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Stride Academy

Above are the KCS codes for Stride academy. Students know how to log on. They will also use their student id number, which they should have memorized by now. This website is taking the place of HOMEWORK, other than reading. The expectation is 15-20 minutes nightly.

Learning Targets

Language Arts- This week in LA we will learning about the Constitution. We will be looking at what our Founding Father set in place so no one group had all the power. We will look at Checks and Balances, Branches of the Government and the Preamble.

Math- We are working on identifying properties of 2D shapes. We will be looking at quadrilaterals and types of triangles. The End of Unit Assessment will be Thursday. Friday, we will return to addition of fractions.

Science- What is the difference between weather and climate? That is the question! This week students will work to find the answer, as well as study weather patterns/predictions. We will dabble in the water cycle, since it goes hand and hand.

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Please be aware of help your child stay in compliance with the following dress code:

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Teachers frequently request that the school nurse address grooming and hygiene with students. Children don’t always willingly shower or bathe frequently or thoroughly enough. As you can imagine, unpleasant body odors can become a problem in the closeness of the classroom. Classmates are often the first to notice and bring it to the attention of the teacher. If not addressed, the problem can become embarrassing and hurtful for the student. But luckily, there’s an easy solution! Please discuss the importance of daily showering with your child and if necessary provide more supervision of daily grooming. Laundering of coats, sleepwear and bed linens may also be helpful. Household pets can also be a source of odor on clothing and personal items. Daily application of deodorant is important for older students as their rapidly maturing bodies and physical activities require extra grooming attention. We all have the same goals for our children…to provide for their physical, emotional and educational health and well-being. Discussing personal hygiene can be a sensitive topic, but one that must be addressed to meet these goals. Together, we can make our school a happier, healthier place!

Here are tips to teach personal cleanliness tactfully, sensitively and proactively. Use the “B4 plan” - - tell him/her nicely "before" others tell him/her rudely:

Be open. Before you can have any conversation with a child, especially an embarrassing one, you've got to have clear, healthy communication channels. He/She needs to know that you care and are available. Prioritize talk time. Shut out distractions. Don't attempt a touchy subject if you can't stop checking your text messages.

Be discreet. Find a private time and place. Don't announce it at dinner. This is the time to be a parent, not a pal.

Be supportive. Here's the proactive part. Practice, don't just preach. Provide personal grooming materials: shaver, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouth-wash, body wash, brush, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant/ antiperspirant (you need both). You may be willing to spend a little extra on the "teen" deodorant or pricier razor (teach safety). If you're into organic, just make sure it works. Provide fresh clothes, bedding, towels and washcloths. If he/she has a health-related hygiene problem, address that. Teach him/her workarounds --baking soda in shoes to reduce foot odor, chewing gum to freshen breath. Watch diet. Foods affect body odors-- vegetables, onions, garlic, beans.

Be a good role model. Kids learn by actions and make sure there are plenty of toiletries.

Auction Donations.....

We are doing weekly Friday auctions, where the kids can spend there 5th grade money. We are asking for donations to help sustain our auction materials. Gently used items, old toys, dollar items, fingernail polishes, notepads, games, g-rated movies, craft supplies, etc. are all welcome. Please send donated items to your homeroom teacher. The students work hard to earn their money, and we want to maintain a high incentive for good behavior. The auctions play a significant role in the positive environment we are creating. Thank you for your involvement and support.

Please bring headphones/earbuds/pencil holder

With all the technology we will be using this year, having some headphones/earbuds would be a great convenience for your child. So if you have an old pair laying around the house that you don't mind losing, please send it with your child. They will be able to keep it in their pencil pouch or locker. Also, if you still have your pencil holder from last year, please bring it in.


Parents that are picking up your child tomorrow and/ or any day after. Please make sure you have a green sign with your child's name on it in dark letters. It is for the safety of your child. It also helps the carline to go by faster. I want to thank you ahead of time for your patience, as we anticipate the carline taking longe than normal this first week. If you walk up to pick up your child, you must have a green sign. We realize that many of you know your teacher and they know you, but we will be very strict with this procedure for your child's safety. If you do not have a green sign, be prepared to show your id. Thank you for your understanding!

Important Notice about ride changes


Please note that our conference time is at 8:00 in the morning. Sometimes this is the only time during the day we can check our emails. If you send an email with important information about ride changes that day, please include llewis@nisdtx.org and/or sjackson@nisdtx.org. This will guarantee we get the information in time. Thank you for your help in this matter.

The 5th Grade Teachers

Picture Retakes

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 7:45pm


Cookie Dough Limo Ride (Qualifying Students ONLY)

Thursday, Dec. 10th, 10am


CTMS Holiday Tour

Monday, Nov. 30th, 8-9am

Chisholm Trail Middle School, Rhome, TX, United States

Rhome, TX

Progress Reports

Monday, Dec. 14th, 3:45pm


Choir Musical Performance

Monday, Dec. 14th, 1:15pm

PVE Cafeteria

Holiday Party

Friday, Dec. 18th, 1:45pm

Homeroom Teacher's Classroom

You're invited! Come join in on the fun!

Holiday Break (NO SCHOOL)

Monday, Dec. 21st, 7:15am to Friday, Jan. 1st 2016 at 2:45pm

Wherever you want!!!

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