Mitchell's Minutes

Week of April 24th, 2017
Dear Parents,

Another successful week has gone by. Thankfully, we are managing to stave off spring fever in the halls of fifth grade.

Grisham Incoming 5th Grade Transition Meeting --- Monday April 24, 6:00-7:00

There will be a school tour, information about MYP at Grisham, and  general info about the transition to middle school. Students are welcome to attend, and GMS students will be available to answer questions.  This event is intended to address middle school questions outside of the math and TAG transition.  There will be other opportunities for parents in August as well.  

Watch for a Fiesta! Sign Up Genius
The fifth grade is currently reading the award-winning novel Esperanza Rising. This historical fiction novel is teaching the children about the Mexican Revolution, the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, immigration to the U.S., racism, and the plight of farmworkers in California during the 30s. Plus, it has wonderful symbolism threaded throughout each chapter in the form of fruits and vegetables. As a culminating activity, we will have a fiesta on Cinco de Mayo - May 5. Each child will be asked to bring something to contribute. A sign up genius will be emailed to you on Tuesday, April 25.

2-3 Fiesta Volunteers Needed per Class
The teachers and students will be decorating for the Fiesta, but each homeroom will need 2-3 parents to set up and serve the food and then clean up afterwards. The time commitment is from 9:30 - 11:00. Please let me know if you can help.

Please note that the Fiesta is not a party to which parents are invited to socialize like the Winter Party and Valentine’s Party. We can only accommodate a certain number of food volunteers because our space will be limited.  Thank you for understanding.

Toilet Paper Rolls Needed
As decorations for our fiesta, each child will make two small pinatas out of empty toilet paper rolls. Please save two rolls and send them into class by Monday, May 1.

Math Meeting
On Friday, April 28, at 7:45 am, there will be a meeting in the CCE Library about the math tracks which students can follow at Grisham and then Westwood. Representatives from both schools will be there to give valuable information.

End-of-Year Field Trip to Natural Bridge Caverns and Texas Wildlife Refuge
A letter explaining this annual rite of passage for CCE fifth graders was sent home in this past week’s Tuesday folder.  The trip is planned for May 19, but permission slips and payments are due April 28. Thank you to those of you who have already returned your permission slips and money.    

Interim Progress Reports
Progress reports will go home this Tuesday in Tuesday Folders.

Robolab is Coming!
Robolab is coming up soon, and we can use a few volunteers. This is your child’s last Robolab, so don’t miss out on the opportunity.  The students will be showing off all their science and programming talents by creating a robot and giving it a unique talent. All this talent will be on display in a talent show during the last hour of the day. Please sign up to help out during the day, and especially try to come for the talent show at 1:45-2:45 pm. Remember, you do not need to know anything about science, programming, or Legos. Just be encouraging!

Sign up to volunteer at the following link:

In order to volunteer at CCE, you must be in the RRISD Raptor System. If you have not filled out an application to volunteer this year yet, please go to the CCE website ( Scroll down to the Get Involved section and click on Apply to Volunteer. Please allow at least five days to have your application processed. If you have any problem with filling out this application, please call the school office.

Our character word for April is HONESTY.

This Week:
Language Arts: Esperanza Rising novel study
Math: Algebraic Reasoning              
Science: Year-End review
Social Studies: Chapter 7 “The Young Nation Grows”
Important Dates
April 24    Transition Meeting at Grisham, 6:00-7:00pm
April 28    Information Mtg. about Math Tracks at Grisham and Westwood @ 7:45am
May 8-9   MakeUp Reading and Math STAAR (for those absent  on first administration)
May 10    Science STAAR Test
May 11     Neuman Robolab
May 12     Montgomery Robolab
May 16     Grisham Buddy Day
May 17     5th Grade Showcase 8:00am - 8:45am
May 18     Mitchell Robolab
May 19     Natural Bridge Caverns and Wildlife Safari Ranch Field Trip
May 22     Volunteer Breakfast - A Thank You to All of CCE’s Wonderful Volunteers
May 26     Parent Q&A about Middle School and Grisham @ 7:45am
TBD          Third Annual Fifth Grade Scrabble Tournament
May 29      Memorial Day - No School
May 30      Field Day
May 31      5th Grade Award Ceremony
June 1       Last Day of School
June 2       Congratulations - You have a middle schooler on your hands!

May you have a very green Earth Day tomorrow, April 22.  

Rebecca Mitchell