B.B RICE ELEMENTARY

October 2019

904 Gladstell Street

Conroe, TX 77304

936-709-2700

Fax 936-709-2799

School Mission

More than competency in the basic skills of reading, writing, and math, it is this school’s mission to nurture in each child:


The habit of creative independent thinking, a positive self-image, an attitude of social cooperation and moral responsibility, pride in self, community, state, and country, and

the ability to be a producer, not just a consumer, of Knowledge.



“In this school, we reach for the stars.”

School Calendar

Please use the link to access our school calendar.

Eat Breakfast at School!


Breakfast is served at school! School breakfast will give your child a healthy start to the day. A nutritious breakfast helps students be more alert so they can learn more in class. Breakfast has vitamins and nutrients for a strong and healthy body.


Breakfast at school is affordable at only $1.35. If you qualify for free and reduced price meals, you also qualify for the breakfast program, with no additional paperwork. You can’t find a healthy breakfast at such a low cost anywhere else.


Help your child start the day right with school breakfast! Make sure they arrive before 7:45 to have enough time to eat.

Rice Facebook Page

See what is happening at Rice!!!

BB Rice PTO Facebook Page

Get connected with our PTO!!!

School Information

  • The building doors open at 7:30 for students to eat breakfast and go to class.
  • Please do not drop off students before 7:30 as there is no adult supervision.
  • Breakfast is served from 7:30-7:50. 1st through 4th grade eat inside their classrooms. PK and Kinder eat in the cafeteria. Morning PK students go directly to the cafeteria and meet their teachers.
  • Afternoon PK begins at 12:10. If they are going to eat lunch, then they need to arrive at 11:45.
  • Students may not be checked out or change transportation mode after 2:30. This is for the safety of the students.
  • Dismissal begins at 3:10.
  • Please make sure you have your car rider sign in your car for car rider. You will be asked to park and come inside if you do not have your tag.
  • Thank you for all your help to make this the very best year!!!

CISD November Bond Referendum

The November 5th CISD Bond Referendum includes a total of 5 new campuses throughout the

Caney Creek, Conroe, and Grand Oaks Feeders. Classroom additions and capacity upgrades are

also included in The Woodlands, TW College Park and Oak Ridge Feeders.

To learn more about the November 2019 Bond Election, please visit www.conroeisd.net/bond

or visit our Facebook page at @CISDBond2019.

Message from the Principal...

Dear Parent:

Fall is a wonderful time of year to enjoy the leaves changing and the beginning of the holiday season. Stop, take a moment and breathe in the wonderful season and all your blessings. For this time will pass and this moment will never be again.


Thank you for your support at our Open House. We hope you were able to see a glimpse of all the amazing work your kids do each day. They would not be successful without your support.


Our PTO will be hosting the annual Color Run on October 11th. They would love to have parent volunteers to make this event a success!!!! You can contact them through their Facebook page to get information.


Thanks for entrusting us with your most precious gift,

Mrs. Stewart

Message from the Assistant Principal...

Hey Raccoon Fam!

The future of each child centers on a great academic foundation. This begins with good attendance…BUT they have to there to receive the instruction! Attendance doesn’t just include being present, it means being on time. The doors at Rice open at 7:30 am and the front doors will lock at 8:00...you will have to walk your child in to check them into school after 8:00. When students arrive late, it is a struggle for them to do their best in class. Here are a few ways you can meet your goal of getting your student to school each day AND on time:

  • Early bed time (take a look at a previous post on our Rice Facebook page to get a good idea of a sensible bedtime for your student)
  • Wake up with plenty of time so no one is rushing around the house…this can cause unwanted stress (for everyone)
  • Have your student eat breakfast at school….our delicious and nutritious breakfast begins at 7:30am
  • Leave with enough time to fight possible rain or traffic
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick…BUT please keep them home if they are ill…we don’t want them to come spread those germs.
  • If your child seems anxious and doesn’t want to come to school, email your child’s teacher to ask advice on how to make them more comfortable.
  • Make sure your child gets enough exercise…this keeps them healthy AND will have them going to bed earlier. Limit computer/device/TV time!

If you have any questions regarding attendance, feel free to contact us or see the Conroe ISD handbook.


Mrs. Sciba

Rice Elem. Asst. Principal

Message From School Counselor...

Hello Parents!


Thank you for a great start to the 2018-2019 school year! BB Rice is off to a great start, I am so excited to get to know all of the students. I have had the opportunity to visit with all of the classrooms to teach them about my role at B.B. Rice. I know it can be scary to be called to the office, therefore I feel it is important for kids to know me personally so that they feel safe and comfortable talking with me if needed. I am here for all students and parents, please do not hesitate to contact me for anything!


October is an exciting month! We will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week October 21st

– October 25th. A detailed schedule of activities will be coming home soon. This year is focused on drugs and bullying prevention and ways to live a safe and drug free life. It is important for this information to be extended at home; please take the time to talk with your children about effective ways to “just say no.”


Our WatchD.O.G.S. kick off has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 10th. We are looking for positive male role models to volunteer their time. If you know of someone who is interested in spending a day on our campus, please contact me for more information.


The GT Nomination window is open. If you would like to nominate your child, please contact me and I will get you the form to fill out. The nomination window will close on December 18th.


Thank you for all you do!

Angela Orr

Nominations for Gifted and Talented Testing

Nominations are now open for Conroe Independent School District Gifted and Talented program. Although the testing will not take place until February, nominations are accepted at this time. Nominations can be made by the 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 conferences. Nominations will be accepted through December 18. You may request a nomination form from the front office or the Assistant Principal. You can also find the nomination form and other GT information on the CISD GT homepage.

Watchdog Kick Off

Thursday, Oct. 10th, 5:30-7pm

904 Gladstell Street

Conroe, TX

McTeacher Night

Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 4-7pm

909 West Davis Street

Conroe, TX

CHS Zoning Community Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 7-8:30pm

1895 Longmire Road

Conroe, TX

This is a community meeting about the zoning information for the CHS Feeder.

CHS Tiger Parent Academy and Resource Fair

Monday, Oct. 21st, 6-8pm

3200 West Davis Street

Conroe, TX

Parent Resources, Community Vendors, and lots more!!!!

Pre-K

Pre-K is off to a very busy school year! We are getting accustomed to the rules and routines of our classrooms and school. First of the year testing has now started and teachers will begin conferences soon. It is very important you make it to your child’s conference.


Please check your child’s folder and backpack daily and remove all papers!


Just a reminder:

· Keep a clean change of clothes in your child’s backpack.

· If you need to change transportation, please do so in writing.

· Read to your child dail

Kinder

We are learning to read! Please encourage your child to recognize and read things they know such as a chip bag, a cereal box, or a store sign. Reading environmental print is the first stage of reading. In Math we are learning to count and compare numbers up to 20. Your child can practice counting objects like toys or beads. As the weather begins to cool off, please write your child’s first and last name in their jackets. Please provide an extra full change of clothes in your child’s backpack for emergencies.

First Grade

Hello Fall!!


In reading we will be continuing our work with fiction along with introducing our word detectives unit. During our word detectives unit we will become detectives and learn new strategies for solving a hard words. This month we will be continuing to work on small moment stories along with learning to write a how to paper. In phonics we will be continuing our work with strategies to talk and think about letters. Math will be focused on continuing our work with addition and subtraction to 5 along with introducing geometry and place value to 99. Science we will be learning about what happens when we cool materials down, thermal energy, light energy, sound energy, and movement of objects. Lastly, in social studies we will be focusing on geography and government. Here are a few reminders we would like you to keep in mind:

  1. Bring tennis shoes for P.E.

  2. You can bring a water bottle to keep in the classroom throughout the day to use.

  3. Homework Packet will be going home to each student on Friday and will need to be returned on Thursdays.

  4. Please read every night with your child.



Love,

First Grade Team


Second Grade

Fall is here and we’re off to a great start! We have been working hard on patterning, place value, odd & even, and math fluency. Please remember to practice math facts each day (addition and subtraction to 20). In science and social studies we have been learning about citizenship, Texas and national symbols, science safety and matter. Ask your children to discuss with you what they have learned so far. In reading we have been working on genre, story elements (characters, setting, problem, and solution), fiction and literary non-fiction. Please continue to study vocabulary and sight words every night. An idea for studying vocabulary words is to write them on note cards and play a matching game. We have begun having conferences with parents to go over beginning of the year testing and to explain more about second grade. If you have not scheduled a conference, please contact your child’s teacher. We will also be starting our daily reading groups. Your child should be reading each night to help increase their fluency and reading level. We are working very hard in class to increase your child’s independent reading. We are excited about two upcoming Field Trips for 2nd Grade. The first one is to the Veteran’s Day Program at Woodforest Bank Stadium on Friday, November 8, 2019. Our regular field trip for the year will be to P-6 Farms on Friday, November 15, 2019. Permission slips and information will be sent home about both of these field trips. Thank you for all your support!

Third Grade

Happy Fall Raccoons!! We hope your child is adjusting well to 3rd grade! Ask them about what they enjoy doing in their clubs! Our Storybook Character Parade has been rescheduled to November 1st. More information will be coming soon!


Just an update on what we will be doing in class this month. In math, we will be finishing our addition and subtraction unit. Please work with your student on adding and subtracting within 1,000 and having them explain their thinking to you. The more we can talk about our math, the better we get at justifying our answers! We will then move into Multiplication! Please practice your facts of adding and subtracting to 20 fluently and begin practice multiplcation facts starting with x2 and then x10!


In Science, we will be working on mixtures and forms of energy. In Social Studies we will be talking about establishing communities, Columbus Day and past influences.


In reading your students will be diving into the genre of nonfiction texts. We will learn about how to find the main idea and supporting details, identify and use text features and draw conclusions from information! Our writers will be composing informational pieces describing a topic they are an expert at!


Our 3rd grade program is on October 25th at 9AM! Ask you child about their part!


We look forward to a great month and we thank you for your support!

Fourth Grade

Welcome to fall! As you know by now, there are increased expectations for our 4th graders and it takes hard work to succeed! We are CHAMPIONS!! J We will continue to work on the following things as we go into second nine weeks:


Language Arts: ELA will have an Author Celebration on October 4th! Students will be sharing their personal narratives about trouble stories that they have worked so hard on. We will also be moving onto our next unit for reading and writing! We will start our opinion writing unit which students will be exposed to writing their opinion about ideas they feel strongly about. Students will also start the nonfiction unit in reading. They will be exploring the world of nonfiction!


Math: We are finishing our study of place value and are exploring decimals. Our addition and subtraction will also be a focus. As well as, diving into Multiplication and Division! It is essential that your child have his/her multiplication facts memorized. As we get into more complicated computations, knowing the multiplication facts will be necessary in order to be successful.


Science: Fourth graders will be studying force and motion, circuits, and mixtures and solutions this coming month. We love our science experiments!


Social Studies: Now that we have an understanding of the regions and using maps of our great state, we will begin learning about the Native Americans who inhabited Texas, as well as the early explorers of Texas.


October is full of many exciting learning opportunities, such as Fun Run October 11th, our field trip on October 17th to The Woodlands Pavilion to hear the Houston Symphony, and Literacy Night will be on October 22nd. We appreciate your support and sharing your little ones with us! :)

From The Library...Ms. Parks

A HUGE thank you to the B B Rice PTO for sponsoring our storyteller! Our students and teachers enjoyed each and every story she shared.

Our Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success; we could not have done it without our parent volunteers! Our volunteers worked countless hours to make sure the children had an opportunity to browse.

Thank you for taking the time to come shop with your child. The popularity of our book fair serves as a reminder that children enjoy books. You can make a positive impact on your child’s reading success. Read with your child. Discuss what you read together. Ask questions, and listen attentively to your child’s answers. Be a reading role model…let your children see you reading and enjoying it.

Again, thank you for all the support you have given to the Book Fair and the B. B.

Rice Library.

Nurse

Fall is a busy time for the clinic. I will be doing height, weight, vision, and hearing screenings for Pre-K, Kindergarten, First and Third Graders. You will be contacted if your child does not pass the screening. Screening is not required for Second and Fourth Grades. If your child receives a vision or hearing referral, please schedule a doctor appointment. After your child has been evaluated, please return the referral form so that I can update the health record. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me.

Conroe Independent School District

The Conroe Independent School District (District) as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment matters. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner.

For information about Title IX rights or Section 504/ADA rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA coordinator at 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, TX 77304; (936) 709-7752.