Sigler Elementary Monday Memo

Happy New Year - Jan. 4th

Own It

Our theme at Sigler Elementary this year is “OWN IT”. These two simple words set the stage for the 2015-2016 school year and serve as a reminder for students, staff and families that regardless of the circumstances, we must “OWN IT”. There can be no excuses. Each student, teacher and family that walks through our doors has a story to share and obstacles to overcome. Our goal is to empower our students, teachers and families to meet these obstacles head on, overcome them, regardless of their size and “OWN IT”!


Sigler Family Literacy

Sigler Family Literacy, partnering with Plano Family Literacy shares the belief that the parent is the child's first teacher in life. Our mission is to build healthy families by working with the entire family unit developing life skills, literacy skills, and a strong commitment to family wholeness.

There are 5 components that make up Sigler Family Literacy

  • Adult Education - Multi faceted literacy training that leads to economic self-sufficiency and assisting children in life-long learning and school success
  • Early Childhood Education - An age-appropriate education to prepare children for success in school and life experiences
  • Parent Education - Training and support for parents on how to be the primary teacher for their children. This component teaches parents how to be full partners in the education of their child
  • Integrated Literacy - Interactive literacy activities between parents and their children designed as a partnership in teaching
  • Home Visits - Personal visits to participants’ homes by staff members to teach collaboration of school and home learning

Sigler Family Literacy meets at Sigler Elementary each Monday and Wednesday from 8AM - 11AM and on Thursday at the Bird Family Literacy Center.

For more information please contact Dellmy Cabrera or Matt Arend at Sigler Elementary.

Let Us "REMIND" You about What is Happening at Sigler Elementary

A Goal for 2016...Learning Walks - A Six Part Series...

What I Learned from Twitter This Week...

Do You Follow Sigler Elementary on Twitter? You Should Be!

Week of January 4th

(Items in Bold - Student Opportunities)

As a staff, we identified peer classroom visits or learning walks as an area we wanted to grow in. Our goal for 2016 is for each staff member to complete three visits or learning walks. These can happen on your time (planning, lunch, counselor, library or while another staff member covers your classroom). If we make it important enough, it will make us better. Read here: Stepping Into Each Other's Classrooms.

Additional information to support this goal can be found here:

Monday, January 4th - Student Holiday - Teacher's First Day Back

Sigler Shirts & Jeans for Breakfast

Writing Wall - Month of January - 2nd Grade

  • Staff Breakfast - Includes Sigler Family Literacy Staff, District Administration and Toyota/National Center of Family Literacy Representatives. Please be in the library enjoying breakfast no later than 8AM.
  • Cultural Competency - 11AM - Sigler LIbrary
  • Time with teams in the afternoon - Mr. Arend & Mrs. Hempstead will be around in the afternoon to discuss 2016.
  • Did you complete this??? Instructional Focus - LIFT - Reflection - In place of a staff meeting, we want your input. Click here to complete the brief survey: LIFT Survey - Survey needs to be completed by Dec. 18th

#CelebrateMonday - Each Monday Tweet One Thing Worth Celebrating - Use the Hashtag #CelebrateMonday

Tuesday, January 5th - MAP Testing Continues - Student's First Day Back

Click here for the MAP Testing Calendar

Future's Day - Students and staff are encouraged to wear their favorite college shirt with jeans every Tuesday at Sigler Elementary.

  • #PISDEDCHAT - 8:00PM

Wednesday, January 6th

  • Sigler Family Literacy - 8AM-12PM (Big Centers Room & 3rd Grade)
  • Soccer Club - 3:00PM

Thursday, January 7th

  • Thursday Twitter Task - #OneWord - See below for additional information
  • Beach Club - 3:00PM - Library

Friday, January 8th

  • Wear Your Sigler Spirit Wear

Next Week at Sigler Elementary - College & Career Week

Monday, Jan. 11th

  • Sigler Family Literacy - 8AM-12PM (Big Centers Room & 3rd Grade)
  • Galaxy Academy - 3PM - Library
  • PTA Board Meeting - 6PM - Library

Tuesday, Jan. 12th

  • Career Day - Guest Speakers - KN-5th Grade 8AM-10AM
  • Sigler Store - Open During Recess
  • School Board Meeting - 7PM - Administration Building

Wednesday, Jan. 13th

  • Science Fair Projects Due Today
  • Sigler Family Literacy - 8AM-12PM (Big Centers Room & 3rd Grade)
  • Mr. Arend & Mrs. Hempstead will be off campus - iLead Meeting - Sockwell

Thursday, Jan. 14th

  • Science Fair Projects - Judging Today
  • 5th Grade Field Trip - Wilson Middle School
  • Mentoring Resumes Today for Students
  • Leadership Meeting - Following Dismissal - Brumfield's Room
  • Beach Club - 3PM - Library

Friday, Jan. 15th

  • All Pro Dad's Morning - 7:15AM
  • #NoOfficeDay - 2nd Grade

Monday, Jan. 18th - Student/Teacher Holiday - MLK Day

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Check Out the Ways You Can Support Sigler Elementary...


This year we are excited to be partnering with a fun, free, and truly easy fundraiser called Shoparoo! Schools nationwide are already earning hundreds and even thousands every year through Shoparoo and it’s a great opportunity for us to really make a difference this year!

Shoparoo is school fundraising made easy: the free app turns pictures of your everyday shopping receipts into cash donations and sweepstakes entries for our school! Yep, it’s that simple. No more cutting labels, selling door to door, or time-consuming coordinating. All you have to do is shop as you normally do, snap pictures of your receipts with the app, and voila Just shop, snap, earn!

Get started today:

1. Download the free Shoparoo app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store

2. Select our school from the list and start taking pictures of your receipts - shop anywhere, buy anything!

3. The first 20 supporters at our school will earn an extra $1 donation from Shoparoo for their first receipt!

4. Earn even more Roo Points, or cash donations, by inviting others to join using your personal referral code

5. You can even select a grade to support and have fun with grade competitions!

There’s no limit to how much money we can raise with Shoparoo - the more supporters, the more we will raise for our school. Schools with just 40 supporters are earning an average of $1,000 every year. That’s free, easy money that we could be fundraising too. Check out to learn more about this awesome app!

Thank you for your support!

Interested in Being a Mentor at Sigler Elementary? Fill out the Mentor Form Below to Get Started.

5th Grade Field Trip - Wilson Middle School

Thursday, Jan. 14th, 8:30am

1001 Custer Road

Plano, TX

All Pro Dad's Morning

Friday, Jan. 15th, 7am

1400 Janwood Drive

Plano, TX

Fathers and mothers are invited to join their children and other Sigler families to enjoy a dedicated time, set aside each month, to connect with one another.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

First Grade Field Trip - Outdoor Learning Center

Wednesday, Jan. 20th, 9am

3401 East Spring Creek Parkway

Plano, TX

Plano Rotary - Sigler Elementary Citizen of the Month

Thursday, Jan. 21st, 2pm

Sigler Elementary

Parent Learning Opportunity - Are We Born That Way

Friday, Jan. 22nd, 8am

1400 Janwood Drive

Plano, TX

Come join other parents in learning more about children and how we can better understand the temperament of our children.

Site Based Improvement Committee - Meeting #2

Monday, Jan. 25th, 5:30pm

1400 Janwood Drive

Plano, TX