Sam Houston Newsletter
February 2: Science Fair at Lone Star Convention Center
February 4-8: Counselors Appreciation Week
February 7: ESL Orientation & Testing 4:00-7:00 p.m. Sam Houston Library
February 9: Project Hope Black History Parade 12:00 p.m. Conroe
February 13: Mobile Cooking Class for Parents 10:30-12:30 Parent Resource Room
February 18: Staff Development Day for Teachers - NO SCHOOL for Students
February 21: Lunch N Learn 12:00-1:00 p.m. Conroe High
February 22: Go Texan Day: Dress in Western Gear
February 27: Mobile Cooking Class for Parents 10:30-12:30 Parent Resource Room
February 28: Jets Get Fit Family Dinner- Sam Houston Cafeteria 5:30-7:00 p.m.
* ESL Classes are held Monday & Wednesday 6:00-9:00 p.m. (Pre-Registration Required)
From The Principal's Desk
Dear Houston Families,
I cannot believe that we are already in February. Our students are working so hard in their reading, math, and writing every day. Keep working with our students at home and encourage them to read everyday.
Grade Level News
Pre-K is having fun learning the following skills:
Reading: Letters of the alphabet: Name, recognize, and produce fifteen upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
Writing: Students are using marks, letters, symbols to record language and verbally share the meaning. Students are also writing independently to communicate ideas.
Math: Students are playing games to learn ordinal numbers (first, second, third, fourth, fifth) to count objects. Students are also practicing how to count to 30 orally.
Science: Students are observing various objects in the sky (clouds and their shapes, the position of the sun during recess time) and comparing objects in the night sky and the objects with the day sky.
Social Studies: Students are exploring geography tools and resources.
We are half way through the year, time is passing by so quickly! Report cards were sent home last week, please ensure to check the comment box at the bottom of the report card. Spring conferences will be scheduled soon, please feel free to contact teachers to request a preference on dates and time.
Reading: To ensure your child is on grade level in Reading, practice alphabet identification and sounds daily and practice sight words. If you you are in need of another set of letters and sight words that were sent in the beginning of the year, please inform your child's teacher. Reading with and to your child daily is very important for their academic skills.
Math: In Math, we are comparing numbers in the teens, less than, more than and same as (equal to). Students are expected to recognize, write, and compare numbers from 0-20. You can also give the word problems (joining and separating) such as "Jane has 4 cookies in her cookie jar. Liz gave 2 cookies. How many cookies does Jane have now?" (joining) Josh has 6 cookies, he gave 1 cookie to Kaden. How many cookies does Josh have now?" (separating)
Reading: Students are completing a unit of study on non-fiction texts and will soon begin a unit on fiction. It will focus on fluency, phonics, and comprehension.
Writing: Students are completing a How To unit and beginning a Narrative stories unit.
Math: Students are learning addition and subtraction within 15.
Science: Students are learning how rocks, soil, and water are used to make products and how they are natural resources. They are also studying about recycling, living and non-living things.
Social Studies: Students are learning about Black History, presidents, folktales, fables and legends.
The date of our Valentine's Day party will be announced soon.
Love is in the air! Valentine's Day is nearing and we can feel the love all around us.
Math: In Math, we will be adding and subtracting numbers in word problems up to 1,000. we will continue to learn new regrouping strategies.
Reading: In Reading , students are working on reading and understanding poetry. Students are learning how poetry creates a visual image in our brains and how sometimes we need to read between the lines to get the authors message.
Writing: In writing, students are learning how to be poets. They are learning about rhythm, rhyme, and repetition and how they impact the poem.
Science: In Science, students are learning about the weather and the seasons as well as the moon phases.
Social Studies: In Social Studies, students are learning about people that have shaped our futures and the impacts they have had on the world.
Remember you can help your child by reading with them each day and every night. Thank you for being amazing parents!
Reading/Writing:: Students are reading excellent non-fiction texts, as well as expressing their opinions through their writing pieces.
Math: In Math, our 3rd graders are completing their multiplication unit and will have their assessment on February 7th.
Please make sure your child has a good night's rest and a healthy breakfast, so they are ready for their test!
Hello from the fourth grade team!Reading: Students have just completed their Literacy Non-fiction unit. This unit includes reading narrative texts, biographies, and autobiographies. In our classes, students are now studying Drama, texts that are meant to be performed! Students are having a blast reading plays and applying inferencing and character analysis skills.
Writing: Our writers are currently writing expository essays where they share a strong opinion and support their opinion with reasons, examples, and evidence. Students have learned the correct way to structure an essay and we look forward to sharing the new writing skills with our families. Students are also working hard in grammar by ensuring sentences include objects and predicates as well as making sure the subjects and verbs agree in tenses and in numbers.
Math: The mighty mathematicians in fourth grade have just wrapped up their Multiplication and Divisions Unit. In this unit , multiplying two-digit by two-digit numbers was introduced to the students in a variety of ways, such as using the area model, partial product method and the standard algorithm. They have also worked on solidifying their division skills. Throughout the unit, students applied their problem-solving skills to a wide range of challenging word problems! Amazing work, Fourth Graders!
Other: Great news! Our students have access to Imagine Math and Achieve3000. These are websites where students can sharpen their math, reading, and writing skills. All of the students have an account and are more than welcome to use their accounts at home. We highly encourage it!
During my guidance lessons this month, we will focus on respect. Respect is a two way street, meaning if we expect to be respected by others, we must respect others. Everyone would benefit if we learned to respect people's feelings, even if it is something that doesn't matter to you, it could mean everything to them! Let's come together to spread love and respect.
I encourage everyone to continue this conversation at home.
Family Engagement Program
Happy February! We have some exciting classes and fun activities planned for you and your family this semester.
ESL classes will begin February 11th, just a reminder you are required to attend the 3-hour orientation and testing session before you start class. The next class is scheduled February 7th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
We are also excited to have Agrilife sponsor nutrition classes for us again this semester. Join us for a new 3-part Mobile Cooking series. You will have the opportunity to learn, prepare and cook hands-on.
Mark you calendar for Thursday, February 28th. We will be hosting Jets Get Fit Family Dinner. Bring your family to learn more about the importance of wellness, nutrition and physical activity. Lone Star Family Health Center will present information on the Jets Get Fit Program and provide a meal to share with your family.
Check our monthly online calendar and your child's weekly Wednesday Folder for more information.
Thank You to our parent and community volunteers for supporting our students and teachers. It takes everyone working together to share in our school success.
If you would like a parenting session on a specific topic or have questions about our parent engagement program, contact Mrs. McFarland at the number or email below.
Volunteers: Parents if you are interested in being a volunteer, we would love to have you! Volunteers are needed to assist with preparation of instructional materials and campus activities.
Lost & Found: Parents if your child has misplaced his/her coat at school, you are welcome to come to the front office and ask to look in the Lost & Found bin.
Family Engagement Liaison
Below are the lunch times for our students for the 2018-2019 school year.
Pre-Kindergarten 11:45 am - 12:15 pm
Kindergarten 11:00 am - 11:30 am
1st Grade 11:20 am - 11:50 am
2nd Grade 11:40 am - 12:10 pm
3rd Grade 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
4th Grade 12:20 pm - 12:50 pm
Teacher Conference Times
Below are the times when teachers are available for parent phone calls or to meet with parents. Please don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher if you should have a question or concern.
Pre-Kindergarten 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
Kindergarten 9:15 am - 10:05 am
1st Grade 10:10 am - 11:00 am
2nd Grade 8:20 am - 9:10 am
3rd Grade 1:10 pm - 2:00 pm
4th Grade 2:10 pm - 3:00 pm