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About Mrs. Cook

I helped open Timber Creek in 2012. I have been teaching 3rd grade for many years, and am thrilled to be doing it again! I look forward to each year, knowing that I have the privilege to help grow and develop future leaders. I was honored by my colleagues in 2014 to be voted Teacher of the Year, and in December of 2014, was chosen as the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Month.
I am very serious about how education can improve the use of technology in elementary school, and 2 years ago piloted Bring Your Own Device here at Timber Creek. I feel it was very successful, and strive to embed high-level technology activities into our daily learning.
I LOVE math, and love helping children see the fun in it. My goal is that students learn that Math Makes Sense, and it is our job to make sense of math. We struggle with word problems and multiplication facts, and in the end, come out better math thinkers!
My other love is Science (especially Geology; yep, that's right, Rocks!) We are experimenting, goggle-wearing, inference-making scientists who learn that science is all about asking questions! Science is hands-on fun learning, and I especially like to see children really dig in and think about what makes our world so cool.
I was born in Iowa, and attended Luther College, where I majored in Spanish and Religion (I was able to attend the University in Mexico City and lived with a Spanish-speaking family). Then I got my teaching certification from the University of Iowa, and moved to Garden City, Kansas, where my first job at Buffalo Jones Elementary was teaching bilingual 6th grade to 31 students! I met my husband, and went to 3rd grade by principal request, still teaching bilingual. We were then transferred to the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, where I taught 5th grade GT math. When my son was born,I took some time away from education to raise my 3 kids, and our family was transferred to Houston.
I have a 21 year old son and an 19 year old daughter who is an Art/Art Education major at the University of North Texas, and my 17 year old son is a senior in Klein. I also have 2 dogs, who add more than a little excitement to our home!
When I'm not teaching, I really love to go to the movies, do jigsaw puzzles, and play board and card games. I am an avid reader, and like to go walking with my dog!

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End of Year Items

What an awesome year it's been!  I hope everyone enjoys their time off!  The kids forgot to pick up their headphones, so I will keep a box in the office, and if you wish to come pick them up, they are available.  If you don't want to come up, they will be here in the fall, and they can get them from their 4th grade teacher.

I want to say once again how much I have enjoyed working with your children this year.  The math growth, but more importantly, emotional growth, has been a joy to watch and be a part of.  Each child holds a special place in my heart.  With love, Mrs. Cook


From Mrs. Baudoin (the Math Specialist)

Dear parents and students,

Our 3rd graders have worked very hard this year to learn and master their multiplication and division facts, and we want to ensure that they stay just as prepared over the summer months!  Keeping up with students fact proficiency will be one of the most crucial skills to ensure that they are ready to tackle more complex algorithms of multiplication and division in 4th grade. We have created a summer incentive for you to use at home to keep your child motivated to keep up the hard work!  A blue recording sheet was in your child’s report card, please use this to keep track throughout the summer and have your child bring the completed recording sheet and any practice tests to school with them when they return in August so their 4th grade teacher can celebrate their hard work with them and reward them with some beginning of the year cougar bucks for keeping up with their math!

Here are some ways we encourage fact practice:

First in Math - each student has a personal account that is active until July 31st- be sure they are focusing on mastery of multiplication and division facts.  

Login info to First In Math:   Username: tces   PW: lunch #

Greg Tang Math Games- free website with ways to practice facts using games

Flash Card Folders- if students use flashcards to practice, have them store these in a folder, one side being the facts they know and the other side for facts they are still learning.  This way they can visually see their pile get smaller as they get better and better with their facts! 

You can find an extra copy of the tracking sheet as well as resources attached right here on my Edlio page! 

Have a wonderful summer!!

Field Trip Friday!!

Parents…here are a few reminders for our Field Trip on Friday, March 28th.


  • We will leave Timber Creek at 9:15amand return no later than 1:15am.
  • Students will eat lunch when we return to school. Students who are getting a lunch from the cafeteria will pick up their lunch before we leave for the trip. I will have a cooler in the classroom to keep all drinks cold (if desired). Please make sure your child’s name is on their drink if they are going to put it in the cooler. Our lunch will be later than normal so a good breakfast is essential.
  • Students will be permitted to bring a simple snack that they can eat on the bus when we are returning to school. Snacks need to be small and not require refrigeration. Please clearly label your child’s snack. We will collect snacks Friday morning and pass them out as we prepare to return to school.
  • Please apply sunscreen and mosquito spray to your child at home before they come to school (if desired). Students are not permitted to bring sunscreen or mosquito spray to school with them.
  • All students are asked to wear their Third Grade t-shirt, shorts and closed toed shoes for the Field Trip. (Shirt colors: Barnhouse – gray, Huggins/Smith – green, Christian – blue and Cook – violet)
  • If you are a chaperone, please check in at the front office and come to our classroom by 8:45am. This will allow me time to give you important information for the day.
  • All chaperones must drive themselves to the trip. Carpooling is fine.
  • All students will ride to Water Works and return back to TCES on the bus. Students can be checked out upon return following regular protocol in the front office.

Thank you for your continued support! Looking forward to a great day!

 Mrs. Cook

So much information!

Homework/Tests this week:

  • Division Fact Quiz over all facts.  Let your child study using First in Math (online)
  • Math Test over Data/Graphing Thursday.

Bring Your Own Device:

Click here for a link to a form that will give me information about the devices that you might be willing to allow your child to bring to school.  I have also attached a Powerpoint presentation explaining the District's Internet Web filter and BYOD, and how devices would be stored.  I have a few of my old Android phones (without service) that we use for QR code activities, but there just aren't enough to do many activities.  The students really enjoy being able to find out their answers right away, and compete against each other in educational games like Kahoot, but there just isn't one-to-one to make it easily accessible.
Also, if you have old cell phones or Iphones, or tablets/Ipads with cracked screens, but still work, please consider donating them to the classroom set for students to use who are unable to bring a device!

Dash and Bash Information:

  • Dash and Bash REMINDER: Please turn in your Dash for Cash pledges to sponsor your child in their effort to seek Ninja Warrior Status! We are only halfway to our goal of $5,500!
  • Don’t forget with your tax-deductible donations you can win a Pizza Party for your child’s class hosted by our own Principal Mutant Ninja Turtles! Class that raises most in pledges wins! – Class Currently in the Lead: 1st Grade Mrs. Lyon’s Class!
  • Avoid the Lines! Only two days left to preorder wristbands and tickets for the Bash celebration
  • $20 per wristband (needed for children 5 and up only. Adults are free.)
  • $1 tickets for Sweet Shoppe, beverages, and balloon animals. Recommended #: 10 per family member
  • $1 Kids Raffle Tickets – available during lunch all week – amazing prizes!!

Check back later tonight for TONS of information

I'm working on pulling all info into one gigantic post.

Division Fact Practice

I wanted to be sure to get this out quickly.  The Division Fact Quiz will be over dividing by 3, 4, 6, and 8.  The students did poorly on this past week's quiz, which is coming home tomorrow with a letter.  I'll post a newsletter later tonight, but wanted this out for study to begin.

Week 30

  • Don't forget Parents and Pastries Book Fair visit Tuesday, 7:30-8:30 AM!
  • A note will come home Wednesday about the upcoming Field Trip (including the Permission form).

Week 25

This is from Mrs. Tatavak (our homeroom mom)

Dear Parents,

Our class will be participating in making grade level baskets that will be auctioned off at the Silent Auction during Dash and Bash. While participation in this is not required, we greatly appreciate your help in building incredible baskets for this year’s Silent Auction.  The proceeds from the auction will go directly towards purchasing needed instructional items for Timber Creek Elementary and your children.  

Third grade's basket theme will be:  ART

 The third grade room moms are requesting cash donations from parents so we can purchase items and create the basket.  We are requesting a donation of $10 per child, but any amount helps!  While that might sound like a lot, we want the third grade basket to be the best!  Below is a sample list of things we plan to include in the basket:

  • Standing Art Easel 
  • 4 Person passes for Painting with a Twist (mom's night out or date night)
  • Crayola Art Case
  • Sketch pads
  • Travel Art Case
  • Artrageous Gift Certificate

Please send in your donations via your child's folder in an envelope labeled DASH AND BASH along with your child's name by MARCH 10.  Checks made out to Christina Tatavak will also be accepted.

Thank you for your participation and we look forward to seeing you at this fun family event!


Third Grade Room Moms

Week 24

Fractions test Wednesday!
Webquest deadline extended, due Wednesday.
Valentine's Day Party Tuesday, 2:30-3:30  Hope you can join us for some fun!