Fearless in Fifth

Indian Creek 5th Grade Newsletter: Week of January 4th

Planners are back!

PTA has ordered more planners and they have officially arrived. If your child does NOT yet have a planner and they would like one, please send $3.25 to school. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask your teacher!

Teacher Copy Room NEED!

The teachers have a wonderfully run copy room that parents volunteer to help their teachers by making copies and helping laminate. In order for the copy room to function and for teachers to keep receiving help with their paper copies, we NEED more volunteers. There are many different dates and times you can sign up for to help out. If you are interested, please visit the link below for more information and to sign up! Thank you so much for all your help and support!!

Indian Creek Teachers :)

Link to Volunteer Spot: http://vols.pt/XugV4d

Important Dates to Remember!

December 21 through January 4 - Winter Break

Tuesday, January 5 - School resumes

"Problems with Warnings"

How do we teach kids to be safe in a dangerous world?

Let's consider two different parents.

Jan's parents love her dearly. As a result, they are careful to be caring and consistent. When Jan misbehaves, they warn her of the consequences.

Because they love her and want to be fair, they provide another warning when she continues to misbehave. Since they know it's important to hold kids accountable, Jan's parents eventually provide a logical consequence when she ignores their warnings.

Mary's parents love her dearly. As a result, they are careful to be caring and consistent. When Mary misbehaves, they ask her to stop. If she continues to misbehave, they provide a consequence without additional warnings.

Jan believes that cause-and-effect doesn't become a reality until she has made two or three bad decisions.

Mary has learned that cause-and-effect becomes a reality after only one bad decision.

Repeated warnings create kids who may not survive in a dangerous world. That's why Love and Logic parents don't give them.

In my book, Parenting for Success, I share a variety of ways to give kids the gift of self-reliance. The first step involves making certain that they are learning along with you as you face life's daily challenges.

Thanks for reading! Our goal is to help as many families as possible. If this is a benefit, forward it to a friend.

Dr. Charles Fay

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.


What We Are Learning this Week:

  • Monday we will review Topic 7: Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Tuesday will be the assessment. The rest of the week will be devoted to our Geobread House Project.
  • Please remember to send in the supplies for the Geobread, aka, gingerbread houses asap. Thank you for helping us make learning fun!


  • We will begin our unit on biographies and autobiographies. The students will learn about the different elements of a biography and will then create their own digital biographies (in iBook Author) about a person from US history. The students will also be taken through the research process.


  • We will continue our unit on homophones and other commonly misspelled words. The words we are focusing on using and spelling correctly right now are: to, too and two.


  • The student is expected to design an experiment that tests the effect of force on an object.
  • Mrs. Brown's class will be studying light energy.

Social Studies:

  • We will continue our unit on Comparing the Colonies. Students will learn about the thirteen colonies and the regions they were in . The focus question we will use throughout this unit is, "How were the three colonial regions alike and different?" Students will also create a billboard advertisement to try and get others to come to their assigned colony.

Tutoring! - no tutoring the week of December 14

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

Tutoring is after school and ends at 3:35pm. Please pick up your child at the front of the building promptly at 3:35.

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)

Resources to Use:


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


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