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NAME: Jill Walker

SCHOOL: Creekside Forest Elementary

CLASS: 4th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies

SCHOOL PHONE: 281-357-4526

EMAIL: jillianwalker@tomballisd.net 

                                                           

Welcome to my teacher webpage! My name is Jill Walker, and I am thrilled to be at Creekside Forest for another year! I received my teaching degree at Lubbock Christian University. I am certified to teach grades 1-6, ESL (English as a Second Language), and GT (Gifted and Talented).

 

My husband and I have been married for over ten years, and we have two children, Joel and Jorja.  They are bright, funny, and keep us on our toes!

 

In my spare time (which is not very often), I love to read, cook, and exercise. My family spends time together watching movies, playing board games , hanging out outside, and being silly.  Life is full and wonderful!

 

My goal is to help your student love reading and writing and view those subjects in a new way this year. I want every child to feel safe and loved and have respect for the others in my room. I am following the Whole Brain Teaching Rules this year.

 

1. Follow directions quickly.
2. Raise your hand and wait for permission to speak.
3. Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat.
4. Make smart choices.
5. Keep your dear teacher happy.

 

I am honored to be your child’s teacher, and I look forward to a wonderful year of learning!

 

 

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Recent Posts

Wax Museum is DONE!!

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 the kiddos 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.  Please send me any pictures you took, so I can add them to the end of year slideshow. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Hugs,

Jill Walker

Happy Monday!

Every year, I make a slideshow with pictures from the year.  If you have any pictures, please email them to me.  (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!)

jillianwalker@tomballisd.net

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 pens 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.  If you child has a lot of items in his/her locker, you may want to send in a bag.  I will have extras too.

Hugs,

Jill Walker

Yearbook Signing on Tuesday!

Parents,
 
Please remind your child to bring his/her yearbook to school on Tuesday.  We will have a signing celebration with all of the 4th grade classes.
 
Hugs,
Jill Walker

Wax Museum Pre-Registration

Parents,
 
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!
 
Jill Walker

10 Day Countdown and More!

Parents,
 
Field Day was HOT, but I think the kiddos had a great time.  It was super fun!  I am beyond proud of how well my homeroom behaved while participating in field day.  We had the usual chat as soon as we got outside.  It sounded like this, "Have fun. Be kind to others. Cheer for everyone."  They took my words to heart.  I'm so blessed to be their teacher!
 
I'm excited to announce that we have completed two days of our 10 day countdown.  Please see below for what is to come.  (Shhhh.....It's a secret for the kiddos!)
 

May 17th-Day 10-Sunglasses and Sidewalk Fun

May 18th-Day 9- Movie and Popcorn (our Field Day perfect for the PM)

May 21st-Day 8-Crazy Sock and Hat Day

May 22nd-Day 7-Fancy Pen and Marker Day *also have Author Visit

May 23rd-Day 6-Nature Walk Wednesday

May 24th-Day 5-Duct Tape and Creativity Day

May 25th-Day 4 Popsicle and Park Day

May 29th-Day 3-Game Day *Cain’s Arcade for K and 1st to come play.

May 30th-Day 2-Forts and Flashlight Fun!

May 31st-Day 1!!!!!!! Luau Party Day! Enjoy a Lei from your teachers.

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.

 

Hugs,

Jill Walker

Hi Parents!

On May 17th, CFES Students and Staff will be taking a photo with Mrs. Deyoe.  All students are invited to participate. 

Location: Rob Fleming  Park
Time Frame: 8:50 to 9:30 am (before K-2 Field Day)

What to wear for the picture:
3-5 grade will wear a red t-shirt ( red spirit if you have one) 
K-2 grade will be wearing your field day colors.

Thanks for your participation! 
CFES PTO
Today my kiddos made me so very proud!  They worked hard, took their time, and showed their strategies.  I could tell they were tired from testing for two days, but they powered through!  My heart is BURSTING with love for all they have accomplished this year! As always, they deserve a llama or at the very least a sweet treat. 
 
Hugs,
 
Jill Walker 

Field Day

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

Happy Mother's Day to all you mommas out there!  Being a mom is the hardest and most rewarding job.  Thank you to all of you for giving so much to your children.

Another week has come and gone!  STAAR testing will be 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! While I walk around  a silent room for 4 hours, I think of all the students have learned and accomplished this year.   I'll be honest, I usually get a bit teary eyed because I know I will miss these sweet peas when they are gone!


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!!!!!

Speaking of supplies, I still need a few volunteers to help bring fruit on Monday and Tuesday.  (Thank you Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Melo for already signing up!!)  Here is the signup link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c48aca823a6fb6-fruit

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 early, that works for me!  The students will begin presenting their projects to the class on Thursday. 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 BLUE.


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:)!!!!

 

Sending love and extra hugs your way,

Jill Walker

Wax Museum Info

Good afternoon,
 
I'm so pleased at the amount of work each student has done to complete his/her wax museum research.  The brown bag books look fabulous with all the washi tape, duct tape, scrapbook paper, and other supplies that parents provided.
 
Many of you are now wondering, "What is an artifact and what has to go on the artifact?"  There are many examples of artifacts located in Google Classroom in the "Wax Museum" section.  Since the guidelines for the "in class" assignment are so specific, we like to allow students lots of freedom to be creative.  In other words, the sky is the limit!  
 
Remember that presentations are May 17th and 21st.  Students do NOT dress up for this part, but they do need to bring in their artifact by May 17th.  The official Wax Museum for the entire school will be on Wednesday, May 23rd.  This is when your child is required to BECOME their famous Texan!!!  Please see the bright green paper that was sent home in Wednesday folders this week for more information.
 
If you have other questions, please let me know.
 
Thank you,
 
Jill Walker

Yearbooks

Your child got his/her yearbook this morning! I wrote each student's name on the outside cover to avoid any mix-ups.  We will doing our 4th grade yearbook 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!
 
Jill Walker

Fruit donatations for STAAR

Good morning,
 
Next week our students will be taking the Math and Reading STAAR Tests.  For the Writing STAAR Test, we provided bananas and grapes.  We would like to ask for donations for bananas and grapes for next week.  The grapes will need to be washed and placed in snack Ziploc bags.  The kiddos will eat this as a healthy snack before the test begins.  Thank you again for helping to make our mathematicians and readers successful!
 
Here is the link to the signup I created:
 
Hugs,
Jill Walker