Fearless in Fifth
Indian Creek 5th Grade Newsletter: Week of April 11th-15th
Middle School News!
Field Trip Information!
- Field Trip permission slips were sent home earlier this week.
- Please be sure to look the forms over, fill out any applicable information and send back to school with the $14 for the trip.
- If you are considering being a chaperone, please be sure to fill out the top sheet in the packet and send it back to your child's homeroom teacher ASAP. Unfortunately, it is first come, first serve.
- The back form is if you would like to purchase a boxed lunch from the Perot Museum instead of them bringing a sack lunch from home. The prices are listed on the sheet.
- Also, if you order a boxed lunch, please be sure to send that money in, along with the price for the field trip. We have to submit all money before we attend the museum.
- If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child's homeroom teacher.
Spring Parent-Teacher Conference Time!!
Mrs. Horne and Mrs. Purvis: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f4aafab4-20152016
Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Legg and Mrs. Vitosh: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c44ada72ea3fb6-spring
PTA Book Club!
Indian Creek Elementary is offering an awesome opportunity for you to participate in our first annual book study club! Please join in our discussion on May 5th as we will be reading The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey. At our group discussion, free refreshments and pastries will be served.
Rather borrow the book? No problem! For those who would like to participate, we are making it easy for you to get involved by offering this book through our school library. You may check out a book using your student's name. Please see Ms. Robin Russell to obtain your copy or send a note with your child to check out the book.
To make it even more hassle-free, we will also be offering complimentary childcare, if it is needed. Please sign up on the link below so that we can find out which meeting time would be best for you and if you will be needing childcare. We hope to see you there!
Indian Creek Elementary Book Club Sign-Up Link
Indian Creek PTA
iPads at School and Ready To Go
Classroom Supply Needs - UPDATE!
We are at a time of year where student supplies are starting to run low. We would greatly appreciate it (if you are able to) if you could send any of the below items to school with your child. Thank you so much for your continuing support!
- hand sanitizer
- cleaning wipes, such as clorox or generic brand.
- EARBUDS! Because we use technology throughout the day, it is important for each student to have their own set of earbuds. They do not need to be expensive, they even have the at the Dollar Tree for $1 per pair. We do not have earphones for them and they are unable to share with their friends.
Important Dates to Remember!
Friday, April 22 - No School
Monday, May 9 - Math STAAR retake (if needed)
Tuesday, May 10 - Reading STAAR retake (if needed)
Wednesday, May 11 - Science STAAR
Friday, May 20 - Field Day
Tuesday, May 31 - 5th Grade Field Trip
Wednesday, June 1 - End of Year Celebration @ 8:45 am
Thursday, June 2 - Balloon Release in the front of the school @ 12:15 pm
Thursday, June 2 - Last Day of School
What We Are Learning this Week:
- We will continue to work on our "Creating a Personal Budget" project this week.
- We will finish our focus on myths and describing the phenomena explained in various origin myths from various cultures.
- We will also work on our comprehension skills with a week long mystery reading where the students receive a new part to a mystery investigation each day. The students will create thinking maps to keep track of their thinking and to try and solve the mystery.
- We will continue to determine the meaning of affix words, with our new spelling list containing various affix words that follow the pattern of...
- Interdependency and Adaptations are the topics we will cover this week.
- We will begin planning our Science "Boot Camp" reviewing all of the objectives leading up to Science STAAR on May 11th.
- We will finish our unit over the Declaration of Independence and move on to a unit on how we won the Revolution.
- The essential question we will use for our focus is, "How did the colonists win the American Revolution?" Through this unit, the students will:
- engage in a tug-of-war that demonstrates factors that helped the American colonies win the American Revolution
- take notes on such factors as the challenge Great Britain faced in fighting so far from home and the support the colonies received from European allies
- identify the roles that women, slaves, and American Indians played in the war
There are few things that create more guilt, fear and feelings of failure…for us parents…than seeing our children performing poorly in school. Fortunately, we can guide them toward success by employing a solid plan:
Remember that good relationships are the foundation.
The research is clear: Kids who enjoy loving relationships with their parents enjoy more success academically and are more likely to avoid high risk behavior like drugs, sex, gangs, etc.
Avoid unwinnable power struggles like the plague.
Learning is something that we cannot make another person do. The harder we try, the more they rebel and the more our relationship with them suffers.
Model love of learning through "eavesdrop value-setting."
Allow them to overhear you talking with excitement about your own learning. What they overhear is often far more powerful than what they are told.
Set aside a time and place for daily learning.
This is a time or place for them to learn by either doing their homework or thinking deeply about it. This time is NOT for playing video games, watching TV, playing with friends or siblings, etc.
Use empathy to help them learn from their mistakes.
When our children "learn" by thinking rather than doing, they will obviously get some poor grades. Responding with sincere empathy rather than anger makes all of the difference: "I can't imagine how bad it must feel to get that grade. I love you. Let me know how I can help."
Teach them to give.
Most importantly, our kids need to learn that it is better to give than to receive. Today, too few make contributions to their families in the form of chores… or contributions to their communities in the form of service. Entitlement, low self-esteem and lack of motivation are the predictable result.
As a psychologist I've studied underachievers. As a child I was one. From this professional and personal experience I can assure you that no quick fixes exist. The great news, however, is that we can still enjoy loving relationships with our kids and see them grow more mature and motivated. That is if we stay committed to a positive plan.
Learn more in my award winning book, "From Bad Grades to a Great Life!"
Indian Creek PTA!
Resources to Use:
Math: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.
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)
Mrs. Brown - @MrsBrowngrade5
Mrs. Horne - @fearlessin5th
Ms. Legg - @leggn1
Mrs. Purvis - @fifthisfun
Mrs. Vitosh - @AmyVitosh
Fifth Grade Team - @5thicefalcons
Indian Creek - @IndianCreekES