Kinder News

Roanoke Elementary - January 22, 2016

Kindergarten ROCKS!

We are beginning our study of the Earth, sky and soil. During this study, we will be learning about rocks and conducting some observations. We will need rocks of all kinds for our experiments. Please have your child collect/bring 2-3 rocks in a labeled baggie and bring to school by Tuesday, January, 26th. Your student should be able to safely carry them to and from school in their backpack. We will use them for about two weeks. Thank you for your help!

100th Day of School Celebration - Friday, February 5th

Dress Up!
Please plan on dressing your child as if they are 100 years old this day. This is an optional activity for your child. Watch for more information next week in your student's folder.

Home Art Project!
Watch for information about a 100 item art project. This will be an optional family activity to be completed at home and brought in any time during the week of Feb. 1- Feb. 5.

Ways to Practice Writing at Home

Can you believe we have been in school for 90 days? Your child has learned so much about letters and sounds during the past 19 weeks of Kindergarten. We are so proud of everyone's progress!!

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
After reading . . .
- write about the character or setting of a book
- write about an opinion of a book, "I liked the book because . . ." or "I did not like the book because . . . "
- 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.

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.

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.


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,

For the health of students and staff, ill students must be fever and vomit free for 24 hours before returning to school.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 27th - LIBRARY CHECK OUT - Aleman, Allen, DiBenedetto, McLarty

Thursday, January 28st - LIBRARY CHECK OUT - Lawson

Friday, February 5th - 100th Day of Kindergarten!

4th 6 Weeks - READ-O Cards

New READ-O Cards came home earlier this 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

What Did We Learn At School This Week?

Skills Block

Phonetic Skill: short u

Phonograms: -up, -un, -ut

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 Word: of

Poem: "Short u Song"
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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 continued our Author study on Eric Carle. We wrote our opinion of our favorite Eric Carle character and told the reasons why we felt that way.
  • We identified the beginning, middle, and end of The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle.
  • We identified the story elements of The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle. The story elements are the characters, setting, problem, and solution.
  • We learned to describe the sequence of events of The Very Clumsy Click Beetle. We learned to use the word, first, second, next, then, later, and finally to retell the story.

Want to enjoy some Eric Carle stories or learn more about his work at home? Check out the links below!

Writers Workshop

This week's writing focus was to write a story that has a strong beginning. Here are just a few ways we can begin our stories.
- This morning . . .
- Yesterday . . .
- On Saturday . . .
- One day . . .

Social Studies

This past Monday we celebrated a special Holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. So, it was a good time to learn about who he was. Our Nation has had many heroes and he is one of them. We learned that he fought for equal rights for all Americans. He gave a famous speech called "I have a Dream" that inspired many people. Thanks to him, laws eventually changed and now everyone has the same rights!


Module 6

This week we continued working in Module 6. Students were introduced to the concept of comparing weight. Students determined if objects were heavy or light. We were also introduced to the pan balance. Students made predictions of weight and tested their prediction by using a pan balance.

Click here to listen to a Kindergarten Student share what she knows about a balance.

Please refer to the Module 6 Parent Letter for ideas on how to strengthen and support these math skills at home.

Module 6 Parent Letter - English
Module 6 Parent Letter - Spanish


This week we learned all about playground safety and what could happen if we are not careful. Nurse Kelly came and talked to all of Kindergarten about the head injuries that could happen if we are not following safety rules outside. We made safety posters to remind people of how to stay safe when playing on the playground. After our posters were done, we began learning about frogs! We learned that frogs are amphibians, which means they live part of their life in water and part of it on land. We will be learning more about frogs in a few weeks!

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.

Roanoke Ranger Community Outreach Service Project

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

Details were sent home 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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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.

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!