August 12, 2022
From the Desk of Shurandia Holden
Dear Boggess Families,
We have officially made it through our first full week at Boggess! Most students are adjusting well, making new friends and settling into their new learning environments. It has been an eventful week.
I just want to remind parents again that the waiver that allowed PISD to provide free meals to all students has expired. Plano has resumed charging for meals during the 2022-2023 school year. Please see more details below regarding the federal meal application for free or reduced price meals.
In order to keep all of our kids safe we are asking everyone to walk their bikes while on school campus.
Please join us Thursday, August 25th at 6:00 for our WATCH D.O.G.S. Pizza Night/ Sign-up. WATCH D.O.G.S. provide an extra set of eyes and ears to enhance school security, reduce bullying and provide a greater sense of safety allowing students and teachers to focus on learning.
All students in Kindergarten through 5th grades will complete MAP testing between August 24 and September 1st.
The Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP, is a nationally norm-referenced test administered on a computer. MAP measures achievement in mathematics, reading, language usage, and science. Along with other district assessments, data from MAP allows teachers to measure a student’s academic growth. The results from these assessments let teachers know where a student’s strengths are and if help is necessary in any specific areas. Teachers use this information to guide instruction in the classroom and ensure appropriate growth for students at all levels. More information on the MAP test can be found HERE.
- “What’s This Test About?” Video
- “Get Ready for the Test” Video
- Practice Test
- Explore Tools (Grades 2+)
Touching hearts and minds,
Click the button for more information about the PACE Program.
WatchD.O.G.S. Pizza Night/Sign-up
WATCH D.O.G.S. program is one of the nation’s largest and most respected schoolbased,family, and community engagement, organizations in the country. WATCHD.O.G.S. is a family and community engagement educational initiative designed and developed by educators, experts and parent volunteers over more than two decades. Our program helps provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important. Meanwhile, we provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security, reduce bullying and provide a greater sense of campus safety allowing students and teachers to focus on learning.
Thu, Aug 25, 2022, 06:00 PM
School Meals Information - Return of charging for Meals and application for Free & Reduced Lunches
The United States Department of Agriculture waiver that allowed Plano ISD to provide free meals to all students during the 2021-22 school year has expired. Plano ISD will resume charging for meals during the 2022-23 school year based on student eligibility for meal benefits.
Families who may qualify should complete a federal meal application for free or reduced-price meals, available through Parent Portal or via the website at www.pisd.edu/mealprogram. Click the green SchoolCafé button to begin.
Families who already have a SchoolCafé account can log in to complete the meal application. Families who do not have an account can create one by selecting that option on the main SchoolCafé page. View this SchoolCafe information video for instruction on how to complete the application.
We love our volunteers at Boggess. All volunteers will need to create an account and complete an application, online orientation and background check through the Plano ISD volunteer management system, VOLY, to be eligible for district/school volunteer opportunities. Please visit plano.voly.org to create a volunteer account and begin this process. These items will need to be completed by volunteers each school year.
Meet the Principal
I hope you have had a fantastic summer! At Boggess Elementary, our mission is to inspire successful life-long learners. It is my belief that the school environment should be a welcoming environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, learning is a priority for all, connections to the community are strong, and students grow both academically and socially in a safe learning environment.
I love reading, walking, shopping and taking road trips with my family. My husband and I are extremely blessed to have our daughter, her husband and our two wonderful grandchildren nearby.
I am honored to serve the Boggess community and I feel very fortunate to work with such amazing children and such a dedicated staff. I am just as excited for this school year to begin as I was 34 years ago when I first began my career in education. I look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting those new to the Bengal family.
Working together I know we will make this school year one of growth, excitement, and achievement for all students.
I invite you to stay involved and informed. Below are several ways to stay connected:
- Register for our weekly eNews on your child’s parent portal
- Check our Boggess website at www.pisd.edu/boggess
- Follow us on Twitter at @BoggessBengals
- Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BoggessElementary
- Check your student's agenda daily
- Monitor your email for teacher communication
I strongly encourage all families to join PTA. Our PTA has a strong partnership with our school that benefits every child! The programs, volunteer support, family events and financial support are part of what makes Boggess great.
Thank you for sharing your child with us!
PASAR After School Care is Hiring!
Plano ISD’s after school childcare program, PASAR, is currently hiring Site Managers, as well as Assistant Site Managers. Both roles are part time, 19.5 hours per week. Work hours are from 2:30pm- 6:30pm, Monday- Thursday; Friday hours are 2:30-6:00pm. During Early Dismissal days, work hours are from 10:45am-6:00pm. We currently have openings at your campus. If you are interested in learning more about working for the PASAR program. We invite you to complete the following short Google Form https://forms.gle/5katptQ4DcyqwJQN6 . A member of the PASAR staff will follow up with you.
We are also hiring Activity Specialists! If you know of a high school junior, senior, or college student who would be interested in working as an Activity Specialist, please include their information in the Google Form provided.
If you are NOT interested in exploring an employment opportunity with PASAR, but know of someone who could be, would you please help us by forwarding this information to them? Thank you!