Dolphin Tales

A Newsletter for Dove Elementary Families

March 6 - March 10

A Note from the principal...

Hello, Dove families!

We had the BEST Friday at Dove last week! Friendship Day was a HUGE success, and Open House and Movie Night were well-attended (even more than last year!!). Thank you for supporting our school and playing an active part in your child's education! Be sure to check out our social media pages for lots of pictures from all these events on Friday!

Coming up in April, we will kick off our One School One Book event. One School One Book encourages reading and a home-school connection. For 4 weeks, our entire school will read the SAME BOOK!! We hope you're as excited as we are to kick off this event at a special assembly with our students on April 20!

It's not too late to start the 1,500 Minute Reading Challenge!! Let's encourage students' participation in this fun challenge to increase the time spent reading AND earn some fun prizes!! Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions about the Reading Challenge!

Proud to be your principal,

Heather Landrum

Grade Level Newsletters

Links to grade-level newsletters can also be found here:



1st grade

2nd grade

3rd grade

4th grade

5th grade

School Stats: Week of February 27-March 3, 2023

Total Enrollment: 458

Total tardies goal: 0

Tardies this week: 109 (MUCH BETTER!!!)

**Did you know?

  • There are other elementary schools that have ZERO tardies each day? What can you do differently to help our school reach our ZERO tardy goal!?!?!!?
  • EVERY DAY, we start instruction right at 7:40am. Your student is missing valuable learning time if they arrive after 7:40am.

Total Attendance Goal: 96.5%

Total Attendance Rate for last week: 94.16%

PK: 92.0%

Kinder: 92.7%

1st: 94.1%

2nd: 94.3%

3rd: 95.4%

4th: 95.0%

5th: 95.4%

Attendance Matters! Thank you for having your child at school on time every day!

Atten-DANCE this Friday!

Students with perfect attendance in February will receive an invitation to the Atten-DANCE on Friday! Check your student's backpack on Wednesday for their invitation!

PK-2nd grade will have their Atten-DANCE from 1:45-2:15

3rd-5th grade will have their Atten-DANCE from 8:00-8:30

The March Atten-DANCE will be Thursday, April 6!

Can I eat lunch with my child?

YES! We welcome families to come eat lunch with their child!!

Due to limited visitor seating, we ask that families use the sign up below to ensure they have a space to sit when they come to lunch! Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. We ask that you only choose one slot per week to allow for other families to also enjoy lunch with their students.

You are welcome to share this sign up with a family member that may not have received the newsletter.

Don't forget your ID when signing in to visit during lunch!

Please call the front office if you have any questions! Thank you!

March Lunch Sign Up

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New Information!

10th Annual World Friendship Day at Dove

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Friendship Friday!

On Friday, Dove Elementary hosted the 10th Annual World Friendship Day! With 14 countries represented, our students were able to travel around the world to learn more about the location, culture, and history of these countries. THANK YOU to the Dove families that presented at Friendship Day this year!! Without you, Friendship Day would not have been the success that it was! Thank you to Mrs. Mery for organizing this wonderful event for our school!

National School Breakfast Week is March 6-10

March 6-10 is National School Breakfast Week! School breakfast is a great way for students to start their day. Did you know that the school breakfast menu offers a variety of options to all students including entrees made with heart healthy whole grains and lean proteins, fruit, and low-fat milk each day? When students eat a healthy breakfast they are able to focus better in class, have fewer absences from school and perform better on standardized tests. During National School Breakfast Week, PK-8 students from each campus who join in on school breakfast will be randomly selected to receive a free snack card that they can use for one free snack at lunch.

As a reminder, breakfast is served 7:20-7:35 each morning. Students eating breakfast at Dove should plan to arrive as close to 7:20 as possible and go straight to the cafeteria for breakfast!

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Repeated Information (But worth reading again!)

Attendance Laws

There are two attendance laws in the state of Texas. We wanted to be sure that everyone was aware of both of these laws and how they could impact your child. Should you have questions regarding the laws, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Landrum, Mrs. Diehl, or our school counselor, Jennifer Hill, for more information.

  • PK-12th grade-Attendance for Credit: This law addresses both excused and unexcused absences as well as tardiness occurring after 7:40 a.m. and early dismissals. Section 25.092 of the Texas Education Code conditions credit for a class on a student's attendance for at least 90 percent of the days a class is offered. Attendance for Credit continues throughout the school year, includes excused as well as unexcused absences and a total of 17 absences for the year would be less than 90% attendance. When students have more than 17 absences, they cannot be promoted to the next grade level. We are required to hold a Placement/Retention Meeting at the end of the year to determine if the child can be placed in the next grade level or need to be retained.

  • PK-12th grade- Failure to Attend: This law addresses unexcused absences and tardiness occurring after 7:40 a.m. and early dismissals. The Texas Education Code mandates that a child who is required to attend school do so each school day for the entire school year, per Section 25.085, Compulsory School Attendance from the Texas Education Agency. When a child fails to attend for 10 or more days or parts of days (includes being tardy after 7:40 a.m. and early dismissals) within a six-month period in the same school year, or on three or more days or parts of days within a four-week period then the parent is deemed as "contributing to non-attendance" (Sec. 25.093) and an offense under this section may be prosecuted in a justice court. The state mandates that it is the parent's duty to monitor the student's school attendance and require the student to attend school. The school is required to keep attendance and report daily to the state. We want to ensure that you are aware of this law because, should your child reach 10 unexcused absences, truancy prevention measures would automatically generate.

Please regularly check your child's attendance in Skyward Family Access so that you can ensure you are following both of these attendance laws!

Use of Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices at School


We are seeing an increased number of students that bring a cell phone, smart watch, or other personal electronic device to school. We are also seeing an increase in students with these devices using them during the school day to text or make phone calls. This is not allowed. If an elementary student needs to communicate with a parent during the school day, they should call from the teacher's classroom phone or from the office.

Per the 22-23 GCISD Student Parent Handbook (pages 66-68), in elementary, use of a cell phone or other personal electronic device at school is not allowed, unless an administrator has given special permission.

Moving forward, cell phones should remain off and in backpacks at all times during the school day. Smart watches can be worn, but in airplane mode so that they are only used as a watch. We will begin assigning consequences, as outlined on page 67 of the GCISD Student Parent Handbook.

**Important Note** During STAAR Testing, cell phones and smart watches are not allowed in the testing room and will be collected and stored in another location during the test administration.

Thank you for helping us protect instructional time and minimize the distraction use of these devices is causing in our classrooms. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Landrum or Mrs. Diehl.

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Click this button to view a Google Doc with information about Middle School Transition Information! Check back as more dates/ info will be added!

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GCISD 2023-2024 Instructional Calendar Approved

GCISD will begin the 2023-2024 school year on Tuesday, August 15, 2023. The calendar for the upcoming school year was approved by GCISD’s Board of Trustees at their December 19 meeting.

A few additional holidays and important dates on the calendar include:
-District holidays are on September 4, October 9, January 15, March 29, May 27 and June 19
- Six professional development days (no school for students), which are scheduled for September 18, November 6 and 7 (Election Day), January 2-3 and February 19
- Thanksgiving Break runs November 20-24
- Winter Break for students runs December 18-January 3
- Spring Break runs March 11-15
- The calendar includes flexible minutes which will be used before the two bad weather days scheduled for on February 16 and April 15
- The last day of school is on Thursday, May 23

Click here to view or download the final 2023-2024 calendar. Please note the start date in August and save this calendar and use it when planning upcoming trips and vacations next year!

The Dove Yearbook is proud to celebrate Dove Elementary's 50th anniversary!

There are so many amazing teachers, students, clubs and events at Dove, and we can't wait to showcase them all in this 2022 - 2023 yearbook.

If you haven't already, be sure to create an account with, our online yearbook service. Signing up is free, and you'll have full access to view the yearbook. Use the link and school code below to create an account:

TreeRing Link:

School Code: 101285613713880

Watch your inbox for future Yearbook updates!

1,500 Minute Reading Challenge

We are so excited to partner with our PTA and the community to present the Dove Dolphin 1,500 Minute Reading Challenge to our students! We'll be sending the challenge worksheet home this week! Students should have their parents initial in a box for every 20 minutes that they read or are read to at home.

DID YOU KNOW?: It would take 75 days of reading 20 minutes per day to conquer reading 1,500 minutes, and there are 99 weekdays left of the school year!?

As students earn prizes on the worksheet, they should present their worksheet that's been initialed by their parents to their homeroom teacher in order to collect their prizes. We are so excited to do this as a school and can't wait to see our students reach those prize milestones!!!

Dove Elementary Helps Students Find Their Love of Reading

Check out the article GCISD put out to share more about our 1,500 Minute Reading Challenge!! How's the challenge going for your student!?!? We LOVE that our students are motivated to read, read, read!!

Link to the article HERE:

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Grade Level Calendars

If you've been looking for a way to more easily stay on top of all of the events, activities, and deadlines for school, these calendars should really help you!

1st Grade:
2nd Grade:
3rd Grade:
4th Grade:
5th Grade:

If you have any questions or issues with the calendars or integration, feel free to reach out to for more assistance.
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New STAAR Item Types

3rd-5th grade families, take a look at this!!

The State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) has undergone a redesign starting with the 2022 - 2023 school year. Students will experience new item response types, as well as, additional opportunities for free response and writing.

Families and students can preview and practice with the new item types by visiting the Texas Education Agency (TEA) resource at this link.

You do not need a login or password to access the site. Leave both options set to Guest and click the green login button at the bottom of the page. After selecting a STAAR-tested grade level, you will have a variety of options including information about the new item types and practice tests.

3rd-5th grade students will take Interim Assessments (STAAR Benchmark Assessments) on December 14 and 15!! Please make sure you log in at home and talk with your student about these new question types!

Celebrating Birthdays at Dove!

Celebrate your Dolphin’s birthday in a BIG way by having their name and birthday flash on our marquee (Pro Tip- this is a great photo opp)!! Fill out the form below and drop your money by the front office!

Happy Birthday to all our Dolphins!

Please Bring Your ID!

ALL visitors must present a photo ID upon entering Dove EACH TIME THEY VISIT. Any visitor without a photo ID will not be allowed to sign in to our school. Thank you for understanding and for keeping the safety of our students and staff a priority!

Attendance Matters!!!

Please click HERE to view the 22-23 GCISD Instructional Calendar. This is a helpful resource to consult when planning family vacations and trips! Thank you for planning trips and vacations around the Instructional Calendar to ensure your student is in attendance every day that we have school!

Of course, we know that there will be a day when your child has a fever or is vomiting. We ask that in these cases, you keep them home and email or call the school to let us know.

Thank you for making sure your student is at school learning every day!!

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From Dove PTA

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Dove Apple Tree

The Dove Apple Tree has been updated! We invite you to take a look at the list to see what items teachers are needing! This list will continue to be updated, so check back to see what needs we can fill for our amazing teachers! Email with any questions!

Volunteers Needed!

At Dove, we believe in the partnership between the classroom teacher, student, and parents, and we want you to be a part of our Dove community! Volunteers are needed for a variety of reasons throughout the year. Whether you will be working with a small group of students, reshelving books in the library, helping at Field Day, or chaperoning a field trip, all volunteers must view the GCISD Volunteer handbook and complete a background check every year. More information can be found on the Volunteer page on the GCISD Website. We look forward to seeing you around Dove soon!

District Information

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Curriculum Site

The community may access an overview to curriculum for core courses at the following website: The site may also be accessed from under the Parent pull-down menu.

Paying for Meals

GCISD will begin charging for meals this year. To see if your child qualifies for Free or Reduced Meal Pricing, please click HERE and complete the form.

To add money to your child's meal account, please send a check to school with them or drop it by the front office. **Pro Tip** Download the My School Bucks App from your App Store. You can add money directly to your child's meal account, track their spending, and receive notifications when their meal account runs low!

Lunch Menus

Click the button to be redirected to the GCISD Nutrition Services Page!

Upcoming Events

March 13-17: Spring Break

March 20: Phase 2 Tutorials begins

March 22: Dove Math Telescoping Information Night- 6:30pm in the Dove Learning Commons

March 27-30: PiPE (Partners in PE Week)

March 31:

  • All School Assembly
  • Play it Safe During Specials (rescheduled due to Bad Weather days in January)
  • Spirit Shop Open During Lunches!

April 6: Spirit Shop Open During Lunches!

April 7: Bad Weather Day- No School

April 10: Bad Weather Day- No School

April 19: Early Release (11:45am)

April 20: OSOB (One School One Book) REVEAL and Kick Off Assembly!!

April 25: STAAR Reading (3rd-5th grade) *Campus CLOSED to visitors

April 27: STAAR Science (5th grade) *Campus CLOSED to visitors

April 28: All School Assembly

May 9: STAAR Math (3rd-5th grade)*Campus CLOSED for visitors

May 12: Spirit Shop Open During Lunches!

May 19: Field Day

May 15: Career Day

May 22-24: Success Ceremonies

May 25: 5th grade Success Ceremony and Last Day of School! Early Release @ 11:45am

Contact Us

The mission of Dove Elementary:

In a partnership with parents, students, teachers, and community, Dove Elementary provides a safe and supportive environment in which students develop an understanding and respect for self and others. We cultivate learning through encouragement of inquiry and empower students to make a difference in our ever-changing world.

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Friendship Day, Friday March 3 During Specials

The 10th Annual Dove Elementary World Friendship Day is Friday, March 3 during students' Specials times in the gym. During Friendship Day, students visiting the gym will receive a passport and will travel to different countries represented in our school community. Families have volunteered to represent their heritage and present to student groups.

If you would like to attend Friendship Day, please RSVP and we will print a Fast Pass for you!

If you are interested in volunteering and/or presenting to students about your country, please email Mrs. Mery at