A Family Newsletter: Week of January 29th
Crazy Weather week!
To keep you updated, MISD students will not be required to make-up Tuesday, January 16. Texas requires a minimum amount of minutes students must be in school each school year. MISD added days to its school calendar to provide flexibility in case of prolonged bad weather requiring school closures. If our community experiences additional bad weather that requires school closures, we may need to use our bad weather make-up days as outlined in our school calendar.
Additionally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your understanding as to why MISD made the decision to close schools today. With continuous forecasts predicting worsening weather and road conditions, we felt it was better to err on the side of caution to ensure all of our 8,800+ students and 1,000+ staff could travel safely to and from school across our district’s 112-square miles.
If you have any questions, please contact the communications team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alan November coming to Parent U
Alan November, a leading national expert on learning and parenting in a digital world is coming to Midlothian ISD. There are two opportunities on February 8 to hear him present. The first opportunity is from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the MISD Administration Building and the second opportunity is from 6-8 p.m. at Heritage High School in the Cafeteria. At either session, please feel free to brown bag your lunch or dinner and bring a friend. For more details, please visit our website our district’s website at MISD.gs. I look forward to seeing you there!
Employee of the Year Nominations
I hope this email finds you well and you had a happy and relaxing holiday season. We're excited to start the spring semester and continue preparing our students for their bright futures.
To celebrate the excellence in our district, we have created the MISD Employee of the Year awards. Parents, staff and community members have the opportunity to nominate an employee who has gone above and beyond when serving the district. Nominations are open through Thursday, February 1, and the forms can be found on the Employee of the Year nominations page of our website.
The categories for this year are:
- Child Nutrition Services Team Member of the Year
- Custodial Services Team Member of the Year
- First-Year Teacher of the Year
- Instructional Aide of the Year
- Leadership of the Year
- Maintenance Services Team Member of the Year
- Paraprofessional Service Team Member of the Year
- Professional Service Team Member of the Year
- Transportation Services Team Member of the Year
I thank you in advance for your participation and for sharing a time someone from our MISD family made a positive impact on you or your child.
Golden Nuggets from the Counselor
Hang Out with Your Kids!
One of the best ways to really get to know your child and understand his world is to “hang out together”! Children are not always good at telling mom or dad what their stresses and worries are. You can get in touch with your child’s needs and at the same time, nurture your relationship by:
· just hanging out together...doing something you mutually enjoy
· letting your child choose how to spend this special time together
· excluding everyone else...this is YOUR time!
· getting away from it all...the TV, telephone, interruptions
· sometimes choosing a private spot (fishing beside a quiet creek, picnic in the woods, etc.)
· allowing for “quiet” time when there isn’t any conversation; kids often need time to work up the nerve to tell parents something important
· developing a hobby or special interest that belongs just to the two of you
· laughing, being silly
· letting your child know how special it is when just the two of you are together!
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Gifted and Talented Referrals for Spring 2018
Midlothian ISD provides a program for students in K-12 who have been identified as exceptionally able. The Gifted and Talented Program at all levels is designed to provide opportunities to meet unique social, emotional, and intellectual needs of gifted and talented students. Referrals for the Gifted and Talented Program may be made by parents, teachers, students, counselors, or community members. Students may be referred each year, but prior testing data may be considered valid for 2 years.
Referral Windows for Spring 2018 Grades K-5
The Kindergarten referral window will run from January 22, 2018, through February 1, 2018. Parents of Kindergarten students identified as Gifted and Talented will be notified in writing by March 1, 2018.
All other elementary referrals, grades 1-5, will be accepted from March 19, 2018 through March 30, 2018, with testing being conducted in April and May. Parents of 1st-5th grade students identified as Gifted and Talented will be notified in writing by May 31, 2018 in the final report card.
Parents may request a referral packet by contacting your child’s teacher or school counselor. If you have questions regarding referral or testing for the GT program, please contact your child’s counselor.
A Note from Nurse Martin
As you may know, the cold and flu season is upon us. In an effort to keep all of our students healthy, MISD continues to proactively deep clean to reduce the spread of both the cold and flu viruses. Most of our campus absences are due cold-related symptoms.
Below are a few tips to help keep our families healthy:
- Wash hands in hot water for the length of time that it takes to sing Happy Birthday.
- Keep students home if they are running a fever, and they may return to school after being fever-free for 24 hours.
- Cough inside the elbow instead of covering your mouth with your hand to reduce the spread of germs.
- Wipe down doorknobs, remote controls and other items that are frequently touched by family members with disinfectant.
Together, we can help keep our children healthy.
-The MISD Communications Team
Baxter's Hub- Nancy Robertson, Library Media Specialist
What's Happening at Baxter?!
Upcoming Events and Activities
Friday, 02/02: PTO Family Movie Night from 7pm-9pm @Baxter
Tuesday, 02/06: Family College Night from 6:00-7:30
Wednesday, 02/07: Baxter Belles at 3:15 in the library
Thursday, 02/08: PTO Spirit Night from 5pm-9pm
Thursday, 02/08: Math Pentathlon Game Night at Baxter from 6:00pm-7:30pm
Alan November coming to Parent U. See details above!
Wednesday, 02/14: Valentine's Parties! See schedule below
Friday, 02/16: No School: Bad Weather Day
Monday, 02/19: No School for Students: Staff Development
Tuesday, 02/20: Math Pentathlon Game Night at Baxter from 6:00pm-7:30pm
Tuesday, 03/06: Math Pentathlon Game Night at Baxter from 6:00pm-7:30pm
Tuesday, 03/20: Math Pentathlon Game Night at Baxter from 6:00pm-7:30pm
Mark your calendars for Big upcoming campus events later this spring:
March 12th-16th: Spring Break: No School!!
April 18th: 5th Grade Track Meet
May 25th: Field Day
Party Times for the Valentine's Day Party on Feb 14th
PPCD- 9:00am and 1pm in the cafe
Kindergarten - 9:15am
1st Grade - 1:45pm
2nd Grade - 1:15pm
3rd Grade - 10:15am
4th Grade - 11:00am
5th Grade - 9:30am