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Ditto Families,
Thank you for supporting our Spring Creek nights this week!  We appreciate all those who were able to participate.  As we get ready for holiday parties, please plan ahead. If you’re wanting to help with the parties, please make sure you have been approved by AISD to volunteer. Sign up at Fast passes for the parties will be sent next week. We also ask that no siblings older or younger attend. Please make other arrangements for them during that party time. Thanks for your support as we make the winter parties a special time for our students. 

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

  • 12/18  Holiday Sing Along
  • 12/18   Winter Parties
  • 12/19   Early Dismissal 12:20
  • 1/8       Students return

Karie Kuster

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
  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 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
*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 or with questions or concerns about the Ditto PTA Box Tops program.


Updates coming next week!

Language Arts:  Read grade level text with fluency and comprehension; monitor reading accuracy (self-corrects and decodes); describe the main character(s) and the reason(s) for their actions; describe plot elements (main events, setting, problem, resolution) for texts read aloud and independently.

Math:  Create and use representations to organize, record, and communicate mathematical ideas; use objects, pictures, and expanded and standard forms to represent numbers to 120; use place value to compare whole numbers up to 120 using comparative language.

Social Studies:  Understanding the concepts of time and chronology; describe the importance of various beliefs, customs, and traditions.

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.

Here's what we are doing!

Language Arts

Read at least 190 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).  

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. 

Force & Motion.
Find magnets in use in the real world.  

Social Studies 
Types of communities.
Communities Then and Now.
Cultural Events.

Important Upcoming Dates: 
December 12, 2018 – Field Trip to Casa Manana – “Twas the Night Before Christmas” 
December 18, 2018 – Sing – A – Long & Holiday Parties 
December 19, 2018 – Early Dismissal

Thank you for all your support! 


Please make sure to check with your student to see if they have any CAR papers. These would need to be corrected, have a parent signature, and returned promptly as we are nearing the end of the six weeks. Please note, we do not allow for CAR papers in the second semester. 
We will be continuing the same concepts and will also be reviewing our curriculum assessments. 

As the semester comes to a close, it's also a great time to replenish your student's school supplies. Many students are in need of more pencils, a new box of crayons, glue sticks, red pens, dry erase markers, etc.

Thank you!

Information has been sent home regarding our February 5 (Parks and Wagoner homerooms) and February 6 (Crawford/Schmidt/Donart homerooms) field trip to River Legacy.  Please look for this in your child's Take Home Folder, sign, and return the permission slip.  Also, if you are an approved volunteer, please join us for this study of nature and wildlife.

Additionally, district forms regarding the San Antonio/Austin trip have been sent home as well.  These forms require a Notary Public's signature as this trip is outside of the AISD area.  Both Mrs. Villigran and Mrs. Todd in the front office are official notaries.  We would appreciate getting payments and forms expedited as soon as possible.

As previously mentioned, our REDO (correct and return) policy will no longer be in effect after the third six weeks.  We encourage our students to ask questions, read carefully, prepare for quizzes, and always do their best so that this policy change will not have a negative effect on grades.

Over the holidays, please restock your child's supply of pencils and erasers.  Any Kleenex contributions will be welcome, too!

Donations needed for Christmas Lab!
We need cans of shaving cream and corn starch to make artificial snow. 

Stocking suffer ideas:  map pencils, black pens, glue sticks, scissors, crayola markers, map pencils, eraser tops, ear buds, and a hand help pencil sharpener. 

We are still collecting donations for the Arlington Animal Shelter.  Your child will receive tickets for each item they bring.

Upcoming Events:
December 12th  - Making snow and a Santa sleigh challenge in the STEM lab 
December 13th - Band performance from the Junior High School 
December 17th - Solar System projects are due  to your child's science teacher. 
December 18th  - Class party 2:45 - 3:30, $1 for wear a hat day, and Christmas Sing- A-long
December 19th  - All grades are due and finalized

Updates coming next week!

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

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!!
Arlington Public Library
has many great services besides checking out books.  Have YOU visited an Arlington Public Library recently? 
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:

Jeanie Murrow,
Ditto Librarian
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