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Welcome to Third Grade!  
 
I am so excited for our adventure together!  I will be your child's Language Arts and Social Studies teacher.  My husband and I have a fourth grade son and a second grade daughter here at CFES.  We are an active family, and absolutely love being a part of this community!
 
I can't wait to share my passion for learning with your child this year!   This is my eleventh year of teaching.  I earned my Bachelor's in Behavioral Science with a minor in Elementary Education at Metropolitan State University in Denver.  I taught second and fourth grades in Colorado for six years.  I have been a part of the Creekside Forest family for four years as a second and third grade teacher.  It is an honor to work with such an amazing staff, families, and students.  I am certified to teach K-6, ESL, and Gifted and Talented.
 
 Get ready for a wonderful year!  "Oh the places, we will go" in 2017-2018!  
 

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Tomorrow

On Thursday the kids will participate in "Backward Day" :)
They are free to wear their clothes backwards or inside out, wear their backpack on the front, wear sunglasses on the backs of their heads, wear their shoes on the wrong feet etc. We will have some fun backwards activities at school too!! Have fun :)

Field Day and Friday Fun

Good afternoon!
 
Tomorrow we have two fun things happening:
 
1.  Field Day in the morning!  We are wearing yellow.  Please apply sunscreen before school.  It will be HOT!!!!  Shorts and short sleeve shirts are a must!  Tennis shoes should be worn as well.  Hats may be worn as well as sunglasses.  
 
Every child should bring their lunch tomorrow as the cafeteria will be closed.
 
2.  Tomorrow is the 2nd day of our 10 day countdown to summer!  Today we enjoyed sidewalk chalk.  Tomorrow students should bring a towel for a picnic in the pod as well as a game to share with friends!  I have some games at school, but I know the kids have some favorites from home!!
 
This has been a fun week celebrating after STAAR!  I am so proud of all of my students.  They worked so hard and deserve every bit of fun we have planned for them in these last few days of 3rd grade!!
 
Happy weekend!  :)

Field Day Update

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 dayattire 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
 

 

Debi Baxter
Physical Education 
Creekside Forest Elementary
Tomball ISD
debrabaxter@tomballisd.net
281-357-4526 phone ext 3911 
281-357-4535 fax
 

May 10th Update...Parent Homework: STAAR Letters

Good Afternoon Families!
 
Thank you, thank you, thank you for spoiling me this Teacher Appreciation Week!  I am overwhelmed by the gifts and kind words I received this week.  It is such an honor to spend my time with your children!
 
I can't believe it is the Friday before STAAR!  We celebrated this morning with donuts as we "Do-Not Stress" because we are prepared. These kids are so ready to show off their hard work and thinking skills on Monday and Tuesday.  I get teary every time I tell them how proud I am of my super bright, thoughtful, and confident kiddos!
 
IMPORTANT:  Parents received 2 pages of "homework" in the Wednesday folders this week.  One page is just instructions and the other is a page for you to write your child a note to open on Monday before he / she takes the STAAR test. This is a nice surprise for them and they will enjoy opening them beforehand. If you did not send this in today, PLEASE send it in on Monday!!!!!     I will take care of a note for Tuesday :)
 
On Monday and Tuesday, students should leave their backpacks at home. They will not be able to have those at their desks during testing. They can still bring their lunchbox, if needed.  Some students said they would like to bring books from home.  Please make sure they have those ready to bring. 
 
Just a reminder that visitors will not be allowed on campus Monday through Wednesday next week due to STAAR testing. 
 
Next Friday is our field day. We will have field day from 9:30-12:30. We are assigned the color yellow, so I would love for students to wear yellow that day! The cafeteria will be closed that day. Students should've already signed up to buy a bagged lunch from the cafeteria or plan on bringing their lunch that day. 
 
Have a wonderful weekend!  Make sure your child gets a good night of sleep on Sunday and Monday night, a healthy breakfast, and a big hug!    
 

Week of May 7th-11th

Good evening!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  It has been beautiful!
 
This week we do not have homework or spelling.  I want to give the kids time to work on their biography presentations.  We will compose the last paragraph of their report tomorrow in class.  They will be able to bring home their notes in order to use them on their presentation.  Presentations of projects are due May 21st.  
 
We will have our final vocabulary quiz on Thursday.  We will practice quite a bit this week, and students will bring home their workbooks on Wednesday.  There is no need to send them back.  They can complete the remaining activities on those hot days of boredom that can occur from time to time in the summer!  
 
All book club assignments will be due this Friday, therefore your child may need to do some nightly reading to catch up.  Most of the kids are finished with everything.  Once they finish their book, they will take an AR test and write a book review. It is a major reading grade.  
 
STAAR is next Monday and Tuesday.  We will do a passage for practice and play some games.  However, these kids are completely ready to exceed our expectations on the big days!!  We are asking that you do a little homework yourself in order to encourage your child for STAAR.  We will send home special paper and instructions on Wednesday.  Please return your homework by Friday!  Thank you for your encouraging words!
 
Have a wonderful week!

Biography Presentation

Parents,
 
I have attached a link to the choices for biography presentations.  They are due on May 21st.  I will also attach the information in Google Classroom for the students to access.  Please let me know if you have any questions!
 
Thank you!

From the counselor:

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 14th, 2018:  3rd, 4th Math, 5th retest

May 15th, 2018: 3rd, 4th Reading

May 16th, 2018: 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.

 

 

 


Warm regards,

 

Elysia Dean

Counselor

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Week of April 30th-May 4th

Thank you for all your contributions to our AAR pet supply drive!   It was so amazing to see how generous our CFES families were!  We just finished reading A Dog's Life by Ann Martin.  The message of that book combined with our community service project has really touched our hearts and helped us understand how to take care of all the creatures around us!
 
This week we have a Countdown to STAAR poem with questions for homework.  Please ask your child to show you how they proved their answer choice is the best one for each question.  
 
Spelling is List 22 (with a test on Friday) and vocabulary is Unit 13 (with a quiz next Thursday).  
 
We are using our research notes and composing paragraphs for our biography reports.  In reading, we are understanding the lessons and messages authors try to convey through literary nonfiction and biographies, realistic fiction, and poetry.  
 
Have a great week ahead!

Week of April 23-27

Good evening!
 
This week we have some fun happenings!  We are collecting donations for the AAR (Abandoned Animal Shelter).  All donations must be in by Thursday.   The Book Fair is also going on.  Our day is tomorrow as a class.
 
We will have a test over List 20 in spelling (compound words) on Friday as well as Dictation Sentences using words from lists 18-20.  Our vocabulary quiz is Thursday over unit 12.
 
Novel studies for book clubs are coming to a close.  Students are taking AR quizzes to check for comprehension and writing a book review as a final assignment.  Their slideshow and club participation, AR quiz score, and book review will be averaged together for a major grade in reading.
 
We are also researching for our biography reports.  Today we picked three meaningful quotes to include in our biographies.  Once all the research has been collected, students will begin to draft their essays.  There will be a final project choice menu that will come home soon. 
 
Additionally, we are reviewing and brushing up for STAAR in May.  We are two and a half weeks out from the BIG DAY when we get to show the state how amazingly awesome we are as readers!  Please remind your child to showing their thinking  and prove their  answers with text evidence in their reading homework: "Regions of the Lone Star State".  
 
Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday Folders and Progress Reports going home tomorrow

Since we were a closed campus today, our Wednesday folder volunteers are coming tomorrow to put together graded work, forms, and progress reports.  Your child will bring their folder home tomorrow.  Please sign that you have received their progress report.  Thank you!

Upcoming week of April 9-13

Next week we will have our spelling test of list 18 (students received this today) and quiz over Unit 11 vocabulary.   
 
Homework next week is a biography with questions about Jim Thorpe.  It is due Friday.  
 
We will continue with our book clubs next week. Students will be posting their videos made with Screen Castify and view on Monday.  They complete more activities and meet on Friday. 
 
We will begin to research famous people they are interested learning more about as part of our biography unit.  They will take notes to prepare for a report. There will be a menu of choices for presentations as the end product.  We will work on these over the next month.  
 
It looks like a cool, rainy weekend!  I hope you all have a relaxing one!
 
 
 
 

Week of April 2-April 6

I am so sorry that I am just now posting this!  With the Easter weekend, I let time get away from me and just now realized I had not updated everyone for the week.  
 
Thankfully, we are back to our normal schedule of five day weeks for a while!  We have our normal spelling test on Friday over list 17.  Vocabulary Unit 11 quiz will be next Thursday.  Homework this week was a passage from Motivation Reading about Texas Ghost Towns.  Students should be showing evidence of their answers, not just guessing.
 
We have been reading an interesting magazine article this week about a dinosaur discovery in order to practice finding the main idea and key details as well as summarizing.  Students are continuing their book club reading.  This week they will learn how to have a "virtual" meeting with a video!
 
In writing, we are adding sensory details to the events of our narratives to help our readers imagine our Spring Break experiences.  Drafts should be completed and edited by the end of the week. 
 
Students are working on a map project for a major grade in social studies.  Next week we begin research for our big biography project!
 
No visitors on campus next Tuesday or Wednesday due to 4th and 5th grade STAAR testing.  We will be a closed campus on those days.  Thank you for your understanding.  
 
Have a wonderful week!

Week of March 26th-March 29th (no school on Fri, 3/30)

Happy Spring to everyone!  We've had great weather lately.  I hope you all have had the chance to enjoy it!
 
This is a short week due to the holiday on Friday.  Yay for a long weekend!  
 
It is also our last check in to assess students' progress as we approach STAAR.  The students will take their Math Mock STAAR on Tuesday, and a Reading Mock STAAR on Wednesday.  This will help us determine any concepts that we need to reteach, and individualize our instruction to each individual's strengths and weaknesses for the last 6 weeks before the state test.  Third grade is the first year students take STAAR, therefore taking back to back tests  as we are this week, will give the students the understanding of how the real thing feels.  Our schedule will be adjusted so that the students can concentrate on their tests in the morning uninterrupted.  Our specials time will be moved to the afternoon.
 
Now for the fun stuff....  :)
 
We will be spicing up our narratives with effective dialogue, feelings, and sensory details.  
 
Book clubs are underway!  Each club has their own Google Classroom and reading schedule.  Students are able to interact with their group to have discussions even if they are in different classes!  We will have our first meeting at the end of the week to share our online journal assignments.   Students may work on these at home, as many are expressing that they want to read at home too!  However, there will be plenty of time to read in class this week.  
 
We have our spelling test (List 16) and vocabulary  quiz (unit 10) on Thursday.  
 
No homework this week due to testing.   Book club assignments may be worked on at home if they need to catch up.
 
Have a fantastic week!
 
Mrs. Tasch

Back from Spring Break!

Welcome back!!!
 
Well, it was a little quiet this morning with sleepy faces!  By the end of the day, we were all back in the swing of it and sharing Spring Break stories.  
 
Since we have a short week this week and next (Good Friday=No School), we will take the Unit 10 vocabulary quiz and Lesson 16 spelling text next Thursday to give the kids time to practice their words.  
 
Homework this week is a "Jumpstart" which is a mixed review page of reading and writing skills.  Students are also practicing making words in cursive!  
 
Picture forms went home today.  Please send in orders as soon as possible.  
 
3rd nine week report cards go home next Wednesday!  We are in the home stretch now!
 
This week we are: 
 
-planning another personal narrative about something we did over Spring Break.
-finding out our new reading club assignment and getting started!!!!!
-learning how to interpret different types of maps with a scale and legend.
 
Have a beautiful spring week!!!
 
Mrs. Tasch
 

Week of March 5th-9th!

What a beautiful Friday it was for Run the Creek and Creekfest!  Everyone had a great time, and ran their hearts out.  Thank you for all your support with this fun event.
 
Monday we will take our Spring Reading Benchmark.  It will take a lot of stamina and focus, but the students are ready to show what they know.  We will go over their results on Tuesday.  I am not able to send the test home, but I will send home their results on Wednesday.  It will be a daily grade.  
 
Wednesday through Friday of next week, the students will be shopping for their book club book that they will be reading after Spring Break.  I am so excited that we will be teaming up as an entire grade level to participate in a true book club meeting once a week.  Some of the reading and assignments will be completed at home, but the majority will be done in class.  We will have Google Classrooms set up for their specific books so they can interact with the other classes, and work together on projects.   More info to come!
 
Students are finishing up their Figurative Language Slideshows.  I know many are excited to present their favorite slides to the class!
 
We will continue practicing map skills this week.  
 
No spelling or vocabulary as we are reviewing.  We will start back up after Spring Break.  Last week we focused on the spelling rules for adding -ing, -ed, and s to the end of a word.  This week we will continue those rules and focus on homophones that are commonly confused.  Additionally, we will practice the correct way to use superlatives as I am noticing errors in their writing and speaking.  This has been a great time to brush up on the spelling and grammar rules that they have been taught from K-3, and just need to consistently practice.  
 
No homework due to testing.
 
Have an amazing weekend!!