Principal's Bulletin

Week 4: September 12-16, 2022

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Jerry D. Allen Elementary School

Message from Mrs. Zagala

Dear Allen Families,

Thank you for another great week of learning at Allen Elementary. We had a great turn out for our PTA Parent Orientation this week. In addition to visiting classroom teachers, students and families had the opportunity to learn more about PTA as well some of our support services on campus. If you were unable to attend, I encourage you to reach out to your child's teacher and see how you can best support your child at home in their learning.

We appreciate each and every one of you. Have a great weekend!


Mrs. Zagala


PTA Open House & Orientation

SFA Reading Classes Started This Week!

Our students in 1st-5th grade started their SFA Reading classes this week. This week the focus in SFA classes is team building and learning routines and procedures. SFA Reading is every day from 8:30-10:00 AM.

Help Us Celebrate "Freedom Week"!

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Grandparents' Breakfast: September 12th & 13th

In celebration of Grandparents Day, we are inviting Grandparents to join us for breakfast. Please see the important information below:

September 12th (for students with last names that start A-M)

September 13th (for students with last names that start N-Z)

Our cafeteria is open for breakfast from 7:00-7:40 AM. Any grandparents and adult guests that join us must obtain a visitors pass from the office (no exceptions). In order to obtain a visitors pass guests must have a valid state identification card or valid driver's license. If a guest does not have a valid drivers license or ID they will not be able to obtain a visitors pass and will not be able to join us for breakfast.

Grandparents and guests may either purchase a school breakfast for $2.95 (cash only) or bring their own breakfast and eat with their grandchildren in the cafeteria.

**Due to limited space in the cafeteria, we respectfully ask that the Grandparents' Breakfast be limited to grandparents only.**

Fall Individual Pictures 9.13.22

All students will take fall individual pictures on Tuesday, September 13th. Your child is invited to dress their best for this special day. Order Forms were sent home with your child. If you have any questions regarding Picture Day please contact the front office.
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Parent Cafecito 9.16.22

All parents and guardians are invited to join us for our first Parent Cafecito of the school year on Friday, September 16th from 8:00-9:00 AM in the school cafeteria. The topic of this Cafecito will be a meet and greet with campus administration and our community liaison. Administration will discuss the NISD Learner Profile and review what it means to be a Title I campus with parents and answer any questions that parents may have about school and their child's education. We hope that you can join us!

Immunizations & Well Child Visits Coming to Allen Elementary--September 21, 2022

The University Health System Bus is scheduled to come to Allen Elementary on Wednesday, September 21st from 9:30 AM-12:00 PM. The bus offers Immunizations and Well Child Visits. If you are interested you MUST do the following:

1.Go to

2.Click schedule a Mobile Primary Care Appointment

3.Type of visit: Immunization or Well Child

4. Mobile site location: NISD

5.Find Allen Elementary for September 21st

6.Select their appointment time

7.Begin registration to secure the spot

Please register by September 14th, a minimum of 10 registrations are required to secure the bus for our campus.

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Early Release 9.21.22

Our first Early Release day will be on Wednesday, September 21st. All students will be dismissed at 11:45 AM. Students who are not able to be picked up at 11:45 can stay at school until 3:00 PM where Allen Staff will be monitoring them as they engage in educational activities.

More information will be sent home next week regarding Early Release.

September is Attendance Awareness Month

Attendance is essential to school success, but too we do not realize how quickly absences — excused and unexcused — can add up to academic trouble. Did you know that chronic

absence — missing 10 percent of the school year, or just 2-3 days every month—can translate into third-graders unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing courses and ninth-graders dropping out of high school?

We are here to help and want your child to be successful; but, if they are not in school we cannot teach them. Making sure that your child come to school each day and on time will help your child be more successful. We understand that sometimes your child may have an appointment, but even early outs contribute to learning loss.

If you have any questions or need any assistance with your child's attendance please reach out to us. We are here to support our community!

Reading and Math Family Monthly

Each month we will be sharing Reading and Math challenges for our families to participate in. Please see the link below to see our first installment of our Reading and Math Family Monthly

Learning Fun in Ms. Jacobo's 2nd Grade Class!

Students in Ms. Jacobo's 2nd grade class had an exciting week of learning. This week in the area of Writing, they began the prewriting process and brainstormed their own "ouch" moments. In science this week students learned the difference between freshwater and saltwater. In math, students learned how to count up on a number line. This strategy helped students to use addition to solve subtraction problems. Take a look of some photo highlights from this week of learning in Ms. Jacobo's class.

Morning Procedures

Beginning the second day of school please be advised of the following morning procedures:

  • The doors to the school open at 7:00 AM
  • All parents and adult guests going to the cafeteria must obtain a visitor's pass from the front office. A valid driver's license or state ID is required to get a visitors pass.
  • Any parent eating breakfast with their child will be asked to eat at the family table located on the stage.
  • For safety and security is our campus policy that parents and visitors do not go to the classrooms in the morning

Dismissal Procedures

We appreciate your patience and support as we continue to implement our new dismissal system. For everyone’s safety, students will remain in the building until there is someone here for them. To ensure that our system works smoothly, we ask that all parents, guardians, and caregivers remain in their vehicles and drive through the pick up line for their child. Remaining in the pick up line will minimize the congestion in the front of the school and will allow us to get the children to their cars more efficiently. Parents that “walk up” to pick up their child are likely to wait longer in the weather elements than the parents that remain in their vehicles. Please make sure that your car tag with your child’s unique code is easily visible in the front of your windshield. Parents that walk up to pick up their child(ren) are also asked to present their tag to the staff dismissing students.

Any students that are not picked up by 3:15 PM will require a parent or guardian to pick them up from inside the building and sign them out.

Safety is Top Priority

As Northside ISD prepares to welcome back staff and students for the new school year, we want to make you aware of several guidelines in place at all of our schools. Visitors to our campuses should plan and prepare for increased security measures. Please be patient and expect to be asked where your visitor badge is (if not wearing one) and your reason for being in the building. Some points to follow and be aware of:

● Always enter through the main entrance (security lobby for all elementary schools).

● Be prepared to provide your credentials, license, and/or identification card and reason for

entering the building. A visitor badge will only be provided after getting clearance through

Raptor or a records review.

● Always keep your visitor badge visible for staff to see.

● If you are regularly in the building (visiting your child’s classroom, going for breakfast, or

volunteering) please visit with campus administration for completing a background check

While in the building if you “see something, say something” – whether it be to your child’s teacher or any NISD staff member wearing a NISD issued badge. NISD also has a SafeLine (210-397-7233) to report any suspicious behavior 24/7. We have two police officers at every high school, one at every middle school, and additional officers that patrol elementary schools. Additionally, we have numerous security cameras in all of our buildings and school buses. That being said, it takes ALL of us to be safe.

Please review our Back To School website that provides additional information including a link to our district safety page. For specific information regarding procedures for Meet-the-Teacher, PREP Days, or First Day of School, please visit your campus web site. We remind you while these changes in practice may be inconvenient, they are made with the safety of your child in mind. Thank you in advance for your patience.

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Buy Your Allen Spirit Shirts!

Allen Spirit Shirts can be purchased from the front office for $12 (cash only). All students are invited to wear their spirit shirts every Friday for our weekly spirit days.
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Box Tops for Education: Help Us Earn Money for our School!

Join us in earning cash for our school by using the Box Tops app. It’s an easy way to make a difference. All you have to do is buy Box Tops participating products (like Cheerios!) and scan your grocery receipt. Box Tops are worth $.10 each and they add up fast! Twice a year, our school receives a check to help pay for whatever we need - equipment, supplies or experiences the kids love!

Use this referral code B1KG0OSL when you sign up and you’ll get 20 Bonus Box Tops when you scan your first receipt now through 05/31/2023, while supplies last! Download the Box Tops for Education app here:

At the end of the school year, the grade level that has earned the most Box Tops will win an Ice Cream Party!

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STAY CONNECTED: Four Easy Ways to Stay Informed

Receive important messages and reminders from Allen ES by push message on your phone. Simply download the NISD Mobile App and select which schools you would like to receive notifications from. Follow us on Twitter @NISDAllenES, join our school on Class Dojo and ensure that your email address is up to date in the office.
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