Mitchell's Minutes

Week of Sept. 25th, 2017

Dear Parents,

We’ve been busy learning and having fun in 5th grade.  I’ll be uploading some photos soon - before my phone completely runs out of storage space - and you’ll be able to get a peek into the classroom.  I left the kids on a bit of a cliffhanger with our reading in Maniac Magee.  I am as anxious to get back to school as the kids must be!

Spirit Challenge!!!
Our class won its first Spirit Challenge!  We challenged the other two 5th grade classes to wear their CCE shirts this past Friday.  The winner would be the class with the greatest percentage of students wearing any CCE shirt or CCE blue.  The winner also gets to hold the 5th grade spirit stick for the week. We won this round, but rest assured, there will be more challenges and I know the other classes will put up a greater fight next time. Please remind your student to wear their CCE shirt on Fridays.  This friendly competition encourages school pride and helps build camaraderie between the students in the class and even between all the 5th grade classes

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Monday, October 9th is a day designated by RRISD for parents and teachers to meet and discuss student progress.  If you have not yet signed up for a conference, please contact me to sign up for a time.  If you stated on the form that none of these times worked for you, I will be contacting you in the next week with alternative times.  

CCE Family Create Peace Night
As families get busier, "together time" seems more difficult to achieve.  Please come and join us on Tuesday, September 26th  from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  for some creative, engaging time with your child. Our CCE Singing Stars Choir will lead the school in singing “A Song of Peace” at 6:00 p.m., and then we will begin the evening’s many activities. There will be a variety of hands-on experiences that everyone will enjoy.  Hope to see you then!  
Hosted by: Mary Weir (Art), Debbie Martin (Music) and Julianne Bamford (Librarian)
Mixed Up Science Day
On Monday, our 5th grade scientists will spend the day rotating through all 5th grade classes, participating in various hands-on activities. They will be furthering their understanding of the properties of mixtures and solutions using a variety of tools and methods to conduct scientific inquiries.

Field Trip
Our first field trip of the year is quickly on the horizon, October 20th.  If you hope to volunteer as a chaperone, please fill out a volunteer form (below) in the next two weeks.   A permission slip will be going home in this Tuesday’s folder.

From the Counselor
We are having a canned food drive for Central Texas Food Bank to provide additional support to those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Central Texas. Please bring your nonperishable item to the collection boxes by the front staircase. Thank you for supporting those in need in our area.

CCE’s annual Box Top Collection Competition thru Oct. 6th. Contact Cory Vessa at  if you have any questions. Please clip and send box tops to school during our competition time.

Parents (Kinder-5th grade) interested in hearing more about Destination Imagination, please join our DI Coordinator on Thursday, September 21st from 7:45am-8:15am in the school library.  We will be discussing what DI is, group coordination, and the need for parent leadership. Can't make the meeting?  Email Ronika Sharma at for more information!

Canyon Creek Elementary PTA is excited to participate in the Reflections program for the 2017-18 school year! The theme this year is “Within Reach.” The deadline for entries is  Tuesday, October 31st. Questions? Please email the Reflections Chair, Lori Thompson at:
Please visit the Texas PTA website for more information, rules, and the required submission forms.  Please visit PTA Reflections as well.

Volunteers:  If you plan to be a volunteer, go on a field trip, help in the classroom, or work with students, you MUST complete the volunteer application AND receive approval. If you completed an application last year, you will still need to complete a new one for the 2017-2018 school year.

This Week
Math - Adding and subtracting fractions, improper fractions, and mixed numbers
Language Arts - Novel study of Maniac Magee; Exploring character conflicts in Realistic Fiction
Science - Mixtures and Solutions
Social Studies - Being a Geographer

Important Dates

Sept. 26         Family Create Peace Night, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Oct. 3 Wear blue for CCE Anniversary School-wide Photo

Oct. 9-10       No School -Student Holidays
             (Parent Conference Day is Oct. 9th)

Oct. 20 Field Trip - Gem and Mineral Show/LBJ Library - wear CCE shirt

Oct. 27 Canyon Creek Elementary 20th Anniversary Celebration and
Fun Run

Enjoy your week!

Rebecca Mitchell