Fearless in Fifth

Indian Creek 5th Grade Newsletter: Week of March 28th

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

Important STAAR Information


Next Tuesday and Wednesday, your child will be taking the Math tests. Please see the bullet points below for important information regarding the test days.

  • Please make sure your child gets a good nights sleep and eats a healthy breakfast.
  • We will not have snacks available for your child, so please make sure your kiddo brings a healthy snack to munch on during the test. Please no messy chips (especially Takis or spicy Cheetos) or fruit or anything eaten with a spoon. With messy snacks, there is always a chance for it to get on their test. If that happens, the test becomes INADMISSIBLE and we certainly don't want that to happen. Some good choices are: goldfish, pretzels, crackers, dry cereal, certain non-messy fruits or vegetables, string cheese, popcorn, animal crackers, and granola bars.
  • They also need to bring a refillable water bottle.
  • They need to bring two number 2 pencils, with good erasers.
  • Please be sure they leave ALL technology at home. If they absolutely need their cell phone for emergencies, that is ok. We will make sure to have it turned off and in their back pack during the test.
  • Please continue to study the STAAR vocabulary quizlet with your child.
  • Unfortunately, parents are not allowed to come eat lunch on any STAAR testing days.

Reading STAAR Vocabulary

Students are being asked to practice five reading STAAR vocabulary words a night. The words can be found at: https://quizlet.com/_24e9hi.

Thank you so much for your support at home!

Tutoring UPDATE!

  • There WILL be math tutoring on Monday.
  • Because of the STAAR test on Wednesday, The WILL NOT be reading or science tutoring on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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, March 25 - Holiday

Tuesday, March 29 - Math STAAR

Wednesday, March 30 - Reading STAAR

Friday, April 1 - Early Release 12:30

Wednesday, May 11 - Science STAAR

What We Are Learning this Week:

  • Monday we will finish our STAAR review.
  • After the STAAR tests, we will be introducing a project about creating a personal budget.


  • We will focus on myths and describing the phenomena explained in various origin myths from various cultures.
  • We will also apply what we have learned about complete subjects and predicates and create sentences using our new spelling words.
  • We will continue to determine the meaning of affix words, with our new spelling list containing various affix words that follow the pattern of -er, -est, -ier, -iest.


  • We are finishing "What Happened Before" and "Alternative Energy".
  • Starting "Interdependency" by the end of the week.

Social Studies:

  • We will continue our unit about declaring independence or not. The essential question we will use for our focus is, "What are the arguments for or against declaring independence?" We will look at different arguments for both the Loyalists and the Patriots.

"Poor Sport"

By Jim Fay

Jason was having a bad day on the soccer field, yelling out criticisms to his teammates. "Settle down, Jason," warned his coach. "Give the others a break. It's not all about you. Share the ball or I'm going to have to pull you from the game."

Hearing this, Jason ran screaming at two of the other players, pushed one down and kicked the ball over the fence. Needless to say, he was pulled from the game.

The trip home was no fun for his mom as she listened to him complaining about how stupid the other kids were and how unfair the coach was treating him. All she could think about was that her son had forgotten their talks that it is more important to be a good person and a good sport than it is to be a soccer star.

The next day, Mom made phone calls to the coach and to several of the other team mothers. "I need your help to teach Jason the importance of becoming a good person rather than just a good soccer player. Would you be willing to charge Jason if he calls for rides to games? You would? Oh, thank you so much."

Mom then had a discussion with Jason. "I take you to your soccer games because it's fun for me. Your last game wasn't fun. I was embarrassed by your behavior. I will drive you to your game again some day after the coach tells me that you have become a good sport."

"How am I supposed to get to the games if you're not driving me?"

"Well, sweetie, that's something I was wondering about as well."

"I’ll just get a ride with some of the other guys."

After making several calls, Jason yelled, "This is a ripoff! All the other moms want to charge me to ride with them. They don't even care if the team loses! This stinks!"

Mom held the line. After several weeks and Jason having spent $20.00 on rides, the coach called with a good report and lavish thanks to this courageous mother.

The remaining games were a lot more fun for both Jason and his mother.

To learn more tips for raising respectful, responsible kids, watch our DVD, How to Discipline Kids without Losing Their Love and Respect.

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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