May 12, 2017

Dear Parents,

We cannot believe this upcoming week is the last week of Kindergarten! Where did this whole year go? We are so impressed with how much your children have grown, learned, and become ready for first grade! Thank you for sharing your wonderful, bright, inquisitive and truly good children with us this year. It has been our honor and pleasure to be with them and to guide them with reading, math, religion, social studies, science and handwriting.

Our Lady of Lourdes School yearbooks will be here next week and we will get and sign our classmates’ yearbooks on May 19th. If you did not order one by the May 10th deadline, you are welcome to send in a check now for one, and Mrs. Dickerson will add your name to the list. She does order a few extra. If you decide not to get one, we will make a signature book for your child to have as a keepsake from our class.

Kindergarten's last day of school is on Tuesday, May 24th. The children will be dismissed from the picnic (around 1130) and must be signed out. If their own parent is signing them out, they can be signed out on the field. If another adult (grandparent, or another parent) is signing them out, that must be done in the office. Please bring a lunch, drink and blanket for you and your child. Siblings and grandparents are welcome to attend! If it rains, we will not have the picnic and children will be dismissed from the classroom around 11am.

Next week is the Our Lady of Lourdes drama production of Cinderella. It promises to be a great show – we have heard rave reviews so far! Please see the information in the Wednesday mailer on tickets and times.


Friday, May 12, 2017 11:40 DISMISSAL

Friday, May 12, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 6th Grade Social

Monday, May 15th – Ice Cream Social with 8th grade buddies 12:40-1:15 in our room/playground

May 17, 2017 - May 19, 2017 8th Grade Final Exams

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM Used Uniform Sale in St. Bernadette Center

Friday, May 19th - Kindergarten Yearbook day

Cinderella - Friday, May 19th 7:00PM Saturday, May 20th 7:00PM

Tue., May 23, 2017 – Kindergarten Picnic on the field with parents, Last day of school!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 10:00 AM 8th Grade Baccalaureate Mass

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 11:00 AM 8th Grade Baccalaureate Brunch

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 1:00 PM Kindergarten Round-Up

Monday, May 29, 2017 NO SCHOOL

Thursday, June 1, 2017 Last Day of LEAP

Friday, June 2, 2017 Last Day of School for grades 1-7

Week of May 15 – May 19

Reading Highlights:

Review beginning, middle and final letter sounds in words

Review identifying syllables in a word

- review long and short vowel sounds: a, i, o, e, u

- review "S" blends, "L" blends and "R" blends

- review pronouns: he, she, it, they

- use context clues to help figure out words and word meaning

- discuss main idea and the details in the stories

- discuss story structure (characters, setting, problem, solution)

- review inference and predictions, and conclusions

- review R controlled vowel sounds – AR, ER, IR, OR and UR. The r makes the vowels make a different sound, and these letter combinations cannot be sounded out. Review all letter combinations that we have learned: blends, digraphs (sh, ch, th, wh), vowel combinations (remember when two vowels go walking, the first vowel does the talking), -ght, -ck.

-review all sight words including playing sight word bingo and writing sentences with sight words

- review all letters, blending review, and words that end with “s”, “ed” and “ing”

Center Activities:

Writing – write stories with at least three correct sentences: use upper case at the beginning, and end with punctuation.

Listening - listen to themselves read a story using Toobaloos, and illustrate favorite part.

Reading – read words and identify long and short vowel sounds

Word Work – identify and write words r controlled vowels.

Teacher table –read supplemental, leveled books, using D, E, F, and G level books.

Math: We will review number charts to 100, counting by 10s, 5s, and 2s, simple addition and subtraction, measurement, money and time.


Thematic Unit: We will do an author study to learn about bugs and then copy the author’s type of illustrations. We will read Eric Carle’s books on bugs and then will choose one bug, and make our own bug picture, cutting out pieces of paper to make the bug (copying Mr Carle’s type of artwork).

Handwriting: We will review all letters, upper and lower case. We continue to emphasize the correct way to write each letter, and please reinforce this with your child at home. NO letters are made from bottom to top. ALL letters start at the top. Lower case A, C, D, G, O and Q are all started in the same spot, at about 1:00 on a clock face. These letters are particularly difficult for the children. Please also correct your child when they have written numbers/letters backwards.

Star Student: Our star student is Emily Licht. Please complete the poster, and send in 2-3 photos and 1-2 objects that your child likes. Please have your child explain to you why he/she likes those photos and items, so he/she can tell the class.

As a reminder, please send a snack with your child every day including early dismissal days.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

God bless,
Mrs. Lynch and Mrs. Moore