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Ditto Families,

Thanks for making our Costume Parade so much fun!  We appreciate all you do to support Ditto.  Here are a few upcoming dates so you may want to mark your calendars.

  • Nov 8  Picture Retakes
  • Nov 8  Reading Night- (Reading Camp Out)
  • Nov 15  Thanksgiving Feast at lunch
  • Nov 19-23  Student Holiday

Karie Kuster

Ditto Rangers Giving Back! 
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
We have a Box Tops submission deadline approaching on Thursday, November 1st, so please make sure to submit any Box Tops in your house with an expiration date of 11/1/18 before the end of the day on Wed, Oct 31st. Unexpired Box Tops submitted for for the second six weeks prizes will be accepted through the end of the day Friday, November 2nd (the last day of the second six weeks.)

Have you taken the time to enter the Box Tops online sweepstakes? It's very easy and doesn't require a log in or email address. Please visit and enter. This Monster sweepstakes awards one school 10,000 Bonus Box Tops and 10 schools a first prize of 1000 bonus Box Tops. You can enter this sweepstakes daily between now and 10/31/18.  

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 on a note inside zip lock bag if you want them to be considered for prizes!

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



We are almost 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 what letter a word starts with. 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, and my. Our NEW sight word for the week is "to". That completes our set of sight words for the 2nd six weeks. 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 also working to identify characters and setting in stories read aloud. Your child should be able to retell the beginning, middle, and end of familiar stories.

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 science we are discussing sources of energy such as light energy, heat energy, and sound energy!

Language Arts: Identify and use words that name actions, directions, positions, sequences, categories and locations; evaluate details to determine what is most important when reading; use genre characteristics to compose texts that are meaningful.
Math: Analyze attributes of two-dimensional shapes (identify, classify, sort, create, and compose).
Social Studies: Understand the relative location of places; understand the purpose of maps and globes; understand various physical and human characteristics.
Science: Predict and identify changes in materials caused by heating and cooling; classify objects by the materials from which they were made.

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:

October 22-26- Red Ribbon Week - letter sent with daily activity
Fall Costume Parade – October 26, 2018
Math Geometry Project Due November 2

We are taking donations of 3x5 index cards for the STEM lab. Thank you in advance!

In math, we are working on counting money. We are going to be moving into learning about financial literacy and then graphing. 

In reading, we are working on multiple meaning words. We are also wrapping up inferencing and beginning to learn the four types of poetry and aspects of each. 

In science, we are learning about natural resources and in social studies we are continuing with government. 

Updates next week!

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.


Hello from the 6th grade team!

Thank you for your support during Red Ribbon Week! Students enjoyed participating, and responded well to messages about drug and alcohol awareness. We think it was a great success, thank you for helping them commit to being drug free!

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.

Each six weeks in reading class, students must complete 2 Reading Counts quizzes. This is a short six weeks that ends on November 2nd, so please check that students are completing these.

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 (less than 2 weeks from now). 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. 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:
October is Bullying Awareness month; all students are learning how to be good digital citizens in library lessons this month, which includes information about cyber-bullying.
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 December 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!
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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