Mitchell's Minutes

Week of December 11th, 2017

Dear Parents,

Let the countdown begin!!! We are all looking forward to wrapping up our first semester of the year. It’s hard to believe that it is upon us.

It’s Party Time!
Our Winter Party will be held on December 21st, at 1:45 - 2:45 pm. Parents are welcome to join us! Please be on the look-out for emails from our homeroom parents regarding our party needs.

Winter Holiday Party Childcare
Childcare will be available for siblings (at least 1 year old) during the Winter Holiday Parties scheduled for Thursday, December 21st.  We provide this service since younger siblings are not permitted in the classrooms during parties. You may drop your child off at 1:20 p.m. and the center will be open until 2:50 p.m.  A donation of $8 per child is requested (cash only).  Reservations are required and will be accepted until Monday, December 18th or until space fills up. (Further details will be provided when reservations are made)  To make a reservation, please email our Family Support Specialist Lisette Castaneda at lisette_castaneda@roundrockisd.org. Please include the name and age of the child(ren) you will be dropping off and a contact phone number.

Bluebonnet Challenge
We are encouraging students to read 5 of this year’s Bluebonnet Books as part of our Language Arts program.  By reading 5 books, each student can then vote for the book they believe should win the Texas Bluebonnet Award.  We are tracking the books we read on a hall display.  Students who choose to take on the challenge of reading all 20 of the Bluebonnet Books will be eligible to try to earn a spot on the Canyon Creek Battle of the Bluebonnets team.  This team will attend a district wide competition and complete in a quiz show type challenge to earn bragging rights for our school.  Bluebonnet Books can be used for the Reading Response Log. Please encourage your children to make time to read and log their progress.  Visit the Libary’s Bluebonnet Resource page for more information: http://ccereads.weebly.com/battle-of-the-bluebonnets.html

TinkerCAD Form
Every year, the 5th grade students are allowed to create an object to be printed using the school’s 3D printer.  To create the objects, the students will need to create an account on a program called TinkerCAD.  In order to create an account, our students need parental permission.  A form went home in last Tuesday’s folder.  If you have misplaced the form, please please print it out using this link and return it with your child.  
Without this form, your child will not be able to participate in 3D printing.  Our class will have an introduction to TinkerCAD on Monday, December 11th. Please return the form by then.

Auction Items Needed
We had our first auction about two weeks ago and the kids cleaned up!  Everyone got something to delight them. Thank you parents for all of your generous donations.  I do have to ask, again, for you to replenish the classroom stock for the next Auction slated for December.  If you find yourself at HEB or Target, please visit the candy or toy aisle. I appreciate all donations and the kids do too!  

Science Materials Needed
A favorite activity in 5th grade Science is building Aquaterras (half aquarium, half terrarium).  Each aquaterra requires (2) 2- liter, crystal clear (not green), smooth soda/water bottles.  With several sets, we can offer smaller groups and more hands on opportunities for our students. 5th grade teachers are offering $5 comet cash for the bottles.  Please think of us if you have a party or an event with these types of bottles.  We would appreciate them rinsed out and with the label peeled off as cleanly as possible.  We will also need the caps.

December Character Trait: Inclusive

This Week’s Units of Study
Math - Volume and Division (four digits divided by two digit numbers)  
Language Arts - Reading across Paired Texts and Poetry Writing
Science - Formation of Sedimentary Rocks
Social Studies - The 13 Colonies

Important Dates

Dec. 21 - Winter Parties, Silly Sweater Day
Dec. 22 - Student holiday begins, teacher work day
Jan. 9 - Students Return for Spring Semester

Enjoy your weekend!

Rebecca Mitchell
rebecca_mitchell@roundrockisd.org
512-428-2855