Fearless in Fifth

Indian Creek 5th Grade Newsletter: Week of January 11th

Planners are back!

PTA has ordered more planners and they have officially arrived. If your child does NOT yet have a planner and they would like one, please send $3.25 to school. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask your teacher!

Teacher Copy Room NEED!

The teachers have a wonderfully run copy room that parents volunteer to help their teachers by making copies and helping laminate. In order for the copy room to function and for teachers to keep receiving help with their paper copies, we NEED more volunteers. There are many different dates and times you can sign up for to help out. If you are interested, please visit the link below for more information and to sign up! Thank you so much for all your help and support!!

Indian Creek Teachers :)

Link to Volunteer Spot: http://vols.pt/XugV4d

Important Dates to Remember!

Tuesday, January 12 - Reading STAAR Benchmark

Friday, January 15 - Early Release @ 12:30

Friday, January 15 - End of the 2nd Nine Weeks

Monday, January 18 - Holiday - No School

"Problems with Warnings"

Hello. This is Dr. Charles Fay. Here's a special message from my eight-year-old son, Cody:

Computers, iPads, etc., are fun to use, but when is enough enough?

Many parents wonder how much time is enough. It's good to be able to get things fast and easy, but computers, iPads, etc., can be addictive. The reason these can be addictive are that they are fun, and you do not have to do anything. They will do all the work.

Here at Love and Logic we believe that devices should only be used for a few minutes. I believe that thirty minutes is enough for a day.

One parent asked me, "What do you do if you ask the kid to get off of the device and they say no?"

I said to just tell the kid to please shut down the device. If they say "no" just keep calm and say, "I'm going to have to do something about this. We will talk about it later." Maybe you take the device away from the kid when the kid is sleeping. Maybe you take it away until the child shows more respect 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.

Dr. Charles Fay

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.


What We Are Learning this Week:

  • We just learned how to change mixed numbers to improper fractions and how to change improper fractions to mixed numbers.
  • We are now working on Topic 9, multiplying and dividing fractions.


  • We will continue our biography and research unit. After students have read a biography over a selected person and conducted research, they will create their own biographies through iBook.


  • We will learn how to take notes from a text and compose well written paragraphs for our research project.


  • Mrs. Purvis' class will be finishing up Forces and Motion. We will be taking an assessment on Wednesday.
  • Mrs. Brown's class will be finishing up light energy and beginning Forces and Motion! The students will design an experiment that tests the effect of force on an object.

Social Studies:

  • We will continue our unit on Comparing the Colonies. Students will learn about the thirteen colonies and the regions they were in . The focus question we will use throughout this unit is, "How were the three colonial regions alike and different?" Students will also create a billboard advertisement to try and get others to come to their assigned colony.

Tutoring! - all tutoring will be held 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)

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