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Ditto Families,

This fall is flying by and we are having a great year at Ditto.  I want to remind you there is no school from Nov 19-23 so make sure you've noted that.   Also, we have over 50 jackets in our lost and found.  Please stop by or send your child if they are missing one.  All lost and found items will be donated December 19th. Thank you for all you do to support our school.

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

  • 11/14  Thanksgiving Lunch (see handout sent home for class lunch times)
  • 11/14  Chick Fil-A Spirit Night
  • 11/15  Service Club at Mission Arlington (see details below)
  • 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- THIS THURSDAY! 
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!

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.

Updated schedule:  Ranger Runner’s Track Club Schedule
November 16, 2018                NO TRACK CLUB           (Schedule conflict)    
November 23, 2018                NO TRACK CLUB           (Thanksgiving Break)
November 30, 2018                7:00-7:50
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

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 on December 19.

Box Tops News
Congratulations to the winners of the 2nd six weeks Box Tops collection contest. We announced these students on today's Ditto morning announcements (11/9) and also award prizes to everyone who collected at least 25 Box Tops during the second six weeks: K-Eva J. (32 Box Tops), 1-Hannah B. (75), 2-Grant S. & Austin M. (75), 3 Safia A. (25), 4 Quintin B. and Jenna A. (25 each), 5-Lily W. (171), 6-Emma Grace H. & Hal B. (50 each). A big thank you to Nothing Bundt Cakes for donating cake coupons for part of this six weeks' prizes, as well as some BOGO coupons for our amazing teachers. We did our best to award all the prizes, but it was a little hectic this morning, so if your child was absent or missed getting a prize, please contact us!   So far this school year, Ditto Rangers have collected more than 4000 Box Tops worth $401 for our school. Keep up the great work!

Be on the lookout for the next collection page to go home with your student today or Monday. All Box Tops turned in 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
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 sarahchaplinwalters@hotmail.comwith questions or concerns about the Ditto PTA Box Tops program.

Kroger Community Rewards
Do you shop at Kroger and use your Kroger Plus card (or phone number)? If yes, please take a moment to connect your Kroger Plus account to Ditto Elementary and encourage family members 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 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. Please take advantage of this easy way to earn money for our school.



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. Students should be able to recognize and name these words instantly. We also quiz them on the correct spelling of our sight words.

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, heavier, bigger, and smaller.

During science we are exploring repeating patterns such as day/night and the four seasons.

Language Arts:  Identify the meaning of words with the affixes -s, -ed, and -ing; use appropriate fluency (rate, accuracy, and voice) when reading grade appropriate text; describe personal connections and write brief comments on literary and informational texts; evaluate details to determine what is most important. 
Math: Use objects and pictorial models to solve word problems involving joining, separating, and comparing within 20 (including missing addends); compose 10 with 2 or more addends with and without concrete objects; draw conclusions and answer questions using information from graphs.
Social Studies: Understand the concepts of time and chronology (past, present, and future); understand the importance of family and community beliefs, customs, language, and traditions.
Science: Observe and record changes in the appearance of objects in the sky (moon, stars, sun).

Updates next week!


In science, we are in need of 3x5 index cards, empty tissue boxes, rubber bands, empty cans and oatmeal containers. We are learning about forms of energy. 

In social studies, we are learning about goods/services and needs/wants. 

In math, we are learning about financial terms such as labor, credit, interest, income, scarcity and availability. We are also getting started on multiplication!

In reading, we are beginning an introduction to the 5 types of poetry. We are starting figurative language. 

Updates next week!

We will be traveling to Dallas Heritage Village, which will go along with our SS TEKS, on November 14th.

Dallas Heritage Village was Dallas' first city park in 1876. The Cedars, an elegant neighborhood, home of many business and mercantile leaders, grew up around the City Park in the 1880's and 1890's. The city's first zoo was also located here. We will be visiting 20 or so different buildings rain or shine. Each student needs to bring $6 and a permission slip filled out on the front and back. We would love all approved volunteers to follow the buses and join  us on the field trip. We will leave at 9:30 and will return by 2:00 pm. Please contact your child's homeroom teacher for a chaperone form. Students will need to bring a disposable lunch sack and comfortable clothes and shoes. Your child might need a coat or rain boots depending on the weather. 

Donations Items needed : 

Vegetable oil,  small Dixie paper cups, and treasure box items.


Updates next week!

Please click HERE to read helpful information regarding the flu and the flu vaccine. Make sure your child is registered for the flu shot clinic on November 13.

Cheryl Staats
Ditto Nurse
BRIGHTBYTES TECHNOLOGY SURVEY is here!  AISD knows how important technology is in today's day and age. We want our students to have access the best 21st century tools so that they will be better prepared for their future.  All parents, teachers and student (gr 3-6) input is needed as AISD works through the process of assessing our technology across the school district.  The online survey called "Brightbytes Clarity" is now available as a link below and will be  accessible through the end of November.  Please take the time to access this and give input so they AISD may best serve our student population.  Students will take the survey during school. 

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. 
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!
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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