My name is Molly Schwarze and I am the ESL specialist at Creekside Forest Elementary. This is my ninth year at Tomball ISD. I am very excited to support your child in their journey with English learning and academic success!

Even though it is my ninth year at Creekside, it is my twelfth year in education. I am a graduate of Sam Houston State University where I received my bachelor's degree in Education. I am EC-6, ESL, and GT certified. As a life-long learner, I have many individual goals still to reach in education.

I have a 9th grade son, Mack, who attended Creekside for a few years and is now a sophomore at Tomball High School! We are looking forward to a successful freshman year both academically and in his sports. On the weekends, we enjoy hiking, fishing (him, not me :) ), playing baseball (lots of it), and reading.

Please let me know how I can support your child feel successful and celebrated at Creekside Forest Elementary.


Last Week of First Semester December 14th-18th

Hello Wonderful 3rd Grade Families!
Please read the Smore with all of the information for this upcoming week. It also includes what Friday, December 18th will look like. Let me know if you have any questions. I hope you all have a great weekend.
Molly Schwarze

Week of December 7th-11th and Holiday Party Sign Up

Hello 3rd Grade Families!
We have had another busy and fun week in Math and Science. Ask your child to show you two ways to represent multiplication. They have been practicing how to show multiplication with repeated addition, equal groups, arrays, area models, and number lines! We have also continued memorizing our facts with games and competitions. In science, we have been exploring volcanoes! Today, we made a mini volcano and watched how the lava creates new landforms. Ask your child about their one pager and the volcano videos and experiments. 
Here is the Smore with the upcoming events: 
The Smore has the holiday party information linked to it, but here is the sign up as well:
Thank you for sharing your AMAZING kids with me.
Have a great weekend!
Molly Schwarze

Fact Practice Packet and Information from Texas Department of Wildlife

Good morning!
I just wanted to let you know that there will be a Multiplication Fact Practice Packet coming home in the Wednesday folder today. This is just a resource for you to have at home. Included in it is a timeline, some resources for online games and songs, directions for games to play at home, number bond flashcards, and a multiplication chart. Let me know if there is any other resources you need to help your child with their facts.
I also wanted to send home some information that Mrs. Paquette, our Texas Department of Wildlife Specialist sent us. I scheduled a virtual lesson with her yesterday that our classes participated in. She gave us valuable information on a very important natural resource, water! She showed the kids how to make their very own aquifer. I am going to copy those directions below for those who are interested. I am also going to include some links she sent me on extra resources for those interested. We hope to have her again in the Spring!

Make an aquifer in a cup:  

Materials: 1 clear cup, gravel or small rocks, potting soil, plant seeds of your choice, 1 regular straw, ½ of a milkshake straw  

  1. Put the regular straw inside the milkshake straw to make a “well” and place your “well” in the cup. It is important that the milkshake straw stays touching the bottom of the cup.  
  2. Put in a layer of rocks and then a layer of soil. Sprinkle your seeds on top.  
  3. “Rain” on your aquifer! Spray water gently on top of the soil until you see water start to fill up the aquifer in the rock layer. You can then pull water out of the “well” by squeezing the regular straw and pulling it out of the milkshake straw, making sure the milkshake straw stays touching the bottom of the cup.  

      To calculate how much water you use in your home, you can visit www.watercalculator.org or www.waterfootprint.org  

Here are some follow-up resources for learning more about animals and natural resources:  


Critter Connections - a magazine for kids highlighting different native Texas animals and plants (all editions available in PDF)  

Youth On-demand Webinars - FREE prerecorded online videos (available through Vimeo and YouTube)  

Youth Video Conferencing – FREE videos (normally interactive, but right now we have some that were previously recorded that you can watch; links are near the top of the page)


Have a good rest of your week!

Molly Schwarze

Week of November 30th-December 4th

Hello 3rd Grade Families!
I hope you are staying dry and enjoying the rainy weekend to end the Thanksgiving break. I also hope that you had a wonderful one filled with great food and laughter. I spent mine catching up on housework, getting ahead at Christmas shopping and decorating, and spending time with family. My battery is recharged and I can't wait to see your kiddos Monday morning and hear all about theirs. 
Here is the weekly Smore for this coming week:
Please read the section about Multiplication Facts and let me know if you have any questions. I will also be putting together some resources to send home at the end of the upcoming week for help as well. 
If you signed up for Angel Tree, the items need to be brought in by December 1st. There have already been so many wonderful things and I know the family who is receiving them will be full of joy due to your kindness. 
Shhhhhh.............Ms. Andress's birthday is this Thursday, December 3rd. I will have the kids make a banner in class and we will decorate her door Thursday morning for a little surprise. Please have your child make her a birthday card sometime before Thursday if they have time. It would mean the world to her and I want her birthday to be a special one. 
I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. Tell your child hello from me and that I miss them and can't wait to see them Monday morning.
Happy Late Thanksgiving,
Molly Schwarze

Reminder: Energy Test Tomorrow

Good afternoon! I just wanted to send a quick reminder that we are taking our end of unit assessment over energy tomorrow. You can find the study guide in Friday's Smore or your child can log-in to Schoology at home through Clever. Once in Schoology, they need to go to Science Course, second 9 weeks, week 3, and Monday folder. The study guide along with some games is in the Monday folder. I will also copy the link here in case they are having through logging into Schoology:


Thank you,
Molly Schwarze

Week of November 16th-20th

We have had another successful week in 3rd grade. I can't believe we have wrapped up week 10. We have one more full week until Thanksgiving break. Please view the 3rd grade Smore for important information, tests and homework, and upcoming events.
Also, please fill out the Google Form below to help us gather information to prepare of a possibility of having to move into remote learning:
Have a great weekend.
Molly Schwarze

Math Quiz Monday Reminder :)

I just wanted to send a quick reminder that tomorrow we have a Math quiz on Addition and Subtraction. A study guide was sent home on Friday and we reviewed concepts today. Your child can log-in to Schoology from Clever at home to use any of the resources to practice along with IXL. 
Wednesday is Veterans Day! Your child can practice the life principle of Patriotism by wearing red, white, and blue on Wednesday. We also discussed in our class family share circle ways to show our appreciation to our veterans. 
Have a great week! 

Week of the 9th-13th

Hello! Wow, we are lucking out on this weather. We snuck in some extra recess time today, it was such a pretty day.
I loved seeing the connections that were made this week. If your child is anything like mine, you have to guide them to get details out of them :). Here are a few questions you can ask to get to know about their week: what is Estimation 180? What happens when your water bottle  "sweats"? What is an input/output table? What did you do with ice cubes this week in science class? 
Here is the 3rd grade smore for next week: https://www.smore.com/djcn2t
Optional At-Home Recycling Project: Jason Learning is an organization that helps support science in a real world way! They currently have a recycling contest that goes live on Tuesday. If this is something your child may be interested in, the details are below: 
This is a great opportunity for students, teachers, and families to hear from experts in the recycling industry, receive helpful tips and the challenge, and ask questions. This is also great for students who are also undecided about entering and wish to learn more. Please note, all students under the age of 18 must register for this event with an adult (family member, teacher, parent, guardian).

Come join us!

Register on 
https://jason.org/isri-2020-21-recycling-contest/ (scroll down until you get to the Ask-an-Expert Live Event!)

We hope to see educators, students, and families from your district there!
Have a great weekend!
Molly Schwarze

Book Fair and Science Supplies!

Dear CFES families,

You’re invited to go on an epic adventure shopping our Scholastic Book Fair online now to November 14th.  All purchases benefit our school! You’ll love the NEW option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy these special online shopping features:

  •     Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs
  •     All orders ship direct to home
  •         FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*
  •     All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards


Please visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started:


Teacher/classroom donations can be made by setting up an eWallet in the teacher’s name. 

Please share this link with family members and friends. Anyone can order from the Book Fair! 

Thank you and happy reading,

Gretchen Hock



SCIENCE SUPPLIES! Next week, we will be needing a few items that you may have around the house. If you do, can you send them in by next Wednesday. I am in need of a few pieces of thin chipboard or cardboard, craft foam, glue dots, long plastic beaded necklaces, large plastic buttons, kid-friendly metal bottle caps :), and plastic bottle caps. Thank you in advance!

Hope my awesome third graders are having a great day off! 

Molly Schwarze