Smith Family Newsletter

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Message from Ms. Rivera

Welcome to the April edition of our newsletter. I can't believe we are already in the final nine weeks of school! I am grateful for this time since it was snatched away from us last year, and the kids are happy and energized with this beautiful weather.

Right now, we are in the final push to get our kids on track and on level before the summer. See below for an introduction to the Smith Elementary Instructional Series, where we will share short videos with tips on how to help your child at home. Thank you for partnering with us to grow our kids!

Please reach out to me if you have any questions or feedback, visit our website, and follow us on Twitter @CedricSmithElem.

Smith Elementary Instructional Series Introduction

Teacher of the Month - Jay Ross

Each month we will be honoring a teacher who has displayed leadership, instructional excellence, and positivity. Our April Teacher of the Month is fourth grade teacher, Jay Ross.

Jay Ross is a veteran teacher at Smith and a fan favorite. Mr. Ross is a wonderful role model for our kids. He is kind, patient, and one of the wittiest people you could ever meet. He is so talented in creating a love of reading and writing in his students. He is also an author of several books, including the hilarious Diary of America.

Thank you, Mr. Ross, for inspiring our kids to be better people each day!



Teacher of the Year - Holly Swonke

Paraprofessional of the Year - Angie Ramirez

Rookie Teacher of the Year - Janee Steger

Important Dates and Reminders

April 5 - Assistant Principal Day

April 6 - School Librarian Day

April 7 - Kindergarten Graduation Pictures - proofs will be sent home

April 9 - Project Reach Showcase for 2nd and 4th grade

April 12 - School Board Meeting

April 22 - Earth Day

April 27 - Bus Driver Appreciation Day; Progress Reports sent home

April 29 - Food Bank - Free Food Bags

May 3-7 - Teacher Appreciation Week

- 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.

- Thank you for keeping sick kids at home!

MEF Star Educator Program

You can recognize an outstanding educator and support the Magnolia Education Foundation by clicking here until this Friday, August 9th.

Connect With Families Through PodUp

While we are still in the midst of a pandemic, you may be wondering how you can safely connect with other families. PodUp matches you, at no cost, to a network of local families to safely share resources and childcare options. See the flyer below and visit for more information.