We now have a beautiful garden near the playground! Students of all grade levels will be planting, observing and tending to flowers, plants, fruits, and vegetables. The garden will be overseen daily by fifth graders. We also have a compost pile. Students have been given information regarding what items are acceptable to place for composting.
We are so excited to report that our gardens are growing by leaps and bounds! This fall, Girl Scout Troop 279 will be building 3 new gardens. We will have 7 gardens so that each grade level can have their own for experimenting. The Texas A&M Research and Extension Office will be installing a 1,000 gallon water collection system so that students can harvest rainwater from the roof giving them an opportunity to water their own plants. A big thank you goes to our Abbett PTA for funding this project! This is a wonderful enrichment opportunity for our students and one that will be enjoyed for years to come. We love our outdoor garden classroom!
The Abbett All-Star Leadership Team has created "The Buddy Bench" on the Abbett playground. The Buddy Bench was inspired by second grader Christian Bucks in Pennsylvania. Bucks started the Buddy Bench at his school with hopes to end playground loneliness. The bench will be a designated area for students who are feeling lonely to seek friendship. Students who see classmates on the Buddy Bench will then go keep them company, or invite them to play. The Buddy Bench is sure to be something that Abbett students will enjoy for many years to come!
There are many activities available for student and parent participation. The following are fun filled and enjoyed by many!
- Back to School Night
- Book Fair
- College Day
- Cyber Cafe
- Donuts with Dad
- Dr. Seuss Day
- Food Drive
- Grade Level Field Trips
- Grandparents Day
- Muffins with Mom
- Red Ribbon Week
- Reflections Contest
- Spelling Bee
- Sum Dog Competition
- Turkey Trot
- Walk to School Day
- Watchdog Dad
Fun in P.E.
Mrs. Schaefer is thrilled to be a part of the Abbett Physical Education Department this year. She is looking forward to getting to know the students, as well as having fun in the gym! So it is important the students are dressed properly when they attend their P.E. class.
Safety is a priority in the gym, therefore the students must have the appropriate attire. Their shoes must fasten to their feet. This means boots, sandals, slip-on shoes, crocs, or flips flops are not acceptable for the P.E. class. The girls must also wear shorts under their dresses and skirts.
Also, any student who needs to be excused from PE class due to illness or injury must have a note (written, email, etc.) from a parent. For the protection of your child, we need to be made aware of ANY medical problems or conditions that would limit his or her participation at any time. Please advise the PE Department of any that may exist or arise during the school year.
Upcoming Events 2017-2018
In November the PE Department will host Turkey Trot Fun run/walk. We will partner with the Leadership Committee in coordinating and collecting for the holiday can food drive.
Early spring we will have a Family GLOW run/walk for everyone! You will have the opportunity to share in this time with your child and GLOW for an evening. There will be a small snack and drawing at the end of the night.
Students remember the basic gym rules:
- Be Safe
- Be Kind
- Keep Moving
Every year we have a fun time with Field Day. Parents volunteer their time to help run the various activities. Students are given water, Gatorade, popcorn, and other snacks.
Field Day is scheduled for Thursday May 24th this year. We encourage/need parent volunteers to run the various events, in order for our students to have a fun, successful day!
Please welcome Mrs. McMurphy to Abbett. Mrs. McMurphy is the new art teacher for K-5. Come check out our amazing new art room.
Our music teacher, Mrs. Christy, is ready to get singing! The All-Star Choir is open to all 4th and 5th grade students who earn passing grades, exhibit model behavior, maintain regular attendance, and LOVE to sing. Rehearsals will take place on Thursday afternoons after school from 3:00 to 4:00 beginning September 4th. The choirs will perform at the PTA meetings in December and May and on various field trips as well.
All 4th and 5th grade students will study the recorder this year during music class. Recorders are great instruments for beginning musicians! Through our practice and study this year, our students will exercise responsibility for real instruments, build breath support and fine motor skills, and strengthen their music reading skills. Recorders are very affordable and will be available for purchase through the school.
All 5th graders are encouraged to try out for our Ukulele Club. The ukulele is a member of the flute family of instruments. Come learn how to play!