Boals Weekly

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Message from Principal Beran

Happy Thursday Boals' Families,


It has been wonderful seeing all of our students and hearing about their Thanksgiving break. We have so much to be thankful for here at Boals.


Please mark your calendars for Thursday, December 8th for our 4th and 5th grade Choir Performance at 5:30 pm, in our Boals Cafeteria. Our students will be presenting "POP Kids." We are so excited to watch them perform. They have been practicing for this big debut for months. Thank you so much for all our parent volunteers and Mrs. Gassensmith for providing this program for our students.


It is hard to believe that in three weeks we will be out for Winter Break. During this time helping students continue to build their learning stamina is important for all of our learners.


Here is an article adapted from Jennifer Cox, "Teaching Strategies for Persistence," that reinforces the importance of perseverance, grit and determination that we apply within our classrooms. Some of the tips are great ideas to implement at home.


Students who have built up their stamina and who have mastered persistence are able to work through challenges and deal with failures better than students that don’t. Persistent students can easily achieve their goals and understand that they may hit some bumps in the road, but they are able to get through them. Just as a runner has to build stamina in order to finish a race, children need to learn how to be persistent in order to succeed in school. Athletes take the steps that are necessary for them to reach their final goal; they show up for practice, do whatever it takes to prevent injury, and talk themselves through the tough times. If they don’t take these steps then they will be unable to meet their goal. Students who do not engage in positive self-talk, and who do not have the stamina to keep going when the times get tough, will have a very hard time in school. Teaching strategies to focus on persistence can help students learn to build up and develop their stamina.


1. Teaching Strategies for Positive Self-Talk

Have students use works like “I can do this” and “I can get through this.”


2. Model What Persistence Looks Like

Sharing with your children specific examples of how you overcame something, and the steps that you took to get through it is a great way to model persistence.


3. Review and Repeat

Repetition strategies are the best way to develop stamina and get your students to learn the value of persistence. When consistently repeated over time, using strategies like modeling, connecting effort, and achievement using technology, and using encouragement, students will indeed develop the stamina needed to achieve their goal.


Helping our students have persistence will help them be able to have determination, set goals and aim for success. Thank you for working together with us at home.


Please click on the links below for up to date information from our PTA, District, and Boals campus.


Boals Website


FISD Website


Boals PTA Website



Proud Principal,


Christina Beran

Outdoor Garden

We are so excited about our classroom outdoor gardens they were installed last Spring. A HUGE thank you to our PTA for helping purchase a fence to go around the perimeter of our garden area so that our students can begin planting vegetables and flowers this Spring.
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Notes from Mrs. Isler, School Counselor

A big thanks to all of our Boals families for being so generous with the donations for the Angel Tree donations this month!! We were able to help 35 children to have gifts this year! Some of our 5th grade Student Council members were able to help load the truck with the gifts and they were amazed at all of the bags of items, bikes, and scooters. Thank you all!

2022-2023 Yearbooks! Order yours today!

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4th and 5th grade Yearbook Cover Contest

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Outdoor Activities and Lost and Found

Since we are moving into our cooler weather season we wanted to remind all our students to bring a coat or jacket for recess, P.E. or health.


We have many lost jackets, coats, gloves and hats in our Cafeteria. If your child is missing an item, please encourage them to check the lost and found during their lunch time. All items left after Winter Break will be donated to Frisco Family Services after the Winter Break.

Notes from Nurse Olson, Boals School Nurse


Dear Boals Parents,


With all the talk of Coronavirus, Flu, and RSV in the news, I wanted to remind you that the CDC says the best way to avoid getting sick is still to wash your hands. The most common mistake people make is rinsing the soap off before they’ve thoroughly scrubbed every surface of their hands with it. Soap can’t help you if it’s already down the drain! I came across this video and wanted to share it with you. Yes, you have heard you need to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, but what does that actually look like? It’s probably longer than you think!

Please take 20 seconds to view this with your children tonight! https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/wellness/video/long-wash-hands-69341671


As always, if your child is sick, please keep them home. You can find the FISD Exclusion for Illness information here: http://www.friscoisd.org/departments/health-services/school-attendance-guidelines

Other important ways to keep illness from spreading include covering all coughs and sneezes with your elbow instead of your hands {ask your kids to show you how!}, keeping your hands away from your face at all times, and routine cleaning of high-touch areas at home.


Wishing you a happy and healthy winter!


Sincerely,


Nurse Olson

Sue Olson RN BSN

Boals School Nurse olsons@friscoisd.org

Clinic Phone: (469) 633-3308

Clinic Fax: (469) 633-3375

Dallas Cowboys Class Act Program

Cowboys Class Acts honors teachers that constantly encourage, lead and strive for excellence in the classroom. This year the Dallas Cowboys and Reliant will recognize a teacher in the DFW area for their phenomenal work empowering our youth each month from September-February.

Six (6) teachers recognized as a Class Acts teacher of the month will each receive a $4,000 grant. It is our hope that these funds will allow them to continue to impact their students and further their mission of education.

Below is the nomination link. Please share as you see fit encourage your community to nominate a deserving teacher! The application period is now open and will close on January 31st, 2023.

https://www.dallascowboys.com/news/cowboys-class-acts-2022

Campus VIsits

Just a reminder when you visit our campus we are requiring all NEW and RETURNING Visitors to present a valid government issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, military ID) for EVERY visit to the campus for the entire school year. Thank you for your help and support as safety is our top priority at Boals.

Good Morning Boals and Celebration of Learning

Due to the size of our student enrollment and spacing issues in the Cafeteria, Visitors to Good Morning Boals and Celebration of Learnings will be limited to the families of students performing and/or receiving a Character Award. Teachers will notify you when your child is performing or receiving an award by sending you an invitation. Thank you for your support as we continue to grow in size and ensure safety of all our students during our weekly assemblies. We look forward to seeing you soon.

2022-2023 Arrival and Dismissal Maps

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School Hours

School starts at 7:45 am and ends at 3:05 pm. Students may begin to be dropped off at 7:20 am.

Let's Have Lunch!

We are looking forward to welcoming our Boals visitors back for lunch with their students this school year! We will be utilizing SignUpGenius and offer 6 slots per grade level for lunch visitors.


Please sign up below

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4BA4AB2DAAFCC43-lunch

Late Arrival Items

We request that lunches be sent with your child every morning, unless they are purchasing a lunch from the cafeteria. Grade-level bins will be located outside, under our front walkway, to drop off forgotten items like jackets. This is not an ideal place for food items. These bins will be checked by a teacher from the grade level once a day.

Water Bottles Needed Each Day

We are very excited to have four water bottle refill stations located POD 1, POD 2, POD 3 and across from the gym. Please remember to send a water bottle with your child each day to school.


Thank you!

PTA News

Teacher Snack Day December 8th provided by POD 2 Families

Teacher Snack Day December 8th provided by POD 2 Families

SIGN UP HERE

Boals PTA Spirit Night at McAlister's Deli Tuesday, December 6th

So that McAlister's Deli knows roughly how many orders to expect please RSVP here: https://grouprai.se/e238185

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Dads here are instructions on how to be a part of Watch DOGS!!

1.Register for Boals PTA at:

https://boalspta.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/1392


2. Submit background check(once per school year) at:

https://friscoisd.voly.org


3. Select your volunteer day at:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4aa5a823a46-watch


Optional Watch Dogs t-shirts to wear on the day you volunteer are available at:

https://store.dadsofgreatstudents.com/


4th and 5th Grade Choir Volunteers

1) Submit your background check at https://friscoisd.voly.org

Only need to submit once a year


2) Sign up here, thank you for your time and consideration;)

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4aa5a823a46-4th5th

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Recycling Volunteers Needed for each 30 minute lunch period Thank you for your time and consideration;)

1) Submit background check (once per school year) at:

https://friscoisd.voly.org


2) Sign up Here⬇️

Lunch Recycling volunteers

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Teacher and Staff Favorites

Find Teacher and Staff Favorites HERE —https://boalspta.membershiptoolkit.com/teacher_favorite_forms

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PTA Class Facebook Pages

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District Information

You’re Invited to the Child Nutrition Elementary School Open House

Elementary school students, parents and staff are invited to try possible new additions to the breakfast and lunch menus at the Elementary School Open House on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. Students and parents are welcome to ask questions, share feedback and learn about meal programs at the Service Center at 12050 Rolater Road. There will also be free giveaways! RSVP and learn more.


You’re Invited to Lunch at the CTEC Student-Run Restaurant

Saveur, the student-operated French restaurant located at the Career and Technical Education Center, is now open to serve you! The restaurant is located at the CTE Center at 9889 Wade Blvd., Frisco, TX 75035. Find the Fall 2022 menu, dates, and times.


Frisco ISD is Hiring!
Please help us spread the word regarding employment opportunities in Frisco ISD. FISD is hiring in all areas including aides, teachers, bus drivers, custodians, and child nutrition staff The District is hosting a job fair on Dec. 15, 3-5 p.m. at the FISD Administration Building located at 5515 Ohio Dr.


We’re Here for Your Family

An additional resource is available to assist Frisco ISD students and families in need. School support specialists provide personalized, hands-on support in securing assistance from community organizations or government agencies. The specialists ensure students’ basic needs are met, allowing them to focus on learning in the classroom. Contact your campus counselor to initiate the process if you’d like help addressing needs related to mental health, food insecurity, medical and legal services and much more.

Get a Background Check and Explore Volunteer Opportunities

FISD Board Policy requires that each volunteer, chaperone, and/or mentor undergo a background check before working with students. Frisco ISD uses VOLY, a volunteer management system, to complete background checks and to post volunteer opportunities. To work with students on campus, you will need to create a VOLY account by visiting https://friscoisd.voly.org.


You will be prompted to complete the background check during your VOLY account creation process. Keep an eye on your inbox for your background check approval (the process can take up to 3-5 business days). VOLY will send you customized e-mails with opportunities that may interest you for volunteering.

Family and community members must complete a background check once every year starting in July.


If you need help, email volunteer@friscoisd.org, call 469-633-6860 or complete a ticket through the VOLY support system.


Learn More about School Cafe

Visit www.schoolcafe.com/FriscoISD or download the app to:

  • Create a café account

  • View menus

  • Make payments

  • Apply for free & reduced meals

  • Set purchase restrictions


Winter Weather Procedures

FISD closely monitors weather forecasts in anticipation of possible ice and/or snow accumulation. During and after a weather event, the District coordinates closely with the City of Frisco and other area emergency management officials to determine the status of local road conditions. This information is used to make a final decision about whether to open schools no later than 5:30 a.m. each school day.

Frisco ISD will notify families via email and text in the event of a school closure or delayed start. The District and campus websites will also be updated with alerts of school closures, as well as the District’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. This information will also be shared with local television and radio stations. You can ensure you are subscribed to text messages from Frisco ISD by texting “Y” or “Yes” to 67587.

If FISD does not communicate with you regarding a school closing or delayed start, there are no changes to the regular school day.


Reporting an Absence

All absences, both excused and unexcused, count toward the state’s compulsory attendance law. When a student's attendance drops below 90 percent but remains at least at 75 percent of the days the class is offered, the student may earn credit for the class or a final grade by completing a plan approved by the principal. All absences can easily be submitted in the form at the top of our campus website. Learn more about the attendance policy.


COVID-19 Absences

For the 2022-23 school year, students with a positive COVID test will receive up to five excused absences per occurrence. Parents must submit a picture or copy of a positive COVID test and students quarantined without a positive COVID test may be excused with a parent note for each day absent. These parent notes will count toward the eight parent notes allowed by Frisco ISD. All absences will be considered when working through 90% attendance for credit and should be submitted in the form at the top of our campus website.


Sign up for Emergency Alerts

Frisco ISD utilizes the School Messenger text messaging service on a limited basis to communicate timely information such as school closures/delays or campus emergencies. Not sure if you are signed up? Opt in by texting “Y” or “Yes” to 67587. This system is maintained separately from Remind, which many teachers and coaches use to text message students and parents.


Report Concerns with STOPit

As a reminder, students and parents can report incidents of bullying or harassment online using our District’s anonymous reporting system called STOPit. Frisco ISD collaborates with the City of Frisco, City of McKinney, Town of Little Elm and the City of Plano Police and Fire/EMS to keep our schools safe.


As partners, safety is a top priority, and our campus relies on the continued support of students, parents and the community to keep schools safe. By submitting a report, campus administrators receive a notification regarding the concerns you share.


STOPit is not an emergency response service. If you believe your call requires immediate police, fire, or paramedic response, call 911. STOPit does not provide counseling or clinical advice. If you feel you need this type of intervention, please seek the assistance of a qualified clinical or medical professional. Report concerns responsibly via the StopIt App or to the authorities.

Learn more about STOPit and how to report.

Access the Elementary Curriculum Outline

Frisco ISD parents have access to the curriculum outline and pacing guides used Districtwide for each grade level. The curriculum outlines are created and revised each year by District educators and are rooted in the statewide curriculum standards provided by the Texas Education Agency, called the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS.) Access the curriculum and pacing page.


Enhanced Police Coverage

Frisco ISD is partnering with local police departments to increase the number of officers assigned to work at or near the District’s elementary schools. The extra patrols and campus visits are intended to provide an additional layer of safety and security during the school day. Learn more.


Gold Cards for Senior Citizens

The Gold Card allows those who are age 60 and older and live within the FISD enrollment boundaries to get free admission to most District athletic and fine arts events. The 2022-23 Gold Card is now available and can be picked up on weekdays at the FISD Administration Building (5515 Ohio Drive) or the FISD Athletic Office (6950 Stadium Lane). A picture ID with a home address must be shown in order to receive a Gold Card. More information is available here.

Check Out the Community Folder

The community folder area of the District website is full of advertisements and links to information about goods and services that may be of interest to the FISD community. You can find everything from discounts on kids’ camps to volunteer opportunities. The folder does not represent the viewpoint of the District and is not an endorsement of the advertiser, products, or services listed.

Support the FEF Through Amazon Smile

You can support the Frisco Education Foundation by shopping on smile.amazon.com. Choose the Frisco Education Foundation as the recipient and .5% of the purchase price will go straight to the FEF.

The Frisco Education Foundation is the 501(c)3 not-for-profit that exists solely to benefit the students and staff of Frisco ISD. Click here to learn more about the FEF.

School Cafeteria Returns to Paid Meals


This year, our cafeteria returned to charging for school breakfast and lunch based on eligibility for meal benefits. The federal waiver that allowed schools nationwide to offer free meals to all students regardless of income expired last school year.


Breakfast is $2 and lunch is $2.75. Families with low household income are encouraged to apply for meal benefits. Visit www.schoolcafe.com/FriscoISD or download the app to:

  • Create a café account

  • View menus

  • Make payments

  • Apply for free & reduced meals

  • Set purchase restrictions


Get to Know the Calendars on the District Website

The Frisco ISD calendar section has numerous functionalities. You can customize your calendar to include only the district calendars that are applicable to you before printing, subscribing or syncing to your Outlook. For example, high school athletics and middle school fine arts can each be specified by campus and activity.

Upcoming Dates

December 2-Good Morning Boals at 7:45 am Ms. Stenger and Ms. Agan's classes perform

December 6-Boals PTA Spirit Night at McAlister's Deli 5:00-9:00 pm

December 8-POD 2 Teacher Snack Day

December 8-Choir Concert-5:30-Cafeteria

December 9-Good Morning Boals at 7:45 am Ms. Weir and Ms. Zalka's classes perform

December 16-Good Morning Boals at 7:45 am Mrs. Deen and Mrs. Burkholder's classes perform

December 22-Winter Parties 1:15-2:00 pm for grades K-2 and 2:00-2:45 for grades 3-5

December 23-January 9-Winter Break

January 10-School Resumes

January 13-Good Morning Boals at 7:45 am Mr. Rose's class performs

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