Cougar Connection

2020-2021

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A letter from Mrs. Tryon

Dear Cougar families,


We are so excited to finally be able to see our Cougars whether they will be joining us virtually or in person. We have been very busy preparing for the return of our students. We want to update you on procedures we will be following to ensure the safety of our staff and students.


For the 2020 - 2021 school year, we are expecting 1,051 students. Currently, 605 students will attend in person and 422 students will attend virtually through CFISD Connect. As a result of these numbers, we will have about half of our students in each grade level at lunch, recess and in Art, Music and PE at one time. Our new school hours are 8:40 - 4:10.


Attendance will be taken daily for both in person and CFISD Connect students. Grading guidelines will be the same as they were before COVID-19.


Classroom Arrangements

Our classrooms will have a combination of face-to-face and virtual students. In the classroom, social distancing will be implemented to the extent feasible. Classrooms have been provided with student desk shields that offer an additional layer of protection. We will do all we can so that students will not have to change teachers as they change learning platforms (from CFISD Connect to face-to-face and vice versa), but we can not guarantee that it will not happen.There are multiple factors in determining teachers including certifications and class ratios.


First Day of School

We want all of our students to have an excellent first day of school. To our Connect families, please be flexible with the scheduled live teaching, especially the first day of school. It is important that we greet students, get them safely to their correct rooms, and teach our face to face students the new social distancing practices. In a typical school year, we are not exactly on schedule our first day of school. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Arrival

We will stagger the unloading of buses this school year. Face-to-face students will have the option of grab-and-go breakfast from two locations to aid in social distancing. New this year, a breakfast kiosk will be located in the hallway near 5th grade. Staff will be on hand to guide our car riders and students arriving from daycare to class. Students will enter the building at 8:25.


Dismissal

Please be patient as we adhere to safety guidelines during dismissal. Due to social distancing, car riders will be spaced out in the cafeteria and if needed in the music room, making their walk to the cars a little longer. Teachers will escort students to buses on a staggered schedule, and students attending day care after school will wait in the large group hallway as we have done in the past.


Masks

The district updated the Face Mask Guidelines available in the Lead Safely section of the CFISD website. Guidelines state, “All staff and students (grades PK-12) will wear face masks on buses, in hallways and common areas, and when social distancing is not feasible, including in classrooms.” Face shields can be worn but only with a mask.


School Supplies

Whether online or face-to-face, students need school supplies for a successful year. School supplies ordered through Keith were shipped directly to campus. For our face-to-face learners, staff will deliver supplies to your child in their classroom. Teachers will assist in prioritizing the supplies needed for each class. No supplies will be shared this school year. Each child will use only his or her own supplies. If you have not yet purchased school supplies for your child, the lists of supplies are available on our Keith website. Parents of CFISD Connect students, please note that when your child returns to school face-to-face, your child will need to return with all of their supplies.


PE, Art, Music (PEAM)

Face-to-face students will go to PEAM daily with students in their class and in their partner teacher’s class. Large group teachers will sanitize all materials between classes. PE will occur outside whenever possible so students can space out even more. CFISD Connect learners will be provided with pre-recorded independent activities to complete for PE, Art, and Music.


Lunch

Students will eat lunch in the cafeteria with their grade level and will sit in every other seat and not directly across from one another. There will be x’s and checkmarks to assist students to identify available seats. For the safety of all, there will be no lunch visitors and no lunch drop offs until further notice.


Recess

At this time, we are advised to have only one grade level on the playground equipment each day. Students will have access to recess equipment, all of which will be sanitized after use. Students are not required to wear a mask when playing at recess. When needed, staff will ask students to space out across the playground.


Library

Face to face students will have access to library books. Students will be social distanced and encouraged to use hand sanitizer when entering the library. Returned books will be set aside for four days before being reshelved. Any technology and all surfaces will be sanitized between uses.


Coming to Campus

Due to Covid-19, we are limiting visitors and volunteers. This is not typical at Keith and will require an adjustment for all of us. When coming to campus, you will be asked about your visit through the doorbell. Appointments will be required this year. If you need to pick up your child early, please provide a written note that morning. You will be required to wear a mask, answer the health screening questions on the door and your driver’s license must be scanned to document your visit in the event of contact tracing.


Meet the Teacher

Next week our homeroom teachers will email families to introduce themselves in a video format. Our virtual Meet the Teacher videos will be emailed out on August 31, between 3-4 PM. Teachers will ask for parents to complete a transportation form as well as a few other documents prior to the first day of school. Teachers will then follow up with a class zoom meeting on Wednesday, September 2nd. This homeroom zoom will include all students in the class and will provide an opportunity for students to see their virtual and face to face peers while meeting their teacher. We can’t wait to see our Cougars!

Here is the schedule by grade level:


Classroom Zoom Meetings

PK/ECSE/K 12:30

1st 1:00

2nd 1:30

3rd 2:00

4th 2:30

5th 3:00


We are so excited to have our students back with us! We will work together to ensure safety and success for all of our Cougars. Our biggest request would be for all to please provide grace as we work to navigate the kinks of teaching students both face-to-face and online simultaneously. While we are truly blessed to have exceptional staff members on our campus, this is something new that none of us have done before. All of our teachers are working so hard to learn, plan, and brainstorm ways to connect with our students to help them to be engaged and excited about learning this year. We know there will be hiccups and kinks to work out. Please be patient as we work through these little problems, and remember that all Keith teachers want your children to get the best possible education whether in the building or tuning in from home. We are looking forward to seeing our Cougars on September 8, 2020.



With a happy heart,

Dawn Tryon

Keith Principal

Meet the Teacher Information

Meet the teacher will be virtual this year. Keith teachers are so excited and look forward to sending you their Meet the Teacher video on August 31 after 3:00. You will have access to the video through your email anytime after 3:00 on 8/31. We are hopeful this will help your child learn more about his/her teacher and create excitement about the 20-21 school year.

Mask up!

All students (grades PK-12) must wear face masks on buses, in hallways and in common areas. Students will wear a face mask when entering and/or exiting the gym, playground, or activity space and when not actively engaged in physical activity. Additionally, all students (grades PK-12) will be required to wear face masks in the classroom when social distancing is not feasible and/or the teacher's method for delivery of instruction warrants the use of face masks.
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Medication Drop-off

As we get ready for the start of the school year, our Nurse, Diana Blanks will be available by appointment for medication drop off prior to the first day of school. Please click on the attached link and sign up for your spot.

Car Rider Information

Parents, if your child was a car rider last year, please keep your car tag! You will have the same number this year. If your child was not a car rider last year, or you are a new student to Keith, your child will get their tag on the 1st day of school. Please keep one tag in your car to make our line go as smoothly as possible. Also, In order to keep everyone as safe as possible, please practice with your child to buckle themselves and open and close the car door by themselves. Every little thing helps!

Consumable Distribution and School Supplies Pick up for Virtual Students on Wednesday Sept. 2

If your family chose CFISD Connect, we will have a packet of resources for you to pick up (science warm ups, handwriting books and study guides etc). Parents, pickup time will be on Wednesday, September 2 from 9-11 or from 3-6. This will be a drive thru distribution. You will stay in your car and someone will go out to get your information and then bring the items to your car. Also, if you still need to pick up school supplies that you pre-purchased, you can request those at that time. Please note, when your child comes back to campus face to face, they will need to bring all their supplies with them.


If you still need to purchase supplies, the list is below.

School Supply Lists

Pre-K

1-PURPLE POLY POCKET WITH BRAD FOLDERS

2-ASSORTED POLY POCKET WITH BRAD FOLDERS

1-EXPO ASST DRY ERASUE BULLET TIP MARKET

2-NO2 TICONDEROGA LADDIE PENCIL WITH ERASER

1-3X3 NEON ASST LINED POST IT NOTES 3/50 SHEET PADS

1-ZIPLOC 2 GALLON FREEZER ZIP BAGS 10CT BOX

1-KLEENEX TISSUE

1-LYSOL DISINFECTANT WIPES CONTAINER

2-CRAYOLA CRAYONS 32CT

1-CRAYOLA WASHABLE WATERCOLORS 8CT

1-4 COLOR PACK OF PLAY DOH (4OZ CANS)

3-ELMER’S WASHABLE PURPLE GLUE STICK .77OZ

2-AVERY STANDARD WEIGHT SHEET PROCTECTORS 10PK

1-PIP SQUEAKS SKINNIES WASHABLE MARKERS 16CT

Kindergarten

1-GREEN POLY POCKET WITH BRAD FOLDER

1-BLUE HEAVY-DUTY PLASTIC PKT AND BRAD FOLDER

1-RED POLY POCKET WITH BRAD FOLDER

1-PURPLE POLY POCKET WITH BRAD FOLDER

12-NO2 DIXON TICONDEROGA PRESHARPENED PENCILS

4-CRAYOLA CRAYONS 24CT

12-EXPO LOW ODOR BLACK FINE DRY ERASE MARKER 1EA

1-FOUR COLOR PACK OF PLAY DOH (4OZ CANS)

10-8.5X11 TOP LOAD CLEAR SHEET PROTECTORS 1EA

1ST GRADE

1-KLEENEX TISSUE 75 CT FLAT

1-GREEN POLY POCKET WITH BRAD FOLDER

1-1-SUB WIDE RULED SPIRAL ASST NOTEBOOK 70CT

1-WIDE RULED BLACK MARBLE COMPT BOOK 100CT

2-PINK BEVEL ERASER (LATEX FREE)

24-NO2 DIXON ORIOLE PRESHARPENED PENCIL

1-BLUNT 5” SCISSORS

1-RED POLY POCKET WITH BRAD FOLDER

1-BLUE POLY POCKET WITH BRAD FOLDER

12-EXPO LOW ODOR BLACK FINE DRY ERASE MARKER 1EA

1-12X18 BRIGHT WHITE CONSTRUCTION PAPER 50CT

1-CRAYOLA ULTRA CLEAN WASH THICK MARKERS 8CT

4-CRAYOLA CRAYONE 24CT

4-ELMER’S WASHABLE 22 GRAM GLUE STICK .77OZ

20-8.5X11 TOP LOAD CLEAR SHEET PROTECTORS 1EA

1-ASST PLASTIC SCHOOL BOX 8.5X5.75X2.5

1-WATERLESS HAND SANITIZER WITH PUMP 8OZ

2ND GRADE

1-FACIAL TISSUE 100CT

1-RED PLASTIC POCKET FOLDER

36-NO2 DIXON ORIOLE PRESHARPENED PENCIL

4-ELMER’S WASHABLE 22 GRAM GLUE STICK .77OZ

10-EXPO LOW ODOR BLACK FINE DRY ERASE MARKER 1EA

1-CRAYOLA ULTRA CLEAN WASH THICK MARKERS 8CT

2-CRAYOLA CRAYONS 24CT

1-PINK BEVEL ERASER (LATEX FREE)

1-12X18 WHITE CONSTRUCTION PAPER 20CT

1-BLUE POLY POCKET WITH BRAD FOLDER

1-5SUB WIDE RULED SPIRAL NOTEBOOK 200CT

1-GREEN POLY POCKET WITH BRAD FOLDERS

1-1SUB WIDE RULED SPIRAL NON-PERF GREEN 100CT

1-1SUB WIDE RULED SPIRAL NON-PERF RED 100CT

1-YELLOW POLY POCKET WITH BRAD FOLDER

3RD GRADE

2-FACIAL TISSUE 100CT

1-BLUE POLY POCKET WITH BRAD FOLDER

1-RED POLY POCKET WITH BRAD FOLDER

2-PINK BEVEL ERASER (LATEX FREE)

4-EXPO LOW ODOR BLACK FINE DRY ERASE MARKER 1EA

1-1SUB WIDE RULED SPIRAL NON-PERF GREEN 70CT

2-1SUB WIDE RULED SPIRAL NON-PERF BLUE 70CT

1-1SUB WIDE RULED SPIRAL NON-PERF RED 70CT

72-NO 2 DIXON ORIOLE PRESHARPENED PENCIL

1-CRAYOLA WASH FINE TIP CLASSIC MARKERS 8CT

1-CRAYOLA CRAYON 24CT

1-WIDE RULED 8X10.5 FILLER PAPER 200CT

1-CRAYOLA ULTRA CLEAN WASH THICK MARKERS 8CT

2-WIDE RULED BLACK MARBLE COMP BOOK 100CT

1-YELLOW POLY POCKET WITH BRAD FOLDER

1-ELMER’S SCHOOL GLUE 4OZ

6-ELMER’S SMALL WASHABLE (6 GRAM) GLUE STICK .21 OZ

1-ASST HIGHLIGHTERS 4 PACK

1-PURPLE POLY POCKET WITH BRAD FOLDER

1-12X18 BRIGHT WHITE CONSTRUCTION PAPER 50CT

4TH GRADE

2-FACIAL TISSUE 100 CT

1-ORANGE POLY POCKET WITH BRAD FOLDER

72-NO2 DIXON ORIOLE PRESHARPENED PENCIL

1-PURPLE POLY POCKET WITH BRAD FOLDER

1-CRAYOLA WASH FINE TIP CLASSIC MARKERS 8CT

1-RED PLASTIC POCKET FOLDER

1-PINK BEVEL ERASER (LATEX FREE)

1-WIDE RULE 8X10.5 FILLER PAPER 200CT

2-SINGLE HIGHLIGHTER IN ASST COLORS

12-LOW ODOR BLACK FINE TIP DRY ERASE MARKER

3-WIDE RULED BLACK MARBLE COMP BOOK 100CT

1-BLUNT 5” SCISSORS

1-BLUE POLY POCKET WITH BRAD FOLDER

1-7.25x10.25 CLEAR TIP PENCIL BAG WITH GROMMETS

1-CRAYOLA CRAYONS 24CT

2-ELMER’S SCHOOL GLUE 4OZ

1-3SUB WIDE RULED SPIRAL GREEN NOTEBOOK 120 CT

1-3SUB WIDE RULED SPIRAL BLUE NOTEBOOK 120 CT

2-1EA OF 3X3 YELLOW STICKY NOTES 50CT

1-GREEN POLY POCKET WITH BRAD FOLDER

5TH GRADE

2-FACIAL TISSUE 100CT

2-CRAYOLA WASH FINE TIP CLASSIC MARKERS 8CT

3-3SUB SPIRAL WIDE RULED NOTEBOOK WITH POCKETS 150CT

1-WIDE RULE 8X10.5 FILLER PAPER 200CT

2-CRAYOLA CRAYONS 24CT

1-12X18 BRIGHT WHITE CONSTRUCTION PAPER 50CT

1-3X5 PLAIN INDEX CARDS 100CT

12-NO2 DIXON ORIOL PRESHARPENED PENCILS

2-WIDE RULED BLACK MARBLE COMP BOOK 100CT

1-BLUE POLY POCKET WITH BRAD FOLDER

1-YELLOW POLY POCKET WITH BRAD FOLDERS

1-ASST. HIGHLIGHTERS 4 PACK

2-1SUB WIDE RULED SPIRAL NOTEBOOK ASST NOTEBOOK 70CT

3-BIC BLACK MED STICK PEN

1-REG PENCIL SHARPENER WITH RECEPTACLE

3-ELMER’S SCHOOL GLUE 4OZ

1-FISKARS 5” SHARP SCISSORS

1-7X11 YEAR UNDATED DAILY PLANNER 6 SUB 192 PGS

LIFE SKILLS

8-ELMER’S WASHABLE 22 GRAM GLUE STICK .77OZ

2-KLEENEX TISSUE 75 CT FLAT

2-WATERLESS HAND SANITIZER WITH PUMP 8OZ

2-ASST HIGHLIGHTERS 4 PACK

2-CRAYOLA CRAYONS 24CT

1-BLUE POLY POCKET WITH BRAD FOLDER

1-YELLOW POLY POCKET WITH BRAD FOLDERS

4-EXPO LOW ODOR BLACK CHISEL DRY ERASE MARKER 1EA

1-CRAYOLA CLASSIC THICK MARKERS 8CT

ECSE

1-KLEENEX TISSUE 75 CT FLAT

2-UNSCENTED BABY WIPES SOFT PACK 80CT

2-CRAYOLA ULTRA CLEAN WASH THICK MARKERS 8CT

1-CRAYOLA WASHABLE WATERCOLORS 8CT

1-CRAYOLA CRAYONS 16CT

1-ZIPLOCK SANDWICH ZIP BAGS 40CT BOX

1-ZIPLOCK GALLON STORAGE ZIP BAGS 20CT BOX

1-RED PLASTIC POCKET FOLDER

2-EXPO BLACK DRY ERASE FINE TIP MARKER

2-EXPO BLACK DRY ERASE CHISEL TIP MARKER

1-XEROGRAPHIC COPY PAPER REAM

4-DISINFECTING WIPES-NOT FOR SKIN

1-FOUR COLOR PACK OF PLAY DOH (4 OZ CANS)

4-ELMER’S SMALL PURPLE WASHABLE GLUE STICK .21 OZ

1-12X18 BRIGHT WHITE CONSTRUCTION PAPER 50CT

KEITH PTO Click Here

Membership is free this year and the spirit shop is virtual! Visit the new PTO website!

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Girl Scout Information

Find out how to join the Girl Scouts!

Boy Scout Information

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Credit By Exam Information

Students in grades K-5 will have four opportunities during the school year to use “credit-by-exam” to accelerate to another grade level. Students will only have one opportunity to test for each grade level considered.

To apply to take the test to skip kindergarten, a student must be 5 by September 1, and registered in a CFISD school. To apply to take the test to skip grade 1, a student must be 6 by September 1, and enrolled in a CFISD school.

Students who earn scores of 80% or better on each component of the credit-by-exam will qualify to advance one grade. Only one grade level may be “skipped” each year. No retests will be given.

If you are interested in getting more information about credit-by-exam, please contact Nicole.Carroll@cfisd.net