Back-to-School: School to Home, October 1 Edition
National School of Character
Mrs. Mooney's Message
The 2nd nine weeks begins on October 13th (12th is a holiday). As we finalize the master schedule for the 2nd nine weeks, we want to remind you that our goal (for Brick and Mortar and Clear Connections) is to provide consistency for students when possible, ensure students have access to any special programs for which they are enrolled (GT, Special Education, Dyslexia), and to keep our classes as small as possible for safety and for quality access to learning. We have many schedule changes for the next 9 weeks. If your child is moving from CC to B & M, he/she will likely have a different teacher. For current brick and mortar students, to balance numbers in classrooms, in some cases a student may be placed with a different homeroom teacher. We will review all needs and strengths when determining class placement.
As always, our goal is to keep you informed so that transitions are easier. WE love every one of our Roadrunners and know how important relationships are at this age (student/teacher relationships are key). Parents will be informed of their child’s teacher no later than October 9th. As a National School of Character, we believe in strong academics along with building a TRRFCC community. Your child will have a positive experience with any teacher in your child’s grade level. Our teachers plan and learn together. We work to ensure all students in each grade level are given consistent learning opportunities.
Thank you for your partnership and support. We recognize that all the "starts and stops" are hard but we want families to know that our students have shown such grit and positivity! They inspire us each day to learn and grow and be TRRFCC!
Family Reminders from the District
- All parents/guardians are required to conduct a COVID-19 self-health assessment prior to sending their children to school every day. Click here for the health assessment.
- If a child has one or more symptoms, he/she must stay home.
- Parents are asked to self-report symptoms by logging into Skyward Family Access and complete the form on the home screen. This will notify the school that the child will be absent and give the school nurse information to follow-up.
- Make sure your child has a face covering that covers the nose and mouth. If you need an accommodation, please contact the school principal.
- Pack a water bottle since water fountains will not be accessible. Refillable water stations will be available.
- Consider packing a lunch for the first week.
Meet our "Super Sub" - Mr. Bottos
My name is Corey Bottos and I am currently a student at University of Houston-Clear Lake.
I have a bachelor’s in Human Services and I am currently getting my teachers certification in 4th-8th grade Social Studies.
I have experience with teaching in all grades and also have a 4 year old son named Glendon.
At Ross Elementary I am a “Super Sub”!!! I help support all of the teachers from PreK-5th Grade. I also help support CCA as needed.
Click the Digital Citizenship text above to access an article on how to maintain a healthy digital life. There are great tips for both students and adults!
Dear Parents - -
We have had an amazing few weeks in the library! It has been wonderful to see so many of our Roadrunners back on campus! Our PreK through 3rd graders all had the opportunity to visit the library and have been blessed to choose some books to add to your home libraries (4th and 5th graders are coming this week)! A HUGE thank you goes out to the Molina Foundation for the grant given to Clear Creek ISD which allowed us to get these books into your homes. I hope your students were as excited as I was! 😊
Clear Connections Families - - I hope you have had a chance to visit the Ross-Library itsLearning course! Library lessons and/or a story will be uploaded for each grade level so that your students can still be a part of the fun (& learning) that is happening in our library! Lessons for Kinder and 1st grade are uploaded each week. 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade lessons will be uploaded every other week. The week of Sept. 14th was a lesson for 2nd & 3rd grades. Due to Tropical Storm Beta, our lesson for 4th & 5th grade has been moved to the week of Sept. 28th. Lessons will continue be uploaded every other week for each grade level. There are lots of other fun things included in my course (MakerSpace challenges, online storytimes, virtual fieldtrips, etc.).
Brick & Mortar Families - - your students also have access to the Ross-Library itsLearning course and all the lessons that are uploaded. If your child is ever absent on the day his/her class visits the library; you are welcome to utilize these lessons as well!! (Or, if your child just loves the story SO MUCH that he/she wants to share it with you, they are available for everyone! 😊)
Coming up at the end of October (beginning the week of October 26th), ALL our Roadrunner families will have the opportunity to shop at our VIRTUAL Book Fair! As you know, book fairs are the primary fundraiser for our library and your support is vital! Please be watching for flyers and instructions in your email and on the library itsLearning page!
Thank you for sharing your children with me!
Kimberly Hall, Ross Librarian
Math Toolkits - Please bring upon return to Brick and Morter
Students use math tools daily and their toolkits are vital to your child's math concept development including problem solving.
Kinder Personal STEM Lab
Designing a personal Science Observer.
Kinder Personal STEM Lab
Drawing a personal Science Observer
Kinder Personal STEM Lab
Ready for my personal STEM Lab
Hello Ross Elementary!
My name is Shane Armstrong and I am the coordinator, A.K.A. Top Dog, for the Watch D.O.G.S. program at our school. If you are unfamiliar with the program, allow me to provide a little bit of background. Who are Watch D.O.G.S.? They are fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer to serve at least 1 day a year in a variety of school activities as assigned by the school principal or other administrator.
There are 2 primary goals of the program:
1) To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.
2) To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.
Under normal circumstances, a typical day will consist of activities including helping out/greeting students at drop off, assisting teachers in the classroom with activities, reading with students, playing at recess and P.E., eating with and helping younger students at lunch, patrol the school entrances and hallways, actively engage with not only your own student, but other students as well. Due to safe re-open plans, our partnership will look slightly different. For now, we are able to assist with welcoming students each day at drop-off and supporting dismissal. There may be additional school projects to assist all students like putting together tables and chairs. Our volunteers will have to complete a COVID screener before entering the building and will need to wear a face covering.
This is just a brief synopsis of what normally goes on in "a day in the life". I have attached a flyer that provides more detail about the program. The only requirements are to purchase a "uniform" which is a Watch D.O.G.S. shirt from their store (it's only about $12 for the basic model) and register with CCISD to be a volunteer on campus. If you would like to join our program, please send me your name, email address, and phone number. I will then add you to the signup list. Once I receive word from administration on how to proceed, I will send out a calendar to allow you to choose your day(s) to volunteer. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have and I will be happy to answer. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please join our Facebook group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/295710737677096