Dragon Digest

A Communication Tool for The Dragon Family and Community

SEPTEMBER 22, 2019

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24 - PTO executive board meeting 9:30

26 - Fall Pictures 26 - PTO meeting 2:00

27 - Spotlight Ceremony at 2:00

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 - This meeting is for current GT Parents

3 - Author celebration for students during D3

7-11 - Fall Bookfair

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

10 - Walk to school day

11 - Story Book Parade - 8:15

14 - No School

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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4th - 6th Grade Parent Information Night has been rescheduled for September 26th from 5:00-6:30.

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Deretchin Elementary and Conroe ISD celebrated Read for a Better Life on September 17th, 2019

Read for a Better Life is a Special day that our district celebrates the gift of Reading. We had several guests on our campus, including, Parents, retired teachers, police officers, our assistant superintendent for secondary education, and Mr. Bacon (Ms. Bacon's father). What a great way to celebrate reading!!

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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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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.


November 2019 Bond Video
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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!

Counseling News

This is going to be a great year of character building and growth for our Dragons! Last year's 6th Grade Student Council decided to write a "Pledge of Character" as their legacy gift to the school. Each morning during DNN, all students and teachers recite this pledge along with our pledges to the flags. It is a great way to set a positive tone and remind us that our character and habits make a difference in everything we do!

Ask your student if they can recite it at home!

Deretchin Pledge of Character

Today I will respect myself and others by replacing words that hurt, with words that build others up.

I will work hard, and play fair.

I will act with integrity by doing the right thing.

I will use my resources when I face problems.

The choice is mine, and I CHOOSE CHARACTER!

Written by 6th Grade Student Council 18-19

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.