Kinder News

Roanoke Elementary - March 24, 2016

No School Tomorrow - Friday, March 25th

This date was scheduled to be a "Bad Weather Make-Up Day", but since we haven't had to cancel school this year due to weather it is a day off for students. Enjoy!

Save the Date!

Kinder will be going on a Field Trip to the Grapevine Mills Sea Life Aquarium on Wednesday, April 6th. More information will come home early next week!

If you are interested in attending the field trip, please be sure you have filled out the background check. See below for link.

Once you have it completed (or if you completed it earlier in the year), please let me know so I can check to see if has been processed completely.

Timeline Activity

To further our study of chronology (arranging events in order of their occurrence in time) we are asking you to create with your child a simple timeline of your child’s life (5—10 events). This does not need to be elaborate or fancy – in fact, the more “kid made” the better!

You can use specific dates or be more general and use the age of your child – i.e. “3 Years Old”.

Due—April 4th - 8th:

Please send in your timeline as soon as you have it finished. Your child will be sharing his or her timeline with the class the week of April 4th - 8th.

Ideas for Dates/Events:


first steps

first words

first tooth

lost first tooth

first day of kindergarten

siblings’ birth

moved to new home

. . . any other events that are important to you and your child—Be Unique!!

You are welcome to use photographs or kid drawings to add details.

Please make sure your child’s timeline is easily transported by your child.

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

Friday, March 25th - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, March 29th - CAMPUS CLOSED - STAAR Testing - 4th Grade - No Visitors

Wednesday, March 30th - CAMPUS CLOSED - STAAR Testing - 5th Reading - No Visitors

Thursday, March 31st - LIBRARY CHECK OUT - Lawson

Wednesday, April 6th - FIELD TRIP - Sea Life Aquarium - more information coming soon

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: review long and short vowels: a, e, i, o, u

Academic language . . .

  • vowel
  • consonant
  • rhyme

New Sight Word: down

Poem: "The Rainbow"
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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 infer using features, pictures, and words from the text. We used our background knowledge with clues from the text to help us better understand the topic. We practiced inferring using informational texts and narrative nonfiction.

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 finished up the Research unit by writing their very own "All About" book. Students used the information they gathered during their research as well as their planning page to create their very own book.

Each book included an opening, at least 3 facts, and a closing. Ask you child what animal they wrote about!

Ways to Practice Writing at Home

Here are some ways your child can practice using these sounds to write messages at home:
- 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 about two important figures of Texas and their contributions. We talked about the Father of Texas, Stephen F. Austin (even though he was not born in Texas - he was born in Virginia). He brought many settlers to Texas. He is called the "Father of Texas" because he helped people come to Texas to settle and make Texas their home. The city of Austin was named in honor of this historical figure.

We also learned about Jose Navarro. He wanted freedom for Texas and signed an important paper called the Texas Declaration of Independence. He also helped Anglos and Hispanics in Texas get along.

It was interesting learning about this two important figures!


Module 10

This week students completed a math assessment for modules 7-9. On Wednesday we started working in module 10. Students learned to show the teen numbers as a group of ten and some ones. They used digits and words to record the number of tens and then the number of ones. We practiced these new skills by making groups for teen numbers and matching teen number representations with the book, The Bug Day Out.

Please refer to the Module 10 parent letter that was sent home on Monday on ways to help strengthen these new math skills.

Module 10 Parent Letter - English

We apologize. The Spanish version of the newsletter is not available from the publisher.


This week we explored and observed what we saw during the day sky. We learned that when our part of the Earth is facing the sun, it is day time. The sun provides light for us to see the world. Each day, we see the sun come up, cross the sky and go back down. We now know that the sun isn't moving, we are! During the day sky, we can see things like birds, clouds, and the sun.

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!