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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

A lot will be happening this week!

Parents,
 
We have a busy week head of us, so I wanted to let you know all the things that will be going on.
 
Tuesday - Picture Day!  If you have not already sent in money, please do so by tomorrow.
 
Thursday - Parent Orientation:
6:00 - 6:30 PTO information in the cafeteria
6:30 - 7:00 Session 1 (10 minutes of transition time)
7:10 - 7:40 Session 2 (for anyone that has more than one to go to.)  Mrs. Reid and I will present together in her room.  We look forward to seeing you!
 
Friday - Spelling Test # 3 (List is located in your child's planner as well as Google Classroom), Library Day, and Book Buddies (Fridays are SUPER busy!!)
 
Reading - We are beginning to learn about plot.  Go to Google Classroom to find all the notes, video clip, etc.  Make sure your child brings his/her book to school for independent reading.  Also, your kiddos should be reading 20 minutes daily (or any combination that equals 80 minutes a week)!
 
Writing - We will timeline our seed ideas and begin to learn all about personal narrative.
 
Social Studies - It is time for our unit on Native Americans.  Please check Google Classroom for the assignment.
 
I know I just gave you a lot of info.  If you have questions, please let me know.  I'm sure it will be a wonderful week!
 
Hugs,
 
Jill Walker

Conduct Sheets and Reading Levels

We made it to Thursday.  I think that gives us a reason to celebrate!
 
Yesterday you should have received your child's Wednesday folder, which had his/her conduct sheet in it.  Every week, please sign and return the conduct sheet. At the top of the conduct sheet, you should have initialed that you understand the conduct procedures and grading scale.  All the graded work and other informational papers will stay at home.  
 
We were able to visit the computer lab on Wednesday, so students could complete the online STAR Reading Assessment.  This is just a snapshot of your child's reading level.  I told them yesterday that one test will NEVER define who they are as a person.  They glued the sheet with the information for the reading level in the front of their planners in the Goal Setting section.
 
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  Have an amazing day!
 
Hugs,
 
Jill Walker

Weekly Update

Hello parents!  We finished the first few days of this week strong! A few reminders:
  • Please be sure you send in headphones for your child.  We will use them often.
  • Your kiddo needs to bring his/her chapter book to and from daily.  It important to "stretch" them as readers by having them read a just right chapter book as often as possible.
  • Ask your child to show you how he/she logs on to Google Classroom.  There's lots of great info there!
This week in Reading, students are working to identify story elements and the theme of picture books.  (They will transfer this over into their independent ready with a chapter book.)  
 
In Writing, we are collecting seed ideas and working to use a storyteller's voice.  They probably have heard many times, "If you can think it, you can say it.  If you can say it, you can write it."  I'm sure they are sharing lots of my crazy stories with you.  Yep, they are all true!
 
For Social Studies, students are completing a Texas Slideshow that includes the state song, motto, symbols, landmarks, and more.  It is due on Friday.  In addition, on Friday we will take our second spelling test.  Here are the words:
  1. west
  2. steep
  3. member
  4. gleam
  5. fresh
  6. freedom
  7. speed
  8. steam
  9. beast
  10. believe
  11. speck
  12. kept
  13. cheap
  14. pretend
  15. greed
  16. shelf
  17. least
  18. eager
  19. reason
  20. chief
If you ever have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email me.  Have a fabulous day!
 
Hugs,
 
Jill Walker
 

Fantastic Week!

Parents,
 
Now that we are in the swing of things, I'm overjoyed!  Your kiddos are doing a great job with expectations and procedures!  Today we went to the library for the first time this year, and we were able to meet with our 2nd grade book buddies.  My homeroom is paired with Mrs. Steed's 2nd grade class, and Mrs. Reid's homeroom met with Mrs. Apel's 2nd grade class.  It's is amazing to see them interact with each other, and it makes my heart happy!
 
Here are a few things you need to know:
 
  1. Our Curriculum Night for parents has been reschedule for September 21st.  We will have one session from 6:30 - 7:00 and a second session (for anyone that needs it) from 7:10 - 7:40.  I hope you can make it!  (If not, let me know, and I will tell you how to access the slide presentation.)
  2. Your child will need headphones by next Wednesday.  Please send those in as soon as you can.
  3. It's important for your child to wear tennis shoes on PE days. Here are the days we have PE:   Walker's Homeroom: Wed, Thurs, Fri   Reid's Homeroom: Mon, Tues, Fri
  4. Please remind your child to bring his/her notebooks back daily.  We use them in class EVERY day!
  5. Homecoming Parade and Pep rally.   9/13/17 Tomball High School  6PM parade  Pep Rally 7—7:45
 
Have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs,
Jill Walker
 
 

Parents,
 
I was so excited to see my sweet students this morning!  It kind of felt like the first day of school all over again.
 
Please know that we have decided to reschedule Parent Information Night, so it will NOT be this Wednesday.  As soon as I know the date, I will let you know.
 
Students filled out planners today, so take a look at what this week looks like.  Kids should read 20 minutes nightly (or any combination that equals that amount of time.)
 
In addition to reading, your child's homework this week will be to decorate his/her Reader's/Writer's Notebook.  (The notebooks are glued together, so essentially it is one BIG notebook now.)  Please be sure it is returned EVERY day because we will use it.  It helps to cover the entire thing in packing tape or something similar.
 
Today your child received the first set of spelling words.  You are welcome to study anyway you see fit.  I will not collect spelling homework.  We will have our first spelling test on Friday.  Here are the words:
  1. blade
  2. gray
  3. past
  4. afraid
  5. magic
  6. delay
  7. amaze
  8. drain
  9. maybe
  10. break
  11. sale
  12. hang
  13. stain
  14. glass
  15. raft
  16. jail
  17. crayon
  18. fact
  19. stale
  20. steak
I will add a "Spelling Menu" to my Google Classroom.  Again, these are just suggestions.  You are welcome to study the best way that works for your child.
 
If you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email me.  
 
Hugs,
 
Jill Walker

Online Read Alouds

 Parents,
 
I hope this message finds you all safe and sound.  My family and I are still at home.  We are fortunate that our neighborhood has a 5 acre lake, so our home has not flooded.  We lost power for one entire day, but it's back now.
 
If your kiddos are anything like mine, they might be ready for a change.  (You can only play board games and work on an electronic device for so long!)  Today we are going to spend some time reading books.  Here is a great online resource:
 
I was planning to read the book Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon to both my classes this week.  If you could show it to your child, that would be great!  I will also add this link in Google Classroom along with questions to think about after listening to the story.
 
Stay safe!  Hugs,
Jill Walker

 Parents,
 
I hope you are all doing well!  Hopefully school will be back in session on Tuesday because I have a lot to teach these sweet peas!
 
I HUGE shout out to all the amazing moms that help to glue and tape our Reader's and Writer's notebooks together.  Those notebooks look great!  We love you moms!!!
 
This week the students will need to take their notebooks home every night and work on decorating them.  Please be sure they are returned each day because we will be working in them.   We will complete any last minute decorating things in class on Friday.
 
Last week, most of the students in my homeroom were able to log into Google Classroom.  Please ask them to show you what this is on a chromebook, computer, or other device.  To get to Google Classroom, use this link: https://classroom.google.com
Click on the plus sign (+) to join my class.
 
The code for my homeroom is s2akm9x
The code for my switch class (Reid's homeroom) is p6tghs
 
We will use this OFTEN, so please become familiar with it.
 
In addition, please have your child be thinking about which books have book their favorites.  They may print or draw small book covers (around 4' x 2') to represent their "Reading Life."  I will add some examples into Google Classroom today.
 
I know this was a lot of information, but I'm missing out on two days with these kiddos.  If you have questions, please let me know.  Stay safe!
 
Hugs, 
Jill Walker

"All About Me" Homework Assignment

 Parents,
 
It was another fabulous day in 4th grade!  Today both classes received their first homework assignment.  They started it in class, and it will be due Friday. Please remind them to write at least three things in each section.  Here are the sections:
  • People
  • Places
  • Things
  • Activities
  • Events/Goals/Dreams
In addition, they need one picture (it can be drawn or a photo) for this assignment.  
 
If they have questions, they can ask me in class tomorrow.  
 
Hugs,
 
Jill Walker

 Today was a successful day!  (A successful first day means that everyone had lunch and arrived home safely.)  I will be honest, my feet hurt a bit, and I'm extremely tired.  But it was such a GREAT day!
 
It was such a JOY to meet all of your sweet kiddos today.  Thank you for sharing them with me.  I'm confident that we are going to have a fabulous year together!
 
If you are able to help put notebooks together, we are still in need of volunteers tomorrow and/or Thursday at 9:45.  Please help if you can!
 
Hugs,
Jill Walker

First Day of School

 
It's finally here! The first day of 4th grade begins tomorrow.  I am so excited to begin our journey together.  I always have a hard time sleeping the night before school starts. I can be a worrier and my nerves kick in! I know that many of the kids are a little apprehensive about the lockers this year.  We will make sure they get into their lockers and by the end of the week, they will be locker professionals!
 
For those of you who ordered supplies that didn't arrive on Friday, they came in today! I labeled all the stuff and your child will be ready to go.  If you were unable to make it to Meet the Teacher, we will make sure your child finds their locker and help them get supplies in order.
 
Thank you to all the parents who signed up to help glue notebooks at 9:45 on Wednesday and Thursday.  If you would like to join the fun we have plenty of notebooks to go around!!  We are in need of clear packing tape and hot glue sticks (the mini ones) to make this a success.
 
This week on Friday, we will have our Notebook decorating party! We will be jazzing up our Writer's notebook and Reader's notebook.  Some suggestions for items to use to decorate:
 
Washi and duct tape
Stickers
Letter Stickers
Pictures (photos or printed off pics work)
Pictures of book covers (for the reader's notebook)
Scrapbook paper
 
We will have limited a limited supply of decorations. Your child is welcome to bring in their own items or items to share also! On Friday, after our decorating party, your child will be bringing their notebook home to complete any last minute touches.  If you are anything like me, I like to get in on the fun too, we don't mind if you make it a family project!
 
I hope you all have a great evening.  I can't wait to see all those smiling faces in the morning.
 
Hugs, Jill Walker