Kinder News

Roanoke Elementary - December 11, 2015

Last Call for Bear Donations

Thank you to everyone who has donated bears for the Denton County Advocacy Center. Monday, December 14th is the last day to bring your bear to school. A representative from the Advocacy Center will be picking up all the bears on Monday.

Thanks again for your generosity!!
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The Good Dinosaur Field Trip - Tuesday, December 15th

We are really looking forward to our Field Trip on Tuesday.

We want to let you know that only students, teachers, and approved parent chaperones will be allowed into the theater for this private showing of the movie.

Don't forget to send your child to school with a sack lunch on Tuesday!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 15th - Field Trip to Roanoke Cinemark to watch The Good Dinosaur - Remember to pack a sack lunch!

Wednesday, December 16th - LIBRARY CHECK OUT - Aleman, Allen, DiBenedetto, McLarty

Thursday, December 17th - LIBRARY CHECK OUT - Lawson

Friday, December 18th - Winter Parties in Classrooms - 1:30 - 2:30

Thank you for signing up through your teacher's Sign Up Genius request! We sincerely appreciate all of your help!

December 21 - January 4th - Winter Break for Students

Tuesday, January 5th - See you at School!!

Roanoke Ranger Community Outreach Service Project

"Little Deeds making a Big Difference"
November 2015 - January 2016

Details were sent home today in your child's Friday Folder Packet before the Thanksgiving Break. Be sure to fill out a cloud and a raindrop form when your family donates a bear for our donation to Denton County Advocacy Center.

Click here for an additional form
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Kinder Tech Tips

STRIDE Academy is a great way to keep students engaged while practicing skills!

How to Get On To STRIDE Academy
  2. Sign in using your school student ID number
  3. Enter KCS97890 as the school code
  4. If it asks for a password then you will need to enter your school student ID number again.
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New Apps

Kindergarten students have been introduced to 2 more Apps while participating in the Hour of Code with Mrs. Valdez our Library Media Specialist .

Both are free on the iTunes store.
The Foos - also available free at the Google Play store
Bee Bot

Click here to see more apps for beginning coding!
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Six Flags Reading Log

Want your child to earn a free ticket to Six Flags for this summer? Just log your child's reading on the attached reading log and return it by Monday February 22nd. Click below for all the information and the log.

Six Flags Reading Log and Information - English
Six Flags Reading Log and Information - Spanish

A copy of this was sent home in the Friday Folder packet on Friday, November 20th.

Kinder Announcements

Extra Clothes - Please send an extra change of clothes and underwear in your child's backpack - just in case of illness or an accident. Thank you!

Jackets - Please be sure to label your child's jackets and sweatshirts with his or her name so that misplaced items can be identified and hopefully returned quickly.

Celebration of the Arts

Thank you for your support at this great event! Click here for pictures and videos!

What Did We Learn At School This Week?

Skills Block

Phonetic Skill: short a

Phonograms: -at, -an

Here's what we learned about letters and words . . .
  • Some words have patterns (parts) that are the same.
  • You can look at the pattern (part) you know to help you read a word.
  • You can use the pattern (part) you know to help you write a word.

New Sight Words: be, she

Poem: "Short a Song"
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Your child can practice these letter names and sounds at home using the Alphabet Linking Chart in his/her Purple Take Home Folder. See photo below.

Alphabet Linking Chart

Use the Alphabet Linking Chart (shown below) to help your child practice letter names and sounds. Read the letter names, the word that names the picture, and say the sound at the beginning of that word. Practice all the letters we've learned so far.
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Sight Word Practice Flashcards

Readers Workshop

This week:

  • We learned how to make text-to-text connections.
  • We learned that making a text-to-text connection is thinking about how the text (story) you are reading reminds you of another text.
  • We wrote our opinion about about a story and explained the reasons why we felt that way.

Please read to your child every day!

Please listen to your child read his or her Guided Reading Books nightly. Don't forget to fill in the log with the title of each Guided Reading book that is read.

Writers Workshop

This week we worked on using a period at the end of our sentences.

Social Studies

We continued to discuss that every family has special customs according to their culture, traditions, and religions. We shared how our families celebrate.

We will continue to share family celebrations next week. We will talk about how families celebrate, what they do during these celebrations, what they eat, and where they celebrate.

Getting to know each other and our families is a good way to demonstrate respect and to acquire more knowledge about other families' customs.


Module 5

This week students represented numbers 1-10 using five-frames and ten-frames. They also identified how many more or less the number was than 5. This skill helps students to develop number sense and aids in fluent recall of addition and subtraction facts.

Students also participated in building and describing a repeating pattern. Each class practiced creating and building patterns in their own unique ways.

Please refer to the Module 5 Parent Letter for ideas on how to strengthen and support these math skills at home. This letter was sent home last Thursday.

Module 5 Parent Letter - English
Module 5 Parent Letter - Spanish


This week we continued talking about Rube Goldberg machines. We watched videos and talked about the movement we saw and the task that the machine completed. We also got to go to the Maker Space and explore making our own simple machines. We used that time for discovery and collaboration with our classmates. We talked about what worked and what didn't, and about how to be a good team member!

Click here to watch a video of an amazing Rube Goldberg machine!

New READO Cards

New READO cards came home a while back. Click below for a copy you can print if you missed it in your child's folder.

READO #2 - English
READO #2 - Spanish

You may have noticed some different spots this time. For example: "Read a book from the Everybody "A" Section." Read the paragraphs below for an explanation:

Each section in the "Everybody" collection is labeled with a letter corresponding to the author's last name. The purpose of placing those on the READO cards was to begin to allow our students to notice how the books are organized/separated in the library.

If you would like to select books outside of our library, then you just need to match the letter on the card to the last name of the author of the books your child selects.

Labels For Education

Please cut out and send in these labels. Weekly classroom winners are announced each Friday morning during Round Up! Funds earned support Roanoke Elementary.

Roanoke Elementary School University - Parent Information Night

Please follow the link below to access helpful information from our presentations at RES-University on Tuesday, September 8th.

RES-U Presentations

Please let your teacher know if you have any questions!