Kinder News

Roanoke Elementary - September 25, 2015

Homework in Kindergarten?

The only homework we ask of you and your child is that you read with your child every night, and that - once we begin Guided Reading - your child reads to you every night.

Guided Reading groups will begin soon (within the next 2 weeks), and your child's teacher will begin to send home small books in the blue pocket of the Purple Take Home Folder. Once those books begin coming home, please have your child read the books to you and log the titles on the Reading Log in the purple folder.

Click here to access our RES-U Presentation about Reading With Your Kindergartner. It is full of great information and helpful tips!

Kindergarten Announcements

Apples Needed - We will be doing some fun activities with our senses this week. Please send an apple of any color or variety (be UNIQUE!) to your child's teacher by Tuesday. Thank you!!

Parent Conferences - Your teacher will be emailing you a request to sign up for a parent conference soon. Watch for a "Sign Up Genius" invitation in your email in-box.

See Saw - Student Digital Portfolios - Every child at Roanoke Elementary has a digital portfolio this year. Teachers and students will be uploading student work samples throughout the year. In the next week to 10 days, watch your email or your child's Take Home Folder for information about how to access your child's portfolio. There is an opportunity for you to "Like" and give your child feedback on his or her work. We are looking forward to providing you with this peek into your child's school day!

Please consider sending in a light jacket or sweatshirt that your child can keep at school or in his or her backpack. The classrooms sometimes get chilly. Don't forget to write your child's name on the tag or inside the collar!

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 30th - Fire Safety Posters Due -
  • Theme "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep!"

Pickles and Popcorn tickets will be on sale Wednesday - Friday mornings before school

50 cents

Pick up on Friday before DIY-U!

Bobcat Pencil sets will be on sale Wednesday - Friday mornings before school

50 cents

Your child will receive the pencils immediately upon purchase.

Wednesday, September 30th - Library Day - Aleman, Allen, DiBenedetto, McLarty

Thursday, October 1st - Library Day - Lawson

Friday, October 2nd - PTA Fundraiser Order Forms and Money Due Date

Friday, October 2nd - 1:30 - 2:30 - DIY-U
Your child will get to select a "course" to attend at DIY-U. The Kindergarten Teachers and other staff will be leading each course. There are a select number of spots for each, so please help your child be prepared with a 2nd or even a 3rd choice.

Mrs. Aleman - Spanish Fun - learn some Spanish vocabulary
Mrs. Allen - Apple Painting
Mrs. DiBenedetto - Learn To Swing (only for students who can not "pump" themselves)
Mrs. Lawson - Lego Creations
Mrs. McLarty - Painted Candy Corn Banner
Mrs. Blandino - Make Your Own Playdoh

Curriculum Notes

Skills Block

Students practiced naming, writing, and saying the sounds for the letters "C,c" and "E,e"
New Sight Words: can, me, blue
Poem: Blue
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Readers Workshop

This week we worked on identifying rhyming words when our teacher read us a book. We also practiced isolating a word using our fingers - a word has a space before it and a space after it. We also used what we already knew about a topic (being worried) and used that "background knowledge" to help us understand the book, Wemberly Worried.

Reading Assessment Notes:
Teachers have finished up the first round of Beginning of Year Assessments with Kindergartners. We have assessed your child's ability to identify words that rhyme, identify words that begin with the same sound, their knowledge of upper and lowercase letters. We also determined a reading level for each child. Your child's teacher will be sharing this information with you at your upcoming parent conferences.

Writers Workshop

Students worked on planning and organizing our "writing" as they took their oral stories and turned them into illustrations. We practiced drawing a beginning, middle, and end for a story. We also learned the procedures of sharing our writing in the "Author's Chair."

Social Studies

This week we learned more about the American Flag. It is a symbol of the United States. It is red, white, and blue and has stars and stripes.


This week we continued working on recognizing and matching quantities to 5, the numerals 1 - 5, and we continued to practice reading the number words one, two, three, four, and five.

We also worked on sorting pictures and items by their attributes. We practiced defining a rule for our sort. "These things are red, and these are not red." Check out the short videos below for some examples of our thinking.

Sort Video 1
Sort Video 2
Sort Video 3

Check out the Parent Letters below for more information about what we are learning right now! These letters also include great ideas for practicing math skills at home!

Module 1 - Parent Letter - English

Module 1 - Parent Letter - Spanish


We learned about our 5 Senses. We specifically worked on our senses of hearing and touch.

Ask you child what parts of their body they use to hear and touch.
Ask them to describe things they can hear.
Put a mystery item in a paper bag. Have your child use his or her sense of touch to try to identify it.

Notes About Shoes . . .

Don't forget - we go to PE every day. Please send your child to school in PE appropriate shoes every day.
  • toes should be covered/protected
  • shoe should wrap around the heel
  • rubber sole preferred (no slipping!)

Click here to watch our very own PE department share Shoe Tie Instruction Video!

Parents, Have You Joined PTA Yet?

Please click on the link below to join PTA. We're hoping for 100% participation in all classes, and your kiddo would love to have an alien key chain!!

Join PTA Here!

Roanoke Elementary School University (Parent Information Night)

Please follow the link below to access information from our presentations at RES-University on Tuesday, September 8th.

RES-U Presentations

Please let your teacher know if you have any questions!