December 2018

904 Gladstell Street

Conroe, TX 77304


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.”

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School Information

  • The building opens 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!!!

From the Principal's Desk

Dear BB Rice Families,

As we end 2018, I would like to thank you for your commitment to BB Rice Elementary School and to the belief in a public school education. The success we have experienced since the opening of the school year owes a great deal to parents/caregivers and families like yours. I wish you a restful winter break and hope you enjoy this time with your scholar (s). For the New Year, I wish you health and happiness and hope the winter break provides a myriad of opportunities for you and your scholar (s) to do things you might not be able to accomplish when school is in session.

I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season. Our last day in school is Wednesday, December 19th (we will release at 12:05). During winter break there will be a myriad of opportunities to create a stronger bond with your scholar (s) and continue to support their academic growth and success. The holidays are good times for story telling around the dinner table or routines like bedtime reading that cultivate connections between home and school expectations. Young scholars do best with regular schedules, and I encourage you to prepare for their return to school on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 by instilling in them an understanding about the importance of being rested and ready to learn.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from our BB Rice Elementary School family to yours.

Thanks for entrusting us with your most precious gift,

Mrs. Stewart

Message From Your Assistant Principal...

Dear families,

I love this time of year! It is so wonderful to have extra time during the holiday break to just have quality family time. Here are some ideas for how to spend the extra time this month on the weekends or over the long winter break from school:

-cook together

-make holiday greeting cards or thank you notes

-explore your city....take a stroll through the park

-play board games

-read a book

-volunteer together somewhere

Our kids won't remember all of the "STUFF" they have, but they will remember the memories YOU make with them!

Happy December from our family to yours!

Mrs. Sciba

Message From School Counselor...

Dear Parents,

The holiday season is here and the cold weather has officially arrived. If your child is in need of a winter coat, please let me know.

With winter break just a few short weeks away, and I know students are getting anxious for what is to come. One item your children might use more than normal during this time is electronic devices. I would like to provide a few simple reminders to help keep your children safe during the holidays.

  • Set up rules – Post clear, simple, easy to read rules
  • Use filters – Consider using safeguarding programs
  • Check out privacy policies – Know this before providing yours or your child's private information
  • Talk about the dangers of e-mail and chat – If your child uses this, talk to them about the cautions of adding a new friend
  • Know what is going on – Keep the computer in a family room

Have a wonderful break!

Mrs. Orr


Pre-K is working on mid-year testing. Your child will be assessed on writing his/her name, story comprehension, alphabet recognition, letter sounds, counting to 30 and number recognition (0-9). If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

We hope that all of you have a wonderful and safe holiday season.

Just a reminder:

* Write your child’s name on their coats, backpacks, and lunch boxes.

* 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 child and have your child read to you daily!


We have a busy month ahead of us! Kindergarten has many exciting things planned for December. Please check and initial your child’s folder daily so you do not miss any information! We will be reviewing concepts to prepare for our middle of the year assessments. In Language Arts, please review beginning sounds, sight words and rhyming words with your child. In Math, please review number identification (0-20), number writing (0-20) and counting to 100 with your child. With the colder weather, please make sure your child has a jacket with their name written on the inside. We have “Active Start” from 7:30-7:50 in the morning where students go outside
to play on the playground. Reminder: If your child needs to eat breakfast at school please arrive no later than 7:45!

Important Dates: (additional information will be sent home regarding the following dates)

December 17th: Grinch Day

December 18th: Polar Express

December 19th: Winter Celebration in Classrooms/Early Release 12:05

First Grade

Hello Winter!

The weather is changing and so are the minds of our first graders! During this month, we will be celebrating and learning about all different kinds of cultures during our social studies time. Talk with your kids about different family traditions that you have and how they began! In reading, we will be finishing up our Word Detective Unit. We will continue to learn tools to use to solve tricky words! In writing, we are practicing How To’s! Ask your child to tell you the steps on how to tie their shoe, or how to be a good friend! In math, we will be expanding our place value knowledge on numbers from 0 to 99. Help your child skip count from any number, (example: 1, 11, 21, 31, 41…). Finding patterns on a 120 chart is very useful when building math skills. Continue to practice counting dimes and nickels! Ask your child to tell you everything they know about a number and all the ways we can represent that number! In science, we have moved into learning about objects in the sky (sun and moon) and weather!

As always, please make sure your child has a weather appropriate change of clothes in their backpack, as well as a light jacket/sweater for indoor use in colder classrooms and a winter jacket if needed!

We are still holding parent teacher conferences. If you have not had yours yet, or have had to reschedule yours, please connect with the teacher to get one set up!

Practice these sight words with your child. Choose 5 at a time to work with until they know it by memory! If you need additional practice, please let your teacher know!

*all, girl, not, she, got, now, sit, as, had, then, ball, has, or, they, be, her, out, come, play, too, by, his, put, us, how*

Second Grade

Second grade is gearing up for an exciting December. We will be taking a trip around the world to see how different countries celebrate their holiday seasons. Some of the countries we will visit are Germany, Mexico, Holland, England, and The United States. If you have any information about different countries traditions and cultures please let your child’s teacher know. In science we have been learning about energy, magnets, and force and motion. In Social Studies we have learned about traditions and cultures, government, as well as citizenship. Your children have learned all about nouns, adjectives, verbs, different types of sentences, and are becoming very diligent writers. It is neat to see them so excited about writing. They have completed personal narratives, an imaginative writing, and a topic expository writing. They will be working on poetry writing after the first of the year. Over the winter break, encourage them to write as well as read. Your children have learned how to regroup with addition and subtraction. We encourage you to continue practicing with them as much as possible. Please continue practicing addition and subtraction facts to 20. We want them to know these facts by memory and patterns before they go to third grade. Be sure and come see all the Math ornaments on our 2nd Grade Christmas tree. Thank you for all your support and have a very happy holiday season☺

Third Grade

Your readers will be wrapping up their study of mysteries! We have been finding clues and making predictions well. Our final mystery will be solved before break!

Your writers are learning to adapt or change classic fairy tales. They will be learning how to change characters and other aspects of a fairy tale to make it their own!

Wow! I can't believe we are almost at the halfway mark for school. This month in math, we will be working on fractions. The students will be representing and modeling on number lines, composing/decomposing, and solving problems involving partitioning an object.

In science, we are reviewing force, motion, energy, and space, then we will dive into natural resources at the end of the month. In Social Studies, we will be talking about Culture: Customs, Celebrations and Traditions.

Fourth Grade

Season’s Greetings from 4th grade! We are working hard to finish our first semester material. Daily attendance is imperative for your student to do well! The first math benchmark will be Dec. 6 and reading benchmark was Nov. 29th. We encourage you to call for a conference about your child’s progress. We are excited about all the learning that is taking place in December!

Reading: We will be focusing on the elements of poetry while learning how to analyze the theme.

Writing: Your student is writing daily while working on persuasive writing. This will help them understand that they have an opinion and voice in society. We encourage you to have your child continue to read and write over the Winter Break.

Math: We are working on Geometry. This is where we will explore angles; acute, obtuse, and right. We will also look into lines of symmetry and different types of lines. Students will also be exploring the different figures and what makes them that shape. Children love using protractors and being able to measure a variety of angles! We will also be participating in Junior Achievement, which is a great activity where the students will learn, understand, and explore Financial Literacy, as well as being an entrepreneur.

Science & Social Studies: We are discovering the attributes of electricity, weather, and the water cycle. In social studies, we are studying about the European exploration and colonization.

Hope to see you all at the 4th grade music program at 9:00 AM on Friday, December 14th. Please keep a look out in their Tuesday folder for their parts in the play, which need to be memorized, as well as their costumes they are going to need for their part in the play. The outfits are needed by Thursday, December 13th for the school performance, as well as Friday, December 14th for public performance! The kids have been working hard to make this program the best ever!

Look for information coming soon regarding our Winter Celebration on December 19th, which is an early release day and Polar Express Day on December 18th. Happy Holidays!

From The Library ...Ms. Parks

Ask your child to tell you about a book he’s read lately. The Winter Holidays are 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.

Happy holidays and thank you for your continued support!


Happy December Raccoon families! We will be having our Penguin Patch from December 3rd-7th! We are so excited about helping our Raccoons surprise their families with Christmas presents they picked out and wrapped all bu themselves! It is such a fun experience for the students and the volunteers. Items start at just 25 cents! Our PTO wants to wish all of our families a very safe and happy Winter break!