Week of September 11, 2023
Attendance Awareness Month
We have been so impressed with the majority of our students being present, early and on time. Thank you parents for teaching your children good habits of timeliness and respect. We surely have the best students because of amazing parents and teachers. We hope that our school is a place your students want to come and you want to send them to each day.
Front Office Procedures
Thank you for your support as we work to create efficient and safe front office procedures for our school community. Our busy arrival/dismissal times present unique challenges as we have more than 1,000 students each with their own destination. Please read below as there are a few updates.
- Anytime you visit the school: Bring a photo ID (driver's license, passport) to hold up to the camera. You cannot check out your student, visit, or volunteer without presenting your original ID. Pictures on a phone are not accepted.
- At Arrival: If your student arrives tardy (after the 7:50 A.M. bell), you must walk them to the front vestibule. Fill out the slip for late arrivals, then push the call button for assistance.
- At Dismissal: If you arrive late to pick up your student, present your ID or dismissal tag to the camera and wait in the front vestibule until a RAE staff member can check out your student to you.
- When dropping off forgotten items: Lunches, water bottles, coats, eyeglasses are the item that can be dropped off and must be dropped off with their name clearly labeled on the teal slip and place on the black cart in the vestibule by 10 A.M. to ensure delivery.
- During the School Day: When picking up your student for an appointment, parents fill out the white slip & must present identification when checking them out. Parents will be asked to wait in the lobby while we call for the student(s). Please be aware that our classes move to different locations in the building during the day and it may take extra time for us to help your student gather their backpack, etc. If a person other than a student's legal guardian will pick up a student, a note from the parent with a photo of the parent's driver's license attached must be sent from the email address on file with Katy ISD. The note can be sent to RAEcommunications@katyisd.org or with their student to school and should include a full name and address for the adult picking up the child. When checking a student back into school, please fill out the slip with student information, push the call button, and send the student inside the front office to check in with the front office team member.
5th Grade Parents
Our 5th Grade Fishing Field trip to the Outdoor Learning Center will be Wednesday, November 1st. Students will be creating T-shirts with our art teachers on this field trip. Please scan the QR code below to complete the google form to select your students’ t-shirt size.
A Pay N’ Go link will be sent home in the next few weeks. Thank you for your cooperation!
Library Book Notifications
Parents/guardians will receive a notification from Katy ISD when their student checks out a library book, if these notifications are turned on by the parent in MyKatyCloud. In rare situations that a student checks out a book and immediately returns it, the parent will still receive the notification. A notification will also be sent when a student checks out a book in Sora, the app that contains Katy ISD’s e-books and audiobooks.
RAE PTA Spirit Night on Wheels: Chicken Salad Chick - Due Tuesday, 9/12
Parents, teachers, staff, family, and friends - order your choice of 1 pound tubs of chicken salad, egg salad, pimento cheese, large sides like broccoli salad, pasta salad, grape salad, mac 'n cheese, fresh fruit as well as croissants and treats with the order form link provided. Chicken Salad Chick will call to collect payment. 20% of sales will be donated to the RAE PTA. If 5:30-5:45 pm isn't a convenient pick up time, you're welcome to have a friend or PTA member pick up for you.
Pick up your order Wednesday, 9/13/2023, from 5:30-5:45 pm in the RAE front parking lot. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
CLICK HERE TO ORDER TODAY: https://forms.gle/YrFtFVLk8DUTM1Jy5
Deadline to order: Tuesday, 9/12, at 10 am
For more PTA news head over to www.RAEPTA.org and look for your newsletter in your inbox this Sunday!
Read-Deed-Run Applications Due Tuesday, 9/12
Gifted and Talented (GT) Checklist Due Dates
5th Grade GT Screener Checklists Due Wednesday, 9/13
Students in fifth grade who are not currently identified for the elementary Challenge program have the opportunity to be screened for the GT Program with service to begin in the fall of sixth grade. Secondary gifted program options are available in Language Arts, Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Students may be screened in any or all of these content areas. We will accept parent observation forms to initiate the GT screening process for students in 5th going to 6th from August 21st - September 13th at 11:59pm. NO LATE CHECKLISTS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Screening will occur during the months of October through December. Parents will be notified of the placement decision in January.
Please choose one method to complete and submit your child’s checklist:
- Log into your Katy ISD Parent Portal on MyKatyCloud and complete the checklist found on the Gifted and Talented tile
- Visit this link and select the correct checklist for your child on the right side.
- NO PAPER CHECKLISTS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR THE 2023 – 2024 SCHOOL YEAR. ALL CHECKLISTS MUST BE COMPLETED ONLINE.
An online information session for KAP and KAP/GT will be held on zoom on December 7, 2023.
For information on the screening process and testing window dates please visit THIS LINK. For all questions regarding screening, please contact Olivia Watson at OliviaAWatson@katyisd.org
Picture Day is Friday, 9/15
Title III: Family STEAM Night - Friday, 9/15
The Office of Other Languages (OOL) will host an event for parents and families of emergent
bilingual (EB) and immigrant students in grades 3-6. At the Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM. This family event will focus on hands-on learning activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.
ESL Coffee & Conversation on Friday, 9/29
Come join our ESL Team as we meet one another and receive information about the ESL Program here at RAE! We encourage parents to bring an item or food that showcases their culture so that we can learn more about one another! Please use the QR code or link below to RSVP no later than September 25th. This meeting is for parents with students currently enrolled in the ESL Program at RAE. Please contact Cate Harris (email@example.com) if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you! 😊
Music News: Attention 4th Graders!
The 4th Grade Musical Performance, A Star-Spangled Tribute, will be presented on November 9, 2023 at 6:00 PM in the RAE Gym for parents, families, and the community. There will be a performance in morning for RAE students and staff. All 4th grade students will be participating in this exciting event!
Online payment and information form is due by September 29, 2023.
Update Your PTA Family Account Today!
StingRAE Families! The PTA family account you created last year needs to be re-verified. Please check your information but more importantly update your student's Homeroom Teacher!! If you are new to RAE and haven't created an account, it only takes a few minutes to create an account! RAE PTA website www.raepta.org Thank you!
Special Buddies for 4th Grade
Special Buddies is a unique program at RAE where fourth graders can partner and take the responsibility of befriending a special buddy within our school community. This program allows an opportunity for inclusivity and engagement for our neuro-divergent friends in our school.
Parents, if you think your fourth grader would be interested in participating, please be on the lookout for how to sign up in early September.
The RAE 2023-2024 Yearbook Pre-Sale has begun! In addition to class portraits, some of the fun events featured are HooRAE day, Book Character Parade, Fall Fun Run, International Festival, and so much more!
When you're pre- ordering the yearbook for your child (children), please make sure to include their homeroom teacher's name (even though the Jostens site says it is optional)
Euijeung Kim RAE PTA YEARBOOK Yearbook@raepta.org
Birthday Marquee Messages
You may now purchase a special birthday wishes for your student that will appear on our marquee in the front of our school. You have the option to choose to display for 1 day, or for 1 week. Due to space limitations, the maximum of ten birthdays will be displayed on a first come, first serve basis. Attached are the links to purchase your students birthday message.
Love & Logic Parent Sessions: Fall 2023
Love and Logic Parenting Classes will be offered at multiple campuses during the Fall semester of 2023. Please see the options listed below. Katy ISD families may register to attend any session. Dates and registration for Love and Logic courses will also be posted on the Professional Learning website. Families who wish to participate in Love and Logic courses must pay $10 for the cost of the workbooks. Love and Logic Facilitators will arrange for parents to pick up materials. A minimum of 10 participants is required for each session. If a minimum number of participants is not met, registered participants will be directed to an alternate session.
Katy ISD Legacy Parent Academy 23 - 24
September Dates to Remember
12 - First day of choir
13 - PTA Spirit Night on Wheels
15 - Picture day
18 - RAE auction opens
19 - Special buddies kick off
21 - 4th grade field trip
22 - No school for students
25 - RAE auction ends, 4th grade field trip
27 - CAT meeting
28 - Choir group picture
29 - ESL coffee & conversations
Birthday Book Club
Celebrate your child's birthday with RAE Birthday Book Club! The student will receive a special book plate in a library book of their choosing, a birthday pencil & bookmark, and their photo on the wall in the library. Additionally, their library book choice will be checked out to them for a full month, as an extra check out! If your child's birthday is May - August, we will celebrate the student’s half birthday. To participate, click here to go to Katy ISD’s Pay N Go.
Katy ISD Discipline Presentations with Students & Admin
Reminders on Arrival/Dismissal Locations
Attention 5th Grade - Safety Patrol
Interested in Safety Patrol? Scan this QR code to sign up!
● Students in RAE Choir will help with afternoon dismissal.
● All other students will help with morning arrival.
● We will notify you when your rotation will start.
Student Transportation Tags & Family Numbers
Calling ALL KISD Volunteers!
Katy ISD requires all volunteers serving on or off-campus during or after the instructional day to register with the district through its Raptor security system.
Once registered and approved, individual volunteers can:
- Sign up as a campus volunteer by completing the volunteer recruitment form provided by your campus organization(s) or contact your campus volunteer coordinator.
- Submit and track hours via their volunteer profile for every Katy ISD campus at which they volunteer
- The system also provides quick and easy submission of individual off-campus volunteer hours
It All Adds Up!
Thank you for volunteering in Katy ISD.
Change of Transportation
If you need to change the way your student goes home, please send a written note to school with your child on that day. Include the student’s full name, homeroom teacher and exactly how the student will be going home. In cases of emergency, such as sudden illnesses, hospitalization, etc. (this does not include severe weather), parents may send the request via email to RAEcommunications@katyisd.org or fax (281-644-1585) to the receptionist. This request must include a parent signature and a copy of identification from the parent/guardian email we have on file. Please also call 281-237-7100 to inform the front office that the request has been sent. This communication must be received by 1:30 p.m. For safety reasons, phone calls alone will not be accepted.
A change of transportation form can be found on the RAE website at: RAE Change of Transportation Form
RAE Spirit Wear/Field Day T-shirts
RAE Spirit Wear / Field Day T-Shirt is available for purchase through Pay ‘n Go for $12.00. T-Shirts will be delivered to your child’s teacher. Purchase here: https://katyisd.revtrak.net/
2. Elementary Schools
3. Elementary A-H
4. Alexander Elementary
5. RAE-Field Trips
6. Select Grade
7. RAE-Field Trip T-Shirt
** New ** SMART Tag ID system for Eligible Bus Riders
On Wednesday, August 16 a new SMART Tag ID system will be rolled out across Katy ISD school buses to help monitor ridership, including when and where a student is picked up or dropped off by a school bus. This new system will replace Katy ISD’s Edulog Lite App.
As part of the new process, the school identification (ID) cards of eligible bus riders will incorporate a SMART Tag ID, which they will use every time they enter and exit their school bus.
Parents and guardians will also have access to the SMART Tag Parent Web Portal — a cloud-based platform that will enable them to monitor their student’s ridership and bus route. Parents of eligible riders will need to register with the SMART Tag Parent Web Portal to take advantage of these features. More information about the registration process will be provided to parents of eligible riders, via the email address on file with the district, within the coming week. To sign up for the new system, parents will need the student’s ID number, date of birth and name of campus the student attends.
In the meantime, additional information about the SMART Tag program can be found on the Katy ISD Transportation Department’s Smart Tag webpage.
Dr. Charmaine Hobin, Principal
Mrs. Cathy Westervelt, Principal's Secretary
Mrs. Laura Josefsson, AP for Kinder, 2nd & 4th grade
Mrs. Jeannette Rodricks, AP for 1st, 3rd & 5th grade
Mrs. Lauren Rice, Counselor
Mrs. Dora Gonzalez, SEL Coordinator
Mrs. Corali Varela, Instructional Coordinator
Mrs. Stacey Colton, ELA/SS Instructional Coach
Mrs. Laura Flood, Math/Science Instructional Coach
Our vision can be stated in three words: NURTURE, CHALLENGE and ACHIEVE. We understand the value of relationships, get excited about the challenges ahead of us and set goals that we achieve together as a school community.