Parr Patriot News

March 2020

Message from Mrs. Buckels

Is it really March already? This year is flying by so quickly! This month will be another fast and furious month of learning and fun events. We are looking forward to Spring Break, Field Days, Field trips, 2nd grade music program, Spring picture day and Character Counts/Read Across America week! Whew!

Please make sure your child is at school every day(unless they are sick!) Our classes are participating in a March Madness Attendance contest. The winning classes will have a popsicle party.

Mr. Parr

It is with great sadness that we inform you that legendary CCISD educator, Mr. Ralph Parr, passed away over the weekend. He was a former principal at Clear Creek High School and a former member of the CCISD Board of Trustees. He was a big supporter of the fine arts and loved coming to our drama performances every year. Up until a year ago, Mr. Parr was always here on the first day of school to greet students, would serve at the Thanksgiving feast and would read to classes in the library. He was always there to support our school in whatever way we needed. We are proud that we get to honor him by being Parr Patriots!

Important Dates

March 2-6-Character Counts Week

March 2-Wear a hat to school

March 3-wear your favorite college shirt

March 4-Wear silly or wacky socks

Spring Picture Day

5th grade Symphony field trip

March 5-Wear a smile on your face and kindness in your heart

March 6-Wear bright colors

Early release day

March 9-13-Spring Break

March 17-4th grade Rodeo Field Trip

March 19-2nd grade music program-6:30 p.m.

March 20-Report cards go home

March 25-3rd grade Field Day

March 26-4th grade Field Day

March 27-5th grade Field Day

1st grade field trip to NASA

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Pennies for Patients Service Project

Our students did an amazing job with our Pennies for Patients Service Project! Our campus goal was to raise $2020. Ralph Parr Elementary School’s total listed as an amazing $2,305.59!

Way to go, Parr Patriots!!!

Congrats to Mrs. Ragghianti on the birth of Celeste! She was born on 2/27/2020! Mrs. Ragghianti will be back in August!

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Congrats to Savannah Robbins in Kinder for being a finalist in the I Love CCISD Art contest!

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Houston Livestock Show Activity Book Decorating Contest Winner

Congrats to Kyleigh Lambeth who was selected as a winner of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Activity Book Decorating Contest. Way to go!

Character Corner

Core Value Word of the Month-Citizenship

Purposefull People words-Cooperative and Creativity

This month we are talking about Cooperation! Cooperation is about assistance and support, about collaboration and teamwork. It is a necessary tool in our toolbox for creating a community that cares for one another. Here is the definition we are using:

Cooperation: Working together and helping others.

A lot of messaging in our world would suggest that “doing it on your own” is a measure of success. And while independence is important, we must develop skills to work alongside one another and create things, together, that are better than anything we could create on our own. Successful people know when and how to ask for help and are generous in giving it out when they have something to offer! Cooperation requires great communication, self-awareness, and the ability to step up (or step back) when the time is right to best support whatever group you are working with. Over the course of the month, we will be creative in teams, accomplish amazing things side by side, and learn about what it means to do meaningful, PurposeFull work together.

Conversation Starters

  • It has been said that teams are only as good as their weakest player. What do you think about that?
  • What skills are important for Cooperation? Which of those skills are your strengths and which skills would you like to improve?
  • What does Cooperation look like in your home? How would each member of the household prefer others Cooperate with them?

Questions You Could Ask

  • Think about a sports team that you’ve played on or seen on television or your computer. Which athlete do you think of when you hear the phrase “team player?”
  • What makes working with others fun? What makes working with others challenging? Where do you see Cooperation work well? Where doesn’t it work well?
  • Who is someone you Cooperate well with? Who is someone you struggle to Cooperate with? Why do you think that is?

Creativity is more than just making things or creating art – it is about exercising our imagination to help make the world better!

Creativity: Using your imagination to create something or solve a problem.

One of the best things about being a human being is our ability to imagine! We get this cool part of our brain that allows to not just think about survival, but also about sparkly space pigeons or colorful caterpillars or a cardboard box that is secretly a rocket ship. At this young age, kids regularly use their Creativity to entertain themselves (and us!) with all the wacky and wonderful ways they view the world. Let’s make sure they never lose that curiosity! It is that same imagination that makes a sandbox into the moon that is capable of imagining the world’s problems as opportunities for new, bold, innovative solutions. This month, we will be talking about and practicing solving problems, working in teams, and dreaming up new perspectives! The only way we change the negative normals in our world is to have the Courage and Creativity to think different!

Conversation Starters

  • Xavier is having a hard time coming up with an idea for his Science Fair project when his Dad tells him to get creative. After he tries and tries, Xavier starts to think that he’s not the creative type. What would you tell Xavier if he told you that?
  • Sometimes, when we are being creative, we can get frustrated if things do not go as planned. What strategies can you use if you begin to feel frustrated? How can you help someone else if you notice them getting frustrated?
  • What inspires you as an adult? Share with your child music, art, books, or other media that speaks to you and why.

Questions You Could Ask

  • What do you think it means to think “outside of the box?” What’s something you’ve thought about that might be “outside the box?”
  • What does Creativity mean to you? Is Creativity a good thing? How can you become more creative?
  • Who is someone Creative in our family or community? How do they show Creativity?
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2020-2021 Academic Calendar

Watch DOG

Interested in being a Watch Dog Dad for a day or a half day?? Email to schedule your day :)

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Volunteer Application

Clear Creek ISD has implemented a new online volunteer application form for parents and community members, which now requires volunteers to register on an annual basis. As of July 15, all volunteer records have been deactivated, and effective July 16, both former and prospective volunteers must apply/reapply using CCISD’s new volunteer application to be eligible for upcoming volunteer opportunities in the 2019-2020 school year. It can take up to 3-4 days to be approved. If you think you may be volunteering this year, go ahead and take care of applying. We appreciate all our volunteers!

Volunteer Application Link-click on the white box below to take you to the application

Click on the link below to access the Amazon Makerspace Wishlist

Lunch Money

We are trying something new this year with lunch money. In the past, if a student had no money in their lunch account, they received a cheese sandwich and milk in place of a tray lunch. We understand that this can be upsetting to a student so we will be allowing a student to borrow money from the principal's account. If your student goes through the line and the cashier sees that they do not have money in their account, she will send the student to the office to borrow money. The student will receive an envelope with a note stating that the student had to borrow money and a request for the money to be returned the next day. Please help us be able to offer this to our students by sending in the money the next day so that we can sustain this process.

Thank you!

Change of Transportation

Reminder, please note that any transportation changes during the school day should be in the form of a written note signed by the parent and/or guardian. If faxing your note to the office, please include student and teacher name, date, and change of transportation with a copy of your driver’s license. The school fax number is 281-284-4105. All transportation changes must be in the office by 2:30 p.m. so we can inform the teacher in time for dismissal. Thank you for your diligence in this matter. *Please note-if calling the school to change transportation, you must be able to fax in your request in writing with a copy of your photo ID. No calls about change in transportation will be allowed unless accompanied with this note. This allows us to ensure that safety procedures are followed and students’ whereabouts are closely monitored.

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