5th Grade Falcons

News You Can Use for the Week of 04/20-04/24

Important STAAR Information

Great News! Reading STAAR results are in and a letter explaining your child's score was sent home this afternoon. I know we are ALL so proud of the hard work each student has put in this year and with the STAAR test. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email your child's teacher!

"Make It Mom's Day All Year Round"

"Make It Mom's Day All Year Round"

Weekly, we will send you a link from a parenting resource called, "Love and Logic". I believe you will appreciate the information as much as I have.


TWITTER has made its way to ICE!

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. Finley - @finleys5thgrade

Mrs. Horne - @fearlessin5th

Mrs. Purvis - @fifthisfun

Mrs. Vitosh - @AmyVitosh

Fifth Grade Twitter handle - @5thicefalcons

Upcoming Dates

Friday, May 1 - ICE Field Day

Tuesday, May 5 - ICE Multicultural Night, 5:30-6:30.

Monday, May 4 - Friday, May 8 - Staff Appreciation Week

Tuesday, May 12 - STAAR Reading retake

Thursday, May 14 - General PTA Meeting

Friday, May 22 - Bad Weather Make-Up Day

Monday, May 25 - School Holiday

Tuesday, May 26 - Fifth Grade Field Trip

Student Accountability Plan

As we enter the last weeks of school, we want to help prepare the kids for Middle School as much as possible, so we have used the Late Work Policy at Arbor Creek to create our own policy to best suit our students' needs. Our goal is to help students learn more responsibility, especially when it comes to their work, and to learn how to hold themselves accountable. Here are the steps we follow when a student has a missing assignment:

  1. Study Hall (During the morning, from 7:50-8:20.)
  2. Lunch Bunch X 2 (They have two days to complete the missing assignment.)
  3. Encore (After school, from 3:00-4:00 - This is assigned if they do not finish their assignment after Study Hall and 2 days of Lunch Bunch.)
  4. Office Referral (This is assigned if they still have not completed the assignment.)

Please note, if a student fails to show for Lunch Bunch, they will be assigned to Encore the following Day. You will always be notified if your child has been assigned to Lunch Bunch or Encore. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher.

Digital Citizenship

This link contains excellent resources for parents wishing to look into how to keep their child safe on the Internet:


Academic Tutoring

Fifth grade teachers are still offering tutoring on Wednesday afternoons, from 3:05-3:35. Your child's teacher will notify you if they would like your student to attend tutoring. If you feel your child needs to attend tutoring, for either reading or math, please contact your student's homeroom teacher.

STAAR Tutoring




Please make sure you pick your child up in the front of the school at 3:30.


LISD Student Software Applications Resource for Parents and Students (Link Below)

This week in ELAR

Next week we will focus on Expository text and comprehension skills as we read text about Sacagawea and Lewis and Clark. The students will make inferences and draw conclusions as they read. We will also focus on creating poetry for a poetry project over the next couple weeks.

Academic Vocabulary for the week: analyze, examine

Please continue to make sure your kiddo is doing their daily reading log and logging at least 20 minutes of reading a day and completing iStation on Wednesdays! I have really enjoyed reading their logs each week and seeing their thought process!


Monday--Reading Log

Tuesday--Reading Log

Wednesday--iStation on home computer or iPad

Thursday--Reading Log

iStation Resource for Parents:


This week in Math

This coming week, your students will learn about...

Financial Literacy

  • Manage financial resources effectively to ensure lifetime financial security.
  • Making informed financial decisions is vital for financial security.
  • Define income tax, payroll tax. sales tax, and property tax
  • Explain the difference between gross income and net income
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of different methods of payment, including check, credit card, debit card, and electronic payments
  • Develop a system for keeping and using financial records
  • Describe actions that might be taken to balance a budget when expenses exceed income
  • Balance a simple budget

HOMEWORK ALERT!!! They will have math homework daily! Some evenings they will have a paper and other nights they will be asked to access Khan Academy or Think Through Math.

The website for their math textbook is www.pearsonrealize.com. Their log-in is their last initial, first initial, ID number@lisd (example: va12345678@lisd). All student passwords are abcd1234.

Think Through Math, http://www.thinkthroughmath.com, is another online resource your children have accessed. I will be checking to make sure they work with this resource at home at least two times a week. Please encourage your child to access this great resource as well. They all have their usernames and passwords saved in their Evernote account.

This Week In Science

Below you will find a link that will assist you with making science connections with your children at home. It is called STEMscopepedia. Please ask your child to log in with their username and password in order to read this wonderful resource.

Learning Goals...

  • The student is expected to identify the significance of the carbon dioxide-oxygen cycle to the survival of plants and animals.

  • The student is expected to compare the structures and functions of different species that help them live and survive such as hooves on prairie animals or webbed feet in aquatic animals.
  • The student is expected to differentiate between inherited traits of plants and animals such as spines on a cactus or shape of a beak and learned behaviors such as an animal learning tricks or a child riding a bicycle.

This Week in Social Studies

We will continue our unit on Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion! We will focus on how the expansion of the United States affected people inside and outside the country. The students have participated in a Web Quest to gain a basic understanding of the concept of Manifest Destiny, and now will participate in an Experiential Exercise where students act as 19th-century settlers and migrate into the western territories of an outline of the United States, and will then create an annotated map showing how each territory became part of the United States. The vocabulary words we will use with our focus are: territory, annex, acquisition, Manifest Destiny, reservation, expedition, boundary, and cede.

We will also continue to bring our knowledge from Language Arts and synthesize information, draw conclusions, summarize and make predictions as we learn about our history. Below are some resources we will use in the classroom, that your student can also access at home to further help with their understanding.

Social Studies Alive Online Curriculum

The students are able to access the social studies curriculum, Social Studies Alive, from their iPads (and should also have a shortcut saved to their home screen). Below is the information they will use to log-in.

User Name: last name, first initial

Password: ID # (numbers only)

teacher email: hornej@lisd.net

A Message from our Counselor

Calling all dads...

Please consider joining our Watch D.O.G.S program! If you are interested, please follow this link to fill out some information for Mrs. Sanchez: Watch DOGS information sheet

If you are able to join, follow this link to order your t-shirt before your volunteer time: order a shirt


Please support our school by joining PTA! Follow this link to see what our amazing PTA has in store for us and find out about membership information!


Our PTA is also live on Facebook! You can find them at https://www.facebook.com/icepta.

Contact Us!

5th Grade Teacher Email Addresses

Mrs. Brown brownek@lisd.net

Mrs. Finley finleyl@lisd.net

Mrs. Horne hornej@lisd.net

Mrs. Purvis purvisad@lisd.net

Mrs. Vitosh vitosha@lisd.net

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