Carlisle Connection

Make Good Things Happen~ January 24, 2019

Welcome our newest Carlisle Baby

Carlisle Family,

On December 12th, 2018, Allie Lynn Castleman was born! My wife, Lacy, and I are thrilled by the blessings bestowed upon us on this new chapter of parenthood. As you can see, the dogs (Lola and Roxy) are curious about the big change! I can’t thank the staff at Carlisle, especially Dr. Patrick enough for their love and support for my family. I am looking forward to being the best Dad (and Coach still) I can be!

With Love,

Scott Castleman

Welcome to Carlisle

Hello! I am Quincey Rhoades, the long-term sub for Mrs. LaFontaine’s class. I am a proud Carlisle parent, with two daughters in attendance. I previously taught middle school near Fort Hood, Texas, before leaving the classroom to support the career of my Army husband. I am originally from Alabama (Roll Tide!) but we have lived all over the U.S. We are happy to have settled in Plano, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to be back in the classroom, in a school we love!

Upcoming Dates and Events

Thursday, January 31st - Multicultural Night 6-8 pm


Thursday, February 14 - Friendship Parties


Monday, March 25 - 5th Grade Parent Night at Schimelpfenig Middle School in the cafeteria starting at 6 pm.

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We love our Watch Dog Dads!

About PACE

A Note about PACE Testing Results:

Letters were mailed this week containing results of PACT testing. If you have a question about the results, or did not receive them in the mail, please contact the PACE specialist.

District Parent Workshop Offerings

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Student Transfer Information

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Counselor's Corner

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Notes from the Nurse

A New Year to be a Healthy Me!

Happy New Year Carlisle Families! Many of you have probably made resolutions to be healthier in some way in 2019. Physical, mental, and emotional health are so important to help us thrive. Here are some tips to help our kiddos stay healthy in 2019.

1. Eat different types of foods! – Try to eat five servings of fruits and veggies each day by incorporating them into each meal and snack. Taste new foods, even if you have not liked them in the past, your taste buds are always changing.

2. Drink more water! – When you’re thirsty, water is the best thing to quench your thirst. Try to limit juice, soda, and punch. Water is the best for you and so refreshing.

3. Listen to your body! – When you are eating, pay attention to how your stomach feels. Does it feel full, does it hurt, do you have bathroom issues after eating certain things? These are all important to share with a parent and then with a doctor. Your body is amazing and tells you what you need, if you listen to it.

4. Limit screen time! – Try to limit your screen time to 2 hours per day, not including computer work related to school/education. Screen time is TV, movies, videogames of any kind, smartphone use, tablet use, and computer use.

5. Be active! – Have fun and be active in different ways. Find activities that keep you active and make you smile and happy. Be active every day. Make a list of fun activities that keep you active, so you always have some ideas of what to do when you are done with your screen time.

https://kidshealth.org/en/kids/fit-kid.html?WT.ac=ctg#catfit

Friendly Reminders

Aiding Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Who Need Special Education or Section 504 Services

Aiding Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Who Need Special Education or Section 504 Services

For those students who are having difficulty in the regular classroom, all school districts and open enrollment charter schools must consider tutorial, compensatory, and other academic or behavior support services that are available to all students, including a process based on Response to Intervention (RtI). The implementation of RtI has the potential to have a positive impact on the ability of districts and charter schools to meet the needs of all struggling students.

If a student is experiencing learning difficulties, his or her parent may contact the individual(s) listed below to learn about the school’s overall general education referral or screening system for support services. This system links students to a variety of support options, including making a referral for a special education evaluation or for a Section 504 evaluation to determine if the student needs specific aids, accommodations, or services. A parent may request an evaluation for special education or Section 504 services at any time.

Special Education Referrals:

If a parent makes a written request for an initial evaluation for special education services to the director of special education services or an administrative employee of the school district or open enrollment charter school, the district or charter school must respond no later than 15 school days after receiving the request. At that time, the district or charter school must give the parent a prior written notice of whether it agrees to or refuses to evaluate the student, along with a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards. If the school district or charter school agrees to evaluate the student, it must also give the parent the opportunity to give written consent for the evaluation.

Please note that a request for a special education evaluation may be made verbally and does not need to be in writing. Districts and charter schools must still comply with all federal prior written notice and procedural safeguard requirements and the requirements for identifying, locating, and evaluating children who are suspected of being a child with a disability and in need of special education. However, a verbal request does not require the district or charter school to respond within the 15-school-day timeline.

If the district or charter school decides to evaluate the student, it must complete the student’s initial evaluation and evaluation report no later than 45 school days from the day it receives a parent’s written consent to evaluate the student. However, if the student is absent from school during the evaluation period for three or more school days, the evaluation period will be extended by the number of school days equal to the number of school days that the student is absent.


There is an exception to the 45-school-day timeline. If a district or charter school receives a parent’s consent for the initial evaluation at least 35 but less than 45 school days before the last instructional day of the school year, it must complete the written report and provide a copy of the report to the parent by June 30 of that year. However, if the student is absent from school for three or more days during the evaluation period, the June 30th due date no longer applies. Instead, the general timeline of 45 school days plus extensions for absences of three or more days will apply.

Upon completing the evaluation, the district or charter school must give the parent a copy of the evaluation report at no cost.

Additional information regarding special education is available from the district or charter school in a companion document titled Parent’s Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process.

Contact Person for Special Education Referrals:

The designated person to contact regarding options for a student experiencing learning difficulties or regarding a referral for evaluation for special education services is:

Contact Person:Campus Principal or Child Find Help Line

Phone Number:469-752-4299

Website: https://www.pisd.edu/Directory_of_Schools

Section 504 Referrals:

Each school district or charter school must have standards and procedures in place for the evaluation and placement of students in the district’s or charter school’s Section 504 program. Districts and charter schools must also implement a system of procedural safeguards that includes notice, an opportunity for a parent or guardian to examine relevant records, an impartial hearing with an opportunity for participation by the parent or guardian and representation by counsel, and a review procedure.


Contact Person for Section 504 Referrals:

The designated person to contact regarding options for a student experiencing learning difficulties or regarding a referral for evaluation for Section 504 services is:

Contact Person:Campus Principal

Phone Number:https://www.pisd.edu/Directory_of_Schools

Additional Information:

The following websites provide information and resources for students with disabilities and their families.

We'd love for you to come volunteer this year!

All Plano ISD volunteers must have a background check every school year. Volunteer applications for the school year 2018-19 can be entered after July 1. The volunteer application process is online only. Please use this link: www.pisd.edu/volunteer to register. Volunteers without home internet access may use their local library’s internet resources, computers available at the Plano ISD Administration Building (Human Resources Dept., 2700 W. 15th St.) or computers at their child’s school library (please check with school office staff). All volunteers must complete a volunteer application every year, after July 1. Click on the link below for a complete list of step-by-step instructions on how to apply to become a volunteer at Carlisle again this fall. We look forward to seeing you around campus!

Don't forget to Update Your Child's Information in Parent Portal

Many of you have asked how to add or delete emergency contacts from your child's pick up list. Here's how to do it:


  • Log onto PISD's parent portal at: http://parent.mypisd.net
  • If you have never accessed the parent portal, you will need to set up a new account.
  • Click on "New Registration" and set up and account using your student's ID number (this is the same number your child uses in the cafeteria) and your email address. (If you do not have an email address the easiest way to set one up is through a free service like Yahoo or gmail).
  • Once you have registered and logged into parent portal, you will see tabs for each of your children.
  • Click on each child's name and follow the directions for completing all of the registration information for the 2018-19 school year below.


You will need to complete the following information for each child you have enrolled in school:


  • Emergency information (have current, accurate emergency phone contacts).
  • Be sure to fill out health information completely. In the event of an emergency, it is very important that we have accurate information.
  • Sign the Truancy Warning Letter for 2018-19.
  • Sign the Student Policy Guide.
  • Sign the Student Information Release Form indicating your preferences and consents.

Remember your ID

Please remember to bring your Driver's License or government issued photo ID with you when you come to Carlisle to visit the campus for any reason. We cannot allow visitors past the front office who have not had their ID checked through our RAPTOR screening system and been printed a visitor's sticker. You will be asked to do this every time you come Carlisle; whether you are here once a day or once a semester. Please help us to keep our children safe by always remembering your ID when you come to campus. You will be asked to go get it and return if you come to the school without it.


This is true for volunteering, lunch visits, attending Good Morning Carlisle on Fridays ~ anytime you are going past the front office. Thank you for your cooperation.

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For your information

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Messages from Your PTA

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Stay Connected to Carlisle!

It's important to us that we are connected with our community. All of us are invested in the best for our kids. We hope that you will get involved with us this year, join PTA, volunteer in our classrooms, join us on field trips, become a mentor or a WATCH D.O.G. and connect with your child(ren)'s teacher(s). Together, we will make this a fantastic school year! Don't forget to Like us on Facebook to get regular updates and information about what's happening at Carlisle throughout the year.

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