Fearless in Fifth

Indian Creek 5th Grade Newsletter: Week of April 11th-15th

Middle School News!

All LISD middle schools require a current utility bill for enrollment. Please send a current utility bill to school with your student BEFORE May 1, 2016. Middle schools will NOT be giving students a schedule if this is not turned in. Also, it must current; an April or May utility bill. Please contact your student's homeroom if you have any questions.

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!!

Spring has sprung, and it is now time for Parent-Teacher Conferences! Please see the links below to set up conferences with your student's teachers. If you do not see a time that works for you, please contact your child's homeroom teacher.

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!

Hello parents!

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​


Amber Taylor
VP Programs
Indian Creek PTA

Tutoring UPDATE!

  • STAAR Tutoring next week!
  • Monday - Math
  • Tuesday - Reading
  • Wednesday - Science

iPads at School and Ready To Go

iPads are the student's responsibility and the school expectation is that students bring fully charged iPads to school every day. We are having students forget their iPads at home or forgetting to bring them to school charged. When students do not have their iPads at school ready to learn, it has a negative impact on their education, as we use them frequently for learning. Please make sure your student has a designated place to charge their iPad each night and that they bring their charger to school so they are able to charge their technology when the need arises. Thank you so much for your continued support.

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!

- Pencils

- 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.

Social Studies:

  • 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

"Poor Grades"

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!

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.


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