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room: 304
email: kasandrapatek@tomballisd.net
phone: (281) 357-4526 x 3861
scholastic code: N9WNX
 

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WOW! It has been an amazing year! I love seeing how much each student has grown since the beginning of school. Also, thank you for all the end of year goodies. Have a GREAT summer! 

A big THANK YOU to everyone for the amazing wedding shower and gifts! The students were so excited about giving the gifts and seeing me open them!  I am so thankful to have a class full of such thoughtful families! 
 
If you ordered a yearbook for your child, they will be sent home today. If you were unable to purchase one and you would like one, there are a limited number available in the office for $40. Please write your child's name inside the front cover and send them back to school on your student's signing day.
 
Water Day Info:
We will enjoy the outdoors in Kindergarten with a water fun day! The students will participate in all kinds of fun water activities, such as water balloons, misters and squirt bottles, relay races and everything water. Clothing & shoes will get completely wet. Please send a full change of clothing – including socks, shoes, and underwear. Students will change after the activities. Boys may wear swimsuit bottoms and a t-shirt or swim shirt. Girls may wear swimsuits under their clothes, or shorts and a swim top. Clothing must meet dress code requirements.  You may send a hat for and please apply sunscreen at home.  Each student will enjoy popsicles to wrap up the fun!
 
important dates:
  • Tuesday, May 23 - author visit
  • Friday, May 26 - kindergarten water day
  • Monday, May 29 - no school
  • Tuesday, May 30 - yearbook signing
  • Wednesday, May 31 - game day
  • Thursday, June 1 - last day of school! class party 11:30. early dismissal 12:50

-TOMORROW May 9th Kindergarten will have a picnic at the park. Send your child with a towel and lunch (students can still purchase a cafeteria lunch if needed).
 
Field Day
Field day is Thursday, May 11th from 9:30 - 12:30
Wear a YELLOW shirt and sunscreen.
Bring a change of clothes - including shoes. 
Your child will need to bring a lunch from home on THURSDAY and FRIDAY, unless they signed up to buy one from the cafeteria. 
There are still spots available if you would like to sign up to help with field day.
 
-Today BLUE homework folders will come home. Please keep them at home to use for continued practice. 

Students in grades 3, 4, and 5, will have an opportunity to show all that they’ve learned this year as they take a variety of STAAR tests.   

May 8th, 2017:  3rd, 4th, Math STAAR, 5th retest

May 9th, 2017: 3rd, 4th, Reading STAAR, 5th retest

May 10th, 2017: 5th Science STAAR

 Due to the security of this testing process, all parents (Kinder through 5th grade), will eat lunch with their children on other dates. Volunteers are also asked to reschedule their time. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter. Here at Creekside Forest, we have the most amazing parents who provide their time and care to volunteer and make our school a nurturing environment.

Warm regards,

Elysia Dean - Counselor

 
 -Our program is Today at 6:30. We are so excited!! Please see previous posts for additional information, or check out Mrs. Fender's website.
 
 -School will be closed to visitors Monday (5/9), Tuesday (5/10) and Wednesday (5/11) due to STAAR testing. 
 
 -Tuesday May 9th Kindergarten will have a picnic at the park. Send your child with a towel and lunch (students can still purchase a cafeteria lunch if needed).
 
important dates:
  • Thursday, May 4 - Kindergarten Program
  • Tuesday, May 9 - picnic at the park
  • Thursday, May 11 - Field Day (lunch from home)
  • Friday, May 12 - cafeteria is closed
  • Friday, May 12 - RED reading folder books due
  • Friday, May 19 - library books due
  • Tuesday, May 23 - author visit
  • Friday, May 26 - kindergarten water day
  • Monday, May 29 - no school
  • Thursday, June 1 - last day of school! class party 11:15. early dismissal 12:40

FRIDAY is the field trip!
Here are a few reminders:
-Leave your students backpack and all folders at home. Folders will be turned in on Monday.
-Please pack lunch in a plastic/ziploc bag with their name on it. Lunch kits are not allowed. Everything needs to be able to be thrown away.
-Wear a blue shirt.
-Bring one disposable water bottle labeled with name.
-Have your student at school as early as possible. We will leave at 8:45
 
Important dates:
  • Friday, April 28 - book fair closes at 12
  • FridayApril 28 - field trip to the Oil Ranch
  • Thursday, May 4 - Kindergarten Program - 9:30 & 6:30

End of the year conferences have begun. I cannot believe it is already the end of April! If you would like to schedule a conference to discuss questions/concerns prior to 1st grade, please click here (this is not mandatory). 
 
April and May are busy months! Please add the following dates to your calendar.
  • Next week, April 24-28 is our book fair. We will go as a class to the book fair on Tuesday during our library time - 1:00. You are more than welcome to send money with your student or join us at that time. 
  • Tuesday, April 25 is Muffins with Mom.
  • FridayApril 28 is our field trip to the Oil Ranch. Students will ride the bus to the ranch and will be paid for my PTO.Chaperones will be assigned a small group of students on the day of the trip. All parents attending will need to provide their own transportation. All students will ride the bus back to school.
  • Thursday, May 4 is our Kindergarten Program.
  • Thursday, May 11 is Field Day.
  • Friday, May 12 - cafeteria is closed.
  • Friday, May 26 is Kindergarten Water Day
  • There is no school May 29. 

Tomorrow is RUN THE CREEK! If you would like to come cheer your student on... we run at 9:03 at the park. 
CREEKFEST is in the evening. Please come and support CFES!

Run the Creek fundraising is in full swing and we need your help! As of today, we are $19,210 dollars away from our goal of $20,000! Remember, if you raise $50, you will receive 10 tickets for the raffle; if you raise $100 you will receive 25 tickets; and if we meet our goal, we will receive a school wide dance party! We appreciate your support!!
 
Upcoming events:
April 7 - Run the Creek & Creekfest (5:30-8:00 PM)
April 14 - No School (Good Friday)
April 24-28 - Book Fair
April 25 - Muffins with Mom
April 28 - Field Trip to the Oil Ranch

 Next week we will be learning about rocks and soil.  Please send a few rocks and soil samples from your yard or nature hike.  We will observe our rocks and soil samples with hand lenses.   Thank you!

Tomorrow is our Creekfest pep rally! 

If you order Creekfest t-shirt, please check your kids bagpacks, Today Thursday after school.

Please wear your tshirts for Run the Creek Pep Rally, on Friday March 24th and during Run the Creek and Creekfest on Friday, April 7th.  

Note: if you order has a mistake please let us know, spiritwear@creeksideforestpto.org 

We have begun using Prodigy math in class. Your student may login and practice their math skills while playing an online game at https://prodigygame.com/Play/ . I will be sending home a letter with their logins today.

A message from Ms. Dean:

STAAR is around the corner, and we are all working together as a team to encourage ourstudents because we know that they are all stars! On March 28th and March 29th, we will have our first round of STAAR testing for this school year. On Tuesday, March 28th, our fourth graders will be taking STAAR Writing, and our fifth graders will be taking STAAR Math. The following day, Wednesday, March 29th, our fifth graders will be taking the STAAR Reading. 

Due to the security of this testing process, all parents (Kinder through 5th grade), will not be able to eat lunch with their students on these dates. Volunteers are also asked to reschedule their time. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Here at Creekside Forest, we have the most amazing parents who provide their time and care to volunteer and make our school a nurturing environment.

A message from PTO:
RUN THE CREEK & CREEKFEST - SAILING TO SUCCESS!!
Run the Creek and Creekfest will be held on Friday, April 7th.

The Run the Creek Pep Rally will kick-off our spring fundraising event during school on Friday, March 24th. Students will also bring home Run the Creek packets with information about getting donations and sponsors for our fun run event. New this year, students who raise $50 in sponsorships will receive 10 raffle tickets and students who raise $100 will receive 25 raffle tickets!
Avoid the lines and pre-order all of your tickets for Creekfest! Order forms for Dinner, Raffle, and Dollar Tickets will be coming home soon... Dollar tickets can be used for drinks, popcorn, cotton candy, sugar shack goodies and more! Please keep in mind that dinner tickets must be ordered in advance and will not be sold at the event.

A flyer with information about grade level donations for the Silent Auction has been sent home. Please consider bringing in an item or two and help make Creekfest a success! If your business or family is interested in donating to the Silent Auction, please contact Sue Gallice at suegallice@gmail.com.

We are also currently seeking donations for the super popular raffle items! The children love to get involved with this element of the event to try to win their favorite items! If you have the ability to donate an item or get an item donated for this portion of the event, please contact Angela Gomez agomezapa@hotmail.com and /or Marcela Gonzalez marcela@gmail.com. Raffle items are available to be bid on at lunch time during the entire week of Creekfest and the evening of Creekfest.

All donations are tax deductible and due by Friday, March 24th.

Once again, thank you in advance for all of your generosity and support. We couldn't do it without each and every one of you! If you have any questions, please contact Lilian Garcia-Plascencia - vicepresident@creeksideforestpto.org. See more info on CFES PTO Web page or Cougar Connection. Thank You!!

Also, our field trip to the Oil Ranch will be on Friday, April 28th. We will send out more information as the date approaches. 

I hope everyone has a fabulous Spring Break! 
 
-Ms. Patek

Creekside Forest Elementary will be celebrating Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’s birthday on Thursday, March 2. Students are encouraged to “Seussify” themselves and dress as their favorite Seussian character on that day. A great option is anything with red and white stripes!

Please be sure to read aloud with your students at home on this special day.

Also Friday, March 3 is Go Texan Day! We will all be dressing up in our Texan attire.

Scholastic Book Order is due tomorrow!  Our class code is N9WNX 
 
Thank you so much for all of your Valentine's Day gifts! You are all so sweet! 
 
There is no school February 17th or February 20th. If your child has reading groups on Fridays please send the red folder to school tomorrow. Also, I will be in training all day on February 21st, so if your child is a part of Monday or Tuesday reading group please send their red folder to school on Wednesday. 
 
Friday, March 3 is Go Texan Day! We will all be dressing up in our Texan attire. 
 
We have assessed our students to see who has mastered counting to 100. I am very impressed that so many of our classmates have a solid understanding of counting and place value! If your student has not mastered counting to 100, please continue practicing at home. Youtube has plenty of songs for counting to 100. Click here if you are interested.
 
What are we learning about?
-secret story au/aw
-sight words: saw, was, people
-word family -in
-writer's workshop - drawing a picture (with lots of details) to tell our story, sounding out the words (we spell phonetically), spaces between words, using a capital and period, writing with speech bubbles/thought bubbles
-reader's workshop: identifying characteristics of fables
-counting to 100, patterns on the hundreds chart
-force, motion, push/pull