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Welcome to Kindergarten


Mission Statement:  As kindergartners, we will come to school every day: listen, be nice, and participate.  We will learn how to say and write our numbers and letters to become good readers, writers, and thinkers.    

Questions for Kindergartners

Big Question:   What can you learn by going to different places?   

Weekly Question:  What are different sounds we hear?



Ordinal Numbers

 Number Song:

Here are the words again for our catchy number song in case your child is singing it:

1-come right down, that is all

2-curve around, slide to the right

3-curve in and around again

4-down, over, down some more

5-down around, put on a hat

6-curve around and curl it up

7-slide to the right and slant it down

8-make an S and close the gate

9-make a circle, then a line

10-come right down and make a zero





Read red words– to and

        Recognize:  Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd, Ee, Ff, Hh

                           Ii, Ll, Mm, Nn, Oo, Pp ,Rr,

                           Ss, Tt

        Sounds:  a, b, c, d, e, f, h, i, l, m, n,

                      o, p, r, s, t.

Listening Skills

        Key Details

        Initial sounds



While we continue to learn the letter sounds, please be sure to practice with your child at home.  The more practice the children are exposed to the easier the letters and sounds will be.  Again, here is how we practice the letters and sounds using our bodies:  

1) We touch our head and say the letter name.

2) We tug on our ear and say the letter sound.

3) We tap our leg and say the picture clue.  


Vocabulary Words


 listen   exclaim   familiar    VOLUME  CHAT

Vocabulary Words Reminder:

The words above are taken from our weekly language arts program.  I realize it is a lot for 5-year-olds to learn five new vocabulary  words a week.  However if you could concentrate on two (I will put those in uppercase) by using them around the 

house when possible, that would be really helpful.  Thanks!






        What is a sound you hear?

        Example: I hear a telephone ringing.

                       I hear a bird singing.

Second Quarter ESW:

Our second quarter ESW (writing program) goal is for the children to write their own sentence.  Here are the rubric goals we have:


              *Write one sentence. (answer question,

                 sentence makes sense, letters are

                 fairly accurate)

              *Put spaces between words.

*Put a period at the end of the


*Put an uppercase letter at the

  beginning of the sentence.

*Draw a picture telling about writing.





Red Words


Red words (more commonly called sight-words) are words the children need to learn by looking at them.  Red words (unlike green words) can not be sounded out.  The better children are at reading red words, the better readers they will become.  We practice re words by: 

1 saying the word

2. clapping the letters

3. snapping the word

Say it, clap it, snap it!  Please practice the red words in your child's homework with them.  Keep these words for continuing practice.  


Please remember to have your child put his/her name on each homework sheet turned in even if they are stapled together.  this is good practice for upper grades and some5times papers do get separated.  Also if papers are not finished, please keep them at home.  Completed papers can be torn from the packet and turned individually. 

How can parents help?

How Can You Help?

These are hints to prompt your child to engage in discussion and activities at home.


1) Let’s practice writing the numbers 1-10.

2) Let’s work on your homework for today

3) Let’s practice the letter sounds you have learned so far this year.

4) Let’s practice counting from 1-50.


Miss Galluccio


Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your students whom are in my class.  


Thank you,  

Miss G

Miss Morris

Miss Murray

Miss Sturrus


Note from Miss Sturrus:

If you need to get in touch with me during the day about your child,  let me explain our phone system.  The school district’s policy is to put all teacher’s phones on “do not disturb” during the school day.  The office can contact the classrooms but we do not receive any outside or even calls from other classrooms.  This is to ensure our time with your child is not interrupted. So… if you have an emergency or need to talk with me immediately, please contact the office (721-4400) and they will let me know.  For example, your child was sick in the morning and you want to know how he/she is doing.  If you  leave me a message on my phone or e-mail me and I will get back with you as soon as I can.   This will probably be after school.   If you have a bus or pick-up change, let the office know and they will give me the message. I promise I will not ignore your calls but the phone does not ring in the classroom, unless it is the office, and I really do not have the opportunity to check messages throughout the day.  Thanks for your understanding.   Let me know if you have any questions.


I had a few questions during conferences about homework so I wanted to try to make things clearer.  First, homework in kindergarten is to reinforce, review, practice what we learned in class that day.  This is why we stamp the homework with a day to cover it.  That being said, I realize life is busy and it is not always possible to do homework each evening.  Please have your child complete the “designated” day as close to that day as possible to reinforce his/her learning.  The children are not penalized if they do not return the homework the next day.  If they finish a day, you can tear it off the packet and send it in.  (PLEASE do not send in papers not finished.)  If it is easier for your child and family to finish the whole packet and turn it in together, that is not a problem.  Whatever works best for you.  I do suggest though that the homework be completed by the following Monday for sure to be most beneficial for your child.  Thanks.  Let me know if you have questions.

 Data Folders: 

I worked with each of the children last week and completed the September testing for data folders.  As we talked about at conferences the children are learning! Here are your child’s results:

              Recognize numbers 0-10: ____/11

             Recognize numbers 11-20: ___/10

             Recognize lowercase letters: ____/26

Recognize uppercase letters: ____/26

Provide letter sounds: ____/26


I want to explain how our grades work so when your child tells you they received a happy dance, you can cheer with them.  I feel the grading structure is hard for the kids to understand so here is my version, I say:

A = happy dance - a happy face with hair

P = good job - a happy face

NP = Need to work on it-sad face

NY = Need lots of work - sad face

Phone: 505 -721-4417

Thank you for your support, and enjoy your fall break!