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5/15/2017

Important Dates:
 
5/16  Social Studies Benchmark (will prepare in class!)
5/18  Science benchmark
5/18  First In Math Party at school!
5/19  Last day to turn in library books!
5/19  Business & Economy quiz
5/19  Spelling Test 28
5/22  Author visit!
5/26  Reading Rally
5/29  Memorial Day: No school
5/31  4th Grade Awards at 9:00am
6/1  Last day of school/early dismissal
 
 
What we're learning this week
Language Arts: We will be identifying poetic elements and attempting them in our own writing. We will also look at narrative elements in the mystery genre.
 
Social Studies: We will finish up our unit on economic growth in Texas. We will be reviewing on the 18th and taking our quiz on the 19th. 
 

5/7/2017

5/8  Math STAAR test
5/9  Reading STAAR test
5/10 Permission slips due for the 4th Grade Step Up Party at the park!
5/12 4th Grade Step Up Party
**No spelling test this week**
 
Please be sure to turn in your student's permission slip for the 4th grade party off campus as soon as possible so that we can plan for transportation and food. Let me know if you need another permission slip sent home.
 

Writing Camp

Are you creative?  Do you think of stories, poems, and scripts when you experience life?  Would you just LOVE to publish?

If the answer is yes and you have completed 3rd grade, please join us at Writing Camp!  Sixty seats are available for students who will be enrolled in grades 4-8 during the 2017-18 school year.  Writing books will be provided and students should bring snacks and bottled water to the camp for mid-morning.  Please complete the following form and return it with a check in the amount of $50.00 made out to Tomball ISD to your Reading Specialist or Language Arts teacher no later than May 26th

4/17/2017

Important Dates:
 
4/21 Field Day! 
4/21 Spelling test 25
4/29 Austin Field Trip!
 
What we're learning this week
Language Arts: We are continuing our nonfiction research project this week! We will focus on organizing our paragraphs using text structures like sequence, cause & effect, or description. We will also use our research notes to start drafting our paragraphs.
 
Social Studies: We will begin our unit on business and economic growth in Texas. Our focus this week will be on vocabulary that will help us to understand concepts later in the unit like profit/loss, supply/demand, import/export, free enterprise, consumer, and producer. Your student will have all of the vocabulary for this unit in their notebooks by the end of the week.
 

Texas Reads One Book: Visit Mrs. Watson's page to learn more about our participation in Texas Reads One Book! https://goo.gl/zbpk4h

4/10/2017

Important Dates:
4/13 Cattle & Railroads unit test
4/14 NO SCHOOL - Good Friday
4/21 Field Day! 
 
What we're learning this week
Language Arts: We are continuing our nonfiction research project this week! We will focus on organizing our paragraphs using text structures like sequence, cause & effect, or description.
 
Social Studies: We will finish up our unit on the Texas frontier, cattle, and railroads. Our unit test was originally planned for April 12th, but we are moving it to April 13th. Many students will be out on the 11th for a choir event, and we do not want them to miss out on our review day. We will now be reviewing on the 12th and taking our test on the 13th. 
 

Texas Reads One Book: Visit Mrs. Watson's page to learn more about our participation in Texas Reads One Book! https://goo.gl/zbpk4h

We received the final approval for our field trip to Austin, Texas on Saturday, April 29th! We will be visiting the capitol building and the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum. Please check your student's Wednesday folder for more information about our trip.

4/3/2017

Important Dates:
 
4/5 District Math Benchmark
4/6 Reading practice assessment
4/7 Spelling Test 24
4/14 NO SCHOOL - Good Friday
 
 
What we're learning this week
Language Arts: We are starting our nonfiction research project this week! Students will be learning research strategies like how to avoid plagiarism and how to use text features to guide your research.
 
Social Studies: We will continue learning about the Texas frontier and cattle drives. Our unit test is currently planned for 4/12.
 

Texas Reads One Book: Visit Mrs. Watson's page to learn more about our participation in Texas Reads One Book! https://goo.gl/zbpk4h

Important Dates:
3/28 Writing STAAR Test
3/31 Spelling test 23
3/31 Nonfiction unit test
3/31 Awards ceremony at 2:00
 
What we're learning this week
Language Arts: On Wednesday, we will introduce our new expository unit: research! We will also finish up our nonfiction reading unit with our test on Friday.
 
Social Studies: We will continue learning about the Texas frontier and cattle drives.
 

Social Studies: Our 4th grade awards ceremony for the 3rd grade nine weeks report card will be this Friday at 2:00. See you there!

 

03/20/2017

Important Dates:
3/24 Spring Pictures
3/28 Writing STAAR Test
    **No spelling this week
 
**Practice that we complete in class will be coming home each day this week. Please review these papers with your students! It helps to discuss the wrong answers AND the right answers. After reviewing them with your students, please sign the paper to indicate that you discussed it together.**
 
What we're learning this week
Language Arts: We will be strengthening our grammar skills as we gear up for the STAAR writing test next week. We will continue to study the structure of essays and how strong writers support their thesis statements.
*These resources have been posted in the past as an additional resource to prepare for the writing STAAR.  This is a useful tool for extra revising and editing practice!
 
Social Studies: We will continue learning about the Texas frontier and cattle drives.
  

District Chess Tournament

All TISD students are eligible to participate in the District Chess Tournament scheduled for Saturday, April 22.  Students do not need to be in a Chess Club to participate.  For a registration form, t-shirt order form and tournament details, please click on this link: https://sites.google.com/a/tomballschools.net/tisd-chess-tournament/

DI Team Donation 
This year's DI Team wants to remind everyone that this is the last week to send in your donations for the animals at TGR Exotic Wildlife Park.  The animals love cereal boxes, snack boxes and kleenex boxes (please do not crush), old blankets, old spices (not spicy) and perfumes, old balls, baby toys that can be washed in a dishwasher, left over party goods (not plastic), paper towel and toilet paper rolls, and paper cups.   

Revising & Editing Practice

This practice packet was posted a few months back, but I thought I would post it again. The STAAR writing test is March 28th! These short paragraphs are quick, easy reminders of important grammar skills that will be on the test.
 

Literacy Night!

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 300people 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.

GT Testing (1st-4th grades)

The nomination window is now open until March 10, 2017 to nominate your student for Gifted and Talented testing.  This nomination window is specifically for 1st-4th grade students.  Students can be tested no more than once a year so students tested this past fall are not eligible to test at this time.  Visit Mrs. French’s Teacher Website for more information and a Letter for Permission to Test in both English & Spanish.​

02/26/2017

Important Dates:
 
      03/02  Family Literacy Night!
      02/27 - 03/03 Book fair week
      03/03  Spelling test 21
 
Language Arts:
     In writing, we are strengthening our grammar skills as we gear up for the STAAR writing test. We will study the structure of essays and how strong writers support their thesis statements.
    
Social Studies
     In social studies, we will be studying the Texas frontier.
 
Supplies: 
    Thank you to those parents who have sent in supplies to help our classroom function as well as possible! If you would still like to donate, glue sticks are still needed.

02/20/2017

Important Dates:
      02/22  Civil War Unit Test
      02/27-03/03 Book Fair Week!
      03/02  Mark your calendars! Family Literacy Night
 
Language Arts:
     In writing, we are focusing on specific grammar skills like when to use me or I in a compound subject/predicate and when to use good or well.
     If you have not sent in a cereal box with your student, please do so as soon as possible! Students are using their cereal box to work on an independent nonfiction book report. ***Students should not be working on their book reports at home. District grading policy states that elementary students can not be graded on work that is completed at home. Thank you for adhering to this expectation.
    
Social Studies
     In social studies, we are taking our Civil War unit test on Wednesday! At the end of the week, we will introduce our new unit on the Texas frontier and cattle ranches.
 
Supplies: 
     Thank you to the parents who have sent in supplies to help our classroom run smoothly! If you would still like to donate, we could still use more glue sticks.

Literacy Night!

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!

 

 

¡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!