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Ditto Families,
Thank you so much for donating to our student council canned food drive.  We ended up collecting over 3,000 items for Mission Arlington to support families who need help this season.  Thank you so much!

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

  • 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


Respectfully,
Karie Kuster

Party Funds
Winter parties are coming up soon- so please consider making a donation to the Grade Level Party Funds to help with costs for class gifts and more. Thank you in advance! Click HERE  to make a donation.

Lost and Found
Just a reminder that the items in Lost and Found will be donated on December 19th. If your child has lost anything, come by and check it out!

Track Club
Here is the updated schedule  for Track Club.
Please do not drop your children off before 7:00 a.m.  Bring them to the back of the gym on the apron area to enter into the gym.  Please sign up to receive our track cub messages on Remind 101.  To receive messages via text, text @dittotr to
469-513-9998.
  We use this for reminders and new information throughout the year.

Track club will not meet any during December or January.  Track club will resume on February 1, 2019.
February 1, 2019                     7:00-7:50a.m.
February 8, 2019                     7:00-7:50a.m.
February 15, 2019                   7:00-7:50a.m.
February 22, 2019                   7:00-7:50a.m.
March 1, 2019                         7:00-7:50a.m.
March 8, 2019                        7:00-7:50a.m. END OF TRACK CLUB PRACTICES

 
 
Kroger Community Rewards
Give a gift to Ditto this holiday season!  If you shop at Kroger and use your Kroger Plus card (or phone number), please take a moment to connect your Kroger Plus account/card to Ditto Elementary 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 send a check to Ditto PTA every 3 months. It's the gift that keeps on giving and is very easy to do:

1. Visit 
http://www.kroger.com 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.

Box Tops 
Keep collecting those Box Tops! All Box Tops turned in to the box on the Ditto cafeteria stage between now and December 19th will count toward the 3rd six weeks contest. Collecting tip--ask grandparents, aunts/uncles, and other family members to collect Box Tops for you, picking them up from them when you see them during the holidays.

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. Extra collection pages available on the cafeteria stage or at https://www.boxtops4education.com/about/collection-sheets
*Make SURE your student 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 
Laura.Farnell@gmail.com or sarahchaplinwalters@hotmail.com with questions or concerns about the Ditto PTA Box Tops program.

 

Your child should be able to correctly identify every letter, use correct formation when writing the letters, know the letter sounds, and identify what letter a word starts with. We are working on writing words using our letter sounds by stretching the words and listening for the letters that we hear.

We have learned sight words: I, a, see, can, we, like, the, am, in, go, went, me, my, to, do, you, look, have. Students should be able to recognize and name these words instantly in isolation and when reading. We also quiz them on the correct spelling of our sight words.

We are learning to identify topics and details in non-fiction texts about different places around the world.

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, heavier, bigger, and smaller.

During science we are exploring force, motion, pushes, pulls, and they way things move. In social studies we will be discussing holidays and traditions around the world!

We still need donations for our STEM lab!  Please send your child with Scotch Tape, if possible.  Thank you in advance for your donation!

Language Arts:  Discuss the author's use of print and graphic features to achieve specific purposes; monitor comprehension and make adjustments when meaning breaks down (background knowledge, visual cues, asking questions); use knowledge of base words to decode common compound words and contractions; retell stories and make connections.

Math:  Use objects and pictorial models to solve word problems; explain strategies used to solve addition and subtraction problems up to 20; understand that the = sign represents a relationship where each side represents the same value.

Social Studies:  Understanding the concepts of time and chronology (past, present, and future); describe and explain the importance of various beliefs, customs, language, and traditions of families and communities.

Science:  Identify characteristics of the seasons of the year and day and night; demonstrate that air is all around us and observe that wind is moving air.

Updates next week!


 

Our next round of curriculum assessments are on Tuesday, December 4th for math and Wednesday, December 5th for reading. 

In reading, we will be reviewing for the CA and wrapping up poetry and figurative language. We will be moving into nonfiction text for the next 2 weeks. 

 

In math, we are continuing to learn about multiplication and solve word problems using addition, subtraction, and multiplication. We will be continuing to learn about graphs, as well. 

In science, we are learning about force and motion. We will be participating in the STEM Holiday Challenge, as well. In social studies, we are going to be studying holiday traditions around the world. 

 
Reminder that the San Antonio/Austin Field trip date has changed to February 15 and the remaining payment is now due.

In math, we are studying input/output tables and fractions and continuing our multi-step word problem practice.

Writing essays is starting to progress, and we are very excited to see these blooming young authors!

As we prepare for our break, please replenish any school supplies our child may be needing.  Students always seem to run out of pencils and erasers. Disinfectant wipes and Kleenexes are great to have on hand during the winter months.

A special THANK YOU to all 29 of our parents that attended our class field trip to Dallas Heritage Village. All the students seem to have a fantastic time thanks to all the volunteers!

The majority of our fifth grade student have consumed or misplaced some of their school supplies they need to have in their binder all year long.  The following supplies would be perfect gifts :  hand held pencil sharpeners, ear buds, pencils, black pens, map pencils, glue, and scissors. 

The 5th grade students will do a large animal donation to the local Arlington Shelter in lieu of a Christmas gift exchange with their fellow classmates. The shelter looks forward to our generous donations every year.  Be looking for a letter to go home about donating to the shelter.  Examples of possible donations:

• Dog treats
• Cat toys
• Dog and Puppy Toys (sturdy/long-lasting Ex: kongs, nylabones, tug-a-wars,
   tennis balls, etc)
• Tennis Balls
• Rabbit Food/Treats
• Timothy Hay and Rabbit Bedding
• Fleece Blankets
• Large/X-tra Large Towels
• Hand Towels OR Bath Mats
• Large/Giant Cat Trees for Cat Condo
• Bandanas for the dogs 
• Frontline and FrontlinePlus (flea prevention - varieties for
   dogs, puppies, cats and kittens)
• Cat/Dog Beds
• Animal Grooming Materials (Ex: regular fingernail
   clippers, animal clippers, brushes, flea combs, etc)
• 4 Quart to 7 Quart Stainless Steel Bowls
   (for dogs at shelter)

 

Hello from the 6th grade team!

Our second round of CA's continue next week. Math is on Tuesday, December 4th, and reading is on Wednesday, December 5th. We will be reviewing in class, but feel free to help students prepare as we approach these important assessment dates.

In lieu of a classroom gift exchange, we are asking 6th grade students to bring mittens, gloves, hats, or scarves to donate to Mission Arlington. Please spend no more than $5.00, and send all donated items by Wednesday, December 19th (the day we get out for winter break).

What's Your Big Idea is an entrepreneurial project that the whole school district participates in. Students will get their information on Monday, and the 6th grade will be doing both the essay, and artwork portions of the project for the contest. They will have plenty of time to work on these assignments in class, and the projects are due by Thursday, January 10th, which is the week we get back from winter break. We are really looking forward to their project submissions!

Please continue to monitor behavior sheets nightly, but remember you only need to sign them over the weekend. You can monitor student grades on Parent Self Serve.

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.

Each six weeks in reading class, students must complete 2 Reading Counts quizzes. 

Thanks for all of your continued support, we really appreciate it!

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.
Let me know if you have any questions!

Cheryl Staats
Ditto Nurse

HOUR OF CODE 
I will be hosting/teaching "Hour of Code" in our library classes during the lesson time during December in grades 2-6.  
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching over 100 million students in more than 180 countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event.
The students will be guided through at least 2 choices to explore during our lesson time.  I am extremely excited about sharing and guiding our students through this exciting part of technology!!  
https://hourofcode.com/us
 
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:
https://preview.tinyurl.com/y9zcwtg7
 
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!
 
Please continue to encourage your child to read to you and/or be read to daily!  Please email me at jmurrow@aisd.net if you
have any questions or concerns. 

Jeanie Murrow,
Ditto Librarian
 
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