Mitchell's Minutes

Week of October 23rd, 2017

Dear Parents,

And that’s a wrap! Our first grading period ends just in time for Red Ribbon Week and Canyon Creek Elementary’s twentieth school year celebration next week. This past week included a hunt for text features, writing vivid personal narratives, haunted house floor plans in math, and creating our own designs for periscopes in science. The cherry on top was our field trip to the Gem and Mineral Show and LBJ Library! Check back for photos soon!

Thanks to all the parents who chaperoned our field trip. You made an ordinary day into an extraordinary day with your flexibility and your smiles! All of the kids had a great time!
Thank you!

Size D Battery Needed
Students are asked to bring in (1) D Cell battery by October 24th.  We will begin to study Circuits and Electricity soon and need each student to provide their own power supply.  Batteries are sold in packs of two or four.  Students are encouraged to buddy up with someone or, if possible, donate any extra batteries they may have.  The battery does need to be very near fully charged.  Older, used batteries will not provide the power needed.

Red Ribbon Week
Monday, Oct. 23   Wear red for Red Ribbon Week
Tuesday, Oct. 24   Wear team shirts to Team Up for Good Choices
Wednesday, Oct. 25 - Wear crazy socks to Sock It to Drugs!
Thursday, Oct. 26   Wear Crazy Hair because We are WILD about Healthy Living!
Friday, Oct. 27   Wear CCE Shirts to be CCE STRONG!
Keep Reading - Saddle Up and Read Library Program Ends Soon!
Students have until Nov. 3rd to read 6 books from different sections of the library.  I am encouraging 100% participation! Please talk to your child about what books they will be selecting.  They can use those books to read as part of their Reading Response homework.  Details are online and additional recording sheets can be obtained from the library.

Veteran’s Day Celebration in the Works
Please help our CCE 5th Graders honor our VETERANS during their upcoming musical!  We would like to create a video montage honoring VETERANS in our CCE Community as we sing "We Honor You.”  Please scan a photo of a VETERAN and include their name and branch of the service on or under the photo.  Veterans can be family members, neighbors, and/or friends.  We would prefer a digital photo, but we are able to scan photos for you if needed.  PLEASE e-mail your photos to Debbie Martin (Music) at ASAP.  We need all photos by Friday, 10/27.  Thank you for helping us honor the sacrifice and service of our VETERANS!

TAG Referral Parent Information Night
Canyon Creek will be hosting TAG Referral Information Night for families interested in referring their students for TAG testing. This night is designed for families whose students are not currently enrolled in the TAG program but are interested in testing. Please join us in the library on November 8th from 6:00-7:00pm for more information about how to complete the referral process.

Other Science Materials Needed:
Additionally, 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 completely as possible.  We will also need the caps.


5th Grade Musical Rehearsals
Morning rehearsals for the 5th Grade musical will begin Monday, October 30th.  Your student has received a schedule of the days they are asked to attend rehearsal from 7:20 - 7:40.  Please help your child attend and be on time.  The musical performance will be following the 6:00 pm PTA meeting on Tuesday, November 7th.

This Week -
Math - Data Analysis, Unit 2 Test Review,
Language Arts - Personal Narratives, Spooktacular Literary Elements
Science - Electricity and Circuits
Social Studies - Native American Origin Myths, Colonization of US

Important Dates

Oct. 23- 27 Red Ribbon Week

Oct. 25        Vision and Hearing Screening - make sure students have their glasses at school!

Oct. 26        Flu Clinic, 8:00 - 11:15 am

Oct. 27        Great Pumpkin Fun Run

Nov. 7         PTA Meeting at 6:00 pm followed by 5th Graders' Musical

Nov. 8         TAG Information Meeting 6 pm

Nov. 13 & 14 - Fall Book Fair!

Nov. 13       Thanksgiving Meal

Nov. 20 - 24 Thanksgiving Break!

Nov. 30   Picture Make-Up Day

Enjoy your weekend!

Rebecca Mitchell