October 9, 2015

Mission Statement

As a member of Ballardville 2015-2016, we recognize that each student in ASPIRE is unique and different in his or her own way. We promise to:

  • help each other learn and excel as a group in class;
  • be kind, respectful, and responsible to our teacher, each other, our classroom, and ourselves;
  • have a positive attitude, follow the Golden Rule, and make sure everyone feels like they fit in;
  • put aside our differences and cooperate with each other respectfully;
  • be others-focused and bucket-fillers;
  • show kindness in and out of the classroom and treat others with care.

We expect our teacher to challenge us in a way that will help each of us excel in our learning. We like to be challenged and to think outside the box.

Our personal expectations are to be respectful and responsible. We will encourage others to be helpful and not hurtful. We will pull each other up when in need, and will help each other improve.

Dates to Remember

Oct. 12- No School

Oct. 16 - End of First 9 weeks

Oct. 16 - Gatorville

Oct. 21 - Report Cards & Wear Orange for National Unity Day

Oct. 23 - Gatorville

Oct. 24- Fall Festival 2pm-6pm

Oct. 26 through Oct. 30 – Red Ribbon Week

Oct. 30 – Lunch with the Principal

Oct. 30 - Shark Tank/Cardboard Challenge

Class Objectives for Next Week

Math - Problem Solving: Addition & Subtraction with Whole Numbers and Decimals

Reading (The Gold Coin) - Ask questions; Summarize

Writing - Journal Writing; Of the Days; Writing Process; Letter Writing

Social Studies - American Indians in Texas

Science - Earth and Space

Words, Roots, & Idioms of The Week

Tuesday - foliage; sol; get under your skin

Wednesday - garrulous; urb; get up on the wrong side of the bed

Thursday - humorous; vis; get your feet wet

Friday - hypochondriac; gon; go against the grain

Student Led Conferences

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our student-led conferences. I love seeing how excited students get when they share their learning. I was very impressed with the confidence I saw exhibited by so many students as they shared their goals and data with their parents. If you weren’t able to attend, please ask your child to share this information using their iPad and goal folders.

Shark Tank/Cardboard Challenge is Almost Here!

We have moved the Shark Tank/Cardboard Challenge to October 30.

In the meantime.....please begin collecting cardboard- boxes of any size, toilet paper/paper towel rolls, shoe boxes, cereal boxes, etc.

If you feel it is appropriate, watch a few episodes of Shark Tank with your child to get the feel of what a "pitch" looks like!

Please hold all cardboard at home until we ask for it to be brought in! We simply don't have the room until we are ready to create and build!

Thank you!!

PTA Reflections Contest!

Calling all Glenhope Gators! Express Your Artistic Talents! Reflect on a theme. Create an original work. Be recognized. The PTA Reflections program is a wonderful opportunity for our kids to individually choreograph a dance, produce a film, write a poem or story, compose a song, take a picture or create a piece of visual art and tell us their interpretation of the 2015 - 2016 theme: "LET YOUR IMAGINATION FLY". Deadline for entries is Tuesday, November 3, 2015. To view and print out Reflections general rules and specific category participation guidelines, please visit the PTA website at Questions about this year's Reflections program - please contact Stephanie Paul-Shukis @

Ever wanted to see a tiger bob for pumpkins?

Here is a great family opportunity to see this and so much more!

My husband and I support and work with the Center for Animal Research and Education (C.A.R.E) located in Bridgeport about an hour northwest of Colleyville. It is a sanctuary primarily for big cats, but there are other animals there as well. The husband and wife who operate this non-profit organization are amazing people!

On November 7, 8, 14, and 15, C.A.R.E. is having its annual Fall Festival. Even though they do tours regularly on the weekends for persons over the age of 13, this particular event is the only time when the compound is open to tours for children under 7. There will be games, pumpkin decorating, tiger bobbing for pumpkins, big cats playing with pumpkins, and Tiger Tug-o-War!

Come see some of the most beautiful creatures on Earth up close! Tigers, lions, leopards, mountain lions, and ring-tailed lemurs!

Here is the link to their website....

If you look through the pictures for the tiger named Selina, she is our adopted baby.

Please let me know if you have any questions!