Ed White email News

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

Ed White Families, 

What's Coming Up:​​​​l

  • Monday, January 23 - Friday, January 27- Scholastic Book Fair in the Library!
  • Thursday, January 26 - STEM Night, 5:00 - 6:30pm, (see below)
  • Thursday, January 26 - Auxiliary Open Interview Night, 5:00 - 7:00pm, (see below)
  • Tuesday, January 31 - 5th Grade Students Visit SIS, 9:00-11:00am
  • Tuesday, January 31 - Vermont Day - wear your plaid shirts, trapper hats and fur boots!
  • Friday, February 3 - 100th Day of School
  • Tuesday, February 7 - 3rd Grade Field Trip - Museum of Fine Arts, 9:00am - 1:30pm
  • Tuesday, February 7 - Habitat Work Day, 3:15 - 4:30pm (see below)
  • Friday, February 10 - Early Release Day, 12:15pm Dismissal

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 

STEM Night: On Thursday, January 26th from 5:00 – 6:30pm Ed White E-STEM will host a STEM Night for our students and their families. We will have six stations where students and their families can explore STEM topics that have been used in our Makerspace and STEM Lab. Book Fair will also be open from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. We hope you can attend.

Auxiliary ​​​​​​​Open Interview Night:
 CCISD Human Resources will be hosting  an Auxiliary Open Interview Night on Thursday, January 26th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Challenger Columbia Field House, 1955 W. Nasa Blvd., Webster, TX  77598. Interviews will be held for Child Nutrition, Maintenance, and Transportation positions. For more information, please call (281)284-0150.

Fifth Grade: 5th grade students will be attending a tour of Seabrook Intermediate School on Tuesday, January 31st to learn more about elective choices for next year.  A permission slip to attend this trip has been sent home.  Please return it to school as soon as possible.

Workdays in the Habitat: 
You are invited to participate in February's Habitat Workday on Tuesday, February 7th from dismissal until 4:30. Our focus will be on removing some invasive plants. Please bring water for yourself and your student. Students must be accompanied by an adult. 
You are invited to participate in our future Habitat Workdays from 3:15 until 4:30 pm,  April 4th & May 2nd. Gloves and tools will be provided for use, although you are welcome to bring your own supplies. Please bring OFF.

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!

Caring Ed White Families Helping Families. “Caring is giving love and attention to the people and things that matter to you.  Caring people show they care about others through kindness, generosity, and compassion.”

Thank you very much for exemplifying the core value of caring and the gift of giving to several Ed White families during the holiday season.   Your holiday assistance, kindness and generosity comforted them this season. Thank you!

Gifted & Talented Update:  Good news, normal GT classes will happen next week. 5th grade enjoyed a great tour of the WAVE program at LCI. Alpha began for our 4th graders Friday, January 20th. Kinder computer based GT testing will be completed Monday.
Thanks for supporting GT. Blythe Brown, Advanced Academic Specialist, Math Instructional Coach, bbrown@ccisd.net.

Physical Education News
Mission X: This month, Ed White E-STEM Elementary students will start participating 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 will learn how health and fitness play an important role in human performance in space and on Earth.

FundRunners: In the month of 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 atwclough@.ccisd.net

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.

Spring After School Art: "Art of the Dutch Masters" at Ed White Elementary, will begin in February. You can sign your student up now.  Classes are open to students in grades 1 through 5.  Artworks from the Dutch Masters provide inspirations for students to create and express using clay, paint, and other diverse art media. Time: 3:15 to 4:15pm in the Art Room with Ms. Montgomery.  Register online at www.uhcl.edu/childrens-art-school . Art of the Dutch Masters at Ed White Elementary Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, April 4, 11, 18 Or Thursdays, Feb. 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 23, April 6, 13. Erika Montgomery, Art Specialist.

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!  

Scholastic Book Fair: Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the library on Monday, January 23rd - Friday, January 27th. You are invited to come in and shop from 7:45am to 3:30pm each day. The money raised will be used to buy more library books. The book fair closes at noon on Friday, January 27th.

Bluebonnet Voting: Students in 3rd – 5th grade are eligible to vote for their favorite Bluebonnet book if they have read at least five Bluebonnet books from the 2016 -2017 list. Eligible students will vote Jan. 23rd – 27thhttps://texasbluebonnetaward2017.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/2016-17-book-chart-with-covers.pdf


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

Future Engineers Mars Medical Challenge
Audience: Educators and Students Ages 5 to 19
Entry Deadline: Wed. Jan. 25, 2017
Calling all students! NASA wants your help to design an object that could be used by an astronaut to maintain physical health on a three-year mission to Mars. The Mars Medical Challenge is the fifth in a series of Future Engineers Challenges where students in grades K-12 create and submit a digital 3-D model intended to be printed in 3-D and used for a wide range of medical needs including diagnostic, preventive, first-aid, emergency, surgical and/or dental purposes.
As NASA continues to investigate how the human body adjusts to weightlessness, radiation and stress that occur long-duration spaceflight, Future Engineers proposes to engage students with a related challenge. The Mars Medical Challenge asks students to design a 3-D printed object that will keep astronauts healthy during the long trip to the Red Planet. Specifically, medical and dental hardware will be emphasized during this challenge.
Students ages 5-19 are invited to become the creators and innovators of tomorrow by using 3-D modeling software to submit their designs for hardware that could be used by astronauts on a future mission to Mars. Students have the opportunity to win prizes ranging from a Mars prize pack or a 3-D printer for their school to a trip to Houston for a tour of NASA's Johnson Space Center. The challenge closes on Wed. Jan. 25, 2017, and winners will be announced on March 28, 2017.
What health-related items do you think an astronaut will need on that journey, and why would these items require a 3-D printer? It’s time to start flexing your problem-solving and design skills to find a solution – good luck!
For more information about the challenge and how to enter, visit www.futureengineers.org/marsmedical

Music NotesSatellite Singers parents, if you would like to receive Text reminders from Mrs. Amelung regarding Satellite Singers events and rehearsals, through the “Remind” app;  on your phone enter the number 81010 & text the message @mrsamelun. Thank you.


Engineering Lab: 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 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! 

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.

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​​​

 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.