Fuentes Elementary

A Fine Arts Focus Campus - December 2022

Dear Fuentes Families,

In just three short weeks, our first semester of the 22-23 school year will come to a close. We have quite a few events this month. Make sure to check out the daily themes to celebrate the 12 days before Winter Break. Please enjoy the December newsletter!

Shea Howard, principal

Emily Marshall, assistant principal

Mark Your Calendar!

December 1-16 - Daily Themes **see below**

December 8 - Family Picnic with Santa in the school cafeteria 5:30pm - 7:00pm **TENTATIVE, depending on volunteers**

December 14 - Kindergarten Program 6:30pm

December 15 - Winter Dance during Specials **students only**

December 16 - National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

December 19 - January 3 - Student Staff Holiday

January 5 - First Day of Second Semester

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Important Information Regarding Attendance


As a district, we are in the middle of a crisis. This is a crisis not many people may realize. This is an attendance crisis. Our attendance rate is lower than it ever has been, even pre-COVID. Obviously, we want kids in school so they can learn. No School = No Education.

But, did you also know that attendance is directly related to school funding?

No School = No Funding

If our attendance rate continues as it currently is, our district could potentially lose more than $6 million! Families, this means a loss of teachers and a loss of programs. This means larger class sizes and fewer unique opportunities for our kids.

We know that kids get sick and we're in the middle of flu season. By no means are we advocating for you to send your children to school when they are sick. However, if your child is able to come to school, please send him/her to school. We want kids to learn and we want to be able to provide them with a quality and well-rounded education.

If you have any questions about attendance, please reach out to FES.Attendance@hayscisd.net.

This is a great, short article that explains how Average Daily Attendance (ADA) is calculated. https://www.mytexaspublicschool.org/the-school-system/funding.aspx

December Attendance Challenge

We are launching a December Attendance Challenge!

  • Grade level prize - The top 2 grade levels with the highest attendance percentage for the week will earn an extra recess each Friday in December.

  • Class prize - The top 2 classes with the highest attendance percentage for the week will earn a popcorn treat each Friday in December.

  • Individual prize - We will draw 3 names with perfect attendance per grade level for a prize each Friday in December.

Student ID Badges

Almost all students now have a student ID. Badges are to be worn at all times.

Bus riders have 2 - one stays on the backpack and one stays on the child at school. Badges should not leave school, but please make sure your child returns with the badge if s/he accidentally takes it home.

If a child needs to replace the badge, the cost is $5.

Reminder Text Messages

Never worry about missing an email. You can get text messages for updates and reminders now from Fuentes by joining our Remind text group.

Simply text the message - @fuentesfam - to 81010. You will then receive text messages from us - so much easier and faster to receive than emails.

Flu, RSV, and COVID Information

Please see information from Student Health Services on Flu, RSV, and COVID.

Fuentes Flair

Check out our school store and stock up on your Fuentes Flair! Last year's staff shirts are included ... they're super cute!

Backpack Buddies

The Fuentes Care Team is here for students who are in need of some extra assistance. Please fill out the Application for Backpack Buddies for weekend food assistance for children.

Stay Connected!