking to the children about Pentecost which is this Sunday.

Enjoy the week.

May 22

Thanks to all the parents that helped chaperone our class trip to the ACUA.  The children had a good time and got to see recycling in action and even some rats.

Tuesday is the Super Fair at 6:00 pm.  Thursday is Ascension Thursday and the children will go to Mass at 10:00 am.

This week and into next week the children will be finishing the Superkid’s Club.  They will take their last assessment next week.  You can now use all of the stories and all of the Big Book of Blending to review with your child.

In math, we are talking about measurement.  It is really an introduction to measurement.  The children will be talking abut comparing words like longer and shorter.

Have a nice week.

May 16th

Don’t forget that this Friday is our class trip to the ACUA.  If you are chaperoning the trip please be at school by 9:15 am.  The bus will be leaving at 9:30.  We will be eating at the recycling center so please remember to pack a lunch for your child.  We will not have hot lunch that day.  We will return to school around 12:30 pm.  Your child should wear their school uniform on Friday. I am hoping it will be an interesting trip.

The children began the letter Z today.  You can now use all of the pages of the Big Book of Blending with your child.  They will take an assessment on 3D shapes tomorrow.

The children brought home a set of rosaries yesterday that Sister Judy so kindly gave them.  They even wrote her a thank you note.   Thank you for all of the flowers that have been coming into school to honor Mary this month.  They are beautiful and the children genuinely seem to be enjoying this activity.  We are talking a lot about taking care of God’s earth and our trip the the ACUA will  help put this idea into action.

 

May 8th

The children began their last Superkid’s book today.  They will be read two stories called The Big Box Fix-up and The Superkid’s Album over the last few weeks of school.  The letters covered are the letters X,Y and Z.  You can use the Big Book of Blending up to and including letters x and y.  The children will take a Superkid’s assessment tomorrow.

The math the children are working on right now includes 3D shapes.  They should be able to identify cube, cone, pyramid, cylinder and sphere.  They should be able to identify if the shapes can roll, stack and slide.  They really seem to enjoy this lesson in geometry.

This month we will continue to talk about Mary and the rosary.  The children will be receiving a rosary this month courtesy of Sister Judy.

Please don’t forget that Friday is a 1:00pm dismissal for a teacher’s meeting.

April 30th

The children completed the three act play called The Glum Princess last week.  When using the Big Book of Blending you can go up to and including the letter J beginning on Monday.

The children will also take a math assessment on 2D shapes this week and we will then begin 3D shapes.  This is chapter 10 if you are using the math practice book with your child.

Tomorrow is the first day of May.  May is the month we honor Mary.  I brought out our Mary statue on Friday and have it displayed in our classroom.  I have a little classroom tradition where I like to have fresh flowers all month around our classroom statue.  I do not want anyone to have to buy flowers just simply send in a few flowers from your yard if you have them.  It can be whenever you think about it during the month.  It always seems to work out and I have never been without flowers during the month:)  No pressure, just flowers.

Please don’t forget to send in a shoe box lid if you have one for our science project.  The children will be participating in two CAP (Child Assault Prevention) sessions this week.  They may come home telling you about it.  You can ask them how they can remain, “Safe, Strong and Free.”  The presentations are completely age appropriate and send a lasting message for the children on how to keep themselves safe.

Lastly, I sent home the permission slips for the class trip on Friday.  It is in your child’s folder.  The $14.00 is due along with the permission slip by Monday, May 8th.  You do not need to complete the back unless your insurance has changed since we went to the sing at the hospital in December.

Have a nice week.

April 24th

The children had an enthusiastic first day back to school.  This week they will be reading a three act play titled, “The Glum Princess.”  We will continue to work with the Big Book of Blending on pages K, Qu.  Please use these pages at home as well.

In math, the children will continue to learn about 2D shapes.  They learned to identify a hexagon today. In religion, they will begin to take notice of Spring signs of new life and how it relates to the Easter season.

The children will need a shoebox lid next week for Science. They will be using the lid to create a maze using recycled materials.  If you have an extra lid and can spare it please send that with your child too. We will really appreciate having the extras in case we need them.

Our class trip to the ACUA will take place on Friday, May 19th.  Please look for a note in your child’s folder regarding the trip tomorrow.

Have a nice week.

April 2nd

Please don’t forget that this Friday, April 7th school is closed for kindergarten students only, to allow for conferences.  Report cards will be available on the Educate website on Friday.

The children will be exploring 2D shapes from now until Easter.  The children will also begin the letter K and Qu and will be reading the three act play called The Glum Princess.  We will begin this play this week but will not be completing the play until after Easter break.

I hope you had a chance to have your child read the story, Lily and the Wagwags, to you.  Their reading is coming along so nicely.  I am so proud of all  their hard work and enthusiasm.

In religion, we will talk about Palm Sunday this week and finish a beginning reader on the Stations of the Cross.  Have a nice week.

March 26th

This week the children will be learning about Holy Week beginning with Palm Sunday.  They will be learning about the sequence of events in Our Lord’s life and death leading up to His Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

In math, they will continue to learn about the names and value of the coins: penny, nickel, dime and quarter.  This can be difficult for the children so making these coins available to your children to sort and name will be helpful for your child.  There are no corresponding GoMath pages for this unit.

The children will continue to read the story, The Pet Hospital and will work in centers reading other leveled readers.  When using the Big Book of Blending please use the pages corresponding with the letter v.

 

March 19th

Please don’t forget that tomorrow there is no school for students.  It is an inservice for teachers.  School will resume on Tuesday.

This week the children will take another Superkid’s assessment.  They are reading the story, The Odd Picnic.  Please take note when your child’s workbooks come home that there are stories in them that they can read to you.  Please continue to work with the Big Book of Blending using the pages up to and including the letter P.

In math the children will learn about money.  They will be expected to identify and know the value of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.  They did a great job with time to the hour and I hope they got a chance to tell you about the day we made a human clock.

In religion we will continue to talk about Lent.  Soon we will talk about Holy Week and how this leads up to Easter.  The children made cards for a couple from Somers Point who have been part of the Somers Point Fire Department for 55 years.  I will be delivering their cards this week as a thank you for their service to our school and community.

I sent home a note about conferences on Thursday.  If you haven’t had a chance to send in back to school please do so by Friday.  School will be closed for kindergarten students only on Friday, April 7th.

Looking ahead, our class trip to the Atlantic County Utilities Authority will be Friday, May 19th.  The children will get a tour of the facilities, a trip to the top of a landfill, meet Supercan the ACUA mascot and have a picnic at the playground.  This will tie in nicely with our Science unit on recycling.  More information will come home after the Easter break.

Have a nice week.

March 7

Please don’t forget that this Friday is 1:00 pm dismissal and it is not a Dress Down Day.

After a math assessment tomorrow the children will begin learning time to the hour using digital and analog clocks.

They are also reading a story called The Hunt.  Please make sure you are using the Big Book of Blending with your child at home.  We are currently on the letter M.  Also, please ask your child to read the stories in their workbooks when they bring them home.  They are working hard and their reading is coming along nicely.

We continue to talk about Lent.  Next week is St. Patrick’s Day on Friday.  I would like to do a potato research project with the children.  If you could please send a potato into school with your child, I would really appreciate it.  Variety is what we are looking for with the project.  Any size or type is appropriate.  The children need the potato by Friday.

We will also be going to Mass on Friday,  to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph which is actually March 19th.

 

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