Thomas Elementary

September 19, 2022

Important Dates

Important Dates:

  • September 15 - October 15 - National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • September 21 -23rd - 5th Grade Collin County Adventure Camp
  • September 29 - General PTA Meeting at 6:15 pm
  • September 29 - Third Grade Performance 6:45 pm

Click HERE for the 2022-23 PISD District Calendar

Important Contents Below

Campus Title IX coordinator for 2022-2023 school year.

Zack Pruett is the Campus Title IX Coordinator for the 2022-2023 school year. Zack Pruett will address employee and student concerns or inquiries regarding discrimination based on sex, including sexual harassment.


Reports can be made at any time and by any person, including during non-business hours, by mail, email or phone. During district business hours, reports may also be made in person.


Contact Information

Zack Pruett

Zack.pruett@pisd.edu

469-752-3510

Dear Parents,


In preparation for a healthy 2022-2023 school year, the Plano ISD health services team would like to provide the following helpful and important information. Our team’s purpose is to support a safe and healthy school environment. School nurses need your assistance as we work together toward the common goal of prioritizing public health and protecting our students and staff. You can help us by encouraging behaviors we teach at school and by following a few guidelines for keeping your children home when they are not feeling well.


Please do not hesitate to contact your school nurse or district health services for assistance. I also encourage you to visit our website at District Health Services for additional information and resources.

We look forward to working together with you in the 2022-2023 school year. On behalf of our nurses, assistants, and the entire team, we hope you have a safe and healthy year!


Kindest regards,


Staci Antelo BSN, RN, NCSN

Plano ISD Director for District Health

Dear Parents,


At Plano ISD, the safety and well-being of our students is always a top priority. As one of the many steps to a multi-layered approach to safety and security, our district utilizes the Stand Response Protocol (SRP), which your child learned about this week.


Student Safety

A critical ingredient in the safe schools recipe is the classroom response to an incident at school. Weather events, fire, accidents, intruders, and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by students, teachers, staff, and administration.


Standard Response Protocol

The SRP is based on five (5) actions: 1) Hold; 2) Secure; 3) Lockdown; 4) Evacuate and 5) Shelter.


Training

Please take a moment to review these actions. Students and staff will be trained and the school will drill these actions throughout the school year. More information can be found at https://iloveuguys.org.

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2022-2023 Renewal of Free or Reduced-Price Meals

There are no more free lunches unless your student is eligible.


The United States Department of Agriculture waiver that allowed Plano ISD to provide free meals to all students during the 2021-22 school year has expired. Plano ISD is now charging for meals during the 2022-23 school year based on student eligibility for meal benefits.


Families who may qualify for free or reduced priced meals should complete a federal meal application available through Parent Portal or via the website at www.pisd.edu/mealprogram. Click the green SchoolCafé button to begin.


Families who already have a SchoolCafé account can log in to complete the meal application. Families who do not have an account can create one by selecting that option on the main SchoolCafé page.


View this SchoolCafé information video for instruction on how to complete the application.

Lunch Visitors

Lunch Visitors

A limited number of guests continue to be able to come and have lunch with their children. Parents of students in pre-k through 5th grade are able to sign up for a specific date and time to join their child for lunch using this Sign-Up Genius link, available on the Thomas website as well.


Please make a note of the following information regarding visiting your child for lunch:


  • Only one adult will be allowed to join his/her student for lunch.
  • Only 6 reservations are allowed each day per grade level.
  • No siblings or extra guests will be allowed at this time.
  • We ask that you only sign up for one special day at this time.


You will be permitted to sign in, go to the cafeteria to meet your child, and then walk back to the front of the building where we will have a special area set up for parents to eat with their children outside of the front office. Afterward, parents will sign out and leave from there and students will go back to class.


We are glad lunch visitors are back.


-Zack Pruett

Birthdays

Just a reminder we do not allow cupcakes or cakes for birthdays. We used to allow cookies and donuts, but now with COVID we only take individually wrapped items.

Here are some examples of what can be brought.

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Dear Parents,

As we begin this school year, we appreciate all the parents, teachers, and staff who have worked tirelessly to deliver a quality learning experience for our students. Your perseverance is amazing.


Please reach out if there is anything that we, your teachers, or the principals can do to support you. We are in a partnership to support the academic, social, and emotional needs of your child.


As counselors, we will be providing monthly lessons and activities to support the development of your child.

Please see the list below for upcoming lesson topics for September:


  • Kindness/Bully Prevention

  • Cybersafety/Digital Awareness


Thank you!


Alicia Powell/PK-2nd

alicia.powell@pisd.edu

469-752-3516


Meaghan Tichenor /3rd-5th

meaghan.tichenor@pisd.edu

469-752-3515


Reminder:

· Free Library Card: Getting a library card is easy and free for all Plano residents as well as residents of reciprocating cities: Allen, Frisco, Garland, McKinney, Richardson, The Colony, and Wylie.

Elementary PACE Information 2022-2023

PACE stands for Plano Academic and Creative Education and is the cornerstone of the district's gifted and talented education program serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade.


At the elementary level, PACE is a weekly pull-out program in which students are removed from the general education classroom to work under the guidance of a gifted specialist. The time spent in the PACE program varies according to the grade level of the student.


Students participate in PACE based on the results of standardized tests and observation/performance in the classroom. Parents, teachers, and/or students may make referrals for PACE assessment by completing the appropriate grade level referral form by the stated deadline. The date for submission of referrals is published at the beginning of the school year and can be found via school news and campus/district websites.


For more detailed information about the PACE program, please refer to the link below. Online referral forms will be available at this site starting on the first day of school.




https://www.pisd.edu/giftededucation

Información sobre el programa PACE 2022-2023

PACE es un programa de enriquecimiento para estudiantes que han demostrado la necesidad de instrucción avanzada. En el nivel primario, PACE es un programa semanal en el que los estudiantes son retirados del aula de educación general para trabajar bajo la guía de un especialista para estudiantes talentosos. El tiempo que pasa en el programa PACE varía según el nivel de grado del estudiante.

Los estudiantes son evaluados para determinar la necesidad del programa PACE. La fecha de presentación de las referencias se publica al comienzo del año escolar y se puede encontrar en las noticias de la escuela y en los sitios web del campus / distrito.

Los estudiantes pueden ser referidos para servicios de niños súper dotados por maestros, padres, directores, consejeros o por los propios estudiantes. Los estudiantes son evaluados en su escuela de origen durante el día escolar.

Para obtener información más detallada sobre el programa PACE, consulte el siguiente enlace. Los formularios de referido en línea estarán disponibles en este sitio la primera semana de agosto.


https://www.pisd.edu/giftededucation

General PTA Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 29th, 6:15pm

1800 Montana Trail

Plano, TX

Save the date Thursday 9/29 for our first IN PERSON General Meeting since February 2020!

All Thomas families are invited to attend this informative meeting, we will discuss school events and other valuable information. 3rd Grade music program to follow.

#thomastexans #thomaspta #generalmeeting #membership #joinPTA

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Parent Education & Engagement Program (PEEP)

The Plano ISD Parent Education & Engagement Program (PEEP) offers classes, services, and resources to all parents and families of Plano ISD. Parents can access district-wide scheduled workshops and registration on the PEEP website and receive updates on the PEEP Facebook Page. Several classes are offered in hybrid settings. Parents can join in person at the Bird Welcome and Enrollment Center (1300 19th Street, Plano) or attend virtually through Zoom. For more information about PEEP services such as 1-on-1 parent partnering, GED/ESL classes, etc., please view this information in English and Spanish or contact Sharon Bradley.



The mobile classroom offers a series of computer and internet classes that are free to Plano ISD parents. We offer beginner and intermediate computer classes, in English and Spanish.

    • Campus staff accompanies the bus into neighborhoods to establish relationships with parents.
    • Plano ISD parents are offered the opportunities to utilize the bus computers and the internet to create and learn to use Parent Portal accounts, PASAR registration, and payments, SchoolCafé accounts, to fill out volunteer applications, job applications, creation of resumes and cover letters, excuse letters, family budgets and more.
    • Parents can learn to download and use the PISD App, Remind, Seesaw, Class Dojo Apps, etc.
    • Parents can practice online typing lessons and improve their English or Spanish through Rosetta Stone.
    • Parents are trained in the use of student educational websites to support their children.
    • We are currently partnering with Capital 1 to offer financial literacy classes.
    • We partner with some Plano ISD Title I schools to offer students the Science On the Go program, while their parents learn computer skills on the Mobile Lab. Through this program, students have the opportunity to participate in hands-on science experiments in areas such as friction, electric circuits, barometers, microscopes, and more.
    • Morning, afternoon, or evening classes are offered every week. Please check our monthly calendar on the right of this webpage.

Areas Served

  • Armstrong
  • Barksdale
  • Barron
  • Beaty
  • Bowman
  • Christie
  • Daffron
  • Dooley

  • Forman
  • Head Start
  • Hickey
  • Huffman
  • Isaacs
  • Jackson
  • McCall
  • Meadows

  • Memorial
  • Mendenhall
  • Mitchell
  • Pearson
  • Rasor
  • Sigler
  • Thomas
  • Weatherford

Parents from Carpenter, Clark, Daffron, Davis, Gulledge, Hendrick, McMillen, Murphy, Plano East, Plano Senior, PESH, Renner, Shepton, Vines, Williams, and Wilson can also attend mobile computer classes.

Coming Soon

The Mobile Computer Lab will be visiting campuses and neighborhoods to assist parents with online enrollment and provide health outreach.

As a Patriotic Societies and per Texas legislation, Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSA) are allowed an opportunity to share information regarding membership opportunities for students. [See Plano ISD’s Policy GKE(LOCAL).] The following information regarding Girl Scout membership is being shared with you for your review.

Recruitment Videos:

Announcement Video (1:17)
Volunteer Application - Required for ALL Volunteers

Technical Assistance For technical assistance, such as password retrieval and issues with your account, please visit vol.cayzu.com.

2022-2023 PreK and Student Registration

The Plano ISD PreK program provides a language and literacy-enriched environment where children have hands-on opportunities for learning.

Thomas Elementary School

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IMPORTANT LINKS


  • Click here to view PISD's Student/Parent Policy Guide.
  • Click here to view breakfast and lunch menus.
  • Click here to fill out PISD's volunteer application (must be done annually).