Hi Families,

What a week it has been! Snow days in Issaquah are few and far between so I hope you stayed warm and enjoyed playing in the snow with your sweet kindergartners. It looks like we may be getting a lot more snow tonight and tomorrow. Stay safe and warm! It is a perfect time snuggle up and read with your kindergartner!

Phonics/Daily 5

  • Focused on short vowel u
  • Reviewed all 5 short vowels
  • Learned 2 new sight words: does, for  
  • Practiced reading and writing all 25 sight words
  • a, like, I, to, see, the, can, is, and, it, go, at, me, you, no, on, so, in, my, do, am, up, we, he, an
  • Practiced reading and writing our new sight words
    • will, be, with, all, she, out, not, are, for, little, yes, what, said, put, have, your of, does, for
  • Continued to use our first word strategy: Eagle Eye (using the picture to solve for the unknown word)
  • Learned another word strategy: Stretchy Snake (stretching out the sounds in the unknown word)


  • Students can:
    • Reason to identify and make a set that has 1 less
    • Match and count to compare a number of objects. State which quantity is more and which quantity is less
  • We completed our module 3 assessment. Please look out in your child’s BEE folder for their graded assessment. This will give you a better idea of what categories you can continue practicing at home. We will focus on fun valentine’s day themed math next week and begin Module 4 of Eureka when we return from Mid-Winter break on February 25.


  • Published one of our pattern books. Had a writing celebration where each student was able to share the pattern book they wanted to add to our class library.
  • We began learning about writing friendly letters.
  • Students learned that friendly letters include:
    • Heading
    • Body
    • Closing

Reading Comprehension: Book- Polar Bears  

  • Essential questions:
    • How does reading additional texts help your understanding of the topic?
    • How would you go about helping polar bears?
  • Vocabulary words:
    • Arctic
    • Cub
    • Den
    • Float
    • Snatch
  • Comprehension focus: Questioning/ connections

   How can I help at home?

  • Read with your child each night!
  • Practice writing CVC words
  • Practice writing sentences that utilize both sight & CVC words. Examples: I like my little dog. The pig can go in the mud. My mom likes her red mug.
  • Practice comparing number of objects (ex: there are more books than pencils. There are fewer pencils than books)
  • Practice identifying numbers as more or less (example: show students a card with 6 and a card with 2, ask which is more and which is less)  
  • Practice counting by 2’s. 5’s, 10’s and backward. This is something they LOVE and can easily be practiced at home.
  • Talk about the books you are reading at home! Comprehension skills are just as important as being able to read words in a book. Right now we are focusing on connections, visualizing and inferring.
  • Practice writing friendly letters to relatives or friends. Make sure your kiddos are including a heading, body & closing in each letter.

Important Information:

  • Valentine’s Day Party: Thursday, February 14 (check out the email from Shellee about party details!)
  • No School: February 18-22 (Mid-Winter Break)

Have a nice and possibly snowy weekend!