Smith Family Newsletter

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Message from Ms. Rivera

This is an exciting time of year! The holiday seasons brings joy and anticipation, and it is also a great time of year because we get to see how much our students have grown up to this halfway point. We are currently assessing reading and math levels and looking for ways to enrich and intervene in order to push all students to their highest potential. Your help at home is appreciated. Reading with your kids every day, asking them open-ended questions, and practicing addition and multiplication facts will help them tremendously.

We have lots of fun events coming up, such as the Project Reach Regatta, the choir in the Christmas Parade, and classroom Christmas parties. We also have fun dress-up days coming up - see the picture below. In addition, PTO is hard at work planning events, such as pictures with Santa next Thursday and International Night on January 21st. To get involved with PTO, send an email to

I hope you and your family have a relaxing holiday season. For more information and updates visit our website, and follow us on Twitter @CedricSmithElem.

Raising Readers and Pictures with Santa - Thursday, Dec. 9th

Join us for our monthly Raising Readers Night where PTO will host pictures with Santa - the Santa in the picture! These are professional pictures for only $10 per family! We will also have free dinner, family book checkout, and literacy games around the school including Bingo for Books. See you on December 9th from 5:00-6:30!

Upcoming Events

December 4 - Project Reach Regatta; Magnolia Christmas Parade

Decemeber 7 - Choir Concert at 6:00

December 9 - Raising Readers and Pictures with Santa, 5:00-6:30

December 10 - Kinder Polar Express Day

December 17 - Christmas Parties, Early Release at 12:40

January 5 - School Resumes

Helpful Reminders

  • Doors open at 7:45 and the tardy bell rings at 8:30.
  • Cell phones are prohibited in school zones and in the car rider line.
  • In car rider line, do not block the back driveway - buses need to easily get in and out.
  • If a student is absent, call the school to let us know.
  • Excessive tardies and absences can lead to truancy classes and fines.
  • Cut-off time for student checkout is 3:00.
  • Cut-off time for checking kids out on December 17th is 12:00 (early-release day).