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Ditto Families,

We are halfway through the PTA fundraiser and appreciate all you are doing to support students in the Apex fun run.  Thursday we will have the run, so please help us finish strong!  This year PTA is raising funds to do updates to our library creating more collaborative spaces for students. Thank you for your support! 

Respectfully,

Karie Kuster

Ditto Rangers Giving Back! Community Service Opportunity
Join us in card making! We will be making cards for the kids at Cooks Childrens. 
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 emilyswanson13@outlook.com 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

During the first six weeks of school, Ditto students and staff collected 2,640 Box Tops totaling $264.70. Congratulations on a great start to the year, and thank you to everyone who contributed! Students who collected 25 or more Box Tops will be named on the school announcements today (Friday 10/5), and prizes will be distributed. A special thank you to Little Road Chick Fil A for donating coupons for free kids meals for the top collecting students in each grade level for the first six weeks: K-Chase F (300 Box Tops), 1st-Joshua D  (50), 2nd-Ryan A & Grant C (tie-25 each), 3rd-Presley W (100), 4th-Eli G (75), 5th-Kris H (206), 6th-Ashlyn L. 

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.

*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 (preferred) or use the sheets provided to collect (attached to this letter)

*Make SURE your child's name/grade 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. https://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/sweepstakes/2018/double-up awards five winning schools double their Box Tops earnings. You can enter the sweepstakes daily between now and 9/30/18

2. https://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/sweepstakes/2018/brighter 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 Laura.Farnell@gmail.com or sarahchaplinwalters@hotmail.com with questions or concerns about the Ditto PTA Box Tops program.

 

 

We are still covering two letters every week! 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. Our NEW sight word for the week is "went". 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.

During social studies we will be studying basic needs and wants of humans. We will also discuss goods and services in our community.
 
Language Arts: Describe characters and plot elements in a story; describe personal connections; writing complete sentences using capitals and punctuation; decoding unknown words.
Math: Recite numbers forward and backward from any given number; compose and decompose shapes to make new shapes; display, explain, and justify mathematical ideas.
Social Studies: Locate places using the four cardinal directions; create and use simple maps; locate the community, Texas, and the United States on maps and globes.
Science:  Classify objects by observable properties; measure and compare organisms and objects using non-standard units.

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.

Math
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.

Science
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.
Timelines.

Important Upcoming Dates:

APEX Fundraiser and Fun Run October 11, 2018
Chick-Fil-A Night – October 18, 2018
Holiday – Monday October 8, 2018
Early Dismissal October 19, 2018
Fall Costume Parade – October 26, 2018

We had a great first round of CA's and are very proud of our students! 
In reading, we are doing non fiction and poetry. Our writing focus for this six weeks is sentence structure, variety, and verbs. 

In math, we are continuing addition and subtraction word problems. We are also beginning to work on telling time. This will lead us into being able to calculate elapsed time. 

In science, we are learning about mixtures and solutions. In social studies, our focus is branches of government. 

   Thank you parents for supporting us during Parents' Night Out!  All proceeds will go towards funding for our Austin/San Antonio Field Trip.  If you haven't, please remember to send in your $50 down payment for our trip.  

We are beginning to learn multiplication in math to be followed by long division.  We are seeing a lot of students practicing their facts!

Also, thank you for helping teachers supply their rooms with materials through our Apex fund raiser.  This is something the students look forward to each year and is such a worthwhile event.

In language, we are beginning work on similes and will continue to build their figurative language knowledge in this fun and creative way.

Science Curriculum 

1st Six Weeks 
Force Unit  
Mechanical, Light, and Sound Energy 

2nd Six Weeks  - 
Thermal Energy 
Physical Properties of Matter
Mixtures
Solutions
Using Physical properties to classify matter 

Ways to support your child in Science:
  1. Ask your child the science question of the day every evening when you sign their planner. The daily question is written in their planner for the entire week.
  2. If your child is curious or struggling Discovery Education is a great resources for your child to watch videos to help inspire or support their knowledge of science concepts. 
  3. My Capstone Library is a great educational website that has on -line science books. 
  4. Exploring Learning is a website that allows students to perform science investigation labs on the computer
  5. Monitor your child's grades on parent self serve on a regular basis
  6. Join Remind 101 to see pictures of your child performing science labs, get grade level updates, and school wide reminders. 
  7. Email your child's teacher if you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns. mwalker4@aisd.net or ebray@aisd.net 
  8. Donate items for your child's science class. 5th grade science classrooms need laser pointers ( at the Dollar Tree), Flashlights, and Crayola Markers. Your child will receive tickets for all donated items. 😊 A very special thank you to all the parents that have already donated a wide variety of items to all the 5th grade classrooms this year! 


http://www.discoveryeducation.com 
Username: aisdtx
Password: student        

Mycapstonelibrary.com     
username: ditto        password: read

explorelearning.com - online interactive science labs
Each student has already created their own username and password

Parents please remember to monitor planners and behavior sheets daily even though signatures are only required on Fridays. Specifically, watch for any missing assignments. Late homework reduces the grade and we want you to be aware of those things the day they happen. Another reason to check daily is for notes from teachers. There may be information there that you want to see before the weekend.

Report cards are coming home this weekend! Please sign just the jacket and have your student return it. Keep everything else that is inside.

To monitor student grades throughout the six weeks you can connect to Parent Self Serve through www.aisd.net. Click the families tab, and look under the general info menu. Near the bottom you will see a link for Parent Self Serve. Contact the front office if you have any questions.

Thanks for a wonderful first six weeks!

NOTICE!
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 aisdflu.com.  This really is easy, FREE, and NO CO-PAY!  All students are eligible.

Please make sure that your student has an extra set of clothes in their locker or backpack.  I do not keep clothes in the clinic.  Lunch accidents, wet slides and bathroom accidents just happen; and your child will be much more comfortable if they have clothes available quickly.  Thank you!

 

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 jmurrow@aisd.net if you have any questions or concerns. 
 
Jeanie Murrow
Ditto Librarian
 
 
 
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