Negley Navigator News

March 11, 2023

Negley Mission Statement

The mission at Negley Elementary is for students, teachers, and parents to work together to build a foundation of respectful leaders, lifelong learners, and problem solvers.

Ahoy Navigator Parents!

It's SPRING BREAK! Have lots of fun and rest during this week off.

Captain Crowther

Enjoy pictures from our Talent Show and Field Day activities throughout the newsletter!

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One way you can practice fluency with your child is the adult reads the text first and models fluent reading with appropriate phrasing and expression for the text. Then the student reads the same text to the adult while the adult provides assistance and encouragement. The student continues to reread the text until the reading shows signs of fluency (words are read correctly, reading is fairly smooth, the reader uses punctuation to guide pauses and voice inflections). This usually takes three to four readings.



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Math activity: We now have math activites by grade level!!!

Math Lessons by Grade Level to do at home!

PreK- Positional Words

Kinder- Draw to Solve Join Problems

1st Grade- Make 10 to Subtract Word Problems

2nd Grade- Write Multiple Representations of Two Digit Numbers

3rd Grade- Find Length, Width, and Perimeter

4th Grade- Model and Find Equivalent Fractions

5th Grade- Write Equivalent Expressions with Order of Operations

Please be sure to look at the upper right hand corner of the sheet for a video tutorial.

Math Fluency:

The biggest thing students need to develop fact fluency is consistent, frequent opportunities to practice. The more students practice their facts, the more quickly they transfer from short-term to long-term memory.

NEW Math Fact Fluency - District Resources

You can print the activities at each grade level, or play some online games! Students will be working with these games in class as well. The videos are very helpful, so be sure to watch those. You will notice that Kinder and 5th are not included. That doesn't mean you can't work on some of the game strategies. Kinder - take a look at some of the skills and introduce them to your child. As for 5th graders - they ALWAYS need practice with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division - have them work on those electronic games and time them!


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The 2022-2023 Yearbook is on SALE now! The early bird price is $25 (now though March 12, 2023). Just click on the link below and type in Negley Elementary under Find My School.

After March 12, the price will be $30.

Questions? Contact

Library Update

It's time for our yearly library inventory! We could use your help to scan the books! We have the comfiest stools and the fastest scanners and your help is immensely appreciated! Please let us know a good time and date for you to come by for an hour or so and help us out. Thank you in advance awesome Negley families!

Our March Book Madness is rolling along and next week is our first vote to see which books move on in our brackets. We have had teachers across the building read well over 80 books in our brackets which is amazing! Students are having so much fun voting on their favorite pair of books. It will be exciting to see which books move on!

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House News

This month we are working on SPORTSMANSHIP!

Our House Leaders worked hard to produce our NEGLEY GOOD NEWS video. Take a look:

How about a new House Shirt!

Has your child lost their House Shirt? Do YOU need a house shirt (it's cool for parents to have a house shirt too!) we can help! Remember, every Friday is House Shirt/Spirit Day. Here is the link to make those purchases if you need to throughout the year.


Negley PTA Upcoming Events

Our next meeting will be April 4, at 6:00 pm in the Library. Superintendent, Dr. Wright will be joining us to talk about the district's upcoming bond election. We will also have nominations for next year's PTA board. You don't want to miss it!

Looking for current volunteer opportunities? Visit the Negley PTA website for all up to date sign up list:

JOIN PTA! – if you haven’t had the chance to join, please visit the Texas PTA site at:

Notes from Nurse Jill

We are seeing an increase in red eyes at NES this spring. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if they are allergy or something contagious like viral or bacterial “pink eye”. Always consult your child’s doctor for eye concerns but here is a helpful chart to know the symptoms between the different eye irritations. This link is a good resource too:

We continue to encourage good handwashing and use of hand sanitizer at school to help slow the spread of any and all contagions. School health policy for pink-eye includes school exclusion and antibiotic eye drop use for 24 hours before returning to campus. Thank you!

~ Nurse Jill

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Negley Specials Team: Updates

Welcome to the Specials Team Sign Up Genius Volunteer Page. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Please feel free to become a regular helper and sign up for multiple days and times. We will add more times and volunteer opportunities as the year continues in several Specials and for House events. :) Thank you! The Specials Teachers



The District Art show (with Ms Kromer present) is this Tuesday, Feb 28th!

Negley's display will be at Old Buda Ele. until the 8th.

One piece per classroom made the display, and all butterflies that were turned in.

Then, the display will return to Negley and be at STREAM Night March 30th.

Finally, the Butterflies will be at the Wimberly Butterfly Festival April 15th!

This year 456 Butterflies were turned in !!!! (Last year we had 260).


Negley STREAM Night Mar 30 Time 5:30 - 7:00pm

Emily Ann Butterfly Festival in Wimberly April 15 Time: 9:00-5:00 p.m


Counsleor's Corner

Below is free access to our Hays CISD Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) program, Cloud9World. It includes articles, videos, books, coloring pages, and games to reinforce social- emotional skill development.

The parent log in includes instructional parent videos and provides practical advice for proactive parenting that results in preparation for stronger student success.

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Ours hearts are still heavy for our neighbors in San Marcos for the tragic loss of one of their students during student drop off. It's likely in this specific case there wasn't anything that could have happened to prevent the accident.

However, it's always important to review general safety practices while dropping off or picking up students at school. Here are some reminders:

1. DO NOT have your child exit the driver's side of the car at school. It is not safe. Students should exit the car on the passenger side against the curb.

2. it is a LAW that cell phones are not to be used in the school zone areas. If you are talking on the phone, holding the phone, etc. you are multi-tasking and not really able to give 100% close attention to the activites going on around you or having both hands on the steering wheel. A hefty fine is not what we want our parents to have to pay by breaking this law. This is something we see on a daily basis.

"Cellphone laws to remember

  • You cannot send or receive electronic messages while driving in Texas.
  • Drivers with learner's permits are prohibited from using cellphones in the first six months of driving.
  • Using any handheld device in your vehicle in a school zone is illegal.
  • Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using handheld devices.
  • School bus drivers may not use cellphones at all while driving if children are present.
  • Cellphone laws can change from city to city.
  • Learn more about Texas texting while driving


3. Stay in your drop off lane and do not go around other cars unless you are directed to do so by a staff member. It's easy to become impatient, especially when you are late. Besides, you'll just get caught at the stop sign and the car you went around will be right behind you in 3 seconds.

4. Our school zone speed limit is 20 mph. If a child were to run out in front of your car while you are going 20 mph, it will still be hard not to hit them. Going faster reduces brake/impact time thus resulting in a more tragic accident. I know that NONE of you want to hit someone else's child.

"Fines for Speeding in a School Crossing Zone

Most drivers don’t like to slow down for Texas school zones, although they would probably feel differently if they were in an accident and a child was hurt. In order to make sure that drivers recognize the importance of obeying the school zone speed limits, Texas has imposed increased fines and court costs on drivers caught speeding in school zones. At the very least, there is an extra $25 court cost added on to the cost of your ticket. This money is collected and used to fund school crossing guard programs and other programs related to child safety.

In addition to the court cost, fines for a Texas school crossing zone ticket can vary based on what city, county or municipality you receive a ticket. For example, if you are ticketed for speeding in a school zone in Houston, San Antonio and Austin, fines start at over $200 for speeding 1-5 MPH above the posted speed limit and well over $300 if speeding more than 30 MPH."

To help everyone get to where they need to be in a safe, timely manner, here are a few pointers:

1. Have all lunches and backpacks packed and ready to go the night before. Have your child pick out their clothes the night before.

2. Wake your child up 5 minutes before you really want to get them up. This gives them a little bit of "wake up" time before they must get out of bed!

3. Leave your house 5 minutes earlier than normal to see if this helps with traffic. Our car rider line doors open at 7:00 am. We usually have a lull between 7:05 and 7:15, and then the traffic picks up again.

4. If your child's actions (or inactions) are the cause for them being tardy, let one of my AP's know. They can talk with them about what's going on and why they need to get to school on time. Now if it's you, mom or dad.....

Just a few adjustments in your morning routines will help you get your child to school on time, and get you to work on time in a safe manner and on a positive note to begin the day. Thank you to those of you who are following all the rules. Thank you to everyone for working on this to make our school safe and efficient.

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Important Upcoming Dates to Remember

Please check the calendar often as it will be updated on a weekly basis.


13 - 17: SPRING BREAK!

20: Students back on campus

20: KINDNESS CLUB MEETING - 7:05 - 7:30am in the music room: anyone may attend!

21: Kindergarten Field Trip

23: 3rd nine weeks winner - House party

28: Math Benchmark - grades 3-5

29: First grade Field Trip

30: STREAM FAMILY NIGHT! Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, Math 5:30 - 7:00pm. More info to come!


31:HOUSE ASSEMBLY - Wear your House shirt!


3-5: Book Fair Preview

4: PTA Meeting - 6:00 pm Library - PTA Board nominations; Dr. Wright - Bond Talk



7: Student/Staff Holiday

Book Fair Sales, Thursday April 6, Tuesday - Friday April 11, 12, 13, 14

10: Student Holiday/ Staff Workday

18: 4th grade field trip

25: STAAR Reading Test - grades 3-5 : Campus closed to visitors for this day - including lunch



1-5: Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

1: PTA to provide lunch to School Staff for Teacher Appreciation

2: STAAR Science test - 5th grade: Campus closed to visitors for this day - including lunch

4: PTA: Fiesta with my Favorite: 6:45 - 7:35 am

5: PTA - Fiesta with my Favorite: 6:45 am - 7:35 am.


5: PTA Spirit Stick Sales during lunch

9: STAAR Math Test - grades 3-5 : Campus closed to visitors for this day - including lunch

15: Career Day for K-2

16: Career Day for 3-5

16: PTA Meeting - 6:00 pm Library - PTA Board Election

17: Hays High School Senior Walks Day


22: 4th grade play dress rehearsal - PAC


24: TEXAS PLAY - 4th grade 6:00 pm @ PAC

25: Last day of school for Students

26: Last day of school for Teachers

29: Memorial Day - IT'S SUMMER!

News from the District

90% Attendance Rule

While we understand and are empathetic to circumstances out of your control, there are attendance laws that all schools must follow.

In addition to compulsory attendance law, districts are required to enforce the 90 percent rule, which states that students in grades K-12 must attend class for 90 percent of the time it is offered to receive credit or a final grade. The 90 percent rule applies to most absences, including excused absences. If the student doesn’t meet this requirement, an attendance committee may grant the student credit or a final grade, depending on the circumstances.

Remember to bring your picture ID - always!

Please remember that ANYTIME you come to school to join your child (other than just dropping off your child at the beginning of the day) you MUST check in at the front office and get your Raptor sticker. To receive a sticker, you must present a photo ID regardless if this is your first time or thousandth time to check in to the school. This is for student safety and for us to know who is on our campus at all times. Thank you for being nice to the front office staff as they enforce this safety measure.

This does not apply to evening activities - just the school day.


*****NEW THIS YEAR!*****

· School starts at 7:30 am.

· Attendance notes must be received within 5 school days.

· HaysCISD schools will not accept meal delivery services.

· Transportation Changes will only be accepted as a last resort for unforeseen circumstances. All students must have a set dismissal schedule on file with their teacher.

Bell Schedule:

  • Doors open at 7:00 am.
  • Breakfast is served until 7:25.
  • School starts and the tardy bell rings at 7:30. The car rider line doors will close at 7:30 - You will need to drop your child off at the front of the school if you arrive after that.
  • All hallways will be open for family drop-off from 7:00 - 7:25. Visitors may only enter through the front doors. You must stop at the front office with proper ID and receive your name badge first.
  • After checking in, from 7:00 – 7:15 parents may drop their students off at the Shipyard (gym) doors, or cafeteria for breakfast and say goodbye; from 7:15-7:25 parents may drop their students off at their classroom door and say goodbye.


  • If your student stays home due to illness, please contact Nurse Jill before returning to school. 512-268-8501 or
  • If your student is absent, please email excuses and dr’s notes to our Attendance Clerk, Deborah, at within 5 school days. The student’s first and last name, date, and reason must be included for each absence. Attendance is taken at 10:00 am – if your student is not in the building at that time, they will be counted absent.


  • Visitors can have lunch with students in the cafeteria. You must stop at the front office with proper ID and receive your name badge first. Report to the cafeteria to meet your child, only your child may sit with you, check out with the front office when lunch has concluded. Classroom hallways are NOT OPEN to visitors during instructional time 7:30 – 2:55.
  • The front office does not deliver. Your student will be called down from class to get any lunches, water bottles or forgotten items. Please LABEL all items with student’s name and teacher.
  • We will NOT accept food from meal delivery services! Visitors may still bring restaurant food for their students.


· School gets out at 2:55 pm.

· Every family must choose ONE form of dismissal: Walker, Independent Walker, Car Rider, or After-School Care. If there are any variations to your student’s dismissal, these need to be on a SET SCHEDULE for the teacher to follow.

  • Transportation changes are a LAST RESORT and will only be accepted for family emergencies/unforeseen circumstances. These are to be requested through Kaci in the front office by 2:00. 512-268-8501 or Teacher’s name must be included.
  • The LATEST a student can be picked up early before dismissal is 2:15. PLEASE PLAN DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS ACCORDINGLY. It is your responsibility to know the student’s teacher when picking them up.
  • Students MUST be picked up by 3:15 at the latest. The Front Office closes at 3:30.


  • Please contact your student’s teacher prior to bringing treats – they will give you classroom allergy info and class count.
  • Parents may not attend birthday celebrations in the classroom. Birthday treats will only be handed out to students during the last 15 minutes of the day. Hays CISD recommends individually wrapped items (ex. Little Debbie treats). Homemade items will not be accepted. Please do not bring drinks! Balloons may NOT be taken into the school beyond the reception area.
  • Parents are not allowed to bring food for other children for lunch – no “birthday pizza”, etc. for the class. This is strictly prohibited due to federal guidelines.


YMCA/Extend-a-Care – On site: 512-236-9622,

Rocking Horse Academy: 512-405-3700

Stepping Stone Kyle: 512-268-0123

Stepping Stone Plum Creek: 512-262-7409

Kyle Bright Beginnings: 512-312-4341


PK: 10:10 – 10:40


10:12 – 10 42 Secrest, Turek

10:15 – 10:45 Garza, Martin, Williams

10:18 – 10:48 Whitney, Escalante


10:30 – 11:00 Steubing, Birnbaum, Zamora, Morris -- Recess 11:00 – 11:30

10:34 – 11:04 Shuler, Barnett, Wilder, Pena – Recess 11:04 – 11:34


11:10 - 11:40 Ward, Kolacny, Stone, Chaparro -- Recess 11:40 – 12:10

11:15 - 11:45 Stautz, Buttner, Haverda, McDaid -- Recess 11:45 – 12:15


11:30 - 12:00 Aulbach, Amel, Harcey, Castaneda -- Recess 12:00 – 12:30

11:35 - 12:05 Doerr, Dismuke, Johnson, Sotello -- Recess 12:05 – 12:35


11:55-12:25 Segovia, Beveridge, Andrade, Iverson -- Recess 12:25 – 12:55

12:00-12:30 White, Cauble, Bell, Sneed -- Recess 12:30 – 1:00


12:10 – 12:40 Cook, Bostick, Dismuke, Wagoner -- Recess 12:40 – 1:10

12:15 – 12:45 Snyder, Odom, Finley -- Recess 12:45 – 1:15

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