From the office of Andrea Segraves
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! It's hard to believe the end of September is already near. It has been a WONDERFUL start and we are looking forward to the VERY BEST school year yet!
At Ross, we believe in the power of partnering with parents and families to create the best possible school community for our children. Communication between home and school is vital to your child's success.
In an effort to keep each of our families closely connected to the happenings at Ross, you will receive an email from me each week with upcoming events and happenings at Ross Elementary/CCISD, as well as celebrations of the INCREDIBLE things happening all over our campus on a daily basis!
As always, thank you for sharing your children with us each day,
Tomorrow, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 is our first SPIRIT DAY of the year!!
Check out what is happening soon at Ross Elementary!
Last call for fall fundraiser!
Order forms and money were due on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, but if you still have money to turn in, please do that by tomorrow, Friday, September 25, 2014. Online sales will continue through September 30, 2014.
Checks payable to Ross Elementary PTA.
Online orders can still be made through September 30th. The website is www.supportandgive.com with our school code 11595.
Thank you all so much for your support!
The online free and reduced lunch application process is quick and easy! See below for the website.
If you haven't ever applied, it never hurts to try. It's quick and easy. Click below and see if you might qualify for assistance.
Ms. Beavers, art teacher, and Ms. Sereni, music teacher, show Ross spirit on the first day of the 2014-2015 school year!
First Graders are becoming "real-life" superheroes!
Mrs. Hartness, assistant principal, helps in the Roadrunner Cafe!
Every Teacher that has a classroom with 100% membership enrollment will receive a classroom bundle of Spirit Sticks to give out to individual students! More importantly, YOU can be a powerful and effective voice for your children at Ross.
Reminder: For Student Safety
In order to ensure the safety of all of our students, please submit in writing to the office any changes in your child’s transportation before 2:30 p.m. No student will be checked out after 2:45 p.m.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Click here for our campus website. This site will also take you to your child's classroom website.
What is Character Camp?
We are excited to share that we just completed our first round of Character Camp this past week. Our fifth graders were the first Roadrunners to attend. This coming week, September 22-26, our fourth graders will attend character camp. The next week will be third grade, etc. The only students who will not attend character camp will be our pre-kindergarten students, as they will have character lessons in the classroom.
During "Character Camp," the grade level classroom teachers attend campus based professional learning sessions. In alignment with the CCISD strategic plan, specifically strategy 7, regarding job embedded professional development, all teachers at Ross are being supported through collaboration and planning time. During this time, teachers and instructional specialists collaborate to plan and prepare complex and engaging learning experiences for all students.
Character Camp is a time where students will work with "camp counselors" to focus on the qualities of Roadrunners with good character. Additionally, students will be given the opportunity to learn the difference between bullying and having a conflict, and the tools to handle each. Character Camp occurs four consecutive days, Monday through Thursday-from 8:20-8:55 a.m. Each child will have character camp a total of 8 mornings over the course of the 2014-2015 school year. Our "camp counselors" include our PE coaches, Coach Stevens, Coach Hardig, Ms. Sereni, music teacher, Ms. Beavers, art teacher and Ms. Wampler, school counselor.
The purpose of character education is to facilitate student success. Character camp provides guidance lessons through art, music, physical activity, and counselor guidance lessons.
The goals of Character Camp are as follows:
1. The students will learn and apply the 6 pillars of character (TRRFCC):
2. The students will be able to define bullying behaviors and know what to do when it
3. The students will be able to differentiate between bullying and conflict.
4. The students will learn how to use different tools and techniques to resolve conflict.
We hope that you will see application of what Roadrunners are learning about in Character Camp at school, as well as at home.
If you have questions about character education at Ross Elementary, Catherine Wampler, school counselor, would more than happy to visit with you. You can reach her at 281-284-4500.
Capture the memories of the year!
Two easy ways to order:
- Go to Balfour.com and type our school name. Purchase a yearbook using a credit or debit card.
- Complete the bright colored form sent home in your child's folder and return it to school. If you need another one, just ask your child's teacher.
Order before Thanksgiving and your child will receive a FREE SPIRIT STICK!!
Contact Chanda Dickerson
9th Annual Medication Take Back – Expanded to 5 Local Sites
(League City, TX) – Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10am to 2pm, the Prescription Drug Advisory Committee of the Bay Area Alliance will be set up at 5 locations taking back expired or unneeded prescription and non-prescription medications.
Participants will just “drive through” the drop-off site at each facility where volunteers (including law enforcement and pharmacy personnel) will take medications for proper and secure disposal. The entire process is completely anonymous and no identifying information other than zip code will be requested or noted. **Please note: No Sharps Will Be Collected!**
This month, the group will participate in the 9th such event to decrease prescription drug abuse and is in coordination with a national effort through the Drug Enforcement Agency to remove dangerous controlled and commonly misused substances from community medicine cabinets. In the last eight local Take Back initiatives, this group has collected more than 7,200 pounds of medications for proper disposal.
The five locations include:
UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes – 2240 Gulf Fwy S, League City
Houston Police Dept – Clear Lake Substation – 2855 Bay Area Blvd, Houston
UTMB Health Eye Center – 700 University Blvd, Galveston
City of Webster Fire Station – 18300 Hwy 3, Webster
Hope Lutheran Church – 1804 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood
League City Police Department, Civic Center, 400 W. Walker, League City, TX 77573.
“This initiative is so important because it keeps these potentially dangerous medications out of the reach of children,” said Jon D. Thompson, Director of the Southeast Texas Poison Center. “It prevents abuse, misuse, or accidental poisonings by youth as well as adults.”
According to a 2011 study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 52 million people over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs non-medically in their lifetime. According to Bay Area Alliance Coalition Manager, Amanda McLauchlin, “This effort encourages everyone to do their part in emptying these potentially hazardous drugs from their medicine cabinets.”
These efforts would not be possible without partners such as the Southeast Texas Poison Center, Texas Pharmacy Board, Drug Enforcement Administration, Friendswood Police Department, Galveston Kiwanis Club, Houston Police Department, Galveston Police Department, UTMB, UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, Hope Lutheran Church, City of Webster Fire and Police, University of Houston Police Academy, the San Jacinto Community College Pharmacy Tech students and Walgreens Pharmacy. For more information, please contact the Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families at 281-284-0370.
Walk On the Wild Side- 5K Walk for the Animals
Sunday, Sep. 28th, 8:15am
500 Kirby Rd
Link to the flier for more informationhttp://www.ccisd.net/docs/default-source/seabrook-intermediate-documents/view-flier.pdf?sfvrsn=0
We love our volunteers!
We love and welcome parent and community volunteers at Ross! To volunteer on campus or to help chaperone your child's field trip, please take a few minutes to complete the registration here.
Running Club Informational Meeting for Parents
Tuesday, Sep. 30th, 6-7pm
2401 W Main St
League City, TX
Cost: $15 (CASH ONLY PLEASE)
Where: Roadrunner Cafe'
Dates to Remember
9-26 Spirit Day!! Roadrunners wear RED and show your ROSS SPIRIT!!
9-27 Medication Take Back
9-28 Walk On the Wild Side- 5k Walk in Seabrook
9-30 Running Club Parent Meeting 6-7 PM
10-2 Early Release at Noon
10-3 Student Holiday- No School
11-13 Science Fair (Link below for a copy of the Science Fair Instructions.)