Fearless in Fifth
Indian Creek 5th Grade Newsletter: Week of April 4th-8th
Spring Parent-Teacher Conference Time!!
Mrs. Horne and Mrs. Purvis: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f4aafab4-20152016
Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Legg and Mrs. Vitosh: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c44ada72ea3fb6-spring
PTA Book Club!
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
Indian Creek PTA
iPads at School and Ready To Go
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!
- 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.
What We Are Learning this Week:
- We will start, "Creating a Personal Budget" unit this week.
- We will focus on myths and describing the phenomena explained in various origin myths from various cultures.
- We will also apply what we have learned about complete subjects and predicates and create sentences using our new spelling words.
- We will continue to determine the meaning of affix words, with our new spelling list containing various affix words that follow the pattern of -er, -est, -ier, -iest.
- Interdependency and Adaptations are the topics we will cover this week.
- We will begin planning our Science "Boot Camp" reviewing all of the objectives leading up to Science STAAR on May 11th.
- We will begin a unit over the Declaration of Independence. We have examined various arguments for and against declaring independence and now we are going to look at the main ideas expressed with the Declaration. The essential question we will use for our focus is, "What are the main ideas in the Declaration of Independence?"
"Save Most of Your Words for Happy Times"
By Jim Fay
What's the best way to make an otherwise effective technique backfire? It's simple: Talk too much.
In the store, I recently witnessed an unusually upset toddler whining to his mother about how "mean" she was and how badly he "needed" the toy she was telling him to put back on the shelf. This well-meaning mother quickly jumped into "psychotherapy mode" by listing all of the reasons why her three-year-old didn't need the toy, how it might put his eye out, how he might get one next year, why he shouldn’t be so upset, how sorry she was that he couldn't have it, that money doesn't grow on trees, etc.
There they were…both of them…on their knees.
While well meaning, this mother was actually feeding the fire by talking way too much! There exists a basic rule about doing discipline with kids of all ages:
The more words we use when our kids are acting up,
the LESS effective we become.
Save most of your words for happy times. Learn more about this technique and more in our audio, Four Steps to Responsibility.
Thanks for reading! Our goal is to help as many families as possible. If this is a benefit, forward it to a friend.
Dr. Charles Fay
To learn more tips for raising respectful, responsible kids, watch our DVD, How to Discipline Kids without Losing Their Love and Respect.
Indian Creek PTA!
Resources to Use:
Math: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.
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)
Mrs. Brown - @MrsBrowngrade5
Mrs. Horne - @fearlessin5th
Ms. Legg - @leggn1
Mrs. Purvis - @fifthisfun
Mrs. Vitosh - @AmyVitosh
Fifth Grade Team - @5thicefalcons
Indian Creek - @IndianCreekES