Sam Houston Newsletter

FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY EVENTS

1 Science Fair

8 Project Hope Black History Parade

14 Valentine's Day Parties

17 President's Day Holiday

18 Picture Day- Spring Photos

18 ESL Orientation 4:00-7:00 p.m.

25 ESL Class 6:00-9:00 p.m.

27 ESL Class 6:00-9:00 p.m.

28 Jet Way Awards 8:00 a.m.


MARCH EVENTS

2 Read Across America Day/Dr. Seuss Day

3 ESL Class 6:00-9:00 p.m.

5 ESL Class 6:00-9:00 p.m.

6 Early Release Day

8 Daylight Savings Time Begins

9-13 Spring Break

From The Principal's Desk

Dear Sam Houston Families,

We are excited to welcome Merissa Hughes as the new counselor at Sam Houston. She has worked in education in various roles for over 10 years. Ms. Hughes says, " I am happy to be in Conroe ISD and thrilled to be a Sam Houston JET".


Just a reminder, for the safety of our students, morning drop off time starts at 7:30 a.m. Students are not allowed to be dropped off prior to 7:30 a.m.


If students plan on eating breakfast in the cafeteria, they will need to arrive no later

than 7:50 a.m.

Thank you for your help with this matter, we appreciate your support.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Harris

Principal

Grade Level News

Pre-K


Pre-K is learning the following:


Reading: Students are blending syllables into words, combining words to make compound words, and recognizing rhyming words.

Writing: Students are sharing class-made written products, writing their own name, and moving from scribbles to some letter-sound correspondence using beginning and ending sounds when writing.

Math: Students are recognizing and comparing heights/lengths of people or objects, recognizing how much can be placed within an object, informally recognizing weights of clothes.

Social Studies: Students are identifying similarities and differences between themselves, classmates, and other children.

Science: Students are observing and describing what happens during changes in the earth and sky.

Please remember to check your child'd daily folder for important information and ensure your child is practicing all letter sounds.

Kindergarten

As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher., and there are many simple things that you can do to help your child be successful.


1. Talk with your child about their day at school. To avoid the standard "good" answer, ask your child what they learned that day , who they played with , or even what they ate for lunch. This simple conversation will show your children that you take interest in their education and in them!


2. Develop a routine for your child. Kindergarten students should still be sleeping 11-12 hours per night. A good night of sleep will help your child perform in school and makes for a happier child.


3. Read together every day. Reading books aloud to children stimulates kids' imagination and expands their understanding of the world. lap reading with your child will develop language and listening skills and encourage a love of reading.


Thank you again for your continued support!

Kindergarten Teachers

1st Grade

First grade is learning the following:

Reading: Students will be finishing their study of nonfiction chapter books and starting a unit on fluency, phonics, and comprehension.

Writing: Students are wrapping up their "All About " book writing and starting a unit on writing reviews, and opinion papers.

Math: We will also continue to work on place value to 120, review coins (introducing the quarter), and finish the month working on addition and subtraction within 15.

Science: Students will learn about natural resources and ways to conserve them, living things versus non-living things, identify and comparing parts of a plants and the interdependence in situations like pet and caregiver.

Social Studies: We will study black history , presidents and leaders, study folktales, fables, legends, and Texas history and culture.

2nd Grade

The second semester has gotten off to a great start in second grade. We look forward to celebrating Valentine's Day with our wonderful students.

Reading/Writing: We will begin reading groups again next week. All of our students have had their literacy skills assessed and we are ready to jump into new reading levels and great stories. We have been reading and writing poetry and will move on to reading and writing persuasive pieces next.

Math: Students have been learning to tell time to the minute, so please look at a clock together and help them practice this new skill. We have moved on to numbers up to 1,200 and will soon be adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers. These are new skills and may require extra practice.

Social Studies:

We will be discussing important African American figures in history.


As always, we encourage you to read with your child every night.

Thank you, Second Grade Teachers

3rd Grade

Third grade is learning the following:

Reading: Students will be discussing and focusing on fiction texts and learning to express and support their own opinions through writing.


Math: In February, our awesome students will be discussing and working with all sorts of shapes, during our geometry unit. Also, remind you child to use the facts we sent home to practice their multiplication facts every night. Multiplication fluency is very important to help us move smoothly in the Math program.


You can help us by having students read every night and encouraging them to do their best.

Thank you.

4th Grade

Fourth grade is learning the following:

Reading/Writing: January was a busy month! We reviewed fiction by reading Tiger Rising . The students were so captivated by the story line and Rob's struggles. This month we will be tackling argumentative essays, how the author uses facts and personal stories to get their viewpoint to the reader. We will use the format we are learning in reading in our own personal writing. What an exciting time!

Math: After learning multiplication and geometry, the students are ready for fractions. There will be plenty of hands-on activities knowing how fractions work and how they can convert to decimals.

Please encourage you child to read twenty-minutes every evening and continue to help your child learn their multiplication facts.

As always, we thank you for being supportive parents.

Counselor's Corner


This month's SOAR theme is Friendship. I would like to focus on the skill of making and keeping friends. In order to make friends, it is important for kids to have the opportunities to meet other kids and play.


Merissa Hughes

kerhughes@conroeisd.net

936-709-5100

Family Engagement Program

Parents,

February is here and we have several upcoming activities planned this month.

Our ESL classes for spring semester begin on February 25th. Please note, you are required to attend orientation and pre-registration on February 18th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. before starting the class.


Our walking program will begin soon, we will send home notices as soon as the spring dates are scheduled. We are excited to announce the new walk series, Walk in the Park with a Doc will take place at Candy Cane Park. The new location will allow more participants to attend, we hope to see your family there.


Just a few reminders, students will off on Monday, February 17th in observance of President's Day. Students will take their spring pictures on Tuesday, February 18th.


If you are interested in being a volunteer, we would love to have you! and assisting with special events. For more information on volunteering or needing community resources, contact Ms. McFarland at the number or email below. Thank you.


Ena McFarland
emcfarland@conroeisd.net

936-709-5183

Volunteer at Houston Elementary

Please complete the volunteer application.

Lunch Times

Below are the lunch times for our students for the 2018-2019 school year.


  • Pre-Kindergarten 10:50-11:20 a.m.


  • Kindergarten 11:30 am - 12:00 p.m.


  • 1st Grade 10:40 am - 11:10 a.m.


  • 2nd Grade 11:40 am - 12:10 pm


  • 3rd Grade 11:00 pm - 11:30 pm


  • 4th Grade 12:10 pm - 12:40 pm

Teacher Conference Times

Below are the times when teachers are available for parent phone calls or to meet with parents. Please don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher if you should have a question or concern.


  • Pre-Kindergarten 12:40-1:30 p.m.


  • Kindergarten 8:30-9:20 a.m.


  • 1st Grade 1:30-2:20 p.m.


  • 2nd Grade 9:20-10:10 p.m.


  • 3rd Grade 2:20-3:10 p.m.


  • 4th Grade 10:10-11:00 p.m.