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Mrs. Mary Donna Caffrey, Kindergarten

Welcome to our 2021-2022 school year!! I am so excited to have your child in my class! This is my 26th year at St. John Fisher!! I have taught Kindergarten, Fourth, Seventh and Preschool. I am really happy to be back with the wee ones again this year.I have two sons who are Fisher graduates and my husband is also a Falcon.I am always proud to say I am from St. John Fisher!! Looking forward to a Wonderful year!!!

 

January 17-21

Posted on Jan 16, 2022

RELIGION: I Am Special, I Am Special to My Family and Friends, and Bible Stories

PHONICS: review vowel Uu, build CVC words,  and uppercase letters N-Z

READING:

Sight words: Review: a, the, see, I, my, by, to, am, at, go, man, no, is, can, and, you, an, it, is, ran, he, she, did, in, put, sits,  me, with, big, good, his, very, got, on, here, of,  had, be, do,  ten

New words for the week: but,  up, look,  want

Please remember to make flashcards of each sight word by month and practice daily!

Essential Question: What does it mean to try hard?         

Read Aloud BooksJabari Jumps and All By Myself

Phonological Awareness- blend phonemes into words, isolate medial sounds, and produce rhymes

Reading and Vocabulary- characters, setting, events, predictions using picture/text clues, return sweep(Being able to read left to right on each line)

Big Idea Words- practice, proud, success

Power Words-important, scared, surprise

Grammar- pronouns

 

Math Chapter 7: Represent, Count, and Write 11 to 19

             

Science/Social Studies: Let's Find Out Scholastic Magazine

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend. Please continue to practice the sight words. We add more each week which are on my blog!! Have a great week.

Mrs. Caffrey

January10-14 2022

Posted on Jan 10, 2022

RELIGION: I Am Special, I Am Special to My Family and Friends, and Bible Stories

PHONICS: review Ll Jj, build CVC words, uppercase letters

READING:

Sight words: Review: a, the, see, I, my, by, to, am, at, go, man, no, is, can, and, you, an, it, is, ran, he, she, did, in, put, sits,  me, with, big, good, his, very, got, on, here, of

New words for the week: had, be, do, ten

Please remember to make flashcards of each sight word by month and practice daily!

Essential Question: How can I be my healthiest me?         

Read Aloud BooksTake. Care of Yourself Getting Rest and Bed

Phonological Awareness- identify/isolate initial sounds, blend phonemes into words and produce rhymes

Reading and Vocabulary- characters, setting, events, topic, central idea, and key details, asking/answering questions

Big Idea Words- energy, exercise, healthy

Power Words-peaceful, relax, rest

Grammar- sentences and periods

 

Math Chapter 7: Represent, Count, and Write 11 to 19

             

Science/Social Studies: Let's Find Out Scholastic Magazine

It is great to be back at school, the children are enjoying being together with all their friends!! Stay warm!!

Mrs. Caffrey

December 13-17

Posted on Dec 13, 2021

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

 

Tuesday Dec 14th - Santa’s Busy Bakery Cookies and Milk order due

Wednesday Dec 15th - Children wear Pajamas for our Polar Express Day.

Thursday Dec 16th - Children arrive at 1:OO “DRESSED IN THEIR COSTUMES.” Please arrive at their regular doors. The pageant will begin at 1:15.

After the program children will process out of church and meet you outside at their regular dismissal doors.

Friday, Dec 17th - Children come to school dressed in their costumes (we will be performing the pageant for the school today. Regular school hours.

Monday, Dec 20th - Ugly Sweater Day OR anything “ Christmassy “ can be worn with a school uniform.

Tuesday, Dec 21st½ Day - 11:30 Dismissal! Also, Pajama Day w/ Milk and Cookies from Santa’s Bakery OR bring your own if NOT ordered.

Thursday, Jan. 6th - Return to School

 

The Kindergarten Teachers Wish You a Very Merry Christmas!

 

December 6-10

Posted on Dec 06, 2021

RELIGION: I Am Special, I Am Special to My Family and Friends, and Bible Stories

PHONICS: review short Oo and build CVC words

READING:

Sight words: Review: a, the, see, I, my, by, to, am, at, go, man, no, is, can, and, you, an, it, is, ran, he, she, did, in, put, sits,  me, with, big, good, his, very

New words for the week: got, on, here, of

Please remember to make flashcards of each sight word by month and practice daily!

Essential Question: How can I be my healthiest me?         

Read Aloud BooksGet Up and GO! and Stretch

Phonological Awareness- identify/isolate medial sounds, blend phonemes into words and produce rhymes

Reading and Vocabulary- characters, setting, events, topic, central idea, and key details, asking/answering questions

Big Idea Words- energy, exercise, healthy

Power Words-muscles, relaxing, take care

Grammar- capitalization

 

Math Chapter 6: Subtraction

             

Science/Social Studies: Let's Find Out Scholastic Magazine

The Christmas Play is coming along and we know you will enjoy it!! Please continue to practice your child's lines each night!! Have a great week and stay warm!!

Mrs. Caffrey

November 29th - December 3rd.

Posted on Nov 30, 2021

RELIGION: I Am Special, I Am Special to My Family and Friends, and Bible Stories

PHONICS: letter and letter sounds qu, z, and review g, k

READING:

Sight words: Review: a, the, see, I, my, by, to, am, at, go, man, no, is, can, and, you, an, it, is, ran, he, she, did, in, put, sits,  me, with

New words for the week: big, good, his, very

Please remember to make flashcards of each sight word by month and practice daily!

Essential Question: How can I be my healthiest me?         

Read Aloud BooksBeing Fit and Germs Are Not for Sharing

Phonological Awareness- identify/isolate initial and final sounds, recognize alliterations

Reading and Vocabulary- topic, central idea, and key details, asking/answering questions

Big Idea Words- energy, exercise, healthy

Power Words-active, stretch, weight

Grammar- sentences and capitalization

 

Math Chapter 6: Subtraction

             

Science/Social Studies: Let's Find Out Scholastic Magazine

Reminder that Wednesday is Early Dismissal, 1:00. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving and break! Have a great week.
Mrs. Caffrey

Thanksgiving Week

Posted on Nov 22, 2021

Wishing you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving!! I am thankful for all of you and your children!! I love coming to work each day! I hope you enjoy the time off with your family and friends!!

Love,

Mrs. Caffrey

November 15-19

Posted on Nov 13, 2021

RELIGION: I Am Special, I Am Special to My Family and Friends, and Bible Stories

PHONICS: letter and letter sounds x and y and inflection-s

READING:

Sight words: Review: a, the, see, I, my, by, to, am, at, go, man, no, is, can, and, you, an, it, is, ran, he, she, did, in, put

New words for the week: sits, me, with

Please remember to make flashcards of each sight word by month and practice daily!

Essential Question: What makes a community?         

Read Aloud BooksA Piece of Home and Welcome

Phonological Awareness- identify/isolate final sounds and produce rhymes

Reading and Vocabulary- characters, setting, theme, and events, predictions, rhythm and rhyme

Big Idea Words- community, location, neighbor

Power Words-brave, expect, ordinary

Grammar- adjectives and articles

 

Math Chapter 5: Addition

             

Science/Social Studies: Let's Find Out Scholastic Magazine

We were all So excited to see the snow!! I try to take the children out every day unless it is raining. Please make sure they have their warm coats as we get closer to Winter!! Have a great week!

Mrs. Caffrey

 

November 8-12!!

Posted on Nov 07, 2021

SAVE THE DATE!!! DECEMBER 16TH CHRISTMAS PLAY

RELIGION: I Am Special, I Am Special to My Family and Friends, and Bible Stories

PHONICS: letter and letter sounds v and w and inflection-s

READING:

Sight words: Review: a, the, see, I, my, by, to, am, at, go, man, no, is, can, and, you, an, it, is, ran, he, she

New words for the week: did, in, put

Please remember to make flashcards of each sight word by month and practice daily!

Essential Question: What makes a community?         

Read Aloud BooksA Bucket of Blessings and Bo and Peter

Phonological Awareness- identify/isolate final sounds and produce rhymes

Reading and Vocabulary- characters, setting, theme, and events, retelling a story

Big Idea Words- community, location, neighbor

Power Words-hope, wonderful, worried

Grammar- adjectives for shapes/numbers

 

Math Chapter 5: Addition

             

Science/Social Studies: Let's Find Out Scholastic Magazine

I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend!! Looking forward to more days at the park for sure!! We are participating in the food drive for Pro Labore Dei, Kindergarten is in charge of bringing vanilla or cream cheese frosting. Please send in by this Wednesday the 10th!! Thank you for your help in this important service project.

Mrs. Caffrey

 

Week of November 1-5.

Posted on Oct 30, 2021

RELIGION: I Am Special, I Am Special to My Family and Friends, and Bible Stories

PHONICS: letter and letter sounds r, f, h, l, k

READING:

Sight words: Review: a, the, see, I, my, by, to, am, at, go, man, no, is, can, and, you, an, it, is

New words for the week: ran, he, she

Please remember to make flashcards of each sight word by month and practice daily!

Essential Question: What makes a community?         

Read Aloud BooksQuinito's Neighborhood and The Alphabet from the sky

Phonological Awareness- beginning sounds and alliterations

Reading and Vocabulary- characters, setting, topic, central idea, and predictions

Big Idea Words- community, location, neighbor

Power Words-busy, help, neighborhood

Grammar- capitalization

 

Math Chapter 4: Represent and Compare Numbers to 10

             

Science/Social Studies: Let's Find Out Scholastic Magazine

We had a Wonderful Halloween, it is one of the Best Days to be a Kindergarten teacher!!! A reminder that Wednesday, November 3rd is an early dismissal. Children will have a regular lunch and be dismissed at 1:00. Enjoy the weekend and I hope the sun comes out for Halloween!! 

Mrs. Caffrey

October 25-29th.

Posted on Oct 25, 2021

RELIGION: I Am Special, I Am Special to My Family and Friends, Creation, Noah's Ark, and Bible Stories

PHONICS: letter and letter sounds j and p, and long/short vowel i

READING:

Sight words: Review: a, the, see, I, my, by, to, am, at, go, man, no, is, can, and, you

New words for the week: an, it, is

Please remember to make flashcards of each sight word by month and practice daily!

Essential Question: What makes a community?         

Read Aloud BooksPlaces in my community and Map My Neighborhood

Phonological Awareness- identify/produce rhymes and identify medial sounds

Reading and Vocabulary- topic, central idea, and key details, concepts of a word

Big Idea Words- community, location, neighbor

Power Words-earn, safe, together

Grammar- nouns for places/things

 

Math Chapter 4: Represent and Compare Numbers to 10

             

Science/Social Studies: Let's Find Out Scholastic Magazine and October stem- Tuesday we will make Halloween slime with the 6th Grade!!

Friday we will celebrate Halloween!! Children may dress up and bring in a wrapped treat. No peanuts, peanut butter or cheese please. Thank you.
Mrs. Caffrey

Week of October 18-22

Posted on Oct 18, 2021

RELIGION: I Am Special, I Am Special to My Family and Friends, Creation, Noah's Ark, and Bible Stories

PHONICS: letter and letter sounds c, p, e, and r

READING:

Sight words: Review: a, the, see, I, my, by, to, am, at, go, man, no, is

New words for the week: can, and, you

Please remember to make flashcards of each sight word by month and practice daily!

Essential Question: What makes each of us special?         

Read Aloud BooksTiny Rabbit's BIG WISH and My Friends

Phonological Awareness- blending syllables and initial/final sounds

Reading and Vocabulary- characters/setting, topic and theme, synonyms/antonyms, and concepts of a sentence

Big Idea Words- celebrate, different, special

Power Words-enormous, height, wish

Grammar- color/size adjectives

MathChapter 3: Represent, Count and Write Numbers 6 to 9              

Science/Social Studies: Let's Find Out Scholastic Magazine, Safety Week

Friday, October 22nd is Out Of Uniform for Autism Awareness.Children are encouraged to wear blue and bring in $1.oo. Thank you!!

Have a great week!!

Mrs. Caffrey

 

Week of October 12-15

Posted on Oct 09, 2021

RELIGION: I Am Special, I Am Special to My Family and Friends, Creation, Noah's Ark, and Bible Stories

PHONICS: letter and letter sounds d, s, and n

READING:

Sight words: Review: a, the, see, I, my, by, to, am, at, go

New words for the week: man, no, is

Please remember to make flashcards of each sight word by month and practice daily!

Essential Question: What makes each of us special?         

Read Aloud BooksNaked Mole Rat Gets Dressed and Pete the Cat Too Cool For School

Phonological Awareness- identify rhymes and initial sounds

Reading and Vocabulary- characters/setting and problem/solution, synonyms/antonyms, and concepts of a sentence

Big Idea Words- celebrate, different, special

Power Words-exception, serious, wise

Grammar- adjectives

 

MathChapter 3: Represent, Count and Write Numbers 6 to 9

             

Science/Social Studies: Let's Find Out Scholastic Magazine

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend and beautiful weather!

Mrs. Caffrey

Week of October 4-8 2021

Posted on Oct 04, 2021

RELIGION: I Am Special, I Am Special to My Family and Friends, Creation, Noah's Ark, and Bible Stories

PHONICS: letter and letter sound g and vowel a

READING:

Sight words: Review: a, the, see, I, my, by, to

New words for the week: am, at, go

Please remember to make flashcards of each sight word by month and practice daily!

Essential Question: What makes each of us special?         

Read Aloud BooksI Like Myself! and ABC I Like Me!

Phonological Awareness- identify syllables and identify middle sounds

Reading and Vocabulary- characters/setting and problem/solution, synonyms/antonyms

Big Idea Words- celebrate, different, special

Power Words-bother, change, same

Grammar- past tense verbs

 

MathChapter 3: Represent, Count and Write Numbers 6 to 9

             

Science/Social Studies: Let's Find Out Scholastic Magazine

I am looking forward to seeing you at conferences this week. Tuesday is Picture Day so the children may dress in their Sunday Best!!! Also Thursday is a half day and no school on Friday and Monday. Enjoy the long weekend!

Mrs. Caffrey

September 27th to October 1st 2021

Posted on Sep 27, 2021

RELIGION: I Am Special, I Am Special to My Family and Friends, Creation, Noah's Ark, and Bible Stories

PHONICS: letter sounds b, t, c, and vowel o

READING:

Sight words: Review: a, the, see, I

New words for the week: to, my, by

Please remember to make flashcards of each sight word by month and practice daily!

Essential Question: What makes each of us special?         

Read Aloud BooksI am Rene the Boy and Being Different Rocks

Phonological Awareness- identify syllables and identify final sounds

Reading and Vocabulary- characters/setting and problem/solution

Big Idea Words- celebrate, different, special

Power Words-participate, pronounce, research

Grammar- past tense verbs

 

MathChapter 2: Compare Numbers to 5

             

Science/Social Studies: Let's Find Out Scholastic Magazine

Have a great week!!

Mrs. Caffrey

Week of September 20-23rd.

Posted on Sep 18, 2021

RELIGION: I Am Special, I Am Special to My Family and Friends, Creation, Noah's Ark, and Bible Stories

PHONICS: letter sounds m and s and vowels i and u

READING:

Sight words: Review: a, the, see

New word for the week: I

Please remember to make flashcards of each sight word by month and practice daily!

Essential Question: What will I discover in Kindergarten?          

Read Aloud BooksSchools Around the World and Annie, Bea, and Chi Chi Dolores

Phonological Awareness- identify syllables and identify beginning sounds

Reading and Vocabulary- characters/setting, central idea, book parts

Big Idea Words- discover, dream, partners

Power Words-city, country, map

Grammar- verbs

 

MathChapter 2: Compare Numbers to 5

             

Science/Social Studies: Let's Find Out Scholastic Magazine and September Stem project

Just a reminder there is no school on Friday, September 24th, enjoy the long weekend!!!

Slides Back To School

Posted on Sep 14, 2021
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https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/148gvEjug0gjRBxHKN0D34H_xdHvrFWt0ieTtXFQXJFk/edit?usp=sharing

Week of September 13-17

Posted on Sep 13, 2021

The children are all doing well adjusting to our schedule. I am looking forward to seeing you tonight at Back To School Night. Here are a few things we have planned.

RELIGION: I Am Special, I Am Special to My Family and Friends, Creation, and Bible Stories

PHONICS: letter sounds t, b, f, m, n and letter recognition Qq-Zz

READING:

Sight words: Review: a, the 

New word for the week: see

Please remember to make flashcards of each sight word by month and practice daily!

Essential Question: What will I discover in Kindergarten?          

Read Aloud BooksKindergarten Kids and School Bus

Phonological Awareness- identify syllables and identify rhymes

Reading and Vocabulary- characters/setting, and events, rhyme and rhythm, book parts

Big Idea Words- discover, dream, partners

Power Words-clue, mistake, puzzled

Grammar- present tense verbs

 

Mathrepresent, count, compare, and write numbers to 10

             

Science/Social Studies: Let's Find Out Scholastic Magazine and the Ocean

 

Week of September 7th

Posted on Sep 06, 2021

Our second week of school was Great!! We are using our new Phonics and Reading books, and this week we will begin using our Math books! They are all doing so well. We were able to get out to the park and take walks around our Beautiful campus. I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend!! Here are some of the things planned for this week.

RELIGION: I Am Special and Creation

PHONICS: Introduction to Fundations and letter recognition Gg-Pp

READING:

Sight words: a

Please remember to make flashcards of each sight word by month and practice daily!

Essential Question: What will I discover in Kindergarten?          

Read Aloud BooksA Squiggly Story and One Happy Classroom

Phonological Awareness- identify words in a sentence and identify rhymes

Reading and Vocabulary- characters/setting, beginning, middle, end, and book orientation

Big Idea Words- discover, dream, partners

Power Words-idea, offer, stuck

Grammar- nouns

Mathcounting numbers 0-5

 Science/Social Studies: Let's Find Out Scholastic Magazine and the Ocean

May this weather continue!!!

Mrs. Caffrey

Week of 8-30-9-3

Posted on Aug 31, 2021

Our first week was great! We are getting used to our schedule and all the rules of Kindergarten. They are all doing a great job!! These are a few of the things we have planned for this week.

RELIGION: I Am Special and Creation

PHONICS: Introduction to Foundations and letter recognition Aa-Ff

READING:

Sight words: the

Essential Question: What will I discover in Kindergarten?          

Read Aloud Books- Keisha Ann Can! and School Day!

Phonological Awareness- identify words in a sentence and identify rhymes

Reading and Vocabulary- characters/setting, matching pictures to text, and book orientation

Big Idea Words- discover, dream, partners

Power Words-plan, polite, share

Grammar- nouns

 

Math: counting numbers 1-5

Science/Social Studies: school feelings

 

Specials Schedule:

Monday - Art

Tuesday - Library

Wednesday - Computer

Thursday - Extra Special

Friday - Gym

Welcome To Kindergarten 2021-2022

Posted on Aug 30, 2021

Embracing curious minds. Nurturing compassionate hearts.

 

ST. JOHN FISHER KINDERGARTEN 2021-2022

 

TEACHERS:  Mrs. Nancy Fanjoy

     Mrs. Mary Donna Caffrey

     Mrs. Erin Rech

 

Dear Kindergarten Families,

 

Welcome to St. John Fisher Kindergarten! We are so thrilled to be starting the school year with your children and wanted to update you on some important information as we prepare to begin.

Arrival and Dismissal

Kindergarten Doors: ALL kindergarteners should arrive and dismiss at the glass church foyer doors. These are located off of Washtenaw and down the driveway by the rectory garage doors.Teacher’s names are on the doors.

Kindergarten Hours : Last Names beginning with A-L have an arrival time of 7:45. Last Names beginning with M-Z have an arrival time of 7:50. All students dismiss at 2:55.

 

 SNACK: 

Please send a lunch AND a snack every day. PLEASE send your child's snack and drink in a separate paper bag labeled SNACK. ALSO, just water bottles OR CLEAR juice for snacktime½ days  ONLY a snack and drink are needed…… This is what you need for FIRST DAY (8/25/2021).

 

CURRICULUM

       

The kindergarten curriculum focuses on the development of the whole child, including the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. Our program utilizes an interactive approach. The children will have many opportunities to explore and experience materials and manipulatives first hand, which will aid them in their understanding of the concepts being presented. The children need this “hands-on” experience before they can move on to the symbolic form.

 

ACADEMIC OVERVIEW

 

A.      READING( Into Reading) / PHONICS  Fundations)

-          recognize letters and sounds of the alphabet * ONE specific picture word will be taught for each letter sound.

-          identify beginning sounds of words 

-          understand story sequence

-          develop a familiarity with various forms of literature

-          learn sign language for the ABCs

-          identify word wall words

-          phonograms (word families) ex. “at” words: cat, bat, sat ….

-          be introduced to reading

 

B.       MATH (Go Math)

-          recognize numerals 0-31

-          recognize and create various patterns

-  develop number sense by working with ten frames

-          develop math skills through the use of manipulatives

-          make comparisons using graphs

-          practice counting to 100

-          Intro to addition and subtraction

 

  C.      RELIGION ( I Am Special, Stories of God’s Love, Bible Stories)

-          recite daily prayers

-          make the sign of the cross

-          share bible stories about God and His people

-          experience prayer through liturgy, prayer services, and spontaneous prayer

-          develop a respect for the gift of life

  D.      Science/Social Studies ( Scholastic: Let’s Find Out Kindergarten Magazine)

 

  • Arises children’s curiosity and engages them in science and social studies

 

 

DAILY FOLDERS

The children are to bring in 2 two-pocket folders. Your child’s folder will be sent home each day. All school mail and your child’s papers will come home in this folder.  It may be empty at times, but please check it each day and return it the next.  Also, if you have any mail to send to us or the office please put it in the folder as we will check the folders daily.

 

HOMEWORK

We will be sending home monthly letters to inform you about what is planned for each month. The letters will list the skills that we will be covering for each subject area. You can work with your child at home by reviewing the letters/sounds, word wall words, and/or Math skills for that month.

 READING : *Reading to your child is very important. So, please have someone in your family try to set aside ten minutes each night to read to them- big brothers and sisters can be a great help with this! The children will be bringing home small black and white printed paper booklets (usually twice a week). The booklets have been covered in class BUT the children NEED to read these aloud at home. Please sign the front title page, after your child has read to you, and return these books the following day. Your child’s name will be checked off and then the booklet will be sent home for you to keep. ALSO, PLEASE make flash cards of our word wall words and practice these each night …. A WWW list will be sent home with your child and will have instructions on how to make these. The words are grouped according to the months they will be introduced

MATH : Math sheets that reinforce skills covered in class will be sent home FREQUENTLY for homework and should be returned the following day. These homework pages reinforce the skills that were covered in class that day.

 

Your children are God’s most precious gift and we want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to get to know each and every one of them. We will do our very best to make our classrooms the next best thing to home. We are looking forward to a wonderful year! Please feel free to reach out to any of us at any time. Our email addresses are listed below or you can leave a message for us at the school office (773) 445-4737. 

 

Sincerely,

 

The Kindergarten Teachers

Mrs. Fanjoy:  nfanjoy@sjfschool.us

Mrs. Caffrey:  mcaffrey@sjfschool.us

Mrs. Rech:  erech@sjfschool.us

                                                                                 

WW Words 2021

Posted on Aug 28, 2021

2021 - 2022 Word Wall Words for our HMH Reading Series 

“Underlined” words are also part of our Fundations Phonics Program

September

October

November

December

January

February

March

April

May

the 

to

an

big

but

get

off

same

came

a

by

it

good

up

hot

will

take

gave

see

my

has

his

look

where

down

know

about

I

am

ran

very

want

if

so

out

just

 

at

he

got

him

stop

back

home

pick

 

go

she

on

us

come

let

like

because

 

man

did

here

her

red

were

many

play

 

no

in

of

yes

that

what

right

ate

 

is

put

not

help

our

then

keep

them

 

can

sits

lot

too

cut

this

made

again

 

and

me

are

six

must

could

why

how

 

you

with

was

have

said

now

would

 
 

one

as

had

some

when

tell

make

 
 

they

or

be

   

well

time

 
 

we

for

do

   

your

all

 
   

from

ten

   

who

into

 
 
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