PTA Events

Message from Mrs. Latimer

Dear Parents and supporters for Smith,

You may not believe in Six Degrees of Separation but I have a most interesting story for you. I was raised in Hereford, Texas as a young girl from first grade through ninth grade and then moved to Lubbock to attend Monterey High School and Texas Tech. I was the baby of five children. Our yearly trip to Sears in Amarillo always happened a week or so prior to school starting. We were not able to wear any pants to school so dresses were our uniforms. I clearly remember my favorite plaid drop waist dress adorned with three large buttons on the front of the dress. There was a precious small girl in my second grade class that had the very same dress! I thought that was grand. Years past and I ran into this friend named Delma as a teacher in LISD. She looked the same and seeing her brought back fond memories. She retired a few years ago and began subbing. We have been lucky enough to have her as a sub at Smith. Her last visit I asked her to share her story with me and she was so excited to tell me about her daughters. One lives here locally and one lives and teaches at Harvard in Boston. The daughter in Boston was a graduate of Lubbock High after attending Hutchinson Middle School and Bayless and Wheelock Elementary. Monica Perez is her daughter and is now the author of Curious George Books for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishing. Monica visited Lubbock over the holidays and was able to share her story with Nancy Sharp, our Executive Director of Communications. Mrs. Perez kindly left us several autographed copies of her books. Reading is so important to me as a struggling reader as a young child. Any motivation you can give to your children to read is encouraged. If you have a struggling reader in your home let them read one page and then you need to read them a page as you alternate reading at least twenty minutes per night. I share this story so you will encourage your children to be whatever they want to be! What a privilege it is to be the principal of Preston Smith Elementary and have this wonderful life story come cross my path!


As we have been hit with a wave of sickness please remember to keep your children home until they are fever free for twenty-four hours. If you send any medications including cough drops they must be distributed through our nurse, Mrs. Allen. You will need to fill out a medication sheet for each drug. If your children are sick and not attending school you must call our Attendance Clerk, Mrs. Hogue. Notes are fine but rarely get to the office! Our number for school is 806-219-6800.

Please help us with getting your children on time to school. Our tardy bell is at 7:45am.

We will begin our MAP middle of year testing on January 24th with reading and then math on January 31st.

Please invite your grandparents to our week-long celebration on February 6-9th. They may come up and eat with their grandchildren any day that week and visit our Book Fair and purchase a Val-o-gram.

Our Valentine Parties will be February 14th at 2:00-3:00pm in classrooms.
Classroom pictures will be taken on February 27th. Our Spring Break will be March 12-16th.
As always it is a great day to be a Smith Star! Take care and be blessed with good health. Mrs. Latimer

Gale Latimer, Principal

Smith Elementary

8707 Dover
Lubbock, Texas 79424 806-219-6800


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