Hi Families,


We had a great week in kindergarten!


The school reached their comet coin goal and had popsicles to celebrate today!


I hope that you all have a wonderful week off with your kindergarteners. Stay safe to those of you traveling. I will be soaking up the sun in Palm Springs during break! J


Please note the attendance change on the “Important Information” section of this email.


Phonics/Daily 5:

  • Reviewed all 5 short vowels
  • Reviewed digprahs
  • Reviewed long vowels
  • Reviewed blends: sl, fl, pl
  • Learned blends: cl, gl, cr, dr, fr 
  • Practiced writing sight words and other words in disguise.


Reading Comprehension

  • Theme: The Three Little Pigs
  • Main Text: The Three Pigs by Paul Galdone 
  • Essential Questions:
    • How can you retell the story using the characters?
    • How would you defeat the wolf?
  • Vocabulary Words
    • Fortune
    • Bundle
    • Huffed
    • Blaze
  • Story Elements: Characters, Retell 
  • While we have practiced retelling stories earlier this year, the next few weeks will focus on retell in a deeper way. The students had story pieces to help them retell as well as character puppets. We had fun acting out the story, taking turns being each character and the narrator.
  • We read a few other variations of the story:
    • The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
    • The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bag Pig by Eugene Trivizas and Helen Ozenbury
  • We will continue working on retelling familiar fairy tales including Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Billy Goats Gruff



  • Students can:
    • Decompose the number 7 using 5-group drawings by breaking off or removing a part, and record each decomposition with a drawing and subtraction equation
    • Decompose the number 8 using 5-group drawings by breaking off or removing a part, and record each decomposition with a drawing and subtraction equation
    • Model decompositions of 9 using a story situations, objects and number bonds
    • Model decomposition’s of 9 using fingers, linking cubes and number bonds
    • Model decompositions of 10 using a story situation, objects and number bonds
      • We practiced finding all the partners that make 10. The kids brought home a rainbow that helps them remember the partners of 10.



  • Students can:
    • Elaborate in how-to books using warnings, suggestions and tips
    • Use comparisons to give clear directions
    • Write how-to books about things they learn throughout the day or through books they read


How can I help at home?

  • Read with your child each night!
  • Review phonics with your child:
    • Short vowels
    • Long vowels (magic e)
    • Digraphs
    • Blends
      • L blends
      • R blends
  • Practice addition and subtraction to 10 (using pictures, number bonds and equations)
  • Go over your child’s STAR reflection sheet. Talk about each day and the area they were most proud of.
  • Have your child practice retelling the story of the Three Little Pigs using characters & setting. They brought home character pieces, a setting mat, and retell pieces to help!
  • During break I encourage you to have your child have a journal of thing they do over the week. This is a great way to practice writing skills such as using capital and lowercase letters, writing sight words and including finger spaces!



Important Information:

  • The Challenger Color Run is May 3rd. Please register your child and help them fundraise!
    • Challenger has created a new email account solely for attendance. Please using the email chattendance@issaquah.wednet.edu when you are reporting your child’s absence. I also always appreciate being included so I know which kiddos will not be at school for planning purposes.


Have a great break!