Roadrunner News

September, 2019

Runyan Elementary Mission

At Runyan Elementary, we are a safe and welcoming community dedicated to student-focused learning driven by high expectations for all.

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Important Arrival / Dismissal Procedures

The safety of our school community is our number one priority every day. At the same time, we understand everyone's time is valuable, so we also need to be efficient with the time we have. In order to maintain a safe and efficient environment with so many students, it is important for everyone to follow some basic procedures:

  • Doors open at 7:30 each morning. This is the earliest students may be dropped off for school. There is no supervision for students prior to that time, so please do not drop students off earlier than 7:30.
  • Students who dismiss as walkers must walk home. They may not be picked up by someone driving to the walker area in a car, even when the weather is bad. All students leaving school in a car must dismiss through the car-rider line, and cars may not park along the road to pick up a walker.
  • Cars may only make a right turn into the car-rider line. This means cars will have to drive West down Foster Dr. in order to turn right into the line. (Left turns will not be allowed.) Cars may join the car-rider line on Foster from Porter Road or from Cedar Crossing. Please do not make U-turns on Foster Drive, as it creates a safety hazard for drivers.
  • To make a dismissal change, parents may email the school at and include a picture of their driver's license. All dismissal change requests must be received BEFORE 2:45 so we have time to communicate the change to the dismissal duty staff.

Upcoming Special Events

Back to School Dance

Thursday, Sep. 5th, 5-7pm

1101 Foster Drive

Conroe, TX

Please join us for our annual back to school dance! This is a fundraiser, so there will be a small charge to enter as well as items to purchase inside -- food, toys, karaoke, etc.

Grandparents' Day

Monday, Sep. 9th, 10:15am

1101 Foster Drive

Conroe, TX

We are celebrating Grandparents’ Day on September 9, 2019. Grandparents may join their grandchild for lunch during their grandchild’s designated lunch time. Please note, lunch times are adjusted for this day to accommodate our guests:

  • Kindergarten 10:20-10:50
  • 1st grade 10:55-11:25
  • Afternoon PK and 3rd Grade 11:30-12:00
  • 2nd grade 12:05-12:35
  • 4th grade 12:40-1:10

Grandparents are welcome to bring lunch for their grandchild, but it is not required. Grandparents may also bring their own lunch, or they may purchase a school lunch for $3.60.

Anyone invited to eat with a child must have a valid ID and must check in through the front office. All guests must already be listed as a contact within the child's school records or parents must provide the guest's name by filling in the Google Form found at the link below.

After lunch, grandparents are invited to join the child in class to read a book or two.

Safety Drills

Your child's safety is our highest priority. We understand one of the best things we can do to ensure your child's safety is to be prepared in the case of an emergency. Because of that, we have regular drills to practice our response. The week of September 9th will be a safety-themed week in which we'll practice a number of our drills -- evacuating and returning to the building, severe weather, lock-down, and shelter in place. Please talk to your child about the upcoming drills so s/he understands there is no danger; we just want to be prepared if there ever is a dangerous situation.
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Parent Meeting -- STAAR Accountability and Title I Program Information

Thursday, Sep. 26th, 5-5:30pm

1101 Foster Drive

Conroe, TX

All parents are invited to a brief meeting in the Runyan cafeteria before Open House on September 26th. We'll share state assessment and accountability information for our school, and we'll share Title I program information.

Parents may review Runyan Elementary STAAR accountability information online anytime.

From the Conroe ISD home page:

· Go to "Our Schools"

· Browse for Runyan

· Click "Show More" to see the "View School Profile" button and click it

· Select “Accountability Reports”

· Click “2018-2019”

· Select “2019 Accountability Summary”

From Runyan’s website:

· Go to "Our School/Campus"

· Click “View School Profile"

· Select “Accountability Reports”

· Click “2018-2019”

· Select “2019 Accountability Summary”

Open House

Thursday, Sep. 26th, 5:30-6:30pm

1101 Foster Drive

Conroe, TX

Please join us for Open House! You and your child are invited to visit the classroom to hear important information about what your child will learn this year and how you can partner with your child's teacher to ensure the most successful learning environment.

Additional Calendar Information for September:

  • September 2nd -- school holiday
  • September 5th -- Back to School Fundraiser Dance
  • September 9th -- Grandparents' Day
  • September 10th -- Progress Reports go home
  • September 11th -- Hats Off to Reading (at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
  • September 18th -- Read for a Better Life
  • September 26th -- (5:00) Parent meeting about state accountability and Title I programs; (5:30) Open House

Eat Breakfast at School!

Breakfast is served at school each day, starting at 7:30 and ending at 7:55. School breakfast will give your child a healthy start to the day. A nutritious breakfast helps students be more alert, so they can learn more in class. It also provides vitamins and nutrients for a strong and healthy body, which will help your child avoid illness. Breakfast at school is free, so help your child start the day off right with a nutritious meal!

Apply for Lunch Assistance

School breakfast is free, but lunch is not. Without meal assistance, a school lunch costs $2.85 each day, for each child. For some families, this can create a significant financial challenge. Everyone is encouraged to apply for meal assistance through the district website. (Look under "Parents/Students," then "school meals" under "Resources for Students." Apply for meal assistance by clicking the link under "Apply Online for Free and Reduced Meals" and filling in the required information.

Meal assistance applications must be renewed each school year. The previous year's plan will cover the first couple weeks of school, but to continue to receive assistance, each family MUST reapply at the beginning of the year, or the child will be required to begin paying full price for his/her meal.

If you have questions or need help, please contact the school during regular business hours.

Notice to Parents with Court Orders Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship

The Texas legislature passed a new law clarifying the Texas Family Code provision that sets out the rights and duties of parents when there is a court order affecting the parent-child relationship. The legislature clarified that “school activities”, as that term is used in the Family Code, includes, “school lunches, performances, and field trips.” Prior to the passing of this law, each Texas school district determined what activities were considered “school activities.” In compliance with the new law, effective at the beginning of this school year, when lunch is open to visitors, either parent may attend school lunch with his or her child, regardless of their period of possession, unless attending lunch is specifically prohibited by a court order. All parents are welcome to attend school performances. Field trips are limited to parents selected to serve as chaperones.

CISD Non-Discrimination Statement:

The Conroe Independent School District (District) as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment matters. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner.

For information about Title IX rights or Section 504/ADA rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA coordinator at 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, TX 77304; (936) 709-7752.