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Ditto Families,

The Ditto PTA is raising funds this year to help us update our library.  A big fundraiser will kick off next week and run from October 1-12, the Apex Fun Run.  Students will contact friends and family to get pledges for the Fun Run which will be Thursday, October 11th.  During the two week timeline, Apex members will be on campus helping our students by going into each class for a character lesson.  Each student will receive a t-shirt for the run and will track the number of laps they do on the track.  Then those pledges will pay the students for the run.  When we did this last year, the students had a wonderful time.  They often mentioned the character skills and were excited to see the Apex team on campus throughout the fundraising event.  Please look for information sent on Monday, October 1st.


Karie Kuster

PTA Field Trip Winners
The votes are in! The winners of the classroom field trip contest are Ms. Lowe and Ms. Snyder!  Ms. Lowe (2nd gr) won the K-2nd field trip with 74% student participation and Ms. Snyder (5th gr) won the 3-6th grade field trip with 75% student participation. Thank you to everyone that joined PTA!

Ditto Rangers Giving Back! Community Service Opportunity
Join us in card making! We will be making cards for the kids at Cooks Childrens. 
Tuesday, October 16 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. Stop by and make a card or two! Open to all Ditto families that want to serve! If you plan to attend, email Emily Swanson at or 817-480-0462.

Please Help Support the Party Funds!
Please consider donating to your grade level party fund! The donations are used to fund the parties, treat bags, special holiday gifts, drinks, snacks, paper goods, craft supplies, game supplies and much more for the many parties and celebrations. Click
HERE to make a donation!
Box Tops News

Thank you to everyone who has turned in Box Tops labels so far this school year! Hopefully everyone received the purple letter that went home this week with further Box Tops information. All Box Tops labels turned in to the collection box (on the cafeteria stage) by the end of today (Sept. 28) will be considered for prizes for the first six weeks. Labels turned in after that time will count toward the second six weeks, which runs through November 2. 

Reminders for collecting:

*Please do not use staples. Use glue or tape.

*Check expiration date because expired Box Tops do not count

*Please trim into neat rectangles if possible, but be careful clipping so that you don't cut the expiration date or the BOLD letters in the upper left hand corner of the Box Top.

*You can put up to 50 Box Tops in one zip lock bag (preferred) or use the sheets provided to collect (attached to this letter)

*Make SURE your child's name/grade is on the sheet or on a note inside zip lock bag if you want them to be considered for prizes!

The Campbell's Labels for Education program is no longer in existence. Ditto will only collect Box Tops.

To offer even more help, don't forget to enter these sweepstakes (both only require your name and address to enter): 

1. awards five winning schools double their Box Tops earnings. You can enter the sweepstakes daily between now and 9/30/18

2. awards the winning school a prize of 50,000 Box Tops and 5,000 Papermate pens. You may enter this contest daily through 10/24/18.

Feel free to email with questions or concerns about the Ditto PTA Box Tops program.



We are teaching two letters a week in our kindergarten classrooms. This includes correctly identifying the letter, using correct formation when writing the letter, knowing their sounds, and identifying words that begin with the focus letter. Work at home with letters in random orders and the sounds that they make. We have learned sight words: I, A, see, can, we, like, the, am. We have two new sight words this week- "in" and "go". You can work on writing these words with your child as well as writing their name "the kindergarten way" (start with a capital letter and follow with lowercase letters).

Our math focus will be numbers 0-10. We have been working hard on writing our numbers correctly and identifying sets of different quantities.

During social studies we will be studying maps and globes!
Language Arts:  Retell events in stories; make connections to stories; use letter sound knowledge to determine unknown words when reading.
Math:  Identify two-dimensional shapes and describe their attributes using formal geometric language.
Social Studies: Locate places using the four cardinal directions; use simple maps
Science: classify objects by observable properties (large, small, heavy, light, shape, color, and texture). 

We are about to begin our second six weeks. That’s amazing! Here are the targets for our second six weeks. You will find them in your child’s binder as well.
Language Arts
Read at least 160 high-frequency words.
Retell the most important events or ideas in nonfiction texts.
Describe the main characters in stories, including their feelings, traits, and motivations.
Read independently for at least 20 minutes.
Make connections to the texts being read (text-to-self and text-to-text).
Make inferences about pictures and illustrations.
Compare and order numbers to 500 including on a number line.
Write numbers to 500 in standard (120), expanded (100+20) and word form (one hundred twenty).
Count a collection of coins up to $1.00 (with pennies, nickels, and dimes.)
Recognize, identify, create, and describe 2-dimensional shapes.
Write and solve addition & subtraction problems with answers up to 500.
Compare melting and freezing.
Describe how increasing and decreasing light, sound, and temperature effects objects.
Social Studies
Interpret maps and identify parts of the map elements.
Events in past, present, and future.
Important Upcoming Dates:
APEX Fundraiser and Fun Run
Chick-Fil-A Night
Holiday – Monday October 8, 2018
Early Dismissal October 19, 2018
Fall Costume Parade – October 26, 2018


Curriculum Assessments are next week! We will be taking math on Monday and reading on Tuesday. Please make sure your student has a good night's sleep and a nutritious breakfast. 

In math, we are continuing to work on addition and subtraction. We are learning how to solve word problems using addition and subtraction. Please continue to work with your student on place value, rounding, and their basic facts. 

In reading, we are moving into nonfiction and continuing to review fiction. We will be assessing with a fiction unit quiz. 

In Science, we are learning about mixtures. And in Social Studies, we are learning about government. 

Our first installment towards our Austin/San Antonio field trip of $50 is due October 1.  Also, please keep in mind Parent's Night Out on Friday, October 5 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  Proceeds will help fund this memorable field trip.

Continue to remind you child to work on his/her math facts daily for at least five minutes to insure their proficiency in double-digit multiplication and
long division.

Lastly, keep in mind that students can turn in any papers with less than 70 achievement (except tests) to bring their grade back up to a 70.  Not only does this help their average, but understanding is increased as well.

Updates coming next week!

Updates coming next week!

HEALTHY SCHOOLS is offering FREE flu vaccines for every student in the AISD this fall.  They will be coming to Ditto on November 13th, from 9:00 - 12:00 am.  You should have received a flyer with all of the information.  Consent forms have been turned in, so now you will need to sign up online at  This really is easy, FREE, and NO CO-PAY!  All students are eligible.

Please make sure that your student has an extra set of clothes in their locker or backpack.  I do not keep clothes in the clinic.  Lunch accidents, wet slides and bathroom accidents just happen; and your child will be much more comfortable if they have clothes available quickly.  Thank you!

I have received an email from KINSA, the company that gave our thermometers last year.  I guess that there has been a glitch with student grade roll-over of the 1st graders.  They said that this should be fixed in the next week or so.  If you did not receive one of these digital/app connected thermometers, and would like to have one; be sure to come and see me.

Cheryl Staats
Ditto Nurse
Our Scholastic Book Fair brought in over $14,300 in merchandise and we earned over $950 for teachers' classroom books and over $3,950 in books for our library!  Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, especially Mrs. Kelly Watson, and Mrs. Kristin Jensen for making our book fair run so smoothly, and thanks to all who purchased items to help earn more books for Ditto.!
Our students will be taking part in several reading incentives programs, the first one starting October 1st, which is called "Book-It!" and is sponsored by Pizza Hut.  Students who read a certain amount of time each month will receive a coupon good for a personal pan pizza at Pizza Hut!   
The Battle of the Books is a district-wide 4th and 5th grade reading program sponsored by the Arlington ISD school librarians. The students read 8 specific books during the fall and then take a test in early January to determine which students will represent Ditto at the March 23rd (tentative date) district-wide competition. Four representatives and three alternates from each grade level will be coached with Mrs. Murrow before the competition to “prepare for battle!”  A letter will go home in early October that has more information.
Please continue to encourage your child to read to you and/or be read to daily!  Please email me at if you have any questions or concerns. 
Jeanie Murrow
Ditto Librarian
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