Kinder News

Roanoke Elementary - October 9, 2015

Kindergarten Announcements

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!

STRIDE Academy - All kindergarten students were introduced to Stride Academy on Friday. This is an online site to practice Reading, Language Arts, and Math. Here's how your child can access STRIDE at home.
  • Go to
  • Enter your Student ID in the Sign In box.
  • Select "Go"You will be asked to enter your school code (KCS code).
  • Our school code is : KCS97890
  • See the handout in your child's Purple Take Home Folder for your child's Student ID #.

Today, in assembly, we kicked off our Rangers Read Campaign. Below, you will find helpful information to help your reader stay on track. These instructions and READ-O card are also in your child's Purple Take Home Folder.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, October 12th - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, October 14th - LIBRARY CHECK OUT - Aleman, Allen, DiBenedetto, McLarty

Thursday, October 15th - LIBRARY CHECK OUT - Lawson

Friday, October 16th - INDIVIDUAL PICTURE DAY
Click here for an Order Form
An order form is also in your child's Purple Take Home Folder

Tuesday, October 20th - 6:00 - 7:00 - PTA Meeting and Parent Education Event

Curriculum Notes

Skills Block

Students practiced naming, writing, and saying the sounds for the letters "J, j" and "Q, q".

Here's what we learned about letters . . .
  • Letters in a word are always in the same order.
  • We can say special words that help us make the shape of a letter.
  • Letters have two forms, uppercase and lowercase.

We learned that words that rhyme sound the same at the end.

New Sight Words: we, he, no, green

Poem: Green
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Your child can practice these letter names and sounds at home using the Alphabet Linking Chart in his/her Purple Take Home Folder. See photo below.
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Readers Workshop

This week we learned to identify the strategies of a good reader.
Good readers:
  • read a lot
  • read every day
  • talk about what they have read
  • match the letters and sounds
  • learn the words
  • look at the pictures
  • think about the story
  • match words they say and words in the book

We recognized a sound in a word and identified the letter the sound represents.

We identified rhyming words and learned that reading with fluency means we read like we are talking.

We practiced responding to a book with our opinion our reasons why
  • "I like the book because . . ."
  • "I did not like the book because . . . "

Writers Workshop

This week we learned more about being a better writer.
  • Writers take risks - they persevere and stick with their writing topic even when the pictures are hard to draw or the words are hard to spell.
  • Writers write for a specific purpose and for a specific audience. Why am I writing this? Who will read it?
  • Writers use the sequence of their story to organize their writing - what happened at the beginning, middle, and end.
  • Writers reread their writing to make sure it is complete and clear to their reader.

Social Studies

We learned about the Texas Flag. Now we know that the Texas Flag is also known as the "Lone Star Flag" because it has one white star. We reviewed the colors when we learned that the flag has the colors red, white, and blue. We also practiced reciting the Pledge to the Texas Flag and learned that when we do this we promise that we care about our State.

Click here to hear a kindergarten student share what they know about the Texas Flag!


This week students learned to correctly write the numerals 7, 8, 9, 10, and 0.

Students then matched pictures of groups of objects, number names, and numerals.

Please refer back to the Module 2 Parent Letter for ideas on how to strengthen these math skills at home.

Module 2 Parent Newsletter - English

Module 2 Parent Newsletter - Spanish


We continued to use all of our senses to investigate various materials in our classrooms. We worked on describing how things felt, smelled, sounded, looked, and finally tasted! Some of us even tasted pumpkin and graphed our results. Most of us didn't care for it!

We wrapped up the week with a five senses assessment to show our teachers how much we have learned!
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