Dragon Nation Newsletter

May 11, 2020

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Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration

Pre-K and Kindergarten registration are still going on this week. If you have questions or still need to register, please contact our registrar Ana at 512-594-4638. Remember that you need to qualify to attend PK and Ms. Ana can help you with that information. Please make copies of all needed documents to turn in along with the registration pack. More detailed info can be found using this link: http://www.pfisd.net/prek

May 11

Hello Dragon Family,


As we approach the end of the school year, there are still several things left to do. But before I begin to share other information with you, I just want to say thank you! We know remote learning has been difficult for many of you, but we appreciate your dedication to figuring it out together with us. United we stayed strong and found a way to keep our children engaged in a routine of attending school and learning. This would not have been possible without your partnership!


Please make sure your children continue learning with us till the very end of the year. We only have 11 1/2 days left! Can you believe it. I think we will all agree that our first year as a new school was memorable for many reasons. Despite our strange ending, I want to thank everyone for supporting our school to the best of your ability.


One of the first orders of business is picking up student belongings from campus. We will have two opportunities this week for contact-free student item pick up:



  • Thursday, May 14 from 4:00 - 6:00
  • Friday,May 15 from 1:00 - 3:00



Student belongings are already packed and labeled and ready for pick up. Please choose a time that works for you and drive up to the school. We will not be allowed to hand you items, so be prepared for someone to walk to a designated spot to pick up the bag(s). Please make sure all students and children stay in the car so the area is safe for all involved in the process. Most importantly, please show patience. This will be a slow process so expect to have to wait.


Please bring all library books, school items and fundraiser money to turn into PTO.


We will also have a place for you to purchase yearbooks! You will really want one to remember this special year. Due to the economic strain we are all feeling right now, we will sell our remaining yearbooks for $10.00. Cash is all we will be allowed to take.


Please spread the word about student item pickup this week. See you Thursday and Friday!


Ms.Parker

Grades

Parents,

Teachers are required to collect three grades a week for each student. Please work with your child's teacher to figure out how to get assignments turned in. While we have to show mastery of the grade level curriculum, teachers have some flexibility to work with you to assess students. All students are required to participate in some way to allow the school to try to keep students engaged in learning and to check for level of mastery of concepts.


All students who have incompletes for missing assignments will be discussed in a campus committee to determine placement and possible intervention for next year. Please help us help your student by reaching out to your teacher and getting the I's taken care of. We are here to help you, even if you have not participated for most or part of our remote learning experience. If you have any questions or concerns, please fel free to contact me at 512-815-2519.

PTO Update

Ms. Riojas, our PTO President will be on site for student item pick up this week to collect money owed from our fundraiser. Please make sure the money is turned in so students can benefit from the sales. If you can't bring it in person,consider using the QR code below for Venmo.


It is also time to elect our new PTO board. If you are interested in running for President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary or Volunteer Coordinator for next year, look for the flyer we are sending home this week in student bags. Just fill it out, take a picture of the form and email it to me at carolyn.parker@pfisd.net


Please consider volunteering to help us get our PTO started. Without parents in PTO Board positions, we can not order t-shirts for students for next year or host our teacher breakfast in August. We need you!

Sign up for text messages!

In this time of uncertainty, you don't want to miss any information coming to parents. See the code below to sign up for text messages from the school. You can also access more information by visiting our school website and by following us on Facebook! We love to post pictures of things happening on campus on our Facebook page. Stay connected!
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BRIGHTBYTES TECHNOLOGY & LEARNING SURVEY

Survey for Parents and Students in Grades 3-5



Dear Dessau Elementary Campus Community


We are partnering with BrightBytes, an educational research organization, to learn more about you and your students’ technology access and use for learning.


The goal of this project is to gather data on technology access, skills, and your school’s technology environment, in order to understand the connection between technology use and student achievement.


Our data collection window is set to run from March 30 - May 27, 2020.


Each school is assigned three unique Technology and Learning Questionnaires. There is one designed for teachers and administrators; one designed for students, and one designed for parents.

Your questionnaire links are listed below:



Your participation and support is important to us and will make the difference between having a complete understanding of our school’s technology use versus a limited one.


Please let us know if you have any questions.


Victor Valdez, Chief Technology Officer

Kathryn Ives, Director Integration Services


End of the year Awards Ceremonies

Teachers are getting very creative with how to help students end the year on a positive note. They should be reaching out to you to let you know what the grade level and or class will be doing to wrap things up. Certificates for many students will be placed inside of their bags of belongings so you can enjoy them at home together.

Calendar

May 25: No School (Memorial Day)

May 28: Last day of school

July 29 & 30: New student registration

Aug 11: Meet the Teacher and drop off supplies, 1st - 5th grades, from 4:30 - 6:00

Aug 12: Pre-K & Kinder Orientation, from 4:45 - 6:00

August 13: 1st Day of School

Sept 10: Open House: Grades 1st & 2nd: 5:00 - 6:00 /// Grades 3rd - 5th: 6:00 - 7:00