North Notes

Newsletter for September 2, 2019- September 15, 2019

Welcome to Our North Notes Newsletter!!

We'd like to welcome back all of our families from last year as well as welcome our new North families. It's going to be a GREAT year! We will utilize this newsletter to provide important information, upcoming events, and highlights of our week at North Elementary. Please scroll all the way down to become familiar with the types of information that will be included throughout the year.

Here's a few pictures of our first two weeks back. We've had a great time together.

A Note from the Principal

I'd like to thank you for your continued support as we journey through the year. We are so happy that you have chosen us for your child's education. We believe that educating children is a partnership between the school and the families we serve. We value your participation at our school events and also appreciate your input with ideas and suggestions as to how we can improve. We have a comment box in our front office and an anonymous customer service survey form on our North Elementary website, if you would like to give any feedback. We would also be happy to visit with you in person. Your child's success is our most important priority. Thank you for sharing your child with us each day.


Mrs. Bitters, Principal

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Week of 9-2-19 and 9-9-19


  • Thursday, Sept. 5th- Connect with Counselors/Bullying Program at Liberty Elementary, 6:00 pm
  • Friday, Sept. 6th- North Night at Chuck E. Cheese- Hulen and White Settlement locations- Please mention North
  • Monday, Sept. 9th- Mad Scientist Night at BMS Stadium, 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Sept. 10th- PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm in the Cafe
  • Wednesday, Sept. 11th- Hope Day- Wear yellow, teal, or pink for suicide prevention awareness
  • Thursday, Sept. 12th- Grandparents Night, 5:30 pm in the Cafe
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1. Permanent dismissal forms will be required beginning this week. If your child is a parent walk-up pick-up or a car pick-up, these should have been sent home last week.

2. North student t-shirts and GRIT House t-shirt order forms and payment are due Tuesday, Sept. 3rd.

3. Students that are new to North this year will have their house assignment revealed to them this week so they can order t-shirts next week.

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Important information for North Elementary Students, revised 8-5-19

WSISD Parent/Guardian/Visitor Policy

All parent/guardian/visitors to any WSISD school must have a valid picture ID to enter the building. The ID will be held in the front office until the visitor signs out of the building. All visitors must enter through the front office entrance.

Morning Arrival- Please help us with this.

In order to ensure that our morning drop-off lines are moving as quickly as possible. Please have your child prepared to exit the vehicle when arriving at the drop-off location by having their backpack ready, shoes on, etc.

Attendance, Tardies, and Early Dismissals

1. Morning attendance will be taken at 9:30 am this year. That is the time that students must be in the classroom to be counted present for the day. Students are tardy at 7:40 am.

2. For safety, as well as instructional purposes, any student arriving after the 7:40 am tardy bell rings will need to be walked into the front office and signed in by a parent or guardian. Please park in an available parking space to do this so the drive is not blocked.

3. Any student being checked out of school during the day will be documented in order to help us ensure that students are not being checked out early on a regular basis. Frequent early dismissals may result in the student losing attendance incentives on campus. Instruction occurs in our classrooms throughout the day until dismissal.

4. Late pick-ups are also documented in our Skyward system. If a child is going to be picked up early from school on any given day, it must be done BEFORE 2:45 pm, as the office becomes very busy after this time with our dismissal procedures on campus and students may be in transition.

Dismissal Signs

The car and parent walk-up dismissal signs must be the original sign issued by the school. Photocopies are not allowed. Adults picking up children will be asked to go to the front office if a photocopy is presented at dismissal.

Breakfast and Lunch Visitors

1. Breakfast and lunch visitors will only be allowed to come and eat breakfast or lunch with a student if the parent or guardian has listed them on the list in our Skyward system.

2. For your child’s safety, we cannot allow relatives, friends, neighbors to bring food or eat lunch with any child unless you have specifically listed them as an approved contact.

3. All visitors must always have a valid picture ID to enter the building for any reason. Building entrance is only allowed at the front office entrance. The ID will stay with the front office until signing out of the building.

Parent involvement and communication is very important to us. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Morning Arrival & Afternoon Dismissal Traffic Flow Maps

Friendly Reminder

To help us keep traffic moving quickly and not stalling on the main roads surrounding North, please consider not arriving until traffic has started moving after school. Traffic usually starts moving at 3:05.

Administration

Connie Bitters- Principal, cbitters@wsisd.net

Lynette Alexander- Assistant Principal, lalexander@wsisd.net

Carla Barber- Assistant Principal, cbarber@wsisd.net

Jessica Bautista- Counselor, jbautista@wsisd.net

Front Office Staff

Brenda Tijerina- Receptionist, btijerina@wsisd.net

Kristine Franco- Principal Secretary, kfranco@wsisd.net

Jen Tyler- PEIMS, jtyler@wsisd.net

Amy Barton- Technology, abarton@wsisd.net

Kasey Wright- Nurse, kwright@wsisd.net

Here's Your 2019-20 North Elementary Staff

PTO Meeting- We Would Love to See You There!

Our first official PTO meeting for 2019-20 will be Tuesday, Sept. 10th at 6:30 pm in the Cafe. The PTO Board would love to meet you and include you in the discussion about the wonderful things that are planned for our students and staff this year. We would also love to have everyone join and participate in our PTO this year. Everyone can be a valued member and help make our school even better for our children.

Kristina Chavez- President

Alisha Soukaseume- Vice President

Brenda Tijerina- Secretary

Bridgette Escamilla- Treasurer

Andrea Obert- Volunteer Coordinator


Email btijerina@wsisd.net for information regarding PTO.

School Schedule

Kindergarten- 4th Grade

Doors Open: 7:00 am

Breakfast: 7:00-7:25 am

First Bell: 7:30 am

TARDY BELL: 7:40 am

Dismissal: 3:00 pm

Skylert Messenger- New Emergency Alert System

We will no longer be using Remind as our emergency notification system. We will be using Skylert Messenger. If you would like to receive emergency notifications and friendly reminders, please text "Yes" to 67587.

We are collecting. You can help by sending these items to the front office.

Thank you for ensuring your child is here everyday.

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Applying for the Breakfast and Lunch Program is Easy

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We are excited to present our new logo as we prepare to open next year as North Elementary STEAM Academy! Our staff has been preparing over the last twelve months by attending various professional development trainings, utilizing new instructional materials, and implementing an elementary engineering curriculum. North staff will implement an integrated STEAM curriculum as an innovative approach in order to continue inspiring and challenging our students. We will be sharing more with you soon as our journey continues to unfold.

The video below is a glimpse of our journey into becoming a STEAM Academy over the past year. We are so excited about this year and what is to come!!

https://youtu.be/ebyaN5aaxPE
This year your child will be challenged to think critically, be creative, collaborate with peers, and communicate their learning through a variety of methods. Hopefully, you will hear them discuss the design process that has been implemented for working through many instructional activities. The design process is used during our engineering units, in makerspace, science class, many cross-curricular classroom units of study. The design process is also used for finding solutions to many real-life problems and for working on those solutions in a process of continuous improvement.
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