ASPIRE 5 Weekly News

May 20, 2016

As the year winds down...

Dates to Remember:

May 23 - CTMS ASPIRE Family Spaghetti Dinner and get together - see below

May 25 - Math Olympiad Toga Party for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade ASPIRE math classes

May 26 - Red Nose Day - FUN-raising and awareness of children of poverty

May 27 - No school - Bad weather make up day

May 30 - Memorial Day, no school

May 31 - 5th grade celebration @ NRH2O

June 1 - All School Celebration

June 2 - 5th grade graduation and last day of school

June 3 - ASPIRE Academy Annual K-5 Swim Party - Need all RSVPs soon!

It was a great day for a ballgame on Friday!

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A Peek at Last Week

In Science:

This week the Scholars chose favorite things they learned about in science and then paired up to create their entry for our Shoebox Science Fair. They had the take their knowledge about the topic and then search for a real world problem to explore that relates to their topic. They wrote driving questions or a Statement of Purpose and then started on investigating their issue. This coming week the Scholars will have time to finish their shoebox displays and then that last week of school we will have our ASPIRE 5 Shoebox Science Fair!

In Humanities:

This week the Scholars spent time reading their book club book (many still need to read at home this weekend to be ready for Monday). The majority of our Humanities block has been our study of the Constitution - understanding the functions and balance of power between the 3 branches and then comparing the makeup of the 1st Congress to the 113th Congress.

Red Nose Day on Thursday

May 26 is Red Nose Day across the nation. All of 5th grade will spend the day increasing their awareness of the impact of poverty on children. To prepare for this day we would like the students to do some FUNraising at home. Some ideas we came up with are:

  • Students are paid in coins for chores done CHEERFULLY at home. (Think quarters, dimes, nickels, pennies)

  • Instead of spending money on a family activity, plan a FUN family activity that doesn’t cost money. Then donate the money you would normally have spent.

  • Treasure Hunts are FUN! Go on a treasure hunt in your house (and car) search under the bed, in the sofa, on the dresser, under the seats. The treasure you are seeking is loose change.

  • SMILE Jar - Keep a jar in the kitchen to collect change for having FUN! Every time someone gets caught smiling - drop a penny in. If they are chuckling, collect a nickel, laughing collects a dime, and a good ol’ belly laugh collects a quarter. Have a contest - can you make someone else chuckle, laugh, or snort?

Maybe you and your family can think of some different ideas.

Then on Thursday, May 26, go to NBC and watch the Red Nose Day Special!

Yearbooks still available in front office for $35.

Next Week in Our Classes


6th Grade Accelerated Math
  • Finding the area of circles and composite figures that include circles and semi-circles.
  • Celebrating our participation in Math Olympiad

5th Grade Math

  • Real World Math Projects
  • Celebrating our participation in Math Olympiad.



  • Finishing Book clubs

Social Studies

  • Taking a closer look at the Bill of Rights
  • Investigating how poverty impacts children, locally and world-wide


  • Shoebox Science Fair preparations


  • Collaborating with small groups
  • Presentations to class

All math books need to be returned by Tuesday!

Volunteer Celebration Brunch

When: Tuesday, May 24 from 7:30-9:00 am

Where: GHES Library

Why: Because we love our volunteers!

If you have volunteered in any capacity this school year, please join us for this celebration. We would love the chance to show our appreciation!

5th Grade Graduation Information

Graduation Day is just around the corner! The following is a general schedule for the day so that you can make your own plans accordingly. Please note that there is a chance that the ceremony and parade will take longer than expected and will therefore not end by 9:45am. The only definite times are those marked with a double asterisk. (**)

8:15 Graduation Ceremony/Parade/Reception/Informal Photos **

9:45 Back to room to change clothes and apply sunscreen

10:00 Outside for Celebration

11:00 Lunch served **

11:45 Bus-riders leave unless they have alternate transportation arranged in advance **

12:30 Celebration Ends/Clean-Up/Dismissal **

We need your help! There’s lots of fun just around the corner: a 5th-Grade vs. Teacher and Staff Softball Game, NRH20 Field Trip, and the Graduation Ceremony and Celebration. Please check this link to see what you can do to lend a hand:

Do you have a reliable digital camera? If so, we could definitely use your amateur photography skills to take photos for the Graduation Video at upcoming events. Let’s help give each and every 5th-Grader the chance to feel like a star!

ASPIRE Academy Social @CTMS

Cross Timbers Middle School will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner for the middles school ASPIRE Academy families. This is a great opportunity to meet the principals, ASPIRE teachers, students and their families.

When - Monday, May 23rd 6:30-8:00 PM

Where - CTMS - the SAC (School Cafeteria)

Please RSVP to Clint Bland (

Cost - $10.00 for adults and $5.00 per child. You may send in your payment to Mr. Boykin or Mrs. Fullhart and they will see that the money is turned in.

ASPIRE Academy Family Swim Party

Come Celebrate Another Wonderful School Year at the 3rd Annual K-5th ASPIRE Academy Family Swim Party!

Plan to be there? Be sure to send in your registration form and pre-payment by Wednesday, May 25th.

Bedford Splash Waterpark and Pool

2801 Forest Ridge Dr., Bedford TX

Friday, June 3rd from 7:30pm-9:30pm

We do need your help! Please volunteer supplies and/or a little of your time at:

Speaking of Swimming...

Bathing Suit Donations

The daughter of Jayne Wiliky, a kindergarten teacher here, will be working at a camp for homeless children this summer. They are in need of bathing suits for the campers, ages 6-14. The bathing suits do not have to be new, so if you have any at your home that your children have outgrown, please consider donating them. They need all different sizes, even adult sizes would work. You can send them into school any time before the last day. I know they would appreciate your help if you are able.

Order VS Chaos

This was the theme of the day on Friday! The ASPIRE 5 Scholars did a great job in the softball game. Boykin's class was first at bat followed by Fullhart's class. We were so proud of their efforts, their grit and tenacity and their sportsmanship! But the game was running long and many of our scholars knew they had preparations for the ASPIRE Showcase that needed to be done. We could feel the chaos starting to build as the time got closer and closer to 11:00. First we excused the set designers and the stage crew to go set up the library. Then the directors, liaisons and tech crew went in to do their set-up and to tell the other grades that we would start soon.

It was interesting in that you could see the chaos creep in...first is was a light mist that swirled around their feet. But the chaos became more aggressive as we saw that we had missed our start time and now the 4th graders would have to wait and come back later. The chaos had now become a thick fog over the group as it dawned on the scholars that our carefully prepared show order and slideshow was no longer accurate (and 4 acts had gotten left off and needed to be fit in somewhere). Students started to panic that we wouldn't get it all done today...that they had costumes, props, and in some cases makeup...they HAD to perform today! All the while Mr. Boykin and Mrs. Fullhart were making sure that all of the 5th graders made sure to take time to eat lunch.

The Directors and Hosts worked with Mrs. Fullhart to rework schedule, the kids floated in and out of their jobs, the anxiety decreased and we ended up having a lovely showcase and saw all of the acts before we finished at 2:30!

Order leads to Chaos and Chaos leads to order!

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CTMS Gym Clothes

Note from CTMS:

Below is information if you are interested in purchasing gym clothes through CTMS for next year. There is also the option of wearing any CTMS shirt (or a solid gray) and black shorts.

The website will be open on June 6th and remain open until the end of June. The clothing will be delivered at registration.




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