November 2019
Christmas Production
Dear RSPA-NW Families,  

Each year, the month of November symbolizes a change of season. While we all have noticed the recent weather changes, the academic expectations here, at RSPA-NW, have remained constant. This year, RSPA-NW has adopted a growth mindset model and share this belief with our scholars, daily. Essentially, a growth mindset maintains that our most basic talents can be developed. More specifically, scholars can learn more and become smarter if they work hard and persevere . If a child was once a slow reader, he or she doesn’t have to remain that way. We encourage scholars to: ask questions; make mistakes; understand why their strategy was incorrect, and TRY AGAIN. Giving up is never an option. Everyone can grow.
This is how you can support our efforts:  

Please use lots of positive and encouraging words with your children . Help them understand the promise you see as well as your belief in their ability to become a better version of themselves. Each morning, we share affirmations with our scholars. We tell them that they are intelligent, amazing beings…and some of them are beginning to believe it! 
Bring your scholars to school each day . When scholars are not present, they cannot learn from our teachers. If they are late, please sign in with the office. If your child arrives after 9:45 AM, you must provide a doctor’s note.
If your child has been absent from school, please document the excuse and submit it to the office.  Excuse notes will not be accepted after the third (3 rd ) day of the scholar’s return .
A photo ID is required for all parents and visitors who are responsible for signing scholars in and out of campus.

It’s Harvest Season! 

Scholars are learning about the importance of agriculture in their everyday lives, the food they eat, and where it comes from, thereby fostering greater respect for the industry and the individuals who make Houston-based food production a reality. Scholars are learning about opportunities in agriculture and the economic and environmental impact of agriculture in Houston. Our scholars have been working diligently to prepare our school and community garden for harvest. We are seeking parents’ support for this initiative, contact the office for more details.

Chicks, Chicks and More Chicks

While promoting agriculture and economics, we are introducing our scholars to farm animals. Scholars are working closely with the baby chicks in the classroom, identifying different breeds of chickens, examine physical characteristics, and determine the stages of a chicken's life cycle.  

Parent Teacher Crew Organization

The RSPA-NW PTCO is soliciting parent membership, please contact the office for more information.

November’s character education trait is self-discipline. Self-Discipline is getting yourself to follow through on a responsibility (a job) even when you don't feel like it. It is making yourself do what you know you should do when you should do it whether you feel like it or not. Thinking about your words and actions, and then making choices that are right for you and others.

Thank you for all you do and for entrusting your child's schooling to us. We appreciate your investment, involvement, and support.

Mr. Charles Russell

Campus Information
Text "@TRSLW" to 81010
Principal: Charles Russell
Secretary: Edwena Windham
Registrar: Victoria Fisher
School begins at 7:45 AM. Please assure your child is on-time to avoid the accumulation of tardies or absences. When students arrive after 7:45am, parents must sign them in at the front office.

Early Dismissals
School dismisses at 3:25 PM Monday – Thursday and at 1:00 PM on Friday . Students may not be picked up with less than 30 minutes left in the school day. On Monday – Thursday, students may not be picked up early after 2:55 PM. On Fridays, students may not be picked up early after 12:30 PM. 

School Uniforms
Parents, please keep in mind that The Rhodes School for the Performing Arts is a uniform school. Assure your child is dressed in a light blue, oxford shirt, tie and navy-blue bottoms. Polo shirts are unacceptable. For more information about the uniform policy, please visit For kindergarten, first and second grade scholars, please send a change of clothes in their backpacks. The change of clothes will remain in the child’s backpack until needed.

Lunch Applications
Lunch applications are required for ALL scholars. Please apply for free/reduced lunch:  www.myschoolapps .com. Also, please note that a microwave is not available to scholars during lunch. For your child’s safety, pack a lunch that does not require warming.
Learning Labs
Grade  Date   Location
Kinder- 2nd November 5, 2018 Main Street Theater
3rd – 5th November 6, 2019 Main Street Theater
Campus Activities
November 7: Science Fair Family Night (5:30pm – 7:00pm)
November 11-15: Anti-Bullying Week
November 19: Spelling Bee
November 21: Thanksgiving Feast
November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break