December 2022 Edition
Gratitude is a Habit
Winter Holiday Party
Winter holiday parties for classrooms will be celebrated on December 15th at designated times throughout the day and parents are invited to attend.
9:15 - 10:00 4th grade
10:00 - 10:45 2nd grade
10:45 - 11:30 3rd grade
11:30 - 12:15 5th grade
12:45 - 1:30 1st grade
1:30 - 2:15 Kindergarten/PK
Link to RSVP to attend - all grades
Link for Kinder and PK parents to RSVP for an early dismissal.
Help our student group collect crayons and colored pencils for Texas Children's Hospital!
Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) is Kicking off with a Pizza Party - 11/30 from 6-7PM!
Our staff has grown and changed this year, and we have many new families. We want to help you find the right people to help you with your needs. Please use this contact list to contact staff members directly responsible for the questions you have.
Attendance Basics & Updates
Attendance is very important to your child's education. Our attendance rate has a direct impact on student's learning and, ultimately, our overall accountability ratings. We know that sometimes students will need to be absent due to illness, family emergency etc. Please arrange vacations, out of town trips and doctor appointments to limit school disruption as much as possible. You can view student holidays here on the Klein ISD student calendar. When students accumulate absences at 5, 10 and 15, letters are sent to parents to keep you updated. After 18 absences, a committee must review the child's case to determine if the child needs to be retained due to absences.
It's also important for students to be on time to class. This year, the tardy bell rings at 8:10. Tardies will be entered into Skyward this year. Classes begin right after this bell rings, so student entering late are missing out on key instruction and interventions.
Process for Reporting Absences: All parent notes regarding absences must be either handwritten or reported using Skyward Family Access. Visit this link for directions on how to report an absence through the Skyward Family Access app and through the web application. You can also use Skyward Family Access to report an early dismissal request. Truancy letters are automatically generated after 3 unexcused absences in a short period of time. Please make sure to send notes through Skyward Family Access to ensure your child's absences are excused.
1. Compulsory Attendance: When we track attendance in this way, we are looking for students who are missing school based on benchmarks of 5, 10, 15, and 18. Even when absences are excused, we still must track how many days of instruction students are missing and evaluate at the end of the year if the amount of absences has created such instructional gaps that a student would need to be retained. Parents will receive a letter when a child reaches 5, 10, 15 and 18 absences. Administration will be reaching out to families at 10 and 15 to devise a recovery plan to recoup lost learning. At 18 absences, families will receive a "Denial of Credit" letter, meaning that the campus attendance committee will review absences and determine if retention should be considered.
2. Truancy: We track truancy by identifying students who have 3 or more unexcused absences within a short time period. This means, we have no information about why the student has not been at school, and are therefore obligated by law to investigate further. One way to avoid these letters being sent home is to submit absence requests into Skyward as soon as you know your child will be absent from school. Parents notes and medical notes are the best and easiest way to prevent truancy issues or concerns.
Letters are already begun to generate for this school year. If you have received one already, we hope that this helps clarify what you can do to help remediate attendance concerns.
Legal Paperwork Updates
Please check out updates from the clinic. Many resources are shared in this document, including information regarding birthday snacks.
However, sending invitations to school to pass out will not be allowed. Instructional time cannot be used to support or promote private social events such as birthday parties.
At this time, we will not be accepting birthday treat bags. If you would like to arrange for an edible treat to be shared for your child's birthday during the lunch period, please follow the KISD protocols and begin the process 2 weeks in advance. No food brought up to the office will be allowed without going through this process. Thank you for your cooperation.
Parents Lunch Visitors!
Tuesday: PK, 1st, 3rd
Wednesday: Kinder, 4th
Thursday: 2nd, 5th
We will continue to allow visitors to eat with students on their birthday. If your child's birthday was over the weekend, visitors can use Monday or Friday to eat with your child for their birthday.
Connect with Mrs. Reece and find links to online resources on the Theiss Library website, which can also be found on the Theiss Elementary website.
Facebook: Theiss Elementary School, @TheissKISD
Join our Facebook group to get instant updates from the website!
ROAR Core Values
As our students are noticed for showcasing one of our core values consistently, teachers can nominate students for a special Core Value Connoisseur award.
November 29 - Helping Hands
November 30 - Watch DOGS Pizza Night, 6 - 7 PM, cafeteria
December 3 - Choir performs at Wunderlich Farms, 11:30 AM
Holiday dress up days begin!
December 5 - Black Walnut PTO Spirit Night
December 7 - Hospitality Luncheon sponsored by PTO
December 14 - Campus Spelling Bee, 8:30 AM
December 15 - Winter Holiday Party
December 16 - Literacy Day
December 16 - Last day of Quarter 2
December 5th - Black Walnut Spirit Night
Exciting Things Coming to Theiss!
We also have an Eagle Scout working to provide us a Ga-Ga Ball pit behind the gym as well. Be on the lookout for this new addition to come to Theiss this Fall!
Thank you all for the investment you made to give back to our school. We could not do all that we are able to without the support of our parents, families and community. You are truly a blessing!