The Howl

AUGUST 2022

Tom Cox Timberwolves

Principal: Deborah Spoon

5th Grade Asst. Principal: Allyson Tackett

6th Grade Asst. Principal: Valentina Majeski

5th Grade Counselor: Tara Bodin

6th Grade Counselor: Jessica Kowis


Mission: Growing Learners to be Productive Global Citizens


Guidelines for Success: Timberwolves. . . Heart to L.E.A.D.!


Learners: Engaged in learning, problem solvers, innovators


Empathize: Awareness and understanding of each other's thoughts and feelings


Appreciate: We are all unique! We respect and celebrate our differences and similarities


Dedicated: Committed to achieving ones goals even when it is hard! Inspire others to achieve their goals

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Dear TCI Families,


It is good to back! I have enjoyed visiting with our returning and new students to TCI this week, and look forward to an exciting year!


We firmly believe parents play a vital role in the education of their children. We happily welcome our parents to take an active role in the education of their child and to be active participants in our school life. Parents are our valuable partners and we encourage you to visit the school, talk with the staff, and participate in all the great activities we have planned this year.


Please do not hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions or concerns. It is going to be a great year!


Sincerely,


Deborah Spoon, Principal

IMPORTANT DATES

AUGUST

30 - 5th Grade Open House, 5:30-7:00 p.m.


SEPTEMBER

1 - 6th Grade Open House, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

5 - No School / Labor Day

19-23 - Scholastic Book Fair

21 - Read for a Better Life

23 - Pep Rally

26-30 - Bike Safety Week

SCHOOL HOURS

Our school day begins at 8:50 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.


Students may enter the building as early as 7:45 am. The students will wait in the cafeteria until they are released to their classrooms at 8:30 a.m.


Breakfast is served from 8:05 a.m. to 8:50 a.m., every school day.

Lunch With Your Child

Making a school lunch reservation to eat with your child at school is easy! Due to limited space we ask parents and visitors to sign up for a date and time. There is a limit of two adults per student. A new link will be sent out every three weeks.


Please follow these important guidelines:

  • If plans have changed, please cancel your reservation.
  • Please be on time & leave on time. You will be able to wait for your student at the designated parent lunch tables in the Cafeteria.
  • You must bring your Driver's License or ID in order to enter the building. No exceptions!


Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!


SIGN UP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4cadad23a0f9c43-weeks7


Lunch Schedules

A Lunch 11:05-11:35

B Lunch 11:37-12:07

C Lunch 11:55-12:25

D Lunch 12:23-12:53

RAINY DAY DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

If your student is a walker/biker they will be expected to walk or ride their bike on rainy days, unless you and your child have an alternate plan in place. If you choose for your child to be a car-rider on rainy days it is not necessary to complete a transportation change form.


In the case of severe weather (thunderstorms, lightening, blizzard) we may hold walkers/bikers until we feel it is safe for them to walk or ride home. If that does occur we will contact the parent to inform them of the delay.


Bus transportation will run as scheduled.

Join us for open house!

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There will be a Parent Information Meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Thereafter, you will be able to meet with your child's teacher(s).


**Preferably only parents/guardians, but we understand there are different circumstances for everyone.

Calendar of Events

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Science & Social Studies

Welcome to 5th Grade Science and Social Studies! For the first few weeks of science, we will be talking about how to classify matter based on physical properties like conductivity, density, and solubility. In Social Studies we begin with geography of the United States, including regions and the difference between longitude and latitude.

English Language Arts

Welcome back Timberwolves!


We are so excited to have you back and ready to read! Over the next two weeks, we will establish classroom routines and procedures. Students will not only get to know their reading teacher's library, but we will be visiting our school library as well. Students will be allowed to check out two books of their choice.


In writing, we will start with notebook organization. We will create thinking maps for students to use when brainstorming ideas for their independent writing. Students will be writing about their reading in our first writing unit using Notice and Note signposts.

Mathematics

At the beginning of the year, we will focus on number operations in our base ten system. We will add, subtract, round, and expand decimals to the thousandths place. Next, we will multiply whole numbers and decimals.

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Science & Social Studies

Welcome to 6th Grade Science and Social Studies!


During the month of August, our focus in Science will be on lab safety and the study of elements and compounds. Students will get the opportunity to identify chemical symbols for various elements on the periodic table and learn how a chemical formula names a compound.


In Social Studies, we will dive into the themes and elements of geography. These essential terms and patterns of geography will be re-visited and emphasized throughout the year as we study the different regions of the world. Get ready to go on an adventure in and around our planet earth this year!

English Language Arts

We hope everyone had a restful summer and read a good book or two!!


Over the next few weeks, we will learn what good readers and writers do and how our ELA classrooms run. We plan to dive into some good books and build our reading stamina.


We look forward to growing as readers and writers!

Mathematics

The 6th Grade Math Team welcomes you to the new school year!


All 6th graders will begin the year reviewing equivalent fractions, decimals and percents, then extending that knowledge to compare and order the rational numbers. Students will then move on to multiplying and dividing decimals. Our 6th graders will continue to practice and master adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing numbers throughout the school year -- so calculators are not to be used on schoolwork.


Please feel free to reach out to your child's math teacher with any questions you may have as we progress through the year. We're looking forward to a wonderful school year!

What a great first day of school!

You can find more First Day of School pictures on our Facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/192424887443081/posts/pfbid02f1HzZeMBi1pkPXiYBXCNA5acry1SR1VEzhmu7g8udfYpLKj7EsFemBH6LzYzrrcrl/?d=n

meet our fabulous sped team

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Our SPED & Life Skills teachers work very hard to provide the best environment for our students.


Pictured left to right are: Mrs. Ashley Turpin, Mrs. Kristin Anderson, Mrs. Kathy Williams, Mrs. Eileen Matte, Mrs. Price Doherty, Mrs. Laura Brown, and Mrs. Amy Dooley.

meet our fantastic front office

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These ladies work very hard to keep the office flow smooth and organized.


They are the heart of our school. From phone calls to registering new students, they are the pillars that hold our school together.


Pictured from left to right are: Mrs. Maricela Peña, Nurse Margaret Saxe, Mrs. Martina Roberts, Mrs. Erica Pecina and Mrs. Darla Darland.

Meet our amazing fine arts team

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Our Fine Arts Department has the most outstanding teachers! Whether your child is in Art, Band, Orchestra, Choir, or P.E. -- they've got the best teachers in town!


Pictured from left to right, starting from the top row, are: Coach Obryant, Mr. Eisemann, Coach Martin, Mrs. Perry, Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Harris, Coach McKee, Mrs. Urbano and Mrs. Keil.

physical education

Did you know that our Physical Education department has a twitter account?


You are welcome to follow their twitter account to see all of the fun things they are doing in P.E. this year!


Twitter - @TomCoxPE1


**Please note, you will need to have a Twitter account in order to access the Tom Cox Physical Education's Twitter account.

LIBRARY NEWS

Check out our Library News! It includes activities and happenings in the library along with some reading suggestions.


Click here: https://www.smore.com/rksgq

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We cannot wait to meet and get to know our Timberwolves!


We have two counselors, Tara Bodin, 5th grade Counselor & Jessica Kowis, 6th grade Counselor. As school counselors, we have the wonderful privilege and responsibility to work with every single student at the classroom level, small group, as well as individual basis.


The school counseling services provided at Tom Cox Intermediate is:

  • Small group counseling sessions, with parent permission, for students focusing on: study skills, friendship/social skills, grief, and anger management. If you feel that your child needs assistance in any of these areas, please let us know.
  • Individual meetings to help students adjust to school or help with personal issues will be provided on an as needed basis.
  • Classroom guidance lessons with emphasis on personal/social skills, academic development (study skills), being responsible, conflict resolution, and career awareness.


As we begin a new school year, we know how important it is to get back in the habit of establishing a routine. A few tips that may be helpful:

  • Establish a reasonable bedtime.
  • Set up a study area that is quiet and well stocked with the necessary supplies to complete assignments.
  • Check your student's canvas page assignments and project due dates.
  • Prepare lunch and clothing in advance to save time in the morning.


Also, as school counselors, there are times we can assist with food, clothing and school supplies. If you need any of these items, please feel free to contact us at 28-465-3200 or email:


We are looking forward to a great school year together!

BIKE SAFETY WEEK

Our 3rd Annual Bike Safety Week is Monday, September 26th through Friday, September 30th. During this week, we will learn the importance of wearing a helmet, signals for the road, and other valuable information. We will also have giveaways to encourage bike safety. We are accepting donations for bike helmets. If you are interested in donating a new bike helmet please deliver to the school by Friday, September 23rd.

notes from the nurse

WELCOME TO THE TIMBERWOLF CLINIC!


My name is Margaret Saxe, RN and this is my 15th year at Tom Cox. I am looking forward to sharing the school year with you and your child!


Here are a few tips to help make this year a healthy one!


  • Please keep your contact information current, so you can be easily reached if your child needs you during the school day. To make changes, please contact the registrar.
  • Make sure your child knows at least one parent/guardian phone number.
  • Please send in a copy of any immunizations that your child received over the summer or receives during the school year so the school records can be kept up to date.
  • Consider placing a complete change of clothing in your child’s back pack.
  • Please contact the clinic as soon as possible to discuss ongoing health concerns that may require attention at school. The direct number to the clinic is 281-465-3211; the nurse's email is: msaxe@conroeisd.net.


ILLNESS AT SCHOOL:


Per CISD policy: A student with the following symptoms will be sent home from school:


  • temperature of 100 degrees or more (37.7 Celsius)
  • vomiting or diarrhea
  • suspected contagious condition/illness
  • too ill to function in the classroom
  • severe stomachache, headache, or earache


PLEASE NOTE: A student should not be sent to school if fever-reducing medication is required to get the temperature below 100 degrees. To help keep our Cox Family healthy, students should be fever free/vomiting free for 24 hours before returning to school following an illness.


For more information on illness at school including COVID 19 information and Self-Report, please click the CISD Health Services Link. Health Services - Conroe ISD.


MEDICATION AT SCHOOL:

All Medications (over the counter or prescription) to be administered at school:


  • must be delivered to the clinic by the parent and signed in with the nurse.
  • must be in the original container and labeled for age-appropriate use. New,sealed containers are preferred.
  • Prescription Medication may not contain more than a 90 day supply.
  • OTC Medication bottles may not contain more than a 30 day supply..
  • All medications, including cough drops, must be kept in the clinic during the school day.
  • Students may not transport medications to and from school.
  • All Prescription medications must include the pharmacy prescription label. This includes inhalers. (Sample medications must be accompanied by a note from the physician with dosing instructions.)


FOOD AT SCHOOL:


  • If your child has a health-related dietary restriction/need including all food allergies, please contact the clinic @ 281-465-3211.
  • We recommend that foods/snacks eaten in the classroom contain no peanuts/nuts of any kind.
  • Lunch is eaten in the cafeteria; your child MAY bring peanut/nut containing foods for lunch.

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

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