Fearless in Fifth

Indian Creek 5th Grade Newsletter: Week of October 13th

Important Dates to Remember!

Friday, October 9 - No School

Monday, October 12 - Holiday

Friday, October 23 - Early Release and Fall Carnival

Outdoor School and Chaperones

Outdoor School is fast approaching! Yay! We will be attending Wednesday, November 18th and Thursday, November 19th. We will need two chaperones per class, so ten chaperones total. At this time, if you want to be considered to be a chaperone, please make sure you have your background check done and approved with LISD. If you are unsure if your background check is up to date, you are more than welcome to call the office and they can check on it for you. We will be sending home information in the near future regarding chaperone sign up, so please be on the lookout!

Fall Carnival-Pet Care-Themed Basket

Hello 5th Grade ICE Families!

The ICE PTA will hold their annual Silent Auction on October 23, 5:30-7:30. Proceeds will benefit ICE students and staff. The PTA is kindly asking that each grade donate items to be included in a themed basket. These baskets did extremely well at the auction last year!

The 5th grade teachers have chosen PET CARE as their basket theme! If you would like to send a new, pet care-related item to school with your child, please do so by October 19. Participation is optional.

Come to the auction to bid on this basket – or on many other wonderful items!

Contact Jessica Amason at icepta.auction@yahoo.com with any questions or if you’d like to volunteer at the auction.

Thank you so much for your help!

Jessica Amason & Elizabeth Danielson

Silent Auction Co-Chairs

"When Kids Struggle with Reading"

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.

After a difficult and frustrating day at work, don’t you wish your spouse would greet you with the following?

Honey, I got an email from your boss. She says that you haven’t been working up to your potential. She also mentioned that your reading is really poor and that you’ve had a bad attitude about completing your projects. That’s why we are going to sit down together and work on some practice samples. Now…I’m only doing this because I love you.

My guess is that few readers would vote for this treatment as an effective way of promoting deeper marital intimacy and improved work performance!

Far too many children struggle all day long with reading…and other subjects. Then they face even more frustration when they get home. When this happens, their reading performance rarely increases, but their disdain for books does!

In my travels across the country, I see families torn apart by this stress. Kids get angry and upset. Parents get frustrated and depressed. Instead of being an island of calm from the tense world, the home becomes part of it.

May I suggest another approach? What if this strategy saved your relationship with your child AND helped him or her develop a much better vocabulary, understanding of language structure, and attitude toward reading?

Read to them, and have fun doing it. Do this even if they’re in high school! Do it as often as possible. Don’t stand over them and force them to read. Don’t nitpick their reading performance. Just enjoy your time together as you read…to them. Take the pressure off!

At our summer retreat in June, you’ll hear a consistent theme from all of the world-class presenters: The brain learns and develops best within the context of loving and safe relationships. That’s just one reason why reading to struggling readers is so effective.

For more tips on helping kids with reading, listen to the audio, Winning the Homework Battle.

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

Dr. Charles Fay


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 4 and 5: Dividing Whole Numbers. This week we will be learning how to divide up to a four-digit dividend by a two-digit divisor. We will use a variety of strategies when dividing.


  • We will continue looking at the different elements of a story and how they can help us comprehend what we read.
  • We will continue to focus on identifying and analyzing multiple themes in literature. We will have an assessment on Theme on Friday.


  • 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 are learning about the properties of water.
  • We will learn the freezing and boiling points of water and various materials.

Social Studies:

  • We will continue our unit on the earliest Americans and how they migrated to and settle in North America. Students will be able to explain when, where, and why groups of people explored, colonized, and settled in North America and how and why people have adapted to their environment.

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

Becoming A Love and Logic Parent ©

Becoming A Love and Logic Parent ©


October 1, 8, 15

8:30 am OR 6:00pm - Bolin Administration Building

6:00pm- Career Center East

6:00 pm CHOICES @ the Lewisville Learning Center (SPANISH CLASSES ONLY)

(See flyer for more details) English Spanish

Love and Logic provides simple and easy to use techniques to help parents have more fun and less stress while raising more responsible kids of all ages. (www.loveandlogic.com).

These classes are offered to all LISD parents free of charge. See flyer for more information!!

"Saying "No" to a $200 pair of sneakers does not constitute child abuse."

Love and Logicisms: Wise Words About Kids

Jim and Charles Fay, Love & Logic Institute