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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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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.

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 married...in 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 wonder Thanksgiving Break.  Thank you so much for understanding.

 

Sincerely,

Crystal Short

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.)
 

STUDENT Log in:

Log in:

  1. Go to our unique login site https://goo.gl/cxBo6T(bookmark 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!

 

 

UIL

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. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Igsp32hVtbT6WuPi7hUFmK_S9el0DTfaH3CGkd2BvBs/edit#gid=0

 

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!

 

http://www.staarmaterials.com/docs/RevisedSamples/Grade3/Mini-Assessments_PeriodicAssessments.pdf

 

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.

STAAR TEST PREP.

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

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.