Raccoon Review

A Weekly Communication Tool for Rice Elementary Staff

Campus Goals

  1. Ensuring ALL students are in attendance.
  2. Cultivating a climate that welcomes students and parents.
  3. Creating opportunities for students to use and increase critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  4. Moving from Parent Involvement to Parent Engagement.

Staff Shout Outs

K-2nd has done a tremendous job in implementing the Units of Study. We had a walkthrough from the District Office and received very positive praise...Below are the areas they have been working...

  • Libraries are visible and organized.
  • Word Walls are evident at accessible to students.
  • Reading Mats for K-1 and 2nd grade reading response journals are used daily during Independent Reading.
  • Mini Lesson with Active Engagement, Link, Mid Teaching Point, (10-12 minutes) and Share
  • Guided Reading plans are in place...this is where we will take our next steps in examining the lesson components.
  • Partner reading and Independent reading are implemented daily
  • Students are loving to read!!!!

Be very proud of the work you have done!!!!! We are on the right track to continued growth for our students and for us!!!

Week at a Glance: January 15th-19th

Specials B Week


MLK Holiday


4th Grade PLC

Snow Day


Kinder PLC-Math

Snow Day


3rd Grade PLC

8:30-4th Grade RtI Meetings

10:30-2nd Grade RtI Meetings

1:15-1st Grade RtI Meetings

4:30-District 3rd Grade Level Planning Meeting


1st Grade PLC-Math Planning

Math Review Quiz

1:15-1st Grade RtI Meeting

12:30-Wes and Megan at Assessment Training

Notes from Malinda

I hope everyone has stayed safe a warm these last few days. When we welcome back our Raccoons, we need to be aware that they have had lots of ups and downs. Many of our families struggle tremendously when they can't work. Please keep an eye out for any needs and let myself or Angela know how we can help.

CISD Strong Shirts

A teacher at Creighton Elementary designed a shirt for our district. You may go online (using the link below) and purchase a shirt. They will be delivered to Rice. The deadline for ordering is January 16th.

Valentine Treats:

We will have Valentine's treats in homeroom classrooms on February 14th from 1:30-2:30. (PK times differ).

MLK Parade

3rd and 4th grade students will be invited to walk in the MLK Parade...Project Hope on February 10th. Permission slips will be sent out soon. Please collect these slips and turn completed forms into Karyn. Staff are invited to attend as well.

Author's Celebration

On February 8th from 5:30-7:00, we will have our 1st School Wide Author's Celebration. Below are the details of the events:

Library-Writer's café (students in 15 min sets A, B, C, etc.)-Mr. Gasper MC, 2 teachers at doors to close for performances. Teachers will nominate students to read. Please email Malinda names of students. Each classroom should be represented.

Cafeteria-PK-1: Read and Draw, 2-4: students will be given interesting pictures and then write a story.

Grade Level Hallways-Each grade level sets up a writing gallery in their hallway...parents leave sticky notes of positive praise.

Music-Roll a Story/sightword (set up on tables)

Art-Write your sight words (sand/paper plates)

Gift of Time

February is coming...and that means a special treat from the PTO and Admin. Our Gift of Time will be at Pie in the Sky. Each team will get to meet there for breakfast (7:30-9:25...pick your students up from specials at 9:25) and spend some time with each other. Dates are below:

PK & Specials: 2/9

Kinder, Jeanine Cheesman: 2/21

1st, Dustin Gilmer: 2/16

2nd, Mary Luna: 2/12

3rd, Yesinia Espinosa, Iris Gurerro: 2/8

4th, Emily Christian: 2/6

Lifeskills/RISE: 2/1

Staff Birthdays

Melissa Andaya 1/19

CISD Health Fair

Saturday, Jan. 20th, 9am-12pm

3701 College Park Drive

The Woodlands, TX

We are excited about this month's Health Fair. This event is FREE to all CISD employees and their families.

  • Employees will need their CISD ID badges for check-in.

  • Entry prizes will be given to employees who check-in with their badges!

Badges will need a barcode in order to be scanned for attendance purposes.

IMPACT: Amy Cuddy

Wednesday, Jan. 10th, 9am

2200 Lake Woodlands Drive

The Woodlands, TX

Amy Cuddy


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8:00 AM – Registration Sign-in Begins

9:00 AM – Event Presentation Begins

9:15 AM -Doors Close

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