Ed White email News

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

Ed White Families, 

What's Coming Up:​​​​l

  • Thursday, March 2 - Dr. Seuss' Birthday- Dress as your favorite Seuss character or in stripes!
  • Friday,  March 3 - Go Texan Day - Put on your cowboy boots and show your Texas pride!
  • Monday, March 6 & Tuesday, March 7 - Galveston Beach Safety Patrol in PE classes for water safety lesson
  • Wednesday, March 8 & Thursday, March 9 - Tigers Den Martial Arts in PE classes
  • Tuesday,  March 7 - 3rd Grade Reading Benchmark Test
  • Wednesday, March 8 - 4th Grade Reading Benchmark Test
  • Friday, March 10 - The Sun is Always Shining on Ed White- Wear your sun shades & neon!
  • Friday, March 10 - Last Day of Book Drive
  • Friday, March 10 - Early Release Day, Dismissal at 12:15pm
  • Monday, March 13 - Friday, March 17 - Spring Break Student/Teacher Holiday

 in great need of Child Nutrition Workers at this time. Please go to CCISD.net for more information or call (281)284-0150. 

Here is a wonderful upcoming Early Childhood Development opportunity for our parents. The event is free! Tuesday, March 7, 6:00pm, Moody Gardens IMAX Theater.

Ed White E-STEM Magnet School is sharing information about our campus with you as part of its obligations under the Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). The Federal Report Card for our campus is now available at this link: 2015-16 White Elementary Federal Report Card.pdf

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

Book Drive: Last Year our school hosted a library intern, Penny Lulane, from Swaziland, Africa. She was amazed that all of our classrooms are filled with books for students to read. Currently, Kuhphuka students limited access to classroom library books. W
e are having a book drive for Kuhphuka Primary School to help them create classroom libraries. If you would like to donate your gently used books, bring them to Ed White E-STEM Elementary front office through March 10th. They are in need of picture books, fiction books, and non-fiction books appropriate for children ages five to thirteen. Both hardcover books and paperback books will make a great donation. This is a great opportunity to get rid of your gently used books, and make a world of difference for the children at this school in Swaziland.  


Physical Education News: The Galveston Island Beach Patrol will be offering a 45 minute water safety education program during all Physical Education classes on – March 6 and 7. 

Tiger’s Den Martial Arts will be giving an introductory lesson on martial arts and character development during all Physical Education classes on March 8 and 9.

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 at wclough@.ccisd.net


Music Notes: The Satellite Singers Pop Show is now Re-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 adjust 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. 

Gifted & Talented Update
:  Sad that I missed the 5th graders, but I hear they had a great time at the Houston Symphony. Next week's schedule will be disrupted due to district testing. I will do my best to see every child. Blythe Brown, Advanced Academic Specialist/ Math Instructional Coach, Bbrown@ccisd.net

Camp Invention
:  Camp Invention will be returning this summer June 12 - June  16. Paper flyers will will be sent home throughout the Spring semester.  Please note that it will be an all-day camp (times are TBD). Promotional discounts for returning campers and early registrants are below: 
Returning alumni campers:   The code is WelcomeBack, for $35 off for any returning camper, good through February 10. 
Early discount for new campers:  The code is Discover25.  This is a $25 discount open to any registration and good until March 20.

Robotics Camp: Registration opens on February 18th for the 2017 Robotics summer camp. Application can be found at https://goo.gl/q8PfjYSpace is limited, so register now! Intro Program: (children who are 7 to 9 years of age) This program will introduce students to the use of simple machines to gain mechanical advantage and the engineering process of building simple robots to accomplish specific tasks.VEX IQ Program: (4th and 5th grade in the fall of 2017) This program will introduce students to the principals of robotics.  The campers will use the VEX IQ kits to learn about sensors and the engineering process of building simple robots to accomplish specific tasks. This program will challenge students to work with closed loop and open looped programming. Vex Robotics: (6th – 8th grade in the fall of 2017) This program will introduce students to the principals of robotics.  The campers will use the Vex Robotics kits to learn about the engineering process of building robots to accomplish specific tasks. Camp dates: Program is from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM each day, (Camp is only 4 days, each week is a repeat of the camp), June 19 to 22, 2017, June 26 to 29, 2017, July 31 to Aug 3, 2017. Early Registration $175.00 per session.  (February 18th to March 31st, 2017. Registration $200.00 per session. (April 1st to May 15th, 2017). Late Registration $225.00 per session. (May 16th, 2017 to day of Camp). Multi-student discount (25 dollars off per child after the 1st student)​​​​​​​

Habitat Club info:
 February's Habitat Club meeting scheduled for 2/23  is cancelled.

Order your Ed White E-STEM hardcover yearbook ASAP!  Pre-orders are on sale for $25 until March 10th. Go to Balfour.com and type our school name, Ed White. Personalization with a Name Stamp and Icon is available on all online orders placed by MARCH 3rd!  Purchase on-line using a credit or debit card. 
If you have any school related photos of your kids, we are accepting photos until FEBRUARY 24TH!  Please upload today! 
• Download the Balfour Image Share app 
• Enter our project number 723474 and password white
• Point your web browser to images.balfour.com
• Enter our project number 723474 and password white
*Please enter the Teacher's name in the " People in this photo:" box and the event, you do not have to list the kids in the picture.*​​​​​
*The yearbook staff will review all photos & determine final yearbook content. We cannot guarantee that all submissions will be used in the book* 
Questions? Contact Tasha Gutacker gutackers@gmail.com.


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.

Summer EcoCampRegister now for summer EcoCamp where nature is fun. FUN is how we choose to be outdoors! Forget about summer boredom, because there is fun in everything we do, you’ll be smiling no matter what the activity is! From fishing and canoeing on our pond and hiking in our forests, to animal demonstrations and crazy craft making - you’ll have a blast. Who knows, maybe you’ll even discover a new passion! 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!  


Makerspace3D 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

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.