Producing Confident, Productive, Lifelong Learners
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Help us help you make this a SUCCESSFUL school year!!
“The start of something new brings the hope of something great. Anything is possible. Have a happy new year!”
- Holiday Store - 11/28-12/9
- PreK Christmas Performance - 12/6 at 9:00 - 10:00 am
- PreK Christmas Program - 12/7 at 9 am and at 5:30 pm
- Talent Contest - 12/9---Registration is running from 11/1 – 11/8 on PTBoard
- Polar Express Day – 12/15
- Early Release - 12/16
- Wrap-a-thon – 12/16
- Kinder Peter Piper Pizza Day - 12/20
- Christmas/ Winter Break - 12/19 - 12/30
- Student Holiday - 1/2
- Student Holiday - 1/3
- End Of Nine Weeks - 1/6
November Staff Birthdays
- Ms. Stager 11/10 4th Grade
- Mr. Willie 11/12 Adventure Club
- Ms. Wilson 11/13 Kinder
- Ms. Veloz 11/15 Kinder
- Mr. Herrera 11/17 5th Grade
- Ms. E. Lopez 11/17 Child Nutrition
- Ms. McElroy 11/23 P.E. Aide
- Ms. Jones 11/23 Pre-k4
- Krisit 11/23 Front Office
To better improve our services, we are asking you to please take time to complete a brief online survey. Parents of 5th, 8th and 11th grade students will receive a link from Panorama Education to the email you provided. Your responses will provide important insights into your experiences and how we can improve our district to meet your needs.
Para mejorar nuestros servicios, le pedimos que se tome el tiempo para completar una breve encuesta en línea. Padres de estudiantes en 5, 8º y 11º grado recibirán un enlace de Panorama Education al correo electrónico que dió a la escuela. Sus respuestas nos darán información importante sobre cómo podemos mejorar nuestro distrito
NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK
Club Dates & Times
- Lego Club - with Ms. Harris room 405 / Tuesdays 3:00 - 4:00 pm (meet in foyer by library)
begins September 13th and will end November 15th.
will be begin January 10th and will end March 7th.
- Coding Club - with Ms. Harris room 405 / Thursdays 3:00 - 4:00 pm (meet in foyer by library)
beginning September 15th and ending November 10th with the following exceptions:
- Oct 6th
- Nov 3rd
Coding Club will start again January 12th and end on March 2nd with the following exceptions:
- Feb 9th
- Feb 23rd
Lego Club and Coding Club registration is closed. For question please contact Ms. Harris @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Art Club - Tuesday 3:00 - 4:00pm with Mrs. Samelson-Massiatte
- Year Book Club - On seleceted dates from 3:15 - 4:15pm with Mrs. Samelson-Massiatte & Mrs. Hawkins in room 408, Please see flyers below for selected dates
- Yoga Club - Wednesday's 3:15 - 4:00 pm Room 501 with Mrs. Lewis & Mrs. Pierce
- Kids Create - Thursday's 3:00 - 4:00 pm Room 410
- Garden Club
- Mini GEMS
- Reading Club
clubs are for students who signed up before the deadline and got in.
@ ELOLF STEAM ACADEMY
ELOLF STEAM ACADEMY IS HOME TO MRS. MARIA SANTOS
Ms. Maria Santos has been at Elolf for over 10 years. Her impact and commitment to the campus and the community are clearly evident, even ensuring that her own family went through the campus. Maria is never upset. I’ve never seen her mad or angry. She’s just always gracious and giving, She came to America from Guatalama with a simple dream - for a better life. Having been in the country for decades and overcoming tremendous hardship, she eventually was able to find happiness while working for Judson ISD, starting at Coronado Village and then transferring to Elolf.
“God blessed me because I have work,” Santos said. “We have [achieved] the American dream - we have good health, we have a house, my son and daughter have families. And being at Elolf makes me happy.”
Her positive relationships with everyone on campus are palpable - every teacher we talked to had nothing but praise and admiration for Ms. Maria.
People who may not understand education may overlook certain aspects of a school, including the custodial staff. However, if you are in education, you understand how incredibly crucial a custodial staff is. Without them, the gears of a school simply do not move - it just can’t operate.
“Our whole custodial staff, hands down, is the best in the district. “They do so much.”
It is people like Ms. Maria who are essential in pushing the district forward, in ensuring that our students are educated and that we all have a role in Producing Excellence.
FERGIE JANE MAKES HER PRESENCE FELT AT ELOLF STEAM ACADEMY
s something special about a dog.
They are our best friends. They are family members.
We spend an obnoxious amount of money on them. They get their way in the house. And frankly, they live the life - sleeping all day, eating when they want, and not having any chores.
But we’ll do anything for our dogs, and they’ll do anything for us, including bringing joy and comfort into our classrooms.
A study by the National Institute of Health found that a dog’s presence in a school can promote a positive mood and provide significant anti-stress effects on the body. They provide social-emotional and cognitive benefits, have been shown to increase school attendance for students, create positive changes that lead to better learning, and help to develop positive relationships with students and their peers.
That is what Fergie Jane is doing at Elolf STEAM Academy.
Her owner, Assistant Principal Tiffany McHugh, is making sure that she is a contributing member of the school community by training her to be a service dog. As of now, she plays a vital role specifically with special education students but is available for all members of the Elolf community.
“If I say, ‘do you want to go see your kids,’ she knows where to go,” McHugh said, as we walked into Mrs. Baumbach's special education classroom.
Their faces lit up and huddled around Fergie Jane. As she sniffed around, as dogs do, she showed patience and kindness with the students.
“Chances are, she’ll go to the student [who needs her the most] and allow them to release some energy and anxiety that they may have,” McHugh said.
She pointed out one student who was, at first, scared of dogs. But through his interaction with Fergie Jane, his nerves eventually calmed down. When Fergie Jane now comes into the classroom, he is more excited than nervous to interact with her.
But she’s not limited to just students.
“I have teachers who come and visit her,” McHugh said. “They’ll text me to make sure she is on campus. She helps to calm them down if they are having a stressful day.” She has even been used to calm difficult situations with adults.
“I had a parent come in upset,” McHugh said. “Fergie Jane was in my office and I told him, ‘if she is bothering you, let me know.’ But all she did was sit on his lap and the parent was petting her the entire time. Eventually, the parent and I were able to have a great conversation and his concerns were addressed.”
As we toured around the school, Fergie Jane was the local celebrity, getting pets on the head and shakes of the pawl from every student in sight.
As we entered Ms. Hinds' room, Fergie Jane introduced herself to every student at their desk.
“It makes me happy that the dog can make me feel better,” a Thunderbolt student said.
After 15 minutes of hanging out in Hinds' classroom, as we left, Hinds picked up Fergie Jane and held her tight, reminding us that even teachers need support just like the students do, even if it’s from a dog.
“I need her too,” Hinds said.
The classroom can be a stressful place for both students and teachers. However, Elolf is blessed to have the support of a four-legged friend to ensure that everyone is supported throughout the school year.
So if Fergie Jane needs a new sweater, or have her way in McHugh’s office, or sleep and eat and not do any chores for a day, I am sure she will be allowed to, knowing that she is taking care of each and every Thunderbolt.
ALL DAY Pre-K FOR ALL Is Here At Judson ISD
Judson ISD offers ALL DAY Pre-K to 3-year-olds at ALL of our 20 elementary campuses for FREE. Judson welcomes all three-year-olds (by September 1st) to participate in our FREE ALL DAY Pre-K program; however, district bus transportation will not be provided for three-year-olds..
In addition to Pre-K 3, JISD offers a full day Pre-K4 program as well. Judson values the importance of building a solid academic, social, and emotional foundation for early learners. ALL DAY Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 will be offered at all 20 elementary campuses. So what does ALL DAY Pre-K look like? The video above will give you a good idea.
REGISTRATION & ENROLLMENT
As a public school system, Judson Independent School District welcomes all students who meet state age and health requirements. Judson ISD offers School of Choice, which will allow Judson families to choose any school within the district to attend regardless of where they reside in the district.
Registration for the 2022-2023 school year IS NOW OPEN in our NEW registration portal and we will continue to register students for the current school year. If you have questions about your child's registration or wish to set up an in-person appointment, please call the campus in your attendance zone or the school of choice campus to start the process. A list of Campus Registrars is available for your convenience.
MY SCHOOL BUCKS
The Adventure Club program is open Monday - Friday with the exception of observed JISD school holidays. Adventure Club will stay open until 6pm.
Fun Facts of the Week & Quotes
Frozen had the biggest Thanksgiving opening of any movie
Thanksgiving is a big weekend for movie releases, especially flicks the whole family can go out and enjoy together. As of today, the 2013 Disney animated musical Frozen is the No. 1 Thanksgiving release of all time, pulling in $93 million domestically.