February 17, 2020
Our Campus Mission:
The mission of Giesinger Elementary is to ensure high levels of learning to facilitate continuous growth of the whole child.
We envision a school in which staff provide a safe, caring, and positive learning community for all children; create a collaborative culture among children, families and staff; establish high levels of learning by frequently monitoring student progress; and demonstrate a personal commitment to the academic success and general well-being of each child .
2014 National Blue Ribbon School
Kona Ice Day - Tuesday, February 18th
Important School-Wide Dates:
17th - No School
18th - Kona Ice Day
20th - McTeacher Spirit Night at McDonald's 5:00-8:00 pm
22nd - Giesinger 5K Family Fun Run 8:00 am
25th - Third grade Writing Benchmark
27th - Fourth grade Reading Benchmark
28th - Go Texan Day
2nd - Spring Pictures
3rd - Second grade music dress rehearsal
4th - Fourth grade math benchmark
5th - Dr. Seuss Day
5th - Second grade music program 6:30 pm
6th - Early Release at 12:05 pm; End of the grading period
9th - 13th - Spring Break
16th - School resumes
19th - Third grade reading benchmark
20th - Giesinger Carnival 5:00 - 7:30 pm
24th - Boosterthon Kick-off; Report Cards sent home
26th - Third grade math benchmark
30th - Book Fair week
Congratulations to Mrs. Spaugh for being awarded Teacher of the Year, to Mrs. Ventura for Humanitarian of the Year and to Mrs. Matherne for being the Rising Star!
Don't Miss Out!
Giesinger Yearbooks are on sale for $35.00. Don't miss this opportunity to purchase yours.
See the front office for order forms OR order online at www.balfour.com
Celebrate your milestone achievements and events with custom designed class rings, graduation announcements, letterman jackets and yearbooks.
Full Day Pre-Kindergarten 2020-2021
Conroe ISD Presents SCREENAGERS
February 24th at 6pm @ College Park High School
College Park High School
3701 Colle Park Dr.
The Woodlands, TX 77384
Lunch and Learn Seminars for Parents
All parents in the Conroe High School feeder zone are welcome to join us at our lunch and learn seminars this year. All seminars are one hour in length, held at CHS, and they start at 12:00 (noon) each time.
Location: Conroe High School College and Career Center
Presentatioin: Marijuana and Vaping
Presenter: Kelly Locke
Attendance Is Important
In the event your child will be absent from school, please call our attendance line at 936-709-2610.
Following an absence, please send a note explaining the reason for your child’s absence. If your child will be out for an extended period of time, please let his/her teacher know, as well as our attendance clerk.
School hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. The tardy bell rings at 8:00 and students will be counted tardy if they are not in their classroom at that time. Attendance is taken at 9:00 a.m. each day. If your child is absent at 9:00 a.m. due to a doctor’s appointment, he/she will be counted present if you bring your child back to school on the same day with a doctors statement that verifies the appointment.
When students are absent, they are expected to make up all worked missed. Students will have the same number of days to complete assignments, as they were absent. The student handbook states that make up work cannot be given in advance of absences.
Please avoid scheduling vacations while school is in session. State law requires that children miss no more than 10% (18 days) of the school year. If a child misses more than 10%, they do not have the required attendance to be promoted to the next grade.
Additionally, Attendance is a major component of our state’s accountability system. Our attendance percentage is factored into every measure of our accountability, which impacts our school ranking.
Regular attendance is very important. Every day is packed with valuable instruction that cannot be reproduced at home. Attending school regularly has a huge effect on your child’s academic success, and success later in life. Parents play a key role in setting an example as to the importance of regular attendance and arriving to school on time.
Please feel free to direct all questions or concerns to Robin Rickwalt at 936-709-2610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekly Attendance Report
Feb. 7 - 94.4%
Feb. 10 - 95.5%
Feb. 11 - 95.5%
Feb. 12 - 95.5%
Feb. 13 - 94.9%
Giesinger Game Night!
This week is a Wild Card Week for the positivity project. We will be reviewing the character trait of Perseverence. At Giesinger, we call this trait Resilience. The concept of perseverance can most often be found in one’s active pursuit in overcoming obstacles. Perseverance is a uniquely human characteristic that identifies an individual’s ability to spend long periods of time devoted to a single goal or set of goals. Those who persevere are able to set goals for themselves and then take active, calculated steps toward those goals. People demonstrating high levels of perseverance are able to handle significant, sometimes repeated, setbacks in pursuit of goals.
News from our Nurse
Please remember to provide the school with new phone numbers if yours has changed so we can contact you in the event of an illness or emergency. Illnesses at school that require a student to be sent home for a minimum of 24 hours are as follows:
· Fever of 100 degrees or higher
· Vomiting and/or diarrhea
· Severe stomachache, headache, or earache
· Suspected or known contagious condition or illness
· A child who is too sick to function in the classroom and participate
Please feel free to call the clinic with any questions.
Dana Corbit, RN
Stay in touch with CISD by downloading our new mobile app!
Download the app on your mobile device today and select ‘yes’ to receive push notifications with the latest news and updates from the District.
- Push Notifications - Select ‘yes’ when you download the app to receive the latest push notifications from the District.
- Calendar Events - Add events to the calendar on your personal mobile device directly from the calendar section on the app.
- News - Check out the latest District-wide and school news all in one place!
2018-2019 Texas Academic Performace Report and Report Card
From the school’s website:
· Go to "Our School/Campus"
· Click “View School Profile"
· Select “Accountability Reports”
· Click “2018-2019”
· Select "Texas Academic Performance Report or Federal Report Card" and "School Report Card".
Car Rider LINE Do's and Don'ts:
Giesinger works takes pride in the organization and efficiency of our car rider line. We have tried various ways entering and exiting our students over 20 years. Please note the following if you are a car rider:
DO follow these directions for morning drop off and if applicable, for afternoon pick up.
DO pull all the way up to first cone closest to the flag pole. If a car is already at the first cone, please create a steady stream behind cones "2", "3", "4", "5", "6". We can safely load and unload 5-7 cars at a time by following this method.
Do NOT pull up and stop by the doors. This slows every car down behind you and we have this designed for safety to pull all the way up to 1. If you are concerned about your child not getting into the building, please know that is why we have safety kids and staff outside at morning duty.
DO NOT GET OUT OF THE CAR. If your child requires extra kisses, assistance getting out of his or her car seat, a note written, a walk up to the door, then we ask that you park and walk your child from the parking lot.
- DO move quickly through the car-rider line.
- DO NOT confuse quickly with fast. If you are in an extreme rush, the car-rider line may not be your best option. Park and escort your child from parking lot.
- DO NOT pass other cars in the car rider line. This is extremely dangerous. If there is a car who is regularly not following the rules and safety is a concern, please call the front office and let us know.
- DO put safety first. Make your kids wear their seat belts in the car-rider line. Don’t be on cell phones in the car-rider line. Put your car in park before your children get out of the car in the car-rider line. Watch for others crossing the parking lot in the car-rider line.
- DO NOT expect others to be safe. Every parent uses the car-rider line for the first time at some point. This may include families who just moved into the area, relatives, babysitters and older siblings.
- Do make sure your children exit the car on the passenger side doors. Please reinforce to your children that they need to go straight across the solid red and orange lines to the area away from the car traffic.
- DO have your CAR RIDER SIGN OUT AND DISPLAYED for the person calling names to see it vividly even if they know you during pickup. Sometimes it is hard to see into windows and anticipate who is inside the car.
- DO NOT make left turns leaving the car rider back parking lot.
- AGAIN, If you need more time and are holding up the line during drop off or pick up, we ask you to please park and walk your child up to school.
- Thank you.
Bus Cards for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Students
In a continued effort to increase student safety, the transportation department in conjunction with Giesinger Elementary is implementing Pre-K and Kindergarten bus cards.
Parents, designated adult, or approved sibling must be at the bus stop with the yellow card to receive Pre-K and/or kindergarten students. If no one is there to receive the student, they will be returned to school. It is the responsibility of the parent to pick up the student(s) from the school.
This week, yellow bus rider cards will go home with our current bus students. If you need an additional sign or have changed your student's transportation to the bus, please email your child's teacher and we will get you a sign sent home.
We are excited about this new step in ensuring our pre-k and kindergarten students are connected to the correct people at their bus stop.
All SMS messages received from the Conroe ISD District Office and your child's campus will begin with "Conroe ISD:" and come from the subscribe code 67587. If you have not yet opted-in to receive SMS messages, you can do so at any time throughout the school year by texting "Y" to 67587.
Would You Like to Join the Giesinger PTO?
Our PTO believes in the students, staff, and families at Giesinger. By contributing to our fundraisers, you are making all kinds of quality programs and events available to ALL of our students!
Membership Donation Levels:
$10 Bronze Individual Membership
$25 Silver Individual Membership
$50 Gold Individual Membership
The purpose of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is to:
(a) promote the welfare of children at Giesinger
(b) to foster cooperation between parents and teachers in the education of children at Giesinger
(c) to unite school and community efforts in securing for all children the best education
(d) to engage in fundraising activities for the educational and recreational benefit of Giesinger, its children, teachers, and staff as determined by the PTO and in accordance with the PTO by-laws.
Parent Access Login
To access your child’s information online you must register for an account.
Please go to the following link and follow the directions below:
Click the “Student/Parent” tab
Click on “Parent Access Center”
Breakfast is Available
Breakfast for students is served at school! School breakfast will give your child a healthy start to the day. A nutritious breakfast helps students be more alert so they can learn more in class. Breakfast has vitamins and nutrients for a strong and healthy body.
Breakfast at school is affordable at only $1.35. If you qualify for free and reduced price meals, you also qualify for the breakfast program, with no additional paperwork. You can’t find a healthy breakfast at such a low cost anywhere else. Reduced price is $.30 and non student meal and second meal is $2.30.
Help your child start the day right with school breakfast! Breakfast is served beginning at 7:30 until 7:55 am and our instructional school day begins at 8:00 a.m.
2019- 2020 Meal Prices
Beginning on the first day of school, parents may send money (cash or check) for their child to set up a lunch account. My School Bucks in an online account that may continued to be used from year to year or a new account set up at www.myschoolbucks.com Online credit card payments can be made at www.myschoolbucks.com.
Menus are posted on the serving lines in the cafeteria, on the Child Nutrition website and attached to the school's website.
Free and Reduced applications will be processed online. The website to complete a free and reduced application is www.myschoolapps.com.
Full price student $2.85
Reduced price student $.40
Non student meal and second meal $3.60
Lunch and Specials Schedules:
- Kindergarten 11:00-11:30
- First Grade 11:25-11:55
- Second Grade 11:40-12:10
- Pre-Kindergarten 11:55-12:20
- Life Skills 11:55-12:20
- Third Grade 12:00-12:30
- Fourth Grade 12:20-12:50
- Fourth Grade 8:35-9:20
- Third Grade 9:25-10:10
- Second Grade 10:15-11:00
- Kindergarten 1:15-2:00
- First Grade 2:05-2:50
Morning Arrival and Afternoon Dismissal
Please do not park on White Oak Blvd during arrival and dismissal times. To ensure the safety of everyone, please unload and load all students from our car line.
Register for Bus Transportation
You will be able to register for bus transportation online, confirm your child’s bus number, and also have the accurate pick-up and drop-off times.
After emailing, please call the front office to verify that it was received.
Our phone number is 936-709-2600
We will not make any transportation changes after 2:30 pm. Early pick-up also ends at 2:30 pm. so that we can alleviate any last minute confusion. Please try to schedule appointments after school.
Attendance and Tardies
Attendance: Our school-wide attendance has been great! On average, 98% of our students have been present each day this year. Attendance is the number one indicator of student success. The instruction and learning that occur on a daily basis in the classroom is our central mission. Parents who make regular school attendance and punctuality a high priority are helping their children learn to accept responsibility, which is an important lesson for a successful life. We encourage students to become N.E.A.T. Kids—Never Ever Absent or Tardy. Students with no absences or tardies each grading period will receive a certificate and participate in a fun celebration. We strive for all our students to arrive at school before 8:00 each and every day!
Tardies: Our school doors open at 7:30 a.m. and may go to the cafeteria for breakfast or to their classroom to begin their day. Students are tardy if they are not in the builing at 8:00 a.m. Our instructional school day begins at 8:00 a.m and teachers/staff leave the front porch at 8:00 a.m.
Morning Arrivals on the Front Porch
School Cash Online
Give the Gift of a TAE "Teacher's Achieving Excellence"
Log Into "Parent Access" by clicking:
and click on the "Teachers/Staff Excellence" Tab.
Feel free to type your own message and send any staff a positive message!
Giesinger and CISD Bullying Information
No Place for Hate®
Giesinger has earned the No Place for Hate® designation for the 2018-2019 school year!
No Place for Hate® is an initiative of the Anti-Defamation League offered free to schools. The initiative is designed to rally the entire school around the goal of creating a welcoming community committed to stopping all forms of bias and bullying.
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Box Tops for Education
Traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out of production, but may continue to be found on many products throughout the store. You can still clip and send them to school. Please give them to your school's PE teacher to help with purchasing new equipment.
Eventually the Box Tops program will become digital-only. Participating brands are starting to change their packaging from a traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box top label. If you see this label, use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt. Make sure to register Giesinger Elementary for your school to earn credit. Box Tops are still worth 10¢ each for your school. The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online.
- Our doors open at 7:30 for all students.
- Students are counted "tardy" after 8:00. Instruction begins promptly at 8:00 and we want our students present and ready to learn!
- Please do not drop off students before 7:30 as there is no adult supervision on the front porch.
- Breakfast is served from 7:30-7:55.
- Transportation changes need to be made by 2:00. Emergency transportation changes can me made no later than 2:30.
- Students will not be checked out after 2:30.
- Dismissal begins at 3:10.
- Please display your car or walker sign when picking your students up each day. This is for the safety for all students and to help our staff and substitutes on duty.
- Thank you for your continued support. Eagles Soar to Excellence in All We Do!
Giesinger Student Handbook
The Conroe Independent School District (District) as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment matters. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner.
For information about Title IX rights or Section 504/ADA rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA coordinator at 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, TX 77304; (936) 709-7752.