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This will be my 23rd year of teaching 4th grade in Tomball ISD (26 years in Texas). I started teaching in 1980 in California. After teaching in California for a few years, I got married and moved to Texas. I have specialized training in the Gifted and Talented, holding a Texas State GT Endorsement from the University of St. Thomas (which in laymans language that is like a masters degree in GT) and have been teaching GT for most of my years in Tomball ISD. In the past, I have received distinguished honors from Tomball ISD such as : Best Teacher Practices, and A+ Teacher Award. I have worked as Grade level leader, Math Core Trainer, Language Arts Core Trainer and Curriculum Writer for Language Arts and Math in Tomball ISD. I was nominated for Texas State GT Teacher of the Year for Tomball ISD. Teaching is my passion and I feel very blessed and honored to be contributing to the success of students and families in Tomball ISD.  I want this year to be an amazing year of growth, learning, and fun for your child.  If there is anything I can do to facilitate this please let me know!
 

Contact Information:

Willowcreek Elementary School

Room # 214

phone:     (281)357-3080 ext. 3499

email:       karenkeller@tomballisd.net

Conference Time:    11:10-12:10  (Scheduled administrative meetings every Thursday and Friday)

:)  this website is always under construction! :) If you think of info I should include, do not hesitate to email me.
 

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4th Grade Step Up Party Reminders!

4th Grade Parents: 

The 4th Grade Step Up Party will take place this Friday, May 25th from 9AM - 2PM. 

If you would like to attend please sign up to volunteer via the SignUp Genius link below: 

 

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Each 4th grader will receive the following: 

2 store bought pre-packaged snacks (grab and go).
Popsicle 
Lunch: 2 Hotdogs / chips 
Dessert: Bahama Bucks Snow Cone 
Drinks: Powerade and Water 

If your child has dietary restrictions that will not allow them to eat the food provided, please send snacks and lunch with your child or have them purchase lunch in the school cafeteria. 

Reminder: 
Please apply sunscreen on your child before sending them to school on Friday, have your child wear their class shirt, pack a change of clothes and a towel. 

We are looking forward to a fun day of celebrating all of the great memories at WCES all of the amazing memories to come at NIS! 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Amanda Bass or Kristy McCoy. 

Amanda 
832-606-7837

Kristy
281-686-9988

Field Day Tomorrow! Textbook Return-Monday!

*Field Day is tomorrow- here are some reminders:
     *Students need to wear class T-shirt.
     * It will be hot! They can wear shorts, have hats, or sunglasses.
     * The students will get wet! so they may want to bring a change of clothes and a small towel.
      *We will eat lunch in our classroom.  Field day starts for us at 1:00. 
       *Parents are welcome! Don't forget to check in at front office first!
 
*Monday is Textbook return for 4th grade students.
 
Two more weeks of school left! :) it is going fast!

Flea Market Day for 4th graders!

Parents and Students,

The fourth grade will be having a “Flea Market” on Thursday, May 24th.  Students will make products to sell for Cat Cash.  Students should also have a poster that advertises his or her product and gives a price.  Think about how real stores advertise their products.  Students may work in groups of no more than 4, but must at least have a partner.

POSSIBLE THINGS TO MAKE FOR FLEA MARKET

FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS

PET ROCKS

HANDMADE CARDS

DECORATED PILLOW CASES

SAND ART

ORIGAMI

YOUR OWN DRAWINGS

MODEL MAGIC OBJECTS

BEAD JEWELRY

POPSICLE STICK FRAMES

REFREGERATOR MAGNETS

WOOD ITEMS

CROCHETING

TISSUE FLOWERS

COMPUTER MADE CARDS

POM-POM PEOPLE

COKE CAN PEOPLE

PAPER CHAINS

HAIR BOWS

CLAY OBJECTS

SAFETY PIN JEWELRY

PILLOWS

PUZZLE PIECE FRAMES

WIRE ART

STRESS BAGS

WEAVING

The above items are just some possible ideas.  If you have other ideas, let your teacher know before you start making the items.

 

HAVE FUN CREATING!  THE SKY IS THE LIMIT!!!

*** You will need to supply all materials for making your products and advertising poster.

*** No baked goods, please.

Thank you,

Fourth Grade Teachers

 

Message from WCES Librarian Sally Dare:

Please post this to your Edlio page for parents! 

 

Parents,

In library this week, I am introducing several summer camp opportunities for your children. 

Please click the links below to see all the opportunities your child(ren) have for Summer Programs and Camps. 

Also, we have a Powerpoint from the Harris County Public Library (Tomball Location) that has some awesome free entertainment fro you and your family this summer!

Summer Reading and Technology Camps in the area and online (some may cost money)

Harris County Public Library (Tomball Location): https://goo.gl/iKBHvM

WCES Summer Reading Activities: https://goo.gl/ru6VLr

WCES Summer Camps Activities: https://goo.gl/XfZ7zm

 

Thank you,

Sally :O)

Message from WCES Librarian Sally Dare:

Please post this to your Edlio page for parents! 

 

Parents,

In library this week, I am introducing several summer camp opportunities for your children. 

Please click the links below to see all the opportunities your child(ren) have for Summer Programs and Camps. 

Also, we have a Powerpoint from the Harris County Public Library (Tomball Location) that has some awesome free entertainment fro you and your family this summer!

Summer Reading and Technology Camps in the area and online (some may cost money)

Harris County Public Library (Tomball Location): https://goo.gl/iKBHvM

WCES Summer Reading Activities: https://goo.gl/ru6VLr

WCES Summer Camps Activities: https://goo.gl/XfZ7zm

 

Thank you,

Sally :O)

Market Day Information:

Dear Parents,

Here is some additional information about Market Day on May 24th.

1. This is not a grade but does tie in with our financial literacy TEKS and gives students a better understanding of supply and demand.
 
2.Students in the same shop/group DO NOT have to sell the same thing. Having a theme for the shop would be nice such as: sports or bath items, but it also works well with a different types of products being sold.

3. Students can work on their tri-fold advertisement boards at school before announcements, or at home with their groups, but no actual class time will be dedicated to working on the projects.   

4. The teacher will be checking in with groups here and there to make sure the store is coming along and help with pricing as needed.  

5. The whole 4th grade will be participating in the flea market in the cafeteria.  Each class will have a certain area in the cafeteria to set up their shops.  Boys and girls will shop at each shop so having products to suit all students might be a good plan, but is not mandatory.


If you have any additional questions please let me know.

Research project due Friday. Ar goal due May 23rd.

*Just wanted to remind everyone that the student's research projects are due Friday. We will have research time Monday with computers, and possibly Tuesday after the reading Test.  The research project is a grade in Language Arts and Social Studies.  Students will begin presenting next week after the STAAR Math and Reading Test May 14th and 15th . Students will be given a presentation day, so they may come dressed up as their famous Texan on the day of their presentation day.
*Spelling Test this  Friday and STAAR Review Raffle. Please send in the prizes if you plan to donate, as soon as possible. We truly appreciate everyone for being so supportive. We all want the kids to do well.
*Things will be quite busy these last few weeks. So read your child's planner for updates, and I will send Edlio posts also. Just think, in a few weeks they will be 5th graders.  This year has flown by.  Let me know if you have any questions. I am an email away.
                                  Blessings,
                                        Mrs. Keller

Upcoming tests and events:

*Spelling Test/lesson 27- will be Thursday, May 3rd, this week due to other events happening on Friday.
 
*Writing retake Revising & Editing test- Wednesday, May 2nd.  If student earns a better grade, the writing test grade will be switched to higher grade.  
 
*This Friday, May 4th, Texian Time Machine events for 4th grade.  Specials will be at the end of the day.
 
* Reading common assessment test will be Tuesday, May 8th.
 
*Famous Texans Research project due Friday, May 11th.
 
The end of the year is coming fast!  Email me if you have any questions. End of the year party is being planned. Sounds like the kids will have some well earned fun!
 
 
 

Another Reminder- Social Studies Vocabulary test this Wednesday, April 25th

*Students should be using a computer or ipad to study for their social studies vocabulary test.  Words are also glued into the student's social studies folder. This is a major grade.
 
*Spelling Test this Friday- Lesson 26.  

Social Studies Vocabulary Test April 25th, Wednesday.

*Students should be going online and using the website www.studystack.com to study for their Social Studies Vocabulary test on April 25th.  This is a major grade. Each student has entered all words and definitions in their program.  They can now play games and take practice tests on this website to practice.  The other major grade in Social Studies will be their Famous Texans project.
 
*Please be sure your child is studying for spelling tests each week. Typically spelling grades go down a little the last nine weeks.  They can use the website www.spellingcity.com  to practice.  Students should have their words written in their planner each week.  It is easy an quick to have them take the online practice test to see which words they need to study.

Reading am tutoring for Tuesday for 4/10/18 canceled.

Reading tutoring for Mrs. Keller's group will be canceled the day of the STAAR Writing Test on Tuesday 4/10/18.  I feel it is in the best interest of the students to focus on preparing for their STAAR Writing Test.  Remember to eat a good breakfast!  Bring a chapter book to read when you are done with the test.

Information about Yearbooks!

Hello Parents!
 
Yearbook Memory Box orders are still open for your purchase until end of day FRIDAY MARCH 30TH!
 
Here is how to purchase:
 
1.  Go to www.balfour.com
2.  Find our school “Willow Creek Elementary”
3. Click on “Yearbooks”
4.  Click on "Yearbook Ads”
5.  Choose either a business card or 1/8 page ad to create.  *You must then log in to build the ad.
 
AND you can still purchase a yearbook online as well until April 1st!
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you!  

Emily J. Crump

Important- Students need to check their Texas Studies Weekly online!

*Students need to check their Texas Studies Weekly online to be sure they have listened to all of the weekly lessons from #11-#17.  This will be added in as a test grade at the end of this week. Most students have listened to all of them, but their are a few who have not.  If your child has been absent they were asked to make this up during study hall or at home.  Students need to listen to the "articles" first, then listen to all the "bonus selections" for each article.  We have been doing this since the beginning of the year, but they will now receive a test grade for #11-17, which we have done each week starting in January.  This is an easy way to bring up their social studies grade!  They can access the Texas Studies Weekly website, through the Clever portal.

Social Studies Vocabulary test and Spelling test tomorrow!

*Just wanted to remind everyone that the students have a social studies vocabulary test tomorrow. They need to go to www.studystack.com and study for their test.
 
*Spelling test-lesson 20 will also be tomorrow.
 
*Reading Benchmark for WCES 4th grade has been changed to this coming Monday and Tuesday.  We will start Monday and make-ups will be Tuesday.
 
*Field Trip is Wed. to the museum. I will hand the chaperones their student list when we get off the bus at the museum. Students need to bring a sack lunch and a drink.  It will be a fun day of learning!
 
*Projects are due Monday!  Kids will possibly present Thursday and Friday to their class.