Giesinger Elementary

A Resource for Families

April 23, 2020

We hope all of our families are doing well. We recognize how difficult this situation is for everyone. The Giesinger staff and has been working hard to identify meaningful instructional activities for your children to do while he or she is at home for an extended period of time. Our goal in this work is to provide you with activities that are aligned with what your children typically do during the school day. Recognizing it will not be the same as being in the classroom, but the activities should be familiar and engage your children in academic learning for approximately one to two hours each day.


This newsletter will serve as our "landing page." This page will be used as a place where you can access all the instructional activities. I will be sending this newsletter weekly just as I send the Giesinger Gazette. You and your child may access this using your phone or any computer. Paper copies are available each Thursday from 9 AM -11 AM at Giesinger Elementary.


Paper copies completed last week may be turned into designated tubs on the front porch every Thursday morning from 9 AM - 11 AM at Giesinger Elementary. You may also take pictures of your child's work and email them to their teacher to avoid paper drop-offs. Teachers are available for questions or support so please email them also.


Please click on the "buttons" below for grade-specific activities.


We certainly know there is a lot going on for families right now. Our intention is to provide you with resources to keep your children actively learning and engaged while they are not at school.


We appreciate your partnership as we navigate this unknown territory together. Please feel free to reach out to any of our staff members through e-mail if you have any questions or concerns along the way.


We know that Eagles Soar to Excellence In All We Do! We love your children and miss them dearly!


Thank you,


Melissa Ralston,

Principal, Giesinger Elementary

Thank you for your feedback!

We had over 1/3 of our families provide feedback for our campus. We thank you for your honesty and know we will continue to SOAR!


Just a few further explanations based on feedback:


  • Packet Pick-ups on Thursday: We have intentionally scheduled packet-pickups district-wide in coordination with the same days of the week that CISD is distributing food on Thursdays. The paper packets are the same as the grade level work found in the weekly newsletter. We thank you for understanding that we are trying to coordinate essential operations and minimize creating multiple trips out of the house to pick up different services throughout our district for all families.
  • Need More Work: Some of you expressed that you need more activities. As a campus, each grade level has recommended enrichment activities found on the weekly newsletter. These are great opportunities if you need more structure and content delivered to your child. Reading a book and responding to the reading is a wonderful way to engage your child in learning. We also have AMAZING Specials Teachers creating lessons found on the weekly newsletter for all our students.
  • TOO Much Work: Please reach out to your child's teacher about how to prioritize any work sent home.

2020-2021 Registration Intentions

In order for us to plan appropriately, we are asking all of our parents to complete a questionnaire to let us know if your child will be returning to Giesinger for the 2020-2021 school year.


Current Fourth grade parents do not need to submit a form. We will miss our "senior" Eagles so very much. They are ready to do great things. Make us proud as you continue to SOAR!


Giesinger 2020-2021 Registration Intentions: https://forms.gle/8E9L4imZ72S8rZ2g6

Class Placement 2020-2021

We strive to place your child in the best classroom based on his/her academic, social, and emotional needs. We know that as parents you want what is best for your child, and so do we. We want you to be excited about your child’s teacher placement and want to assure you that our teachers are all caring, committed, and working as a team in the best interest of every single child.


Our placement committee spends a tremendous amount of time carefully placing each and every child. Much thought goes into this extensive process. Our committee works hard to balance both individual needs and class dynamics, so much that with every change, a domino effect occurs.


We are not able to honor specific teacher placement requests.


We take it very seriously and only want what is best for each and every child. We thank you for your support in understanding the time and individual care we take with the placement of each and every child on this campus.

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Conroe ISD Pre-Kindergartion Registration Video

Many of your Pre-K questions will be answered by watching the video below. The video begins at the 3:00 minute mark.
PreK Registration

Dual Language Informational Webinars

This is a webinar for families wanting to learn more about the dual language immersion/two-way program at Anderson Elementary. This program is open to students in the Conroe High School Feeder Zone who are entering kindergarten in 2020-2021. Any parent interested in enrolling their child in this program is invited to watch this presentation. The presentation will take place at: https://zoom.us/j/97174105350


Este es un seminario web para familias que desean aprender más sobre el programa de inmersión dual en dos idiomas en Anderson Elementary. Este programa está abierto a estudiantes en la zona de alimentación de la preparatoria Conroe que ingresan al jardín de infantes en 2020-2021. Cualquier padre interesado en inscribir a su hijo en este programa está invitado a ver esta presentación. La presentación tendrá lugar en: https://zoom.us/j/93983690151

Returning Giesinger Library Books

We will be collecting Ms. Wyatt's library books on Thursday mornings during Packet Pick-up (8:00 - 11:00 AM). Please turn in your child's library books in the designated tub on the front porch.


Thank you!

Title I School Parent Survey 2020

Parents,


Please complete and return the Title I School Parent Survey below at your convenience. Please email or scan your survey to Neva Hammonds at nhammonds@conroeisd.net


Thank you.

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Fourth Nine-Week's Grading Guidelines

During COVID closure, our top priority is the health and well being of our students and families. While we encourage you to participate in the learning opportunities Giesinger is providing, we also know that this can be overwhelming. In regards to grades, no student will be negatively impacted during the Fourth Nine-Weeks.
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Report Cards - Third Nine-Weeks

Pre-Kindergarten report cards are have been mailed to the address we have on file.


Kindergarten and First Graders have standards-based report cards. These are not generated in the Parent Access Center and are currently in the mail to your address on file.


Second through Fourth Graders: Parents must have a Parent Access Center Account (PAC) to see your child's report card online. In order to see your child’s report card online, you must have a Parent Access Center Account (PAC). To go to PAC: Go to the CISD page at https://www.conroeisd.net/parents/ and click on “Parent Access Center Register”. By having this account, you can see your child’s grades, state test scores, lunch accounts, etc. I encourage you to create an account if you haven't already. Our registrar, Robin Rickwalt, can help you if you have trouble creating an account. You can email her at rrickwalt@conroeisd.net. Your child's teacher can also help you create a PAC account. Report cards will be mailed this week for parents without a Parent Access Account (PAC).

Montgomery County Foodbank Needs Our Help

The Montgomery County Foodbank is asking for volunteers. If you would like to give money or your time, please go to: https://mcfoodbank.org/

Character Trait Yard Sign

Hello Parents,

If your child received a Character Trait award this year and you still have the yard sign, can you please drop it off on the Giesinger front porch at your convenience. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Mrs. Barton, abarton@conroeisd.net.

Thank you!

Mrs. Barton

Individual Spring Picture Delivery

Due to school closures, Lifetouch has not delivered Spring Individual pictures yet but we will be getting them out to you as soon as we can.


Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Giesinger Yearbook

You can still order a 2019-2020 Giesinger Yearbook! The deadline to order to May 1, 2020. Order online at at www.balfour.com. Enter school ID: 012258 or Giesinger Elementary to place the order.



Yearbooks do not typically deliver until mid- to late May. We hope to be back in school at the time of delivery but if we are not then we will also have have a plan to get them to you.

Need Wifi

Need WiFi? AT&T, Comcast, Consolidated Communications, Sprint, Verizon, Xfinity and more are opening up their WiFi hotspots for 60 days. Conroe ISD’s Guest WiFi may also be accessible outside some of our buildings. Pull up to the curb and look for CISD Guest WiFi.

Conroe ISD Health Services General Health Information Call Line

936-709-7791
MONDAY – FRIDAY
8 AM TO 3 PM

Nurses will be answering calls and providing CDC and DSHS information as well as other informational sources.

Conroe ISD is monitoring the evolving situation regarding 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We work closely with the Montgomery County Public Health Department in communicable disease surveillance and follow the Communicable Disease Chart for Schools and Child-Care Centers from the Texas Department of State Health Services. We are aware of the positive cases of COVID-19 Montgomery County and the Greater-Houston area. Families are encouraged to visit the CDC website for more information and guidance regarding COVID-19.

Student Meals

Conroe ISD will be distributing free meals to students on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students may pick up meals from 10 AM - 1 PM or as long as they last. Meals will be distributed curbside at the front of Austin Elementary, Caney Creek High School, Conroe High School, Grand Oaks High School, Hauke High School, Knox Junior High, Oak Ridge High School, The Woodlands College Park High School, The Woodlands High School, and Washington Junior High.

Free Parenting Resource Information from Love and Logic

A Virtual Fieldtrip with Mrs. Murphy

Hi Eagles!

Take a virtual fieldtrip with second grade teacher, Mrs. Murphy by clicking the link below. She is going to show us her two horses, tour the barn and learn about animal characteristics.


https://drive.google.com/open?id=173-tSQ9GHY5McJVG23mBt3cO4Mu8dVc6

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Counselor/Nurse Request Forms

Nurse's News from Mrs. Corbit

While the school is closed for the COVID-19, I will be sharing health tips that you can review with your children at home and include some great YouTube video links to share with your children.

  • Hand washing is key and this is still a very important topic as most people do not wash their hands properly. Hand sanitizer is a great alternative BUT nothing beats soap and water!
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds. Wash your hands often can prevent the spread of germs. If you can’t wash your hands with soap and water then use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60%-95% alcohol. Young children - ages 4 and under need help and guidance with hand washing properly.
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWQARQrH3yA


Lets be proactive and follow advice from the CDC:

  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home and this includes errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick by keeping that person in another room and limit contact with them. You don’t want to forget them but limit them being in the same room with others who are not ill.
  • AVOID touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way!
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue and then dispose of the tissue OR cough/sneeze into your elbow.
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQINuSTP1jI
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean frequently touched surfaces at home. Have the kids clean the doorknobs daily and faucets and counters. This is a great way to get them involved and help you!


At this time, our country and community want to limit the spread of the virus so following social distancing and the above advice can help with this.

  • Social distancing is staying around 3-6 feet from other people and not hugging or shaking hands. This does not mean you cannot take your children outside for fresh air and to take a walk or play, but remind them to not run up and hug their friend at this time.
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ypm34dEGa2o


CISD has set up a Health Services
  • Covid-19 Q&A call line that will be managed by some of our great CISD nurses.

Monday-Friday 8am-3pm 936-709-7791

  • DSHS Covid-19 Q&A call line

7 days week 7am-8pm dial 211 option 6


If you have any questions, please reach out to me by email at dcorbit@conroeisd.net

Please stay safe!

Nurse Corbit

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