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WELCOME!!!

It is truly an honor to work with you and your child this year. I know
that their third grade math and science journey will be one filled with
excitement and a love for learning.

I received my Bachelors of Science degree, in Elementary Education
from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2003. Along with my degree, I
am also certified to teach Gifted and Talented students, as well as
English Second Language Learners.
I joined Cypress Fairbanks ISD and taught for several years until 2014, when I joined the Tomball family. 
While in Cy-Fair, I had the privilege and opportunity of teaching second
grade, fourth grade and third grade students.

 
When we are not working we love to spend time outside, as a family! My husband loves to fish and my son loves just about anything that involves being outside. 
 

Recent Posts

Last Week!!

I honestly cannot believe the year is over!! What an amazing ride it has been. I am truly blessed and honored to have been a part of your lives this school year. I hope that everyone has an amazing and safe summer :) 
 
Here is a letter from Sue, regarding our End Of Year Party: 

 

Hello Everyone!

I can't believe the end of the year will soon be here! The 3rd grade End of the Year Party will be next Thursday, June 1st @ 11:30pm-12:30pm. The students will celebrate the end of the year as a grade level! We'll have hot dog stations & ice cream stations! Afterwards, they'll get to play outside together! We're gifting all of the items for the party so there will not be a sign up genius. Kerry Roberts has volunteered to help me with the party details since I will be attending my daughter's 5th grade award ceremony. Thanks Kerry! And thank you to each & every one of you for helping out with the parties this year!!! 

 

A few reminders from me :

Please remember to bring a towel on Thursday, for the EOY picnic in the POD. Also, please bring a sharpie. The students do not need to bring a back pack that day, as all of their school stuff will be coming home either today or Tuesday. 

I will have report cards, at the doorway, to take home with you after the party. Please remember to sign your student out on the sheet and grab your final 3rd grade report card. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday!!! Enjoy your long weekend and stay safe. 

 

Week of May 22-26th

 

I cannot believe this is our last full week of school!!! This year went by so quickly and I am going to miss these kiddos! 
 
1.  Yearbooks went home on Friday, but 3rd graders should bring them back for our signing party on Tuesday.  Yearbooks are still available for $40.  Please contact the front office.
 
2.  We are continuing to countdown until Summer using our A-Z countdown calendar.  Monday is Hawaiian shirt (optional) and Limbo day!
 
3.  All library books need to be returned.  Late notices were sent home.  
 
No school next Monday due to Memorial Day.  
 
Our class party will be on the last day (June 1) from 11:30 until 12:30. Dismissal is at 12:50 that day.
 
I apologize for the late post. My husband had surgery on Thursday, so I was out with him. I hope that everyone has a great week! 

A Note from the 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

What a Week!!

This week was crazy busy but so much fun!! I hope the kids enjoyed their relaxing days after STAAR! Next week it is back to normal with Math and Science. We are going to spend a lot of time in Science this week, finishing up our animal unit. The students will have a science benchmark on Friday the 19th. 
 
Please be on the lookout for a bright yellow calendar, which will come home today! This is the ABC's Countdown To Summer. We have planned fun activities each day for the kids to enjoy some fun and end 3rd grade with a bang. I sure hope they are excited!! 
 
I will attach a copy of the calendar on my page.
 
I hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy the amazing weather. 

After STAAR

STAAR is done!!! The kids worked so hard and I am so proud of each of them! 

Please see the notes below for an explanation of how the rest of the week will look.

After STAAR Reminders

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. Bohnerts' homeroom class needs to wear yellow and Mrs. Guynes' homeroom class needs to wear red shirts.  Send your child with sunscreen on and a water bottle.  I will have an ice chest to keep the water cold.  

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A NOTE FROM COACH BAXTER:

Parents,

Your child will participate in field day this week. K-2nd grade will be on Thursday from 9:30-12:30, and 3rd -5th grade will be on Friday from 9:30-12:30. Please make sure that they wear the color that their teacher has given them, and tennis shoes. Field day attire must follow the school dress code. Kindergarten lunch is from 10:30-11:00, 1st grade from 11:00-11:30, and 2nd grade is from 11:30-12:00. Grades 3-5 will eat after the games at 12:30. If you did not order a box lunch for your student, please be sure to send your student with a sack lunch. On Friday the cafeteria will be closed, and will not be serving the regular menu to ANY grades. Only box lunches that were pre ordered, will be served on Friday. Please pack a lunch on Friday as well, if you did not order a box lunch.

Please make sure that your student puts on sunscreen/bug spray before they come to school. Please send them with a water bottle and towel for picnicking as well. We are hoping for beautiful weather, but you never know what could happen. Unless it is storming, we will plan to go on with the day. Thank you for allowing your child to participate. We are looking forward to 2 days full of fun!

Coach Baxter & Coach V

Wednesday!!

I cannot begin to thank you all enough, for the showering of love and appreciation so far this week. The thoughtful gifts, cards and flowers have brightened my day and warmed my heart! Thank you so much for sharing your kiddos with me this year, as it's been one of my best years yet. They will forever hold a spot in my heart! 
 
I have received some of the "parent homework" but not all of them. If you are wanting to participate, please make sure that I have your "assignment" by Friday. I just know the kiddos will be excited and I hope you enjoy completing the work. :)

STAAR Info

Happy Monday!! I hope that everyone got to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend. We spent all weekend outside and absolutely loved it. 
 
Parents, please be on the look out for an email containing some homework for you to complete.  I promise it shouldn't take too long. Thank you in advance :) 
 
Please see the following note regarding testing, next week:
 
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.

Choir Announcement

CHOIR CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT:  If your child is in Choir Club, please look for the year-end celebration letter in your child's Wednesday folder.  The Choir is going to Main Event on May 25th.  The cost is only $11.00 for an evening of pizza, cookies, bowling, laser tag and a $10 video/arcade card.  $11 is due May 3.  Thank you!

DI Globals!!!

 

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

Week of April 24th

Math:

We have been discussing Financial Literacy this week and will continue next week. The students really enjoyed 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. 

Here are some expectations for the financial literacy unit, as it is a rather new topic for 3rd grade. 

  • 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. 

Homework:  The students are bringing home a packet of math problems titled “Countdown to the STAAR.”  The students need to complete the packet by Friday, May 5th . It is a rather lengthy packet, so I am allowing 2 weeks to complete. They can turn it in sooner, if they wish. 

Science:

We are working our way through our unit on Animals. We will classify classification(Mammals, fish, insects etc), life cycles, vertebrates and invertebrates.  The kids seem to be really excited about this unit. 

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- Guynes Homeroom is RED.

 

Next Week

Week of April 17th-21st 

Math:  We will begin our unit on Financial 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 1 worksheets for homework. The questions on the worksheet 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. 

Next Week

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.(these are also listed on the front of the test). 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. 
 
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!