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October 22, 2021

A Note from Mrs. Mathe

This week has been a bittersweet week here at Powell Elementary with the passing of General Colin Powell, our school's namesake. I was honored to receive a letter from General Powell in August this school year. He showed great interest in our school, the first school named after him. He was dedicated to quality education of all Americans. He was a true American hero. On Veteran's Day this year, we will do a special tribute in memory of General Powell for all he has done for our country.

One of my favorite Colin Powell quotes, which was a part of the speech I gave when I accepted the position of Principal here at Powell is, "A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work."

Below is a copy of the letter I received.

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Upcoming Dates

October 22: Report Cards Sent Home

October 25-29: Red Ribbon Week (see theme days below)

October 28: PAWS-itive Celebration @ lunches

October 28: MOD Pizza Spirit Day 11:30 am- 10:30 pm (2 locations: Indian Springs & Shenandoah) Visit the Powell PTO webpage for more information

October 29: Storybook Character Parade 8:30 am (see flyer below for more information)

November 1-5: Book Fair Open

November 4th: Book Fair late shopping hours 5:00-7:00 pm

November 11: Veteran's Day Performance (virtual)

November 12: Progress Reports available online (grades 2-4)

November 16: PTO Meeting 9:30 am

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Important Storybook Parade Information

We are so excited to be able to hold our Storybook Parade outside again this year! Our students and staff will parade around the entire building 1 time. There are viewing areas in the front and back of the school building.

If you plan to check your child out after the parade, please note the following procedures:

  • Let your child's teacher know by email prior to the parade
  • Once the entire parade has passed around the entire school, we will begin to let parents in to check out their children. (please note, you may have to wait a little bit after the last child passes)
  • Once all students are back in their classrooms, we will open the side and front doors (like we did for Meet the Teacher) to allow you into the hallway to check out your child(ren).
  • There will be a desk at every teacher's door way. Please be prepared to show your ID to your child's teacher.
  • Your child's teacher will give them a sticker to wear so the staff members at the exits know that they have been properly checked out.
  • If you plan to have someone, not on the emergency pickup list, check out your child, please email contactpowell@conroeisd.net with a copy of your photo ID so we can be prepared.

Save the date! The Fall Book Fair is coming!

Did you know that reading 20 minutes a day with your children is the best investment your family can make in their future? Research shows that children who read just 20 minutes per day score in the 90th percentile on standardized tests. Come to the Book Fair to stock up on the books your child will love reading and ignite your home reading habits.

Book Fair Dates: November 1-5

Shopping Hours: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm (November 1-4)

Late hours: 5:00-7:00 pm (November 4th)

8:30 am to 1:00 pm (November 5)

If you are unable to attend the fair in person, we invite you to visit our online fair.


Enter school code: M3GX4

****We need volunteers!****

Sign up to help and get a $5 gift certificate to the book fair!!


Please note: we were hoping to be open at the conclusion our our Storybook Character Parade, however due to the number of parents expected, we will be unable to accommodate this demand this year. We will be open late on Thursday so you can come shop with your child.

Veteran's Day Performance

This year, in honor of Veteran's Day, we are working on a virtual celebration to honor those that serve our country. We will honor General Colin Powell with a special tribute during this event. We would also like to honor the family members of our Powell Panthers that have served our country in the Armed Forces. Below is a link to a Google Form. If you would like us to include your loved one in our virtual celebration, please complete the form, including a photograph. We would love to be able to tell them "Thank you"!

Submit your Veterans Information Here

Salute to Our Veterans

The Combined Armed Services Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps of the Conroe Independent School District Honoring All Who Served.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

10:00 AM

Woodforest Bank Stadium

This event will be livestreamed.

Substitutes Needed

We would love our Powell parents to serve as substitutes at Powell Elementary. Many of our Powell parents love to serve in this role, and we, as a staff, love to have our parents at our school. If you would like to apply to be a substitute in CISD, you can apply here. In case you weren’t aware, you can register at specific schools. For example, if you have a little one at Powell, one at Mitchell and one at McCullough, you can sign up to sub at just those three schools. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about serving in this capacity. I hope to see you on our substitute list very soon!

Referral Requests for Gifted and Talented Testing

Referral requests are now open for Conroe Independent School District Gifted and Talented program. Although the testing will not take place until late January, referral requests are accepted at this time. Referral requests can be made by the parents and/or campus staff.

It is recommended that parents of 2nd grade students wait until CogAT scores have arrived before nominating their child because CogAT scores are part of the GT assessment. This assessment will be administered to all 2nd grade students this month.

If you are interested in referring your child, you may want to discuss this with your child’s teacher at conferences. Referrals will be accepted through December 17, 2021. You may request a referral form from Mrs. Nixon. You can also find the referral form and other GT information on the CISD GT homepage.

Teachers Achieving Excellence

Do you want to recognize an AWESOME Powell teacher? If so, follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to Parent Access Center (PAC).
  2. Click on communication.
  3. Choose Staff/Teacher excellence from the drop down menu.
  4. Select the employee to receive recognition from the drop down menu.
  5. Click create TAE.
  6. Click any of the pre-populated choices that apply.
  7. Type any additional comments in the Additional Comment box.
  8. Click the box labeled Create Teachers Achieving Excellence button.
  9. Done!

Supporting our Feeder Zone Events

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PTO News

Join the Powell PTO!

Thank you to those of you that joined us for Chick-fil-A spirt day! They have donated back $605 to our Powell PTO!

Chalk the Walk for Walk to School day will be Thursday, October 14th. Chalk buckets will be placed in front of the school and behind the school for your convenience. Please draw or write positive messages for our families to enjoy as they walk to school on October 15th.


Also, do you know you can support Powell just by shopping? Click the PTO Grocery Program link to find out more.

Any questions, please email vpmembership@powellpto.org

MOD Pizza Spirit Day

Please join us for MOD Pizza spirit day on October 28th from 10:30 am-11:00 pm.

MOD Pizza was so kind to allow us to have 2 locations to accommodate our vast feeder zone. Please RSVP below to the location in which you plan to eat lunch or dinner at on spirit day. Our goal is to have 50 Powell guests join us at each location! Hope to see you there!

MOD Pizza-Indian Springs Shopping Center

MOD Pizza Shenandoah

Powell Yearbooks On Sale

Powell 2021-2022 Yearbooks are on sale from now until January 28, 2022 for $35. Please follow the link below to purchase:

Powell Elementary School | Jostens

Also, 4th Grade Yearbook Ads are on sale for 4th Grade students ONLY until November 19, 2021. Please follow the link below to create & purchase your ad:


Any questions, please email yearbook@powellpto.org

District Information

Prescreening for our Safety

Self-Prescreening: To ensure the health and safety of all students and staff, all individuals should conduct a self pre-screening daily for COVID-19 symptoms. Individuals waiting for COVID-19 test results due to symptoms or individuals currently experiencing any of the symptoms listed that are new and/or not normal for them, should stay home and consider seeking medical care and/or COVID-19 testing. Symptoms consistent with COVID-19 include:

  • fatigue
  • cough or shortness of breath
  • sore throat
  • congestion or runny nose
  • significant muscle pain or body aches
  • loss of taste or smell in the last 10 days
  • diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  • feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0F
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Roadmap to Remaining Open

The most up to date information regarding the district's plan to remaining open through this pandemic can be found on the Roadmap to Remaining Open.
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Powell Student Handbook

Please view our Powell Student Handbook Addendum. The purpose of this handbook addendum is to inform you of important information regarding day to day life at Powell; however, at times it may be necessary to make a few changes during the school year. In this event, the addendum will be updated, and you will be notified via letter, email, or website. I want to encourage you to visit our school website at http://powell.conroeisd.net as important information and events will be posted there frequently. In fact, you may want to bookmark this address for easy access. The 2021-2022 Conroe Independent School District Student/Parent Handbook is available to you online here.
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Our Mission

Powell Elementary School is committed to creating an environment that promotes academic excellence, and a love for learning. Our goal is to build relationships that empower students, and develop responsible, patriotic citizens, and confident leaders.