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Welcome,

I am honored and excited to be a part of your child’s learning experience. It is truly my joy to work with you and your child. This website will tell you a little about me and some important third grade information. I will teach your child math and science! Mrs. Tasch will teach your child language arts and social studies!

Thank you in advance for all of your support and help this year!

Respectfully,
Audra Arnold
audraarnold@tomballisd.net
 

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Note from Ms. Dean

Parents, 

I would love your input as to what you value the most and feel is the most essential part of a comprehensive counseling program.  If you could respond to the survey below, that would be wonderful in helping me tailor the program to meet the needs of our students here at CFES!  

 

Ms. Dean, Counselor 

https://goo.gl/forms/Uzf4DdOvBn3eRY7I3

 

Warm regards,

 

Elysia Dean

Counselor

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Week of May 15

This week we are going to spend a lot of time in science, finishing up our animal unit and preparing for the science benchmark on Friday, May 19. 
 
Please be on the lookout for a bright yellow calendar, which went home on Friday! This is the ABC's Countdown to Summer. We planned fun activities each day for the kids to enjoy some fun to conclude our  3rd-grade year with a bang. I hope they are excited!! 
 
I attached a copy of the countdown calendar and study guide for the benchmark on my page.  Students are bringing home their Science Interactive Notebook to use for studying as well.  
 
Dance Party is on Friday during specials!  The students are looking forward to it!

Benchmark Study Guide

The district science benchmark is on Friday, May 19.  Please use this study guide as a review of the topics we learned throughout the year.  The students will bring home their Science Interactive Notebooks today to use to study as well. Students do not need to return these notebooks.  

Next Week

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for showering me with so many thoughtful gifts throughout this week!  I feel so appreciated and lucky to have such a great group of students and parents. 

Next Monday and Tuesday, your child will take our state’s standardized test.  Your child is well prepared for this test and will do fabulously. 

Here are some suggestions to help your child do their best:

  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s rest
  • Have your child eat a healthy breakfast
  • Make sure your child arrives at school on time
  • Encourage your child to do their best
  • Wears something comfortable
  • Please make sure you sent in your encouraging “parent homework!

Snacks, water bottles, and pencils will be provided each day of testing. Students do not need to bring water bottles or backpacks on Monday or Tuesday. An additional healthy snack may be brought for an afternoon snack if desired. Please do not have your child wear a watch or bring an electronic device.  

We do not have homework next week.  Have a super weekend!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Arnold

 

Letter & After STAAR Reminder

We would like you to write a letter or a card of words of encouragement and love for your child. Send this in an envelope with your child's name on the outside.  The letters/cards will be placed on your child’s desk for them to open when they come in the classroom on May 8th. This should be a positive way for your child to start their day :)  If possible, we would like this to be a surprise. 

After testing we are planning some fun activities as a celebration for all of their hard work. On Wednesday, your child can bring items from home to create. For example, coloring, Legos, craft items, loom bracelets, etc. If you aren’t sure about an item, feel free to email your child’s teacher.

Thursday will be our game day. We encourage students to bring fun board games from home to share with their friends.

On Friday, students will have field day...what a fun end to the week!  Mrs. Arnold's homeroom class needs to wear green and Mrs. Tasch's homeroom class needs to wear blue shirts.  Send your child with sunscreen on and a water bottle.  I will have an ice chest to keep the water cold.  

 

 

 

Parent Homework & Next Week's Activities

Dear Parents,

We are so proud of your children! They have worked so hard over the last few months preparing for STAAR and have continually exceeded our expectations.

On May 8th, for the math STAAR, we would like you to write a letter or a card of words of encouragement and love for your child. We are asking that these cards/letters be returned to your child’s teacher by May 5th in an envelope with your child's name on the outside.  The letters/cards will be placed on your child’s desk for them to open when they come in the classroom on May 8th. This should be a positive way for your child to start their day :)  If possible, we would like this to be a surprise.  
 

After testing we are planning some fun activities as a celebration for all of their hard work. On Wednesday, your child can bring items from home to create. For example, coloring, Legos, craft items, loom bracelets, etc. If you aren’t sure about an item, feel free to email your child’s teacher. Thursday will be our game day. We encourage students to bring fun board games from home to share with their friends. On Friday, students will have field day...what a fun end to the week!

 

Thank you for all of your continued support!

Sincerely,

CFES Third Grade Teachers

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A Message From Ms. Dean

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.

 

Update

Hi Parents,

We completed our first week of Financial Literacy.  The students had fun coming up with jobs they could do, calculating incomes, discussing planned and unplanned spending, learning about credit and interest, and learning how to save money.  Financial Literacy is a moderately new topic in third grade and a topic that we didn’t learn about when we were in third grade, therefore, I want to give you a few ideas of the types of things the students learned this week and what is expected for the students to understand. 

 

  • The students should be able to calculate income (If I mow 3 lawns for 25 dollars each, how much income can I earn?)  We discussed that having more education; skills, talents, and experience can lead to higher incomes.
  • They explained the importance of budgeting money for things you know you must pay (bills, car payment) and saving money for unplanned spending (doctor’s bill, car repair).
  • We learned about borrowing money using credit and how interest is applied to payments.  For example, you can buy an e-reader for 199 dollars’ cash or buy it on credit for 5 payments of 50 dollars.  The students would be asked to calculate the interest.  (50 x 5) – 199 = interest
  • If saving money, the students learned that the bank will sometimes pay you interest. (If you put 25 dollars in the bank each month and the bank paid you 6 dollars interest each month, then how would you calculate your total savings for 6 months?  (25 + 6) x 6 = total savings). 
  • The students learned how to make a table and budget money to save for an item that we want to buy. 
  • We discussed that the cost of a product is affected by the demand and supply. 

We will continue to practice solving problems and discussing these objectives next week. 

Homework:  The students are bringing home a packet of math problems called “The Countdown to the STAAR.”  The students need to complete the packet by May 5 and return it to school.  I am sending it home today with the students.  Please remind the students that I expect that they prove their answers. 

In science, we are classifying animals. 

I hope you all have a great weekend; many students shared with me that they are going to watch parts of the Ironman this Saturday.  My husband and I are participating in a volleyball charity event to earn money for a charity, Operation Snowstorm, which provides children battling terminal cancer the rare opportunity to experience the miracle of a snowstorm in the Houston area. 

Important upcoming Dates:

Book Fair- April 24th-28th
Muffins with Mom- April 25th at 7:30
Math STAAR- May 8th
Reading STAAR May 9th
Field Day May 12th- Arnold Homeroom is GREEN.

DI Global Finals!!!

Seven students from Creekside Forest Elementary School (CFES) have a very special opportunity, but they need your help to make it happen.  Two of the seven students are in third grade.  Decker is in Mrs. Arnold's class and Serena is in Mrs. Tasch's homeroom!  

The 2017 Destination Imagination (DI) team recently qualified to compete in the DI Global Finals this May in Knoxville, TN.  They achieved this honor by winning 1st Place in the regional competition and by placing 6th out of 140 teams in the Texas State Championship.  They are the first team in CFES history to make it to finals!

Here is an entertaining 2-minute video with color commentary directly from the CFES DI team:

Stress Fighters Video

DI Global Finals is the world’s largest celebration of student creativity.  Each May, more than 8,000 of the world’s most innovative students from 15+ countries compete in teams to showcase their Challenge solutions and innovation.

Will you please help Anna, Burkley, Decker, Declan, Lyra, Nour and Serena get to Knoxville?

 

  • Contributions need to be received by Friday, May 21, 2017.
  • Donations will flow through the Creekside Forest Elementary PTO organization account and you will receive a tax deductible receipt.

 

Check

Payable to CFES PTO

 

Cecelia Lummus

Creekside Forest Elementary

5949 Creekside Forest

The Woodlands, TX 77389

 

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Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Discover

 

https://www.paypal.me/taranlent

 

(Taran Lent is the father of a participating student, Decker, and will transfer funds received via this channel to Creekside PTO)

 

 

Many thanks for supporting these students and their creative accomplishment!

 

Week of April 17

Math:  We will begin our unit on Finacial Literacy this week.  The students will learn about income, spending money, using credit, savings, and resource costs. This is our last unit before we take the STAAR test.  I am not testing the students over this unit, therefore, there will not be a math test until after the math STAAR which is May 8 (Math).  I want the students to relax and have fun learning this last unit and reviewing past topics.  
 
Facts:  Please continue working on memorizing the multiplication facts (3-5 seconds per problem).  

 

There are several reasons why learning math facts to fluency is a critical skill. I want to share 3 reasons with you.  

  1. Lack of fluency with math facts limits the number of more advanced math problems students can and will do on a daily basis. Because doing math problems are so slow and difficult students resist doing their math assignments and thereby learn less.
  2. Students who are being distracted because their fact knowledge is not automatic find it difficult to learn complex math algorithms. Students who are automatic with their math facts find it much easier and are much more successful at higher level math.
  3. Once students reach fractions (next year in 4th grade), they need to figure out common denominators, equivalent fractions, reduce fractions and cancel out like factors. All of these procedures depend upon instantaneous recognition of multiplication facts. Students cannot easily learn, nor easily understand fractions procedures without a ready knowledge of multiplication facts.
Science:  We are learning about plants.  We will have an open book test on Wednesday, April 19.  The students are welcome to bring their science book home at any time, but we need the books in class daily.  
 
Homework:  The students are bringing home 2 worksheets for homework. The questions on the worksheets are STAAR type questions which will help the students review topics that we learned throughout the year.  
 
Have a great break!  Remember that we do not have school Friday, April. 14. 

STAAR-2016 Key Math

Please use this key to review your Mock Math STAAR assessment.  Remember it is important that you understand what the correct answer is, how to get the correct answer, and what kind of mistake you made.  We all make mistakes.... it is what you learn from the mistake is what counts!

Week of April 10

Homework:  This week students are to review the Mock Math STAAR test that will be sent home with them today.  The grade is on the front of the test. Students will need to use the key that I posted to my website to find which question(s) were missed.  Students should rework the questions they missed and reflect on why the missed it.  Did they not read carefully, was it tricky, could they of solved it an easier way, was it a calculation error, etc?  I do not need the test back. 
 
Monday & Tuesday:  Due to a death in my family, I will be absent on Monday and Tuesday.  I will return on Wednesday.  Fill free to email me if you have any questions or concerns.  I will have my phone on me.
 
Math:  We are learning how to create and read different types of graphs.  On Thursday the students will have a Data Test.  The study guide for the test will go home today with the students.  I do not need this returned to me.  
 
Science:  We are learning about plants.  We decided to not have a weather test due to the high volume of testing that occurs during this time of year.
 
Friday: No School! 
 
Have a super week!  Please feel free to email me if you have any questions!