Kindergarten News: May 2017

What We Are Learning


  • Nonfiction books: All About Animals
    • Text features: Title, headings, labels, captions, photographs, table of contents
  • Independent reading: figuring out words, thinking about what we read
  • Writing about what we learn from nonfiction books
  • “Stretching” out words (sounding out words to use invented spelling)
  • Writing simple sentences
    • Uppercase letters at the beginning
    • Spaces between words
    • End punctuation


  • Consonant blends: br-, bl-, cr-, cl-, dr-, gr-, gl-, fr-, fl-, pl-, sc-, sk-, sl-, sm-, sn-, squ-, sp-, st-, sw-, tr-, -ng, -nk, -nt, -nd
  • Reviewing 
    • all letter names and sounds, 
    • digraph sounds: sh, ch, th, wh and -ck
    • Silent (or “magic”) e  (e.g. bake, bite, hole, cute, etc.)
  • Writing complete sentences


  • Addition--strategies for finding how many in all
  • Subtraction--strategies for removing some and finding how many are left
  • Story problems: What’s happening? How many at the beginning of the story? How many at the end of the story?


  • Engineering: ramps/slides, gravity, friction, textures and movement
  • Coming soon: Animals in our class!

Important Dates

  • Tuesday May 2: Arts on the Stage Trip Field trip to Queens College Theatre
  • Central Park Zoo Field Trip:
    • Monday 5/15: K-207 & K-209  
    • Thursday 5/18: K-204 & K-208
    • Thursday 5/25: K/1-411
  • Family night: Wednesday, May 17, 5:30 p.m. Kids and parents are invited
    • Monday May 29: Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Family Connection

Your students are becoming independent writers! Their writing is becoming more and more legible as their invented spelling and conventional spelling improves, as they remember to include finger spaces between their words and as they show complete sentences with uppercase letters and punctuation at the end. You can extend your child’s learning in writing at home. Here are a few suggestions:
  • Have them help you write your grocery list (and cross things off as you shop!)
  • Leave them notes and have them write you back (E.g. Have a great day! or Please clean your room. or Did you remember to brush your teeth?)
  • Write a letter to a cousin, aunt, uncle, or other family member that they don’t live with and send it in the mail or via email
  • Show them how you use writing in your daily life, or at your job, e.g. writing emails/memos, taking notes, taking orders, making blueprints, making lists, writing events in a calendar, writing purchase order, sending birthday cards, sending text messages, etc.


    • Please make sure your child arrives at school no later than 8:09 a.m. to ensure they can walk upstairs with their class and get started on the right foot each morning.
    • In addition to our exciting units of study for the end of the year, there are many important assessments such as NYSESLAT (for ESL/ENL students) as well as end of year reading, writing and math assessments happening in May and June. Because of this attendance in the last two months of school is as important as always. Please schedule vacations for after the end of the school year or on days off.