The Branch

A Monthly Newsletter from RootEd

Here We Go!

Schools are in session!


After months of back and forth with the State and TEA and Districts, decisions are finally in as to how to send students back to school. Some are going back virtually, some are going back on campus and ALL are not 100% sure this is going to work.


It's a new world in education. Zoom is the new classroom, asynchronous is a catch phrase and pods are trending. Districts have created a BRAND NEW way to educate children in a matter of months. This is unheard of but necessary. Teachers have trained all summer on new programs and how to engage students across an internet line. Districts have purchased safety products. Parents are making decisions based on what's best for their family. It's a time of complete uncertainty across all plains.


It feels like with every decision we make, we are closing our eyes and jumping into the deep end hoping we'll come up to the light. We really don't know what's best or what's safest. No one really does. But there is history behind us, history of what we know the schools will provide to keep us buoyed.


Patience. With the constant changing pandemic, everyone involved has to be ready to change on a dime. Kids that are virtual may not be able to go back on the planned date due to a Covid rise or a local decision. Kids that are in school may have to quarantine if a case hits their class. Technical issues will arise.


Compromise. There is not a good option but it continues to be important to support our schools. Especially now when funding is in question. Our children are resilient, they will get through this with the help of their teachers and parents. Things will not be perfect, but we will find a way.


Trust. Every year we send our children to a school building, where we know the teachers and staff will keep our children safe. We have to continue to believe that the same will continue, we have no reason to doubt that everyone is doing their best for our children.


#patience #compromise #trust

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Raise Your Hand Texas Campaign

RootEd 100% agrees that our neighborhood schools deserve to be a priority. They are the heartbeat of our community. Please stand with us as we fight for our schools.
A Strong Texas Recovery Requires Strong Public Schools

Petition for SBOE to veto Royal Charter


Help us prevent an un-needed, un-asked for NEW CHARTER SCHOOL in San Antonio. Read more and sign the petition. The State Board of Education meets to approve or veto on September 11. We want to show them how much San Antonio loves its already awesome public schools.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdEogsXRX6dSC8lVg6sOQnJa8irY3j7r09iRdgaER50wN7fjQ/viewform

Census 2020

The new deadline to respond to the 2020 Census is now September 30, 2020. Field operations, and the self response portal with the U.S. Census Bureau will close on this date.


Please tell your relatives, friends and co-workers to go to www.2020Census.gov to complete the Census questionnaire online or call (844) 330-2020, or (844) 468-2020 for Spanish, to speak with a live Census employee who can help them fill out their questionnaire over the phone. The Census questionnaire has only nine questions and responding is easy, safe, and secure.


Keep in mind, a complete and accurate census count determines how many representatives in Congress each state will have — and how more than $675 billion in federal funds will be distributed to communities each year for the next decade. The 2020 Census results will also inform spending for critical services such as schools, hospitals, emergency management and disaster relief programs, roads, fire departments, and much more.

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School Opening Chat with RootEd

RootEd founders had the opportunity to talk with the Impact Guild. We chatted about our stories, schools that have opened and gave tips on how to distance learn.

InterSectors: Education with RootEd

Noteworthy

RootEd out in the Community

Our relationship with our districts is very important to us. It was so good to catch up with the Government Relations Directors of NISD and NEISD, Naomi Miller and Deb Caldwell this week!
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RootEd kids on SA Live Back to School Special

Back to School
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RootEd Podcast Discussion Group

Ready to dive into some podcasts that either may get you fired up or ruffled about public education?


Come listen with us!!


https://www.facebook.com/groups/rootedpodcastdiscussion

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RootEd Rep Contact Info for 2020-2021

We would love to know where you will be next year! Complete the form attached so that we know what school you are representing the next year! Want to be a RootEd Rep? Feel free to complete the form and we will reach out! Are you a principal? Send the link to the person you think would represent your campus the best!


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdD1wtr6mOzf4CW_AwUxokzKaTfui3zHsAtye__qRosKITgvQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Signs for Sale!

Want to purchase an NEISD or NISD Proudly RootEd sign? HarlandaleISD may have a few signs left, contact the SOSA center.

Have a sign already? Tag us in a pic of your sign and we’ll share to our stories! (Home or Campus!!)
Be sure to share your school’s RootEd hashtag along with it!!

#RootEd #RootEdNameOfSchool


Order here

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RootEd Rep Spotlight: Connie Carrington

Connie Carrington is the former RootEd Rep for Vinyard Ranch Elementary School in North East ISD and is now the RootEd Rep for Lopez MS and Reagan High School. We have found such joy in watching Connie become a true advocate for her schools. She has traveled to Austin to hear from her Delegates. She has braved media interviews in the name of RootEd. She has spoken to large groups of parents about the importance of public education. We are so impressed with everything she does for RootEd and her neighborhood schools.


"I’m a mom of 4 (plus 2 son-in-laws) and MiMi to 6 grands. Currently have a 7th grader at Lopez MS, where I currently serve as PTA President.


Being involved with school, I have seen the need for better funding, testing reform and just overall changes to make our schools a great place to learn with teachers who can teach.


It has amazed me how uneducated people are when it comes to these issues and how they can make a difference and make a change. I decided I wanted to help make a difference and then RootEd found me.


I am currently the Reagan Cluster Rep and serve as the Reagan and Lopez Reps. Through RootEd, I’ve enjoyed the time we have spent in Austin spending time with our Representatives advocating for our schools and our children.


I love being RootEd in my neighborhood schools. "


#RootEdReagan #RootEdLopez

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About RootEd

RootEd is a parent-led, grassroots organization that promotes neighborhood public schools through storytelling, advocacy, and education. We believe a strong public school system for all children creates a robust economy and well-connected community. RootEd is a 501(c)3 non profit organization.