September 30, 2016
Early Release Day- October 7
Dismissal on Friday, October 7 is at 11:40 AM. Dismissal procedures will remain the same as a regular day; just earlier.
This also means that lunch will be a brown bag lunch from the cafeteria. Students will grab a lunch bag and eat in their classrooms or outside (weather permitting).
We are making some adjustments to breakfast to accommodate students who are arriving after 7:30 and need to eat breakfast. Students will be given a breakfast-to-go-bag that can be taken to the classroom. They will be allowed to eat their breakfast in flex space areas and still be able to participate in morning meetings.
Students who arrive before 7:30 and are still finishing their breakfast at 7:35 will be given a pass to get into class without being marked tardy. All students must exit the cafeteria at 7:40 to go to class. Staff members are in the cafeteria to monitor students until 7:40 and then must leave to begin their school day. Staff members encourage students to eat and not visit so much that they can't finish their breakfast in a reasonable amount of time. We need your help in reminding students to not get more food than they eat. Some students have more food on their trays than an adult would eat, therefore not being able to finish all of their food in the allotted time.
October Character Trait is Courage
“You can do anything if you put your mind to it!”
Amazing Grace is a story about a little girl that loves acting out stories. She wants to be Peter Pan in a class play, but her friends discourage her from trying out because she is a girl and African American. Grace auditions anyway and wins the part, proving that she can be anything she wants to be!
I chose Amazing Grace as our October Book of the Month because I want all our students to believe that they can do anything they put their minds to! The character trait for October is Courage and Grace shows amazing courage even when people told her she could not do something and she proved them wrong! I hope that all our students see that they can do anything no matter their race, gender, religion, or economic status.
Temperatures are dropping, which means it must be time to start forming our Destination Imagination teams. DI is a non-profit program that encourages and develops creative learning and problem-solving skills. Using Art, Technology, and Performance - teams will attempt to solve a complex and creative challenge. Teams will generally meet 1 to 2 times a week to work on their solution, culminating in a tournament on Feb. 25th to present their solution. Children in grades K – 2 will participate in a non-competitive category, while those in grades 3 – 5 will be competing against age-equivalent teams for a chance to go to the National Tournament.
Keep in mind that teams are comprised of approximately 4 – 5 students and 1 – 2 volunteer coaches. If we do not have enough parents willing to coach, then we will not be able to accommodate all the children we would like.
If you are interested in this fun and fascinating program, please go to nance.nisdtx.org for more information and to fill out the registration form. Registration forms are due Fri. Oct 7th.
Red Ribbon Week October 26-28
Storybook Character Parade
We will end our Red Ribbon Week with a Storybook Character Parade on October 28th at 8:00 AM. Please send the students to school wearing their storybook costume over their regular school clothes. After the parade and sing-a-long, students will take their costumes off and put in their lockers.
The parade will begin in the front of the building. We will exit Door number 3 on the 5th grade hall and walk up the sidewalk in front of the school and through the playground around to the gym. We will gather in the gym for a sing-a-long.
If prefer that your child not participate, please let your child's teacher know. We will provide an alternate activity for students who can not participate.
Student Council Socktober!
We are collecting socks during the month of October as a community service project led by our Student Council. Please donate new socks for all ages. The grade level that collects the most socks wins a "Crazy Sock Day" in class. If you donate a package of 6 pairs of socks, then that counts as 6 socks for the grade level. All socks collected will be donated to the Community Warehouse.
October- 1-31- Socktober Month- Community Service Project
October 5- Picture Day
October 6- Birthday- Carie Roberts
October 7- 2-3 Awards Ceremony 8:00-9:00 in the gym
October 7- 4-5 Awards Ceremony 9:15-10:15 in the gym
October 7- Early Release @ 11:40
October 7- Birthday- Paige Brittain
October 10- Holiday- No school
October 13- Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A; 4th grade hosts
October 17-22 Book Fair Week
October 18- Book Fair Family Night 5:00-7:30
October 21- Cookie Dough Delivery
October 22- Fall Carnival 2:00-6:00
October 22- Book Fair is open 2:00-6:00
October 24- 28- Red Ribbon Week
October 28- Storybook Character Parade Day