The Hoot Owl

November 2021

NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL

In November, we focus on thankfulness. This year, we are going to be doing Thankful Thursday celebrations and would love your children to get involved. We we ask that each Thursday they do something different for their teachers. We also encourage you and your family to join in and focus on thankfulness this month. In a time when things have been very difficult, it's important that we take time to remember the things we are grateful for. We look forward to hearing and seeing the great things you do to create thankfulness at your home. We will be sharing pictures of things happening here at school via social media.


Thursday, November 4 - Write a note thanking your teacher.

Thursday, November 11 - Bring your teacher her favorite treat.

Thursday, November 18 - Complete a TAE on your child's teachers telling them why you, the parent, are grateful for them and their hard work.

REFERRAL REQUESTS FOR GIFTED AND TALENTED TESTING

Referral requests are now open for Conroe Independent School District Gifted and Talented program. Although the testing will not take place until late January, referral requests are accepted at this time. Referral requests can be made by the parents and/or campus staff. It is recommended that parents of 2nd grade students wait until CogAT scores have arrived before nominating their child because CogAT scores are part of the GT assessment. If you are interested in referring your child, you may want to discuss this with your child’s teacher at conferences. Referrals will be accepted through December 17, 2021. You may request a referral form from Erin Anderson, Assistant Principal at eanderson@conroeisd.net. You can also find the referral form and other GT information on the CISD GT homepage.

LUNCH VISITORS:

A reservation button has been added to our campus home page. Please use that as we continue having a reservation system for lunch. Remember that we do have tables outside so if it is raining, we will cancel for that day and ask you to reschedule.


Link to your homepage - https://ore.conroeisd.net/


*Lunch

Here's what you need to know:

*Sign up using the reservation link below.

*Parents are restricted to only ONE day per cycle so that we can allow more parents to visit.

*No more than 2 people per child will be allowed based on space.

*Parents will need a valid ID and will enter the front of the building.

*Go straight to the cafeteria to meet your child and bring them to the patio tables.

*Lunch tables are on the patio by the playground. Unfortunately they are not covered so if it is raining, you will want to cancel and reschedule your day.

*When lunch is over, parents must leave. Parents cannot attend recess nor visit the child's classroom per Level 3 restrictions.

ATTENDANCE AND TARDIES

Our attendance has been hovering about 93% and our goal for the year is 96%. Unless your child is ill, it is important for them to be here at school, on time and stay all day long.


Tardies - We begin counting tardies at 8:01 a.m. We do, however, monitor the line. We take note of the last car in line at 8:01 and all cars after that, the students are counted tardy. Currently, we have a much shorter line between 7:45 - 7:55. If you consistently arrive about 7:55, try adjusting your morning schedule by about 10 minutes, you will not have to wait in line to drop off your child.

PTO

Our school did a great job of raising funds through Read-A-Thon. Not only did we raise over $$18,000 , our students logged in that they read over 109,000 minutes of reading time. In order to become a better reader, it takes practice - just like riding a bike. The more we read, the better we become so this has been a great merger of fundraising and developing better readers!


Fall Festival:

Thank you to the companies below who made donations to our Fall Festival Silent Auction.

*Little Beakers

*Girls with Pearls Photography

*Space Cadets Collectibles

*Lakeshore Learning Store

*Sparkling Pools

*Dannagirl's Designs

*Mercy House

*Dave & Busters

*P&C Designs

*Irons Junior High

*Oak Ridge High School

*Oak Ridge Elementary

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IT'S MORE THAN A MEAL APPLICATION

Did you know that meal applications assist in so much more than just meals?


If you are on free/reduced lunch, there are a few more benefits to your family than just food.

*AP tests - Reduced registration fee

*Most sports - free or discounted pay to participate

*Internet Access - Eligible for discounted internet access services.

*P-EBT-Eligibility for any future P-EBT benefits for the 21-22 school year.

*College Application Fees - Discounted rate on fees associated with applying for college.

*School funding - Maintains funding for student programs and services.

*Assistance as is available for back to school clothing, school supplies, and Christmas gifts.


Conroe ISD families can complete an online meal application now!


Applying is FAST and EASY at www.myschoolapps.com.


If you need assistance applying, you can contact the Glorimar Carroll, campus parent liason, at 832-592-5900.

DATES TO KNOW

November

5 - Group pictures and retakes

22 - 26 - Thanksgiving Holidays

29 - All return to school

November staff birthdays

3 - Sariah Hollingsworth - PK

5 - Charlotte Martin - Special Ed

6 - Sarah Fitzgerald - 4th

6 - Stephanie Richeson - Music

13 - Erin Anderson - AP

16 - Erin Peterson - Special Ed

25 - Cathy Ball - Speech

25 - Karen Boren - 3rd

26 - Lisa Lara - PK

28 - Rachel Henderson - 3rd