Bronco Express Volume 3, Issue 3 Thursday , April 1, 2010 Areas of Inside Story Interest 2 Moving Forward at Barrington Place Elementary May 18—PTA, Choir June 1- - Field Day 3rd – President - BPE Events 1 Program 5th Letter from P.T.A. 1 May 19—5th Grade Awards Ceremonies Vice President - 1st – 8:30 a.m. Reading TAKS Re-Takes Fort Bend ISD Rookie TOY 1 K – 9:30 a.m. Secretary - May 19—LAT Reading PK – 1:30 p.m. Day 2 Pre-K 2 Treasurer- May 20—VIPS Tea June 2—Awards Ceremo- May 24—Memorial Day nies Kindergarten 2 3rd - 8:15 a.m. 2010-2011 Available Board positions consist No School 2nd – 9:15 a.m. of the following: Technology 2 May 26—Career Day PK – 10:15 a.m. May 28 Field Day – PK, June 3—Awards Ceremo- Membership – First Grade 2 K, 1, 2, ABC, Life Skills, nies PPCD 5th Grade – 8:30 a.m. th Fundraising - Second Grade 3 4 Grade – 9:30 a.m. Party Coordinator – Norma Dardon Third Grade 3 Hospitality – Isabel Ibarra Fourth Grade 4 Spring is in the air and students at Barrington Place Elementary are very busy! 3rd, 4th, and Yearbook/Historian – Christine Ashcraft Fifth Grade 4 5th grade students are preparing for their VIPS Coordinator – Pilarr Cunningham TAKS tests. Parents, please make sure your ESL 4 children have a good breakfast and get a good Also, check our website at http:// Clinic News 4 night’s sleep. Students will be keeping healthy email@example.com Important Dates by walking in the Walk-A-Thon and participat- We still have an exciting few months left to ing in Field Day activities. We will honor the April 6— 5 Grade Math TAKS th go this year. We have choir concerts, the students for all of their hard work on Award garage sale, the Spring Carnival, Teacher April 7—5th Grade Reading TAKS Ceremony days. Parents, if you are interested Appreciation Week, field day and much April 8— Kindergarten Field Trip April 13—Kindergarten Registra- in sharing your careers with our students, more. Keep a look out for PTA memos to tion please contact your child’s teacher. Thank you see how you can be an integral part of your 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. parents, for all of you continued partnerships student’s elementary school experience. April 14—Kindergarten Registra- and support. YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO VOLUNTEER tion FOR YOU STUDENTS’ SCHOOL IS JUST A 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. PHONE CALL OR AN E-MAIL AWAY. April 15—Kindergarten Registra- Letter from your PTA President…. tion 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Michelle Kobrin _ Rookie Teacher of The Year April 20—PTA - 2nd Grade It’s hard to believe this year is coming to the Program last 9 weeks. We have had a great year so April 26—3rd, 4th Math LAT far and we have a few more things up our April 27—3rd, 4th Grade Math sleeve before it is all over. TAKS April 27— LAT Reading Day 1 We still have several open chair positions we April 28—3r, 4th Reading TAKS need filled prior to the end of this school year. April 29—5th Grade Science TAKS If you are interested in joining the BPE PTA April 30 - LAT 5th Grade Science Board, please come by the front office and May 5 - Pre-K Registration 8:00 pick up an application. Should you have any a.m. questions or need further explanation of the Congratulations to our Rookie Teacher of May 14—Walk-A-Thon May 17— 5th Grade positions, please don’t hesitate to contact us the Year, Ms. Ellen Johnson! She is a Math LAT firstname.lastname@example.org. It is a very reward- fourth grade math, science, and social May 18— 5th Grade TAKS ing job. You won’t be disappointed! Math Re-Takes studies teacher. We are so proud of her! May 18—5th Grade Lat 2010-2011 Available Executive Board posi- Reading, Day 1 tions consist of the following: Page 2 Bronco Express Progressing Along In Pre-K! We are so excited to see so much learning going on in and out of our classroom. Pre-k students learned about dental hygiene during Dental Health week through a puppet presentation and were excited about receiving new toothbrushes. They also got to enjoy a lion dance performance for the Lunar New Year and had lots of fun at our Valentine’s Day Party. We are continuing to master the skills necessary for our students to be successful in kindergarten: letter sounds, blending, beginning and ending sounds, sight words, as well as foundational math and number sense skills. Exciting Spring Events in Kindergarten Wow! Time flies and it’s almost Spring! Where did the snow go? (We had snow!) We have had a very busy 3rd nine week period and experienced so many neat things (like snow!). We have been working on reading, blending, word endings and consonant digraphs. We have made a lot of progress in these areas; you all are working so diligently at home, and all of your efforts are shining through. We have also been learning about the concepts of more and fewer, equal to, and are delving into geometry with patterns, shapes and solid figures. Also, we have enjoyed all types of celebrations: 100th Day, President’s Day, Valentine’s, Chinese New Year, and Black History Month, to name a few. __ Parents, we are going to Dewberry Farm in April for our field trip! We are so excited to have the opportunity to visit DF and learn about how we can contribute to our community through ecological awareness and global citizenship. You can check out Dewberry Farms at www.dewberryfarm.com or call them at 281.934.3276. We would love for you to join us at Dewberry for our field trip! It will be a great experience to enjoy with your child! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please Google ‘Fort Bend ISD home page’. Once it comes up, look to the left side and click ‘Be a Volunteer’. Then, under the title ‘About’, please click ‘Criminal History Checks’. A blue box with ‘Online Volunteer Registration’ will pop up – please click ‘Register here’. It can take several weeks for the form to process so please visit this site soon and join us for our field trips always, thank you so much for your efforts and support – we couldn’t do all this without you ! First Grade Experts Weather, weather everywhere! First graders have become experts about all kinds of weather. We researched tornadoes, hurri- canes, thunderstorms, and blizzards and wrote non-fiction books about the different types of weather. We all agreed that we were glad we didn’t live where they have blizzards. First grade children say a big thank you to the PTA for funding our field trip to the Children’s Museum of Houston. We had so much fun exploring all the different exhibits. We appreciate all of the parents that accompanied us on our trip. Our cowboy hot dog lunch was a big success. We imagined ourselves at the campfire of a spring round up. The first grade students are becoming proficient at addition and subtraction through practice and problem solving. We are identify- ing and counting money. We are also budding botanists! We have explored the parts of a plant and what they need to grow. It has been interesting watching and recording the growth of seeds in our rooms. Technology to Enhance Learning Students at Barrington Place Elementary have been using technology to enhance their learning experiences in many ways these past few months. Here are some wonderful examples: Kindergarten- Kindergarten- Classified living and nonliving things using Kidspiration. Stamped out or drew pictures in Kid Pix to illustrate a subtraction number sen- tence. Volume 3, Issue 3 Page 3 Technology 3Kindergarten 1st Grade-Ms. Kim, Mrs. Abarado/Mrs. Herod, and Mrs. Thom’s Classes Created a hundreds chart using Microsoft Excel. Drew pictures of American symbols using Kid Pix. These pictures will be used to create a collaborative Google Earth virtual tour on American Symbols with another class in the school district. What’s Going On in Second Grade? important events. We have met Becan from So, what have you thought about the Ireland. He was the only one with a foot big weather lately? Can you believe it enough to fit in the mysterious boot left be- 4th Grade-Mrs. Cervantes’ Class snowed this year on the playground? The hind. Kongi had many helpful animal friends wind has been pretty good, too – just right in the Korean version. Although most of the Wrote short cowboy stories, using for flying kites and waving flags. It has stories ended happily, the Turkey girl is still Microsoft Word, highlighting their been just a tad colder than we might nor- hoping her turkeys will return even though mally like, but we can tell that spring is spelling words in the context of the she broke her promise. finally here. We have measured the story. changes in temperature, recorded daily We are all proud to be American citizens weather observations, and become ex- and we could tell you a thing or two about perts on the water cycle! the great country that we live in. From the nation’s capitol to its bird we have learned 4th Grade-Mrs. Cervantes’ Class Well, that’s not even the half of it! We many facts about the United States and can have also taken a trip around the world, compare them to the facts that we have Wrote short cowboy stories, using Micro- Cinderella style. From Yeh-Shen to Cen- learned about the great state of Texas. We soft Word, highlighting their spelling words drillion, we have read and compared hope you enjoyed our tribute to Texas at the in the context of the story. many versions of this classic fairy tale and second grade program! Stay tuned for more with each story we learned how to identify from second grade. Hard Working Third Graders Our third graders are busy pre- paring for the reading and math TAKS at the end of April. Thank you to all the par- ents who came to our Parent Night to learn how to UNRAAVEL a passage and use CUBES to solve a math problem. Our students have been learning about fa- mous black Americans and also why we celebrate President’s Day. We are also practicing our summarizing skills by read- ing different fiction and nonfiction pas- sages. In math our students are learning about patterns and different kinds of shapes. In Science our students are experts on facts about the Solar System and will soon be learning about the forces that shape the land such as glaciers and earthquakes. 3rd graders designed a solar sys- We are looking forward to a successful tem map, including notes on each spring in third grade, but we need the sup- planet, using Inspiration. port of our family and friends to get there. Fourth Grade Architects We’ve all heard about the Alamo! Re- varied angles and lines. Some exam- cently, we’ve been analyzing the ples of these awesome skyline designs Fourth grade students took the Writing causes, major events, and effects of may be seen in the 4th grade hallway! TAKS after working all year to improve the Texas Revolution including the skills such as organization and how to Battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. add vivid word choice. Now, we are We are also learning about the suc- reviewing for the upcoming Reading cesses and the problems of the Re- TAKS and Math TAKS. public of Texas. Our Science projects turned out to be In Math we utilized what we have very stimulating. We were eager to learned about geometry to work on a share them with classmates and with technology project called: You’re the parents. The Science Fair winners in- Architect! We all designed a trendy, cluded the following; Alex Garcia— modern, and attractive skyline. The Fourth graders designed a fictitious city’s first place, Brian Tran— second place, skyline was made up of 2-dimensional skyline comprised of different geometric Amena Jangda and Abia Tufail— third shapes, 3-dimensional shapes, and shapes, lines, and angles using the place. SMART Notebook software. Stellar Fifth Graders Science classes completed their study on 7th and the Science TAKS on April 29th the sun, moon and stars and are focusing by reviewing key concepts and test tak- The fifth graders at BPE worked so hard on forms of energy. Students are learning ing strategies. throughout the 3rd nine weeks that their how to do conversions in Math, and are Spring Break was well deserved! In Read- studying the Civil War in History. Of ing, students read a biography of the course, the fifth grade teachers are busily iconic Martin Luther King, Jr. and preparing the students to ace the Math learned to write stellar summaries. and Reading TAKS tests on April 6th and ESL News TELPAS Assessment for ESL Students listening, speaking, reading, and writing. English Language Proficiency Standards Fifth graders designed a database using Micro- TELPAS: The Texas English Language (ELPS), which are part of the Texas Essen- soft Works to store information they collected for Proficiency Assessment System assesses tial Knowledge and Skills. Student per- their state research project. They will also sort the English language proficiency of English formance is reported in four levels: begin- and filter the database to help them compare language learners (ELLs) in kindergarten ning, intermediate, advance, and ad- and contrast different state attributes, such as through grade 12. TELPAS fulfills federal vanced high. The TELPAS assessment which states are least populated and which are requirements for assessing ELLs annually. window runs from March 8 through April 9, most populated. The four language domains assessed are 2010. Clinic News: Karla Jacobs RN, Clinic Nurse, Velma Escobar, Clinic Assistant Immunization Requirements for Registration There have been some new requirements from the Departments of State Health Services regarding IMMUNIZA- TIONS. Please go to the State Departments website @ www.dshs.stat.tx.us/immunize/school/default.shtm to review the latest changes. In Elementary school age children the requirements may affect your child if entering PRE-K, Kin- dergarten and First grade. Please speak with your Pediatrician/Family Doctor to make sure your child (ren) has/have: A current Up-To-Date immunization (Shot) record All the required shots to enroll in school at the time of their registration Your child’s registration will not be complete if their immunization records are not up-to-date. This could cause your child to not be able to start school on time. End of Year Procedures Parents: Reminders will be sent to parents that will need to pick up medication at the end of this school year. NO MEDICATON will be sent home with students. Any medication left in the clinic after the last day of school will be dis- carded. Thanks for trusting us with your children’s health and wellness.
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