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This will be my 14th year at Willow Creek Elementary teaching 3rd grade language arts and social studies. I was born and raised in Houston and attended Texas Lutheran College in Seguin, Texas. I have been married for 34 years and have one daughter, who also teaches third grade at Wildwood Elementary, and one precious grandson. 

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Flat Stanley Due Monday, 12/10/18

Don't forget Flat Stanley is due on Monday, December 10, 2018. 5 points will be deducted for every day that the project is late!
There will not be any more spelling tests the rest of the year. We will start up again in January.

Reservations-Christmas Classroom Party-Thursday, Dec. 20th


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.

3rd Grade Field Trip-The Nutcracker at THS

Dear Parents,
3rd grade will be going to a see a performance of The Nutcracker at Tomball High School on Thursday, 12/6/18. Your child may wear a Christmas shirt, a Willow Creek spirit shirt, a red or green shirt, or a regular school shirt. We will be eating lunch at 10:30 and I encourage your child to bring their lunch to school. We will be eating in our classrooms because that is Kindergarten's lunch time and they are in the cafeteria. I encourage your child to bring a snack to eat once we return to Willow Creek in the afternoon.
We are leaving Willow Creek at 11:30 for the 12:15 performance at the high school, and should be returning between 1:30 and 2:00.

Scholastic Book Orders due Monday December 3, 2018

Dear Parents,
A Scholastic book order form went home in your child's Wednesday folder. Books make a great Christmas or birthday gift! If you are ordering books for a gift for you child and you want it to be a surprise, please send me an email and I will place the books in the front office when they come in. I will send you an email notifying you that they are ready to be picked up.

I am going to place the order on Monday, December 3rd to guarantee delivery before the Christmas break! Ordering online is the simplest way! You can easily order online: Shop online: scholastic.com/readingclub with a One-Time Class Activation Code: FMPP2.  

Flat Stanley Due December 10, 2018

Dear Parents,
Don't forget that Flat Stanley is due on Monday, December 10th. Your child can either do a Power Point presentation or a poster of Flat Stanley's adventures. If it is a Power Point presentation, just send in the presentation on a flash drive.
Also, don't forget to attach the rubric on the back of the poster or send it in with the flash drive. You may check out Flat Stanley examples on my Edlio page under the Flat Stanley tab. (This project counts as a daily social studies grade.)

Flat Stanley-Due Monday, December 10, 2018

Dear Parents,
Don't forget Flat Stanley is due on Monday, December 10, 2018.
You may either complete a poster or a Power Point presentation. If your child's project is a Power Point presentation, please save the project on a flash drive and send the flash drive to school. 
You can check out the requirements of the project and examples on my Flat Stanley Edlio page.

Spelling Bee Form and Book Fair

Dear Parents,
A pink spelling bee form came home today in your child's Wednesday folder. If you would like your child to participate in the classroom spelling bee, please fill out the form and return it to the classroom teacher by Monday, November 5th.
Also, the library is hosting the Follett Book Fair through Friday, November 2nd. Your child may shop at the book fair with a parent in the mornings from 8:10 to 8:30. You can also shop with your child after the Vocabulary Parade on Friday. They can shop on their own during recess time. 

Red Ribbon Week and Vocabulary Parade

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Hocus Pocus! Keep your Dreams in Focus: wear orange and black
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
50 Days Smarter and Wiser: Wear clothes from the 50's
Thursday, November 1, 2018
I'm Voting for a Bright Future: Wear yellow
Friday, November 2, 2018
We're Addicted to Learning, not Drugs!
Kindergarten ABC Parade, 1st/2nd Grade Storybook Character Parade,
3rd/4th Grade Vocabulary Parade

Boo Bash, Saturday, October 27, 2018

BOO BASH, SATURDAY, 10/27/18, 5:00 TO 9:00 p.m.
Classroom Baskets and Presale Tickets  Parents can turn in items for Classroom baskets until about Thursday, 10/25.
Carnifax: University of Texas
Adams: Houston Texans
The last opportunity to purchase tickets at presale prices is at Spirit Night at Spring Creek BBQ on Tuesday, 10/23/18.
ONLINE AUCTION - Teacher experiences, Reserved parking for Programs and Parties, and reserved seats for Programs will all be online. The link for online auction items is  charityauction.bid/WillowCreekBooBash 
The online auction will go live on Wed. Oct. 24 and will close on Monday, Oct. 29.
VOLUNTEERS We desperately need parent volunteers to help this event run smoothly.  All shifts are broken down into 30 minute increments.  
Here is the sign up link: 
Tickets -Tickets/Food Vouchers, etc., DO NOT go home with students before the event. They are to be picked up at Will Call on the day of the event :) 

Flat Stanley and Vocabulary Parade

Dear Parents,
Please be sure and mail your child's Flat Stanley as soon as possible. The project will be a social studies grade and is due by Monday, December 10th.
The vocabulary parade will be on Friday, November 2nd. If you have not sent in your child's vocabulary parade word and costume/poster idea, please send the purple form back by Monday, October 22nd.

The Greatest Food Drive October 15-19, 2018

The Greatest Food Drive is going on all week. Please help stock the food pantry with the foods they need the most. The class with the most points at the end of the week will win an ice cream party. Third grade:
pasta - 1 point
canned veggies - 1 point
canned fruit - 1 point
mac-n-cheese - 1 point
spaghetti sauce - 2 points
Alfredo sauce - 2 points
100% juice boxes - 3 points
peanut butter -  5 points
almond butter- 5 points

Flat Stanley, Vocabulary Parade, and Food Drive

Dear Parents,
The Flat Stanley project is coming home today in your child's binder. Please check out my Flat Stanley Edlio page if you need any further explanation. There are also 2 Flat Stanley Power Point examples for you to view. The Power Point or poster will be due by Monday, December 10th.
The Vocabulary Parade will be on Friday, November 2nd, Your child brought home a purple paper in their Wednesday folder. Please help them choose a word and a costume or poster that represents their word. I need you to initial the purple paper and send back to school for my initials.
The Greatest Food Drive starts next week: October 15-19, 2018
Third Grade is in charge of Spaghetti Dinner. Please send in pasta, canned vegetables, canned fruit, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti sauce, Alfredo sauce, or 100% juice boxes. The class with the most points at the end of the week will win an ice cream party! Please check your Wildcat Wednesday Tales blue paper from last week's Wednesday folders for further details.

Scholastic Book Orders due Friday, October 12, 2018

Today is the last day for submitting the Scholastic book order for October.
Please go to the following link to place your order:

Shop online: scholastic.com/readingclub with a One-Time Class Activation Code: FMPP2.  

**As an added bonus, every student that places an order for $25 or more, can pick a free book (look for coupon code online)**


Don't forget that Boo Bash Gift Baskets are due by Friday, October 19th. Carnifax homeroom will be collecting University of Texas items and Adams homeroom will be collecting Houston Texans items. Thank you for your help and support with the Boo Bash scheduled at Willow Creek on Saturday, October 27th from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Picture Day, Library, and Scholastic Book Orders

Dear Parents,
Don't forget picture day is on Thursday, 10/11/18. Please send your picture money to school with your child.
Library is on Thursday. Please send all library books to school.
***Scholastic book orders are due on Friday, October 12th. When you order books for your child, I can earn points and order books for the classroom library. The kids are excited when the order comes in, and they can check out a new book from the Scholastic book order.***
Shop online: scholastic.com/readingclub with a One-Time Class Activation Code: FMPP2