Week of April 2

Hello Everyone,
We are celebrating Kindness month in the Month of April. Remember to be kind to one another. 

Reading– In reading this week, we will be Reviewing for the upcoming Reading STAAR. Students will be using the skills they have been learning all year and working on building their reading stamina. This test will take place on Wednesday, April 11, 2011.

Writing– In writing, each class will be working on creative writing. Students will be working on creating adventure stories.

Social Studies– We will be continuing our Unit over the Civil War. Students will be learning about the causes of the Civil War, President Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address, and important traits of leaders. One big thing we are wanting students to notice is that these leadership qualities can be seen in everybody but not all leaders possess these skills. For example, Hitler was a leader of a nation but wasn’t very empathetic or honest. While Abraham Lincoln had both of these qualities.

Math- This week we are in our last unit of math: Converting measurement and financial literacy. In this unit, students will be able to solve problems by calculating conversions within a measurement system, customary or metric. Students will not need to memorize conversion values but will know how to use a chart to convert units. And then we’re talking about money! In financial literacy, students will be able to define income tax, payroll tax, sales tax, and property tax, explain the difference between gross income and net income, describe actions that might be taken to balance a budget when expenses exceed income and balance a simple budget.

Science- Today we wrapped up our unit on food webs and food chains and changes to the environment and this week we will begin our new unit on Structures and Functions; Inherited Traits and Learned Behaviors; Metamorphosis. We will identify organisms’ structures and behaviors that help them survive in their environments. We will look at different examples of animals and plants and see how their structures help them live and survive in a particular environment.

Important Dates:

  • April 10, 2018- 5th Grade Math STAAR
  • April 11, 2018- 5th Grade Reading STAAR
  • April 13, 2018- 3-5 Assembly
  • April 14, 2018- RRISD Empty Bowl Festival
  • April 16, 2018- KSTAR Field Trip
    • Daniel, Mills, Balakrishnan, Baker
  • April 20, 2018-Spring Carnival

 Announcements:

Makerspace Night

Mark your calendar for Makerspace Night at Patsy Sommer Elementary. We hope that you will be able to join us for an evening to Create, Play and Innovate in the cafeteria with your child!  This event will feature inventive, challenging, and fun Makerspace challenges from our Stallion Innovation Station for participants of all ages. Grades K-2 will be on April 3rd from 6pm-7pm. Grades 3-5 will be on April 4th from 6pm -7pm.  Don’t miss this fun event!

TAG results

TAG results will go in the mail Monday, April 2.  Parents will receive copies of the actual test results, as well.   If they have questions about qualifying scores, please send them to the TAG website.

Empty Bowl Festival Food Drive – April 2nd-12th

Next week the Student Ambassadors will begin collecting food for the Round Rock Serving Center. This food drive is part of the Empty Bowl festival. We will be collecting food and other items through April 12th. Please share with your class and add to your class websites. We are hoping to collect over 1000 items this year!! There will be a collection bin outside the office.

Most Needed Items to Collect:

  • Canned vegetables ~ corn and green beans are the most popular
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned soup
  • Top Ramen
  • Peanut Butter
  • Macaroni ‘n cheese
  • Canned meat and tuna
  • Pasta ~ spaghetti, macaroni
  • Rice and pinto beans
  • Cereal
  • Toilet paper
  • Diapers

Please see all the details on the website.

Empty Bowls Round Rock Food Drive

Thank you so much for your donations!!!! 🙂

Sommer Student Ambassadors


As always if you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher.

Thanks,

The 5th Grade Team

 

Week of February 26

Hello Everyone,

Reading– In reading this week, we will be continuing our unit that focuses on all the reading skills we have learned so far this year. Students will be reviewing these skills and applying them to all genres. One big focus for students is being able to compare two different texts. One way to practice this at home would be to read two different picture books and then have students compare the themes, and information provided. We will be taking a reading test next week on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Students will be asked to read 2 passages, 1 narrative and 1 expository and answer questions about both passages separately. Then they will be asked a series of questions relating the two passages.

Writing– In writing, each class will be continuing procedural texts. A big focus in this unit will be to writing to include ALL steps in a process. We will also be thinking through the use of details and stories to help make a procedural text more interesting.

Social Studies– We will be continuing our Westward Expansion expansion unit. Students will be talking about the Transcontinental Railroad, Chinese Exclusion, and comparing the economies, population, and geography of the North, South and West during the mid-1800s. Students will be testing next week in Social Studies. Please be on the look out from your child’s teacher with more information.

Math- This week we are continuing our unit on coordinate planes. Last week students learned how to locate points on the coordinate plane with an ordered pair. They practiced what they learned by playing Math Battleship! This week we will be learning about scatterplots and how to read and interpret data shown on the scatterplot.

Science- This week in science we are continuing our unit on living and nonliving things, the carbon dioxide and oxygen cycle, and fossils. Students will observe how worms live and survive in their ecosystem by interacting with the nonliving things in their environment.We will observe whether the worms preferred a wet paper towel or a dry paper towel. Students will be able to see the worms preferred the wet paper towel because the worms were more active on the wet paper towel and the worms on the dry paper towel would try and move toward the wet one.  Later this week we will explore the carbon dioxide and oxygen cycle!

Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, February 26, 2018- Science STAAR Ready
  • Wednesday, February 21- Friday, March 2, 2018- APEX Fun Run Fundraiser
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018- Bluebonnet Breakfast
  • Thursday, March 1, 2018- Actual Fun Run
  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018- Reading Test
  • Monday, March 12- Friday, March 16, 2018- Spring Break

 Announcements:

Apex Information:

We wanted a program that will challenge the body and not just the mind.  Our goal with this fundraiser is to develop well-rounded world-class leaders, focus on exercise and have some fun while having a fundraiser for your school.  We chose this fundraiser because it is engaging your children in a little different manner than we are used to, your children will receive prizes, shirts, and wristbands and yet again excel in a fashion that we haven’t done here at the Patsy Sommer family.  It doesn’t hurt that this fundraiser brings the school the highest return on donations of any program we have had in the past.  I hope you will build on the excitement we have created to keep everyone active and healthy.
One thing I particularly liked about this program is that although individual prizes are awarded within the classroom, all students also earn class prizes whether they receive donations or not.  Every student in the class will participate in the class prizes and fun run.  They will also receive wristbands representing each lesson and a t-shirt to track the laps they run next Thursday.  In this way, all students receive equal benefits from the program and are not singled out for not receiving donations in any way.  
For your information, 52-60% of the profit goes to our campus (10% of each class’ portion will directly benefit their class), 31-35% goes to the students through the program in the form of prizes, equipment, t-shirts, athletes and leadership program materials, and 9-13% is retained by Apex as their profit and to cover training, insurance and reinvestment.

APEX Break Down Graphic

 

RRISD Campus Walk for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

Our secondary RRISD Student Advisory Board this year actually is calling out for care and concern surrounding the mental wellness of their peers.  Conversations around suicide and stress were the predominant themes.  As a result, they have decided to take on as their community service project, the RRISD Campus Walk for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).  It will be held on Saturday, April 21 at Cedar Ridge High School.  Check-in and activities will be taking place from 9-10am, the walk will begin at 10am, and we hope to have some options of presentations immediately following.

The registration links are learning community specific as each group forms a team.  The Learning Communities are NOT competing against each other, but against themselves to reach registration levels that will put them at the silver, gold, or platinum levels.  ALL in our community are welcome to register and attend.  

McNeil Learning Community Flyer and Reg. Link

Round Rock Learning Community Flyer and Reg. Link

Visual Art News

Elementary Art Show meet and greet will be at the McNeil PAC April 3rd 5:30-7:00 pm

The Empty Bowls Celebration will be at Cedar Ridge High School on April 14th from 11am-2pm.

KLRU Writing Contest

The 2018 KLRU Kids Writing Contest is open for submissions until March 31st! If you have a K-5 writer in your family itching to share their work, head over to the KLRU contest website for more information.  A few entry packets are also available in the library.  http://www.klru.org/education/2018-klru-kids-writers-contest/

Field Day Announcements

Schedule of Events:

2nd& 3rd Grades –8:00-9:45 am

4th& 5th Grades –10:00-11:45 am

K & 1st Grades –12:30 –2:15 pm

We need Parent Volunteers!

If you can donate any amount of time to help us run a station at Field Day, please visit our sign up genius link listed below. We appreciate you helping us make this day a success!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a44a5af29a1f85-2018

 


As always if you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher.

Thanks,

The 5th Grade Team

Happy Valentine’s Week!

Hello Everyone,
We hope you are ready for another awesome week in 5th Grade. This week is chock-full of lots of exciting activities. A couple of really important announcements.
  1. Cedar Valley will have their Middle School Visit Tuesday, February 13, 2018
  2. 5th Grade will have a grade-wide picture taken on Friday, February 16, 2018. We ask students wear their class shirt for this picture.

Reading– In reading this week, we will be continuing our unit that focuses on all the reading skills we have learned so far this year. Students will be reviewing these skills and applying them to all genres. One big focus for students is being able to compare two different texts. One way to practice this at home would be to read two different picture books and then have students compare the themes, and information provided.

Writing– In writing, each class will be starting procedural texts. A big focus in this unit will be to writing to include ALL steps in a process. These means students will have to be paying attention to every step that is necessary. For example, when making a PB&J. I can’t just say gather materials, spread PB on bread, spread Jelly on bread and be done. I have to walk through getting the bread out of the container. Specify which side of the bread to spread the PB on. Talk about using a knife. Ect. This will require a lot of thought on students parts.

Social Studies– We will be continuing our Westward Expansion expansion unit. Students will be talking about the Louisiana Purchase and the very important expedition of Lewis and Clark to explore this new land. Students are also going to be asked to keep in mind the many reasons why people were traveling West. This will continue to be a focus as we work through this unit of study.

Math- This week we will be wrapping up our unit by review division strategies such as using a hundredths grid to model division or using the standard algorithmic method. We will also be practicing these skills through word problems. We will be reviewing for our test on Friday that will cover estimation and multiplying and dividing decimals.

Science-This week in science we will begin our new unit on living and nonliving things, the carbon dioxide and oxygen cycle, and fossils. We will be investigating how organisms interact with the living and nonliving components of an ecosystem. Students will be learning how to identify something that living and nonliving and what characteristics each has. Students will be able to observe how organisms live and survive in their environment interaction between living and nonliving elements.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, February 12, 2018- Field Day T-shirt Order Form Due
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018- Cedar Valley Middle School Visit
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018- Book Fair Ends at 12:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018- School Valentines Day Parties
  • Friday, February 16, 2018- Math Test
  • Friday, February 16, 2018- 3-5 Assembly
    • Please make sure to wear class shirt for yearbook photo
  • Friday, February 16, 2018- Cedar Valley Student Information Session at Sommer Elementary
    • 2:00pm
  • Friday, February 16, 2018- Schlitterbahn Waves of Pages Logs Due
  • Monday, February 19 and Tuesday, February 20, 2018- No School
  • Wednesday, February 21- Friday, March 2, 2018- APEX Fun Run

 Announcements:

Valentines Day

Valentine‘s Day Parties will be held on Wednesday, February 14. This year, our parties will be like last year as we celebrate the true meaning of Valentine‘s Day, which at the elementary school centers around building friendships within the classroom and school community.  In order to do this, we are limiting the number of volunteers/visitors to the classroom and asking parents not to attend on this day.  This will give our students and teachers the opportunity to celebrate the day with their class by simply exchanging cards and having the time to socialize with each other.
Our amazing room moms will be taking care of everything so the only things we ask that you do are to send in a decorated box or bag with your student to gather their Valentines in and to make sure that your child has created a Valentine for each of their classmates. Because we work so closely with both classes, students are welcome to make Valentines for the students in their partner class as well, however that is not a requirement. See class lists sent out by Mrs. Nieto for students’ names.

 

KLRU Writing Contest

The 2018 KLRU Kids Writing Contest is open for submissions until March 31st! If you have a K-5 writer in your family itching to share their work, head over to the KLRU contest website for more information.  A few entry packets are also available in the library.  http://www.klru.org/education/2018-klru-kids-writers-contest/

Field Day Announcements

Schedule of Events:

2nd& 3rd Grades –8:00-9:45 am

4th& 5th Grades –10:00-11:45 am

K & 1st Grades –12:30 –2:15 pm

We need Parent Volunteers!

If you can donate any amount of time to help us run a station at Field Day, please visit our sign up genius link listed below. We appreciate you helping us make this day a success!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a44a5af29a1f85-2018

T-Shirts:

If you ordered a Field Day T-Shirt – Thank you!

T-Shirts will be delivered to your student during the week before Field Day.


As always if you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher.

Thanks,

The 5th Grade Team

Week of February 5

Hello Everyone,
We hope you are ready for another awesome week in 5th Grade.


Reading– In reading this week, we will be starting a new unit that focuses on all the reading skills we have learned so far this year. Students will be reviewing these skills and applying them to all genres. Some key skills we will be focusing on are using context clues, identifying and comparing theme in stories and foreshadowing.

Writing– In writing, each class will be finishing up with persuasive writing. Remember that students will be working to develop persuasive commercials. Media literacy skills will also play a part when students are asked to develop a commercial for a product.

Social Studies– We will be finishing up our Forming a Nation Unit this week. Students will have their Social Studies test over our last unit. Then we will be starting our next unit which focuses on Westward Expansion. Students will be talking about the idea of Manifest Destiny and the Louisiana Purchase this week.

Math-We are continuing our unit on multiplying and dividing decimals. Students will explore different strategies. Students will explore splitting up decimals to understand multiplication (for example: 2×3.4 =(2×3)+(2×0.4)). Students will also practice showing decimal multiplication using a hundreds chart to model the multiplication.

Science-We are continuing our unit by studying the difference between weather and climate. We have discussed how weather is a change in the atmosphere that occurs in a specific time and place (can change day by day) and climate as the usual weather or conditions in a region over longer periods of time. Students will be asked to be able to identify if a picture or description is related to weather or climate.

Important Dates:

  • Friday, February 9, 2018- Pearson Ranch Choice Sheet Due
  • Friday, February 9, 2018- Cedar Valley Permission Slip Due
  • Friday, February 9, 2018- Six Flags Read to Succeed
  • Friday, February 9, 2018- Parent Climate Survey Due
  • Friday, February 9, 2018- Book Fair Starts
  • Friday, February 9, 2018- PTA Movie Night
  • Monday, February 12, 2018- Field Day T-shirt Order Form Due
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018- Cedar Valley Middle School Visit
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018- School Valentines Day Parties
  • Friday, February 16, 2018- 3-5 Assembly
  • Friday, February 16, 2018- Cedar Valley Student Information Session at Sommer Elementary
    • 2:00pm
  • Friday, February 16, 2018- Schlitterbahn Waves of Pages Logs Due
  • Monday, February 19 and Tuesday, February 20, 2018- No School

 Announcements:

Valentines Day

Valentine‘s Day Parties will be held on Wednesday, February 14. This year, our parties will be like last year as we celebrate the true meaning of Valentine‘s Day, which at the elementary school centers around building friendships within the classroom and school community.  In order to do this, we are limiting the number of volunteers/visitors to the classroom and asking parents not to attend on this day.  This will give our students and teachers the opportunity to celebrate the day with their class by simply exchanging cards and having the time to socialize with each other.
Our amazing room moms will be taking care of everything so the only things we ask that you do are to send in a decorated box or bag with your student to gather their Valentines in and to make sure that your child has created a Valentine for each of their classmates. Because we work so closely with both classes, students are welcome to make Valentines for the students in their partner class as well, however that is not a requirement. See class lists sent out by Mrs. Nieto for students’ names.

 

KLRU Writing Contest

The 2018 KLRU Kids Writing Contest is open for submissions until March 31st! If you have a K-5 writer in your family itching to share their work, head over to the KLRU contest website for more information.  A few entry packets are also available in the library.  http://www.klru.org/education/2018-klru-kids-writers-contest/

Field Day T-shirts

Interested in ordering a T-shirt to support Field Day 2018? The design is emoji-tastic.FieldDay_Tshirt2018

Please Click Here to download the order form. Order Forms are due next Monday February 12, 208.

Climate Survey

Dear Parents,

Please take a few moments to participate in the 2018 Parent Climate Survey today.  Each day staff, students and volunteers at Sommer work hard to ensure academic programs and the campus environment meet the needs of all children.

You are a critical part of our success!

The survey will only be available for a short time, please participate today.

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018ParentEnglish

Spanish: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/2018ParentSpanish

As always if you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher.

Thanks,

The 5th Grade Team

Week of January 29, 2018

Hello Everyone,
We hope you had a great weekend and are ready for an awesome week!


Reading– In reading this week, we will be finishing our persuasive unit. Students will be preparing to debate each other over topics using all of the persuasive techniques that they have learned in this unit. We will also be talking about Media Literacy and what we need to know when we take in ads and commercials.

Writing– In writing, each class will be continuing with persuasive writing. Remember that students will be working to develop persuasive commercials. Media literacy skills will also play a part when students are asked to develop a commercial for a product.

Social Studies– We will be continuing our learning about the formation of the United States in Social Studies this week. We will be talking about the Bill of Rights, famous figures in history and the War of 1812. Please be aware that there will be a Social Studies test coming up. Your child’s teacher will be contacting you with the date.

Math-We are concluding our current unit.  We have covered adding and subtracting, and rounding decimals in the thousandths. We will be testing tomorrow Tuesday (1/30).  Our next unit of study will be Connecting Whole Number Multiplication and Division Concepts to Decimals.

Science- We have begun our current unit on the Sun and Water cycle and Weather and Climate. We will be review what the students know about the Water cycle as well as define/identify key terms: evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. Students will draw out and show how the Water cycle is a cycle (because it repeats over and over) and that the Sun is the main source of energy and explain how the Sun and the ocean interact in the water cycle

Important Dates:

  • Thursday, February 1, 2018-
    • 7:45-8:15 – Pearson Ranch Parent Meeting at Sommer Elementary
    • 8:15-8:45- Person Ranch Student Information Session at Sommer Elementary
    • Students will not visit Person Ranch until May
  • Friday, February 9, 2018- Six Flags Read to Succeed
  • Friday, February 9, 2018- Parent Climate Survey Due
  • Friday, February 9, 2018- Book Fair Starts
  • Friday, February 9, 2018- PTA Movie Night
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018- Cedar Valley Middle School Visit
  • Friday, February 16, 2018- Cedar Valley Student Information Session at Sommer Elementary
    • 2:00pm
  • Friday, February 16, 2018- Schlitterbahn Waves of Pages Logs Due
  • Monday, February 19 and Tuesday, February 20, 2018- No School

 Announcements:

Dear Parents,

Please take a few moments to participate in the 2018 Parent Climate Survey today.  Each day staff, students and volunteers at Sommer work hard to ensure academic programs and the campus environment meet the needs of all children.

You are a critical part of our success!

The survey will only be available for a short time, please participate today.

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018ParentEnglish

Spanish: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/2018ParentSpanish

As always if you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher.

Thanks,

The 5th Grade Team