Kinder News

Roanoke Elementary - May 6, 2016

Thank You!

We just wanted to send out a sincere "Thank you" to every family and child in Kindergarten. Each of us feels so blessed to work with your children every day. Thank you for making us feel so appreciated this week!

Night of No Limits

Thursday, May 27th 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!

Upcoming Events

school will continue as normal for students
Monday, May 9th
Tuesday, May 10th
Wednesday, May 11th

Friday, May 13th - MUFFINS FOR MOM - 7:00 - 7:45

Tuesday, May 17th - CRAZY TUESDAY SCHEDULE - Lunch at 11:20

Friday, May 20th - FIELD DAY - 11:30 - 2:30

Friday, May 20th - VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON - 11:15 - 1:00

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

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

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

Phonetic Skill: long u/short u sound

Academic language . . .

  • vowel
  • consonant
  • rhyme

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

Poem: "A Seed Poem"

This week we reviewed compound words and learned that some words are made up of two words that are put together to make a new word.

We also learned how to make new words by changing the first letter or letters of a 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 the big idea of folk tales and fables. We made a connection with the story to something that happened in our lives.

We also identified recurring phrases in folk tales, fairy tales, and fables (once upon a time, happily ever after, etc.).

We wrote an opinion on a book, event in the book, or character and explained the reasons why we felt that way by using text evidence (facts and details from the book).

Final READ-O Cards

Our Final READ-O Cards for the year came home last week. 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

This week students completed their End of Year Writing Assessment. We are all so proud of how far the students have progressed in their writing.

Students continued to write about experiences from their own lives using the Treasure in My Hand format to write a story with an opening, a beginning, middle, and end, and a closing.

Thumb - Where was I? Who was with me? Why was I there?
Pointer Finger - What happened FIRST?
Middle Finger - What happened NEXT?
Ring Finger - What happened LAST?
Pinkie - How did you feel? and/or What did you learn?
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Ways to Practice Writing at Home

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

- 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 talked about trade, buy and sell. We learned that buy means to purchase or get something using money. Sell means to give or hand over. Trade means to give up something to get another thing. We saw some pictures and identify if the people of the picture were trading, buying or selling.

We brainstorm some examples of each one of the concepts and record them in a three column chart. We also act out different scenarios to represent each vocabulary word. We really had fun acting out!


Module 12

This week we continued working in Module 12.This week we continued work on being problem solvers! Students drew pictures to solve addition and subtraction word problems. Students then practiced writing number sentences to solve addition and subtraction word problems. We learned to solve problems using objects, pictures, words, and number sentences. Students were also introduced to time durations. We discussed everyday events that take a long time or a short time.

Please refer to the Module 12 Parent Letter for ways to help strengthen these new math skills.

Module 12 Parent Newsletter - English - so sorry - we were unable to download this letter.

Module 12 Parent Newsletter - Spanish


This week we learned about the different parts of a plant! We read books, discussed what we've learned, and created a flipbook to display the different plant parts. We learned that plants have roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and seeds. We also realized that we EAT different parts of plants. Some vegetables are the "roots" like carrots, some are the "leaves" like lettuce, and some are the "seeds" like sunflower seeds and peanuts. We got to sort vegetables into different groups, to show which part of the plant they are. Our seeds we planted last week have begun to sprout! Soon we will have young plants!

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!