Week of September 17

Hello Everyone,

We hope you had a wonderful weekend. As we start this week we have some exciting things coming up in our students learning.

Reading– In reading we are finishing our Fiction Unit. Our first reading test of the year will be this week. The test will be 2 fictional reading passages and a total of 15 multiple choice questions. Students will be asked to apply all of the fiction skills they have learned so far this year including theme, foreshadowing, suspense and point of view.

Writing– In writing, students are going to finish their Personal Narratives. Students will be given a revising and editing checklist to do independently. Additionally, students will be peer editing, working with a partner to help improve their writing. When they have finished, students will publish their piece.

Social Studies– It’s freedom week! Students will be discussing some important topics in our nation’s history. Including, the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Star Spangled Banner.

Math- We started Unit 2 this week, easing into the world of fractions. Students used fraction dice to show addition using a number line. They also worked with Cuisenaire Rods to create equal partitions on a number line and to understand adding fractions as the joining of parts of the same-size whole.  This week we will add unit fractions with unlike denominators, problem-solving that provides practice with combining fractions in multiple ways,  students use their knowledge of equivalent fractions to decompose and recompose addends to “get to the whole.

Science- We also started our second unit in Science, Mixtures & Solutions. Students observed that while combining two substances, blue water, and yellow water, can appear to make the original substances “disappear,” in reality, the individual substances still retain at least some of their original properties. Students also observed Mystery Substances in a baggie; students used a variety of tools to separate a mixture of objects in sand. The students then recorded the objects, their physical properties and the tool used to separate them from the mixture. This week we will continue our work with Mixture and Solutions as we learn the different ways to separate solutions even though the mixtures have dissolved. We will read in our Stemscopes books and complete questions pertaining to the reading.

On top of all the awesome learning we are doing there are some important dates we want you to be aware of:

  • Week of September 17- Reading Test
  • Monday, September 17- Friday, October 5- Stuff the Booth
  • Friday, September 21, 2018- Folklorico Dance Field Trip
  • Tuesday, September 25- Flu Clinic
  • Friday, September 28, 2018- Picture Day

Ambassador Club

The Student Ambassador Club is taking applications for the new school year. This is for grades 3-5. The  Student Ambassador program provides opportunities to develop student leadership, human relations, and communication skills. We make Sommer and our community a better place to be. Students make a commitment to lead by example, demonstrate responsibility, and respect and value diversity within our community. If you are interested in participating in ambassadors the application is due on September 24th to Mrs. Baker or Miss Gagliardi  2018-19 Application

As always if you have any question please contact your student’s teacher.


The 5th Grade team


Week of September 10

Hello Everyone,

We hope you had a nice (and rainy) weekend. As we start this week we have some exciting things coming up in our students learning.

Reading– In reading we are continuing our Fiction Unit. This unit covers many important reading skills including plot, foreshadowing, theme, inference, character traits, and context clues. This week readers will be discussing character traits and themes. A theme is the big moral or lesson of a story and every fictional story has one. Want to practice at home? Have your child tell you what the theme of the current book they’re reading is.

Writing– In writing, students are going to begin drafting their Personal Narratives. When they finish drafting, they will begin revising it. When we revise, we will be looking at strong leads, endings, and transitions. Students will also be asked to “explode a small moment.” Adding lots of descriptive language and dialogue to make the writing more interesting and detailed for the reader.

Social Studies– We will be continuing our Colonization unit this week. Students will be talking about some famous colonies throughout history including Jamestown, Plymouth, Roanoke, and St. Augustine. Students will be asked to explain why different colonies were successful or not.

Math-We will wind up Unit 1 with a review and a mini-quiz [not a DCA] and begin Unit 2 which will cover adding and subtracting fractions!

Science- We will also bring Unit 1 to a close with insulators and conductors and have our Unit 1 DCA on Tuesday. We will begin Unit 2 on Mixtures and Solutions.

On top of all the awesome learning we are doing there are some important dates we want you to be aware of:

  • Thursday, September 13 @ 6:00 Patsy Sommer Club Night
  • Monday, September 17- Friday, October 5- Stuff the Booth
  • Tuesday, September 25- Flu Clinic
  • Friday, September 28, 2018- Picture Day

There are no campus-wide announcements this week.

As always if you have any question please contact your student’s teacher.


The 5th Grade team

Woohoo for a Great Second Week!

Hello Everyone,

We have already completed one super awesome week of school. The 5th grade teachers have loved getting to know all of our wonderful new students. It has been a week (+2 days) of awesome community building and learning how to be role model stallions for our newest kinder friends. As we start this week we have some exciting things coming up in our students learning.

Reading– In reading we are starting our Fiction Unit. This unit covers many important reading skills including plot, foreshadowing, theme, inference, character traits, and context clues. This week readers will begin the unit with understanding plot structures, including how incidents gives rise to or foreshadows. We will also talk about how writers use suspense to hook their readers in and help to move the story along. 

Writing– In writing, students are going to continue brainstorming different ideas about what to write. This should help students as we continue writing through out the year. Additionally,students will be working on a Writing Menu that will ask them to go through the writing process thinking beyond brainstorming as they are Revising and Editing their work.

Social Studies– We will be finishing up the Thinking Like a Geographer unit this week in Social Studies. We worked on using Google Earth to view different latitude and longitudes Monday. Throughout the rest of the week, students will be working in groups to research different regions in the United States. These research projects will be presented either at the end of this week or beginning of next week to help teach the class.

Math- Students have already participated in a week of Inspirational Math activities. As we explored how our brains grow and change; we learned that mistakes are powerful, we examined the beliefs that students have about themselves and their learning potential changes the way their brain works; we learned a very important message for all math learners, speed is not important in mathematics learning and success; and students learned the importance of thinking about math visually. 

As we begin Unit 1, students will explore Place Value, Prime and Composite numbers and Order of Operations.

Science- Last week, students set up their Science Notebooks, sign Safety Contracts and begin exploring the history of science, the varied science careers and contributions of scientists. Students will be able to explore and answer What does a Scientist Look Like?This week, we will be starting Unit 1. Students will work on classifying matter, magnetism, mass, and physical states of matter

On top of all the awesome learning we are doing there are some important dates we want you to be aware of:

  • Thursday, August 30, 2018- Parent Night
  • Monday, September 3, 2018- No School due to Labor Day

Finally here are some important campus announcements:


Starts this week !!!  7:10 am – 7:30 AM

*Monday, August 27, 2018 –  1st and 2nd grade Monday – Wednesday

*Tuesday, August 28, 2018 – 3rd – 5th grade Tuesday-Thursday

NO Running Club on Fridays

Kinder will start Running Club in October.


To speed up pick-up process please make sure your student knows their car rider number.

Need a Car rider number?!!  Let us know and we will send student to the office if they need a number. If there are siblings, the youngest sibling gets the number and a duplicate backpack tag is made for the older sibling. The office handles car rider numbers.



 If your child is interested in applying to be a part of the Stallion Choir(3-5), please read below.

 Stallion Choir meets on Thursdays from 2:50-4:00, all year, beginning September 20th.  This group will perform at various required events throughout the year (district/campus:November 5th, 9th and April 13th) and will work on a major musical from October-the end of April (performance April 25th/26th, 2019). This year’s musical is Junie B. Jones, Jr.   In order to have a successful year, we are looking for members who follow all Stallion expectations on a regular basis. This means that selected members will be expected to do their job as a student, be at ALL the dates mentioned above, and have a way to go home on time after each rehearsal. This group will be capped at 90 members.  By submitting this form your child is APPLYING to be a part of this years Stallion Choir. We will notify everyone whether or not you are a Stallion Choir member of the 2018-19 school year by September 17th . Applications WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED PAST FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH at 9:00am. *If you have multiple children, please submit a separate form for each child.*

Click here to ‘submit’ your application form


Ms. Nelson and Mrs. Blazek

As always if you have any question please contact your student’s teacher.


The 5th Grade team

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


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