Cubbie's Column

Sanford Elementary Newsletter - 5/16/22

Important Dates to Remember

5/16/22 - 5th grade tours VAMS

5/18/22 - Field Day - K, 1st, & 2nd grade

5/19/22 - Field Day - 3rd & 4th grade

5/19/22 - 5th grade Celebration Day

5/20/22- No school- Bad Weather Day!

5/23/22- End of the year KONA ICE Day!

5/24/22 - Awards Honor Rally 9:30 AM (letter will be sent if your child is receiving an award)

5/25/22 - VAHS Grad Walk 8:45 AM

5/25/22- 5th Grade Talent Show- 9:30 AM

5/25/22- 4th Grade to Scout Park @ 12:30 - "Pizza at the Park"

5/26/22 - Kindergarten Graduation 9:15AM- 10:45AM

5/26/22- 1st Grade to the Scout Park


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Parents as spring arrives students need to remember if wearing shorts the VAISD dress code rules of the length requirements please. This may be found on our VAISD website.

Students who borrow clothing items from the clinic are asked to return them in a timely manner so that their fellow students have them available to them when another need may arise. As well if you find yourself Spring cleaning and have extra shorts or pants that you would like to donate we would be happy to receive them.

With the temperature rising and trees blooming allergies are very common so staying hydrated is very important more so now through the end of school year. It is your students responsibility to bring their own water bottle. We do not provide water cups or water bottles so please remind them to use the water fountain or bring that water bottle from home!

5th grade students will have the opportunity to go through the Growing Up Talk presentation on April 14th. Parents should have received permission slips home last week and students will have to return those to participate. For anyone having questions about the program feel free to contact Nurse Cherry at 903-712-1909 or our district Nurse Jackie Allison at 903-482-8826


Lunch visitors are welcome on campus! Please be prepared to present valid ID to enter the campus and check in with the main office. Lunch visitors may only eat at visitor tables with their own student. No other students will be permitted to eat with them without their parent present. Thank you!

Missing Assignments

Sanford Families,

We have had many students out sick lately. We are working hard to ensure that students who are out do not fall behind. Kindergarten and 1st grade parents may reach out to their child's teacher to inquire about missing assignments. 2nd - 5th grade parents may also contact their child's teacher, but the parent portal will alert you about missing grades/assignments.

Thank you!

Link to Mrs. Decker's Emergent Bilingual Families Newsletter

Appropriate Dress and Lost and Found

Parents...Sanford ES and Partin ES have a policy for participation in outdoor recess in regards to weather. If the outside temperature is 40 degrees or higher, with a wind chill no lower than 38 degrees, all students will go outside for recess. Please ensure that your student is dressed appropriately. Now that spring has arrived, the weather is warmer, but the wind and rain might still put a chill in the air. A light jacket might may feel more comfortable, especially in the mornings. All outerwear must be labeled with students' names. Remind your child your child to check the lost and found for their lost items. Lost and Found items will be gathered and donated soon! Please come check if there is something you are missing!

Van Alstyne ISD Dress Code

The following dress code meets the standards most conducive to promoting instruction.

Young people should dress for success. The District’s dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, prevents disruption, and minimizes safety hazards. CAMPUS ADMINISTRATORS EXERCISE FINAL JUDGMENT ON GARMENTS AND/OR STYLES THAT ARE A DISTRACTION. Students are expected to comply with the following:

Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be no more than 2½” above the knee. (Elementary- Skirts and dresses must have shorts underneath since they will attend PE and/or recess daily.)

 All outer garments must have sleeves (cap sleeves are permitted). “Spaghetti straps” or “tank tops” are not allowed. Shoulders must be covered.

 Shoes must be appropriate to the activity. Footwear must be of a style that insures safety and does not present a distraction. Teachers may restrict (designate) the kind of footwear needed for that class in order to meet safety standards of the instructional activity. (Elementary- Due to a safety issue students may not wear high heels, slide type flip-flops, Heelys, or shoes without a back.)

 Garments that are torn, cut inappropriately, or have holes are not permitted.

 All garments should meet the standard of modesty:

Anything form-fitting, such as: spandex shorts, bicycle shorts, tights, leggings, and leotards may only be worn under shorts or skirts that meet the school dress code.

 Midriffs, cleavage, and undergarments should be covered at all times.

 Tops must overlap the waistband of the pants at all times.

 All students must have hair that is neatly groomed, out of the face, and a natural color. Boys’ hair must be worn above the shirt collar. No Mohawks or designs in hair.

 Goatees, beards, mustaches, and other facial hair are not permitted. Sideburns must be neatly trimmed and no longer than the bottom of the earlobe.

 Students may not wear hats, headgear, or sunglasses in the building during the school day.

 Wallets with dangling chains and dangling or oversized jewelry are not allowed at school. Male students may not wear earrings, ear studs, or anything else in the ear. Jewelry for body/tongue piercing may not be worn at school except pierced earrings for females. No spacers. (Elementary- No dangle earrings, fake nails, tattoos, or make-up.)

 Students may not wear garments or bring items to school that display pictures, emblems, or

writings that are lewd, offensive, vulgar or obscene; and/or advertise or depict tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or any other objects or ideas that in the principal’s judgment may be expected to cause disruption of school activities or interference with classroom and other normal school activities. If the principal determines that a student’s grooming or clothing violates the school’s dress code, the student will be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school. If not corrected, the student may be assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day, until the problem is corrected, or until a

parent or designee brings an acceptable change of clothing to the school. Repeated offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.

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Drop Off Reminder

Please do not use the East parking lot for dropping students off in the mornings. It is reserved for buses, staff, and cubs corner usage. The extra cars are causing traffic concerns especially for the bus drivers, who drop students there in the mornings. If you are dropping off a student for paw patrol duty, please use the north lot, and we will let them in to get to their posts. Thank you for your help with this matter.

Working For the 100 Book Challenge

You should see blue book bags coming home every afternoon! Your child should be reading 2 steps (30 minutes) each night as homework. We are still in the process of leveling students, so you might not see your at-home coaching cards in their bags just yet. Please use the next couple of weeks to help to set a routine and space for gaining their steps at home.


· Your child doesn't have to read 2 steps in a row at one time. They can read for 15 minutes, go play and read 15 minutes later in the evening!

· Listening to reading counts too, so go ahead and read some bedtime stories to your kiddos to help them reach their goal!

Thank you for helping us to build a culture of literacy in VAISD!

AM Drop-off and PM Dismissal

Our drop off and dismissal procedures are going smoothly. Everyone seems to have adjusted to the changes that were made to the system. We appreciate your patience. Here are just a few reminders.

· The safety of our students is our number one priority.

  • Cell phone use is prohibited in school zones.
  • Students should not be dropped off before 7:25 AM. If students are dropped off before that time, they will have to wait outside unsupervised, which is not safe.
  • All students will enter the building through the front door.
  • Drop off of students is only allowed in the north lot near the front door. Do not drop off students in the east lot by the cafeteria.
  • All traffic entering the north lot for dismissal (K, 1st, & 2nd) must line up on Williams Way headed west and turn right into the parking lot. No left turns into this line will be permitted.
  • All traffic entering the east lot for dismissal (3rd, 4th & 5th) must line up on Williams Way headed east and turn left into the lot.
  • All traffic must yield to school buses as they exit the parking lot.
  • No parking will be allowed on Williams Way for student pick up.
  • Parent walk ups to pick up students are not allowed.

Please remember to send a snack with your child for their classroom snack time if your child's teacher has requested it. The office does not provide snacks on a regular basis.

Health & Wellness

Sanford Elementary and VAISD want you to know that we are continuing to do our part by taking the following mitigating measures to try and keep our students and staff healthy:

· VAISD will have hand sanitizer and/or hand washing stations with soap and water at each entrance.

· VAISD will provide hand sanitizer and/or hand washing stations with soap and water in every classroom.

· Students, teachers, staff, and campus visitors will sanitize and/or wash hands frequently.

· VAISD will encourage students to engage in handwashing for at least 20 seconds at least two times each day, in addition to being encouraged to wash hands after using the restroom and before eating.

· ALL campuses will institute frequent cleaning practices, including additional cleaning by janitorial staff, as well as provide the opportunity for children to clean their own spaces before and after they are used, in ways that are safe and developmentally appropriate.

· VAISD custodial staff will engage in additional cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces that are touched in common areas throughout the day. This includes objects such as door handles, tables/desks, shared supplies, and high touch devices such as shared desktops, laptops, or tablets.

· VAISD will increase the air flow by allowing more outside air to circulate in the building.

· VAISD will enforce daily temperature checks of students and staff as they enter the school. Any student with an elevated temperature will be sent to the nurse for a second evaluation before being allowed to go to class.

· VAISD reserves the right to give temperature checks to students at any time we feel that it is in the best interest of the student and campus.

When to Keep Your Child Home

Some illnesses or conditions require that a student be excluded from school until symptom free. Students with any of the following symptoms must be excluded from school:

· Temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Temperature must be below 100 degrees for 24 hours without fever reducing medicines for readmission to school.

· Undetermined rash over any part of the body

· Nausea and vomiting, or diarrhea

· Sore throat with fever or swollen neck

· Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)- your child can attend school 24 hours after starting medical treatment

· Positive COVID-19 test, or symptoms of COVID-19


Handle With Care

If your family is experiencing difficulty at home, I would like to provide additional support at school. I understand that you are not always able to share details, and that's okay. If your child has experienced a difficult night, morning or weekend, please send me (and maybe their teachers) an email that says "Handle with Care!" Nothing else needs to be said or asked. This will just let us know that your kiddo might need a little extra time, patience or help during the day.

Volunteer at Sanford

If you would like to volunteer at Sanford, please complete the volunteer background check and we will plug you in!

All adults that plan to chaperone or attend a filed trip with their child must complete the background check.

Lunch Times

Pre/K - 10:30/12:00

Kinder -10:35-11:05

1st - 10:55-11:25

3rd - 11:15-11:45

5th -11:35-12:05

4th - 11:55-12:25

2nd - 12:15-12:45

· Breakfast and lunch will be free this year to all students.

· You can add money into their account for extras. Extras cost anywhere from $0.50 to $2.00. If you wish, you can put limits on the things that your child can purchase. Check with the office for a permission form.

· There are parental guides on what your child can purchase on the Myschoolbucks website.


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