Christine Lacy | Kindergarten

Christine Lacy | Kindergarten

December 16th

I hope the children enjoyed the trip on Wednesday.  I know I did.  The movie was good and the weather couldn’t have been better for our lunch on the boardwalk.  I think it was a nice experience to be with the other downstairs students.  The third graders sat with our class on the bus and were very helpful with seat belts … The children are now pointing out their new friends to me in the hallway when we pass.

The week ahead is very busy for St. Joseph’s School.  Please don’t forget the Christmas Show is Tuesday at 8:45 am.  The children are to dress up for the show.  If your daughter is wearing something in her hair, Mrs. McCarthy has asked that it not be too big.  She doesn’t want it to block another child’s face.  If you are facing the stage, our class is on the left hand side.

The children will be performing the show for the entire school at a rehearsal as well.  They will be attending the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade show, the 6th, 7th and 8th grade show and the piano recital this week too.  They will be meeting with their 8th grade buddies on Thursday morning to make a tiny paper nativity set to bring home and to give them the ornaments that we are making for them.  Then we will be walking the the hospital to sing Christmas Carols in the lobby and deliver Christmas cards the children made for the patients.   They will also have birthday cake for Jesus in the afternoon.  In between I will be reviewing the Big Book of Blending, and addition. I hope you have some time to review over the break.

Please don’t forget that Friday is a half day with dismissal at 12:00.  I hope you enjoy the Christmas vacation with your family and friends and especially your little ones.  This is a special time as a parent and one that goes  quickly.  Enjoy it.

 

December 10th

Our trip is Wednesday.  You do not need to send a snack or lunch on Wednesday.  The children will be having popcorn at the movies and pizza at Manco and Manco’s.  We will be seeing the movie The Grinch.

We will continue to talk about Advent and the coming of Jesus on Christmas.  It is the second week in Advent and time to light the second purple candle.

In math, they will continue to do many hands on activities involving addition.  They will finish up to and including lesson 5.7 this week if you are working in the practice book.

The children are on the letter T in the Big Book of Blending.  I will not introduce any new sounds until after the Christmas break.  The children will really benefit from using the Big Book of Blending now and over the Christmas vacation.

Don’t forget our Christmas Show is next Tuesday at 8:45 am.  I hope you can join us.  The children should dress in their Sunday best for the show.

Have a nice week.

December 7th

I have received everyone’s permission slip for the trip next Wednesday however there are still a few people who have not paid for the trip.  Unfortunately, I can not take your child with us if you have not paid for the trip.  Please check your  Renweb/Facts account to make sure that you have paid.

Remember that it is also a 12:00 dismissal today for a Teacher’s meeting.

Have a nice weekend.

December 4th

Tomorrow Wednesday, December 5th is a $1.00 Dress Down Day.

This week the children will continue to explore addition to 10.  You can work up to and including 5.5 in the workbook.

The children met the new Superkid’s Tic, Tac and Toc today.  This introduces the letter T.  You can use the Big Book of Blending up to and including the letter T.

We will continue to talk about Advent this week and the children will learn about St. Nickolas.

Remember that Friday is a 12:00 pm dismissal for a Faculty Meeting.

 

November 25th

Please remember that teacher conferences are this week.  If you have not signed up, please do so.  The children will be dismissing at 12:00pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Monday and Friday are regular school days.

The children will be learning the letter i this week with the Superkid Icky.  I will be handing out the Big Book of Blending at conferences for you to use at home.  Tomorrow night I will send home a very short video on how you can use the book.  Please take a look at it before conferences that way you can ask any questions you have when we meet.  I did this last year and it seemed to help.

In math, the children will begin to explore addition.  Of course, we will be talking about Advent in Religion and getting ready for Christmas.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends and I look forward to meeting with you this week.

Mrs. Lacy

November 19th

This week is a review week.  We will be reviewing sounds taught and using the Big Book of Blending.  You will receive a Big Book of Blending next week when we meet for conferences.  I will send home an email next week with a short video on how to use this book.  Please take a few minutes to look at it before we meet in case you have any questions or need clarification on how we use it in class and how you can use it at home too.  Math will be a review this week as well. Please do not start chapter 5 yet.  We will begin that chapter next week.

Our Thanksgiving centers will be tomorrow in the gym.  The children will be playing Native American and pilgrim games, using a bow and arrow to try and shoot a turkey, sewing and making Squanto’s Dirt for a snack.  These centers are always a good time and I hope you ask your child about it tomorrow night.

Dismissal is at 12:00 pm on Wednesday and there is no aftercare.  It is also a $1.00 dress down day.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

 

November 11th

Dear Parents,

I am returning to school on Tuesday. Please know that when I was out sick I was in communication with the substitute teachers.  I write the plans that the subs teach and coordinate all of the material.  I grade all papers.  The subs did a great job.  I gave a Superkid’s and  math assessment on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week and the children overall did very well. 

  Monday a permission slip will be sent home for the class trip to the movies on December 12th.  I know a cover letter was sent home on Friday.  Please complete the permission slip and return it to school as soon as possible.  It is a two sided permission slip.  You can pay for the trip through FACTS.  We can only take two parents with us due to seating constraints and they have been assigned.    We did this last year and it was a great time and we were hopeful it could be coordinated again.  Thanks to Shannon Crawford (2nd grade) it will happen.  

This week; 

Religion: Learning about the first Thanksgiving and being thankful.  Remember our class is collecting cereal and oatmeal for the local food bank.

Superkid’s : There is a new Superkid named Lily.  Blending the sounds c,o,g,a,d,s and l to make words.

Math: Counting on from a number to 10 and comparing numbers up to 10.  Please do not go past lesson 4.6 this week.  

Science: Exploring how animals make homes.

Have a great week and I look forward to seeing the children on Tuesday.

Mrs. Lcy

November 5th

The children used popcorn today to learn about their five senses.  They worked in small groups to identify the fives senses and log their information.  It was a productive afternoon working as a team. The children understand that God gave us five senses to learn about the world.

I will be testing the children on Chapter 3 numbers 6-9 this week.  They took a performance assessment today and overall did very well. I will begin Chapter 4 on Thursday.  If you are working in the practice book please only complete up to and including lesson 4.2.

The children will also take a Superkid’s assessment this week on the letters a and d.  They are beginning to blend now.  Please review your child’s Superkid book when he or she brings it home.

Our school outreach this month is for the county food bank.  Each class is responsible for collecting items.  Our class is responsible for cereal and oatmeal.  Please be as generous as your means allow.  Our class did collect 89 pair of socks for Socktober.  Thank you.

October 30th

Wednesday is Halloween.  We will be having a little celebration in our room but the children will not be wearing Halloween costumes.  The children are to wear their school uniforms.

This week the children are beginning to blend to read this week. They will also be meeting a new Superkid called Sal.

They will finish Chapter 3 in math if you are working in the workbook.

They also completed the lesson on how God created the world.

We will also begin Mystery Science this week.

Have a nice week.

October 22nd

This Friday, October 26th school pictures will be taken.

The children will continue to explore the numbers 6-9 as numbers, words and objects.  We will complete up to and including lesson 3.6 this week.

The children met the new Superkid Doc last week and will begin to blend letter sounds this week.  Please continue to have your child practice writing his or her name.  Some of the children are finding writing their names with only one capital letter challenging.  Also, don’t forget to check out the Superkid’s website for games, stories and songs.

We will continue to talk about creation in Religion this week.

Enjoy the week.

October 15th

This week is a full week of school.  School will be closed next Monday for a teacher inservice.

Today I began to teach the children about creation.  I will focus on taking care of God’s creation by taking care of the earth and all of it’s inhabitants. Please don’t forget that we are collecting socks for those less fortunate.

The children took their second math assessment and overall they did very well.  Look for it in your child’s folder tomorrow.  We will begin chapter 3 tomorrow and we should get to chapter 3.4 by Friday if you are following along in the workbook.

The children are working on the short a sound right now.  Tomorrow they will be listening for /a/ in the middle of words.  The Superkid’s games are a great way for your child to practice at home.  I hope you check it out.

Enjoy the week.

October 8th

Your students will take their first Superkid’s assessment this week.  They will then begin the short a sound as in the Superkid Alf.  If you have not used the games portion of the Superkid’s site please check it out.  It has been updated this year and has many improvements.  It really reinforces many of the skills the children are learning in class.

The children will also take another math assessment at the end of the week.  It will cover comparing numbers from 0-5.  The words same, less and more will be applied.

The children will also be learning how to function in centers while reinforcing number writing, letter writing, and alphabetical order.

This Friday is the Fall Festival from 5:00-8:00 pm on the school grounds.  There is also a $1.00 Dress Down Day on Friday.

Lastly, our monthly school wide outreach is collecting new socks for people in need in our community.  Sister Judy is coordinating this for the school with each class having a goal of collecting 60 pair of socks.  Please be as generous as your means allow. Thanks for your help.

October 1st

Please check your child’s sweatshirt.  A few parents are missing sweatshirts and you may have one that belongs to another child. Thanks.

Please don’t forget that we will be celebrating the Feast of St. Francis on Thursday with the blessing of the animals. Please send in a picture of your child’s pet by Thursday.  If you do not have a pet, your child can bring a small stuffed animal to be blessed.  We will be participating with the other kindergarten class and the first grade.

I gave the first math assessment today.  The tests will be coming home tomorrow.  Please look over your child’s test.  Overall the children did very well.  This test is not easy since it includes number words. We will begin Chapter 2 tomorrow.  If you are using the practice book please do not go past Lesson 2.2. this week.

I will also be introducing a new Superkid tomorrow named Golly.  Golly teaches the hard g sound.

Have a nice week.

September 24th

Today I talked to the children about St. Francis of Assisi and how Pope Francis chose the name of this popular saint.  The children brought home a book about St. Francis and and a St. Francis puppet.

The children are continuing to explore the numbers 1-5 and are responsible for recognizing the numbers1-5, the words one to five and show those numbers with objects.  We will be finishing Chapter 1 this week and you can use these pages at home.  This is strictly optional and there is no need to send the pages to school.

The children met the second Superkid named Oswald.  Oswald helps the children learn the short o sound.  Oswald likes animals.

The children also began centers today and they worked nicely together.  The first week is just learning procedures while practicing number writing, name writing, and color recognition.  I will send home your child’s secret picture for their Superkids’  login later this week.  Look for it in your child’s folder.

Thanks again for attending our Back to School Night last week.  It was a pleasure to meet you.

 

September 17th

I am hoping you can help me solve a mystery that developed today.  It seems that we have quite a few left handed students in our class this year.    Now it seems as though quite a few student want to be left handed and others now want to be right handed.  Since the majority of student are usually right handed, could you please email me and let me know if your child is left handed? I know this is funny and I have never had this happen before but we just started handwriting and I would really like to be certain who uses what hand.  You do not need to email me if your child is right handed.  Just email me if your child is left handed or if your child is ambidextrous.  Thanks for helping me solve this very amusing mystery.

This week the children will continue to work with the Superkid Cass and the hard C sound.  Later in the week they will meet a new Superkid named Oswald and we will be talking about the short O sound.

In math, the children will continue to explore the number 1-5.  They will be expected to be able to write the numbers as well as identify the numbers 1-5 in numbers, words and objects.

The children brought home a cross today with numbers on it.  They also decorated it.  In addition they brought home a coloring sheet that shows them how to make the Sign of the Cross.  I told them to keep the cross someplace handy so that they can look at it and practice.  I also stamped their right hands to try and get  them used to blessing themselves with their right hand. They were very enthusiastic about learning how to do it.

Just a reminder that this Thursday, September 20 at 5:00pm is our kindergarten Back to School Night.  I look forward to seeing all of you then.

Have a good week.

 

September 10th

The children had a very smooth first full day of school.  Please don’t forget that our back to school night is next Thursday at 5:00pm.  I hope you can make it.

Here are a few things that will help your child before we meet next week.

*It can be chilly in out classroom.  Please send your child with his or her school sweatshirt.  He or she can keep it in the chair pocket and can wear it whenever he or she needs.

*We have a very short period of time for snack so please send only one item to eat at this time.   It is easiest to keep it in a bag separate from lunch.  The children put their snack in their cubbies and their lunch boxes on the shelf.

* I can not usually answer emails during the school day.  If you have a change of dismissal please call the office to ensure that I get the message.

We began our Superkid’s program today and the children really seemed excited to meet the first Superkid named Cass.  She will teach the children the hard c sound as in Cass and cat.

We will begin our first chapter in GoMath tomorrow.  This will include the numbers from one to five.  The children will be responsible for recognizing the number words from one to five as well as the actual numbers.  They will also learn to show the numbers with the correct quantity of objects.

The children brought home the prayer Grace Before Meals which we pray before snack each day.  They also brought home a paper lunchbox that they made that includes a little discussion on the back about rules in the cafeteria.  Each child has been assigned an 8th grade buddy that sits with him or her for the first few months of school to help.  Please talk to your child about the proper lunch room behaviors listed on his or her lunchbox.

Don’t forget that Friday is a 12:00 pm dismissal.

Have a great week.

 

June 21st

Thank you so much for the heartfelt class book.  I absolutely love it.  I will also enjoy the gift certificate this summer.

I hope you enjoy the summer with your children.  It has been a pleasure to get to know and teach all of them.

Fondly,

Christine Lacy

June 16th

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents who made yesterday’s ice cream party a success.  The children looked great dressed as the Superkids and the ice cream sundaes really topped off an exciting day.

Looking ahead to our last week of kindergarten please keep these things in mind.  School dismissal is at 1:00pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Dismissal on Thursday, the last day of school, is at 11:30 am.  Thursday is also Spirit Day.  Please make sure your child has sunscreen on before school as we will be outside all morning.  You may also want to consider bug spray.  I am not permitted to apply sunscreen or bug spray to your child.

I hope that you will keep your child reading all summer long.  Reading really is the key to preventing the summer slide.  With this end in mind, I am going to email you a pdf of 10 short stories that you can read with your child this summer.  There is even a coloring component after reading to check comprehension.  You could take one story each week and read it a few times a week to help your child increase his or her fluency.  I have done this with the children in the last week so they are familiar with it.  I timed them for 60 seconds and then let them know how many words they read in that time period.  Each and every one of your children increased by the fourth time. Look for this fluency drill in your child’s folder this week.  Also, look for the email from me with the pdf attachment of the stories.  I hope this is a simple way for your child to keep reading this summer in addition to the books he or she will read for complete pleasure.

Have a nice week.

 

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