Mrs. Vande Hei's Newsletter
January 19-23rd

What happens when your kindergartener finds out that "Q" and "U" are married? A deeper discussion followed along with lots of laughter! They learned that "q" and "u" are two letters that are always found next to each other in order to make a word. We also had a super fast and busy week with Jump Rope for Heart and only a four day week. We had to complete assessments as our quarter wrapped up today. I am proud of all our their growth and progress!


We have been spending a lot of time learning about main idea and details of text. We read about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and learned about what a great leader he was and how he wanted everyone to be equal. We also read other non-fiction texts about penquins so the students could practice more with learning the main idea and finding the details. During writing, we are still working on having an uppercase letter at the beginning of our sentences, stretching out our sounds to spell our words, and putting a punctuation mark at the end. Lots of improvements are being made and I am so proud of all their hard work!


This week, we wrapped up our work on 3D shapes with a review. We have definitely come a long way since the beginning of the year, but have more work to do. Shapes will be assessed in the 3rd quarter. You can help your child out with this by practicing them at home as well! Ask them how they can tell the difference between a 2D shape and a 3D shape! We also spent some time on writing addition equations using pretend marshmallows for our hot chocolate mugs and rolling dice to get the numbers we needed. Maybe when it gets nice and cold out, we can warm up with some hot chocolate and marshmallows at school. I do owe them an incentive!

Needs and Wants

Your child has done a very nice job at telling the difference between needs and wants. Keep talking with them about what is important to have to survive (need) and what is only "fun" to have (want). We will continue our discussion of this topic throughout the next few weeks.

100th Day Celebration

Our 100th Day Celebration is coming up! (Yes, it is a HUGE deal in kindergarten!) It is on February 6th, an early release date. Be looking in the Wednesday folder for some important help that I need from you!

Box Tops

Keep saving those box tops! We are making a lot of money for our school! You are guys are amazing!