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Ditto Families,

Thank you for holding on while we had a rain delay for the 5th/6th/Kindergarten Field Days.  It turned out great and the students had a wonderful time.  May 6-10 is teacher appreciation week, and we know you always make our teachers feel great.  Thanks to PTA for leading the way with goodies for the staff throughout the week.  We really appreciate our Ditto families.  


Karie Kuster

Upcoming Dates:

5/6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week
5/10- Family Walk
5/13- STAAR Math (3rd-6th) No visitors on campus
5/14-  STAAR Reading (3rd-6th) No visitors on campus
5/15- STAAR Science (5th) No visitors on campus
5/20- Student Appreciation Week
5/20- Ranger Choir Musical
5/27- No School- Memorial Day
5/30- End of Year Parties
5/31- Last Day of School - early dismissal at 12:20 pm

PTA Meeting:
Please plan to join us for our last meeting of the school year on Tuesday, May 7th at 6 pm.

Teacher Appreciation:
Teacher Appreciation week is May 6-May 10.  Help us show our teachers some love that week! Information was sent home regarding special events during that week, but if you would like to sign up to bring items, go to


Donation Bin!
As you do your spring cleaning, don't forget about our donation bin in the Ditto parking lot. We can raise money for Ditto through your donations of clothing, shoes and more! 

Lost and Found
In case you think your child has lost a lunch bag, jacket or more-stop by the lost and found! All items will be donated on the last day of school.


Box Tops News
All Box Tops turned in between now and May 24th will count toward the 6th six weeks contest. We will need everyone's help to meet our goal of 10,000 (or $1000 worth of) Box Tops for this school year, so please keep collecting!

Reminders for collecting:
*Please do not use staples. Use glue or tape to attach Box Tops to collection pages.
*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 (label with student name/grade/teacher/# of Box Tops) or use the sheets provided to collect 25 per page
*Make SURE your student info (name/grade/teacher) is on the sheet or written on (or on a note inside) the ziplock bag if they wish to be considered for prizes!

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

Kroger Community Rewards
During the first quarter of enrollment (October 1-January 1), Ditto had 21 households connect their Kroger Plus account to Ditto, and their combined shopping earned the school $86.70. We would love to see every Ditto family and teacher with a Kroger Plus Account sign up to help us earn even more free money for Ditto!  Please register your card and encourage your family and friends to do so, as well. Kroger will donate a percentage of all purchases to Ditto every time you shop and your use Kroger card or phone number.  It is very easy to do:
1. Visit and log into your account. 
2.  Under the "Savings and Rewards" drop down menu, select Kroger Community Rewards.
3. Scroll down to I'm a customer. Want to enroll in Community Rewards? and click view details
4. On this page you can search for the organization and add "Ditto Elementary PTA".

You will remain enrolled until August 2019 and earn money each time you shop. Please take advantage of this easy way to earn money for our school! If you have any questions or need help signing up, feel free to email
Updates next week!

Language Arts:  Use appropriate fluency when reading grade level text; monitor comprehension and make adjustments when understanding breaks down; revise and edit when writing; gather information from a variety of sources.

Math:  Apply mathematical process standards to organize data; personal financial literacy.

Science:  Organisms and environments.

Social Studies:  Communicate in oral, visual, and written form.

Can’t believe we are in the last 6 weeks of the year already! It has been a great year and we have had lots of fun. We want to thank all our parents for making this year so successful. Please see our last 6 weeks targets and the line-up of events to come.

6th Six Weeks Standards
- Write numbers to 1200; Fractions – past one whole; Coins to $1.00 using ₵ and $ and decimal; Time to 1 minute/ differentiates a.m. % p.m.; Measures length of objects; Graphs - Collects, sorts, & graphs data, answers questions & makes predictions; Write & solve multi-step (+, -, x, /) problems; Basic facts +/-to 10.

Science - Compare how plants & animals use their characteristics & behaviors to get food and water; Compare how plants & animals depend on each other; Observe simple life cycles.
Social Studies - Identify the purpose and function of the government; Identify the role of the mayor, governor, & president; Compares the roles of these people; Creates and interprets timelines from past to present.

Language - Write at least 90 second grade HFW; Spelling patterns: th, consonant blends, words writers use, soft c & g, contractions; Capitalize names of people, places, months, days of the week, and holidays; Punctuation: period, !, ?, and comma; Writes in a variety of genres.

Reading - Read 280 HFW; Self-correct in reading; Use context clues; Use prefixes & suffixes; Read independently at least 26 minutes; Summarize fiction & non-fiction text; Tell the main ideas in non-fiction; Use text features; Make inferences; Identify rhyme, rhythm, & repetition.

Important Dates for Second Grade:

Family Walk – May 10, 2019 during PE class

STAAR Test May 13-15, 2019 – Closed Campus

May 20 – 31, 2019 – School Supply Sales

Awards Ceremony – May 24, 2019 – 8:45 held in homeroom classes

End of Year Party – May 30, 2019


We are in the final week of reviewing all topics to prepare for STAAR and make sure students have a good understanding of third grade skills. Some important reading skills include making inferences, summarizing, and drawing conclusions. In math, some skills we are reviewing include word problems (multi-step), graphs, fractions, and perimeter/area. We so appreciate your help to make sure our students feel confident in their learning!   

Just a reminder about the 4th Grade Awards Ceremony, so you can make arrangements to join us in this event in appreciation of what your children have accomplished.  Our ceremony begins shortly after announcements on Tuesday, May 28.

Additionally, in math and reading, we are in the process of reviewing concepts learned this year to prepare for our end-of-year testing.  It has been fantastic to see what these young minds can do!

Finally, we would love to have more Kleenexes to carry us to the end of the year if you can help us out.

Dates to Remember!
May 13th - Math STAAR retest
May 14th - Reading STAAR test
May 15th - Science STAAR test
May 29th - 5th grade 2:00 awards
May 30th - End of the year class party  

Hello from the 6th grade team!

We are excited about entering this last home stretch of the school year, and we have a lot going on! Check your email for a list of all of our end-of-year events dates that was sent out by Mrs. Farmer a couple of weeks ago.

The Cluster Track Meet was a great success! Thank you for coming out to show your support. We look forward to our field trip, and visit to Young Jr. High coming up later this month.

** Correction **  STAAR tests are coming up on May 13th and 14th, just so you remember those dates specifically. Last week I sent the wrong dates, off by one day. We are ready to do amazing as a grade level!

Please continue to monitor behavior sheets nightly (only signing over the weekend), especially during this hectic time of the year. Students chewing gum has become a recent and widespread problem. Gum is not allowed, and will earn students a behavior sign immediately. Thank you for your help with this, we appreciate all of your support!

PARENTS WITH A KINSA THERMOMETER --- are you using your thermometer?  Remember, it gives out reports for all Ditto parents that have one to see.          t

Cheryl Staats
Ditto Nurse

Our K-2 students will be using a website that has a free trial until July 1; The publishing company ABDO hosts a site in which students may access e-books related to STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, Art and Math).  From home, here is how to access the site and enjoy the many ebooks and STEAM-related activities:

Go to       ID= aisdtx    PW=  student


Welcome to Abdo Zoom—a brand new database tool for PreK–2 learners.

  • Content correlated to national curriculums
  • Leveled text
  • Read-along audio
  • Educational videos
  • Interactive games
  • Printable activities
  • Safe online environment

  • Our 3rd & 4th graders are practicing on access to the AISD online Digital Resources.  These are paid for by the district and can be accessed from anywhere as long as you have the IDs & passwords.  These may be accessed by the student once he or she haslogged into their school-issued Google account.  Here is a reminder how to quickly access these important resources:
  2. Under the “students” column, scroll down to “Technology” which is a middle column, and then “Online Digital Resources.”  NOTE: to get to the password list, scroll to the bottom of the page  until you see:

    AISD Student and Staff Online Database Password List

    (You must log in with your AISD Google account to access.) 
  3. Click on the website you want to use and input the ID and password. 


    There are MANY great activities going on at the Arlington Public Library!  Here is a link for elementary-aged children: 

    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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