Potranco Elementary Newsletter

January 2021

January’s Gold Stars: Specials and Specialists - For their resilience and continued support throughout the campus

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January’s Gold Stars: 4th Grade - For all their hard work!

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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

We hope you enjoyed a restful, blissful, and safe holiday break with your loved ones. I’m truly thankful for being able to welcome another year with my close loved ones. As we continue to progress through the school year, I want to thank you for your continuous support and commitment to our students’ learning. Whether your student attends in person or online, the teachers work tirelessly to make connections with your students. These bonds are crucial in providing support and the needed feedback in order for students to continue progressing academically. Thank you for helping us foster these student-teacher relationships.

Title I Parent Involvement Policy

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Counseling Corner

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!”

  • Encourage someone

  • 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

  • Be supportive

  • 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

Nurse's Office

Christie Neuman - Campus Nurse

Hello everyone,

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

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

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 christie.langley-neuman@mvisd.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:

  1. Read a book that is set in the snow.

  2. Read a book about Martin Luther King Jr in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 18th).

  3. Read a book published the year you were born.

  4. Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you.

  5. 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

Math: Subtraction

Science: Weather

Social Studies: Maps/locations

1st Grade

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

2nd Grade

Reading: Fiction, point of view, sequencing, main idea

Language Arts: Long vowels, action verbs, compound words, contractions

Math: 3-Digit Addition and Subtraction

Science: Weather

Social Studies: Maps and Globes

3rd Grade

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

4th Grade

Reading: Poetry

Language Arts: Sentence Review and Quotations

Math: Measurement

Science: Weather and the Water Cycle

Social Studies: The Republic of Texas

5th Grade

Reading: Theme

Language Arts: Latin Roots

Math: Graphing and patterns

Science: Water Cycle

Social Studies: American Civil War

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Upcoming Events

Staff Development / Student Holiday

Monday, Jan. 4th, 8am

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Classes Resume / Last day of the 3rd Six Weeks

Tuesday, Jan. 5th, 8am

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First Day of the 4th Six Weeks

Wednesday, Jan. 6th, 8am

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Student and Staff Holiday

Monday, Jan. 18th, 8am-3pm

Potranco Elementary School, San Antonio, TX, USA

San Antonio, TX

Staff Development / Student Holiday

Friday, Jan. 29th, 8am-3pm

Potranco Elementary School, San Antonio, TX, USA

San Antonio, TX

Looking Back on December

Winter Drive-Thru
Winter Drive Thru FULL HD
Countdown to Christmas HD

Potranco Elementary PTO

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