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


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.


The 5th Grade Team


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