Weekly Updates

This week in class 9/24-9/28

I can’t believe it’s almost October and the official start of fall! That means it’s time for our fall fundraiser and pictures! Here’s a look at our week and what’s coming up! Important Info Stuff the Boot: Patsy Sommer Elementary’s PTA’s Stuff the Boots & Silly String a Teacher is a fundraising effort which allows… Continue reading This week in class 9/24-9/28

Weekly Updates

This week in class 9/17-9/21

Important Info

  • Stuff the Boot:
    • Patsy Sommer Elementary’s PTA’s Stuff the Boots & Silly String a Teacher is a fundraising effort which allows 100% of your donation to benefit our school and students! These funds enable us to support school-wide needs such as software and technology upgrades, classroom workbooks, innovative learning materials, special equipment, flexible seating for our classrooms, support for teachers and educational programs. The funds also support school programs such as the Reflections & Math SuperStars programs, Carnival, Multicultural events, Teacher Appreciation, and much much more! For more info or to donate online, please click here!
  • Field trip:
    • We have been given the opportunity to attend a performance done by Ballet Folklorico THIS FRIDAY, September, 21.  The performance will take place at the RRISD Performing Arts Center.  We realize it is a quick turn-around, however, this is an incredible multi-cultural experience for our students.  Permission slips are coming home MONDAY.  Please return the permission slip Tuesday if possible.
  • Ambassador ClubThe 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 the application is due on September 24th to Mrs. Baker or Miss Gagliardi  2018-19 Application

Important Dates
9/17-10/5: Stuff the Boot Fundraiser!
9/20: Progress reports go home
9/21: Folklorico Performance @ PAC
9/25: Flu Clinic
9/28: Picture day

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Math: This week we will continue reviewing addition with fractions. Students will focus on deciding which strategy to use when making calculations and verifying that an answer is reasonable. We will practice this with word problems and problem solving examples.
  • Science:  We are continuing our unit on mixtures and solutions. Students know that mixtures keep there physical properties and can be easily separated and solutions can be separated but not easily and do not keep their physical properties. This week we will focus on how identifying evidence that shows that a solution is a unique type of mixture and exploring tools and processes that we can use to separate a substance. Students also received vocabulary words associated with this unit and will have a quiz this Friday. Our unit test will be next week (date TBD)!

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Students using cuisenaire rods to show addition of fractions with unlike denominators.

Thank you!

Weekly Updates

This week in class 9/4-9/7

Hello! I hope you all had a great 3 day weekend! We are a few weeks into school and I’ve enjoyed getting to know my students and to see our learning community developing! 🙂 I try and post weekly to let you know about what is going on in the classroom and of any important information coming up, so please subscribe so you can receive automatic emails when I update.

Important Info

  • Running club  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
  •  If your child is interested in applying to be a part of the Stallion Choir(3-5), please read the message from the music teachers 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

Important Dates
9/4: 6:00 TAG Curriculum Night
9/5: Pearson Ranch Open House
9/7: Grades 3-5 Assembly
9/10: Unit 1 Classifying Matter Science test
9/13: Club night

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Math: Last week the students discovered how divisibility rules help us work out whether a number is exactly divisible by other numbers (i.e. there is no remainder). We applied our knowledge of these rules to identify whether numbers were prime (numbers with 2 factors: 1 and itself) or composite (numbers with 3 or more factors). Today we introduced order of operations and how to use PEMDAS to solve for equations (not including exponents). We talked about how much like how grammar is a set of rules that informs the order in which we place words in a sentence, the order of operations is a set of rules that informs the order in which we complete calculations. This week students will continue practicing using the order of operations to build their fluency with using the rules.
  • Science: Last week, we explored different ways we can classify matter. We talked about how we can classify or group matter by their physical properties (ways we can measure and observe matter). Last week we did an experiment measuring the mass of water, freezing it, and measuring the mass of ice. Students discovered that changing the physical state of water does not change its mass. Today we explored relative density by creating a relative density tower. We poured 7 liquids (water, rubbing alcohol, corn syrup, honey, dish soap, cooking oil, and maple syrup) into a cup and the students were amazed how they separated in the cup by each liquid’s density! This week we will continue exploring insulators and conductors and solubility. IMG-5545

Thank you!