Kindergarten Newsletter

February 23, 2021

By Kindergarten Team
February 23, 2021

Dear Families,

Kindergarteners are starting to return to school! 

FCPS has launched a new campaign, titled “Stop the Spread,”  to reiterate the 5 CDC mitigation measures in the school community The campaign focuses on teaching and reinforcing the what, why, and how of implementation of each of the mitigation strategies. A community video has been created and all kindergarten staff have participated in a required professional development that highlights their role and responsibility as an employee to ensure the mitigation measures are being used across the division with fidelity.   Finally, student lessons have been developed to teach proper use of the measures both in school and in the community.  All kindergarten classes have completed the student lessons.  

We look forward to working with the whole Terraset community to keep our students safe!

Language Arts

What are we learning?

  • Readers think before, during and after reading. 
  • Readers will learn to compare information they already know to information they just learned.
  • Readers make connections between real life and what they read.
  • Readers begin to think about the ideas of others.
  • Writers include more information in their nonfiction pieces. 
  • Writers put periods at the end of their sentences.

Home/School Connection

  • When reading at home, ask questions about the text before reading (predictions), during (checking for understanding) and after (summarize information).
  • Pick a nonfiction book about a topic the student wants to learn more about. Ask if they know anything about the topic before reading. When you finish reading, ask if they learned anything new. 
  • When students are writing at home, check to make sure they are adding periods at the end of their sentences. 
    • Periods let the readers know when to stop.


What are we learning?

  • Students will learn how to describe parts of a number.
  • Students will learn how to show a number in different ways.

Home/School Connection

  • Pick a number and get that many small items(pennies, goldfish, cubes) and a cup.  Take turns hiding items under the cup.  Use the number of items that are outside the cup to figure out how many are hiding under the cup.
  • Feast for Ten:  Students will write numbers from 1-10 on a piece of paper.  Next they will list food for each number and draw that many pictures for each food (ex. 1 apple, 2 bananas, etc to 10).  When done talk about your feast.

Science/Social Studies

What are we learning?

  • Students learned about George Washinton and Abraham Lincoln as we observed President’s day.   
  • Students will be reviewing ways to be a good citizen and community jobs. 
  • Students will also review classroom rules/procedures as some classes return to the building.

Home/School Connection

  • Talk to your student about what they think makes a good leader. Ask your student what they would do if they were president. 
  • Choose another president to learn more about. 
  • Discuss with your student how they show responsibility as a member of our community. Ask them why they think it’s important to be a responsible citizen. 

Class Compliments

  • Mrs. Bender and Mrs. Santoro would like to shout out Maryah and Aleah for showing the P2 trait of creativity. Both of these girls enjoy making their work neat and complete, especially in writing! They have a unique way of telling a story through the pictures they draw. Not only is this something they enjoy personally, but they enjoy sharing the passion with their friends.
  • Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. T are impressed with students’ How To books.  Writing a book takes a lot of time, patience and hard work. Keep it up, authors!
  • Miss Matthews and Mrs. Dillon would like to  give a shout out  to Alyssa and Collin!   Both students go above and beyond when it comes to learning.  They participate, are thoughtful and respectful.  They also know just what to say to brighten up the day when someone is struggling.   Keep up the great job!
  • Mrs. Nieto and Mrs. B are so impressed with how much students have learned in Math! They really know their number bonds for 5 and are working on 10!

POG/Positivity Project

  • Positivity Project (P2) for the week of February 22-26 is cheering others’ success
  • Positivity Project (P2) for the week of March 1-5 is enthusiasm 
  • Portrait of a Graduate (POG): All of Terraset Elementary is working on being Collaborators. Kindergarten is focusing on sharing our ideas.

Home/School Connection

  • Ask your child things they think they are good at doing and things they think they need to practice more.  Then share things you think you are good at doing and things you would like to work on.  Children might be surprised to hear that even adults are not great at everything.  We are all works in progress!

Important Upcoming Dates

  • February 23- Kindergarten students who selected in person will return to school. 
  • March 5- 2 hour early release
  • March 5- Terraset PTO drive-in Movie at Wolf Trap
  • March 8- student holiday
  • March 15- PTO fundraiser, Ledo Pizza, Hunters Woods Plaza, all day 9:00am-10:00 pm

Click here to see what students are learning in Specials!