Mrs. Houston's Third Grade News

December 11, 2015

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Tis the Season to be Reading

Every student wrote a fictional story about an animal preparing for winter. Stop by our bulletin board in the hallway to read your child's story!!!

Science Fair Projects

We have some super scientists in our class! The Science Fair projects have been so creative! We will continue presenting them next week! So far I have loved listening to all of their presentations and am so impressed with each student's oral presentation. All of the trifold boards will be on display in the cafeteria and the hallway by the gymnasium.

Myths Explained

After reading "Pushing Up the Sky" this week, the class wanted to create their own "myths" for things in nature. They worked in groups to write about the myth of the Sun, Moon, and the Northern Lights. Each group presented their myth to the class with enthusiasm!! I am so impressed with their creativity. Please stop by our room to read them!


We will not have clubs the last week of the semester.

We will have after care available for those students who need it from 3:30-4:30. At 4:30 the regular after care charge will apply.

However, if you are able to pick up your children at 3:30 we encourage you to do so. Elementary teachers will be finalizing grades and preparing for our BIG Elementary Winter Celebration! :-)

Important Dates

Wednesday, December 16

  • Elementary Talent Show - 8:15 - 10:15 am. We can't wait to see Vishnu, Erich, and Colt perform!
  • Third Grade Holiday Gift Exchange - Please check your email for the sign-up information!

Thursday, December 17

  • Winter Celebration

Friday, December 18

  • Elementary Awards Ceremony

Elementary Winter Celebration

Dear Elementary Parents,

The Elementary Teachers and FSAPS PVO Room Parents are pleased to announce the plans for the 4th Annual FSAPS Elementary Winter Celebration! All students in grades Pre-K through 5th grade can look forward to an action-packed day of winter crafts, games, activities, prizes, and treats on Thursday, December 14th. Read on to learn more…

How will this event be organized?

Pre-K through 3rd grade- As it has in the past, students will rotate as a class from room to room of fun activities for the ENTIRE school day! From Karaoke to Snowman Games, Snow Science and crafts galore- this event has something fun around every corner. Every 30 minutes the students will be led by their teacher to another classroom to participate in the thematic activities that room has to offer. With just a break for lunch, 30 minutes of a wintery movie and a candy cane- their day will be non-stop fun.

How can I help?

Many materials and items have already been ordered by the school, but we definitely need more donations from our families. Also, every elementary staff member will be on hand to circulate throughout the activities with their class and make sure this day is successful and fun for everyone. Parent volunteers though are welcome and encouraged! We need volunteers for everything from running activity rooms during the event, helping out during the lunch period, and cleaning up. I can only imagine the excitement this year’s celebration will bring… come be a part of the fun!!!

Volunteers -

Materials- If you still can’t volunteer your time, don’t forget to donate some materials by clicking on this link: Winter Celebration Materials Sign-Up

Noon on Tuesday, December 15th

Deadline to turn in materials for the party. This is so important! Many teachers will begin working on assembling activities and organizing materials during their planning periods. Any missing items can prevent set-up of an entire activity. Boxes by the front office labeled “Elementary Winter Celebration” will be in place by 7:00 am Monday, December 14th.

Wednesday, December 16th

·In class- Students will decorate colorful paper gift bags to use for prize/craft collection during the celebration!

Warm Gloves and Socks Charity Drive

It is an awful truth that many people, even in our community, are victims of violence. Often times these people seek help from local organizations.

Family Haven, an organization in Forsyth County, offers safe shelter and needed items, for free to those in need. We can help them help others, by donating.

Cold winter weather is quickly approaching. Many people are in need of warm gloves and socks.

Make a difference in someone’s life.

Be kind and generous and bring in one or more pair of gloves and/or socks.

Together we can help.

Your donations can be dropped off at the front office or your child can give them to his/her homeroom teacher.

We will accept donations until December 16th.


Dear FSA Families,

I would like to remind you about the State Tax Credit Scholarship Program.

Please be informed that even if you make a joint application for $2,500, most likely half of it will be approved. Last year 60% of it was approved since this program is very popular and they have more applications than the State’s limit. So each year they proportion the amounts to give a chance to everyone who applied before the deadline. You don’t need to pay anything at this time. You can pay the approved amount around late March. They will inform you of the approved amount around late January. You don’t lose anything because you will receive a tax credit on your state income taxes and a charitable deduction on your federal incomes taxes for the amount of your contribution. This is a great opportunity for our families and also for our school.

Please see details HERE and make your application before the December 15 deadline. Thank you for all you do.



Dear FSA Families,

Our Annual Giving Campaign is well on its way and we would like for you to be a part of the giving. Our goal is 100% participation.

Please note that you may donate at any amount level. It is more important that you participate.

Please find the details here:

Thank you for all you do.

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