April 4, 2021
In this Issue:
- A Message from Mrs. Barry
- Congratulations, Ms. Royalty!
- Class Sweet Potatoes
- Wishing Ms. Weber Well
- Virtual Career Week Recap
- SBISD Parent U Literacy Series
- Donations Needed
- Counselors’ Connection
- Credit By Exam-Updated Info
- March/April Specials Calendar
- MWE Calendar of Events
- From the President
- SBMSA 7 on 7 Football
- A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors
- MWE Redemption Program
- Yearbook Photo Submissions
- A Note from the Superintendent
From Mrs. Barry:
If you are like me, over the last couple of weeks, you've seen many Facebook memories from last year when we began our pandemic journey. From notices about the Digital Backpack and Grab and Go Meals to speculation on when we might return to campus, these memories reminded me of how we started what has been a crazy year. We've learned a lot, added protocols, and worked hard to keep students in the best possible learning model for them while protecting their health and safety.
I'm sure you've already read the email from SBISD that came out this past Friday that outlines the adjustments being made to our COVID safety protocols. (This can be found below in the District section of this newsletter.) Because I also know you probably have many questions, I will be hosting a question and answer session via Zoom this Wednesday, April 7th, at 5:30 p.m. You are also welcome to email me at email@example.com or call 713-251-6210. We want to be sure that YOU feel safe regarding your child! Thank you for all of your support, especially through this very unique year! Together, we are growing great minds at MWE!
Adjusted Safety Protocols Q&A
April 7th - 5:30 p.m.
Meeting ID: 973 1272 4513
Congratulations, Ms. Royalty!
We are excited to announce our very own Victoria Royalty is SBISD's "Teachers Driving Success" winner for the month of April! This is the new monthly teacher recognition program, where SBISD classroom teachers are nominated by their Principal for driving success on their campus. Each Principal is allowed to nominate one classroom teacher each month.
The Sterling McCall Group sponsors this award, and Ms. Royalty will receive a 2021 Lexus that is hers to drive during the month of April.
This is what Ms. Barry said about Ms. Royalty:“Victoria was moved to MWE after school had started when her Pre-K class did not make. For the remainder of the first nine weeks, she taught First Grade virtually. The second nine weeks, she moved to teaching virtual Kindergarten. This nine weeks, she is teaching a blended Kinder/1st virtual class. Victoria has made every single move with a smile and can-do attitude. She is only a first year teacher, but she is providing amazing, quality instruction for our littlest of kiddos. She truly exemplifies the core values of every child, collective greatness, and collaborative spirit.”
Congratulations, Ms. Royalty!!!
Class Sweet Potatoes
We wanted to find a way to keep the garden weed-free over the summer. We learned that if we plant sweet potatoes in May, they will take over the garden and block out the weeds. We can harvest them in August and have a sweet potato lab.
To accomplish this, every classroom was provided with a jar, sweet potato and toothpicks. They will grow in classrooms, and we can plant the vines the last few weeks of May.
To make it even more fun, classes are naming their potato and creating character stories surrounding them. To check out our potatoes, please follow https://www.instagram.com/sweetpotmwe/.
Wishing Ms. Weber Well
Parents and MWE Community,
Our longtime awesome Pre-K teacher Laura Weber is still not up to speed, not feeling her best. We wanted to “Wish her Well” and do what we could to help support her during this difficult time. We are encouraging students to bring their quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies to school. There will be a “Wishing Well” in each classroom to place the change in as the student makes a wish for Ms. Weber. The classroom who fills their well first and the classroom that collects the most change will receive a surprise from Mrs. Barry.
We will be collecting "wishes" for Ms. Weber April 5th through 9th!
Thank you for your continued support!
MWE Celebrates Their First Virtual Career Week!
Hats off to Jessica Sykora and her team of volunteers who created videos for making MWE’s first virtual Career Week a huge success! With a little help from others, Jessica recruited and collected videos from MWE parents and community members. Each volunteer shared their career stories in five to ten minute videos that were placed in Google Files and sent to MWE staff for use during March 29-April 1. Videos were categorized by grade level appropriateness so teachers could choose which videos to share each day. Thanks to Katie McCracken and Michelle Camey for helping with classroom distribution. Community Circle questions/activities were planned for each day to allow classes to discuss the videos and go deeper with career exploration. Families were encouraged to spend time talking about their own career stories and offering their children an opportunity to share things they may have learned from their Career Week experience.
Thanks to the following individuals for making this one of the best Career Weeks ever!
Destiny and Patrick Schafer
Lulu and Larry Weathers
SBISD Parent U Literacy Series for PK-2nd Grade Families
Did you know that last school year Meadow Wood earned the distinction as a No Place for Hate® School for the seventh consecutive year? The No Place for Hate® initiative helps to create and sustain inclusive school environments where all students have the opportunity to succeed by promoting respect for individual difference. Throughout the year, we focus on intentional, sustained practices that promote respect, empathy, and kindness. A required activity is that students and staff have the opportunity to discuss and sign the Resolution of Respect. In the fall, Ms. Luberger and Ms. Waldrop, our counselors, conducted classroom guidance lessons in all homerooms explaining the initiative and offering students and teachers the opportunity to sign the Resolution.
An additional requirement is that parents and families also have the opportunity to sign the
Resolution of Respect. Please use the link to sign the pledge using Google forms. Be sure to hit Submit at the bottom. https://forms.gle/EKfnHTGaZdLjn9rK6
We are proud of the concerted efforts of our staff, students, and parents in promoting a safe and caring learning environment, and look forward to your support in gaining this recognition.
For more information please contact Pat Waldrop or Lynne Luberger, Professional School Counselors
Credit by Exam Testing Windows
This is a reminder that the summer Credit by Exam testing windows are June 7-10 and July 12-15. The deadline for both opportunities is May 3. Please let your child’s counselor know before the deadline if you would like for them to be registered for testing. Be sure to include the testing window you prefer.
Lynne Luberger (Grades K, 2 and 4) firstname.lastname@example.org 713-251-6271
Pat Waldrop (Grades 1, 3 and 5) email@example.com 713-251-6202
MWE Calendar of Events
Please note: Every Thursday is T-2-4 Thursday and every Friday is MWE Spirit Day!
Online Registration for 2021-2022 Opens
STAAR Writing Test - 4th Grade
Adjusted Safety Protocols Q&A with Mrs. Barry
Family Point Market
SBEF Virtual Gala
Spirit Wear Preview
MWE has heART Auction Painting
Field Day - note date change!
STAAR Math Test - Grades 3, 4, & 5
STAAR Math Test - Grades 3, 4, & 5
STAAR Science Test - Grade 5
PTA In and Out Brunch
5th Grade Graduation
Last day of school!
From the President
Hello MWE Family,
As a reminder, the PTA will not have a general meeting in April, so our next meeting will be our final one for the year on May 19th. This is a meeting where we vote on next year's budget, the new executive board is sworn in, and we celebrate the past year, and it is typically an in and out brunch at someone's home or a restaurant. This year we have worked with our local restaurant, Urban Kitchen, to have an outdoor meeting and brunch on the 19th at 11 AM. There will be different options available for food and we are asking for $10 from attendees to offset the cost of your meal. We encourage you all to come and find out more about the PTA! To RSVP for the meeting and pay for the brunch, please login and sign up on the MTK app or follow the link to signup on MTK:
All are invited to attend and if you do not wish to eat, you just need to show up at 11!
We still do have some positions available for the PTA next year, so if you are interested in helping out, please send me a message at President@meadowwoodpta.com.
Finally, don’t forget to take the SBISD Parent Survey by April 7th! The link is:
MWE PTA President
SBMSA 7 on 7 Football Registration
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS
MWE Redemption Programs
We have many programs that bring “free money” to our school. Please review the following programs and see how you can participate!
1. Box Tops for Education
Don’t forget, Box Tops are digital now! Download the Box Tops
Mobile app to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase.
No more clipping or sending Box tops to school.
Register your Kroger plus card online at
www.krogercommunityrewards.com. You have to re-
enroll every year. Create or log in to your account and
enter MWE’s number (81657).
Fill out the Good Neighbor Program form and indicate MWE as
your charity (1082). MWE earns 1% of your purchases.
4. Amazon Smile
We all shop on Amazon! Register your account with
Amazon Smile to earn money for MWE. Go to
www.smile.amazon.com and login to your account.
Select “Pick your own charitable organization”; type
Meadow Wood Elementary. DO NOT click on the “select
and start shopping” button-this will choose the charity
that is up there at the time. Choose “PTA Texas Congress 5056
Meadow Wood Elementary-Houston TX”. Make all purchase
through Amazon Smile. You can also turn it on in the App under
settings and then programs.
5. Josephine’s Day Spa
They donate back 10% to the charity of your choice.
A Message From the Superintendent
As the end of the school year approaches, Spring Branch ISD has worked with its medical partners to develop a plan to update some of its COVID-19 protocols while maintaining mask and social distancing requirements inside school buildings.
Working with Memorial Hermann and following federal, state and local guidelines, Spring Branch ISD has successfully enacted safety protocols throughout the school year to minimize the potential for spread of COVID-19. SBISD now has 81 percent of its students back in class, in person, and schools have been open and operating safely throughout the school year.
Beginning April 12, Spring Branch ISD elementary students will be allowed to play outside at recess without a requirement to wear a mask. (See summary of adjustments below.)
The district will continue to monitor the data and refer to expert guidance and recommendations throughout the spring. Each campus will be required to submit a plan for their spring events for review.
The health and safety of students, their families and teachers and staff remains the highest priority at Spring Branch ISD.
Adjustments to COVID protocols include:
Beginning April 12 – Masks will be optional for elementary school students during outdoor recess activities. Student group meetings, such as student councils, along with student safety patrols, can resume. Masks and social distancing will be required for the indoor student group meetings, and students participating in the outdoor safety patrol activities will be required to wear masks.
Beginning in April and May –Kindergarten, fifth grade and eighth grade graduation ceremonies will be allowed as virtual or outdoors events, limited to one to two classes at a time. Two to four family members and guests will be allowed to attend the outdoor events, depending on the space available at the campus, and masks will be required for all participants and guests.
Beginning in April and May – Traditional activities such as award ceremonies and talent shows may resume as virtual or outdoors events with masks required.
Beginning in April and May – Eighth grade dances may be held outdoors only with masks required. Senior walks, in which graduating seniors visit elementary students to stress the importance of staying in school and graduating, may also resume as outdoor events only with masks required.
May 3-7 – For teacher appreciation week, up to 10 volunteers may be selected to help at a time at each campus with masks required.
May 17-31 – Field day events may be held outdoors only. Up to 10 volunteers may be selected to help at a time. Masks will be optional for children competing in the events; adult staff and volunteers will be required to wear masks.