Smarty Pandas Newsletter
Week of October 12, 2015
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 nelson.my-pta.org 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)
Bye Box Tops Banner
Mrs. Madden removed our box tops sign. Another class took the lead this week. *sniffle, sniffle*
After completing another CHAMPS chart, they kids voted for another Bring Your Own Technology Day.
Top 3 Reading Counts
Each 6 weeks, I will recognize the 3 kiddos with the most Reading Counts points. Kids earn these points by reading and then answering comprehension questions on the school computers. Way to go!
Bye Box Tops Banner
I Pledge Allegiance...
Box Tops Competition
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 monthsMath - 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)
Please take a look at our Volunteer needs and see where you can plug-in to help out!
Thanks! L.A. Nelson Volunteer Coordinator
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 nelson.my-pta.org 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 www.dentonisd.org/page/48779.
You will go through the district's potential employment service. when you reach the "employment application," simply click "volunteer" under "position desired."
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!
Visit this website for RULES and additional forms or pick up at the front office:http://www.txpta.org/programs/reflections/participate/
Contact Christine Fosmire at firstname.lastname@example.org or (940) 565-5925
**ALL ENTRIES DUE by Friday, NOVEMBER 13th in the front office!!
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.
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