Volume 2 - September 2018
Mark Your Calendars
September 3 - Labor Day Holiday (No School)
September 6 - Meetings and Events
- 5:30-6:00 pm - PTA Board Meeting
- 6:00-6:30 pm - PTA General Meeting
- 6:30-8:00 pm - Movie Night
September 15 - Books from Summer Reading are Due
September 18 - Coffee with Coffman (8:15-9:15 am)September 20 - Watch D.O.G.S. Pizza Night (4:30-6:00 pm)
September 27 - Chick Fill A Spirit Day
September 29 - Run the Trails in McKinney
October 2 - Practical Parent Presentation at Rountree Elementary
October 4 - Meetings & Events
- 5:00-7:00 pm - CARE Van Clinic
- 5:30-6:00 pm - PTA Board Meeting
- 6:00-7:00 pm - Sky Ranch 5th Grade Parent Information Meeting (6:00-7:00 pm)
October 8 & 9 - Fall Holidays for Students (No School)
October 11 - Hispanic Heritage Celebration (6:00-7:30 pm)
October 16 - SOARing Celebration
October 18-26 - Book Fair
October 18 - Chick Fill A Spirit Day
October 17 - Picture Day
October 22 - Student Holiday - Parent Conferences (No School)
October 24 - Health Hustle at the Allen Event Center
October 25 - BOO with Books! (5:30-7:00 pm)
2018-19 - State and District Assessment Dates
Movie Night is September 6
- $1 per person will include the movie, cotton candy, popcorn and soda.
- Support 5th Grade Sky Ranch trip by purchasing chocolate candies for $1.
Time: After PTA meeting at 6:30-8:00 pm
Watch D.O.G.S - September 20
FREE Pizza, Drinks and Fun!
On Thursday, September 20th from 4:30-5:30pm we will be having our annual WATCH D.O.G.S. kickoff event.
We will meet in the Boyd cafeteria at 4:30 for FREE pizza and drinks. At 5:00 we will have a presentation about our WATCH D.O.G.S.® (Dads Of Great Students) Program.
WATCH D.O.G.S. is an innovative program being used by schools across America which helps them to be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their students’ life. The goal is to have these men spend at least one day a year at the school to be an extra set of eyes and ears as a positive male role model.
Dads, grandads, step-dads, adult uncles and brothers . . . this is your chance to have a night out alone with your student in a fun atmosphere at school.
In order to come, you need to do two things:
- Fill out the bottom portion of the slip and return it to school by Friday, September 14th saying that you will attend the pizza night so we’ll have an accurate headcount for the food. LINK To FORM
- Mark your calendars, and we’ll see you Thursday, September 20th from 4:30-5:30 pm.
For more information or questions, please contact Patricia Chavez, School Counselor, email@example.com, 972-236-0852
2018 Hispanic Heritage
Do you have lineage in a foreign country you are proud to share?
Does your child have a talent they wish to perform for their school community?
We need your help for the 2018 Hispanic Heritage Night! Thursday , October 11, 2018
We are looking for volunteers in the following categories:
Booth Sponsorship for a Country - (Dominican Republic, Colombia, El Salvador, Brazil, Argentina, etc.) Examples of what your booth can include are clothing, art, historical photos, maps, crafts and ethnic foods.
General Volunteers - We need parents, students and Boyd Alumni to help with set-up and/or work behind the scenes.
Performers - We are seeking individual and group acts of all genres to perform. Performances need to represent a specific country, but should be under 3 minutes each. Number of performances is limited, so register ASAP.
Please return the interest sheet linked below to school by September 14, 2018. We cannot do this without your support! Thank you!
Calling all Boyd parents, we invite you to participate in the Annual Tamale contest! Take this opportunity and enter by sending your best homemade tamales for our annual contest.
Here is what you need to do:
- Fill out the information below and turn it in to the Boyd office along with a dozen of your best homemade tamales (pork, chicken or sweet tamales) on Friday, October 5 from 7:30-8:30a.m.
There will be prizes!!!
Information Needed with Tamales:
Your name _____________________________________
Your child’s name________________________________
Teacher_____________________ Grade _____________
Categories: Pork, chicken, or sweet tamales (indicate type of tamales)
Run the Trails in McKinney
Here is a wellness opportunity for students and families. The Run the Trail in McKinney is on September 29, and $5 of their registration fee goes back to your campus. More information is provided on the flyer above or go to register at CrapeMyrtleTrails.org
Practical Parent Presentation - Bullying
October 2nd we are having a Practical Parent Presentation at Rountree. You are invited to attend this important presentation where you will gain a better understanding about bullying.
Dallas Care Van Program
October 4 - 5:00-7:00 pm - CARE Van Clinic
Dallas Care Van Program Mobile and Community Outreach Program providing Free Immunizations for eligible children 2 months through 18 years of age will be at Boyd Elementary.
Link to Care Van Locations/Dates in the Dallas Area: http://www.carevan.org/pdf/dfw-back-to-school.pdf
Beginning of the Year To Do Items
Please remember to:
- Update the beginning of the year forms online using your Skyward access account. Every year this must be done.
- For those that qualify for free or reduced lunch, you must complete the application at the beginning of each year. The form was provided in your Meet the Teacher envelope.
- Return completed forms that were in the Meet the Teacher envelope.
- Add funds to your child's lunch account.
- If you did not purchase a school supply packet through PTA, don't forget to purchase school supplies and bring them to the classroom teacher. List of Supplies by Grade
Grade Level T-shirts
The last day to order is September 7.
Please go to the link below to order and pay using credit or check. Thank you!
Important Attendance Information
7:30 - Boyd doors open for students
7:50 - Boyd School Day Begins!!!
The side doors lock after 7:50 and all students arriving after this time must stop at front desk for a Tardy Pass to their classroom.
If students are absent for illness, a signed and dated note from the parent, or the doctor’s office must be sent to the teacher upon return. Doctor’s/dentist's notes must also come with students that are late arriving to school due to appointments in order for the absence to be excused. If you have any questions regarding attendance, please contact or Registrar, Elaine Gamboa, or our Assistant Principal, Nancy Jung.
Good attendance habits will build great school success! Thank you for your help.
Office phone 972-727-0560
Arrival and Dismissal
Our goal is to keep our students safe and provide a quick and simple system for you as their care giver. If you have any questions regarding the traffic flow or arrival and dismissal procedures, please contact us. Please be patient during the first couple of weeks as we all adjust to coming back to school.
You will be provided with a "car tag" to pick up your child even if you are walking up to the building. This will help us to ensure that students are going home with the right person.
- Follow the dismissal procedures and map
- Do not enter the parking lot by going against traffic and cutting in front of the line of cars that are waiting.
- Do not come to the front office to check out your child a few minutes early in order to avoid waiting in line. If you come to the front office during dismissal (2:45-3:00) to pick-up your child, there will be a delay since we will need to locate him/her at their designated dismissal area. You may also be asked to walk around the building and wait for your child in the area for "walkers" to prevent overcrowding the school entrance.
- Contact the front office no later than 1:30 with any changes to how your child will get home. This will allow us time to communicate with teachers and adjust where he/she will be waiting at the end of the day.
What is PTA? Why Join PTA?
The number one reason to join the Parent Teacher Association is to benefit your child. In doing so, you also help your school. But there are many more PTA advantages:
- Get Connected: There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school.
- Discover Great Resources: The PTA offers programs designed for parents and students.
- Tap into a Network: PTA functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, building rapport and discussing issues that are on your mind. You can share ideas, concerns, and experiences.
- Watch Yourself Grow: By volunteering with your PTA, you put your skills and hobbies to use for a noble cause—your child and all children in the community.
- Speak Up: PTA can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change at your child’s school.
- Witness Improvement: By getting involved at your child’s school you’ll be part of the solution, helping make positive changes. Local PTAs play an important role by supporting building improvements through advocacy and play an important role in fundraising for curriculum based programs and social events.
- Be a Role Model: By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.
- Enjoy Substantial Benefits: Individuals can take advantage of a host of benefits from PTA membership including discounts and offers from member benefits providers and sponsors. For more information about member discounts and offers, visit https://www.txpta.org/member-perks
Visit www.joinpta.org to join our PTA! Select Texas, Allen ISD, and Alton Boyd Elementary PTA.
A Note from the Librarian
Welcome to Boyd our new librarian Michelle Oeltjen!
Students will come to library on a bi-weekly schedule for library lessons and literacy-based makerspace. The schedule for library from August 27 – September 21:
- Week 1 (K, 1, 2, 4): Library Orientation
- Week 2 (1, 3, 5, 6): Library Orientation
- Week 1 (K, 1, 2, 4): Makerspace Introduction
- Week 2 (1, 3, 5, 6): Makerspace Introduction
The amount of books that may be checked out depends on the students grade level:
- Kindergarten: 1 book
- 1st & 2nd: 2 books
- 3rd-6th: 3 books
No fines for late books will be charged this year. However, students will be limited from checking out library books until books are returned. If a student loses or damages a book they will be asked to replace the book, pay the cost of the book or donate supplies to the library (Lysol wipes, Kleenex, tape, etc.).
Check out Boyd technology and library resources:
Take a look at the Facts of Literacy provided by the National Education Foundation that shares how big an impact reading at home can have on your child’s success as a student.
A NOTE FROM THE COUNSELOR
My name is Patricia Chavez, and I am Boyd Elementary's school counselor.
One function of a school counselor is to implement whole-school prevention programs, such as; bully prevention education, character education, drug and alcohol awareness, and career education. These lessons generally take place with the entire class or during school assemblies. However, all students have the opportunity to meet with me, as needed. Students that need to speak with me, are instructed to leave me a note, and I work with their teacher to schedule a time to meet during their non-instructional time. In addition, I also meet with small groups or individually with students whom would benefit from (weekly/bi-weekly) sessions. Parent permission is acquired for small group or individual sessions that are regularly scheduled.
I am also available, to meet with parents individually to discuss specific concerns or to serve as a liaison for families needing counseling resources. Please feel free to contact me at (972) 727-0560 ext. 0852 if you have any questions or concerns.
Patricia Chavez, M.Ed., LSC
Boyd Elementary School Counselor
(972) 727-0560 ext. 0852
Meet our Boyd C.A.R.E. Coordinator
My name is Marisol Puterbaugh, and I am excited to be the CARE Coordinator for Boyd Elementary.
C.A.R.E. stands for Changing Actions to Reach Excellence. It is a program to support the whole child. Services provided by the CARE Coordinator may include: social skills training, making home visits, supporting parents in getting basic family needs met, support with school supplies, referring families to outside agencies, coordinating parent education programs, monitoring student basic needs, etc.
The primary goal of the CARE Coordinator is to empower parents to become active participants in the education of their children. Please contact me if you need any support. 972-727-0560
Boyd Needs You!!!
There are many opportunities to volunteer at Boyd. We need your time, skills, and talents to help us provide the best education for our students.
Before you volunteer, you must fill out a Volunteer Application form with Allen ISD every year after July 1st, or you WON’T be able to volunteer at Boyd. Go to this link to register: Volunteer Registration.
From the Nurse:
Terry Phillips is our school nurse.
Is my child too sick to go to school? To determine if your child should stay home, use these guidelines:
- Fever of 100 degrees or more: keep the child home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal (98.6 degrees) without medication.
- Vomiting or diarrhea: keep the child home until 24 hours after the last episode.
- Rash: if the cause is unknown, please check with your physician before sending the student to school.
A note MUST be written by the parent/guardian and given to the school upon return from an absence. This note must explain the reason the student was absent from school.
Nurse Tips - Lice Fact Sheet
Birthdays & Birthday Parties
We want to celebrate with your child their milestones and acknowledge their birthdays, however birthday parties will not be permitted during the school day. Please follow the following guidelines to reduce disruptions to instructional time.
Birthday Snacks for the Class
If a parent wants to send or drop off a snack for the class on their child’s birthday, we encourage healthy snack choices. Please send plates and/or napkins for distribution. Do not send anything that would require cutting. It will be provided by the teacher after lunch time in the classroom. Parents may not come into the classroom to distribute. We encourage parents to send pencils or stickers instead of food.
Delivery of Balloons or Flowers
If you have balloons (no latex balloons) or flowers delivered to the school, we will call the student to the office to view and have them come back at dismissal to pick them up. If your student rides the bus, they will not be able to take balloons or flowers with them.
Invitations for Parties Outside of School
Teachers are not able to place birthday invitations in a specific student's folders. When only a couple of students are invited within a class, this can create hurt feelings and be very disruptive. Teachers will place invitations in folders to go home if they are for all the students in the class or the students of the same gender (girls party or boys party).
ESL/English as a Second Language Classes
Free Classes for Adults
Fall 2018: September 12 - December 12
Spring 2019: January 16 - May 15
First Baptist Church Allen Building B
201 E. McDermott Allen, TX 75002
469-795-2541 (leave a message) Or 972-727-8241
***No fee for Boyd Parents***
Free childcare: birth-age 12
504 Child Find Notice
504 Child Find Notice
Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the District has a duty to identify, refer, evaluate and if eligible, provide a free, appropriate public education to disabled students. For additional information about the rights of parents of eligible children, or for answers to any questions you might have about identification, evaluation and placement into Section 504 programs, please contact the campus Section 504 Coordinator, Yessica Schessler, 972-236-0848
Sports Opportunities for Girls
Allen Lady Eagles Youth Lacrosse!!
Registration is open until September 15th, 2018 for 1st through 8th grade girls – ALL skill levels welcome!!
Please visit the Allen Sports Association website for more details at www.allensports.org.
Breakfast and Lunch Information
Kinder - 10:55-11:25
1st - 11:10-11:40
2nd - 11:25-11:55
3rd - 12:50-1:20
4th - 12:30-1:00
5th - 11:50-12:20
6th - 1:00-1:30
NO lunch visitors during the first 2 weeks of school. All students need time to learn and practice procedures in the cafeteria with their teachers. Seeing parents in the middle of the day may cause tearful moments for some students during the first couple of weeks.
If coming to eat with your child, please bring your ID to enter the building. You will only be allowed to eat with your own child (no friends).
Adults & Guests & Siblings: $2.20
Reduced price $0.30 or Free for qualifying students
Adults & Guests & Siblings: $3.75
Reduced price $0.40 or Free for qualifying students
(Application must be completed each year)
Alton Boyd Elementary School
800 S Jupiter
Principal: Judith Coffman
Asst. Principal: Nancy Jung
Asst. Principal: Wendy Williams
Secretary: Yesenia Fields
Registration: Elaine Gamboa
Receptionist: Carolina (Nina) Lopez
Nurse: Terry Phillips
Counselor: Patricia Chavez
CARE: Marison Puterbaugh
Campus Intervention Specialist (CIS): Yessica Schessler
Boyd PTA President: Trina Harmeson