Newton Rayzor Elementary Newsletter

October 19 - 23

Dear Newton Rayzor Families,

Can you believe that the 1st 9 weeks is almost over? The upcoming week will be very busy with teachers completing report card assessments. Report cards should be available to parents in TAC on Wednesday, October 26th. We also have Parent Conference Week during the week of October 26-30th. All parent conferences will be done virtually. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you wish to schedule a conference.

As we have communicated, the district is allowing students who want to return to F2F to do so at the beginning of the 2nd 9 weeks, Monday, October 26th. We have about 60 students who will be returning to F2F instruction. Please remember that with students returning, there is the possibility that your child may have a new teacher. Of course, we will try to limit classroom changes as much as possible. Parents will be informed of any changes by email or phone call by this Thursday, October 22nd.

Picture Day is on Friday, November 6th. We will follow all COVID safety protocols during this time. If your child is a F2F learner, we will take pictures during the school day. All Connected Learners will take pictures from 3:30- 7:00 p.m. in the gym.

Here is the link to schedule a time for your child's picture through Sign-up Genius. This is only for Connected Learners:

A 4th grade Connected Learning student had a great idea. She wanted Connected Learning students to be able to nominate each other for Learner Profile Awards. We already have this in place for our F2F learners.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to our front office at 940-369-3700. We are here to help!

You can also reach us at:

Cecilia Holt:

Shelly Panter:

Laura Alfaro:

Important Dates


23-End of 1st 9 weeks

26-Beginning of 2nd 9 weeks

30 - Book Character Dress Up Day


2 - No School

3 - Election Day, No School

6- Picture Day (See Information Below)

16-20 - Fall Bookfair (Virtual) - more information to come

Every Friday is NRE Spirit Day. Try to stay connected by showing your spirit with us on these days. Newton Rayzor school colors are yellow and black.

Decision Makers

Our next Decision Makers meeting will be tomorrow, October 19th at 3:30.

Zoom link:

Everyone is welcome!

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We are excited to announce that Newton Rayzor has 5 staff members who were the recipients of the Denton Public School Foundation Grants.

Congratulations to Mrs. Davis, Ms. Gibson, Mrs. Vu, Mrs. Cruz and Mrs. Rojas!

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Did you know that taking some time to count with your child can be incredibly powerful? A few moments each day can really make a difference. Here are some things that you can do beginning with our youngest to our older learners:

  • Count to ten forward and backwards
  • Count to twenty forward and backwards. Start counting at a number that is not considered a "friendly" number. Friendly numbers are the ones that we can see easily in our heads (5, 10, 15, etc). EX: start at 8 and keep counting forward or backwards.
  • Count by 10's
  • Count by 10's from a number that is "not friendly". EX: 14, 24, 34, 44...
  • Count by 10's beyond 100. EX: 87, 97, 107, 117, 127...

Students from all ages can benefit from this.

IB Corner

A few weeks ago- we shared with you what Agency can look like at school. We want to encourage you to infuse agency at home.

Most of the time parenting can feel like Tug of War- but reflecting and giving your children some extra choice and agency may cause there to be some positive change. As parents, if we stop and ask ourselves, "How many opportunities do I give my child to choose things?" - we might be surprised with how few choices children currently have. It is so important to give choices within reason.

Here are three different areas that we can start to introduce agency at home:

  • Chores- Allow children to help create the jobs they can help with.

  • Time- Give children a voice in how they spend some of their free time

  • Rewards/Encouragement- Let children choose their treat or reward for whatever job or goal they may have completed.

Learn these important phrases that will help children take more agency at home.

If in a situation (of your choice) you say to them, “It’s your call” this will give them to chance to make a decision and also give them an opportunity to problem solve- instead of the parents doing all the thinking and deciding.

Another great phrase to try is- “What do you want to do about this?” Of course, these phrases are useful in a situation that you have chosen- and one where you genuinely would be open to the child’s suggestions.

My advice is to start off in situations that are low stakes. For example; bickering with a sibling, or not completing a chore.

I challenge you to try even just one of these, and it will give you the practice of giving your child agency at home.

Mrs. Gavilanes

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You can get a "code" by calling the Salvation Army at: 940-566-3800.
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