Timmerman Elementary School

PFLUGERVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination is a program which seeks to build students' problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, innovation, and creative skills. DI is open to students starting in kindergarten, and extends through students at the university level around the world. Students form teams of four to seven members who meet on a regular basis to prepare a Central Challenge. On competition day, the team will present their challenge solution to a panel of appraisers. Kindergarten through second grade teams prepare a Central Challenge designed for their age group. In third grade and up, teams select from one of six challenges (technical, scientific, structural, fine arts, improvisational, or service). They will also participate in an Instant Challenge, where they will have a limited amount of time to prepare a solution. Teams of third grade and up will be eligible to continue on to higher levels of competition, all the way to Global Finals.
 
Teams need parent support through providing challenge supplies, managing teams, and providing appraisers for competition day. Training is provided for managers and appraisers. Our regional competition will take place on March 4, 2017.
 
If your child is interested in participating, please download a form from the school website or contact Mrs. McCoy. DI interest forms must be returned to no later than October 14th so that we can coordinate team formation and report teams to the district by October 21st.
  
For more information:
 
Teams are forming now. Please complete an interest form for your child and return to Mrs. McCoy by October 14. If needed, please request a paper copy. 
Destination Imagination interest formDestination Imagination interest form
 
Staff Contact: Elisabeth McCoy
 
 
Science Fair
Students will begin working on science fair in December. Classes in kindergarten through second grade may create a class science fair project to display. Third grade students will work on a class project and may choose to create an individual project. Projects are required for fourth and fifth grade students, and they may choose to have their projects judged for a chance to go on to the Austin Regional Science Fair. Projects for judging must be on a trifold board with a signed permission form. Please watch for a science fair letter to come home from your child’s teacher.
 
Here are some online resources to help students come up with ideas for their science fair projects. If a student finds an idea in one of these or another resource, they must find a way to modify the experiment to be their own idea. Always remember to cite where you get your ideas in your project!
 
Science Fair should be fun! Please remember, the project is to be the student’s work, not the parents’.

Not Allowed:
Biological hazards, including mold of any kind, even if accidental.
Experiments that could harm living creatures.
Any type of explosives or projectile.
Organic matter (soil, plants, etc.). If your child uses these in the experiment, your child may take pictures, but please do
not bring any of these items to school.
 
Students must cite the source for all the information they use and any help they receive (including photographic help). 
Projects are due no later than January 15, and judging will take place on January 19. We will have a science fair viewing night to see all students' projects.
 
For more information, please visit PfISD's Science Fair page 

Staff Contact: Angela Schreiber
 
 
UIL
Timmerman students can participate in a variety of events based on their strengths and interests:

Creative Writing (2nd), Coach: Ms. Smith
Ready Writing (3rd-5th), Coach: open
Story Telling (2nd-3rd), Coaches: Ms. Rosales and Ms. Mendoza
Oral Reading (4th-5th), Coach: Ms. Kosted
Number Sense (4th-5th), Coach: Ms. Perez
Social Studies (5th), Coach: open
Chess Puzzle (2nd-5th), Coach: open
Spelling (3rd-5th), Coach: Ms. Beard

Students may sign up for one event. Interest forms are due by October 10th. No late forms will be accepted. Tryouts to select participants will be held starting October 11th. Participants will practice during or after school with coaches starting in November to prepare for competition on January 28, 2017.

Information and interest form
 
For more information:
 

Geography Bee
Geo Bee is an annual event sponsored by National Geographic. 4th and 5th grade classes will have the opportunity to learn more about our world through daily trivia questions and participation in class geography bees during the month of November. Ten students will compete in our school bee, and the school winner will get to participate in a PfISD showcase at Pflugerville High School on UIL day on January 28, 2017. The top 100 scores in the state will advance to the state bee.
Want to practice? Check out the PfISD Geo Bee resources.

Staff Contact: Elisabeth McCoy
 
 
Math Pentathalon
Does your child love problem-solving math games? Would you like your child to strengthen his or her math concepts and skills while stimulating creative and critical thinking? Math Pentathalon is a program where students in grades K-5 meet weekly after school to practice five games and compete in a tournament in the spring. The cost to participate is $42. Parent volunteers are needed as coaches and judges.
 
For more information visit Math Pentathalon.
 
Staff Contact: Silva Beard
 
BMX Bike Club
If you are interested in the sport of BMX, watch for events hosted by our BMX Bike Club after school or on the weekend.
 
Staff Contact: Michael.Henri@pfisd.net
 
 
Wonder Zone Maker Club
We will be offering a maker club after school on Mondays in the library from 3:00 - 4:00. Each session will be limited to 16 participants. We may be able to accommodate more with adult volunteers.

Sessions before spring break will be for 3rd through 5th graders. Sessions after spring break will be open to 2nd grade and up.

If your child would like to participate, please have them pick up a Wonder Zone form in the library or download one here. Students should rank their session choices and will get confirmation of which sessions they can attend.

Wonder Zone form for December through spring break

Parents will need to bring their dismissal card to pick up their children promptly at 4:00.

Volunteers and donations are welcome! You don’t have to be an expert to help. Donations could include rechargeable batteries, 9 volt batteries, crochet hooks and knitting needles, scrapbooking paper, crafting supplies, etc.

12/5 and 12/12: Lego Mindstorm robotics, Scratch, Code.org
In conjunction with Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code, Students will have the opportunity to build coding skills using our Lego Mindstorm robots, exploring Code.org, and trying out block programming in Scratch.

1/9, 1/23, and 1/30: Digital photography & image apps
Students will use digital cameras and iPads to capture and manipulate images using Publisher, online sites, and iPad apps. Students will be able to save their creations to their student Google drive to share or print from home.

2/6 and 2/13: Sewing and crafting
Join us to learn how to use a sewing machine, crochet, knit, make bracelets, and more.

2/27 and 3/6: Stop motion videos and green screens
Try out Stikbots and green screens. Students will be able to save their projects to their Google Drive to share at home.

3/27, 4/3, 4/10: Robotics
Students will have the opportunity to build coding skills using our Lego Mindstorm robots, exploring Code.org, and trying out block programming in Scratch.

4/17 and 4/24: Electricity
Explore electrical circuits with Makey Makey, Little Bits, Snap Circuits, and online circuit simluators.

5/1 and 5/ 8: Engineering challenges
Build bridges, towers, catapults, marble runs, and more.

5/15 and 5/22: Digital storytelling and minibooks
Learn how to make minibooks and how to use some digital storytelling apps. Students will be able to save some projects to their Google Drive to share at home.

Staff Contact: Elisabeth McCoy 

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