Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day

We had a lovely time singing in the assembly, it was emotional for me.  I love this day and who it Honors. I met my husband while he was in Iraq and having him be deployed, stirs up a lot of old feelings.  His best friend has been away, and it was a special treat to have my students write and create letters for soldiers.  We, well I will make sure all their cards and letters get mailed to soldiers, and I hope some will write back. My students asked and I told them this is how Mike and I found each other.  My class six years ago wrote to soldiers and he was one of many who wrote back.  We also read procedural texts and began discussing notes to write about, in Reading.  Then in Math we began our unit on Subtracting two and three digit numbers.  We are reviewing addition with two and three digit numbers in stations. During Science we discussed how sound and light can change matter and we had a blast in the Science lab.  Please ask them to explain?

Top Banana:

We had such a busy day I forgot to ask her to share please stay tuned for tomorrow's update.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wacky Weather Wednesday

Parents - We need donations of McDonalds Happy Meal toys or any other small trinkets for an upcoming Family Night on November 18.

If you have any you're willing to spare, please send the items to your child's teacher no later than Monday, Nov. 17th.  It would be helpful if the bag was labeled "Family Math Night."

Thanks so much!
Kristal Shanahan
Gattis Elementary

I am sorry I have not posted, I have been busy in personal life and here on campus.  Today I had to post because it was one of those days where the kids were different do to weather.  We had a social meeting group today about being polite. We discussed text features in class and had a scavenger hunt with text features. During writing we continued writing small moments in our life and had a blast with our quick write.  Math was interesting because we were adding to the tens place, by 10 more or ten less.  However, they were using 3 digit numbers.  Please review with them, some had trouble.  The bonus problems were four digit and still adding or subtracting ten or twenty.  We did have indoor recess and the kids were able to jog around my room to let off energy.  We then headed to the library where we listen to a book about energy from the sun.  Please ask them about their day and I hope all is well?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WOW, I posted!!

Tomorrow PJ's, Slippers Too!! Early Release

TOP BANANA is Ms. Wolfean forgot!!
Also no spelling this week, Happy Halloween

Please have them bring a change of shoes for playground, and PE.  Life around the school has been tough, we have had a lot to do.  We are having a great time with reading, learning about fiction and non-fiction texts.  We are discussing the difference between both types of texts, and we will be learning about text features. During writing we are focusing on small moments and how to describe our stories not tell them to the reader.  This is called show not tell, we want to make the reader get a visual in their head, make a movie. During math we are moving towards numbers to the 999, number sense and remembering still about our two digit numbers.  We are also discussing how objects are made and why they need to use the material to build that object.  They are seeing how the properties of matter help change an object.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wacky Wednesday

Today we had a fantastic time getting all work done.  We discussed how to be respectful to others and Ms. Wolfean.  We talked about how I am just like one of them and they should respect me as well.  They should remember that teachers have feelings too.  During reading we have been looking at four different genres folktale, fables, fairy tale, and legends. We are discussing the difference between the lesson of the story and the most important part the story has.  You could be reading these styles and reinforcing this skill at home.During writing we are working on small moments and leads to our story.  We are trying to make sure we show our story not tell.  We moved head in math to telling time to the minute and began discussing shapes.  We will be taking our math assessment this week.

Top Banana highlight Daniel

Daniel finally shared his poster and we were excited to learn, he not only has a brother here at Gattis, named Lucas.  He also has a sister who we learned after him calling her sister, that she does have a name, Megan.  She was dressed up for a princess one Halloween and we learned he loves to trick or treat.  However, he not only loves that he enjoys going to monster races.  He had a dog or goat not sure which named Tricky, and his sister had one named S'mores.  Daniel was allowed to get goats and we thought it was funny and laughed he wanted them for a pet.  We were told it was only because he lost two dogs and his mother said he could, "I was just lucky I guess."  I giggled hearing his first report can't wait till tomorrow.

Events this week:

Tomorrow McNight out teachers will be at McDonalds from 4-9, I will be there from 6-7.

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We are excited to have you come to our Trunk or Treat event this Friday! We will get started at 6:00 pm

Please bring:
  • Costumes!
  • Trick-or-treat bags for your own children
  • Enough candy or treats for approx. 60 kids
  • Decorated car (optional)
Here is a schedule of events:

6:00 - 6:45 - Sign-in, Dinner, hotdogs, snacks, craft table, Zumba 
(DO NOT pass out candy at this time)
6:45 - 7:00 - Campfire songs
(Snacks and Hotdogs between 6pm and 7pm)
7:00 - 7:20 - Trunk or Treat!
7:20 - 7:40 - Costume contest
7:40 - 8:00 - Campfire songs & S'mores

Volunteers - many of you indicated that you may be able to help before, during, or after the event. Here is the link for helping with our event, we appreciate all your help! 

Events for next week:

Tuesday is Kona Ice for parents and students after school.

Wednesday   early dismissal

Monday, October 20, 2014

Literacy Night Tomorrow

Literacy Night Tomorrow, 6:30!!

We had a nice day making it through all our subjects.  We are working on making inferences and using our reading tool kit.  Please ask them to explain their tool kit in reading.  Then in writing we went to the library to preview books for the book fair.  We will be going to the library to buy books on Wednesday.  After that we came back an d wrote you a letter about Literacy night tomorrow and you could start purchasing books then.  If we can not make it to the Literacy night, they will be able to buy books at 9:45 Wednesday.  We were introduced to a new spelling skill adding a /s/ to most words and adding /es/ to words ending in a /ch/, /sh/, /s/ , /x/, or /ss/.  They are learning to read a clock using the hour and minute hand, please practice with your child at home.  We are telling time to the minute, and writing the time correctly.  In science we are finishing up properties of matter.  We learned that matter is something which takes up space and three types of matter are liquids, gas, and solids.  We can change the shape of matter when we add heat.  Also that liquids do not have a shape.  They take the shape of the container. Hope you are having a great evening?

Our New Top Banana is Daniel, I look forward to seeing and him sharing his poster.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thank you, FRIDAY

We had a busy week and this week will be busy as well.

Family Literacy Night & Book Fair- Tuesday, October 21st @ 6:30.

Students can come in their PJ’s or dress as their favorite book character. Please join us for a fun night of learning. Parents will have the opportunity to learn how to support their children in reading and writing at home. Students will have fun in the cafeteria listening to stories, interacting with teachers, playing reading games, and posing for funny pictures.

McTeacher Night - Come see the Gattis Elementary teachers at work at McDonald’s
(I-35 & 45 - by WalMart), October 23rd, from 5pm-8pm. McDonald’s will donating a portion of the sales back to Gattis.

SchoolStore.Com - Thank you for participating in this opportunity. Please continue to utilize schoolstore.com for your on-line shopping.  Our school ID is #274063.  

Gattis Trunk or Treat!
6:00 pm, Friday, October 24th
*Costume Contest *Campfire songs *S'mores *Trunk or Treat with Gattis Families in the front parking lot
FREE for PTA members, $8.00 fee per family otherwise.
Each person receives 1 hot dog and 1 S'more.

Friday, October 10, 2014


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Book -  Simon & Schuster - Toys"R"UsAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) Poster
Please check times on Saturday, I will be attending the very first movie.  I can not wait to see how  similar or how different it is? 

Ms. Wolfean has read aloud Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible,No Good Very Bad Day by,Judith Viorst; I have informed the students I would like to attend the movie with them.  However, this is not school sponsored and I will need you in attendance, with your child.  I will arrive before the show starts and leave after all have left the building.  I would love for any and all who would like to join us and have an excellent time seeing the movie. I will be at the Round Rock Cinemark 14 Theater at 11:30 AM on Saturday October 11, 2014.

Mummy kind of day, And Thursday was a birthday kind of day.  Ms. Wolfean celebrated her birthday and we had a blast this week.  We have been asking questions in reading and have a ball wrapped up in writing.  We wrote about a "Mummy" story, this was a time we got scared and needed our "Mummy."  Then we made Mummies today.  Yesterday we saw a video about a Mummy.  Please ask them?  We had a blast in Science discussing properties of matter, and we will finish our mystery bag game on Tuesday.  Have a fantastic weekend and maybe I will see you tomorrow, if not see you Tuesday?