Potranco Elementary Newsletter
January’s Gold Stars: Specials and Specialists - For their resilience and continued support throughout the campus
January’s Gold Stars: 4th Grade - For all their hard work!
A Message From The Principals
Sandy Bermea - Principal
Parents and Guardians,
Welcome back and Happy New Year!! I hope you and your family were able to enjoy your time. As we continue on this journey of navigating health and safety, I ask for your cooperation and support. If you or your child feel ill, please stay home. If you or anyone in your family has COVID or is being tested, your child must stay home. If you are uncertain of how to handle a situation regarding your child coming to school, please call the office for guidance. We look forward to having the students back on campus. Please send your child with a clean mask daily.
It's a GREAT day to be a PANTHER!!
Brenda Estrella-Pagan - Vice Principal
Title I Parent Involvement Policy
Sandra Cantu and Maricarmen Saldana - Counselors
Hello Everyone! For counseling, Care and Consideration will continue to be the focus for January. Read about important figures in history that exemplified great characters of care and consideration: Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, Cesar Chavez, Harriet Tubman. Look into your own communities and see who shows care and consideration for others, especially during this pandemic.
Please continue to ask yourselves: What are some things that we can do to show the people in our lives that we care about them? What can we do to show how considerate we can be with each other? Here are some things you can do for others to show you care:
Create a hand-made card and write a thoughtful note
Tell someone how much you appreciate them
Compliment someone on something that people may not often acknowledge
Give someone something of yours that reminds you of them
Send them a funny video from YouTube
Tell someone, “Thank you!”
Surprise someone in a way that you know they will enjoy
Ask someone how their day was
Be honest with others
Offer to do a chore for someone
Draw a picture for someone
Text someone to let them know you’re thinking of them
Read a story/book together
Listen to music together
Christie Neuman - Campus Nurse
Please be aware that we are in the season of flu, strep, and, of course, COVID now. If you or anyone in your household is being tested for COVID all students in that family must stay at home until results are back.
Per the CDC, “People with COVID-19 have a wide range of reported symptoms – from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.
Symptoms can include
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible COVID-19 symptoms. Children and adolescents with the virus that causes COVID-19 may experience any, all, or none of these symptoms.” (cdc.gov)
If your child has a fever, is vomiting, or has diarrhea they must stay home until they are fever-free, free of vomiting or diarrhea for a full 24 hours (without any medication) before they may return to school.
If they have any of the other listed symptoms please consider keeping them home if possible.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your children’s health or have any information you feel would be beneficial for me to know please call extension 2014 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your children’s safety and well-being is my number one goal.
Christie Langley-Neuman, BSN, RN
Snippits From Specialists
Leslie Galvan - Reading Specialist
Happy New Book Year!
Let’s kick-start another year of great reading with a fun, seasonally inspired reading challenge. Here are 5 reading goals for kids of all ages to complete this month:
Read a book that is set in the snow.
Read a book about Martin Luther King Jr in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 18th).
Read a book published the year you were born.
Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you.
Build a pillow fort and read a book inside it.
Kristin Welch - Math Specialist
Practicing Math Skills At Home
Happy New Year! New Year, New Plan to help your child become more successful in math. Parents, some ways to help your children practice Math at home is a critical factor in their success within the classroom. There are many ways to encourage teaching Math at home. Here are some ways you can help and be involved in your child’s learning. Family involvement in education is crucial to the retention of information all year, but especially at the end of the school year. So, parents let’s work together to make this New Year a strong Math Year!
Click the link below to see some things you can do at home with your child.
Potranco - The Sweetest Place to Learn
The Sweet Things We Are Learning
Reading: Make predictions
Language Arts: Identify, write and letter sounds of Hh, Kk, Bb & Rr
Math: Identify, write, and count numbers 4 & 5. Add sets with sums to 5
Science: Different types of weather
Social Studies: How weather affects needs
Reading: Sequence of events
Language Arts: Letters name and sounds review/family words
Social Studies: Maps/locations
Reading: Cite evidence, make inferences, make and confirm predictions, story elements, text features
Language Arts: Long vowels, verbs
Math: Topic 7 Counting and Number Patterns to 100
Science: Force and Motion
Social Studies: Long Ago and Now
Reading: Fiction, point of view, sequencing, main idea
Language Arts: Long vowels, action verbs, compound words, contractions
Math: 3-Digit Addition and Subtraction
Social Studies: Maps and Globes
Reading: Expository text, nonfiction text features
Language Arts: Subject and verb agreement, digraphs in spelling
Math: Area and perimeter
Science: Solar system
Social Studies: Local, state, and national government
Language Arts: Sentence Review and Quotations
Science: Weather and the Water Cycle
Social Studies: The Republic of Texas
Language Arts: Latin Roots
Math: Graphing and patterns
Science: Water Cycle
Social Studies: American Civil War