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Welcome to 3rd Grade!!!

I am Melissa Moline and am thrilled to be your child's Reading, Writing and Social Studies teacher this year. This will be my sixth year at DPES and my second year teaching 3rd Grade.  I absolutely L-O-V-E what I do and am excited to begin a new year and new adventure with my kiddos. 
Part of this awesome adventure in 3rd grade includes teaching with a partner. My partner is Mrs. Wilt, who will be teaching Math and Science and I will be teaching Reading, Writing and Social Studies. We are so excited to work together to help your child reach their full potential. 
While I am not with my boys and girls at school, I am spending time with the other boys and girl in my life: Craig (my husband), our  8 year old, Lincoln, baby Bennett (born April 2018) and our labradoodle puppy, Luna.  I love spending time with my family and am happy that Lincoln will be with me at Decker Prairie as a third grader. 
I am passionate about what I do and love nothing more than watching my students learn and experience new things.  It is going to be a fabulous year! 



Office Hours


Until school resumes in person, we will have "office hours" on a weekly basis where we have set aside time to be readily available to answer your emails or make phone calls as needed. Of course, we will do our best to answer all of your questions as quickly as we can outside of these office hours as well.

Office hours:
Tuesdays  7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Thursdays 11:00 am - 11:30 am

A message from the music teachers.

Dear Third Grade Families,

It is time to order recorders. The recorder is a beginner woodwind instrument that all third and fourth grade children play at DPES.  This is the same recorder we have used for many years (Yamaha brand). If your child has a recorder (any brand) please make sure it is labeled and brought to Mrs. Mathes. If they do not have a recorder, please order through the link below by Wednesday, February 19 . Every child will need a recorder to play.

SchoolCashOnline Link - https://tomballisd.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/4525/172/False/True

If you are unable to purchase through SchoolCash, Yamaha recorders can be found at our local Music & Arts store. Thank you for your continued support. 


Thank you,

Mrs. Mathes and Ms. Ricks

Music Teachers, K-4

Decker Prairie Elementary

A message from Mrs. Blackmon:

Hi all! Mrs. Blackmon sends these awesome and informative emails each week and I wanted to be sure you all have access to the information. 
Below is from the email she sent on Friday:

See Flyer for info -Donuts with grownups.pdf 

There is still time to preregister and avoid the lines.

Link to Preregister  - THIS FORM WILL CLOSE AT 12:00 PM NOVEMBER 13TH TO ALLOW FOR PROCESSING TIME. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdbUAoFgxjYWYVrvhtoh61T63qbligB23R_GjJ7jtLpA86WAg/viewform

Here are some step by step directions, should you have difficulty:

How to log into DPES precheck doc.pdf 

  1. Kinsa Thermometer – DEADLINE EXTENDED!

The great news. 100% of families in your class are STILL eligible for free smart thermometers after Kinsa - the smart thermometer company -  extended the order deadline to November 17, 2019 11:59pm Pacific.

See flyer for more details –Free Thermometer .pdf 

  1. Food Drive – Starts this week!

DPES will be collecting nonperishable food items beginning Monday, November 11th through Wednesday, November 20th.

The food will be donated to TEAM (Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministry), which helps our community. Suggested food items: canned groceries (meats, soups, beans ,fruits , veggies), peanut butter, rice, stuffing mixes, powdered milk, packaged pasta, instant potatoes, canned juices, etc. If you or someone you know could use assistance, please contact TEAM at (281) 351-6700

Thank you to all of our families for all of your continued support. We continue to make every day an even better experience at Decker Prairie.

Welcome Back DPES Families!


Our Music and P.E. teachers are currently searching for 3rd and 4th grade students that would like to participate in the DPES Children’s Choir, DPES Ropers (jump rope team) or both. If your child is interested in one or both of these organizations please sign up at the links below. This school year both groups will meet after school from 3:50 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with Choir on Tuesdays and Ropers on Thursdays. Please visit with us at our Choir/Ropers table at Parent Orientation Thursday, September 5th if you have any questions. Thank you!


Choir Interest  Form



Ropers Interest Form



Best Wishes,

Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Mathes and Ms. Ricks

Welcome Back!

Meet the Teacher is tomorrow, Friday, August 16th from 2:00-3:30pm. I am in room 401. You may bring your child's school supplies. Please be sure to stop by my room and also the cafeteria.

The cafeteria will have stations to:

o   Obtain car rider tags (a MUST HAVE if/when picking up in car rider line)

o   Obtain walker tags 

o   Check transportation

o   Add money to cafe accounts

o   Set up your Schoolcafe online account

o   PTO membership 

o   Watchdog sign-up

o   YMCA information

                                               Important Information:


Only those listed as parent/guardian or emergency contacts will be allowed to enter the building and have lunch with students. These visitors are allowed to have lunch with their student and visit is limited to identified area - cafe. If you are also volunteering, please be sure to let the front office know when you check in. This will be printed on your visitor badge. Please note -for our student’s safety, identification at the front door and at the front desk is required. 

First week Lunch 

Our teachers will be eating lunch with our students the first week of school to help set expectations. To aide us in this process, we are not allowing visitors for lunch the first week.


End of the school day is 3:50 (This is when dismissal will begin.)

Your student will get a band to identify their method of transportation home. Please do not remove the band. This helps us visually identify your student at dismissal.

Transportation Changes-

Please note - any transportation changes must be received in the front office by 3:00pm. Changes must be a signed note received in front office or sent via fax. Please be sure to include: 

  1. Student’s name
  2. Teacher ‘s name
  3. Date
  4. New method of transportation
  5. How long this change will be in effect

***Anyone picking up a student must be listed as a parent, guardian or emergency contact.*** 

Late Arrivals 

Please be sure to have your student here before the 8:40 tardy bell. Minutes now count toward absences and we want to be sure your student is not missing instruction. Remember our car rider line can be lengthy on a regular day but especially at the beginning of the school year. Please take this into account should you choose to utilize car rider line. 

Leaving Early

Our office can be extremely busy. If you are picking up your student early, please be sure please to anticipate a possible wait time. We also ask for your patience as we are balancing meeting parents, students and building needs. 


We are looking for volunteers for the first week to help at the beginning of the day and in the cafeteria to help our students. Before you volunteer -All volunteers must submit a volunteer application, found here:https://tomball.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=3095%E2%80%9D

Upcoming Parent Orientation

2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade -  Thursday, September 5th 5:30-7:00pm