GALATAS GAZETTE

October 4, 2019

Contact Information

Denae Wilker, Principal

Candace Mathis, Assistant Principal

Kristi Tabor, Counselor


Through the collaborative efforts of all who pass through our door, we provide a safe learning community that develops lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

EARLY DISMISSAL-FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11

School will dismiss at 12:10 p.m. on Friday, October 11. Due to the shortened schedule, lunch will be eaten in the classrooms, so we will be unable to accommodate lunch visitors on that day.


Lunch will be served on the following schedule:

Kindergarten 10:30-11:00

First Grade 10:45-11:15

Second Grade 11:00-11:30

Third Grade 11:15-11:45

Fourth Grade 11:30-12:00

GALATAS BOOK FAIR AND READING WEEK-OCTOBER 7-11!

We have many exciting activities planned for Reading Week this year:

nightly reading challenges, prizes, Bedtime Story Night, and the Storybook Parade!


Located in the Activity Room, our Book Fair Hours are:

Monday, October 7: 7:35-3:30

Tuesday, October 8: 7:35-3:30;

5:30-7:45 (Bedtime Story Night)

Wednesday, October 9 : 7:35-3:30

Thursday, October 10: 7:35-3:30

Friday, October 11: 7:35-11:30



Activities for the Week:

October 7: Creative Monday! Students will be decorating a bookmark in their classrooms.


October 8: Pajama Tuesday! Wear your favorite pajamas to school.

Bedtime Story Night! 6-6:45 p.m. (K-2nd) & 7-7:45 p.m. (3rd- 4th) Bring your family and come dressed in your pajamas. Bring a blanket to sit on and enjoy Julian Franklin’s “Book Bash”! “Book Bash” is an interactive educational reading assembly program that is part story time, part puppet show, part magic show, and 100% FUN! The Book Fair will be open from 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.


October 9: Crazy Sock Day! Wear some crazy, silly socks to school!


October 10: Bring a “Book Buddy” to School! Students are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal to school. The stuffed animal should fit in the student’s backpack.


October 11: Storybook Parade Friday! Come to school dressed as your favorite storybook character (no weapons, masks, face paint, or spray-painted hair, please)! Students should bring a book to carry in the school-wide parade.


***Parents are invited to watch the parade in the gym starting at 8:25 a.m.



Reading Challenge

Let’s READ! Each student is challenged to read for 20 minutes or more each day.


New this year – we will be entering the reading minutes ONLINE. Students or parents can enter in reading minutes daily (Monday through Thursday) by clicking here. Daily prizes will be awarded for the most minutes read each day and a grand prize at the end of the week! There will also be random drawings from the minutes submitted. Our school-wide goal is to read 50,000 minutes by Friday of Reading week. Also, the class with the most minutes read will receive a gift card for more books!


--REMINDER: All students shopping before going to their classroom in the morning must have a parent or guardian with them. ***Please note that if you are shopping with your child before school, he/she must be in homeroom class before the bell rings at 8:00 am. Please plan your purchasing time accordingly. Thanks for your cooperation on this matter.*** Otherwise, students will be able to shop when teachers allow, as well as during recess and Library Specials.


--During the fair, the teachers will have wish lists filled out. These are books they would like to have for their classroom libraries. Please feel free to purchase something from their selections. Once you purchase the item(s), please ask the person helping you at the register for a bookplate sticker. This year, we will also have gift cards available for purchase to use in the book fair. You may also shop the online fair.

Sales tax is not included in the prices and is 8.25%.

Volunteers are still needed to help with the book fair. Please click here to sign up!

3rd & 4th Grade Skate Week coming soon...HELP WANTED!

During the weeks of October 8-24, Galatas 3rd and 4th grade students will be learning to skate during their P.E. times. Parents, we need your help, and there is no need to have prior skating knowledge. Please click here to sign up and have the opportunity to help our students learn to skate!
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17- ALL DAY!

The Cows and GALATAS ELEMENTARY would like to invite you to support them with a Chick-fil-A Spirit Night at your local Chick-fil-A Alden Bridge. By mentioning "GALATAS" (you must mention Galatas in order for the school to receive the credit) when you place your order, either in-store or in the drive-thru, the school will receive 20% of all sales brought in during this Spirit Night.


The Spinning Wheel will run from 5:00-7:00 p.m. inside the restaurant!


Any food purchased throughout the day, if you mention GALATAS, will also be credited towards the our school's sales!

BUY YOUR GALATAS YEARBOOK TODAY!

Visit www.balfour.com and type "Galatas" in the "Find Your School" box. The Early Bird price is only $30, so reserve your copy today before prices increase! Parents of 4th graders can also recognize their Top Dog with a Top Dog ad in the yearbook. Ads are $20 and can be created at the Balfour site.


Please e-mail Janet Kwon at galatasyearbook@gmail.com with any questions.

Nominations for Gifted and Talented Testing

Nominations are now open for the Conroe Independent School District Gifted and Talented program. Although the testing will not take place until February, nominations are open at this time. Nominations can be made by parents and/or teachers. It is recommended that parents of 2nd grade students wait until CogAT scores have arrived before nominating their child, because CogAT scores are part of the GT assessment. If you are interested in nominating your child, you may want to discuss this with your child’s teacher at conferences. Nominations will be accepted through December 18.


You may request a nomination form from the Assistant Principal, Candace Mathis (cdmathis@conroeisd.net). You may also find the form, as well as other information on the program here .

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Counselor's Corner

Helping Your Child Complete Homework

with Consistent Routines at Home

(adapted from the article “Finish Your Homework!” By Chris Zeigler Dendy, M.S.)


  • Make a plan for tracking homework assignments. For older students, encourage your child to write every assignment in his daily planner. For younger students, review your child’s teacher’s website. Get contact information for a student in each class who your child can rely on to know the assignments if something is missing. One high school student wrote his assignments on 3 x 5 cards, pre-printed with the names of his courses, that he stored in his pants pocket.

  • Establish time for homework. Some children need a break after classes. Others work best while still in “school mode.” If after-school activities make a regular schedule impossible, post a weekly calendar that lists homework start and finish times.

  • Ask the teacher about assignment routines. The math teacher may say, “I assign homework four nights a week, and give a test at the end of each chapter — roughly every two weeks.” This tells you that something is amiss if your child says he doesn’t have any math homework two nights in a row.

  • Schedule a five-minute break for every 20 minutes of work. Short, frequent breaks help children recharge.

  • Monitor your child’s progress with a daily or weekly report. Daily and weekly reports from a teacher warn parents when their child is in danger of failing and in need of more supervision at home. The reports help you and your child identify missing homework assignments, so you can find them and get them to the teacher. Younger children need more frequent feedback, so they may have a daily report. In some cases, weekly reports may be sufficient for students in upper grades.

  • Talk with your child’s teacher. If you and your child are struggling with the above strategies throughout the school year, speak with your child’s teacher about alternatives to these methods. She may have other ideas that may help your child be more successful.

COMING SOON: GALATAS HOLIDAY MARKET

We are excited to offer a Holiday Market here at Galatas on December 5, 2019! The event will take place in the Activity Room and will serve as "one stop shopping" for Galatas parents and staff.


We are looking for vendors who would like to share their special crafting talents, or other items to sell, with the Galatas family. If you or someone you know would be interested in reserving a space, please share and visit the link below to apply. You may e-mail Brandy Damico, Galatas Secretary, with any questions at bdamico@conroeisd.net.


Vendor application: https://forms.gle/w4YoE43GfvhsJ2rDA

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School Messenger Notification System

CISD has an Emergency Notification system that Galatas and the District use for severe weather alerts, school closures, and other important information. This system is the quickest way to be alerted to our severe weather dismissal notifications, and is easy to opt into.


All SMS (text) messages received from CISD main office and from Galatas will begin with "Conroe ISD" and will come from the subscribe code 67587. If you have not yet opted to receive SMS (text) messages, please do so by following the directions in the photo below:

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UPCOMING EVENTS

https://galatas.conroeisd.net/events/


October

7-11 Book Fair

8 PTO General Meeting-9:00 a.m.

8 Bedtime Story Night-6:00 and 7:00 p.m.

11 Storybook Parade-8:30 a.m.

11 Early Release Day, End of Nine Weeks – 12:10 p.m.

14 No School: Columbus Day Holiday

17 Galatas Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A Alden Bridge

18 Group pictures for Kinder (8:15 a.m. ) and 4th grade (8:45 a.m.)

8-24 3rd and 4th Grade Skate Weeks

21-25 Red Ribbon Week

23 Gifted and Talented Parent Information Meeting- 10:00 a.m.

30 Fun Run

31 Science Day


November

7 Individual Picture Retakes

7 3rd Grade Program 2:00 (for students) and 6:30 p.m.

8 Veteran’s Day Readers’ Theatre for Fourth Grade

11 No School: Veteran's Day

12 PTO General Meeting– 9:00 a.m.

15 Movie Night

22 Thanksgiving Festivities, 1st Grade

25-29 No School: Thanksgiving Break


December

5 Holiday Market-8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Activity Room

9-13 Hour of Code

10 PTO General Meeting-9:00 a.m.

13 4th Grade Choir Program-8:30 a.m.

16 Holiday Parties- 2nd (10:30 a.m.) & Kinder (1:15 p.m.)

17 Holiday Parties- 4th (8:30 a.m.) & 1st (2:00 p.m.)

18 Holiday Rotation-3rd (10:00 a.m.) & Special Programs Class Party (1:45 p.m.)

19 Polar Express Day (Students wear p.j.’s)

19 Early Release Day, End of Nine Weeks– 12:10 p.m.


December 23-January 7 Winter Break


January

8 Classes Resume

Parent Information Sheet

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