The Howl

SEPTEMBER 2022

Tom Cox Timberwolves

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Principal: Deborah Spoon

5th Grade Asst. Principal: Allyson Tackett

6th Grade Asst. Principal: Valentina Majeski

5th Grade Counselor: Tara Bodin

6th Grade Counselor: Jessica Kowis


Mission: Growing Learners to be Productive Global Citizens


Guidelines for Success: Timberwolves. . . Heart to L.E.A.D.!


Learners: Engaged in learning, problem solvers, innovators


Empathize: Awareness and understanding of each other's thoughts and feelings


Appreciate: We are all unique! We respect and celebrate our differences and similarities


Dedicated: Committed to achieving ones goals even when it is hard! Inspire others to achieve their goals

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Dear TCI Families,


Words cannot express my gratitude to our staff and students on how they handled last week's incident with the evacuation and aftermath. Everyone followed protocols, remained calm, and worked as a team! Huge SHOUT OUT to the Fire Marshal, Fire Fighters, Emergency Medical Technicians and First Responders that came to our rescue.


The next couple of months will be busy. There are lots of activities scheduled. Please take the time to look through The Howl, we wouldn't want you to miss anything.


Sincerely,


Deborah Spoon, Principal

IMPORTANT DATES

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SEPTEMBER

11 - Grandparents Day!

19 - Crust Pizza PTO Spirit Night

19-23 - Scholastic Book Fair

21 - Read for a Better Life

21 - Read for a Better Life Family Evening Event

22 - 6th Grade Field Trip

23 - Pep Rally

26-30 - Bike Safety Week


OCTOBER

3 - Custodian Appreciation Day

4 - Individual Student Picture Day

5 - World Teacher Appreciation Day

6 - Author Campus Visit - Alda P. Dobbs

7-10 - No School

18 - Chipotle PTO Spirit Night

24-28 - Red Ribbon Week

28 - Pep Rally

28 - First Responders Appreciation Day

SCHOOL HOURS

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Our school day begins at 8:50 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.


Students may enter the building as early as 7:45 am. The students will wait in the cafeteria until they are released to their classrooms at 8:30 a.m.


Breakfast is served from 8:05 a.m. to 8:50 a.m., every school day.

Lunch With Your Child

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Making a school lunch reservation to eat with your child at school is easy! Due to limited space we ask parents and visitors to sign up for a date and time. There is a limit of two adults per student. A new link will be sent out every three weeks. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!


SIGN UP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4cadad23a0f9c43-weeks7


Lunch Schedules

A Lunch 11:05-11:35

B Lunch 11:37-12:07

C Lunch 11:55-12:25

D Lunch 12:23-12:53

RAINY DAY DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

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If your student is a walker/biker they will be expected to walk or ride their bike on rainy days, unless you and your child have an alternate plan in place. If you choose for your child to be a car-rider on rainy days it is not necessary to complete a transportation change form.


In the case of severe weather (thunderstorms, lightening, blizzard) we may hold walkers/bikers until we feel it is safe for them to walk or ride home. If that does occur we will contact the parent to inform them of the delay.


Bus transportation will run as scheduled.

volunteers

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Our campus values the contributions made by its many volunteers who diligently work to support our outstanding students, teachers, and programs. We have the goal to provide a safe environment for our students and visitors. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the Volunteer Application. This application must be renewed every new school year.


LINK: https://apps.conroeisd.net/volunteer/

Calendar of Events

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SCHOOL MESSENGER

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Science & Social Studies

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In 5th Grade Science we are having a great time classifying matter based on physical properties! This week we will classify matter by using solubility, thermal conductivity, and electrical conductivity. In Social Studies we are learning about important

U.S. symbols and historical documents.

english language arts

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We have officially kicked off our fiction reading unit! Students have done a great job with their reading, and we are hearing lots of insightful discussion about their books. One skill focus we have been working on is thinking analytically as you read and growing big ideas about our reading. They have done an awesome job with this work. The first week of September, we will have a "book tasting", and students will be placed in book club groups according to their interest and selection. Book clubs will continue through the month of September.


Now that we have wrapped up what great reading responses look like, we are moving on to personal narrative writing for the month of September. Students will choose a "small moment" to flash draft. Daily, they will build on their writing - adding details, looking at sentence structure, and creating a good hook or lead.


Keep up the good work Timberwolves!

Mathematics

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This month in math we will focus on multiplication. The students will multiply whole numbers and decimals, as well as problem solve to solve multiplication word problems. Our next unit is division.

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science & Social studies

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Students have finished up their first unit in 6th grade Science over elements and compounds. We will extend our new knowledge of the periodic table and elements as we discover the differing characteristics for metals, non-metals and metalloids. Then, students will get to make observations about various chemical changes in order to identify the formation of a new substance. Finally, it's time to use those math skills! We will calculate density to help us identify an unknown substance.


6th grade World Cultures is up and running. We have studied the basic themes and elements of geography and are ready to venture into the aspects of culture. The culture of different parts of the world is a favorite for students! We will have some fun activities to help demonstrate the concept of cultural diffusion and students get a chance to share and learn about their own culture. Get ready for some questions at home as they complete their ABC's Culture of Me project in class during September!

English Language Arts

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We are having a great time in ELA getting to know our readers and writers. This month in reading we are continuing to work on building our reading stamina and focusing on fiction reading. We are thinking deeply about our characters and the complicated traits they have. In writing, we are working on written responses about reading followed by crafting powerful life stories in our personal narrative unit.

Mathematics

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All 6th grade math students will be wrapping up Unit 2 - Rational Number Operations during the month of September. Levels students will be testing over Unit 2 on Thursday, September 15th. Advanced students will be testing on Unit 2 on Tuesday, September 13th. The second half of September will take us into Unit 3 where we will delve deeper into rational numbers as well as integer operations.

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Open House was a great success!

Thank you greatly to everyone that joined us for Open House! You can find more pictures from Open House on our Facebook page at the following link:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=pfbid0soiSna9SYuUpuCpSV6dJ67H3bTefNzjuk1w1ndDQKr7YsEUMXKNBpQdFFYNqrGaxl&id=192424887443081

2021-2022 Accountability Summary

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Great news! Our campus' 2021-2022 Accountability Summary is now available! Below are the instructions on how to view the summary report.


From the school’s website:

https://cox.conroeisd.net/


- Go to "Our School"

- Click "Campus Profile"

- Click "Cox School Profile" (green rectangle)

- Scroll down to Accountability Reports

- Click “2021-2022"

- Select "2022 Accountability Summary"

Happy Grandparents Day!

Grandparents Day is a day to celebrate grandparents and all the incredible things they do for their families. So, to all the amazing grandparents out there, please know - we appreciate you, we love you & we are so grateful to have you in our lives.


Happy Grandparents Day!

CRUST PIZZA PTO SPIRIT NIGHT

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Our amazing PTO will be hosting a Spirit Night at Crust Pizza, located on Rayford Road, on September 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Help support our school and show your Timberwolf Pride!


*Please remember to drop the receipt in the collection basket located by the registers.

Read for a Better Life Family Event

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We need volunteers!


Our campus will be hosting "Read for a Better Life Family Event" on Wednesday, September 21st from 5:30-7:00 p.m. For this event to be successful, we will need 8 volunteers to assist in the library and 5 volunteers to help our teachers. If you are interested, please sign up using the SignUp Genius link below.


SIGNUP GENIUS LINK: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4cadad23a0f9c43-read


*Please note - you must be a CISD approved volunteer. If you have not filled out the CISD Volunteer Application, no worries! It is quick and easy. Please complete the Volunteer Application at the link below. This application must be renewed every new school year.


CISD VOLUNTEER APPLICATION: https://apps.conroeisd.net/volunteer/

destination imagination

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How can we get kids excited about learning? Destination Imagination (DI) is a program that encourages the application of creative problem-solving techniques and tools while developing creative and critical thinking skills in the students who are involved.


Destination Imagination is a competition in which students form teams of two to seven students. They then choose from among the seven challenges which are developed each year to encourage students to think about the challenge topic, to learn how to research, and to apply what they have learned. DI offers the following types of Team Challenges: Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Engineering, or Service-Learning. Teams meet at least once a week after school for about five months to solve their challenge. Then they present their Team Challenge and Instant Challenge solutions to appraisers February 18th at the Woodlands High School.


Tom Cox will only have parent-led teams. All team managers must complete the volunteer application (https://www.conroeisd.net/parents/get-involved/) and be approved as a CISD volunteer. If you are interested in forming a team and being a team manager, please contact Tara Bodin, tbodin@conroeisd.net/281-465-3206.If your child is interested in making the commitment to participate in Destination Imagination, and you are willing to make the commitment to be a team manager or to support your child’s team, please attend a Zoom Parent Information Meeting on Thursday, September 22 at 6:00pm.


The link to join the Zoom Meeting is: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83669077892pwd=WS8zcnh4eFhVQ2thOWVMRnNRcmNpdz09

Meeting ID: 836 6907 7892

Passcode: 121884


Student applications will be available the week of September 19th.

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SUMMER READING WINNERS

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Congratulations to these students for completing the Tom Cox Summer Reading Program!


Below are a few benefits of READING!


- Reduces stress and helps you relax

- Improves your concentration and memory

- Vocabulary expansion and strengthens your writing abilities

- Enhances your knowledge

- Increases your imagination and creativity

scholastic book fair

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Get Ready! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming our way (YAY!). Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them to become Bolder, Prouder, and Stronger Readers. AND—as always—every book they buy earns rewards for our school.


Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place from September 19 to September 23 at the Tom Cox Intermediate Library.


You can set up an eWallet for your child! Give your child a safe, cashless way to shop the Book Fair. This digital payment option can be used at the in-school Book Fair or online at the Virtual Book Fair, where you'll discover an expanded selection of over 5,000 products. Plus, every purchase benefits our school! For more information or to learn how to setup the eWallet visit here: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/parent-how-it-works.html?fairID=5150500.


If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.


Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with online shopping:

https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/tomcoxintermediatesch.


Catch you at the Fair!

LIBRARY NEWSLETTER

Check out our Library Newsletter! It includes activities and happenings in the library along with some reading suggestions. Click here: https://www.smore.com/mtrks

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BIKE SAFETY WEEK

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Our 3rd Annual Bike Safety Day is September 26th – 30th. We will learn the importance of wearing a helmet, signals for the road, and other valuable information. We will be giving away bike helmets to encourage bike safety. We are accepting donations for bike helmets.


If you are interested in donating a new bike helmet, please deliver it to the school by Friday, September 23rd. If you are interested in purchasing a helmet for the bike safety giveaway, please click on the link for the Counselor Wishlist for bike helmets.

Assistance

As counselors there are times we can assist with food, clothing and supplies. In August, we sent home an Assistance Request Form. If the assistance letter did not make it home, please click on the link of your child’s grade level or contact your child’s counselor.


6th Grade Assistance Letter

5th Grade Assistance Letter

Power of Politeness

Our mission at Tom Cox is to "Grow learners to be productive global citizens," not only academically but also to develop their character, help them to present themselves well, gain confidence, and make good decisions.


This year, we will continue to present the "Power of Politeness", which will cover topics such as first impressions, introductions, gratitude, and manners through our guidance lessons. We will have our first Power of Politeness lesson on introductions.

We are looking forward to a great year!


Mrs. Bodin, 5th grade counselor & Mrs. Kowis, 6th grade counselor

Upcoming Community Presentations

The district Guidance and Counseling department is offering numerous community presentations throughout the school year. Please see the attached flyer for more information, Conroe ISD's 2022-2023 Guidance & Counseling Community Presentations


SEPTEMBER

Hidden in Plain Sight: Drug Prevention

Explore the different substances that teens may be exposed to and their effects. Also, discover the different ways these substances can be hidden in plain sight.

Sep 13, 2022 6:30-8:00pm

Location: Conroe High School LGI

Sep 27, 2022 6:30-8:30

Location: Jett Continuing Education Center-Ballroom


OCTOBER

Flipping the Switch on Anxiety

Learn how to identify what part of the brain is producing anxiety then hear easy to implement interventions useful for parents and students.

Oct 4, 2022 6:30-8:00pm

Location: Peet Junior High

Oct 25, 2022 6:30-8:00pm

Location: Grand Oaks High School LGI

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Did you know. . . ?

September is Preventing Childhood Obesity Month.


Here are some facts and tips for parents and kids!


Fact: About 1 in 5 American children has obesity. Compared to children with healthy weight, children with overweight or obesity are at a higher risk for asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Children with obesity are also more likely to experience bullying, social isolation, depression, and lower self-esteem. While there is no simple solution, there are many ways parents and caregivers can help children reach a healthy weight.


Tip #1: Eat the Rainbow

Having a healthy diet can help children get the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development, and help them reach a healthy weight. A healthy diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat or fat-free dairy.


Tip #2: Slow Down on Sugar

Most of us eat and drink too many added sugars, which can lead to health problems such as weight gain and obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. A good way to slow down on sugar is by avoiding sugary drinks like soda, juice drinks, and flavored milk. Help your kids rethink their drink by offering water, plain low-fat milk, or 100% juice instead.


Tip #3: Reduce Screen Time

Too much screen time has health consequences: it’s associated with poor sleep, weight gain, lower grades in school, and poor mental health in youth. When you reduce screen time, you free up time for family activities. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends creating family media plan with examples such as keeping meal times tech-free, charging devices at night outside the bedroom, turning screens off an hour before bed, and many more.


Tip #4: Move More

Compared to those who are inactive, physically active youth have stronger muscles and better cardiovascular fitness. They also typically have lower body fat and stronger bones. Regular physical activity in childhood also reduces the risk of depression. Children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Try these tips to your kids move more. https://health.gov/moveyourway/get-kids-active


Tip #5: Sleep Well

Good sleep is critical to prevent type 2 diabetes, obesity, injuries, poor mental health, and problems with attention and behavior. Did you know that children 6-12 years old need 9-12 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night and youth 13-18 need 8-10 hours? Too little sleep is associated with obesity partly because inadequate sleep can make us eat more and be less physically active. Help your children sleep better by making sure they’re active during the day, removing screens from their bedrooms, and setting a consistent sleep schedule, even on weekends.

WHAT DO I need to DO IF MY CHILD TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID?

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SELF-REPORT OF POSITIVE COVID CASE BY PARENT / GUARDIAN:


1. The link below will take you to the Conroe ISD self-report:

LINK: COVID-19 - Conroe ISD

Please make sure to use your student's credentials.

The link can also be found on the school's main website.


2. Click on the CISD SSO button on the top right of the Screen

Log in with the following Information

User Name: First 5 Letters of the last name + first 3 letters of first name (Example: Smithjoe)

Password: STU + Student ID # (Also known as lunch #) (Example: STU123456)


- Click on the “COVID-19 Central/Check-In Icon

- Click on the “Self-Report Button


**This self-report is only to report a confirmed POSITIVE COVID TEST


3. Once all of the information is entered, you will receive your student’s return to school date.


4. A report will be sent to the school nurse and administration of Cox Intermediate.


5. Please email any Health Care Provider notes to the attendance clerk, Martina Roberts @ mvroberts@conroeisd.net


* PLEASE NOTE:

- YOUR STUDENT DOES NOT NEED A NEGATIVE COVID TEST

TO RETURN AFTER TESTING POSITIVE

- A POSITIVE PERSON MAY TEST POSITIVE FOR A FEW MONTHS

BUT THEY ARE NOT INFECTIOUS


Please email your child's teachers for further instructions regarding school work.


Margaret Saxe, RN msaxe@conroeisd.net

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