November 2, 2018
A Note from Acting Head of School...
Dear Parents,

Hooray for the cooler weather! It really enhances our ability to engage in more "Outdoor Learning" opportunities. This last week was filled with them. From Science to ELA (English Lanugage Arts) to Math, every class engaged in learning outside.

Changing the way information is conveyed can change one's attitude about that information. If 10 questions are put on a piece of paper, that's a test. If the same 10 questions are put on flashcards, it becomes a game. Everyone knows that games are more fun than tests!

The elementary class is reinforcing their lessons on place value and did so with two fun, outdoor games. In "Place Value Toss" , students tossed the appropriate number of bean bags in the bins that equated to the place value of the number they were trying to replicate. In "Stomp It Place Value" , the students stomped the correct digit and called out the the number marked in a horizontal hopscotch layout.

Middle school students were outside for " PEMDAS Hopscotch" and ELA. (So many acronyms!) PEMDAS is an acronym for the words parenthesis, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction. Given two or more operations in a single expression, the order of the letters in PEMDAS tells you what to calculate first, second, third and so on, until the calculation is complete. Students had to solve equations by going through each step of the hopscotch board.

Debi Mishael
Board Chair & Acting Head of School
(713) 977-1221 x101
Place Value Toss
Place Value Stomp It
ELA - English Language Arts
Students practice using adjectives by going outside and choosing objects to describe. The students had to give details and practice finding good descriptive words to give a full picture of the object they picked.
Save the Date
Crossroads students will celebrate at a

Thanksgiving feast on Friday, November 16.

It will be the inaugural performance of the new Crossroads School song! Parents are invited to attend. More details to follow..
Now that we are well into the routines of daily school schedule, it is time to start exploring outside of our campus. Field Trips will begin soon. We need parent drivers for some of our class field trips and we will take a bus for all school trips.

Please let the office know if you can assist with the current driver need:

High School field trip on
Wednesday, November 7
Food Drive - Please help feed those in need.
Crossroads is participating in a Food Drive in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday season. It is a reflection of our understanding that it is important to consider the needs of those around us and to take action when others are in need.

There is a large collection bin in the school office. For each item donated, the students will add one feather on the turkey bulletin board.

If the students bring in over 200 item we will celebrate our achievement with extra recess time. If we exceed our goal and collect 300 food items, students will get extra recess AND will enjoy
Mr. Justin dressed up like a big TURKEY!!!!

The students will enjoy an afternoon movie day if we surpass our extra goal and collect 400 items.

(Students seem pretty excited about the idea of Mr. Justin as a Turkey so we are hopeful this incentive will translate to benefit the Houston Food Bank!)
Teal Pumpkins and Science Experiments ...

Thank you to all t he parents who sent pumpkins in to school. We had a wide assortment of shapes and sizes with which to use for science experiments. These pumpkins have been weighed, measured, graphed and rolled! Speed, friction, momentum and force were components of the hands-on learning activities. T hey learned about inclined planes by rolling pumpkin down a slide, a rock wall, and a ladder to show how steepness impacts the speed in which an object falls.
Seen on Campus This Week...

Here are some of the students in the Cooking Enrichment. They made spooky, spider guacamole!
Community Events of Interest...
Houston Center For Photography & Texas A&M University Press
Invite you to a Talk, Book Sale and Signing
With author and photographer
Friday, N ovember 9 from 6 to 8 PM
1441 West Alabama      

Mike Marvins began his hill country adventures at the age of ten and acquired his taste for ice cold brews there when he was sixteen. His early camping experiences gave him his love of this most visited part of Texas and, in a way, it was the start of his photography career when he was seventeen, and paid $25 to make some summer camp promotion slides. Over the years, Mike has traveled virtually every back-road in this diverse region with his wife, **Mickey, capturing its scenic beauty, history and culture. Now you can take the Hill County home with you in this beautiful book of over 275 photographs’ commentaries by noted curator and author, Roy Flukinger and Houston Chronicle columnist, Joe Holley complete the picture. All Author’s proceeds from this book benefit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation

**Mickey & Mike are alumni parents of Crossroads and Mickey is a dedicated Board Member.
Crossroads School Events & Reminders

Thanksgiving Break is November 19-23, 2018

5822 Dolores St.
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 977-1221