Dragon Digest

A Communication Tool for The Dragon Family and Community

SEPTEMBER 29, 2019

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30- Bike Rodeo during PE

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October 1 - Dec 1 - GT Nomination Window Opens

1 - Parent Book Study, "The 7 Healthy Habits of Healthy Families" @9:30am

- Deretchin Band Plays at McC Football game

2 - GT Parent Meeting Room 210 @ 9:00 am - This meeting is for current GT Parents

3 - Author celebration for students during D3

10 - Walk to school day

11 - Story Book Parade - 8:15

14 - No School

15-18 - Fall Bookfair

17 - Late Night Bookfair 4:00-7:00

15 - PTO Executive Board Meeting

15 - Late Night Conferences

17 - 4th Grade goes to the Pavilion

17 - Game Club starts at 7:15

17 - PTO meeting 2:00

18 - TWHS Homecoming


21 - Rockwall of Character here for Gr 5 and 6

22 - Late Night Conferences

24 - Late Night Conferences

25 - Spotlight Ceremony

29 - 4th Grade Writing Benchmark

30 - 6th Grade Field Trip to Minute Maid Park

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Dear Dragon Family -- I hope this email finds you doing well! I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to say THANK YOU for the donations to the Direct Investment Fund. It is through consistent generosity like yours that allows Deretchin Elementary to accomplish the amazing things that we do each year with our students. I want you to know we are grateful for your partnership—without your financial gifts, it wouldn’t be possible. With Great Appreciation -- Alicia Reeves, Principal

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Deretchin Elementary is collecting used markers, highlighters, dry erase markers. These can be markers that still have ink or are dried out. The markers are sent back to Crayola for recycling. We have bins in each classroom and in the cafeteria. Thank you for supporting our school.

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Starting to shop for the Holidays? Please use amazonsmile.com and select Deretchin Elementary as your school to support. This works exactly like AMAZON and your PRIME account still works as well. For each item you purchase using Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate back to Deretchin Elementary. There's no extra cost to you to support our school! Thank you for including this on your Amazon account.

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Nominations for Gifted & Talented Testing

Nominations will open October 1st for the Conroe ISD Gifted and Talented program. Although the testing will not take place until February, nominations are accepted at this time. Nominations can be made by parents and/or teachers. It is recommended that parents of 2nd grade students wait until CogAT scores have arrived before nominating their child because CogAT scores are part of the GT assessment. If you are interested in nominating your child, you may want to discuss this with your child’s teacher at your fall conference. Nominations will be accepted through December 18th. You may request a nomination form from the front office. You can also find the nomination form and other GT information on the CISD GT homepage.

From Counselor Stiles- Parents please mark your calendar (Nov. 12 or Nov. 13th) for this insightful and AWESOME resource to better equip you for drug awareness with your children.

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Please visit the following website to register to vote.


If you're not sure if you are currently registered, you can also visit the site and verify your enrollment prior to October 7th.


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To learn more about the November 2019 Bond Election, please visit www.conroeisd.net/bond or visit our Facebook page at @CISDBond2019.

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The November 5th Bond Referendum includes safety and security enhancements for all campuses located within Conroe ISD. Specific campus projects are also included in the package to align with fire code requirements. To view the full list of safety & security projects and learn more about the November 2019 Bond Election, please visit www.conroeisd.net/bond or visit our Facebook page at @CISDBond2019.

Annonymous Alerts

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Our campus will be utilizing the Anonymous Alerts app designed to allow students, or anyone, inform our campus administration of any safety concern during the 2019-2020 school year. This app will allow any completely anonymous upstander and an administrator to engage in completely anonymous two-way confidential ongoing communication regarding an issue. The app can be downloaded either at the Google Play store for Android or Apple store for iOS.

Note the important following information to use when utilizing the app:

· Login/Password– conroeisd

For a complete overview of Anonymous Alerts and how it works, please view the following video on YouTube-


Please be aware 1-888-KIDCHAT will still be available. Anonymous Alerts is preferable as the app allows two-way anonymous exchange of tip information.

Lastly, we will reiterate to students constantly the importance and availability to come directly to an administrator with any concerns. Your assistance in reiterating this is much appreciated.

Deretchin Parent Book Study Begins Soon!

“The 7 Healthy Habits of Highly Effective Families” Parent Book Study

This year, our parent book study is from the NY Times bestseller, Stephen R. Covey, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families”. This book is for all of us who are commited to creating a strong family culture in the world we face today. The book presents the same 7 principles he introduced in his previous book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and applies them to families today. These principles are applicable for families in any stage of life! We hope you will join us! Books can be purchased in hardback or paperback copies on Amazon.

We will meet on the following dates:

Session 1: October 1 - 9:30am / Intro - Habit #2

Session 2: November 6- 9:30am / Habit #3-5

Session 3: January 16 - 9:30am / Habit #6-7

We hope to see you there!


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We are now collecting new or gently used (clean) coats, hoodies, and sweaters. The collection dates are September 30th - October 11th. Look for the collection container in our front office.

Thank you in advance for your generous donation!

Board Games Needed

We are collecting new or gently used board games for the counseling center. Specifically looking for simple games that all students can play (i.e. Chutes and Ladders, Sorry, Trouble, Chinese checkers, etc). Thank you in advance!

Kelso's Choices - Grades K-2

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This year, we are implementing a powerful new conflict resolution management program entitled, “Kelso’s Choices”.

The lessons feature a frog named “Kelso” (and his friend “Lily”) who walks students through the minor conflict management choices for “small” problems and encourages them to always go to a trusted adult if the come across a “Big” problem.

Kelso shares 9 ways to solve small problems:

1. Go to another game/activity.

2. Talk it over and listen to each other.

3. Walk away from the problem.

4. Ignore the problem behavior.

5. Tell the person to stop the problem behavior.

6. Apologize.

7. Make a deal or compromise.

8. Wait to cool off.

9. Share and take turns.

During guidance lessons, students are not only learning key words and concepts about resolving conflict, but will be identifying and role playing these strategies as well. Teachers are also integrating the common language and strategies in their classrooms throughout the day.