Fearless in Fifth

Indian Creek 5th Grade Newsletter: Week of November 30th

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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!

November 23 thru November 27 - Thanksgiving Break!

December 18 - Early Release, 12:30 PM

December 21 thru January 4 - Winter Break

Tuesday, January 5 - School resumes

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.


"Is Your Family a Team?"

Please tell me this doesn't happen in your family.

Following our recent snow storm, the service and product providers known as fathers were out trying to clear the walks and driveways. There was not a kid to be seen anywhere.

I commented to a neighbor that in the past, kids would be out with their shovels helping clear the snow. After that they would be off shoveling walks to earn money.

"Is that where your kids are?" I asked.

"No," he answered. "Kids today aren't that motivated."

He blames today's kids. Little does he know that parents are the ones who train kids to believe they are honored guests in the home, rather than contributing members of a family team.

Many tasks, like snow removal or yard work, are family jobs where kids can and should become part of the team. Kids should be helping in any way that is appropriate for their age. Even small kids can help prepare drinks or snacks to serve the ones who are doing the hard work. The last thing I want to see is a kid sleeping in or playing video games while their parents do these jobs alone.

To learn more about how to get your kids to do family contributions without complaining, listen to "Didn't I Tell You To Take Out the Trash?!".

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

Jim Fay

What We Are Learning this Week:

  • We are starting our unit on fractions when we return.


  • We will begin a unit on Non-Fiction text features.


  • We will begin a unit on homophones and other commonly misspelled words.


  • We have started our Circuits and Electricity unit. The students love this one!

Social Studies:

  • We will begin a 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?"


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