Proverbs 22:6
wTrain up a child in the way he should go; and even when he is old he will not depart from it.

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:


Oct. 5-No School due to teachers attending a conference

Oct. 8-No School due to Columbus Day

Oct. 14-K-4th Grade Choir sings at 10:30 a.m. service

Oct. 19-End of First Quarter

Oct. 24-School Pictures

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

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