Kinder News

Roanoke Elementary - February 5, 2016

Happy 100th Day of School!

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Valentine's Party

Friday, February 12th
1:30 - 2:30

Watch for a Sign Up Genius invitation from your child's teacher! Please sign up to send in items or volunteer to help during the party.

Please send in your items (except ice cream) by Wednesday, February 10th. Thanks!

Click Here for Valentines Instructions (paper copy sent home as well)
Click Here for Valentine's Box Instructions (paper copy sent home as well)

Recess - Baby, It's Cold Outside, But We Need to Run!!

We will go out for recess as many cold winter days as we possibly can. The district guidelines state that the air temperature and/or the wind chill temperature must be 35 degrees or greater to have outside recess.

Please be sure your child has an appropriate JACKET and is wearing appropriate shoes for the weather.

If your family has a hardship and is in need of help to get a jacket for your child, please let your child's teacher know.

Illness and Attendance

We really hope to see your children at school every day. However, in the case of fever, vomiting, or diarrhea please keep your child home. For the health of students and staff, ill students must be fever and vomit free for 24 hours before returning to school. Be sure to send in a doctor's note upon your child's return.

If your child is absent, a note must be sent to school stating the reason for the absence. In addition, we ask that you contact your child's teacher and our attendance clerk, Mrs. Esperanza Wright via phone or email on the day of the absence at 817-215-0650,

The Most Magnificent Thing- Ranger Maker Challenge

From Mrs. King's Roanoke Ranger News to Know: 1-25-2016

Ashley Spire's used her book The Most Magnificent Thing and created a "book hack." You might be wondering...What is a book hack? A book hack is where you use the pages and parts of a book to create something new. It might be something that is for decoration or it could be something useful, like in Ashley's case, she turned The Most Magnificent Thing into a purse!

Your Task:

Create something from the pages and parts of an old, unused book (see Mrs. Valdez if you need some materials). Take a picture of your new object to give to Mrs. Valdez. You can print and deliver the picture in person or you can email the picture.

If you print the picture, include the following items on the back of your picture:

  • First and Last Name
  • Grade Level
  • Teacher

If you email the picture, make sure that you include the following information in your email:

  • First and Last Name
  • Grade Level
  • Teacher
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The Most Magnificent Thing Book Hack with Ashley Spires

4th 6 Weeks - READ-O Cards

New READ-O Cards came home last week. Click below for a copy you can print if you missed it in your child's folder.

READ-O #3 - English
READ-O #3 - Spanish

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 10th - LIBRARY CHECK OUT - Aleman, Allen, DiBenedetto, McLarty

Thursday, February 11th - LIBRARY CHECK OUT - Lawson

Friday, February 12th - Valentine's Day Classroom Party - 1:30 - 2:30

Monday, February 15th - No School for Students

What Did We Learn At School This Week?

Skills Block

Phonetic Skill: Digraphs "ch", vowel digraph "ee"

Phonograms: -ch, -ee

Academic language . . .
  • vowel
  • consonant
  • rhyme

New Sight Words: for

Poem: "The 100th day", "The Little Groundhog"
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Want to Help Your Child With Letter Sounds?

Check in your child's Purple Take Home Folder. There is a 2 sided chart inside. One side is an Alphabet Linking Chart. The other side is a Consonant Cluster Chart. Listen to the audio files below to help your child practice saying the letter names, picture names, and sounds.

Suggestion - don't always practice from A-Z - mix it up - go out of order. :)
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Sight Word Practice Flashcards

Readers Workshop

This week:

  • We completed our Eric Carle author study by putting the finishing touches on our opinion writing of our favorite Eric Carle book. We used an editing checklist to review and edit our writing.
  • We celebrated Eric Carle by remembering what we learned about him. We have enjoyed our author study and will continue to read Eric Carle books throughout the year!

Writers Workshop

This week we continued to practicing writing stories that move through time.
  • Stories have a Beginning, Middle, and End.
  • In the Beginning, students tell who the story is about, the setting (when and where), and what is happening.
  • In the Middle, students write about what happened First, Next, and Last.
  • At the End, students write about how they felt or what they learned.

Look below for an example from one of our kindergarteners! Super work!!
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Ways to Practice Writing at Home

Here are some ways your child can practice using these sounds to write messages at home:
- write a grocery list
- write a Thank You note to someone
- make a To-Do List . . . and check it off when things get done!
- make a sweet card for mom, dad, grandma, brother, etc.

After reading a library book or Guided Reading book:

- draw and write about the character or setting of a book
- draw and write about an opinion of a book, "I liked the book because . . ." or "I did not like the book because . . . "
- draw and write about a favorite part or a connection, "My favorite part was . . . . because it reminded me of . . ." or "This book reminds me of . . . . ".

Keep the writing brief - even just a sentence or two each night will really help your child to make progress with applying letter sounds in their writing.

Kindergarten Writing Prompts

Social Studies

We learned about the reasons for National Holidays such as President's Day, Veterans Day and Independence Day. We also learned that President's Day is celebrated on George Washington's birthday so, we talked about him and his importance. At the end of the lesson, we drew and wrote about a Holiday that our Nation celebrates.


Module 7

This week we continued learning in Module 7. We began by learning number names for the teen numbers 13,12, and 11. Students also learned to write the matching numeral and to show the representation of the number with their fingers. Students practiced different representations of numbers 11-20. Throughout the week students practiced these skills by playing math games to match number representations.

Please refer to the Module 7 parent that was sent home this week on ways to help strength these new math skills.

Click here for the Module 7 Parent Letter - English

Click here for the Module 7 Parent Letter - Spanish


This week we learned all about water! There are different places we can find water. Clear, clean, pure water is okay to drink, the others are not! You can find water in lakes, oceans, rivers, ponds, and the refrigerator! We observed the differences between fresh water and salt water, and found that gummy bears expand in fresh water and shrink in salt water. Water can be used for many different things- drinking, bathing, washing hands, keeping fish alive, and growing plants!

A Few More Kinder Announcements

Lunch Guests - Please let your child's teacher know when you, your spouse, and especially when an extended family member is coming to eat lunch with your child.

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.

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.

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.

Have You Signed Up for Remind Notifications?

Please be sure to sign up for your teacher's Remind account. This is an easy way for your child's teacher to alert you to important news such as school closings or delayed school start in case of bad weather.

Email your teacher if you missed the email/handout that was sent previously.

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!