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Stallion Stampede
On Friday, March 7th, Slack will be hosting our Stallion Stampede fun run/walk. Here is the schedule for our run: 
3rd grade boys will run at 8:30
3rd grade girls will run at 8:45
4th grade boys will run at 9:00
4th grade girls will run at 9:15
5th grade boys will run at 9:30
5th grade girls will run at 9:46

El viernes 7 de marzo Slack tendra el "Stallion Stampede", el evento de correr/caminar. Este es el horario de nuestra carrera:
Niños de 3 grado correrán a las 8:30
Niñas de 3 grado correrán a las 8:45
Niños de 4 grado
correrán a las 9:00
Niñas de 4 grado correrán a las 9:15
 Niños de 5 grado correrán a las 9:30

Spring Break Holiday, March 10th - 14th
Students will be dismissed at 1:00 on Friday, March 7th

Vacaciones de primavera de vacaciones, 10 a 14 marzo
Los estudiantes saldrán a la 1:00 el Viernes, 07 de marzo

STAAR Testing
April 1 - Math STAAR
April 2 - Reading STAAR
April 23 - Science STAAR

Your child has received a Math study packet to help them prepare for this upcoming test. Please make sure they are completing this over Spring Break, as we will use it to review the next two weeks. Thank you!
Moody Gardens - Learning Journey
Moody Gardens - Learning Journey
Friday, February 14th

We will exchange Valentine cards on Thursday, February 13th at 2:05!

Spring Break
Spring Break Holiday, March 10th - 14th
Students will be dismissed at 1:00 on Friday,March 7th.

Vacaciones de primavera de vacaciones, 10 a 14 marzo

Los estudiantes saldrán a la 1:00 el Viernes, 07 de marzo
Summer Camp MuSiCaL
Our awesome 5th graders are beginning to work on their production of "Summer Camp" under the direction of our fabulous music teachers, Mrs. Scott and Mr. Miller.  The presentation is scheduled for show on Tuesday, March 4th, check back soon for show times.
Early Dismissal
Slack students will be released at 12:30 on
Wednesday, February 5th.

Los estudiantes de Slack, saldrán a las 12:30.
Stallion Stampede
On Friday, March 7th, Slack will be hosting our Stallion Stampede fun run/walk.  If you would like to purchase a Stallion Stampede t-shirt to show your school spirit, order forms are available in the front office.
Benchmark Testing
Our students's benchmark testing schedule for February:
February 4th--Science Benchmark
February 11th--Math Benchmark
February 12th--Reading Benchmark
**Please make sure that your child gets a good nights rest and a healthy breakfast to be prepared to do their best on each benchmark.  Thank you for your continuous support!
Burley and Slack Dual Language Scholarship Fundraiser
The LISD Bilingual Department in conjunction with the Community Cinco de Mayo organization provided the first Dual Language Award and Scholarship to two Lufkin High School seniors last year.  The LISD Bilingual Department worked to develop the criteria for the award and Community Cinco de Mayo funded the scholarship.
Burley and Slack has committed to help raise funds for the scholarship to support our students who have been through our Dual Language program.   We are excited about being a part of the future of our students.   We plan on working with our local Papa John’s to raise funds for the scholarship. We will have a kick-off for our fundraiser at Burley on Friday, November 8 at 2:15. Information about the fundraiser and how you can help will be sent home after the kick-off. 
Please call Burley at 639-3100 or Slack at 639-2279 if you have any questions. We are looking forward to a great event!
Student Early Pick-Up Parent Note
Dear Parents:
We need your help. Slack is experiencing an increasing number of students being picked up early from school. Our educational and instructional day does not end until 2:55 PM. When a child is called out of class early, it not only interrupts their education but the education of the rest of the children in that class. The teachers are now experiencing more than one of these interruptions during the day which causes an increase in lost instructional time.
We ask parents to try to make doctor’s appointments after 3:00. Parents need to send a doctor’s note if their child leaves school for an appointment. Students with more than 4 unexcused tardies and/or early pick-ups within a nine weeks will not receive perfect attendance rewards. Please help us make your child’s educational experience as rewarding as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 639-2279. 

Robin Stowe
1st 9 weeks awards
The awards ceremony for the first nine weeks will be held on Friday, November 8 at 9:30 in the Slack Cafeteria. We look forward to seeing you there!
The order form has been sent home! If you still have not paid the $9, please do so. We are hoping to have these in our hands by Thursday! Here is what they look like...
Ms. Fitzgerald's SlAcK StALlIoNs
Congratulations to Natalee Bates and Joseline Hernandez for being our Super Slack Stallions for the first nine weeks! These girls are committed to learning every day. They always have a smile on their face and are willing to work and cooperate with anyone at any time! Who will be next!?
Just a few reminders!
I wanted to post a few reminders for you because we have a LOT going on this week! I am excited to share with you the following events.

ALL WEEK - The Book Fair will be going on! Our class will be visiting the book fair Monday at 1 p.m. Your chid will be allowed to browse what the book fair has to offer. You are welcome to visit the Book Fair with your child on Tuesday night during Open House/Literacy Night. There are a lot of fun books to see!

Tuesday - Open House/Literacy Night 5-7pm. I look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday - Picture Day. I am sending home the form with your child today! Please pick which package you would like and return to school Wednesday with your child.

Thursday - 5th grade field trip to Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. We are excited to take your child on a campus tour of Texas A&M. Parents - if you are interested in chaperoning, please come by the school and fill out the Background Check Form. You can not go if you haven't completed this form.

Lots of exciting things happening in the fifth grade this week. We are beginning fractions this week, also! The students are working extremely hard. Please continue to encourage them to study study study their multiplication facts at home!
Open House/Literacy Night
Slack will be combining “Opening House” and “Literacy Night” together this year on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. Our Library will be open for Book Fair from 5:00-7:00. We are asking parents to be in their child’s homeroom classroom at 5:30 to begin the event with the teachers. 
Not only will this afford us an opportunity to team together to instill a life-long love for reading in your child but you will be able to see what your child is doing in their classes. We are proud of our children and our school and would like to share this with you on November 5. Please contact 639-2279 if you have any questions. We are looking forward to seeing you!
Progress Reports
The end of the three weeks is here! Can you believe it? It sure has flown by. I have enjoyed every minute of the time I've had with your child. Progress reports will be sent home this week! Please be aware, I keep ALL graded papers and class work in an individual student folder in the classroom. If you would like for me to send your child's graded papers home, please let me know! I find that it is easier to keep them, so that if a conference occurs, I have it all on hand. Thank you for your willingness to work with me. Go Team Slack!
Grandparents Day Lunch
Slack Elementary will be celebrating Grandparent's Day on Friday, September 6th. Grandparents are invited to join their grandchild for lunch during their lunch time, at Slack Cafe, in the commons area, right outside of the cafeteria. Our lunch is 11:00-11:30. Please contact 936-639-2279 for further questions or concerns. Each grandparent visiting our school will receive a complimentary photo with their grandchild.

It will be a fun-filled afternoon for our Special Guests! We look forward to seeing you!

Labor Day Holiday
Don't forget! Labor Day is Monday, September 4, 2013. There will be no school. Classes will resume Tuesday, September 5th. Enjoy the three day weekend!
Successful First Week of School!
It has been a wonderful first week of school. I couldn't be more proud of the hard work and determination I have seen in the classroom! I know it is going to be a great year.

Please continue to encourage your child to study their multiplication facts! It is a vital part of our class and they will only benefit from studying those facts. I appreciate your support.
Slack Talent Show
You are cordially invited to the Slack Talent Show this Thursday, May 16th at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are $5 for Adults and $2 for children and students. The price of the ticket includes a Hot Dog supper (2 hot dogs for adults and 1 hot dog for children and students)  complete with chips, dessert and a drink.
There will be 18 acts and we will have local celebrities to judge for the top 5 acts.
We hope we will see you there!
Parents- please join us for the Fifth Grade Celebration. This year, due to the large number of classes, we will hold two different celebration ceremonies. The Fifth Grade 2-Way Dual Language Classes will have their celebration on Thursday, May 30th at 1:30 p.m.  This will be students in the following classes: Ms. Fitzgerald, Mrs. Herrera, Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Pegg.

The students in the regular classes and the 1 Way Dual Language program will have their celebration on Friday May 31st at 9:00 a.m. This will include students in the following homeroom classes: Ms. Abner, Ms. Collier, Mrs. Concha, Mrs. Culbertson, Ms. Hutchison, Mrs. Moricca and Mrs. Sandoval.
Please come and help us celebrate your student's times here at Slack Elementary School.
Friday, May 31, 2013 will be early release for all students at Slack Elementary. Students will be released at 1:00 p.m.  Please make arrangements to pick up your students early that day and know that the buses will also run early. Any questions please feel free to call our school office at 639-2279.
Cinco de Mayo

Next Friday May 3, 2013,  Slack Elementary will have a Cinco de Mayo Celebration. Students may wear authentic Mexican attire for this celebration. Girls may wear the authentic dresses or blouses and skirts. Boys may wear the red,green and white shirts that mimic the Mexican flag if you have them. Standard dress pants, shorts and shoes are expected to be worn by the students.

5th Grade LMS TOUR
Slack 5th grade students will take a tour of Lufkin Middle School on Wednesday, May 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Please be sure to have your 5th grader present and on time. The students will go by bus with their teachers to the LMS campus. LMS Campus Administrators and Counselors will give our students a tour of the campus and speak with them about expectations and information about LMS.  We expect our Slack Stallions to make a great first impression!Thank you for your cooperation and help!
Slack Field Day
Field Day  will be Friday, May 10, 2013. PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS, make your plans to be with us that day! The events will begin around 8:30 a.m.  Parents, grandparents and guests- please come to the front office area where you will be able to sign in and recieve a guest pass.

Students that are enrolled in other schools in Lufkin I.S.D. are not allowed to attend the Slack Field Day unless we have written authorization  from that campus principal. So if you plan to bring other school age children- please have that written authorization for us when you sign in. 

Slack PTA will once again run concession stands for drinks and food.  Please be looking here on the website to check for information!
Spring Picture Day
Spring Picture Day is Friday, April 12. A flyer was sent home with your child regarding purchasing Spring pictures. Please contact 936-639-2279 with further questions, or e-mail me at
3rd 9 weeks AWARDS
Awards for the 3rd 9 weeks will be held on Thursday, April 11 at 9:30 am in the Slack Cafeteria! You are invited to join us at this ceremony honoring your childs accomplishments for the third 9 week grading period. See you then.

STAAR Testing
Fifth grade students will be taking the Math and Reading STAAR assessments on April 2 and 3. Fifth grade students will also take the Science STAAR assessment on April 24. The night before the STAAR assessments, we are asking parents to make sure their child receives proper rest in order to be given every advantage possible. We will be serving a nutritious breakfast at school each morning. Please have your child to school by 7:30 AM in order for them to have time to eat breakfast and begin their day in class as normal as possible. 
Students are given four hours each day to complete each assessment. We plan on starting before 9:00 am in order for students to have plenty of time to complete the assessments without rushing. There will be no need to provide snacks.   
Lunch schedules will be changed for the assessment days. Since lunch breaks are required to be monitored, we ask parents who normally eat lunch with their child to please select another day to eat lunch other than a STAAR assessment day.
If you have new telephone numbers, please call 639-2279 to update your child’s contact information with the school office.
Please contact me at 639-2279 if you have any questions or concerns. Working together, we can accomplish great things for your child!
Spring Break is quickly approaching. We only have one week and two days to go! Students will be out at 12:30 pm on Friday, March 8th and will return to school, Monday, March 18th. Enjoy your SpRiNg BreAk!
Shamrock Shuffle / Early Release Day
The VERY FIRST Shamrock Shuffle is coming to Slack Elementary on Friday, March 8. We are excited to take part in this event, as we hope to raise lots of money for our school. T-shirts are still available for your child to purchase and they are $10. I have also sent home a folder with information about having your child sponsored for their run. There is a list of cool prizes they can win, according to how much they raise! Please encourage them to raise, raise, raise! 

Also, March 8th is an early release day. The students will be out of school at 12:30 pm.
Pirates Musical - MARCH 5th
The fifth grade has been working very hard on their presentation of "Pirates: The Musical". We have many students from 2-way dual as main characters. The performance will begin at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5th. Students need to be in their homeroom classroom at 5:30 pm, IN FULL COSTUME! Students who do not have a costume will not be allowed to perform.

All students who participate, and ONLY students who are in attendance that night, Tuesday, March 5th, for this exciting performance, will get to participate in our "Pay It Forward" travel performance trip the following day, Wednesday, march 6. For this travel trip, students will peform for 2 nursing facilities and for the Lufkin ISD administration building, and then will be going to Cici's for lunch. A letter has been sent home regarding this information.

We look forward to seeing you!
Think Through Math
Please encourage your child to log on to "Think Through Math" in the evenings. This is a great program to use, in which I can monitor their progress and growth over many math topics. They are all so excited about the "competition" amongst their peers to see who has the most points, as well as who the "LEADER" is for the week! I appreciate all of the support you provide from home. It's been a wonderful year.
Just a little praise...
Your child has been working very hard this semester. They recently took a Reading, Science & Math Benchmark. Please encourage them to continue using strategies being taught at school and to take their time! The STAAR test is coming up soon! Thanks! 
Valentine's Day Party
Our class will have a Valentine's Day party on Thursday, February 14 at 1:30 pm. The students will be exchanging Valentine cards. Your child has made a list of names of students in our class. Please send $3 to help with the cost of the party. We will be having pizza, drinks & desserts! Thank you for helping us with our celebration. You are welcome to join!

Early Release FEB 6th
Early dismissal on Wednesday, February 6 at 12:30! Regular school hours resume on Thursday!

Graded Papers/Progress Reports
Progress Reports are being sent home Wednesday 2/7/2013.

I am sending home graded papers along with the students' progress reports. Please review these papers, sign & RETURN them to school along WITH the progress report! I want you to see what your child has been/is doing in Math. I appreciate all of the support and encouragement for hard work from home. Thank you.
UIL Competition
UIL Competition will be held Friday, December 7 at Angelina College. I am coaching the fifth grade Spelling team this year, and we are very excited to compete! Wish us luck!
Please remember, fundraiser money is DUE on Monday, November 26th! Send order forms AND money with your child on this day! Thank you for your commitment to this fundraiser. We greatly appreciate it!
Thanksgiving Holidays
Thanksgiving Holidays are as follows:
Wednesday - November 12
Thursday - November 22 (Happy Thanksgiving!)
Friday - November 23

Your child will return to normal classes on Monday, November 26th.
Please check your childs' grades. I enter them as soon as I can so that you can keep up to date with how they are doing in my class. I recently sent home a Math Assessment for you to review and sign. I appreciate the encouragement you are providing at home, and ask that you continue encouraging your child to use and implement the strategies they know and are being taught. This is a vital part of math! It is highly important that they show their work, so that I may better understand their thinking process when solving.
Early Release, Picture Day!
Attention Parents!

Wednesday, November 7 is an early release day! It is also Picture Day. I will be sending notes home about both events today! Please check your childs planner for the notes. They will give you more information regarding this day. Thank you!
Please encourage your child to use the math strategies they are learning at school! We are covering a lot of material in class each day and I want them to continue to work hard.

Also, they will be having a multiplication facts quiz each week. Last week we started with 2's...this week we are doing 3's, and will continue until we have covered through 12's. Please encourage them to study, study, study these! It will help them with the other areas we are studying in class.

Thank you!

Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week is the time when Lufkin Schools stress the importance of saying "NO" to any type of drug including cigarettes, dip, and alcohol.  With your help we can have a drug free society.  We will celebrate Red Ribbon Week October 22-26.  Please help your child get involved as much as possible.  Here is a list of events:

Monday, Oct. 22- Wear red to "put a stop to drugs."

Tuesday, Oct. 23- Crazy socks because "drugs will make you crazy!"

Wednesday, Oct. 24- Hilarious hair because "I am having too much fun to do drugs!"

Thursday, Oct. 25- Wear shades to "shade out drugs."

Friday, Oct. 26- Spirit shirts because "I have spirit, yes I do! I won't do drugs, how about you!"

If you have questions please call 639-2279 and ask for Coach Runnels.
Slack T-shirt Fundraiser
Slack began our annual T-Shirt fundraiser sale during Open House in September.  There are two different shirts.  One shirt is green with camo letters and the other is pink with zebra letters. 

Students were given a final order form to take home the week of October 15.  If you would like to place an order, send the completed form and the money to the slack office.  If you did not receive an order form and would like to order one of the t-shirts, please contact our main office at 936-639-2279.  Thursday, October 25 will be the last day to place orders for the t-shirts.  We appreciate your help in raising funds for our school.
Khan Academy is a great website to allow your child to explore! They have wonderful mathematics topics, that we are covering class. They can practice multiplication facts, as well as other things we are studying. Please let them explore this website, if they ask to get on the computer! It is a great way to spend their "computer time" and learn! Thank you.

Fall Fest is Friday, October 5 from 5 pm - 7:30 pm. Our class will have the Pickles & Juice booth! Come by and grab a pickle (your teacher's favorite food, remember)!

Also, I will be in the dunking booth at some point during Fall Fest! You won't want to miss your chance to dunk me in the water! It should be a lot of fun. I look forward to seeing you and your family!
Check Planners!
Please be sure you are checking your child's planners and folders for notes sent home. I am sending home a note in regards to Fall Festival, which is October 5. I need you to sign and return that form to school ASAP! I appreciate you working with me and being so quick about returning papers signed. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
Book Fair
Slack Elementary will be hosting the Scholastic Book Fair, September 17-20. Your child will be visiting it during class on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 1:30 p.m. You and your child can visit the book fair following Open House on Thursday, Sept. 20! We look forward to seeing you at both.
Open House
Slack Elementary is hosting “Open House” on Thursday, September 20. We are asking parents to arrive at 5:30 p.m. and report to their child’s homeroom teacher. Parents will receive their child’s first progress report for the 2012-2013 school year. Please visit our annual Book Fair in the Slack Library after your meeting with the teachers.
Parents will receive a “Parent Folder” from the homeroom teacher.   Teachers will be discussing the student planners, class routines, and class expectations. Parents will be able to view current work produced by their child. If you are unable to attend “Open House,” please contact the school and schedule a conference with your child’s teacher once progress reports are released. You are a vital member of TEAM SLACK and we look forward to seeing you.
Grandparents Day!
Remember, Grandparent's Day is Friday, September 7! We look forward to meeting your grandparents and showing them what you have been learning in Math! They are welcome to have lunch with you, as well! 

Welcome Back!
Welcome back to school! You are officially a 5th grader. I know you are excited to see what's in store this year, and so am I! I can't wait to meet you and your families. "Meet the Teacher" is August 24 from 1 pm - 3 pm. I am located in Room 5, and will be eagerly awaiting your arrival. Come by the school, bring your school supplies and I look forward to meeting you
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