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Ditto Families,

We hope you will make plans to attend our reading night on Thursday, November 8th, from 6-7 PM.  Our theme is "Reading Camp Out," and we will have lots of activities for families to do centered around reading. The evening is free and we hope to see you all there!

Here are a few upcoming events to mark on your calendar!

  • 11/6    Voting site- no visitors for lunch
  • 11/8    Picture retakes
  • 11/8    Reading Night (6-7p)
  • 11/14  Thanksgiving Lunch
  • 11/14  Chick Fil-A Spirit Night
  • 12/5    Spring Creek Night K-3
  • 12/6    Spring Creek Night 4-6
  • 12/18  Holiday Sing Along
  • 12/18   Winter Parties
  • 12/19   Early Dismissal 12:20
  • 1/8       Students return

Karie Kuster

Ditto Rangers Giving Back- November 15! 
Make plans to attend our next community event on Thursday, November 15 from 5-7 pm at Mission Arlington. Please email Emily Swanson at or text at 817-480-0462 if you plan to attend.
Don't forget about our donation bin! If you are cleaning out your closets, drop your stuff in our bin to earn money for the Ditto community fund!

Lost and Found
If you think your child has anything in the lost and found, please come check! All items in Lost and Found will be donated during winter break.

Box Tops News
Today (Friday 11/2) is the last day of the second six weeks, so be sure to submit at least 25 Box Tops to the box on the Ditto cafeteria stage in order to be considered for prizes for this six weeks. We plan to announce the second six weeks' winners and distribute prizes on Friday, November 9th, so stay tuned!

Yesterday was the first submission deadline for the year, and we submitted more than 4000 Box Tops that were collected during the first two six weeks so far! A check for $401 will be sent to our school during December. Way to go, Ditto Rangers, and keep up the great work 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 BoxTop.

*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 child's info (name/grade/teacher) is on the sheet or written on (or on a note inside) the ziploc bag if they wish to be considered for prizes!

Feel free to email or sarahchaplinwalters@hotmail.comwith questions or concerns about the Ditto PTA Box Tops program.


We have finished introducing every letter of the alphabet! Your child should be able to correctly identify every letter, use correct formation when writing the letters, know the letter sounds, and identify the starting letter of a word. You can quiz your child at home on all of those skills!

We have learned sight words: I, a, see, can, we, like, the, am, in, go, went, me, my, to. Students should be able to identify and write these sight words independently. You can work on writing these words with your child using lowercase letters (except for "I"). 

We are learning to make connections to stories read aloud. We will ask students to make connections from the stories to their own lives, to other works of fiction, and to the world around them. 

Our math focus will be numbers 0-15. We are studying measurable attributes such as capacity, length, height, and weight. We will also explore concepts like shorter, longer, lighter, and heavier.

During science we are exploring the five senses: sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste!

We need your help!  In order to stock our STEM lab, we are asking each grade to donate specific items.  Please send your child with Scotch Tape, if possible.  Thank you in advance for your donation!

Language Arts:  Make inferences and use evidence to support understanding; decode words with inflectional endings, including -ed,-s, and -es; identify, read, and spell high frequency words; use adjectives when writing.
Math:  Use data to create picture and bar-type graphs; apply basic fact strategies to add and subtract within 20; represent word problems (addition and subtraction) with pictorial models and a number sentence
Social Studies: Create a calendar and simple timelines.
Science: Record and organize data using pictures, numbers, and words; make predictions based on observable patterns.

Second 6 weeks, here we are! 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.


Updates next week!

Please look for updated information on Fourth Grade's San Antonio/Austin Field Trip in your child's Take Home Folder on Monday, November 5.

In math, we are beginning to learn the steps of long division as we have finished our section on 2 x 2 multiplication.  We are seeing great gains in multiplication facts!  Multi-step words problems will continue to be addressed throughout the year.

We are studying the American Indians of Texas in social studies and conducting energy and creating circuits in science.

Language Arts teachers will be sending home an Istation Summary for September and October in Report Cards this six weeks.

Helpful Science websites ] 
Username: aisdtx
Password: student     
username: ditto        password: read - online interactive science labs
Each student has created their own username and passwords


Education Galaxy is a new program to Ditto!! It is useful for ALL subjects. 

Students go through rapid identity on the AISD website to use the program. 

Every student receives their own personalized Texas STAAR Study Plan that allows them to see exactly how they are performing in each individual TEKS standard. Students can work self-paced, or teacher directed. Students work through their Study Plans to earn rewards and show mastery. Education Galaxy makes STAAR test prep fun and engaging!

Learning does not have to be boring! When students become engaged, they become successful learners. We created Education Galaxy to help students master their state standards and to have fun while doing it. We provide many games and rewards that enhance the learning process without distracting the student.


Greetings from 6th grade!

Reading Night at Ditto is next Thursday, November 8th from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. Please come out for a fun family night full of games and entertainment! Parents must accompany their children at this fun event.

Please continue to monitor behavior sheets nightly, but remember you only need to sign them over the weekend. You can monitor their grades on Parent Self Serve. We are also pushing our students to completely fill out their planner in each class period, every day of the week. To see homework, assignments, and what we are working on in the classroom, you can look in that planner every evening.

If you have not signed up for 6th grade remind, text @ditto6 to 81010. This is a one way communication system that allows us teachers to send general reminders to 6th grade parents.

Any practice you can provide on multiplication facts (0-12 tables) would be greatly appreciated. There are many apps for that, and dollar stores have flash cards. We are seeing a need to sharpen these skills. Multiplication is a part of every unit in 6th grade math, and therefore a critical skill.

In Social Studies, students have been assigned a country report project over North, Central, and/or South America. Students have their rubrics, they have their countries, and their slide show projects are due November 8th (This next Thursday!). You can also see the rubric on google classroom once your student signs in. We encourage you to view their projects, give your students feedback, and enjoy the show!

Finally, our second Point's Day is coming up on November 9th, next Friday. Last six weeks, the donations you sent were AMAZING!! That being said, we can always use more to make each of these Points's Days a special day for all of the 6th graders.

Once again, thanks for all of your continued support, we really appreciate it!

If you have one of the digital thermometers that came from the clinic, check it out to make sure that your child's grade was upgraded.  Just open the Kinsa app and visit your Ditto group.
If you don't have a thermometer, I still have a few to give away.

6th grade parents --
The state of Texas has specific immunization requirements for students entering 7th grade.  These requirements are:

  1.  Tdap – booster if 5 years have passed since the last dose of a tetanus containing vaccine
  2. Meningococcal – 1 dose.  This shot must be given after the 11th birthday, and the record must indicate MCV4, Menactra, Menveo, or MENACWY.

Cheryl Staats
Ditto Nurse
Our students are currently taking part in the reading incentives program, 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!  This program starts October 1 and goes through March.
Overdrive is a service that the district has purchased, which allows students to check out audio and ebooks online.  Most books have a wait and the student would need to place a “hold” on a book to get in line for it.  Overdrive can be located on the Rapid ID that students access to use resources through the district. The icons are in alphabetical order and there is a big “O” where it is located.   Here is the link to a parent letter template in the OverDrive Resource center:

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 January 15 or 16 to determine which students will represent Ditto at the March 23rd (tentative date) district-wide competition.  4 representatives and 3 alternates from each grade level will be coached with Mrs. Murrow before the competition to “prepare for battle!”  A letter with more information went home recently.  The test to determine who are representatives and alternates is going to be administered in early January.  More info to follow.
Ditto would love to have as MANY STUDENTS as possible participate in this exciting competition!  Is YOUR child going to be one of our contenders in the spring?  Bring on the Battle!
Here is a link to the list of books:
Parents, you may check out library books from Ditto!  Just come in and I will set up an account for you; you may check up to 5 books at a time!

Jeanie Murrow,
Ditto Librarian
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