Fearless in Fifth

Indian Creek 5th Grade Newsletter: Week of October 10th

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Fall Festival!

Our annual Fall Festival and Silent Auction are right around the corner! Both take place next Friday, October 21st, from 5:30-8:30. The deadline to order pre-sale tickets is next Tuesday, October 18th. With pre-sale, you can pay $5 for 25 tickets, $10 for 55 tickets, or $20 for 120 tickets. Otherwise, they are 25 cents per ticket at the door. Come out and have some family fun while helping support our school!

Fall Festival - Pet Care Themed Basket

The ICE PTA will hold their annual Silent Auction on October 21, 5:30-7:30. Proceeds will benefit ICE students and staff. The PTA is kindly asking that each grade donate items to be included in a themed basket. These baskets did extremely well at the auction last year!

The 5th grade teachers have chosen PET CARE as their basket theme! If you would like to donate to our basket, please send a new, pet care-related item to school with your child, by October 17th. Participation is optional.

Be sure to come to the auction to bid on this basket – or on many other wonderful items! We hope to see you there!

Thank you so much for your help!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Heather Schwab at 469-986-7200 or email iceptasilentauction@gmail.com.

After School Makerspace Club

Makerspace Club is open to 4th and 5th graders. The cost is $10 per student and the money will go toward purchasing Makerspace materials and books for the library.

The club is available to the first 20 students. This club begins Wednesday, October 6th and will last six weeks. A yellow form was sent home in the Tuesday folder this past week that needs to be completed and returned to Mrs. Moore.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Mrs. Moore at mooreca@lisd.net.

Makespace Mornings are also beginning. Please refer to the blue paper that was sent home in the Tuesday folder for more details!

What we are learning this week:

Math: We are beginning our study of division. This week, we will be estimating using compatible numbers and solving division problems that have one-digit quotients.

ELAR: This week we continue to focus on the different story elements of fiction. This week we will focus on character conflicts and determining the different third points of view in stories. We will also continue to focus on the different types of adjectives (descriptive, comparative, and superlative) and using them correctly in our writing.

Social Studies: We will finish our unit over exploration: How and Why Europeans Came to the New World. The essential question we will use for our focus throughout the unit is, "What did explorers take to and from the new world during the Age of Exploration?" We will then begin a unit over Early English Settlements.

Science: We will continue learning about forms of energy. The different types of energy are mechanical, light, thermal, electrical, and sound energy.

"Bullying Hurts"

Bullying hurts, and we want it to end right now. Despite this desire, the reality is that we all have only limited control over the world and how our children are treated by it. That’s why Love and Logic places a heavy emphasis on empowering children to become victors rather than victims.

In my new book, Bullying: When Your Child is the Target, I provide specific recommendations for responding with compassion while helping our kids develop the skills required to protect themselves. Listed below are just a few:

Rescue only when necessary.

We must rescue our children when they experience bullying so severe that it overwhelms their ability to cope physically or emotionally. That’s what good parents do.

Unnecessary rescuing creates weak kids who become more popular targets for bullies.


When our children are hurting, the most important thing we can do is listen with empathy, allowing them to express their full range of emotions. This can become difficult when we, too, are flooded with feelings over the issue. Listening means making the conversation about our child’s feelings, not ours.

Isn’t it true that when we know how much other people care, it makes the struggles we are facing seem more manageable?

Empower them with the belief that they can cope.

Down deep, children feel empowered when we ask, “What do you think you might do to solve this problem?” While they may lack answers to this question, asking it demonstrates that we believe in their abilities.

Give them some practical experiments.

Learning to deal effectively with bullies hinges on our child’s ability to remain calm, or even use a bit of humor, when the bully tries to upset or provoke them. Bullying: When Your Child is the Target, provides a guide for helping us talk with our children about how to do this.

People who learn how to handle bullying when they are kids, learn how to handle the bullies they will occasionally encounter as adults.

Thanks for reading! Our goal is to help as many families as possible. If this is a benefit, forward it to a friend.

Dr. Charles Fay

Student Early Release

Friday, Oct. 21st, 11:45am

Indian Creek Elementary School, Carrollton, TX, United States

Carrollton, TX

PTA Fall Festival

Friday, Oct. 21st, 5:30-8:30pm

Indian Creek Elementary School, Carrollton, TX, United States

Carrollton, TX


In an effort to connect more with technology and to interact with our community in a different way, ICE teachers are taking to Twitter! Be sure to follow your favorite teachers to see and get updates on what is being done in the classroom/school!

Mrs. Brown - @MrsBrowngrade5

Mrs. Horne - @fearlessin5th

Ms. Legg - @leggn1

Mrs. Purvis - @fifthisfun

Mrs. Vitosh - @AmyVitosh

Fifth Grade Team - @5thicefalcons

Indian Creek - @IndianCreekES

Teacher E-mail Addresses

Mrs. Brown - brownek@lisd.net

Mrs. Horne - hornej@lisd.net

Ms. Legg - leggn@lisd.net

Mrs. Purvis - purvisad@lisd.net

Mrs. Vitosh - vitosha@lisd.net

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From left to right: Mrs. Vitosh, Mrs. Horne, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Purvis, Ms. Legg