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Kindergarten (Mrs. Jagnarine)

Tuesday,  October 30, 2018  

Dear Families, 

Tomorrow is Wednesday, October 31, and our school will be having a halloween parade. Our kids are allowed to wear their costumes to school or bring it with them to chnage into before the parade so as to save it from getting ruined before the night. If you are sending in halloween treats please be sure that you are sending for the entire class, and that it is peanut free. 

I will let the kids know that any treats recieved will have to be taken home so that parents can check it before consumption. We are getting ready for our first report card next month. We will continue to work on numbers, letters, positional words, recognizing colors, rhymes, and patters. We will continue our weekly spelling tests because the kids enjoy it. It allows them time to show me that they can sound out the beginning sounds of words, knowing that all our words will end the same way. We are working very deligently on learning our high frequency words, stretching words so that we can spell them on our own too. 

Our first report card will be given to students on November 16, the Friday before thanksgiving break. We will be doing lots of review and learning new things too. 

Please be safe for halloween, and have lots of fun. 

Mrs. Jagnarine.

 

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October 11,2018

Also, I know that some parents have been asking about what is needed for our classroom or what is on our wishlist... our wishlist for our classroom includes:

1). Glue sticks- we go through them pretty quickly

2). Scotch Tape- small rolls as I add our kids work around our classroom on display and change them pretty often

3)craft items- googly eyes, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, stickers, glitter, tissue paper, yarn, etc. 

4) mini- flashlights( I want us to be able to do some reading in the dark classroom with a flashlight, I have some but will be looking for some more) 

5) paper plates- any size

6) white paper- printing paper for lots of drawing 

7) dry erase markers- we have lots of mini white boards and writing on them is a favorite at centers 

And because it’s going to be getting colder and we will be having some indoor recess we will start doing classroom games all together, which is nice with 8 of us. 

We will do lots of sensory bins that will get changed daily in our sensory tables. I would love to have things such as rice, spaghetti, food coloring, right about now as it’s coming up to Halloween little insects and bugs would be nice to add in our sensory bins with some funky spooky feeling spaghetti. 

Rice and spaghetti can be in small quantities(  1 pack) as our sensory table is small. 

Thank you so much, 

Mrs. Jagnarine

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 October 10, 2018

Dear Kindergarten Families,

I would like to share the infromation that starting next week I will begin word families of CVC Words (consonant vowel consonant-cat, rat, pan, man. etc.) spelling. I will be introducing the words on Monday, and throughout the week together as a class we will spell them out loud, and practise writing them. I will send the lists home with our kindergarteners with writing paper so that they are able to practice writing and spelling at home too. 

This week and next week we will stretch our learning in science on Plants. We willlearn about parts of a plant, the parts of plants that we eat, life cycle of a plant, and we may even plant a bean and watch the changes over the next two weeks. I really enjoy doing hands on learning with our kindergarteners, thus the numerous worksheets on coloring, cutting, and pasting. Cut and paste shows me that our kindergarteners can remove and add the correct piece to the work to complete it and it is what they enjoy to do.

In Math we are going to start adding one more to a number, and one less. Our chapter mainly covers positions in math (under, over, in between, etc)  We will finish up our chapter on plane shapes and 3D shapes. 

Also, Our Fall Festival is coming up and our Kindergarteners are assigned the "snowed in" basket. So if possible can our kindergarteners can bring bring in any item that would be used during a snowed in morning-hot cocoa, hot chocolate, etc.

thank you,

Mrs. Jagnarine

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September 24, 2018

Dear Kindergarten Families,

Just a reminder that Picture day is Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Please make sure the picture day envelopes are returned by Wednesday. Children are allowed to dress up for picture day. I hope that we will all be able to be present for our pictures.

Open House will he held on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 6:00-7:30. Many of the works that our kindergarteners have been working on will be on display. 

This week kindergarteners are working on:

  • Math: solid planes: spheres, cubes, cylinders, rectangular prisms, and cones. We will work on triangles, squares, rectangles, circles where we will be identifying flat surfaces, sides, and corners. Lastly, we will finish up this week with a combining and separating figures. On Friday, we will do the progress check on the lessons learnt so far on shapes, and solid planes.

 

  • Science: We have been talking about real versus pretend. This week we will work on animals. We will compare animals by size, shape, and body coverings; similarities and differences in the appearance of animals, body parts and how animals move. We will finish up our week on what animals need: food, air, water, and shelter. 

 

  • We are practicing to write our names neatly beginning with the uppercase letters, followed by lower case letters. We are also practicing to make our long letters long, short letters short, and curve letters curved.

 

Our ClassDojo App now has all Our Families connected. Please feel free to message me at any time about any concerns about your child. Thank you to all the families who have already been messaging me about our kids being out. Hope to see you all at our Open House in October.

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Tuesday                                                                                                      September 11, 2018

Dear Kindergarten Families,

Today, you would have seen a letter explaining the new app (Class Dojo) that I have decided to use for communication in your child’s folder.  This app will be used to share pictures, reminders, important announcements, and what our kindergarteners are working on. This app will only be visible to parents that have signed up. This app has a cool feature where every child will be able to have their own story- that is, I can post a picture of your child under his or her name and it would only be available to the parent/ parents who have signed up.  More than one parent is welcome to sign up.

All parents will be able to view the class section where class photos, reminders, news and updates will be posted. I will try to post at least twice a week.

Thus far, our schedule in Kindergarten has the following specials:

  1. Mondays, we have Gym
  2. Tuesdays, we have Library
  3. Wednesdays, we have Computers
  4. Thursdays, we have art in the art class (Every other Thursday that is) I personally will try to keep art every Thursday so that our kids will have a set schedule and look forward to it and so I have decided to do an art project with them on the Thursdays they will not be going to art class.

Our first Mass will be held on Thursday at 9:30am.

Right now, our kids have been working on lots of letter recognition, writing their names with the beginning letter in uppercase followed by all lower cases, and matching the uppercase to lowercase letters.

P.s Ask your child to sing and share with you the songs they learned about Our Five Senses.

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Kindergarten (Mrs. Sarah Jagnarine)

sjagnarine@materdolorosaschool.org

Welcome back to school Kindergarteners and families!

         My name is Mrs. Sarah Jagnarine. I am the new Kindergarten Teacher for the 2018-2019 School year.  I would like to introduce myself as we head into our new school year.  I am catholic and a member of the St. Therese of Lisieux Church in South Hadley. I have graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2017 with two bachelor's degrees: My first bachelor degree is in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K-Grade Two) which have been endorsed with the Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) certificate and my second degree is in Psychology.  This is a super exciting year for me as I have just gotten married and this is my first classroom in a school. I have worked one year in a preschool classroom in a daycare environment. I have always been very excited to teach kindergarten as this is my favourite grade as it is where our children learn handwriting, are introduced to mathematics, social studies, and science. It is also the year that we will focus on phonics, sounding out our words to hear the individual sounds and then putting them together.

I am very excited to be a part of the Mater Dolorosa School family.

For the school year your child will need:

  • Crayons (24 count would be ideal)
  • 1 pack of triconderoga pencils (12 count)
  • Eraser
  • 2 rolls of paper towels
  • 2 box of tissue
  • 1 pack of gluesticks
  • 2 large container of lysol or clorox wipes

Please feel free to email me any questions. Looking forward to a great school year together. 

Mrs. Jagnarine

sjagnarine@materdolorosaschool.org