The Hoot Owl

NOVEMBER 2022

Notes from the principal

And in the blink of eye, it's November. Cooler weather, football, Thanksgiving and perfect temperatures (most days) for some outside time.


With the holidays quickly upon us, it is very important that we continue reading through Thanksgiving and Winter Break. Below you will find some questions that you can ask your children as they are reading either to you or independently.


Fiction questions:

Who is the main character?

What do you know about him/her? (internal and external characteristics such as blonde hair, calm, curious, etc...)

What is the setting in the book?

What is the problem?

How do you think they will solve the problem and read on to see if you are right?

Can you give me a 3-4 sentence summary of what you read today?


Non-fiction questions:

Show me some of the text features in the book. How do they support the text?

What is the main idea?

What are the details that support the main idea?



These will help your child continue growing in their reading.

NURSE'S NOTE

If your child comes home in clothes from the clinic, we do ask that you please wash them and return them as soon as possible. We have a limited amount of "extra" clothing.


Thus, the Clinic is accepting donations of:

*new underwear for both boys and girls - all sizes

*gently worn clean clothes that your children have outgrown

GIFTED AND TALENTED NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

Spring GT Testing Nominations


Nominations for Gifted and Talented testing will be accepted from October 3 - December 16. If you would like to nominate your child for GT testing, please fill out the following form and return it to Erin Anderson at eanderson@conroeisd.net. GT testing will take place at the end of January. (All 2nd graders are GT tested at the end of October. Please do not fill out forms for 2nd graders.)

SCHOOL SHIRTS

If you ordered a school shirt, the vendor is having difficulty getting all the shirts we need. As soon as the shirts all come in, they will be printed and brought to the school. Thank you for your patience while we wait on the shirts.

YEARBOOK ORDERS

Yearbooks for the 22-23 school year are available for pre-order. We are asking that parents order them online this year. See the attached flyer for directions on ordering yearbooks online.


The cost will be $30 from now until December 30.

TITLE ONE INFORMATION

As you know from Parent Information Night, our school is a Title One campus based on the percentage of our students who receive either free or reduced lunch. This status allocates extra money to our campus to help support the needs of our learners.


This current school year, the money is marked for a variety of usage. Some of it is listed below:

*Campus Literacy coach who supports teachers with learning

*Campus Interventionist/Behavior Coach - she supports teachers with intervention strategies needed to our students as well as supports with behavior issues that interfere in learning

*Classroom collections - purchasing books for the classrooms to enhance the choices of reading material for our students

*Technology - we are currently working towards a 1:1 device in upper grades and a 2:1 in lower grades. Each year we use money to purchase and update technology.

*Staff Development presenters from different areas that come in and train teachers to enhance their skills.


As part of being a Title One campus, it is an expectation we share the attached documents with you. The documents below are:

*Parent/Student Compact - Once you have reviewed compact, please complete the form stating that at this link. Parent Student Compact Link

*ORE Parent Involvement Policy - read for your information

LUNCH RESERVATIONS

We are excited to have parents returning to join us for lunch. Here are a few procedures:



  • Make a reservation online from our school webpage.
  • Lunch visitors will need to present ID at the front desk to check into the building. You must also be on the child's contact list, meaning a parent or emergency contact. If not, parents will be contacted for permission prior to entrance.
  • Parents will meet their children in the cafeteria, go to room 300 to enjoy lunch.
  • At the end of lunch, return the child to their teacher in the cafeteria.
  • Parents are asked to head to the front and check out immediately following lunch.
  • Parents are not to be in classrooms or on the recess playground without prior permission from administration.


We look forward to having parents at lunch this year.

ATTENDANCE

One of our goals this year that directly impacts our school rating is our attendance. Our goal is to have 97% average daily attendance. We are currently at 95.1%. We are a little behind where we need to be so we all need to join in and help our school reach this goal.


We all know that if students are not at school, they are not learning. Of course, if your child is sick, they need to stay home, but if it is something minor and not contagious, please encourage your child to come to school.


Mrs. DeAlencar, parent liason, and Mrs. Hill, registrar, have started making contact with parents of students who are absent with no school contact. Please be understanding and patient when they call. Parents can also notify us through email at contactore@conroeisd.net or by calling our school at 832.592.5900.


There is also an automated call that goes out from the district when your child is absent even if you call in. It is just a security procedure in place to ensure that parents are aware their child is at home.

INFORMATION TO KNOW:

Student Handbook is located online. Below is a link to the handbook in both Spanish and English.


Student Handbook - English

Student Handbook - Spanish


School hours: 8:00 - 3:10 p.m.

Doors open at 7:35 a.m. Please do not drop students off before that time as there is no supervision.

Students are tardy at 8:01 a.m.

Dismissal begins at 3:10 p.m.


Visitors on campus:

Things to know about visiting our campus.

*Arrive at the front door and ring the doorbell (facing the doors to your right)

*Let the front office staff know what your need.

*Once you have communicated with front office staff, you will be buzzed into the front vestibule.

*An ID will be required to enter the main part of the building or check a child out. Please make sure you have it with you as you will be sent to get it.


Volunteering on campus:

Please remember that in order to volunteer on campus (reading to a class, going on a field trip, helping with PTO, attending class parties, etc...), parents must have completed the Volunteer Background check for the district. This must be completed for every school where you will volunteer so if you have students at 3 different schools, you must complete it for all 3 schools.


Volunteer Background Check

TRANSPORTATION

CHANGES TO TRANSPORTATION -

if you need to change your child's transportation, it is best that you send a note to the teacher. Email and/or Class Dojo is not a great option in the event the teacher is absent from school.


We ask that you limit changes over the phone by calling the front office to emergencies only. These changes must be called into the front office no later than 2:30 p.m.


Early check out ends at 2:45 pm. After 2:45, you will be instructed to get in the car rider line.


CAR RIDER

Our car rider line is typically completed in about 20 minutes from start to finish.


Below is a map of our car rider line. We ask that parents who are coming north on the feeder road enter the car rider line from Oak Ridge School Road (between the hotel and Saltgrass). Parents who enter from our driveway will be forced to turn left and find the end of the line as the right turn lane will be blocked.

In order to help the line move quickly, please display your car rider sign where it is easily visible. If you do not have a car rider sign, you will be asked for an ID before your child will be released.


We do not allow parents to walk up to the porch for drop off or pick up for car riders. Students may not be dropped off in the parking lot nor near the playground fence and allowed to walk. This creates a safety concern and therefore, is not allowed.


If you are in the car rider line and picking up a sick child, please notify the lady walking the cars and she will direct you to park and walk up to get your child.


If you need replacement or additional car rider signs, please call the front office or email your request to contactore@conroeisd.net.


WALKERS

Students can be walkers only if they live in the no bus zone. This is for those who live within the 1 mile zone of the school according to transportation. If your child is eligible for bus service, they will need to either be a car rider or a bus rider.


We do monitor this and will notify parents if their children cannot be walkers.


Walkers are delivered to parents in the cul de sac at the fence cut through. We expect parents to be present to get their children from this area. If the weather forces you to drive your car to this location, we do ask that you carefully monitor all children to ensure that everyone arrives at their cars safely. Students who do not have parents present will be brought back to the school and parents will have to come over and get them.


Weather decisions are made at 3:00 p.m. and parents will be notified through Remind. Walker parents received an email with information on how to subscribe to that text message service. If you need assistance, please email us at contactore@conroeisd.net.


BUS RIDERS

If your child's bus is late, please watch your email for a notification from transportation called Bus Hub. This email should notify you of the approximate amount of delay.

FREE/REDUCED LUNCH

Each year parents who need breakfast/lunch assistance are asked to renew their application.. Breakfast and lunch are not free this year. For students to receive free or reduced, parents need to complete the online application and be approved. If you need assistance with the online application, please call the school and ask for Mrs. DeAlencar. She can assist you with this application.


As offers come in from different organizations to assist students with back to school clothes/supplies, Christmas gifts, food, etc...only those families who are on free/reduced lunch will be eligible to receive these services. Please use the link below to update your application:


https://www.myschoolapps.com/

CALLING ALL GARDNERS OR GARDNER HELPERS...

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NOVEMBER DATES TO KNOW

4 - Group pictures and retakes

8 - Staff Development Day for teachers - student holiday

11 - Veterans' day Program for third grade

21 - 25 - Fall Break

28 - Students and staff return to school

NOVEMBER

6 - Mrs. Fitzgerald - fourth grade

6 - Ms. Richeson - music

13 - Mrs. Anderson - assistant principal

16 - Mrs. Peterson - fourth grade

25 - Mrs. Ball - speech therapy

26 - Mrs. Lara - PK

26 - Ms. Parker - special education

28 - Mrs. Henderson - third grade