GALATAS GAZETTE

September 9, 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.

Safety Reminder: no pets on campus

With the exception of service animals, dogs and other pets are not allowed on school grounds, including at the top of the hill during arrival and dismissal.


This is for the health and safety of our students and staff members.

Picture Day: Thursday, September 15

Picture Day will be Thursday, September 15.


This year, picture packages will be purchased in advance through the online link below. We will not be sending paper photo order forms home this year; all orders should be placed online.


Photo Texas Galatas Online Order


*Pictures will be taken in the Activity Room. If it is raining on that day, we will not be able to accommodate lunch visitors.

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Galatas Yard Signs for Sale!

If you would like to display your Galatas Pride in your neighborhood, the PTO has yard signs for sale! Signs are $25, and you can order yours here.

Destination Imagination- Fourth Grade Students

Destination Imagination (DI) is an educational program in which student teams solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at a tournament. DI is designed to teach three essential skills: creativity, teamwork, and problem solving. A typical DI team spends weeks preparing and rehearsing for a regional tournament that takes place in February or April.


If you would like to apply for a position on the Galatas Top Dog DI Team, please fill out the application below and submit it to Ms. Wiederhold or Ms. Conway by Wednesday, September 21.

Robotics Team-Fourth Grade Students

Galatas Elementary is excited to announce that the FIRST LEGO League competition theme has been revealed.


“SUPER POWERED”


First Lego League introduces elementary and middle school students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.

If your child is interested, please have your child fill out the application and return it to her/his homeroom teacher by September 16th. Visit the link below for more information on robotics and the application form.

Get Involved at Galatas

Business Owners: The PTO Needs You!

Do you have a business you'd like to advertise with Galatas families?


Your business can support Galatas Elementary School by becoming a Corporate Partner. There are new events this year that you can sponsor, as well as purchasing an advertisement in our 2022-2023 Digital Student Directory. The Galatas PTO appreciates all our sponsors!


Please contact Katie Leicht at galatasvppartnerships@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you for your support of our amazing elementary school!

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Lunch Dash Drivers Needed!

Lunch Dash is a quick, easy way to thank teachers with your time! Teachers place online orders for food from a restaurant. They pay. Or they may ask you to place the order, but they still pay! The volunteer picks up the order and delivers it to school for the teachers to enjoy. Teachers often use Lunch Dash deliveries to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions. Typically, there is one pick-up/delivery each month. Sign up today!


Galatas Lunch Dash Sign-up

Dads! This One is for You!

The PTO rarely has volunteer events, just for dads. So we thought, why not?! Let's bring some Galatas Dads together.

We have a volunteer opportunity on Thursday, September 15th at Galatas. We need volunteers to help hang pictures in the hallways at the school. If you have a spare hour and want to help, please click the link below to sign up


Volunteer to Hang Artwork

Teacher/Staff Excellence

Do you want to recognize an AWESOME Galatas Staff member? If so, follow the steps below:


  1. Log in to Parent Access.
  2. Click on communication.
  3. Choose Teacher/Staff Excellence from the drop down menu.
  4. Select the employee to receive recognition from the drop down menu.
  5. Click create TAE.
  6. Click any of the pre-populated choices that apply.
  7. Type any additional comments in the Additional Comment box.
  8. Click the box labeled Create Teachers Achieving Excellence button.

Book Buddies

Counselor's Corner



Assistance Needs


Throughout the year, different organizations offer students and families at Galatas Elementary assistance with school supplies, clothing, holiday assistance, and other various needs. If your family will be in need of assistance this year, please use the Google Form below to submit your information.


https://docs.google.com/forms



Top Dog Safety Patrol


Through the year, I will select Top Dog students to work as Safety Patrol officers. Our Safety Patrol officers work on either a morning or afternoon crew at carline or the bike racks. Safety Patrol officers help our staff assist students in arriving and departing school safely. If your child would like the opportunity to serve as a Safety Patrol officer this year, please read through the information on the attached document and return a completed application to Lyndsey Christopher, Galatas School Counselor. If your Top Dog has already submitted an application, I have noted their interest and will keep their name on file for future shifts. All positions on my current crew have been filled, but I will have several opportunities throughout the year.

21-22 Galatas Accountability Summary

The Galatas 2021-2022 Accountability Summary has been posted on our school's profile page. Please visit the link below to view the report.


Galatas 2021-2022 Accountability Report

COMING SOON!

-INFORMATION FOR ONGOING REFERENCE-

Transportation Changes

Please use the Transportation Change forms any time a student needs to go home in a different way from the permanent designated mode of transportation. If you need a notepad, please let your child's teacher know and we will send one home.


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.

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.

Lunch Visitor Information

Lunch visitors are invited to enjoy our outdoor dining area (weather permitting). On rainy or other inclement weather days, we will have seating available in the Activity Room.


** Please consider limiting lunch visits to once or twice per month for each student, so that all parents have an opportunity to visit for lunch.

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

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

**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. A staff member will be monitoring the door, and will assist your child in returning to the cafeteria to join their class. Then, please head back to the front office to return your visitor sticker.


Kindergarten 11:30 AM-11:55 AM

1st Grade 11:15 AM-11:40 AM

2nd Grade 12:00 PM-12:25 PM

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

4th Grade 11:50 AM-12:15 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.

Campus Visitors

All visitors must be able to provide a government issued, photo I.D. at each visit. Photos of the I.D. will not be accepted. Visitors will check in at the front office and receive a Visitor Badge which must be worn at all times in the building. When leaving the building, visitors must check out with the front office and return the badge.

Galatas Volunteers

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

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

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.

Water Bottles

Children are encouraged to bring water bottles each day. Please clearly write your child's name on the bottle with permanent marker. Students may refill their bottles during the day at one of our new water bottle filling stations.

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.


Please report absences to the Galatas Registrar, rcurtis@conroeisd.net, before 9:00 a.m.


Medication at school: If your child needs medications while at school, please sign-up for an appointment to check-in medications with the school's nurse. Students may not bring medication to school; all medication must be checked in with the School Nurse by a parent or guardian.


Prescription medications must be in the original prescription container and unexpired. Scheduled prescription medications must have a specific scheduled time on the prescription label, not a time range, and be in the original prescription bottle. Over the counter medications must be age specific and have directions on the manufacturer's label for your student's age.


All students who require an Action Plan must have a new and up to date form completed by the physician for the 2022-2023 school year.


Extra change of clothes: Please include a change of clothing in each student’s backpack in case of a spill, fall in the mud, or restroom accident. The nurse has a very limited supply of extra clothes and will try to find something suitable for the student to wear, but having their own set of clothes will save time and help the student be more comfortable.


If you have questions about COVID-19, please refer to the District's informational web page here.


I look forward to seeing all the new and returning Galatas Greyhounds!

Thank you,

Katy Riggs, RN

Celebrate Teacher & Staff Excellence!

Do you want to recognize an AWESOME Galatas Staff member? If so, follow the steps below:


  1. Log in to Parent Access.
  2. Click on communication.
  3. Choose Teacher/Staff Excellence from the drop down menu.
  4. Select the employee to receive recognition from the drop down menu.
  5. Click create TAE.
  6. Click any of the pre-populated choices that apply.
  7. Type any additional comments in the Additional Comment box.
  8. Click the box labeled Create Teachers Achieving Excellence button.

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!

Student Early Check-Out

Sometimes it is necessary for a student to be checked out of school before dismissal.


If you know that you will need to check-out your child during the school day, please let their teacher know so that they can help your child gather their belongings and prepare for an early departure.


As a reminder, to ensure the safety of all students at dismissal, the latest a student can be checked out of school is 2:45 p.m.

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

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 and Wyndspire South. 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.
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Upcoming Events

September

13 PTO Meeting – 10:00 a.m.

15 Individual Pictures

29 Newcomer Coffee--9:00 a.m.


October

4 Walk to School Day

7 No School: Student Holiday

10 No School: Holiday

11 PTO Meeting-10:00 a.m.

14 Kinder and 4th Grade Group Pictures 8:15 a.m.

17-21 Book Fair

18 Bedtime Story Night-6:00 and 7:00 p.m.

21 Storybook Parade-8:30 a.m.

25-29 Red Ribbon Week

31 Science Day


November

3 Individual Picture Retakes

8 No School: Staff Development

10 3rd Grade Program: 6:30 p.m.

11 Galatas Family Movie Night: 6:30 p.m.

14-18 Generation Texas Week

15 PTO Meeting- 10:00 AM

18 Galatas Fun Run

21-25 No School: Thanksgiving Break


December

5-9 Hour of Code

9 4th Grade Choir Program- 8:30 a.m.

13 Holiday Party: 2nd grade (10:30 a.m.)

13 PTO Board Meeting-10:00 a.m.

14 Holiday Parties- Kinder (9:30 a.m.) & 1st (2:00 p.m.)

15 Holiday Round Robin–3rd (10:00 a.m.)

15 Holiday Party/Service Project- 4th (8:15 a.m.) & Special Programs (1:45 p.m.)

16 Polar Express Day (Students wear p.j.’s)

16 Early Release Day, End of Nine Weeks– 12:10 p.m.


December 19-January 3 Winter Break



January

4 Classes Resume

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