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

Ed White Families, 

What's Coming Up:​​​​

  • Monday, August 21 - First Day of School

All library Books were due Monday, May 15th. 
If your child did not find their library book, or the book was damaged, you need to pay for it now. If you send a check, please make it out to Ed White Elementary. If you are paying with cash please send the exact amount, since we do not keep change in the library. 

Moving: Is your family planning to move this summer? Will you be moving out of the Ed White E-STEM attendance area? If so you will need to come into the school office to officially withdraw your child.

School Supplies
:  Order your school supply kits NOW for next school year! You may order online using your credit card until June 16th.  Just go to www.shopTTkits.com and use account number 92705.  If you have any questions, email shannao@verizon.net  

Box Top Contest: We will be holding a contest for the student in each grade level who sends in the most valid Box Tops by September 9, 2017. The contest winners will get to have lunch with a friend in Mr. Paulson’s office and a 20 minute outside activity. Ask your family members if they will collect Box Tops for you too. Keep on clipping and have a great summer!

Physical Education News:  Fitnessgram Testing 2017: Grades 3 - 5 have completed the Fitnessgram testing for this school year. This test measures Aerobic Capacity, Body Composition, and Musculoskeletal Fitness.  Parents will receive their child’s test results in with their last report card.

Gifted & Talented:
 Fifth graders have worked on a CSI case, written a prosecutor's brief and completed some Genius Hour projects (script writing, program design, video editing, & planning to run our event Tuesday). This group will be greatly missed next year.
Fourth grade spent the majority of their semester at Alpha, however prior to winter holiday and in the last couple of weeks, they have been working on their TPSP project. They will present next week.  
Third grade has worked for months on their Leadership TPSP. They compiled research on a respected leader. That can be seen here: https://padlet.com/bbrown38/o4opmg0pow45Then they worked on creating a new leadership club at school. They have a presentation that will be shared in second grade the last week of school. 
Second grade composed a superhero or villain tale based on conquering their own fears. Next, they partnered to write a book based on 2 characters. These are in their Office 365 accounts. They also have researched a topic of interest to present Tuesday evening at the Genius Hour expo. 
First grade designed a book of their own and researched a topic to present at Genius Hour Tuesday night. 
Kindergarten explored alphabet books and brought home 2 fantastic books. You can access one at this link: https://ccisdnet-my.sharepoint.com/personal/bbrown_ccisd_net/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?docid=0e8b404b53ecc4d4294e59116be770e51&authkey=AYJxXj5_6_BJCOb-s-KSeU8  
What a great year! I hope to see everyone at Genius Hour, Tuesday, May 30 5:30 at night, it is a great celebration of learning. Blythe Brown, Advanced Academic Specialist/ Math Instructional Coach, Bbrown@ccisd.net.

DreamBox: DreamBox is available for for Kinder - 2nd grade students to use during the summer. This is a great way for students to continue their Math learning and prepare for the next year. https://play.dreambox.com/login/gq6s/yszz. The username AND password is the student’s ID number. Please remember students should be completing the lessons independently. When students receive assistance they end up on a path that is too difficult for them. Students should be able to meet 3 – 12 standards over the summer. If you have not already set up a parent account, please do so you can monitor your student’s progress.

On Monday, August 21, 2017, we will be experiencing a solar eclipse!  This will be the first day of school for students at the Ed White E-STEM and we want to share this event with our entire campus! We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to come help at an outside Eclipse Event and help our students view the eclipse.  At this time we plan to have solar viewing sunglasses and make some small pinhole viewers so students can view the eclipse.  If you are willing to help would you please email Laura Mackay at lmackay@ccisd.net or fill out the survey link  http://tinyurl.com/mlzn7kg?  As we get closer to the start of school in August, Dr. Mackay will contact you to see if you are still willing to participate. For more information on the solar eclipse you can check out https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/solar.html

Engineering Lab
: First grade was in the engineering lab making a device to protect an egg!  They had to design the device and then complete a drop test from a minimum of 4 feet.  Many of the devices were successful!   Ask your child to tell you about their project. (See picture)

Second grade students were in the Engineering Lab this week building an animal with moving parts.  After building the animal, each team wrote a “How To” article telling another team how to build their specific animal. It was the first time we have done this lab and the animals were really cute  

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

Stitch club: Ten 2nd and 3rd grade students who were interested in learning how to start Cross Stitch, Knitting or Crochet were invited to learn the fundamental basics to begin cross stitch, knitting or crochet. Students needed to bring their own supplies to participate. 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.  Please go to this Signup Genius link to sign up. www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0B4AAAAB2BA64-edwhite

3D Printing: I
n 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

TRRFCC Connections: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship

Camp Invention:  Camp Invention, a STEM camp hosted at our campus will return this summer, June 12 - June 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Contact Mrs. Hughes at amhughes@ccisd.net for further questions.

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.  Registration is $225.00 per session til day of Camp. Multi-student discount, $25. off per child after the 1st student.

UHCL Kids U Program
 Registration is open for Kids U Summer Camps at http://kidsu.uhcl.eduThere are over 100 classes for you to choose from with classes for Pre K through 12th grade. You will find camps in Science, Technology, Cultural Academy, Math, Young Writers and Early Childhood. They added several new classes this year in the technology camps. Take a look at Aegis, Bloxels, GameSalad (Mobile App Development), and the beginning engineering class. See the attached flyers, Kids U Flyer 2017UHCL Kids U Program, and visit their website, or if you have questions call 281-283-3530.

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 EcoCampRegister now for summer EcoCamp. From fishing and canoeing on their pond and hiking in their 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.