The Hoot Owl
Notes from the principal
As Spring Break arrives, please remember that we encourage students to continue reading. Mrs. Falcon, our librarian, has created a Spring Break Bingo to help encourage reading. As a reminder, here are some good questions you can ask your children as they are reading:
Who is the main character?
What do you know about him/her? (internal and external characteristics such as blonde hair, calm, curious, etc...)
What is the setting in the book?
What is the problem?
How do you think they will solve the problem and read on to see if you are right?
Can you give me a 3-4 sentence summary of what you read today?
Show me some of the text features in the book. How do they support the text?
What is the main idea?
What are the details that support the main idea?
As we continue through March and all the activities that spring brings, stay the course with your child and their education. We need to finish the year just as strong, if not stronger, than we started!
Our clinic is always in need of clothing. If you cleaned out over the holidays, please consider donating gently used clean clothing to our school. New underwear of all sizes for boys and girls is also a need. Items can be dropped at the front office.
Thank you for your support with Booster fundraising. We made just over $13,000. We appreciate all your support.
March 23 - Spring Creek BBQ Night - Treat your family to Spring Creek BBQ and they will give a percentage back to our school.
March 27 - PTO Meeting via Zoom at 6:00 p.m.
At the end of March, we will be seeking nominations for all PTO positions. If you are interested in learning more about our amazing PTO, please feel free to reach out to Kaylie Dearing at email@example.com. She will get back with you answer any questions you have.
- Make a reservation online from our school webpage.
- Lunch visitors will need to present ID at the front desk to check into the building. You must also be on the child's contact list, meaning a parent or emergency contact. If not, parents will be contacted for permission prior to entrance.
- Parents will meet their children in the cafeteria and then go to room 300 to enjoy lunch.
- At the end of lunch, return the child to their teacher in the cafeteria.
- Parents are asked to head to the front and check out immediately following lunch.
- Parents are not to be in classrooms or on the recess playground without prior permission from administration.
INFORMATION TO KNOW:
School hours: 8:00 - 3:10 p.m.
Doors open at 7:35 a.m. Please do not drop students off before that time as there is no supervision.
Students are tardy at 8:01 a.m.
Dismissal begins at 3:10 p.m.
Visitors on campus:
Things to know about visiting our campus.
*Arrive at the front door and ring the doorbell (facing the doors to your right)
*Let the front office staff know what you need.
*Once you have communicated with front office staff, you will be buzzed into the front vestibule.
*An ID will be required to enter the main part of the building or check a child out. Please make sure you have it with you as you will be sent to get it.
Volunteering on campus:
Please remember that in order to volunteer on campus (reading to a class, going on a field trip, helping with PTO, attending class parties, etc...), parents must have completed the Volunteer Background check for the district. This must be completed for every school where you will volunteer so if you have students at 3 different schools, you must complete it for all 3 schools.
CHANGES TO TRANSPORTATION -
if you need to change your child's transportation, please email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org. Emailing the teacher and/or Class Dojo is not a great option in the event the teacher is absent from school.
We ask that you limit changes over the phone by calling the front office for emergencies only. These changes must be called into the front office no later than 2:30 p.m.
Early check out ends at 2:45 pm. After 2:45, you will be instructed to get in the car rider line.
Our car rider line is typically completed in about 20 minutes from start to finish. Please be in line by 3:25 p.m. Staff is off duty at 3:40 so having students consistently picked up after that is causing our staff to have to stay late.
Below is a map of our car rider line. We ask that parents who are coming north on the feeder road enter the car rider line from Oak Ridge School Road (between the hotel and Saltgrass). Parents who enter from our driveway will be forced to turn left and find the end of the line as the right turn lane will be blocked.
In order to help the line move quickly, please display your car rider sign where it is easily visible. If you do not have a car rider sign, you will be asked for an ID before your child will be released.
We do not allow parents to walk up to the porch for drop off or pick up for car riders. Students may not be dropped off in the parking lot nor near the playground fence and allowed to walk. This creates a safety concern and therefore, is not allowed.
If you are in the car rider line and picking up a sick child, please notify the lady walking the cars and she will direct you to park and walk up to get your child.
If you need replacement or additional car rider signs, please call the front office or email your request to email@example.com.
Students can be walkers only if they live in the no bus zone. This is for those who live within the 1 mile zone of the school according to transportation. If your child is eligible for bus service, they will need to either be a car rider or a bus rider.
We do monitor this and will notify parents if their children cannot be walkers.
Walkers are delivered to parents in the cul de sac at the fence cut through. We expect parents to be present to get their children from this area. If the weather forces you to drive your car to this location, we do ask that you carefully monitor all children to ensure that everyone arrives at their cars safely. Students who do not have parents present will be brought back to the school and parents will have to come over and get them.
Weather decisions are made at 3:00 p.m. and parents will be notified through text messaging. Walker parents received an email with information on how to subscribe to that text message service. If you need assistance, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your child's bus is late, please watch your email for a notification from transportation called Bus Hub. This email should notify you of the approximate amount of delay.
Please do not cut off the Smart Tags that are on student backpacks. These tags are used to scan on and off the bus for safety measures.
As offers come in from different organizations to assist students with back to school clothes/supplies, Christmas gifts, food, etc...only those families who are on free/reduced lunch will be eligible to receive these services. Please use the link below to update your application:
MARCH DATES TO KNOW
6 - PK field trip to The Woodlands Children's Museum
9 - 1st grade program @ 2 p.m. for parents
10 - End of the 3rd 9 weeks
13 - 17 - Spring Break
20 - Staff work day - student holiday
MARCH STAFF BIRTHDAYS
4 - Maria Zavala - Kinder
10 - Lisa Brunson - PK
10 -Diana White - 1st