Hi Families,


We had a great week in kindergarten! While we all love having breaks from school, it often causes students to have a tougher time adjusting back into school routines. We spent a little time each day this week reviewing expected/unexpected behavior.

As you know, the students are able to earn Comet Coins during the day by being responsible, resourceful, respectful and safe. These are only given outside of the classroom by other adults in the building. Our class was reaching our 75 goal quickly, so we upped our game and made our goal to fill the container to the top! On Tuesday, we accomplished this goal and counted 152 coins in the jar. We celebrated with popsicles on Wednesday. We will continue to keep this goal of filling the Comet Coin jar to earn celebrations.

Phonics/Daily 5:

  • Reviewed short and long vowels
  • Reviewed digprahs
  • Reviewed L blends: sl, fl, pl, gl, cl
  • Reviewed R blends: cr, dr, fr
  • Learned new blends: tr, br
  • Learned about –ar controlled words
  • Learned about –ing endings  
  • Continued to practice sight words

 Reading Comprehension

  • Theme: The Three Bears
  • Main Text: The Three Bears by Paul Galdone 
  • Essential Questions:
    • Who are the characters? What is the setting? Do we need to have this information to retell the story?
    • What would you do if you were one of the three bears?
  • Vocabulary Words
    • Trust
    • Porridge
    • Cooled
    • Peek
    • Frightened
  • Story Elements: Characters, Retell, Setting 
  • We continued to practice retelling the story using retell pieces & character puppets. The kids will be bringing these home today. I encourage you to have them practice retelling the story to your family over the weekend.
  • We read a few other variations of the story:
    • Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks! By Nancy Loewen
    • Goatilocks and the Three Bears by Erica S. Perl


  • Students can:
    • Represent pictorial decomposition and composition additions stories to 9 and 10 with drawings and equations with no unknown.
    • Solve add to with total unknown and put together with total unknown problems with totals of 9 and 10
    • Solve take from equations with no unknown using numbers to 10
    • Solve both addends unknown word problems with totals of 9 and 10 using 5-group drawings
    • Represent subtraction story problems by breaking off, crossing out, and hiding a part
  • This week we began working on math fluency! This is a standard in kindergarten and the kids have been loving it! Each day we start math with a 90 second fluency practice. When a student masters one sheet, they move on to the next. Right now, these focus on addition and subtraction to 5.


  • Students can:
    • Write introductions and conclusions to help their readers
    • Use everything they know to make their how-to books easy to read
    • Go back and reread their work to make sure they added enough detail

 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.
  • Work on fact fluency with your child. If you notice they are coming home with the same practice sheet each day, then reviewing addition problems to 5 would be helpful!
  • Practice addition and subtraction problems to 10. These can have unknown or known parts.
    • Example of unknown: There are 7 balls. Some are green and some are red. Draw the balls and write an equation.
    • Example of known parts: There were 7 balls. 3 balls rolled away. Draw the balls and write an equation.
  • Have your child practice retelling the story of The Three Bears using characters & setting. They brought home character pieces, a setting mat, and retell pieces to help!
  • Continue to practice writing at home. This can be reviewing how-to books, writing true stories, or writing about their day. Any type of writing will be helpful. J

 Important Information:

  • The Challenger Color Run is May 3rd. Please register your child and help them fundraise! Our class has only raised a little over $600. The goal is for each student to raise $100 or more so our class needs to raise $1900+ to reach our goal. We can do it!
    • 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.
  • The Toy Maker is coming to kindergarten on May 1st. I sent out an email yesterday asking for volunteers. As of now, I have 3 parents interested. Please email me if you would like to help out as well!

 Have a great weekend!