Bray Family Blast
Week of January 9-13, 2023
Unlocking Every Longhorn's Potential
Message from the Principal
Greeting Bray Families,
I hope you had a great weekend! I'm looking forward to seeing our scholars tomorrow morning!
Shout-out to our 4th-grade parents and scholars for having the highest attendance rate during the week of Jan. 4-6 at 98%. Our current campus attendance rate decreased to 93% last week from 96% the prior week. Our goal is to maintain a 97% attendance rate weekly.
This week all K-5th grade scholars will take middle of the year assessments for MAP/NWEA. It is important for scholars to be present and on-time each day.
Attendance-Week of Jan. 4-6
1st - 95%
3rd - 88%
4th - 98% (Winner!)
5th - 90%
I hope you find the information in this newsletter helpful. If you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call our front office at 972.291.4231.
Dr. Amanda McCarther
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Calendar Dates *New Dates in Bold
- January 4-Scholars Return from Winter Break
- January 6-Passion Club Friday
- January 9-Paper Tutoring Service Available to Scholars
- January 9-13-NWEA/MAP
- January 9-31-TxKea & Circle Testing (PK & Kinder)
- January 12-School Choice Interest Meeting (Incoming families)
- January 13-House Party
- January 16-MLK Holiday-No SCHOOL
- January 17 - 5th Grade Bessie Coleman Visit 9-12:30
- January 17 - 5th Grade Parents Invited to Bessie Coleman STEM Night @ 6pm
- January 19-School Choice Interest Meeting
- January 19-District Spelling Bee
- January 20 - STEM Club Friday/Popcorn Friday
- January 21-Basketball Tournament
- January 25-Parent University/PTA Meeting
- January 27-House Meeting
Our scholars have an opportunity to participate in a one-day tournament on January 21st at Cedar Hill HS. The girls tournament will start at 9:00 am. The boys tournament will start at 11:30 am. Doors open at 8:30 am.There will also be a $1 charge for all parents/non participants to get
into the game, and they will only accept cash at the door. If you have any questions, please reach out to Coach Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pressing in the back court will not be allowed.
All games will be 8 minute running clock, except for championship will be 6 minutes regular.
FREE Tutoring Support for Scholars-PAPER
Cedar Hill ISD is announcing we have partnered with Paper, a 24/7 academic support platform. Through Paper, CHISD scholars can safely and securely chat with an expert tutor or get feedback on written work anytime, anywhere, for free.
Whether they need help clarifying homework questions or feedback on a written assignment, they can get on-demand and unlimited help when they need it!
Paper partners with school districts to deliver 1:1 tutoring that is equitable, scalable, and cost-effective. Paper’s multilingual tutors add an extra layer of support across all content areas and grade levels, in and out of the classroom— so students always have access to expert help exactly when, where, and how they need it.
Paper tutors have been specially trained to conduct expert, academic support in a secure, chat-based platform. With a commitment to helping students learn, they’ll never give students answers, but rather facilitate deeper learning by asking guiding questions and providing timely encouragement.
Live chat: Students have 24/7 unlimited access to high-quality individualized tutoring via chat. When students hit a stumbling block on an assignment, they can connect with a tutor in under a minute and ask any academic question, any time across all subjects and in multiple languages. Students simply type in their question, upload a file or draw out the problem on the whiteboard.
Teachers introduced scholars to this terrific resources last week.
Passion Club Friday!
It is vital that scholars are at school every day. According to compulsory school attendance, students are required to attend school 90% of the time and should not miss more than nine days of school per semester for a total of 18 days for the year. When scholars are absent, send a note to the school indicating why the scholar was absent. If absences are due to COVID, please communicate with our school's nurse aide.
We will recognize individual scholars for perfect attendance and classes with the highest attendance rates. Classes will receive a trophy, tangible rewards, and bragging rights! Please help us with this by bringing your scholar to school on time every day. When scholars are not at school, they miss valuable classroom instruction. Please note: If your scholar is sick, please keep them home; however, please send a note when your scholar returns.
Calling All Dads
Calling all Dads! There's an opportunity for you to be involved with your scholars and make an impact!
Where's the need? Assisting with morning arrivals or afternoon dismissal. Assisting with Lunch or Recess monitoring.
Time needed? It only takes 15 to 20 mins of your time!
What happens next? Just show up, be present, and make an impact!
Just a little time can make a difference! For more information, please contact Mr. Geroge McGrew at email@example.com
House Party Friday!
Mental and Behavioral Health Resources
- Care Solace - Will help families find mental health care providers
- Hamilton Counseling and Consulting - In-school face-to-face option for scholars
- Lifeologie Cedar Hill - local face-to-face option at discounted rates for staff and scholars
- TCHATT - In-school virtual counseling option for scholars only
- Listeners On Call - Confidential phone option for staff and families only
What is Bullying?
Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the district and that:
Has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property; or
Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student
Student conduct is considered bullying if that conduct:
(1) exploits an imbalance of power between the student perpetrator and the student victim through written or verbal expression or physical conduct; or
(2) interferes with a student's education or substantially disrupts the operation of a school.
Bullying may include:
Demands for money
Destruction of property
Theft of valued possessions
This information is taken from HB 1942, Texas Education Code §37.0832
Updated Info for School Bus Riders
ZPASS cards have been issued to all campuses. Students who have received their ZPASS cards should start utilizing them immediately. Those students who were not issued ZPASS cards should give their names with their student ID number to the bus driver. Transportation will verify address and registration and issue cards to scholars. For questions regarding ZPASS, please check our FAQ page first which can be found on our district transportation website.
Parents may begin downloading the SafeStop app, which allows them to track their child each time their child boards and exits the bus, as well as the location. Students will purchase replacement cards through the MyPaymentPlus app. Once Transportation receives payment, a new card will be issued to the school, who in return, will distribute it to the student. If a scholar misplaces their ZPASS card, until a new one is purchased and issued, scholars must obtain a Temporary Scholar Bus Pass, which is issued from the campus. After 30 days, the Temporary Scholar Bus Pass can not be renewed if given due to a misplaced ZPASS card.
School policy on inappropriate physical contact
Because student safety is of utmost importance, district and campus policy regarding inappropriate physical contact is clear. The Cedar Hill ISD Student Handbook advises students to avoid conduct that is likely to put the student or others at risk and to follow all behavioral standards set forth in the Student Handbook, the Student Code of Conduct or those set by district employees.
The Student Code of Conduct (p.10) prohibits the mistreatment of others, including:
- Engaging in a fight or scuffle
- Engaging in inappropriate verbal, physical, or sexual conduct directed toward another person
For the above reasons, Bray students who hit, kick or otherwise engage in any inappropriate physical contact with another student will be subject to disciplinary consequences. Currently, hitting, kicking, and horse-playing are considered a Level 2 Offense, punishable with In-School Suspension among other consequences. Inciting a fight or participating in a fight are cited as Level 3 Offenses with the possibility of Out-of-School Suspension and alternative school placement among other consequences.
If you have any questions about this information, please reach out to one of our campus administrators.
Cedar Hill ISD Student Handbook
Bray House System
Students will be divided into the following Houses:
- Red House of Love
- Orange House of Excellence
- Yellow House of Friendship
- Green House of Courage
- Blue House of Loyalty
- Purple House of Honor
Additional benefits of the House System:
Being a part of a smaller community helps students acclimate quickly to their school environment and experience an immediate sense of belonging.
Students have a set of staff mentors they can go to.
Students have an opportunity to interact with students from all grades.
Increase opportunities for student leadership.
Reinforces our campus essentials and behavior expectations.
A source of positive peer-pressure and motivation that can have a positive effect in the classroom and at school.
At monthly meetings or rallies, students will have opportunities to enjoy creative expression, physical activity, and social engagement.
PTA is for Everyone!
Lunch with Scholars
Currently, visitors are not allowed in the building during the day due to our COVID protocols (this includes lunch time). However, families are allowed to drop off lunch for scholars to enjoy during their lunch period.
The Blueprint 3.0 that contains our district's COVID protocols and processes. Below is an excerpt from the blueprint regarding visitors. This document can be viewed in its' entirety on our district website and using the link below.
Visitors (The Blueprint 3.0 page 5)
● Cedar Hill will follow the Dallas County Health codes for
Covid-19 levels. If the level reaches red, we will not allow
visitors on campus.
● With the primary focus of safely keeping schools open, the
district will continue to limit visitors, volunteers, and activities
involving external groups or organizations as much as
● The district’s visitor protocols will be reassessed at the end of each month.
We look forward to celebrating every scholar's birthday at Bray and make it a point to acknowledge every birthday during announcements. We have also begun giving small treat bags to our scholars on their birthdays. Parents, if you wish, you may send store-bought snacks to school on your child's birthday (e.g. cupcakes), but we are asking that nothing larger than that be sent. Please also communicate with your child's teacher ahead of time so they can make preparations and let you know how many scholars are in your child's class. Our campus policy on parties is listed below.
Parents are not allowed to celebrate birthdays during instructional time, not even the last 15 minutes of the day. Parents are also not permitted to celebrate students’ birthdays (with cupcakes, ice cream, etc.) in the cafeteria during lunch periods, (Consider instructional time, religion and health concerns.) We are allowed three days for student celebrations during the school year (Thanksgiving, Christmas, & Valentine’s Day). Parents will be allowed to bring store-bought snacks that can go home with scholars at the end of the school day. *Student celebrations are subject to change based on board approval.
Right at School
Car Tags are Required
Issuing car tags is a precautionary measure we take to ensure the safety of all of our scholars. We began distributing car tags for car riders on Meet the Teacher Night this past Thursday. Beginning August 15 on the first day of school, you can also pick up a car tag from the front office for your scholar. Bring your ID as we have to verify information before we distribute car tags. Make sure your car tag is in your window during dismissal. If you do not have a car tag on the first day of school or any day thereafter, you will need to park in the parking lot and come in the building to present your photo ID.
Scholars are considered on time if they arrive by 8:05 a.m. Scholars are considered tardy if they enter the building at 8:06 a.m or any time after. Parents must accompany scholars who are tardy into the building to sign them in for the day. The scholar will receive a tardy pass and then proceed to class. When the scholar has reached 10 tardies, he or she will be required to serve 1 hour of Saturday School to make up for lost instructional time.
Meal Changes Letter to Parents
Please click the link below to learn about the changes to our school meals.
Building Positive Culture
Refillable water bottles and Snacks
Also, lunch times range from 10:30 to 1:00 so scholars will be allowed to have a mid-morning or afternoon snack, depending on their grade level schedule. Please feel free to send your scholar with a snack each day if you choose. Some teachers may also choose to create a snack schedule where parents rotate sending in snacks for the class each week.
School Supply Lists
Tardies, Arrival, and Dismissal
Arrival: Doors open from 7:45 a.m. to 8:05 a.m. If a scholar arrives before 7:45 a.m., they are expected to remain in front of the school until the doors open. They may sit on the pavement under the awning, on the bench, or they can choose to stand until the doors open. They should not touch the windows or doors of the building or block entry into the building for staff. Breakfast will be provided until 8:05. Additionally, if you park in the parking lot during the morning drop off, we ask that you walk your child through the parking lot and to the crosswalk so that we can secure his or her safety.
Right at School: Scholars enrolled in the Right At School program may enter as early as 6:30 a.m.
Tardies: School starts promptly at 8:05 a.m., and instruction begins immediately following the morning announcements. Scholars are considered tardy if they enter the building at 8:06 a.m or any time after. Parents must accompany scholars who are tardy into the building to sign them in for the day. The scholar will receive a tardy pass and then proceed to class. When the scholar has reached 10 tardies, he or she will be required to serve 1 hour of Saturday School to make up for lost instructional time.
Dismissal: There are four modes of transportation for dismissal: car riders, walkers, bus riders, and daycare riders. Please refer to the map below for an outline of the multiple lines of traffic Bray families take along city streets during school dismissal. For this reason, parents cannot walk to the front door to pick up scholars. When parents walk to the front door, it delays dismissal procedures. Therefore, we ask that you stay in your car to expedite dismissal procedures.
Dismissal will begin at 3:35 p.m. Parents/guardians must present a car tag to pick up scholars.
For the safety of our scholars, we must verify the identity of anyone who picks up a scholar without a car tag. If you do not have a car tag to pick up a scholar during dismissal, you will be asked to park and go to the office for an ID check. Please take a picture ID into the office, and someone will assist you.
Additionally, we begin dismissing scholars at 3:35 and continue until 3:55. This time will change after the first several weeks of school. Scholars who have not been picked up at 3:55 will be escorted to the foyer at the front of the building for pick up by a parent or guardian.
Daycare and Bus riders
Bus riders will dismiss from the library. Daycare riders will dismiss from the door by the gym.
Walkers will dismiss from door 18 and meet the crossing guard at the intersection between Roberts and Bennett Road. Walkers must use the crosswalk to cross the street in order to maintain their safety. Parents/guardians may meet scholars at the crosswalk where the crossing guard stands when we dismiss them. PreK-1st grade scholars must have an older sibling or family member with them to walk home.
**Parents & guardians: If you do not want to wait in the car line during dismissal, you can elect for your child to be a walker, and meet him/her at the intersection between Roberts and Bennett Road where the crossing guard stands. Please be sure to cross the street to collect your child so he or she does not have to walk through the parking lot on their own.
Thank you in advance for adhering to these procedures and processes.
We will continue to work diligently to streamline all arrival and dismissal procedures. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the front office at 972-291-4231.
Changes in Transportation
Parents/guardians must sign out scholars who need to go for an appointment in the main office by 3:15 p.m. Scholars will not be released from the office after 3:15 since this is transition time for us.
Changes in Transportation
If there will be a change in how your scholar will go home, please call the front office and email your scholar's teacher by 3:00 p.m. This will ensure that your scholar gets home safely in spite of changes and in the manner you choose.
**If your child is a bus rider and you want to allow him or her to exit the bus with another scholar on the bus, you must provide a written note outlining the change in your child's transportation. The scholar will give the note to his/her teacher, and the office will ensure he or she receives a temporary bus pass. Be sure to include the dates that you would like the change to be implemented. Temporary bus passes are valid for 30 school days.
**If you are wanting someone to pick up your child who is not on the approved list in Skyward, you will need to communicate this to your child's teachers and Ms. Amadi, the campus secretary via email by 3:00 pm. In this communication, you will need to include your name, your child's name, who will be picking your scholar up and a picture of your photo ID. This email communication will take the place of a car tag and your scholar will be released in the car line.
**If you have approved for someone else to pick up your child, but a change of transportation email has not been sent by 3 pm, that individual will need to park and come into the building before the scholar is released to the individual. At this time, office staff will call you and ask that you send an email granting permission to the individual along with a copy of your photo ID.
Dress Code guidelines for ALL Elementary and Middle School campuses, Collegiate Academy and Collegiate High School 9th-10th grades
- Solid color red, black or white* shirt with collar
- Small logo (1 inch or less) located on the chest is acceptable
- Long sleeve or short sleeve polo or button up shirt is acceptable
- Black or khaki pants/shorts/capris/skirts/jumpers
- Shorts at least fingertip length
- Cargo pants
- Cargo shorts at least fingertip length
- Skirts and jumpers at least knee length all the way around
- A belt if needed to prevent pants from dragging or sagging; pants must be worn at the natural waist
- Shoes with a heel and closed toe
- Tennis shoes/sneakers
- Dress shoes/loafers
- Solid color red, black or white sweaters, cardigans, hoodies and sweatshirts
- School issued hoodies or sweatshirts
- Red, black, white or gray CHISD spirit hoodie or CHISD spirit sweatshirt
- Solid color red, black, or white collared shirt must be worn under sweater, cardigans, hoodies or sweatshirt*
- Jackets and heavy winter coats – any style or color
- Solid color red, black, or white collared shirt must be worn under jacket or coat*
Unacceptable Dress & Accessories
- All shirt colors except white are permissible at Collegiate Prep Elementary
- Wind pants, yoga pants, athletic pants/shorts, sweat pants, or knit jogger pants
- Leggings or tights may be worn as pants
- Slippers, house shoes, sandals or flip flops
- Unnatural hair colors or distracting hairstyles
- Single color dark blue or black hemmed denim jeans may be worn with CHISD spirit shirt or solid color red, black or white collared shirt
- Jean shorts at least fingertip length
- Jean skirts at least knee length all the way around
- A belt if needed to prevent pants from dragging or sagging
- Sagging or dragging jeans, cutoffs and free from holes or tears
- Leggings, “jeggings” or tights worn as pants
- Jeans with patterns, designs or colored denim