The Howl

JANUARY 2023

Tom Cox Timberwolves

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Principal: Deborah Spoon

5th Grade Asst. Principal: Allyson Emma 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,


Welcome back!


I hope you enjoyed the holidays, got plenty of rest, and had lots of fun!

Over the next few months we will be busy at TCI.

You can keep up with all the activities and happenings at school by reading through our monthly newsletter and viewing our school website.


Thank you for your continued support.


Sincerely,


Deborah Spoon, Principal

IMPORTANT DATES

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JANUARY

4 - Students Return to School

9 - Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

16 - No School, MLK Day

20 - Pep Rally


FEBRUARY

4 - SciMath.e.Lon Event at College Park High School

6-10 - School Counselor Appreciation Week

6-14 - Montgomery County Food Bank Drive / Collection

17-20 - No School

22 - School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

28 - Go Texan Day!

SCHOOL HOURS

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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

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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 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-weeks11


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

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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.

DROPPING OFF STUDENT ITEMS

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In an effort to minimize instructional time interruptions, our front office staff will no longer call the classroom to inform the teacher/student that an item has been dropped off for a student. Instead, the front office staff will send the teacher(s) an email.


We are working hard to minimize classroom interruptions.


Please ensure your child's items are labeled with the student's name and home base teacher. This will help facilitate the delivery.


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

SCHOOL MESSENGER

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Science & Social Studies

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In 5th Grade Science we will start January by studying sedimentary rocks, fossil fuels and landforms. We will end the month beginning our unit on Life Science.


In Social Studies we will explore The Lewis and Clark Expedition, The War of 1812 and The Industrial Revolution.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

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This January, we will begin the year with a "book tasting" gearing up for our fantasy! As students read, they will follow the characters in their book, tracking the conflicts they face, and will develop a theme about their character.


We will continue writing literary essays in January. Students will compare another story to their original literary essay that was completed before break. They will write a comparative essay about both stories, focusing on an element they want to compare.


Next, students will move into fantasy fiction writing. They will learn how to turn a narrative blurb into a fantasy fiction story.

Mathematics

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The month of December 5th grade math levels classes will begin the expressions and equations unit. This unit will have the students simplify numerical expressions using up to two levels of grouping and exponents and describe the meaning of parentheses and brackets in a numeric expression.


The 5th grade advanced math classes begin the measurement unit. There are many skills the students will explore in this unit. The students will calculate conversions within the customary and metric units. This unit also has students classify 2-D shapes in a hierarchy of sets and subsets based on their attributes and properties. The students will also represent and solve problems related to area and perimeter. A new skill in this unit is volume. Students will use concrete objects and pictorial models to develop the formulas for the volume of a cube and rectangular prism.

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During January, 6th grade Science students will continue to learn about energy as we explore the various ways energy can be transformed. Students will explore conduction, convection and radiation as ways to transfer heat energy. They will also discover sound, light, electrical, mechanical, chemical and nuclear forms of energy.


6th grade SS students will learn about Russia and the extreme climates throughout its expansive territory. We will highlight some of the major points in Russia's history and government from Peter the Great to the tearing down of the Berlin Wall.

English Language Arts

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Happy 2023! We are excited to kick off the new year with historical fiction in reading! This is one of our favorite units! The students work together in book clubs analyzing historical fiction books. They will understand the importance of the setting in historical fiction and how characters struggle with internal and external conflict.


In writing, students will learn how to write a literary essay. In this type of essay students will make arguments about characters and themes, learning strategies writers use to gather, analyze, and explain evidence from the text to support their claims. We are excited to see our students grow as writers!

Mathematics

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Happy New Year from the 6th grade math team! Level math students will begin the Proportions unit which will run through the month of January. Advanced math students will finish up the Proportions unit in mid-January then move on to Two-Variable Relationships.


The Proportions unit covers ratios, rates and percents. When shopping with your child, take time to point out sale prices and how you mentally estimate the discounted price in real life. Comparison shopping is also a great skill to talk about with your child when comparing two brands or sizes of boxes. You can also talk about rates and unit rate when traveling to destinations, along with many other real-life scenarios!

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HOLIDAY SPIRIT DAYS RECAP IN PHOTOS!

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STUDENT CLUBS

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Rubiks Cube Club


This spring our Rubiks Cube Club will change from learning to solve the cube to creating mosaics with cubes and working on our solving time.


If your child would be interested in joining this version of the club, the club will meet on Friday mornings at 8:00 a.m., no sign up necessary.


Please meet Mrs. Eaves on the 5th grade side of the cafeteria

at 8:00 a.m. every Friday morning.

YEARBOOKS!

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Don't miss out on your chance to order a copy of the 2022-2023 Tom Cox Intermediate Yearbook. It's the best way to remember this year's events, classmates, and friends!


Earlybird ordering:

$35 until February 2nd - ORDER TODAY!

Standard ordering:

$40 February 3rd to May 1st.


Click here to order TODAY!


Make sure to include your yearbook ad purchase with your order!

The last day to order yearbook ads is March 1st. All ad materials are due by March 10th.


Contact PTO Yearbook Chair Kristen Rubin with questions at kristen@kristenrubin.com


Click here to order TODAY!

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LIBRARY NEWSLETTER

Check out our Library Newsletter! It includes activities and happenings in the library along with some reading suggestions. Click here: https://www.smore.com/mg0nf

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Happy New Year! We hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday break.

It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through this school year.


As we get back into the normal routine, especially after a long and fun break - these few simple tips may be helpful:


- Establish a reasonable bedtime and routine.

- Set up a homework time and area that is quiet and well stocked with necessary supplies to complete assignments.

- Check your child’s Canvas page for assignments and project due date as well as the Counselor Canvas page for important information and dates.

- Prepare lunch and clothing in advance to save time in the morning.

- Lay clothes out the night before.


These simple tips will help your child get back in the school\

routine with less stress and anxiety.

AMBASSADORS

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In October, we launched our Ambassador Program at Tom Cox Intermediate. Students were selected for the months of December and January. Every two months students will be selected by their teachers to help new classmates find their fine arts classes, navigate the cafeteria, learn how to open their locker, etc.


Congratulations to our Ambassadors chosen for the months of December and January.

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YORK JR. HIGH INFORMATION

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It is hard to believe that our 6th graders will be heading to junior high in a few short months. Please check the York Jr. High website for updates.


WEBSITE: https://york.conroeisd.net/

UPCOMING COMMUNITY PRESENTATIONS

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Happy New Year!



Just a few reminders from the clinic . . .

MEDICATIONS

Parents please remember that students are not allowed to transport medication to school. All medication must be brought to the clinic by a parent & signed in. Over the Counter medicine must be of the appropriate age/dosage for your child in order for it to be administered at school.

FLU SEASON

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With cold & flu season upon us, please note the following from CISD Health Services:


A child who demonstrates the following symptoms should be sent home from school.


1. Fever of 100 degrees or more.

2. Suspected contagious condition or disease.

3. Vomiting or diarrhea.

4. Severe stomachache, headache, or earache.

5. A child who is too ill to function in the classroom


Remember to wash your hands frequently!!!

6TH GRADE PARENTS / GUARDIANS

There are TWO REQUIRED immunizations for incoming 7th graders:

- Tdap (Tetnas, Diptheria & Acelluar Pertussis)

- Meningitis (MCV4)


These immunizations must be obtained prior

to 7th grade schedule pick up in August 2023.


If your child receives or has already received their immunizations prior to the end of this school year, please provide an updated copy of your child's immunization record to the Nurse at Cox.


If your child receives their immunizations during the summer break, please provide an updated copy of your child's immunization record to the Nurse at York JHS or the junior high that your child will be attending prior to the schedule pick up in August.

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THANK YOU!

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Thank you greatly to Costco Wholesale in The Woodlands for their generous donation of $100.00 for our teachers and staff at Tom Cox Intermediate.


We truly appreciate your generosity!

SCHOOL CALENDAR PROCESS

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Have you seen Conroe ISD's 2023-2024 calendar drafts? We want your feedback.


Visit our School Calendar Process webpage to view

the calendar drafts and complete the survey!


LINK: https://www.conroeisd.net/about/school-calendar-process/?fbclid=IwAR0zMMZyD2m5Euof2Nkqhk0rNJDLFDDbCYdQdhC6zsXuruGDoYvCyvgXgRA

LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATON DAY

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National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is celebrated on January 9th.

Cox Intermediate is thankful for the commitment, dedication and hard work of our special agents who help protect and secure our community.


These men and women conduct day-to-day law enforcement

and security operations for our safety.


We are proud to be part of a community that makes sacrifices to

help people across our nation and the world.