B.B RICE ELEMENTARY

October 2018

904 Gladstell Street

Conroe, TX 77304

936-709-2700

Fax 936-709-2799

School Mission

More than competency in the basic skills of reading, writing, and math, it is this school’s mission to nurture in each child:


The habit of creative independent thinking, a positive self-image, an attitude of social cooperation and moral responsibility, pride in self, community, state, and country, and

the ability to be a producer, not just a consumer, of Knowledge.



“In this school, we reach for the stars.”

School Calendar

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School Information


  • The building opens at 7:30 for students to eat breakfast and go to class.
  • Please do not drop off students before 7:30 as there is no adult
  • supervision.
  • Breakfast is served from 7:30-7:55. 1st through 4th grade eat inside their classrooms. PK and Kinder eat in the cafeteria.
  • Morning PK students go directly to the cafeteria and meet their teachers.
  • The lunch menu is located on the Rice website: Rice.conroeisd.net
  • Afternoon PK begins at 12:10. If they are going to eat lunch, then they need to arrive at 11:45.
  • Students may not be checked out or change transportation mode after 2:30. This is for the safety of the students.
  • Dismissal begins at 3:10.
  • Please make sure you have your car rider sign in your car for car rider. You will be asked to park and come inside if you do not have your tag.
  • Thank you for all your help to make this the very best year!!!

From the Principal's Desk

This year is off to a great start and that is thanks to our supportive students, parents, and staff. The work in training a child and empowering them to make wise decisions is never done. Ponder this:


Kids will always come to need at least the same number of warnings and reminders as they are given.

Never tell a stubborn child what to do. Instead, tell them what you are willing to do or allow.


Instead use, enforceable statements. Enforceable statements show what you are willing to do or allow. They show what you will do, not the child.

Ex: You need to treat me with respect…instead say, I do extra things for people who treat me with respect.

Ex:Finish your work…instead say, I give extra computer time to those who finish their class work.

Enforceable statements are ones that you can control.

Hint: They start with “You may ____,” or “I will ___,” or “Feel free to ___.”


Campus Updates


McTeacher Night

Come out and see our Rice teachers at McDonald's on West Davis on October 9th from 5-8:00. 20% of in-store and drive through proceeds are donated to Rice.


Our 2018 Campus Accountability Summary has been posted on our school's profile page. To access this summary:


From the school’s website:

· Go to "Our School/Campus"

· Click “View School Profile"

· Select “Accountability Reports”

· Click “2017-2018”

· Select “2018 Accountability Summary”


~Mrs. Stewart

Message From Your Assistant Principal...

Safety is an important piece to kicking off a new school year in a successful way. It is of upmost priority here at B. B. Rice. We are current on state and district safety procedures, as well as putting into place campus procedures that are specific to our building and our people. We have district and campus safety committees that are constantly reviewing and revamping to ensure that our procedures are tight. I was so proud of how well our students, staff, and parents responded to the power outage evacuation this last month. Everyone kept a positive attitude as we safely evacuated to the Ark Church. I was definitely proud of our raccoons!


Click this link for some helpful parent safety tips.

Conroe ISD Safety Website- Click here


Thanks for your continued support!

Mrs. Sciba

Message From School Counselor...

Hello Parents!

Thank you for a great start to the 2018-2019 school year! We are off to a great start, I am so excited to get to know all of the students! I have had the opportunity to visit with all of the classrooms to teach them about my role at B.B. Rice. I know it can be scary to be called to the office, therefore I feel it is important for kids to know me personally so that they feel safe and comfortable talking with me if needed. I am here for all students and parents, please do not hesitate to contact me for anything!

October is an exciting month! We will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week October 22nd – October 26th. A detailed schedule of activities will be coming home soon. This week is focused on drugs and bullying prevention and ways to live a safe and drug free life. It is important for this information to be extended at home; please take the time to talk with your children about effective ways to “just say no.”

Our WatchD.O.G.S. program is up and running for this school year. We are looking for positive male role models to volunteer their time. If you know of someone who is interested in spending a day on our campus, please contact me for more information.


Thank you for all you do!

Angela Orr

PTO

Happy Fall! We are so very excited about October! Our Totally Rad Raccoon Fun Run will be on October 5th! All donation envelopes are due on October 3rd! There are a lot of new and fun prizes this year and are looking forward to celebrating all of our Raccoons who have collected. Our winning class from the Membership Drive was Mrs. Morgan's 4th grade class! Way to go Raccoons!

Pre-K

Pre-K is off to a very busy school year! We are getting accustomed to the rules and routines of our classrooms and school. First of the year testing has now started and teachers will begin conferences soon. It is very important you make it to your child’s conference.

Please check your child’s folder and backpack daily and remove all papers!

Just a reminder:

* Keep a clean change of clothes in your child’s backpack.

* If you need to change transportation, please do so in writing.

* Read to your child daily.

Kinder

We are learning to read! Please encourage your child to recognize and read things they know such as a chip bag, a cereal box, or a store sign. Reading environmental print is the first stage of reading. In Math we are learning to count and compare numbers. Your child can practice counting objects like toys or beads. As the weather begins to cool off, please write your child’s first and last name in their jackets. Please provide an extra full change of clothes in your child’s backpack for emergencies.

First Grade

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it out to Open House! We hope you enjoyed seeing your child in a leadership role and showcasing everything they have practiced so far this year!

October is a great month for scheduling your child's academic conference. If you have not scheduled a conference with your child's teacher, please be on the look out for available times in your child's Tuesday Folder, or you may contact your child's teacher as well. We will discuss academic goals and strategies you can utilize at home to help your child!

Our focus in math will be on Place Value up to 20 and Geometry! A great activity you can do at home is to have you child count out a handful of goldfish or cheerios and make groups of tens! Ask them how many groups of tens do they have and how many are left over. Please continue to count forwards and backwards from 1 to 120 and counting a collection of dimes! We will be moving into facts of a number plus 1. Ask your child facts such as, "6 - 1" or "4 + 1".

In Reading we will be continuing to build good habits in both fiction, non fiction and Literary Nonfiction. It is very helpful for your child to continue to read each night. Please have them read with you, to you, or even listening to you read to them! Continue practicing their sight words.

In Writing, we will be completing our personal narrative-small moments! Ask your child what their seed topic is and let them tell you their story! We will move into letter writing towards the end of October!

Our scientists will be exploring all types of energy including thermal, sound and light energy! We will begin to understand the important of each energy on everyday life.

In Social Studies, we will finish out our unit on Maps and Geography and move into Government/Community Leaders!

As always, please keep an extra set of clothes in your child’s backpack for any accidents that may happen. Please contact their teacher if you have any questions!

Second Grade

Fall is here and we’re off to a great start! We have been working hard on patterning, place value, odd & even, and math fluency. Please remember to practice math facts each day (addition and subtraction to 20). In science and social studies we have been learning about citizenship, Texas and national symbols, science safety and matter. Ask your children to discuss with you what they have learned so far. Hopefully, they have shared with you about our fun Science Labs they are doing in class. In reading we have been working on genre, story elements (characters, setting, problem, and solution), fiction and literary non-fiction. Please continue to study vocabulary and sight words every night. An idea for studying vocabulary words is to write them on note cards and play a matching game. We have begun having conferences with parents to go over beginning of the year testing and to explain more about second grade. If you have not scheduled a conference, please contact your child’s teacher. We will also be starting our daily reading groups. Your child should be reading each night to help increase their fluency and reading level. We are working very hard in class to increase your child’s independent reading. Thank you for all your support!

Third Grade

Greeting Parents! Just an update on what we have been doing in class. We have learned about digits and how their value is determined by their placements. We have learned how to track data and graph it. We have learned how to add and subtract (using regrouping). We have learned how to round numbers on a number line. We have learned about expanded notation and expanded form. We know how to construct addition and subtraction problems with base ten blocks. We have learned how to represent two or more step problems in 4 different ways! Why not ask them to show you a couple of these things they learned tonight or in the next few days?


In reading your students will be diving into the genre of nonfiction texts. We will learn about how to find the main idea and supporting details, identify and use text features and draw conclusions from information! Our writers will be composing informational pieces describing a topic they are an expert at!

Fourth Grade

Welcome to fall! Please remember to set up a conference with your child’s teacher, so that we can work together to make this a successful year. As you know by now, there are increased expectations for our 4th graders and it takes hard work to succeed! We will continue to work on the following things as we go into second nine weeks:

Language Arts: ELA will have their 1st Author Celebration in October! Students will be sharing their personal narratives that they have worked so hard on. We will also be moving onto our next unit for reading and writing! We will start our opinion writing unit which students will be exposed to writing their opinion about ideas they feel strongly about. Students will also start the nonfiction unit in reading. They will be working on research projects and exploring the world of nonfiction!

Math: We are finishing up our study of place value and are exploring decimals. As well as getting diving into Multiplication and Division! It is essential that your child have his/her multiplication facts memorized. As we get into more complicated computations, knowing the multiplication facts will be necessary in order to be successful.

Science: Fourth graders will be studying force and motion, circuits, and mixtures and solutions this coming month. We love our science experiments!

Social Studies: Now that we have an understanding of the regions and using maps of our great state, we will begin learning about the Native Americans who inhabited Texas, as well as the early explorers of Texas.

October is full of many exciting learning opportunities, such as Fun Run October 5th and our field trip on October 11th to The Woodlands Pavilion to hear the Houston Symphony. We appreciate your support and sharing your little ones with us! :)

From The Library ...Ms. Parks

A HUGE thank you to the B B Rice PTO for sponsoring our storyteller! Our students and teachers enjoyed each and every story she shared.

Our Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success; we could not have done it without our parent volunteers! Our volunteers worked countless hours to make sure the children had an opportunity to browse.

Thank you for taking the time to come shop with your child. The popularity of our book fair serves as a reminder that children enjoy books. You can make a positive impact on your child’s reading success. Read with your child. Discuss what you read together. Ask questions, and listen attentively to your child’s answers. Be a reading role model…let your children see you reading and enjoying it.

Again, thank you for all the support you have given to the Book Fair and the B. B.

Rice Library.

Nurses Notes...Mrs. McLaren

Head lice continues to be an ongoing nuisance. Conroe ISD follows the requirements of TEC 38.031, and the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), as well as those contained in the position papers of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) in the treatment for head lice.
The goal of the District is to support families in their efforts to control and eliminate head lice while maintaining student privacy.
PROCEDURE FOR HEAD LICE DETECTION AND MANAGEMENT AT SCHOOL
The District’s Health Services Department utilizes the most current scientific research and best practices in its efforts to detect and manage head lice in the school setting. The school nurse trains campus staff in head lice detection and management procedures. As required by law, information about head lice infestation will be shared with parents, while at the same time maintaining confidentiality of student information in compliance with FERPA. Both the school nurse and the campus staff play a vital role in documenting head lice detection and management efforts. The following procedures should be followed
1) When a student is found to have live lice: a) The parent/guardian is notified and information related to detection and elimination of head lice will be provided. b) The parent/guardian of student and school officials will determine if the student should be sent home. c) The parent/guardian is instructed that the student should be treated before returning to school. d) In some cases, (based on the School Nurse’s professional judgment), it may be appropriate to have the student’s head checked upon return to school. 2) When a student is found to have nits present (no live lice detected): a) The parent/guardian is notified and encouraged to pick the nits from the student’s hair at least daily for the next two weeks. b) The student is not sent home from school. c) Information related to detection and elimination of head lice is sent home with the student.