Fearless in Fifth

Indian Creek 5th Grade Newsletter: Week of February 15th

6th Grade Registration!!

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


Tuesday, Feb 16th – ACMS Counselors will be at Indian Creek to meet with 5th graders and hand out packets at 8:30 am.


Wednesday, Feb 17th – 5th grade students will come tour ACMS. All fifth grade will walk over to ACMS at 1:30 PM. Please be sure to send in your child's permission slip. If we do not have it by the time we leave, unfortunately, your student will not be able to take the tour.


Wednesday, Feb 17th – 6:30 pm Parent Information Night in the ACMS gym


** Friday, February 26th – Course Request Sheets AND Online registration due – turn in to your homeroom teacher.


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

STAAR Information and Tutoring

Letters went home this afternoon detailing your child's scores from last year's math and reading STAAR, as well as the current benchmark scores for math, reading and science. If your child is in need of extra tutoring to help prepare them for the upcoming STAAR tests, there is an additional form attached to the letter. Please fill out the additional form and send it back to school with your child on Tuesday.


Also, please be advised, if your child is in reading tutoring on Tuesday, that tutoring has been cancelled for next Tuesday, February 16th due to a faculty meeting. Reading tutoring will resume the following Tuesday, February 23rd.

Fun Run News!

Our annual Fun Run is fast approaching! Kick off starts next Tuesday with a fun Pep Rally. This year, PTA will be tie-dying t-shirts for each student to wear during the actual Fun Run, with each grade level sporting a different color. We are asking that each student please bring in a PLAIN WHITE T-SHIRT, with their name written with Sharpie on the tag, so PTA volunteers can tie-dye their shirts. Thank you so much for your support!
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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

Parents,


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!

Monday, February 15 - Student Holiday

Tuesday, February 16 - ACMS Counselor Visit

Wednesday, February 17 - Middle School Tours

Thursday, February 18 - Digital Showcase, 5:30 - 6:30

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

Thursday, March 3 - Open House

March 7 through 11 - Spring Break

Saturday, March 19 - The BIG Event!

Friday, March 25 - Holiday

"Kids Who Desire World Domination"

"How are your kids?" I asked a good friend.

She responded wryly, "Oh, the oldest is as easy as she's always been…but the youngest is still bent on world domination."

Oh, the perils of parenthood! None are greater than the lull created when a peacemaking tot comes along first, deluding us into believing that we actually know what we are doing; then comes the one who brings our knees to the ground.

What can we do if we have at least one child who attempts to dominate the entire family?

Some tips:

Avoid getting on the same level

Kids with this personality will do a variety of things to bring us down to their level…or actually reverse the roles. These include arguing, nasty looks, passive resistance, etc. Remember: If a child can pull me into a debate or argument, I am no longer the parent.

Establish privacy boundaries

These children feel entitled to be involved in every conversation and every activity. When they aren't, they create chaos to bring the focus back to them. "This is our time" or "This is a private conversation between your mom and me" or "You may stay with us as long as you aren't interrupting" are very important boundaries.

Let your authority outlast theirs

Many children train their parents to stop setting and enforcing expectations. They do so by arguing, screaming, or yelling every time a limit is set or something is asked of them. No matter how difficult it may be, please show them that you will remain loving and strong. You'll never regret this.

Don't allow them to smell blood in the water

These kids can sniff out any type of division between their parents or their parents and the school. When they do, they'll use it to create chaos and to dominate the situation. Never let them turn their problem into a problem between you and someone else.

Fortunately, bright and strong-willed kids will remain bright and strong-willed kids. While we can't change their basic personalities, we can up the odds that they'll use their great passion and perseverance for good.

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.


http://www.icepta.my-pta.org

What We Are Learning this Week:

Math:


  • This week we will complete Topic 11: Ordered Pairs and Graphing.
  • We will begin studying Geometric Figures and Measurement (Topics 12, 13, & 14).


Reading/Writing:

  • We will continue to focus on procedural text and how to understand and use information from these types of text.
  • We will also focus on Point of View, more specifically Third Person Limited and Third Person Omniscient. We will then have an assessment over Main Idea, Procedural Texts and Point of View.


Science:

  • We are finishing the Water Cycle unit and began learning about the difference between Weather and Climate.


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?"

Tutoring! - all tutoring will be held this week

Please see the information above regarding STAAR Information and Tutoring.

Resources to Use:

Math:

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

Twitter

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