Rasor eNews

November 21, 2014


Million Minute Reading Challenge - Keep pushing those minutes at home!

Walk 'n Roll Wednesday - Students can get their blue card punched every Wednesday morning that they walk or ride their bike to school. This will be EVERY Wednesday till the end of the year.

Thanksgiving Holiday/NO School - November 24th - 28th

December 1st - 3rd - Firfth Grade out at Collin County Adventure Camp

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Day - December 9th all day at the McDermott Location

Family Movie Night - Friday, December 12th from 6-8pm

Last Day of Enrichment Programs - December 17th

End of 9 Weeks/Report Cards go home - December 19th

Sing-Along Assembly - December 19th 8:00am

Early Release - December 19th at 12:00

Winter Break/NO School - December 22nd - Jan. 5th

Classes Resume - Jan. 6th


Look what is NEW at Rasor Elementary!


Be a part of diverting thousands of pounds of shoes and clothing from local landfills by filling our shoes and clothing donation bin with your gently used shoes, clothing, purses, belts, wallets, hats, caps, backpacks, hard toys, stuffed animals and pots and pans. For every pound collected from you, our PTA receives $0.15 per pound. The benefit to you? Neater closets, drawers, toy boxes, and kitchens, and the knowledge that less textile waste will end up in our local landfills.

The bin can be found in the Rasor Elementary main parking lot. Join us in filling the bin!


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Science Fair

Science Fair Judges!

We are in need of volunteers to help judge the Science Fair on Tuesday, January 13th. If you are interested please contact Mrs. Dargan at Christine.dargan@pisd.edu or 469-752-2950.

Rasor Helps Minnie's Food Pantry - Thank you for all of your donations!

Read to a Million

If Rasor, as a school, reads 1,000,000 million minutes - Mr. Pruett will do some sort of feat for Rasor meeting the challenge that was given to them. In previous years he has kissed a pig, eaten a worm, been slimed, and been taped to the wall. Students are encouraged to write letters to Ms. Sandall if they have an idea that they would like to see Mr. Pruett do.

Art with Mrs. Bailey

3rd Grade is currently working on a lesson on architecture! We are excited to have the chance to connect with an architect who teaches in the district to find out more about architecture! Students will be collaborating to create questions to ask Scott Richards and then we will be chatting over an app called Voxer! Technology lets us connect with individuals all over the district and world to enhance our learning in the art room!

Big Congrats goes out to Jenny Vo in 5th Grade & Andria Wang in Kindergarten for having their artworks selected to represent Rasor Elementary at the East Cluster Art Exhibit currently on display at the Cox Administration Building in downtown Plano. Jenny created a typography self-portrait where she used words and lettering rather than images to describe herself. Andria created a painted sunrise skyline silhouette using warm colors and cut paper.

Coaches' Corner


Third, fourth and fifth graders are completing their Fitnessgram components. There are 6 tests that they take each fall and spring. Pacer (jogging), Sit Ups, Push Ups, Sit and Reach, Shoulder Stretch and Trunk Lift. Reports with results will be sent home in the 2nd nine weeks report cards.

Below is the link for the November Calendar.


Coach Stone and Coach Valentini have begun their Nutrition and Food Group lessons in this fitness room for this 9 weeks. We hope your students will come home and talk about healthy food choices while eating meals and snacks.

Counselor's Corner

Career Day - January 16th, 2015

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Music Matters

The Veteran’s Day assembly and 4th Grade Program were amazing. The Rasor students, staff, and families honored the many men and women who are currently serving our country in the armed forces. Thank you to everyone for your participation and making this possible.

News from the Nurse

Overeating this Holiday

According to the Calorie Control Council, during the state-sanctioned gorging event known as Thanksgiving, the average American can stuff down as much as 4,500 calories — nearly twice the recommended daily allowance.

The New York Times’ Tara Parker-Pope wanted to test out this theory, so she created her own menu using online counters. Below is her list of foods with their calories per serving size. The results are astonishing…

6 oz. of turkey, with skin: 299 calories
sausage stuffing: 310 calories
dinner roll and butter: 310 calories
sweet-potato casserole: 300 calories
mashed potatoes and gravy: 140 calories
green-bean casserole: 110 calories
cranberry sauce: 15 calories
Brussels sprouts: 83 calories
pumpkin pie: 316 calories
pecan pie: 503 calories
whipped cream: 100 calories

total: 2,486 calories

Parker-Pope says you could push your calorie count higher by downing a few glasses of wine or pre-dinner snacks. But at some point, the body just says no: “After about 1,500 calories in one sitting, the gut releases a hormone that causes nausea,” she writes.

Just remember this when you sit down to engage in your holiday meals this season!


Plano Academic and Creative Education (PACE) services academically gifted/talented students in grades K-12. Referrals can be made by parents, teachers, and the students themselves.

Referrals for ALL grades K-5 are due December 19, 2014. The testing process begins in January.

Placement decisions for Kindergarten students are made by the end of February with services beginning in March.

For students in grades 1-5, placement decisions are made by the end of the school year and mailed home to the parents. Services begin the following school year.

For a referral packet or more information visit this website: http://www.pisd.edu/parents/advanced.academics/gifted.pace/index.shtml

or contact Ms. Smith at melissa.smith@pisd.edu or your child's teacher.

Parent Corner

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Rasor Science Fair

This year the Rasor Science Fair will take place on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015. Your child came home with a Science Fair form on Friday. If your child is interested in participating please return the yellow form to your child’s teacher and then they will receive the Science Fair handbook. This year they added a new category- Engineering. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Dargan or Mrs. Hays.


We are up to 65 people who are using this app to support Rasor elementary! About $100 has been raised for Rasor since August - just by taking a picture of your receipts!!! Please keep sharing the word - it is fast, easy to use, and free money for our school:)

http://app.shoparoo.com/share/rc2hxuqn .

Ways to Help Rasor


Rasor LOVES our volunteers. To become a volunteer you must first complete a background check. You can begin this process at - http://www.pisd.edu/about.us/partners.volunteers/index.shtml. Click on the volunteer application link to begin this process. You must complete a new background check after every July 1st for every new school year.

Box Tops

Rasor Elementary participates in the box top program. We receive 10 cents for each Box Top. If each child brought in one Box Top each week, we could earn $50 a week. That would be $1800 during the course of the year. Just think of the wonderful things PTA could do with those funds to support our students and teachers!

You can also earn Rasor even more money by signing up on the Box Tops for Education website: www.boxtops4education.com

Tom Thumb

Good Neighbor Program

Help support your school by linking your Tom Thumb reward card to Rasor PTA! Simply link your reward card using the Rasor Good Neighbor Number. Every time you shop at Tom Thumb using your reward card, Rasor gets a percent donation from Tom Thumb. There is no additional cost to you!

2014-2015 Rasor Elementary PTA Good Neighbor Number: 8733

How to help:
1. Fill out the "Good Neighbor Program" form (HERE).
2. Take the form to the customer service desk at your local Tom Thumb store.
3. Tom Thumb will link Rasor PTA to your reward card.
4. You only have to link your reward card one time. After you are linked,
every time you shop at Tom Thumb and use your reward card, Rasor PTA benefits!

Thank you so much! If you have any questions please email joankelly2@yahoo.com.


Take Charge of Education

Target has a program called “Take Charge of Education”. If you have a Target Red card you can link it to Rasor. Then 1% of all purchases made using your Target Visa card will be donated back to Rasor! If you wish to link your card or apply for a Target card, you can register online at www.target.com. Please click HERE for more details on enrolling.


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