In the Know

Week of May 2 Newsletter

May 9 - 10 STAAR Testing

May 16 - Bucket Drummers, Honor Choir, and 4th grade Recorder Concert, 7PM

Please help your child be as prepared for our next round of STAAR Testing. They will need to be here by 8:00 so we can get started as quickly as possible. A good nights sleep and a healthy breakfast is always helpful!

I am so proud of their hard work and I know this is just a snapshot of their efforts! They have worked hard and are ready to show off what they know!

Recorders needed all week

Students will need their recorder EVERY day next week for stage rehearsals!

A note from Mrs. Masters...

Dear parents of 3rd and 4th graders,

This summer we have a great music enrichment for Keller-Harvel. In addition to myself, two other local music teachers from Zimma-Rimba will be directing a marimba music camp. In one week you will learn to play Zimbabwean Marimbas. The music is exciting with amazing instruments that your children will love.

Check out these videos from past marimba camps with Zimma-Rimba here in Keller.




Register at
Classes are limited to 15 to 20 students so register quickly before classes are full.

Camp Zimma-Rimba for Keller-Harvel
Location:Woodland Springs Elementary School
June 13th-16th, 2016
End of Camp Concert, Thursday 4:00pm
Cost $120 per student

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. It would be great to have you join us this summer. I have worked with Zimma-Rimba and seen them perform many times and I know you will love it!!

Tamara Masters

More about Zimma-Rimba

Learn to Play Zimbabwean Marimbas and Drums
Perform an amazing concert in just one week
Lively, Fun Music in a friendly environment
Everyone welcome,

****No experience or instrument purchase required***

Opportunity for continued musical studies and growth throughout the year.

  • Perform at incredible venues: Disney World, Great Wolf Lodge, NRH20, Meyerson Symphony Center, TCU, SMU, and many more!!!

Meet the teachers
Instructors Mary Carla Whitaker and Jeremy Phillips are both elementary music teachers and have taught marimba to over a thousand students. They direct one of the few Zimbabwean Marimba Bands in Texas. Learning with them is both exciting and effortless.

Mary Carla Whitaker

Music Specialist: Bluebonnet Elementary

Jeremy Phillips
Music Specialist: Pinkerton Elementary

Bear Creek Parent Orientation

Monday, May 16th, 6-7pm

801 Bear Creek Parkway

Keller, TX

Can you believe it's almost time for 5th grade? Please make plans to find out about Bear Creek and what you can expect as a parent. This meeting is more for parents as we will tour the school the next day, Tuesday, May 17.

Recorder, Bucket Drumming and Honor Choir concert

Monday, May 16th, 7pm

KHES Cafeteria

May 16th 7:00 p.m. in the KHES cafeteria. Report at 6:45 p.m., buckets and choir to the music room and all others to their 4th grade classroom.

Upcoming Field Trips - Permission forms due back ASAP!

Your child has 3 permission slips for upcoming field trips for you to sign and return. Please return all of them as quickly as possible as I know this is a busy time of year. I'll keep up with them after you sign them! :)

Tuesday, May 17 - Student tour at BCI

Thursday, May 19 - 4th grade Play Day @ KHS (more info coming home today in Tuesday folders)

Thursday, May 26 - Art field trip to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Unit 9 Spelling City Practice

Click here for Unit 9 Spelling Practice!

Fourth Grade Graduation

Thursday, June 2nd, 8:15am

KHES Cafeteria

Mark your calendars for Fourth Grade Graduation! We will recognize your child's hard work and accomplishments this year. Please make plans to join us!

Reception following in classrooms

Click here to download a copy of the 2016-17 KISD Instructional Calendar!

The first day of school for the 2016-17 academic year will be Tuesday, August 23, 2016 with the last day of school scheduled for Friday, June 2, 2017.

Book Orders - Activation Code: MD7FG

You can shop and submit your order online or send the printed order form with payment directly to me. No matter how you order, every purchase you make earns FREE books for our classroom.


Please be sure to take a look at the 4th Grade newsletter as well. This is information that pertains to all 4th grade students. The link is at the bottom of this newsletter.