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Weekly Newsletter - January 10th - 14th
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Burchett's Calendar of Events

Jan. 10 - Beginning of the Year Testing (BOY Testing)

Jan. 12 - Marcos Pizza Spirit Night - Showcasing the work of our second grade scholars! Support our PTO and purchase Marcos Pizza. Be sure to mention Burchett spirit night.

Jan. 14 - Spelling Bee

Jan. 17 - Martin Luther King, Jr Day - Student Holiday

Jan. 27- Family Night Out: 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade STAAR Night

Session 1 - 5pm / Session 2 - 6pm

Jan. 28 - Rodeo Art Showcase

PERFORMING OUR BURCHETT BEST!

Our goal is to build a learning community that promotes academic and social development and empowers students to achieve excellence. At Burchett Elementary, there are NO EXCUSES! It is our responsibility to prepare every child for college!
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MIDDLE OF THE YEAR TESTING BEGINS THIS WEEK FOR ALL GRADES LEVELS PRE-K - 5TH

Dear Burchett Parents/Guardians,


Happy New Year and welcome back! As we continue into the new year, we really want to "amp up our efforts" in preparing students for the upcoming assessments.


MOY TESTING (middle of year)

These screeners will begin this week, Jan. 10th - 14th for all PK-5th grade students, in math and reading. This takes place during regular class time and will not disrupt the school schedule. The screeners are not counted as a grade. The data is used to track scholar progress and to guide instruction. Please explain to your scholar the importance of putting their best effort toward this. Attendance is imperative this week!


TELPAS TESTS: ESL Students/Bilingual Students in 2nd-5th grade

Students in grades 2nd-5th that are identified as ESL or Bilingual (LEP) will participate in our state's TELPAS Assessments in February. Some adjustments may be made to the master schedule. Details will be provided as the date gets closer.


STAAR TESTING - 3rd - 5th graders

Mark your calendars now. STAAR testing will take place in MAY ONLY.

May 10th 4th/5th Math;

May 11th 3rd Math/5th Reading;

May 12th 4th Reading/5th Science;

May 13th 3rd Reading.


Please do not schedule doctor/dental appointments on these dates.


If you have any questions or need clarification, feel free to contact Mrs. Kieso or Ms. Keelan at brendak@springisd.org or jkeelan@springisd.org

DO I HEAR PROGRESS PARTIES COMING SOON?

Let's motivate our Bobcats!

MOY assessments and data help us determine:


- Who needs tutorials

- The level of progress made

- Who may be at risk for being retained

- How we need to plan lessons, reteach, enrich, and group scholars

PARENTS - THIS IS HOW YOU CAN HELP!

Do not allow your students unsupervised time on a device. There are many dangers on social media and we want to protect our children in every way! Please supervise your scholar's usage! Also promote safe educational programs, aligned to the work we are doing! Help them by engaging in goal setting and supporting them to academic success! Ask your scholar to show your their progress in the following programs:


ST MATH

AMPLIFY READING

EDUCATION GALAXY (Reading & Math)

MyON Reading


Their username is:

last initial, first initial, and lunch number

Password is: Birth year, Birth month, Birth day

Example: Yvette Casas, Lunch ID 551555, Date of Birth 04/25/2001

Username: YC551555

Password: 20010425

Student Email Address: Last initial, first initial, lunch #, @students.springisd.org


If you cannot log in, email your scholar's teacher. This means that their password was changed. Now, there are reasons why your scholar's password may have been changed, so do not panic. Teachers often change the passwords to help younger scholars and assist them in logging in their entire class, more quickly.


Parents, you may always log in to your scholar's account to see his or her email or all of the instructional programs available. He or she has access and don't let him or her tell you he or she doesn't!


HELP US CLOSE THE LEARNING GAPS!

I AM HAVING A

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MOMENT!

THANKS FOR BEING IN THIS WORK WITH US! I CANNOT WAIT TO SHARE ALL THE AMAZING THINGS OUR BOBCATS ARE DOING!

Coming Soon...Principal Share Session...More Details in Next Week's Banner!

Counselor's Corner...A Note from Mrs. Allen

S.E.L. At Home


This week's focus: Goal-Directed Behavior


What is Goal-Directed Behavior?


To be successful, productive, and happy, each of us needs to learn how to set and achieve goals. Achieving meaningful goals is what keeps us moving forward in our lives.Without goals, our lives can become a hodge-podge of random activities that fill the day, but not our hearts and minds. As an American business person, Jim Rohn said, "Success is steady progress towards one's personal goals." Like all social-emotional skills, goal-directed behavior can be taught.

Here are some suggestions to help your child build these critical skills. Unlike previous SEL at Home editions in which we recommended separate strategies for elementary, middle, and high school students, this week we are going to recommend two strategies that can be used with students (and adults!) of all ages.


Off to a Good Start - Making SMART Goals


George Doran developed the SMART goals approach in 1981. Forty years later, the SMART goals approach is used everywhere. The acronym SMART identifies the key characteristics of a good goal; they are:


Specific - good goals identify a clear, specific goal. Rather than a vague statement like "I will work harder in school," a specific goal might be "I will complete my homework assignments."


Measurable - We need to know when we have achieved our goal, so we need the goal to be measurable. Rather than, "I'll exercise more," it is better to state, "I will exercise for at least 30 minutes three times a week." Then, we need to measure and track our progress.


Achievable - We need to be realistic and set goals that we can actually achieve. It is better to have a series of small achievable goals that builds your child's confidence then one giant goal that increases the chances of failure and builds pessimism.


Relevant - Is the goal important to your child? If it is not relevant to them, they are less likely to achieve it.


Time Limited - It is important to set a time frame for completing the goal. Set a realistic time frame for meeting your goal. Having a specific time frame makes it harder to procrastinate.
Helping your child (or yourself) develop a habit of making SMART goals will help them be more successful. It is one of the most important skills we can teach our children and will benefit them for decades to come.

Keep Making Progress Towards Your Goals - the Hemingway Effect


No matter how SMART our goals, we can still get tired, bored, or hit roadblocks that could keep us from reaching our goals. The famous author, Ernest Hemingway, developed a great and simple tool for helping us keep going until we achieve our goals. This technique has become known as The Hemingway Effect. Think of your student working on a term paper. Often your child will continue to work on the paper until they are tired, bored, or run out of ideas (writer's block). When they can't go any farther, they stop. This can leave them frustrated and makes it hard to return and finish the paper. Ernest Hemingway's great solution was to 1) stop writing while things are going well, and 2) write down the next step, or the next idea you want to discuss when you return. Your student will feel better and when they return, they will already know the next step and can get right back to being productive. Always knowing the next step to take when we return helps us keep going until we achieve our goal.


These two strategies can help our students with their schoolwork, their chores and will become lifelong habits that will help them be successful, productive, and happy.


A Note to Parents


Using SMART goals and the Hemingway Effect can help parents with our goals and challenges as well. Two common themes we have stressed in previous editions apply here as well. First, model these skills for your children. Second, make it a family tradition to use these skills. You can set SMART goals as a family for your next vacation, holiday, or family project.


¿Qué e s el comportamiento orientado hacia objetivos?

Para tener éxito y ser productivo y feliz, cada uno de nosotros necesita aprender a marcarse y lograr objetivos. Marcarnos objetivos importantes es lo que nos hace avanzar en la vida. Sin objetivos, nuestras vidas se pueden convertir en una amalgama de actividades aleatorias que llenan nuestros días, pero no nuestras cabezas ni nuestros corazones. Jim Rohn, un empresario americano, dijo: "El éxito es el progreso constante hacia los objetivos personales." Al igual que el resto de destrezas socio-emocionales, el comportamiento orientado hacia objetivos se puede aprender.

Aquí tiene algunas sugerencias para enseñar a su hijo esta importante destreza. Al contrario que en ediciones anteriores de Aprendizaje Emocional y Social en Casa en las que recomendamos estrategias diferentes para estudiantes de la escuela primaria, intermedia, y preparatoria, esta semana vamos a recomendar dos estrategias que se pueden poner en práctica con estudiantes {iY adultos!) de todas las edades.

Lis tos para un buen comienzo - Como marcarse objetivos INTEUGENTES

En 1981 George Doran desarrolló el método de los objetivos SMART. Cuarenta años más tarde, el método de los objetivos SMART se usa en todas partes. El acrónimo SMART identifica las características clave que debe tener un buen objetivo; estas son

ESecifico - los buenos objetivos se identifican con un objetivo claro y específico. En lugar de una afirmación vaga como "Voy a trabajar más duro en la escuela", un objetivo específico debería ser algo como 'Voy a terminar toda mi tarea de la escuela".

Medible - Necesitamos saber cuando hemos alcanzado nuestro objetivo, por lo tanto necesitamos que nuestro objetivo sea medible. En lugar de "Voy a hacer más ejercicio", es mejor afirmar "Voy a hacer ejercicio un mínimo de 30 minutos tres días por semana." Entonces tendremos que medir y registrar nuestro progreso.

Alcanzable - Debemos ser realistas y marcarnos objetivos que realmente podamos alcanzar. Es mejor marcar una serie de pequeños objetivos alcanzables que ayuden a cimentar la confianza de su hijo que un objetivo enorme que aumente las posibilidades de fracasar y le provoque pesimismo.

Relevante - ¿Es el objetivo importante para su hijo? Si el objetivo no es relevante, es menos probable que lo consiga.

Temporal - Es importante fijar un plazo para completar el objetivo. Fijar un plazo realista para completar tu objetivo. Si se fija un plazo específico, es más difícil procrastinar.

Ayudar a su hijo(o ayudarse a usted mismo) a desarrollar el hábito de marcarse objetivos SMART le ayudará a tener más éxito. Esta es una de las destrezas más importantes que podemos enseñar a nuestros hijos y que les resultará muy beneficiosa en las próximas décadas.

Continúe avanzando hasta lograr sus objetivos - el Efecto Hemingway

No importa lo SMART que sean nuestros objetivos porque puede llegar un momento en que nos cansemos, nos aburrimos o sintamos que estamos golpeándose contra barreras que nos alejan de ellos. El famoso escritor, Ernest Hemingway, desarrolló una gran y simple herramienta para ayudarnos a continuar avanzando hasta que logremos nuestros objetivos. Esta técnica se ha hecho famosa con el nombre de El Efecto Hemingway. Piense en su hijo preparando un trabajo final. Por regla general, su hijo continuará trabajando hasta que se sienta cansado, aburrido o se quede sin ideas(el bloqueo del escritor). Si no puede continuar trabajando, parara. Esto puede hacer que se sienta frustrado y le resulte más difícil retomar el trabajo y terminarlo. La gran solución de Ernest Hemingway fue 1)parar de escribir mientras las cosas van bien y 2) tomar nota del próximo paso o de la próxima idea que se quiera desarrollar cuando se retome el trabajo. Su estudiante se sentirá mejor y, cuando vuelva al trabajo, ya sabrá el próximo paso y podrá volver a centrarse rápidamente y ser productivo. Saber siempre el próximo paso cuando volvemos nos ayuda a continuar avanzando hasta lograr nuestros objetivos.

Estas dos estrategias pueden ayudar a nuestros estudiantes con los trabajos de la escuela, los quehaceres de la casa y se convertirán en hábitos de por vida que les ayudarán a tener éxito y ser productivos y felices.


Notas para los padres

Usar los objetivos SMART y el Efecto Hemingway También nos puede ayudar a nosotros, los padres, con nuestros objetivos y retos. Aquí además podemos aplicar dos temas que hemos tratado en ediciones anteriores. Primero, servir a nuestros hijos como modelo de estas destrezas. Segundo, convertir el uso de estas destrezas en una tradición familiar. Usted puede usar sus objetivos SMART en familia durante sus próximos días feriados, vacaciones o en un proyecto familiar.

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What is the Vine Mentor Program? In a nutshell...

  • It gives students a caring adult mentor in their lives committed to guiding, teaching, coaching, listening, modeling, advocating, and cheering for their success by building a trusting relationship that will encourage them to achieve their dreams.
  • It is designed to introduce our students to a source of encouragement, support, empowerment, and guidance.
  • It helps to advance their leadership and communication skills, community service responsibility, providing social and emotional support, and increasing college and career opportunities.

Interested in becoming a Vine Program Mentor?

  • Commit to spending time 30 minutes to 1 hour with a student each week for one school year either in-person or virtually.
  • Review, understand, and agree to The Vine Mentoring Program expectations.
  • Please complete The Vine Mentoring Program Interest Form and The Spring ISD VIPS Application.
  • Attend a district mentor training hosted by the Vine Mentoring Program coordinators.
Contact Dr. Lorena Zertuche, Community Engagement Coordinator at mentoring@springisd.org for more information.


¿Qué es el programa Vine Mentor? En una palabra...

  • Les brinda a los estudiantes un mentor adulto afectuoso en sus vidas comprometido a guiar, enseñar, entrenar, escuchar, modelar, defender y alentar su éxito al construir una relación de confianza que los alentará a lograr sus sueños.
  • Está diseñado para presentar a nuestros estudiantes una fuente de aliento, apoyo, empoderamiento y orientación.
  • Ayuda a mejorar sus habilidades de liderazgo y comunicación, responsabilidad de servicio comunitario, brinda apoyo social y emocional y aumenta las oportunidades universitarias y profesionales.

¿Está interesado en convertirse en un mentor del programa Vine?

  • Comprométase a pasar tiempo de 30 minutos a 1 hora con un estudiante cada semana durante un año escolar, ya sea en persona o virtualmente.
  • Revise, comprenda y acepte las expectativas del Programa de Mentoría de Vine.
  • Complete el formulario de interés del programa de tutoría Vine y la solicitud VIPS de Spring ISD.
  • Asista a una capacitación de mentores del distrito organizada por los coordinadores del Programa de Mentores de Vine.

Comuníquese con la Dra. Lorena Zertuche, Coordinadora de participación comunitaria en mentoring@springisd.org para obtener más información.

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PARENTS, WE HAD TOO MANY ABSENCES THIS WEEK!

WE CAN HELP

WE HAD OVER 100 ABSENCES PER DAY LAST WEEK!


We know the pandemic is real and the world is concerned. We hope to make you feel comfortable with sending your child to school, and we continue to enforce:


  • The SISD MASK MANDATE
  • QUARANTINE MANDATES for any staff or student who tests positive
  • FEVER FREE POLICY FOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS
  • SISD COVID POLICY


Academic testing is coming and we want to see all of the progress our Bobcats are making! This is also a time for us to reiterate how important school is, but also let you know that we are in this together. We do understand that this is still a difficult time for all of us.

SCHOOL STARTS AT 8:05 AM!

COME TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY, ON TIME!

SCHOOL STARTS AT 8:05!

FREE BREAKFAST - 7:35AM

AVOID BEING LATE, COME BEFORE 8!!


GRADE PLACEMENT COMMITTEE WILL BE HOLDING ATTENDANCE MEETINGS IN JANUARY FOR ALL STUDENTS WHO ARE BELOW THE 90% ATTENDANCE RATE. Please be mindful that parent/doctor notes, help us code what type of absence it is, but it does not dismiss the absence. All students, regardless of their grade, will be subject to retention if they do not meet the 90% state requirement. See Compulsory Attendance Law for more details! A quick link is below.

ATTEND TO WIN, BOBCATS!

Compulsory Attendance Law

Click here to read more about the Compulsory Attendance Law. All students are required to be in attendance at least 90% of the school year! Our attendance rate is too low! We need our scholars in school every day!

PARENT CORNER! CHECK IT OUT!

VOLUNTEER AT BURCHETT!

WANT TO VOLUNTEER - LEARN MORE HERE!

We need you! Come volunteer at Burchett and let's reach our CAMPUS GOALS together! We can be an "A" Campus with your help! Click now to sign up!

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION FORM - CLICK HERE

Register here to be a volunteer in our school! We need your help to get our campus to an "A" rating! Come and help us GO FOR THE GOLD!

SOLICITUD DE VOLUNTARIOS DE SPRING ISD

Register here to be a volunteer in our school! We need your help to get our campus to an "A" rating! Come and help us GO FOR THE GOLD!

SPRING ISD STUDENT & PARENT HANDBOOK

This handbook outlines the policies and procedures set forth by Spring ISD for all who attend SISD and their parents/guardians.

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NEED CHILDCARE BEFORE OR AFTER SCHOOL? CLICK HERE

We are partnering with Koala Kare again this year! They offer before and after school services for parents! Hours of operation 6:30am - 6:30pm each day. Located in Burchett's cafeteria!

DEVICE REQUEST & ASSISTANCE

CHROMEBOOK REQUEST FORM


EVERY STUDENT NEEDS A CHROMEBOOK. IF YOU HAVE YOUR OWN DEVICE, NO NEED TO CHECK ONE OUT, BUT LET YOUR SCHOLAR'S TEACHER KNOW A CHROMEBOOK IS NOT NEEDED!

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ARE YOU LOCKED OUT of your Chromebook?

Do you have a Chromebook that has been Locked or Disabled by Spring ISD, please send it to school with your student or stop by the Front Office for assistance? We will verify the Chromebook and begin the re-enabling process. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please call 281-891-8630 or email koswald@springisd.org.
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PARENT CENTRAL - CLICK HERE

Click here for more info on HAC!

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Chet Burchett Elementary School

FOR ASSISTANCE: CALL (281)891-8630


PRESS 1 - REGISTRAR - Ms. Davis - ddavis9@springisd.org

PRESS 2 - ATTENDANCE CLERK - Ms. Tenorio - mtenorio@springisd.org

PRESS 0 - RECEPTIONISTS - Mrs. Sterling - msterlin@springisd.org

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GENERAL INFORMATION

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CLICK HERE FOR SOME SAFETY TIPS!

CLICK HERE to learn different ways you and your family can stay safe this holiday season!

COVID TESTING & COVID VACCINATION INFORMATION

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Spring ISD Locations Offering Free COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations

Spring ISD Locations Offering Free COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations


Spring ISD is partnering with Houston Medical ER and Inspire Health to offer free COVID-19 testing and vaccine sites to the district’s students, staff and community.


Inspire Health mobile testing units will be at the following campuses starting Monday, October 4, Monday-Friday (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and Saturdays (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.)


  • Planet Ford Stadium (23802 Cypresswood Dr, Spring, 77373)

  • Spring ISD Family Community Engagement Center (17125 Ella Blvd., Houston, 77090)

  • Child Nutrition ( 15330 Kuykendahl Rd., Houston, 77090)



To expedite testing, students and staff members may pre-register beforehand here, but pre-registration is not required. Inspire Health plans to expand location options in the near future.


Additionally, Houston Medical ER (2306 Rayford Road, Spring, TX 77386) also is providing free vaccines and testing, Monday through Friday (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Staff & Students Preregister Here

A form for all staff and students to expedite the screeners and vaccines by registering before arrival.

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS OF SENIORS

New TASFA/FAFSA Graduation Requirement


Parents/Guardians of 12th-Grade Students:


The purpose of this letter is to remind you of a new graduation requirement that will go into effect beginning with the Class of 2022.


As a result of House Bill 3, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) adopted the graduation requirement for all students to complete and submit either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA).


TEA has allowed for three exceptions to this graduation requirement:


  1. The student’s parent or other person standing in parental relation submits a signed form indicating that they authorize the student to decline to complete and submit the financial aid application;

  2. The student signs and submits the FAFSA opt-out form on the student’s own behalf, if the student is 18 years of age or older or the student’s disabilities of minority (student emancipation) have been removed for general purposes under Chapter 31, Family Code, or;

  3. A school counselor authorizes the student to decline to complete and submit the financial aid application for good cause, as determined by the school counselor.


Annually, the financial aid cycle opens Oct. 1 of a student’s senior year, and the state priority deadline to submit the FAFSA or TASFA is Jan. 15 of a student’s senior year. Spring ISD will provide hands-on application workshops throughout the school year to assist students and families with the FAFSA and TASFA applications.


To fulfill this graduation requirement, the student must log into Naviance and upload either the mandatory TEA waiver or a Student Aid Report (SAR) to show an application was submitted.


For additional information, please contact your campus college counselor.


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