Kinder News

Roanoke Elementary - February 12, 2016

No School - Monday, February 15th

Student Holiday!

See you on Tuesday!!

Thank You!

Thank you for sending in items for our 100th Day of School and our Valentine's Day Party. Also, thanks to everyone who helped set up and clean up after our parties. We couldn't do it without you!!

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!

Save the Date - Techno Expo 2016

Northwest ISD parents and community members are invited to attend the fourth annual NISD Techno Expo at Northwest Hight School on Thursday, February 25 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Selected students will present and demonstrate their use of technology in the classroom during a series of breakout sessions.

Click here to visit the Techno Expo website for more information.

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.

If your family has a hardship and is in need of help to get a jacket for your child, please let your child's teacher know.

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,

The Most Magnificent Thing- Ranger Maker Challenge

From Mrs. King's Roanoke Ranger News to Know: 1-25-2016

Ashley Spire's used her book The Most Magnificent Thing and created a "book hack." You might be wondering...What is a book hack? A book hack is where you use the pages and parts of a book to create something new. It might be something that is for decoration or it could be something useful, like in Ashley's case, she turned The Most Magnificent Thing into a purse!

Your Task:

Create something from the pages and parts of an old, unused book (see Mrs. Valdez if you need some materials). Take a picture of your new object to give to Mrs. Valdez. You can print and deliver the picture in person or you can email the picture.

If you print the picture, include the following items on the back of your picture:

  • First and Last Name
  • Grade Level
  • Teacher

If you email the picture, make sure that you include the following information in your email:

  • First and Last Name
  • Grade Level
  • Teacher
The Most Magnificent Thing Stop Motion
The Most Magnificent Thing Book Hack with Ashley Spires

4th 6 Weeks - READ-O Cards

New READ-O Cards came home last 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

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 15th - No School for Students

Tuesday, February 16th - Crazy Tuesday - Lunch at 11:20

Wednesday, February 17th - LIBRARY CHECK OUT - Aleman, Allen, DiBenedetto, McLarty

Thursday, February 18th - LIBRARY CHECK OUT - Lawson

Monday, February 22nd - Six Flags Reading Logs are Due

Thursday, February 25th - Techno Expo - Northwest HS - 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

What Did We Learn At School This Week?

Skills Block

Phonetic Skill: vowel digraphs: "oo", "ay"

Phonograms: -oo, -ay

Academic language . . .
  • vowel
  • consonant
  • rhyme

New Sight Words: play

Poem: Valentine poems, "3D Shapes" poem
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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 about procedural texts and how they tell us to do something (first, next, then, last).
  • We learned that it is important to follow directions in order when making or doing something.
  • We learned that pictures and descriptive words can make the steps more clear.

Writers Workshop

This week we worked on writing Procedural Text or How-To writing. Students practiced using sequence words like first, then, next, and last. They also worked to include features like drawings, lists, and numbers to help their reader understand their directions.

Check out an example below!
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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:
- 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 library book or Guided Reading 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

We had fun this week in Social Studies! We talked about maps. We learned that maps are simple, pictorial representations of large and small places on Earth. So, we put our creativity to work and created a classroom map. We also included a map key in our maps to let people know what the symbols in the map mean.
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Module 7

This week we continued working in Module 7 and learned about 3D shapes. Students were able to feel 3D objects and describe the characteristics of curved and flat surfaces or if the objects rolled or stacked. Students explored and sorted the objects by those attributes. Students learned to identify a sphere, cube, cone, and cylinder and worked on sorting 3D objects by name.

Please refer to the Module 7 parent that was sent home on ways to help strengthen these new math skills.

Click here for the Module 7 Parent Letter - English

Click here for the Module 7 Parent Letter - Spanish


This week we learned about natural resources. Natural resources are things that come from nature that we use. Things like soil, water, rocks, trees, and air are natural resources. Things like desks, pencils, and cars are not natural resources because they were made. We "dug" deeper into learning about the different kinds of dirt there are. We observed and recorded our observations on sand, soil, and gravel. They do not look the same, and we even learned that sand and gravel are rocks! It is possible to run out of natural resources if we do not take care of them.

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.

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.

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!