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August 14th

LEVELING UP IN 2020

Howdy Hounds!


This week we welcomed our staff back for an action-packed week of professional development. I could not be more proud of our teachers and staff for working so hard as we transition into the 20-21 school year. This week I watched our teams come together to collaborate, problem-solve, and unite as the preparations began for the beginning of school. I am closing this week feeling thankful for our amazing staff and their willingness to go above and beyond for our kids! There is no doubt that with their determination and grit...we will be able to make this a successful school year!


The upcoming week brings several exciting events as we prepare for the first day of school. Please review the schedule below for our Back to School Drive-Thru on Thursday, August 20th and our virtual Meet the Teacher event on Friday, August 21st.


Please note that if your child will be participating in virtual instruction and you have requested to check out a device, we will be utilizing a drive-thru service on Thursday, August 20th during the Back to School Drive-Thru. After going through the car rider line to pick up you child's bag, you will turn into the bus driveway for technology checkout. Please remember that all parents of virtual students must complete the Technology AUP form. Please review the PDF below for instructions on how to complete the form if you have not done so. If you have particular questions regarding technology for virtual students, please contact our librarian at ijurkowski@lcisd.org


In order to be prepared for our Back to School Drive-thru on the 20th, we are asking that all families complete the Huggins Back to School form here: https://forms.gle/bBKzS7ZmV5JGEB2d9 This will help us prepare our car rider numbers and transportation tags. This form will also help Nurse Everett know who to contact to schedule medication drop off.


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 in our student information system. Instructions, important dates and technical assistance regarding the online forms can be found by clicking here. https://www.lcisd.org/students-parents/family-access/beginning-of-year-forms Included on this page is a link to reset your Family Access username/password if you have forgotten it. Online forms are available through the Family Access Center 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 and after the campus has released schedules. Student class assignments will be available online on Wednesday, Aug. 19th if all online forms have been completed. For those who need access to a computer or the Internet, computers will be available on campus Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please call the front office to schedule an appointment.


We look forward to seeing our Hounds on Friday for Meet the Teacher. Teachers will be sending out Zoom invitations on Thursday!




Sincerely,


Bethany Cunningham

Principal

Bethany.cunningham@lcisd.org

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Huggins Back to School Google Forms

We are asking all parents to complete the brief Google Form below so that we can prepare transportation tags for the beginning of the year. This form will also provide necessary information to your child's classroom teacher. This is information we are usually able to collect at Meet the Teacher. PLEASE help us by filling out this form by Friday, August 14th. It will greatly help us with creating our Back to School Drive-Thru Bags!

Back to School Drive-Thru

Thursday, Aug. 20th, 9am-2:15pm

Huggins Elementary Car Rider Line

Please see the flyer below for your scheduled drive-thru time!
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Save the Date for Virtual Meet the Teacher!

On Thursday, August 20th...you child's teacher will send you an email with a Zoom invitation to our first ever VIRTUAL Meet the Teacher! The purpose of this time together will be for the students to say hello to their new teacher and see some friends in class. Parent Orientation will be held September 1st from 5:00-6:00 for Kinder - Second Grade and September 3rd from 5:00-6:00 for Third - Fifth grade via Zoom.


Friday, August 21st


Pre-K/Kindergarten: 12:00-12:30

First Grade: 12:30-1:00

Second Grade: 1:00-1:30

Third Grade: 1:30-2:00

Fourth Grade: 2:00-2:30

Fifth Grade: 2:30-3:00

An Important Message from our Counselors! (Repeat)

“Hi! Welcome to Kindergarten! I’m your teacher❤️💙, I’m so happy you are in my class! 😁 Look at my cool face shield!! Do I look like an astronaut? 👩🏻‍🚀 Maybe you’ll get an astronaut helmet too!”

Maybe you’ve seen this post by kindergarten teacher, Dana Stephenson Kimmell, circulating on social media. Isn’t her excitement contagious?! It makes us want to go to kindergarten with her! At Huggins, we are doing everything we can to get ready for our Hounds to return to school in a safe, positive environment, just like we do every year. We would LOVE your help in making sure our Hounds have positive, open attitudes about this new and different school year, whether they are learning in person or virtually. In the same way that our positive attitudes are contagious, our worries and negative attitudes are also contagious. How our Hounds handle new situations is largely dependent on the examples they see – that means teachers and parents! Think about how you are talking about returning to school when your Hounds are listening. Even if they aren’t part of the conversation, they are listening and internalizing your attitudes. Below are just a few things that might be strange this year and some ways you can help calm their fears and encourage them to look for the positives. How many cool things can you come up with for the way you are returning to school?

Masks – It’s hard to tell when someone is smiling with a mask on, but we just have to change where we are looking. Along with our mouths, we also use our eyes to smile. Practice putting on your mask and smiling with your eyes. Do it in front of a mirror, with each other, with friends.

Social Distancing – While some things will be more spread out, some social distancing has always happened in school. We will have our own space and won’t have to worry about someone wiggling the desk right next to us. We get to have our own supplies and hang on to them!

Sitting in front of the computer “all day” – You won’t be glued to the computer! Your schedule will be flexible. There will be some time that you have to be online with your teacher/class. And there will be lots of time that you get to do your work at your own pace. Maybe you get to play with your dog at recess, or do math with your cat on your lap. Plus, you get a stinky feet pass every day!

As Ms. Kimmell said in her post, there are so many ways we are preparing for your kids to return to us. There are some new things, but there are also countless things we do every year to keep your kiddos safe. We are prepared to approach this year and all the change it will bring with positive attitudes and humor. We hope you will do the same!

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First Day of School Procedures (Repeat)

We know that the first day of school will look very different than in the past, but it is our priority to make sure that students feel safe and excited about returning to school! We realize that it has been five months since our students have set foot in the building and for our kinder students...this will be their first experience in a public school setting. As a mom of three, I know the disappointment you are feeling about not being able to walk your littles into their new spaces. Our teams have been working diligently to develop plans to make for a smooth transition for the first day of school.


During the Drive-Thru pick up, you will find six colored dot labels with your child's name and teacher name. We are asking that for the first six days of school, you place a label on the front of their shirt. These labels will be custom created to help us determine where your child's classroom is located in the building. For instance, we have 5 colored instructional pods in the building and three grade levels in the portables. If your student is a kindergartner and his/her teacher is located in the yellow pod, he/she will receive six yellow stickers with their name and teacher's name. We will be assigning colors for grade levels in 3rd-5th as their classrooms are in the portables.


Our doors will open on Monday, August 24th at 7:00am. Staff Members will be stationed throughout the building to assist students as they head to the teachers' classrooms. If your child rides the bus/daycare van, they will be unloaded from the bus porch, and students will be guided through the gym to classrooms. If your child will be coming by car, all parents will utilize the car rider line. Parents will not be permitted to park and walk their child to the door. This year, we are asking students to open the car doors themselves if possible to exit the vehicle to minimize staff members exposure to multiple car doors. Of course we will have staff stationed down the car rider line to help as needed! If students are in third - fifth grade, they will be able to head to the portables from the front access gate (minimizing the number of people in the hallways). All kinder-second students will enter through the front doors. We will have balloons hanging by color to create a "path" leading students to their color pod. The students will follow the path to their designated pod and into their teacher's classroom. As I mentioned before, we will have staff stationed throughout the building and extra support out front for our friends that might be feeling nervous or needing a little extra guidance.


We are asking all parents to be patient in the drop off line as we expect the line to move more slowly than in previous years. We will not count tardies the first week of school as long as we still have cars in line. Please help us out by having your child ready to exit the car. For our little ones, you may want to practice how to unbuckle, put on backpacks, put on their masks, and open the car door. All students will need to exit the car on the passenger side.


This process is going to be a combined effort between parents and school staff. Please talk to your students about what to expect the first day and how the process will work. Have them practice the steps and provide reassurance that they will be okay and that there will be people there to help. Let them know how excited we are to see them and how much their teacher already loves them! We know this is less than ideal...but rest assured that your child will be greeted by an eager staff that is ready to welcome them to the 20-21 school year with open arms!

Please click the PDF below to review the car rider map and process. (Repeat)

SMART TAGS (Repeat)

We are excited to announce that LCISD will be utilizing Smart Tags for each student. Please check out the flyer below to learn some ways we will be using them. Our Smart Tags will also be utilized in the lunch line and our new PBIS Rewards System purchased by FOH! Every student will be issued a Smart Tag, which will be worn on a lanyard everyday. It will be important for students to have their tags with them when they come to school each morning. More detailed information will be headed your way in the weeks to come.
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Face Coverings (Repeat)

Protective measures, including the use of face coverings, will be determined by the level of disease activity of COVID-19. The District will rely on data from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Fort Bend County Health & Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to determine the disease activity level and the appropriate protective measures.



Students are required to bring two dress code approved masks/face coverings daily. One will be worn, and one additional mask/face covering will be brought in a sealed/ziploc bag. Labeling of the masks with a student name is suggested.


Mask questions we have received:


Can my child wear a mask or a face shield? Yes, masks and face shields are both approved. Students are not required to wear a mask under their shield.


Can my child wear a neck gaiter/buff? Yes, these are also approved.


Does the mask have to be a Huggins uniform color? No. Masks may be any color or design. However, no inappropriate language or images will be allowed.


***Please note that BSN Sports has graciously donated Huggins Hounds lanyards that will be given to students on the first day of school. Students will be able to use these lanyard to attach their masks so that they do not get lost.


Please click below for more information regarding face coverings.

LCISD Calendar

Below is a copy of the LCISD Instructional Calendar, including grading periods and bell schedules.
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Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration

Please help share this important information so that we can get our newest Hounds registered!

Huggins Dress Code

Students can wear Huggins Spirit Wear or solid colored polos in red, white, navy, light blue or black any day of the week. Bottoms must be denim (no embellishments or tears), khaki, black, or navy blue athletic shorts, slacks, shorts, skirts, skorts, capris or a dress. A few days of the week have themes but students are not required to participate.


Monday - Leveling Up in 2020! Students are encouraged to wear a shirt/dress coordinating to our video game theme.
Thursday - Students can support Roberts Middle School, Leaman JH and Fulshear HS by wearing purple.
Friday - Huggins Spirit Day!