Wednesday, June 6, 2018

2017-18 is in the books!

The school year has come to an end.  I had tried to write on Friday....too much excitement.  Tried to write over the weekend and again on Monday, again....no focus.  So today is Tuesday, finally words can be put down. 
The school is empty save a few teachers finishing up in their classrooms.  The office staff is at work and I am finishing off the end of year activities and trying to leave a clean desk.  Already the ideas for next year are filling my head.  So much to do, so much to plan for in 2018-19.
But....let's reflect on the year 2017-18...probably the most difficult school year for many.  In August when the students came to meet the teacher...we were all excited about the new year.  We should have known then with an eclipse on the FIRST day of school that this year would be like no other.  In fact, many of us probably have forgotten the eclipse as Hurricane Harvey followed soon after. 
Never in our wildest dreams did any of us prepare for the storm that hit Houston.  I expected street flooding, but not much more.  The tax day flood was what I thought was coming.  Getting 4 feet of water or more in a house in the Rummel Creek attendance zone was far from my thoughts!  Little did we know that the rest of the school year would be shadowed by Harvey.  Rummel Creek students showed their grit as through it all they still did their best.
As a result of Harvey, students at RCE received books from the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation and a school in Florida.  Receiving all those books was a great way to rebuild personal libraries.  We also receive notes and photos from schools across the US.  Rummel Creek students learned how to be gracious receivers. 
Weather continued to be the focus of the year with SNOW and ICE days.  Who would have thought we'd have it all.
Last week we had Kindergarten Graduation and Fifth Grade Graduation.  The children change so much from Kindergarten to Fifth Grade.  Through the years they try new things, hone in on talents, and of course work hard on the required Math, Science, and Reading.  It's fun to CELEBRATE the accomplishments!
Friday we finished 2018-19.  We finished strong.  We finished all that needed to be completed this school year.  The students at RCE are resilient.  They have taken every bump in the road in stride and continued on the road of learning.  Friday we said good by to a fifth grade class as they move on to MS and new adventures.  Their senior walk is just a short 7 years away - can't wait to see where these students go - so many talents.  Friday we said good by to teachers moving on - some by retirement, some moving to new schools in SBISD, and some moving to other districts.  It's always hard to say good bye....hopefully it's just "see you around!"
The end of the school year always brings a bit of melancholy -sadness for the year to close, but excitement for what the summer brings and wonderment for the new school year to start in August. 
Have a safe summer.  Travel.  Spend time with friends.  Read.  Do math.  Write in your journals.  Rest.  Come back in August for another great year at The Creek!  Meet the teacher is August 15th!

The videos below were too large to post, so you get a link to view.





















Hopefully there will be a few posts during the summer!  Enjoy your time off!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Last FULL week of school....

 Still hard to believe that next week is the end of this school year.  So many things have happened this year, so many experiences to remember and perhaps a few we'd like to forget.  But over all, this year has been a good year....the students have shown their grit and moved passed the bumps that appeared on the road from August to May.  Rummel Creek students are strong.  Rummel Creek students are flexible.  Rummel Creek students do the right thing because it is the right thing to do.

Mr. Rice, long time volunteer for RCE was recognized and given the I AM SBISD award.  We are so thankful for the time and energy Mr. Rice gives to RCE!  Thank you and Congratulations!





This week has been busy - fifth graders have had so many activities:  Mock Trial, Wax Museum, Young Author's Night, and Choir Festival.  Don't forget Field  Day and Talent Show tryouts!  Each year as the fifth grade list of activities grows longer and longer, it's hard to watch the students walk out of the school for the "last time."  But they are now ready to move on and move up to Middle School - whether it be MMS, Cornerstone, or Westchester, or even a choice beyond our city...they are ready to move forward.  Good Luck in your next chapter RCE Fifth Graders!

One of my favorite "new" traditions in the "new" building is the senior walk.  The seniors from the local HS return to RCE where they spent their elementary years and "graduated" from Fifth Grade.  This year we had a large group of seniors return to RCE - only it wasn't the RCE they graduated from those years ago!  Through the halls, up and down stairs the students paraded in their caps and gowns.  With signs for their destination next year, they received accolades from their former teachers and the current RCE students.  Just a quick peek at the signs shows that this class from RCE will be all across the nation and even one joining the military.  Best Wishes to the the HS graduating class of RCE seniors!  You'll always be a Roadrunner!

Enjoy the photos and links to movies or folders of photos below.  It's been a busy week - so much to share.

Just a few reminders - Library Books from the school year are due back to the library.  We have started summer check out and will continue through next week.  If you would like passwords to the on-line resources - drop by the library.  Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!

Wax Museum - Animoto

KRCE weekly movie

Senior Walk - Movie     Photos

Field day - (sorry for the bad photos!)








Yearbook Distribution and Autographing



Young Author's Night at Barnes and Noble




Mock Trial for Fifth Grade




Have a marvelous Memorial Day holiday.  Next week will be quick!




Friday, May 18, 2018

The Count Down has begun.....

STAAR is over.  Make ups complete.  Two weeks to go before summer break!  What's the hiccup?   So much to do...so little time to do it.
Take a look at the activities below and see what you would like to plug into!

May 21 - Keep your Mind and body Fit this Summer  5:30 - 7:00PM

May 21 - Book Fair - Buy One get One FREE - Monday evening during
            5:30 - 6:30
May 22 - Book Fair - Buy One Get One FREE - 7:30 - 8:30 AM,  2:00 - 3:00 PM

May 22 - Spirit Night at Calliente

May 23 - Book Fair - Buy One Get One FREE - 7:30 - 8:30 AM,  2:00 - 3:00 PM

May 23 - Senior Walk  8:30 AM- Seniors from local HS will walk the RCE hallways.  Always a FUN event!

May 23 - Summer Check Out from the Library - Begins 23rd and continues through May 30th during school hours

May 24 - Book Fair - Buy One Get One FREE - 7:30 - 8:30 AM,  2:00 - 3:00 PM

May 24 - Wax Museum
     
May 24 - PreK Water Day

May 24 - Barnes and Noble - Young Authors night - 5th grade - 5:30

May 25 - Book Fair - Buy One Get One FREE - 7:30 - 8:30 AM,  (Pack up is at 9:00 AM)

May 25 - Field Day

May 28 - Memorial Day - enjoy a day with family and friends

May 29 - Talent show  5th grade

May 30 - Kindergarten Graduation 9:00 in the Cafeteria

May 30 - Mrs. Bacon's retirement celebration  at 3:30

May 31 - Fifth Grade Graduation at 6:00 PM in the Cafeteria

June 1 - Spirit Rallies

June 1 - Early Dismissal

June 1 - Boogie Down Brittmoore

Next week - look for photos from the events!

And .....it's finally summer!



Friday, April 20, 2018

It takes a village.....

Today the blog post will start out a little differently - RCE is a community, a village, and we all work together to raise the children to be good citizens.  A week ago, we were fortunate to have Dr. Collier visit with our community about the effects of technology on students.  Her presentation brought up many important facts that we need to consider as we work together to raise our village.  Using Dr. Collier's presentation as a springboard, RCE has moved to a "no tech zone" from bus to bus (from arriving at school to leaving from school).  We will still utilize technology for educational purposes, however, we are asking students to put away their personal devices and personal apps in the morning and not to take them out until they are home.   On Friday, May 4th, we will have PTA meeting in the KIVA.  Before and after the PTA meeting we will share a little more information about using technology effectively with our children.  Drop by the KIVA to discuss ways to get reviews on apps, websites and more as well as learn about positive ways for students to utilize technology.  There is so much that is good - we just need to direct the students in the right direction.   The discussion before the PTA meeting will begin about 8:15 and the one after the PTA meeting will most likely begin just after 10:00.  We want to prepare our children for the future, yet we want to make sure they are well equipped to utilize all of the information found on the internet.  We'll begin our discussion on May 4th - I'm sure it will continue for a while.  It does take a village to raise these children!

Now - to some photos from the week....
We celebrated PTA Reflections Participants with an ice cream party.  Too bad the weather was a little bit cool this year.  We are so excited to share that Jude  Brymer went all the way to the state level in competition.  Way to go Jude!


Soon the National PTA will post the topic for next school year.  It would be wonderful to see twice this many students participate next year!  The PTA Reflections competition has divisions for art, music, writing, and more.  Check out the PTA website for more information.

Mrs. Bacon's class released their butterflies this week.  PreK just happened along at the time the butterflies took off - so two classes were able to watch the butterflies take wing and fly away.



Second Grade presented BUGZ this week.  The children did a fabulous job of singing, dancing and entertaining us all.  Thank you to Mrs. Koy for a new backdrop - it was such a great addition!







Bluebonnet Celebrations were in the library today.  Ths students appeared to enjoy the bookmark crafts!  Who says you need to have a quiet, neat library?   Not so at RCE!





Enjoy a long weekend!  Hope the weather stays nice for all of the sports activities.









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