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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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If your child has not brought home an order of order for field day t-shirts, please let me know.  They are going to be so cute; however, we must have a minimum of 15 children purchase before they can be made.  Thanks:)

STAAR Practice

I have e-mailed you all some things to use for STAAR math practice.  We have been working hard to identify very specific needs and have been meeting in small groups for several weeks now.  Your child may be seeing another teacher for 30 minutes, 4 times a week.  If you have any questions, please let me know.
We are working on weight and capacity in math and are starting a new unit on the moon in science.
Thank you for all that you do to make your children successful!

Party on the Prairie Information

The PTO has extended the t-shirt sales until March 9th.  The party will be March 24th.  Many letters have been coming home in the Wednesday folders about this event.  There will be a raffle for an outdoor gourmet single sack crawfish boiler.  Tickets will be sold the week prior to the carnival.  Also, there are still t-shirts available until this Friday.
Finally, just to update you on our class donations...  we have none yet!  Yikes!  Please help by donating to our basket.   The theme is Family Game Night.  Our donation for prizes is Blow Pops.  You can drop these off Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday of this week from 8:10-8:40.  There will be volunteers waiting to get them from you, so you don't even have to get out of your car!
Please help make this carnival a success.
Crystal & Kim

This is an old post... I don't know how to move it. Next Week

Good afternoon.  I just wanted to make you all aware that I will not be in class next week.  My daughter is getting Cancun!!!!!  Rest assured that I have planned for this and have retained a very experienced substitute teacher.  Many of you may know her, Anne Sundquist.  She is a former teacher and administrator.  She is also a member of the Magnolia City Council.  I feel very comfortable leaving the students with her.  I have let the students know, so they should not be surprised or worried about where I am.  I have never left my class for a week, but this occasion definitely warrants it.    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break.  Thank you so much for understanding.



Crystal Short

February 26 - March 2, 2018

  • February 26 - March 2: Read Across America Week,
    • DPES School Book Fair
  • Thursday, March 1, Class/ Individual Pictures
  • Friday, March 2, Book Character Parade at DPES
We have begun geometry.  We will be learning attributes of 2D and 3D shapes, as well as how to classify them.
In Science, we are beginning to learn about the planets!

Welcome Back!

Wow!  How time flies.  The new year is upon us and the students will be returning to school on Wednesday, the 10th.  I'm sure lots of stories will be told by all.:)  
Just to keep you up to date, we will be starting division in math and landforms in science. 
I will start sending math homework, Monday, January 22nd.  The home work will be handed out each Monday and due each Thursday.
I hope you had a fabulous holiday season and I wish the best for you all this year.

Week of Nov. 13-17

The students will be continuing to explore heat and light energy. They will have a test on Thursday over those topics. (Science)
In math, we are solving multiple step word problems with both addition and subtraction, with and without regrouping, using different strategies.  They will be testing on Thursday in math, as well.
Please make sure your child has mastered his/her addition and subtraction facts.  After Thanksgiving our timed tests will be on multiplication.

Fun Time for the Family

The Tomball STAGE will be presenting The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe beginning next week.  We hope you can enjoy this production with your child so they can experience this wonderful tale about good overcoming evil.

Week of Oct. 30th

Hello everyone.  We are beginning our subtraction unit in math and continuing to learn about energy in science.
I am excited to tell you all that the textbooks are online and ready to be used at home.  I have provided access to both 2nd and 3rd grade math and science books, in case you would like to have your child review a topic from last year.  Please follow the directions below.  Thank you.)


Log in:

  1. Go to our unique login site this page).​
  2. Sign in using the student’s unique username and password provided.
  3. Username: Tomball + [student id #]
  4. Password: TISD + [student id #] + [First and last initial capitalized]

Week of Oct. 23rd

This week we will be learning about sound energy in science and addition strategies and solving word problems in math.
If you have not signed up for a conference, please do so, or contact us to let us know you would prefer a phone conference.
Thank you,
Crystal Short

Red Ribbon Week!!!

Decker Prairie Elementary

Red Ribbon WEEK: Oct. 23 -- Oct. 31, 2017

Monday, Oct. 23rd

Wear Red: I Believe in Me… Happy, Healthy and Drug Free!

Tuesday, Oct. 24th

Dress Like a Movie Star: Reach for the STARS, NOT DRUGS!

Wednesday, Oct. 25th

Wear Mismatched Clothes: Don’t Let Drugs Mix You UP!

Thursday, Oct. 26th

Wear Camo: Be all that you can be…DRUG FREE!

Friday, Oct. 27th

Wear your favorite boots: Give DRUGS the BOOT!

Monday, Oct. 30th

Sign the DRUG FREE Pledge: We Pledge to Be Happy, Healthy and Drug FREE

Tuesday, Oct. 31st

We are UNITED AGAINST DRUGS and Bullying:

The United Free-style Stunt TEAM Visits Decker Prairie!




I would like to share some information about the UIL competition that was sent to me from Mrs. French.  Thank you.  :)

Hi Parents,


Our UIL Coaching Sessions have been meeting now for a few weeks.  Coaches are share hints, tips, strategies and test taking skills with the students to prepare them for our District UIL Academic Tournament on Saturday, January 13.  (Some students are preparing at home and will meet with their event coach to take the pre-test or try out later in the season.  Your coaches will get with you on the time and day.)


Remember, coaches will be selecting three students and two alternates to represent DPES at the tournament out of those they are working with.  Coaches will communicate with you on the date, time and method of that selection. 


We truly appreciate you getting your student up to school to school by 7:45 am.  Some of you have encountered drop-off problems due to other parents parking in the drop-off circle to watch their child walk up to the school.  We want to encourage parents to drive on out of the circle after dropping off so those parents behind can also drop their student off in time.  ~Thank you!


Not sure what/when/where or who your child’s coaching session is?  Click on this link to view the schedule.


We would appreciate you either contacting your student’s coach or Mrs. French if you student is unable to make their coaching session. 


You can also sign up for the REMIND texts for UIL by texting @@dpesu to 81010.  This is where I will notify you of any changes to a coaching session and update you on the tournament details.  The UIL page on Mrs. French’s Edlio website is also updated frequently.


Lastly, we are working on a t-shirt design for this year’s commemorative shirt.  Details on how these can be order will come in a future email.


Mrs. French

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!