Weekly Updates

This week in class 10/10-10/12

I hope you all had a great long weekend! Mrs. Nieto and I are enjoying meeting you and partnering with your families to help your child have a successful last year in elementary school! Here is a look at our short week.

Important Info

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  • BrightBytes survey
    • We are partnering with BrightBytes, an educational data analytics company, in order to learn more about our students’ school and home technology use for learning. We are reaching out to ask you to take part in our questionnaire. Your participation is essential in helping us form a more complete picture of  technology use for learning in our students’ lives. Please know that all of your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy and they will help your child’s school choose the right technology for their classrooms. It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.The window to take the survey is Monday, October 8th thru Monday, October 22, 2018.

      Please go to here.

      https://bbyt.es/start/7Z6MC

      Thank you for taking part in this important initiative!

  • TAG Information Night will be Nov. 8  5:45-6:45 – Presentation for if/how to refer your child for TAG.  Parents can go to our website to see the TAG referral timeline.

Important Dates
10/10: @ 6:00  Round Rock Learning Community Bond Meeting-Chisholm Trail MS
10/11: @ 6:00 Ranch of Brushy Creek Bond Meeting
10/15: PBL presentation @12:55-1:45, Reading test
10/16-10/17: Unit 1 & 2 Math assessments
10/19: PTA Kona Ice
10/25: Vision and hearing test

This Week We Are Learning:

Math: This week we wrapping up our unit on applying addition and subtraction of fractions to data analysis and perimeter. On Thursday and Friday we began learning about analyzing data from frequency tables and dot plots. Today we reviewed bar graphs and stem and leaf plots and student demonstrated their understanding of the data by sharing statements that described the information. Students will continue to demonstrate their understanding of data graphs through solving problems that require them to pull data and add and subtract fractions. The assessments will be 10/16 (Prime and composite & order of operations) and 10/17 (applying adding and subtracting fractions to perimeter and data analysis).

Science:  This week we will continue our unit of types of energy focusing on light. Prior to this week, we explored different types of energy: mechanical, electrical, light, thermal and sound (MELTS).  Students explored how light travels through the use of a laser pointer and mirrors. They used these materials to try and hit targets by bouncing the light off of the mirrors. Students demonstrated that light travels in a straight line until it strikes an object and is reflected or travels through one medium to another. This week we will explore how light refracts, or bends.

Thank you and have a great week!

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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!

Weekly Updates

This week in class 4/16-4/20

Things to watch out for:

  • The Silent Auction has started! Go to www.32auctions.com/PSE2018. Create an account in less than 60 seconds and start bidding. Some items include teacher activities, gift cards from The League, Face to Face Spa, Adventure Kids Playcare, Waterloo Swimming,  Ultimate Eye Care kids sports glasses, Dart Em Up, Halina European Spa, Salata, Freebirds, Chipotle, Pure Barre, Urban Eat Drink, Infinite 8 Fitness, Omnibarre, Urban Air, Kristina Kirby Photography, Heartstring Photography, Smokey Mo’s, Kona Ice, and much more! You don’t want to miss it! (5th grade is offering a pizza lunch with the teachers!!)0d7a1b416c78f39cfcabf6c0a243cdce

  • Yearbook:
    Time is running out to order your 2017-2018 Sommer Yearbook.  Order now at www.balfour.com for delivery in May.

  • TA Carnival Committee is in great need for your time at Friday’s school carnival.  Please consider volunteering one hour to help our students enjoy this spring event and to ensure all games are available.  Here’s the SignUpGenius link:

Important Dates
4/19: Silent auction ends
4/20: Spring Carnival!
4/25: Spring individual photo forms due
4/26: Evening performance of Aladdin
5/2: Pearson Ranch campus visit
5/16: Science STAAR test

This Week We Are Learning:

Math: This week we are working on our mystery class projects. It like a global game of hide and seek where students will be using clues to try and locate a class somewhere else in the world. Students are calculating photoperiods (length of day) by using information on their location’s sunrise and sunset and comparing it to Austin’s sunrise and sunset and length of day. Students will use this information and what they know about the Earth’s rotation to try and narrow where in the world (latitude/longitude) they think their class is. There are also riddle clues that will help them narrow down their class’s country/state/city! Students will present their final guesses later this week.

Science: Last week we started learning about structures and functions of living organisms and how they help animals live and survive in their environment. We are continuing our discussion this week thinking about about plants’ structures and functions. Students will now create their own super plant!

Thank you!

Weekly Updates

This week in class 4/9-4/13

It’s STAAR week! I know this is a time the students may have been dreading but as I reminded them today, they’ve been working hard all year and I know they will rock this test! The key is not to stress so let them know you’re proud of them and get them outside to play!

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Things to watch out for:

  • This 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

  • Mark your calendars—carnival is on April 20th!  Look for fliers in your child’s Thursday folders this week!

    Please sign up to help at carnival  https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10C0544ACAF2FA5FC1-sommer1

  • The Silent Auction has started! Go to www.32auctions.com/PSE2018. Create an account in less than 60 seconds and start bidding. Some items include teacher activities, gift cards from The League, Face to Face Spa, Adventure Kids Playcare, Waterloo Swimming,  Ultimate Eye Care kids sports glasses, Dart Em Up, Halina European Spa, Salata, Freebirds, Chipotle, Pure Barre, Urban Eat Drink, Infinite 8 Fitness, Omnibarre, Urban Air, Kristina Kirby Photography, Heartstring Photography, Smokey Mo’s, Kona Ice, and much more! You don’t want to miss it!

  • Yearbook:
    Time is running out to order your 2017-2018 Sommer Yearbook.  Order now at www.balfour.com for delivery in May.

Important Dates
4/10: Math STAAR test
4/11: Reading STAAR test
4/13: Grade 3-5 Assembly
@ 8:20 2nd Cup of Coffee w/the Principal
4/14: RRISD Celebration of Families-Empty Bowl Festival
4/20: Spring Carnival
5/16: Science STAAR test

This Week We Are Learning:

Math: Today we played some math games as a fun way to review for tomorrow’s STAAR test! Thursday we will begin a math project that integrates the math skills we’ve learned this year! Friday is our celebration of learning day so students may bring in games and wear their PJs!

Science: Last week we started learning about structures and functions of living organisms and how they help animals live and survive in their environment. Thursday we will be continuing our discussion on different structures and their functions; students are also creating their own super animal combining different structures and functions so their animal can survive in the toughest environments.

Thank you!

Weekly Updates

This week in class 4/2-4/6

I hope you all had a great long weekend! Can you believe it’s already April? STAAR is next week and here is some information about what’s going on this week!

Things to watch out for:

  • This 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

  • Mark your calendars—carnival is on April 20th!  Look for fliers in your child’s Thursday folders this week!

    Please sign up to help at carnival  https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10C0544ACAF2FA5FC1-sommer1

Important Dates
4/3: Spring pictures
Art Meet and Greet @ PAC 6:00
4/4:6:00-7:00 Innovation Station 3-5 Family Night, Cafeteria & Music Room B148
4/6: Math test
4/10: Math STAAR test
4/11: Reading STAAR test
4/14: RRISD Celebration of Families-Empty Bowl Festival
4/20: Spring Carnival
5/16: Science STAAR test

This Week We Are Learning:

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 within 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.

Thank you!

Weekly Updates

This week in class 3/5-3/9

I hope you all had a great weekend! We’ve got one more week before Spring Break which includes field day!

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Things to watch out for:

  • 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
  • Third Grade Economics Fair

    We have some incredible upcycled items for sale. All proceeds will be going to the Round Rock Serving Center. Make sure to bring your money, preferably quarters, and a shopping bag to put your bought items in! Can’t wait to see you there!

  • RRISD Career Fair Info

    On Monday, March 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Round Rock High School, counseling services will host a Career Exploration Fair featuring career-focused activities for all ages, kindergarten through grade 12, from over 100 participating partners.

    A variety of careers on wheels will be on display in the front parking lot, and students can bring home free photos from the photo booth.  Also, FAFSA help will be available to seniors and their parents.

    Students who attend may win an Xbox swag package with Xbox gaming chair or one of three Dell Inspiron 17 5000 series laptop. Student(s) must be present to win.  

    Please encourage students to attend the career fair and get excited about dreaming big.

    Find more information about the career fair, including a short video that can show in class or on morning broadcasts on the District website.

Important Dates
3/5: RRISD Career Day @ Round Rock HS 6:00-8:00
3/6: Economics Fair
3/7: Kindergarten Round Up
3/8: Science Assessment
3/9: Field day!
3/12-3/16: Spring Break

This Week We Are Learning:

Math: This week we are continuing our unit introducing coordinate plane. This week we will be identifying patterns in a graph to interpret data. Students will be able to recognize the difference between an additive or multiplicative pattern given in a table or graph. Students will use patterns to determine the number of pattern blocks needed to make the next figure in a sequence.  Students extend the pattern by making a table of values, view the values from the table as ordered pairs, plot the coordinates on a coordinate grid. Students will also use input and output tables to look for patterns to show data in a graph.

Science: We will be completing our unit on Living and nonliving things, the carbon-dioxide oxygen cycle and fossils. Students will test Thursday. To wrap up this unit, students will identify fossils as evidence of past living organisms and the nature of the environments at the time using models. They will explore fossils through learning how fossils are formed and through exploring the evidence that fossils provide about organisms and environments from the past.

Thank you!