Fearless in Fifth

Indian Creek 5th Grade Newsletter: Week of September 14

Love and Logic-"Sometimes Our Kids Needs to Tough it Out"

Weekly, we will send you a link from a parenting resource called, "Love and Logic". I believe you will appreciate the information as much as I have.

"Sometimes Our Kids Needs to Tough it Out"

I had an opportunity to meet a young man who gave me great hope for the upcoming generation. When he was in sixth grade, he had a teacher he didn't like. This teacher was too tough. His two best buddies agreed and they decided they needed to get out of the class.

That night they all went home with their tale of woe: Mr. Morgan was too tough, gave too much homework, his tests were too difficult, and he did not tolerate tardiness.

His buddies were successful in getting out of Mr. Morgan’s class; their parents didn't want them to have a teacher who might not give them "A's" and anyway, there were mornings when it was challenging to get them up and to school on time.

Joe didn't do as well. His mother told him she thought Mr. Morgan's expectations were fair and just what she expected of a teacher. She told Joe how lucky he was: In life, he would come across many tough—as well as some unfair—people and this experience would prepare him to deal with them successfully.

How did that year go for Joe? It was tough, but he got all "B's" and a life lesson that has helped him become successful.

As we continued to visit, he remarked, "You know, I was really upset with my mother at the time, and now that I'm a father, I've realized how difficult it must have been for her to do the right thing. I've told her how proud I am of her and I hope I can be just as strong for my own children when the time comes."

Remember September 13 is Grandparents Day. Happy day to all the grandparents out there! You have a very special role in the lives of your kids and grandkids. Learn how to apply our common sense approach and techniques in the book, Grandparenting with Love and Logic.

Tutoring Begins This Week

Please contact the appropriate teacher to let us know if your child is staying to attend tutoring.

Tutoring is after school and ends at 3:30pm. Please pick up your child at the front of the building.

Monday - Math (Mrs. Purvis & Mrs. Vitosh)

Tuesday - Reading (Mrs. Brown, Ms. Horne, & Mrs. Legg)

Wednesday - Any Subject (all teachers, Ms. Legg will have writing tutoring)

What We Are Learning this Week:

Math: Parents, half of our classes were able to complete their Unit #1 test. The Pearson Realize website crashed and the remainder of our students will be taking the test Monday. On Tuesday we start Topic #2, Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers and Decimals.

Reading: We will begin looking at the different elements of a story and how they can help us comprehend what we read. The students will create plot diagrams to map out the plot of the story to show their understanding. We will also begin the 40 Book Challenge. Yay! Look for a parent letter to come home on Monday with more information.

Writing: We will begin a personal narrative writing unit. Students will generate possible writing ideas for a personal narrative piece and focus on a "small moment" in order to create a more focused and organized piece of writing. Throughout this unit, students will practice organizing their thoughts, focus and expand upon a small moment in their lives and will develop and enhance their writing by adding irregular and passive verbs and transition words.

Science: We will encompass hands-on learning with tools we use for science inquiry. Then we will begin our unit on properties of matter.

Social Studies: We will continue our unit on Geography. The students will participate in several geography challenges in order to practice Latitude and Longitude skills, learn the different continents and oceans, various geographic terms, as well as, our country's physical features. We will also spend a day celebrating Constitution Day on Thursday, the 17th.

Resources to Use:


Access the math textbooks online by first going to www.lisd.net.

Go to the "Students" tab and click on "Digital Resources."

Once there, click on "Elementary."

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


Every student needs to purchase a planner if they have not already. They are available for $3.25.

STEAM Night PTA Membership Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 17th, 6:30pm

Indian Creek Elementary School, Carrollton, TX, United States

Carrollton, TX


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