Fearless in Fifth

Indian Creek 5th Grade Newsletter: Week of May 9 - 13

A Note from Mrs. Gleason

Dear Parents,

Our performance of Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears will be presented on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in the cafeteria after the 6:30pm PTA meeting.

The performance will last approximately thirty minutes.

As part of the students’ costumes, each child has been asked to wear all black. Your child should wear a long-sleeved or short-sleeved black shirt and black pants or a long black skirt.

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Gleason – gleasonk@lisd.net.

Thank you!

Kristi Gleason

UPDATED!! Field Trip Information!!

  • We are looking forward to our Field Trip Tuesday, May 31 to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science!


Monday - Reading STAAR tutoring will meet

Tuesday - Science STAAR tutoring will meet

Wednesday - There will be no tutoring.

iPad Update: iOS 9.3.1

There is a new software update available. If your student has not updated the software on their iPad, please have them do so as soon as possible. There is a glitch in the 9.2 version with the LISD App store.

Middle School News!

All LISD middle schools require a current utility bill for enrollment. If you have not turned one in, please do so ASAP. Middle schools will NOT be giving students a schedule if this is not turned in. Also, it must current; an April or May utility bill. Please contact your student's homeroom if you have any questions.

Spring Parent-Teacher Conference Time!!

If you have not already had a spring conference and would still like to schedule one, please contact your child's homeroom teacher.

PTA Book Club!

Hello parents!

Indian Creek Elementary is offering an awesome opportunity for you to participate in our first annual book study club! Please join in our discussion on May 5th as we will be reading The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey. At our group discussion, free refreshments and pastries will be served.

Rather borrow the book? No problem! For those who would like to participate, we are making it easy for you to get involved by offering this book through our school library. You may check out a book using your student's name. Please see Ms. Robin Russell to obtain your copy or send a note with your child to check out the book.

To make it even more hassle-free, we will also be offering complimentary childcare, if it is needed. Please sign up on the link below so that we can find out which meeting time would be best for you and if you will be needing childcare. We hope to see you there!

​Indian Creek Elementary Book Club Sign-Up Link​


Amber Taylor
VP Programs
Indian Creek PTA

iPads at School and Ready To Go

iPads are the student's responsibility and the school expectation is that students bring fully charged iPads to school every day. We are having students forget their iPads at home or forgetting to bring them to school charged. When students do not have their iPads at school ready to learn, it has a negative impact on their education, as we use them frequently for learning. Please make sure your student has a designated place to charge their iPad each night and that they bring their charger to school so they are able to charge their technology when the need arises. Thank you so much for your continued support.

Classroom Supply Needs - UPDATE!


We are at a time of year where student supplies are starting to run low. We would greatly appreciate it (if you are able to) if you could send any of the below items to school with your child. Thank you so much for your continuing support!

- Pencils

- hand sanitizer

- cleaning wipes, such as clorox or generic brand.

- EARBUDS! Because we use technology throughout the day, it is important for each student to have their own set of earbuds. They do not need to be expensive, they even have the at the Dollar Tree for $1 per pair. We do not have earphones for them and they are unable to share with their friends.

Important Dates to Remember!

Monday, May 9 - Math STAAR retake (if needed)

Tuesday, May 10 - Reading STAAR retake (if needed)

Wednesday, May 11 - Science STAAR

Friday, May 20 - Field Day

Monday, May 30 - School Holiday

Tuesday, May 31 - 5th Grade Field Trip

Wednesday, June 1 - End of Year Celebration @ 8:45 am

Thursday, June 2 - Balloon Release in the front of the school @ 12:15 pm

Thursday, June 2 - Last Day of School

What We Are Learning this Week:

  • Starting on Thursday, we will begin our last unit "Step Up to Grade 6." This unit has a range of topics that are a preview of next year.


  • We have finished our poetry project and will now begin a unit over Media Literacy. The students will analyze various forms of media and how their messages are conveyed differently, will learn about different techniques used in advertising, and will consider the differences in techniques across the various forms of media.
  • We will also focus on words derived from Greek and Latin elements.


  • We will complete our Science "Boot Camp" reviewing all of the objectives leading up to Science STAAR on May 11th.

Social Studies:

  • We will begin a unit over the Constitution and then the Bill of Rights.
  • The questions we will use for our focus are, "What are the key features of the US Constitution?," and "What are the basic rights and freedoms of the American people?"

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.


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