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NAME: Jill Walker

SCHOOL: Creekside Forest Elementary

CLASS: 4th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies

SCHOOL PHONE: 281-357-4526

EMAIL: jillianwalker@tomballisd.net 

                                                           

Welcome to my teacher webpage! My name is Jill Walker, and I am thrilled to be at Creekside Forest for another year! I received my teaching degree at Lubbock Christian University. I am certified to teach grades 1-6, ESL (English as a Second Language), and GT (Gifted and Talented).

 

My husband and I have been married for over ten years, and we have two children, Joel and Jorja.  They are bright, funny, and keep us on our toes!

 

In my spare time (which is not very often), I love to read, cook, and exercise. My family spends time together watching movies, playing board games , hanging out outside, and being silly.  Life is full and wonderful!

 

My goal is to help your student love reading and writing and view those subjects in a new way this year. I want every child to feel safe and loved and have respect for the others in my room. I am following the Whole Brain Teaching Rules this year.

 

1. Follow directions quickly.
2. Raise your hand and wait for permission to speak.
3. Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat.
4. Make smart choices.
5. Keep your dear teacher happy.

 

I am honored to be your child’s teacher, and I look forward to a wonderful year of learning!

 

 

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Recent Posts

Happy Summer!  Well...almost.  I have one more day of work tomorrow, and then I will begin my summer break too.  My classroom is empty, which means I am officially done with year 15 of teaching.  (Hard to believe since I told the kids I'm only 29...wink, wink.  We'll let them figure out that math later!)  
 
I can't tell you how much I appreciate all the cards, treats, and gifts I received today.  More than anything, I LOVED the BIG hugs I received from my sweet peas.  
 
In my Edlio last week, I mentioned that this time of year is always bittersweet for me.  I usually shed a lot of tears!  I did pretty well today.  I only cried two times, and that is a record for me!  Since I was so busy helping out with the party, I wasn't able to think about the kiddos leaving me.  I really will miss them.  They become like part of my family, and I look forward to hugging them on the first day of school next year!
 
To my love bugs that are moving to other schools or other states, I will hug you from a far!.  (That means that moms, dads, and grandparents will have to give you extra love from ME!!)
 
Have a wonderful summer!  I will put our end of year slide presentation on Edlio, so you can all watch it at home.  Enjoy your soon to be 5th graders.  Hug and kiss on them every chance you get.  (Many of them won't let you do that forever, so enjoy it while you can!!)
 
Hugs,
 
Jill Walker

End of Year Reminders

Parents,
 
There are still several spots that need to be filled for our end of the year party signup.  Please do that as soon as possible, so the room moms have what they need for a fabulous party!
 
Other reminders:
 
Students cleaned out their lockers today, so they will not need to bring backpacks the last few days of school.  We played games for about an hour in class today, and they are welcome to leave their board games until Wednesday afternoon.  Other than that, they will only need flashlights and blankets (if they want) for Day 2 (see below).
 
Wednesday, May 31st: Cain's Arcade (No parents at this event, since there will be LOTS of younger kids there.)  
Day 2: Forts and Flashlights!  (Kids will read, play games, and build forts with blankets.  So fun!
Thursday, June 1st: Last day of school!  Party 11:30 - 12:30; Dismissal 12:50 (You are welcome to sign your child out after the party and get your summer started!)
Day 1: Teachers will provide each child with a lei for the luau party!
 
Summer Reading List
 
Ahhhh...I can't believe this year is almost over.  It is truly bittersweet!
 

Wax Museum was a Success!!

Dear 4th grade (almost 5th grade families),
 
I always get a little weepy when I look out at all the hard work the kids( and parents) have put into making this Wax Museum successful. I want to take a minute to say thank you to all of you!
 
*Thank you for putting up with my countless emails!
*Thank you for encouraging your child to work hard to achieve success!
*Thank you for allowing your child to do their research and create their projects as independently as possible! (I know it's hard and you want to do it for them, trust me, I KNOW!)
*Thank you for allowing their imaginations to soar when it came to figuring out who they should research, what they should make at home, and how they should dress up!
 
Last, but certainly not least, thank you for sharing your children with me! What are we going to do now that wax museum is over??   I for one, am going to enjoy every hug and smile that I can get between now and June 1st.  I am going to relax and enjoy the rest of this 4th grade journey! I am going to remind myself that this is the best time of the year and tomorrow we are going to get creative...WITHOUT USING PAINT!!!!!!!
 
I know some 4th graders who are going to be tired tonight, and maybe a little more quiet than normal. I NEVER thought I would see that day that these lovelies grew tired of talking! You can thank me for that later!

End of Year Reminders

Happy Wednesday!  Here are a few reminders for the end of the year:
 
Thursday, May 25th: Last vocab test (Unit 11)
Friday, May 26th: Yearbook signing at 10:45 (Don't forget your yearbook!)
Monday, May 29th: Memorial Day (No School)
Tuesday, May 30th Locker clean out (Please send a bag for ALL locker items.)
Wednesday, May 31st: Cain's Arcade (No parents at this event, since there will be LOTS of younger kids there.)
Thursday, June 1st: Last day of school!  Party 11:30 - 12:30; Dismissal 12:50 (You are welcome to sign your child out after the party and get your summer started!)
 
Thank you, thank you, thank you for a fabulous school year.  I already warned the kids that I will be crying a TON this week and next.  They are tears of JOY because I have had the pleasure of watching each and every kiddo grow, learn, and flourish this year.  There will also be a few tears of sadness because I will miss them SO much.  Thank you for sharing your children with me this year.  It has been such an honor to be their teacher!
 
Yes...I'm already tearing up!  Sniff, sniff!
 
Hugs,
Jill Walker

Weekly Update

Have I told you lately that the Wax Museum is coming? It will be here  this Wednesday, May 24th, 1:15-3:00. Parents, you are allowed to come from 12:50 to 1:15 on Wednesday to help your child prepare. 5th grade classes will still be in session so we ask that you remain in the 4th grade pod area to limit distractions. The office has been made aware of the time frame for setting up and will stick to this schedule. Please remember to sign in up front.  This is put in place for your child's safety, and we ask that you please adhere to this policy.  Remember also, your child will be required to return to class immediately following the Wax Museum. You are permitted to take their items with you when you leave.  
 
Yearbooks were sent home on Friday. 4th grade will be doing our Yearbook signing THIS FRIDAY, May 26th at 10:45.  Please make sure your child brings it back to get all those summer signatures and messages from friends!
 
The only HW your child has this week is to prepare for Wax Museum, on Wednesday! Have I mentioned that it is coming?!?!?!
Wednesday, May 24, 1:15-3:00!!!

10 Day Countdown

Happy Friday!  Hopefully your child shared with you that we have officially begun our 10 day countdown.  Can you believe it??  Here is the list of things we have planned, so you can plan accordingly:
 
May 19th - Day 9 Popcorn and a Movie
May 22nd-Day 8-Crazy Sock and Hat Day
May 23rd-Day 7-Fancy Pen and Marker Day *also have Author Visit
May 24th-Day 6-Nature Walk Wednesday (Wax Museum 1:15-3:00)
May 25th-Day 5-Duct Tape and Creativity Day (Bring in stuff to create items!)
May 26th-Day 4 Popsicle and Park Day (*Yearbook signing too)
May 30th-Day 3-Game Day
May 31st-Day 2-Forts and Flashlight Fun! *Cain’s Arcade for K and 1st to come play
June 1st-Day 1!!!!!!! Luau Party Day! Enjoy a Lei from your teachers!
 
On another note, I had a sub yesterday because I was at a district meeting.  I wanted to share with you the notes that my sub left for both classes:
 
AM (my homeroom) "Your class was NOT on their best behavior today.  They were extremely talkative and a handful.  I asked them several times to stop talking, and they ignored me. They were a little better after recess, but still loud."
 
PM (Reid's homeroom) "Mrs. Reid's class started working right away.  I never had to repeat myself.  They were self starters!  It took them a little longer to finish the vocab assignment, but they worked hard.  They were awesome, great kids!"
 
I was disappointed in my homeroom (to say the least).  Another teacher came in and spoke to them a few different times, but they continued to be disruptive.  Mrs. Reid also stopped in.  I spoke to them this morning, and I decided that they will not be able to participate in our Day 9 (popcorn and movie) because of their behavior yesterday.
 
I'm extremely proud of Mrs. Reid's class, and I will be providing them with Popsicles to enjoy after they finish their popcorn today.
 
Have a blessed weekend!
 
Jill Walker
 
 

Wax Museum Reminders

Wax Museum Reminders

When: Wednesday, May 24th at 1:15-3:00

(Students will need to return to class afterwards to complete the instructional day.)


Where: CFES Cafeteria, you will need to sign in at the front office.

  • In the morning the 4th graders will go into the cafeteria to get their assigned spot, this will help expedite setting up.
  • Yes, parents may come at 12:50 to 1:15 to help prep.  However, parents MUST remain in the pod and not enter the cafeteria until 1:15.
  • We strongly recommend your child bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.  They will be talking A LOT and it gets warm in the cafeteria.
  • Your child will be creating a card of facts (Push Me card) to help them know what to say during the presentation, they will practice in class also.  They usually don’t even need the card by the time they are done!
  • We do want the kids to see other presenters, we allow them to take 1-2 breaks during the event to listen to their classmates!
  • You may take ALL of your child’s wax Museum artifacts home with you at the end of the event
  • Most importantly,  we want these important Texans to SMILE and enjoy themselves!!!!

Thank you so much for all of your support!

4th Grade ELA/SS Team


Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Walker

Wax Museum

Just a reminder that ALL items are due in class tomorrow.  This includes the brown paper bag book, artifact, notecards, and timeline.  Here is the list of who is presenting and when:

AM Class

Wednesday, May 17th

  1. Will
  2. Dominic
  3. Maria
  4. Gonzalo
  5. Leo
  6. Sophia
  7. Nate
  8. Vanessa
  9. Nathan

Friday, May 19th

  1. Carlos
  2. Jorge
  3. Amaya
  4. Ava
  5. Kinverly
  1. Mikaela
  2. Rodrigo
  3. Juanpablo
  4. Alejandra

PM Class
Wednesday, May 17th
  1. Christopher
  2. Eliza
  3. Isabella
  1. Evan
  2. Emersyn
  3. Alexander
  4. Ben
  5. Ander
  6. Mikey
 

Friday, May 19th

  1. James
  2. Georgia
  3. Yessenia
  4. Addison
  5. Mariajose
  6. Drew
  7. Charlie
  8. Anand
  9. Morgan


A note from our counselor...

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

You've heard the saying, "These shoes were made for walking."  As many of you know, I will be participating in my 7th Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in June.  Some of my sweet students asked if they could give me money for my walk.  I promised them that I would send their parents a message with info about the walk.  
My sweet mother-in-law lost her battle to breast cancer on October 2, 2015.  I have vowed to raise money to help fight this disease in her honor.  (I'm proud to walk for many other too!)  In order to walk, I have to raise $1800.  I'm almost there!
 
Please do NOT feel obligated to donate, but below is the link if you feel lead to do so.  https://goo.gl/0RAatu
 
Hugs,
Jill Walker
Tomorrow is field day! My homeroom is wearing BLUE!!! Reid's class should wear RED!!  I am excited to get outside and have some fun in the sun!
 
We are still working on the publishing phase of our WAX MUSEUM research.  We are now into our brown bag books and they are starting to take on a life of their own.  We will continue working on these in class, all the way up to the actual Wax Museum on May 24th. (Don't forget to mark those calendars for 24th from 1:15-3:00)  Do not worry, as we get closer I will continue to bombard you with daily reminders!  
 
Your child's at home project is due in class this Wednesday.  They are signed up to present on either Wednesday or Friday.  (It was originally Wed and Thurs, but I have a training all day on Thursday, so I will be off campus.) The sign ups are posted in Google Classroom.
 
 On Monday, we will be taking our last Social Studies benchmark for the district.  This is a cumulative review from everything we have covered this year.  We will go over the test in class Monday before they begin testing.
 
Important notes for the week:
No homework this week, just work on Wax Museum projects!
Spelling: List 27 (our last test)
Vocab: Unit 11 (Review week)
Mon: Social Studies District Benchmark
Tues: Science District Benchmark
Wednesday: Wax Museum at home projects due and presentations begin!
Friday: Spelling Test over List 27.
 
I hope you all have a great weekend and a wonderful MOTHER'S DAY!!!  You all deserve a huge hug from your sweet babies, and here is one from me too!!!
 
Jill Walker
True Cowboy
The picture above is of my dad.  On Sunday, he celebrated his 67th birthday, but he doesn't let that slow him down.  He owns his own towing business in a small town in West Texas, and it's common for him to get a call in the middle of the night to pick up a wrecked vehicle.  He is what I would call a "true cowboy" because he rides or ropes whenever he has free time.
 
When I was a little girl, I remember him coming home and calling me by my nickname.  I should tell you that he has a nickname for EVERYONE in our family.  My nickname is JillBill because when I was born they thought I was going to be a boy.  When I arrived and was clearly NOT a boy, I was nameless for two days.  Finally my mom decided to name me Jillian after an actress on an old soap opera called Ryan's Hope.  My dad said, "She's too little to be a Jillion, so I'll call her JillBill!  One day he arrived home and exclaimed, "JillBill my butt is draggin."  (My dad has a thick Texas accent, so be sure to read it that way.  Translation: I am extremely tired!)
 
Well, I must tell you that your children might be experiencing the same thing tonight.  They worked VERY hard on their Math STAAR Test yesterday and their Reading STAAR Test today.  I am SUPER proud of each and everyone of them!  Remember that they don't have any homework this week.  Please let them go outside and enjoy this beautiful weather!  Hug on them and let them know you are proud of them as well!!
 
We will visit the library on Thursday this week.  Also, we have field day on Friday.  Don't forget we are wearing blue!
 
Jill Walker