Ed White email News

Ed White E-STEM email News
Posted on 12/08/2015

Ed White Families, 

What's Coming Up:​​​​l

  • Tuesday, March 28 - Report Cards available online
  • Wednesday, March 29 - STAAR Test Day, 5th Grade Reading - NO VISITORS
  • Friday, March 31 - School Dance, 6:30 - 8:30PM
  • Saturday, April 1 - CCISD Job Fair, 9:00 -11:00AM for Certified positions, 10:30-12:00 for Auxiliary positions, Clear Springs High School
  • Tuesday, April 4 - 3rd & 4th Grade Math Benchmark Tests
  • Tuesday, April 4 - Workday in our Habitat, 3:15 - 4:30pm.
  • Wednesday, April 5 - 5th Grade Science Benchmark Test
  • Thursday, April 6 - Teacher Pizza Delivery Night, 3:30 - 6:30pm
  • Thursday, April 6 - WAVE Orientation for parents & students, 6:00 - 8:00pm, LCIS Commons
  • Thursday, April 13 - Satellite Singers Pop Show, 9:30am & 6:30pm
  • Friday, April 14 - Student/Staff School Holiday

Parents, due to STAAR testing on Tuesday, March 28 & Wednesday, March 29, we are sorry to announce that no parents, visitors or classroom volunteers for any grade level will be allowed in the cafeteria or the classrooms at any time on theses days.

The Child Nutrition Department will once again be offering Free Breakfast to elementary students during state testing days, on Tuesday, March 28 & Wednesday, March 29. See the attached flyer.

Reminder that your student's report card will be available to view on-line, Tuesday March 28, 2017
1. Go to www.ccisd.net and click on the @Home button on the top, right-hand side to go directly to the Skyward login page
2. Log into your Skyward Family Access Account 
3. Click on your child’s name
4. Select Report Card on the left of your screen 
5. Select the 3rd Nine Weeks report card at the top
6. Select View Report 
7. You can print or save the report 

5th grade presents
express yourself   School-Wide Dance on Friday, March 31st from 6:30 - 8:30pm. Tickets are $5 per person or $10 per family and on sale after school March 30, 31, and at the door. Snacks, candy, popcorn and drinks will be for sale along with glow items and a photo op. Proceeds will benefit the 5th grade end of year field trip.

Ed White Elementary, Papa John's, Teacher Pizza Delivery Night, is Thursday, April 6, 3:30 - 6:30pm. When you pre-order a pizza, Papa John's donates 20% of the price to Ed White PTA. Teachers will also be competing to see who earns the most in cash tips! 100% of the tips goes directly to Ed White PTA. Tell your neighbors the Papa John's mobile kitchen will be at Ed White to take walk up orders from 3:30 - 6:30pm! Pre-order forms must be returned by March 30 for this one night only teacher delivery event.

The Ed White PTA Nominating Committee is looking for volunteers for the 2017-2018 Executive Board. The following positions are available:
 Vice President of Membership
 Vice President of Fundraising 
If you have interest in learning more about any of these positions, please contact Chelsea Ojeda-Jones at ojeda_chelsea@yahoo.com.  Thank you for your consideration.

You are invited to participate in our April Workday in the Habitat, Tuesday, April 4th from dismissal until 4:30pm. Our focus will be on spreading mulch throughout the Habitat so we need lots of hands! Our supply of wheelbarrows and shovels is fairly limited, so if you have extras of these items at home that we could borrow that day, please bring them. Please bring OFF! and water for yourself and your student. ALL students must be accompanied by an adult.

 5th grade GT students attending WAVE next year;  WAVE Orientation is coming up on Thursday, April 6th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM in the LCIS Commons. It is an important meeting for both parents and students. Please see the attached letter . Also attached is the LCI Robotics team application for 2017-18, students please return it by Monday, April 3rd to Mrs. Brinkley at LCIS.

Gifted & Talented Update
  STAAR testing disrupted the GT schedule this week. Next week due to a conference, I will see students on Monday & Tuesday. Blythe Brown, Advanced Academic Specialist/ Math Instructional Coach, Bbrown@ccisd.net

Physical Education News
 In April, Ed White E-STEM Elementary students will participate in FundRunners.  FundRunners is a nine day fundraising program that focuses on fitness and character development.  We hope that this will be a fun and exciting program that both parents and students will love and remember for years to come. If you would like to volunteer for this event during your child’s block time, please contact Coach Clough at wclough@.ccisd.net

Music Notes
: The Satellite Singers Pop Show is scheduled for April 13th, and the Kindergarten Program "Welcome Spring" is on April 27th.  Both shows will be performed at 9:30am and 6:30pm.  Please mark your calendars. We will need Kindergarten parents to help with various things including decorating the stage and props.  Be on the lookout for a volunteer request from Mrs. Amelung. 

: Order your Ed White E-STEM hardcover yearbook!  Yearbooks are $30 while supplies last. Go to Balfour.com and type our school name, Ed White.  Purchase on-line using a credit or debit card. Questions? Contact Tasha Gutacker gutackers@gmail.com.

Fourth Grade
: 4th graders have been working really hard! They are ready for the STAAR test! They celebrated and shared their completed compositions on Friday, March 24. They
 will continue wearing their orange boot camp shirts, on WEDNESDAYS, until they take their next STAAR test in May. Thanks for all your support! 

Third Grade: 3rd students began GRIT Camp for Math and Reading.  Students work in small, focused instructional groups on Mondays and Fridays to prepare for their STAAR tests.  If your child ordered a GRIT Camp t shirt, please have them wear them on Mondays and Fridays until early May

First Grade: Amelia the Rat was visiting 1st grade from our District Living Materials Center and they had Addyson Lynch, a 2nd grader, as a guest reader.  Looks like Amelia the Rat enjoyed the story! LMC.jpg

Second Grade: Mr. John Rask from NASA/JSC spoke to second grade students about NASA’s missions to outer space. Students learned about life on the space shuttle and lunar  lander modules that were designed, but never sent to the moon. Students also discovered that moon dust was a big problem coming back from the Apollo missions and that engineers are working on ways to reduce the presence of dust in the rockets after a trip to Mars.  Ed White students appreciated Mr. Rask sharing his stories and helping further our understanding of engineering at NASA!

Third Grade:
 3rd grade took a Field Trip to the Longhorn Project at NASA and students were so excited to take a photo next to photos and information of the real Ed White and his crew!  3rd graders with Ed White.jpg 3rd grade with Ed White.jpg

STEM night:
 During our STEM Night, Kindergarten teachers taught students how to create slime! E-STEM Night making slime.jpg

TRRFCC Connections: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship
Core ValueTrustworthiness - act with honesty in all that you do. Trustworthiness is about honesty, telling the truth, doing what you say you will do, and being loyal.  Trustworthy people tell the truth and don’t cheat or steal.  They have integrity and the moral courage to do the right thing. Trust is not automatic. Earning trust takes time, losing trust can happen quickly.   Trustworthiness is something we all work on together in our club, family, school and community. Parents can reinforce trustworthiness by modeling it and clearly conveying their expectations regarding trustworthy behavior. Every day provides opportunities to reinforce your child’s merits of trustworthiness.

MakerspaceTilak is our Maker of the Week! He has been an instrumental team member who helped set up the Chaos Tower in the library and has recently checked out a Littlebits Kits to create inventions at home. 

On Tuesday, March 21st from 3:30 to 4:30pm we offered a Stitch Club to any 2nd and 3rd grade student who was interested in learning how to start Cross Stitch, Knitting or Crochet. Space was limited but we will offer another session in April. Please go to this Signup Genius link to sign up. www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0B4AAAAB2BA64-edwhite
Stitch club, The Basics: Ten 2nd and 3rd grade students are invited to learn the fundamental basics to begin cross stitch, knitting or crochet. Students will need to bring their own supplies to participate. What to bring For Cross Stitch Instruction: Aida Fabric attached to an Embroidery Hoop, and a package of Cross Stitch Floss. For Knitting Instruction: knitting needles and yarn. For Crochet Instruction: Crochet hook, and yarn.

3D Printing:This week in Makerspace students had an opportunity to choose 3D printing and CAD design on Tinkercad which is a website where students can create a digital design and then have the option to print it on a 3D printer. Here is the link if you would like access to Tinkercad at home.https://www.tinkercad.com/ If students want to print something about the size of  a Lego they are welcome to use the library 3D printer.

Take Home Makerspace Kits: Students in 2nd – 5th grade can check out a Makerspace kit they can explore at home. Kits range in topic from technology, crafty, logic and more. I hope students will checkout the kits create or learn something and then share their creation or the information they’ve learned at school. Since the kits range in price from $50.00 to $200.00, parents will need to sign a permission slip before students can check out their first kit. Attached is the permission slip for Take Home Makerspace Kits.

Mobile MakerspaceOur Ed White PTA has funded the creation of mobile Makerspace carts for Kindergarten and First grade classes. The carts will contain everything needed to create a Makerspace in the classroom. Carts will begin circulating by the end of January.

Students visit our 
Makerspace during their library time and choose to work in one Makerspace area for 30 minutes. Robotics, Coding, Engineering, Recycled Crafts, Video Game Design, and Augmented Reality are some of the sessions offered. For more information contact Mrs. Brown at tbrown@ccisd.net Makerspace Photos Makerspace photo

Earth Day 5K Walk:
 Come celebrate Earth Day on April 23 at Armand Bayou Nature Center. Hike their paths through the forest and be a part of urban conservation as you walk to save the wild things. Help us do our part and join as we celebrate nature! Family Fun 5K, Walk for the Wild Things

Camp Invention
:  Camp Invention will be returning to Ed White Elementary this summer June 12 - June 16. Paper flyers will be sent home throughout the Spring semester.  Please note that it will be an all-day camp (times are TBD). 

Robotics Camp: Registration is open for the 2017 Robotics summer camp. Applications can be found at https://goo.gl/q8PfjYSpace is limited, so register now! For children 7 years old to 8th grade in the fall of 2017. Camp is 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, for 4 days and each week is a repeat of the camp; June 19 to 22,  June 26 to 29, July 31 to Aug 3. Early Registration is $175.00 per session until March 31st. Registration is $200.00 per session April 1st to May 15th. Late Registration is $225.00 per session May 16th til day of Camp. Multi-student discount, $25. off per child after the 1st student.

UHCL Art Summer ProgramThe schedule runs June 5 - 29, 2017.  Classes are at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.  The topic for elementary age students will be the Art of England.  For younger siblings, there are classes for ages 3 ½ - 6, and also an intermediate/high school program for students entering grades 6 - 12 next fall.  The link to register is https://apps.uhcl.edu/Ecommerce/Schedule/AS.

Summer EcoCamp
Register now for summer EcoCamp. From fishing and canoeing on our pond and hiking in our forests, to animal demonstrations and crazy craft making - you’ll have a blast. Armand Bayou Nature Center EcoCamp is a week long day camp for ages 4 - 13. Click on these links for camp descriptions and dates 
EcoCampRegister online at www.abnc.org or call 713 274 2668/2667 for questions or to register by phone.

Congratulations to our 5th grade Math/Science teacher Nicole Long, for winning an award for her mini-grant from the
Clear Creek Education Foundation. She won a grant for $500! Here's what she is doing for our school:
The money will be spent on supplies for a student-based Purple Martin Club for 3rd - 5th graders.  We will be installing a bird house on campus for all teachers and students to use to supplement and enrich classroom learning. Eventually, the bird house will contain nest cameras that will provide a live stream of nest activity that can be accessed from teacher computers in the building. We will also be working with Sheila Brown and the Environmental Institute of Houston at UHCL to explore opportunities to tag birds and track migration patterns. We are hoping to complete phase one of the project before the birds arrive in February!


Mission X: Ed White E-STEM Elementary students participated in NASA’s “Mission X - Train like an Astronaut” program to provide a learning opportunity for the students.  Mission X 2017 is a six-week international fitness challenge that integrates fitness, nutritional and educational content from multiple space agencies, institutions, and countries. Students learned how health and fitness play an important role in human performance in space and on Earth.


In November Britain’s Jim Plunkett-Cole educated our students on the Jim Gump Challenge.  His goal is to run twenty thousand miles over three years, two months, fourteen days, and sixteen hours across the United States to raise awareness for childhood obesity and weight issues.  He talked to the students about the importance of daily physical activity, good nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle.  We are honored to have him visit our school.

Congratulations to our 2017 Science Fair Winners:
Doug Gonzales  2nd Bronze  5th grade Biological Science 
James Lancaster 2nd 5th grade Consumer Science
Alex Haritos Honorable Mention 5th grade Earth/Space Science
Alex McDonald Honorable Mention 5th grade Engineering
Mysha Samani Honorable Mention 4th grade Physical Science
Annabel Sauers Honorable Mention 4th grade Biological Science 
Michael Valentine Honorable Mention 4th grade Physical Science
Katherine Valentine Honorable Mention 4th grade Biological Science 

Congratulations to the following students for having their artwork chosen to represent Ed White ESTEM for the CCISD Annual Holiday Card Contest:
Lily Collier (Kindergarten)  Anaya Androski (1st) Ivy Kubricht (3rd)  Brynlee Ezzell (4th)   Wellsley Knobloch (5th) 
Noah Powell (Kindergarten) Alyssa Lynch (1st) Tyler Outlaw (3rd)    Delaney Michalak (4th)

Jack Tucker (1st) Alex Pereira (3rd)   Ianna Wade-Gledhill (4th)

And a Special Congrats goes out to Lindsey Foulds (5th) for having her entry chosen by the CCISD Superintendent, Dr. Smith and staff, as an Honorable Mention winner! Thank you to all the students of Ed White who all worked hard on their designs!  


Engineering Lab: Second graders were in the engineering lab this week making Lunar Landers. They had to create a design that would land safely on the moon and keep two astronauts safe.  In addition, each team created a Powerpoint presentation to showcase their work.   Ask your second grader about his/her design!

Second grade was in the engineering lab this week creating houses that could withstand a windstorm! The first day they created a structure using only 15 notecards, tape and scissors.  This structure had to remain standing when placed in front of a fan on high speed.  The rest of the week was spent designing bigger structures using cardboard, foil, notecards, paper tubes, and other items.  Students tested their designs in front of the fan and then redesigned to make their structure stronger.  
Second Grade
 was in the engineering lab with the Lego WeDo Robotics sets.  These kits were made possible by a grant from Barrios Technology and the Clear Creek Education Foundation.  Ask your second grader about making the “dancing birds” and if they were able to program them to move on the computer.  Also, see if they can tell you a way to make the birds spin opposite ways.  (The key is changing the rubber band on the pulley to a figure 8.  It makes the birds turn in opposite directions.)   Just FYI…a lot of kids ask about the WeDo sets.  They are sold by Lego on the Lego Education website.  This is a different site from the normal place you buy Legos.  If your child is into robotics there are some great ideas for birthdays or Christmas on the Lego Education site.

First grade students were in the Engineering Lab this week working on sled designs.  They started with a square of cardboard and had to design a sled that would go the farthest down a ramp.  Math skills were integrated into the unit through measuring and recording how far their sled went after it went down the ramp.  All students completed a communication page and stood in front of their classmates to share their designs and explain what they had learned from the lesson.

First grade
was in the engineering lab making ICE KEEPERS!  They had to design a device that would keep four blocks of ice from melting.   They learned the word “insulator” and a few classes noticed that foam trays and Styrofoam made great insulators.   Remember, your child can do this experiment at home.  Have them make a design and test it. (Just make sure you have a way to catch the melting water!!)  This would also be a great science fair experiment, but you would need to have more than one ice keeper to test.

Fourth Grade: Engineering Lab: Robotic Arm
Fourth grade
 was in the engineering lab making CARGO BOATS. This lab integrates what they have learned about the ships used to explore the new world in Social Studies.  We really need supplies, so please check the list your student brought home and see if you can help provide materials.

Fourth grade engineers had a chance to design a spaceship to land on a planet made of OObleck!  As part of this design challenge they had to design a spaceship that would float for at least two minutes and carry three Astrobears.  Students had a fun time testing their designs and communicating the results.

Third Grade
students experimented with Roller Coasters in the Engineering Lab.  They were able to measure their coaster and make a loop, hill and curve.  To do the experiment at home you would buy pipe insulation from Home Depot or Lowe’s and cut the insulation in half.  This would give you a 12 foot track.  Add a marble and you have an amazing roller coaster! 

Thank you to our PTA for donating "Loco Beans" for our third grade science and engineering unit!  Students had fun exploring the properties of the jumping bean and building a contraption to harvest Loco Beans.  The worm inside these beans "jumps" when the temperature is warm.  Eventually the worm will turn into a moth, so make sure the bean is not left out laying around your house! We also appreciate all the parents who took time to donate items for students to build with during the lab.  We have the best parent support!

Kindergarten students completed their first engineering lab by making their own observers!  In this lab they learned how to imagine a design, draw it on paper, get the needed materials and create.  Each student was able to communicate by standing up and showing their design to the class.  There were many creative designs and a lot of proud children! 

Fifth grade is building water filters. 

Ed White E-STEM fosters creativity in students! We are noticing the work in our Engineering Lab paying off in creativity in other situations. Read this article to learn why thinking creatively is important. http://www.newsweek.com/creativity-crisis-74665  Questions or comments?  Email Laura Mackay at lmackay@ccisd.net​​​

PTA Info:
Here are 3 easy ways you can help support our school and our PTA all year long!

1. Kroger Rewards Card Shop Kroger and link your Kroger Rewards Card, http://www.kroger.com/account.enrollCommunityRewardsNow. Sign in or create an accountEnroll or re-enroll (you need to re-enroll each year beginning mid August). Search: Ed White Elementary School PTA or enter Id# 84467. How do you know it's working? You will see a message at the bottom of your receipt.

2. Box Tops for Education - Just clip, collect and turn in Box Tops, found on over 100 General Mills products, to your student's teacher. Ed White Elementary earns money and your student can earn classroom rewards too! http://www.btfe.com - register on line to receive more information. Search: Ed White or enter Id# 184461 to link up our school with your registration.

3. Amazon Smile - It's the same Amazon, just a different link. http://www. smile.amazon.com - sign in with your Amazon .com log in or create an account. Search: PTA Texas Congress 9016 Ed White Elementary PTA. How do you know it's working? You should see "Supporting PTA Texas Congress 9016 Ed White Elementary PTA" just below the search field each time you shop and they will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases!

We have a Facebook page to keep you updated on what's happening at Ed White. Check us out at https://www.facebook.com/Ed-White-Elementary-PTA-757980114308420/ 


FANtastic Fridays. Wear your spirit wear on Fridays and show you are a FAN of Ed White.  If you need to order spirit wear please let us know by sending an email to shannao@verizon.net.