Hayes Elementary Weekly Newsletter

November 18, 2020

A Message from Mrs. Mulcahy

Friday, Nov. 20th, from 2:00 – 2:45, JHE students will celebrate with our annual Thankful Party. Due to Covid restrictions, this will look different this year. In-person students will celebrate at school with their classmates (no visitors will be allowed this year). KVA students will celebrate at home via Zoom. PTA is supplying a snack and craft for students. Students will also play a game and spend some time socializing. We are thankful to our JHE PTA for all their help behind the scenes to make this a fun time for our students.

We appreciate all the support and kind words you have been providing the staff at JHE; it is greatly appreciated. We would like to wish all of our Hayes families a Happy Thanksgiving and a relaxing break. Classes will resume on Nov. 30th for both virtual and in-person students.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Upcoming Dates to Remember

Upcoming Dates:

November 23rd-27th: Thanksgiving Holidays

November 30th: Classes Resume

Classes and Staff Member of the Week

Congratulations to our "Classes of the Week": Mrs. Wojcik's 1st Grade Classroom and Mrs. Davies' 5th Grade Homeroom. Also, congratulations to our "Staff Member of the Week" Mrs. Bashay, Resource Teacher.

JHE Virtual Bookfair


Don't forget to shop our virtual book fair at www.scholastic.com/bf/JHEbookfair.

Our book fair ends tomorrow, November 19th. Your JHE library receives 25% of all sales! This will go toward adding new books/series to the library collection, virtual author visits, library lesson materials, makerspaces and more! Thank you for supporting JHE readers!

Military Academies Night is Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Please note that the link has been updated https://katyisd-org.zoom.us/j/83851299370

Meeting ID: 838 5129 9370

Passcode: Academies


The next window to change your child’s learning environment (from KVA to Face to Face or from Face to Face to KVA) for the secondary 4th six weeks or the elementary 3rd nine weeks opens on November 18-December 4.

As a reminder, the option form will be available on our JHE web page. This window is in place to allow campus staff to make scheduling adjustments and class balances prior to leaving for the winter holiday. All campuses and offices will be closed December 21 - January 1. Teachers and staff will return Monday, January 4 with students returning Tuesday, January 5 for the start of the second semester.

To change your current learning platform, please complete the option form mentioned above.

If you want to remain in your current learning platform, no action is needed.

Hayes Elementary Annual Food Drive

The Hayes Elementary Annual Food Drive benefits the Houston Food Bank. The food drive is an annual tradition which we will continue this year, but the format will be a bit different this year due to COVID restrictions.

If you wish to participate in the food drive, please drop off your non- perishable items at the Maude Marks Library during regular library hours Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 4.

This is a wonderful opportunity to give to those who are less fortunate during the holiday season. Below is a list of food pantry needs:

· Canned vegetables or fruit

· Canned tuna or chicken

· Pancake mix and syrup

· Vegetable oil

· Dried beans

· Jell-O and pudding

· Fruit Juice

· Pasta and rice

· Flour, sugar

· Crackers

· Personal care products

· Laundry detergent

· Diapers and baby wipes

· Toilet paper

Talking Book Program (TBP)

Throughout Texas, children with disabilities that prevent them from reading standard print are enjoying the world of reading through the Talking Book Program (TBP). The TBP is a FREE service that allows students with a reading disability, like dyslexia, the opportunity to read. The TBP offers more than 125,000 titles and 80 plus magazines, all read with human narration. Materials can be downloaded via the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) Mobile app, on a smartphone or tablet. The program is completely free, with no charges and no overdue fees. For more information, visit www.tsl.texas.gov/tbp/reading_disabilities, email tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov or call 1-800-252-9605. The TBP staff will be happy to answer questions and help parents apply for service.

If your child has not been identified as having a reading disability, please be aware that Katy ISD offers audio books for all students through the following programs:

• Sora eBook/Audiobooks

• myON

• Benchmark Universe

• Istation

Contact your child’s campus for more information about Katy ISD’s audiobook programs.

Attention Pre-K thru 2nd Grade ESL Parents

You are invited to a Parent Workshop

Our JHE ESL department will be using a resource called ReadyRosie to communicate with you and to provide meaningful activities that you can do at home to support your child’s learning.

Ready Rosie is a simple tool that helps parents:

  • Discover activities and games you can play that relate to classroom learning.
  • Have more fun than ever with your child through meaningful interactions.

The best part is that each activity/ game is modeled in a 2 minute video so you and your child can watch together and then play the game! You will receive these videos and communication via text message and/ or email.

To attend this Parent Workshop, please register at https://forms.gle/jSMhK5gHmm5a5C968 or see the attached flyer for more information.

Challenge Chat

GT Screening Notifications:

If your child is currently screening for the Gifted and Talented Program, below is the schedule for notification letters:

Fifth grade decision letters will be mailed in mid-January

Kinder decision letters will be mailed in late February

Grades 1-4 decision letters will be mailed in late May

Counselor Corner


Character trait: Empathy - the ability to understand and connect to the feelings of another.

Family Challenges for Empathy

Please see the attached information regarding the November Family Challenges for Empathy. You will find a challenge for K-2 and one for 3-5, but you may choose the one that fits your family preferences. The holiday week is a great time to complete the challenge!

Tweet a photo of your family challenge @HayesHawks # purposefullpeople # KatyCommUnity #careacter

Growing Healthy Hearts & Minds

Kids Heart Challenge! The 2019-2020 Thank You gifts are going home today! If your child participated in the Kids Heart Challenge during the Spring then they should be bringing home their well earned thank you gift from the American Heart Association.

KVA Families- if your child donated in the Spring, Thank You gifts will be located in the front office and will be available for pick up.

Thank you to all the families that have supported the American Heart Association. We look forward to the Health Challenge coming in Spring 2021. Please email Coach H at SamanthaJHenrichsen@katyisd.org if you have any questions!

Music Notes

KVA Parents:

Please remember that Music is not optional for KVA students. There are weekly activities and assignments uploaded into the Canvas course for Music. These activities are various songs, rhythmic activities, music reading, games, and listening exercises. Some of these activities require a response to be submitted from your child, while others are just there for them to participate in and enjoy. If you have not accessed your child’s Music course on Canvas, please do so. Their participation with the Canvas material is how I give report card grades. I am able to go into Canvas and view how much time each student is spending on their Music lessons. The assignments need to be completed each week. If you or your child is ever having issues with Canvas or needing help, please do not hesitate to contact me at KimberlyPeterson@katyisd.org. You can send me a direct message in Canvas or an email. Please email me if there are extenuating circumstances that cause your child to not be able to do online lessons. Thank you for your support.

Notes from the Nurse

All students are required to wear a facemask or shield at school and it should cover their nose and mouth completely. Face coverings include disposable facemasks and cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth), and face shields. Full-face shields may be used in place of a mask to protect eyes, nose, and mouth and must cover one’s face, extending below the chin. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

Please contact Nurse Terrell if your child is absent due to illness to discuss return to school procedures.

Lynn Terrell, LVN

JHE Nurse

Phone 281-237-3225

Email cheryllterrell@katyisd.org

Taylor High School 2021 Project Grad!

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