This Week at Royal

November 16 - 22, 2020

Greetings, Falcons!


This week’s message is in a new, more user-friendly format. Read on to view spotlights on Veterans' Day, the Marines' 245th birthday, the STEM book fair, and more!


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Moving forward, the week at a glance announcement will also include scams to watch for as well as daily parent tips for elementary and secondary students. Have a wonderful week!


Have a great week!


Your partner in learning,

Royal ISD

Spotlights

News and Announcements

What are your favorite things about Royal ISD?

Email your stories and pictures to falconstrong@royal-isd.net. Bonus points if you include pictures!

Help the Royal Education Foundation, Help Our Falcons!

The Royal Education Foundation (REF) has partnered with Amazon Smile to generate donations. Participating is simple! Visit https://amzn.to/3kuwhMW and click "Start Shopping". A portion of each sale will go to benefit Falcon students at all campuses. Thank you!

Did you know?

Did you know that the Royal STEM Program has been chosen a “Project Lead the Way” (PLTW) Distinguished School for the past three years? Check out the following video to learn just some of the reasons STEM is important to our Falcons. https://bit.ly/3krd5Q5

2020-2021 Royal District and Campus Improvement Plans

Scam of the Week: Bad Guys Teach You How to Enable Macros

One of the most common ways that bad guys sneak malware onto your computer is through macro-enabled Excel files. A macro (short for macroinstruction) is a set of commands that automate a process in Excel. When you open an Excel file that includes macros, you’ll see a security banner with the option to activate macros by clicking “Enable Content”. Typically, malicious Excel files are attached to a phishing email. If you choose to open the attachment and enable macros, the file will automatically install the cybercriminal’s malware.

In a recent phishing attack, the macro-enabled Excel attachment is designed to look like a Windows Defender help page. The spoofed help page provides easy-to-follow instructions on how to click the “Enable Content” button. To establish additional credibility, the file includes logos of well-known security vendors like McAfee. If you fall for this trick and enable macros, a dangerous piece of malware is installed onto your computer and cybercriminals will have complete access to your system.

Follow these tips to stay safe:

  • Never download an attachment from an email that you weren’t expecting.
  • Don’t let your eyes deceive you. Bad guys use familiar logos from real businesses to appear more legitimate.
  • Before enabling macros for an Excel file, contact the sender using an alternative line of communication—such as by phone or text message. Verify who created the file, what the file contains, and why macros are necessary.


Stop, Look, and Think. Don't be fooled.

Events - November 16-22

Monday, November 16

  • Royal STEM Academy virtual Book Fair begins! Book Fair Dates: 11/16/2020-11/29/2020. Online Store: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/royalstemacademy
  • Houston Food Bank distribution, Royal High School (by the PAC), 4-7pm
  • November 16-29: Royal STEM Academy Virtual Book Fair
  • Interested in the Royal ISD Gifted and Talented program for your Falcon student? The referral period will be open until November 30, 2020. Click here for more information!
  • Houston Food Bank distribution @ Royal High School (near the PAC entrance), 4:00pm – 7:00pm. Volunteers welcome!
  • RJH Lady Falcons Basketball - Freeport@Royal, 5pm
  • Special Board Meeting, 6:00pm. Click here for the Zoom link. The PDF Version of the Meeting Notice and Meeting Agenda is available here. The meeting objective is to canvass the November 2020 RISD election results.


Daily Parent Tips


Tuesday, November 17

  • Deadline to register for the December 5 SAT testing date. Registration link: SAT Registration Portal.
  • November 16-29: Royal STEM Academy Virtual Book Fair
  • Interested in the Royal ISD Gifted and Talented program for your Falcon student? The referral period will be open until November 30, 2020. Click here for more information!
  • Lady Falcons Basketball: Foster@Royal. JV at 4:30, Varsity at 6:00.


Daily Parent Tips


Wednesday, November 18

  • November 16-29: Royal STEM Academy Virtual Book Fair
  • Interested in the Royal ISD Gifted and Talented program for your Falcon student? The referral period will be open until November 30, 2020. Click here for more information!


Daily Parent Tips

Elementary: Look for ways to turn 'no' into 'yes' - http://niswc.com/16kRC320271

Secondary: Take a strong stand against bullying - http://niswc.com/36kRC320271

Thursday, November 19

  • November 16-29: Royal STEM Academy Virtual Book Fair
  • District-wide picture day for all Falcon remote learners. Visit the STEM gymnasium on Tuesday, November 19 from 8am - 3pm. CLICK HERE to access the picture day flyer. THANK YOU to Royal STEM Academy for graciously hosting this event for our remote learners.
  • Interested in the Royal ISD Gifted and Talented program for your Falcon student? The referral period will be open until November 30, 2020. Click here for more information!


Daily Parent Tips


Friday, November 20

  • November 16-29: Royal STEM Academy Virtual Book Fair
  • The Hangar Drive-Thru Food Pantry (final one of 2020), 10am-12pm, 4010 4th Street, Brookshire, TX 77423
  • Interested in the Royal ISD Gifted and Talented program for your Falcon student? The referral period will be open until November 30, 2020. Click here for more information!
  • Lady Falcons Basketball: Rice@Royal. JV at 4:30, Varsity at 6:00.


Daily Parent Tips


Saturday, November 21

  • November 16-29: Royal STEM Academy Virtual Book Fair


Daily Parent Tips


Sunday, November 22


Daily Parent Tips


Looking Ahead

November 2020

  • Royal STEM Academy virtual Book Fair Dates: 11/16/2020-11/29/2020. Online Store: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/royalstemacademy
  • November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break. No school!
  • November 26: Houston Food Bank Super Feast. 42nd Annual Super Feast. Walk-Up or Drive-Up to receive a food basket for the Holiday Season. Groceries in the pre-packed boxes will include a frozen Turkey, baked goods, canned goods, bread, and other non-perishable items. There is no need to register ahead of time, you just walk-up/drive-up to receive your items. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities for you or your family.

December 2020

  • December 1: Save the Date! Giving Tuesday is December 1, 2020. Watch the weekly district newsletter as well as the website and social media for more information on how to use this day to assist the Royal Education Foundation as they help our Falcons soar.
  • December 5: SAT testing date.
  • December 21 – January 5: Winter Break (School resumes on January 6)
  • December 24: Houston Food Bank Super Feast. 42nd Annual Super Feast. Walk-Up or Drive-Up to receive a food basket for the Holiday Season. Groceries in the pre-packed boxes will include a frozen Turkey, baked goods, canned goods, bread, and other non-perishable items. There is no need to register ahead of time, you just walk-up/drive-up to receive your items. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities for you or your family.

2021

  • January 23: RHS Theater presents A Mime Show
  • February 27, 2021: RHS Theater Presents To Burn a Witch
  • April 8-10, 2021: 65th Annual FFA Show, BBQ luncheon, Parade & Auction
  • April 30 – May 2: RHS Theater Presents Peter Pan

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