Smarty Panda Newsletter

Week of May 9th, 2016

What We Are Learning

Reading Genre - Mysteries

Writing/Science - Prairie Animals nonfiction

Author - Doreen Cronin

Spelling - none due to rehearsal conflict

Math - Adding and Subtracting mental math

Social Studies - Maps and Globes

Important Dates and Homework

05/09-11 - Campus closed: STAAR testing & no specials (art, PE and library)

05/11 - homework due (your choice)

05/13 - homework due (your choice)

05/13 - Musical costumes needed on campus (except class shirts and jeans)

05/13 - Last Reading Counts store

05/13 - 7am - All Pro Dads

05/17 - 6pm Fine Arts Night at Nelson

05/19 - Musical performance at 7:00 pm. Students arrive at 6:45 - dressed and ready

05/25-27 - BOGO Book Fair

05/27 - All literacy library books due

05/27 - Field day - wear your panda shirts

05/30 - No School

05/31 - 8:15 2nd grade End of Year awards ceremony

06/02 - 12:50 dismissal on last day of school

Quiet as Mice

Monday and Tuesday mean STAAR testing for the 3rd graders in our hall. For 2nd grade, it means being really, really, really quiet so we don't disturb their concentration. I'm going to offer our class an incentive for these two days.

Since we have a 3rd grade room right next door, it makes it extra important for us to keep the noise down.

gold - if Mrs. Scott doesn't hear a peep from our room both days, we will have technology time, a movie and popcorn on Friday.

silver - if Mrs. Scott hears us less than 3 times both days, we will have technology time and popcorn on Friday.

off the podium - if Mrs. Scott hears us more than 3 times each day, we will lose our preferential seating. Everyone will go back to a regular desk in our classroom.

Please help remind them when you drop them off. Thanks so much!

Literacy Library Books

It's time to start searching the house for missing literacy library books. I will be sending home a list of books that your child has checked out. These are books prior to this week. The current books will not be on the list, since they should actively be reading them. I've included the date I checked out the book to them also, so you can see how long they have had it (it might help in the search). Remember, it will cost $10 to replace each book.

Teacher Appreciation Week

I felt SOOOO appreciated this week. Thank you to everyone for my surprises! I hope I was able to send a thank you not back to each of you. It was very kind of you to send me these tokens of appreciation. I wish I could send them back to you tenfold to thank you for sharing your children with me this year. I can't believe we have less than a month together! As I tell the kids, "Once a Smarty Panda, always a Smarty Panda." They will always have a place in my heart.

DHS Summer Soccer Camp

The Denton High School Boys and Girls Soccer Programs are hosting a soccer camp for all incoming Kindergarten through 9th graders. The camp will run 9 am – 11:00 am, Monday June 6 – Thursday June 9.

The Camp will be focused on having fun while working on skills in dribbling, passing, and shooting, as well as tactical instruction in game scenarios.

Early Registration for the camp ends Monday May 23 and includes a t-shirt

-$80 per camper.

-Siblings discount $60 per camper.

-Denton ISD employees discount $60 per camper.

Late Registration Tuesday May 24 – Monday June 6, and does not include a t-shirt.

-$80 per camper.

-Siblings discount $60 per camper.

-Denton ISD employees discount $60 per camper.

Please complete and submit the attached application form or email Coach Monk or Coach Hilborn for more information. You can also register online at

Denton High Soccer Camp 2016.pdf

Coach Monk:

Coach Hilborn:

Soccer Office Phone: (940) 369-2193

Contact Information

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