Volume 2 - September 2019
Mark Your Calendars
2 - Labor Day - Holiday for Staff and Students
4- PTA Spirit Night
12 - PTA Board 5:00 and PTA General Meeting 5:30 - Boyd Cafeteria
12 - PTA Back to School Movie Night and Membership Drive 6:00 PM - Boyd Gym
13 - DOT DAY
17 - Title 1 and Accountability Information - 4:30-5:00 - Boyd Cafeteria
19 - Watch D.O.G.S - Pizza and Information Night 4:30-5:30 - Boyd Cafeteria
19 - Curriculum Night - 6:00-7:30 - Classrooms
- We will have 3 information rotations to allow parents opportunities to attend multiple grades.
- Rotations Schedule: #1- 6:00-6:30 #2- 6:30-7:00 #3-7:00-7:30
19 - Computer Labs Open to Support with Completion of Enrollment Forms - 5:00-7:00
24 - Targeted Improvement Plan (TIP) Input Meeting - 4:30-5:00 - Boyd Cafeteria
3 - CareVan - 4:30-7:30
3 - Dual Language Program Information Meeting - 6:00-6:30
11 - End of 1st Quarter
14 - Columbus Day - Staff and Student Holiday
15 - Staff Development Day - Holiday for Students
16 - Fall Picture Day
17-18 - Book Fair
21-25 - Book Fair
21 - SOARING Celebration
24 - Hispanic Heritage Celebration
28 - Parent Conferences
31 - 2nd Grade STEAM Center Field Trip
October 29 - November 1 - Red Ribbon Week
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
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. There is only one dismissal number per family. The tag will be provided to the youngest child at our school during meet the teacher night.
- Follow the dismissal procedures and map
- 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.
Important Attendance Information
7:15 - Boyd doors open for students
7:45 - Boyd School Day Begins!!!
The side doors lock after 7:45 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, Terri Rosales, or our Assistant Principal, Lara Mercer.
Good attendance habits will build great school success! Thank you for your help.
Office phone 972-727-0560
Movie Night is September 12
Cost: $10 per family includes membership, soda & popcorn *Candy sold for $1 to support Sky Ranch.
Time: After PTA meeting at 6:30-8:00 pm
Students must be accompanied by an adult.
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.
Watch D.O.G.S - September 19
FREE Pizza, Drinks and Fun!
On Thursday, September 19th 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:
- By Friday, September 13th, please sign up using this link to let us know that you will attend the pizza night, so we’ll have an accurate headcount for the food. https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2863150/false?popup=true#/invitation
- Mark your calendars, and we’ll see you Thursday, September 19th from 4:30-5:30 pm.
For more information or questions, please contact Patricia Chavez, School Counselor, firstname.lastname@example.org, 972-236-0852
Dallas Care Van Program
October 3 - 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-fall-2019.pdf
2019 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 2019 Hispanic Heritage Night! Thursday, October 24, 2019
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 27, 2019. We cannot do this without your support! Thank you!
A Note from the Librarian
Please click on the link to meet Ms.Oeltjen : https://www.allenisd.org/domain/341
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, social emotional learning 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
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).
Summer Reading Books:
If your child checked out summer reading books, please return them as soon as possible.
They should be returned in the navy blue AISD Summer Reading Program bag.
Contact Betsy Shanks at Boyd Elementary if you have any questions. Thank you!
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.
Dual Language Program Information Meeting: October 3, 2019, 6:00p.m.-6:45 p.m.
We invite you to join us for an informational meeting to learn about our dual language program.
You will have an opportunity to express your desires for future meetings!
Snacks & child care will be provided!
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
Breakfast and Lunch Information
Kinder - 10:45-11:15
1st - 11:20-11:50
2nd - 12:40-1:10
3rd - 11:00-11:30
4th - 11:35-12:05
5th - 12:15-12:45
6th - 12:50-1:20
NO lunch visitors during the first 2 weeks of school. Lunch visitors will begin after Sept. 2nd. 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: $3.85
Reduced price $0.40 or Free for qualifying students
(Application must be completed each year)
Alton Boyd Elementary School
Principal: Judith Coffman
Asst. Principal: Lara Mercer
Asst. Principal: Wendy Williams
Secretary: Elaine Gamboa
Registration: Terri Rosales
Receptionist: Gabby Villegas
Nurse: Terry Phillips
Counselor: Patricia Chavez
CARE: Marison Puterbaugh
Campus Intervention Specialist (CIS): Yessica Schessler
Boyd PTA President: