The Bulldog Bulletin

Issue 7 - May/June 2016

From the Desk of Mrs. Rangel


Dear Parents,


It is so hard to believe that this is our last month of the school year! In so many ways the year has truly flown by. Thank you to all the parents who continue to show their support of the Stephens Elementary staff and campus. As we move into the summer, please remember to check our homepage for all relevant information pertaining to:


  • When online registration will begin
  • When pre-kindergarten registration will be held for the district
  • Campus dates in August for finalizing registration
  • Updated school supply lists
  • General school calendar (including meet the teacher and first day of school information)


In addition, if you have not completed the printed form to indicate if you are returning for 2016-2017, please do so within the next couple of weeks. This form contains your contact information and this is how you will receive summer emails from Denton ISD regarding registration codes. Having the most accurate email address for you on file will be critical in ensuring you receive all necessary information. We hope that all of you have a wonderful summer! For those families who are effected by rezoning or moving up into middle school, thank you for all you have done over the years while your child has been a bulldog. We sincerely wish you all the best as the students make these transitions.

Counselor's Corner


Summer Skills Groups

Building skills for success at school and home
Led by Dr. Brad Schwall and the PCC Kids Team


Choose your camp:
Camp 1 – June 13-16, Monday-Thursday
Camp 2 – July 11-14, Monday-Thursday


Kids Entering Kindergarten

9:00 - 10:30 am

Kids will practice skills that will prepare them for new schools and new expectations.


Kids Entering 1st and 2nd Grades

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Kids will create a video demonstrating skills for problem-solving, compromise, dealing with frustration, and confidence.


Kids Entering 3rd and 4th Grades

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Kids will create a video demonstrating skills for problem-solving, compromise, dealing with frustration, and confidence.


Kids Entering 4th and 5th Grades

2:30 - 4:00 pm

In a Makers Lab set-up, the kids will create with Legos while learning skills for working with others, handling frustrations, and being confident.


Kids Entering 6th Grade

4:00 - 5:30 pm

In a Makers Lab set-up, the kids will create with Legos while learning skills for working with others, handling frustrations, dealing with peer pressure, and being confident.


Cost: $200 per camp
Location: PCC Main Office, 4525 Lemmon Ave, Suite 200

If you’d like to enroll, please send an email to lmcclure@pccdallas.org

News From Our Nurse


CLEAN YOUR HANDS!!!

Most health care-associated infections are preventable through good hand hygiene – cleaning hands at the right times and in the right way. Hand hygiene is a simple and effective solution to reduce both the spread of infection and multi-resistant germs, and to protect patients from health care-associated infection. Alcohol-based handrub at the point of care; access to a safe, continuous water supply, soap and towels are the basic steps to keeping clean hands. Learn more at http://www.who.int/gpsc/country_work/pilot_sites/introduction/en/


BIKE SAFETY

Wear a properly-fitted helmet. It is the best way to prevent head injuries and death. Ride on the sidewalk when you can. If not, ride in the same direction as traffic as far on the right-hand side as possible. Use hand signals and follow the rules of the road. Be predictable by making sure you ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between cars. Wear bright colors and use lights, especially when riding at night and in the morning. Reflectors on your clothes and bike will help you be seen. Ride with your children. Stick together until you are comfortable that your kids are ready to ride on their own. https://www.safekids.org/bike


SUN SAFETY

We all need some sun exposure — it's the top source of vitamin D, which helps our bodies absorb calcium for stronger, healthier bones. Repeated unprotected exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin damage, eye damage, immune system suppression, and skin cancer. Seek shade when the sun is at its highest overhead and therefore strongest (usually from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the northern hemisphere). If kids are in the sun during this time, be sure to apply and reapply protective sunscreen. Because infants have thinner skin and underdeveloped melanin, their skin burns more easily than that of older kids. The best protection for babies under 6 months of age is shade, so they should be kept out of the sun whenever possible. Apply sunscreen whenever your kids will be in the sun. For best results, apply it about 15 to 30 minutes before kids go outside. Don't forget about ears, hands, feet, shoulders, and behind the neck. Lift up bathing suit straps and apply sunscreen underneath them. Protect lips with an SPF 30 lip balm. Apply sunscreen generously. Reapply after a child has been sweating or swimming. Apply a water-resistant sunscreen if kids will be around water or swimming. Water reflects and intensifies the sun's rays, so kids need protection that lasts. Water-resistant sunscreens may last up to 80 minutes in the water, and some are also sweat-resistant. But regardless of the water-resistant label, be sure to reapply sunscreen when kids come out of the water.


LAST CALL FOR ALL LOST & FOUND COATS!!!!!

Last day to pick up coats from lost & found will be Friday May 20, 2016. After that date, all coats will be donated to a non-profit organization and redistributed for those in need in Denton County.

Upcoming Stephens Events - May/June 2016

5th - Fine Arts Night (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)

9th - Math STAAR (3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade retest) ***

10th - Reading STAAR (3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade retest) ***

11th - Science STAAR (5th Grade) ***

11th - Progress Reports Go Home

12th - PTA Meeting and Kindergarten Short Music Program (begins at 6:30 p.m.)

20th - Bulldog Bash

26th - Bulldog Bash Make-Up Day (only if we have to cancel for rain)

27th - Career Day

30th - No School for Memorial Day

31st - Kindergarten Graduation (begins at 8:30 a.m.)

31st - End of Year Parties (PPCD - 2nd Grade)


*** Please note, we will not have campus mentors, volunteers or lunch visitors on STAAR testing dates.


June

1st - End of Year Parties (3rd Grade - 5th Grade)

2nd - Last Day of School (Early Release Day)

PTA Sponsored Events for May

10th -- Subway Spirit Day

17th and 18th -- Tredway's BBQ Spirit Days

19th -- Chick-Fil-A Spirit Day