Scott Elementary

Mini Pack Update 2/12/2016

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Principal's Pen

Dear Scott Families,


I read an article (imagine that?) from the Ziglar Institute about staying the course and keeping your focus. They talked a lot about committing your goal in writing. I'm sure you can ask anyone if they have a goal and they do. But when you ask if they have written that goal down, you see fewer people saying that they have.


Does it really matter if they've written it down or not? If we set a goal, what's the difference between writing it down versus just telling ourselves that we have a goal in mind?


When you set a goal for yourself, you need to write down what it is you actually want and then you need to map out the steps to set the goal in motion. The map answers questions like "How do I get started?" and "Who do I need to talk to?"


When you put this together, your journey and your destination become a path for you to follow. It provides the commitment for your goal.


When you are setting a goal without doing anything mentioned above, you are turning your goal into a desire. It tends to stay a dream.


When you set a balanced goal program and it is written down, you firmly put into place all of your goals and how to get there. You don't find yourself backing down when the going gets tough, and it will get tough.


At Scott, we ask our students to set academic and personal goals in the classroom. How does this relate and resonate with the goals we are asking our students to set both academically and personally? As parents, we need to show our kiddos what we do to set our own goals. Make your thinking visible for your children so they can see that goal setting is a life skill.


We ask you to join us as we help our students set goals.


Have a wonderful Valentine's weekend and enjoy your Monday off!

Paige and Leanne

Ms. Hanvey's 4th grade Class joins Mrs. Meagher's 3rd grade Class for Problem Solving!

4th Grade Field Trip to DFW Airport!

Mrs. Karp's Class Investigating Science!

Attendance FAQ

How many unexcused days does the State of Texas allow me to miss?
  • The State of Texas only allows 10 unexcused absences. If you go over this, you face possible court charges and a court appearance with your child.


What is considered an unexcused absence?

  • Any full-day absence without a note from you or the doctor. You can send in an actual note, fax the note, or email the note. Phone calls only are not excused.
  • All tardies are unexcused without a medical note from a doctor. A note or email from you does NOT excuse this.
  • All early dismissals are unexcused without a medical note from a doctor. A note or email from you does NOT excuse this.
  • If your child is absent more than 3 concurrent days, you must have a doctor's note to excuse the absences.


How many days do you have to turn in the note?

  • We must have the note within 3 school days of the absence.

What happens if my child receives multiple unexcused absences?

  • When your child receives 3 unexcused absences/tardies/leave earlies, you will receive a courtesy notification from your child's teacher.
  • At 7, you will receive a courtesy phone call from the Assistant Principal and your child will be placed on an FISD Attendance Contract.
  • At 11 unexcused absence/tardies/leave earlies, the attendance information is turned over to the State and our Truancy Officer takes over handling your attendance case.


Please send in your notes so you can avoid this difficult situation. There is a link on our Scott Website to email your note directly to our attendance clerk, Suzanne Edwards.

CALLING ALL WATCH D.O.G.S.!!


The WATCH D.O.G.S. calendar has been updated with time slots for the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year. For info or to get on the schedule, go to www.scottpta.com/watchdogs. Watch D.O.G.S. shirts are available for purchase in the front office. The kids love you here, and it makes our school a safe and special place to be!

SCOTT PTA UPDATES

Scott Spirit Nights

Mark your calendar for the remaining Spirit Nights for the school year. More details to come. Be sure to visit the Scott PTA website for more updates.

  • February 23: Raising Cane's
  • March 22: Mooyah (3-9pm)
  • April 27: Chick-fil-A (4-9pm)


GET GROWing

Pick up your produce with you pick up your kiddo. Order fresh goods from GROW and they'll deliver your produce to Scott and save you a trip. learn more about GROW here.


Wanted: Box Tops and Labels for Education

We're far from the end of the month, don't forget to bring in those Box Tops and Labels. Learn more and see which products qualify: Scott Box Tops and Labels


We Need You!
Looking for ways to get more involved? There's a slot for everyone and every busy schedule. Scott PTA Volunteers


Scott Spirit Store

Stay warm with a Scott sweatshirt - new for 2016! Zip up sweatshirts are available in both youth and adult sizes. Get them while they last here!


Link your Kroger and Target Card to Scott

Yes...it's free and it supports our school and students. Find out how to do this.


Stay Connected to Scott

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Jump Rope for Heart

We've partnered with the American Heart Association for Jump Rope for Heart. Scott kids can be heart heroes through raising awareness and earn rewards along the way. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1SFgLvT

Order Birthday Spirit Sticks for $1.00

Birthday cakes come and go, but spirit sticks last a lifetime. Give your Scott kid a gift they can sport on their backpack. Purchase for $1.00, and we'll deliver to their class. Summer birthdays are eligible, also! http://bit.ly/1gzoKLv
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Updates and Reminders

Morning Drop-off: Please DO NOT drop off your children in the middle of Millbend Drive. The only drop-off allowed in the mornings is around the back of the school in the FIRST carpool lane. We have had numerous parents allowing their children to hop out of the car on Millbend and run across the street. This is extremely dangerous and can't happen; your children's safety is our #1 concern.


Parking on Campus: Please do not park in the fire lanes at anytime including lunch or Celebrate Scott.


Texting/Calls: Please refrain from texting in/around the school. We are responsible for getting 650 students safely to and from school. Please help by keeping your eyes on the road and not looking at your phone.


Bikes on Campus: Parents, please talk to your child about not riding his/her bike or scooter on campus grounds. We also will be talking to all our students. We have had some near misses with student safety because of bike riders nearly running into other students or failing to stop at the crosswalk. Again, your child's safety is always our #1 concern.

All FISD Community Workshops are held at the FISD Administration Building.


February 16: Strategies for Raising a Healthy Child

  • 6:00-7:00 pm

Reminders

Elementary students may only bring items for distribution to classmates on the three party days: Winter Party, Valentine’s Day and end of year celebration.


In addition, students issuing invitations to individual birthday parties or other celebrations may only do so at school if all students in the homeroom class are invited. These birthday invitations must be passed out at the end of the day with permission from the teacher.