Bulldog Bulletin

Issue 1 - October 2015

From the Desk of Mrs. Rangel

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year! We are very excited to share another year with you at Stephens Elementary. We are ending our 6th week together, and everyone seems to be adjusting well to their new schedules and routines. As always, we appreciate your support as parents and the role you play in this time of transition.

This year, our theme at Stephens is "Dream, Believe, Achieve." We selected this, as it truly focuses on the education of the whole child and enhancing student ownership in achievement. Students are learning how to work with teachers to set goals for themselves, have guidance from the teachers on the appropriate steps needed in order to reach those goals, and then success is celebrated when those goals are achieved. Although we are calling this our "theme" for the year, it is actually an overall mindset...a word you will hear quite often this year. We will be working very hard with our students to shift their mindset from "I can't do it" to "I can't do it YET."

We look forward to a great year with you as we continue to build a better Stephens Elementary for our community of learners!

Counselor's Corner

Welcome back to another great year at Stephens Elementary. My name is Stephani Short and I am the school counselor. Feel free to contact me via phone, email, or in person if you or your child needs any assistance: (940) 369-0804 sshort@dentonisd.org

The counseling program at Stephens Elementary is designed to be proactive and preventative. All students, Pre K - 5, have access to counseling services. The counseling program includes:

Classroom guidance - Lessons will focus on positive character, problem solving strategies, etc. Guidance lessons promote SWAG (Students who Achieve Greatness) by Dreaming, Believing, and Achieving!

Small group and/or Individual counseling – Students can be seen at the request of a parent/guardian, teachers, staff or administrator, or self-referral

Academic and Social Development

College and Career Readiness

October 26-30 is Red Ribbon Week. Our theme focuses on “Pawsitive Choices”

M - Wear Green to “Scrap out using Drugs”

T - Wear Neon to show we are “Too bright to make bad choices”

W - Wear Mustaches because “We mustache you to make good choices"

TH - Wear Sunglasses to “Shade out bad choices”

F - Wear Hats to show “Hats off to a better you!”

Nurse's News

Hi, my name is Amy Mundy, RN and I am your new school Nurse for Stephens Elementary. The role of the school nurse is to strengthen and assist the educational process by improving and protecting the health status of all students, focusing on prevention of illness and disability and early detection and correction of health problems. The school nurse can also be a resource for parents needing help in seeking the services needed for their child. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. My door is always open.

Flu season is once again upon us, please make sure that you Cover your Cough & Sneeze, Wash your Hands, and Get your Flu Shot! Here's to a great year, Bulldogs!

How to Contact me: (940) 369-0805 amundy@dentonisd.org

Campus Leadership - News You Can Use

The Campus Leadership Team (CLT) at Stephens Elementary is comprised of appointed teachers from each grade level, in addition to, Principal Rangel, Assistant Principal Wright, and Counselor Short. The role of this team is to take a bird’s eye view of the Stephens campus and search for ways to reassess and perhaps improve the organizational structure. I currently sit on this team as a liaison between the CLT and the PTA. My role in this position is to communicate the many details and factors that go into the decision-making process at Stephens, as well as, voice PTA concerns and find ways that the PTA can assist in various school endeavors. As I sit in this role for a second year, Principal Rangel was kind enough to offer this space in the newsletter for me to communicate my observations as a parent. The CLT has, at the heart of their vision, the care and success of each of the children at Stephens. As intricate as the interweaving of a spider’s web, each thread of the Stephens system intertwines with others, none of which stand alone. Did you know that traffic patterns in the school hallways are planned and mapped out for the least congestion and most efficient movement? This is just one strand in the meticulously designed web; my hope is to highlight many others throughout this year.

Stephanie Zajchowski

Upcoming Stephens Events - October 2015

5th - 9th Early Release/Conference Week (Student Dismissal at 12:50 p.m.)

12th - Student Holiday (No School)

15th - PTA General Meeting and 2nd Grade Program (Begins at 6:30 p.m.)

26th - 30th Red Ribbon Week (Please Refer to Counselor's Corner for Daily Themes)

27th - Positive Proof Safety ID's (Order Envelopes to Come Home in Tuesday Folders)

29th - PTA Cookie Dough Delivery Date