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Ditto Families,

Next Friday, October 26th is Ditto's Costume Parade.  Students are welcome to wear a Halloween costume and we will have a parade first thing in the morning, starting about 8:40.  There are parameters, and students who do not follow the expectations will be asked to change.  You will most likely want to send clothes for students to change into after the parade because there will be a regular schedule after the parade and pictures. Parents are welcome to attend and will sit in the cafeteria to see the parade.  Look for the note which was sent home last week.  It is also posted on our website at


Karie Kuster

Ditto Rangers Giving Back! 
Our card making event was a success! We made 120 cards for the kids at Cook Children's. Our next event will be 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.

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, me. Our NEW sight word for the week is "my". 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 as well as retelling stories by discussing the events in the beginning, middle, and end.

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:  Demonstrate knowledge of distinguishing characteristics of well-known children's literature; demonstrate print awareness; decoding words with blends and digraphs; discuss author's purpose; publish and share writing.
Math: Analyze attributes of two-dimensional shapes.
Social Studies: Understands the relative location of places; understands various physical and human characteristics.
Science: Understand that objects have properties and patterns.

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

 Updates next week!

We are seeing so many students memorizing their multiplication facts.  As we are learning multiplying 2 x 2 numbers, this has been so beneficial for your child!

We have sent home information on our Reflections theme for this year, "Heroes all Around Me."  We would love to have your child participate in this year's program..  Forms are due back by October 31.

Continue to remind your child to correct and return papers with a grade below 70.  Not only does this help in understanding concepts missed, but it makes a big difference in helping raise a low grade.

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 end 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 it helps the students stay with their colored group as well. 

We would like to thank Joe Powers and  Amy Foster for donating all the items that were needed from last week!  All of our 5th grade parents are over the top AMAZING! The entire 5th grade team feels overly blessed to work with such wonderful parents and students. 

Donations :  Looking for gently used treasure box items. When you are cleaning out closets or drawers we would love any small toys, stuffed animals, key chains, note pads, or anything else you want to donate would be greatly appreciated.


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 last 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.

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.

We sent home a lot of information this week in students' planner folders. There are sheets about Track Club, Red Ribbon week (next week, Monday is wear RED!), UIL teams, and a calendar of important dates for the rest of this first semester, and more. Please ask your kiddos to pass along these papers, again, we send them home in their planner folders.

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

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 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.  Four representatives and three 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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