Lone Star Tribune

Lone Star Elementary News, 2015-2016

Lone Star Elementary

Catherine Bartlett, Ed.D. Principal

Melissa Freeman Assistant Principal

Kelly Lout Assistant Principal

Elisa Krug Counselor

Welcome Back, Bears!

Thank you for a great start to our 2015-16 school year! We enrolled over 200 new students this year to our LSE family. As we continue to grow and adjust, I want to assure you that student safety is always on our mind. Some of the measures we have in place include:

  • All visitors must check in at the front desk and have their licenses checked.
  • Background checks are completed on all volunteers who will be working with children.
  • Classroom doors and playground fences are kept locked.
  • Teachers and staff members are trained throughout the year on safety measures, including drill maneuvers.
  • MISD police officers are present at our campus during events, high-traffic times, and other random times throughout each day.
  • Mrs. Lemke, our nurse, is an R.N. and is assisted by Mrs. Johnson, who has EMT training.
  • Our counselor, Mrs. Krug, provides students and teachers with conflict resolution techniques.
  • Our assistant principals, Mrs. Freeman and Ms. Lout, use Conscious Discipline strategies to help students learn to make better choices and take ownership of their mistakes.


We are always striving to create the perfect blend of a welcoming, yet secure environment. Thank you for helping us by following our procedures when visiting our campus. We love seeing our students' families at the school and look forward to working with you throughout the year.

Kindergarten Kiddos

We are off to a great start in Kindergarten. It has been a busy few weeks as the students have met new friends and learned the classroom and school rules and expectations.

We are looking forward to September and the cooler weather it will bring. During this month we will be completing an “All About ME” unit. We will focus on sharing our favorite things, facts about our families and homes, and we will use our five senses to explore our environment. Watch for all of our creative projects in the hallway.

Thanks to all kindergarten parents for helping to make the transition into school a positive one. We appreciate your support!

Our PK-Kindergarten Team

Back: Mrs. Keltner, Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Spikerman, Mrs. Robbins, Mrs. Burzynski
Front: Mrs. Nichols, Mrs. Broughton, Mrs. Breckenridge

Fantastic Firsties

First grade is off to a fabulous start! This month we are learning to be independent in our reading and math stations while the teacher works in small groups. We are building our reading stamina as we learn to read independently. Number lines, number bonds and counters will help us add up to a great time in math. It's going to be a busy month, but they say time flies when you are having fun!

Our First Grade Team

Standing: Mrs. Swanson, Mrs. Adams, Mrs. Burt, Mrs. Lauer, Mrs. Ferguson, Mrs. Gates
Seated: Mrs. Griffith, Mrs. Morris, and Mrs. Carswell - who has moved "up" to 2nd grade!

Superstar Second Graders

Second Graders are off to a great start!! Procedures are in place and being practiced. Your kids are settling in! In language arts we're reviewing reading skills. This month we will be discovering their current reading levels through individual assessments in order to better serve your child. Our spelling format will be a little different. Instead of sending home a specific list of words to practice spelling, they will have patterns to review. A letter explaining the skills being taught will go home at the beginning of each week, along with examples to make it clear. Thank you for reading with your child at home each night. This will help them be and feel successful as readers! Your child will be reviewing various ways to show numbers up to 1200, by writing them in word form, expanded form , and the place value of the digits. We will be sending home great website suggestions for practice. Thank you for your support already, it's going to be great year in second grade!

Our Second Grade Tam

Back: Mrs. Whitehead, Mrs. Przyborski, Mrs. Mann, Mrs. Baldwin, Mrs. Myers

Front: Mrs. Williams, Ms. Smith, Mrs. Sidney, Mrs. Carswell

Thrilling Third Grade

We cannot wait to dive into place value and numeration! Multiplication is just around the corner so studying those facts at home will be so helpful! Once we've learned the lab safety expectations we are going to kick off third grade science with an exploration of all the properties of matter. We also will be starting our exciting reading and writing workshop. Our social studies unit will be learning about different communities around us. As you can see, third grade has a busy month of learning and exploring ahead of us!

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Our Third Grade Team

Top: Mrs. Kercheval, Mrs. Bednarsky, Mrs. Ishimoto
Middle: Mrs. Shannon, Mrs. Crosby, Mrs. DeYoung, Mrs. Seelbach
Bottom: Mrs. Winn, Mrs. Van Haverbeke, Mrs. Gross

Fabulous Fourth

We are off and running in fourth grade! ELA is kicking off their year with the idea that READING IS THINKING and journaling. You will also find student's sharpening their map skills in Social Studies. Check out your child's interactive math journal. We will begin this year reviewing place value and number concepts. What does it take to make a good scientist? Your fourth grader will be brainstorming characteristics of a good scientist and researching some famous scientists.

Our Fourth Grade Team

Back: Mrs. Runnels, Ms. Wildermuth, Ms. Pizzino, Mrs. Davis,
Middle: Mrs. Walker, Mrs. Hopkins, Mrs. Hammons, Mrs. Folsom
Front: Mrs. Gober, Ms. Munch

C. A. M. P. (Computer - Art - Music - PE)

Computer/Bibliotech:

Library Check Out – On September 14, students at LSE will begin visiting the Library each week with their teacher to check out books. Mrs. Sample or Mrs. Ransom will be in the Library to assist students with check out during the school day. Second, Third and Fourth Graders may check out two books each week. Kindergarten and First graders will check out one book each week. Students may visit the Library each morning from 8:00 to 8:25 for check-out or any time during the school day with the permission of their teacher. Ask your child how he/she picks a book that “fits just right”.

Biblio-Tech LabWe are asking that all students bring earbuds or headphones to use in the Lab. Please send these with your student no later than September 11. We will return all earbuds and headphones at the end of the year.

Texas Bluebonnet Award -

Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Graders across the state of Texas choose the Texas Bluebonnet Winner each year. Students must read five Bluebonnet Nominees by January to be eligible to vote for their favorite. At Lone Star our 3rd and 4th graders will read Emily’s Blue Period, Grandfather Gandi, Scraps Book and When the Beat was Born together. Third and Fourth grade students must read one of the remaining 16 nominees by December. We will create a Web 2.0 presentation based on the book the student read on his/her own. These books may be checked out from our Library or the Public Library. Please encourage your 3rd and 4th graders to read one of the remaining 16 Bluebonnet nominees as soon as possible. Click on the link below to access a complete list of books.

http://www.txla.org/TBA-nominees

Montgomery County Library – Did you know September is Library Card Sign-Up Month? The Montgomery County Library is a great place not only to check out books, but you can also use their resources without even leaving your home. I recommend you check out Tumble Books, ScienceFlix and BookFlix for your elementary age children. They also offer many great online resources for your teen children. College bound teens can make use of databases that offer SAT, ACT, PSAT, and AP exam test prep tips and practice tests, all available 24-7 with your library card! Check out these great resources at www.countylibrary.org or you can find the link on the LSE Library website under Resources. Don’t forget to stop by your local branch and sign up for your Library Card!


Art Activities:

What’s in a name? Letters! In art class, we will be using the letters in our names to create unique, colorful posters! Each grade level will create a poster with a different style. We are also beginning our exploration into the Elements of Art starting with Color, Line and Shape!


Music Notes:

It has been a great first week of school in music class. I can’t wait to see the rest of the students over the next couple of weeks!

Kindergarten students are singing and doing actions in songs using their voices and body percussion.

1st grade students are reviewing the 4 different voices we use, distinguishing between high and low sounds, and moving to the beat of songs.

2nd grade students are distinguishing between beat and rhythm using marching and clapping. They will also learn how to label 1 and 2 sounds per beat.

3rd grade is learning a little about the history behind our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, and are learning and singing the notes to the song.

4th grade students are reviewing the names of the lines and spaces of the staff and reinforcing this information through games.

Our first music program of the year will be on Thursday, November 12th. Information for our Veteran’s Day Program will be coming home next month.

Any 4th grade students interested in Singing Stars are encouraged to turn in their permission slips by September 8th.


P.E.

WOW!!!! It has been fantastic seeing all our Lone Star kiddos and getting to know all the new faces. It's going to be a great year and we are really looking forward to playing many fun games and learning new skills!

MISD will be holding an NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Contest. This event will be held after school at MJH after school on Thursday, September 24th. It's offered to all boys and girls between the ages of 8-15. More information will be coming home soon in Tuesday folders.

Welcome Back!!!!!

C.A.M.P. Staff

L to R: Mrs. Gauthier (Music),
Mrs. Ransom & Mrs. Sample (Bibilo-Tech),
Mrs. Hoffart, Mrs. Wisnieske, & Mrs. Wells (P.E.)
Mrs. Ritchie (Art)

General Reminders

Our school day begins at 8:30. Students may enter the building at 7:50 and may go to their classes beginning at 8:00. Parents are welcome to check in at the front desk and walk their child back by 8:25.

Please continue to check our website for useful information and other items.

We are Here to Help You!

Back: Mrs. Krug (Counselor), Ms. Lout (AP), Dr. Bartlett (Principal), Mrs. Freeman (AP)
Front: Mrs. Lemke (Nurse), Mrs. Jilek (Receptionist), Mrs. Johnson (Clinic), Mrs. Terna (Secretary)
Not Pictured: Mrs. Cole, Registrar

PTA Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 2nd, 9am

16600 FM 2854 Rd

Montgomery, TX

Please join us in the cafeteria as we collaborate to help make Lone Star a great place for kids!

Important Dates This Month

9/2, PTA Meeting
9/3, Bucks for Books - Students may bring a dollar to wear a hat ($$ will pay to replace lost Literary Library books)

9/7, Holiday
9/9, 3rd Grade Garden Day
9/14, Mixed Bag Fundraiser starts this week
9/15, "Get the Scoop" Ice Cream Social at LSE for new families (6:30-7:30)
9/22, Fall Pictures
9/23, 2nd Grade Garden Day