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Thank you for supporting our book fair this week!  So many students were excited to get new books and are having fun reading them. I know the staff also appreciates the books donated to classrooms as well.  There are so many ways our Ditto families support us, and the book fair proceeds go right to the library, so thank you for all you've done to help!  Also, thank you for making Grandparents Day another fun one for our students.  We had so many grandparents on campus and we always love seeing the students' faces light up to see them visit at school. Thanks for making that happen!

Respectfully,
Karie Kuster

JOIN PTA! This is your last chance to sign up for a PTA membership to help your child's class win an extra field trip! Please return forms no later than September 14 or sign up on joinpta.org (include your student's name). One class in grades Kinder-2 and one class in grades 3-6 with the most student participation will win an extra field trip paid for by PTA.

Box Tops News:
The Box Tops for Education program is a great way to turn trash into cash to benefit Ditto!  Please look for and collect these labels, which can be found on the tops and sides of various General Mills packages. Each label is worth 10-cents for Ditto. You or your child can turn them into the wooden “Box Tops” collection box located on the right side of the Ditto stage.  Look for a letter in your child's folder in the next few weeks that will give more information (including details about fun prizes for collecting). In the meantime, please start 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 (coming soon)
 
*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!
We do not collect labels for education at this time. Only box tops.

NEW THIS WEEK! There is currently a sweepstakes where you can enter up to once daily to win 50,000 Box Tops ($5000 cash) and 5000 Paper Mate pens for Ditto! Please visit https://www.boxtops4education.com/home and click on the "Make Schools a Brighter Place Sweepstakes" to enter. (Only a name and address is required to enter, not an email.)
Please make sure to check for your child's daily behavior report and initial their planner every night. Don't forget to use the communication section in the planner for notes to your child's teacher. If you haven't joined the Ditto PTA please make sure to do so ASAP.

We have hit the ground running with letters and sight words. 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. Next week our word is "the". 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 has been numbers 0-5. We will be wrapping that up and moving into sorting objects with common attributes.
During science we will discuss what it means to be a scientist, scientific tools, and processes. We will also be exploring magnets!! 
There will be a meeting to go over the new report card on Tuesday, September 18th, at 6:00 p.m.  We hope you can attend!

Language Arts: spell short and long vowel words; identify and use nouns; write complete sentences.
Math: identify, write and sequence numbers; word problems; addition and subtraction facts to 10.
Social Studies:  rules and laws; identify authority figures and their responsibility.
Science: force and motion; magnets; identify different forms of energy.

Just a reminder about our  curriculum this six weeks. Here's what we are learning!

MATH: Compose and decompose numbers to 120, write 2 and 3-digit numbers in standard (24), Word (twenty-four), and expanded forms (20 + 4), represent and identify unmarked numbers on a number line, organize data and create pictographs or bar graphs using that data, solve addition and subtraction problems showing our thinking, compare and order 2 and 3-digit numbers to 120
LANGUAGE: Spelling short vowel words correctly and using them in sentences, use capital letters and punctuation correctly in our sentences and in friendly letter writing, describe characters and setting in our stories, set a purpose for our reading, make connections – text-to-self/text-to-text, make our reading more fluently
SOCIAL STUDIES: Identify characteristics of good citizenship, identify urban, suburban, and rural communities
SCIENCE: Identify matter as solids and liquids, measure, record, and graph weather information  

Important dates:
APEX FUN RUN and Fundraiser coming in October

As always if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Please be on the lookout for CAR (Correct and Return) papers coming home in your student's yellow folder. These are for grades lower than a 70 and can be corrected and returned for a grade of 70. We need these returned within a few days of sending them home. Thank you for your help with this! 

In math, we are continuing to review comparing and ordering of numbers. We have also introduced rounding and will continue into using rounding to estimate solutions by rounding the numbers before adding or subtracting. 

In ELA, we are wrapping up learning about the foundations of fiction. We are getting started on common and proper nouns. 

In Science, we are continuing to learn about matter and will be starting to learn about density.

In social studies, we are learning about latitude and longitude and finding places on the globe. 

Cogat Testing(Cognative Abilities Test) is Tuesday, September 18. Fourth Grade students have done a great job being to school on time, so please try to make sure this is a priority on Tuesday.

Parent's Night Out is Friday, October 5th, from 5 - 8 pm right here in our Ditto cafeteria. 4th graders and their school-aged siblings are welcome. The 4th grade teachers will host an evening of pizza, games, movies, and fun for the price of $15 per 4th grader and $10 per sibling. Parents can enjoy a fun night out while raising money for students who may need assistance to participate in our Austin/San Antonio field trip in January. Hope to see you there!

Tips to make your child's 5th grade school year run smoothly:
We would like every 5th grade student to have ear buds to keep in their zipper binder.  Fifth grade has 4 mobile lab carts that stay in the classrooms. These carts allow your child access to technology on a regular basis in all subject areas.  We do have class sets of large head phones, but it is more sanitary and convenient if each child has their own set of earbuds.  It is best if the earbuds are in their zipper binder so they can easily carry them to different classes. We ask that you do not send the large headphones. The large ones are difficult to carry, a challenge to store in the classrooms, and are torn up more easily. 

Every 5th grader at Ditto has access to all the spelling units for the entire year at the following address.  No username or password is necessary.  Use this tool as a way to study for weekly spelling tests.
www.spellingcity.com

Binder Organization Tips: Every student should have a binder with a zipper bag in the front. The zipper bag needs pencils, sharpener, black & red pens, map pencils, and scissors at all times. (All their extra supplies can be kept at home or in their locker, preferably in an old zipper bag or a Ziploc bag.)   Behind the zipper bag should be the planner that needs to be signed every night.  After the planner is the HOMEWORK tab.  All homework and correct and returns for any class should be behind this tab. This is the tab parents need to look at every night.  Next is Math, ELA, Social Studies, and Science. Graded papers for each subject go behind the tabs for those subjects (not in the pockets of their dividers) and will stay there for an entire six weeks. They should be able to turn their binder upside down without any papers falling out. 

Thanks so much for all your help in getting our kids ready and starting off on a great note.  We all look forward to a productive year together!

Parents please remember to monitor planners and behavior sheets daily even though signatures are only required on Fridays. Specifically, watch for any missing assignments. Late homework reduces the grade and we want you to be aware of those things the day they happen. Another reason to check daily is for notes from teachers. There may be information there that you want to see before the weekend.

Each six weeks, 6th grade celebrates good behavior with "Points Day". Students who have earned enough points and have qualifying behavior are invited to a special celebration recess. In addition to some much-earned time off, students redeem earned points for special coupons, supplies, and snacks. Our first "Points Day" is coming soon, and we (and the students) would appreciate your donations. A letter with suggested items will be sent home soon in students' take home/planner folders.

Progress reports came home this week on Wednesday so please be sure to ask if students received one so you can sign and return them as soon as possible. Check Parent Self-Serve to see student grades, and email the 6th grade teachers if you have any questions or concerns.

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 (including a consent form).  If you did not, feel free to come and get one from me. The easiest way to sign up is to go online (address is on the flyer).  If you decide to fill out the consent form, just return it to me in the clinic.  This really is FREE, with NO CO-PAY!  All students are eligible.
 
Ditto's vision, hearing, acanthosis nigricans and scoliosis screening will be on Tuesday, September 25th.
The State of Texas requires that school children receive screening at school. Students new to the district and those in grades PreK4, K, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th will be screened for: 
  • Vision: Eyes will be checked by asking students to identify letters on a chart. 
  • Hearing: Ears will be checked by asking the student to respond to a tone listening to a headphone. 
  • Students in grades 1, 3, 5, and 7 will also be screened for Acanthosis Nigricans by looking at the back of the neck for a darker pigment or thickened skin. 
 
NEW THIS YEAR --- Girls who are 10 or 12 years old, and boys who are 13 will be screened for scoliosis. Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. Screening is done by asking the student to bend forward while the screener looks at their back. Wearing a solid color shirt for the screening is helpful. Students who are not wearing a solid color may be asked to change into a white T-shirt. 
 
Students who provide a screening result at the appropriate age to the nurse prior to the campus screening will not be screened at school.  With this new requirement, 5th grade boys will not automatically be screened.  And, there will be some 4th and some 6th grade girls that are screened because of their age. Parents will be notified if screening indicates further evaluation is needed. 
If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call.
 
Last semester, Ditto was involved in a free thermometer program. The program involves downloading an app on your phone - Kinsa Smart Thermometer.  You can then use the thermometer just like any other oral thermometer but get results posted on your phone. It also have some interactive qualities that are rather fun!  
 
I have a few of these left over.  If anyone would like to have one, I would be happy to share, until they are all gone.  The more that participate, the better it is; because graphs and notifications are based on the input.  Just come to the clinic and I will give you one and help you sign up. 
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Our Fall book fair through Scholastic Books has been going on this past week.  The book fair is a great way to encourage reading, build your child’s personal library and support Ditto.  All proceeds go towards purchasing new books for our library and teacher classrooms! 
You can shop online Sept 4-17 and still earn books for the Ditto Library by going to this site.  http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/dittoelemsc
A big thank you to our wonderful volunteers, especially Mrs. Kelly Watson and Kristin Jensen, for making our book fair run so smoothly, and thanks to all who purchased items to help earn more 
books for  Ditto!  We will post our earnings when they come in.
 
Our students will be taking part in several reading incentives programs with 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.  

Please contact me at 682-867-3122 or jmurrow@aisd.net  anytime during the school year if I can assist you in any way.
 
Jeanie Murrow, Library Media Specialist at Ditto
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