Hi families,


We had a great week in kindergarten! I am always so impressed by the notes left by our sub, Mrs. Vrana. This class is amazing and you should be proud that they are able to follow directions and be kind not only for me but for subs!


Phonics/Daily 5:

  • Reviewed and learned phonics skills:
    • ee/ea
    • ai/ay
    • oa/oe
    • ou/ow
    • oo/ew
    • oy/oi
    • double endings (LL, SS, FF)
    • wh/ph
  • Continued to practice sight words
  • Continued to practice using lowercase letters in our writing



  • We worked on Module 6 in math.
  • Students can:
  • compose flat shapes using pattern blocks and drawings
    • decompose flat shapes into two of more shapes


  • We are done with the traditional writing units for the year! We will be doing our alphabet countdown as our writing for the rest of the year. The kids have been working so hard on their punctuation and lowercase letters. Remember that in order to receive a “3” on report cards in that area, they must be doing both of those consistently in their writing. J


Reading Comprehension

  • Book: Bear Snores On by Derek Munson
  • Theme: Bears
  • Essential questions:
    • How can you retell the story using the characters?
    • What does it mean to hibernate?
  • Vocabulary words:
    • Lair
    • Scuttle
    • Divvy
    • Clutter
    • Fret
    • Blustery
  • Comprehension Strategy: connections, drawing conclusions  


Alphabet Countdown:

  • On Monday the kiddos listened to music throughout the day.
  • On Tuesday, we the kiddos wrote notes to friends and family.
  • Wednesday we did some activities outside in the sunshine!
  • Thursday we got popsicles and popcorn!
  • On Friday we were quiet. We played an ongoing quiet game during each activity. Kids earned Disney Dollars for staying quiet and at the end of the day drew some of them for prizes. It was the calmest day in kindergarten I have ever seen. J


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
    • ee/ea
    • ai/ay
    • oe/oa
    • ou/ow
    • oo/ew
    • oi/oy
    • double endings
    • wh/ph
  • Practice addition and subtraction to 10 (using pictures, number bonds and equations)
  • Practice finding groups of 10-20 and using the phrasing “I have 10 ones and ____ ones”
    • This will help the transition to teen numbers
  • Practicing writing numbers 0-100
  • 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 showing/counting/writing teen numbers
  • Work on shapes, drawing and building
  • Have your child teach you facts about tigers (start with tigers can, tigers have or tigers are) 
  • 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. Make sure students are writing using lowercase letters unless capitals are needed!


Important Information:


  • Walk to Yellow Lake: Monday, June 24th 11:00-1:00.

On Monday June 24th our class will be participating in a walking field trip to Yellow Lake Park (down Klahanie blvd. next to the Lakeview Pool.) from 11:00-1:00. Information was sent out in last week’s update as well as in an additional email. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!! This is a long walk and only have 2 chaperones is just not enough. If you are available, please please sign up to join. Siblings are welcome!


Link to sign up to volunteer or bring supplies:





Let me know if you have any questions!

  • Many families have made plans before the school year was extended to June 27th. Please let me know in advance if your child will be missing any of the last days of school.
  • Next week we have:

6/17- R Day- Rotations- we will be doing activities with different teachers in their classrooms

6/18- S Day- Shaving Cream- we will use shaving cream to do several fun activities on our desk (bonus- it helps clean them!)

6/19- T Day- Tattoos- we will put on some fun temporary tattoos!

6/20- U Day- U Pick Ur Seat- today the kiddos will get to choose where they sit for the day! It will last until the last day!

6/21- V Day- Video Day- we will watch a video in the afternoon after field day in the morning!


  • Field Day: Friday, June 21st We still have many spots that are not filled. Please consider volunteering at this fun event!


Field Day Sessions:
Morning session- Kinder, 1st & 2nd grades: 9:30-11:00

Afternoon session- 3rd, 4th & 5th grades: 1:30-3:00


All volunteers must be cleared through the Issaquah School District background check prior to volunteering for Field Day.  If you have questions about this, please let me know.


Google Document for Volunteering:




I can hardly believe we only have 9 days left in school. This year has flown by! One more update coming next Friday! J