Kindergarten News

October 19 - October 20
Dear Parents,
     I am looking forward to beginning this school year and partnering with you as your child attends Kindergarten!  We have a whole year filled with fun and learning!  My prayer is that your child will grow this year academically, socially, and emotionally to their fullest God-given potential!  
    The Governor of Illinois has mandated that all Illinois schools must encourage students to wear face coverings until further notice.  We will be in compliance with the state guidelines.  Your child's safety is important to us and we are following protocols to keep them as safe and healthy as possible.  Everyday upon entering the school your child will have their temperature checked.  Our class will also have designated hand-washing times and access to hand-sanitizing stations on their way to and from recess.  I pray that you would have peace in knowing our God is in control, despite the circumstances.  He knows the future and He is the Great Physician.  Please take time to reassure your child of this fact as well. 
      If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, about safety measures or academic needs throughout the school year, I am able to be reached by email (agroen@lansingchristian.org) or by phone--call or text (708.744.8010).  Texting is usually the most rapid response option.

In Christ,
Miss Alexa Groen


Reading


  • The skills that we are working on include identifying letter sounds (A-Z), knowing the parts of a book, sounding out three letter words, and identifying verbs.
  • A verb is an action; its something you do!
  • A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea! 
  • Each morning your child will have the opportunity to practice writing their first and last name.  Some students are writing their middle names, too.  
  • We have learned to write ALL of our alphabet letters!!!  Great work, class!  We will continue to review the formation of uppercase/lowercase letters for the remainder of the year.
  • Our next major skill is learning to write words!  In school, the kids will be encouraged to write with phonetic spelling.  Kids, write like a kid!!!  Looking for your child to excel quickly? Have your child write words or even sentences at home!  Be proud of them (let them spell it wrong--at this point you the spelling does not have to be accurate!).  They can even try to write larger words like window, excavator, porcupine, computer, singing, pumpkin, etc...
  • Sight words: I, like, the, and
  • If your child is still working on learning to identify alphabet letters or sounds, please continue to review this skill with them at home!  Thanks!
  • Over 3/4 of our students have started to read!  Keep up the amazing progress--so proud of you!  Having your child sound out 3-letter words (hat, sun, sam, pat)  is a perfect activity for you to do at home!  This activity will help give them confidence and help their reading to excel.
Bible

  • Our next Bible unit is on Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  The stories include Abraham is Called, Abraham and the Covenant, Isaac is Born, Isaac gets Married to Rebekah, Jacob-Esau-and the Birthright, Jacob to Haran, Jacob in Haran, and Jacob Returns.
  • Our fourth Bible verse will be Romans 8:28.  It will be due on Thursday (October 15th).  We will not have a new verse for our two day week.  Instead, we will review our previous verses.

Math

  • In math we began a unit on comparing and ordering numbers 0-10.
  • Some of our students have even learned how to write to 100 already!  Keep up the great work!  Our report card goal for first quarter is to be able to write to 20 independently.
  • Keep practicing counting to 30+.  Our goal by the end of first quarter is for the students to be able to independently count to 50!

Science/Social Studies

  • Our focus for social studies is all about being a good citizen.  
  • In science this week, we will check out all of the beautiful Fall leaves!
Specials

Monday--Spanish, Gym
Tuesday--Gym
Wednesday--Library, Music
Thursday--Computers
Friday--Music
Important News

End of First Quarter
  • Our school year has been off to a terrific start!  I love seeing all the growth that has occurred during the first quarter--all the glory to Him!  
  • 1st quarter ends this week Tuesday (October 20th).
Chapel
  • Our chapel theme for the LCS 2020-2021 school year is Standing on God's Promises.
  • The Kindergarten students will be helping to lead the October chapel!  
  • Due to COVID-19, we will be recording chapel and streaming it in our classrooms instead of being in the gym together.  These chapels will be posted for your viewing purposes.
MAP Testing
  • Our students have completed their Fall MAP tests in reading and math.  Scores have been sent home.
Hot Lunch
  • Please still send your child with a snack on hot lunch days.  Thanks!
Gym
  • We have gym on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Please be sure to send your child to school wearing gym shoes on these days.  Thanks :)

Reading Programs
  • We have the privilege to participate in two reading programs this year: Book-It Program (Pizza Hut) and the Six Flags Reading Program.  More information will be given to you when available.
  • October Book-It reading has started!  Please use the login provided on the information sheet that was sent home.  Each month you will track your child's reading progress through the Book-It website.  Our goal is to read 20 books per month.  When you meet your goal, Book-It will email you a coupon for a free personal-pan pizza.  Any book that you read to your child or that your child reads to you counts towards our goal.  Book-It is mandatory and will be reflected in your child's reading grade.
Show-and-Tell
  • Show-and-Tell will begin this week.  3-Day students will be able to show something special to them every Monday.  5-Day students will be able to show something special to them every Tuesday.  
  • Our goal of show-and-tell is to get to know your child better, to practice public speaking, to listen while others are speaking, and to use kind words as we respond to others' treasures.
  • Show-and-tell ideas include: a picture of a vacation, a favorite toy, a stuffed animal, a special necklace, etc...
  • They may bring something every week, but it is not required. 
Scholastic
  • October Scholastic has been sent home.  They will be due by Wednesday, October 14th.
  • Our classroom receives points/free books if you choose to order through scholastic.  Scholastic is one resource that provides books that align with your child's interests/reading level.  
  • Scholastic is completely voluntary, you are under no obligations to purchase books from them.  
  • Our class code is: NCC9M if you choose to order online, otherwise you may send in orders hard copy as well.