Mitchell's Minutes

Week of May 14th,  2018

Dear Parents,
It was a jungle all week in the 5th grade halls. Science Safari was a fun way
for students to have an in-depth review on concepts learned this year. Rotating
between the three classes allowed for many quality models, experiments, and
notes to be taken.
Beyond the Science STAAR test Wednesday, please don’t forget about the
two upcoming field trips - we can’t believe the Natural Bridge Cavern trip is already
here on Friday! Find all the details you need below and keep those yellow permission
forms rolling in for the Trailhead Park picnic trip as well. The end of the year schedule
is pretty packed and it’s going to be a whirlwind the next two weeks (and a day).
Also, I have to thank you for having wonderful children.  I came in to work today
without a voice. I am having swelling in my throat due to some allergy in the air and
my vocal cords get cramped - no pain though.  It was basically a full day of silent
teaching and your kids were wonderful. They read my notes on the projector and a
little whiteboard I carried. It wasn’t the easiest day, but your kids made it whole lot
better.  Good job, parents!
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms out there. I hope you have a day of fun
and relaxation with your precious families.

Science STAAR
The children will be taking the Science STAAR test on Wednesday, May 16. Please
remember that your children will perform best if they have a good night’s sleep, eat a
hearty breakfast, and arrive on time to school.  Things to think about:
  • Your children are well-prepared for this test.
  • If you are unable to provide your child with a healthy breakfast on
  • Wednesday, the CCE cafeteria will do it for you for FREE.
  • Room parents are providing snacks and water. Your child may bring
  • additional DRY snacks.

Library Book Due Date Extended
The library end-of-year check in deadline has been extended to May 16th so that
5th graders can have library books after the STAAR. Please turn in any checked
library books on or before May 16th for the library inventory. Books will still be
available in our classroom for pleasure reading or your child may choose to bring
a book from home. Thank you!

End-of-Year Field Trip to Natural Bridge Caverns and Texas Wildlife Refuge
The trip to Natural Bridge Caverns and Texas Wildlife Refuge in New Braunfels,
Texas is scheduled for May 18, 2018.  
  • Departure at 7:45 a.m.
  • Return at 5:00 p.m.  
  • Attire - Students should wear their CCE t-shirt, comfortable clothes, and  tennis shoes (closed toe). There is lots of walking on uneven terrain. If no CCE shirt, please wear a color similar to our orange shirts.
  • Snacks - bring 2 snacks and 2 drinks  in a separate bag from lunch The snack will be kept in the seating area as we travel.
  • Lunch - please bring a separate lunch and drink in a disposable bag. Lunches will be put in the underneath compartment (room temperature) and only accessible at lunch time. Drinks will be kept on ice in the underneath compartment.  Please label everything with sharpie before refrigeration. There are lots of us!

Permission Form - Trailhead Park Picnic - May 24th
After the 5th Grade Awards Assembly, all of 5th grade will walk to Trailhead Park to
have a picnic lunch and then have an extended recess.  A permission slip went home
in this Tuesday’s folder. Forms are due back by Thursday, May 17th.

5th Grade Showcase
The 5th Grade Students will host a Showcase for their parents from 7:40 - 8:40 am on
Wednesday, May 23.  Your child will guide you through each of the classrooms where
many of the projects and activities we have experienced throughout the year will be on
display.  Please make arrangements to be present for as much time as you are able.

Fourth Annual Fifth Grade Scrabble Tournament
All students will participate in our Fourth Annual Scrabble Tournament on Friday, May
25th and Tuesday, May 29th. So, get out those scrabble boards at home and start
practicing. We will have a competitive bracket and a recreational bracket.  It’s going
to be fun!

Character Word of the Month (May)  - Friendly

Units of Study
Math - Quilting with Geometric Shapes and Patterns
Language Arts - Writing reflections and book clubs
Science - STAAR review and test
Social Studies - The Bill of Rights

Important Dates
May 14/15 STAAR MakeUp Test Days
May 16th Science STAAR test - please do not schedule doctor appointments this day
May 18 Natural Bridge Caverns and Wildlife Safari Field Trip
May 22 Field Day and BBQ Cookout lunch
May 23 5th grade Showcase 7:40 - 8:40
May 24 5th Grade Awards Assembly and Trailhead Park picnic
May 28 Memorial Day, no school
May 29 Last Day of School

Enjoy your weekend!

Rebecca Mitchell