Mitchell's Minutes

Week of January 15th, 2018

Dear Parents,

Welcome back and Happy MLK Day! We are off to a great start in 2018. Our fifth graders are doing an awesome job and have jumped right back into things at school.  We are looking forward to STEAM Night so we can show off a project and our awesome learning!  Please make plans to attend!

I hope you were able to enjoy a bit of your extra bad weather day, bundle up for Wednesday and the rest of the week.  Please encourage your children to wear long pants.  

Additional School Supply
If you are able, please provide your child with a set of earbuds/headphones to be using in class while engaged in interactive websites that may include sound and videos.  It is highly distracting if 24 kids are at different spots in videos or instructions.  Even the free headphones that come with a cell phone would work.  Thank you!

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:

Class Auction
Our stash of candy is dwindling. If you could help replenish it, I would be most appreciative. If you would rather not give candy, the kids also enjoy novelty pens and markers, light-up sticks, notepads, etc...

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.

January Character Trait: Empathy

This Week -
Math -  Adding and Subtracting Decimals, including estimation and rounding
Language Arts - Writing Imaginative Stories and Drawing Conclusions
Science - Fossil and Alternative Energy
Social Studies - The Road to Revolution

Important Dates

Jan. 15 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan. 17 - Science Fair Projects due, 8am, Science Lab if participating

Jan. 18th - STEAM NIght, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Jan. 30 - Fifth Grade Grisham Buddy Day

Feb. 1 - Grisham Counselor Visit - Parents 7:45

Feb. 12-13 , March 21 - STAAR Ready Practice Days - please do not schedule doctor appointments these days

Feb. 14 - Valentine Day Party, 1:45 pm

Feb. 23 - Multicultural Night

Enjoy your week!

Rebecca Mitchell