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I am a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Science
in Elementary Education. This is my thirtieth year teaching, and my
sixteenth year to teach in Tomball ISD. I spent the first 14 years teaching in
Humble ISD where my teaching experience included kindergarten, second, and third grade. My love for teaching and children is what keeps me finding new ways to increase the excitement for learning in my students. The key to
learning is keeping enthusiasm high and fostering teacher/student relationships.

My husband and I have two boys.  Ramsey, our oldest is in management.  Reagan is a junior at McMurry University in Abilene and is a member of the football team.  We will be burning up the road to and from Abilene this year.  Our family loves the fall because we are huge football fans!   We spend our weekends watching the Wildcats, Warhawks, Aggies and Cowboys during football season.

We spend our family time traveling Texas, catching the latest movie and visiting with family and friends. We love our summer trips to Garner State Park!

I look forward to a fantastic year with you and your child.   If you even have any questions or concerns please email me at:  roseannmiller@tomballisd.net
 

Recent Posts

Christmas Party Info from our Homeroom Moms

Dear Mrs. Miller’s Class Parents,

Kelsey and I are so excited to be the Homeroom Parents this year for Mrs Miller’s class – we are going to have so much fun!    Our first class party is the Holiday Party on Thursday December 20 from 2:45 – 3:30pm.   We will be decorating a cupcake, having a yummy snack and playing games.   Parents are welcome to attend – please make sure you follow the instructions sent home from the front office about security procedures tags.   

The PTO is providing the cupcakes (thank you to everyone who donated $5 to the school party fund!), I have all the decorations, paper goods, drinks & fruit, we just need your help donating a few more items to make our party a success.

Here is our sign up genius link:     https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E48ABAE22A0F49-mrsmillers

I would really appreciate it if all donations would be turned in the day before the party on Wed, Dec 19th so we'd have them when we set up for party set up.   See sign up for details.   

The other dates for class parties this year are Valentine’s Day on 2/14 and End of Year on 5/29.   

I look forward having so much fun celebrating with our sweet kids!  We are so blessed to have the best teacher and class!  Please let me know if there are any questions or anything I can help you with.    Thank you in advance for your support!

Amy Martin – Kate’s Mom    amyk1213@yahoo.com  832-588-4828  

and Kelsey Light – Tenley’s Mom

Christmas Party Reservations

Parents,

If you have not had your ID scanned at Willow Creek for the 2018-2019 school year, you may stop by the campus before December 17th and have your ID scanned to save time waiting in line the day of the event.  Your ID must be scanned each school year. 

Reservations can be made by completing the Google form online https://goo.gl/forms/F5HMBu640ZQw3Zs62 .  Badges will be printed and available at a designated table when you arrive.  Visitors who have not made reservations will need to wait in a very long, time consuming line and could miss part of the event.  No exceptions will be made.

All visitors should be prepared to present a Photo ID even if you have made reservations.  Once you arrive for the event please check in at the designated tables outside.

Many thanks to our awesome moms, Amy Martin and Kelsey Light, who came and spent a morning with us and guided my students into making the WINNING pumpkin!!    

Here's What's New in Mrs. Miller's Class

Spelling - Homework blue folder will be sent home every Friday with the new words for the following week.   The spelling folder that should go back and forth to home and school every day.  For homework, students should study the pattern for the week, not just memorize the 16 words on the list.    Visit spellingcity.com for extra practice.

 
Reader's Workshop - In Reader's Workshop, we are exploring the genres of fables, fairy tales and folk tales for the next three weeks.  We are thinking about characters feelings and motivations within a text and finding evidence to support our findings.   We are learning about the characteristics of each genre and learning to identify the moral of a story.
 
Writer's Workshop - During Writer's Workshop, we have been working on writing good leads to our stories as well as adding many details in our writing.  The students are rewriting their own version of Little Red Writing Hood.   We are working on adding details and writing good sentences in which we use punctuation correctly.
 
Math -In Math, we will wrapping up addition and subtraction of two digit numbers without regrouping.    Many students do not know their basic facts and it is making this skill very difficult.  I have base ten blocks that are available to students who are having trouble, but practice makes perfect.  We will have our test on subtraction with regrouping next week.   Please sit down and work through the math questions on homework with your child as they are the same format as what they will see on our test.
 
Science -In Science we are wrapping up our unit on Magnetism and will be gearing up for our final test over magnetism and patterns of movement.  We have had several hands on activities for patterns of movement, and will investigate if magnets can travel through different objects.

Boo Bash

Boo Bash is this Saturday from 5-9 PM.   Teacher auctions went live on Wednesday, October 24th.   I am auctioning off a swim party at my house for you and three friends.  Please visit the link for online auction items.  Bidding will close of Monday, October 29th.

                                 charityauction.bid/WillowCreekBooBash  

If you still have items for our class basket, please send in ASAP.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED-  The PTO is in desperate need of parent volunteers All shifts are broken down into 30 increments.  Here is the sign up genius link:

       https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c45a8a62eab9-boobash1

Scholastic Book Order

Your child came home with a Scholastic Book Order form today.   You can order online using our class activation code J6PY7 or you can send in a check made payable to Scholastic.   I will be submitting all online orders on October 19th.   I will be sending home order forms periodically throughout the year.   I'm excited to get our class reading!!!

Fall Parent Conferences

It's that time of year for Parent Conferences.   I look forward to meeting with each of you to discuss your child's academic progress.  Please click on the link below to schedule your conference.  
 
 
If there is a date or time that is more convenient for you, please send me an email  and I will try to make it work.
 
Thank you in advance!
 
 

Here's What's New in Mrs. Miller's Class

Behavior Learning Target emails will be starting next week.   We are having a very hard time controlling our talking in class.   We have spent the last three weeks "in training" and on Monday BLT emails will start to come home.   
 
 
Spelling - Homework blue folder will be sent home every Friday with the new words for the following week.   The spelling folder that should go back and forth to home and school every day.  For homework, students should study the pattern for the week, not just memorize the 16 words on the list.  This week's spelling pattern is the floss rule.   (Double s, l or f when at the end of a short vowel).   Visit spellingcity.com for extra practice.
 
Reader's Workshop - In Reader's Workshop, we are moving into character traits.   We will be reading several stories together and learning about how a character's actions, thoughts and feelings describe the type of traits that a character exhibits.  Character traits are what is on the inside of a person, not on the outside (physical traits).  The students will use their "just right books" to study characters and come up with traits to describe them.
 
Writer's Workshop - During Writer's Workshop, we will learn about common and proper nouns and use them correctly in our writing.     We are learning to think about a beginning, middle and end to our story and we will work on writing long...not finish a story part with one or two sentences.  As writers we will learn to elaborate and give details in our writing.
 
Math -In Math, the students are learning the four different ways to write numbers.  (standard form, base ten blocks, word form and expanded form).    Timed tests will continue every Friday, and these will be averaged for a daily grade this first nine weeks.   
 
Science -In Science we will be exploring properties of matter with several hands on labs.  We will learn to use our senses to describe the texture, size, color, hardness and mass of different objects.  In labs we will work to sort or classify and then identify the attributes for each group.  We will complete a properties activity this week and take our test over properties.

Here's What's New in Mrs. Miller's Class

Spelling - Homework blue folder will be sent home every Friday with the new words for the following week.   The spelling folder that should go back and forth to home and school every day.  For homework, students should study the pattern for the week, not just memorize the 18 words on the list.  This week's spelling pattern has the long a vowel sound formed with (a_e, -ai, -ay).   Visit spellingcity.com for extra practice.
 
Reader's Workshop - In Reader's Workshop, we are working on building partnerships while reading.   This week we are reading Henry and Mudge The First Book.    The students are working on making predictions, things they notice while reading and making either a text to text, text to self or text to world connection.  I am in the process of completing F & P reading assessments on each child.
 
Writer's Workshop - During Writer's Workshop, we will learn about types of sentences:   declarative sentences end with a period, imperative sentences  (command) end with a period,  interrogative sentences end with a question mark and exclamatory sentences end with an exclamation mark.   We are also learning to write with stamina.  This week we will be selecting a "seed" from our notebook and writing for 15-20 minutes.   On Thursday, we will be decorating our Writers Notebooks in class.   Please send in pictures, stickers or things of interest that we can glue on top of their notebook to help spark their writing interest.
 
Math -On Monday we reviewed for our Unit 1 Test over Addition and Subtraction.   If you have not completed the math portion of your child's homework, please look over tonight as I always use the same format of questions they will see on their math test.   On Wednesday, the students will begin learning the four different ways to write numbers.  (standard form, base ten blocks, word form and expanded form).  This is a very difficult unit as we go into the thousands.   Look for opportunities to discuss how numbers are used and written every day.   Discuss with your child.  Timed tests will continue every Friday, and these will be averaged for a daily grade this first nine weeks.   
 
Science -In Science we will be exploring properties of matter with several hands on labs.  We will learn to use our senses to describe the texture, size, color, hardness and mass of different objects.  In labs we will work to sort or classify and then identify the attributes for each group.  We will complete a properties activity this week and take our test over properties.

Here's What's New in Mrs. Miller's Class

Whew!   What an eventful start to the 2018-19 school year!   I am so glad to be back at school and with your child.   
 
I will send the blue homework folder home every Friday and it is due the following Friday.   Please help your child build responsibility and bring the folder from school to home every day.
 
Spelling - Homework blue folder will be sent home every Friday with the new words for the following week.   The spelling folder that should go back and forth to home and school every day.  For homework, students should study the pattern for the week, not just memorize the 20 words on the list.  This weeks pattern consists of blends:  -ng and -nk.   Visit spellingcity.com for extra practice.  
 
Reader's Workshop - In Reader's Workshop, we will continue building our stamina for independent reading and focusing on selecting  books that are "just right" for us.  We will be setting class goals and track our progress, ask questions to engage with the test, and learn to think about or create wonderings as we read.  The students are working in their  independent contract over a book they selected during the time I am testing the students.
 
Writer's Workshop - During Writer's Workshop, we will begin collecting seeds for writing in our Writer's Notebook. We will brainstorm story ideas by completing a first time/last time list, a heart map, and some other lists about people and places that are special to us.  If your child would like to decorate their Writer's Notebook you are welcome to send in pictures and I will help them decorate in class.
 
Math -In Math we are wrapping up our addition and subtraction review and we will be taking our Unit Test on Monday, September 10th.   Problem solving is very challenging for the students so please talk through their math homework with them during the week as each of those problems are similar to what they will see on the test.  Next week we are moving into our place value unit.  We will be learning about the four different ways to write numbers:  standard form, expanded form, word form and with base ten blocks.   Timed tests will continue every week, so please practice nightly.   We are working on  doubles plus one (neighbors) and skippers facts at this time.
 
Science -In Science we are moving in to Properties of Matter.   
 
 

Free Summer Movies

Parents,

Every summer I try and meet up with my kids a time or two for the free summer movies.   Regal no longer offers the free movies, but I did discover that the theater in Tomball has free movies.   I will not attend all of the dates below, but would love to see you this summer.   If you are interested, please contact me at roseannmiller1990@gmail.com and I will try and get more information from the cinema about securing tickets.   Hope to see you there.

 

PREMIERE CINEMAS: Summer Movie Kids Fest — Families can enjoy free movies at Premiere Cinemas. Times and dates vary by location. Tomball: free movies Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am (28497 Tomball Parkway),

June 5 week: Ice Age
June 12 week: Horton Hears a Who
June 19 week: The Croods
June 26 week: The Penguins of Madagascar
July 3 week: Kung Fu Panda 3
July 10 week: Trolls
July 17 week: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
July 24 week: Shrek
July 31 week: The Peanuts Movie
August 7 week: Home