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


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!



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


The 5th Grade Team


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