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Student Council Supports the Montgomery County Animal Shelter

A huge thank you for helping our Smith Elementary Student Council donate 136 items to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. The items included blankets, food, treats, toys, and bowls. The students got to stock the shelves themselves and then meet the animals. The shelter currently has over 700 dogs and cats. We also appreciate our Student Council sponsors Mrs. Darragh and Ms. Hamilton for organizing the trip. Visit http://www.mcaspets.org/ to learn how you can help support the animal shelter.
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Thank You for Supporting the All for Books Program!

This year Smith Elementary participated in the All for Books program from Scholastic. Students brought in spare change to raise money for teachers to purchase books at the Book Fair for their classroom libraries.

Because of your help, we raised $2,423.23. Our library also matched some of the funds for each grade level equaling a grand total of $3,109.10! All of the money was used to buy books for your child's classroom library. Mrs. Hidalgo's first grade class raised the most money and was rewarded with an ice cream sundae party.

Another huge thank you goes out to our wonderful librarian, Mrs. Hacker, for bringing this program to our school and creating a culture of reading at Smith.

Click this story to read about how the All for Books program helps readers beyond our school and community.
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Teacher and Paraprofessional of the Year

Congratulations to Dana Krebs, Teacher of the Year, and Laura Portillo, Paraprofessional of the Year!

Ms. Krebs is a fifth grade Math and Science teacher who has great dedication and enthusiasm for her students. This is her third year at Smith Elementary.
This is only Ms. Portillo's first year at Smith, and we are so happy that she has joined our team. She has a great attitude and endless patience for our children.

Ms. Krebs and Ms. Portillo will now represent Smith Elementary at the Teacher Awards Banquet to see who will be named Teacher and Paraprofessional of the Year for Magnolia I.S.D.

Congratulations to these amazing ladies!
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National School Breakfast Week - March 2nd through 6th

In celebration of National School Breakfast Week, the Magnolia I.S.D. Child Nutrition Department has taken the challenge of introducing our student body to both the health and cognitive benefits of eating a balanced breakfast every day. During this week long celebration, the nutrition department has added new menu items showcasing local produce and different methods of preparing
healthy and nutritious breakfast items for our students.

As part of this week’s festivities, our District Chef Adan Cortez III, will be touring the district to promote National School Breakfast Week by putting on cooking demonstrations for the students. He will be visiting Smith Elementary on Monday with a “Green Eggs & Ham” demo during breakfast. Chef Cortez will present to students the health facts and benefits of eating spinach, which is the colorant in the eggs. He will also explain the many uses for spinach in everyday cooking. Finally, the chef will encourage reading by recommending that students read “Green Eggs & Ham” by Dr. Seuss in celebration of his birthday.

Click on this story to see a breakdown of Chef Cortez's demos each day.
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Attention Parents of Fifth Graders

Today the fifth graders visited the sixth grade campus for their first glimpse of life in junior high. They were given course selection sheets that must be returned to their homeroom teachers by Friday, February 27th.

There will be an informative meeting for parents to learn more about their child's upcoming 6th grade year on Tuesday, February 24th, at 1:00 and 6:30. Both meetings will cover the same information and be held at BB6th.
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MISD Phone System is Down

The MISD phone system is currently experiencing problems with inbound phone calls. If you have an emergency and need to get in contact with someone at a campus or district employee, please call the emergency number: 281-259-8383 and your message will be routed. The district can make outbound calls and email is working.
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Mary Vogas Visits SES

Last week our fifth graders were able to experience the Texas Animal Lab Stations Program from educator Mary Vogas. The students learned about mimicry, adaptations, omnivores, carnivores, herbivores, bird beaks, and so much more while handling animal furs, skulls, and tracks, to name a few. This program is directly related to the Life Science objectives taught in fifth grade. Thank you to Mary Vogas, and a huge thank you to our parent volunteers who made the program possible. Click this post to read more about Mary Vogas and her programs.
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The Parental Involvement Connection Newsletter

The February 2015 edition of The Parental Involvement Connection Newsletter (from the Title I Statewide Parent Involvement Initiative at Region 16 ESC) is now available in English and Spanish. This month's edition highlights FAFSA and scholarships, the ABC’s of student success, and healthy childhood eating. Click on the link in this story to access the newsletter.
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