GALATAS GAZETTE

April 22, 2022

Contact Information

Denae Wilker, Principal

Candace Mathis, Assistant Principal

Lyndsey Christopher, Counselor


Through the collaborative efforts of all who pass through our door, we provide a safe learning community that develops lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

Book Fair Parent Information

It’s almost Book Fair Time!


Remember to check out our book fair website: Galatas Book Fair


Our book fair will be held in the Galatas ACTIVITY ROOM at the following times:


Monday, April 25: 7:35-3:00, 3:30-4:00

Tuesday, April 26: 7:35- 3:00, 3:30-4:00

Wednesday, April 27: 7:35- 3:00, 3:30-4:00

Thursday, April 28: 7:35- 3:00, 3:30-4:00

Friday, April 29: 7:35-1:00


● REMINDER: All students shopping before going to their classroom in the morning must have a parent or guardian with them. ***Please note that if you are shopping with your child before school, he/she must be in their class by 8:00 a.m. Please plan your purchasing time accordingly. Thanks for your cooperation on this matter.***


Parking before and after school is available at Good Shepherd and Cat Tail Park. The front drive is closed from 7:30-8:00 and 3:00-3:30 for bus dismissal.


During the school day, students will be able to shop when teachers allow, as well as during recess and Library Specials.


This is a “Buy 1, Get 1 Free” book fair! It is our way of saying thank you to all the parents for the support and extra time and effort you give, and to the students and staff for all of their hard work. What a great way to stock up on items for summer reading, too!


Sales tax is not included in the prices and is 8.25%.


Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the fair!

Mrs. Michalsky

Librarian

Student Placement for 2022-2023

Student Placement for 2022-2023 is a Top Priority at Galatas. Student placement for the 2022-2023 school year is decided by a committee made up of your child’s current year teachers, our principal, assistant principal, counselor, and occasionally, the special education staff. We work very hard to match children's learning styles and personalities with next year's teachers. We take this task very seriously and examine the strengths and needs of each child as we strive to place each student in the environment in which he/she will be most successful.


Our placement committee will begin meeting in May. We continue to work on placement multiple times throughout the summer. Because of this, families will be notified of their child’s teachers the week before school begins in August. Once your child's placement is complete, it is not possible to make changes, as this compromises the dynamics of the entire class. We work very hard to create just the right environment for each student. If you have concerns about your child's placement that you would like the committee to consider, please send your concerns via email to our counselor, Mrs. Christopher, at lynchristopher@conroeisd.net by Friday, April 29, 2022. This is a firm deadline as placement decisions will have already started. If a concern has been expressed in previous years, and you feel that it should still be considered, please communicate this information every year via e-mail to Mrs. Christopher. Please do not request specific teachers or make friend requests. Class composition and a learning/personality match are our top priority as we strive for the correct placement for each child. We appreciate your help and support with this very important endeavor and request that you notify friends and neighbors who may overlook this information.

Book Fair Help Needed!

Our Spring Book Fair is coming up April 25-29. Your help is needed with set up, book fair volunteers, and tear down. Please visit the link here to sign up!

Updated: Volunteers Needed!

We have several opportunities to volunteer here at Galatas. Click on the link at the end of each description to sign up!


--Library Pack-up: in preparation for our school updates this summer, we are in need of volunteers to help pack the books and materials in the Library. Library Pack Up


-Library: help with shelving, books, check out, and book repair Library Volunteer Signup


--Copy Room: if you have volunteered in the Copy Room before, or know your way around a copy machine, this is an opportunity to help our staff by making copies for them during the day. Copy Room April/May signup


Please keep checking back: our school will be getting some renovations over the summer, and we will need some awesome volunteers to help us pack...details coming soon!


In order to volunteer at school, a Volunteer in CISD Application must be completed.

Please visit volunteer-in-cisd to complete the process.

PreK, Kinder, and New Student Registration

Do you or someone you know in your neighborhood have a child that will be 5 on or before September 1, 2022? Help us spread the word: PreK, Kindergarten, & New Student Enrollment for 2022-2023 opens on April 4!


Please be sure to register as soon as possible; it is important to know how many new Greyhounds we are expecting so that we are ready to welcome them to Galatas in August!


Registration is online, and you can upload all of the needed documents right to the registration application. Please click below for a direct link to the CISD registration page. Then, click "Family Portal 2022-2023" to begin registering.


If you have any questions please e-mail Robin Curtis, Galatas Registrar, at rcurtis@conroeisd.net.


**Please note: Parents of current and returning students will complete an enrollment verification to be sent out this summer.

Change of Information

If any of your phone numbers, your email addresses, or your physical address have changed, please contact the Galatas registrar, Robin Curtis, at rcurtis@conroeisd.net. Any address change will need to have a Proof of Residency such as a utility bill (gas, water, electric), lease, or buyers agreement/contract.


If you currently have plans to move over the summer please email our registrar, Robin Curtis at rcurtis@conroeisd.net. This will help in planning for next year.

Join the PTO and Support our Greyhounds

Please support our school by joining our amazing PTO. The link below will take you to the Galatas PTO website, where you can join the PTO and explore ways to get involved at Galatas.


It is a great way to get connected with our Galatas community and other parents.

PTO Directory Update

Did you know Galatas has a digital directory? Current PTO members have access to the Galatas digital directory by using the DirectorySpot app or visiting https://www.directoryspot.net.


If you were a PTO member last year, you can access the directory with the same username and password. New members will use the email they signed up for the PTO with as their username. Directory access is only available by being a current PTO member. You can join the Galatas PTO at the link above!

Counselor's Corner

Please see below for information about Summer School.

2022 Summer School Information

The 2022 Summer School Brochure is available at the link below.

--Some programs are available by invitation/referral by the student's home campus.

--Some programs are available for open registration. Those programs will open for registration on Monday April 4, and the registration link is available in the brochure.


For questions about Summer School, please refer to the last page of the brochure to find the contact information for the appropriate program.

Coming Soon

Summer 2022 Athletic Camps

Please check back regularly, as camps are added frequently!

Lunch Visitor Information

Families are able to dine in our Activity Room or outside (weather permitting), which will allow more space for our visitors to enjoy lunch with their child.


** We ask that families limit their visit to once per month for each student, so that all parents have an opportunity to visit for lunch.

**Please continue to limit the number of visitors to no more than three.

**A driver's license or government issued photo i.d. is required for adults each time they visit Galatas. Please allow time (about 5 minutes) to complete the required check-in at the front office prior to your child's lunchtime.

**Please understand that if you arrive more than 5 minutes after your student's scheduled lunchtime, there is a possibility you will not be able to eat with your child, due to the limited amount of time allotted for lunch.

**Please remember that family members may only eat with their child. We want to ensure the safety and security of everyone as they enjoy time together. If a grandparent, family member, or adult other than the parent of the student wants to visit your child during lunch, the parent must send in written permission to the front office. The note will only need to be sent in once, and at that time a notation will be made in the visitor system so that the school will have a record of the permission being granted. If a note is not sent, we will call a parent to grant permission before the visitor is allowed to join a student for lunch.


Lunchtime is limited to 25 minutes. Once the lunch time has ended, you will drop your child at the cafeteria doors to return with their class to the next activity. Then you will head back to the front office where you will return your visitor sticker.


Kindergarten 11:30 AM-11:55 AM

1st Grade 11:05 AM-11:30 AM

2nd Grade 12:15 PM-12:40 PM

3rd Grade 12:25 PM-12:50 PM

4th Grade 11:55 AM-12:20 PM


Please be mindful that the next grade level parents are also excited to visit their children for lunch. We require parents to exit promptly at the designated time, to allow the next group to have lunch together.

Drop-off Procedures for Forgotten Items

Please help your student be fully prepared for their day by ensuring that they have all needed materials (backpack, lunch, water bottle, etc...) before leaving for school in the morning.


To minimize interruptions to classrooms, please limit drop-offs to the following items:


  • Water bottles and lunches may be placed on the Drop-off table before 10:00 a.m. at the front office. These items should be labeled with your child’s name and section number to ensure proper delivery. Items are taken at 10:00 a.m. to a drop-off table at the end of each hallway, so please email the teacher to let them know that you have dropped off the water bottle or lunch.
  • If you need eye glasses delivered to your child, please do not put them on the drop-off table. Bring them to the office staff for immediate delivery to your child.
  • Any class work or homework that is dropped off will be placed in the teacher’s mailbox to be picked up during the day.


Delivery of flowers, balloons, etc. to students at school are not permitted.

Transportation Changes

Transportation change notepads will be sent home with each student on the first day of school. Please use these forms any time a student needs to go home in a different way from the permanent designated mode of transportation.


All transportation changes must be received in writing by 2:00 p.m. We are unable to accept a phone call. You may send a written note to your child’s teacher (place it in your student's PAWS folder), or fill out a form in the front office. Please include the date, your child’s full name, section number, bus number (if applicable), and your signature. If an emergency arises, you may send an email to galatastransportation@conroeisd.net . The e-mail must include all of the above information, including a parent signature, and must be received before 2:00 p.m. If you submit a transportation change by email, it must go to the email address referenced above; transportation changes should not be emailed directly to the teacher.


Please send a new note for each day the change occurs; we cannot accept notes for multiple days or with multiple changes. District policy states that a student may only ride the bus they are registered to ride; students may not have a transportation change to ride a different bus.

Parking Lot Request

When you visit Galatas, we have designated the 8 parking spaces at the entrance (closest to the school) as "visitor" spots. We welcome you to use these spots when you visit the campus. The lower parking lot has been designated as "staff" parking, (as well as a couple of spots that are reserved for our Springetti Parking winners).


If all the visitor spots are full, we ask that you please park at either Cattail Park, the row of spots closest to Galatas in the Community Baptist Church, or the closest end spots at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. These two churches have graciously offered these spots to us as our Galatas Family grows.


Thank you for your help with parking!

School Zone Safety Tips

The speed limit in the Galatas school zone is 20 mph. This is to ensure the safety of all of our community members during very busy times in the morning and afternoon. As families enter and exit the car line, please take care to drive slowly and carefully.


In addition, cell phone use in a school zone is prohibited. As you enter areas around schools, please end your calls and put your phone away.


The CISD Police and Montgomery County Sheriff's Department patrol our school zones to ensure everyone's safety, and will issue citations if necessary.


Thank you for your help in keeping our community safe!

School Dismissal Safety Notes

As the weather starts to warm up, we have more students walking and biking to and from school. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind:


--Only cross at crosswalks! Our crossing guards and staff are here to keep everyone safe and ensure that families cross intersections in an efficient manner.


--Please do not park behind staff cars in the school parking lot. Please park in a parking space, as blocking cars could cause a safety concern in case of an emergency.


--Please be considerate of our neighbors at Hayden's Run. Please keep the sight lines at the entrance clear for entering and exiting vehicles.


--Please be considerate of our neighbors at South Silvershire Circle. Please do not park on the grass or lawn of the homes. Take care not to block driveways and leave enough room for residents to easily drive in their neighborhood at all times.

2022-2023 CISD School Calendar

The CISD Board of Trustees has approved the 2022-2023 calendar. For your planning purposes, please download the calendar here.


We thank you in advance for planning all vacations and travel outside of the school calendar. When students are absent, they miss valuable instruction that takes place daily. In addition to the loss of that instructional time, Texas schools are rated not only on academic performance, but also on student attendance. Daily attendance plays a large role in our accountability rating from the state.


We appreciate your support in this matter, and look forward to a great school year!

Roadmap to Remaining Open

The content on the Roadmap to Remaining Open webpages are designed to provide information relevant for the 2021-2022 school year. The details on this page are subject to change as we receive guidance from the Texas Education Agency, Governor’s Office, and State and local officials. Please check back often for the most up-to-date information.


The District is now at a level one. To see the full Safety Alert Levels chart, please click on the Roadmap to Remaining Open button below.

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A Message from the School Nurse

Please keep your child home if they are showing any signs of illness or reporting that they do not feel well.


For example, if your child comes to you in the morning and reports any of the following symptoms: cough, sore throat, stomachache, or headache, or tells you they had diarrhea or vomiting, DO NOT send them to school. Please keep your student home and monitor the symptom or symptoms until they resolve.


Medication at school: If your child needs medication while at school, please email Mrs. Riggs, Galatas School Nurse at kriggs@conroeisd.net to set up an appointment to drop off the medication.

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CISD is Hiring!

Upcoming Events

April

25-29 Book Fair in the Activity Room

25-29 Outdoor dining only for lunch visitors, due to the Book Fair in the Activity Room



May

2-6 Teacher Appreciation Week

5 4th Grade Program: 6:30 p.m.

6 1st Grade Moms and Muffins 8:45

9-13 STAAR Testing: No Campus Visitors

10 STAAR Math, 3rd & 4th Grades

11 STAAR Reading, 3rd & 4th Grades

18--20 Galatas Science Camp

25 Yearbook Signing

26 4th Grade Clap Out: 10:30 a.m.

26 4th Grade Picnic: 11:00 a.m.

26 Early Dismissal: 12:10 p.m. Last Day of School

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