Hi Families,


We had a great week in kindergarten!


Challenger reached its most recent PTA goal of 75% parent involvement. On Wednesday, we got to slime our principal, Ms. Kessler to celebrate. Each class had a student drawn to help with the slime. Allyson was the lucky winner from our class! Thank you to all the families that have already joined the PTA this year. If you have not, please consider signing up to support the students and staff at Challenger! If we get 100% parent participation, Ms. Kessler will let students throw pies at her. The kids were so excited to hear that!


Also, a HUGE thank you for all the kind words about my recent wedding. Charles and I appreciate all your warm wishes. We are excited for this next stage in our lives!


Phonics/Daily 5:

  • Reviewed all 5 short vowels
  • Reviewed digprahs: th, sh, ch, ck
  • Learned digraph: oo
  • Began learning long vowels.
  • Learned long vowel: a
  • Practiced writing sight words and other words in disguise.
    • Examples the kiddos came up with:
      • Stack- stacked
      • Chick-chicks
      • Cook- cooking


  • Students can:
    • Model decompositions of 8 using a story situations, arrays, and number bonds
    • Model decompositions of 6-8 using linking cube sticks to see patterns
    • Represent decompositions for 6-8 using horizontal and vertical number bonds
    • Use 5-groups to represent the 5 + n pattern to 8   



  • We began a new unit in writing: How-To Books
  • This week’s mini lessons included:
    • Writers study the kind of writing they plan to make
    • Writer use what they already know: touching and telling the steps across pages
    • Writers become readers, asking “can I follow this”



  • The K Club at our school passed out “corn dogs” on Thursday morning. You may have noticed your kids bringing home a corndog with an inspiration saying on it. This was inspired by the Kid President video. We watched it as a class and discussed which saying we should be using more in our classroom.
  • Check out the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5yCOSHeYn4
  • Did fun St. Patrick’s Day art and activities. If you are planning on doing a Leprechaun trap or the Leprechaun makes a visit to your house, send pictures to this email and we can look at them as a class on Monday. Normally he visits our classroom  but since it falls on Sunday this year I don’t expect him to make an appearance, hehe.



How can I help at home?

  • Read with your child each night!
  • Practice identifying the vowel sound in CVC words
  • Practice writing CVC words with short vowel a, e, i and o
  • Practice writing words with digraph th, sh, ch, ck, oo
  • Practice long vowel a works (CVCe)
  • Practice breaking numbers 3-8 into two parts and making a number bond to match.
  • Practice decomposing 3-8
  • 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.
  • Go over your child’s STAR reflection sheet. Talk about each day and the area they were most proud of.

Important Information:

  • Eager Reader:

o   Let’s work towards our class goal of 100% participation by getting all of our kiddos registered! We are SOO close!

o   Our class goal is to get 100% class participation. If that happens, we can have a special reading party where each kiddo will bring their favorite book from home and a stuffed animal to read with.  


Important dates:

  • Report Cards available on Tuesday, March 26th
  • Kindergarten musical: Tuesday March 26 at 6:30pm
  • No School: Spring Break April 8-12


Have a great weekend!