This week we’ve talked about empathy and being part of the community in social studies and our Second Step social lessons. Can we help our class reach a bigger goal? What should we say if we accidentally hurt a friend? Your Kindergartener knows!

Math this Week

We are rearranging counters and discovering that we can change the configuration and our quantity remains the same. We’ve worked on numbers up to 6 so far. Our newest ways to combine numbers include number bonds and recognizing that we can bring a part and a part together to create a whole!

Reading Groups

We are practicing moving from station to station and exploring our computer programs. Each group has a different type of work each day, but we’re all becoming readers. Use your Clever login to access supplemental materials from home.

Writing

We are reading books to learn more about how authors and illustrators tell a story. We’ve been adding these detail to our own writing!

Poetry

We have begun delving deeper into phonics with poems and rhymes that children may know. We’ve explored rhymes and found syllables in Humpty Dumpty, and had our first comprehension check. Our learning targets were identifying rhyming words in this poem and other books in our classrooms.

Extending the thought, we read Dan Santat’s After the Fall. We discussed how sometimes a setback or a mistake can give us room to try harder or to learn to work on a project a different way. We can learn from our mistakes!

Free and Reduced Lunch & Supplemental Food

Please fill out the purple half sheet for YES or NO if you would like your child to receive snacks from the office/Issaquah School Foundation. We cannot continue offering snack to children who do not have this form completed. A “no” answer helps plan. The last day to return the sheet is October 15.

Similarly, if you would like to donate to ensure all students have snacks and meals at school, please visit http://isfdn.org/donate/. $5 a month provides 45 breakfasts to students who would otherwise not have breakfast.

Field Trip

We have a field trip to Remlinger farms planned for October 22. We are looking for a couple chaperones with background checks. Want to visit, but have another child at home? Siblings can join us, if parents drive to Remlinger (regular admission fees apply). Please pack a lunch, as we will have a different lunch schedule. There was a brief hiccup with the online payment system, but it is up and running again. If you would like to make payments or donate to sponsor a classmate’s visit, please choose the donate link when you log into pay online fees. In the memo space, please write, “Kindergarten field trip.” Thank you so much for helping our friends visit the pumpkin patch with us!

New Books!

Our Scholastic book code is W4R8P. These books are for children to take home. Thank you for amazing books donated to our class from the wishlist! The children love reading new books!

General Reminders

It’s getting chilly! Please be sure that your child has a jacket or a sweater that they can put on or remove themselves. We can help with the process, but with many children in the classroom, it takes a chunk of instructional time to help with jackets each day. Similarly, boots are a great choice in the weather. Don’t forget Tuesday and Friday are PE and running shoes are preferred in PE class. Practice tying shoe laces to encourage self-sufficiency, too!

Upcoming Events

Oct 14 Mon – No School! Find an alternative care option that day.
Oct. 15 Tues – Picture Retake day
Oct 18, Friday – PTA Recess with Kids. Get your volunteer clearance to spend a recess with your child.
Oct 21-25 – Book Fair! Volunteers needed. Sign up here.
Oct 22 Tues – Remlinger Farm! Volunteer chaperones needed 🙂 
Oct 25, Fri – PTA Bingo Night! Nov 1, Fri – Popcorn Friday!
Nov 11, Mon – Veteran’s Day. No School this day.