Runyan News

October 1, 2021

Runyan Elementary Mission

At Runyan Elementary, we are a safe and welcoming community dedicated to student-focused learning driven by high expectations for all.

Upcoming Events

October

  • 10/5 Social Studies District Assessment (2nd-4th)
  • 10/6 Math District Assessment (3rd-4th)
  • 10/7 Science District Assessment (4th)
  • 10/8-10/11 No school -- student holiday
  • 10/18-10/20 CogAT Test (2nd)
  • 10/19 Report cards go home
  • 10/21 Reading / Writing District Assessment (4th)
  • 10/25-10/29 Red Ribbon Week
  • 10/28 Open House / Science Night
  • 10/29 Storybook Character Parade
  • 10/29 Fall class parties

CISD Returns to COVID Alert Level 3

If you were able to tune in to Dr. Null's YouTube Live event Thursday evening, you heard that COVID numbers are on a consistent downward trend, and the district is returning to alert level 3. This is wonderful news, as it will allow us more interaction with our community.


Starting Monday, October 4th, we will begin welcoming a limited number of parents to join their child for lunch. We're excited to resume this practice, but we must manage it in a way that prioritizes safety. That said, our procedures will be as follows:


  • Only one adult may accompany a child at lunchtime. The adult must be identified within the child's records as a person with access to the child, and s/he will need photo ID to check-in to the school.
  • The student and his/her adult guest will eat at the table in the Sun Room, near the front office.
  • A reservation is required, which the adult can book by calling the school receptionist at 936-709-2800.
  • Due to space, there is a limit of 5 reservations available for each lunch period.
  • Parents can sign up to join their child for lunch once every two weeks. Given our limited number of spaces, this will allow more parents the opportunity to participate.


We are excited to begin to resume some of our "normal" school experiences! For more information about COVID procedures, please consult the "Roadmap to Remaining Open" available on the district website.

Open House Rescheduled to October 28th

We believe it is important to have an in-person Open House. Unfortunately, our current COVID numbers do not allow for a large gathering at this time. That being the case, we're rescheduling Open House to October 28th from 5:15-6:15 in hopes that there will be a better COVID situation at that time.


For Open House, there will be two identical, repeat sessions for each class. If you have two children, you can attend one child's class for the first session at 5:15 and the other child's class for the second session at 5:50. If you only need to attend one class' presentation, you're welcome to come for either session and leave as soon as you're finished.


During Open House, we're also going to provide a take-home science experience. Science is all around us and super exciting for kids! We hope this will be a fun learning experience for you to enjoy with your child! Be sure and come to Open House to pick up your experiment!

Storybook Character Parade / Fall Class Parties

At 8:40 on October 29th, Runyan students will participate in a storybook character parade. Students are encouraged to dress as a favorite storybook character and walk in the parade, carrying the book from which they met their favorite character. Parents interested in viewing the parade are invited to bring a chair to the Runyan bus ramp and watch the students parade by. Our parade route will take students outside to the bus ramp, so parents can see. Unfortunately, parents will not be able to view the parade from inside the school.


Later that day, students will enjoy their Fall class party at 2:30. Parents are tentatively invited to join the class for the party, pending the district's COVID positivity rate at that time. Anyone wishing to contribute to the class' celebration with snacks/drinks should contact the teacher to coordinate plans. (All snacks/drinks must be store-bought.)

2021-2022 School Calendar

Attendance Boundary Revision Process

The Conroe High School feeder zone will open a new school next year. This will cause a ripple effect as attendance boundaries are adjusted to accommodate the new campus. Attached, please find a letter explaining the process and how parents can stay informed and share input.

Parent Access Account (PAC) - Teachers Achieving Excellence (TAE)

We are focused on keeping our Roadrunners safe, healthy, and learning. If you're looking for a way to say thank you to your child's teacher, I encourage you to access your Parent Access Account (PAC) to write a Teacher's Achieving Excellence (TAE). If you don't have a PAC account yet, you will want one. You can monitor your child's grades, attendance, and so much more. You can use the link below to create an account. You will need to know your child's 6 digit ID (it's their lunch number). You can access the TAEs under the communication tab.


Thank you for trusting us to take great care of your child!

Car-Rider Line

Those parents who use the car-rider line know it is quite long. Please help us make this a more efficient system by following a few simple guidelines:


  • If your residence qualifies for bus service, please consider sending your child on the bus. This will decrease the volume of cars and allow those who don't have the option of bus service get through the line more quickly.
  • Please make sure your child has everything gathered and is ready to exit the vehicle as soon as the car stops for drop-off in the morning.
  • Please do not wait for a staff member to open your car door in the morning. Please allow students who are able to open their own car door to do so, and make their way to the front door. Students should not exit the car before reaching the covered portion of the front porch. If your child needs assistance, please roll down your window and call to one of the monitors. They are happy to help when needed; they just don't want to slow the car line unnecessarily.
  • Remember, there is no left turn allowed. Please approach the car-rider line in the lane that will allow you to make a right turn into the school.
  • Please keep your car-rider pick-up sign displayed throughout the afternoon pick-up process. As you enter the line, staff need to see your information to alert others to send your child outside to the porch. As you arrive at a pick-up spot, staff need to see your sign to ensure they're placing the right student in the car.

We appreciate your help in making this a better experience for car-riders!

Safety Procedures

Please remember you will always need an ID when visiting the school. As a matter of procedure, we scan a visitor's ID each time s/he visits, even if s/he is well known to the school staff. Situations change, and it is important for us to always check to make sure we have the most up-to-date information on visitors to our school. We appreciate your support in our commitment to making student safety our number one priority.

Important Arrival / Dismissal Procedures

The safety of our school community is our number one priority every day. At the same time, we understand everyone's time is valuable, so we also need to be efficient with the time we have. In order to maintain a safe and efficient environment with so many students, it is important for everyone to follow some basic procedures:


  • Doors open at 7:30 each morning. This is the earliest students may be dropped off for school. There is no supervision for students prior to that time, so please do not drop students off earlier than 7:30.
  • Parents arriving to campus in a car should use the car-rider line. Parents should not park in the back lot or along the road to drop off or pick up their child. We've noticed parents parking along the street during morning drop off and darting across traffic to drop off their child. This is very dangerous! Please use the car-rider line appropriately, or consider sending your child on the bus. Another option is to walk your child to school. Please DO NOT park and walk across traffic!
  • To help our car-rider line move as quickly and efficiently as possible, we are asking all students who are able, to get themselves out of the car on the side next to the school and walk into the building. There will always be staff on hand to assist students who need help and monitor for safety, but if cars don't have to wait on the next available adult, we can move things along more quickly. Of course, it is important to use safe practices -- students should always get out on the school side of the vehicle, and they should wait until they've gotten up to the part of the sidewalk covered by the awning before exiting the car.
  • Students who dismiss as walkers must walk home. They may not be picked up by someone driving to the walker area in a car, even when the weather is bad. All students leaving school in a car must dismiss through the car-rider line, and cars may not park along the road to pick up a walker.
  • Cars may only make a right turn into the car-rider line. This means cars will have to drive West down Foster Dr. in order to turn right into the line. (Left turns will not be allowed.) Cars may join the car-rider line on Foster from Porter Road or from Cedar Crossing. Please do not make U-turns on Foster Drive, as it creates a safety hazard for drivers.
  • To make a dismissal change, parents may email the school at cesalas@conroeisd.net and include a picture of their driver's license. All dismissal change requests must be received BEFORE 2:45 so we have time to communicate the change to the dismissal duty staff.

Breakfast Times

Breakfast is served on campus each morning from 7:30-8:00. If you'd like your child to eat breakfast at school, please ensure s/he arrives early enough to be in the breakfast line before 8:00. At 8:05 the tardy bell rings, the cafeteria closes, students discard their trash, and everyone heads to class.


The car-rider line can be very long in the mornings. We encourage anyone eligible for bus service to send their child to and from school on the bus.

Meal Assistance

We encourage all families to apply for meal assistance, even if they think they may not qualify. Beyond help with meals, qualification offers a number of other advantages delineated within the attached, pink flyer. Applications can be submitted immediately, and we encourage everyone to apply as soon as possible. The link to apply is included below:
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Link to Apply for Meal Assistance

Counselor Assistance Form, 2021-2022

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CISD Non-Discrimination Statement:

The Conroe Independent School District (District) as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment matters. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner.

For information about Title IX rights or Section 504/ADA rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA coordinator at 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, TX 77304; (936) 709-7752.