December News

From Kenneth J. Tice Elementary

Principal's Points!

Tis the Season...

We are excited about the great things that are happening at Tice Elementary! Many families participated in the Thanksgiving Family Feasts, our Geography Bee team brought home the overall first place trophy at this year's competition and our Honor Choir will travel to the Legend Oaks Rehabilitation Center and Nursing Home to delight residents with a wonderful musical selection. This month we look forward to your family joining us for The Christmas Sing Along Show!

We would like to wish your family a wonderful Winter Break and Holiday Season.

In Partnership,

Aronda L. Green

Campus Accountability: School Report Card and Texas Academic Performance Report

Dear Parent/Guardian,

You will find a copy of the State of Texas 2016–17 School Report Card for Tice Elementary on the campus webpage. This is a report required by the Texas Legislature and prepared by the Texas Education Agency. The report provides information concerning student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®), as well as information on student enrollment, class size averages, and financial expenditures.

The information contained in the School Report Card is required by state law and is briefly described in the enclosed “2016–17 School Report Card Definitions.” The report for our school may or may not have all the information described because the information presented depends on whether the school is an elementary, middle, or high school.

State law requires that the school report card display information about the state, the

district, and the school. Where possible, the information must be reported by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status of the students and must include at least two years of results.

The School Report Cards can be found online at

A more complete report about Tice, the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR), is available by contacting the front office or can be accessed online at

Please contact me if you have any questions concerning this report card. Thank you for

your continued support of Tice.


Aronda L. Green, Principal

Kenneth J. Tice Elementary

Parent/Guardian Corner

Time is surely flying by! Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas is upon us! Thank you to all the parents who have graciously volunteered your time at Tice. Thank you to those who attended the Parent Volunteer Training. We could not do what we do every day for our students without you! If you ever feel like you have questions or a concern please do not hesitate to contact me. You can call my office directly, e-mail me, or through the remind app. Those parents that couldn’t attend and would like to be added to the Parent Volunteers Remind Application, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I would like to give a special shout out to Mrs. Pesina and Mrs. Canales for helping with all the Thanksgiving tablecloths that you saw in the cafeteria for our Thanksgiving feast. You made our cafeteria look extra special for all the families who joined us on that special day.

Character Education Theme: Honesty & Integrity

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This month we will be learning about honesty and integrity. Honesty– Telling the truth and being fair Integrity– Being honest and having morals, honor.

Quick Writing Prompts: Explain why it’s important to tell the truth. Should you always tell the truth, even if it hurts someone’s feelings?

Tice English Language Arts Corner...Staying Connected during Winter Vacation


Students are often asked to read a set of directions and make inferences or draw conclusions based on what they read. Below are the directions for how to make Cinnamon Ornaments. Read the directions with your student and ask them the questions that follow as you go along. Making Cinnamon Ornaments are a perfect holiday fun activity for kids. The ornaments are easy to make and their aroma lasts long after the holidays are over.


1. 3/4 cup applesauce

2. 1 cup of ground cinnamon

3. 2 tablespoons of glue


1. Cookie cutters

2. Drinking straw

3. Wax paper

4. Colorful ribbon

5. Medium bowl

6. Measuring cup

7. Ruler


1. Measure out your applesauce, glue, and cinnamon and mix them together in a medium bowl.

2. Work the mixture with your hands 2 to 3 minutes to form a ball. If mixture is too wet, add more cinnamon. If mixture is too dry, add more applesauce.

3. Lay out your wax paper and lightly dust the surface with cinnamon.

4. Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness.

5. Cut out your choice of ornament shape.

6. Use a straw to make a hole at the top for hanging with a ribbon.

7. Gently move your wax paper to a safe area and let dry for 24hrs.

8. When dry, decorate with paint and/ or ribbon.

Ask the following questions to your student as you make the ornament together. This way, they won’t even realize that they are using those critical thinking skills they need in order to be a proficient and effective reader while doing something super fun!

1. What equipment do you need in order to successfully complete STEP 1? (measuring cup)

2. What equipment do you need in order to successfully complete Step 4?

3. What tool do you need in order to complete Step 5?

4. Why is STEP 1 important?

5. Why is the beginning of Step 8 important?

6. What will happen if all the steps in this procedure are followed correctly?

7. When making a cinnamon ornament, what step do you do last?

8. What step must you do before you can decorate?

9. What can you tell will happen if Step 6 is not followed?

10. Why do you think they included the picture at the end of the directions?

11. Give me a word that has the same meaning as the word aroma?

12. The reader can tell that the word surface means?

13. Give me a word that has the same meaning as the word surface?


Class Celebrations: Winter Celebrations will take place on Thursday, December 21st. Please send all treats to school with students on the morning of the celebrations.

Lost and Found: Fall is here! It is time to check lost and found for your scholar's missing sweater, coat, lunchbox, etc. All unclaimed items will be donated to a local shelter on December 21st.

Nutrition Accounts
: Please remember to add funds to your scholar's account each week. We are actively communicating with families regarding past due accounts from the month of August and payment arrangements.


GPISD is always accepting nominations for EXCELLENT EDUCATORS, so if you know someone who works in our district and goes above and beyond the call of duty to provide a first class learning environment to our students we want to know! We are happy to accept nominations on ANYONE who works in GPISD in a department or position such as grounds, student nutrition, custodial services, campus personnel, administrators and more. Please complete the Google form to submit your excellent educator today!

Dates to Remember


December 4-13: Adjusted lunch schedules begin for K-5

December 5-6: District Assessments (Campus Closed to Visitors)

December 20: Winter Sing Along Show from 4:30-5:00 PM

December 21: Class Celebrations and Parties at 2:00 PM

December 22: District Holiday (No School for Students)

January 9: Students Return to School at 7:30 AM


Tice is named after Mr. Kenneth J. Tice, a former Galena Park ISD school board trustee. The campus serves students in grades prekindergarten through fifth grades.