February 2019

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.
  • 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!!!

Message from the Principal...

February bring lots of excitement. We have Valentine's Day Celebrations, Specials Night, & Project Hope Black History Parade, and so much more. With all of these activities it is difficult to remember to schedule time for reading, 8-10 hours of sleep and a healthy meal. I encourage you to sit down as a family and develop a schedule for your week nights. This allows your children to have a routine and be at their very best each school day.

Thank you for all you do to make your student successful. We appreciate you!!!

Mrs. Stewart

Message from the Assistant Principal...

Dear Rice Family,

As we move into the spring semester, you are going to see such growth in your student academically and socially! It is always so exciting to see the light bulb come on...the spring is full of "ah-ha" moments when the lines begin to connect! We get to see this first hand at school, however, it's you and your family that play such an important role in this. Encouraging a student's leadership and independence are two crucial components to encourage this continued growth. This can be done in a ton of ways, but here are just a few:

- giving them chores that contribute to the household

- allowing them to gather their own clothes and items for school the night before

- encouraging them to help siblings with tasks at home

- teaching them to be a role model for good behavior at school...even when no one is looking

- having them help neighbors with yard work or other tough tasks

- constantly having conversations at home about respectful language and manners

....and the list goes on and on....

Please let me know if you need any help in the areas of leadership or independence. Keep in mind- this definitely looks different at every age!

Message From School Counselor...

Dear Parents,

The month of February is a very fun, exciting month. During this month we will be celebrating Random Acts of Kindness week. Students will learn that when we perform Random Acts of Kindness, we go beyond what is expected of us and reach out to help another person. I will focus on three simple steps for teaching them how to perform a Random Act of Kindness.

  • The first step is to find out what another person needs. For example, Sally has her hands full and she needs to open the door to get to her class.

  • The second step is to think about how you would feel if you had that need. You might feel frustrated if your hands were full and you could not easily open the door by yourself.

  • The final step to performing a Random Act of Kindness is to offer your help. Hold the door open and let Sally enter.

    These steps will be taught over the announcements and will also be discussed in their classrooms. We also have lots of fun contests and activities related to kindness for the whole month of February. I’m beyond excited for all the fun activities and to see the kindness being spread like a boomerang.


Mrs. Orr

Counselor Appreciation Week!!!

February 4th-8th

We are all blessed by the love that Mrs. Orr shows our Rice Raccoons. She always has a listening ear and provides such great care and support for our Raccoons. During this week take a moment to send and email, note or gesture of your appreciation. We are blessed because we have the very best counselor!!!

Kendra Scott Night

Monday, Feb. 4th, 6-8pm

9595 Six Pines Drive

The Woodlands, TX

Enjoy sweets and jewels while we donate 20% of all proceeds to Rice Elementary.

Specials Night

Tuesday, Feb. 12th, 5:30-7pm

904 Gladstell Street

Conroe, TX

Come have fun exploring Art, Music and PE activities.

Valentine Treats

Thursday, Feb. 14th, 2-2:30pm

904 Gladstell Street

Conroe, TX

Kinder 1:00-2:00

1st-4th- 2:00-2:30

*PK Times will differ and information will come from the teachers.


Pre-K is off to a strong start in the New Year! Please practice writing first name, recognizing letter names, letters sounds, recognizing numbers 0-9, recognizing shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle), and counting to 30. Please make sure your child has his/her backpack and folder every day. Be sure to check and initial your child’s folder every night.

Just a reminder:

• Write your child’s name on their 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 child daily!


We are continuing to grow our reading muscles in Readers Workshop. We are learning how to use sound and picture power to read challenging words. In Writers Workshop, we will be reviewing personal narrative and learn how to revise our writing. In math we will be exploring 2D and 3D shape. We encourage you to ask your child to find shapes they know around the house. In science we will continue learning the seasons, day and night patterns and objects in the sky. In social studies we will discuss Presidents Day and the importance of our past and current president. Please continue to practice sight words that come home. These words will be important for your child to know in order to become strong readers!

We will be encouraging students to celebrate Kindness Month by doing something kind for someone every day.

First Grade

First grade is flying into February! This month first grade will be celebrating the 120th day of school! We will be counting to 120 in a variety of ways! In math we will be adding and subtracting to 15. At the end of the month we will be working on place value to 120. We will continue reading nonfiction books and starting a new unit on fiction at the end of the month. Students will be working hard on their “All about books”! All month long we will be celebrating black history month and historical leaders. In Science we will be learning how to use natural resources and conservation. We will be having our Valentines party February 14th from 2:00-3:00. We will be sending more information in the weeks to come. With cold temperatures please make sure your child comes to school with a coat or jacket. Please make sure all clothing is labeled with their name.

Second Grade

We are back to work and aiming to reach our goals by June. Make sure you are reading with your child each night so they can get as much practice reading as possible We also want you to continue to practice their math facts, addition and subtraction to 20, as much as possible. We have learned how to count money and tell time, which will be ongoing and challenging skills for some. Please continue to practice these skills at home. Science and social studies have been exciting too. We are learning about magnets and are starting a fun economic unit where we produce goods and will able to earn money to become consumers. We appreciate your continued support in the upcoming months. Our 2nd grade program will be at 9:00 A.M. on Friday, March 8th. Be watching for notes in the Tuesday folder. They have been working so hard and we hope to see you there. Thank you again for all that you do!

Third Grade

In math, this month we will continuing our multiplication and division unit. In this unit we are multiplying two-digits by one-digit problems (example: 23 x 7). We are also working on one & two step word problems. Halfway through February we will start our Measurement Unit on Perimeter and Area. For the month of February we be working on our Fact Fluency of x4, x8, and x7.

Please help your child study their Fact Fluency at home.

In reading this month, your readers will be studying characters and getting to know their traits and interactions throughout the story. In writing we are beginning opinion writing. Your writers will be composing persuasive essays to an audience!

Fourth Grade

Our Valentine’s Celebration will be on February 14th from 2:00-3:00. Please watch for information in Tuesday Folders soon! The fourth grade teachers are super proud of ALL of our babies; they have all been working very hard and showing LOTS of growth! Language Arts: Students will be starting the study of drama. They will learn the elements of drama including; dialogue, cast, playwright, stage directions, scenes, setting, and narrator. They will finish the unit with their own play! Students will continue to work on their opinion writing. We will focus on elaboration and the structure of opinion writing to start preparing them for the STAAR writing coming up in April! Students have been working hard on writing about topics that matter to them and topics that they feel very strongly about. Math-We are working on fractions and will begin measurement soon. With fractions, we are comparing two fractions with alike and different denominators and numerators. They are also finding equivalent fractions using pictorial models and written out fractions. Fourth graders must work multiple step word problems, which involves rereading the problem several times and using many different ways to get to the answer. This takes lots of practice and guidance, so we are doing this daily in the classroom to expose them to the higher level thinking questions! All thinking, as well as steps of their work needs to be proven on papers, so we are able to understand their answer and their process they used to get there. Science-It is exciting learning about different types of soils, as well as what makes up those soils (textures, retaining of water, and minerals). We are also discovering rapid and slow Earth changes, which develops our different Earth’s structures and landforms. Social Studies-Texas independence and statehood are the focus this time of year. The students are reading and discovering about different important people that have contributed to Texas Independence and their impact on our Lone Star State

From The Library...Ms. Parks

The Rice Library announces eBooks available to Rice students… Rice students now have access to eBooks. These electronic books can be accessed on school computers, home computers, laptops, tablets, iPads, and smart phones. We have fiction, nonfiction, easy to read and high interest eBooks for all grade levels K-4 th grade. The url is www.mycapstonelibrary.com Username: rice Password: school Please contact Ms. Parks in the library if you have any question. 936-709-2700


I hope everyone has settled into their routine for the New Year and new semester at BB Rice. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Dental disease is the number one preventable disease for children in this country. It is recommended that you brush your teeth at least two times a day with only a pea size amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush. A good dental regime of brushing and flossing daily is essential in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Please take this opportunity to ensure you child is brushing properly.


We will be having our monthly meeting on Thursday February 7th @ 11am.