B.B RICE ELEMENTARY

March 2019

904 Gladstell Street

Conroe, TX 77304

936-709-2700

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.”

School Calendar

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Rice Facebook Page

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BB Rice PTO Facebook Page

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School Information

  • The building doors open 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...

Parents,

As we March into the last few months of the year, I want to thank Rice parents for getting involved in their child’s/children’s education this year. We have had lots of support at our Writing Celebrations, Academic Nights, and PTO events.


I also want to encourage Rice parents to start attending the PTO meetings that are held each month. This organization helps with goals and priorities for the School Improvement Plan, as well as, give ideas for upcoming parent/community nights and activities. Our next meeting is March 7th at 11:00 a.m. in the Library and I encourage all who can to attend.


Parents, my goal is that you feel welcome at Rice Elementary. We all look forward to hosting you in the spring!


Happy Spring!

Malinda Stewart


Did you know Rice Elementary has a Facebook page where information is sent out on a regular basis? Check it out online! You can find the link on our school website page.

Message from the Assistant Principal...

It’s already that time of year again, our students are buckling down in preparation for our state assessments. The STAAR tests will be here soon. This is a time for our students to “show what they know” and display their learning achievements! Please take a look at our campus parent calendar for important state and local testing dates.

As we continue through the next few weeks, please remember…

· Attendance is very important...this includes tardies and early checkout!

· Encourage students to work to their full potential...give 100% all the time...try your best even when it gets tough!

· Communicate with your child's teacher regarding their progress and any questions that come up along the way.


Thanks for being your child's biggest cheerleader!

Message From School Counselor...

Parents,

As we begin gearing up for the testing season, many students experience a difficult time adjusting to the amount of stress they are faced with due to tremendous pressures experienced in everyday life. My guidance lessons this month will continue to focus on The Rice Way, but also to stress specifically. Students and I will identify the meaning of stress, things that cause us stress, how it affects us emotionally and physically, and what we can do to help decrease it, both at school and home.

Studies say that parents can be key in helping them in times of stress. In a survey taken from KidsHealth, in students aged 9-13 only about 1 in 5 kids said they talk to a parent when they're upset, but a whopping 75% of kids said they'd like their parents to help them in times of stress.

Here's how kids said parents could help:

  • Talk together.

  • Help them feel better, like with a hug.

  • Give them attention; do something together.

  • Help them solve the problem.

  • Stop yelling.

  • Don't make them feel worse.

  • Help get their minds off the problem.

  • Pray with them.

    Sometimes parents might feel like kids don't want them to get involved. That's why it’s important to provide that opportunity for communication with your child, even if all they want to say is that this problem is going on and that they’d like to try to solve it on their own. More often, they will want mom or dad to offer ideas or at least a little encouragement. Let them know that stress is normal, and not all stress is bad. By helping guide them in effective measures of dealing with stress, we can provide opportunities for growth

    Information taken from www.kidshealth.org

McTeacher Night

Tuesday, March 5th, 5-7pm

909 West Davis Street

Conroe, TX

Come hang out with your teachers!!! Make sure to mention Rice in store and drive through...20% will go back to our school.

Spring Break

Monday, March 11th, 8am to Friday, March 15th, 3pm

Home

Enjoy your time off!!!

Math & Science Night

Tuesday, March 19th, 5-7pm

904 Gladstell Street

Conroe, TX

Come join us for lots of family fun with Math and Science!

Bond Information Night

Parents and the community are invited to an informational presentation by Dr. Curtis Null, Superintendent, about the 2019 Bond Referendum. The presentation for our feeder will take place on April 1, 2019 at 6 p.m. in the Conroe High School auditorium. Anyone seeking information about planned projects impacting our campus can learn more by visitinghttps://bond.conroeisd.net/#feeder or https://bond.conroeisd.net.

Pre-K

The children were so happy and grateful for all the parents that helped with their Valentine party! Please continue to practice writing names, recognizing letters and numbers (0-9), and hearing sounds.


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 children daily!

Kinder

We cannot believe it is already March! In Readers Workshop we will be learning how to discuss and act out how characters are feeling in a story. We will also learn all about a topic and share that topic with another reader. We are sharing our love for reading with others! In Writers Workshop we will continue to write for readers and introduce Poetry. In math we will begin to learn about measurement with length, weight and capacity. In science we will be exploring basic needs of people and discussing living and non-living objects. In social studies we will be learning all about our great state of Texas. We will also discuss landforms and bodies of water.

We have a large number of unclaimed coats and jackets. If your child is missing a coat or jacket please ask them to look through the unclaimed jackets and see if they can find theirs. As a reminder, please write your child’s name inside their jackets!

Kinder Graduation Pictures

Wednesday, March 27th, 8am

904 Gladstell Street

Conroe, TX

Cap and gown will be provided.

First Grade

First grade is working hard in reading and writing with our fiction unit. Parents you can help by encouraging your children to use their imagination or act out their favorite part of the book. Soon we will be finishing up our stories and sharing them with our family and friends. In math we will start a new unit on place value to 120 and working on geometry along with fractions of shapes. Please continue to count money to 100 cents. In science and social studies we will be learning about Texas history, landforms, bodies of water, Earth and space. Please make sure your child’s jacket or sweater is labeled with their name.

Second Grade

We cannot believe it is already March! In Readers Workshop we will be learning how to discuss and act out how characters are feeling in a story. We will also learn all about a topic and share that topic with another reader. We are sharing our love for reading with others! In Writers Workshop we will continue to write for readers and introduce Poetry. In math we will begin to learn about measurement with length, weight and capacity. In science we will be exploring basic needs of people and discussing living and non-living objects. In social studies we will be learning all about our great state of Texas. We will also discuss landforms and bodies of water.

We have a large number of unclaimed coats and jackets. If your child is missing a coat or jacket please ask them to look through the unclaimed jackets and see if they can find theirs. As a reminder, please write your child’s name inside their jackets!

Third Grade

Our third grade readers will be studying the genre of Nonfiction this month. Students will be reading and comprehending informational text and having strong conversations.

Third grade writers will be composing literary essays and will also be writing essays about reading.

In math, this month we will be discussing measurement. This includes area, perimeter, liquid volume, weight, time and money. We will be working on reviewing all of our multiplication math facts (0-10).

In Science, we will start talking about food chains and how they affect the ecosystem. In Social Studies, we will discuss how cultures help us to create our own identities.

Fourth Grade

Happy Spring! Some important dates upcoming for 4th Grade. Our Math and Science Night, also known as STEM night, is coming up on March 19th. There will be lots of fun activities like making slime, learning new ways to use different technology and much more! Spring Break is the week of March 11th through March 15th.

*Many thanks to all of our wonderful parents for the Valentine goodies and making our Ice Cream Sundaes a HUGE success!!

*We will be having a 4th Grade Author’s Celebration. Watch for more information in your child's Tuesday Folder. Our students have been working so diligently on their expository compositions in preparation for the Writing STAAR test. What great writers we have here at B.B. Rice!

*Coming Up:

Language Arts- Students started Historical Fiction Book Clubs this month! They are collaborating in groups and holding discussions about their book. Through this, students are gaining independence while leading their discussions and taking ownership in their reader's response. We will also be diving into our genre of Writing Test Prep. We will focus on test taking strategies and boost confidence within their writing composition pieces. All of their hard work is really showing!

Math-We are working on fractions and decimals and will begin measurement soon. Some ideas to help your children at home with this unit is to have them help you cook using the measuring tools (1/2, 3/5, ¾) or have them count money at home or the grocery store! We are solving multiple step word problems, which involve rereading the problem several times, as well as using many different ways to get the answers. All their thinking must be shown on the papers to help us understand their process!

Science-It will be exciting to learn about weathering and nature. Science DCC will be March 7th.

Social Studies-Texas independence and statehood are the focus at this time of year.

From The Library...Ms. Parks

Ask your child to tell you about a book he or she has read lately. Spring Break is a great time to read with your child or have your child read to you. Modeling reading with expression and encouraging your child to read with expression will increase reading success.

I hope you enjoy your Spring Break and thank you for your continued support of the Rice Library.0

Nurse

Spring is here. The weather is warming up, and the children will be playing outside in the sunshine. The regular use of sunscreen in children can lower the risk of skin cancer by almost 78%! That are many different types available, pick one with SPF of 15 or higher. Apply the sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours.


Here are some other weather tips:

Wear protective clothing, including a hat

Limit exposure when the sun is the strongest (10 am- 4 pm)

Protect your child’s eyes with sunglasses


Have a happy and healthy Spring Break!


Michelle McLaren, RN