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Ditto Families,

Thank you so much for supporting our school and PTA with the Apex Fun Run.  Students heard leadership lessons about S.T.R.O.N.G. and had a wonderful time on running day.  Teachers will put 10% directly back into their classrooms and the PTA is raising money for our library for updates and to add more collaborative spaces.  We are so grateful to have involved families at Ditto.  Thank you!

Please mark your calendars for next Friday, October 19th.  We will dismiss at 12:20 and teachers will have training in the afternoon.   PTA is also sponsoring a chili cookoff that day, so let us know if you can pitch in or want to enter some chili. Teachers vote on their favorites and it's always a tough competition!  Thank you Julie Whaley for leading up the teacher courtesy team this year.


Karie Kuster

Ditto Rangers Giving Back! Community Service Opportunity on TUESDAY!
Join us in card making! We will be making cards for the kids at Cooks Childrens on Tuesday, October 16 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. Stop by and make a card or two! Open to all Ditto families that want to serve! If you plan to attend, email Emily Swanson at or 817-480-0462.

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
Hopefully everyone received the salmon-colored collection flyer that went home this week for collecting Box Tops for the second six weeks. November 2nd is the last day to turn in Box Tops to be considered for prizes for this grading period. If you need more collection sheets, you or your student may get them from the folder on the front of the Box Tops collection box on the right of the Ditto stage (in the cafeteria).

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

*Make SURE your child's info (name/grade/teacher) is on the sheet or on a note inside zip lock bag if you want them to be considered for prizes!

The Campbell's Labels for Education program is no longer in existence. Ditto will only collect Box Tops.

To offer even more help, don't forget to enter these sweepstakes (both only require your name and address to enter): 

1. The Monster sweepstakes awards one school 10,000 Bonus Box Tops and 10 schools a first prize of 1000 bonus Box Tops. You can enter the sweepstakes daily between now and 10/31/18.

2. awards the winning school a prize of 50,000 Box Tops and 5,000 Papermate pens. You may enter this contest daily through 10/24/18.

Feel free to email or with questions or concerns about the Ditto PTA Box Tops program.




We are working on the letters of the alphabet! This includes correctly identifying the letters, using correct formation when writing the letters, knowing the letter sounds, and identifying words that begin with the focus letters. 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. Our NEW sight word for the week is "me". You can work on writing these words with your child using lowercase letters (except for "I").

Our math focus will be numbers 0-10. We have been working hard on writing our numbers correctly and identifying sets of different quantities. We will be practicing skills like identifying what number comes next, numbers that come before and after a given number, and identifying sets of more/less.

During social studies we are wrapping up needs, wants, goods, and services and will begin discussing community helpers here in Arlington.

 Language Arts: Decode words including compound words and contractions; alphabetize a series of words; make predictions in stories; monitor comprehension; plan, organize, develop and revise drafts when writing.

Math:  Identify, write, and sequence numbers; classify, sort and create shapes; apply mathematics to problems arising in everyday life.

Social Studies:  Understands the relative location of places and the purpose of maps and globes.

Science: Predict and identify changes in materials caused by heating and cooling.

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.

Important Upcoming Dates:

Chick-Fil-A Night – October 18, 2018
Holiday – Monday October 8, 2018
Early Dismissal October 19, 2018
Fall Costume Parade – October 26, 2018

 Thank you for all your support for the APEX Fun Run! The kids had a great time and we so appreciate the support given to the school. 

In reading, we are working on making inferences with fiction and nonfiction stories. Our writing focus is sentence structure/variety and verbs. 

In math, we are working on telling time in order to determine elapsed time to the minute. We are also continuing to work on addition and subtraction word problems, especially problems that involve more than 1 step to solve. 

In science, we are learning about natural resources. And in social studies, our focus is local government. 

  Updates coming next week!

All 5th grade students did excellent on the first Science CA test! We are #2 out of 52 elementary schools in A.I.S.D with 82% passing! This was their very first experience with Science STAAR level of questions. We are still teaching test taking and study strategies.  Everyone will have many more learning experiences and tons of fun experiments before the real Science STAAR on May 15th. Our next Science CA #2 test is on November 29th. Mrs. Bray and Mrs. Freeland could not be more proud of their students and all their hard work during the very first six weeks of school. 

All 5th grade students will be going to the Cowboy Stadium on Wednesday, October 24th. This trip is sponsored by the Jerry Jones Family Youth Foundation for Arlington.  This field trip allows all 5th grade students in A.I.S.D to appreciate all the art throughout the entire stadium. The students are given time to play on the field at the of the art tour. All students will need to wear comfortable shoes and bring a sack lunch. Mrs. Freeland's homeroom class needs to wear any blue shirt, Mrs. Snyder and Mrs. Anderson's classes need to wear Red shirts, and Mrs. Bray and Mrs. Zuniga's classes need to wear white shirts. The kids will be split into three groups at the stadium. The different colored shirts allows all adults to identify students and helps the students stay with their colored group. Please be looking for the permission slips going home in the planner. 

Donations: Thank you for donating 30 laser pointers to the 5th grade science lab!!!!!! For a future lab we need a variety of spinning tops. Plastic, metal, wood, or any material of spinning top would be great! The 5th grade science lab also needs flashlights, small paper plates, small clear plastic cups, plastic bowls, wooden skewers.


Hello from the 6th grade team!

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.

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.

Early this week, students came home with a "Class of 2025" t-shirt order form. They say Class of 2025 on the front, and Ditto 19 on the back, with each student's signature inside the 19. The cost is $10, cash only, and the deadline to order is October 23rd. We will only be placing one order of these shirts.

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 Mr. Achilles' class, students are rewarded with Class Dojo's for good behavior and completing work. If you would like to sign up to see your students behavior progress, they have a code you can use to join their class, if you download the classroom Dojo app (you are only alerted about positive behaviors). If you need the code again, email Mr. Achilles.

Lastly, thank you SO MUCH to parents who have donated items for Points Day! This is an ongoing need and we really appreciate any contributions you can send throughout the year.

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.  Consent forms have been turned in, so now you will need to sign up online at  This really is easy, FREE, and NO CO-PAY!  All students are eligible.

Cheryl Staats
Ditto Nurse
Our students will be taking part in several reading incentives programs, the first one started 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!   
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 in early January to determine which students will represent Ditto at the March 23rd (tentative date) district-wide competition. Four representatives and three alternates from each grade level will be coached with Mrs. Murrow before the competition to “prepare for battle!”  A letter will go home in early October that has more information.
Please continue to encourage your child to read to you and/or be read to daily!  Please email me at if you have any questions or concerns. 
Jeanie Murrow
Ditto Librarian
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