CAMEY CAPERS

FEBRUARY 2016

FEBRUARY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

February 4: Student of the Month Lunch
February 5: Wear Red Day!
February 5-12: PTA Book Fair
February 6: Pancake Breakfast/Talent Show 8:30-11:00 AM/Book Fair Open
February 11: 4th Gr. Performance 6:30pm/Book Fair Open
February 15: Student Holiday/Teacher Staff Development Day
February 16: Menchie's PTA Spirit Night 5:30-8:30 PM
February 18: Spring Picture Day
February 18: 5th Gr. Visit Lakeview AM
February 22-25: 2nd Gr. Swim
February 24: 1st Gr. Legoland Field Trip
February 24: Six Flags Reading Calendars DUE TODAY
February 26: PTA Birthday Table during lunches


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February 2016


Hello Camey Families!

It has been a busy start to the new year and there doesn’t seem to be any sign of things slowing down around Camey! Everyday when I walk through classrooms, I get to see how busy your children are learning and growing. It is such a privilege and one I am grateful to be a part of each day. Our littlest Cobras are busy learning how to put letters together to make new words and then putting words together to make sentences in their reading and writing. They’re “playing” with numbers making different combinations and every day learning new strategies to add and subtract. They’re becoming more independent as their teachers ask them to demonstrate mastery of learned skills and get to show what they know! I don’t know what it is or if there is any research behind it, but February is sometimes a “magic” month for young children. The light bulbs come on and things just start to make sense. All of a sudden, they’re reading and writing and adding and subtracting. Walking classrooms upstairs in our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms is fun to do too! Your children are well into the routines of school and their focus has turned to applying all of the new things they have learned in the beginning of the year in order to solve complex math problems, design and apply concepts to understanding scientific principles, write rich and vivid essays, comprehend sophisticated text to make meaning, and determine patterns and trends in history and society to make informed decisions. School is a busy place these days and we have much to do and learn! We are excited to be able to share some of the work your child has been doing with you at our annual Open House on Thursday, March 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m. It will be a come and go event so stop by and visit your child’s classroom sometime during the evening and see all the wonderful things he or she has been learning each day!

I wanted to take a minute to talk with you about the Two-way Dual Language program we will be starting at Camey in the fall of 2016. We are very excited to have been chosen to house this special program and look forward to all the wonderful opportunities it will provide to our Camey students. We will start next fall with a group of kindergarten and first grade students who will learn content, reading, writing, math, science, and social studies, in both Spanish and English. The classes will be comprised of half native English speakers learning Spanish and half native Spanish speakers learning English. We will start with a group of children who currently attend Peters Colony but who are zoned to attend Camey. These families will be reassigned back to Camey. There is a strong possibility we will have room for first grade Spanish Learners and if you currently have a kindergartener at Camey and are interested in the program, please come see me and let’s talk a little more about how to get your child involved. Our kindergartners will start with us as both Spanish Learners and English Learners so if you have a PK age child now you want to be involved in the program, email me and let’s talk more. We will grow our program every year as we move children up through the grade levels and eventually we will have Two-way Dual Language classes at every grade level as well as English only classes. Parent meetings are currently being held across the District for interested Spanish Learners and we will be hosting an informational meeting at Camey on March 28th. I’ll be sending more information soon so be on the lookout if you’re interested. It is quite a privilege to be host to this very special program and I am eager to support our students as they become bilingual and biliterate citizens of our community.

I’m sure you’ve heard by now…the Pancake Breakfast and Talent Show is this Saturday, February 6, 8:00-11:30 a.m. We’ll have the silent auction again and the spring book fair will be open. I look forward to seeing everyone there!

I’ll close with this…thank you for sending us your children each day! We recognize the importance of our work and are honored that you choose Camey as partners in educating your child!

With gratitude,

Ms. Nelson

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COBRA CHATTER

PRE-K

We have been practicing how to write our names and other letters and the students are making great progress with this. This month we will begin learning how to write letters to go with pictures that tell a story or express an idea. We are also starting our daily reading groups and weekly reading homework. Please make sure that you ask your child to read their book to you each night (Monday-Thursday) and return it to school on Friday morning. Their weekly reading books will be in their “Go” binders. Also, don’t forget to initial the reading log each week. In math, we will be learning about addition and subtraction by using small objects to help us solve problems.


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LANGUAGE SCIENCE AND LITERACY NEWS

Here is the link to my newsletter for February. This newsletter discusses some common myths concerning dyslexia and some resources I would love to share with you!

https://www.smore.com/vecfd

Thank you,

Elizabeth Renick

Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist

Camey Elementary

469-713-5951

http://camey.lisd.net/

PRE K REGISTRATION 2016-2017

We are enrolling for our Pre-K program here at Camey starting March 22-23! If your child turns 3 years old on or before September 1, 2016 then they can start Pre-K! We have openings in our Full day Class (7:50-2:50), our half day AM Class (7:50-10:50) and our half day PM Class (11:50-2:50). Here are some different ways you can qualify for Pre-K:

Foster Care (court papers, form 2085)

Military (proof of active military duty)

Limited English Proficient (language test)

Economic Disadvantage (You will need to provide a current paycheck stub, SNAP benefits form or TANF form)

Tuition based

For New to LISD families (does not have another student in LISD) please visit

http://enroll.lisd.net to create an account with our district and complete our online enrollment.

If you have a student in LISD please log on to your Skyward account and “Add student” to enroll. After you have completed the online enrollment we need the following documents brought up to the school March 22 or 23 from 8:30-11:30am and 1:00-2:00pm:

Proof of residency (water, electric, or gas bill)

Student birth certificate

Student social security card

Parent ID or driver’s license

Current shot record

Any questions please call the school at 469-713-5951

COUNSELOR CORNER


Greetings Camey families! In the past, Random Acts of Kindness week has been near the beginning of February; however, we want 2016 to be the YEAR of kindness. This is a great time to inspire your children with your generosity, creativity, compassion, and thoughtfulness as they see you leading the way to make the world a better place for others! Working on this could be a great family activity, and www.randomactsofkindness.org has lots of ideas to get you started. As Henry James once said, “Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” One of the key factors to children’s success and ability to deal with adversity is having supportive families and that is why I am so thankful for all you do! Please do not hesitate to call or email me with any questions, concerns, or suggestions! I am here for you and your family!

Laura Norton

Camey Counselor

972-350-5247

https://sites.google.com/a/staff.lisd.net/norton/

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KINDERGARTEN

January flew by so fast, it is hard to believe February is here! Valentine’s day, book fair, 100’s day, and the 101st day of school, I know it will fly by also. This month we will be reviewing math concepts and moving on to addition and subtraction. We will be studying many people who have helped shaped the world into what it is today including Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and many others. In writing we are continuing to practice writing complete sentences and adding more details to stories, encouraging students to write more than one sentence. In science, the students will be exploring many different parts of the earth. Our 100th day of school is fast approaching, the students dress as if they are 100 years old, be sure to look for pictures!

BOX TOP$ FOR EDUCATION!

Collect your Box Top$ in a baggie labeled with your child’s teacher. Thanks for cutting and trimming your BOX TOP$! 2nd semester contest will end May 6. The class that collects the most Box Top$ will win an ice cream party!
Mrs. Humphrey's class won our fall semester contest!
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PHYSICAL EDUCATION!

February brings a lot of extra activity to the gym. We are currently taking part in The 21 Day Challenge. Our school had almost 100 students sign up to participate in eating healthy snacks for a 21 day period! Those that signed up will eat and keep track of their healthy snacks for 3 weeks, and then parents will want to be on the look-out for an email from Medical City Hospital between Feb. 29 and March 6 that will contain a link to the completion survey. This survey must be completed to get credit for taking the challenge! The recipe book provided by Medical City Hospital gives great ideas for easy, healthy snacks at home.

We have also started our Jump Rope For Heart campaign. Our school has set a goal of raising $3,000 for the American Heart Association to help sick kids with heart problems. If we meet our goal, Ms. Nelson and I will play “The Pie in the Face Game” with our top fundraisers getting to spin the spinner. Donation envelopes are due February 19, and our Jump Rope Event will take place during normal Specials class times the week of February 15-19.


Brandon Armstrong

Camey Elementary Physical Education

“Challenging Minds AND Bodies!"

We LOVE ART!

What’s happening in the wonderful world of ART

In the month of February….

5th grade will be busy working on their sculpture skills, using paper mache to make masks

4th grade will be learning all things Texan, from the Alamo to the venomous snakes that are native to this region

3rd grade will be out of this world as we explore all things outer space.

2nd grade will be working on their drawing skills, studying movement and realism.

1st grade will learn and explore the subject matter of self-portraits.

Kindergarten will observe and discuss the artworks

of Henri Matisse. And create their own still life

Please be sure to make it out to the PTA meeting on February 11….4th grade will be performing…and 4th grade student hand made ceramic bells will be proudly displayed in the Camey library!

FIRST GRADE

Students are busy learning and having a wonderful time growing as readers and writers! We are encouraging the students to check their work before turning it in. Please reinforce this at home. The students love using technology at school. They are using iPads, Nooks, and Chromebooks in order to enhance their technology skills. Thank you for all you do to support your child’s learning. We appreciate you very much!

SECOND GRADE

We are half way through the school year and are now into the 3rd 9 Weeks! Our second graders have learned so much and we’re excited about their growth and love of learning. We have a fun and busy month ahead. Students will be going swimming the week of February 22. Please look out for a permission slip and information regarding items needed in preparation for this exciting experience.

In math, students will be modeling, creating, and describing multiplication and division situations. They are very excited to take on the new challenge! In Social Studies, students will be learning how transportation, recreation, technology, and communication have changed over time. They will also be learning about influential historical figures who have made important contributions to society. Students will be studying folktales in Language Arts and will be comparing different versions of the same folktales (modern and traditional) with respect to their setting, characters, and plot. In Science, students will learn about natural and manmade resources and will study and observe patterns of objects in the sky.

It’s going to be a fun-filled month! Please continue to have your children read for 15-20 minutes a day, and to practice their math skills via their math homework sheets. It is very important that students continue to practice these important skills in order to continue their growth. Have a wonderful February (it’s a Leap Year!)!

THIRD GRADE

We have a lot of celebrating to do this month! We have Groundhog Day, Make a Friend Day, President’s Day, Random Acts of Kindness Day, Tell a Fairy Tale Day, and of course, Valentine’s Day. Our Valentine’s Party is on Friday, Feb. 12th from 2:00-2:40. We’d love to see you there!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s 3rd Graders learning all about space! After our science unit, your student will be able to describe the relationship between the Sun, Earth, Moon, and planets. In math, we will be starting our fraction unit. You can help by having your student measure ingredients while you cook. Ask them questions like, how many 1/4 cups will make 1 whole cup, or how much they would have if they combined 1/3 + 2/3 cups. Using real world experiences will really bring fractions alive. Don’t forget to continue studying those multiplication facts too! In language arts/social studies this month, we will be learning about individuals who have created or invented new technology affecting communities today. Where would we be without medical vaccines, pasteurization, or even Bill Gates? Your 3rd grader will soon find out!

LIBRARY NEWS!

Loving the Library!

February is going to be a very busy month in the library. We begin the month with our Groovy Book Fair hosted by our wonderful PTA. It will be open on Saturday, February 6th during the Pancake Breakfast and Talent Show, and will remain open during the week of February 8th - 12th. During the week of February 21st – 27th, we will celebrate World Read Aloud Day, (February 24th), with activities for all grade levels. A great way to celebrate this event at home is reading aloud from your favorite reading material: picture books, chapter books, magazines or even the comics from the Sunday newspaper. For more information regarding World Read Aloud Day, please visit http://www.litworld.org/wrad/.

To see what’s happening on a daily basis in the Camey Library, please visit the links below.

Twitter: @BernadetteJT

Camey Library Website: http://bit.ly/1gRVwAi


Ms. Trammell’s Blog: http://trammelllibrarian.blogspot.com/

FOURTH GRADE

This month in reading we will move into distinguishing between the main idea and the supporting details of a nonfiction text as well as facts and opinions. At the end of the month we will be looking at similarities and differences between the events and experiences of a character in a fictional setting and the actual events and experiences described in their biography. In social studies we will be diving into researching different aspects of the cattle and oil industry and conducting a research project. In writing we will be continuing working on using proper grammar in our writing pieces by learning the correct uses of commonly mistaken grammatical errors. Ask your students when they should be using there, their, and they're as well as we're and were! Also, throughout the month of February, 4th graders will be learning all about geometry. Students will be identifying different types of lines and angles. Later this month students will even get the opportunity to experiment with Spheros! In Science, students are using iMovie to create their own weather forecast videos. Ask your child about how they used “green screen” to help them as a meteorologist. Next we will discuss the different moon phases.

FIFTH GRADE

In 5th grade Language Arts/ Social Studies, February is full of poetry, reader’s theater, and persuasive writing! Students will have the opportunity to read a lot of different perspectives from topics such as: Manifest Destiny, Westward Expansion, The Underground Railroad, and so much more! They will explore ideas that have made us into the nation we are today. We are only a little over half way through the year, but we are flying through our math and science units! In math, students have started looking at algebraic problems and finding variables for equations. There are a lot of questions about why letters are in math! We will also start

graphing points on a coordinate grid. In science we are going to start learning about the creation of sedimentary rocks. In this unit students will start to explore the formation of fossils and fossil fuels. All of these units will lead into our study of energy resources starting in March.

Mrs. Allsop, Mrs. Swilley, Mrs. Simons & Mrs. Tyler

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