Caldwell Update

September 2021

Welcome Back!

Hello Caldwell Families!

Thank you for a great start to the school year 2021-2022! We are thrilled to have our students back in person learning this school year. In this monthly newsletter you will find important information about our school. We are here to help in any way possible. Thank you so much for helping us make this successful school year!

Ms. Massey

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Hello from Mrs. Palmer!

Welcome to an exciting and brand new school year! We welcome new parents and students that have joined our Caldwell Cats family! We also welcome our returning Caldwell Cats! We are so fortunate to have an amazing community of teachers and staff that focuses on students' well being, academics, and success.

It is an honor to serve our community as the assistant principal.

You are welcome to contact me any time.

~Mrs. Palmer

School Hours

Please make note of the breakfast, arrival, and dismissal times listed below for the 2021-2022 school year. Students are encouraged to arrive at school no later than 7:45 a.m. to give them plenty of time to eat breakfast in their classroom and to help them prepare for the day before announcements are made at 7:55 a.m. For your child’s safety, students may not arrive before 7:15 a.m. Our staff does not report for duty until 7:15 a.m. and outside doors are locked until then.

Children arriving between 7:15 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. will sit in their designated places by grade level: K-2nd in the cafeteria and 3rd-5th in the gym.


School attendance is a priority at Caldwell Elementary. In order for an absence to be excused, notes must be submitted to the campus within 3 days of the absence. If a parent note is received after 3 days of the student returning to school, the note will be kept on file to document absences; however, it will not be coded in our system. If we do not hear from you about the absence, it is automatically unexcused.

MISD allows 8 parent notes to excuse absences per year. After that, they are kept on file but the absence is coded as “unexcused”.

The district sends out truancy warning letters at 3 and 7 unexcused absences. If your child reaches 10 unexcused absences in a 6-month period, the district may file truancy charges in a court of law. If your child reaches 10 unexcused absences in a 6-month period, the district may file truancy charges in a court of law.

If you have any questions concerning the attendance policy, please contact the Assistant Principal, Zoraya Palmer or Maribel Lopez

Dual Language Program Update

All 5th grade students participating in the Dual Language Two-way program will be taking the LAS Links online - Español to measure and monitor students' Spanish proficiency in listening and speaking. The assessment will take place the week of September 13-17, 2021.

Click here for MISD Elementary Bilingual Program Website.

Click here for our Dual Language Program Language of the Day Calendar.

Clothing & Grooming

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Transportation Changes

If you need to change your child’s dismissal transportation, please send an email to your student’s homeroom teacher and notify the front office staff in the morning, or call before 2:00 p.m. We understand that emergencies occur, but please keep in mind that keeping your child’s transportation consistent will help to ensure that your child learns his/her way home and helps to ensure their safety, as well as a full day of instruction.

Breakfast & Lunch

This school year, McKinney ISD can offer healthy meals every school day to all students at no cost. Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. However, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance that allows schools to offer meals to all students at no cost for the entire 2021-2022 school year. While no application or eligibility determination is required for your student to receive free meals this school year, income eligibility requirements will likely resume in the 2022-2023 school year.
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Tuesday Folders

Your child will be bringing home a folder every Tuesday with important information such as a weekly newsletter from your child’s teacher. Please make sure to read and return the folder to your child’s teacher as soon as possible. Also, please make sure that we have good working numbers listed on all forms in case of an emergency.
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Labor Day - No School!

On Monday, September 6 there will be no school in observance of Labor Day. Please read with your child at home and enjoy the time together as a family.

Teachers' Conference Times

Teachers are available to speak or meet with parents/guardians during their planning times. Please feel free to email and/or call during the following times:

Kindergarten 12:10-1:00 PM

First Grade 1:15-2:05 PM

Second Grade 2:10-3:00 PM

Third Grade 9:05-9:55 AM

Fourth Grade 10:00-10:50 AM

Fifth Grade 8:10-9:00 AM

Specials 10:50-11:40 AM

Community in School ( CIS)

Hello, I am Amanda Nunez with CIS (Communities In Schools), and I am here to support our students and families. Some services that I provide are academic support in the classroom and enrichment groups. I also provide school supply assistance, angel tree assistance, resources for food, clothing, and bills. If you need assistance, I can be reached at

and/or at 469-302-5584.

Visitors & Volunteers

Visitors and volunteers are welcome to join us at our school on September 10, 2021.

Counselor's Corner

Hello Caldwell Families!

I am Ms. Mercado and I am the school counselor at Caldwell Elementary School. This will be my third year as the counselor and I am so excited for another wonderful school year! Students can request to see me by filling out a “counselor request form”, or ask their teachers to call or email me. Monthly guidance lessons will include learning about topics such as mindfulness, managing and expressing feelings, self-control, conflict resolution, growth mindset, kindness, career readiness and coping skills.

We are also excited to share that we will be implementing a new program schoolwide called “Character Strong.” This program is designed to effectively teach a wide variety of traits that will help all students be more successful in their academics and in their lives outside of school. Each month we will focus on a trait and start each day with activities or short lessons that models what each trait represents. The character traits we will be learning throughout the school year are courage, respect, perseverance, gratitude, honesty, kindness, empathy, responsibility and cooperation.

Please contact me anytime for outside counseling resources, 504 questions and information, questions or concerns involving your child or anything else that you need.

Check out this great article on back to school anxiety and how to help students manage their worries: Back to school anxiety

Mayra Mercado

(469) 302-5543

Nurse News

Welcome to Caldwell 2021:

Parents, just a reminder, water bottle filling stations are the only available water throughout the day, besides lunch. Please send a water bottle for your child to refill during the day to stay hydrated.

I will be starting vision and hearing screening for Kinder, 1st 3rd & 5th grade.

Please, contact the registrar or I when concerns over COVID-19 symptoms or contact. Attached is a quick parent fact sheet.

Jane Becker BSN, RN

The safety of our students, teachers, staff, and visitors is our top priority. Please refer to the Standard Response Protocol to learn more about our plan during an emergency.

PTO Update

Get connected with PTO by visiting the website!
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Library Lowdown

Hello, Caldwell Families!

My name is Amanda Humm and I'm the librarian. I am so excited to have the library open again this year! All students attended a library orientation and checked out books.

Kinder: 1-2 books

1st: 1-2 books

2nd: 2-3 books

3rd: 3 books

4th: 4 books

5th: 4 books

Please encourage your student to turn in their library books regularly!

If you want to contact me, my email is

Upcoming Dates - September

6th - Labor Day, No School

13th - Garden Club

16th - PTO Meeting and Performance

17th - Friday Live

20th - 24th - College Week

21st - Grandparents Day