Tuscany Times

168th Lighthouse School in the Nation, Building Leaders

Tuscany Heights Elementary

Tuscany Heights is the 168th Lighthouse School in the Nation as recognized by Stephen Covey. Through student leadership, we grow leaders that encompass a growth mindset and establish lifelong skills that will support our students as they grow into adults. Our mission is a living action statement that we use to guide Team Tuscany, as we do great things for all.

"We, THE Tigers, will be inspired to LEAD, HONOR, and EXCEL today!"

Bailey's Bulletin


Our students did a great job this month! Help us celebrate with them when you see their report cards and the progress they have made so far this year. We enjoyed celebrating and talking with the students at the Awards Assembly on Friday. We had some fabulous student speakers that shared great messages with Kinder-5th grade. We are proud of all of our students. Thank you for your contribution to help make TUSCANY HEIGHTS a great place to be!

Below you will find some information from CHILDSAFE. These are great resources to support our students with tech safety.

Join us on Twitter, Tuscany Heights Elementary's Facebook, and NOW- INSTAGRAM. We are telling our Tiger Story to all. We are posting classroom activities and sharing all the happenings here with our community. With the STEAM Initiative, you can see fun, interactive activities your kids are involved in throughout the day, week, and/or month. Links are at the top of the page. Join our social media and see your child LEAD!

Happy fall to all!

Proud Principal,

Tara Bailey

ChildSafe Information

Tuscany Happenings

October & November Benchmarks: CLOSED CAMPUS Until 10:45a.m.

3rd Grade Reading Benchmark- Monday, October 29

3rd Grade Math Benchmark- Tuesday, October 30

4th Grade Reading Benchmark- Friday, November 2

4th Grade Math Benchmark- Thursday, November 1

4th Grade Writing Benchmark- Monday, November 5

5th Grade Reading Benchmark- Monday, October 29

5th Grade Math Benchmark-Tuesday, October 30

5th Grade Science Benchmark-Monday, November 5

Winter Spiritwear- November 2nd

Daylight Savings- November 4th

TURKEY TALES, Come GOBBLE up a good book with us!- PreK Story Time- Nov. 5th, This is a closed campus morning; however, the office and library will be open for visitors.

Run for the Heights Boosterthon- November 6th- 16th

Tiger Track & Field- November 7th, Heroes Stadium

Veterans Day Celebration- November 9th @ 7:15am

Thankful Kinder Feast- November 16th, 12-12:45pm

Thanksgiving Holiday- November 19th-23rd- NO SCHOOL

5th grade Parents

Our 5th grade Tigers had their first taste of middle school this week with a visit from Dr. Watson. Dr. Watson, Director of NEISD’s KSAT Magnet program, presented information about Krueger School of Applied Technologies or KSAT. KSAT is a magnet program located on the campus of Krueger Middle School. This unique magnet program focuses on integrating core subject content using thematic units to build relevance across the curriculum. KSAT uses Aerospace Science and Technologies as its theme.

Students in NEISD can apply to three different programs- KSAT at Krueger, DATA at Ed White, and STEM at Nimitz. Each school offers unique courses for students interested in science and technology. Below is a link to apply to these magnet programs for the 2019-2020 School Year.

The application process is open now and closes on January 30, 2019.

Beginning with the end in mind, Mrs. Staples has listed several important dates for our 5th graders as they transition to middle school. Most of our 5th grade Tigers will attend Tejeda or Bush Middle school. Therefore, the dates below are the same for both schools:

October 23, 2018 KSAT Presentation at Tuscany at 8:00am- COMPLETE

November 2, 2018 DATA Presentation at Tuscany at 2:15pm

December 7, 2018 Bush and Tejeda Music Departments present at 2:15 pm

January 17-January 25, 2019 Tejeda and Bush Choice Cards are distributed to 5th Grade Students

January 18, 2019 Choice Card Information Session for parents at Tuscany at 2:15pm

January 22, 2019 Middle School Course Fairs at Tejeda and Bush starting at 6:00pm

February 1, 2019 Middle School Choices Cards due to Mrs. Staples

Victory Martial Arts came to visit our TIGERS!

Our THE Coaches are working with Victory Martial Arts to reinforce the importance of physical well being all while teaching discipline and respect for self and others. Victory Martial Arts was here this week. Check out the message below and ask your Tigers all about it!

See a message from Victory below:

“Victory prides itself on giving back to the community, and we have found this is one of the most fun and beneficial ways to educate youth on life skills like discipline and respect. We also focus on confidence and how to handle bullying or strangers. How this has worked for us at other elementary and middle schools is that we would have an instructor from our studio come in and lead your PE classes throughout the day. The instructor would have the kids do some fun, basic cardio exercises, like jumping jacks or high knees, while having them learn some fun quotes about discipline and respect. From there, they would do a little stretching, reviewing confidence. After that, the instructor would teach them how to use a strong confident voice to say STOP to strangers or bullies. They teach some fun, safe and basic martial arts drills that are freestanding and safe, never on another student, and have the kids do some fun relay races and other physical drills with the techniques that they learned. Other PE teachers have found that the talk is a great way to reinforce good behavior and positive attitudes towards other students and teachers.”

THE Class Happenings, photo credit: Tiger Paparazzi

Our Tiger Paparazzi's are doing great work capturing moments at Tuscany Heights. Check them out below, on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Reaching New Heights, Tuscany Heights PTA

Winter Spirit Orders

It’s time to order your cooler weather THE spirit gear! We have a fun new long sleeve t-shirt design and a zip up hooded sweatshirt. Order forms will be coming home with students on Friday 10/26, and online ordering via tuscanyheightspta.org will be available soon. All orders must be turned in on or before Friday 11/2. This order will be for pre-ordered items only, we will not carry extra stock of these winter spirit items.

Treats for Troops

Did your trick-or-treaters bring home way too much candy this year? Have leftover candy that you didn’t hand out on Halloween? Donate it to Tuscany Heights for our Treats for Troops program! We will have labeled boxes in the front foyer on November 1st and 2nd for you to easily drop off your donations, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Run For The Heights with Boosterthon – Nov 6-16

Run For The Heights with Boosterthon is right around the corner! Our schoolwide fundraiser with Boosterthon will take place November 6 -16th this year. Our Boosterthon Kickoff Dance Party will be held on November 6th at 6:00pm, please mark this on your calendars. We will have a DJ to lead the dance party, lots of fun items to give away in our student raffle, yummy treats, and our THE sponsors will be there to show their support and tell you all about their businesses. We hope to see you all there as we get excited about our fundraiser and fun run with Boosterthon!

T.H.E. PTA presents…Seats for Soldiers, a Veteran’s Day Celebration

Our Veteran’s Day celebration will be held on Friday November 9th. Please plan to join us for breakfast and a celebration of all our Tuscany Heights Military Families. An RSVP flyer will be coming home soon, deadline to RSVP is Friday 11/2.

5th Grade Parents

Calling all 5th grade parents and families!! We need YOU to volunteer for our 5th Grade Activities Committee! If you would like to help please email Beth DeStefano at Beth.destefano@gmail.com or Angie Songster at thesongster5@gmail.com for more information.


You can still go online and order your THE Spirit Gear, donate to Greenbacks and join PTA. Go to www.TuscanyHeightsPTA.org and click on the WELCOME BACK AND SPIRIT STORE section! Some quantities are limited, but we still have plenty of spirit shirts, shorts and ladies shirts so place your order today. Our Greenbacks goal for this year is $5,000 and we are currently over half way there. If we meet our goal the students get to send Mrs. Bailey and Mrs. Leon through a student constructed car wash! Our donation levels are:

$200 and up-Tiger, $150-Platinum, $100-Gold, $50-Silver, $25-Bronze

Lost and Found!

Be Proactive for the 2018-19 school year! Please label your child's belongings (lunch boxes, water bottles, sweaters and backpacks). That way if they happen to end up in the LOST and FOUND, we can return them to their owner.

Calling all Student Volunteers!

Does your student volunteer at Tuscany Heights through patrols, broadcasting, library lifesavers or any other leadership position? Does your student do community service through scouts or your church? Does your student volunteer at any organizations such as a food bank or animal shelter? If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, we want to know so we can acknowledge your child! If you already have an account at the Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) website then don't forget to log your child's hours. If you are new to logging hours, please create a PVSA account for your Tiger so you can start logging. Full instructions can be found on the Tuscany Heights PTA website: http://www.tuscanyheightspta.org/presidential-volunteer-service-award.html Check the weekly eBlasts for information on community service activities offered at Tuscany Heights during the school year. Please contact Kelly Cardenas at communityservice@tuscanyheightspta.org with any questions.

Plug in with PTA and Back the Future!

THE PTA Website www.tuscanyheightspta.org

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