Tumbleweed Press

September 20, 2021

A Message from Mrs. Haymark

Dear Vogel Texans Families,


What another great week we had here at Vogel! Students continue to be engaged and our teachers are working diligently to support each of the kiddos daily! The sound of laughter echoing throughout the building and joy on the student's faces, it is the most rewarding experience of my day!


I know this year continues to bring many uncertainties, but the work we all do as a team is what makes the the experiences students have at Vogel positive and enjoyable. Below you will find a few updates regarding Covid self-reporting and quarantining. There is also information related to Read for a Better Life and Fall pictures. We greatly appreciate all the support we continue to receive from you! Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.


Christa Haymark, Principal

cghaymark@conroeisd.net

Student Check Out and Dismissal

As a reminder, parents who elect to check students out of school must do so before 3:30 pm. The afternoon is a busy time preparing for dismissal. We want to ensure that all changes get to teachers in plenty of time to inform students. When checking students out, please remember to bring your state issued ID with you. While we remain a closed campus, our receptionist will ask that you hold your ID up to the camera by the intercom's call button. This allows her to ensure the correct adult is picking up the child while not leaving our phones unattended. We appreciate all your patience and understanding with this process.


Remember to please refrain from picking students up in front of the school on Geffert Wright Drive or at the semi-circle on the street in front of the bus ramp as this is a safety hazard. The entrance for the car rider line is across the street from Vogel at the Bus Barn.

TikTok Trend

There is currently a trend floating around the social media app TikTok called, "devious lick." With this trend, students are filming themselves vandalizing school restrooms. Some videos have shown kiddos taking soap dispensers off the walls, breaking bathroom sinks, flooding, and trashing the bathrooms. While we are aware the large majority of students are not participating in this behavior, we kindly ask that you remind your child to continue to exercise excellent behavior while at school, utilize the restrooms for their intended purposes, and report any suspicious behavior to an adult on campus. We thank you for your attention regarding this matter.

Student Shirts On Sale

Our student shirts are in and on sale now. If you would like to purchase a shirt for your child, please print out the order form below. Mrs. Ildebrando will be collecting money in the front office.
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Read for a Better Life!

Each year, Conroe ISD highlights the significance of reading by ensuring campuses dedicate one day celebrating the fun and excitement reading can add to our lives. This year, the event will take place on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. To celebrate this special occasion, we ask that you would consider allowing your children to dress as their favorite storybook character. All character costumes should follow dress code policy. No costume masks or costumes which could elicit fear are permitted. We look forward to spending a day of reading with our students!

Fall Pictures

Picture day is fast approaching! Remind your child to dress to impress on Thursday, September 23, 2021 for fall pictures. Below is a link which allows you to prepay for pictures. Reach out to the school for questions.


https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000877808#login

Late Buses

We are aware students have arrived to campus tardy due to the bus picking up at your child's designated location outside the pick up time provided. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused many families. Please be advised, any student who arrives to school late on a bus will not be counted tardy. If your child arrived late on a bus and was marked tardy, please email our Attendance Clerk, Stacey Randall, at srandall@conroeisd.net and she will rectify the tardy. If you have any bus related questions, please contact Oak Ridge Transportation at 832-592-8850.

Temporary Closed Campus

While this is tremendously unfortunate, due to the increased number of Covid-19 cases in our community, our campus is temporarily closed to visitors. All visitors will be asked to call the building (832-663-4300) upon arrival and wait for assistance. No parents will be allowed inside for lunch or to volunteer in our classes. Parents will be asked to implement contactless drop off for things students will need to navigate their day. There is a blue table inside the front doors for parents to leave forgotten lunches, instruments for specials, or any other pertinent materials students may require while at school. There will be communication sent when this temporary closure is lifted, and it is safe for visitors to return. Thank you for your understanding while we work through procedures to keep your children safe.

Quarantine and Self-Reporting

One of the updates provided by Dr. Null in the September 2nd YouTube video related to student quarantine. The update is as follows: If there is a positive individual in the same household, a 10-day quarantine is required unless the student is fully vaccinated for COVID-19 & shows no symptoms or have a documented COVID-19 positive result within the previous 6 months, has fully recovered, and remains without COVID-19 symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath.


To self-report a positive Covid-19 test for a student, please visit www.conroeisd.net click "SSO" and enter the student's log in credentials. See the visual below for more information.

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Updated COVID Protocols

The biggest mitigation strategy we can put into place this school year is to encourage students, parents, and staff to stay home when they are sick. It's going to take all of us to ensure our kiddos are safe while inside our building. Please do not send your child to school if they are feeling under the weather. Reach out to your child's teacher, our nurse, or our counselor with questions or specific needs. Beginning this week, we will be implementing additional protocols to those already in place to continue to keep students and staff safe. Please see below for the updates.


Masks: While masks are not required, we do encourage students and staff to wear them during this time of increasing Covid-19 spread in our community. We will have masks in the front office for students and staff who wish to wear one, but forgot them at home. If you have specific questions about masks, please let your child's teachers know. They are happy to help!


Classrooms: Students will continue to practice good hand hygiene with teachers sanitizing each student’s hands before and after class change. Teachers will also sanitize desks and student’s workstations before and after class change. All classrooms and common areas will be e-misted on a nightly basis after each student has left for the day.


Cafeteria: We have five lunches to limit the number of students in our cafeteria at one time. Your child's lunch time may be early or late depending. All students are allowed to bring a snack with them to eat during the day. Students will be spread out as much as possible during all lunches. They will be provided an ID badge with a bar code used to purchase lunches to avoid using a keypad. Hand sanitizer will be provided in cafeteria and student will wash/sanitize before and after lunch.


Transitions: Students will maintain a safe distance when transitioning between classes, specials, and lunch.


Water Bottles: Vogel has three no-touch water bottle refilling stations in all schools. We are asking for all students to bring a refillable water bottle to school with them. Please clearly write your child's first and last name on their water bottle with permanent marker. Students will be allowed to bring their water bottles to all their classes, fine arts, PE, and lunch.


COVID Notices and Contact Tracing: If a student in our building reports a positive test result, classroom and general notifications will continue to be sent out. Specific contact tracing and mandatory quarantines will not take place this school year. If you have specific questions about your child's risks, please contact our school nurse, Susan Coyne @ scoyne@conroeisd.net or 832-663-4309.


School Leveling System: The district is working on a leveling system based on positive cases. This will help guide administration on implementing additional protocols to help ensure all of our students are safe while they are in our building.

Parent Access

The most frequently asked question we get at the beginning of the year is how can I help my child be successful in intermediate school. The transition to intermediate can be challenging for some kiddos. The best thing a parent can do to support their child is to help them build organizational systems. Some students have trouble juggling the increased number of teachers and assignments. Help your child get into the routine of checking for work inside their flexi-folder every night. Look at graded assignments that are sent home to see if there are concepts your child is struggling to master. And sign up for a Parent Access account to monitor your child's grades. If you see zeros or "Z"s in the gradebook, it means that your child has not turned in their assignment. Encourage them to complete the work and turn it in. It's never too late to turn work in or too early to start building good study habits. If you don't have a Parent Access account CLICK HERE to register. Your involvement in their education is important. If you have questions on how else you can support your child, please reach out to your child's teacher or one of our school counselors.


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Free Covid Tests

The district is offering free COVID tests to students who are symptomatic or have been exposed to a Covid positive person. To schedule a free COVID test for your child, log into your child's SSO account. Click the Covid Central app. In the upper right corner click, the three lines and "Schedule a Test" will pop up in the left corner. Click, "Schedule a Test" and follow the directions to schedule your child's free Covid test.
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2021-2022 School Calendar

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School Messenger

All SMS messages received from the Conroe ISD District Office and your child's campus will begin with "Conroe ISD:" and come from the subscribe code 67587. If you have not yet opted-in to receive SMS messages, you can do so at any time throughout the school year by texting "Y" to 67587.

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The Conroe Independent School District (District) as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment matters. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner.

For information about Title IX rights or Section 504/ADA rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA coordinator at 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, TX 77304; (936) 709-7752.