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Week of January 14

Math: 3-4 digit division and introduction to fractions

Science: Weather- cold and warm fronts, temperature data, past temp data

Social Studies: Missions

Happy New Year!

Week of January 7

Math: 3 and 4-digit Division Strategies

Science: Weather and Water Cycle

Social Studies: Where and why did Europeans settle in Texas? What were the accomplishments and the impact of significant explorers?



Week of December 17

December 19: Class Winter Party 8:00-9:00

December 20-January 7: Winter Holiday, No School

Have a great and relaxing Winter Break! Happy New Year!

Math: Review Geometry and Multiplication; Take DCA.

Science: Review Soil and Resources: Take DCA.

Social Studies: Explorers

Week of December 10

December 19: Class Winter Party 8:00-9:00

December 20-January 7: Winter Holiday, No School

Winter Class Party Attendees - Get Your “Fast Pass” for Check-in: Coming for a class winter party on Thursday, December 19th and want to avoid long lines at check-in? Then click here to fill out our online RSVP form by 1:00pm on December 18th and we'll have your badge pre-printed and waiting for you outside the office on Thursday morning for quick and easy pick-up. With the large number of parents planning to attend the parties, we highly recommend parents take advantage of this “fast pass” option to help things run smoothly on this busy day. *(Only one RSVP per person necessary. You do not need to RSVP multiple times if attending multiple parties.)

Brown Santa Toy and Food Drive

LME and Cub scout Pack 169 are collecting items for the Travis County Sheriffs Department's Brown Santa Toy and Food Drive, from now until Friday December 14th.

Please bring unwrapped new or gently used toys, books, non perishable foods, diapers and clothes for young children. Items can be dropped off in the 2 black bins in the front hallway.

The Travis County Sheriff department will collect all of the items and distribute them over the holiday period to families in need.

Time to Pre-Order the 2018-2019 Yearbook

Don't forget to pre-order your 2018-19 yearbook before the price increase! The price is currently $30, but will go up to $35 on December 21, 2018. You can place your order at the PTA online store found here: https://laurelmountainpta.membershiptoolkit.com/home. You will need to click on “My Account” and create an account if you haven't already. This ensures your order will be associated with your student and you can track your purchase in your account. Yearbooks are ONLY available via pre-order; place yours now so your child won't be disappointed at distribution time in May.

Not Too Late to Order Student Artwork Gifts

Great news! You can still order beautiful products personalized with your child’s artwork through our SilverGraphics Art Fundraiser. If you missed the ordering deadline, or want to place additional orders, now’s your chance! Products will ship direct to you, with shipping fees added. Your order will continue to benefit our school.

To receive your products by Christmas, place your online order by December 5th!

To Place Your Order:

Go to: www.silvergraphics.com/shop/

Enter the Access Code from your child’s Order Form

If you don’t have your child’s Access Code, you can search our online shop by entering our school-wide Access Code instead: LMEART2018

Want to order from different art? Click the option “Upload new art to this order” after you enter this year’s Access Code. Contact Vicki Walker at vickiwalker4@hotmail.com with questions.

Parent Reminder: Outdoor Learning Spaces Not for Public Use: We would like to remind our Laurel Mountain community that the outdoor spaces, including the Edible Garden, Chicken Coop, Studio, Preserve, and Reading Garden, are for student use only. These spaces are NOT for public use at anytime. Please do not enter any of these spaces in the evenings or on weekends and never allow children to climb the fence or gate of a locked space. Doing this is considered trespassing. The district is working hard to keep our campus safe and secure with outdoor surveillance cameras. We recently lost one of our chickens to a predator due to unauthorized tampering of the chicken coop on a weekend so please help us ensure the safety of our animals by reminding your children they are not to enter the coop after school hours.

Math: Developing Strategies to Multiply by 2-Digit Numbers and Divide 3- and 4-Digit Numbers

Science: Natural Resources

Social Studies: European explorers in Texas

Week of December 3

December 7, 8:30-11:00am: G4 & G5 Enrichment Cluster Showcase

December 19: Class Winter Party 8:00-9:00

December 20-January 7: Winter Holiday, No School

Winter Class Party Attendees - Get Your “Fast Pass” for Check-in: Coming for a class winter party on Thursday, December 19th and want to avoid long lines at check-in? Then click here to fill out our online RSVP form by 1:00pm on December 18th and we'll have your badge pre-printed and waiting for you outside the office on Thursday morning for quick and easy pick-up. With the large number of parents planning to attend the parties, we highly recommend parents take advantage of this “fast pass” option to help things run smoothly on this busy day. *(Only one RSVP per person necessary. You do not need to RSVP multiple times if attending multiple parties.)

Brown Santa Toy and Food Drive

LME and Cub scout Pack 169 are collecting items for the Travis County Sheriffs Department's Brown Santa Toy and Food Drive, from now until Friday December 14th.

Please bring unwrapped new or gently used toys, books, non perishable foods, diapers and clothes for young children. Items can be dropped off in the 2 black bins in the front hallway.

The Travis County Sheriff department will collect all of the items and distribute them over the holiday period to families in need.

Enrichment Cluster News

Hello LME Parents, Did you know that the PTA created a Cookbook titled Cooking + Culture = Community? The Celebrity Chef G4 & G5 Enrichment Cluster invite parents to join us at our annual Enrichment Cluster Showcase to share foods cooked from recipes in the LME cookbook. These foods help us learn about cultures and relate to people through food. As we say, it is “More Than Just a Book.”

At the Enrichment Cluster Showcase, you will have a chance to purchase the cookbook for $15. We will be delighted if you can buy the cookbook. You might want to buy one book for you and one to share as a gift. You can always buy 2 or more, but do it fast before they’re all gone! Thank you and see you at the Enrichment Cluster Showcase.

Time to Pre-Order the 2018-2019 Yearbook

Don't forget to pre-order your 2018-19 yearbook before the price increase! The price is currently $30, but will go up to $35 on December 21, 2018. You can place your order at the PTA online store found here: https://laurelmountainpta.membershiptoolkit.com/home. You will need to click on “My Account” and create an account if you haven't already. This ensures your order will be associated with your student and you can track your purchase in your account. Yearbooks are ONLY available via pre-order; place yours now so your child won't be disappointed at distribution time in May.

Not Too Late to Order Student Artwork Gifts

Great news! You can still order beautiful products personalized with your child’s artwork through our SilverGraphics Art Fundraiser. If you missed the ordering deadline, or want to place additional orders, now’s your chance! Products will ship direct to you, with shipping fees added. Your order will continue to benefit our school.

To receive your products by Christmas, place your online order by December 5th!

To Place Your Order:

Go to: www.silvergraphics.com/shop/

Enter the Access Code from your child’s Order Form

If you don’t have your child’s Access Code, you can search our online shop by entering our school-wide Access Code instead: LMEART2018

Want to order from different art? Click the option “Upload new art to this order” after you enter this year’s Access Code. Contact Vicki Walker at vickiwalker4@hotmail.com with questions.

Westwood Prom Fundraiser "Souper Bowl" December 6th

The Westwood High School prom fundraiser, The Souper Bowl, is right around the corner! It is this Thursday, December 6th from 6pm to 9pm in the Westwood Cafetorium. Tickets are $5 each! There will be a soup buffet, sandwiches, salads, desserts and more! During the fundraiser, there will also be a silent auction (with up to $2,000 worth of items) and live entertainment featuring the students and staff of Westwood. All proceeds from this fundraiser go directly to funding the 2019 prom - this means the more money the fundraiser makes, the cheaper prom tickets will be in the spring. This is a super fun family event, and we hope to see you there!

Parent Reminder: Outdoor Learning Spaces Not for Public Use: We would like to remind our Laurel Mountain community that the outdoor spaces, including the Edible Garden, Chicken Coop, Studio, Preserve, and Reading Garden, are for student use only. These spaces are NOT for public use at anytime. Please do not enter any of these spaces in the evenings or on weekends and never allow children to climb the fence or gate of a locked space. Doing this is considered trespassing. The district is working hard to keep our campus safe and secure with outdoor surveillance cameras. We recently lost one of our chickens to a predator due to unauthorized tampering of the chicken coop on a weekend so please help us ensure the safety of our animals by reminding your children they are not to enter the coop after school hours.

Math: Measuring Angles with a protractor. Distinguishing between acute, obtuse, and right angles and distinguishing 2D shapes.

Science: We will be learning about different soil properties.

Social Studies: We will continue learning about the Spanish and French explorers.

Week of November 26

Math: Measuring Angles with a protractor. Distinguishing between acute, obtuse, and right angles.

Science: We will be learning about different soil properties.

Social Studies: We will continue learning about the Spanish and French explorers.

November 12

Math: We will take the assessment for multiplication and division. The start working on angles and 2D shapes.

Science: We will finish with changes in land and start on soil properties.

Social Studies: We will start on explorers.

Week of October 29

Math: We will relate multiplication to division. And we will develop division strategies.

Science: We will finish investigating forces and start changes in land.

Social Studies: We will finish Native Americans and start explorers.

Week of October 22

Math: We will continue practicing different strategies to multiply 2 and 3 digit numbers.

Science: We will test our own investigation in force.

Social Studies: We will compare the various Native American groups of Texas.


Week of October 15

Math: We will continue developing strategies to multiply 2 and 3 digit numbers.

Science: We will continue to investigating force and create our own experiment.

Social Studies: Continue researching Native American groups in Texas.

Week of October 8

No school Monday and Tuesday

Math: We will start on developing strategies to multiply 1-digit numbers and divide 2-digit numbers.

Science: We will start investigating forces: pushes, pulls, friction, gravity, magnetism.

Week of October 1

Math: We will review for our Unit 1 and Unit 2 assessment. We will take Unit 1 and 2 assessment on Thursday.

Science: We will continue working on Electricity, Conductors, and Insulators. We will take Unit 3 assessment on Thursday.

Social Studies: Students will research the Native Americans of Texas.



Week of September 24

Math: We will continue working on addition and subtraction using the standard algorithm showing regrouping.

Science: We will take assessment on forms of energy. Then start Unit 3: Electricity, Conductors, and Insulators.

Social Studies: We will continue researching Texas regions and begin learning about Texas Indian groups. We will have a guest archaeologist from the University of Texas present about the lives of Texas Indians.

Week of September 17

Math: We will be working on estimating sums and differences. Then use the algorithm strategy to solve addition and subtraction problems using larger numbers.

Science: We will be learning about forms of energy including, sound, thermal, electrical, mechanical, and light energy

Social Studies: We will continue learning about the 4 regions of Texas: Mountains and Basin, Great Plains, North Central Plains, and Coastal Regions


Week of September 10

Math: Complete Unit 1 Place Value by finishing all assignments. Take post assessment. Start Unit 2 addition and subtraction.

Science: Complete Mixture assignments. Take Unit 1 assessment on classifying matter and mixtures.

Social Studies: Students will research the 4 Texas regions in small groups.

Week of September 4

Math: We will continue working with place value of 6 digit numbers focusing and rounding and comparing numbers. We will finish the week with the post assessment for Unit 1.

Science: We will investigate mixtures.

Social Studies: We will continue with map skills.

Week of August 27

Math: Reviewing Place Value to 999,999. Students need to be able to read, write, compare, and order numbers.

Science: Finish with Classifying Matter. Then start with Mixtures.

Social Studies: Continuing with map skills: reading a map, grid system, longitude and latitude, Texas map and states bordering our state

Week of August 20

We will start switching classes on Monday.

Ms. O'Neal will teach Reading and Writing. I will teach math and science.

Math: We will develop math routines. We will take a pretest on Unit 1-4. Then we will have a week of Inspirational math.

Science: We will set up our science journal. We will review science safety and tools. Then we will observe physical properties of matter.

Social Studies: We will set up our social studies journal. Then we will review map skills.