Weekly Updates

This week in class 4/3-4/7

Hi! After a week of STAAR, it may feel like we’re done with the year, but we¬†still have learning going on! ūüôā Here is an update on our week as well as some other things going on in our school.

Things to look out for:

  • Silent Auction has already started and ends Thursday, April 6th at 8pm. Go to www.32auctions.com/PSE2017. Create an account in less than 60 seconds and start bidding. Some items include teacher activities, gift cards from the League, The Melting Pot, Chick-Fil-A, Phil‚Äôs Ice House, Third Base, Blaze Pizza, Face to Face Spa, Adventure Kids Playcare, Target, The Rotten Bunch, Dream Dinners, Fire House Subs, Painting with a Twist, Aqua Tots, Waterloo Swimming, Pluckers, tickets to Disneyland, Ultimate Eye Care kids sports glasses, It Works products, hooded towels, and MUCH MORE! Check the flier that will come home with your student this week. You don‚Äôt want to miss it!
  • Our carnival is set to happen on Friday, April 7th from 4:30-7:30. The inflatables, games, food, prizes, vendors and student helpers are all set. However, we desperately need parent volunteers to make this all come together! It takes all of us to make an event of this magnitude successful. Please sign up for at least one hour to help. I promise you will have fun and get to meet many of our awesome Sommer Stallions. An added bonus is the weather forecast looks beautiful!
    As an incentive, the top two classes with the most parent volunteers will get to choose if they want an extra recess, drawing time at the table during lunch or to pick a locker for prizes. Simply click on this link to volunteer: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/805084eafa828a75-sommer7
  • Round Rock Empty Bowls Festival needs our help!! Students, faculty and community are challenged to bring items for the food drive benefiting The Round Rock Area Serving Center. The campus ( at each level) with the highest number of items by¬†April 6th¬†will be recognized at the Round Rock Empty BowlsFestival on¬†April 8th! Help feed our community and drop off items in the purple barrel located in the main Sommer hallway. More information at¬†http://emptybowlsroundrock.com¬†and flyers located around the school.


    Link for More Information: http://RRISD Food Drive Video/ Empty Bowl Festival

    Flyer for Food Drive Needs: Flyer for Food Drive Needs

Important Dates:
4/3:¬†5:30 Elementary Art Exhibition “Meet & Greet” at the PAC
4/3: 6:30 Bond Presentation at Westwood High School
4/4: National School Librarian Day!
4/5: Early Release
4/6: Class Pictures & Spring Portraits
Report Cards go Home
4/7: Carnival  4:30-7:30.

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Reading/Writing:¬†Students will be working on a research paper to inform their readers of a historical event of their choosing. Students will be conducting research from a book as well as use online databases to find all their information. Today, students brainstormed specific events. We discussed what were broad topics and how to narrow it down to an event (WWII would be too broad but a student could choose to focus on Pearl Harbor). We will be talking about skills such as paraphrasing, organizing information into notes, and writing a thesis statement guide the main idea of their topic.
  • Math: Students are working on a PBL where they are redesigning our classroom. Using what they know about measurement, conversion, and area/perimeter, they are designing their ideal classroom space. Today they continued to measure all the movable items in our classroom to include in their blueprint. We talked about drawing things to scale and how they need to think about how to represent the items on their blueprint as accurately as possible. Next week, groups will present their design and we will vote on our favorite. Then we will be moving our classroom around to fit the winning design!
  • Science:¬†¬†We’ve started our new unit on adaptations, traits, and metamorphosis. Last week we discussed how organisms have different structures that have different functions that help their survive. For example, a shark has several rows of sharp teeth (structure) to help them break down their food/meat because they are carnivores (function). This week students will be exploring more about structures and functions by designing their own super animal and plant that would have structures to give it the greatest chance of survival. I’m sure they will come up with some interesting and creative animals and plants!
  • Social Studies: We¬†are beginning our next unit on the Civil War. This week we will learn about the various causes of the civil war, including tension between the north and south over slavery and growing industrialization.