Husky Newsletter

November 2022 Edition for Parents/Guardians

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A Time for Giving Thanks!

Dear Parents/Guardians,


Entering this time of the year always stirs up the familiar: smells of pumpkin spice, cinnamon sticks and cloves; the anxiousness of shopping for loads of food for large family meals and upcoming holidays, as well as the tired feeling that comes from the time of the school year where there is no break from Labor Day to Thanksgiving Break. While anyone around a school community may feel this stress in some way each year, the start of November is also a poignant time where we like to stop and reflect on the incredible things that have taken place in such a short amount of time over the past 2 months.


In the month of September, every Husky worked hard to come together as a school community in what has been our most "back-to-normal" school year since fall 2018. Students in PreK began the first year of full day learning at Scarborough with an amazing crew of educators and aides that have developed a seamless bond of collaboration that is evident through their work together towards their students' growth! Students in K-5 took on the task of championing beginning of year assessments such as MAP Reading, MAP Math and/or Tx-KEA that helped to show their learning strengths and areas of need -- setting the stage for their learning journey this year. At this point, each and every teacher took on the challenge of setting goals for our students while working through their Collaborative Teams by analyzing beginning of year data which provided targeted learning experiences for all.


In October, all staff and Students started HOWL intervention time. This is such a unique experience on our campus because the phrase "ALL MEANS ALL" comes to life when ALL educators on campus (Administration, Discovery Teachers, Counselors, Librarian, GT Teacher, Classroom Teachers, etc.) are involved in teaching small groups in order to meet students' specific learning needs! We all work together to help OUR students reach their goals because we believe that working together is the best way to do this! Another amazing accomplishment that took place in the month of October was that students and families rallied together to raise over $74,000 dollars through our PTA Howl-A-Thon fundraiser! While this is an annual event, this was a first ever, record breaking amount raised! The things that can be done for students with these funds are endless. Your hard work and generosity is greatly appreciated.


In the moments where stress and the grind of the day-to-day get us in a zone, the accomplishments from the last two months, as well as the possibilities of the upcoming months, help our buckets to overflow! Our joy is here every day, in the faces of each student, family, and staff member that walks through the door. Scarborough Elementary is the place to be...and it's because of who is in it! Thanks to all of you for making that possible!


Respectfully,

Sandra Luna, Principal

Jenn Platt, Associate Principal

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Did you know missing 2 days a month equals...

Did you know that missing 2 days a month is equal to 4 weeks a year? This is over one year of lost learning from PreK through grade 12 for a student!! Missing school often results in lower grades, even failing grades for some, and each day missed makes it harder to catch up!


Research has shown missing school often tends to result in lower student achievement. Attendance matters!


As adults, it is our duty to ensure our children are at school. Please make it a priority to bring your child to school on time each and every day to ensure they get the best quality education possible. Our goal is to always maintain an average of 95% or higher as an entire campus for attendance. Thank you!


Year to Date Attendance = 93.19%

11/1/22 Attendance = 89.75% (EEKS!)

Community Parking

We understand our parking lot gets pretty full and now that it's getting cooler, many of you may be choosing to drive your kiddos to school versus having them walk or bike. Please remember that our neighboring community needs to be able to get out of their driveways in the mornings and afternoons.


We have had several parents request that we send out a reminder to avoid parking in front of driveways and/or vehicles when you park and walk your kiddos into school. Thank you!

Scarborough Student / Parent Handbook

Did You Know?

Operation Gratitude

We have partnered with Hulme Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics again this for their annual Candy Buy-Back Program. A candy box has been delivered to the school and is located in the front lobby so that we can collect candy for them to send care packages to deployed troops, first responders, and military families through Operation Gratitude.

We are hoping we can max out the donation level for this fabulous cause! The candy box will be picked up on Friday, November 4th.

If you have any left over Halloween candy or wish to donate to this cause, bring the candy to school by November 4th!

Reminder About Communication Policy

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From Your SES Counselors

Parent Needs Assessment

The Scarborough Counselors would like feedback from parents regarding which topics parents feel would be most helpful for their children and themselves. Please complete the survey/needs assessment form found at the link below.


The link to the Google Form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1srwOgkSrCDvNX8-Tibs5fA0A-z-kLjWSJLpMBPGgssE/edit

🐾1st Quarter Husky Celebration🐾

Veterans Day Celebration

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Calendar of Events

Important Dates & Information

November is...Generation Tx (GenTX) College Appreciation & Financial Aid Awareness Month


November 1st - Student Council Meeting & Military Club Meeting


November 2nd - Strings (5th grade) and Garden Club Meet today;
PTA Board Meeting at 5:30 PM


November 3rd - Art Club and Choir meet today


November 4th - Career Day & Perfect Attendance N.B.A. Party

*Wear your favorite college shirt today!


November 7th - 11th - National School Psychology Week

*Let's all thank our Licensed School Specialist in Psychology, Mrs. Richardson, for all of her hard work!


November 7th - Strings (5th grade) meets today


November 8th - Student Holiday (NO SCHOOL)/Teacher Staff Development Day
*Election Day -- voting on campus from 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM.


November 9th - Fall Individual Picture Retakes
Strings (5th grade) and Garden Club Meet today


November 10th - STEM Night 6:00 PM

Art Club and Choir meet today


November 11th - Veterans' Day Ceremony 8:00 AM


November 14th - 18th: GenTX , Texas Character Education & American Education Week - GO Public Ed!!!


November 14th - Happy Birthday, Coach Shane Richards!

Strings (5th grade) meets today


November 15th - Spirit Night at Burger Boy (sponsored by 4th & 5th grades)


November 16th - Strings (5th grade) and Garden Club Meet today


November 17th - Art Club and Choir meet today


November 18th - Happy Birthday, Clifford Bealer (Head Custodian)!

Progress Reports go home!


November 19th - Happy Birthday...

Bethany Badillo (ECSE Teacher)!

Francia Reyna (3rd Grade Teacher)!

Lisa Donovan (Kinder Teacher)!


November 21st - 25th: Thanksgiving Break -- NO SCHOOL


November 22nd - National Bus Driver Appreciation Day


November 24th - Happy Birthday, Jaclyn White (3rd Grade Teacher)!


November 28th - December 3rd: Fall Book Fair


November 28th - Dinosaur George presentation

Strings (5th) meet today


November 30th - Happy Birthday, Gabi Rodriguez (Art Teacher)!

Strings (5th grade) and Garden Club Meet today

Upcoming Early Release Days

January 25

February 15

April 12

May 17


Please note this in your calendars as our dismissal times will change these days. Elementary schools will dismiss at 11:45 a.m., middle schools at 12:40 p.m., and high schools at 1 p.m. Breakfast and sack lunches will be provided on the early dismissal days. Be on the lookout for our Early Dismissal form noting how your child will be getting home for the day.
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Schoology Tips: Parent Accounts in Schoology

Parents who had an account for the 2022-23 school year can still access the account. Parents can reset their password using the forgot password link.

If creating a new account, parents will need their student's access code, refer to the resources available here. For additional assistance, refer parents to the campus TSS.

Home Access Center

The Home Access Center (HAC) allows parents to register students, complete data verification, access report cards, and track attendance.

Sign in | Get help

(Your username is your email​ address​ and your password ​is ​the temporary password​ you received by email. You will be required to change it ​the ​first time​ you log in.)

COVID 19 Information Page

https://www.nisd.net/schools/health/covid

For the 2022-2023 School Year, there is no more student remote conferencing, no more contact tracing, and no more "COVID" absences. For more information refer parents to the COVID 19 Information page listed above.

PTA Information

We Want YOU to Join PTA!

Building a lasting legacy!


Special thank you to the parents who have accepted nominations to serve in a critical role for the upcoming school year.


Our 2022-2023 PTA Board members are:

President - Raquel Munguia

Treasurer - Ashlee Piepgrass

Secretary: Vanessa McLaurin

1st VP Programs - Natasha Mayberry

2nd VP Membership - Sarah Churchill

3rd VP Fundraising - Maria Guy


4th VP Communication- VACANT


HELP WANTED! If you are interested in serving on the board please reach out to the school today!


Thank you families for always making Scarborough a GREAT place for our students!


If you have not yet joined PTA, please take a minute to do so! It's easy and quick! Go to https://www.joinpta.org/ and join online!

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Thank you for your support!

Howl-A-Thon 22-23 Fundraiser Success


We could NOT have had such a huge success without each and every Husky family's commitment and love for our students' educational success. Thank you for getting the word out there, recruiting support for all of the initiatives we hope to fulfill throughout this school year thanks to your donations.


Total Raised: $74, 879.50


Current Membership Goal: 1 member to represent each student -- A Voice for Every Child! (900 students - 900 members)

Current Membership Actual: 461


Howl-A-Thon Prizes will arrive: After Thanksgiving Break

Spirit Store Items will arrive: After Thanksgiving Break