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I am thrilled to be the 5th grade Language Arts teacher for the 2016-2017 school year. I graduated from Texas A&M University (Whoop!) where I received a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (emphasis on 4-8 LA/SS). In addition, I am GT and ESL certified. While at A&M, I was selected to have the extraordinary opportunity to teach English at Tsinghua University in China. It was a life changing experience, and I hope to someday return!

I was born and raised not too far from Tomball, in Navasota, Texas. I have an amazing older brother, two wonderful older sisters, and the best parents anyone could ask for. I am a proud aunt to two beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews! I love to read, travel, try new food, and spend time with my family and my friends.

As your child's teacher, it is my goal to instill a love and desire to read. I want my students to become lifelong readers! It is truly a blessing to be apart of the TISD family. I am ecstatic to do my part in ensuring that every student has a successful and wonderful year.
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Dear parents,


I can’t believe it’s the end of the year already. I know our fifth graders are excited about their final days at Timber Creek. Here is what to expect the last couple of days:


Wednesday: 5th Grade Celebration of Accomplishments @9:30AM-10:30 professional dress. Parents will enter through the cafeteria doors for the ceremony. You may check your child out after the celebration. If you RSVP’d that you are taking your child, you will stay in the cafeteria and administration will explain what to do. If you did not RSVP, and still want to take your child, you will exit the building from the cafeteria and walk around to the front office to complete a normal check out.


Thursday: Walk of Fame @ 9:30 immediately preceding EOY Parties; Early Release @ 12:50PM


Walk of Fame is where all of the students, parents, and teachers in the building will line the hallways and cheer as the 5th graders walk. This is a fun tradition for everyone and we look forward to seeing how proud the students are of their accomplishments.


You may check out your child from the homeroom teacher during the party. In order to exit the building with a student you must show the pass the teacher hands you.​


Thank you for all of your support this year. We will definitely miss our fifth graders!!


I have had a handful of students ask me about the Pre-AP Reading list. Students should have a copy, but if they do not here is the link to it:


Summer Pre-AP Reading List


It is recommended that students read the book for this particular assignment near the end of summer. End of July or early August. If they read it right away it may be hard for them to recall the plot. We will discuss the book when school starts and students will have to complete an essay about  it once school begins.


As you may know, I will be one of the 6th grade Pre-AP ELA teachers at Creekside Park Junior High next school year. :)


Thank you,


Ms. Noto



Dear parents,


Please, please, please ask your child if they have any books from my classroom library at home, and if possible, check around the house with them. I have quite a few books still missing. These books need to be returned to me as soon as possible. Many of the books I have purchased or have been donated, so they hold sentimental value. I would greatly appreciate your help!!


Thank you,


Ms. Noto




Mr. Scott has invited the 5th graders to come visit the Jr. High campus next Tuesday the 16th from 9:00 - 11:30. He will take us all on a tour of the school and end with a pep-rally to get them excited for next year.   

A form went home today for permission to attend to trip. On the form there was a small error that says 4/16/17 and it should say 5/16/17. Please sign and return this form by Monday. Thank you!​




Dear parents,


Lots of end of the year things!!


I am so proud of all the effort that was shown today during the Science STAAR! I have no doubts they rocked it!!! I can't believe it's already May. I am sending one last Scholastic Book Order if anyone wants to order any books for the summer!! It is going to be due next Monday, May 15th in order to ensure I get your books to you in time. Reminder, this Friday is field day. Students are to wear their tie-dye class color t-shirt. Also, on Tuesday, we will be going to the Junior High to tour. We will resume Spelling next week.


In addition, on May 25th, there will be the Annual 5th Grade Picnic.  This is a big privilege for the 5th graders to celebrate their last days at Timber Creek.  As a reminder for the students to stay on their best behavior, we are initiating a new incentive for the next 10 school days.  To go along with baseball season, students can earn a home run by exhibiting exceptional behavior. However, if a student is off task they will have 3 “strikes” where they can lose the privilege to attend the picnic.  We appreciate your support in making their final days at Timber Creek great for all. 



Reminder from Mrs. Culver:


Good Afternoon 5th Grade Parents!


I just wanted to give you a heads up regarding the letter that will be coming home in THIS Wednesday's folder. I will be doing a 5th grade slideshow again this year for their 5th grade celebration ceremony. I am asking that EVERY 5th grade student sends in a current picture and a baby pic (around ages 0-3 years). The images need to be in a JPEG format through e-mail. If you can't e-mail them, please send in the originals, and I can scan them in for you! The deadline on the letter is THIS Friday, May 12th, but due to getting the slideshow timed, the latest I will take them is Monday, May 15th. 


Please e-mail the pictures to BOTH of these addresses to make sure that I receive them: britneyculver@tomballisd.net and britney.culver@yahoo.com. I am having issues with the school servers blocking things, and I want to make sure that I receive them. I will ALWAYS reply back stating that I have received them, so if you don't hear back, feel free to call me at the school EXT 4675.


Please let me know if you have any questions! 


Britney Culver




Field Day 2017


Dear Parents,

Field Day is this Friday, May 12th.  Kinder, 1st, and 2nd grade will have their Field Day from 9:00-11:00 and 3rd- 5th grade will be from 1:00-3:00.  Students need to wear tennis shoes and must be in compliance with dress code.   Students may wear a swimsuit under their clothes.  Your child will get wet.  All children will need to have an extra set of clothes, a towel, and shoes for when Field Day is over.  Students may bring a water bottle and sunscreen and/or bug spray will need to be applied before your child comes to school. 

Parents who have signed up to volunteer in the morning need to check in at 8:30 am inside the school at the volunteer table.  If you signed up to work for the afternoon session please check in at 12:30 inside the school at the volunteer table.  If you are helping with morning set up, please be here by 7 am.

We are still in need of volunteers to help with our big day and would love for your help!  If you can help and you have not already signed up please  follow the link to the SignUpGenius at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084daaac23a3fe3-tces or email me directly at samuelkruppa@tomballisd.net to secure a spot You must have completed a background check prior to volunteering. 

If you signed up to bring a water cooler and/or canopy, please make sure your name is marked clearly on them.  Water coolers need to be brought in ASAP so we can get a count of how many we have.

We are looking forward to a great Field Day at Timber Creek!

Thank you!

Coach Kruppa

Adjusted Lunch Schedule

5th Grade- 11:00-11:30

3rd Grade-  11:10-11:45

4th Grade- 11:30-12:05

2nd Grade-  11:40-12:15

Kinder-     12:10-12:45

1st Grade-  12:25-1:00



Dear parents,


I am in disbelief of all the wonderful, thoughtful gifts I have received for Teacher Appreciation Week. I am blown away by your kindness. It is very humbling, and I want to reach out and give you my deepest gratitude. I have felt so unbelievably appreciated, and I am in awe! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This is truly the most rewarding job. I am blessed to be your child's teacher. They have truly taught me so much this year, and they have touched my heart.


Also, I have a message from Mrs. Culver:


Good Morning 5th Grade Parents,

I just wanted to remind you that your child's music program is tomorrow, May 4th @9am for the school and 6pm for parents. I have had several questions about shirts...they can have writing on them or be the TCES shirts from last year, just as long as they are Neon. You can also dress them in their class shirts since they are colorful as well! I am not that picky! :o) Please refer to the information below for further information!


Please make sure that your child is here for BOTH performances. This program is not like others in the past where they can miss and be OK. It is a collaborative program, and everyone is relying on everyone else to perform their song. 


Please let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks and see you tomorrow!

Britney Culver



Good Afternoon 5th Grade!


We have finally made the announcement that we will be headed to Astro's Stadium for our field trip on Monday, April 17th.  The kids are going to have a blast!  More information will be coming home in the Wednesday Folders this week.  

We will also be sending a flyer in the Wednesday Folders as well but we wanted to give enough time to bring in a White T-Shirt by Friday, April 7th as we will be tie dying them the following week to be used for 3 events.


In addition, we will be having Spelling this week. Also, we started book clubs yesterday! Students will be responsible for completing a portion of the book each day, and completing at least one journal entry. They will have class time to do it, but if they do not finish they will need to it as homework. All books are to be finished on April 19th.  This will be for a grade. Please ask your child each day if they have read their required reading and completed the assignment.


Thank you so much for your support!





Dear parents,


Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We will not be having spelling/vocabulary this week. I want to tell you how thankful I am to be your child’s teacher. I have seen them grow and make so much progress over the school year and we still aren’t even finished! I know some students will be anxious about the STAAR tests this week, that’s only natural, but I am confident that they will do AWESOME! Please make sure your child gets a good nutritional breakfast tomorrow and Wednesday as well as plenty of rest. I also wanted to share this analogy by an unknown author:

A child is like a butterfly in the wind.

Some can fly higher than others;

But each one flies the best it can.

Why compare one against the other?

Each one is different.

Each one is special.

Each one is beautiful.

I am very proud of the individual accomplishments each student has made this year. I love every one of my fifth graders and I am grateful that they work as hard as they do! If you have any questions about tomorrow, or Wednesday, please don't hesitate to ask!



Ms. Noto




Dear parents,


I hope you all had a wonderful spring break! It sounded like many of you had some quality, fun, family time! I am so happy to hear that. This week, due to the shortened week, and next week, due to STAAR, we will not have Spelling. Also, just a reminder that spring pictures are tomorrow!


Also, as a reminder from PTO:


5th Grade Parents:

  • We’re running very short on donations for our 5th grade-level basket (only 5 signups thus far!)! Remember, the money we raise from our silent auction helps pay for field trips, educational equipment, and  PTO support for the 5th grade picnic
  • Please signup here to donate items to go in the basket: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090548aaa82ba4fd0-dash
  • The new deadline is 3/30!v


Thank you for all that you do,

Ms. Noto




Dear parents,


This week will be the last week for Spelling for the 9 weeks. We are working on strategies for the STAAR test the next couple of weeks. After Spring Break, there will be only one more full week until STAAR Math and Reading. Also, there is a new attendance incentive for March. If a child is here every day in March, they will earn a 30 minute gym or technology pass!


I hope your child is enjoying Read Across America Week. Tomorrow, students get to wear their pajamas and bring a favorite book to read during the school wide Read In. Here is the information for the rest of the week!!


 Celebrate Read Across America with Timber Creek!

Monday, February 27- Wear a mustache in support for The Lorax

Tuesday, February 28- Wear mismatched shoes and/or socks for Fox in Sox

Wednesday, March 1- Wear school appropriate PJ's or comfy clothes and bring a few of your favorite books for school wide "read-in"- The Sleep Book

Thursday, March 2- Wear stripes and/or a hat - The Cat in the Hat

Friday, March 3- Let's celebrate our love of reading and dress like our favorite book character for a fun, fabulous Book Character Parade!

Remember to bring your book to school for the parade.


Thank you, 


Ms. Noto




Dear parents,


Thank you all so much for all of the Valentine's goodies. This year was truly the best Valentine's day ever, and the kids were a big part of it. I loved all the fun cards, sweets, and priceless smiles I got from them. I hope you all had a great day as well. I am so blessed to be your child's teacher.


Also, here is some great info. on Dash & Bash:


Dear Timber Creek 5th Grade Parents,
The 5th Grade Classes will be participating in creating grade level baskets that will be auctioned off at the Silent Auction during this year’s Dash & Bash. While participation is not required, we would greatly appreciate your help in building an incredible basket for this exciting event. The proceeds from this auction will go directly towards the purchasing needed instructional items for Timber Creek Elementary and our children.
The 5th Grade Basket Theme for 2017 will be “Grillin-n-Chillin”. Example items we will be collecting are listed below (donations due by March 10, 2017):
 Stainless Steel Spatula
 BBQ Fork with Thermometer
 Basting Brushes
 Stainless Steel Tongs
 Marinades/Rubs/Seasonings
 YETI Tumbler
 Outdoor games
 Lawn Chairs
Please visit our Grade Level Sign Up Genius to contribute to our basket:
Thank you in advance for your participation and we look forward to seeing you at this fun family event!
Timber Creek 5th Grade Room Moms (Kris, Andrea, & Kristie)


Thank you again,



Ms. Noto




Dear parents,


No spelling/vocabulary this week OR next week due to the shortened weeks! We will resume for one more week after, and then we will be done for the 9 weeks.


This Wednesday, students will have a sheet that informs you of the types of questions asked on the Reading benchmark a couple of weeks ago. Students worked on making corrections today and set goals for what they need to improve on as well as what areas were strengths I grouped questions that were similar together. If you have any questions please let me know. Students are aware of their grade. Overall, I was thrilled with their performance on the benchmark. I am so proud of their hard work!! :)


Please remember the Valentine's party is at 2:30 tomorrow and all parents are welcome to join. If you are bringing a Valentine, please make sure there is enough for everyone. I look forward to seeing you!!


Thank you for all you do,


Ms. Noto




Howdy parents,


Tomorrow, 5th grade will be taking their district Reading benchmark. This assessment will be very predictive of his or her performance on the upcoming STAAR test.   For some it will enable us to determine readiness for STAAR. For others it will determine the amount of extra support they will need to excel at the advanced performance level.  Please ensure your child gets a good night's sleep tonight and a great healthy breakfast tomorrow.  Encourage your child to just do his or her best. We are excited to see our TCES Cougars shine! I know they will do great. They don't need to stress. Today we reviewed, and I know they are ready to go!





No spelling this week because of the shortened week, but we will resume next week! I hope you all are having a great week!!



Happy New Year parents!

Tomorrow our school will be filled with noise with the return of all the students. Please let them know I missed them, and I am looking forward to seeing them tomorrow. In addition, I am beyond grateful for all of the precious Christmas presents I received. I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness. Timber Creek really does have the best students and parents.


This week we will be working on understanding poetry better. There will be no spelling this week, but it will resume next week. Tomorrow we will make our “Reading Resolutions” for 2015. We will reflect on how we view ourselves as readers and create a resolution to try and push ourselves even further. I want students to set a goal they truly think they can accomplish. They can always do more if they wish! My Reading Resolution is to read at least 20 minutes every day. Be sure to ask your child what they put as their resolution tomorrow, and if you want, you can join in too!

Hope your family had a restful and fun vacation. I know I was very thankful for the time I was able to spend with my family.


Have a wonderful day,

Ms. Noto
Dear parents,
Polar Express day is tomorrow! PTO has asked that students bring their own water bottle for the movie. I hope the students enjoy their week! I can't believe it's already Christmas break time. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and enjoy this special time with your family. I am very thankful for all of my students and the joy the give me!
From my room mom:

Hi Parents!


I wanted to make you aware that an invite for the class holiday party will be coming home in the folders today. All of 5th grade will have the same theme and activities for the party.


The party is:


Friday, December 16th @ 10am


We will NOT have a SignUp Genius for the party and are instead asking for each child to send in $10 to cover the cost.  We will likely serve donuts, fruit, and drinks.  There will be a fun exchange game for the kids and those gifts will be covered too by the money you send in.


The theme is Ugly Sweater and we'd love for your child to participate.  There will be a prize for the person wearing the ugliest sweater! 


If you could send in the $10 in a envelope marked "Noto Room Mom - Holiday Party" by this Friday, December 9th, it would be greatly appreciated.


Please let me know if you have any questions.


Thank You,


Kristie Brown


Dear parents,
I am so glad all the students are back safe and sound. I hope you enjoyed the quality time with your family over the break. I know I was thankful to spend time with my loved ones.
Tomorrow is Family Literacy Night. It is 5:30-7:00 and you can come and go. Every child who goes will get 20 Cougar bucks, a free book, and lots of fun activities that you can do as a family. We all hope to see you there!!
Thank you :)
Dear parents,
Don't forget class pictures are tomorrow! We do have spelling this week, and this week we are focusing on beginning our expository essay. We have been talking about organizational patterns (text structures) authors use to organize their writing. This week, they will applying their knowledge by writing an expository essay on a topic they have learned about in Science or Social Studies. They must go through the writing process (brainstorming, graphic organizer, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing) and it will be a daily grade. The writing itself will be a major grade. The final piece should be finished by Thursday, December 1st.
I can't believe next week is Thanksgiving break. It makes me take a step back and reflect about how thankful I am to have these kids this year. They are so bright, and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to take part in your child's life.
Have a great week!
Ms. Noto
Dear parents,
Hope you all had a great Halloween on Monday. I enjoyed seeing pictures of my family and friends who all went trick or treating! What a great and fun memory for your child.
This week is benchmark week. Students had a Reading benchmark today over fiction. They were prepared! I love seeing all the hard work the students put forth on their tests. We spent time discussing the importance of going back in the text and proving your answer. It's better to be 100% sure during a test then have to face an error later! I hope the students come home and tell you that they thought it was easy! :) 
Tomorrow students will take their math benchmark. After, we will begin learning about the different organizational patterns authors will use in nonfiction to get their idea across. These include: description, problem/solution, chronological/sequential, compare/contrast, cause/effect, and classification schemes. Students will have an assessment after learning about how they convey the topic. 
Hope you have a great rest of your week!!
Ms. Noto
Dear parents,
A few things to note:
1. I am so excited to share that we have another teacher in fifth grade!! Ms. Ryder is a student teacher who will be with us until she graduates from Sam Houston University in December. 
2. No spelling/vocabulary this week, because of the shortened week. However, it will resume next week. I will give a list on Friday.
3. Monster Mash: Please review the information in Wednesday folders. Please remember bags of candy are still needed for donation. Also, if you are available to come to Monster Mash this Friday, please consider signing up for a spot on the SignUp Genius. https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/4090e4fa4a82ea3f58-monster2
4. Scholastic Book Orders for October are due to be submitted online or with a check by Monday, October 24th. As always, thank you so much for encouraging reading at home.
Have a great day!! 
Ms. Noto
Tomorrow, in Wednesday folders, students will be given their progress report as well as a paper stapled to the progress report. This paper has information about signing up for a conference if you would like one. The conference form and the progress report need to be returned on Thursday. 
Thank you :) 
Dear parents,
This week we will be reading myths in order to describe the natural phenomenon the myth is trying to explain. We will also be creating our own! In addition, the past few weeks we have been working on an imaginative story.  Students have until Friday to have their imaginative story finished and published. I have many that are already finished, but that is the deadline. On Friday, I will be giving a major grade that will be about 20 questions about two reading passages. It will be a comprehension assessment over fiction.
Hope you all have a great day!! Don't forget, picture day is tomorrow!!! 
Ms. Noto
Dear parents, 
A couple of reminders:
Our Taste of Timber Creek cookbooks are due Wednesday, September 21st if you would like to purchase one. Please remember this fundraiser is in lieu of any catalog and our campus would benefit greatly from these sales. Please consider making a purchase for your household or as a gift if you can :). There are incentives:

The incentives for the class that sells the most cookbooks is 15min extra recess and Ice Cream.  The class that submits the most recipes will get 15 min extra recess and Ice Cream.  The student that sells the most cookbooks per grade will get to throw a pie in the face of a staff member. 

If you would like to order any books from the Scholastic flyers I am putting in the order on Wednesday. All orders need to be submitted by Tuesday evening! Thank you so much for your help in getting your child excited about reading!!
This week we are covering foreshadowing and the different points of view a reader can encounter.
Have a great week!!
Ms. Noto
Dear parents,
This week we are going to be learning about the different types of conflicts fiction can have, and how they can effect a character. We will also begin drafting our imaginary stories. Don't forget this Friday we will have our first spelling/vocabulary test. Students are responsible for knowing how to spell the 10 words, and need to know the meaning of the five vocabulary words.
Don't forget to submit your recipes for The Taste of Timber Creek cookbook! I am looking forward to this school fundraiser, and I hope you are too! It is $25 for a cook book, and will feature favorite recipes from staff and parents. Also, if you have not joined PTO the PTO drive ends tonight.

Go to timbercreekelementarypto.digitalpto.com and click on join TCES PTO

Or go to Join.myschoolanywhere.com and enter TCES2016



Have a great evening!


Ms. Noto


Dear parents,
I hope you all had a great weekend with your family! This week we are starting to analyze plot structure and characters. Students will also begin to mimic fiction writing for their own writing piece that will be a major grade. For homework tonight students are to come up with 3 IDEAS for an imaginative story. Their ideas need to contain a problem and solution. It does not have to be dragons, goblins, and unicorns. It can be something as simple as: the problem is the character has a fear of spiders and the solution is the character overcomes their fear when he/she realizes that some spiders do really neat things! It can be a fantasy story, but it just needs to make sense and they can’t go over two pages. We will be writing the story in class.
Thank you for all your support. Hope to see you all tomorrow evening at Open House.
Ms. Noto
Dear parents,
In class this week we are going over different ways readers should interact with their text. Each day we will be talking about a different skill that can help them comprehend more as they are reading. Students received their reading logs today. I told students they may fill it out at home, but I am only taking for a grade what I see in class. I will be able to see if they are reading at night based on their log in class. I expressed that they should be reading the same book at home and at school. Their homework every day is to read at least thirty minutes outside of school. Also, this week on Wednesday students will have a quiz on defining each genre. The genres are: historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, biographies/autobiographies, poetry, mystery, traditional literature, science fiction, and informational texts.
Have a great evening,
Ms. Noto
Dear parents, 
I loved getting to know your children this week. I am impressed with them already. Great job!! Our GT specialist wanted to share this information with you:

Welcome to our new families. Our fall screening window for Gifted and Talented identification is available to students who are new to Tomball ISD. If you are interested in having your child screened during this window, please email Sheri Sims, our GT Specialist, at sherisims@tomballisd.net to request a testing permission form. Signed forms are due by September 9th in order to be included in fall screening. Testing will take place during the month of September and parents will be notified of results by letter during the first week of October. Those who are screened will be eligible for re-screening in the spring of the following school year. 


For all of our returning families, welcome back. For those interested in GT screening for your child, the testing window  will take place during the spring. Permission forms will be available in March.


Looking forward to a wonderful year,

Ms. Sims, GT Specialist


Have a great weekend!!


Ms. Noto


Dear parents,

It was so wonderful to meet you and your child at Meet the Teacher. I am SO excited to begin the new school year! So excited in fact, I just finished creating a survey that I would like your child to complete for their first homework assignment!! Don’t worry!! Your child does not have to do this tonight. Please enjoy your Sunday evening with your family. I will be showing them the survey tomorrow in class and how to access it on my Edlio page.

My primary goal as your child’s reading teacher is to instill lifelong reading habits. This survey will allow me to get to know your child’s reading preferences so that I may guide them in picking out other books I hope they will enjoy!

Here is the link to the survey I would like your child to complete:


Have a wonderful evening,

Ms. Noto