Roanoke Elementary - April 15, 2016
Green Hero Earth-Friendly Lunch Picnic
No School, Friday April 22nd
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 www.nisdtx.org 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 www.nisdtx.org/northwestreads.
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
What Did We Learn At School This Week?
Phonetic Skill: controlled -ar, -or
Academic language . . .
New Sight Word: they
Poem: "The Earth"
Want to Help Your Child With Letter Sounds?
Suggestion - don't always practice from A-Z - mix it up - go out of order. :)
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).
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?
Ways to Practice Writing 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:
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
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.
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.
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.
Important Kindergarten Skills
- 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
Illness and Attendance
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Labels For Education
Have You Signed Up for Remind Notifications?
Email your teacher if you missed the email/handout that was sent previously.
Roanoke Elementary School University - Parent Information Night
Please let your teacher know if you have any questions!
Roanoke Elementary Kindergarten Team
Mrs. Allen - email@example.com
Mrs. DiBenedetto - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Lawson - email@example.com
Ms. McLarty - firstname.lastname@example.org