South Grafton Elementary School

To prepare all students to be life-long learners and responsible citizens


  • Welcome to Kindergarten at SGES.  We are looking forward to a fun year of learning, exploring and making friends.  We will begin each day with a Morning Meeting so that we are able to greet our friends and build community in our classroom.  Morning Meeting has the following components:


    • Greeting
    • Message
    • News and Announcements
    • Sharing (if applicable)
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    Dates to Remember:

    Tuesday, May 2nd-School Wide Enrichment Program-No Strings Marionette
    Friday, May 5th-Progress Reports (not sent home with all students)
    Tuesday, May 9th-Field Trip to Southwick's Zoo (Raindate 5/23)-More info to follow
    Wednesday, May 10th-1/2 day. Dismissal begins at 11:55am
    Wednesday, May 17th-Field Day (Raindate)-More info to follow
    Monday, May 22nd-Buy One, Get One Book Fair- More info to follow!
    Thursday, May 25th-Memorial Day concert at 10:30am.



    Homework has started in Kindergarten.  Homework is given every Monday and should be returned no later than Friday. 


    When you send a note in with your child, please make sure it has your child's first and last name and classroom teacher. Thank you for your cooperation.




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    Recently, Kindergarten students listened to the story, Have You Filled A Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. This heartwarming book encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love by "filling buckets." Each classroom has a bucket that gets filled when students display positive behavior and engage in random acts of kindness.


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    Each Kindergarten classroom has a CAFE board.  CAFE stands for the following:




    Expand Vocabulary

    Kindergarten students are introduced to a variety of reading strategies that they can use to help them become better readers. During trimester 1, we focus on the following strategies:

    Comprehension strategies focus on character and setting.  We encourage students to Check For Understanding, while reading and/or listening to stories, by asking who is in the story, where does the story take place and what is happening in the story.

    Accuracy strategies focuses on Eagle Eye (using the pictures to help figure out the words) and Lips the Fish (getting our lips ready to sound out a word), Tappy Turtle (tapping out unfamiliar words) and Stretchy Snake (stretching out the words in order to read them).

    Fluency strategies focus on knowing letters, sounds and sight words (as introduced) and being able to fluently read them.

    Expand Vocabulary focuses on learning new and interesting vocabulary words.  At SGES, we have a Word of the Week which is announced every morning, used in a sentence and then discussed throughout the day in classrooms.  The Word of the Week this week is: DILIGENT

    We will send more information throughout the year as we introduce new strategies and help the students practice these strategies.  Thank you for your support at home.


  • Daily 5  DAILY 5


    Students in Kindergarten have been practicing some components of our Daily 5 reading program.  We have introduced the following components:


    Read To Self

    Read To Someone

    Listen To Reading

    Word Work

    Work on Writing


    Read To Self is a time during the day when students read alone in a quiet area of the classroom.  Students use their individual book boxes with a variety of books to read.  We are working on building stamina in Kindergarten and most classes are doing Read To Self for 5-7 minutes. 


    Read To Someone is a time during the day when students read with a partner in the classroom.  Students use their individual book boxes with a variety of books to read.  Students must sit elbow to elbow and knee to knee (EEKK) when participating in Read To Someone.


    Listen To Reading is a time during the day when students sit and listen to a story on CD in the classroom.  Students sit together or alone to listen to the story and then they complete a follow up activity based on the story they just listened too.


    Word Work is a time during the day when students sit and work in small groups.  Word Work can include using various ipad apps, building sight words, practicing letter formation with sand, shaving cream and/or Play-Doh.


    Work on Writing is a time during the day when students work on letter formation using paper and pencil, practice writing sight words, sentences, stories and labeling.


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  • Fundations FUNDATIONS


    This week in Fundations we will begin to introduce proper formation of all capital letters A-Z. We will continue to review proper formation of all of the letters (capital and lowercase) that have been introduced, the correct sound these letters makes and we will talk about words that begin with these letters.  Please look for more information in backpacks. 


    We have started talking about digraphs in Kindergarten. Digraphs are when 2 letters come together to make one sound.  We will talk about the following digraphs:  th, ch, sh, ck, wh.


    We will continue to introduce new sight words. Over the next few weeks we will introduce the new words away, here, help, make and yellow. Please continue to review these words at home with your child.


    We have been working on rhyming in Kindergarten.  Students know that words rhyme when their endings are the same. Try saying 3 rhyimg words in a row to your child and see he/she they can say another rhyming words that would go with the group.  For example, bat, cat, mat, _______.  Another idea, say two words together and have your child give a thumbs up if the two words rhyme and a thumbs down if they do not rhyme.  For example, mug, bug (thumbs up) or mug, mat (thumbs down).


    We have been working on reading and tapping out CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words as well as nonsense words.  Please ask your child to show you how to tap a word at home.


    We will start learning about CVC-E (consonant-vowel-consonant-e) words.  We call the e at the end of the word, Magic e because it makes the vowel say its name so we call it a long vowel.  We have been changing CVC words by adding a magic e to the end of the word.  For example, RIP becomes RIPE and BIT becomes BITE


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  • Weekend News WRITING

    Every Monday, students in Kindergarten are given a chance to share, write and draw about their weekend.  Students are encouraged to use detail in their drawings and if they write a sentence or two, they are encouraged to start the sentence with a capital and end it with a period.  Some students forget what they did over the weekend or confuse the weekend with vacation.  Maybe you could have a discussion on Sunday evening or Monday morning about a weekend activity they want to share with the class.

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    The Core Focus of Module 9 is:

    • Introducing subtraction and acting out subtraction stories

    • Representing subtraction situations and writing subtraction sentences

    • Analyzing and identifying 2D shapes


    We will continue to review 3D shapes and counting by 1's and 10's to 100.


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  • Science SCIENCE


    In Science, we are talking about the 4 seasons (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer). We are also talking about weather changes as seasons change.


    We are also discussing the 5 senses (hearing, vision, taste, smell, and touch).


    Each day we record the weather and talk about changes in the weather over time.  At the end of the month we talk about weather patterns for the month and changes that we have observed.

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    We have been discussing the following:

    • Students have a daily schedule and routine.
    • There are daily events that occur in order from morning until night.
    • Family members have roles.
    • People and places in our community.
    • Students should practice their address, including town and state.
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  • Kindergarten Events
    Academic - Quiz
    Academic - Test
    Athletic Event
    Athletic Practice
    Field Trip
    Musical or Art Event
    Parent Teacher Conference
    PTO/PTA Meeting
    School Board Meeting
    Social Studies
    Staff Meeting