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Welcome to 3rd Grade!

My name is Crystal Short and this is my 21st year of teaching. I am married and have 2 children, Hannah is 26 and Parker is 16. Yes, I know, 10 1/2 years apart!  We live in the community and love Tomball.

I want you to feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. It is my job to make you and your child feel comfortable about the learning process.

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And, We're Back to Normal

Wow, this has been a surprising first few weeks of school.  I am glad that we are back to normal schedules and everyone is safe.
I am asking that your child bring newspapers or old magazines that we can use to decorate our INB'S.  If you have duct tape, that would be great, also.  *We will be using this tomorrow and Friday.  Thank you in advance.
Wednesday folders are coming home today with a few handouts.  There will not be conduct sheets today.
In math, we are beginning to compose and decompose numbers is a variety of ways.  In science, we are talking about safety.

STAAR Practice Problems

I found this great site that has MANY practice questions for STAAR.  It is even split up into categories.  If you let your child practice on this site, be careful because the answers are at the beginning.  Make them tell you how they got an answer every once in a while, to be sure they are actually working them out. Thank you so much for helping to prepare your child for the test!



We are reviewing for the STAAR test this week.  The  Math test is next Monday, the 8th, and the Reading test is Tuesday, the 9th.  Please make every effort to have your child in school, all week, this week.  Please, also, have them wind down early Sunday night and have a good breakfast Monday morning.  Remind them how awesome they are and how awesome they will do.  The test doesn't define us; however, the state takes the scores very seriously.  So, we do want the students to perform as well as they can.  I can't believe the date is May 1st! Where has this year gone?  I truly appreciate all of you for choosing to make your child the best he/she can be.  You are a great bunch of parents!!  :)

This Week and Next Week

This week we finished up geometry and measurement and are finishing up plant structure, functions, and adaptions.
Next week, we will begin life cycles,and will  focus on frogs, ladybugs, and plants.
Next week in Math, we will begin to learn how to interpret, analyze, and represent data on graphs.

This Week

This week, Feb.21-24th, we will continue working on geometry and the solar system.
Today, I am sending home login information for Think Through Math.  I showed the students today and they are very excited.  There are actual teachers available to help, if they get stuck.  This program is funded by the state of Texas.  Please utilize it.
Reminder:  Projects are due this Friday the 24th.

DPES will celebrate Read Across America, a nation-wide motivational reading program that inspires children to read every day. The annual celebration begins on February 27th.


To celebrate Read Across America, several fun and educational activities are planned for the week. 
Students are also invited to dress up each day based on a different Dr. Seuss Book:


  • Monday, February 27th – “Whooville”- Crazy Hair. You’re class will visit the book fair today!


  • Tuesday, February 28th - “If I Ran the Zoo”- Wear Animal Print.


  • Wednesday, March 1st - “Oh! The Places You’ll Go- Wear a College Shirt. 


  • Thursday, March 2nd- Book Character Parade

                    Dress up as your favorite character from a book

                       (You must bring the book with you to school)

                       *DPES Family Literacy Night?" 


  • Friday, March 4th - “Green Eggs and Ham”-

         Wear Green!


*Please remember all outfits for the week must

follow school dress code*



Family Literacy Night!

YAY!!! Chick-fil-a of Tomball, Kroger of Tomball, HEB of Tomball, and DPES have partnered to offer a FREE dinner to the first 300 people to attend the DPES family literacy night!! Dinner provided will be a Chick-fil-a chicken sandwich, bag of chips, a cookie, and a bottle of water. 



Decker Prairie Family Literacy Night: 

Where Reading Gives You SUPER Powers!


Family Literacy Night is coming on Thursday, March 2nd from 6:00-7:30!!


 Come join us as we celebrate reading and writing with fun games and activities for all of your family members!

Students can become a super hero, create a comic, take part in a book walk, design a book mark and much, much more!!


There will be awesome door prizes such as Rodeo ticketsBikes, Tickets to the Zoo and Children's Museum and Toys R’ Us gift cards!

Chick-fil-a of Tomball, Kroger of Tomball, HEB of Tomball, and DPES have partnered to offer a FREE dinner to the first 300 people to attend the DPES family literacy night!!

Dinner provided will be a Chick-fil-a chicken sandwich, bag of chips, a cookie, and a bottle of water.




¡Noche de Lectura Familiar en Decker Prairie!

Donde el leer te dá super poderes


¡La noche de lectura familiar será el jueves, 2 de marzo de 6:00 -7:30p.m!


Únase a nosotros mientras celebramos la lectura y la escritura con divertidos juegos y actividades para todos los miembros de su familia.

Los estudiantes pueden convertirse en súper héroes, crear una tira cómica, participar en una caminata de libros, diseñar un marcador de libros

y muchas, muchas cosas más.


¡Habrá increíbles premios como boletos al Rodeo, bicicletas, boletos para el zoológico y para el Museo de los Niños y tarjetas de regalo de Toys R’ US!


Las tiendas Chick-fil-a, Kroger y HEB de Tomball, se han asociado con DPES para ofrecer una cena gratis a las primeras 300 personas que asistan a la Noche de Lectura Familiar DPES.

La cena será un sándwich de pollo de Chick-fil-a, una bolsa de papitas, una galleta y una botella de agua.


Fraction Test

Our fraction test is tomorrow and I have sent home a review.  The review was e-mailed to the primary e-mail account associated with your child.  Please make sure your child is practicing multiplication facts.  Thank you!

Week of January 30th

Hello.  This Wednesday, we will be sending home a sign-up sheet for a science project.  Each child will need to complete the project AT HOME, however; they will have a variety of options to choose from.  Please select a choice and return the signed sheet to me by Friday.
We are learning about the solar system in science!  I'm sure you have heard.  In math, we have begun fractions.  We are having fun!

Dec. 12-16, 2016

Well, it's the week before Christmas Break and we have a lot going on here at school.  Today your child visited the Penguin Shop, a place where they can buy family members presents.  Ask for their lists.  
UIL t-shirt order forms are due tomorrow.  
Monday - Spelling Bee
Tuesday Bi-Lingual Spelling Bee
Wednesday -  
Thursday - Movie Day with Hot Chocolate "Santa Paws"  (wear PJ's)
Friday - Cougar Celebration, Sing-a-long, Christmas Party, Early Release
I am not sending homework this week.  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday break.
Crystal Short

Week of November 18th

  • Box Tops forms were sent home. Please send with your child and I will be sure to get the to the office. 50 box tops get s a picture with Santa!!!

Field Trip- December 2

Friday, Decmber 2, the third graders will be going on a field trip to Tomball High School to see the Houston Ballet perform The Nutcracker. Your child has brought home a permission form that needs to be returned no later than November 30. 
Please continue practicing multiplication facts at home.  I am also noticing that many students still need additional practice with basic addition and subtraction facts.  Please utilize Firstinmath to help with this.

Week of November 14th

In math, we will be taking a unit 3 test, Tuesday, over addition and subtraction.  We will then begin multiplication.  Remember to keep practicing your multiplication facts.  This Friday, we will test over 2's, 5's, and 10's.
In science, we are continuing to study force and motion and have a few fun experiments planned for this week!
The Food Drive will end Wednesday! 
Can you believe Thanksgiving is here?  Wow!

Speak Up Survey

Dear Parents:

Tomball ISD has partnered with Speak Up – a national online research initiative facilitated by Project Tomorrow® – to give students, parents, teachers, district employees, and community members the opportunity to share their viewpoints about key educational issues.  By participating in Speak Up, parents can express their views to a wider audience of local, state, and national policymakers as well as the business community.  This is also an opportunity for parents to contribute to the national dialog about science, technology, and preparing students for the 21st century workforce. 

The survey is available on the Tomball ISD website at or at through January 13, 2017.  Once you’re on the Speak Up survey website, click the blue button labeled PARENTS to start the survey.  Responses to the 20-minute survey are anonymous.  If the survey website does not appear as an active link, please copy and paste it into your Internet browser.  We hope you will complete the survey.  Your feedback and support are greatly appreciated. 


Thank you

Week of November 7

Week of November 7
In Math, we are finishing our subtraction unit with strip diagrams, number lines, tables, and subtracting 3 digits over zeroes. We will take our Unit 3 Subtraction/Addition Assessment next Tuesday. This Friday, we will take a Fact Proficiency over x2 and x5. Please make sure you continue practicing these!
Please make sure your child is getting onto First in Math! Our school wide competition is underway and we have done well so far! Let's keep it going!
In Science, we are taking a District Science CBA on Tuesday. We will finish our unit over energy this week.
We start our annual food drive this week. I will give anyone in my homeroom 1 Dojo point for each item he/she brings in!

October is here!

Wow!  Times flies.  We are gearing up for  the Fall Festival and Parent/Teacher Conferences.  Our class basket is "Houston Astros."  We got lucky!!!  Please consider donating an item for the basket.  Our class is also responsible for donating cans of Coke (regular.)  We will begin holding conferences soon.  Ms. Lambright is making an online sign up sheet.  I will let you know when it is complete.
We are working hard and just completed our math unit on rounding and our now moving into estimating and word problems.  We will also have a fact proficiency test tomorrow (10-7.)  In science, we just finished up matter and properties of matter.  We are now beginning to study energy.
The kids are enjoying science and the experiments.  I hope they have told you about some of them.