Hi Families,


We had a great week in kindergarten! The kiddos did an amazing job on Tuesday at the concert. I was so proud of both their singing and behavior during the performance. J


I was gone Wednesday-Friday and the substitute shared that the kiddos did amazing!


As some of you already know, this is my last year at Challenger. My husband works on the Bangor Navy Base and has been a saint commuting to work from Renton for the last year. Over the summer we will be moving to the Silverdale/Poulsbo area. I have happily accepted a job in the Central Kitsap School District for next year. I do not have my school or grade placement but am happy to have a secure job for the fall. Challenger will always have a special place in my heart but I am excited to start this next chapter of my career.  


Phonics/Daily 5:

  • Reviewed all 5 short vowels
  • Reviewed digprahs
  • Reviewed long vowels
  • Began learning blends
  • Learned blends: sl, fl, pl
  • Practiced writing sight words and other words in disguise.


Reading Comprehension

  • Theme: Dinosaurs
  • Main Text: Dinosaurs by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
  • Essential Questions:
    • What is the most important fact of this text? How do you know?
    • What if dinosaurs still roamed the earth?
  • Vocabulary Words
    • Extinct
    • Fossil
    • Museum
    • Paleontologist
  • Comprehension Strategy: Inferring



  • Students can:
    • Solve both addends unknown word problems to 8 to find addition patterns in number pairs
    • Use objects and drawings to find how many are left
    • Solve take from with result unknown expressions and equations using the minus sign with no unknown
    • Represent subtraction story problems using objects, drawings, expressions, and equations
    • Decompose the number 6 using 5-group drawings by breaking off or removing a part, and record each decomposition with a drawing and subtraction equation



  • Students can:
    • Reflect and set goals to create their best information writing
    • Use the word “you” in their how-to books
    • Emulate features of informational writing using a mentor text
    • Picture each step and then choose exactly the right words


How can I help at home?

  • Read with your child each night!
  • Practice writing CVC and CVCe words  
  • Practice writing words with digraphs and blends
  • Practice long vowel words (CVCe)
  • Practice breaking numbers 3-8 into two parts and making a number bond to match.
  • Practice decomposing 3-8
  • Practice writing addition problems using the correct symbols
  • Practice writing subtraction problems using the correct symbols
  • Practice writing number sentences (equations) to 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:

  • The Challenger Color Run is May 3rd.
  • This is our ONLY fundraiser for the school year!!
  • Please check out the flyer and register to help support our school.


Have a wonderful weekend!