Kindergarten Newsletter

March 23, 2021

By Kindergarten Team
March 23, 2021

Hello families!

Happy Spring! With spring comes the end of quarter 3. Wow! A reminder that some standards may have a “NT” or “NA” next to it.  “NT” means not taught, while “NA” means that something was introduced but not yet fully assessed. There also might be some changes from last quarter with a student’s grade because the standards increase in difficulty at this point in the year. Especially Language Arts and Math. (Example: end of quarter 2 students are assessed counting to 31 and end of quarter 3 is counting to 100)

For more information you can also check out this link that will take you to the FCPS page about Elementary School Grading and Reporting.   If you have additional questions after you receive the report card, please feel free to reach out directly to your child’s teacher.  Parents/Guardians will be able to see grades in SIS Saturday, April 10th and will be mailed the following week.   

The Kindergarten Team

Language Arts

What are we learning?

  • Readers will be able to express feelings and opinions about a story.
  • Readers will practice using the pictures and words in a story to determine how a character is feeling.
  • Readers will begin to ask questions about the characters and form ideas about them.
  • Writers will make story books.
  • Writers will choose one small moment to write about.

Home/School Connection

  • Try picking books that have strong character feelings/traits. Here are some suggestions: 
    • The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neil
    • Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beatyl
    • Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
  • After reading a book, ask your student what they think about the characters. What makes them think that? Do they have any questions about the character? 
  • Have students practice writing a story that continues over many pages. Check to see if they stay on topic and that each page describes one part of their story.


What are we learning?

  • Students will learn how to identify the number after a given number.
  • Students will learn how to identify the number before a given number.

Home/School Connection

  • Count by tens while you do jumping jacks!  What other exercise could you do while you count by ten? Try it!
  • Pick a number and ask your child: 
  • What number comes after ___?
  • What number comes before ___?


Science/Social Studies

What are we learning?

  • Students have been learning about past and present and how communities and things, such as school, change over time.

Home/School Connection

  • Look through family photos and talk about how things may have been different when you were growing up and your experience in school. What are some things that are the same? What are some things that are different? 
  • Brainstorm other activities that may have been different 50-100 years ago.

Class Compliments

  • Mrs. Bender and Mrs. Santoro would like to shout-out Carter and Christina! Since returning back to school, these two students have shown a lot of bravery in trying new things! They push themselves to participate even if they are unsure of the answer. Never stop taking chances!
  • Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. T are proud of Andy , Makayla and Dahlia. Computer problems made this week even harder for these students.  They showed great perseverance and problem solving by continuing to join our class and finding creative ways to answer questions. 
  • Miss Matthews and Mrs. Dillon are so proud of Alyssa, Hannah, Livi and Olivia B. who are working so hard on their word study.  Vowels can be tricky but these students have persevered and are working so hard.   Keep it up!
  • Mrs. Nieto and Mrs. B are so proud of how hard Leyla, Annabelle, Elias, and Jace are working in guided reading! They have been using all of our reading strategies, like looking at the pictures and letters/sounds to figure out words. Way to go!

POG/Positivity Project

  • Positivity Project (P2) for the week of March 22-26 is wildcard/makeup
  • Positivity Project (P2) for the week of April 6-9 is humor
  • Portrait of a Graduate (POG): All of Terraset Elementary is working on being Collaborators. Kindergarten is focusing on sharing our ideas.

Home/School Connection

  • Tell jokes with your child(ren)!  This is the age when children start to understand more jokes.  Although, they still might find jokes with an unrelated punch line the most funny. 
  • Humor helps build resilience and stress relief. Laughter sometimes is the best medicine!

Important Upcoming Dates

  • March 26- 2 hour Early Release 3rd grading period ends
  • March 28-April 2: Spring Break- no school
  • April 5- Teacher work day, no school 
  • April 12 Tigers on the Town- Jersey Mikes 11 a.m -9 p.m. 2254 Hunters Woods Plaza #150, Reston, VA 20191 
  • April 13- Virtual PTO meeting at 7pm

Click here to see what students are learning in Specials!