Curtis Roo Stars

March 2020

A Note from Mrs. Bratcher

Curtis Elementary is an elementary school located in the heart of Weatherford, Texas serving kindergarten through fifth grade students. Curtis partners with families and the community to create a positive, connected learning environment focused on educating the whole child. Highly qualified teachers challenge and inspire students to develop their talents and passions in order to prepare for future success in the global community. Curtis Elementary fosters creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking in all students.


Curtis Elementary has programs and services to meet the needs of all students. These include, Dyslexia, Quest (Gifted and Talented), English as a Second Language (ESL), Reading and math interventions, Innovation class and various clubs.

WISD Message about Preventative Measures

Dear Weatherford ISD Families & Staff,

While it is important to note that we are not aware of any presumptive positive cases in Parker County at this time, we are now aware of the first presumptive positive case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Tarrant County.

As a reminder, Weatherford ISD implements deep cleaning processes throughout the school year to curb the potential spread of viruses, including Coronavirus. Since the virus is now moving closer to our community, we are planning for and anticipate implementing increased measures.


How we make our decisions
We continue to stay in close contact with our local emergency management offices in Parker and Tarrant Counties, and with the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) regarding any updates or information relevant to our families. In addition, we are in constant contact with our Kanga Care physician, Dr. Steven Welch, who also serves as the county contact for emergency management. Weatherford ISD follows recommended guidelines for prevention, treatment, and school closure provided by the TDSHS and the Centers for Disease Control.

In the event that we receive critical information from the CDC or TDSHS that impacts our operations, we will communicate with you. We also anticipate further guidance from the Texas Education Agency. Our senior leadership team, representing all areas of the District, are meeting regularly to review updates on Coronavirus and help us make decisions as this situation continues and changes.


Preventative measures continue
We will continue the preventive measure of deep cleaning our campuses and reinforce healthy habits for students and staff to help maintain the cleanest environment possible.

Our custodial department’s deep cleaning process includes using hospital-grade disinfectants on every cafeteria serving line and on common surfaces such as tables and door handles. Weatherford ISD also repeatedly uses an EMIST electrostatic disinfectant sprayer to cover all surfaces in classrooms and on school buses. Our school nurses are also reinforcing messages for students regarding regular hand-washing and other suggested healthy behaviors listed below.

As we work to reinforce these preventive measures during the school day, please help us by sharing these messages with your children at home as we join with you in this partnership to keep our community safe.

Below are healthy habits and resources related to flu-like illness prevention as we approach spring break and with many who will be traveling.

Healthy habits

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Please do not bring children to school if they are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Travel over spring break
In an effort to keep our students, families, and staff safe, we ask that any student or employee who travels to China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, or Japan over spring break (or any country that is added to the CDC Level 2 or 3 lists over spring break):

  • Notify the Weatherford ISD Human Resources and Student Services Departments using this link. We would like to gather this information before we close for Spring Break on Friday, March 13, 2020. This information will allow the District to communicate with specific families and staff, as needed.

We will continue to monitor the CDC’s list of countries with travel alerts, and ask that you stay aware of any additional countries or locations that may be added to the list.

Helpful links

  • Click here to view FAQs from the Centers for Disease Control.
  • Click here to view Guidance on Stopping Spread of Respiratory Illnesses from the CDC.
  • Click here to visit the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Click here to follow the Texas Department of State Health Services on Twitter.

I know this situation creates so many questions for parents and staff members. Thank you for working with us to address this situation as best as we can.


Dr. Jeffrey Hanks

Superintendent

WISD Processes to Curb the Spread of Viruses.

Weatherford ISD custodians follow deep cleaning processes throughout the school year to curb the potential spread of viruses, including Coronavirus. These include the use of hospital-grade disinfectants and an EMIST electrostatic disinfectant sprayer to cover all surfaces in classrooms and on school buses.

This morning, we emailed an updated message to families and staff regarding Coronavirus. While have not been notified of any presumptive positive cases in Parker County, we are aware of the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Tarrant County.

To view the message, click on https://bit.ly/2TW2guj

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Please read updates from SB139.

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Happy Spring Break - March 16 -20th

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Fridays are Hat Days for $1

Bring a $1 on Fridays to wear your favorite hat!

STEAM Night

We had a great night on March 12, 2020. Our Curtis families came and enjoyed some fun STEAM activities and also were able to get a glimpse of learning at Curtis Elementary. Students also shared projects, writing, and their data with parents and family members!

Curtis Clubs

One a week, students go to clubs during the school day! These clubs will rotate each six week period.



Students were able to choose 3 things that they would like to rotate between every 6 weeks. These were their choices:

Art Club- At Curtis Elementary we're encouraging our students express themselves and have fun while learning and exploring new material and different techniques. In my class I am always looking for students who are trying new things and most importantly really trying their best. I teach my students that their voice is important, and using Art, they can express and appreciate their differences.

Book Club- Through the library book club, students will be able to explore various genres, learn to articulate and share ideas in a group setting, and raise critical reading skills. Most importantly, library book club will inspire a lifelong love of reading.

Chess Club- The history of Chess can be traced back nearly 1500 years. It helps with the development of problem-solving skills, planning, patience, focus of thought and self-discipline. Chess is a competitive activity, where good sportsmanship and fair play is taught as essential elements of the game. Research shows that playing chess can helps grades in all subjects and its fun!! So come join the Chess Club!!

Coding Club -At Coding Club, we think all children should have the opportunity to learn to code, no matter who they are or where they come from.

Having a Code Club at our school allowed students the opportunity to use a computer, which they may not have access to outside of school.

Kick Ball- We are learning the rules ,and how to play kickball!

Music Club- In music club, the older students 3-5 will be focusing on ukulele while learning chords and songs. K-2 will get to play a variety of musical instruments while focusing on rhythms and simple melodies.

School Start Time is 7:50!

Morning and Afternoon Procedures

Our main focus at Curtis is to make sure that your student is safe at all times. Here are our procedures:


  • All doors will remain locked in the morning.
  • Front doors will be opened from 7:15 – 7:50. At 7:50 the doors will close and students will have to go through the office to enter the building.
  • Students may go to cafeteria for breakfast and gym if not eating breakfast.
  • Breakfast is from 7:15-7:50--- Any students that come in at 7:50 or after will take their breakfast to class with them.
  • No left turns into the drive-thru heading west bound on Russell St.
  • Parents that want to conference with their child's teacher must check in at the office.
  • Entry through the back doors is only allowed for staff, handicap visitors, bus and bicycle students during the school day.
  • Please do NOT drop students off to cross the street on Lamar. Students must cross at the corner of Lamar and Russell intersection.


Card System

Parents will use a color coded name card to help with dismissal. Parents are encouraged to display their card in the car window in order to ensure all students safety at dismissal. This will allow parents the opportunity to stay in their vehicle while staff members bring their student to the vehicle. If you are in need of a new card please notify your teacher to get a replacement. If an alternate person is picking up your student, please have them come to the office for verification.


Remember to notify the office in writing or by phone, if your child has an alternative plan for getting home.


Walkers

-Students will be released at the front of the building to walk to their destination. Staff members will monitor all crosswalks.


Pick up and Drop off Procedures


  • Parents will remain in vehicle and drop students off in the morning and pick students up in the afternoon by accessing the drive off Russell Street leading to the back of the school.
  • No left turns into the drive-thru heading west bound on Russell.
  • K-1 students will use Lane 1 (Inside/curbside lane) closest to the building for drop off and pick up.
  • All other students in grades 2-5 will use Lane 2 (the outside lane farthest from the building) for drop off and pick up.



Buses and Parking


  • Buses will use the front drive in front of the building.
  • No parking, except handicap parking, will be allowed in front of Curtis between the hours of 7:00 AM and 8:15 AM and 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.
  • Parking will be allowed along the curb on the west side of Lamar only. NO parking will be allowed on the east side of Lamar.



Thank you for the help and support in making Curtis a safe school!

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Want to volunteer?

Call us at 817-598-2838 if you are interested in our Curtis PTA or want to volunteer at Curtis! Click on the image below to complete volunteer application.

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