Fearless in Fifth

Indian Creek 5th Grade Newsletter: Week of February 22nd

Fun Run News Update!

Our annual Fun Run has kicked off! We are still in need of white t-shirts and pledges for fifth grade! The deadline to send in a plain white t-shirt has been extended until Monday. You can also send in $2 and the PTA will buy a white t-shirt for your child. Each grade level will have a differently colored tie-dyed t-shirt to wear during the Fun Run. These tie-dyed shirts will also be worn on Field day.

We are so excited about this fundraiser. We still need pledges to help benefit our music and technology programs. Be sure to register your student on the Fun Run website (use link below). Yu can either make a flat donation, or a per lap pledge. Every little bit matters!

Thank you so much for your continued support!!

6th Grade Registration!!

It is that time of year again…..6th Grade registration – woohoo!!!!!

** Friday, February 26th – Course Request Sheets AND Online registration due – turn in to your homeroom teacher. Once you fill out the blue sheet with your student, please do not forget to enter the course requests into Skyward. The instructions on how to do so were included in the blue folder.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child's homeroom teacher!

STAAR Tutoring


Our Math, Reading and Science STAAR tests are fast approaching! As teachers, we want to give each student as many tools as possible to help them be successful. If your child is in need of extra tutoring, you received an additional letter with their data results last week. Please be sure to send that letter back as soon as possible so we can get them started with tutoring. Thank you so much for your support with your child's education!

The Fifth Grade Teachers

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The BIG Event is Back!

  • Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 18th, from 8 AM to 12 PM!
  • The East Zone BIG Event promotes unity between campus and community as students come together for one day to express their gratitude through service for the support from the surrounding communities.
  • The students will spend one day performing various service projects all across the Eastern portion of the district.
  • Students will work in teams to complete projects across the Eastern portion of the district as a way to say "thank you!" to the community for their support of LISD students.
  • The BIG Event is focused solely on saying "thanks." Therefore, projects for this event are not based on need or socioeconomic status - ANYONE can apply for a project to be completed by our students.
  • If you and/or your child are interested in volunteering for this event, registration begins on Monday, February 1st. You will be able to register at the following link https://sites.google.com/a/staff.lisd.net/thebigevent/home.
  • If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to email your child's teacher.

NEHS Members and The BIG Event

This year, for The BIG Event, NEHS members will work at the Indian Creek campus, collecting letters and various items to send to the troops. We are asking for all members of NEHS to volunteer to work this event with us as part of their community service. Please be on the lookout for more information as we get closer to the event. Thank you for your support!

Classroom Supply Needs


We are at a time of year where student supplies are starting to run low. We would greatly appreciate it (if you are able to) if you could send any of the below items to school with your child. Thank you so much for your continuing support!

- Pencils

- hand sanitizer

- cleaning wipes, such as clorox or generic brand.

Important Dates to Remember!

Friday, February 26 - Middle School Registration Forms due to Homeroom Teacher

Friday, February 26 - ICE FUN RUN!!

Thursday, March 3 - Open House

March 7 through 11 - Spring Break

Saturday, March 19 - The BIG Event!

Friday, March 25 - Holiday

What We Are Learning this Week:


  • We will begin studying Geometric Figures and Measurement. Topic 12 focuses Two-Dimentional Shapes and Topic 13 covers Perimeter, Area, and Volume.


  • We will have an assessment over Main Idea, Procedural Texts and Point of View on Monday.
  • We will then begin our poetry and figurative language unit.


  • Weather and Climate is our new topic.

Social Studies:

  • We will continue our unit on, "Tensions Growing Between the Colonists and Great Britain." The essential question we will use for our focus is, "What British actions angered the colonists in the 1700's?" This is a great unit to focus on cause and effect!

"Middle Childhood (9-11 years of age)"

Developmental Milestones

Your child’s growing independence from the family and interest in friends might be obvious by now. Healthy friendships are very important to your child’s development, but peer pressure can become strong during this time. Children who feel good about themselves are more able to resist negative peer pressure and make better choices for themselves. This is an important time for children to gain a sense of responsibility along with their growing independence. Also, physical changes of puberty might be showing by now, especially for girls. Another big change children need to prepare for during this time is starting middle or junior high school.

Here is some information on how children develop during middle childhood:

Emotional/Social Changes

Children in this age group might:

  • Start to form stronger, more complex friendships and peer relationships. It becomes more emotionally important to have friends, especially of the same sex.
  • Experience more peer pressure.
  • Become more aware of his or her body as puberty approaches. Body image and eating problems sometimes start around this age.

Thinking and Learning

Children in this age group might:

  • Face more academic challenges at school.
  • Become more independent from the family.
  • Begin to see the point of view of others more clearly.
  • Have an increased attention span.

Positive Parenting Tips

Following are some things you, as a parent, can do to help your child during this time:

  • Spend time with your child. Talk with her about her friends, her accomplishments, and what challenges she will face.
  • Be involved with your child’s school. Go to school events; meet your child’s teachers.
  • Encourage your child to join school and community groups, such as a sports team, or to be a volunteer for a charity.
  • Help your child develop his own sense of right and wrong. Talk with him about risky things friends might pressure him to do, like smoking or dangerous physical dares.
  • Help your child develop a sense of responsibility—involve your child in household tasks like cleaning and cooking. Talk with your child about saving and spending money wisely.
  • Meet the families of your child’s friends.
  • Talk with your child about respecting others. Encourage her to help people in need. Talk with her about what to do when others are not kind or are disrespectful.
  • Help your child set his own goals. Encourage him to think about skills and abilities he would like to have and about how to develop them.
  • Make clear rules and stick to them. Talk with your child about what you expect from her (behavior) when no adults are present. If you provide reasons for rules, it will help her to know what to do in most situations.
  • Use discipline to guide and protect your child, instead of punishment to make him feel badly about himself.
  • When using praise, help your child think about her own accomplishments. Saying "you must be proud of yourself" rather than simply "I’m proud of you" can encourage your child to make good choices when nobody is around to praise her.
  • Talk with your child about the normal physical and emotional changes of puberty.
  • Encourage your child to read every day. Talk with him about his homework.
  • Be affectionate and honest with your child, and do things together as a family.

Positive Parenting Tip Sheet

Middle Childhood (9-11 years of age)[PDF - 715 KB]

Child Safety First

More independence and less adult supervision can put children at risk for injuries from falls and other accidents. Here are a few tips to help protect your child:

  • Protect your child in the car. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that you keep your child in a booster seat until he is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. Remember: your child should still ride in the back seat until he or she is 12 years of age because it’s safer there. Motor vehicle crashes are the most common cause of death from unintentional injury among children of this age.
  • Know where your child is and whether a responsible adult is present. Make plans with your child for when he will call you, where you can find him, and what time you expect him home.
  • Make sure your child wears a helmet when riding a bike or a skateboard or using inline skates; riding on a motorcycle, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle; or playing contact sports.
  • Many children get home from school before their parents get home from work. It is important to have clear rules and plans for your child when she is home alone.

Healthy Bodies

  • Provide plenty of fruits and vegetables; limit foods high in solid fats, added sugars, or salt, and prepare healthier foods for family meals.
  • Keep television sets out of your child's bedroom. Limit screen time, including computers and video games, to no more than 1 to 2 hours.
  • Encourage your child to participate in an hour a day of physical activities that are age appropriate and enjoyable and that offer variety! Just make sure your child is doing three types of activity: aerobic activity like running, muscle strengthening like climbing, and bone strengthening – like jumping rope – at least three days per week.

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.


Tutoring! - all tutoring will be held this week

Please see the information above regarding STAAR Information and 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