Stribling Family Newsletter

Shine on, Stribling Stars!

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to Stribling Elementary for the Spring Semester. We look forward to welcoming our students back tomorrow morning, Tuesday, January 4. Below you will find information about recent and upcoming events here at school.

School Report Card

We're pleased to share our latest School Report Card from the State of Texas for the 2014-2015 school year. Please click this link:

Boosterthon Run for the Stars

As you are probably aware, the Boosterthon Team arrived at Stribling on November 17 to kick-off our Run for the Stars until the day of the fun run on December 3. Students secured pledges to raise funds that PTO will use for such projects as defraying the transportation cost of field trips taken this spring, purchasing equipment for student-driven video announcements, and installing water bottle refill stations near existing water fountains.

We have collected over 90% of the funds pledged with a goal of collecting 100% (so that Dr. Calvin will spend a day on roller skates!) The Big World Recess theme allowed our students to learn how to play with character from students around the globe. Our Stars learned to Win with Teamwork, Live with Curiosity, Score with Practice, Play with Humility, Ride with Confidence, and Run with Endurance.

We are fortunate to have been able to partner with Boosterthon and to benefit from their mission to Change The World through raising funds while focusing upon fitness, leadership, and character!

Hour of Code

During the week of December 7, approximately two-thirds of our Stribling Stars participated in the “Hour of Code” global challenge. Students went to the website and participated in grade level appropriate video tutorials before beginning to practice writing lines of code through visual building blocks. Many students have continued to work through the activities connected to this website that allow them to create many of the games they’ve enjoyed, such as Minecraft, Angry Birds, Frozen, and Disney Infinity.

We encourage families to bookmark the appropriate grade level links included within this newsletter so students may continue to have fun as they solve problems and learn more about the world of computer coding!

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Counselor's Corner

During the current guidance lesson cycle, Mrs. Coronado is helping students focus on our school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Support expectations (Star Punch Cards).

The grade levels are focusing on the following:

  • Kindergarten is learning to be kind to new people that they meet and how to take care of others.
  • First and second grades are working on problem-solving strategies in personal relationships.
  • Third grade is learning about taking care of self and being kind to others.
  • Fourth grade is learning about strategies for making friends and about different careers.
  • Fifth grade is learning about ways to deal with teasing and about different careers.

During rotation on Friday, January 22, all students will have guest speakers for Career Day.

In the Library

The Texas Bluebonnet Award voting day is Friday, January 29. Students in grades 3-5 who have read at least 5 Bluebonnet books and passed the AR quizzes by January 22 may participate.

The Spring Book Fair is February 22-26, 2016. Be looking for the volunteer sheet to come home soon!

From Nurse Lampley -- 5 Things You Need to Know About Head Lice

1. Treatment is time-consuming but worth the effort.

  • It can take 1-3 hours to effectively comb your child’s hair with a nit comb.
  • A second treatment should be administered 7-10 days following the initial treatment in order to get rid of any nits that may have hatched.

2. Treatment involves more than just washing hair.

  • In order to completely get rid of lice and nits, it is strongly recommended that you wash all bedding and pillows in hot water.
  • Anything that cannot be washed should be put in a sealed plastic bag for two weeks.
  • Soak combs and brushes in hot water for 5-10 minutes
  • Vacuum the floor and furniture.

3. Prevention is Key

  • Do not share hair brushes, combs, hats, scarves, coats, or hair bows.
  • Do not lie on beds, pillows, or couches that have recently been in contact with an infested person.
  • Check your child’s head frequently in order to catch it early if possible.

4. Your child can return to school after they have received proper treatment and are lice-free.

  • Active head lice are indicated by the presence of live lice anywhere on the head. Students with nits (egg sacks) down the hair shaft, as determined by the campus nurse, will not be excluded from school. These egg sacks are empty and are of no risk to the student or others.
  • Please refer to the BISD website under Health Services if you have any questions related to the school policy on head lice.

5. Having lice is no indication of a problem with personal hygiene.

  • Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease.
  • Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please use the CDC website as an informational guide, and check the BISD website under the Health Services tab for our school policy regarding head lice.

College Visit Opportunity

A Message from the University of Texas in Austin:

As you know, your young students will need to be prepared to live and work in an increasingly technological world, which means college or other training beyond high school. You also know that the seed for college is best planted in a person’s mind at home and in the elementary years.

We invite you to help plant that seed by bringing your students to Explore UT, our annual open house, which this year will be Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Explore UT offers more than 350 learning activities in science, engineering, the arts, and public affairs along with fun activities such as marching with the Longhorn Band and watching robots play soccer. Many teachers and parents have raved about its enormous impact on students—from elementary through high school. It helps students get excited about learning, expands their notions of careers, and lessens intimidation about going to school on a university campus.

What: Explore UT Open House

Who: For students K-12, families, teachers—Everyone is welcome

When: Saturday, March 5, 2016

Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: The University of Texas at Austin

Admission: FREE

Won’t you consider bringing your child to Explore UT? We’re eager to treat them to a life-changing academic adventure!

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