wTrain up a child in the way he should go; and even when he is old he will not depart from it."

Proverbs 22:6

Kindergarten News from Mrs. Henderson  (Nov. 11)

In religion, we learn about the birth of John the Baptist and the birth of Jesus. Yes, it’s almost Christmas! John the Baptist was sent to prepare the people’s hearts for the birth of their Savior. It’s easy for us to get too busy to forget that important part of prepping for the Christmas season. It’s our job, even today, to tell others the Good News of Jesus’ birth. The children are preparing for our Christmas service to be held on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at Annie Merner Chapel on MacMurray College’s campus just down the street from Salem. In Reading, our theme is called “Time for Work” based on the big book called “Whose Shoes?” In Math, we learn to count by 5’s and pay for items in the store by using nickels and counting to 25 cents. We also discuss cubes and cylinders. In our Scholastic Magazine we discuss the Wampanoag and Pilgrim children and their similarities and differences. There will be no spelling test the week of Thanksgiving but there is one on Nov. 30. There is no school on Nov. 21-23.


 Kindergarten News from Mrs. Henderson (Nov. 4)

We will be learning the story of the battle of Jericho. God rescued His people from the Canaanites and gave them a new land. God saves His people from their enemies and blesses them. We need to remember that God is with us too when we are scared and we should trust in our almighty God to help in times of trouble. Since Thanksgiving is approaching we will be talking everyday about what we are thankful for so you might talk about this with your child at home too. The title of our Scholastic Magazine is What Are You Thankful For? In reading, the theme next week is The Places We Go based on the book, Please Take Me for a Walk. In math, we will be naming a shape using three attributes and sharing a whole by separating into two equal parts. In Science, we will learn about our pets. All students should bring a photo of their pets by Nov. 12 and schedule a time to bring in your pet for us to meet (if possible) and it’s ok to borrow a pet if you don’t have one. In Social Studies, our lessons are about how we get what we want (buying and selling). The theme for Show and Tell for Nov. 8 is to bring an item that begins with the first letter of your name and for Nov. 15 it is something for which you are thankful. Thank you for the wonderful variety of snacks that you send. The children never forget to ask for snacks! Reminders: Please feel free to join us for the Veteran’s Day Celebration in the gym on Nov. 9 at 9:30 a.m. The K-4th Grade Choir will not sing on Nov. 11. Don’t forget Family Reading Night on Nov. 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. beginning by meeting in the gym. It will be a good time for all. Thanksgiving Break is Nov. 21-23.




Kindergarten News from Mrs. Henderson (Oct. 28)


The Kindergarten class will learn about how God miraculously led His people across the Jordan River into the Promised Land, Canaan. Jesus miraculously defeated our enemies and leads us to our promised land, heaven. In Reading, the theme for the week is “Time for Work” with the Big Book titled, “Whose Shoes?” The topic for our Scholastic Magazine is “Our Veterans,” to ready us for our first Veteran’s Day Presentation from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Nov. 9. Please have your child wear Red/White and Blue. Parents and guests are welcome to join us in the gym for this event. Last week we carved our class pumpkins (MacMurray student Mr. Kaleb Denault and Lisa Hadden-who brought us pumpkins) and used our five senses to discover the inside of the pumpkins including tasting the raw pumpkin flesh which we agreed tasted like raw carrots and looked like cantaloupe. All but one student was willing to taste, and all but one taster liked it! In Science, we begin to learn about pets. So starting on Nov. 10-14, you are welcome to bring pets in from 8:10-8:25 a.m or 3-3:15 p.m. to show classmates. Let me know ahead of time so we can be prepared for your visit. If your pet is large, we can meet you outside. The Show and Tell theme for Nov. 1 is to bring the Mystery Bag with 3 clues written on the paper with a picture your child drew of the object. For Nov. 8, they are to bring something that starts with the first letter of their name. Cancellation: The K-7th Grade Choir that was scheduled to sing on Nov. 11 has been canceled. In fact, the Kindergarten class is no longer singing with the older grade choirs but rather we will sing with the Pre-K at some point. That way we can choose songs that we can sing that don’t require us to read. We will be singing with the Pre-K for the Christmas Service on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. We will be making ornaments on Nov. 8 for the Salem tree at the Festival of Trees which will be on display on November 16 and 17.

Kindergarten News from Mrs. Henderson (October 21)


The Kindergarten class will learn about how the Children of Israel sinned by worshipping the Golden Calf while Moses went up Mt. Sinai to receive the 10 Commandments. God’s Laws are in place to give us guidelines to a happier life. We thank God that He sent Jesus to keep the Law perfectly since we can’t. In math, we will also learn to solve a problem by acting it out and paying for items up to $1 using dimes. In reading, the theme for the week is “The Places We’ve Been.” I’ve sent home a ring with sight words for each child containing words for your child to work on. Some words are ones they had trouble with and others are new words to begin learning. There are 40 sightwords (words that must be known by sight not by sounding them out) to learn before the end of Kindergarten. The Show and Tell theme for Nov. 1 is the Mystery Bag. I’ll send home instructions this week. Since October is Fire Safety month, please be sure your family practices a fire drill with your smoke alarms, finds two ways out of every location and designates a meeting place in the event of a fire. When you turn your clocks back on Nov. 4, be sure you change the batteries in your smoke alarms too. We certainly enjoyed exploring the firetrucks, exiting the smoke house through a window and putting out a fire in a pretend house with a real fireman’s hose last week. Keep those precious children safe! Don’t forget to attend Family Reading Night on Nov. 15 from 6-7:30. It will be a fun night for the whole family. Be sure to bring a few books from home to swap with some new ones that night to take home!! Be sure to send in your Book-It lists soon for October, so your child can get his/her free pizza coupon.

Kindergarten News from Mrs. Henderson (Oct. 14)

 In Jesus’ Time, the Kindergarten class will learn about Martin Luther (with flannel graph figures) who was instrumental in teaching the truth and purity of the Bible 500 years ago. The Lutheran Church is named after him although he only wanted the church to be called Christians. In math, we will identify numbers from 10-20, and identify 1 cup, full cup, empty cup, half cup and 1 quart. Our new reading unit is called, Rules to Go By, based on the big book, How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? Don’t forget to bring your payment (if you choose) or a note that tells me you paid online for Picture Day on Wednesday, October 24. Thank you for selling garbage bags and pies to help our school. The Show and Tell Family Box project is due on Thurs., Oct. 25. Half of our class was able to sing in the choir on Sunday, thank you, thank you. They did great! Maybe next month, more can participate. Thank you to Stephanie Bezler and Julie Rice who helped on our field trip on Tuesday.

Kindergarten News from Mrs. Henderson (Oct. 8)

Jesus Time, we learn how God gave Moses a special job to do and that was to be the leader of His people. God calls each of His children to work for Him too by sharing His message and His love. reading, we took our first unit test much like the big kids’ achievement tests. We will be doing oral tests in math, writing letters and other end of the quarter assessments too. Our next unit in Reading is built around the theme, World of Bugs, so if your family finds any bugs this week, please send them in to school so we can examine them. math, we will be weighing objects using a balance scale. Thank you for working so hard on the spelling words. We will be going on our first field trip on Tues, October 16 to see the play, Giggle, Giggle, Quack, Quack based on stories by author, Doreen Cronin, at the Sangamon Auditorium. Please sign the permission slip and send the fee of $6 each ASAP. We still could use a driver if you or a grandparent is interested in going. Thank you for reading the little books with your child, signing them and sending them back to school with the activity sheet they completed with the sentence on the back. If the paper comes home with a sticker that means that you can keep it at home. Be sure to fill out the church attendance sheet in your child’s folder so I can record it correctly on your child’s report card. The Show and Tell Theme for Oct. 18 is to bring a sign of the fall season. The K-4 Junior Choir sings this Sunday, October 14, at the 10:30 service. If your child will not be there, please send a note to school to let Mrs. Orr (or me) know that your child won’t be there, otherwise she will mark them as absent and receive a “0” grade.

Kindergarten News from Mrs. Henderson (Oct. 1, 2018)

Jesus’ Time we are focusing on the Old Testament story of when Joseph’s brothers got food in Egypt after they sold him into slavery. Joseph went through difficult times, but God used him to save many people from famine. Sometimes we do not understand why things happen to us either, but we know that God never stops loving and caring for us. For memory work we are saying the Lord’s Prayer daily so please help by saying this at home with your family also. The children are very good at reciting the pledge to the American flag and they almost know the Pledge to the Cross by heart too. Our next unit in Reading is built around the theme, Shapes All Around Us. Look for a new spelling test list for a test on Oct. 12. Practice the words with your child nightly by writing and spelling them orally. We will practice in class also. We are starting to test skills for the end of first quarter (letters, sounds, etc.) which is approaching in a few weeks. We are learning about Fire Fighters that help us stay safe as we practice our emergency drills this month. Show and Tell for Oct. 11 is to bring a fireman or fire safety item or picture. Math, we are using empty grocery containers to “buy things” with coins. We will be making a Christopher Columbus ship, so we know why we celebrate by having a day off. Picture Day is Oct. 24 (envelopes will be sent home soon). Our author of the week is Mo Willems and we are reading his Elephant and Piggy series of books. Art, we will be making masks and learn a new song called, Who’s Behind That False Face? The children love to guess who is wearing the mask after the song ends. Thank you for sending apples with your child for Johnny Appleseed day last week. The children picked their favorite apple by sight as the Red Delicious, but when we did the secret taste test most chose the Gala as their favorite. Interesting!!


Kindergarten News from Mrs. Henderson (Sept. 23)

 The Kindergarten Jesus’ Time lesson is about Abraham obeying God concerning his son, Isaac, setting a good example for us to obey what God asks of us. We are beginning to pray from the heart by praying for people whose names are in the prayer jar. In reading, our next theme is “Tools We Use.” In Math, we are making graphs with our shoes and apples, forming shapes with Geoboards and extending shape patterns. In Social Studies, we learn about how we make decisions. In Art, we will learn to draw cats and dogs. In Spelling, we will have our first actual spelling test on Thursday, Oct. 4 with the words: sat, cat, rat, mat, hat and bat. Next week we will be testing on addresses without zip codes and birthdates without the year. Our class has adopted a calf from the American Dairy Council. This means our class was able to pick out and vote on which calf to adopt on the internet and the vote was for a black and white splotchy calf that we voted to call, Puzzle. Once a month we will get an update on the growth of Puzzle and see pictures of her. It’s very exciting!! We also are enjoying using iPads to take our Accelerated Reading comprehension tests weekly with our Basketball Buddies from MacMurray. Author of the week quote from Andrea Beaty, author of Rosie Revere, Engineer: “Life might have its failures, but this was not it. only true failure can come if you quit.” With this thought we plug along, learning the basics of reading: letter names, letter sounds and everything that we can do with them to learn to read which opens a whole new world for the rest of our lives.

Kindergarten News from Mrs. Henderson (Sept. 16)

 During Jesus’ Time, the lesson is about Abraham obeying God concerning his son, Isaac, setting a good example for us to obey what God asks of us. We are beginning to pray from the heart by praying for people whose names are in the prayer jar. In Math, we are making graphs with our shoes and apples, forming shapes with Geoboards and extending shape patterns. In Social Studies, we learn about how we make decisions. In Art, we learned to mix primary colors to make all other colors while we painted our version of Picasso’s Hands and Flowers and this week we will study patterns by designing our own clowns. In Handwriting, we are learning how to form the letters correctly. Please refer to the sheet I sent home of how to form the letters before your child practices at home. “Always start your letters at the top,” is the song we sing to remind us to begin uppercase letters from the top. Next week we will be testing on knowing our first, middle, and last names as well as knowing our parent’s first and last names and our birthdate (without the year). Remember to send three different apples to school by Sept. 24 for Johnny Appleseed Day on Sept. 26. We’ll make pot hats for our heads to symbolize what Johnny wore and remember to dress like Johnny Appleseed with bib overalls or jeans, suspenders etc. on Wednesday. We will have an Apple theme for books read in class all week. On Friday, Sept. 21, we will have a dictation test on upper and lowercase letters from M-Z. Students may use the prompts of the alphabets on the walls or desks. A Show and Tell list of themes will be sent home for the next few months.

šŸ˜ŽKindergarten News from Mrs. Henderson   (September 9)                                                                      The Jesus’ Time lesson is about God having a plan to bless Abraham with a son, Isaac, when the time was right (they were in their 90’s). We must admit that sometimes we lose patience waiting for God to answer our prayers, but God has a plan for each of our lives too. He gives all His children blessings now and eternally and He always keeps his promises. We are learning the Lord’s Prayer as a group and in opening daily. We continue to learn our Jolly Phonics (jingles to remember the letter sounds) and I sent home a copy of the jingles for you to review. In reading, our unit it called, Making New Friends. When your child brings home a reading book (color copy), return the slip signed with a comment about how they he/she did, dated. In math, we are making AB and ABB patterns as well as learning to tell time to the hour. In Science, we are learning about our senses with taste tests, smelling tests and secret sacks to feel and identify items. In Social Studies our series is called My World-Here We Are by Pearson. So far we have learned about citizens, rights and responsibilities and now we will start talking about rules. We will be celebrating Johnny Appleseed Day on Wednesday, Sept. 26, with special apple activities and dressing-up. Children may dress up like Johnny Appleseed by wearing bib overalls or jeans with a white shirt or a flannel shirt, a gingham dress, a cooking pot for a hat, carrying a pouch for apples, etc. Please also send 3 apples (different colors/varieties if possible) with your child by Monday, Sept. 24 for the activities on Wednesday. Books of the week feature “Apples.” Thank you for those that placed book orders from Scholastic. Our classroom earns free books for points earned from your purchases. next book order will be due by Sept. 30. We will have our first Show and Tell on Thursday, September 20 and will be a free choice. Your child is encouraged to tell three things about the item they choose. Later I will send a list of Show and Tell themes. We will also have our first dictation test (later replaced with Spelling Tests) on Friday, September 21. It will be on letters A through L, uppercase and lowercase. They may use the alphabet in the room as a guide.

Kindergarten News from Mrs. Henderson        (September 3)                                                                During  Jesus’ Time, we learn about Noah and the flood, a favorite story with a bad ending for the unbelievers but a great ending with God keeping His promise to save Noah, his family and us reminding us that God always keeps his promises. In reading, our unit is titled, Use Your Senses which also goes along with our Science lessons as we experience all our God-given senses. Please use the keyring that was sent home with your child to review as he/she must know the letters and sounds well before we can really jump successfully into reading words. We have a featured author almost every week but this week we focus on various Alphabet books. In math, we are collecting empty grocery cans and boxes to put in our classroom pretend store, so we can play store and use coins to “pay for” them so please send empty containers to school until Sept. 21. In Social Studies, we will learn about the differences between rights and responsibilities. In Art, we explore shaped and textures as we make animals using pieces of textured material. If anyone has interesting material scraps that we could use, please send them in by Monday, Sept. 10, so we can use it. Thank you. This week we welcomed the Girls’ Basketball Team from MacMurray College who will come in on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout Sept. and Oct. as our school partners. They will be playing with the children at recess and providing individual attention by playing readiness games, reading to us and listening to us read. Thank you for volunteering Mac students. The Kindergarten to 4th Grade Choir will be singing in church this Sunday, September 9 at the 10:30 service. If you cannot attend, please send a note to school prior please.

(A    (August 27)       During Jesus’ Time we took a tour of the church and learned about the altar, candles, stained glass windows, Bible etc. that the pastor uses every week. We will hear about Adam and Eve eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden. They were banned from the luscious Garden of Eden where life was perfect until they listened to Satan but God loved them so much He promised to send a Savior to save them from their sins and give them eternal life in heaven if they only believed in Jesus. We are given the same promise. We are happy to have made some new friends this year and when we hurt each other we have been learning why we say we are sorry and ask to be forgiven. In Jolly Phonics we are learning the songs for S, A, T, I, P, N, C and K while singing them daily. In reading we are spending three weeks doing a Start Smart unit to review letter names. Please review letters names with your child and have him/her practice writing his/her name using a capital at the beginning and the rest lowercase. They should always include their assigned class number. In Science we are learning what scientists do and learning the parts of the amazing bodies God gave us, including the torso and abdomen. We have a featured author almost every week and this week it is Eric Carle, the author of Little Cloud, The Very Busy Spider, The Very Grouchy Ladybug and others. In math, we reviewed how to write our numbers and are starting to tell time to the hour, reviewing the terms: before, after and between and writing money amounts to 10 cents. We are walking on the balance beam in PE as well as learning some ABC yoga positions. Please be sure to send your child’s water bottle back every Monday after sanitizing it over the weekend. We have checked out books from our school library and I ask that you return these by Friday of each week, so you child can check out another book for the next week. Please read the school newsletter every week so your child is prepared for school. I’m trying to determine if parents are receiving my messages, therefore, if you are reading this right now, please send a note to school to tell me that you read this and your child will receive a special prize. You can always read the newsletter at the Salem website too! Thank you for attending the Open House on Wednesday. I am in the process of setting up a time for a home visit to see your child on his/her own turf. Please help me find a time that will work for your family. I’d like to get to know you all better and answer any specific questions you have then.

Upcoming Events:



Nov. 1-Parent/Teacher Conferences aft and eve. School dismisses at 1:15

Nov. 2-No School-Teacher's Conference in a.m .

Nov. 21-23 No School-Thanksgiving Vacation

Dec. 20 - 7 p.m. Christmas Service at Annie Merner