Davis Elementary Communication

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Yearbook orders due by Friday, December 16!

As always, our Davis PTA is putting together our yearbook for 2016-17.

Yearbook orders are due Friday. A flyer was sent home a couple weeks ago. You can pay by check to Davis PTA or order online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com (ID Code 5696017) and the cost is $32 per book. Also, no orders were taken at the big event so this is the ONLY time to purchase a yearbook. Thank you!


December 15 (Thursday) Winter Parties

Kindergarten: 9:00

1st Grade: 10:30

2nd Grade: 1:00

3rd Grade: 12:15

4th Grade: 1:30

5th Grade 1:30

December 16 (Friday) Early Release Day- Students Dismiss at 12:00 pm

December 19- January 2 Winter Break

January 3 (Tuesday) Students return to school

January 9-13 College Week! Details to come!

January 16 (Monday) Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday No School

February 14 (Tuesday) Valentine's Day Parties- Schedule to come!

February 20 (Monday) Presidents' Day Holiday for students/ Teacher Learning Day

March 2 (Thursday) Open House 6:00-7:30 PM

March 6-10 Spring Break- No School

Notes from the Principal's Office

Dear Parents,

Our school is very special

On this we can agree

We all come together

As one big family.

Our families are all different

And from each one we take

A piece each child brings to us

And our school family we make

It's like a special recipe

That warms up all our hearts

The kids all grow together

In friendship from the start

We'll miss those kids for two weeks

We hope you have much fun

We'll see you here in January

When Winter Break is done!

School will dismiss on Friday at 12:00. We will see all the kids back at school on Tuesday, January 3!

Kristin Bishop

Davis Elementary Principal

Winter Weather Guidelines

I thought I'd share with you some links to our district's winter weather guidelines.

School Closure Plan:


We do not allow outdoor activity when the weather is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 degrees wind chill. Kids don't go outside in cold weather if they don't have a coat.

As always, if your child has a need to stay inside due to a medical condition, please let Nurse Montgomery and your child's teacher know of that need.

Would you like to join a Davis Parent Advisory group?

As most of you know, I was lucky enough to receive a full scholarship to Harvard University's Parent Engagement Institute this past summer. Now it is time for me to put into place some of what I learned.

I would like to assemble a group of parents to help me reflect on the curriculum and learning at Davis. I am not looking for parents who are knowledgeable in the public education system or with an education background, nor am I looking for parents to come in and make suggestions. Our school district provides us with a great curriculum as our base, and the teachers have, over the years, asked to overlay other learning options and systems (such as technology and project based learning) to our kids. I would like our Parent Advisory Group to help us explore those new ideas, learn alongside the staff, and visit with the staff and I to let us know what you need from us as parents who want to support your children's educational growth.

I am hoping to make the Parent Advisory Group representative of the rich diversity in our community. At this time, I am only asking for a commitment of 3 group visits ( most likely an evening meeting) for this school year. We would most likely meet here at the school. If you are interested in participating, please let me know at Kristin.Bishop@pisd.edu Thank you for considering joining the staff and I in the learning process.

Don't Forget!

Don't forget to label your lunch boxes and jackets now that winter is arriving! Our lost and found is already full!
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Help Davis Earn $$$$ for our school!

The World Wear Project collects gently used clothing, and then returns funds to our school. Simply drop your gently used clothing in the big blue bin at the entrance to our parking lot. The World Wear Project will collect the items, and at least 40% of the net proceeds will be returned to Davis each month. It's one of our easiest fundraisers ever! The funds will be used to add iPads and apps to the classrooms, as well as for training for the teachers on new initiatives that we think the Davis teachers need to learn about. AND you get some of that old clothing out of your house. Win-Win!

Communication Reminders

Just a few communication reminders. This newsletter will be sent weekly via email to all parents with an email address listed on the child's contact information, which can be updated at parentviewer.pisd.edu . We will also send the link to this newsletter to the Davis_Dolphins Facebook page and through the Remind text message service. To receive text messages from Davis Elementary, please text @4hhkb to 81010. Text messaging charges and fees may apply.

As always, the front office staff- Mrs. Bowen, Mrs. Perez, and Nurse Montgomery are ready to assist with any needs you have. Also, our assistant principal Mr. Gibson, as well as our counselor Mrs. York and are available as well. I, too, am more than happy to visit with you to assist with any celebrations or needs that may arise for your family.

Interested in Volunteering at Davis Elementary?

· Volunteers are needed for field trips, Field Day, class parties, library assistance, and other areas.

· Please fill out the Volunteer Application located at:


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Davis Elementary PTA Store is now open ONLINE!

2016 -2017 Spirit Wear & PTA Memberships are now available for purchasing online https://squareup.com/store/davis-pta ! This is our current inventory of shirts, so only the sizes listed on the site are available.

Once the order is placed, your child will receive the shirt(s) at school within a few days. Please be sure to include your child’s name/grade/teacher in the notes section of the check-out page.

What is InfoCenter?

Plano ISD has implemented InfoCenter, allowing you to better control how you receive communications from your school or district. The following is a guide to help you get started.

What is InfoCenter?: InfoCenter provides access to all the messages and information sent by your organization. Accessible from any internet-enabled device, InfoCenter visually displays and organizes alerts, notifications, and attachments for easy review and reference. InfoCenter also allows you to customize how you receive communications from PISD (campus and district).

How do I sign up for InfoCenter?: Signing up for InfoCenter is easy. Using the email address that you have on file for your district (emergency card), follow these three steps:

1. Download the InfoCenter by SchoolMessenger app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Market. You can also access the InfoCenter web portal at https://infocenter.schoolmessenger.com/

2. Click the “New User” button, enter your email address, and create a password. An email will be sent to that address with a secure token. Note: If you receive an “already claimed by another user account” error message that means you’ve already created a SchoolMessenger account via another SchoolMessenger product, such as Contact Manager. Simply follow the “Return to login” link and login. Use the “Forgot your password” link if needed.

3. After authenticating via the token sent to your email, return to InfoCenter and sign in using your email and password.

What’s in InfoCenter?:​Once you’ve created your account, the records associated with your email address will be linked automatically. You can then:

  • ​View the records associated with your account.
  • ​Review the last 30 days worth of messages for all your associated records.
  • ​View your contact information, and configure how you’d like to receive notifications.

Important Things to Know:

  • ​Regardless of how you choose to receive notifications, all messages associated with your records will be retained in the InfoCenter inbox for 30 days.
  • You can opt into receiving Device Notifications (Push) under Notification Preferences. When choosing to receive Device Notifications, a badge or alert will appear when you receive new communications from Plano ISD.

Our provider, SchoolMessenger, makes the security and privacy of your data a top priority. As one of over 100 approved signatories to Student Privacy Pledge, you can feel ensured that your student’s information is safe and will never be sold, rented or shared.

Do you love FUN?

Then help us out! Join the Davis PTA! Each year, the Davis PTA provide fun assemblies, parties, picnics, and carnivals for our community. Parents are the first letter in PTA, and they can't do it without YOU! Please check out their website at www.davispta.net for more information!

Davis Dolphins use Social Media!

Follow the Davis Dolphins on Twitter at @Davis_Dolphins and #DavisGrows

Follow the Davis Dolphins on Facebook at Davis_Dolphins

Follow the Davis Elementary PTA at https://www.facebook.com/groups/daviselementarypta/