Hi Families,

Well, with four snow days and one late start we had our shortest week yet in kindergarten! We had fun sharing stories of the last week in the snow. Many of us:

  • Made snow angels
  • Built a snowman
  • Took a walk in the snow
  • Built a snow fort
  • Caught a snowflake with our tongue
  • Went sledding
  • Drank hot cocoa
  • Snuggled up and watched movies/tv with our families
  • Slipped and fell in the snow/ice

My car didn’t quite make it home on Friday after school was dismissed. L  Luckily, another teacher got me home safely and my car stayed on the side of Klahanie Blvd until Wednesday. Once I shoveled it out, it was good to go and I made it back to Renton safely. We got over two feet of snow in the Renton highlands. My fiancé and I were both stuck in our apartment from Saturday-Wednesday. Needless to say, I missed your kiddos and was incredibly grateful the schools were deemed safe for a short day before leaving for another week of break.

With Valentine’s Day being yesterday, the kids and I had an amazing day full of love and celebration. Thank you to all the families that sent in various supplies so we were able to complete all the party activities as a class today. I hope to plan an addition party sometime throughout the year since we had to cancel this one. I know the students love having you join in on the fun!

Today we:

  • Read multiple Valentine’s Day stories
  • Played Valentine’s Day bingo
  • Decorated goody bags
  • Passed out Valentine’s Day treats
  • Decorated and enjoyed delicious Valentine’s Day cookies
  • Made Valentine’s Day hats
  • Sorted/graphed boxes on candy hearts

 Here are some ideas to continue working on over break:

  • 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:

  • No School: February 18-22 (Mid-Winter Break)

Have a nice week off with your kindergarteners. Safe travels to those going on vacation! Hopefully there will be NO MORE SNOW!!