Kinder News

Roanoke Elementary - January 8, 2016

Early Dismissal - School Holiday

Thursday, January 14th - Early Dismissal - 12:15
Friday, January 15th - Early Dismissal - 12:15

Monday - January 18th - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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.

25 Pennies Needed

Please send in a baggie with 25 pennies for your child to use in math. Please be sure to label the baggie with your child's name.

Thank you!

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.


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,

For the health of students and staff, ill students must be fever and vomit free for 24 hours before returning to school.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 13th - LIBRARY CHECK OUT - Aleman, Allen, DiBenedetto, McLarty

Thursday, January 14th - LIBRARY CHECK OUT - Lawson

Thursday, January 14th - 12:15 Dismissal - Early Lunch Schedule

Friday, January 15th - DIY-U - 11:00-12:00

Friday, January 15th - 12:15 Dismissal - Early Lunch Schedule

Monday, January 18th - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School

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.

What Did We Learn At School This Week?

Skills Block

Phonetic Skill: short o

Phonograms: -ot, =op

Here's what we learned about letters and words . . .
  • Some words have patterns (parts) that are the same.
  • You can look at the pattern (part) you know to help you read a word.
  • You can use the pattern (part) you know to help you write a word.

New Sight Words: all

Poem: "Short O Song"
Your child can practice these letter names and sounds at home using the Alphabet Linking Chart in his/her Purple Take Home Folder. See photo below.
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Sight Word Practice Flashcards

Readers Workshop

This week:

  • We began our Author Study on Eric Carle. We learned he has written over 70 books, uses a lot of colorful illustrations, likes to write about animals, and there is usually a sun in his books.
  • We made a mural from the book, Do You Want to Be My Friend? by Eric Carle and retold the story with characters we made.
  • We wrote our opinion about the book, Have You Seen My Cat? by Eric Carle, and explained the reasons why we felt that way.
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Want to learn more about Eric Carle with your Kiddo at home? Check out the links below!

Writers Workshop

This week we worked on adding a sentence to the end of our stories that tells how we felt. For example, "I went bowling. I got a strike. I felt happy."

Social Studies

As we all know, we have rules and laws that we need to follow in school, at home, and where we live (our community). This week in Social Studies, we learned about those rules and why they are important to us. We also learned some vocabulary words like rules, laws, and community.


Module 6

This week we started Module 6. Students acted out stories to model addition. We played addition games that involved joining one group to another and counting the total. Students learned to read the word "add". They also practiced showing two groups to make a total and by using the words "_____ and _____ make _____" or _____ and _____ is _____.

Please refer to the Module 6 Parent Letter for ideas on how to strengthen and support these math skills at home. This letter was sent home last Thursday.

Module 6 Parent Letter - English
Module 6 Parent Letter - Spanish

Please send a baggie of 25 pennies for your student to use during math next week.


This week we collaborated with our groups and came up with some rules to help us be a good team member! We explored one more time with building materials. Then, we sketched out our ideas of what we wanted our machine to look like and what we wanted it to do. After that, we collaborated and built our Rube Goldberg Machine.

Just like we were expecting, they didn't all work on the first try. We talked with our team and made adjustments to our machine in hopes that it would be able to complete it's job. Some of us were successful, while others were not.

We watched videos of our machines and reflected on what worked well and what did not. We recorded the different types of motion that were observed and drew a final picture of what our machines looked like. (Some classes will be doing this reflection and other activities next week)

Overall, we learned that machines work to complete jobs and all force causes a motion. We had lots of fun building Rube Goldberg Machines. Watch for our work on our Standards Board in the Kindergarten hallways!

New READO Cards

New READO cards came home a while back. Click below for a copy you can print if you missed it in your child's folder.

READO #2 - English
READO #2 - Spanish

You may have noticed some different spots this time. For example: "Read a book from the Everybody "A" Section." Read the paragraphs below for an explanation:

Each section in the "Everybody" collection is labeled with a letter corresponding to the author's last name. The purpose of placing those on the READO cards was to begin to allow our students to notice how the books are organized/separated in the library.

If you would like to select books outside of our library, then you just need to match the letter on the card to the last name of the author of the books your child selects.

Roanoke Ranger Community Outreach Service Project

"Little Deeds making a Big Difference"
November 2015 - January 2016

Details were sent home in your child's Friday Folder Packet before the Thanksgiving Break. Be sure to fill out a cloud and a raindrop form when your family donates a bear for our donation to Denton County Advocacy Center.

Click here for an additional form
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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.

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!