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Hi! I'm Christina Cassarini and I am thrilled to be your child's Kindergarten teacher.  Teaching is an absolute passion of mine and I am excited to work with you and your child.  It's going to be a year full of fun, learning, and lots of adventures. I can't wait to see what the year has in store for us!
 

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We read 'Sneezy the Snowman' and discussed the events that happened in the book and the different ways Sneezy melted.  As a class, we then came up with different ways how a snowman could melt and did a fun writing/craft activity to go along with it.  The students had a blast! 

Last week flew by! We did tons of fun writing activities to make our classroom have that 'wintery' feel, began a new math topic, and had our angels come visit us (which was such a special treat!)

Week of.....

December 10-16

ELA/Phonics/Handwriting:

- We are Continuing our new unit called "Finding Friends"! We will be reading about a cat named Ginger and looking at the deeper meaning behind the story.

-  We will be focusing on beginning, middle, and ending sounds as well as working blending sounds together.

Previous Sight Words: a, be, are, an, I, if, is, me, on, the, to, all, see, you, it, not, my, no, what, put, in, for, can, she, he, do, who, at, we, was, get, said, that, but, did, with, went, ran, new, our, go, big, am

-This Weeks Sight Words: like, now, up

Writers Workshop:

- We are continuing to write personal narratives and learning all the components that make up a true story. 

- We will continue practicing writing on the line, making spaces in between words, using an uppercase and lowercase letters, and editing our previous work.

Religion:

- We have been working really hard on our play! This week we are practicing on stage! 

 - We will be learning all about Advent and how God gave us Jesus

Social Studies:

- We are continuing to learn all about different celebrations and holidays

-We will be focusing on Los Posadas this week. 

Science:

- We will continue to learn about what the weather is in each season

- We will be discussing what the words 'inclement weather' means and the types of inclement we experience.

Math:

-We are learning all about Classifying and Counting Data! 

- We will continue to compare numbers 1-10 and write/form our numbers correctly.  

Important Dates:

December 18th- GCS Christmas Performance @ 6:30 in the Gym (Kindergarten will be the first to perform).  Seating is on a 'first come' basis so get there early to get a good seat :)

We had a blast last week here in Kindergarten! We started practicing on stage for our Nativity Play, wrapped up our math unit on comparing numbers, and met our silly elf Benard! 

Week of...

December 3 - December 7

ELA/Phonics/Handwriting:

- We are staring our new unit called "Finding Friends"! This unit will focus on something extremely import to kindergartners- Friendships!  We will be reading and retelling stories based on the pictures.

- We are focusing on the proper letter formation and letter sounds for all the letters learned thus far (-We will be reviewing all our letters we have learned so far (f, r, t, b, k, m, p, s, n, j, h).  This weeks letter: d

Previous Sight Words: a, be, are, an, I, if, is, me, on, the, to, all, see, you, it, not, my, no, what, put, in, for, can, she, he, do, who, at, we, was, get, said, that, but, did, with, went, ran, new

-This Weeks Sight Words: our, go, big, am

Writers Workshop:

- We will continue practicing writing on the line, making spaces in between words, using an uppercase and lowercase letters, and editing our previous work.

- We will be continuing our focus on our new story topics and expanding them over multiple pages.

- We really loving adding speech bubbles to our stories.

Religion:

- It's the most wonderful time of the year! Over the next few weeks, we are going to be learning about The Nativity and will continue practicing for our show! Please practice your children's lines with them at home as well. ** If you will not be here on December 18th, please let me know as soon as possible **

- We will be learning all about Advent and how God gave us Jesus

Science:

- We will continue to learn about what the weather is in each season

- We will be discussing what the words 'inclement weather' means and the types of inclement we experience. 

Social Studies:

- We are continuing to learn all about different celebrations and holidays

-We will be focusing on Kwanzaa this week. 

Math:

-We are starting a new unit: Classifying and Counting Data! 

- We will continue to compare numbers 1-10 and write/form our numbers correctly.  

**Important Dates**

Friday, December 7th - Angel Day in the gym at 9 am .  Details are on the GCS website. It is also a HALF DAY.  Dismissal is at 11:45 am. 

Monday, December 10th- Picture Retakes

Saturday, December 15th- Breakfast with Santa.  Details are on the GCS website. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

It's hard to believe that December is almost here! Over the next few weeks we will be learning about Advent, The Nativity, and meeting our classroom Elf...Benard!

Week of.....

November 26 - November 30th

ELA/Phonics/Handwriting:

- We are wrapping up our "Shadows" unit.

- We are focusing on the proper letter formation and letter sounds for all the letters learned thus far (-We will be reviewing all our letters we have learned so far (f, r, t, b, k, m, p, s, n, j).  This weeks letter: h

- This week we are learning about another word family: the 'en' family

Previous Sight Words: a, be, are, an, I, if, is, me, on, the, to, all, see, you, it, not, my, no, what, put, in, for, can, she, he, do, who, at, we, was, get, said, that, but, did

-This Weeks Sight Words: went, with, ran, new

Writers Workshop:

- We will continue practicing writing on the line, making spaces in between words, using an uppercase and lowercase letters, and editing our previous work.

- We will be continuing our focus on our new story topics and expanding them over multiple pages.

- We will be learning all about speech bubbles and adding them to our stories.

Religion:

- It's the most wonderful time of the year! Over the next few weeks, we are going to be learning about The Nativity and will continue practicing for our show! Please practice your children's lines with them at home as well. ** If you will not be here on December 18th, please let me know as soon as possible **

- We will be learning all about Advent and how God gave us Jesus

Social Studies: 

- We are continuing to learn all about different celebrations and holidays

-We will be focusing on Hanukkah this week. 

Science:

- We will continue to learn about what the weather is in each season

- We will be discussing what the words 'inclement weather' means.

Math:

- We are wrapping up our unit of comparing numbers 1-10 this week.

- We are continuing to work on forming our numbers the correct way 

**Important Dates**

Friday, December 7th - Angel Day in the gym at 9 am .  Details are on the GCS website. It is also a HALF DAY.  Dismissal is at 11:45 am

Monday, December 10th- Picture Retakes

Saturday, December 15th- Breakfast with Santa.  Details are on the GCS website. 

This was a very busy and quick week for us Kindergartners! It was A LOT of review with our sight words and letter sounds, getting ready for our feast today, and spending some time with our 4th grade buddies. 
 
If anyone has any pictures from today's feast, feel free to email them to me :)
 
I hope you and your families have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

While this week may have been shortened, we were still able to pack in a lot of learning! We celebrated Veteran's Day with a very important speaker- Captain Paksi, we presented our first S.O.L.E projects, and learned about the 'it' word family! 

Week of November 12th - 16th

ELA/Phonics/Handwriting:

- We are continuing to understand story order: we will be working on first, next, then, and last.

- We are focusing on sight words. We will be creating them in many different ways like play-doh, sand, and popsicle sticks!

- We are going to be learning about the -en word family

- --We will be reviewing all our letters we have learned so far (f, r, t, b, k, m, p, s, n).  This weeks letter: j

- Previous Sight Words: a, be, are, an, I, if, is, me, on, the, to, all, see, you, it, not, my, no, what, put, in, for, can, she, he, do, who, at, we, was, get

-This Weeks Sight Words: said, that, but, did

Writers Workshop:

- We will continue practicing writing on the line, making spaces in between words, using an uppercase and lowercase letters, and editing our previous work.

- We will be continuing our focus on our new story topics and expanding them over multiple pages.

Religion:

- We are learning about how Jesus wants us to share God's love by belonging to the church and praying just as he did.

-We will be starting to practice our lines for our Nativity Play! 

Social Studies:

- We are continuing to learn all about different celebrations and holidays

-We will be focusing on Thanksgiving this week

Science:

- We are starting our new unit: Weather and Seasons!

-We will be learning about what the weather is in each season and what would be the proper attire to wear according to that season. 

-We presented our new S.O.L.E group project to the class last week.  I will be posting up the videos and explaining what S.O.L.E is on the media page :)

Math:

We are continuing learning about “greater than”, “less than”, and "equal to". using number to 10.

- We will be learning about number lines and how to use them.

- We are learning different ways to make 10

**Important Dates**

November 16th - Half Day

November 20th - Our Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast @10 am! All parents are welcome to come :)

November 21st- Half Day for Thanksgiving Break! 

We had a whirlwind of a week in Kindergarten! We enjoyed our Halloween Celebration and ended our week sharing our classroom Saint. We are excited to see what next week has in store!

**I am putting Halloween pictures that I received from our celebration in a Photo Album on the website for you all to see :)**

November 5th- November 9th

ELA/Phonics/Handwriting:

-  We are continuing our shadows unit We are reading fiction and non-fiction books to gain a better understanding of shadows.

- We are looking in depth at stories and poems that relate to our shadows.

- We will also be focusing on story order. We will be talking about the beginning, middle, and end of stories.

-We will be reviewing all our letters we have learned so far (f, r, t, b, k, m, p, s).  This weeks letter: n

- Previous Sight Words: a, be, are, an, I, if, is, me, on, the, to, all, see, you, it, not, my, no, what, put, in, for, can, she, he, do, who

-This Weeks Sight Words: at, we, was, get

Writers Workshop:

- We will look back on all of the writing skills we have learned so far.  We will continue practicing writing on the line and making spaces in between words.

- We will be taking a look how to “stretch out” words! We will be looking for all of the sounds, rather than just the beginning and ending sounds.

Religion:

-We will be learning about our new virtue: Stewardship.

-We are reviewing God's gifts and continuing to talk about talking about how God plays a huge role in our family and friends’ lives

Social Studies:

-We are learning about different celebrations and holidays that we celebrate for our new unit

- We will also be learning about the importance of Veterans Day. We will be making cards as a thank you and sending them to veterans.

Science:

- We are starting our new unit: Weather and Seasons!

-We will be learning about what the weather is in each season and what would be the proper attire to wear according to that season. 

Math:

- We are continuing learning about “greater than”, “less than”, and "equal to". using number to 10.

- We will be learning about number lines and how to use them.

- We are learning different ways to make 10

**Important Dates**

Tuesday November 6th: No School

Wednesday November 7th: Report Cards go out

Friday November 9th: Veterans Day Mass @ 10 am.  FULL DRESS 

This past week we had so much fun in Kindergarten.  Most of us were able to experience our first book fair (with our 4th grade buddies), started learning about word families, and were introduced to another Daily 5 center (listening to reading)!

October 10/22- 10/26

ELA/Phonics/Handwriting:

-  We began our new unit: Shadows! We are reading fiction and non-fiction books to gain a better understanding of shadows.

- Depending on the weather, we will be going outside to find and trace our friend’s shadows!

-We will be reviewing all our letters we have learned so far (f, r, t, b, k, m).  This weeks letter: p

- Previous Sight Words: a, be, are, an, I, if, is, me, on, the, to, all, see, you, it, not, my, no, what

-This Weeks Sight Words: put, in, for, can

Writers Workshop:

- We will look back on all of the writing skills we have learned so far.  We will continue practicing writing on the line and making spaces in between words.

- We will be taking a look how to “stretch out” words! We will be looking for all of the sounds, rather than just the beginning and ending sounds.

Religion:

-We are continuing to talk about our virtue Reverence.

- We will be learning about Pope Francis and why he is important to us and our church.We are also going to be doing a special project relating to Pope Francis- stay tuned! 

- We are talking about how God plays a huge role in our families. We will be chatting about how we can share God’s love with those around us.

Social Studies:

- It's review week! We will discuss all of our community helpers through various centers and games.  

Science:

- It's review week! We will be discussing all of our 5 senses through various Halloween experiments! 

Math:

- This week we are continue learning about “greater than”, “less than”, and "equal to". using number to 10.

- We will be learning about number lines and how to use them.

**Important Dates**

**October 31st: Our Kindergarten Halloween Celebration @ 1:30.  Keep a look out for an email from me explaining the schedule :)

**November 1st (Thursday): First Friday Mass @ 9 am.  All are welcome!

Fall Conferences

It's that time of year! Fall conferences are right around the corner.  I have made a sign up just like I did for our Mystery Readers. 
 
Conferences are 10 minutes long.  Please be on time when you are scheduled and please knock on the door at your scheduled time to keep Mrs. Kennen and I on track :) Thanks so much and I am looking forward to seeing all of you! 

It was another exciting and busy week for kindergarten!  We made our new bulletin board using all of the sight words we have learned so far, had two community helper guest speakers come in (check out the photo page), and met up with our 'Super Writer's Club' partners to share our stories!

October 10/15- 10/19

ELA/Phonics/Handwriting:

-  Its review week! We will be reviewing the proper letter formation of the uppercase and lowercase letters we have been talking about thus far.

- We will be starting a new unit in ELA: Shadows!

- In addition to working on our critical thinking skills, we will be learning about rhyming words. - We will be looking at our first word family (-at)

- Previous Sight Words: and, a, be, are, an, I, if, is, me, on, the, to, all, see, you, it

-This Weeks Sight Words: what, my, no, not

Writers Workshop:

- We will continue discussing what it means to “edit” your work.  We will also be practicing writing on the lines.

Religion:

-We are continuing to talk about God's gifts and our virtue Reverence.

- We will be learning about Pope Francis and why he is important to us and our church.We are also going to be doing a special project relating to Pope Francis- stay tuned! 

Social Studies:

- We are finishing up our community helpers unit this week! We will be disusing teachers and Janitors that help keep a school up and running. 

- We will continue to review all of our community helpers we have previously discussed.  

Science:

-This week we will be reviewing our sense sight, sound, and smell. This week's sense: Sense of taste! 

- We’re going to continue to be scientists document our observations in our science journals.

Math:

- This week we are learning about “greater than”, “less than”, and "equal to". using number to 10. We will be creating greater gators to help us gain a better understanding of the concept.

- We will be learning about number lines and how to use them.

**Important reminders**

October 15: Winter Uniforms has begun! 

October 15-18: GCS Bookfair (In the Gym) **Our class will be visiting Tuesday during school**

October 26: First Quarter Ends. 

 

Sharing our stories that we've been working so hard on with our Super Writer's Club partners! Being a good partner involves listening to one another, shares what they like about their partner's story and what they think their partner can add to it (more details, labels, colors, etc). It is great to see the students collaborate with each other and share all their ideas! 

Last week was a very busy, but fun week!  We want to give a HUGE thank you to Officer Tom from the Greenwich Police Department for coming in and talking to us about safety!  We also were able to get together with our 4th grade buddies to help Mr. Ronca out in our GCS garden! 

This week: October 8-12

ELA/Phonics/Handwriting:

-  We will be working on the letters T.  We will be practicing proper letter formation of the uppercase and lowercase letters that we have previously learned as well as the sounds they make.

- In addition to working on our critical thinking skills, we will be learning about rhyming words. 

- We will be continue practicing different strategies on how to build our stamina

- Previous Sight Words: and, a, be, an, I, is, me, the, are, on, if, to

-This Weeks Sight Words: it, you, all, see

Writers Workshop:

- We will be learning about what it means to be an editor. We are going to be looking back at our previous pieces of work and see what we can add and change.

- We will be reviewing the difference between a word and a sentence. We will also be learning how to write words on the line and how to put spaces in between our words.

Religion:

- We will continue to learn about 5 Finger praying in our prayer circles.

-We will continue to focus on all of God's gifts.

-We will be discussing our new virtue: Reverence

Social Studies:

- We are continuing our Community Helpers unit! 

-This week we will be discussing Fire Fighters and Construction Workers! 

Science:

- Over the next few weeks, we are covering the 5 Senses.

-This week we will be learning all about our sense of smell! 

- We’re going to become scientist and make sure we document our observations in our science journals.

Math:

- We are continuing to review the numbers 0-10.

- We will continue to practice number formation, 1 to 1 correspondence, and number identification.

-We are continuing to learn the different ways to make 5.

-  We will be using all of these skills during math centers

***Important reminders***

Thursday, October 11: Picture Day! Your child should be in FULL DRESS uniform

Practicing one of our Daily 5 centers: Word Work.  This center will really help us Kindergarteners learn all our letters/ letter sounds and sight words.