The Wildcat Report

Winona Elementary School Parent Newsletter

April 9, 2022

From the Principal's Pen...

Parents and Guardians,

In one more month, summer will be here. Can you believe it? We have 27 more days of school left, and we are making them count. Please make sure your child attends school daily.

This week, 3rd-5th grade students will take their End-of-the-Year MAP test. Each student created an academic MAP goal. We will celebrate reaching our goals during the last week of school.

Our front office security has increased. If you have recently visited, you know we now have an entry camera with a doorbell. This additional layer of security may create a longer visit on campus, so plan accordingly. The front doors are locked when the school day begins at 7:50 AM. If your child(ren) is tardy, please park and walk your child(ren) to the front office to sign them in late.

Know that we are in the business of making sure students are well-cared for, and they are challenged to grow academically. It is our JOY to serve all Winona Wildcats!

We are looking forward to having an amazing school year committed to student success!

If you have any questions or concerns, please email or call 903-939-4800.

Randi Dunn

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In observance of Easter, we will not have school on Friday, April 15. Monday, April 18 is a scheduled bad weather day we have not used. Therefore, enjoy your four day weekend!

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Click the black button below to learn how to raise a reader.

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What is the PTO?

A Parent-Teacher Organization is a partnership between the parents/guardians of students and the teachers and administrators of the school. The PTO is also the central hub for volunteers in our school.

What does the PTO do?
PTO Sponsors activities that encourage family involvement in our school. The PTO conducts fundraisers and allocates funds for needs within the school.

Positivity Project Word of the Week:


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Our campus 2021-2022 theme:

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Winona Elementary School Vision Statement

Winona Elementary School will provide a learning environment where students strive to LEAD:

  • Lead by learning
  • Encourage others
  • Appreciate differences
  • Do the right thing
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Winona Elementary School Mission Statement

Our mission is to prepare our students for tomorrow’s world by providing effective educational practices in a safe and supportive environment.
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Counselor's Corner:

Dana Smith, our amazing counselor, and our campus therapy dog, Ticket, have been visiting with students. Take a moment to check out the Counselor's Corner.

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Mark your Calendar:

Tuesday, April 12 - 3rd-5th grade MAP testing

Wednesday, April 13 - 3rd-5th grade MAP testing

Friday, April 15 - Good Friday - School Holiday

Monday, April 18 - Bad Weather Day

Thursday, April 21 - WISD Dyslexia Parent Night @ WES Library

Tuesday, April 26 - Progress Report 8 grades are finalized.

Tuesday, April 26 & Wednesday, April 27 - Head Start, Pre-K, and Kinder round-up

8:00-12:00 & 1:00-4:00

Thursday, April 28 - Head Start, Pre-K, and Kinder round-up

8:00-12:00 & 1:00-6:00

Thursday, April 28 - Progress Reports go home

Friday, May 6 - Lifeskills Rodeo field trip

Tuesday, May 10 - 3rd-5th grade STAAR - Math

Tuesday, May 10 - Kindergarten field trip

Wednesday, May 11 - 3rd-5th grade STAAR - Reading

Wednesday, May 11 - 2nd grade field trip

Thursday, May 12 - 5th grade STAAR - Science

Monday, May 16 - Kindergarten graduation

Tuesday, May 17 - Millionaire Field Trip

Wednesday, May 18 - WES Field Day - Parents are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, May 18 - Kona Ice

Thursday, May 19 - Last Day of School

Wednesday, June 1- Thursday, June 23 -- Summer School -- Invitations will be sent home.

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Kona Ice prices are $3 or $5 for a reusable cup.

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Campus and Classroom Precautions:

  • Winona ISD will socially distance to the extent possible.
  • All WISD classroom teachers will maintain a current seating chart. The seating chart must be on file with the home campus per Northeast Texas Public Health District.
  • Students should continue to bring their own refillable water bottle from home.
  • All staff and students will receive training related to proper hygiene practices, including hand washing and respiratory etiquette.
  • The district will continue to provide hand sanitizer throughout every campus and facility.
  • The district will continue to provide EPA-approved surface cleaner for all campuses, departments, and classrooms.

Instructional Information:

Winona ISD will return to traditional, in-person learning and will not offer an online option for the 2021-2022 school year. Remote instruction has not been funded by the Texas Education Agency for the 2021-2022 school. Winona ISD will return to the robust curriculum and expectations in place prior to the COVID closure. Below are the additional public health protocols in place for the 2021-2022 school year. Accelerated Instruction information may be found on the school website at


  • The wearing of masks is optional in Winona ISD.
  • Per GA-38, school systems cannot require students or staff to wear a mask. GA-38 addresses government-mandated face coverings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Other authority to require protective equipment, including masks, in an employment setting is not necessarily affected by GA-38
  • A student suspected of having a communicable illness (such as flu, COVID-19, Pertussis, etc.) will be provided a mask to wear until the student is picked up by a parent/guardian.
  • The Texas Education Agency’s School Health Operations Requirements state that school systems must allow individuals to wear a mask if they choose to do so.

Student Attendance:

Students are expected to be in attendance 90% of instructional days as required by state law, which equals no more than 19 absences for the school year. In the event a student is quarantined due to confirmed exposure or a confirmed case of COVID-19, absences will be excused. However, the student will be required to make up all missed assignments in accordance with the district grading guidelines. Students will be invited to Saturday School if needed to make up school attendance.
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Protocols for Campus Visitors:

  • Parents and visitors will visit the campus by appointment only.

Screening Protocols:

  • Staff will be required to complete a self-screening process prior to entering a Winona ISD building, and the district may require further screening of employees at any time based on current state and federal guidelines. Staff are expected to sign in any time they are accessing a District facility/building utilizing the QR codes on the doors or a campus sign-in sheet.

  • A parent or guardian will be required to screen their children for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending them to school. Parents will need to take their child’s temperature daily. Additional screening may be conducted during the school day.

  • Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms (as listed in this document) or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and instead should opt to receive remote instruction until the below conditions for re-entry are met.

  • Staff and students should not enter campuses or district buildings if any of the following apply. The individual:

    • Is sick or has been sick in the past 14 days. Symptoms to watch for include fever (100°F or higher), cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.

    • Has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19. These individuals must follow all isolation and quarantine guidelines from the local health authority or their physician.

    • Has a household member who is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or who is awaiting their own test results.

    • Has traveled internationally or on a cruise in the past 14 days.

  • Teachers will monitor students and refer them to the nurse if symptoms are present.

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School arrival:

  • The front campus door will not be open until 7:30 AM. Do not drop off students earlier because they will be unsupervised outside.

  • At 7:25, students will begin reporting to the cafeteria for breakfast.

    • Pre-K students will report to their classrooms.

    • Breakfast will be provided in the cafeteria at 7:25. Breakfast will be over at 7:45.

  • The school day begins at 7:45 AM.

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Afternoon dismissal:

  • Students will be dismissed from campus starting at 3:30 for car riders.

  • Car riders will be dismissed upon parents arrival outside. Please use the car tag provided every day. If you need a new car tag, please let the campus know.

  • Buses are scheduled to leave campus at 3:45.