Mrs. Lockney

Graduated from: University of Mary Washington/Hood College
Teaching experience: 10 years
Years at Calvary: 10
Classroom Assistant: Gail Colby

 

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Kindergarten February Newsletter

 

Somehow, it’s February!  We are going to have a busy, fun month in kindergarten!  In February, Calvary will be closed on President’s Day, Monday, February 17.  Calvary will also be closed on Monday, Feb 3 & March 4, for our Staff In-service.

 

This month in kindergarten, we will be “Looking at the Earth,” describing winter, spring, summer & fall weather, and learning about Earth’s materials (land, water, air) and the water cycle.

 

In Language Arts, we will continue to practice and develop  phonological awareness, phonics, writing, sight words and have small group reading lessons. We will enjoy several wonderful texts: a non-fiction text for President’s Day, Abe Lincoln’s Hat; a valentine’s selection titled Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink; and Hooway for Wodney Wat.

 

When working on word rings at home, keep going over old words along with the new words (I used to use a paperclip on my kids’ rings, to keep track of where we were on the old words, working through 5 or so at a time along with the new words). Your child should be able to read and spell his word ring words.

 

In Math, we will be measuring again, exploring heavier/lighter, volume & capacity, area.  We will also be collecting, analyzing and graphing data some more. We will learn what a number bond is and how to use them to when adding and subtracting.  We will practice addition & subtraction.  Keep counting everything you can at home. Count by 1s, 2s, 5s, & 10s.

 

For our upcoming 100th Day celebration (most likely Wednesday February 12), your child will need to collect, count, and bring to school a group of 100 small objects (in the past kids have collected Legos, pom-poms, bottle caps, etc), in a ziplock bag labeled with your child’s name.  Please work with your child to count the objects, but allow enough time to let them do most of the work.  Use strategies like touch & scoot, and making groups of ten.  There will be a sign-up list in the hall for supplies & volunteers for 100th Day.  Your child may dress up as a 100 year old that day if they like – it’s pretty cute & fun!  We will be making & eating 100 pancakes, and doing some other 100-based activities.

 

For Valentine’s Day (Feb 14), we do not have a party, with our 100th day party so close.  We exchange valentines and our math and reading work is fun & Valentine’s themed (like sorting candy hearts).  If your child would like to pass out valentines, please bring one for each child in class (14).  Our classmates are: Amilia, Atticus, Averie, Cole, Cora, Elliott, Emerson G., Emma, Emmie K., Jack, Liam, Reagan, Rebecca, and William.

 

Please continue to have your child use the restroom & wash hands before coming into the classroom. If your child is not feeling well, please keep him at home.  If your child has had a fever, rash, vomiting, or diarrhea, you must wait 24 hours after your child is healthy again without medicine before returning to school.  We will go outside to play at the end of every day, unless the weather is bad or it’s below 32 degrees. Remember those mittens & hats!

 

Calvary Weekday School is collecting diapers and wipes for a diaper drive to benefit family’s in need through The Frederick Birth Circle. There are collection bins at the end of each hallway. Diaper packages may be already opened.

 

Lastly, if you ever have concerns about how your child is doing, please do not hesitate to talk to me.  I am more than happy to answer your questions.  My home number is 301-371-6189, cell is 240-626-1896. E-mail is ericahelenblair@hotmail.com.

 

Fondly,

Erica Lockney