B.B. Rice Elementary Newsletter

Nov. 19, 2020

Mission Statement

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

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

Safety Updates

Notification Letters

We've had a few calls regarding COVID notification emails/texts. When a person has been on campus that tests positive, we are required to notify everyone ("general notification"). When a student or staff member in a particular classroom tests positive, we send an additional "classroom notification" to that class. If a student or staff member has to quarantine, you will get an additional phone call from the principal or nurse to notify you of details. Please don't hesitate to give us a call or email if you have any questions about these notifications.

COVID Reporting over Thanksgiving Break

As the Holiday season approaches, there will likely be many opportunities for students to gather outside of school with friends and loved ones. During this time, please express to your child the importance of taking precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing masks, frequently washing hands, and social distancing. We all must work together as partners to balance the need for social interaction and celebration with keeping our schools open to in-person learning. Our partnership is critical in order to keep students and staff safe and in school throughout the holiday season. Should your child test positive for COVID-19 over the Thanksgiving Break, we ask that you email your child’s campus at DDodd@conroeisd.net so we can provide the appropriate support and make the required notifications. Thank you.

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Mask Expectations

Please send your student with a clean mask each day. Thank you!

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Class Parties

  • Due to COVID, we are unable to allow birthday treats to be sent in for class parties at this time.
  • Classroom teachers will be reaching out to families before class events or celebrations to share details about anything that is needed. This may require something to be sent in ahead of time (at least 72 hrs) that is individually wrapped. It will also be store bought. No homemade goods.
  • We will not be allowing visitors at this time for any event.

Conroe ISD Sub Opportunities

Looking for an opportunity to help our schools? Conroe ISD is now hiring bus drivers, substitutes, paraprofessionals, and teachers at all levels! Please visit bit.ly/CISDSub for more information and to complete an online application.

ATTENTION- Tech Devices

If you checked out a device from school, we are now REQUIRING your child to keep it with them for school AND home use. The devices we checked out to students are our classroom devices. Our classrooms are utilizing them for instructional purposes. Ask your child about Dreambox!!! It's an exciting new individualized program to support students.

Students will be responsible for any school devices that are lost or broken. This includes broken screens. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Parks.

The Kajeet hot spots that were checked out at the beginning of the year will no longer work after this month. However, we have new ones available! If you missed the swap out date that was sent previously, please call our front office to make the exchange with a new hot spot. The old ones will be inactive very soon!

Teachers Achieving Excellence

Did you know that you can write a sweet note to your child's teacher through a TAE (Teacher's Achieving Excellence) on Parent Access? It is such a great way to send a quick positive note or thank you! Just follow these steps:

Log in to Parent Access--->Communication--->Teacher Staff Excellence---->Choose the teacher--->Create TAE

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As campuses prepare for the start of the third grading period, we know that some families may be considering changing instructional platforms. If you would like to move your child from remote/online instruction to face-to-face instruction or vice versa, please contact the PEIMS Clerk (Celina Hernandez) by Tuesday, December 1st. The third grading period begins on January 6th.

Dear Virtual Families,

Due to the number of students we have in virtual vs in-person instruction, we are partnering together with another campus to meet the needs of our virtual students. Rice Elementary and Wilkinson Elementary will be teaming up in various grade levels to provide the virtual instruction instruction.The virtual class placements will be as follows…

  • Pre K- provided by home campus (no class change necessary)

  • 4th Grade- provided by home campus (no class change necessary)

If you choose to return to in-person instruction, the student would return to their home campus for instruction. Families will continue to be part of their home campus for announcements and any other campus related occurrences.

Our goal of communicating this to you now, is so that you have the opportunity to make the best decision for your family. Please call our campus PEIMS specialist to declare a change of instructional mode no later than Dec. 1st.

Rice Elementary: Celina Hernandez, chernandez@conroeisd.net, 936.709.2700

Please feel free to contact your childs’ teacher or campus principal if you have any questions.

Referral Requests for Gifted and Talented Testing

Referral requests are now open for Conroe Independent School District Gifted and Talented program. Although the testing will not take place until late January for both remote and in-person platforms, referral requests are accepted at this time. Referral requests 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 referring your child, you may want to discuss this with your child’s teacher at conferences. Referrals will be accepted through December 18. You may request a referral form from the front office or your child's teacher. You can also find the referral form and other GT information on the CISD GT homepage.

Mrs. Orr's Counselor Page & Updates

Library with Ms. Parks

"May the best of your todays be the worst of your tomorrows..."

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.