October 15, 2018       

Mrs. Sanders’ Kindergarten Class

  We hope everyone enjoyed their fall break!  We are diving right back in.  This week, we are discussing our desert.  We will discuss the plants and what they need, what kind of habitats animals live in, and what our desert looks like.  

  This Tuesday we will be going to Sabino Canyon where we will learn about desert animals and their habitats. This is a wonderful hands on learning experience that the kids will love! We will be taking our lunches to Udall Park immediately following our field trip where the kids will have a chance to eat and play! We will depart St. Michael’s at 8:30 and will return no later than 12:30. It’s gonna be a GREAT day! Don’t forget to dress your child in a red shirt, jeans and sneakers. Please apply sunscreen before dropping your child off at school and make sure to write your child’s name on their booster/car seat and leave it on the bench outside our classroom. Thanks!

  Halloween October 31st – students may come to school in their costume but will not be able to wear accessories (masks, wings, crowns etc) until our parade at 2:45. Students will still need to wear comfortable shoes with their costume as we have PE that morning. Our class party begins at 2:00 then we will lead the parade from 2:45-3:00. It’s a wonderful day – so much fun!

Fire Safety Day with Rincon Valley Fire November 2nd – Captain Rich Reed and crew will be coming to St. Michael’s to teach our kindergarten students about fire safety and the work that firefighters do. They will get to practice stay low and go,  – stop, drop, and roll – and take a closer look at the gear firefighters wear. The kids will also get to participate in a bucket brigade!

Homework – This week’s homework is a seed search and chart.  Please have your child investigate around our desert for a variety of different seeds.  See attached paper.

Monday, October 15

-Work on seed project

-Draw your favorite time of day.

-Return reading log

Tuesday, October 16

-Work on seed project

-Listen to the night sounds. 

Can you name three different sounds?

Try to write them down.

-Return reading log

Wednesday, October 17 

-Work on seed project

-Return reading log

-Return Library books.

Thursday, October 18

-Work on seed project

-Sing your favorite song to your stuffed animals.

-Return reading log

Friday, October 19

-Bring in seed project

-Return Eagle express, and homework.


Happy October!

Mrs. Sanders’ Corner


We had such a blast last week during our STEM project with KA. We identified 9 different types of apples and used our five senses to help us describe them!

This month we will be focusing on plants, seeds, farm animals, and fire safety.

Sight Words: look, this, is, like.

Letters: Aa, Hh, Nn, Rr.

Science: leaves, Autumn, temperature, wind.

Math: counting, organizing data, surveys, 2D/3D shapes.

Language Arts: sounding out unknown words, syllables, using descriptive words (adjectives), comparing characters, and using detail in our illustrations.

Author of the Month: Eric Carle.

Progress reports will go home this Wednesday. Look for them inside the Eagle Express. These progress reports inform you about the first 30 days of school, focusing on your child’s strengths as well as any areas that need improvement. Please let me know if you have any questions about your child’s report.

We have all the drivers we need for Sabino Canyon on October 16th! There is still a spot or two left for volunteers to ride along if you’re interested. Please make sure you leave your child’s booster/car seat on the bench outside our classroom with their name written on it. On a side note, Mrs. Sanders and I are not child passenger safety technicians! If you would like to make an appointment for your 5 point harness car seat to be inspected please call one of the following organizations:

 Pima County Sheriff’s Department 351-4615

 Tucson Fire Department 837-7092

 Tucson Medical Center

Car seat check 324-2783

C.A.P.P. Children Are Priceless Passengers Program 324-5604

 Tucson Police Department 837-7232



Important Upcoming Dates

10.3 – Progress Reports Go Home

10.8-10.12 – Fall Break

10.16 – Sabino Canyon Field Trip

10.31 – Halloween Party (2:00-2:45) & Parade (2:45-3:00)

11.2 – Rincon Valley Fire Visits Kindergarten 9:00 am

See you Monday. Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

Laura Sanders





Monday, October 2

  • Draw a picture of the your street.  (Include your house.)
  • Return reading log

Tuesday, October 3

  • What is your favorite store? 
  • Write a sentence why you like it.
  • Return reading log

Wednesday, October 4

– Practice reading and spelling our sight words: look, like, is, this.

  • Return reading log

Thursday, October 5      

  • Count how many doors do you have in your house? 
  • Help set the table.
  • Return reading log

Friday, October 6

  • Return reading log

– Bring in homework folder and Eagle Express



Sept 24, 2018

Happy Birthday Johnny Chapman!!!

(aka Johnny Appleseed)

     This week, we are discussing Apples! Apples are a great way to study the life cycle of plants and learn more about seasons.  So, with that in mind, we will be graphing apples, painting with apples, counting apples, and eating apples. We are also going to celebrate John Chapman’s (Johnny Appleseed) birthday. That leads us right into Fiction vs Non-fiction.


     We will be having class pictures on Tuesday. Students must wear their red St. Michael’s shirt and khaki bottoms. Wednesday will be individual pictures. Your child may wear anything they choose for this day – no uniforms required! However, they are more than welcome to wear their uniform if desired. Please make sure you turn in your picture form/money to me by Tuesday morning. If you need an extra form, please see the front office. Thanks!

We are looking forward to a fun week!

Laura Sanders


Monday, September 24

  • Draw a picture of your favorite season. 

Tuesday, September 25

  • Count all the windows in your house. ________
  • Read and return reading log.

Wednesday, September 26

  • Measure how long your bed is using your shoe. _______
  • Read and return reading log.
  • Return Library book.

Thursday, September 27

  • Count how many dots are on a die. _______
  • Read and return reading log.

Friday, September 28

  • Read and return reading log.

– Return homework folder and Eagle Express



Mrs. Sanders’ Corner

September 17, 2018

 Our five senses will continue to be the topic of discussion as we taste sour, sweet, bitter, and salty foods, explore various textures using our skin to feel them, and test our sense of smell. We will work on counting, collecting, and measuring in math. 

      The kids will be taking a sight word spelling challenge on Friday (the, my, said, see, a, I). It will be such fun! The kids are making great strides in sounding out unknown words and breaking words into syllables. We will be studying leaves and weather in science.

Everyone is doing a wonderful job of initialing the home reading logs and getting them back every day.  The children are pretty excited about their reading books.

      Our first field trip will be October 16th to Sabino Canyon from 8:30-12:30! Please do not buy school lunch on this day as we will be packing our lunches and eating at the park immediately following our field trip. A parent driver/volunteer sign up sheet will be posted the first week of October. We are limited to the amount of cars we can take inside the canyon (7 total between both classes) so we will need drivers who can fit at least 3-4 students in their car to drive. If you have a van or larger vehicle, please consider being a driver.

  Field Trip Rules:

Every student must have a car/booster seat with their name written on it.

Siblings are not allowed to attend.

You must sign the permission slip for your child to go.

Red uniform shirts and khaki bottoms are required.

      Progress reports will be sent home in three weeks. They will go home in the Eagle Express Wednesday, October 3rd. This is a great way to see where your child’s strengths are, as well as any areas that may need improvement. 

      This Wednesday is a half day due to teacher inservice. We will dismiss at 12:00. Please make arrangements for your child to be picked up at noon or attend after care with a home lunch. Thank you!


Monday, September 17

  • Draw a picture of your bedroom.  
  • Try to label your bed and door.

Tuesday, September 18 

  • Count how many people live on your street.
  • Read and bring in the reading log.

Wednesday, September 19  Half day

  • List your favorite kinds of vegetables
  • Read and bring in the reading log.

Thursday, September 20

  • Smell the air early in the morning.  Does is smell different?  How?
  • Read and bring in the reading log.

Friday, September 21 Happy Autumn!

  Bring in homework folder and Eagle Express

  • Read and bring in the reading log.


 Thank you!

Laura Sanders


 Ms. Sanders’ Corner 

Sept. 10, 2018

 I hope you all had a great weekend.  We are looking forward to a fun week.  We will be exploring our Five Senses, learning about each one and discovering how we use them!

   We will be measuring our bodies, counting with cubes how tall we are  and discussing our thought processes

   On Friday, we will be having our vision tested. 

Monday, September 10

  • Have you ever had your hearing tested?
  • Read and return reading log book.
  • Homework folders go home.

Tuesday, September 11

  • How many people in your house wear glasses?
  • Read and return reading log book.

Wednesday, September 12

  • Tell your stuffed animals a story.
  • Read and return reading log book.
  • Eagle Express goes home.
  • Return library book.

Thursday, September 13

  • Can you skip?
  • Read and return reading log book.

Friday, September 14

 – Bring in homework folder 

   and Eagle Express and reading log.


Elmer pink peanut catching!


Sept. 4, 2018


Mrs. Sanders’ corner               


Hi Everyone!

  Happy Labor Day.  I hope you and your families are enjoying the three day weekend and making some memories.  Thank you for coming to Curriculum night!  We hope you found it worth while.  

 The themes for September are “All about me” where we will be discussing our five senses and the human body, and “Families”.  

  This week, we will be discussing families and friends and how we are all unique.  We will be learning about trees and weather.  We will be talking about the life cycle of trees, trying to identify various types and discovering what kind of patterns we can find.

  Our parent volunteer sign up will be put up this week and start next week.  We ask that you only sign up for one spot a month to give every parent an opportunity to visit.

  We are looking forward to a busy, exciting week!

Laura Sanders


 Friday at 7:30 there is a Coffee Corner in front of the office.  Stop by, grab a cup of joe and visit with other parents before heading off on your day!


This week’s project is to build a family tree.  In the blue folder is an outline of a tree.  Your child can color it, paint it, collage it… Decorate it however they choose.  Then, have them add a fruit or flower to name all the people in their immediate family.  For example, have your child write their name on an apple and glue it to the tree.  Add siblings and parents.

Should be fun!



Mrs. Sanders’ Corner

August 27, 2018

     We had a great first week! Thank you for getting your child to school on time and establishing those important routines.  Everyone is doing a great job!

Thursday 8.30 Curriculum Night 6:00-7:30. 

  This wonderful, parent only, event will start in the science room and end in the student center (gym).  We will share about our routines, curriculum and answer questions.  You will get the opportunity to meet our specials teachers and hear from Mr. Sullivan.

Friday 8.31 Half Day dismiss at 12:00.

Please make arrangements for your child to be picked up at 12:00. Your child will not need to bring a lunch, only a snack.

Monday 9.3 Labor Day No School – Have a great long weekend!

Our focus letters for the next few weeks are Mm/Ss, and our sight words are a, I, my, said. Some fun ways to review these letters/words are to write them in sand, make them in modeling clay, or go on a word hunt around the house. We will continue to work on rules, routines, procedures, making friends, and having fun this week!


Self Portrait Paper Cut Out

Make the outlined portrait look like themselves.  (Before beginning the project, ask your child to describe the color of their eyes and hair.)  You may use a variety of materials to complete this project such as beads, buttons, yarn, fabric, glitter, shoe laces, crayons, construction paper etc… Let your child be creative and decorate it anyway they would like. Even though this project will take some parent guidance, remember that your child can do most of the cutting, gluing, & coloring! Please make sure your child writes his/her name ON THE BACK of the cut out. Return the finished portrait on Friday.  We will be hanging these cut outs in our classroom. Have fun with this and I look forward to seeing them.

Thank you,

Laura Sanders