Rhino Report

April 2022

Important Dates:

    • April 14th-18th-NO SCHOOL

    • April 30th- Father(or special person)/Daughter Dance

Kindergarten- Mrs. Slattery, Mrs. Del Real, Mrs. Vigil, Mrs. Blackburn

Math Update

  • Know numbers and number names & count sequence.

  • Count to tell the number objects.

  • Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundation with place value.

  • Math Vocabulary: ones, tens, ten frame, 5 group,

  • Counting to 100 by ones, and tens

  • Fluently add and subtract within 5

ELA Update

  • Work on asking & answering questions about key details of a text. Also, practice retelling a story including key details, and major events. Work on identifying character, setting, and major events of a story.

    Count and segment syllables in spoken words. Practice the long and short sounds for vowels; a, e, i, o, u

    Sight words: yellow, blue, green, have, what, said, was, where, come

Quarterly Reading Goal

Continue reading together at home to help your child meet their reading goal.

1st Grade- Miss Theis, Mrs. Hanson, Mrs. Burkhart, Mrs. Veeder, Ms. Tabor, Mrs. Huck

Math Update

  • Place Value- groups of 10 and one (within 100)

  • Place Value-10 more, 10 less (within 100)

  • Place Value-greater than, less than, equal to (within 100)

  • Counting and writing numbers to 120

ELA Update

  • Learn how to find answers to questions from the text

  • Use research to write questions and answers from informational text

Quarterly Reading Goal

Read two books this month.

2nd Grade- Mrs. VanArsdale, Mrs. Hessman, Mrs. Towry, Ms. Montes

Math Update
  • Continue math module 7- problem solving with length, money, and data.

ELA Update

  • ELA focus: Fluency when reading text. Work on expression, and accuracy with grade level text. (practice re-reading your library books multiple times to improve accuracy and expression.)

  • Cause, effect, temporal words, text features, character response, author's purpose
  • Writing focus: narrative writing
  • Phonics Focus: prefixes, constant patterns

Reading Goal

April reading goal sent home. Read 20 minutes minimum each night. Reading goals due May 3rd.

3rd Grade- Mrs. Cook, Miss Cox, Mrs. O'Brien, Mrs. Gutierrez

Math Update

  • Continue practicing your multiplication and division facts.

  • We will continue exploring geometric shapes and perimeter.

  • Students will practice decomposing and composing four digit numbers.

ELA Update

  • In reading, we will be learning about historical events and how it has affected the present. We will take what we learned from the reading to create an opinion writing piece about who they think is the most influential person.

State Assessment-

State Assessments are given to 3rd grade students in Math and ELA. Here are some helpful tips to encourage your child to do well!

  • Go to bed early

  • Ensure your child’s glasses are brought to school

  • Send headphones for them to use during test taking time

  • Reading State Assessments April 5 and 6.

  • Math State Assessments April 26 and 27.

4th Grade- Ms. Batman, Miss Wiswell, Mrs. Estrella, Mrs. Hiers, Mrs. Guerrero

Math Update

  • As we finish up our fraction unit we will move to working on showing decimals as a fraction.

  • We have also been working a few days on learning line geometry. Ask your child to find shapes in the real world.

  • Your family can explore fractions and decimals as tenths by using dimes that equal one dollar and hundredths with pennies.

  • Your family can explore decimals more than one using different types of money.

  • This link will help you better understand what your child is learning.


ELA Update

We are working in Unit 3 module B. This module uses both fiction and nonfiction text to make inferences and analyze the text. We will also be researching using both types of text on the topic of natural events like volcanoes and tsunamis.. Ask your child to make inferences about what they read. Also encourage your child to research things they are interested in learning. Ask them how they would start and end a research paper on that topic

Quarterly Reading Goal

  • 2 nonfiction books at your level

  • 2 fiction books at your level

5th Grade- Mrs. Irsik, Miss Bacon, Mrs. Botello, Miss Bradshaw

Math Update

  • Module 5 and 6

  • 2D and 3D shape attributes

  • Volume and Area calculation

  • Coordinate grid system

ELA Update

In the month of April, we will be working with informational text regarding exploration in texts such as Explorers: Triumphs and Troubles and Pedro’s Journal. For writing, students will be asked to write opinion pieces based on positive and negative aspects of exploration to coincide with the texts read in class.

Quarterly Reading Goal

  • One fiction book report

  • One nonfiction book report

  • One personal choice book report

Music- Miss Corwin and Mrs. Bennett

Kinder- Listen all around you, when is it silent? When do you hear music?

1st Grade- Beat/No Beat

2nd Grade- Instrument Unit

3rd Grade- Based on what your child enjoyed musically this year, what would they like to do musically in the future?

4th Grade- What instruments does your 4th grader enjoy hearing?

5th Grade- Have you spoken to your child about Band, Orchestra or Choir for next year?

Physical Education- Mr. Hobbs and Mr. Rogers

Fitness Testing/Baseball Unit

Library- Mrs. Fairbank

Kindergarten- Have your student explain the difference between fiction vs. nonfiction books.

1st grade-Have your student explain the difference between fiction and nonfiction books.

2nd grade- Read a nonfiction book and name 3 new facts you learned!

3rd Grade- Check out the summer reading programs at the Dodge City Public Library!

4th grade- Read some folk literature and describe the characters! Enjoy fairytales, tall tales, legends and more!

5th grade- Compare and contrast two versions of a fairytale!

Student Support Services- Ms. Alarcon

Hello, Ross Families

In April, we will begin thinking about our goals for the end of the school year and begin building a growth mindset about what we can accomplish. State testing occurs this month, so I will also focus on time management and coping with testing anxiety during this time. As always feel free to contact me if I can assist your family in any way.


School Psychologist- Mrs. Millershaski

10 Phases To Use When Your Child Isn’t Listening

  • What do you need to remember?
  • Show me how quick you can be.
  • Do you need some help?
  • I know you are a good listener. Let’s try this again.
  • Tell me what comes next.
  • Can you please repeat what I just said?
  • I am going to whisper this and see if you can hear me.
  • Before I say this again, I want to make sure your ears are turned on. (playfully pretend to inspect their ears)
  • I am going to stop, breathe and wait for you to be done.
  • I know you can do this!