Boone November Newsletter
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Reminder: Monday Nov. 13th is a Staff Development Day - No School for Students
Notes from the Principal
We are excited to announce that 2 family members will be able to join their student(s) for Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday, Nov. 9. Students will continue receiving meals as usual while family members may purchase a lunch meal for $5.00 or you can bring your own lunch. Families can eat with their students outside or at tables set up in the gym.
It is required to RSVP for the Thanksgiving Lunch by November 2nd. PLEASE be sure to fill out an RSVP for each student. Please use this link to RSVP: https://forms.gle/KasjfqTfCk9f5rdZA
If you plan to purchase lunch from the cafeteria, you must purchase a pre-sale ticket. There is a QR Code in the RSVP form that will direct you to School Cash Online to purchase the pre-sale tickets. If you do not already have an account, you will need to create one. If you have difficulty once in Cash Online, please follow these instructions to access.
The Thanksgiving menu will feature: Turkey and gravy OR Lentil chili Frito pie. Students and visitors will also select from: locally baked whole wheat dinner rolls, apples, and scratch prepared favorites roasted garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, and berry cherry crisp.
Child Find is a federal mandate under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires local education agencies (LEAs), which include public school districts and charter schools, to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities residing within their jurisdictions who need special education and related services. (34 CFR §300.111—Child find). The Austin ISD Special Education Website provides information for families and community members here. Please see the flyer specific to our campus.
Human Sexuality & Responsibility (HSR)
The district required HSR lessons taught in Kindergarten through 5th Grade will happen in December. It is important for you to view the lessons, as parents/caregivers are required to opt-in for each HSR lesson. There will be a virtual HSR Parent Information Session on Tuesday November 14th at 5:00 PM. The link is: https://austinisd-org.zoom.us/j/81976045095?pwd=U2R1dTNhbjYwM3lraTdSWDRLaHdTQT09
Meeting ID: 819 7604 5095
All Austin ISD elementary schools will be teaching the updated Human Sexuality and Responsibility content.
This year, parents must opt in for their children to participate in the Kinder-5th Grade health lessons. Please take time to familiarize yourself with the content and lessons which can be viewed at the link below.
View the HSR lessons here:
View more information here:
Opt In / Out for Human Sexuality and Responsibilities below. Please respond by November 27, so we can plan accordingly when preparing lessons.
Parent Permission Form links are below to opt in/out of each individual lesson(s) . Students who opt out will be provided with alternative district-created lessons which will cover Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills.
First Grade: https://forms.gle/8haaFYCuvBzKT9JZ8
Second Grade: https://forms.gle/zbf36nw7q8wnCgVBA
Third Grade: https://forms.gle/Wc6cXW2RWy1WMLy97
Fourth Grade: https://forms.gle/FMxiBB3qwQkgdbPPA
Fifth Grade: https://forms.gle/NkimEbFT7jms1Abx6
The Austin Powwow and American Indian Festival will take place on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Travis Expo Center (7311 Decker Ln. Austin, TX 78724). The event includes traditional dance competitions, singers, musicians, artists, craftsmen, and a Native American market and food court. Kids 12 and under are FREE. Parking is FREE. Adult tickets can be purchased online for $7 or at the gate for $10, cash only.
This Week and Looking Ahead
11/1 - Staff Lunch presented by PTA
11/2 - Thanksgiving Lunch RSVP Deadline
11/2 - Second Grade Choir Performance @ 5 pm
11/3 - Second Grade Encore Performance @ 7:30 am
11/7 - Election Day
11/8 - Spirit Night at Chuy’s (Arbor Trails) 4-9pm
11/9 - Thanksgiving Lunch
11/10 - Veteran's Day Coffee & Program
11/13 - Student Holiday/ Staff Development - No School
11/14 - HSR Family Information Session 5:00 pm (Virtual)
11/16 - General PTA Meeting & Family ART Night (Cafeteria) 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
11/20-11/24 - Thanksgiving Break
11/27 - CAC Meeting @ 3:30 in the library
11/28 - Spirit Night at Bush’s Chicken (Brodie Lane) 5-8pm
12/1 - Principal Coffee Chat @ 8:00 AM in the library
12/4-12/8 - Book Fair
12/7 - Literacy Night @ 5-7 pm
12/12 5th Grade Fine Arts Extravaganza from 9-11 am @ Covington MS
12/18 - CAC Meeting @ 3:30 PM in the library
12/18 - PTA Executive Board Meeting @ 5 pm
12/21-12/22 -No School for Students / PLED Day for Staff
12/25-1/5 Winter Break
Veteran's Day Assembly
THANK YOU VETERANS!
Please use this form to invite a Veteran to be honored during Morning Assembly on Friday, November 10th, at 8:45 a.m. in the Boone cafeteria. PTA will be providing coffee and pastries for Veterans and their from 8-8:30 am in the library.
Wall of Honor
Please send in pictures of any active duty military person or veteran that you would like to honor on Veteran's Day. Please use this form or include veteran's name, rank, and branch of services along with your child's name. We will have them on display in our front hallway.
Reminders Around Campus
Doors open and staff are available at 7:15 am.
There are two spots for students to exit directly out of the car during drop off. If your student can independently get out of the car, then you can use the side drive by the staff parking lot. This drive is NOT monitored by staff, except that someone will be standing at the door from 7:15-7:30am. If there are cars stopped in this drive, please use caution to go around them.
The front circle drive will have staff assistance starting at 7:15 am. Staff will be directing cars through the drive and supporting the crosswalk to ensure that everyone can cross safely. If you need to park and help your child out of the car/up to the building, please do not use the front drive. Please be sure to pull all the way up and do not park to drop off on a crosswalk. There will also be a safety patrol to assist students getting out of the car. Please do not use the front drive if you must get out of your car.
If you park and walk your child up, please be mindful of crosswalks and no parking zones. The tardy bell rings at 7:40 am. If your student arrives after 7:40, they will be directed to the office to get a tardy slip. Breakfast is served until 7:45 am.
Entering the Building:
First of all, thank you to everyone for your dedication to safety for our students, staff, and community. It is important that all visitors use the doorbell, get buzzed in, and go straight to the office to sign in. Please do not let anyone else in behind you. We appreciate everyone working together to follow that process, and close the door directly behind them in an effort to keep our students and staff safe.
We love having parent lunch volunteers! When you arrive for the first time this school year, you will get a paper with some reminders and instructions for this year's lunch duty volunteering. If you volunteer on Tuesday or Thursday, you can eat lunch with your child before or after your shift. You MUST be APIE approved to volunteer. Visit Austin Partners In Education (APIE) to register.
Here is the link to volunteer for lunch duty:
Hi, Boone Bear Families!
I want to start off by saying it was so wonderful to meet so many of you at Trunk or Treat last week. I just love getting to know the families who go with our awesome kids!
Because October was Anti-bullying month, I am finishing up lessons, in all the classes, on bullying (i.e. what is and what is not bullying; what to do if you feel you are being bullied; and how not to be a bully yourself!) A few weeks ago, we completed lessons on how to identify the size of a problem, in order to know how to respond appropriately. (You might have heard your students come home and talk about Windy, Rainy, Stormy and Tornado problems.)
My lessons will continue to help the development and growth of our social and interpersonal skills. We will be focusing on Friendship, Kindness, and Empathy before the holiday break. The No Place for Hate committee is working on our World Kindness Project for the middle of November.
5th Grade Boone Parents – Please check the AISD portal for access to middle school applications. I will be sending out an email shortly on the application process. Each middle school in the Magnet Program requires different documents for applications. Please email me if you have any questions and I will connect you to the middle school counselor who can help.
Also, please see below for some important dates for our feeder school, Covington MS:
November 15th- Family Transition Coffee Chat- 9 am Join us in the CMS library to discuss all things transition. All interested families of current 5th graders are welcome. Refreshments provided!
Dec 12th- Covington Fine Arts Academy Extravaganza! 9-11 am All direct feeder schools will have buses provided. If you are a non-feeder school but have students who would like to attend, please reach out to me!
Dec 19th- Covington MS Family Choice Sheet Night- 5:30-7:00 pm Join us for an evening at Covington to learn more about the CMS choice sheet and application process.
Jan 10th- Choice Sheet Coffee Chat- 9 am Join us in the CMS library to discuss all things choice sheets. All interested families are welcome. Refreshments provided!
I want to let you know I love your kids so much and seeing their smiling faces when I walk in is the highlight of my day!
What a joy it is to see the abundance of books circulating out of and into the library! Nothing makes me happier than watching students choosing and captivatingly reading books.
Different grade levels are allowed to check out a specific number of books, but all books can be taken home if there are none overdue.
PreK & kindergarten: 1 book
1st & 2nd grades: 2 books
3rd, 4th & 5th grades: 3 books
Parents: 2 books. These can be for you or your students. Just email me in advance to let me know you’re coming.
Books are checked out for two weeks and can be renewed upon the due date. I always encourage students to check out one book they can read and one someone at home can read to or with them. Regardless of their ages, they love to be read too.
Students will always be allowed to check out books, even if they have books overdue. If a child is missing a book, they will be allowed to check out one book; they just have to read it in their classrooms and won’t take it home until the others are returned. Here are some helpful hints to help your Boone Bear take good care of their books.
Keep books in backpacks; it helps them locate them more easily.
Use bookmarks (even a piece of paper works), and keep the books away from food, beverages, pets, and toddlers.
Allow me to fix the books. Just have students point out any damages so I can fix them.
And last- but definitely not least - book fair will be December 4th-8th! Click HERE for more information about book fair.
From the Gym
In PE students have been working on basketball skills such as ball handling and dribbling and will be moving into shooting. The following are the criteria for dribbling at each grade level.
K - I can use my finger pads when dribbling.`
1st - I can control a dribble while stationary.
2nd - I can control a dribble while walking.
3rd - I can control a dribble while slowly jogging.
4th - I can control a dribble while changing speed and direction.
5th - I can control a dribble in a dynamic situation while being guarded.
As part of our rhythm unit students have begun working on jump rope skills and in grades 2nd-5th students will be incorporating various foot patterns into their jumping. The following is the criteria for jump rope at each grade level.
K - I can jump 1 time through a self-turned rope.
1st - I can jump a self-turned rope 3 or more times.
2nd - I can jump a self-turned rope forward and backward 3 or more times.
3rd - I can jump a self-turned rope 3 or more times using 3 or more foot patterns.
4th - I can jump a self-turned rope 3 or more times using using 4 or more foot patterns.
5th - I can jump a self-turned rope 3 or more times using 5 or more foot patterns.
Along with these skills, we will be incorporating the skeletal system as part of our health unit. We also plan fun seasonal games that the students love and look forward to playing!
Second Grade is performing “Share Bears” on Thursday November 2nd for family and friends with an encore for the student body on Friday November 3rd. The message is one of sharing, caring, and making sure everyone has what they need. It’s a good lesson at any age. Fifth Grade will be performing patriotic music for the Veteran’s Day Assembly on Friday November 10th. They will sing five songs interspersed with various speakers and the recognition of veterans. It is a privilege to host those who have served and honor their contributions!
Jan Peterson, Music Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org
512-414-2437 x 54907
A big thank you to everyone who supported the PTA by buying shirts and koozies and participating in the Raise Craze fundraiser. We appreciate all your support. November has some great things, so keep reading to see what's coming up. If you have any questions regarding PTA, contact our president, Tiffany Every, at email@example.com. Below are some of our upcoming events and places where you can help.
11/1 - Staff Lunch presented by PTA
11/2 - Spirit Night at Lil' Doddy on William Cannon, 4 p.m. -10 p.m.
11/8 - Spirit Night at Chuy’s (Arbor Trails) 4 p.m. -9 p.m.
11/10 - Veteran’s Day Coffee in the Library 8:00 a.m.
11/16 - General PTA Meeting & Family ART Night (Cafeteria) 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
11/28 - Spirit Night at Bush’s Chicken (Brodie Lane) 5 p.m. -8 p.m.
12/5 & 12/6- Winter Door Decorating up
12/7 - PTA Cookies @ Literacy Night
12/12 - Spirit Night at Doc’s Backyard Grill (Sunset Valley) 4pm-close
12/18 - CAC meeting
12/21-22 - PLED DAY/STUDENT HOLIDAY
12/25-1/5 - WINTER BREAK
SANDWICH BAR LUNCH FOR TEACHERS AND STAFF - 11/1
The PTA would like to treat our teachers and staff to a fantastic sandwich bar lunch. We still need some items. Check out the signup genius to see what's still missing, and bring it by the school on Wednesday, 11/1, at 10 a.m. If you have any questions, contact Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAMILY ART NIGHT - 11/16
Join us for our general PTA meeting and family art night in November! We'll have some great activities for the whole family.
3 SPIRIT NIGHTS IN NOVEMBER, 11/2, 11/8 and 11/28
Join us for our Boone Spirit Nights! We partner with local businesses to raise funds for PTA activities throughout the year, such as supporting teachers, fun nights, Boone Bear Ball, and more. Boone PTA receives a portion of the proceeds on the specified date. Our next one will be at Lil' Daddy on November 2, Chuy's on November 8, and Bush's Chicken on November 28th.
GREAT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES!
Many hands make for light work, and your PTA is working hard on some exciting upcoming events. But we need a lot of decorating help. Can you lend a hand?
- November 8th: Help make our Thanksgiving lunch special. We need 4 volunteers to decorate the cafeteria walls and halls on November 8.
- November 9: The day of the Thanksgiving event, join us at 10 a.m. to decorate the tables with tablecloths and centerpieces made by the students during art class. We would love 4-6 volunteers to help with tickets and check-in (2), cafeteria servers (2), and floaters (2).
- November 9: Your PTA will help with our Veterans Day coffee and assembly held on November 10, by providing coffee and donuts. We need 4 volunteers to help decorate the library on November 9.
- November 14: Your PTA provides drinks and desserts for a staff potluck lunch! Be on the lookout for a signup genius to help us provide items.
If you have any questions regarding these volunteer opportunities, don't hesitate to get in touch with Tiffany Every at email@example.com.
BECOME A PTA MEMBER!
Membership has its privileges! Become a Boone PTA member and help support events, programs, teachers, and more. Contact Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR BUSINESS PARTNERS!
We love to partner with businesses and people around the community. Thank you to all of our business partners who provide us with such fantastic support to do some amazing things for our Boone community. Here's a list of our partners:
Olde Soul Barbershop South Park Meadows
Via 313 oak hill
Chuy’s arbor trails
Face to Face Spa Circle C
Alyssa Nguyen Twelve Rivers Realty