Smith Family Newsletter

We believe in the power of school and family partnerships.

Message from Ms. Rivera

Spring is right around the corner, and just like we will have lots of growth outside, our kids our growing their brains each day! Growth has been our theme this year, and we are so proud of the growth and gains we are seeing academically and socially in our kids. I also want to share some of our accolades with you.


Smith Elementary is the most decorated campus in Magnolia I.S.D. We have earned the most distinctions from the Texas Education Agency than any other school. Out of over 9,000 public schools, Smith has been one of only about 400 schools to earn all possible distinctions from TEA in a single year. Our kids and teachers work hard, we have urgency, and we want you to be able to say that your children go to an exemplary school. The last ingredient to our success is student attendance. We need your help in making sure our kids attend school as much as possible. Attendance definitely matters!


Thank you for your continued support! Feel free to contact me for any questions or feedback at drivera@magnoliaisd.org. I hope you and your family have a safe and happy spring break!

March Teacher of the Month

Our March Teacher of the Month is Angelica Ramirez! Mrs. Ramirez is a fourth grade bilingual reading teacher, and although she has only been teaching with us a few years, she has been a part of our Smith family for a long time. Mrs. Ramirez started out as a PTO volunteer, and we loved her so much we hired her as a paraprofessional. After a few years of that, she became a certified teacher and was even named the Rookie Teacher of the Year for Smith Elementary and Magnolia I.S.D. for the 2020 school year!


Mrs. Ramirez is completely dedicated to the success of her students. She is kind, patient, and intentional in everything she does. In addition, she is also one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. I am so happy to have Mrs. Ramirez on our team, growing our kids to achieve their maximum potential!

March Paraprofessional of the Month

Our March Paraprofessional of the Month is Odalis Velez. Although this is only Ms. Velez's first year at Smith Elementary, she has been part of our family for a long time because she also attended Smith as a child. We love when our kids come back to work with us!


Ms. Velez is an instructional aide, and she helps students in small group to advance their reading skills. She also works in the classroom to help students and teachers. In addition to her daytime work, she also volunteers for a number of after-school activities, and you can often see her supporting our families during Raising Readers. We are so happy to have Ms. Velez on our team!

PTO News

Mother Son Game and STEAM Night

We had a blast at the Father Daughter Dance, and now it's time for our Mothers and Sons to have some fun! Our Mother Son Game and STEAM Night is coming up March 25th. We will have games, make slime, have an arm wrestling and twister tournament, PRIZES, selfie stations, pizza, cupcakes, and lemonade. We will also have a special guest, the Nutty Professor, who will do a STEAM show! Click here to purchase tickets ($15).


Gringo's Spirit Day

Visit Gringo's restaurant on March 22nd and mention Smith Elementary. Gringo's will donate 20% of your bill to our PTO.


Spring Carnival

Save the date for our annual Spring Carnival happening on Saturday, April 30th!

Helpful Reminders

  • Doors open at 7:45 and the tardy bell rings at 8:30. Parents of tardy students must walk them into the office and sign them in.
  • Cell phones are prohibited in school zones and in the car rider line.
  • In car rider line, do not block the back driveway - buses need to easily get in and out.
  • If a student is absent, call the school to let us know.
  • Excessive tardies and absences can lead to truancy classes and fines.
  • Cut-off time for student checkout is 3:00.
  • Cut-off time for dropping students off in the back for Early Morning Childcare is 7:35

Upcoming Events

March 10th - Last day of 3rd 9 weeks. This day is NOT an early release day.

March 11 - No School, Professional Development Day

March 14-18 - Spring Break

March 22 - Spirit Day at Gringo's Mexican Restaurant

March 25 - Mother Son Night

March 29 - Report Cards sent home

March 31 - MISD Job Fair