Kinder News

Roanoke Elementary - April 8, 2016

Spring Fling Donations Needed

Please help the PTA by making a donation to our Kindergarten Silent Auction Basket and/or the Cake Walk.

Kindergarten Silent Auction Basket Theme:
"Princess" and "Super Hero" Basket - please send in princess or superhero themed items

Questions? Contact Tika Sampract -

Cake Walk Items:
Please drop off your donations of homemade or store bought Cupcakes, Cookies, Muffins, and Donuts to the front office by April 14, 2016.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Banda -
or Soledad Newton -

Book Drive - through April 22nd

Please Drop Off Your New or Gently Used Picture Books in English and/or Spanish in Our Classroom!

Book Donations will benefit the Children's Library at Santa Maria de Jesus in Antigua, Guatemala.

Ranger Focus Book Challenge

Click here to access the Challenge for our newest Ranger Focus Book, Billy's Booger: The Memoir of a Little Green Nose Buddy.
Billy's Booger: A Memoir (sorta) by William Joyce and his younger self

Northwest Reads

Friday, April 29th
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Your help is needed!

Please sign up to read to a class at Roanoke Elementary!

This event provides community members (that's you!) with an opportunity to inspire young NISD students to become lifelong readers.

All volunteers must pass a criminal background check. Log on to and click on the Volunteer Background Check link under the Quick Links on the left-hand side of the page.

To be a volunteer reader, go to
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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 13th - LIBRARY - DiBenedetto, Allen, McLarty, Aleman

Thursday, April 14th - LIBRARY - Lawson

Friday, April 15th - SPRING FLING - 5:45 - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, April 22nd - NO SCHOOL

Friday, April 29th - NORTHWEST READS - 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 3rd - KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP - 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Come and Go Event

Kindergarten Round-Up Information

For 2016-2017 Kindergarten Students

Click here to learn more about this event.

What Did We Learn At School This Week?

Skills Block

Phonetic Skill: inflectional ending -ed

Academic language . . .

  • vowel
  • consonant
  • rhyme

New Sight Word: saw

Poem: "Shark Alert" and "Rope Rhyme" by Eloise Greenfield
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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 learned to visualize (picture) words in our minds while listening to poetry. We also identified descriptive words in poetry, such as, red, plump, steaming, hot, heart-shaped, and hungry. We wrote our opinion of a book or character in the book and the reasons why we felt that way using evidence from the text to support our opinion.

READ-O Card #4

New READ-O Cards came home at the beginning of the 6 weeks. Click on the links below if you need a new copy.

READ-O Card #4 - English

READ-O Card #4 - Spanish

Writers Workshop

This week students wrote their own poems. We reviewed and practiced these ideas . . .
  • A poem focuses on one idea.
  • A poet has to really think to come up with the words he or she wants to use.
  • A poet uses specific, precise words.
  • A poet can ask himself or herself, "What would my reader want to know about this?" to generate questions. The answers to these questions are the words to use in the poem.
  • A poem has language that flows and isn't choppy.

Ways to Practice Writing at Home

Here are some ways your child can practice using these sounds to write messages at home:
- write a simple poem about a topic or event. Here's an example:

Baby Chick
Pecking at my shell
Waiting to hatch
Scratch, scratch, scratch

- write an "All About" book at home about an animal or anything that you know a lot about! Don't forget an opening and a closing.
- write facts about a topic you know a lot about
- write the steps for brushing your teeth or taking out the trash
- 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 Guided Reading book or listening to a Library 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

This week we learned what school was like before and what school is like now. We learned some vocabulary words like change and tools.

We compared and described what school was like by looking at some pictures from the past. It was very interesting to see materials and tools that were used in the past like: notebooks, playgrounds, classrooms, chairs, boards and more.

Some of the students even mentioned that they were very thankful to be in school now and not in the past!


Module 10 and 11

This week we finished Module 10 and started Module 11. Students created 2D Shapes by joining shapes to make a larger 2D shape and drawing shape pictures. Students were also introduced to the concept of subtraction. We practiced these new skills by acting out subtraction story problems along with playing subtraction games.

Please refer to the Module 10 and 11 Parent Letter for ways to help strengthen these new math skills.

Module 11 Parent Newsletter - English

Module 11 Parent Newsletter - Spanish


This week we learned about living and non-living things. Living things need air, nutrients, water, and move. Non-living things do not need any of these things to exist. Living things can be people, animals, and plants! We even discovered that living things can turn into non-living things for our benefit. For example, trees are living things but when they are cut down and made into a table, they are no longer living but serve a useful purpose! Some non-living things we came up with were desks, cars, and buildings.

A Few More Kinder Announcements

Birthday Cookies - Be sure to check with your child's teacher the week before to make sure there are no conflicts and no allergies you need to be aware of. Thanks for helping us to keep all kids safe.

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.

Important Kindergarten Skills

Here are a few items to work with your child on at home:
  • count by 1s from 1 to 100
  • count by 1s from any number to 100
  • count by 10s from 10 to 100
  • count by 10s from any decade number (10, 20, 30, etc.) to 100
  • practice tying shoes
  • practice writing your first and last name correctly

Click here for a video from our coaches about how to tie shoes!

Click here for a link to some great counting songs!

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,

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!