Tuscany Times

168th Lighthouse School in the Nation, Building Leaders

Tuscany Heights Elementary

Tuscany Heights is the 168th Lighthouse School in the Nation as recognized by Stephen Covey. Through student leadership, we grow leaders that encompass a growth mindset and establish lifelong skills that will support our students as they grow into adults. Our mission is a living action statement that we use to guide Team Tuscany, as we do great things for all.

"We, THE Tigers, will be inspired to LEAD, HONOR, and EXCEL today!"

Bailey's Bulletin


It has been a fantastic week! Our student leaders never cease to amaze me, but this week was full of proud principal moments. The things I got to be part of this week:

Students working together to raise an incredible amount of money for March of Dimes. I heard many students say, "It's for the sick babies." I love their hearts. I am certain they had their sights set on extra recess fun with silly string too, but the fact that they can express why it is important to support an organization that supports our community makes all the difference. They are here to make a difference and THEY DID! We have raised over $1,100 in 18 days. WOW, thank you!

While celebrating our volunteers, I witnessed our TIger Beat Choir sing with a grateful heart that was full of love for the people in the room. Students were stepping out of their comfort zone to perform solos, dance moves, and play ukuleles. The student talent that lies within these walls can only be called amazing!

Speaking of talent, I witnessed some outstanding students performing with other elementary, middle, and high school students at the Johnson High School Strings Event. I am so proud of our Strings students and their choice to learn, practice, and perfect their craft with musical instruments.

These were all Proud Principal moments this week for me, and I know there are always many more occurring each day. Stay connected by following us on social media. The links are posted above for your convenience.

We have NO SCHOOL scheduled for Friday, April 26th for Battle of the Flowers. We have lots of activities scheduled this week: Eat for Cause Chickfila, North East Educational Foundation Board visits our STEAM Lab, Pencilmania, First Grade Fiesta Float Parade, and more. See the Tuscany Heights Happenings below for more information.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us! They are the heartbeat of our school.

Proud Principal,

Tara Bailey

Tuscany Happenings

TUESDAY, April 23rd - Chick-fil-a Eat for a Cause 5:30-8:30pm, North East Educational Foundation will visit along with Central Office Staff to Observe our STEAM Lab

WEDNESDAY, April 24th- 2nd Grade Fairy Tale Bowl @ 8:15am

THURSDAY, April 25th- 3rd Grade Pencilmania and 1st Grade Fiesta Float Parade

FRIDAY, April 26th - NO SCHOOL - Battle of the Flowers Holiday

TUESDAY, April 30th- National Animal Therapy Day, Treats & Sweets in the Rotunda (more information below)

FRIDAY, May 3rd- 5th Grade Maturation for Girls, 2pm, 5th Grade Guest Speaker Kent Rives, DDI Machine Inc., Mechanical Engineer

MONDAY, May6th - FRIDAY, May 10th- Staff Appreciation Week for Staff at THE, SPRING DINO-MITE BOOK FAIR - Watch out for DINOSAURS

*Mon- 8:00am-4:00pm

*Tues- 8:00am-7:30pm

*Wed- 8:00am-4:00pm

*Thurs- 8:00am-4:00pm

*Fri- 8:00am-12pm

TUESDAY, May 7th- PTA Mtg @ 6:30pm followed by the Barnyard MOO-sical by 2nd grade Performance

FRIDAY, May 17th- 5th Grade Maturation for Boys, 2pm

MONDAY, May 13th - 3rd & 4th Math STAAR, 5th Math STAAR Retesters (Closed Campus to visitors & volunteers)

TUESDAY, May 14th- 3rd & 4th Reading STAAR, 5th Reading STAAR Retesters (Closed Campus to visitors & volunteers)

WEDNESDAY, May 15th - 5th Science STAAR (Closed Campus to visitors & volunteers)

FRIDAY, May 17th @ 7:15am Alumni Walk and Breakfast

TUESDAY, May 21st- 4th Grade Battle of the Books @ 8:15am, Jet's Pizza Eat for a Cause, PVSA Awards Ceremony @ 7:15am

FRIDAY, May 31st- FIELD DAY & End of the Year Party Day

TUESDAY, June 4th- 3rd Grade Battle of the Books @ 8:15am

WEDNESDAY, June 5th- Bill Perryman's 4th & 5th Grade Presentation between 8-11am

THURSDAY, June 6th- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for students, 5th Grade Celebration Ceremony

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National Therapy Animal Day

In honor of National Therapy Animal Day, we are joining thousands of bakers from all over the country who are breaking out their mixing bowls and whipping up some treats for our animal friends. Treats & Sweets Day is the yummiest fundraising event of the year! I’m taking my knack for baking and putting it to good use to support Pet Partners, and I need your help!

Come by our Treats & Sweets sale to grab some tasty homemade items, make a donation, or make an online gift to our Treats & Sweets efforts. Thank you for making the world a whole lot sweeter!

We are looking for student bakers to make homemade dog or cat treats, speakers to advertise our event on the announcements, and volunteers for our table in the rotunda.

We will be passing out bags of treats for a donation on Tuesday, 4/30 before school in the rotunda.

See Mrs. Holeman if you are interested in helping out this year!

Parent Survey (Classes/Workshops for Parents)

In an on-going effort to grow our family engagement opportunities, we have created a Qualtrics survey to get feedback on what classes/workshops parents would like to attend for the 2019-2020 school year as well as what days/times are good for them. This is a similar electronic questionnaire to last year’s survey.

Reaching New Heights, Tuscany Heights PTA

Eat for a Cause at Chick-fil-A April 23rd

Please join us for dinner at the Stone Ridge Chick-fil-A on Tuesday 4/23 5:30pm-8:30pm and help us raise some money for our campus! Flyers will be coming home in backpacks on Monday 4/22, you must present your paper flyer or show the flyer on your phone when you order. Dine in or drive thru!

Open Executive Board Positions

We are still in the process of filling the Tuscany Heights PTA Officer and Committee Chair positions for the 2019-2020 school year, and we need YOU! A list of brief descriptions of each available officer and committee chair position are listed on a document attached to this eblast, or you can contact president@tuscanyheightspta.org for more information. If you enjoy school wide events like Field Day, Bike Rodeo, Family Dances, Run for the Heights with Boosterthon, and also want your students to enjoy field trips, assemblies and STEAM presentations throughout the year, then please consider stepping up and joining our amazing THE PTA.

Alumni Scholarship 2019

If you know of a high school student who is graduating this spring and attended THE for one or more years, please let him/her know about our THE Alumni Scholarship! This link will take you to the application page:


We look forward to celebrating this year’s THE “Alumni” at our Alumni Walk and Breakfast on Friday May 17th.

Lost and Found!

With the warmer weather our lost & found is once again overflowing! Please have your student/s stop by the rotunda or visit the stage in the cafeteria to look for any missing items. We have more sweatshirts, sweaters, hoodies, vests, coats, shirts, lunchboxes and water bottles than we can count! We will display all lost & found items through Tuesday May 7th, after that we will be bagging up all remaining items and donating them to the NEISD Clothes Closet.

THE Tiger Spirit Store is still Open!

You can still access our online spirit store to purchase spirit items and/or donate to Greenbacks and join PTA. Go to www.TuscanyHeightsPTA.org and click on the Tiger Spirit Store section! Some quantities/sizes are limited, but we still have orange STEAM spirit shirts, navy boys and girls shorts, navy ladies shirt, and navy women’s hats so place your order today!

Save the Date!

Important Dates to mark on your calendars:

5/6 – 5/10 – Staff Appreciation Week

Tuesday 5/7 6:30pm – PTA Membership Meeting/2nd Grade Musical Performance

Friday 5/17 7:15am – Alumni Walk and Breakfast

Tuesday 5/21 7:15am – PVSA Awards Ceremony

Friday 5/31 - Field Day

Thursday 6/6 – 5th Grade Ceremony and LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

Plug in with PTA and Back the Future!

THE PTA Website www.tuscanyheightspta.org

Tuscany Heights Volunteers Link

THE PTA Alumni Scholarship Application

The purpose of this scholarship is to offer financial assistance to two senior Tuscany Heights Elementary alumni students graduating high school. Scholarships will be awarded to students based on service and volunteerism in our community and school.

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Annual Jag Jam

The Jaguar Pride Association, the athletic booster club for Johnson High School, will be hosting the Annual Jag Jam on Sunday, May 5th from 2 pm-6 pm.

As you are sending out your weekly newsletter, please include a save-the-date for Jag Jam.

We are very excited that Jag Jam will be back at Johnson this year and hope to have a great turnout from the Jag community!

We will be sending out more information soon, but some things that we are planning include a kick ball tournament, 3 v 3 soccer tournaments, food trucks Kona Ice and Human Foosball!

Thanks for your time and support!

It's a great day to be a Jag!

Alex Diharce