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Welcome to 4th Grade!

My name is Molly Schwarze and this is my fifth year at Tomball ISD. I am very excited to be your child's teacher and am looking forward to a fantastic year full of engaging and exciting learning experiences.

Even though it is my third year at Creekside, it is my sixth year teaching 4th grade. 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 4th grade son, Mack, who attended Creekside a few years and now is in Jr. High! This mom is definitely nervous about this new adventure, but fingers crossed it will be a good one. On the weekends, we enjoy riding our bikes, fishing, playing baseball (lots of it), and reading (well more me than him, but we are working on that :).

As your teacher, my goal is to increase curiosity and excitement for learning through rigor and relevance. We will work together in a student-centered environment to reach individual and whole class goals. I hold high expectations and as a class we will strive to meet those expectations and challenges in and out of the classroom.

I look forward to meeting you and learning all about your hobbies and adventures!

2017-2018 is going to be a year for the record books!
 

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Hi 4th Grade/Almost 5th Grade Families!
 
I know it is the end of the year and this weekend is Memorial Day weekend! I hope you guys have an awesome 3 day weekend ahead and safe travels to all. I found these challenges I would like to do with the classes next Wednesday and am needing some supplies. If you have any of these materials around the house, could you please send them in Tuesday.
 
Happy Weekend! 

Thank You!!! Yearbook Signing and Other Items!

Hello 4th Grade Families! Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! We had all kinds of weather this weekend?!?! My water bill is sure thankful for the rain yesterday afternoon though. I got to celebrate my birthday Sunday with an 8 am baseball game, but then got to hang out with my family and enjoy some pie :). Thank you for the beautiful flowers this morning! They are gorgeous!
 
4th grade will be having their yearbook signing tomorrow morning. Please have your child bring their yearbook in with a pen if they would like to get it signed. For those without yearbooks, we have an autograph page for them! 
 
Mrs. Hock has also planned for an author visit tomorrow for 4th grade! We look forward to that!
 
Hope to see everyone at the 4th Grade Wax Museum on Wednesday! Can't wait to see the amazing costumes and all their hard work. 
 
Have a blessed week!
 
Molly Schwarze

We Survived Field Day and CAINE'S ARCADE!

Hello families! Wow, what a week! STAAR testing and Field Day all in one! 
 
The kids looked awesome in yellow today! It was a fun, yet exhausting one. 
 
At the end of the day, I introduced a project (I KNOW, ANOTHER!!! But the kids love it and it hits their creative side, AND it is all completed in school) called Figure It Out Project. It is inspired by Caine's Arcade. Here is a video of what we watched today to introduce it. It is a beautiful story! http://cainesarcade.com/
I have attached in photos the outline of the rules, dates, and materials the kids can collect from home. They will be making some kind of activity for the kindergartners and first graders to come and play with on Tuesday, May 29th. It is also in google classroom for them to look at as well.
 
We have added this fun event to end the year, but also have two tests next week to get through as well. On Monday, we will be completing our FINAL test in math. It will cover finance and then questions that review the year. I have no doubt they will do awesome. On Wednesday, they will complete their science benchmark to see what they have sponged in this year as well! It will not be taken as a grade, but data to see where they are from the beginning to the end of the year. Don't worry, we are mixing in some extra recess and fun events to celebrate the countdown to summer as well! 
 
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! 
 
Molly Schwarze

Field Day Tomorrow and End of Year Party!

Just a friendly reminder, tomorrow is Field Day and our class needs to wear yellow! We will begin around 9:30 and it will last to 12:30. It is going to be hot, so make sure your child puts on sunscreen in the morning and has a water bottle with them tomorrow. 
 
 
Thank you to all who donated something to the class party at the end of the year! All slots have been filled!

P-R-O-U-D!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and Field Day info

Wow, for 9 and 10 year olds having to take a lengthy, longgggggggg test, they sure did rock it! They worked so hard today and were extremely respectful of the others still taking their tests. As their math teacher, not getting to see their grades until June, I AM SOOOO PROUD of them! I told them that I do not care what the results come back as, that they should leave today with their heads held high, because they gave it their best! 2 down, 1 more to go! We can do it! 
 
On another note, here is a message from Coach Baxter about Field Day on Friday!
 
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 on Thursday is from 10:30-11:00, 1st grade from 11:00-11:30, and 2nd grade is from 11:30-12:00. On Friday, 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. Also, send them with a water bottle and towel for picnicking at lunch. 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

Your Kids are AMAZING!!!

The last two days for STAAR review, we did different activities that involved math skills and teamwork. I was blown away at the beautiful teamwork that was happening and the encouragement the kids gave each other! I am so proud of them and know that they will do their absolute best on Monday! 
 
We also discussed that even though STAAR is a big test and we do want them to do their absolute best, they should truly be focusing on how much growth they have seen from August until now, and I know they have ALL grown on math this year. Again, I am so proud of them!
 
That being said, Math STAAR is on Monday (Yes, a Monday?!?!??!). Please make sure your child gets a good night's sleep Sunday night and eats a good breakfast full of protein on Monday morning. Due to district policy and test regulations, they will not be able to eat a snack during the test. If you are able to help out, they can have bananas and grapes before the test as a healthy snack to start their morning off. If you are at the grocery store this weekend and can send a few in, that would be awesome! If not, they have a mint on their desk that can help wake them up too ;). Also encourage them to give their best effort Monday morning, but also ease their worries that it is not a big deal. That no matter what, I am going to be proud of them, and I know you will too! 
 
I hope you all have a great weekend! Happy Mother's Day to all you amazing moms! Hope you get spoiled this weekend, HINT HINT to the rest of the family reading this ;)! 
 
Molly Schwarze

Yearbooks!

If you ordered a yearbook, your child got their yearbook this morning! It should have their name on the inside to avoid any mix-ups. If they want to get them signed by classmates, we will be doing our 4th grade yearbook signing on Tuesday, May 22nd! This is when the entire grade level will meet outside to sign! Make sure you put this on the calendar and your child brings them on this day. If your child did not get a yearbook, they can create their own memory book that morning to sign. 
 
Have a thrilling Thursday!

For Those Who Like to Prepare!

With STAAR being a week later this year, everything is going to be in full swing after!
 
It is hard to believe, but the end of the school year is right around the corner. Our room moms have put together a great party for your kids to celebrate their last day in 4th grade. Here is the sign up for materials they need. Please sign up if you can help!
 
Thank you!

Here are some PBL pictures of some of the groups! I will add all of the pictures to the End of the Year Slideshow and we will upload it into google classroom. Wish I could send them all out, but too difficult. I was so proud of ALL of the students and their amazing ideas and teamwork! 

Happy Last Week to Prepare for STAAR!

Hello 4th grade families! I actually had a week of NO BASEBALL and used up every minute of it! It was a great weekend. I heard of many awesome wins this weekend from some of your children and their sports. Congratulations again!
 
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR THE LOVE from Starbucks, Sonic, and Amazon! I am going to have no excuses for being tired, because I now have enough caffeine to last me quite some time. Your kids make me feel appreciated every day though! I have a few students who thank me for any little thing we do (science experiments, math kahoots, etc....)! It makes my day!
 
This is our last week to prepare for the Math STAAR test, which is next Monday. All of our skills we have learned this year have contributed to the success I know the kids will have next Monday, but these last two weeks, we have been reviewing the concepts with stations. Math homework is OUR LAST WS for the year! Make sure your child turns it in on Fridays!
 
In science, we wrapped up our PBL project on Friday! THE KIDS DID AMAZING!!!! I will try and send some pictures out tomorrow. The ideas and teamwork were such a success. We are wrapping up our plants and animals adaptation this week and testing on Thursday. The study guide is in google classroom to study. 
 
FIELD DAY is next Friday after the STAAR assessments. Our class color is yellow, so if you do not have a yellow shirt, hopefully you have some time to get one! More information will be coming out from Mrs. Baxter about field day. 
 
I will send out another newsflash on Friday as just  a reminder to make sure your child gets plenty of rest Sunday and goes to bed at a decent time. They don't get a day to adjust, we start fresh on Monday with STAAR.
 
Hope you all have a great week!
 
Molly Schwarze