Ed White E-STEM News

Ed White E-STEM News
Posted on 12/08/2015

Ed White Families, 

What's Coming Up:​​​​ 

  • Monday, October 23 - Friday, October 27 - Red Ribbon Week, (click here or see below)
  • Tuesday, October 24 - 5th graders Meet the Deputy, 8:30 -9:00am
  • Tuesday, October 24 - 3rd grade Wildlife Presentation
  • Tuesday, October 31 - Dress as your Favorite Storybook Character
  • Tuesday, October 31 - Kinder Fall Fun, 12:00- 1:30pm
  • Wednesday, November 1 - 5th Grade Field Trip to Nain Street Theater
  • Friday, November 3 - Kinder Fall Walk to McNair Park, 9:00am-12:30pm
Red Ribbon Week:
Mon. Oct 23 - REDy to be Drug Free - Wear Red
Tues.Oct 24 - Team Up Against Drugs - Wear your Favorite Team Jersey
Wed. Oct 25 - Turn Your Back on Drugs - Wear Clothes Backwards
Thurs.Oct. 26 - Color Your World Drug Free - Kinder wears Orange, 1st wears Red, 2nd wears Blue, 3rd wears Purple, 4th wears Green, 5th wears Yellow
Fri. Oct 27 - Drugs Make You Wacky - Wear Wacky Socks & Hair

Progress Measures in the Gradebook
With the change to Standards Based Grading in the 2nd and 3rd grade this year, our gradebook is different.  No longer will parents see just "math" or "science,"  now they will see the learning progression topics.  When teachers enter an event, or progress measure, in Skyward they will record one of three symbols to indicate the student's progress. The + means meet standard.  The @ means approaching standard. The - means needs support.  Don't fall into the trap of thinking that the + means above level and the @ is on level.

Send Your Name to Mars:In November of 2018, NASA's InSight lander will land on Mars carrying several science instruments, along with hundreds of thousands of names from members of the publicIn 2015, nearly 827,000 people signed up to add their names to a silicon microchip  on-board the robotic spacecraft. NASA is now adding a second microchip, giving the public another chance to send their names to Mars. Did you miss out the first time? Now is your chance! Get your name to the Red Planet before this opportunity passes you by. Share this news with your friends and family so they, too, can go to Mars. New submissions will be accepted until Nov. 1 at the following link: https://mars.nasa.gov/syn/insight

Fifth Grade
: The 5th graders will be attending a play, “Akeelah and the Bee” at Main Street Theater on Wednesday, November 1st.  A permission slip has gone home.  Please return it and the $7.00 fee as soon as possible.

Library NewsMakerspace Clubs: Starting in October we will have Makerspace Clubs on Mondays mornings in the library open to 3rd - 5th grade students. Due to limited space students are asked to pick just one of the following clubs: Astrobots, Crafters, or Robotics Team, (Registration for the Robotics team is currently closed and sign up is full for Astrobots). Students will need to sign up for each session on Sign Up Genius, if they choose to join one of the Makerspace Clubs listed, (click on club name below).
Astrobots: Makerspace Club: Astrobots will make tech related makerspace projects, learn to code, 3D print and more. This club is open to all 3rd - 5th grade Ed White E-STEM students. We will meet the last Monday of each month until the end of February. We will meet from 7:15 to 8:00 a.m. in the library. Our first meeting is Oct. 30th. 
Crafters: Makerspace Club: We will discuss and make crafty makerspace projects such as recycled projects, stitching, and more. This group is open to 3rd - 5th grade Ed White E-STEM Students. We will meet every 3rd Monday of the month from 7:15 to 8:00 a.m. The first meeting is Monday, Oct 16th.

Check out the Scholastic and School Library Journal 2017 School Librarian of the Yearour Ed White E-STEM librarian, Tamiko Brown, School Librarian of the Year.pdf

Music Notes: 5th Grade music classes have been working on memorizing songs for their musical Pirates!  Please encourage your 5th graders to practice the music at home.  Everything they need to practice at home is in their ItsLearning 5th Grade Music Course under the “Resources” tab.  Make sure to mark your calendars for the performances of Pirates: November 28th at 9:30am and 6:30pm!

PTA donated recorders for use with the 4th grade music curriculum. Get ready parents, they'll start playing soon!

Satellite Singers Choir
Every 4th and 5th grade student, who is interested, has the opportunity to be part of the Ed White Satellite Singers Choir. To join choir, first look through the Choir expectations here, then follow this link and fill out the form, Choir Form

Gifted & Talented: Sorry I was ill last week and missed my GT kiddos. This week we had a great research driven week. The next 2 weeks, I will be testing. GT testing for 1st-5th grade will begin on October 23. Each grade level was given assignments to work on through the next 2 weeks. 
  • 1st grade is working on their Animals!Animals!Animals! TPSP. They have research notebooks that went home with them. They should be working on gathering facts.
  • 2nd & 3rd grade received a notebook as well this week that will be used for GT. They have an assignment to make a list of things that make them truly curious. 
  • 4th & 5th grade are both working in the itsLearning GT course. Fourth grade did research then submitted it digitally, brainstormed in a discussion group and then began the process of creating their own breakout boxes based on the enigmas they are studying. Fifth grade is working on designing a service project. They too submitted work, started discussion boards, as well as collaborated on documents. 
Attached is the CASE flyer, about a group of parents that work to support GT education in CCISD. Please consider joining this group.
We have an ItsLearning course this year. See if your child can show it to you at home. 
The CCISD Gifted & Talented Program is designed for students who demonstrate significantly above-average achievement or potential in the areas of general intellectual ability, specific subject matter aptitude, and creative/productive thinking skills.  Criteria for selection include cognitive skill tests, professional recommendations, and classroom performance. 
 The deadline for accepting referrals for students in Kindergarten is December 1, 2017. For more information, please feel free to contact me, Blythe Brown,  Advanced Academic Specialist at Ed White Elementary, bbrown@ccisd.net.

Dyslexia Awareness: October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Parents are invited to attend the Dyslexia Parent Night on October 25, 2017 at 6:00 – 7:30 P.M. at Bay Elementary in the PLC located behind the school. If you have questions please contact Cynthia Jones at cjones1@ccisd.net. Information about Dyslexia can be found on the district’s website at https://ccisd.net/departments/dyslexia/.
For tips to help your student at home visit  https://ccisd.net/departments/dyslexia/helping_your_child_at_home/.

Counselor's CornerDeneshia Demouchet is our school counselor. Her goal is to help your child have an academically and personally fulfilling experience while at Ed White Elementary. See a list of program materials and guidance curriculum here, Counselor's Corner.  ​Our Core Values: TRRFCC Connections: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. 

: You can follow events at Ed White by creating a Twitter account and following @EdWhiteEstem

PTA Info: Check out the Ed White PTA Newsletter, Issue 1, Fall 2017
Classroom/Ed White Spirit Shirts: Hurricane Harvey affected so many in our community. We have designed a classroom/Ed White spirit shirt to reflect our Satellite Strong spirit. Each class will have their student signatures or names printed on the back. T-shirt cost is $6 with recommended donation of $10. All proceeds will go towards those Ed White families who were impacted. A copy of the order form is attached. 

Festival: At our special general membership meeting last week, we approved moving our festival to the Spring. Mark your calendar for our Spring Carnival on April 21, 2018 from 11:00 - 3:00. 

We currently have board positions available: Awareness, Habitat Club, Literacy Library, Reflections, School Store (spirit wear and pre-pack supplies) and Workroom. If you are interested in more information please contact Alicia Morgan at amorgan710@gmail.com.

Here are 3 easy ways you can help support our school and our PTA all year long!

1. Kroger Rewards Card Shop Kroger and link your Kroger Rewards Card, http://www.kroger.com/account.enrollCommunityRewardsNow. Sign in or create an accountEnroll or re-enroll (you need to re-enroll each year beginning mid August). Search: Ed White Elementary School PTA or enter Id# 84467. How do you know it's working? You will see a message at the bottom of your receipt.

2. Box Tops for Education - Just clip, collect and turn in Box Tops, found on over 100 General Mills products, to your student's teacher. Ed White Elementary earns money and your student can earn classroom rewards too! http://www.btfe.com - register on line to receive more information. Search: Ed White or enter Id# 184461 to link up our school with your registration.

3. Amazon Smile - It's the same Amazon, just a different link. http://www. smile.amazon.com - sign in with your Amazon .com log in or create an account. Search: PTA Texas Congress 9016 Ed White Elementary PTA. How do you know it's working? You should see "Supporting PTA Texas Congress 9016 Ed White Elementary PTA" just below the search field each time you shop and they will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases!

We have a Facebook page to keep you updated on what's happening at Ed White. Check us out at https://www.facebook.com/Ed-White-Elementary-PTA-757980114308420/