The Bulldog Communicator

December 1, 2020

Principal's Corner

Greetings Pease Families,


I hope that you had a safe, restful, yet festive Thanksgiving Break. It was much needed and certainly appreciated. I want to take this time to reflect on my time here at Pease. I have inherited passionate educators willing to do what it takes to meet the needs of students. They have provided Zoom meetings, parades, conversations and virtual hugs to support students' social and emotional health to rigorous academics. They also sponsor clubs, organizations, and athletics to build teamwork and a sense of community. Our Child Nutrition department doesn't miss a beat when it comes to feeding our students both in person and those learning virtually. Our custodial staff keeps our campus looking good and sanitized for everyone's safety. I truly have so much to be thankful for.


Thank you for completing the 3rd quarter survey indicating how you would like your child(ren) educated when we return from Winter Holiday. We also look forward to seeing you on Zoom, December 4, 2020 if you need assistance with Schoology.


I am asking everyone to practice proper safety protocols in regards to COVID-19. We want to ensure that everyone is safe in our learning environment. We consistently remind everyone to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer throughout the building. Everyone must wear their mask properly over their nose and mouth. We want to see our in person students daily but if they are not feeling well, please keep them home. They can still engage in the learning by logging into Schoology and participating on Zoom. Safety will always be a top priority.


Virtually Side-by-Side,

Ms. Cuevas

Desk of the Dean

Only three weeks left in our first semester! Parents, please check your child's attendance on HAC and their grades often. Remember, if they are in a high school credit course, they need to have fewer than 8 absences to earn credit even if they pass the class. If your child has more than 8 absences they will need to go to attendance recovery either with our teachers on campus or through the district tutoring link on their portal. Continue to push your child to finish the semester strong!

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TECH HELP:

1. If you are experiencing issues accessing your Google Suite (Gmail), please use the following link to access your Google applications directly at http://gmail.com/.
Students must use their full NISD email address to log in. For example:
firstname.lastname@students.nisd.net.


2. Student Hotline for student technical support.
• Toll Free Number: 1- 877-768-4630
• Chat Feature: https://tinyurl.com/NISDchat
• Original Hotline Number is still available at 210-397-0020

VIRTUAL LEARNING TECH SUPPORT

Note from the Nurse

Parents, if you received an email or phone call before Thanksgiving about your student needing vaccinations for school, please try and get those done before December becomes too busy with holiday plans. All students must be current with their immunizations and cannot be on campus if missing shots. You may contact me by calling my office, 210-397-2959, or emailing me at Linda.mathews@nisd.net for questions or to update your records at the school.


As we enter the holiday season, remember that although this holiday may look different than what we want or expect, everyone must do their part in keeping those in their home safe. The school is still strong in wearing a mask correctly and consistently. Social distancing and hand washing remains important as well. I wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season!


Take care,


L. Mathews, RN
School Nurse

IN PERSON LEARNERS

Parent Pick Up and Drop Off:

Please use the front of the school when dropping off and picking up. Please stay in your car and pull ALL THE WAY UP by the white marquee sign.


The bus loop is only for buses. Please do not park in the staff parking lot and ask your child to cross the bus loop to leave and come on campus.


Students should save the QR code to their phone so they can quickly get into the building after we take their temperatures.

The link for the code is: https://nisdhealthscreening.nisd.net/?Loc=046


Dress Code:

Remember to follow the dress code while on campus. Shorts and slides are NOT allowed and skirts/dresses should not be higher than 4" above the knee. Caps are not to be worn in the building.


Required Materials:

*Mask (Gaiters/Bandanas/Masks with air vent are no longer allowed by CDC recommendation)

*Charged Laptop or iPad with charger

*Headphones/Earbuds

*Backpack to hold materials

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From the VPO Office

ATHLETIC EVENTS:

Due to COVID health concerns, only TWO FAMILY MEMBERS of the athlete will be able to attend the games. Players will be given a member card to show at each of the events. Student spectators are NOT allowed at this time unless they are a relative of the player and has a member card to show at the gate.

Caring Counselors

Gratitude


Why is Gratitude Important?


Positive psychology shows that gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude is shown to help people feel more positive emotions, improve their health, deal with adversity, build resilience, and build stronger relationships. Practicing gratitude daily improves daily life functioning.

Here is a 5 minute Gratitude video to strengthen happiness.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhF8vLesRRc&feature=youtu.b


Magnet School Applications open 11/30/2020


This school year presents new ways of preparing our 8th graders for their transition into high school. Our students will have the opportunity to learn more about their feeder high school, magnet schools, and other high school programs.

Applications for magnet schools are also available beginning November 30th for the 2020-2021 school year for Communications Arts and Health Careers high schools, Construction Careers and Jay Science & Engineering academies, Northside School of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (N-SITE), formerly known as Business Careers, and Marshall Law & Medical Services Magnet School. The deadline for applications is January 18th.
Northside magnet schools offer a focused, career-specific education for students who show an interest in a particular field or know what career path they want to take. Today, about 3,000 students are enrolled in NISD magnet programs.



6th grade - Mary.Harrington@nisd.net

7th grade - Christie.nickell@nisd.net

8th grade - Gladys.longoria@nisd.net - Head Counselor

Library

The Pease Library is always open and ready for business! Students, staff and parents can email Mrs. Kaster at catherine.kaster@nisd.net for requests at any time.


If you'd like to check out a paper book, please fill out this form and Mrs. Kaster will deliver it to you in school or curbside.


If you'd like to read an ebook, please use our SORA account. Here is a video to get you started. The video may only play in an NISD account; your student's account will work.


We can also help with research, clubs and student celebrations.


Please let us know your specific needs. We love to help!

PTA/Spirit Wear

Congrats to our PTA for winning the Golden Apple. We had 100% staff members join. Our goal this year is to have 500 memberships. If you would like to join our PTA and help out in various capacities, we would LOVE to have you.


Go to https://www.joinpta.org/ and signup looking for E.M. Pease or https://peasepta.square.site/.

"Grab & Go" Meals in the Bus Loop

The “Grab-n-Go” curbside feeding at 51 sites for virtual learners continues, as well as traditional breakfast and lunch options in school cafeterias for on-campus students.

As of Sept. 14, NISD implemented a USDA National Free Meal Waiver allowing all students to eat at no cost. Traditional in-building breakfast and lunches are available to enrolled NISD students; and “Grab-n-Go” locations serve lunch, breakfast for tomorrow, and supper (at approved sites) for enrolled virtual learners and community children ages 18 and younger at no cost.

View MealViewer to see what will be served for supper each day.

STAFF DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

1- Melissa Guzman

2- Elizabeth Contreras & Nurse Mathews

11- AJ Ramirez & Mireya Ledezma

14- Linda Medelez (Cafe) & Melissa Gonzalez

16- Melissa Morales (Cafe)

17- Elissa Limon (Cafe) & Yolanda Martinez

23- Mary Hernandez

28- Rachael Carr

30- Jamie Salazar

Original Happy Birthday Song ♫♫♫ Best Birthday Song For Kids