Smith Family Newsletter

We believe in the power of school and family partnerships.

Message from Ms. Rivera

Happy New Year! I hope you and your family had a wonderful break. As we step into this second semester, teachers are focused on continuing their high-quality lessons while also meeting each student on their level and pushing them to excel in small group intervention and enrichment. We will do whatever it takes to grow our kids as much as possible, and we need your help, too.

Please remember the importance of reading with your children for at least 20 minutes each day and asking them open ended questions. In math, it is essential for kids to know their math facts, addition/subtraction and multiplication/division depending on their grade level. The more your students read and discuss their learning, the more successful they will be. Click here to access Magnolia ISD's Curriculum Resources for Parents.

In addition, PTO is hard at work planning their next big event, which is International Night on January 21st. To get involved with PTO, send an email to They did an excellent job with the Santa pictures, and the Father-Daughter Dance is just around the corner.

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International Night - Friday, January 21st

Please join us for our annual International Night. We will have lots of activities for the kids as we celebrate cultures from around the world. This is such a big event that we will not have Raising Readers this month. Come out for this free event on January 21st from 6:00 to 7:30. Feel free to dress up in any cultural attire that you may have.

January Teacher of the Month

Vicki Caudill is our January Teacher of the Month. This is Ms. Caudill's third year at Smith teaching first grade, and I am so glad she is a part of our team. In her three years here, she has become a leader on her team, guiding them to reach excellence in reading and supporting new team members as well. She is a hard worker and pushes her teammates and her kids to grow. We are lucky to have Ms. Caudill working with our kids. Congratulations, Ms. Caudill!

January Paraprofessional of the Month

Smith's para of the month is Stephany Alvarado. This is Ms. Alvarado's first year at Smith, and she is already making a huge difference for our school. Ms. Alvarado supports students in the classroom, pulling small groups along with the teacher and making sure everyone is on track. She is also a wonderful volunteer, and you have probably seen her at our Raising Readers events as well as at the Christmas parade. Great job, Ms. Alvarado!

Upcoming Events

January is School Board Recognition Month. We are fortunate to have trustees who work collaboratively in a positive atmosphere and put students and student learning first. Click here to learn more about our wonderful school board.

January 10 - School Board Meeting - District Student of the Month from Smith - Fourth grader Laiken Fernie

January 11 - Report Cards sent home

January 17 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School

January 21 - PTO International Night

January 28 - 100th Day of School

February 11 - Father-Daughter Dance

Helpful Reminders

  • Doors open at 7:45 and the tardy bell rings at 8:30.
  • 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.

I want to give a HUGE thank you to Robert Vargas, a parent of an SES student, for working with the county to get the shoulder repaired and covered. We are hoping for an expansion to Hardin Store Road in the near future.