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Room - 329
Phone - (281) 357-4526 x 3870
 
Lunch - 10:45 - 11:15
Library - Wednesday
Computer Lab - Thursday
PE - Everyday
 

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FRIDAY is water day! The students will participate in all kinds of fun water activities, such as water balloons, misters and squirt bottles, relay races and everything water. Clothing & shoes will get completely wet. Please send a full change of clothing and towel – including socks, shoes, and underwear. Students will change after the activities. Boys may wear swimsuit bottoms and a t-shirt or swim shirt. Girls may wear swimsuits under their clothes, or shorts and a swim top. Clothing must meet dress code requirements.  You may send a hat and please apply sunscreen at home.  Each student will enjoy popsicles to wrap up the fun!
 
The end of the year is quickly approaching!  Here are some important reminders as we get ready to celebrate the end of the school year!
*All library books were to be turned in by today, May 18.  If your child has not returned his/her library book, please send it in ASAP.
*All blue book bags need to be returned this week, if your child did not return it all ready.
*With the warm weather upon us, please make sure your child brings a refillable water bottle DAILY to school to help stay hydrated!
 
important dates:
  • Friday, May 25 - kindergarten water day
  • Monday, May 28 - no school
  • Wednesday, May 30 - game day
  • Thursday, May 31 - last day of school! class party 11:30. early dismissal 12:50

-Today RED homework folders will come home. Please keep them at home to use for continued practice - if you have writing pages left. 
 
WATER DAY! 
On Friday, May 25th we will have water day from 11:30 - 1:00! In order to have a successful water day we are in need of donated items and volunteers.
Below is the donation and volunteer sign up. Please consider donating, if you are able. Items should be brought in by Tuesday, May 22nd to ensure that we have everything needed. 
*reminder* you must be approved as a Tomball ISD volunteer to help out with water day
 
volunteer sign up - 

A NOTE 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!

 
important dates:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (May 14, 15, 16) - STAAR testing for the upper grades. No visitors on these days due to testing.)
  • Tuesday, May 15 - yearbook signing
  • Thursday, May 17 - Field Day (lunch from home or a pre purchased sack lunch from the cafeteria)
  • Friday, May 18 - Class picnic at the park (bring a towel & lunch from home or pre purchased sack lunch from the cafeteria)
  • Friday, May 18 - library books due
  • Friday, May 25 - kindergarten water day
  • Monday, May 28 - no school
  • Wednesday, May 30 - game day
  • Thursday, May 31 - last day of school! class party 11:30. early dismissal 12:50

Thanks for a great teacher appreciation week!
Thank you all so much for the flowers, notes, sweets, and gifts this week. I am so lucky to teach each of your students!!

-School will be closed to visitors Monday (5/14), Tuesday (5/15) and Wednesday (5/16) due to STAAR testing.
 
TUESDAY May 15th we will sign yearbooks. Please send your student with their yearbook and something to sign other yearbooks with (thin sharpies work great). If your child did not purchase a yearbook I will give them an autograph booklet to have friends sign.
 

The end of Kindergarten is just around the corner! Our room moms are planning a fun end of the year party for our classes. Please check out the Sign Up Genius link if you would like to help with party donations. Thank you for all of your help and support throughout the school year!
*Just a reminder our party will be on the last day of school, Thursday, May 31, at 11:30 a.m. Early dismissal will be at 12:50 p.m.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090948abaa2fa20-goodbye
 
 
Please see the following messages from Coach Baxter about our upcoming Field Day, and Ms. Dean about the upcoming STAAR tests. If you plan to volunteer for Field Day, please make sure you have filled out the Volunteer App on the Tomball ISD website. Thank you in advance for your help on this fun day for our students!

From Coach Baxter:
Parents,
We really need field day volunteers for both Thursday, May 17th & Friday, May 18th. Please follow the link below and sign up to help!
 
 
From our Counselor, Ms. Dean:
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 5thgrade), 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.
 

-Our program is Thursday, May 3rd at 9:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.. We are so excited!! Please see previous posts for additional information, or check out Mrs. Fender's website.
 
A note from our music teacher: If your child has a speaking part in Thursday’s program, please work with him/her for memorization, as well as speaking as slowly and clearly as possible, and with voice inflection so that it does not sound like it is being read. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you! Donna Rae Fender
 
Important dates:
-Thursday, May 3 - Kindergarten Program
-Friday, May 4 - Library reading logs due
-Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (May 14, 15, 16) - STAAR testing for the upper grades. No visitors on these days due to testing.)
-Thursday, May 17 - Field Day (lunch from home or a pre purchased sack lunch from the cafeteria)
-Friday, May 18 - Class picnic at the park (lunch from home or pre purchased sack lunch from the cafeteria)
-Friday, May 18 - library books due
-Friday, May 25 - Kindergarten water day
-Monday, May 28 - no school
-Thursday, May 31 - last day of school! Class party @ 11:15. Early dismissal 12:50

***Parents: As the end of the school year quickly approaches, we would like to remind you that you must fill out a volunteer application through the TISD website in order to participate in our end of the year activities! Click on the following link, and look for the "Quick Link" on the far right side, towards the bottom. This is where you will find the Volunteer Application.
https://www.tomballisd.net/
 
What are we learning about?
-getting ready for first grade
-secret story - ie - says I or E
-writer's workshop: letter writing
-NEAT & correct handwriting
-reader's workshop: inferring
-math: subtraction strategies
-insects

**LIBRARY TIME CHANGE**
This week, April 23-27 is our book fair. We will go as a class to the book fair on Wednesday during our library time - 1:30. You are more than welcome to send money with your student or join us at that time. 

-This week, April 23-27 is our book fair. We will go as a class to the book fair on Wednesday during our library time - 1:00. You are more than welcome to send money with your student or join us at that time. 
-TuesdayApril 24 is Muffins with Mom.
 

A note from our music teacher: 

The kindergarten music program, Mother’s Day!, is fast-approaching.  Look for information regarding arrival and what to wear in your child’s Wednesday folder.  You can also view the document by clicking on this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1j80mGUZ0YK6rbvzinNhtW5oZIz7m8UwCsGueekg3F6M/edit?usp=sharing

I highly recommend you subscribe to my website for the latest information.

Click on CFES website:  http://cfes.tomballisd.net/

Click on “About Us.”

Click on “Staff Directory.”

Click on the teachers name:  “Donna Fender”

“Subscribe” is on the right side.  

If your child has a special part, that information will be coming home in the Wednesday folder, as well; it can also be found on my website.  I can’t wait for you to see the program!

Donna Rae Fender

  
WOW... I can't believe our year is almost over. Please email and let me know if you if you would like to have an end of year conference. 

 

 

FRIDAY is the field trip!
Here are a few reminders:
-Leave your students backpack and all folders at home. Folders will be turned in on Monday. 
-Please pack lunch in a plastic/ziploc bag with their name on it. Lunch kits are not allowed. Everything needs to be able to be thrown away.
-Wear a red shirt.
-Bring one disposable water bottle labeled with name.
**If you are volunteering as a chaperone, please look for a note in today's folder.
 
 
What are we learning about?
-secret story - gh
-writer's workshop: writing goals & expository writing (animal research)
-NEAT & CORRECT handwriting
-compound words
-math: addition strategies & word problems
-animal characteristics

Important Reminder:  Field Trip Permission slips (both forms) are due tomorrow Friday, April 13!  We will be visiting the Oil Ranch on April 20!

*Red Homework folders are due every Friday, with 1 writing prompt completed. Please make sure your child is writing at least 2 complete sentences.

 
Please click on the following link for information from our music teacher, Mrs. Fender, about the kindergarten music program. 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YvKepwpg7Dl4Dg19vXeq8TGy2XtMF3v9FAy9R8-dDpM/edit?usp=sharing
 
 
What are we learning about?
-secret story - ew & eu  -  sneaky y
-writer's workshop: writing goals & expository writing (All About Me book)
-NEAT handwriting
-reader's workshop: character traits
-math: addition strategies & word problems
-plants

Permission slips for our field trip to The Oil Ranch on April 20th went home yesterday. Please fill out and return no later than April 13. You may visit the website www.oilranch.com for more information about the location.
 
 **All parents attending the field trip must fill out the district volunteer form. You can find the form in the quick links on the right side of the Tomball ISD website.
 
Information about school supplies for next year also went home yesterday. Please consider ordering your child's supplies ahead of time....it not only supports our school, but you will get to avoid the crowds of people shopping for supplies in the stores!   

 
A note from our counselor, Ms. Dean:

CAMPUS CLOSED TO VISITORS DURING STAAR TESTING

STAAR is around the corner, and we are all working together as a team to encourage our students because we know that they are all stars! On April 10th and April 11th, we will have our first round of STAAR testing for this school year. On Tuesday, April 10th, our fourth graders will be taking STAAR Writing, and our fifth graders will be taking STAAR Math. The following day, April 11th, our fifth graders will be taking the STAAR Reading. 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.

Just a few test-taking tips:

  1. Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep before the test.
  2. Have your child eat a high protein breakfast the morning of the test.
  3. Maintain a pleasant home environment and avoid unnecessary conflicts.
  4. Double check that your child has his/her eyeglasses and any needed medications.
  5. Arrive to school on time.
  6. Explain to your child to listen carefully to all instructions and use his/her time wisely.
  7. Encourage your child to do his/her best and that if they do that, you will be proud of them, and they will be proud of themselves!
 
 
 
 
 
What are we learning about?
-secret story - blends 
-writer's workshop: writing goals & expository writing (All About Me book)
-reader's workshop: media literacy 
-math: addition strategies
-landforms

Yay! it's the last nine weeks! I can't believe how fast our year has gone by!
 
Mark your calendar! Friday, April 20 is our field trip to the Oil Ranch. Students will ride the bus to the ranch and will be paid for by PTO. All parents are invited to come. Chaperones will be assigned a small group of students on the day of the trip. All parents attending will need to provide their own transportation. All students will ride the bus back to school.
*Parents must fill out the TISD volunteer application if joining us on the field trip. 
 
Here are the topics we will be covering for the 4th 9 weeks of Kindergarten:
ELA/Reading:  authors purpose, media literacy, character traits, making inferences, point of view
Writing:  expository writing, writing for a reason (letter writing, persuasive writing)
Math:  addition and subtraction, measurement
Social Studies/Science:  maps and land forms, living and non living, plants, insects, animal characteristics, natural resources 
 
What are we learning about?
-secret story oi & oy
-writer's workshop: writing goals & expository writing (All About Me)
-reader's workshop: authors purpose
-number bonds and intro to addition strategies
-counting on
-maps

WOW! We are already at the end of the 3rd nine weeks! I can't believe how fast this year has gone! 
  
Book bags are not coming back home this week due to end of nine weeks testing and spring break :) 
Homework folders are due Friday.
 
What are we learning about?
-secret story "ed" 
-sight words - has, our, good, get
-writer's workshop: how to's & end of 9 weeks assessment (story with a BME)
-reader's workshop: nonfiction text features
-reads, writes, & represents numbers to 20
-counting to 100/patterns on a 100 chart, counting by 5's and 10's
-counting backwards from 20
-numbers in the teens have a group of 10
-counting on
-magets

Upcoming dates:
Thursday, March 1 - Dr. Seuss celebration. Dress like Dr. Seuss characters, or in red and white :)
Friday, March 2:
-Run the Creek - 9:00 a.m. at the park - parents mat attend (wear your Creekfest shirt, if you ordered one)
-Creekfest - 5:30 p.m.
March 12 - 16: Spring Break
 
A message from Mrs. Deyoe:
Dear Parents,
To ensure the safety of our students and staff, TISD policy GKC Legal will be strictly enforced.              
TISD Policy:  GKC (Legal)
A district may require a person who enters a district campus to display
the person’s driver’s license or another form of identification
containing the person’s photograph issued by a governmental entity.
All visitors will be required to present a legal form of identification to enter the building.  All minors must be accompanied by a parent at all times.  Thank you for your cooperation in creating a safe environment.
Sincerely,
Jeanine Deyoe
Principal
 
A message from the Music teacher, Mrs. Fender:
Parents, please subscribe to Mrs. Fender’s website to receive information about the May 3rd program. Mrs. Fender will be assigning special parts, as well as communicating information that you will want to know.
How to subscribe to Mrs. Fender’s website:
Click on CFES website: http://cfes.tomballisd.net/
Click on “About Us.”
Click on “Staff Directory.”
Click on the teachers name: “Donna Fender”
“Subscribe” is on the right side.

What are we learning about?
-writer's workshop: 
---poetry writing.
---drawing a picture (with lots of details) to tell our story, sounding out the words (we spell phonetically), spaces between words, using a capital and period. story has a B-M-E (beginning-middle-end) adding feelings/details to your story
---writing card, lists, notes, etc
-reader's workshop: nonfiction text features
-numbers to 20
-counting to 100/patterns on a 100 chart, counting by 5's and 10's
-counting backwards from 20
-graphing
-force/movement