Tuscany Times

168th Lighthouse School in the Nation, Building Leaders

Tuscany Heights Elementary

Tuscany Heights is the 168th Lighthouse School in the Nation as recognized by Stephen Covey. Through student leadership, we grow leaders that encompass a growth mindset and establish lifelong skills that will support our students as they grow into adults. Our mission is a living action statement that we use to guide Team Tuscany, as we do great things for all.

"We, THE Tigers, will be inspired to LEAD, HONOR, and EXCEL today!"

Bailey's Bulletin


It has been a grand week despite the weather! We have introduced our UIL Program opportunities to our 4th and 5th grade students. We have enjoyed having a few Bush Middle School students come share more about UIL on announcements. Deadline for the forms- Tuesday, January 22nd. We are excited for the 4th and 5th graders to get started soon!

We have also had two spelling bees this week. Our annual first grade spelling bee took place with some wonderful spellers. See our winner pic below. We also hosted our school wide spelling bee this past Friday. We had some challenging words, but some dedicated students. They did a grand job! Congrats to Dibyam! He will represent us in the district wide spelling bee.

Thank you for sharing your children with us, and we look forward to seeing them Tuesday, January 22nd after they have had time to Sharpen Their Saw with a three day weekend.

If you can help our 3rd graders with their United Way Project Based learning, we would be thrilled. Please see the message below for details.

Again, see pictures below and many more posted on Instagram, Twitter, and Tuscany Heights Facebook.

Proud Principal,

Tara Bailey

Tuscany Heights Elementary Spelling Bee Winner, Dibyam Aruk, 5th Grade

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1st Grade Hosted a Spelling Bee, too! Congrats, Zaiden B!!

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Tuscany Happenings


3rd, 4th, & 5th Grades- Math Benchmarks- January 31st- CLOSED CAMPUS until 10:45am

3rd, 4th, & 5th Grades - Reading Benchmarks- February 1st- CLOSED CAMPUS until 10:45am

3rd & 4th Grades - Writing Benchmarks- February 4th- CLOSED CAMPUS until 10:45am

5th Grade - Science Benchmark- February 8th- CLOSED CAMPUS until 10:45am

NO SCHOOL for Staff and Students- Martin Luther King Jr. Day- Monday, January 21st

Leader in Me Covey Symposium- January 22nd- We have 4 THE Students serving as greeters to kick off this event for Covey.

Class Picture Day- January 28th

*Picture Day has been moved from January 17th to the 28th due to professional development that will have some teachers off campus.

STEAM- Health Fair PTA Night- February 5th, 5:00pm Food Truck, 5:45pm PTA Mtg, 6:00 STEAM Wellness Family Night Kicks-off

Kindergarten Registration begins- February 18th

PreK Storytime, Special Guest: Dr. Gottardy- February 19th 9:30-10:30

Kinder Round-up- February 20th Time TBD (It will be a night activity.)

Tuscany Heights 3rd Graders are embarking on a STEAM Unit where they will be learning about the weather and rapid changes to earth’s surface during the month of January.

Students will be learning how to do research on these topics, completing a project at home to present to the class, and building models.Meteorologist, Kaiti Blake from KSAT 12 News, will be visiting our third graders to discuss the weather and rapid changes.

To support their learning, the students are participating in the 2019 United Way Shoebox Project. See below how you can help!

Items that may be donated include:

• Hair comb/brush
• Baby wipes
• Shampoo
• Conditioner
• Deodorant
• Band Aids
• Soap/Body Wash
• Hand Sanitizer
• Toothbrush and Toothpaste
• Lotion

Shoeboxes needed as well!

Anyone can donate! We would like to have all shoeboxes and donations by January 25th. Third graders will be decorating and filling shoeboxes by the end of the month to conclude our unit. Thank you in advance for your support!

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Reaching New Heights, Tuscany Heights PTA

PTA Executive Board Open Officer Position and Committee Chairs

Are you interested in joining our THE PTA Executive Board?! We have three open positions: VP of Programs, Sunshine, and THE PTA Presents…. Contact Kelly Evans at president@tuscanyheightspta.org for more information.

5th Grade Students

5th grade t shirts have been distributed! We would love to see all of our 5th grade Tigers wearing their shirts on “Wild Wednesdays” for the remainder of the school year!

North East Education Foundation (NEEF) Starlight Gala Donations

We have received some AMAZING grants from NEEF in recent years and our community would love to continue to support the foundation by donating items to the Gala’s silent auction. If you’d like more information please email president@tuscanyheightspta.org.

Lost and Found!

Please be sure to label your child's belongings...lunch boxes, water bottles, sweaters, jackets, backpacks, etc., this makes it easy for us to return lost items to students so that they don’t end up in our overflowing lost and found.

PTA Membership Meeting & STEAM Night Tuesday 2/5

Please join us for a quick PTA Membership Meeting and a fun STEAM Night on Tuesday February 5th starting at 5:45. More information coming soon!

NEISD Council PTA Used Book Sale

Are you in the process of cleaning and decluttering? Be sure to hold on to any books, DVD’s and CD’s you may have and donate them in March to our annual NEISD Council PTA Used Book Sale! We will be collecting books and appropriate items all through the month of March.

Calling all Student Volunteers!

Does your student volunteer at Tuscany Heights through patrols, broadcasting, library lifesavers or any other leadership position? Does your student do community service through scouts or your church? Does your student volunteer at any organizations such as a food bank or animal shelter? If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, we want to know so we can acknowledge your child! If you already have an account at the Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) website then don't forget to log your child's hours. If you are new to logging hours, please create a PVSA account for your Tiger so you can start logging. Full instructions can be found on the Tuscany Heights PTA website:

http://www.tuscanyheightspta.org/presidential-volunteer-service-award.html -

Currently our 3 top Tiger Volunteers are:

Shaniel Walibhai – 324 hours logged

Jack Schram – 110 hours logged

Grant Lilly – 52.61 hours logged

Check the weekly eBlasts for information on community service activities offered at Tuscany Heights during the school year. Please contact Kelly Cardenas at communityservice@tuscanyheightspta.org with any questions.

THE Tiger Spirit Store is still Open!

You can still access our online spirit store to purchase spirit items and/or donate to Greenbacks and join PTA. Go to www.TuscanyHeightsPTA.org and click on the Tiger Spirit Store section! Some quantities/sizes are limited, but we still have orange STEAM spirit shirts, navy boys and girls shorts, navy ladies shirt, and navy women’s hats so place your order today! Our Greenbacks goal for this year is $5,000 and we are currently over half way there. If we meet our goal the students get to send Mrs. Bailey and Mrs. Leon through a student constructed car wash! Our donation levels are: $200 and up-Tiger, $150-Platinum, $100-Gold, $50-Silver, $25-Bronze

Plug in with PTA and Back the Future!

THE PTA Website www.tuscanyheightspta.org

Tuscany Heights Volunteers Link

Grades 4 and 5 are welcome at the JHS Instrument Petting Zoo

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NEISD's Clothes Closet

Our very own NEISD Council of PTAs Clothes Closet has been selected to participate in a charity competition with Tiff’s Treats to celebrate their 20th Anniversary. Help us win by sharing our charity code NEISD2019 with your families, neighbors and friends when you place an order with Tiff’s Treats. Make sure you enter this code at checkout in the charity promotion code box each time you order!

Ten percent of all sales using charity code NEISD2019 throughout the entire month of January will go to help the Clothes Closet and the organization with the most sales at the end of January will win $20,000! So please help us by sharing this code with everyone you know!


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