Davis Elementary Communication

Thursday, January 26, 2017


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

February 20 (Monday) Student Holiday/ Teacher Learning Day

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

March 6-10 Spring Break- No School

March 28 (Tuesday) 4th Grade STAAR Writing Test and 5th Grade STAAR Math Test

March 29 (Wednesday) 5th Grade STAAR Reading Test

April 14 (Friday) Student/Teacher Holiday (2nd Bad weather make up day if needed)

April 17 (Monday) Student Holiday (1st Bad weather make up day if needed)

May 8 (Monday) 3rd and 4th Grade STAAR Math Test

May 9 (Tuesday) 3rd and 4th Grade STAAR Reading Test

May 10 (Wednesday) 5th Grade STAAR Science Test

May 26 (Friday) Field Day

May 29 (Monday) Student/Teacher Holiday

June 2 (Friday) Last Day of School/ Students dismiss at 12:00

Notes from the Principal's Office

Dear Parents,

Do you ever struggle to help your child understand that learning is a process, not an instantaneous event? Mrs. Banaban did a great activity this week with her math class. She hung a dollar bill above the board in her classroom. She then let several children attempt to grab the dollar bill using whichever method they felt would work for them. Some kids jumped, some kids climbed up a chair, and some kids asked for help. Mrs. Banaban was easily able to make the point with the second graders that everybody gets there eventually, but everybody has to do it in their own way. It was amazing lesson that really helped our students understand that they are all learners, and learning may look differently for different kids. It sounds like a great activity to do at home to talk about all the strengths the family has altogether when they creatively grab that dollar.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kristin Bishop

Davis Elementary Principal


Facebook: Davis Dolphins Principal

Davis PTA Dolphin Dash Fun Run Sponsorship Opportunity!

The Davis PTA has a great opportunity for business owners in our community! We are currently seeking sponsors for the 2nd Annual Dolphin Dash (Fun Run) on April 21, 2017 (student fundraising information will be distributed in March). The purpose of this event is to raise funds to provide enrichment programs for Davis students and families as well as campus improvement and classroom supplies. Sponsorships will be acknowledged through a variety of avenues based upon the level of sponsorship. Contact Alison Hansard amhansard@gmail.com for a sponsorship packet.

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PTA Presents the 2017 SAGE Summer Expo

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Texas State School Reports Cards Posted

The State 2015-2016 School Report Card for Davis Elementary has now been released and posted to the Davis Elementary website http://k12.pisd.edu/davis-elementary-school . The report provides information concerning student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) as well as information on student enrollment, class size averages, and financial expenditures. The information contained in the School Report Card is described in the “School Report Card Definitions.” If you have any questions concerning the School Report Cards, please let us know. Thank you for your continued support of Davis Elementary.

PTA Presents Girls On The Run

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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.

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:


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 Mrs. Bishop on Facebook at Davis Dolphins Principal

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