Negley Navigator News

May 20, 2023


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Negley Mission Statement

The mission at Negley Elementary is for students, teachers, and parents to work together to build a foundation of respectful leaders, lifelong learners, and problem solvers.

Notes from Captain Crowther

Ahoy Navigator Parents!

YOU ARE AMAZING!!!! Thank you to all the parents we had come and support our students at their Carnival and WaterSlide booths! The celebration was a huge success. Thank you for all the positive comments as well! The main thing: our students had a BLAST. Thank you to QUANTUM for winning a celebration for us all!

Here is your NEXT assignment: REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR THE 23-24 SCHOOL YEAR!!!

Here are this week's counts of currently NOT ENROLLED students:

Kinder: 47 unregistered = 3 classes

1st: 60 unregistered = 3 classes

2nd: 79 unregistered = 4 classes

3rd: 47 unregistered = 3 classes

4th: 78 unregistered = 4 classes

This is much better than last week, but we still have 311 current Negley students who have not enrolled! Your teacher will be reaching out to you with a reminder as well. Let's see if we can get this down to 11 by next weekend!!

Don't forget to come by the "Lost and Found in the Lobby" for your child's lost items. Whatever is left will be bagged up and donated.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Captain Crowther

House News - Great time had by all at the QUANTUM party!

See pictures throughout the newsletter.


Please help us plan for next year!

As you know - the number of teachers/classes I will have for next year is based on projections AND registration! Registering your child NOW supports our growing campus to be staffed as we need to be WITH room to grow for all our new Navigator families.

Having these number will allow me to hire NOW, when the best teachers are available. Having to hire right before school starts OR after the school year - it's super hard to find really strong teachers as the pool will have dwindled.

Thank you for your help with this!

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We have had so many parents ask if they can come look through our Lost and Found for all the missing hoodies, water bottles, and lunchboxes that get left at school. So this Monday, 5/15 – and for the last 9 days of school - we will have LOST AND FOUND IN THE LOBBY!

Feel free to come search for your kiddo’s lost items from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm daily!

Please don't make us take these items to GoodWill or Hays Clothes Closet.

Notes from Nurse Jill

I have a lot of OTC meds in the nurse office that need to be picked up by families by May 25th. Teachers sent these notes home with your student in their backpack. Emergency meds such as inhaler and epipens I will send home on the last day of school with the kids. Thanks!


One way you can practice fluency with your child is the adult reads the text first and models fluent reading with appropriate phrasing and expression for the text. Then the student reads the same text to the adult while the adult provides assistance and encouragement. The student continues to reread the text until the reading shows signs of fluency (words are read correctly, reading is fairly smooth, the reader uses punctuation to guide pauses and voice inflections). This usually takes three to four readings.



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5th Grade

Math activity: We now have math activites by grade level!!!

Math Lessons by Grade Level to do at home!

PreK- Represent Subtraction Empty Your Cup Game

Kinder- Collect Data with Tally Marks part 1

1st Grade- Create a Bar Graph

2nd Grade- Collecting Data with Tally Marks part 1

3rd Grade- Use Line Plots to Solve Problems part 1

4th Grade- Add and Subtract 2 Angles

5th Grade- Make Line Plots Fractions part 1

Please be sure to look at the upper right hand corner of the sheet for a video tutorial.

Math Fluency:

The biggest thing students need to develop fact fluency is consistent, frequent opportunities to practice. The more students practice their facts, the more quickly they transfer from short-term to long-term memory.

NEW Math Fact Fluency - District Resources

You can print the activities at each grade level, or play some online games! Students will be working with these games in class as well. The videos are very helpful, so be sure to watch those. You will notice that Kinder and 5th are not included. That doesn't mean you can't work on some of the game strategies. Kinder - take a look at some of the skills and introduce them to your child. As for 5th graders - they ALWAYS need practice with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division - have them work on those electronic games and time them!


Library Update

Hello Awesome Negley Families!

All Library books are now overdue. Please pay for lost or damaged books or return books before Wednesday, May 24th. Here is the link to pay for any lost or damaged books. Thank you!

Happy reading weekend everyone! -Mrs. Marcionetti

PTA NEWS - Last meeting of this school year - Monday!


President: Jessica Bedwell

Vice-President: Alex Zavala

Treasurer: Rachel Rangel

Secretary: Stephanie McIntyre

PTA will be treating our Negley staff to an end of year lunch on Wednesday from Panera Bread. We truly appreciate their hard work!

Be ready to serve next year! We need YOU to help us support our Navigators.

Negley Specials Team: Updates

Welcome to the Specials Team Sign Up Genius Volunteer Page. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Please feel free to become a regular helper and sign up for multiple days and times. We will add more times and volunteer opportunities as the year continues in several Specials and for House events. :) Thank you! The Specials Teachers


Hello from the Art Room!

If you've lost your child's parent Artsonia connection just send me an email!


Kindergarten Research!

High School Graduation Dates

Johnson High School: MAY 30, 2023, 2:00 p.m.

Lehman High School: MAY 30, 2023, 6:00 p.m.
Hays High School: MAY 31, 2023, 2:00 p.m.
Live Oak Academy: MAY 31, 2023, 6:00 p.m.

Strahan Arena
Texas State University
106 Charles Austin Dr.
San Marcos, TX, 78666

See attached parking map
PLEASE NOTE: Charles Austin Dr. is blocked off from Aquarena Springs Dr.

Doors will open for the JHS Ceremony at 12:30 PM on May 30.
Doors will open for the HHS Ceremony at 12:30 PM on May 31.

At this time, tickets are not required to attend the ceremony.

Texas State's bag policy: Small bags & purses are permitted. No large bags or backpacks will be allowed inside the arena/stadium. All items brought into the arena/stadium are subject to search.

Please refer to Texas State’s prohibited & allowable items for commencement ceremonies:

Senior Walk Pictures


It's always important to review general safety practices while dropping off or picking up students at school. Here are some reminders:

1. DO NOT have your child exit the driver's side of the car at school. It is not safe. Students should exit the car on the passenger side against the curb.

2. it is a LAW that cell phones are not to be used in the school zone areas. If you are talking on the phone, holding the phone, etc. you are multi-tasking and not really able to give 100% close attention to the activites going on around you or having both hands on the steering wheel. A hefty fine is not what we want our parents to have to pay by breaking this law. This is something we see on a daily basis.

"Cellphone laws to remember

  • You cannot send or receive electronic messages while driving in Texas.
  • Drivers with learner's permits are prohibited from using cellphones in the first six months of driving.
  • Using any handheld device in your vehicle in a school zone is illegal.
  • Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using handheld devices.
  • School bus drivers may not use cellphones at all while driving if children are present.
  • Cellphone laws can change from city to city.
  • Learn more about Texas texting while driving


3. Stay in your drop off lane and do not go around other cars unless you are directed to do so by a staff member. It's easy to become impatient, especially when you are late. Besides, you'll just get caught at the stop sign and the car you went around will be right behind you in 3 seconds.

4. Our school zone speed limit is 20 mph. If a child were to run out in front of your car while you are going 20 mph, it will still be hard not to hit them. Going faster reduces brake/impact time thus resulting in a more tragic accident. I know that NONE of you want to hit someone else's child.

"Fines for Speeding in a School Crossing Zone

Most drivers don’t like to slow down for Texas school zones, although they would probably feel differently if they were in an accident and a child was hurt. In order to make sure that drivers recognize the importance of obeying the school zone speed limits, Texas has imposed increased fines and court costs on drivers caught speeding in school zones. At the very least, there is an extra $25 court cost added on to the cost of your ticket. This money is collected and used to fund school crossing guard programs and other programs related to child safety.

In addition to the court cost, fines for a Texas school crossing zone ticket can vary based on what city, county or municipality you receive a ticket. For example, if you are ticketed for speeding in a school zone in Houston, San Antonio and Austin, fines start at over $200 for speeding 1-5 MPH above the posted speed limit and well over $300 if speeding more than 30 MPH."

To help everyone get to where they need to be in a safe, timely manner, here are a few pointers:

1. Have all lunches and backpacks packed and ready to go the night before. Have your child pick out their clothes the night before.

2. Wake your child up 5 minutes before you really want to get them up. This gives them a little bit of "wake up" time before they must get out of bed!

3. Leave your house 5 minutes earlier than normal to see if this helps with traffic. Our car rider line doors open at 7:00 am. We usually have a lull between 7:05 and 7:15, and then the traffic picks up again.

4. If your child's actions (or inactions) are the cause for them being tardy, let one of my AP's know. They can talk with them about what's going on and why they need to get to school on time. Now if it's you, mom or dad.....

Just a few adjustments in your morning routines will help you get your child to school on time, and get you to work on time in a safe manner and on a positive note to begin the day. Thank you to those of you who are following all the rules. Thank you to everyone for working on this to make our school safe and efficient.

3rd grade Market Day!

Important Upcoming Dates to Remember

Please check the calendar often as it will be updated on a weekly basis.


22: 4th grade play dress rehearsal - PAC

24: TEXAS PLAY - 4th grade 5:30 pm @ PAC

24: No Parents as visitors for lunch

25: Last day of school for Students

25: No Parents as visitors for lunch

26: Last day of school for Teachers

29: Memorial Day - IT'S SUMMER! See you in August!

Career Day!

90% Attendance Rule

While we understand and are empathetic to circumstances out of your control, there are attendance laws that all schools must follow.

In addition to compulsory attendance law, districts are required to enforce the 90 percent rule, which states that students in grades K-12 must attend class for 90 percent of the time it is offered to receive credit or a final grade. The 90 percent rule applies to most absences, including excused absences. If the student doesn’t meet this requirement, an attendance committee may grant the student credit or a final grade, depending on the circumstances.

Remember to bring your picture ID - always!

Please remember that ANYTIME you come to school to join your child (other than just dropping off your child at the beginning of the day) you MUST check in at the front office and get your Raptor sticker. To receive a sticker, you must present a photo ID regardless if this is your first time or thousandth time to check in to the school. This is for student safety and for us to know who is on our campus at all times. Thank you for being nice to the front office staff as they enforce this safety measure.

This does not apply to evening activities - just the school day.


*****NEW THIS YEAR!*****

· School starts at 7:30 am.

· Attendance notes must be received within 5 school days.

· HaysCISD schools will not accept meal delivery services.

· Transportation Changes will only be accepted as a last resort for unforeseen circumstances. All students must have a set dismissal schedule on file with their teacher.

Bell Schedule:

  • Doors open at 7:00 am.
  • Breakfast is served until 7:25.
  • School starts and the tardy bell rings at 7:30. The car rider line doors will close at 7:30 - You will need to drop your child off at the front of the school if you arrive after that.
  • All hallways will be open for family drop-off from 7:00 - 7:25. Visitors may only enter through the front doors. You must stop at the front office with proper ID and receive your name badge first.
  • After checking in, from 7:00 – 7:15 parents may drop their students off at the Shipyard (gym) doors, or cafeteria for breakfast and say goodbye; from 7:15-7:25 parents may drop their students off at their classroom door and say goodbye.


  • If your student stays home due to illness, please contact Nurse Jill before returning to school. 512-268-8501 or
  • If your student is absent, please email excuses and dr’s notes to our Attendance Clerk, Deborah, at within 5 school days. The student’s first and last name, date, and reason must be included for each absence. Attendance is taken at 10:00 am – if your student is not in the building at that time, they will be counted absent.


  • Visitors can have lunch with students in the cafeteria. You must stop at the front office with proper ID and receive your name badge first. Report to the cafeteria to meet your child, only your child may sit with you, check out with the front office when lunch has concluded. Classroom hallways are NOT OPEN to visitors during instructional time 7:30 – 2:55.
  • The front office does not deliver. Your student will be called down from class to get any lunches, water bottles or forgotten items. Please LABEL all items with student’s name and teacher.
  • We will NOT accept food from meal delivery services! Visitors may still bring restaurant food for their students.


· School gets out at 2:55 pm.

· Every family must choose ONE form of dismissal: Walker, Independent Walker, Car Rider, or After-School Care. If there are any variations to your student’s dismissal, these need to be on a SET SCHEDULE for the teacher to follow.

  • Transportation changes are a LAST RESORT and will only be accepted for family emergencies/unforeseen circumstances. These are to be requested through Kaci in the front office by 2:00. 512-268-8501 or Teacher’s name must be included.
  • The LATEST a student can be picked up early before dismissal is 2:15. PLEASE PLAN DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS ACCORDINGLY. It is your responsibility to know the student’s teacher when picking them up.
  • Students MUST be picked up by 3:15 at the latest. The Front Office closes at 3:30.


  • Please contact your student’s teacher prior to bringing treats – they will give you classroom allergy info and class count.
  • Parents may not attend birthday celebrations in the classroom. Birthday treats will only be handed out to students during the last 15 minutes of the day. Hays CISD recommends individually wrapped items (ex. Little Debbie treats). Homemade items will not be accepted. Please do not bring drinks! Balloons may NOT be taken into the school beyond the reception area.
  • Parents are not allowed to bring food for other children for lunch – no “birthday pizza”, etc. for the class. This is strictly prohibited due to federal guidelines.


YMCA/Extend-a-Care – On site: 512-236-9622,

Rocking Horse Academy: 512-405-3700

Stepping Stone Kyle: 512-268-0123

Stepping Stone Plum Creek: 512-262-7409

Kyle Bright Beginnings: 512-312-4341


PK: 10:10 – 10:40


10:12 – 10 42 Secrest, Turek

10:15 – 10:45 Garza, Martin, Williams

10:18 – 10:48 Whitney, Escalante


10:30 – 11:00 Steubing, Birnbaum, Zamora, Morris -- Recess 11:00 – 11:30

10:34 – 11:04 Shuler, Barnett, Wilder, Pena – Recess 11:04 – 11:34


11:10 - 11:40 Ward, Kolacny, Stone, Chaparro -- Recess 11:40 – 12:10

11:15 - 11:45 Stautz, Buttner, Haverda, McDaid -- Recess 11:45 – 12:15


11:30 - 12:00 Aulbach, Amel, Harcey, Castaneda -- Recess 12:00 – 12:30

11:35 - 12:05 Doerr, Dismuke, Johnson, Sotello -- Recess 12:05 – 12:35


11:55-12:25 Segovia, Beveridge, Andrade, Iverson -- Recess 12:25 – 12:55

12:00-12:30 White, Cauble, Bell, Sneed -- Recess 12:30 – 1:00


12:10 – 12:40 Cook, Bostick, Dismuke, Wagoner -- Recess 12:40 – 1:10

12:15 – 12:45 Snyder, Odom, Finley -- Recess 12:45 – 1:15

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