Kinder News

Roanoke Elementary - February 19, 2016

Six Flags Reading Log - DUE MONDAY

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.

The Most Magnificent Thing- Ranger Focus Book Challenge

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 Book Hack with Ashley Spires
The Most Magnificent Thing Stop Motion

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.

Boosterthon Fun Run - Friday, February 26th

We kicked off our school fundraiser on Wednesday afternoon. If you haven't done so already, please go to and register your child. Then start collecting pledges!

Fun Run Times for our Indoor Glow Track Fun Run on Friday, February 26th:
  • 8:30 am - Kindergarten and 1st grade
  • 9:45 am - 2nd and 3rd grade
  • 11:00 am - 4th and 5th grade

Open House - The Most Magnificent Learning

Please plan to come to our Open House event on Tuesday, March 8th from 6:00 - 7:30.

Watch for a schedule of events to come home soon!

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!

4th 6 Weeks - READ-O Cards

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 22nd - Six Flags Reading Logs are Due

Wednesday, February 24th - LIBRARY CHECK OUT - Aleman, Allen, DiBenedetto, McLarty

Thursday, February 25th - LIBRARY CHECK OUT - Lawson

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

Friday, February 26th - Boosterthon Fun Run - 8:30 am for Kindergarten

What Did We Learn At School This Week?

Skills Block

Phonetic Skill: long a

Phonograms: -ake, -ade

"Some words have a vowel, a consonant, and a silent e. The vowel sound is usually the name of the vowel."

Academic language . . .

  • vowel
  • consonant
  • rhyme

New Sight Words: has, his

Poem: "February is Here", "Long A song"
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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 the purpose and features of non-fiction texts:

  • photograph: to show something
  • illustrations: to show a picture
  • label: to name something
  • caption: to tell about the photograph, illustration, or drawing
  • title: to name the book
  • map: to show where something is
  • diagrams: to show what something is, to show inside, to give a picture of something
  • charts: to give information

Writers Workshop

This week we continued to work on writing Procedural Text or How-To writing. We wrote about how to make a pizza! Students used sequence words like first, then, next, and last. They also used features like drawings, lists, and numbers to help their reader understand their directions.

Social Studies

This week we learned about what globes show. We learned that a globe shows land and water. The water in the globe is represented in blue and the land is represented in green and brown. We learned that the globe is round and shaped like Earth. Earth is the planet we live on. At the end, we colored the globe, we used blue for the water and green or brown for the land.

Next week we will learn about where we live - our neighborhood and our home address. Please work with your child to help him or her learn your home address. Thanks!


Module 8

This week we started working in Module 8 and introduced the idea of balance. Students learned to use a pan balance model to identify a total that balances two parts. The use of the pan balance will help to develop the concept of equality. Example 4 and 4 balances 8. Students then learned to identify an unknown part in a balance situation. We learned “is the same as” is related to the language “balance”. This helps to deepen the students’ understanding of equality. Examples 2 add 2 is the same as 4. We practiced these new skills by exploring with the pan balance and identifying the missing part.

Please refer to the Module 8 parent that was sent home earlier this week on ways to help strengthen these new math skills.

Click here for the Module 8 Parent Letter - English

Click here for the Module 8 Parent Letter - Spanish


This week we learned about weather! Different types of weather are sunny, rainy, windy, snowy, cloudy, and stormy. Sometimes there can be more than one weather happening at a time! Weather can be measured using things like a thermometer and a wind sock. We dress our bodies in different ways according to the weather. For example, when it is snowy we do not wear shorts. Instead, we wear pants, boots, jackets, and scarves. Weather can also be recorded on a graph or chart. Sometimes, weather changes quickly.

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

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.

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,

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!