Fearless in Fifth

Indian Creek 5th Grade Newsletter: Week of September 28

Love and Logic-"Kids and Lying Part 1"

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.

"Kids and Lying, Part 1"

George Washington may have said, "I cannot tell a lie. I chopped down the cherry tree," but I'm not sure about that. Humans have an inborn tendency to lie to protect themselves. We’ve all done it. When our brain senses any form of threat, it switches off good thinking and goes into defensive mode. Kids are no different.

So, how do we get kids to lie? It’s easy. Just ask them questions such as:

  • Did you brush your teeth?
  • Did you talk back to your teacher?
  • Did you use my tools without permission?
  • Did you hit your little brother?

Wise parents abandon the fantasy that their kids never tell lies. They don't tempt their kids to lie by asking these kinds of questions if they already know the answer. Instead, they say, "You talked back to your teacher today and I'm going to have to do something about that."

Ironically, most kids will still try to protect themselves with a lie: "But I didn't do that."

"We're not talking about that. We're talking about the fact that I'm going to do something about that."

"But I didn't."

"So what are we talking about?"

Notice that this wise parent is not giving the time of day to the kid's attempts to lie. If this child continues to argue, the parent might use the Energy Drain technique.

"This arguing could cause me an energy drain. Are you sure it's worth it to you? Thanks, pal. See you later."

This situation is one in which the parent was certain about the kid's behavior. Next week I’ll have an answer for a situation where you don’t know if your child misbehaved or not.

Listening to our audio, Love and Logic Magic When Kids Drain Your Energy will give you plenty of ideas for providing effective consequences when you're dealing with kids who lie to you.

Thanks for reading! Our goal is to help as many families as possible. If this is a benefit, forward it to a friend.

Jim Fay

Tutoring This Week

Please contact the appropriate teacher to let us know if your child is staying to attend tutoring.

Tutoring is after school and ends at 3:35pm. Please pick up your child at the front of the building promptly at 3:35.

Monday - Math (Mrs. Purvis & Mrs. Vitosh)

Tuesday - Reading (Mrs. Brown, Ms. Horne, & Mrs. Legg)

Wednesday - Any Subject (all teachers, Ms. Legg will have writing tutoring)

What We Are Learning this Week:

  • Unit 3: multiplying whole numbers and decimals.


  • We will continue looking at the different elements of a story and how they can help us comprehend what we read.
  • Our main focus will be on summarizing fiction using the five finger model (Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then).
  • We will also focus on context clues and creating contextual sentences using some of our week's spelling words.


  • We will continue our personal narrative writing unit.
  • Throughout this unit, students will practice organizing their thoughts, focus and expand upon a small moment in their lives and will develop and enhance their writing by adding irregular and passive verbs and transition words.


  • We will finish up with classifying matter based on physical properties, including mass, magnetism, physical state (solid, liquid, and gas), relative density (sinking and floating), solubility in water, and the ability to conduct or insulate thermal energy or electric energy.
  • We will begin our focus on properties of water.
  • We will learn the freezing and boiling points of water and various materials.

Social Studies:

  • We will finish our unit on Geography.
  • This week, we will continue to focus on the five regions of the US. We will identify the various physical and human characteristics particular each region, as well as, the different states that make up each region. We will conclude this unit with an assessment on Friday and Monday.

Resources to Use:


Access the math textbooks online by first going to www.lisd.net.

Go to the "Students" tab and click on "Digital Resources."

Once there, click on "Elementary."

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

LISD Math Parent Night

Monday, Sep. 28th, 6-7pm

4949 Arbor Glen Road

The Colony, TX

HHS Theater Fall Show--"The White Snake"

Thursday, Oct. 1st, 7pm

4207 Plano Parkway

Carrollton, TX

HHS Theater Fall Show--"The White Snake"

Friday, Oct. 2nd, 7pm

4207 Plano Parkway

Carrollton, TX