Cheetah Chatter

We're All In This Together 8.23.2020

~First Day of School~Monday, August 24, 2020

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Welcome Back!

Cheetahs Parents,


Good morning! I hope you and your family are safe and healthy. We are super excited to welcome our Cheetahs back to school on Monday. We have missed them and you more than you all will ever know. My staff and I are prepared and ready to have a successful 2020-21 school year.


There's a lot information covered in this newsletter. Please take a moment to review it. If you have questions, don't hesitate to reach out to your child's homeroom teacher, the front office or an administrator. We are all in this together!


I want to thank you in advance for your continued support, understanding and partnership.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Thomas

This quick tutorial gives our students a view of what the virtual instruction experience will be like as we prepare to immerse ourselves in the world of virtual learning.

Lamar CISD Virtual Instruction Experience

A refilling water station will be available for student use. These stations will also have cups for those without water bottles.

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~August Breakfast Menu~

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~August Lunch Menu ~ If students are not eating the lunch provided, they are encouraged to bring their lunch to school with them.

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YMCA ~ After School Child Care at Culver

T. W. Davis YMCA - Richmond will provide after school childcare at Culver ES this school year 2020-2021. Registration is currently open. Click HERE to register your child.
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Student Accident Insurance

Culver ES Traffic Flow Map for Drop Off and Pick up

In order to ensure smooth and safe drop offs and pick ups this school year, it is extremely important that everyone understands and follows the traffic flow plan below.


Walkers will:

Walkers crossing Coopers Hill and Briarwood Crossing Dr. will enter the building through the front entrance.

Walkers crossing Learning Tree Ln. will enter the building through the front entrance.

All walkers will cross at Coopers Hill and/or Briarwood Crossing Dr. during dismissal.


Vehicles will:

1) Enter the designated carpool lane from Briarwood Crossing Dr.

2) Follow the arrows traveling all the way down and begin stacking into two rows if at all possible. We have to work together for this to be a smooth transition.

3) Loop around at the round about, staying stacked in two rows.

4) Take turns merging into one lane once you get closer to the front entrance.

5) For morning drop off, you must stay in your car and come through the carpool line.

6) For afternoon pick up, you must stay in your car and come through the carpool line. You must also have the Culver car rider tag mentioned below.

7) All carpool traffic (both morning and afternoon) will continue straight past our school, leading you to Learning Tree Lane. You can then turn left to exit.

8) Our back parking lot is available for staff parking and bus pick up/drop off only.


At this time visitors are not allowed. When allowed, visitors must enter the school using our front entrance. You will need to stop in our front office to register and receive a visitor's badge before proceeding.


In the mornings, you can drop your child off as early as 7:00 a.m. in our front carpool area. Our doors will open at 7 a.m. Due to safety concerns, please remain on campus and inside your car with your child until 7 a.m.

Dismissal And Arrival

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Meal Distribution for VIRTUAL Learners

Curbside Pick-up locations for Virtual Learners

The following 14 sites have been chosen as our curbside pick-up locations for virtual learners:

  • Arredondo Elementary
  • Beasley Elementary
  • Culver Elementary
  • George Ranch High School
  • Foster High School
  • Fulshear High School
  • Hutchinson Elementary
  • Jackson Elementary
  • Lamar Consolidated High School
  • McNeill Elementary
  • Pink Elementary
  • Tamarron Elementary
  • Terry High School
  • Taylor Ray Elementary

Families will receive a multi-day meal kit with items that are fully cooked and pre-packaged to just heat and eat. Child Nutrition will be providing contactless curbside pickup on Mondays only. Meals will be placed inside of vehicle trunks, truck beds and/or backseats. Families will have the option to choose a multi-day meal kit consisting of 5 breakfasts and/or 5 lunches. Families are required to fill-out an online form every Wednesday by 8pm prior to meal pickup. Meals will not be provided if the form is not submitted. Upon picking up meals for the first time, families will receive a re-usable car sign to display for faster pick up in the future. Students do not have to be present for meal pickup. A detailed email will be sent to the parents of all virtual learners. After submitting a form by the deadline, meals can be picked up the following Monday at 9-10:30 and 12-1:30.

Click the link to find the meal request form. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1SGRKOixavd3HGVwFr3BC7J6Tn_GolqdruJCsHHXYUMY/closedform

Smart Tag

Lamar CISD’s SMART tag system will be implemented in phases, beginning first with transportation, then campuses and finally with parent access. The phased roll-out will be used to ensure quality of data. Parents will be able to access the SMART tag parent portal by the end of September. Find more information on the SMART tag system here: bit.ly/3l866gK
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All District campuses will be closed to nonessential visitors, parents, volunteers and activities involving external groups or organizations for the first semester.

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Virtual Instruction

In Lamar CISD, our virtual option will require support from caring adults at home and within the online classroom environment. Activities are designed to ensure that students continue learning at the pace of the current Lamar CISD scope and sequence, as well as continue to develop a love of learning and gain appropriate academic and social-emotional skills. Through a well-developed virtual instruction model, students will continue to meet their goal of being future ready.

Classes within the virtual instruction option are created by Lamar CISD and follow the schedule of classes at the student’s home campus (secondary) or daily time expectations per content area (elementary). We will ensure open lines of communication between teachers, students and parents. Based upon the guidance from the State, the level of rigor, workload, time commitment and timing of classes will be the primary differences from the virtual instruction that occurred in the spring of 2020.

Lamar CISD will structure our students’ virtual instruction schedule to require students to participate in asynchronous and synchronous learning. Asynchronous learning is a curricular experience where students engage in the learning materials on their own time, interacting intermittently with the teacher via the computer or other electronic devices. Synchronous learning is two-way, real-time, live instruction between teachers and students through the computer or other electronic devices.


Lamar CISD expectations for asynchronous (online without real-time interaction) virtual instruction:

  • Complete asynchronous activities assigned each day.

  • Students show proof of participation in daily virtual instruction by satisfactorily completing assigned activities to demonstrate evidence of student learning (i.e. video, picture or activities submitted as lessons and/or completing assignments). Please note, not all lessons must have an assignment, as there will be teacher discretion on the number of assignments, as they follow the Lamar CISD grading guidelines.

  • Students and parents will communicate with the teacher when needing additional assistance, tutoring, etc.


Lamar CISD expectations for synchronous (real-time) virtual instruction classes:

  • Students will participate in synchronous class activities as assigned.

  • Students will follow the Lamar CISD dress code (uniform dress is not required).

  • Students are ready to learn.

  • Workspace is designated for the student.

  • Students will show their face on the screen to engage with the teacher virtually.

  • Students will sign in to Zoom with their first name and last initial.

  • Students will actively participate in the class.

  • Students will follow the District Code of Conduct.


The virtual instruction option has numerous differences based on feedback received from parents, students and teachers. Students who receive supplemental services or are in different grades will find that their services are developmentally appropriate. Key aspects of


Lamar CISD’s virtual instruction option include:

  • An improvement upon quality and depth of the curriculum.

  • Personalized learning opportunities.

  • A mix of pre-recorded videos and real-time virtual lessons.

  • Data-driven, personalized enrichment and intervention.

  • Some mandated related services, to be scheduled on an individual or small group basis, may also be offered on campus.

For Your Information

CEP Campus (Community Eligibility Provision)

Culver Elementary will participate in the Community Eligibility Provision Program for free breakfast and lunch. All students attending Culver Elementary during the school year will receive free breakfast and lunch. Students can bring lunch or enjoy a lunch from the cafeteria. Students receiving virtual instruction will have an opportunity to participate as well. A free & reduced lunch application isn't required for students attending Culver ES. You'll receive more information at a later date.


Technology Distribution

In order to receive a district device, parents MUST complete the 2020-21 School Year COVID-19 Student Commitment Form and Beginning of the Year Forms in Skyward. Technology distribution is scheduled for Wednesday, August 19, 4-5 p.m. If you didn't have an opportunity to pick up your child's technology and/or materials for virtual learning, please contact Mrs. Berdou directly at pberdou@lcisd.org to schedule an appointment.


At Home Learning Materials

In order to ensure success during virtual learning, Our Cheetahs will be provided with consumable textbooks to use at home during their asynchronous and synchronous learning. Any materials that are distributed should be kept so students may use them if they transition to face to face learning. These are not for personal use, but classroom learning materials. Expect more information regarding dates and times for distribution.


Dress Code

At Culver ES student safety and success are our main priorities. We want our Cheetahs dressed for success and focused on their learning, while embracing school pride and unity. School approved spirit t-shirts will be available once again in the near future for purchase online. The campus dress code should be followed with both virtual and face to face instruction. We will follow the District's dress code as we did last school year. Please click on the link below to view our district's dress code policy for elementary students.

https://www.lcisd.org/docs/default-source/campus-documents/culver-elementary/culver-dress-code.pdf?sfvrsn=4


Campus Communication

Effective two-way communication between families and schools is necessary for our Cheetahs success. During the school year, you can look forward to a bi-weekly campus-wide newsletter with information for the upcoming month. Please ensure that your Skyward email is up to date so that you receive current communication and plan accordingly.


Our teachers will communicate with parents and students via Canvas weekly with classroom updates. You also want to get signed up with Canvas. Canvas streamlines classroom communication. It is a “one stop shop” dashboard for you to stay “in the know” with upcoming classroom happenings, due dates, assignments, and links for your students to access additional resources that your child will need to find success. Your child's teacher will share more information with you before the first day of school.


You may also follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thomas-Culver-Elementary-689159464830984/. Follow us for current announcements and pictures of fun and interactive learning taking place within our classrooms. You'll want to stay connected!

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Beginning of the Year Forms

For the 2020-21 school year, all required Lamar Consolidated ISD beginning of year forms must be completed online through the Skyward Family Access Center.

Offering these forms digitally allows you the convenience of only updating information that has changed from last school year, while also helping us maintain accurate information to our student information system. Online forms will be available through the Family Access Center starting August 1 and all forms need to be submitted no later than Sept. 18. Your student’s schedule will not be available online through the Family Access Center until all of the beginning-of-year forms are completed for your student. Student schedules will be viewable online on Wednesday, August 19, if all online forms have been completed.

For those who need access to a computer or the internet, please call the front office for assistance (832-223-5600).

Supply List 2020-21


2020-21 School Supply List

Please feel free to call the school with any questions, 832-223-5600.


https://www.lcisd.org/docs/default-source/students-parents-documents/elementary-education/2020-2021-elementary-school-supply-list.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Administrator's Contact Information

Principal C. Thomas, cathomas@lcisd.org

Asst. Principal C. Flemming, carolyn.flemming@lcisd.org

Upcoming Events

AUGUST:

  • August 24 - First Day of School. Doors will open for on campus learners at 7 a.m.
  • August 28 - House Reveal for all students enrolled in 1st and newly enrolled students in 2nd-5th.
  • August 31- University Day (Every Monday is University Day for students and staff.

SEPTEMBER:

  • September 4 - Cheetah Spirit Day (Show your school spirit!)
  • September 7 - Labor Day (Student/Staff Holiday)
  • September 13 - Grandparent's Day
  • September 17 - VIRTUAL Parent Night (PreK, K, ECSE, Pegasus and 1-5) This event is for virtual and on campus learners.
  1. Session I.....4-4:30
  2. Session II....4:30-5
  3. Session III...5-5:30
  4. Session IV...5:30-6

~OUR MISSION~

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