Fearless in Fifth

Indian Creek 5th Grade Newsletter: Week of March 21st - 25th

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.

Important STAAR Information


It is almost time for the Math and Reading STAAR tests. Your child will be taking the Math test on Tuesday, March 29th and the Reading test on Wednesday, March 30th. Please see the bullet points below for important information regarding the test days.

  • Please make sure your child gets a good nights sleep and eats a healthy breakfast.
  • We will not have snacks available for your child, so please make sure your kiddo brings a healthy snack to munch on during the test. Please no messy chips (especially Takis or spicy Cheetos) or fruit or anything eaten with a spoon. With messy snacks, there is always a chance for it to get on their test. If that happens, the test becomes INADMISSIBLE and we certainly don't want that to happen. Some good choices are: goldfish, pretzels, crackers, dry cereal, certain non-messy fruits or vegetables, string cheese, popcorn, animal crackers, and granola bars.
  • They also need to bring a refillable water bottle.
  • They need to bring two number 2 pencils, with good erasers.
  • Please be sure they leave ALL technology at home. If they absolutely need their cell phone for emergencies, that is ok. We will make sure to have it turned off and in their back pack during the test.
  • Please continue to study the STAAR vocabulary quizlet with your child.
  • Unfortunately, parents are not allowed to come eat lunch on any STAAR testing days.

Reading STAAR Vocabulary

Students are being asked to practice five reading STAAR vocabulary words a night. The words can be found at: https://quizlet.com/_24e9hi.

Thank you so much for your support at home!


Thank you so much to those of you who have already sent in your child's Fun Run donations. We are still collecting donations, and have already collected around 80% of what was pledged. Please help us reach our 100% collection goal! The second due date for pledges is March 15th. Checks can be written to Indian Creek Elementary PTA. Pledges can be turned into your student's teacher or the front office. Thank you again for all you have done to make this a successful program!

Thank you again for your support! Please let your child's homeroom teacher know if you have any questions or concerns.

With much appreciation,

The Fifth Grade Teachers

Classroom Supply Needs


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.

Important Dates to Remember!

Saturday, March 19 - The BIG Event! 9:00a.m.- 12:00p.m.

Friday, March 25 - Holiday

Tuesday, March 29 - Math STAAR

Wednesday, March 30 - Reading STAAR

Friday, April 1 - Early Release 12:30

Wednesday, May 11 - Science STAAR

What We Are Learning this Week:

  • We will review how to convert both metric and customary units. We will also be reviewing multiple topics to prepare for our upcoming STAAR test.


  • We will be reviewing reading skills like cause and effect, inferencing, vocabulary, and context clues. Additionally, we will be working on passages that are paired together.


  • We will be finishing "Formation of Fossil Fuels" and then explore topic that discusses "What Happened Before"

Social Studies:

  • Now that we have looked at the growing tensions between the colonists and Great Britain, we are going to focus on a unit about declaring independence or not. The essential question we will use for our focus is, "What are the arguments for or against declaring independence?"

"Make Your Kids Responsible for Their Actions"

By Jim Fay

A joke hit the Internet recently.

The problem is that it is not a joke. It's a serious concern to all those who work with today's youth. A high school staff met to design the perfect recording for their telephone answering machine. The staff looked at several possibilities and finally agreed on the following:

  • To lie about why your child is absent - Press 1
  • To make excuses for why your child did not do his work - Press 2
  • To complain about what we do - Press 3
  • To swear at staff members - Press 4
  • To ask why you didn't get information that was already enclosed in your newsletter and several flyers mailed to you - Press 5
  • If you want us to raise your child - Press 6
  • If you want to reach out and touch, slap or hit someone - Press 7
  • To request another teacher for the third time this year - Press 8
  • To complain about bus transportation - Press 9
  • To demand that your child get a higher grade - Press 0

If you realize this is the real world and your child must be accountable/responsible for his/her own behavior, class work, and homework, and that it's not the teacher's fault for your child's lack of effort, hang up and have a great day.

I have consulted in many schools and know how overloaded teachers are today. I have witnessed the fact that teachers don't have enough spare time during the day to eat or go to the bathroom, let alone to do all the things society asks of them. This being true, why do you suppose a staff would spend its time fantasizing about this kind of thing?

Sad to say, the teachers are recognizing a national epidemic. It's the "Jet-Powered Turbo-Attack Helicopter Parent Model" epidemic. It rears its ugly head in all communities, but is especially excessive and out of control in the more affluent communities where parents have the financial resources and power to intimidate schools and community agencies.

If this is not you, just read on for the enjoyment.

Many of today's parents are obsessed with the desire to create a perfect image for their kids. This perfect image, or perfect life, is one in which their kids never have to face struggle, inconvenience, discomfort, or disappointment. It is a life in which the child can be launched into adulthood with the best of credentials. These kids look great on paper. Their high school and college diplomas show high grades even if they were not earned. They lead a life where their mistakes are swept under the table. I have often heard these parents say, "It's a competitive world out there and I want my kids to have every advantage. What they do when they are young should not hold them back later."

These parents, in their zeal to protect their young, swoop down like jet-powered, attack helicopters on any person or agency who might hold their children accountable for their actions. Armed with verbal smart bombs, they are quick to blast away at anyone who sets high standards for behavior, morality, or achievement.

Declaring their child a victim is a favorite tactical maneuver designed to send school personnel diving into the trenches for protection. Teachers and school administrators become worn down by this constant barrage. As they give in to parental demands that their children not be held accountable, standards are eroded and teachers gradually think, "What's the use?"

It is sad to watch kids learn to blame others for their failure instead of reaching goals through effort.

All this has caused me to look back thirty years ago to the time when we first wrote about Helicopter Parents. I now realize that those parents were relatively harmless compared to the modern-day version. I daily hear about the "turbo jet-powered models" designed for deadly attack. Some of these parents are not satisfied with protection, but even prefer to destroy the infrastructure of the very agencies that are dedicated to helping their children grow into educated, moral human beings.

Now you tell me. Is it possible for children who have never had to stand on their own two feet, never had to be responsible for their own actions, or never had to face and solve the smaller problems of childhood, to have the tools to face the rigors of adult life in America? We all know the answer to that.

Can the young adult who gets that perfect job perform well enough to keep that job if his grades from school were the result of teacher intimidation instead of vigorous study? The company who hires this person won't be easily intimidated by parental pressure in the face of substandard performance.

A perfect GPA is a poor substitutes for character and belief that achievement comes through perseverance.

I have worked with many parents who have fallen into this trap. They all love their children. They all want the best for them. They talk about how they don't want their kids to struggle like they did. They are prone to rush to blame others for any lack of achievement on their children's part. These parents are willing to hold others responsible for their children's actions. However, they are often willing to change their parenting style once they see the crippling effects of this parenting style. Many of these parents have said to me, "I now realize that even if I succeed in creating a perfect life for my kid, there is little chance that he/she can maintain it without my help."

Your child can rise to the top

One very astute father once said to me, "Jim, I've got it. There is a huge group of trophy kids growing up today who won't have the character and resilience to compete in the labor market. If my kid grows up knowing how to get what he wants through struggle and character, he will be the one with the true advantage. He will stand head and shoulders above the others because he has the tools to create his own perfect life. Now that I have learned that I can discipline my child without losing his love, I have the courage to abandon my old crippling parenting style. The Love and Logic approach to raising my kid will give all of us the tools it takes to make this happen."

People who are really successful implementing this skill purchased Helicopters, Drill Sergeants & Consultants

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.


Tutoring! - all tutoring will be held this week

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