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International Night - January 11th from 6:00 - 8:30

The PTO is putting together our first International Night. Learn about many different cultures and countries. Enjoy music and dance from around the world. Get your passport stamped as you visit each continent. Create crafts featuring the world's wonders. International hot dogs and baked goods will be available for purchase. Everyone is encouraged to come wearing cultural attire. It's sure to be a fun and educational night so bring the whole family!
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Christmas Party Times

We will have our Christmas parties on Friday, December 21st. We will also have early release that day at 12:35. Pre-K and PPCD will not have school on the 21st. The party times are as follows:

Kindergarten - 9:30
First grade - 10:00
Second grade - 10:30
Third grade - 9:30
Fourth grade - 9:00

Students must be at school until 10:00 to be counted present for the day. Students must be checked out before 12:00. Happy Holidays!
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Christmas Break

We will have early release on Friday December 21st at 12:35. Our break will last for two weeks, and school will resume on Tuesday, January 8th. We hope you have a safe break and enjoy time with friends and family.
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Academic Parent Teacher Teams Meetings Are Here!

It’s finally time for the first round of Academic Parent-Teacher Team (APTT) meetings! With your child's teacher as your guide, you will receive a packet of information that will allow you to review your child's progress in relation to the grade-level skills being taught. You will also set goals for the year and learn ways you can support your child at home with academics. See the dates below so that you can join us for this awesome night of learning! As always, you can contact your child's teacher to set up an individual conference at any time during the year.

Meeting Dates and Times
October 9th, 5:30-6:30, Third grade
October 17th, 5:30-6:30, Second grade
October 18th, 5:30-6:45, Kindergarten
October 22nd, 5:30-6:30, Fourth grade
October 23rd, 5:30-6:30, First grade
Childcare will be provided at all meetings.
See you at the APTT meeting!
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School is Here!

Finally! We are so happy to welcome kids back to Smith Elementary School. Some reminders for a successful year:

- Students need to be in their classrooms by 8:20 to avoid tardies.
- Doors open at 7:45, so please drop them off with plenty of time to get to class.
- Students must be in class by 10:00 to be counted present for the day.
- Only buses can go to the back parking lot, unless the student is enrolled in Early Morning Childcare. No drop-offs after 7:45 in the back.
- Visitors are allowed in the cafeteria at lunch time. No visitors in the instructional area during the school day.
- No transportation changes or taking students early after 2:30.
- Buses may run late the first week. We will have teachers riding the bus the first two days of school to help the bus driver.

We appreciate your help! Ms. Rivera's welcome letter is attached. It is also in the students' welcome packets. We're going to have an awesome year!
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Meet the Teacher Night

Join us for Meet the Teacher Night on Thursday, August 16th from 4:00 to 6:00. When you arrive, go to your child's grade-level hall to see who's class he or she is in. We are going to have an awesome year!
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Nicole Hoffman has been selected as the Assistant Principal of Smith Elementary.

She has served as the academic coach for the past two years at Williams Elementary and has 20 years of experience in education.

“I am truly honored and excited to become a part of the Smith family. I have dreamed of becoming an Assistant Principal for a long time. As they say: ‘when one door closes, another door opens’ and as this door opens, I can’t wait to foster the love of learning with the students, staff and the community. Expect the BEST!”

Ms. Hoffman has spent most of her educational career in Cy-Fair ISD (CFISD) and more recently, Magnolia ISD. She has taught all elementary grade-levels and content areas including populations in special education, English as a second language, and gifted and talented program.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree for Interdisciplinary Studies in Elementary Education from the University of Houston and a Master’s degree for Mid-Management in Education from Sam Houston State University.
She and her husband Shaun reside in Cypress, Texas with their 2 daughters. Shaun owns a corrugated box company in the Houston area and is an antique car junkie. Hannah, who is 18, will be attending Sam Houston State this fall, pursuing a degree in nursing. Grayson, who is 11, will be entering middle school and one day hopes to be a police officer.
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New Student Registration - August 1st, 8:00-4:00, August 2nd 8:00-6:00

We are so excited to welcome new students to Smith Elementary!
Items you will need to bring with you in order to register:

Driver's License of the parent or valid photo ID
Student's shot record with a clinic stamp or physician signature
Student's social security card
Student's birth certificate - certified copy with state seal, not a hospital keepsake
Proof of residency - example: lease or utility bill
(It must have your name and physical address listed on it)
Any legal paperwork regarding custody or guardianship of the student
Last report card, if applicable

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Summer Fun at Smith

We have lots of fun events for you this summer. Remember to keep reading and practicing those math facts and concepts. It is so important for kids to choose their own books. Visit the school and the book bus over the summer, and local libraries also have great programs at no cost.

Smith Summer Schedule:
July 9th - Neighborhood Book Drop
July 16th - Raising Readers 5:00 - 6:30
July 23rd - Neighborhood Book Drop

For the book drops, we will be at these locations and times:
Buttercup Lane 9:30
Park Place (by the mailboxes) 10:00
Aberdeen and Stonehaven 10:45
Smith 11:30
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