Mrs. Rustin's Leaders

Newsletter September 25, 2015


It was great being able to meet with everyone for conferences. Thank you for taking time to come in.


Social Studies assessment for Reconstruction is rescheduled for Friday, October 2nd.

Math assessment is scheduled for Thursday, October 1st.

Please check our class page on my eClass for study guides. The study guides will be posted no later than Tuesday.


We are a PEANUT FREE classroom due to food allergies. Please refrain from sending in snacks that contain peanuts or nuts. In addition, if sending a treat for the whole class, please make sure the treat is peanut and nut free.

Cafeteria News

If your child would like to celebrate a birthday here at school, please bring PEANUT FREE cupcakes or an individually wrapped PEANUT FREE snack to share at lunch. Please do not bring anything that has to be cut, as time is limited. Remember to share with our class only. Currently, we have 27 students.

Agenda Books

Please continue to sign agenda books nightly.

Shout Outs

Each week a student will be chosen for Junior Captain based on the character word of the month. This month's word is respect.

Congratulations Aiden H. for being chosen as our Junior Captain for the week of September 14th!

Congratulations Carlos for being chosen as our Junior Captain for the week of September 21st!

Parent University

Monday, Sep. 28th, 9am

Pharr Cafeteria

PTA Spirit Night at Panda Express

Thursday, Oct. 1st, 12-8pm

Panda Express

For more information & to print the flyer you must present at Panda Express go to

PTA Meeting/STEAM Night

Thursday, Oct. 15th, 6-8pm

Pharr Elementary School

First 9 Weeks Curriculum


Weeks 3-6 (Literary Text):

*Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings (AKS 21b)

*Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes (AKS 4)

*Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text (AKS 1)

Weeks 7-9 (Informational Text):

*Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area (AKS13)

*Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text (AKS 10)

English/Language Arts

Weeks 5-6: Use a comma to separate an introductory element from the rest of the sentence and to punctuate a compound, complex, or compound-complex sentence (AKS 39b)

Week 7: Explain the function of conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections in general and their function in particular sentences (AKS 38b)

Week 8: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, vocabulary, including that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships (e.g., however, although, nevertheless, similarly, moreover, in addition) (AKS 43)

Week 9: Review

Social Studies

Weeks 6-9: Reconstruction


Weeks 5-7: Cells

Weeks 8-9: Learned Behaviors Vs. Inherited Traits


Week 5: Compare and round decimals (7.NBT.3_b and 8.NBT.4)

Week 6: Powers of 10 (5.NBT.2) a digit in one place represents 10 times… (4.NBT.1)

Week 7: Add and subtract decimals (12.NBT.7)

Week 8: Multiply decimals (11.NBT.7)

Week 9: Divide decimals (11.NBT.7)


Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences (AKS 31)

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience (AKS 25)

Weeks 5-9: Opinion Writing

Week 5: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information (AKS 22)

Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer's purpose (22a)

Week 6: Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details (22b)

Week 7: Link opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., consequently, specifically) (22c)

Week 8: Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented (22d)

Week 9: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills, with some guidance and support from adults (AKS 27) (Type to publish an opinion piece.)


  • Lunch is at 11:13
  • Ice cream is $1
  • Please send a quick/healthy snack daily
  • Students may bring a water bottle
  • Please check Friday folders and take out all work/flyers!
  • Transportation changes need to be done in the office or with a written note.
  • To ensure the safety of our students, please sign in and have your visitor’s badge visible at all times.
  • Please sign agenda nightly.