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Constitution Week September 18-22

This power point could be used as a study tool to review the various documents we have discussed this week.  There will be a short ten question quiz on Monday after we complete our learning activities.  Students also have a study guide in their homework folders to read over.
 
 
Mrs. Kilpatrick
 

September 5th- 8th

Parents and students,
 
Welcome back to school!  We missed seeing our new students last week due to the flooding.  Please let us know if there are any special circumstances that we should know about concerning your home, family or your child.  This has been so hard on our city and surrounding communities.  Our goal is to focus our attention on reestablishing procedures and beginning the year's curriculum. 
 
Homework:
 
- 3 spelling activities due Friday using spelling list #1.  Students were given one to complete and will choose 2 others from www.spellingcity.com/tomballisd.
 
- Our writer's notebook was taken home today.  Students were instructed to place 3 to 5 pictures on the front/back cover.  These pictures are to show special people, places, and things in their lives.  The idea is to choose pictures that contain a memory.  These pictures could possibly inspire a personal narrative.  This is due back on Friday as well.
 
Please email me with any questions:
bonniekilpatrick@tomballisd.net
 

May 1-5th

Parents,
We are preparing for the reading STAAR test on May 9th!  Students have been working hard to use reading strategies for success.  The language arts teachers have planned a day where students will pair up to rotate among a variety of reading tasks.   If students work hard, complete their tasks and get most answers correct, they will enter a raffle to win some fun items!  We will be doing our STAAR READING RAFFLE on Wednesday, May 3rd. 
 
 Reminders:
 
THURSDAY:    Board games and/or chromebooks and READ IN!  Bring pillow.  LIBRARY DAY!
 
FRIDAY:   TEXIAN TIME MACHINE: Bringing frontier life to school campuses throughout Houston.
 
End-of-Year In Class  Social Studies Research Project
*Students randomly chose a famous Texan to research.  We  have been collecting information all week and practicing paraphrasing in order to avoid plaigarism.
*  Next week, students will begin building their biographical essays on google slides.  I encouraged students to bring home the notes they have collected this week to share with you over the weekend.  I will send home the rubric for you to look over on how students are being graded. 
* Presentations will be May 15th and 16th.  Part of the project grade is to dress up like the Texan studied for presentation days.  I will send home some ideas:)
 
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Kilpatrick
 
 

April 14th

Parents and students,
 
I want to clarify what we will be doing in class to prepare for the flea market.  In math class students are learning about financial literacy.  In LA, students are learning about media literacy and advertising techniques.  We will be making our advertisements/pricing signs for our flea market in class.  The items for sale are to be made at home. Please send in  materials for your child to complete this assignment.  We will begin the advertisement boards on Monday, April 17th.
Such As:
Tri-Fold Board
Poster Board
Markers
Stickers
Glitter Glue
Craft Paper
Tape
Etc.

2015-expository-scoring-guide

This is the 2015 writing prompt for fourth grade expository writing.  I suggest  that students only look at the essays that were scored at a 3 or 4.  These are the best examples of well-organized and well- written essays for 2015.
 
Mrs. Kilpatrick

March 7th

WILDCAT REMINDERS:

Run Wild @ the Creek packets are due this week! 

SPIRIT NIGHT  is WEDNESDAY 3/8 below is the schedule for grade levels. Bring your family out to watch your teacher work McTeacher night at McDonalds! McDonalds is located at the corner of 249 S. & Northpointe Blvd. 

 

Kindergarten   4:50 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.

First Grade      5:50 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.

Second Grace 6:20 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Third Grade     6:50 P.M. – 7: 30 P.M.

Fourth Grade: 7:20P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

 

SILENT AUCTION: If you would like to participate in the online Silent Auction, please do so by clicking the link below.  The silent auction will close Wednesday, March 8th at 9:00 P.M.

LINK: http://willowcreekpto.com/product-category/runwild2017auction/

 

RUN WILD @ the CREEK is THIS FRIDAY!!!!!  We encourage you to dress WILD and in the colors RED WHITE & BLUE!  Parents are welcome to attend and CHEER on their runner!

 

RUN SCHEDULE:

Third Grade:    9:00 - 10:00

Second Grade: 10:05 - 11:05

Fourth Grade: 11:10 – 12:10

Kindergarten: 12:40 – 1:40

First Grade:     1:45 – 2:45

 

February 27-March 3rd

In Class:
- Discussing qualities of good writing using benchmark essays.
- Developing another expository essay (A Special Person in My Life -OR- What I am Most Thankful For)
- Edit/Revise Practice Passages W/Quick Teacher Feedback
- Homonym Review Exercises (their, there, they're)
- In Class Novel Reading.  Understanding your story's theme and how to find it.
- Writing a summary.
- New Read Aloud, Johnny Texas
- Finishing up Colonization and Causes of the Texas Revolution
 
March 2nd- Homonym Review Quiz
March 3rd- Open Book SS Test
 
WCES:
This THURSDAY, March 2nd is Family Fit Night @ WCES!!! 6PM - 7PM Please help us spread the word! This is a FREE event! We will have Kara Janak of Camp Gladiator leading workouts and Mrs. Kristie Thorpe Brawley leading Zumba!
Cheer Grams, Signs, and Prize tickets will be available for purchase. Each student that attends receives a FREE Prize Ticket!
Join us in getting FIT with your family!!!!!


Thanks so much.
Happy Mardi Gras!
Amanda
 
 
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
March 7th- Fourth Grade Field Trip to the Natural Science Museum
March 9th- Run Wild at the Creek (Please Return Your Envelope)
March 13th-17th Spring Break!
March 20th-24th Writing Boot Camp:)  CALLING ALL WRITERS FOR THIS MISSION!
March 28th- Writing STAAR Test

STEP UP PARTY!

Attention 4th Grade Parents

 

The school year is flying by!  It is time to start preparing for the 2017 Step Up Party!  We have a very special surprise in store for our 4thgraders this year.  We will be hosting our Step Up Party at Life Time Fitness!!  Those of you who are not familiar with Step Up Party, it is a fun filled day to say good bye to elementary school and hello to intermediate!  We are still working to finalize the party date, but it will be towards the end of May.

We are forming a committee to start planning student gifts, door prizes, and event details.  We need as much parent support as possible to make this day a success.

If you are interested in joining the Step Up Party committee, please e-mail Ashley Bearden atabearden@sirsol.com.

Thank you so much for your time and support!

 

 

February 6-10th

The link that I shared below is a great resource to use at home as we are heading toward the STAAR WRITING test.  Pages 144-210 are writing skills.  Editing practice are pgs.150-195.  You could print out the entire work book or just the pages you need for practice.  Students are finding out what kind of questions were missed on the writing benchmark.  They could work on practicing the skill that still needs to be mastered.
 
STAAR released tests are also available to work through in preparation for the upcoming writing test. http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/STAAR_Released_Test_Questions/
 
In Class:
-Reading Benchmark Using and Showing Good Strategies for Comprehension
-Looking over the Writing Benchmark from last week
- Using Text Features in Reading.
-Continuing Poetry Comprehension and Writing
- In- Class Novel Reading/Writing a Summary and How a Story's Theme Can            Help us Comprehend a Story Better.
- Continue Study of New SS Vocabulary Terms
- The First Colonies of Texas and how/why/when/where/ & who established them.
 
* New SS Vocabulary that was sent home in the homework is an ongoing study this nine weeks.  We will test over these terms at the end of the nine weeks (DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED)
* Expository Writing Rough Drafts Go Home For Parents to Look at on Wednesday. (PLEASE RETURN TO SCHOOL)
 
 
 
 

January 23

In Class:
ELA
- In-Class Novel
- Study and Practice/Text Features in NF and How They are Used for Better Comprehension (Quiz- (Daily Grade) on Friday, Jan. 27th)
- Creating a Text Feature on GoogleClassroom! NEW 
- Planning Expository Essay (Rough Drafts go Home Next Week)
- Poetry Study  
SS
- Spanish Missions/Presidios
- Mini-Research on Assigned Mission
- Look for Vocabulary Coming Home in the Homework Folder for STUDY:)
 
 
****Vocabulary Test Date Will be in Planners Next Week and Posted on Edlio
 
 

January 18th

Willow Creek Yearbook Ordering Deadline - THIS FRIDAY January 20th!

Don't miss out!  Order your yearbook today by going to Balfour.com and type in our school's name.

Or you can send cash / check to school with your child addressed to Willow Creek Elementary.  Please include a note with your child's name and teacher with the cash / check.

$25 per yearbook.

Thank you!

Emily J. Crump

12423 Morning Rain Drive
Tomball, TX 77377
832-640-8936
emily@emilycrumpphotography.com

 

In Class:

3rd nine weeks is busy...

-We are focusing on poetry in reading and writing this nine weeks. Students are reading poetry as well as writing poetry.  Your child's poems will be available to look at on Family Fun and Learning night, Jan. 31st.

- Students have their new AR goal for this nine weeks.  Each night, students should be reading at least 30 min. for continued growth.

- Students will also be developing an expository essay this nine weeks.  They have already a mini-expository paragraph where they set a goal or made a resolution and gave some ideas on ways to achieve it.

- Reading groups have chosen a new in-class novel for guided reading this nine weeks.  We have sectioned the book into 4 parts.  I will be posting due dates for each section.

December 12-16th

Parents,
 
The last week before our break is finally here!  I have to say, these kids have worked so very hard this nine weeks!  We had 3 benchmarks: Reading, Writing, and Social Studies.  Everyone has earned a nice vacation:)
 
A Few Reminders:
- Tomorrow, December 14th is our classroom Read-In, so students may bring an extra snack, a beach towel, and stuffed friend to cozy up with while reading.  AR goals are due by Friday, December 16th. 
- Holiday Party is on Thursday from 2:45-3:30.  Our party letter will be in your child's homework folder tonight.
- Polar Express/Pajama Day is Friday!  ~EARLY RELEASE 12:50~
 
Have a blessed holiday season with your family and friends!
 
~Mrs. Kilpatrick

November 14th-19th

In Class:
- I'm accepting projects up to Wednesday morning:)  
- Classroom Spelling Bee on Tuesday: Winner will be given a study guide for the school spelling bee.
- Going over most often missed questions from our writing benchmark
- Native American shelter and research presentations
- We will compare these early native cultures finding similarities and differences.(Venn Diagram)
- Spelling List #12 ed and ing endings
- Using context clues to help us to figure out meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary.
- What are you thankful for and why?  (Mini-Expository Writing)
 
Homework:
Read 30 Min. Each Night  (AR Goals by Holiday Break)
Moose English #11/12  Due Friday
Spelling Activities for List #12 Due Friday
Finish Up Project- Due Wednesday at the latest/