November 2018

904 Gladstell Street

Conroe, TX 77304


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.”

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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!!!

Thanksgiving Feasts

Friday, Nov. 16th, 2-3pm

904 Gladstell Street

Conroe, TX

Classroom will be sending out information about our Thanksgiving Feasts. Families will be asked to sign up to send in different food items for the class. This is a time for our students to have fun and spending time together.

Family Movie Night

Friday, Nov. 30th, 6-8pm

904 Gladstell Street

Conroe, TX

Families are invited to come spend some time together watching an movie on the lawn. Bring your blankets and chairs. We will provide popcorn, but families can bring any other treats they may want.

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Parent:

Fall is a wonderful time of year to enjoy the leaves changing and the beginning of the holiday season. Stop, take a moment and breathe in the wonderful season and all your blessings. For this time will pass and this moment will never be again.

Cold weather should head our way within the next month...Please make sure you write your child's name in their jackets. This will help get it back to the child when found around campus.

As you read further you will see, November is going to be a busy month. Our teachers have put in a lot of extra time and effort to provide wonderful opportunities for our students. We love what we do and we are excited to have you come and share these events with us! Please mark your calendars. We are looking forward to having lots of folks in our building throughout this next month.

Thanks for entrusting us with your most precious gift,

Mrs. Stewart

Message From Your Assistant Principal...

The future of each child centers on a great academic foundation. This begins with good attendance…BUT they have to there to receive the instruction! Attendance doesn’t just include being present, it means being on time. The doors at Rice open at 7:30 am and the front doors will lock at 8:00...you will have to walk your child in to check them into school after 8:00. When students arrive late, it is a struggle for them to do their best in class. Here are a few ways you can meet your goal of getting your student to school each day AND on time:

  • Early bed time (take a look at a previous post on our Rice Facebook page to get a good idea of a sensible bedtime for your student)
  • Wake up with plenty of time so no one is rushing around the house…this can cause unwanted stress (for everyone)
  • Have your student eat breakfast at school….our delicious and nutritious breakfast begins at 7:30am
  • Leave with enough time to fight possible rain or traffic
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick…BUT please keep them home if they are ill…we don’t want them to come spread those germs.
  • If your child seems anxious and doesn’t want to come to school, email your child’s teacher to ask advice on how to make them more comfortable.
  • Make sure your child gets enough exercise…this keeps them healthy AND will have them going to bed earlier. Limit computer/device/TV time!

If you have any questions regarding attendance, feel free to contact us or see the Conroe ISD handbook.

Mrs. Sciba

Rice Elem. Asst. Principal

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Message From School Counselor...

Dear Parents,

October was a great month! We enjoyed celebrating Red Ribbon Week and building the foundation to living a drug free life. Students were excited to participate in each day’s activity and learn how to make positive healthy choices for themselves with each day’s discussions. We are so proud of the decisions our students make each day and thank you for building that foundation for them!

Nominations are now open for Conroe Independent School District Gifted and Talented program. Although the testing will not take place until February, nominations are accepted at this time. Nominations can be made by the parents and/or teachers. 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. If you are interested in nominating your child, you may want to discuss this with your child’s teacher at conferences. Nominations will be accepted through December 18. You may request a nomination form from the front office or the Counselor. You can also find the nomination form and other GT information on the CISD GT homepage.

Also this month we will celebrate Generation Texas Week during the week of November 17-21. In the past we knew this week as Education Go Get It Week., and we will focus on promoting high school education and higher education to our students. Each day we will have a topic to discuss with our students including the transitions from elementary to future schools, 4-year colleges, trade schools, college tuition, and more. It is important that our students understand how their education today can impact their future.

Thanks for all you do in supporting our kids!

Mrs. Orr


This year we have worked on following directions, recognizing name, writing name, recognizing letters, and letter sounds in language arts. In math, we have focused on identifying numbers 1-5, identifying shapes, and counting to 15. Please review these with your child at home.

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

Just a reminder:

· Write your child’s name on coats and backpacks.

· 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 children daily!


Happy November! We will continue learning new sight words; please practice our sight words with your child nightly. We are working on recognizing sight words in text and books that we read. We will become Super Readers as we learn powers to help us read. Ask your child what their favorite reading power is! We will also be focusing on writing the sounds that we hear in words. In Math we will begin joining and separating objects and using words to explain our answers. Please continue to practice recognizing and writing numbers 0-10. Please check and initial your child’s folder daily as important information will be coming home! It is a great idea to keep an extra change of clothes in your child’s backpack for emergencies!

First Grade

Welcome Fall!!

Thank you to all of you who have scheduled and attended your Parent Teacher conference! If you have not had yours yet, please schedule one with your child's teacher! We will go over many different things that can help your child succeed!

In math, we will be focusing on Addition and Subtraction within 10. It is always helpful to us if you are practicing counting forwards and backwards from 120 to 0. Identifying coins is also a great at home math skill to work on! Some adding strategies to help move your child might include you saying a number and your child saying how many more is needed to get to 10. For example, if you have 3 slices of pie, you need 7 more to get to 10 slices of pie!

In social studies, we will be focusing on Levels of Government and the voting process! We will also be learning about different cultures and Thanksgiving celebrations.

Your scientist will be introduced to Movement of Objects, magnets, and Day and Night! Have you peeked at the moon lately? What else is in the sky at night?

For reading, our main focus will include solving HARD and TOUGH words by NOT giving up and using all the strategies we have in our tool box! Ask your child about the Super Secret Detective Agency! Please read to your child nightly and practice their sight words.

Our words are powerful! We are wrapping up our opinion writing and will move into How To writing!

We look forward to Fall weather, please keep an extra pair of clothes and a jacket in your child's backpack! If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher!

Second Grade

It’s hard to believe that November is already here! We are hard at work and learning a lot in Second Grade. In reading we have just finished a genre study on Literary Nonfiction and are starting a new study on Informational Expository. Please continue reading with your child every night. The more they practice the better readers they will become. We are charting our progress every day to increase our stamina in reading independently. We are also Stopping and Jotting to check for understanding in our books we are reading. In math we are working on place value up to 999. We have learned how to solve word problems using our math strategies and will begin regrouping with addition and subtraction. We encourage our students to use many strategies to solve a problem and to always show our work. Practice some word problems with addition and subtraction at home and have your children show you how they use their strategies. In science we have been learning about matter. We learned about citizenship, government and maps in social studies. We are also writing every day, as well as practicing our handwriting. We want to thank you for all you do to support your child’s learning. We are looking forward to a successful November and hope you will be able to join us for our first celebration for Thanksgiving, on November 16th.

Third Grade

Happy Fall! This month in math, we are going to be working on multiplication and division. We will represent and solve multiplication and division in a variety of ways including: repeated addition, arrays, area models, and skip counting on number lines. The students are very excited to start this new unit. You may help them at home by asking them to solve a problem using one of the ways they are learning in class.

In Science, we will start exploring the Sun and the Solar System. This is always a favorite topic with the students. In Social Studies, we will start talking about the Government and Elections. We will also dive into Culture: Customs, Celebrations and Traditions.

In Reading, your students will be finding out clues to solve mysteries in our new Mystery Unit, which will build on our fiction skills from the beginning of the year. Your writers will be celebrating their growth of informational writing and beginning to create imaginative stories!

Fourth Grade

Wow! October is over and Turkey Day is sneaking up on us. Our boys and girls have been working diligently on all their work.

Our study of multiplications with whole numbers will be represented in various ways including strip diagrams, input and output tables, partial products, arrays, and equations. Students will continue to practice graphing, rounding, and using compatible numbers. We will focus on multiple-step story problems in math this month.

Our "scientists" will be investigating force, gravity, and friction with many experiments.

If you would like to know anything about our state's regions, you could certainly ask our students. Learning about how our local, state, and federal government works will be the next course of study in social studies.

Lots of writing and reading activities are happening in the Language Arts classes. We will continue learning about opinion writing this month. How to find information, summarize, and find the main idea in a reading passage are just some of the strategies we've been working on.


From The Library ...Ms. Parks

Thank you to all our students and families that participated in our annual storybook pumpkin patch! The pumpkins were so very creative which made it very hard for our judges to pick our winners!

Students have been visiting the library and learning about searching for books using the B.B. Rice Catalog. Students can search for books several different ways: they can search by title, they can enter one or two words for a keyword search or they can search for award winning books. Students are learning how their library is organized and how to access information efficiently.

Please encourage reading at home. As your child’s reading comprehension improves, they will be more successful in all aspects of their learning.


We would like to thank all of the amazing volunteers we had help leading up to and on the day of this years Color Run! Thanks to everyone's hard work we were able to raise over $20,000 this year! We are excited at the things we will be able to help the school with thanks to the amazing support of our Raccoon families!

Our fun holiday celebrations will be here before we know it! If you are interested in being a room parent this year please email Raccoonspto@gmail.com.

Thank you!

-Rice PTO