Principal's Bulletin

Week 3: September 6-9, 2022

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Jerry D. Allen Elementary School

Message from Mrs. Zagala

Dear Allen Families,

I want to thank you all for another great week of learning! Students and staff have been working hard this week. As we begin to dig deep in to the grade level content, we continue to practice routines and procedures with our students. Next week we will begin our Success For All (SFA) reading program. Students from 1st-5th grade will be assigned a reading teacher at their own unique reading level and from 8:30-10:00 AM daily students will go to their reading class and receive instruction on their level. Students in PreK and Kindergarten still receive SFA reading instruction with their homeroom teacher.

We have sent home copies of the Campus Handbook with our students, we ask that you please review the handbook and sign the parent acknowledgment and return it to your child's teacher. Also linked in this bulletin you will find our Campus Handbook. If you have any questions regarding the handbook please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher or to a campus administration.

There will be no school on Monday, September 5th in observance of the Labor Day holiday. I hope that you enjoy your three day weekend. I look forward to seeing all of our eagles back at school on Tuesday, September 6th.


Mrs. Zagala


Morning Meetings

Did you know that all our students begin each school day with Morning Meetings? Morning Meetings are an essential part of your child's day as it provides staff the opportunity to address students' social-emotional learning needs on a daily basis. This important ritual helps provide students with opportunities to check-in with their emotional state by labeling or naming feelings, establish psychological safety and trust among students and caring adults, and to support social-emotional needs as the foundation for academic learning and engagement.

Morning Meetings are just as important as any other part of our school day and require that students arrive at school each day on time. I encourage you to ask your child what they learned at their morning meetings this week.

Morning Meetings in Action

Labor Day Holiday--Monday, September 5th

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Wear Maroon September 6th

As schools in Uvalde prepare to open for their first day of school on Tuesday, September 6th, we invite our school community to wear maroon on Tuesday in support of the students and staff of Uvalde CISD.

September is Attendance Awareness Month

Attendance is essential to school success, but too we do not realize how quickly absences — excused and unexcused — can add up to academic trouble. Did you know that chronic

absence — missing 10 percent of the school year, or just 2-3 days every month—can translate into third-graders unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing courses and ninth-graders dropping out of high school?

We are here to help and want your child to be successful; but, if they are not in school we cannot teach them. Making sure that your child come to school each day and on time will help your child be more successful. We understand that sometimes your child may have an appointment, but even early outs contribute to learning loss.

If you have any questions or need any assistance with your child's attendance please reach out to us. We are here to support our community!

Reading and Math Family Monthly

Each month we will be sharing Reading and Math challenges for our families to participate in. Please see the link below to see our first installment of our Reading and Math Family Monthly

PTA Open House & Title I Parent Presentation 9.8.22

All parents are invited to join us on Thursday, September 8th from 5:45-7:00 PM for our annual PTA Open House and Title I Parent Presentation. We will begin in the cafeteria with a brief PTA meeting and Title I Parent Presentation, immediately after the presentation, parents will be able to visit their child's teacher and learn more about classroom and grade level expectations. We hope that you will be able to join us for this informative and important night. Students that attend the event will be given a BINGO card, students that complete a BINGO will win a new book to take home.

*PTA will be selling concessions.*

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Parent Volunteer Orientation 9.9.22

Thank you to all the parents that joined us for our first Parent Volunteer Orientation this week. If you were unable to join us and are still interested in becoming a parent volunteer, we will have another orientation on Friday, September 9th at 2:00 PM in the cafeteria. To help us plan for the orientation, please RSVP to our Community Liaison, Ms. Diaz, at

**Parents and guests will be required to obtain a visitor's pass, please bring a valid driver's license or state issued identification card.**

Grandparents' Breakfast: September 12th & 13th

In celebration of Grandparents Day, we are inviting Grandparents to join us for breakfast. Please see the important information below:

September 12th (for students with last names that start A-M)

September 13th (for students with last names that start N-Z)

Our cafeteria is open for breakfast from 7:00-7:40 AM. Any grandparents and adult guests that join us must obtain a visitors pass from the office (no exceptions). In order to obtain a visitors pass guests must have a valid state identification card or valid driver's license. If a guest does not have a valid drivers license or ID they will not be able to obtain a visitors pass and will not be able to join us for breakfast.

Grandparents and guests may either purchase a school breakfast for $2.95 (cash only) or bring their own breakfast and eat with their grandchildren in the cafeteria.

Grandparents are strongly encouraged to RSVP with the link below so that we can have your visitors pass premade for you. If you do not RSVP by Thursday, September 8th at 4:00 PM your pass will not be premade for you and you will need to wait in line to have your ID scanned.

**Due to limited space in the cafeteria, we respectfully ask that the Grandparents' Breakfast be limited to grandparents only.**

Fall Individual Pictures 9.13.22

All students will take fall individual pictures on Tuesday, September 13th. Your child is invited to dress their best for this special day. More information and order forms will be sent home soon.

Parent Cafecito 9.16.22

All parents and guardians are invited to join us for our first Parent Cafecito of the school year on Friday, September 16th from 8:00-9:00 AM in the school cafeteria. The topic of this Cafecito will be a meet and greet with campus administration and our community liaison. Administration will discuss the NISD Learner Profile and review what it means to be a Title I campus with parents and answer any questions that parents may have about school and their child's education. We hope that you can join us!

Morning Procedures

Beginning the second day of school please be advised of the following morning procedures:

  • The doors to the school open at 7:00 AM
  • All parents and adult guests going to the cafeteria must obtain a visitor's pass from the front office. A valid driver's license or state ID is required to get a visitors pass.
  • Any parent eating breakfast with their child will be asked to eat at the family table located on the stage.
  • For safety and security is our campus policy that parents and visitors do not go to the classrooms in the morning

Dismissal Procedures

We appreciate your patience and support as we continue to implement our new dismissal system. For everyone’s safety, students will remain in the building until there is someone here for them. To ensure that our system works smoothly, we ask that all parents, guardians, and caregivers remain in their vehicles and drive through the pick up line for their child. Remaining in the pick up line will minimize the congestion in the front of the school and will allow us to get the children to their cars more efficiently. Parents that “walk up” to pick up their child are likely to wait longer in the weather elements than the parents that remain in their vehicles. Please make sure that your car tag with your child’s unique code is easily visible in the front of your windshield. Parents that walk up to pick up their child(ren) are also asked to present their tag to the staff dismissing students.

Any students that are not picked up by 3:15 PM will require a parent or guardian to pick them up from inside the building and sign them out.

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Forms

Northside ISD is required to collect student data (TEC 39 for Texas state requirements and ESEA sections 1111 and 1116 for U.S. Department of Education requirements) to determine the disbursement of state federal funds (ESEA section 1113). This information will be used by Northside departments to help evaluate, fund, or determine programs that may benefit your child. Programs that benefit individual students who qualify may include: grants,

scholarships, Summer School tuition, testing fee waivers, financial assistance with health services and/or other government support services.

It is very important that we have 100% parent completion of this form. The form can be accessed in the link below.

If you have any questions regarding the form, please contact Ms. O'Connor at 210-397-0800.

Safety is Top Priority

As Northside ISD prepares to welcome back staff and students for the new school year, we want to make you aware of several guidelines in place at all of our schools. Visitors to our campuses should plan and prepare for increased security measures. Please be patient and expect to be asked where your visitor badge is (if not wearing one) and your reason for being in the building. Some points to follow and be aware of:

● Always enter through the main entrance (security lobby for all elementary schools).

● Be prepared to provide your credentials, license, and/or identification card and reason for

entering the building. A visitor badge will only be provided after getting clearance through

Raptor or a records review.

● Always keep your visitor badge visible for staff to see.

● If you are regularly in the building (visiting your child’s classroom, going for breakfast, or

volunteering) please visit with campus administration for completing a background check

While in the building if you “see something, say something” – whether it be to your child’s teacher or any NISD staff member wearing a NISD issued badge. NISD also has a SafeLine (210-397-7233) to report any suspicious behavior 24/7. We have two police officers at every high school, one at every middle school, and additional officers that patrol elementary schools. Additionally, we have numerous security cameras in all of our buildings and school buses. That being said, it takes ALL of us to be safe.

Please review our Back To School website that provides additional information including a link to our district safety page. For specific information regarding procedures for Meet-the-Teacher, PREP Days, or First Day of School, please visit your campus web site. We remind you while these changes in practice may be inconvenient, they are made with the safety of your child in mind. Thank you in advance for your patience.

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Immunizations & Well Child Visits Coming to Allen Elementary--September 21, 2022

The University Health System Bus is scheduled to come to Allen Elementary on Wednesday, September 21st from 9:30 AM-12:00 PM. The bus offers Immunizations and Well Child Visits. If you are interested you MUST do the following:

1.Go to

2.Click schedule a Mobile Primary Care Appointment

3.Type of visit: Immunization or Well Child

4. Mobile site location: NISD

5.Find Allen Elementary for September 21st

6.Select their appointment time

7.Begin registration to secure the spot

Please register by September 14th, a minimum of 10 registrations are required to secure the bus for our campus.

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Buy Your Allen Spirit Shirts!

Allen Spirit Shirts can be purchased from the front office for $12 (cash only). All students are invited to wear their spirit shirts every Friday for our weekly spirit days.
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Box Tops for Education: Help Us Earn Money for our School!

Join us in earning cash for our school by using the Box Tops app. It’s an easy way to make a difference. All you have to do is buy Box Tops participating products (like Cheerios!) and scan your grocery receipt. Box Tops are worth $.10 each and they add up fast! Twice a year, our school receives a check to help pay for whatever we need - equipment, supplies or experiences the kids love!

Use this referral code B1KG0OSL when you sign up and you’ll get 20 Bonus Box Tops when you scan your first receipt now through 05/31/2023, while supplies last! Download the Box Tops for Education app here:

At the end of the school year, the grade level that has earned the most Box Tops will win an Ice Cream Party!

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STAY CONNECTED: Four Easy Ways to Stay Informed

Receive important messages and reminders from Allen ES by push message on your phone. Simply download the NISD Mobile App and select which schools you would like to receive notifications from. Follow us on Twitter @NISDAllenES, join our school on Class Dojo and ensure that your email address is up to date in the office.
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