Autumn Creek Elementary Newsletter
November 16, 2021
A Note From The Assistant Principal’s Desk!
Time Over Tech
Being a parent or a caregiver in this day and age is such a blessing, but it can bring many challenges. I hear so many of my peers saying, “We did not do this when we were kids. Why do they have to teach math this way? What’s with all these projects and testing?” Yes, times have changed. Our children are not who we were as kids. Let’s face it, change is difficult but it is inevitable.
Prior to COVID we used technology, but who would have thought that elementary students would be engaged in hybrid learning, submitting assignments online, parents having the option to attend meetings and parent-teacher conferences virtually? Technology has made a great impact on our society and our children. We are reaping some great benefits from the pandemic.
On the flip side the overuse of screen time displaces time spent engaging in real life social interactions. We know children develop effective communication (verbal and non-verbal), social skills, and empathy, by engaging in face-to-face interactions. Too much screen time has the potential to create a disconnection, which can negatively impact students' social and relational skills.
So you ask what you can do to encourage healthy social interactions at home?
Enforce time limits on digital devices.
What time are digital devices turned off in your home?
Spend time talking to your child(ren)
Who did you play with at recess today?
Who did you help at school and what did you do to help?
What made you laugh or smile today?
How would you rate your day on a scale of 1 to 5 (1-Awful or 5-Best day ever)
If you could change one thing about today, what would it be and why?
Be a role model for your child(ren).
Avoid being on your phone during family time.
Check out additional Social and Emotional Learning for Parents
ACE Assistant Principal
Dismissal procedure modifications
We made several notable changes to our dismissal process this week:
Dismissal changes from families- If your child will be coming home a different way on a given day, please communicate to the main office. You may email us or call us at 281-641-5700. Those must be in by 2pm or they will not be honored. Teachers will not be processing dismissal changes during the day since we have asked them to focus on instruction.
Walker release at 3:25- To give our walkers and bikers a safer environment, we will now be releasing them at 3:25, which is more than 5 minutes later than we have been dismissing them. This will help with them not having to cross as much traffic.
Please be in the car rider pickup line by 3:30- If you haven't noticed, our car rider dismissal is even shorter now! Please be in our line no later than 3:30 or you may have to pick up your child in the office.
Student early checkout ends at 2:45 each day.
Instructional Strategy for Families
Phonics at Home
Here is what has been happening at ACE over the last week with our ongoing construction:
Grounds- Manhattan Construction is still responsible for the upkeep of the ACE grounds. They sprayed hydroseeding on the grounds on Thursday to hopefully get more grass around the building. They mowed this past weekend and now the school district will officially take over the maintenance of the school grounds.
Cafeteria sound- The actual cafeteria sound system is up and running this week! We will use it in the cafeteria daily during lunch and dismissal, as well as during our assemblies and events.
School Zone signs- Those are still being planned with our construction company.
Join our PTO on Wednesday, November 17th for our 1st Dine-to-Donate Spirit Night and Bake Sale at Texas Roadhouse!
Dine-in or order-to-go from 4-10 pm at the Humble location, leave a detailed copy of your receipt in the collection box and 10% of your food purchase will go back to the PTO.
Don't forget to stop by the Bake Sale table out front and indulge in the delicious treats!
Important upcoming dates!
- November 22-26- Thanksgiving Holiday
- November 29- Student Holiday
- December 1- Wintergram Sales
- December 3- College Spirit Day
- December 3- Picture Make Up Day