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October 4, 2019
We are very excited about how well the first six weeks of school has gone for our staff and students. We would like to welcome our many new families to our school. We hope you will find Gleason a great place for your child to grow academically and behaviorally. If you haven't already had a chance to join our Gleason PTO and purchase spirit wear, please go to http://www.gleasonpto.com/. Your support is greatly appreciated. It is also hard to believe that almost one fourth of our school year is almost completed. Our first nine weeks will end on October 25th. Please look for report cards to come home on November 1st.
We hope you will join us on October 29th from 6:00-7:30 for our Family Reading Night. We have many hands-on literacy activities planned for our students to enjoy with their families. Several food trucks will also be here.
On November 8, 2019, the students and staff at Gleason will celebrate Veteran’s Day with a ceremony honoring those who have served or are currently serving in the military. Our ceremony will include a parade of flags carried by each grade level. Please mark your calendar for this event. More information will come home on Oct. 18th.
Family Reading night flyer
Thank you Twin Eagle for your continuous support!!!
Continued safety and security measures for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
A Note from the Nurse....Mrs. Compton
Vision and Hearing Screening was a huge success. Thank you to our parent volunteers for their help. Referrals for students who did not pass hearing and/or vision screening will be sent home in the coming weeks. For students needing an eye exam, CFISD offers a great program called “SEE TO SUCCEED." This event takes place in January. Students will be transported via school bus to the Berry Center for an eye exam and will receive glasses if needed. Information will be sent home along with the vision referral form to sign your student up. If you have questions/concerns, please let me know how I can help.
A gentle reminder that all medication must be brought to the clinic by a parent, guardian or other responsible adult and will be secured in the clinic. For the safety and protection of all students, medication will not be sent home with students. Students will not be allowed to carry medications, cough drops, etc.
From the Library....Mrs. Jones
Dates: October 25 to November 1
The book fair starts October 25th and continues until noon November 1st. Join us for Family Reading Night and make the book fair one of your stops! Flyers will go home the week before the book fair opens.
Visit the Gleason Book Fair homepage to learn more ways to purchase books for your child and help you.
A new tool this Fall is eWallet, a safe convenient payment option for parents. Watch this short video to learn more. Better than a blank check because you control how much money is in the wallet.
No book fair runs without the help of volunteers, so please consider signing up for an hour to help students shop.
Name That Book
All students 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade students will be participating in the NAME THAT BOOK PROGRAM by reading the fabulous books. The mission of the Name That Book (NTB) Program is to foster a life-long love of reading in all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. A list of books that encompasses a wide variety of genres has been provided, and students are encouraged to read as many as possible. The 100 books are chosen by CFISD librarians and are available at our library.
This program culminates annually with a series of contests to celebrate the students’ comprehensive knowledge of the books. Students participate at the team level by reading at least 6 books from the list. In November, teams will be formed within their grade levels.
Name that Book link: https://www.cfisd.net/download_file/31341/348/
Don’t forget about Ross Burach’s visit to 1st and 2nd grade. Click on the following link to purchase a book for an autograph.
Our students continue to work on routines and procedures as we practice the PBIS Matrix. The PBIS Matrix is a one way to review expected behaviors at Gleason. When you come to visit Gleason, challenge your child to teach you the PBIS matrix for the area that you're visiting. We appreciate your help in reviewing these expectations.
From the Counselor....Mrs. Salazar
This month we are focusing on the word courage. We want our student to have the courage to speak up when something is wrong, to do the right thing even if others aren't looking and to be themselves. This month we will show courage not only by our daily behaviors, but by participating in Red Ribbon Week to show that we choose to be drug-free and bully-free. We will have a No Place for Hate class activity during Red Ribbon Week too. Our kindergarten through 5th grade students also show courage during Mix-It-Up Tuesday (the last Tuesday of every month) by choosing to sit by someone that they do not know very well at lunch to meet other students in their grade level. We appreciate you for helping us make the value come alive each month by pointing out true examples of courage. At school, if your child is demonstrating the monthly value that we're focusing on, they may earn tiger bucks, a positive office referral or a spirit stick from a staff member. We appreciate you being for being a part of our team by participating in building these inward attitudes into outward behaviors and supporting the upcoming activities.
Gifted and Talented Information
The school counselor will be accepting nominations for Gifted and Talented testing for kindergarten through 5th grade beginning October 1st through November 30th. You can find the program overview and parent information on the district website. Parent teacher conference is a great time to discuss the appropriateness with your child's teacher. The parent survey/permission to test survey will be available at the front desk during the nomination period or contact the school counselor. Please note, November 30th is the Saturday after Fall break. So, please request prior to the holiday break.
Students in grades K-5 will have four opportunities during the school year to use “credit-by-exam” to accelerate to another grade level. Students will only have one opportunity to test for each grade level considered.
To apply to take the test to skip kindergarten, a student must be 5 by September 1, and registered in a CFISD school. To apply to take the test to skip grade 1, a student must be 6 by September 1, and enrolled in a CFISD school.
Students who earn scores of 80% or better on each component of the credit-by-exam will qualify to advance one grade. Only one grade level may be “skipped” each year. No retests will be given.
If you are interested in getting more information about credit-by-exam, please contact the school counselor.
September Core Value-Courage
Grade Level News
Our Pre-kinder students have learned so much in the first few weeks of school! In language arts, we will continue to learn letters and sound as well as recognize our names and our friend’s names. We are working on following two step oral directions and participating in class. In math, we are counting to 10. We are continuing to make patterns and explain our sorts. We will learn about the four seasons with a focus on fall.
In Reading Workshop, we are working so hard to build our reading stamina! We are moving toward becoming independent by reading our old favorite storytime books on our own. In Writing Workshop, we are working to stretch out those words and record the sounds that we hear. We are also studying authors that have great illustrations. We will use what we are learning to add more details in our books! In Math, we are learning to compose and decompose numbers 1-10, subitize numbers 6-10, work with more and fewer, graphing, and counting to 100. This month in Math, we will take our beginning of the year DPM. Highlights for October include: Fall pictures, Author Visit: Ross Burach, Breakfast Buddies, Book Fair, Reading Night, Adventure Dash Rally, and Red Ribbon Week. Thank you for partnering with the Kindergarten team to help your students grow academically and socially!
We have had a great first month of school in First Grade! We are really enjoying getting to know all of our students. We have many exciting things happening this month. We will have our chicks coming soon. Throughout the month we will follow their life cycle and watch them hatch!
In math we will begin to learn how to solve word problems using our problem solving model. We will also learn about graphs, number bonds, and skip counting by 10s.
In reading we will continue to learn and use strategies that help us become better readers. These strategies will be used to help us figure out unknown words as well as read more fluently to better understand the story.
In writing we will focus on appreciating illustrations and telling stories with pictures across the pages. Once written students will read and share their stories to their partners and class.
Our students are doing a great job learning their second grade expectations and procedures. We are definitely off to a great start! In Math, we will be close to finishing up our Place Value Unit. Our students will begin adding and subtracting without algorithms. In Science, we will begin understanding the changes of matter. We will also be learning about forces and patterns of movement. We will be interacting with our reading through illustrations and writing to connect with what we have read. In Writing, we are working through the writing process and publish a completed writing piece.
We are off to a great start! Students have become acclimated with the expectations for 3rd grade and they have risen to the challenge.
Our mathematicians have been working on addition and subtraction multistep problems. We are moving into our foundation for multiplication. Students will look at concrete and pictorial ways to represent multiplication (equal group circles, strip diagram, grid paper). Students will move into solving one and two step multiplication and division problems using arrays, strip diagrams and equations. Math Checkpoint on Monday, October 21st.
Our super scientists are wrapping up our unit of study on matter. Students will take a Unit Test over matter which will cover: properties, states of matter, and changes to matter with heating and cooling. This month we will explore energy and forces. Students will determine the characteristics of different forms of energy, including mechanical, light, sound, and thermal and how they are used in everyday life. During our classroom experiments over energy and forces students measure using the metric system and distinguish the difference between observed and measured data.
In Reader’s Workshop, students explored the characteristics of fiction, informational texts, and hybrids and different ways to write about our reading across genres. This month, we will identify the author’s purpose and message across a variety of texts. Students examine these texts to determine how the purpose and message was achieved. Reading Checkpoint on Wednesday, October 23rd.
Our writers will study mentor texts looking specifically at how an author organizes his or her ideas to convey a message. As students explore different genres they will notice how the author keeps the audience in mind. Students will keep their audience in mind as they practice purposeful words choice and organization to engage the reader. Students will review verbs this month (action, linking, present, past and future tenses). This work will lead into our work with simple sentences and subject-verb agreement. Writing Checkpoint on Thursday, October 24th.
We look forward to seeing you all at Reading Night on October 29th.
In Math: We are going to be studying adding and subtracting in multi step problems.
In Science: We are going to be studying energy and on Oct 10th we will be having a Unit Test.
In Reading and Writing we will be studying Multiple Genres and Fiction/Traditional Literature with an opportunity to Self-Select within writing. Our goal is to consider our Author's Purpose and Craft while proceeding through the Writing Process of planning, drafting, revise details, editing and publishing.
Thank you for your ongoing support. We continue to work hard to achieve our goals in all content areas.
Fifth grade mathematicians will work on adding and subtracting whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. They will be multiplying three-digit by two-digit numbers and dividing four-digit by two-digit numbers.
Readers and writers will continue to analyze various texts and craft responses, spotlighting poetry and fiction in both Reading & Writing workshop.
Scientists will dig deeply into Life Science topics, including structures and functions of plants and animals, inherited traits, and learned behaviors.
Social Studies will be focused around Geography and map skills.
October 7-11- College Week
October 8-Career Day for 3rd and 5th
October 8- Watch Dog dad Kick Off 6:00 - 7:30 PM
October 10- Fall Picture No lunch visitors No lunch deliveries
October 15- Author visit 1st & 2nd Ross Burach
October 25 to November 1- Fall Book Fair
October 25 & November 1- Breakfast Buddies 7:30 AM
October 28 - Marking period 2 begins
October 28 to November 1- Red Ribbon Week
October 29- Reading Night 6:00 - 8:7:30 PM
November 1- Report Cards Go Home
November 1- November Newsletter
November 1- Adventure Dash Day No lunch visitors No lunch deliveries
November 4- 50th Day of School
November 5- Student Holiday-Parent/Teacher Conference Day
November 8- Veteran's Day program
November 12- Fall Picture Retake
November 13- 4th Grade Parent Writing Night 6:00-7:00 PM
November 15- Kinder Dewberry Farm Field Trip
November 20- Gleason Horizon Showcase
November 22- 4th Grade Oil Ranch Field Trip
November 25 to November 29- Student/Staff Holiday
Important information about lunches