Rattlin' Rattler

September '22 Edition

Message From The Principal

Raba Families,

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! This is our 1st newsletter, outlining information you won't want to miss! We've worked hard to make this our best year yet! It’s definitely exciting to have new students and staff members joining our school family. In addition to ensuring we have the most qualified educators, we've also been working diligently to ensure that all staff's core principles are aligned with our campus mission, vision, and core beliefs. Research shows that developing a vision and mission statement is crucial to the success of an organization. Our mission and vision statements define our greatest hopes, aspirations, and clearly communicate our commitment to our students and community. We hope that our mission and vision inspire you as much as it has inspired us to conquer ahead! If we are committed to transforming the learning experience for ALL students. Then every day, every student grows in confidence, curiosity, and capability in a diverse and multicultural society.#RabaIgnited

During the first two weeks of school, our teachers worked diligently to set classroom expectations, procedures and routines. How can you help? Ensuring that your child is in their classroom on time!

Things to consider:

  • Students arriving on or after 7:45 am will be considered tardy and will need to be walked into school.
  • Tardiness and absenteeism unavoidably affects the quality of a student’s work, interferes with normal instructional procedures in the classroom, and places additional demands on the teacher to provide remedial assistance. It negatively impacts the child who is absent as well as other students in the class.
  • Morning announcements begin at 7:45 am. During morning announcements, students say the daily pledges, hear announcements, campus celebrations, and a motivating message from the school Principal and/or Associate Principal.
  • Teachers begin daily class meetings, right after announcements. These meetings are focused on social-emotional learning and character building lessons. Not only do students learn techniques that help with regulating emotions, they also learn in depth about the profiles of a learner. For example, learners are strong communicators, collaborators, leaders, and more!

Parents, THANK YOU for choosing Raba and trusting us with your children. If you haven’t already, I invite you to drop by to introduce yourself or to say hello. In the mornings, you can find me at the front drive of our school welcoming our students. Know that we appreciate our families and value the enormous impact that a strong bond between home and school have on our children.

Because we know that education is a shared commitment, I want you to feel more than comfortable to visit or call anytime you have a question, concern, or simply want to chat. If you'd like to set up an appointment, please call (210) 397-1350 or send me an email Francesca.Neal@nisd.net and we can quickly schedule a time. I’m here for you and our students!

On behalf of our entire faculty, thank you for the privilege of allowing us to serve your family. And thank you for supporting us in our daily mission to put students FIRST in order to GROW COMPASSIONATE, INNOVATIVE LEADERS that will THRIVE in today’s society!


Principal Neal

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Familiarize Yourself with Our Campus Policies and Procedures Below

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PK - 3rd - Classrooms

4th - Cafeteria

5th - Science Lab

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PTA News!

Hello Raba Family! We are so excited to kick off another great year at Raba! Your

PTA Executive Board has been working hard to plan many fun activities, events,

assemblies and fundraisers for this year! Please consider joining PTA! The forms

are available in the front office. It is $12.00 (cash only, exact change please) and

we accept memberships all year long. We also have the Raba Spirit Store open

using the following link:


Please consider coming out to our first general assembly meeting on Tuesday, 11

October 2022 at 5pm in the cafeteria! Thank you for your continued support!

Raba Robotics, First Lego League and Raba Garden Club

Raba Robotics (FLL Challenge) will begin meeting on:

Thursday, September 22, 2022 from 3:30-4:30

FIRST Lego League Challenge is for grades 4-8. An interest form will be sent out Friday, September 2, 2022, and will be due back Friday, September 9, 2022. There are limited spots available, so not all who apply will get in. You may contact Mrs. DeWitt, Mrs. Griego, or Ms. Morales for more information.

Raba Garden Club (Project A.C.O.R.N. & Monarch Heroes) will begin meeting on:

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 from 3:30-4:30

We will be meeting on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.

This club is open to K-5. An interest form will be sent home on Friday September 2, 2022, and will be due back Friday, September 9, 2022. You may contact Mrs. DeWitt or Mrs. Griego for more information.

Half Day Schedule, Mark Your Calendar

Parents, please mark your calendar for the dates below. These are the days that your student will be released at 11:45am:

September 21, 2022

October 19, 2022

January 25, 2023

February15, 2023

April 12, 2023

May 17, 2023

Word From The Nurse

Just a friendly reminder:

  • All medications must go through the nurse's office. For example: Do not send Tylenol, Tums, Orajel, vitamins, cough drops, or any other medication with your child. All medications must have a doctor's order and be in their original unopened container and kept in the nurse's office. For further information regarding health or medications, you can refer to the handbook online.

  • If you change your phone number or address, please let the office know. That way we can reach you in case of an emergency.
  • Please keep a change of clothes in your child's backpack in case of an accident (especially PreK and Kindergarten) include: a shirt, bottoms, underwear, and socks. If your child comes home in clothes borrowed from the Raba Clinic, please wash them and return them to the nurse.
  • Please read the following letter regarding Texas-mandated screenings.

Any questions, please feel free to stop by the clinic or call me at (210)397-1359

Thank you, Nurse Keri

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Gifted & Talented

How do you know if a child is gifted and talented?
What is the difference between a bright student and a GTstudent?
What would I need to do if I want to refer my child for GTtesting?
Is testing right for my child?
What happens after I refer my child for GT testing?

Find all the answers to these questions in Ms. de Leon's GT Informational Newsletter.

Still have more questions? Come to one of our Gifted/TalentedProgram Parent Awareness Sessions on September 6th (during Raba's Open House). Two options will be offered: 3:30 pm or 4:00pm.

You can also email Ms. de Leon @ sandra.deleon@nisd.net or
call 210-397-1350 x 3156

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