PES Principal Message
September 21, 2023
We'd like to thank our Puster PTO for providing the "Blake Speaks" assembly for our students yesterday. You can read more about our presenter below. His message on growth mindset was wonderful and I'm pretty sure we have some future beat boxers in house at Puster!
Please remember that picture day is MONDAY. These are individual photos that will appear in the yearbook. Ordering information can be found below.
As a reminder, if you plan to attend the Lovejoy Leopards varsity football game tomorrow, K-4 students are expected to sit in the stands with parents. Students are not allowed to hang out, throw balls, etc. under the stadium. I look forward to seeing some of you there! Roll Pards!
Have a wonderful weekend!
MAP Growth Testing Update
MAP Growth testing will be completed at the end of this week. We are looking forward to using the information it provides to meet the needs of our students. On October 4th, we will send home the MAP Growth Family Report with each student. This report will provide you with information about your child’s performance on the assessment. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher or campus administrator. You may also find helpful information in the MAP Growth Parent FAQ.
School Start Time is 7:50 A.M. Students are expected to be in their seats for the 7:50 bell. Students arriving after 7:50 will be directed to the front office for a tardy slip before going to class.
School End Time is 3:25 P.M.
21 - North Texas Giving Day
21 - Kinder Stuffed Animal Sleepover in the Library (See Notes from Mrs. Stewart)
22 - Reading with the Leopards 7:30-8:10
25 - Fall Picture Day
27 - PTO Starbooks Cafe in Science Lab at 7:20 a.m.
29 - Student Holiday/Teacher Planning Day
2-5 - Fall Book Fair
5 - PTO Fall Family Fun Night, 5:30-8:00
6 - End of Quarter 1
9-13 - Fall Break, No School
20 - Q1 Report Cards Sent Home
Parents are welcome to visit their child(ren) for lunch any day. We ask that you eat with your child only (no friends) at either a back table in the cafeteria or outside in the courtyard/picnic area. Please follow the check in procedures below when joining us for lunch.
Katie Modine: 3rd Grade
Mrs. Modine cares deeply for her students, meets them where they are at and pushes them to continually be better! This year Mrs. Modine’s class only has a few girls and none of them knew each other very well. She recognized the girls needed to become better friends. She arranged a lunch for the girls in the classroom to get to know each other better! It was the highlight of the week and a small way Mrs. Modine showed she cared about the well-being of her students!
Melany Porter: Kinder Teacher
We are incredibly grateful for Mrs. Porter. Today she came to the boys' football game and sat for the entire 45min in the heat watching them run around partially knowing what they were doing. Her presence made a big impact and we feel lucky to have her as their teacher!
Her attending their game during her weekend OFF WORK wasn't the only standout thing we noticed about her. She always takes the time to update us on the boys' progress in kinder and how they are adjusting socially/developmentally. She keeps us updated and provides us activities to practice at home to match the activities in school. This means a lot to us! We are so grateful for her and feel the trips are in the best hands.
Miss B's Buzz
Notes from Mrs. Schirf
Calling all 4th graders…...If you’ve ever wanted to be a mascot, here is your chance. Mrs. Haynes and Mrs.Schirf need students to serve as our mascot for Puster Pride assemblies, car lines and other special appearances. If you are interested, submit your application by following the directions below. Deadline for applications is Thursday, October 5th, 2023.
In your own handwriting, answer the following questions and turn your responses in to the front office by Thursday, October 5th, 2023..
What is the purpose of a mascot?
Why should you be chosen to serve as a mascot for Puster Elementary?
Questions? Contact Mrs. Schirf
Notes from the Library
1,882 Titles circulated in September so far.
5,958 titles have circulated so far this year.
Fall Book Fair
Our Puster book fair opens Monday October 2nd at 7:30. We will close Friday October at 12. Students may shop before school, during their library time and during other times their teacher allows. We will be open late on Thursday October 5th during Family Fun Night if you want to pop in and shop. We accept cash, cards or the easiest, safest method, a book fair gift card!
Buy a book fair gift card here: https://efairs.literati.com/product-category/gift-cards/
In the hands of students, digital gift cards are a safe and easy payment method that won’t get lost in a backpack. They make great gifts for teachers!
Gift cards can be purchased from your online fair at efairs.literati.com. Customers can buy gift cards in person as well, so long as they have the recipient’s email address at checkout.
HOW THEY WORK
Purcase online at https://efairs.literati.com/product-category/gift-cards/ or purchase gift cards at checkout, the customer enters in a recipient’s email address.
A gift card code is then sent to the recipient’s email inbox.
To redeem, the cashier scans the gift card code at checkout, or the recipient inputs the code themselves online.
Gift cards never expire, so students and teachers can use any remaining funds on their next Literati Book Fair!
Can’t wait?? Try our Online Companion Fair https://efairs.literati.com/books/?utm_source=MarketingCloud&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Retention+Journey+%233+%e2%80%93+4+Weeks+Before+Fair+Start+Date&utm_content=efairs.literati.com
and select Puster Elementary our online fair allows the whole community to shop our book fair, including those who aren’t able to visit in person. Online companion fairs feature an expanded catalog of books, giving you a bigger array of titles to choose from. That way everyone can find a new favorite read!
When our book fair ends, our online fair will close and all online purchases will be added to our total book fair sales. Then they will ship our school’s online book orders, which should arrive at our school within 10 days, depending on carrier transit times. Shipments will contain a packing list with teacher and student names, I will then distribute orders.
What's Coming up in the library?
Kindergarten Stuffed Animal Library Sleepover September 21st.Library Stuffed Animal Sleepover for Kinder
Fall Book Fair October 2-6
Book Character pumpkins can come in October 18th K -4 Book Character Flyer
Library Volunteer sign up:
Notes from Officer Emory
Good Afternoon Puster Families,
This is your School Marshal, Steven Emory.
I will be teaching the students the AVOID / DENY / DEFEND in the upcoming months.
These 3 techniques are used during an act of violence (Robbery, Hostage situation, workplace violence, active shooter, etc.) so these techniques will serve them through their entire life and will be useful for you as well.
AVOID: Strats with state of mind.
Pay attention to your surroundings.
Have an exit plan
Move away from the threat as quickly as possible
Create barriers and distance between you and the threat.
DENY: when getting away is difficult or impossible.
Keep distance between yourself and the threat
Slow down the threat with barriers
Turn lights off and dont for get to silence your phone
Remain out of sight and quiet, hid behind large objects
Continue to look for an exit.
DEFEND: Your life depends on it.
If you can't do the first two, prepare to defend yourself
Be aggressive and committee to your actions
This is not the time to fight fairly. Don't give your life away.
Do you have a family plan?
This is a plan if something goes wrong, it could be at the store, park, any public place or at home.
Example what would you do if someone was trying to kick in your front door. Would your kids know what to do? Do your kids know what to do during a fire?
This is where you role play scenarios in your head. Preparing yourself for what may happen.
Example if I am at a restaurant I may say if a man with a gun walks in. I will tell my family to exit out the back or to get under the table.
Thank you for helping us to make Puster a safe environment for our students and staff. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.
Have a great rest of your week,
PES School Marshal
Future Leopards Association Membership Coffee: September 14th, 10:30am @ Creekwood UMC Fall Family Fun Night: October 5th, 5:30-8pm (Spirit Wear Sales) Leopard Friday: Rescheduled to October 27, 5-7pm @ Lovejoy HS courtyard (tax free day for Spirit Wear Sales) Daddy Daughter Dance: February 9th Mother/Son Event: April 5th
Thank you for choosing to volunteer with Puster Dads and spend the day at Puster Elementary alongside your child, grandchild, etc. Having more male role models on campus participating in and enjoying all the learning/fun makes such a positive impact! We really appreciate you!
Lovejoy Athletics would like to offer up the opportunity for premium parking for all Varsity home football games for the 2023 season. The Leopards will auction off 42 prime parking spaces just west of Leopard Stadium. No more coming early and fighting for that elusive parking space on nights like Leopard Friday or Homecoming - your spot awaits you!
These premium spots are open to any community member who wants to support the school and would appreciate a short walk to the ticket booth on those busy game nights.
To bid, go to the following link:
Puster Elementary - The Place We Want to Be!