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 Dear Parents,

I know this is going to be a great year! I am honored and excited to be a part of your child’s learning experience in 4th grade. This website will tell you a little about me and some important information. Please subscribe to this website for any important newsflash reminders or updates.

I understand that your child comes to me with unique experiences, interests, and learning styles. My goal is to truly know your child well and use this knowledge to guide, support, and motivate him or her. I value parent involvement and encourage you to partner with me to give your child the most powerful and joyous learning experience possible.

Thank you,
Terri Adams
281-357-4526 x 3842

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Ahhhh! That is the sound of some very tired Texans (and quite possibly this teacher too!)
Another Wax Museum is in the books! I must say this one was our best one yet! I always get teary eyed watching to kids teach everyone about their person.  All the weeks of research come to life and I could not be more proud!  Thank you for all your support during this project.  I was able to get pictures of each kiddo but I would love you to send me more.  I have been working on our slideshow and it is ALMOST complete.  We only have a few more activities to add in. That's right there is still more to do. Is that even possible? How much can these crazy 4th grade teachers cram into 5 school days? We are about to find out!!!!
Tomorrow will be Day 5, of our countdown to summer. We are going to let our creative side show.  Bring crafts, legos, Playdoh or anything else you can create / make to celebrate five days remaining until summer :)

PLEASE NO PAINT or GLITTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)


Spreading sunshine and hopefully a nap,



Just a few notes to start our week

Happy Monday!

End of the year slideshow, thank you for all the pics you have started sending in.  Keep them coming!!!! (Examples of events we have done: backpacks for Hurricane Harvey, Family Science Night, Cookies with Santa, Christmas and Valentine's parties, Run the Creek, Field Day, and of course the upcoming Wax Museum!)

Our countdown continues:

Tuesday: Day 7 is tomorrow. Let’s celebrate by using fancy pens and markers  to write with all day long. Bring your favorite pen and markers to enjoy. Fourth grade teachers love our school supplies and will have some extra on-hand if you happen to forget :) We will also have our yearbook signing in the morning at 9:10 before it gets too hot!


Wednesday: Wax Museum is from 1:15-3:00 , we can't wait to see you there!!!! I have attached the pre-registration form in a separate post.

Thursday: We will clean out lockers....all items MUST go home including shelves etc.  Please have your child bring an extra bag, or two, to bring home all their materials!!!!

End of the Year party sign up:

Thank you for all the donations so far, we still have a few spots open!
Spreading sunshine and information,

Pre Registration for Wax Museum

Please remember that you need to pre-register if you plan to come to Wax Museum on Wednesday.  A blue form went home in Wednesday folders last week.  If you misplaced yours, please print the attached form, fill it out, and return it as soon as possible.  Thank you!
Spreading sunshine and safety,

Field Day Fun

If I had to sum up today in three words I would say sun, fun, and done! The kids had a great time but, they were certainly ready to come in from the sun and eat lunch in the AC.  We had our usual field day chat before heading out to the festivities.  Treat your friends kindly, it is a time for you to have fun and cheer on your classmates, team work makes the dream work, that sort of thing.  I have this chat each year and  always hope to see the ladies and gentlemen at their best.  My heart was so full watching them look out for each other and genuinely have a good day with their classmates! AHHHHHH, that made for a fun day for this very exhausted teacher!
Just a few things:
Monday is Ms. Schwarze 's birthday.  The kids created something for her in class today.  We will celebrate her on Monday!
Wax Museum status:
Kids are finishing up class presentations on Monday and we will begin prepping for the real deal on Wednesday.  A blue paper went home in Wednesday folders.  This even draws a crowd and we are asking your to fill out the pre-registration form to cut down on the amount of time you must wait to get into the building.  The safety of the students it our top priority, please make sure you have a valid ID.
Field day pictures (and any others):
We have started putting our end of the year slideshow together.  If you have any pictures from field day, or other events this year, please email them to me.  I will add them as you send them in. 
I hope you all have a great weekend!
Spreading sunshine and sparkles,

Field day and Day 9 of our 10 day countdown to Summer!!!

Tomorrow is Field Day.  You may have not have noticed but it is getting H-O-T out! Please make sure your child has a water bottle to help them stay hydrated tomorrow.  We will have lunch at 12:30 in our classroom/pod area.  After that we will enjoy a Movie and popcorn for our Day 9 treat.  You child can bring a pillow or blanket to relax.  I am pretty sure they will be hot, tired, and definitely NOT cranky by the time they come home to you!!!
Spreading sunshine and team spirit vibes,

I was one proud teacher today! (Not that I am not proud most days anyway!) The students truly took their time working on today's lengthy Reading test.  I could see their wheels turning and the strategies were being used...just like we have practiced all year!!! Please hug all over these reader's....they deserve a treat for sure! 
Spreading sunshine and pride,
Math STAAR is finished! I am so proud of all the hard work I saw happening today.  One more to go! I know the kiddos will be exhausted today.  Please encourage them to play outside and go to bed early.  I will be ready to see them rock the Reading STAAR tomorrow!
A special thank you to Mrs. Brown, Mrs. de la Paz, and Mrs. Steele for providing grapes and bananas for our class!  
Spreading sunshine and sparkles,

Field Day info from Coach Baxter

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

Happy Fast and Furious Friday!

Another week has come and gone! I am excited to spend this Mother’s Day weekend at the lake with family.  I am going to use this time to breathe in the fresh air, and breath out any stress about STAAR testing on Monday and Tuesday.  I know the students are ready and will show what they know! I always get nervous before these long testing days. I want the students to believe in themselves as much as we all believe in them! And walking around in a silent room for 4 hours makes for an exhausting day.  It’s hard for me to stay quiet that long ;)!!!!!


Teacher Appreciation week has made me feel incredibly special and blessed! Thank you for all of the treats, supplies, and kind words.  They mean more than you can ever imagine. Thank you for all your support this year and continually coming to my rescue with supplies and materials.  You are the best!!!!!

This week coming up:

Math: Monday is STAAR Math!

Reading: Tuesday is STAAR Reading!

Social Studies: Thursday the at-home projects are due! If the students want to start bringing them in on Wednesday that works for me! Please no earlier than Wednesday!!!!  The students will begin presenting their projects to the class on Thursday also. If your child does NOT present on Thursday they are signed up to present the following Monday.  

Homework: We will not have HW this week due to STAAR! No more spelling or vocab this year! (I know the kiddos are sad sad!!!!)

Other important happenings:


Field Day is Friday!!! 9:30- 12:30.  We will eat in the pod or classroom. The cafeteria will be closed.  A blue form went home in case your child needs to buy a sack lunch that day. My HR color for field day is GREEN.


Wax Museum is Wednesday, May 23rd, 1:15-3:00.  Make sure you mark your calendars! Your child will not need to come to school dressed up.  They will have time after lunch that day to get prepared. You are welcome to come help them get dressed at 12:45.  Due to safety please make sure you have your identification. We will NOT be able to enter the cafeteria until 1:15.  This will allow the custodians time to clean up after lunch. Thank you for staying in our pod area. Luckily, your child will already have an assigned spot to set up their presentation when we enter.  This helps cut down on the chaos….a little:)!!!!


End of the Year party Sign up:


Spreading sunshine and sparkles,



Yearbooks home today!

Your child got their yearbook this morning! It should have their name on the inside to avoid any mix-ups.  We will doing our 4th grade yearbooks signing on Tuesday, May 22nd! This is when the entire grade level will meet outside to sign! For any student that did not purchase a yearbook, we will show them how to make an autograph book.​
Have a Thrilling Thursday!
Spreading sunshine and memories,

Brain food for STAAR testing

Good morning parents!
The students should be eating a healthy breakfast every morning.  Especially, on the days of STAAR testing.  For the writing STAAR test we offered bananas and grapes.  The students will not be allowed to eat them during testing.  However, we allow them to eat leading up to testing time.  
We have 21 students in Adams homeroom and in Schwarze homeroom. We are asking for donations  for each homeroom not both.
If you would be able to donate bananas or grapes for any of these testing days please send your homeroom teacher an email.
****We usually cut the bananas in half, and put a handful of grapes in a snack bag to help out with the cost!
Thank you again for helping to make our mathematicians and readers successful!
Spreading sunshine and snacks,

Thank you!!!! I was humbled by all the sweet cards, and treats this morning.  I am forever grateful for the time I spend with your children.  I will cherish these last 18 school days with them (but the Starbucks and other treats will absolutely give me the extra boost needed!)
Spreading sunshine and sparkles.

Hello Friday! I have missed you!!!!

I hope you have all had a great week.  I know many of the kiddos have been working hard on their Wax Museum At -Home projects.  I am experiencing this project from a new perspective this year. My 4th grader has been hard at work on hers.  I have had to remind myself that this is her project, and only lend a hand when she asks! It is hard but I am learning to let go and watch her creativity and vision skyrocket.  I am most impressed that she is not waiting to the last minute. As a young learner, I was a huge procrastinator, and probably gave my parents a few gray hairs!

This week coming up:

Reading: We will continue fine-tuning our reading skills through rotations.  We will also be finishing up our Read Aloud, Crenshaw.  It is such a great book! I get sad when the book is over.  However, we will jump right into our last class read aloud, Circus Mirandus.  Crenshaw makes me a little weepy but Circus Mirandus is a tear jerker!!!!! We will be creating a file folder project to summarize out learning.  I am excited about all the things we have packed into these final weeks.

Writing and Social Studies: We have finished drafting our Wax Museum information.  Some students might be bringing their drafting home to wrap up this weekend.  On Monday we will begin the publishing our Brown Bag Books. The kiddos are excited, and I am just a tad bit excited myself!!! All the creativity taking place has our room buzzing.


Spelling List 26 (our last one!!!)

Vocab : No more vocabulary.  The students should be bringing their books home.

(It’s great rainy day practice over the summer!!!)

Reading: Read 120 minutes at least this week! Real Reading is the best practice!!!!

MATH from Ms. Schwarze:
Your child will also be bringing home their Math/Science Interactive Notebook. They can use this for this last upcoming week to review for STAAR along with the TEKS in google classroom. This does not need to come back to school! It also has some of the activities we have done all year in them.

Field Day will also be here before we know it! My HR color for field day is GREEN.I know it will bring all of us some good luck. Schwarze HR will be wearing radiant yellow!!!!.  I think our pretty weather has been traded in for the usual heat and humidity.  This should make for a sweaty field day!

Speaking of sweat...This is the time of year when we have little chats again about making soap, water, and deodorant our new best friend! Any help you can give us with that would be GREATLY APPRECIATED by all the 4th grade teachers!!!! :)

Spreading sunshine and sparkles,

Terri and Molly

STAAR info

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