Smith Family Newsletter
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Message from Ms. Rivera
We have finally arrived at the May edition of the 2020-2021 school year, and what a trip it has been! I feel like we should have shirts that say "I survived the pandemic school year!" This year has been a whirlwind, and I cannot thank you enough for your help at home, for your flexibility, and for your understanding as we have experienced so many changes this past year. Your support has made our jobs easier, and we really appreciate you!
Speaking of appreciation, this week is Teacher Appreciation Week! This week is so fun because we get to celebrate our teachers and paraprofessionals who have worked so hard to get our kids caught up so that they can be successful despite the obstacles they have faced this year. I get emotional when I think about what our teachers have had to overcome and how they have had to adapt. Despite everything, they have still shown up each day with a smile and with an urgency to not only teach our kids, but to allow them to feel loved and empowered. Our teaching staff is incredible! Please join me in celebrating them this week!
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Magnolia I.S.D. Student of the Month - Indus Singaraju
Indus was once described by a substitute teacher as the nicest child she had ever met, and he is a friend to all, he is so polite and helpful, and he tries his best at every task. Indus enjoys reading and riding his bike, and he hopes to attend Harvard Law School to become a lawyer. Indus said his favorite thing about Smith Elementary is the kindness of everyone here, and his advice to everyone is to always work hard. Congratulations, Indus!
Teacher of the Month - Daysi Hidalgo
Ms. Hidalgo has been with the district for 15 years, and she has taught first grade and Pre-K at Smith. Ms. Hidalgo has the highest expectations for her students, and their behavior and the way they manage themselves could match even a fourth grade class. She has so much structure in her classroom that her students have grown by leaps and bounds. In addition, she is a leader on her team, and she helps guide her colleagues to share strategies, reflect on their practices, and do whatever they can to support our youngest learners.
Thank you, Ms. Hidalgo, for showing everyone that Pre-K students are just as capable as any of our students!
Important Dates and Reminders
May 3 - Teacher Appreciation Week begins; BOGO Book Fair begins
May 4-5 - Pre-K and Kinder online registration opens
May 6 - Mother's Day Cake decorating
May 7 - Cafeteria Worker Appreciation Day
May 9 - Mother's Day
May 11 - 3rd and 4th grade Math STAAR
May 12 - 3rd and 4th grade Reading STAAR
May 14 - School Nurse Appreciation Day
May 17 - School Awards this week - Awards for each class will be filmed and placed on the teacher's Canvas page. See the Smith webpage for specific dates.
May 21 - Field Day - We will have our traditional field day but without water features
May 24 - End of Year Party Day
May 25 - Last Day of School, Early Release at 12:40, Walk of Honor, Talent Show
May 29 - SOS Food Giveaway from 10-12
June 11 - Magnolia Reads Jubilee at the Event Center
- Please remember to send your child to school with a water bottle each day.
- Snacks and treats to share cannot be brought to school. Birthday cupcakes can be ordered from the nutrition department by clicking here.
- Although parents cannot attend events, we are grateful that our kids still get to take part in all of the fun.
Our students had the opportunity to learn how to play disc golf with a giant course spread out on the field.
Fun in Art Class
First graders learned about the style of Jackson Pollock and got to create their own abstracts.
Fourth graders experienced a "Writing Camp," which even included eating yummy smores, as they improved their writing skills.