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Weekly News 2/20-2/23

Welcome back from the long weekend!
 
What We're Learning:
 
Reading: We are learning to compare and contrast texts of different genres.
Social Studies: We are wrapping up our study of The Civil War and Reconstruction. We have a test on Thursday!
 
In Other News:
  • Thanks for sending in cards and treats for the Valentine's Party. The kids had a blast!
  • A huge thank you to Cierra Buchwald for organizing and hosting our V-Day party. Everything was wonderful!
  • Read Across America Week is next week! We have dress-up days to celebrate this fun week:
  • The TISD calendar for next year has been released. Check it out!
Please let me know if you have any questions!

Weekly News

What We're Learning:
 
Reading: We're continuing to study nonfiction text and will begin to compare it to fiction text that centers around the same topic.
Social Studies: We are studying Texas and the United States during the time of The Civil War and Reconstruction.
 
In Other News:
  • Valentine's Party - 2:30 on 2/14 - Please send 24 Valentines to school with your student so that everyone at our party will be included on this day of friendship! I emailed out a list last week - please let me know if you didn't get it.
  • Spring and Class Pictures - this Thursday, 2/15!
  • Enjoy your long weekend! There is not school this Friday, 2/16 or Monday, 2/19
  • Tomball Reads One Book: The One and Only Ivan is ongoing! We are also partnering with the Houston Zoo by donating old electronics for the Action for Apes recycling program. If you have old cellphones or other small electronics you'd like to recycle, please send them to school with your child.
  • Box Tops Contest ends February 23rd. Thanks for sending in Box Tops to support our library!
  • The Gifted & Talented parent recommendation window for spring testing is now open for students in grades 1 - 5. If interested in testing, please pick up a permission form & parent survey from the front office or send your request to sherisims@tomballisd.net.
     
    Deadline for receiving recommendations is March 9th. Please contact Ms. Sims with questions. Test results will be available in late May.
  • Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the auction for the Country Fair! If you haven't donated, and would like to, there is still time!
 
Please let me know if you have any questions! Have a great week!

Weekly News 1/29-2/2

What We're Learning:
 
Reading: We are building our non-fiction reading skills including being able to verify if something is a fact or an opinion and using text features to aid our comprehension. We have a fact/opinion quiz on Wednesday!
Social Studies: We are studying life in Texas during and after the times of the Civil War.
 
In Other News:
  • Most of our students are excitedly reading The One and Only Ivan as a part of our Tomball Reads One Book program. This is a heart-warming, award-winning book. Ask your child what it is about...you may want to read it too!
  • Additionally, I have challenged my classes to complete reading at least two books on their reading level by Valentine's Day. This is not mandatory, but I want to encourage our students to read every day and FINISH the books that they begin! Students that meet their goal will get a reward for their hard work!
  • We will have a class Valentine's Party on February 14th. This party is just for the class, with the Room Mom's help, so families are not invited to come to this one. Stay tuned for a class list and more details about our class party!
 
Thanks for supporting what we do here at school! Please let me know if you have any questions!

Weekly News 1/22-1/26

Hello!
 
This week we are learning:
Reading: We are wrapping up our poetry study and beginning our study of nonfiction text, focusing on nonfiction text structures.
Social Studies: We are continuing our study of how the land affected the way people lived in Texas - we are focusing on the life of cowboys in the 1800s.
 
In Other News:
  • Tomball Reads One Book - The One and Only Ivan begins Wednesday!
  • Kendra Scott Spirit Night 6-8 (Market Street)
  • In order to stay up-to-date with your child's grades, make sure you are regularly checking their grades online. Sometimes graded assignments cannot be sent home, but you can stay well-informed by checking the online gradebook. Let me know if you need more information on how to log in to see your child's grades online!
 
Have a great week!

Welcome Back (again)!

Wow, it's been an interesting year! I hope you all were able to enjoy our ice days. I don't know about you, but after about a day, I was ready to be back at school!
 
What we're learning:
Reading - We are continuing our study of poetry.
Social Studies - We are continuing our study of cowboys and the cattle industry in Texas.
 
In Other News:
  • We have a quiz over poetry terms tomorrow. The students are expected to know the following terms and be able to identify them within poetry:
  • Report cards will go home next Wednesday.
  • Tomball Reads One Book: The One and Only Ivan will be beginning soon! All students in the fourth grade will get their own copy of this wonderful book. Keep an eye out for this book to come home soon!
Thanks! Let me know if you need anything, and stay warm! :)
 
 

Weekly News 12/18-12/22

Wow, one week until Christmas! We have a lot going on until Christmas Break. Here are some of the highlights:
 
  • Wednesday - Polar Express in the library! 4th graders will get to wear pajamas to school and watch "Polar Express" in the library. Thanks to Mrs. Friedrichs for this fun activity!
  • Thursday - Read-a-thon in Ms. Elkins' room! We will be having a mini read-a-thon during the students' reading block. They may bring a blanket or a pillow, and we will be nice and cozy reading our books. If you'd like to donate a snack for this special day, follow the link in the previous post, or click here. Thanks!
  • Friday - Class party at 9:15am. Thanks to Mrs. Buchwald and the other room moms for coordinating this fun day for us!
Also, thanks so much to everyone who helped make our field trip last Friday a success! We had a blast, and the kids got to see first-hand some real Texas history!

Field Trip Reminders!

Hello!
 
We leave on our field trip to the Sam Houston Memorial Museum tomorrow morning right after Rise and Shine. I have a few reminders to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible tomorrow.
 
Reminders:
  • Be on time to school! We are leaving right after Rise and Shine.
  • Bring your lunch (including a drink)! We will be eating at the museum. You are responsible for carrying your lunch.You may bring a backpack in which to carry your lunch.
  • Please no cameras or cell phones. The teachers will be taking pictures, and we will share with everyone!
  • Wear:
    • Creekview or red shirt
    • Comfortable shoes
    • Jacket - most of our trip will be spent outside, and the forecast is cold!
We also have learning goals for our students, so that the day will not only be fun, but be educationally valuable as well.
 
Learning Goals:
  • I can describe how Sam Houston was important to the founding of Texas.
  • I can describe aspects of everyday life in the 1800s.
  • I can observe and listen attentively.
  • I can ask relevant questions of experts (when appropriate) in order to gain better understanding.
We will be leaving the museum in Huntsville after lunch, so we should be back at Creekview around 2:00.
 
Thanks for helping to make this a great trip! Let me know if you have any questions!

Weekly News 12/11-12/15

What We're Learning:
 
Reading - We are reviewing the fiction comprehension skills we've learned this year, using festive Christmas themed books.
Social Studies - We are learning about the successes and challenges of The Republic of Texas.
 
Other News:
  • Social Studies Benchmark Test: Wednesday, December 13th
  • Field Trip to the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, Friday, December 15th. We are leaving first thing in the morning to travel to Huntsville to learn more about Sam Houston and life in Texas in the 1800s. We are asking students to wear a Creekview shirt or red shirt, and to pack their lunch to eat while we are gone from school. I can't wait to spend this day learning with my kids!
  • Our room moms have sent home a letter about the Christmas parties next Friday (attached on previous post). They are asking for students to bring in $5 to contribute to the cost of the snack, craft, and games. If you haven't yet, please send the donation to school with your child this week!
  • The Creekview Lost and Found is overflowing with misplaced items! If your child is missing a jacket or hat, please ask them to look through the Lost and Found to find it. We'd love for these things to go back home for Christmas!
Thanks for your support. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Weekly News 11/13-11/17

What We're Learning:
 
Reading: We are continuing to work on our comprehension of fiction text, emphasizing this week how students need to have textual evidence to support their thinking about the story.
Social Studies: We are learning about Stephen F. Austin and the colonization of Texas.
 
In Other News:
  • Thank you so much for supporting our Book Fair last week!
  • Even more thanks to all of you that purchased books for our classroom library. It is so exciting to have new books to read. Thanks for encouraging my students to pick up a new book!
  • International Day: This Friday - Students won't want to miss out on an opportunity to hear from some of our Creekview parents as they tell us about their home country.
  • Follow me on Twitter @MsElkinsCES to see regular updates of what we are doing in class!
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 20-24 ---I hope you all have a wonderful week off and get to spend time with the people you love!
I am thankful to get to work at Creekview with all of you and your children, and I am thankful for your continued support. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Weekly News 11/6-11/10

What we're learning: 
  • Reading - We're reviewing how to write a summary of fiction text, and we have a district benchmark test on Wednesday!
  • Social Studies - We have been learning about the European explorers that came to Texas and the surrounding areas, and we are beginning to study the missions established in Texas by Spain.
 
In Other News:
  • District Reading Benchmark on Wednesday - there is no real way to study for this test. but please make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and comes ready to work hard on Wednesday!
  • Fuddruckers Spirit Night on Tuesday - come enjoy a meal at our Creekside Fuddruckers, and a portion of the sales will come back to our school to support Creekview
  • Book Fair - the book fair is open all week! Students that bring money to shop may go during the day, or can go before school with a parent. 
    • Wednesday - Shop the book fair with dad (or any other adult) from 5-7pm
    • Thursday and Friday - Lunch with a Grand One - invite your grandparent to lunch and have them visit the book fair with you!
  • The classroom spelling bees will take place on Monday, November 13th. If your child is interested in participating, make sure they have turned in the permission slip and are studying their word list!
  • We welcome Mrs. Glenewinkel as our principal of Creekview! Her first day will be Wednesday.
  • Due to an issue with the gradebook software, our progress reports will not be ready to go home on Wednesday. Due to this, Wednesday folders will go home on Thursdays instead this week.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great week!