Fearless in Fifth

Indian Creek 5th Grade Newsletter: Week of January 18th

Bright Bytes

Dear Parents and Guardians of students at Indian Creek Elementary,

Our school has partnered with BrightBytes - an educational technology company - to learn about our use of technology for learning.

On Tuesday, January 19th the survey will open for parents to participate and provide feedback to our school. The district is looking for 100% participation to gather accurate data. We invite you to answer a few questions about your technology use. It should take less than 5 minutes to complete on any device with Internet access.

The link will be sent to you via email and skyward on Tuesday, January 19th.

Thank you for your continued support!

Teacher Copy Room NEED!

The teachers have a wonderfully run copy room that parents volunteer to help their teachers by making copies and helping laminate. In order for the copy room to function and for teachers to keep receiving help with their paper copies, we NEED more volunteers. There are many different dates and times you can sign up for to help out. If you are interested, please visit the link below for more information and to sign up! Thank you so much for all your help and support!!

Indian Creek Teachers :)

Link to Volunteer Spot: http://vols.pt/XugV4d

Important Dates to Remember!

Friday, January 15 - Early Release @ 12:30

Friday, January 15 - End of the 2nd Nine Weeks

Monday, January 18 - Holiday - No School

Monday, February 15 - Student Holiday

March 7 through 11 - Spring Break

Saturday, March 19 - The BIG Event!

Friday, March 25 - Holiday

"Creating a Perfect World for Kids"

Do you know people who are trying to create a perfect environment for their children? Are they more concerned about getting the world to adjust to their kids than they are about helping their kids learn to cope with and deal with the world as it exists today?

In spite of the efforts of many to create a perfect country where no one will ever be offended, where bad decisions will have limited consequences, where good outcomes are guaranteed regardless of effort and sacrifice, and where kids never have less than the neighbors' kids, our kids are still living in a world that requires effort and resilience.

Our love for our kids tempts us to do all we can to make their childhood better than ours. It tempts us to try to eliminate disappointment, struggle, and inconvenience from their lives.

Each day we need to remind ourselves:
Whose needs are being met when we attempt to guarantee that our kids are never disappointed, never get less than an "A" grade, never have to struggle, never take risks, never fail, and never have less than the neighbor kid?

Is it my job to make the world adjust to my kids, or is my job to help my kids develop resilience so that they can fit into a world they’re going to face?

Trying to create perfect environments for our children is about as successful as creating perfect children. In my eyes, to think otherwise is a delusion.

It takes great courage to be a parent. Love and Logic's all-time favorite audio is, Helicopters, Drill Sergeants and Consultants. Listening frequently will help you build that courage.

Indian Creek PTA!

Please be sure to check out our wonderful PTA's website. This website is full of everything you would want to know regarding our PTA and any events going on here at Indian Creek.


What We Are Learning this Week:

  • We are working on Topic 9, multiplying and dividing fractions. We will test over Topic 9 at the end of the week.


  • We will continue our biography and research unit. This week, we will create our own biographies through iBook Author. Students will use what they have learned from their selected biography, digital resources and research notes to create their iBook.


  • Mrs. Purvis' class will be finishing up Forces and Motion. We will be taking an assessment on Thursday.
  • Next we will begin Earth's Rotation
  • Mrs. Brown's class will be finishing up light energy and beginning Forces and Motion! The students will design an experiment that tests the effect of force on an object.

Social Studies:

  • We will begin a unit on slavery in the Americas. The essential question we will use for our focus is, "What was the impact of slavery on Africans?" Students will examine three dilemmas that Africans faced during the slave trade and will identify various aspects of life for enslaved Africans and consider the ways in which plantation owners responded to these activities.

Tutoring! - all tutoring will be held this week

Please contact the appropriate teacher to let us know if your child is staying to attend tutoring.

Tutoring is after school and ends at 3:35pm. Please pick up your child at the front of the building promptly at 3:35.

Monday - Math (Mrs. Purvis & Mrs. Vitosh)

Tuesday - Reading (Mrs. Brown, Ms. Horne, & Mrs. Legg)

Wednesday - Any Subject (all teachers, Ms. Legg will have writing tutoring)

Resources to Use:


Access the math textbooks online by first going to www.lisd.net.

Go to the "Resources" tab and click on "for Students."

Once there, click on "Digital Resources."

On the right side of the page is a button that says "Pearson Realize."

The log-in is the same as your student's district log-in.

Social Studies:

The Social Studies Alive curriculum is entirely online. Here is how your student can access the information from home:

website: www.teachtci.com (and select 'student')

username: last name, 1st initial

password: ID # (numbers only)

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


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