Kirk Elementary

Tiger Tales 9.13.22

Principal's Corner

Kirk Families,


We have had a great start to the school year. Thank you for being a community that supports our school.


Our new school hours are 8:15 a.m. - 3:40 p.m. All students need to be dropped off no later than 8:15 a.m. Teachers begin teaching each day at 8:15 a.m. When students are late to school, they miss out on the great first instruction from their teachers. Our school day ends promptly at 3:40 p.m. We have been very successful at loading all car riders by 3:50 p.m. All car rider parents need to be in line no later than 3:45 p.m., otherwise, you will need to check your student out from the front desk. If you have difficulty getting here on time, our district provides free bus transportation for all students. Just send in a change of transportation and your student can ride the bus to and from school.


Are you looking for a way to spend more time at Kirk? Kirk is hiring! We are looking for teacher assistants and part time tutors. If you are interested or know of someone that may be interested please email Kathryn.Ford@cfisd.net.

Notice to Parents

As a parent of a student at a campus receiving Title I funds, federal law allows you to ask for information about the certification, college major, and advanced degrees of your child’s teacher(s). You also have the right to request information about the qualifications of a teacher aide or paraprofessional providing direct services to your child. If you would like to receive this information, you may contact the Cypress-Fairbanks I.S.D. Human Resources Department at 281-897-4099.

School Messenger: Text Message Sign Up

The directions for adding text messages to your School Messenger account are in the link below. All parents need to update their School Messenger Information:


https://www.cfisd.net/domain/842

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September Calendar

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PBIS

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The Mighty Tigers are so excited because “The Mighty Tiger Kirk Store” is OPEN! Our Tigers were given an opportunity to use their Kirk Cash to purchase items from our store from September 6-9.


Keep encouraging your student/s to be leaders and follow our K.I.R.K matrices. When they are following the expectations through the Kirk building, they earn Kirk Cash. This is a great reinforcer to let our students know they are doing an amazing job being a Mighty Tiger.

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Library Corner

Tigers!


Our lovely library is coming along. You can still access our Learning Resources even if the library is currently under construction. Just go to My.cfisd.net -> Library Resources -> Destiny Library. You can access digital books on Capstone, TumbleBooks, and PebbleGo.


September is Library Card Sign-up month for public libraries. So, this is a great time to sign up and explore the Harris County Public Library.


Your Librarian,


Mrs. Gallegos

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Sign up for a library card at the Harris County Public Library www.hcpl.net
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Primary Practices

Primary Tigers! It has been another terrific two weeks of learning! We are so excited to see our Primary Parents at Curriculum Night this evening from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


At Kirk, we are building a strong foundation in reading and math, and writing about reading and math to ensure student success. We strongly encourage you to read with, or to, your child for at least 20 minutes a day. Here are some family reading activities you can do at home.


In math, we have been practicing Number Talks. Number talks are purposeful conversations that provide children the opportunity to have open-ended discussions that build mental math. fluency, number sense, and confidence. Here are some ways you can increase Number Talks at home.


To practice writing skills, have your child write about their reading by writing about their favorite part in a story, Write about their math using an addition number sentence, or write a friendly letter to a friend, family member, or teacher!

Adventures in Mathematics

Math Matters


Students in grades Second, Third and Fourth are finishing up learning about Geometry. Second and Third grade focus on naming and sorting 2D and 3D shapes based on edges, vertices and faces. Fourth grade’s focus is naming specific 2D and 3D shapes based on their angles using protractors.


Geometry Scavenger Hunt: Look around the house or at the playground for different shapes, angles and lines. Key words: Circle, Sphere, Rectangle, Rectangular Prism, Cone, Triangle, https://www.generationgenius.com/videolessons/structure-and-function-video-for-kids/Acute angle, Right angle, Obtuse angle, Parallel, Perpendicular


Students in Fifth grade are working hard to develop more knowledge about Place Value and solving mathematical expressions.


Place Value War: Play this game with Uno cards or a classic deck with face cards removed. Each player has a number of piles (depending on which place values you’re working on) and lays down the top card from each. The players say the resulting numbers out loud (e.g. “five hundred thirty”) and the player with the highest number wins. For a fun variation, allow players to use the cards they flip to create the highest possible number.

Science Scholars

In Second and Third grade, you can find students learning about Matter. Students are expected to describe physical properties (color, shape, size, texture) of different objects. They are also becoming experts in describing solids,liquids and gasses through various experiments.


Experience how matter can change states by clicking HERE.


In Fourth and Fifth grade, students are learning about Life Science. In this unit, they focus on various ecosystems such as desert, plains, and grasslands. Students are expected to describe these ecosystems and different organisms that survive there. Moving through the unit, students will learn about plant and animal needs as well as their structures(part of a plant or animal) and functions(how that part helps them survive).


Watch THIS video to students investigate structures and functions.

Loving Literacy

It has been another terrific two weeks of learning! We are so excited to see our grades 3-5 parents at Curriculum Night on September 20th from 6:00-7:00pm. Students in grades 3-5 are wrapping up their Launching Balanced Literacy unit and will be moving into the fiction unit where they will be reading fiction and traditional literature books, learning about literary elements, and writing personal narratives and fiction stories.


At Kirk, we are building a strong foundation in reading and math, and writing about reading and math to ensure student success. We strongly encourage you to have your child read for at least 20 minutes a day. They can read independently, to you or a sibling, or even a stuffed animal. Here are some family reading activities you can do at home.


To practice writing skills, have your child write about their reading by writing about their favorite part in a story, the main character, or how they connect to the book. They can also begin a journal where they write about their day.

Tiger Technobytes

Home Access Center allows parents and students to view student registration, scheduling, attendance, classwork assignments and grade information.

https://launchpad.classlink.com/cfisdparents for parents

https://launchpad.classlink.com/cfisd/ for students

Home Access Center Parent Instructions


If you have any questions, please call the Customer Care Center at 281-897-4357 or an email to isupport@cfisd.net.

Nurse’s Corner

On Tuesday September 20th and Wednesday September 21st, Kirk will have a team coming to help with Vision and Hearing Screening. Testing will happen during large group time. If your child wears glasses, please make sure to send them to school with their glasses and remind them to wear their glasses to large group.


If your student does not pass their Vision test a letter will be sent home in the following weeks.

Please check your student’s folder for the Vision and Hearing Referral Letters. You will need to take this letter to the Doctor. Please return the letter to Nurse McCann once the Doctor signs it. Thank you for your help with this process.


We have many resources available if your family needs help with vision testing and buying glasses. Please call or send a letter to Nurse McCann and we can work together on this process.

Counselor Corner

To ease your child’s back to school worries, offer them a sense of control. Let them choose, or assist in picking out, their daily outfit for school, add their favorite treat to their lunch, or pick out special school supplies together! These seemingly small things can make a big impact in your student’s day. Continue to have those open discussions and encourage your child to ask questions!

BOTB (Bringing out the best)

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Our Mighty Tigers have learned about School Pride through our Cy-Fair program “Bringing Out The Best”. Below are the presentations that the students viewed in their classrooms to learn more about Kirk Elementary.


PK-2, Bringing Out The Best

3-5, Bringing Out The Best


We love our school and love showing our school pride. Ask your Mighty Tiger what is something special they have learned about Kirk Elementary.

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What’s happening in Large Group?

Musical Magic


Hello Kirk Mighty Tigers! Music classes have gotten off to a great start. Students are practicing class routines and starting stations. We will still be focusing on the beat and having lots of fun.


Ms. Craig

PE



Hello Kirk Tigers. We’ve been doing such a great job following procedures and remembering our rules and expectations and we will continue talking about this for the next couple of weeks. This is just a small part of our daily routine at the beginning of the year. The main part in PE is still moving and doing fun activities that will keep us strong, fit and healthy.


Coach Mati

Art

Hello Kirk artists!


We have been rocking our routines and procedures. Students have been making their mark by creating dot masterpieces inspired by the book, The Dot. International Dot Day will be on September 15th. Feel free to dress up in dots to celebrate creativity, courage, and collaboration!


Ms. Kranson

PTO

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Need some help registering on the PTO website so you can stay up to date on the latest and greatest things happening at Kirk? Do you want to join the PTO and have access to our school directory? Click on the following link to view a helpful tutorial!

https://www.iorad.com/player/2017053/Kirk-Elem-PTO-Membership-Toolkit---Registration-and-Membership-Tutorial


Vision and Hearing Screenings are taking place this month on Tuesday, September 20, and Wednesday, September 21. Nurse McCann needs our help! If you would like to volunteer taking height and weight measurements and escorting students between screening stations please see the Sign Up Genius link below!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48AAA923A5FDC34-vision