Kinder News

Roanoke Elementary - May 20, 2016

Bring Back Those Books!

All Library Books and Materials are due on Monday, May 23rd.

Thanks for your help in locating and returning our resources!

Night of No Limits

Thursday, May 26th from 6:00-8:00 PM
Northwest High School, Justin, TX

All students and families are invited to participate in interactive learning displays from across the district. Kindergarten will have a table set up in the gallery displaying what we learned about being a Green Hero! We would love to see you there!
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NISD Summer Opportunities

NISD offers a variety of programs for prekindergarten through high school students to enhance their educational experience in the summer. Registration is now available. To visit a listing of courses and to register, go to

Upcoming Events


Thursday, May 26th - NIGHT OF NO LIMITS - Northwest High School - 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Monday, May 30th - NO SCHOOL - MEMORIAL DAY

Thursday, June 2nd - KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOM AWARDS followed by KINDERGARTEN GRADUATION - 8:30 - 10:00 am

Thursday, June 2nd - EARLY DISMISSAL - 12:15

Friday, June 3rd - EARLY DISMISSAL - 12:15

Summer Reading at the Roanoke Public Library

Come see all your favorite people from Roanoke Elementary at the Roanoke Public Library on Tuesdays during the summer (see dates below). There will be a read aloud, a fun activity, time to check out books, and a fun reading time with Mrs. Coleman, the librarian!

6:00 - 7:30 PM each evening

June 7th - Hosted by the CORE Team
June 14th - Hosted by the 4th Grade Teachers
June 21st - Hosted by the 5th Grade Teachers
June 28th - Hosted by the 3rd Grade Teachers
July 12th - Hosted by the 2nd Grade Teachers
July 19th - Hosted by the Kindergarten Teachers
July 26th - Hosted by the 1st Grade Teachers

Maker Challenge

Can You Make Us Giggle?

Cece Bell's book I Yam a Donkey was written to make us laugh. Now it is your turn!

Your Task:

On a 3 x 5 card (see Mrs. Valdez or Mrs. Jones in the library), write a joke or riddle that you think will make the students at Roanoke laugh.

Include the following items on the back of your card.
  • First and Last Name
  • Grade Level
  • Teacher

Turn your cards in to the jar in the library.

Each Monday-Thursday from May 3rd to May 27th we will draw one joke/riddle to be read on the daily announcements.

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Dress Code

With the warmer weather here we wanted to remind you of some dress code expectations.

  • Tank Tops & Spaghetti Straps are not allowed. A good rule of thumb is that the straps on a shirt or dress should be 3 child finger widths wide (or 2 adult finger widths).
  • Shirts should overlap the waistband of the skirt, shorts, or pants when the arms are raised.
  • Shorts, skorts, dresses, and skirts must be mid-thigh in length or longer.

Source: NISD Student Handbook and Code of Conduct 2015-2016

What Did We Learn At School This Week?

Skills Block

Academic language . . .

  • vowel
  • consonant
  • rhyme

New Sight Word: review all sight words, reading and writing

Poem: "The Caterpillar"

This week we learned that we can change the first and last letters of a word to make a new word.

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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 identified different forms of media and ways writers get our attention:

  • Media can be advertisements, newspapers, movies, and commercials.
  • Writers get our attention by using color, bold letter sizes, shape words, and sounds.
  • Good readers pay attention to these techniques to help us think about what the writer wants us to know about their topic.

Final READ-O Cards

Our Final READ-O Cards for the year came home at the beginning of the 6 Weeks. Please send in your child's card as he or she completes each READ-O. We want to celebrate and recognize each accomplishment!

READO Card #5 K-2

READO Card #5 K-2 Spanish

Writers Workshop

Students created final copies of their writing this week. They also reviewed non-fiction text features by beginning a Kindergarten Memory Book.

These Non-Fiction Text Features are Included in the Book:
  • Table of Contents
  • Caption
  • Map
  • Graph
  • Diagram
  • Table
  • Labels
  • Bullets
  • Glossary

Ways to Practice Writing at Home

Here are some ways your child can practice using these sounds to write messages at home:

- Reread something you wrote before. Use the revising checklist below to improve your writing.

Ways to Revise:
  • I can add details to my picture.
  • I can check for spacing between my words.
  • I can capitalize the word "I"
  • I can add more information
  • I can add describing words
  • I can add signal words (first, next, then, last, finally)
  • I can check the word wall to fix spelling
  • I can stretch out words and write all the sounds I hear in each word

- Use the Treasure in My Hand Plan to write a story about an experience. Write the Opening and Closing (Thumb and Pinkie) together, let your child write the Beginning, Middle, and End on his or her own!

- 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 about tools, machines and technology. We learned what the differences are between these. A tool is something held in the hand that can help us do a task. A machine is something with moving parts that helps us do a task, and technology is using science to make useful things. We saw some pictures and talked about them discussing who uses them and how they are used. At the end of the lesson we drew and wrote about a tool/machine/technology that we use everyday in our classrooms.


This week in math we started talking about "Financial Literacy". Students identified ways to earn income. They also identified money earned and money received as a gift. Students discussed simple skills for jobs and described skills that people need in order to their job. We reviewed the terms wants and needs and identified and sorted examples of wants and needs. We all enjoyed learning about financial literacy!


This week we focused on the many different coverings animals have. We compared many animals and found that some have scales, fur, feathers, or even bare skin! All of these animals have different coverings to meet their different needs. Mammals need fur to stay warm. Fish need scales to glide smoothly in the water. Birds need feathers to help them fly!

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!