Smarty Pandas Newsletter

Week of October 12, 2015

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Thank You!

Thank you to each and every one of the fantastic parents that took time out of their week to stop by and visit with me. It is such a comforting feeling knowing that we all want what is best for our Smarty Pandas. Your support is really appreciated!


Ms. Schmidt

Important Dates & Homework

Oct. 12th No school - inservice

Oct. 13th Bags of Candy due for contest

Oct. 13th 6 pm Watchdog kickoff

Oct. 14th Math practice due

Oct. 15th Last day of Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Oct. 16th Landmarks & Leaders assessment

Oct. 16th 5:30-9:00 Nelson's Fall Festival (check out for more info)

(No spelling test this week)

Oct. 22nd 7 pm - Fall Concert

Oct. 23rd October Scholastic book order due

Oct. 26th Pumpkin Book Character due

Nov. 13th PTA Reflections due

Nov. 13th TWU Kidsdance field trip (no chaperones needed)
Nov. 18th Community field trip (chaperones requested)

I Pledge Allegiance...

Last six weeks, we practiced tying our shoelaces (14 out of 19 achieved). This 6 weeks, we will be trying to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and Texas Pledge without the announcements in the background. I sent home a paper that had both listed. If you need another copy, please let me konw. As your child masters the concept, their name will be added to our board by the doorway. I'll send out updates on their progress.

Box Tops Competition

Here is the latest count of box tops.

4th place - Mrs. Onstead with 383

3rd place - Mrs. Brown with 390

2nd place - Ms. Schmidt with 438

1st place -Mrs. Frazier with 470

Please keep sending them in. Ask your friends and neighbors to join in the collection :)

What We Are Learning

Reading - Reading for a purpose (persuade, inform or entertain) and making connections

Writing - Structuring our writing with a lead, details and closing. Focusing on narrative writing.

Grammar - Capitalizing days and months

Math - Revisiting story problems & Popcorn Math

Social Studies - Local, state and national landmarks (County Courthouse, State Capitol and White House) & our leaders (Obama, Abbott and Watts)

School Volunteers

Please take a look at our Volunteer needs and see where you can plug-in to help out!

Thanks! L.A. Nelson Volunteer Coordinator

Fall Festival

Please don’t forget our Annual Fall Festival is coming up on Friday, October 16th from 5:30 to 9:00pm. Right now we are asking for donations of the following items:

- Bottles of water

- Individually packaged candy (no chocolate please)

- Dum-Dum Suckers

- Silent Auction Donations – Each grade & class has a theme so ask your kiddo what’s their class theme!

- Store bought baked goods

Pre-Sale ticket forms will be coming home in Tuesday folders. You can fill out and return the form with cash/check/money order. We will be offering drive thru ticket pick-up & purchasing this year from October 13 – October 16, in the auxiliary parking lot at the front of the school closest to Teasley Ln.

This year, for the first time, we will be offering wristbands. Wristbands will entitle its owner to UNLIMITED inflatables. All other activities & booths will cost tickets. Inflatables can still be enjoyed using tickets as well!!! (Wristbands will be received on the day of the event (no drive thru pickup available)

As always, please check the Nelson PTA website at for the most up to date information.


Thank you to the six parents that have completed the background check process!!

Our first field trip with chaperones will be November 18th. I will be sending home more details as it gets closer to the date.

If you would like to chaperone, we would love to have you! First, you have to complete the District's background check. It's so easy because it's online at

You will go through the district's potential employment service. when you reach the "employment application," simply click "volunteer" under "position desired."

PTA Reflections

Use your CREATIVITY and enter the PTA Reflections Contest this year!!!

This year’s theme is LET YOUR IMAGINATION FLY!

There are 6 categories: Visual Arts, Photography, Dance, Literature, Musical Composition and Film Production…

Top entries move onto district and have a chance to compete at state and national level. The classroom with the most participants wins the SPIRIT AWARD along with a special SURPRISE for the whole class!

Scholastic Books

You can order books online when you set up an account for your child at Any books you order, contribute points to our class. We can use those points to add books to our classroom library. Our class code is FMZRV. The October order is due by Oct. 23rd.

Weekly Specials

Kaboom! A Math Facts Game

Materials: Popsicle sticks and a solid bucket or container that is not transparent.

Players: 2 or more

Object: to collect as many popsicle sticks without getting a “kaboom” stick.

How to play:

1.First, label the end of each popsicle stick. You can use spelling words, sight words, or even math problems. Label at least 3 of the sticks with “kaboom” on the end. Place all the sticks (with the labels on the bottom end) inside the container.

2.Players take turns pulling a popsicle stick out of the bucket. For sight words, the “puller” has to read that sight word correctly. For math, they must answer the problem. If correct, they can keep it. If it’s wrong, they must return the stick to the bucket.

3.If someone draws a “kaboom” stick, they have to return all their collected sticks and start over.

4.Whoever has the most sticks in the end, wins the game.

Pumpkin Book Character

Decorate a pumpkin like your favorite storybook character for our Pumpkin Decorating contest. Be creative. Please do not carve the pumpkin. They are due by October 26th. We will display it with it's book for all the other classes to see. Please bring the book to go with it, if you have one. We will send them home on Friday, the 30th.

2015-2016 Smarty Pandas Contact Information

Don't forget our Remind text messaging program. Text "@spandas" to 81010.

Anytime you want to check on how your child is doing, check out our Dojo points at

My conference time is 1:50-2:40.