Principal's Bulletin

Week 10: October 24-28, 2022

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Jerry D. Allen Elementary School

Message from Mrs. Zagala

Dear Allen Families,

Thank you for a great week at Allen Elementary. Report cards were sent home this week and we are so proud of all of our students and their accomplishments during the first quarter of school. We are excited to kick off Red Ribbon Week next week. Students and staff are invited to join in on our theme days as we commit to living a healthy lifestyle.


Mrs. Zagala


Learning Fun in Mr. Guajardo's 5th Grade Class

Safety Reminder from NISD

Please see the following safety reminders from NISD:

As this school year progresses, safety remains a priority on all of our campuses. It is important to review key components of our district’s safety protocols to ensure we never lose sight of how school staff and parents must work together during a potential threat.

Since the beginning of the school year, several NISD schools have had to respond to situations near their campus by calling for a lockdown or modified lockdown. As a result of ongoing training and drills, campus staff and students have been able to react calmly and efficiently in these situations.

As a District, we have learned valuable lessons from these experiences and want to share these best practices and expectations during a potential threat.

  • We understand that communication is critical. We will work to keep parents informed of any potential threat or incident on their child’s campus utilizing our School Messenger platform. We will do this through email, call out, push notice, and/or text message. In order for parents to ensure they are receiving these messages, first ensure that your child’s school has your most current contact information on file through the school attendance office. If you have children at multiple schools, you only need to contact one to have all records updated. Second, be sure to set your notification preferences by visiting the website. Finally, be sure to download the Northside App from the App Store or Google Play.

  • During any potential threat or incident, our priority will be the students and staff on site. If you receive notice of any incident at your child’s campus, we ask that you refrain from calling or going to the school. In most cases, students will not be released until law enforcement has provided an all-clear. Your presence on campus could pull valuable staff resources away from addressing the safety of students and staff.

  • Keeping students and staff safe is a shared responsibility. We value the reports made by students, parents, and community members to our Safeline regarding any potentially dangerous situation. We ask that you continue to make these reports so that the NISD Police Dept. and campus staff can follow up appropriately. All reports are taken seriously and can be made anonymously, 24/7, by calling 210-397-7233 (SAFE).

  • Many times information on social media or other platforms may not be credible. Hoax, or false, reports can cause significant disruption to a school environment creating unnecessary panic. We encourage parents to speak with their children about the harmful effects of incorrect or misleading information. Students who engage in these hoax reports will be subject to disciplinary and/or criminal action.

Thank you for a successful start to this school year.

Report Cards Go Home 10.21.22

Report Cards for the first quarter of instruction were sent home on Friday, October 21st. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's progress please contact your child's teacher. All parents will be invited to a parent teacher conference during the second quarter of instruction. Parents are strongly encouraged to meet with their child's teacher so that your students' progress can be discussed. We appreciate your support.

Allen Elementary Celebrates Red Ribbon Week: October 24-28th

National Red Ribbon Week honors the ultimate sacrifice made by U.S. Drug Enforcement Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. In 1988, Congress officially proclaimed the last week of October as Red Ribbon Week in honor of this brave American. He made a difference by helping to fight illegal drugs. Today, over 100,000 schools and other organizations across the United States use this time to spread the important message about living a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle. We hope everyone will participate in this very special week!
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Pumpkin Book Characters

Students may start bringing in their decorated pumpkins the week of October 24-28th. Please make sure that the student's name in written on the pumpkin. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept carved pumpkins.
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Author's Visit 10.25.22

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Mark Your Calendars: Costume Parade 10.31.22

We are excited to have our annual Costume Parade on Monday, October 31st at 2:00 PM. All students (PK-5th grade) are invited to wear their costumes to school and participate in this special event. All costumes must be appropriate for elementary aged students. Costumes with any firearms, knives, or any other weapons will NOT be permitted. Costumes that depict any inappropriate imagery such as violence will also not be permitted. Any students that bring any costumes that are not appropriate for school will be asked to change and will not be allowed to participate in the parade.

Parents and guests are invited to join us for the parade. All adult guests are required to check in to the front office with a valid driver’s license or state issued ID to receive a visitors pass. Guests are strongly encouraged to use the QR code below to RSVP for the parade. By RSVPing for the parade you will have your information for your visitors pass screened ahead of time and you will be able to “skip the line” and go straight to the black top for the parade. The parade will begin promptly at 2:00 PM and all guests are encouraged to arrive no later than 1:40 PM to allow time for you to check in and receive your visitor's pass. No adult guests will be allowed to join us for the parade without receiving their visitors pass and guests that do not RSVP will have to wait in line to have their IDs processed to receive their visitors pass.

Allen Elementary Celebrates Day of the Dead

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SAVE THE DATE: Parent's Place 11.4.22

All parents are invited to join us for Parent's Place on Friday, November 4th at 8:30 AM. This month during our Parent's Place parents will come together to create beautiful holiday wreaths (please see picture). In order for our PTA to plan ahead and make sure we have enough supplies for those in attendance, please RSVP to our PTA Secretary, Ms. Jackie Flores, at 210-459-2762 by Tuesday, November 1st.

Thank you to our PTA for sponsoring our Parent's Place events.

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Our Allen Elementary Fun Run fundraiser will kick off in just 3 weeks on 11/09/2022. Our goal is to raise $6,000 for field trips and to strengthen our school community.

Key dates to remember:



● Allen Elementary Fun Run Kick Off - 11/09/2022

● Event Day - 11/18/2022

Donations will go toward supporting our school and can be given throughout the entire experience. There

is no pressure to give, but we invite you to help our school by sharing our fundraiser with your family and


Thank you for supporting Allen through the Allen Elementary Fun Run.

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NISD Learner Profile: October Focus "Collaborator"

This month we will focus on the characteristics of a "collaborator."

A collaborator is defined as working together to accomplish a shared, common goal.

An effective collaborator:

-respectfully contributes ideas and enriches relationships

-is open to and values the diverse input of others

-is flexible throughout the process

-understanding that working together contributes to an enhanced product

As we will be working with students on being collaborators, we also invite you to extend the learning at home. Each week during October, I will link a child friendly video that is connected to being a collaborator. I hope that you and your family are able to view these videos together and learn more about being a collaborator.

Short film: Collaboration
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Community Events

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Reading and Math Family Monthly

Each month we will be sharing Reading and Math challenges for our families to participate in. Please see the link below to see our first installment of our Reading and Math Family Monthly

Morning Procedures

Beginning the second day of school please be advised of the following morning procedures:

  • The doors to the school open at 7:00 AM
  • All parents and adult guests going to the cafeteria must obtain a visitor's pass from the front office. A valid driver's license or state ID is required to get a visitors pass.
  • Any parent eating breakfast with their child will be asked to eat at the family table located on the stage.
  • For safety and security is our campus policy that parents and visitors do not go to the classrooms in the morning

Dismissal Procedures

We appreciate your patience and support as we continue to implement our new dismissal system. For everyone’s safety, students will remain in the building until there is someone here for them. To ensure that our system works smoothly, we ask that all parents, guardians, and caregivers remain in their vehicles and drive through the pick up line for their child. Remaining in the pick up line will minimize the congestion in the front of the school and will allow us to get the children to their cars more efficiently. Parents that “walk up” to pick up their child are likely to wait longer in the weather elements than the parents that remain in their vehicles. Please make sure that your car tag with your child’s unique code is easily visible in the front of your windshield. Parents that walk up to pick up their child(ren) are also asked to present their tag to the staff dismissing students.

Any students that are not picked up by 3:15 PM will require a parent or guardian to pick them up from inside the building and sign them out.

Buy Your Allen Spirit Shirts!

Allen Spirit Shirts can be purchased from the front office for $12 (cash only). All students are invited to wear their spirit shirts every Friday for our weekly spirit days.
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Box Tops for Education: Help Us Earn Money for our School!

Join us in earning cash for our school by using the Box Tops app. It’s an easy way to make a difference. All you have to do is buy Box Tops participating products (like Cheerios!) and scan your grocery receipt. Box Tops are worth $.10 each and they add up fast! Twice a year, our school receives a check to help pay for whatever we need - equipment, supplies or experiences the kids love!

Use this referral code B1KG0OSL when you sign up and you’ll get 20 Bonus Box Tops when you scan your first receipt now through 05/31/2023, while supplies last! Download the Box Tops for Education app here:

At the end of the school year, the grade level that has earned the most Box Tops will win an Ice Cream Party!

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STAY CONNECTED: Four Easy Ways to Stay Informed

Receive important messages and reminders from Allen ES by push message on your phone. Simply download the NISD Mobile App and select which schools you would like to receive notifications from. Follow us on Twitter @NISDAllenES, join our school on Class Dojo and ensure that your email address is up to date in the office.
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