September Monthly Newsletter

Montgomery Elementary School

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From the Principal

Celebration Time

Montgomery Elementary School is an A rated School

What a great accomplishment and a true reflection of all of the hard work by the staff, students and parents. MES is a great school and I am truly blessed to be the principal. I look forward to seeing the great things that we are going to achieve together over the coming year.


I want to take this opportunity to thank parents for all of their patience through the beginning of the school year. MES is growing faster than expected which forced us to shift some teachers and open new classrooms. Now that this is complete, I am so excited to get rolling into this school year and make it the best one yet.

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Assistant Principal

Welcome back!! Whether you are a returning Bearcat or new to our MES family we are excited you are here.

As we get into the swing of things here are a few quick reminders to ensure that everyone has the best year possible. One of the most, if not THE most, important aspect of your child’s education is to attend school each day. Attendance is not only important; it is required by law. Texas Education Code (TEC) 25.085, in part, says that children are required to attend each school day for the entire period the program of instruction is provided. For elementary students in MISD, that is from 8:15AM to 3:40PM. TEC 25.092 states, students are required to attend school no less than 90% of the days school is in session in order to receive credit for attendance and to be promoted to the next grade level. There is new learning that occurs daily, and each minute of the school day is precious. Daily attendance for the entire school day is vital in ensuring success. We would love to have your student in school all day, but understand that sometimes your student will need to be checked out early. If you need to check your student out early from school, we ask that you check him/her out prior to 3:15. Research supports that there is a direct relationship to student acquisition of new learning and daily attendance.

In the event that your child is unable to attend school, please send a note either from the doctor or from the student’s guardian documenting the absence. If you ever have a question or concern regarding attendance, please do not hesitate to call or email.

The 2022-2023 school year is off to an amazing start. I know it is going to be an exciting and great year. I cannot wait to see all the wonderful things each of you accomplish this year.

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Counselor's Corner

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Nurse's News

The clinic has been very busy the first few days of school with the stomach bug. Please remind your kids to wash their hands often to help slow the spread of germs. There have also been many COVID cases but the protocol has changed.

Some highlights/changes from last year:

1. We are not tracking COVID illnesses

2. There will be no additional sick days for COVID leave

3. There will be no rapid testing

4. We are back to emphasizing the importance of attendance and academics. A student absence can be excused if there is documentation of COVID.

5. Recommendations from the CDC and DSHS include remaining home for 5 days (same as we did last year).

6. No restrictions on visitors, volunteers, water fountains, etc.

7. You do not need to send home parent notification letters

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Pre-K

School is new to our Pre-k learners! We are working hard to learn how to navigate being a Montgomery Elementary Bearcat! Help your student by talking about school manners!
Quiet in our halls and walking feet are our focus now!!
Big Questions for our first 6 weeks:
  • What names do we need to know at school?
  • What should we do if we get sad or scared at school?
  • What are our rules?

Kindergarten

ELAR

  • Identify important details and context clues in informational texts
  • Uppercase and lowercase letters
  • Print Awareness by identifying parts of a book
  • Identify parts of a sentence
  • Begin to understand how to generate ideas and edit our writing

Math:

  • Attributes of two related objects
  • Classify to make categories and count
  • Numbers to 10 in different configurations, math drawings, and expression

Science:

  • Properties of Objects
  • Changes from Heat

Social Studies:

  • Understanding the purpose of rules and the role of authority figures

First Grade

Welcome back!! First grade is off to a FANTASTIC start! We have been working so hard to learn our procedures and expectations and now it's time to dive into our curriculum. Here's a glimpse into what our firsties will be learning about in September 🙂


ELAR

  • Short vowels
  • Informational/ nonfiction Texts
  • Writing process and Writing books that teach (nonfiction/informational)

Math

  • Jumpstarting Eureka Math: addition and subtraction within 10

Science

  • Classifying Matter, Changes from heat, Forms of energy

Social Studies

  • How to be a good citizen, Important citizens In U.S. history

Second Grade

Thank you parents for a smooth start to 2nd grade!

In September we will be learning:

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  • Informational and Personal Narrative texts, Personal Narrative writing, short and long vowels, open and closed syllables, blends, diagraphs, reviewing capitalization, punctuation, and complete sentences.

Math

  • Module 2-3 Addition and Subtraction of length units, place value, counting and comparing number to 1,200.

Social Studies

  • Sources, Solving Problems in Your Community, Freedom Week, Famous People who shaped their community, and government.

Science

  • Changes from Heat and Physical Changes

Third Grade

Welcome back it has been a great first couple of weeks, the kids are starting to get in the groove of being back in the class.

Math

  • We are diving into Eureka math and are doing well. The kids will have a homework page to complete each night that practices the concepts we are learning in class. It is not a lot, but we ask that they do it for homework, so that we can check it first thing in the morning.
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  • We are launching into Benchmark reading, writing, and phonics. In science we are covering science safety, science tools, and science procedures.
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  • We have several fun experiments planned for some hands-on science fun to go along with each unit.

Social Studies

  • As for social studies we are learning about being a member of a community and our extended community.

Fourth Grade

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  • In both Reading and Writing, we will be diving into Informational Text. In addition to reading rich nonfiction texts, we will be writing as a naturalists, brainstorming, drafting, and revising informational pieces with their peers.

Social Studies

  • We will be learning about American Indian/Native American Life and its impact on Texas.

Math

  • In Math we will be adding and subtracting whole numbers and decimals.

Science

  • As scientists we will studying mixtures, forms of energy, and electricity.

Fifth Grade

ELAR

  • Partners in Survival
  • Context Clues
  • Main Idea
  • Point of View

Math

  • Place Value
  • Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers and Decimals
  • Multiplying Whole Numbers and Decimals

Science

  • Our budding scientists are working to learn how to conduct good research in a variety of areas. Specifically we will focus on the following skills this month;
  • Science Safety
  • Science Tools
  • Classifying Matter
  • Uses of Energy
  • Circuits and Electricity

Social Studies

  • Social Studies has embarked on a different format in our curriculum. We begin the year by focusing on our geography skills.
  • 50 states & capitals
  • Maps & Map Tools
  • Human Interaction with the Environment
  • Movement & Settlement in the United States
  • Regions of the United States

Physical Education


  • We are really enjoying getting to know each other & working cooperatively in the gym.
  • Now that we know the routines and procedures, we will get into more skills & use of equipment.
  • PreK-2nd graders are working on our locomotor & manipulative skills.
  • 3rd-5th graders are putting those skills to work in a variety of ways.
  • Please remember to send a note if your child has a medical reason they need to sit out.
  • Try your best to remember sneakers on PE days.

Art

Hey there Parents!!


I am so excited to offer Rodeo Art Club to 5th graders this year! The Rodeo Art Club is only for 5th graders interested in competing in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Contest. We will be meeting on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7:45 – 8:15 a.m. Meetings will begin on Wednesday, September 7th and end Friday, November 4th.

Expectations for members are as follows:

· Attend each morning meeting on time - Students should arrive at the front door by 7:45 a.m. I will open the doors at that time. Siblings that are not participating in Art Club will have to wait with parents until 7:50.

· Maintain an average grade of 70 or higher in all classes

· Must treat others with kindness and respect

· Must treat art equipment with respect

· Show pride in his or her work

· Plan time at home to work on Rodeo Art! It is an honor to have your work selected for the contest and that only comes with hard work and dedication!

Scan the QR code below to sign up!

I can’t wait to see the amazing artwork we create this Rodeo Season!!

Questions? Contact: Pamela Petty – pamela.petty@misd.org - 936-276-3600

Music

  • Welcome MES Bearcats to a new year of Music!! I cannot even begin to tell you how much I have missed each and every one of you! I am also so very excited to welcome all of our new friends to our MES Family this year! Music is a place where everyone has the opportunity to find their voice- through singing, dancing, playing an instrument, drumming the beat, composing, acting, designing sets or costumes, running sound or lights, stage managing, or just listening to the music that speaks to you!


  • We will start our year delving right into the heartbeat of music! Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade, we will be working on steady beat - one of the most important foundations of music! 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be studying meter and adding new notes and time signatures to their music brains. We will also be sure to review music rules and procedures using our Quaver Five: Be Safe, Be Polite, Be Cooperative, Be Responsible, Be Kind.:-))


  • Get excited!! If you are a Fourth or Fifth Grader, we'd like to invite you to join our incredible and quite famous MES Bearcat Choir! Permission slips will be handed out in music class and are due in the music room by August 26th. Our first rehearsal will be on Tuesday, September 1st at 7:45am. Please email me at cindy.siple@misd.org if you have any questions. We already have some exciting performance opportunities and activities booked with even more to come! Most importantly though...choir is a LOT of fun!!:-)


  • On another note;-)...Volunteers are always welcome in the music room! If you have a musical talent that you'd like to share with us, or if you are interested in helping with music programs, stage design, choreography, building, creating, etc. etc., please let me know! We can ALWAYS use help! Also, if you have any old instruments laying around that you'd like to re-home, I promise they will be put to good use!


  • I am truly looking forward to filling MES with music this year!! Being able to see our Bearcats shine on stage is one of my absolute favorite things!! And being able to share music with each and every one of our kiddos in the music room is one of my greatest blessings!:-) Thank you for always supporting our music and fine arts programs! It's going to be an awesome year!!:-) -Mrs. Siple, Music Teacher
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Library

  • We will be learning all about routines, procedures and how to find books in the library.
  • Book Fair will be September 12-16.
  • E-wallet is the preferred method of payment.

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