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Ditto Families,

It's hard to believe but we are one week from finishing our first six weeks of school.  Please help support our students and teachers by having great attendance.  We have several students with tardies and absences which are adding up. We want to get students here every day so they can grow in academic and social skills. Thank you for making school a priority for our students.  When students are out, please call Mrs. Todd, our attendance clerk, to let her know of the reason for the absence. The office number is 682.867.3100.  

Respectfully,
Karie Kuster

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:
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.

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.)
We are covering 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. Next week our word is "am". 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 practiced sorting and have introduced the math vocabulary: more, less, same.

During science we will discuss properties and will practice describing different objects by observing their properties.
Language Arts:  Strategies to decode words; spell words using sound-spelling patterns; make predictions; retell important events in stories (main character, setting, problem/events, and solution).
Math: Use objects and pictures to represent numbers; compose and decompose numbers; compare numbers; organize data to create graphs.

Social Studies: Identify characteristics of good citizenship.
Science:  Record weather information; identify how different forms of energy are important to everyday life. 

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!

In reading, students are continuing to learn about fiction and nonfiction. In math, we are working on addition and subtraction. Please continue to work with your students on their addition and subtraction facts. Also, be on the lookout for CAR papers this week as we are coming to the end of the six weeks. 

Parents 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!  In addition, a partial payment of $50 is due October 1 to your child's homeroom teacher.

Please remember, it is perfectly okay for students to bring ear buds for computer use this year, as some of our ear phones are not as dependable as what is probably in your child's room!

Lastly, please continue to check and sign  planners each evening.  This is our way of communicating with you and ensuring we help your child to stay up-to-date with assignments and grades.

Math: Graded papers should be placed behind the math divider, and kept for the whole six weeks.  Students should have their math journal in their binder, too, so that it is available to help with math homework.  Please remember to practice math facts for addition, subtraction, and multiplication with your child.  If he/she knows all his/her math facts, start having him/her solve mental math practice problems: What is 120 divided by 60?  What is 5 + 6 + 8 + 3?  What is 135-50?  Combine operations, too, for more challenging problems, and explain how you use math for estimation and checking to see if answers are reasonable.
Math facts practice can be found in many places online.  Two popular sites for fifth graders are 
coolmath.com and ixl.com. Ixl.com does have content aligned to the Texas standards.  Choose math, fifth grade, and then look for the TX Standards button near the top of the page.  (Multiplication facts practice is available there under fourth grade, not fifth grade.)

Self-paced math lessons for the year are available at 
aisd.net through your child's Rapid ID login at the Think Through Math link.  Students have completed a placement test this week so that lessons are geared to each child's ability level.  A live math coach is available to help them with lessons and math problems there on the website.  Lessons are geared toward our grade level TEKS, appropriate for each child's current progress.
Helpful website for math:
Math 
textbook-pearsonrealize.com, and that login is as follows:
Username: 1st 5 letters of last name with child's lunch number@arlington-tx
Password: the letter "a" with lunch number
An example is~
Username: snyde123456@arlington-tx
Password: a123456

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 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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