Camp Champions Trip

CampChampImageWe are so excited about our trip next week to The Outdoor School at Camp Champions!  We will be leaving campus on Monday at about 9:00 a.m. and returning on Wednesday at about 2:00 p.m.  If you need a reminder about what to pack you can find a the packing list here:  Camp Champions Packing List

Check our Shutterfly account often for pictures, as we will be uploading them while we are there!  We’ll miss you, but we are going to have an amazing time.


January Announcements

Reminder:  The final payment for Camp Champions is due on January 30th.  Thank you to those of you who were able to pay early.  All forms for Camp Champions will be due on February 6th.  To download those forms you can use these links:  English or Spanish.

Thank you:  Thank you for supporting your child as they worked on the Science Fair project that was due this week.  There were some amazing projects, and we look forward to sending some representatives off to the regions science fair on February 21st.  If your child’s project was selected, you can download the required forms from this link:  Science Fair Forms  (scroll down to near the bottom of the page.)

Middle School:  Middle School counselors will be at Travis Heights on Feb. 4th to discuss schedules and choices for next year.  Be looking for your child to bring home their “Choice Sheet” on that date.  On March 4th, our 5th grade class will travel to Fulmore Middle School to hear the band and tour the school.

News:  Both Mr. Carlson and I have submitted all teacher recommendation forms to all of three middle schools.  If your child would like feedback on his/her essay, please email them to me ASAP.

Upcoming Event:  Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders will be hosting a showcase on Saturday, January 24th from 10:00 to Noon.  This will be an opportunity to meet the principal, ask questions and tour the school.  Teachers will be available to help students with their application letters.  Feb. 6 is the application deadline for Ann Richards School.

New Year Announcements

Supplies   It’s that time of year to replenish student supplies.  Please check with your child about what supplies they have run out of.  Some students need pencils, others need to replace folders.

Science Fair   To know how their Science Fair projects are being judged, Mrs. Penney has provided a document to label the poster.  You can get it here:  Science Fair Categories.  You can also find the actual Judge’s sheet here:  SF Judging Sheet Eng  or  SF Judging Sheet Sp.  These pages show judging criteria for two types of projects.  5th grade is being judged on Experiments.

Middle School   For those of you interested in the Fulmore Magnet program, they are hosting an “Evening of Wonder” on January 14th 5:30-7:30 pm.  A flyer went home about this event on Friday.  If you need another copy, please contact Fulmore at 512-414-3207.

Anti-Bullying   Our wonderful school counselor, Mrs. Morales-Barberena, has shared a video about bullying that would be great to view as a family.  Here is the website:  Stop Bullying, Speak Up.

Holiday Party and Upcoming Events

Holiday Party  Our holiday party will be this Thursday, 12:15-1:15.  To see what we need for the party, you can look at this note that is going home in the Wednesday folder:  5th Grade Holiday Party.

Homework  Over the winter break, please continue to have your child read and practice their multiplication & division facts.  Reading on Achieve 3000 would be a good way to practice reading non-fiction text, and they have a contest over the break.  You can find out about the contest here:  WinterHolidayContest.  Remember that Science Fair Projects are due right after we get back, so the break is a good time to work on them.  If you want to know more about rules and requirements, you can find them here:  Science Fair.

Upcoming Events  Fulmore MIddle School would invite you to their Evening of Wonder Open House. The Evening of Wonder is a very special evening where we open our campus to all prospective families so they can enjoy our amazing student performances, visit classrooms, and learn about our unique Magnet Program. Please join them on January 14th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Fulmore Middle School to enjoy a magical evening! Please call the Magnet Office at 512-841-4916 with any questions.  Here are the flyers they sent us:

Evening of WonderEvening of Wonder Span

Middle School Magnet Information

Come to the THES Library on Thursday, Jan. 8th, between 6pm-7pm to learn more about the magnet programs available for our students!

Over the next two weeks in LA, we will be looking at persuasive writing, discussing the techniques authors use to try to persuade us, and writing our own persuasive letters.  The students will have the opportunity to write a persuasive letter to anyone they choose regarding a topic they care about.  For students working on applications for Middle School Magnet programs, they may choose this time to work on a letter to the Ann Richards or one of the essays to Kealing.  If you would like your child to apply to either school, please encourage them to use this time to work on their application.

Don’t forget that the AISD Middle School Choice Fair at Ann Richards this Saturday from 9 am – 12 noon.

Finally, please have your child put their name and student id on the teacher recommendation forms and get them to your teachers  as soon as you can.  We fill those out and fax them to the schools from our office.