Kinder News

Roanoke Elementary - April 15, 2016

Spring Fling - Tonight!

Friday, April 15th - 5:45 - 8:00 pm

5:45 - 6:00
PTA General meeting

6:00 - 7:30
Free dinner for Everyone!
Free Cake Walk!
Free Games with Prizes!

6:00 - 7:45
Spring Auction - cash, check, and credit cards accepted

Everyone is Welcome! Hope to See You There!

Green Hero Earth-Friendly Lunch Picnic

Kindergarteners will be eating outside on Tuesday, April 19th. We have been learning about how to take care of the Earth in Science. One way is to REDUCE the amount of trash we create. Please help your child to pack an Earth-Friendly Lunch! See flyer below for ideas (paper copy came home on Friday, April 15th).
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Book Drive - through April 22nd

Please Drop Off Your New or Gently Used Picture Books in English and/or Spanish in Our Classroom!

Book Donations will benefit the Children's Library at Santa Maria de Jesus in Antigua, Guatemala.

No School, Friday April 22nd

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!

Ranger Focus Book Challenge

Click here to access the Challenge for our newest Ranger Focus Book, Billy's Booger: The Memoir of a Little Green Nose Buddy.
Billy's Booger: A Memoir (sorta) by William Joyce and his younger self

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

Tuesday, April 19th - GREEN HERO PICNIC - Bring an Earth Friendly Lunch!

Wednesday, April 20th - LIBRARY - DiBenedetto, Allen, McLarty, Aleman

Thursday, April 21st - LIBRARY - Lawson

Thursday, April 21st - READ-O CARDS DUE

Friday, April 22nd - NO SCHOOL

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: controlled -ar, -or

Academic language . . .

  • vowel
  • consonant
  • rhyme

New Sight Word: they

Poem: "The Earth"
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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 compared real and imaginary texts. We learned that a real text is about something that can really happen, like children learning in school. An imaginary text is make-believe, like animals that can talk or dinosaurs going to school.

We used the "Treasure in my Hand" poem to retell the beginning, middle, and end of the story.

We learned that compound words are two different words put together to make a new word with a new meaning, (cowboy, snowman, cupcake, and starfish).

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

All READ-O Cards are Due by Thursday, April 21st.

Writers Workshop

This week students wrote about experiences from their own lives. We reviewed the Treasure in My Hand format for writing a story and used it to write a story with an opening, a beginning, middle, and end, and a closing. Pretty impressive, huh?

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 we talked about how technology has changed. We saw some technology tools that were used in the past like: TV's, cameras, video games, telephones, cellphones (with no touch screens), and other technology devices.

We learned that a tool is a device held in the hands that helps accomplish a task. We also learned that technology means using science and engineering to invent useful machines and tools.


Module 11

This week we continued to work in Module 11. Students were introduced to the concept of subtraction. Students represented subtraction stories with pictures by crossing out quantities to be taken away. We practiced writing subtraction sentences using the language "cover". We read the book, Ten Happy and practiced writing number sentences using symbols to describe take-away subtraction stories. We practiced these new skills by acting out subtraction story problems along with playing subtraction games.

Please refer to the Module 11 Parent Letter for ways to help strengthen these new math skills.

Module 11 Parent Newsletter - English

Module 11 Parent Newsletter - Spanish


This week we began talking about what it means to "be green." We discovered just how much trash we create each day at lunch, and boy, does it add up! We decided we needed to do something about this problem. We learned that there are several ways that we, as Kindergarteners, can make a difference in the amount of trash thrown away at Roanoke Elementary. We could bring cloth napkins instead of paper. We could use a reusable water bottle instead of paper cups. We could also bring lunch boxes to school, instead of paper sacks! We began collecting ordinary things that we would usually throw away and came up with ways to reuse these items. In order to spread our message to others, we began recording videos about our objects and how we can reuse them. We will finish up these videos next week!

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!