November 3, 2023
Denae Wilker, Principal
Candace Mathis, Assistant Principal
Dawn Wright, Assistant Principal
Laura Heemann, 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.
2023 Galatas Fall Fundraiser
The Galatas 2023 Fall Fundraiser is almost here!
We need your help to make this year the best one yet, to raise money to help support our amazing school and programs for our students!
Starting Monday, November 6, visit http://galataspto.com/fallfundraiser, or text LAVA to 91999 to donate!
Prizes will be awarded for donation levels, top class per grade, and top participating class in each grade! Each class will also have a coin drive - bring in that loose change and compete with the other classes!
The fun will fully erupt on Friday, November 17, when students participate in a The Floor is Lava Fun Run during PE class! Parents are welcome to watch (and to decorate signs, more info to come)
Any questions? Please email email@example.com
Lost & Found
Please ensure that all coats, jackets, water bottles, and lunch boxes are labeled with your child's name. This makes it easier to return lost items to students.
Lost clothing and other personal items are seeking to be reunited with their owners! Lost and Found items have been collected. If an item has a student name in it, we will return it to your student's classroom.
Please check the Galatas PTO Facebook page for pictures of unlabeled items that have been left in the Lost and Found.
If an unlabeled item belongs to your child, please comment on the picture with your child's name and section number, and the item will be brought to the classroom.
Items not claimed by Friday, November 10, will be donated to Interfaith.
Please be considerate of our neighbors at South Silvershire Circle. If you are driving to meet your child as a walker or biker, please park your car at Cattail Park and not in the neighborhoods located near the school. Our neighbors are having a difficult time entering and exiting their subdivision due to the number of cars parking in front of their homes during dismissal. Thank you for your assistance and cooperation with this request.
Galatas Family Movie Night and Bake Sale on Friday, November 10
Join us for a fun evening under the Galatas Pavilion as we watch a fun movie and enjoy some sweet treats at the Galatas bake sale! The doors will open at 6:10 p.m. and the movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a blanket or beach chair to sit on during the movie.
Popcorn will be provided; additional snacks and drinks will be available for purchase at the bake sale tables. Please sign-up to provide bake sale items at the link below! Instructions for drop off of items is included on the Sign-up link.
Galatas Yearbooks on Sale Now!
link below to order your yearbook today!
Submit your order by December 15 to take advantage of the early bird price of $30.
Top Dog Yearbook Shout Outs!
•Applaud your 4th grader’s achievements with a tribute in the Yearbook!
• More information about ordering will be sent to fourth grade parents.
For any questions or to send photos for possible inclusion in the yearbook, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCIENCE DAY FUN!
Gifted & Talented Nominations Now Open
The GT Nomination window for parent nominations for the Spring, 2024 Gifted and Talented screening opens October 2- December 12, 2023.
Parents may nominate their 3rd and/or 4th grade student by completing the District GT Nomination packet, available by contacting our Assistant Principal, Dawn Wright, at email@example.com. It is strongly encouraged that parents consult with their child’s teacher(s) prior to nominating their child. If your child has already qualified for Gifted and Talented services in some content areas but not all, you must nominate them again if you would like for them to try to qualify in additional areas. Students must take the full battery of tests as specific subject areas cannot be isolated for testing purposes.
Parents of 2nd grade students: Please do not nominate your 2nd grade child at this time! All second grade students will participate in the CogAT assessment in October which will serve as a GT screener for second grade students. More information to come at a later date.
Parents may nominate their Kindergarten and/or 1st grade student but it is highly advised that parents consult with their child’s teacher prior to nominating their child as tests can be frustrating for younger students due to the amount of time involved in testing.
Spring GT testing will take place at Galatas Elementary during the school day from January 22-February 2, 2024.
All completed nomination packets must be returned to Dawn Wright on or before December 12, 2023.
Thank you to everyone who donated items to Interfaith's Day of Caring Food Pantry Drive! Our Student Council helped decorate collection boxes, collect pantry items, and prepare items for donation this week.
Get Involved at Galatas!
Join the PTO!
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.
Volunteer Application for Galatas Volunteers
A Volunteer in CISD Application must be completed EACH YEAR in order to volunteer at Galatas.
Please visit the link below to begin the application process.
Library Volunteers Needed!
The Library is looking for volunteers to help with shelving, straightening, organizing, checking in books, checking out books, assisting students in finding what they are looking for, minor book repair, and assisting our librarians.
For information, details, and to sign up, please visit the link below:
23-24 Directory Available
The updated Galatas Digital Directory is now available! Directory access is only available to PTO members. It's not too late to join!
For more information about the Directory, please take a look at the document below.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
~INFORMATION FOR ONGOING REFERENCE~
Parent Information Sheet
Galatas Student Handbook Addendum
REPORTING STUDENT ABSENCES AND ATTENDANCE INFORMATION
When your child is absent, please call the school attendance line (936-709-5014), the front office (936-709-5000), or email Robin Curtis (email@example.com) before 9:00 AM to explain the reason for their absence. To ensure the accuracy of your child's attendance records, please call or email each day your child is absent.
Attendance is recorded at 9:00 AM each day. If your child is absent at 9:00 AM due to a doctor’s appointment, he/she will be counted present if you bring your child back to school on the same day with a doctor's statement that verifies the appointment.
If your child will be out for an extended period, please let us know by emailing Robin Curtis at the email above.
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.
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.
**Students may enjoy lunch with their parents/family only; please do not invite other students to eat lunch with your family.
**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.
**Please keep students and other children at the tables with you; do not allow them to run or play during lunch time.
**Please understand that if you arrive more than 5 minutes after your student's scheduled lunchtime, there is a possibility you will not be able to eat with your child, due to the limited amount of time allotted for lunch.
**We want to ensure the safety and security of everyone as they enjoy time together. If a grandparent or other family member 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. Guests should then head back to the front office to return your visitor sticker.
Kindergarten 12:05 PM-12:30 PM
1st Grade 12:20 PM-12:45 PM
2nd Grade 11:50 AM-12:15 PM
3rd Grade 11:35 AM-12:00 PM
4th Grade 11:10 AM-11:35 AM
Please be mindful that the next grade level parents are also excited to visit their children for lunch. We ask parents to exit promptly at the designated time, to allow the next group to have lunch together. Thank you!
Birthday Book Club
The Birthday Book Club is a great way to celebrate your child’s birthday or half birthday and help support the Galatas Elementary Library. We have partnered with Bound to Stay Bound, one of our library book vendors, so book selections can be made directly from the website.
Please visit the link below for more information and ordering instructions.
A Message from the School Nurse
- Medication: If your student requires daily or "as needed" emergency medication at school, please email the nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org, as soon as possible to set up an appointment to check in the necessary medication/medications and forms.
- All medications must be checked in by a parent/guardian. Students may not bring medication to school. **Cough drops/cough lollipops ARE considered medication, and also must be checked in through the clinic for student use.
- Change of Clothes: Please provide a daily change of clothes in your student's backpack. This is especially important for our kinder and first grade friends.
- Illness at School: If a student is sent home sick, per CISD policy, the student must be symptom free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before returning to campus or attending any school sponsored function.
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our Galatas family healthy! I wish everyone a happy and healthy school year.
Katy Riggs, RN
SMART Tag Backpack Tags
All students should have a SMART Tag on their backpack. Each day these tags are scanned by our staff members as part of our dismissal procedure to ensure that each student goes home the correct way.
SMART Tags are also used by our CISD Transportation Department, as a way to ensure authorized riders board our buses and improve the safety and security of students who utilize our bus transportation services. For more information on the SMART Tag system, please click here.
If your child loses their SMART tag, please notify their teacher and we will replace the tag. There is a $2.00 fee to replace a lost tag; that fee will be assessed in our School Cash system and you will be notified of the charge.
School Cash Online is an easy to use and safe way to pay for your children’s school fees.
- Conveniently make payments for student fees online
All you have to do is register, attach your students and in no time, you will be able to make payments online.
Please visit the link below for more information and a link to register.
Transportation change notepads were sent home with each student at the beginning of the school year. Please use these forms any time a student needs to go home in a different way from the permanent designated mode of transportation.
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 email@example.com . 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; students may not have a transportation change to ride a different bus.
Library Daily Email Notifications
Conroe ISD Library Services is enabling daily email notifications so you are informed of the items checked out by your student. Daily emails will list the item(s) currently checked out. If the book(s) your student selected is not a good fit, please have your student return it to the campus library and choose a new title. If you have questions about the book(s), please contact the school librarian. Notifications for these daily messages can be managed in Parent Access Center (PAC). If you don’t have a PAC account, you will need to register for one to access the email settings. You can also view the item(s) your student checked out by logging in to Destiny Discover through your student's SSO account. You can further manage your student’s access to library materials by completing the Library Access Form found on the Library Services website along with viewing other helpful information.
Directions for opting in or out of these notifications can be found in the document below.
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. You may email your child’s teacher to let them know to allow your child to check the drop-off desk after 10:00 a.m.
- 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.
CELEBRATE TEACHER AND STAFF EXCELLENCE!
Do you want to recognize an AWESOME Galatas Staff member? If so, follow the steps below:
- Log in to Parent Access.
- Click on communication.
- Choose Teacher/Staff Excellence from the drop down menu.
- Select the employee to receive recognition from the drop down menu.
- Click create TAE.
- Click any of the pre-populated choices that apply.
- Type any additional comments in the Additional Comment box.
- Click the box labeled Create Teachers Achieving Excellence button.
Parking Lot Request
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
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
--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.
2023-2024 CISD School Calendar
We thank you in advance for planning all vacations and travel outside of the school calendar. When students are absent, they miss valuable instruction that takes place daily. In addition to the loss of that instructional time, Texas schools are rated not only on academic performance, but also on student attendance. Daily attendance plays a large role in our accountability rating from the state.
We appreciate your support and look forward to a great school year!
7 No School: Staff Development
9 3rd Grade Program: 6:00 p.m.
10 Galatas Family Movie Night: 6:30 p.m.
13-17 Generation Texas Week
14 PTO Meeting- 10:00 AM
17 Galatas Fun Run
20-24 No School: Thanksgiving Break
4-8 Hour of Code
8 4th Grade Choir Program 8:30 a.m.
12 PTO Meeting-10:00 a.m.
12 Holiday Party: 2nd grade
13 Holiday Parties- Kinder & 1st
14 Holiday Round Robin–3rd
14 Holiday Party/Service Project- 4th & Special ProgramsParty
15 Polar Express Day (Students wear p.j.’s)
15 Early Release Day, End of Nine Weeks– 12:10 p.m.
December 18-January 2 Winter Break
3 Classes Resume