JWL's Tiger Tid-Bits

August 2018

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Welcome Back!

On behalf of the team at J. W. Long Elementary, I am excited to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year! We are looking forward to building a relationship with you and your student that will help them reach their highest potential. At Terrell ISD we are committed to increasing student achievement in all areas, and we know that a strong partnership with your family will make a difference in your child’s education.

At J.W. Long, we live by eight expectations:

• We will value one another as unique and special individuals.

• We will not laugh at or make fun of a person's mistakes nor use sarcasm or putdowns.

• We will use good manners, saying "please," "thank you," and "excuse me" and allow others to go first.

• We will cheer each other to success.

• We will help one another whenever possible.

• We will recognize every effort and applaud it.

• We will encourage each other to do our best.

• We will practice virtuous living, using the Life Principles.

Our campus is open to our families; we invite you to come and join us for various events and celebrations throughout the year. We have many opportunities for our families to get involved at our campus. Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to: reading and working with students, supporting the office by completing tasks such as making copies and laminating class projects, and monitoring and participating in school events including, but not limited to lunch/recess, field trips, and PTO. Visit www.terrellisd.org/volunteer to learn more about becoming a volunteer. You may also find our campus calendar by visiting http://www.terrellisd.org/calendar-long.

The enthusiastic J. W. Long Elementary staff and I feel privileged to be part of this school family, and we look forward to welcoming all of our students on the first day of school (Monday, August 20). We thank you for your support and look forward to meeting you.

Remember, at J.W. Long each student excels in every subject every day by displaying Tiger PRIDE!

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To access Parent Portal, you can go to our Terrell ISD website and find the Parent Login link at the top of the website. Or, you may click the hyperlinks here in this newsletter "Parent Portal" subject title, or the underlined "Parent Login link" above. There is an app you can download to your mobile device for quick access as well. This information is found on the Parent Portal TxConnect homepage.

100% of Registrations Completed the First Week of School Is Our Goal!

Please understand that this online process is required as we are no longer sending home the "first day packets" of information sheets. These required forms on Parent Portal give us the updated information we need to be able to contact you in an emergency. This process also helps you! By having your portal account, you are able to have direct access to your child's academic information, such as grades and attendance.

First Day of School Supports:

  • If you show confirmation of your registration being complete on Parent Portal (phone screen or print out), you may escort your child(ren) directly to their classrooms.

  • If you know your Parent Portal information and simply need to complete the registration forms, please go to the red tables in the cafeteria. Computers will be available for you to use.

  • If you do NOT know your Parent Portal information, need to create an account, or need assistance trouble shooting, please go to the yellow tables in the cafeteria. Computers and personnel will be available to assist.

  • If you need car placards or bus information, you will need to go to the front office; personnel will be present to assist you.

  • If you need to complete your lunch forms online or add money to your child's account via debit/credit card, please follow the signs to the computer lab reserved for you to do so.

Goals & Focus

Stay connected with Remind

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In efforts to keep you well informed, I invite you to join our communication outlets. You can text the code @jwlongelem to the number 81010 to subscribe to our campus Remind thread. This is how I as the principal communicate directly with parents to give updates, reminders, and special notices. (These messages can be translated to your language of choice through the Remind app. Click here to access the app.) Speaking of sharing, if you like to tweet on Twitter, follow us look for our tag #TigerPride to see the amazing things happening across Terrell ISD.

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PTO Membership & Support

We welcome you to join our Parent Teacher Organization, or PTO. We are needing council members for our PTO council. All council seats are up for election. If you are interested, please complete the form below. Our first PTO meeting to hold elections and discuss our beginning of the year items will be held Thursday, August 30th at 6:00pm.

To learn more about the different PTO positions please refer to the following website: http://www.ptotoday.com/officers-and-board.


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Transportation Changes

If you must change your student's method of transportation, please be sure you send a note stating such. The note must include the date(s) of change, full name of your child, the changed method of transportation, and your signature with contact number. These changes need to be communicated in writing to the campus before 3:00pm each day to ensure no miscommunication occurs.

Also know that all names of people you grant permission to pick up your child(ren) from school need to be listed in our student database. Please be sure you've updated this information to expedite the pick up process in the office.

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Child Nutrition

  • Student meal accounts: Parents will need their student's ID number to set up their Lunch Money Now account. Please call the Terrell ISD School Nutrition Department at 972-563-7504 for help with this process. To access menus or complete a meal application, please go to http://www.terrellisd.org/school-nutrition.

Lunch Visits

  • We will be using the first two weeks to learn all procedures and expectations in the cafeteria and will open for lunch visitors starting September 4th. Parents are not to stay for breakfast times as we have all students needing to sit and eat their breakfast before the instructional day begins.
  • We encourage parents and guardians to join their student for lunch from time to time. Due to limited space and for the safety of our students, parents/guardians are to eat with ONLY their child at the reserved visitor tables. Thank you for your support and understanding.
  • Also note that occasional lunch drop offs are understood as students may forget their lunch from time to time. If dropping off a lunch for your student please do so before their scheduled lunch time. If your child does not have a lunch at their scheduled lunch time, we will have them get a lunch through the cafeteria line. Lunch time is an extremely busy time in the front office; when lunches are dropped off, a contact is made to the teacher's classroom. The teacher is to have the student retrieve his/her lunch on the way to the cafeteria. You may also contact your child's teacher via Remind message to confirm the child has received their lunch.
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School Uniforms

  • Any solid color polo or button-down collared shirt are allowed. Large logos are not permitted.
  • Bottoms must be khaki, navy, or black. Bottoms include pants, skorts, capris, knee length skirts or shorts are allowed. Jogger style, skinny fit, and cargo style pants/shorts are not allowed.
  • On PE days, students need to wear closed toed shoes, preferably tennis shoes.

Spirit Wear on Fridays

Students and staff may wear Terrell Tiger spirit shirts with blue jeans.
Click here to access the TISD Student Handbook

In the student handbook you will find the complete dress code policy, code of conduct, and grading guidelines.