Calk-Wilson Elementary

Parent Newsletter March 2023

Principal's Message from Mrs. Sierra

Howdy Champions! I can't believe the 5th six weeks is here and in just a few months we will be closing out this school year. We are entering a very important part of the school year where our teachers are working hard to ensure students are learning all of the skills they need to so they can be promoted to the next grade level.

I'd like to stress the importance of attendance and the impact it makes when students are attending school consistently. When students attend school regularly they thrive with their learning. When students miss an excessive amount of school due to unexcused absences, their learning can be hindered. The time it takes to catch up students from school work they miss due to excessive absences that are non-excusable is challenging for both students and their teachers. We appreciate all of our parents/guardians who are making sure their child is attending school consistently each week. Our daily attendance goal is to be at 90% or higher, but ultimately we would love to be at 95% daily.

On another note, we would like to remind our families of our dismissal time. Students are dismissed from school at 3:10 p.m. and should be picked up no later than 3:20 p.m. We appreciate those families who are picking up their child from school right at dismissal time. This allows our staff to continue their work day by attending meetings and trainings necessary to support student instruction.

We hope the month of March is filled with positive learning experiences for all of our Champions. Thank you for your continued support.

With respect,

Mrs. Sierra

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Online Report Cards Grades 1-5

Please click on this link to learn how to access your child's report card.

Canvas Parent Video Series English Version:

Canvas Parent Video Series Spanish Version:

Kindergarten students will still take home a paper copy of their report card for the 5th six weeks.

PK students will take home their next report card on the last day of school.

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Mock STAAR Testing Grades 3-5

Please mark your calendars! Students in 3rd-5th grade will be taking a mock State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness test on the dates listed above. Teachers and students have been working diligently in preparing for the STAAR tests later this spring to ensure our students are academically ready for the next grade level. We want to emphasize that it is of the utmost importance that all students be present on mock testing days!

Please read the following suggestions to help ensure your child is prepared for mock testing:

* Students should go to bed early the evening before their test to ensure a good night’s sleep before mock testing day.

* Students should eat an early nutritious breakfast either at home or at school.

* Students need to arrive at school early before 7:50 a.m. to ensure they are in their seats and prepared to take the test right after morning announcements. Students will have the entire day to complete their mock STAAR test. Please encourage them to do their best!

* We ask that your child stay in school for the entire day. Please schedule doctor, dentist, and other appointments at another time. Once students have started their tests, they must stay to complete it to ensure they are allowed sufficient time as permitted by the state.

* Retakes will be available for students who are absent on their scheduled mock test day.

* There will not be after school tutorials on March 7th, 21st and 28th.

Please make sure your child brings a sack lunch if he/she does not like what is being served in the cafeteria. Research shows that when students take a test, water and healthy foods work best to keep the brain hydrated and energized for a long day of testing.

The lunch menu is as follows: March 7th: Nachos w/Chili Beans March 21st: Enchiladas March 28th: Frito Pie

Students and teachers have been working extremely hard in preparation for this test. We wish our students well and we thank you for your support.

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Texas Public Schools Week Family Picnic

We are excited to host our school-wide picnic on Friday, March 10th from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Parents/guardians are welcome to join their child for lunch on our school grounds. Due to the student enrollment on our campus, please follow the procedures below so our family picnic will run as smoothly and safely as possible.

*Parents/guardians will provide their child’s dismissal number to school staff at their child's regular dismissal area.

.*Parents/guardians will need to wait for their child at their regular dismissal area. Students will exit our glass doors to join their parents/guardians for lunch.

*Families may enjoy lunch in the grass area in front of our school off Fort Worth Street or North/South Pope Park.

*Our playground area is reserved for teachers and students whose families will not be joining them for the picnic.

We will have a staggered time for students to report back to their classrooms. We ask that you please assist us with honoring it so all students return to their classroom safely. Staff will be on hand to guide students back to their classrooms while visitors remain outside of our building. If you have more than one child you will be eating with, your children will need to return to their classrooms at the time of the youngest sibling listed below.

PK, Kinder and 1st Grade 12:45 p.m.

2nd-3rd Grade 12:50 p.m.

4th-5th Grade 12:55 p.m.

*In the event of inclement weather, our picnic will not be rescheduled. Our campus will make sure to notify parents/guardians via School Messenger and our Facebook page should we need to reschedule.

Family Picnic RSVP notices will go home with students on March 1st. They are due back to teachers by Tuesday, March 7th.

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Accelerated Reader

We are so proud of our students who are working hard each week to meet their reading goal. Students are provided the opportunity to read for at least 20 minutes each day in their classrooms. We strongly encourage that our students continue to read at home as well. Each week students in Grades 1-5 are required to meet a weekly reading goal for AR. This will allow them to meet their goal for the six weeks. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you need more information on your child's AR progress in school. The more you read...the more you know!

Imagine Learning Math Program

Students in Grades K-5 are required to utilize the Imagine Learning math program each week. Teachers are providing time for students to use this program in the classroom, but did you know your child can work on it at home too?

Students are required to pass 30 lessons for the school year. Each week with the number of minutes given to work on this program during the school day, students should pass anywhere from 1-2 lessons per week.

This program is unique because it is tailored to work on your child's current skill level in math. The program provides online tutorial help with a live tutor when needed. When students use this program consistently each week, progress in math can be made. This progress can transfer over to your child's daily math work in school.

If you would like to know how many lessons your child has completed so far this school year, please reach out to your child's teacher. A report can be provided to you.

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Capturing Kids Hearts (CKH)

What is Courage?

Courage is the ability and strength to face something that may be difficult or challenging. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather perseverance in the presence of fear and the willingness to stand up for what is right or try something new even though it may be uncomfortable or uncertain.

Why focus on Courage?

  • Courage encourages engagement. Courage helps students raise their hand, participate, try new things, and voice their opinions.
  • Courage builds self-confidence. Courage is the choice to act. By doing something, students increase their belief in themselves and their ability to do difficult or challenging things.
  • Courage can help reframe a negative. When something does not go as planned or a student gets upset about a mistake or failure, courage can help reframe the event in a positive light.

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CCISD Volunteer Information

We are excited to welcome volunteers to our campus this school year. Our campus will have a variety of opportunities throughout the year where we will need assistance with numerous projects. Please read the information below to learn how to become approved to volunteer at our campus this year. For more information, please reach out to our parent involvement paraprofessional, Krystal Balcarcel. You can email her at

  • Volunteer registrations are approved for a single school year, expiring on 6/21/2023 for the 2022-23 school year.
  • All volunteers for the 2022-23 school year, must apply/reapply after 6/1/2022. The system will run a new background check at that time, and send a new approval letter.
  • No volunteer shall serve as athletic coaches and/or assist in any athletics practices or games.
  • No volunteer shall cover a classroom by themselves.
  • Although initially screened and approved by CCISD Human Resources, each Campus Principal has the final approval of Volunteers at their campus.
  • Complete and submit the on-line Volunteer application at:

March Breakfast and Lunch Menu

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CCISD Speak Up for Safety Tip Line

As always, safety is our number one priority. CCISD’s Speak Up for Safety tip line is open 24/7 for CCISD students to use. Students may access the tip line by using the number posted on the flyer below or by emailing using their school email. When students share a tip, they need to include the school’s name and as much information as possible. Together, we can help keep our schools safe.
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Stay Connected

As our campus remains closed to the public please make sure of the following:

Like our campus Facebook page

Read Canvas emails from teachers

Read School Messenger emails from our campus

Answer School Messenger calls from our campus

We will provide up to date information and we want to make sure you stay connected with our campus and most importantly your child's teacher.

Important Dates to Remember

March 2nd: National Read Across America Day Wear Favorite or Wackiest Hat

March 6th: Texas Public Schools Week Begins

March 7th: Mock STAAR Reading Test Grades 3-5; Family Picnic RSVP Due to Teachers

March 10th: Family Picnic 12:00-1:00 p.m.

March 13th-17th: Spring Break No School for Staff and Students

March 21st: Mock STAAR Science Test Grade 5

March 22nd: Calk-Wilson Chick-fil-A Spirit Night 5-8 pm Staples Location Across La Palmera Mall

March 28th: Mock STAAR Math Test Grades 3-5

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