Scott Elementary

Mini Pack Update 2/19/2016

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Principal's Pen

Dear Scott Families,

I hope all of you are enjoying this much needed beautiful weather as much as we have been. I wish you could hear the staff at Scott buzzing about your children and the growth they continue to make as readers. One of the articles we came across this week talked about 3 ways to raise lifelong readers.

Young children enjoy the rituals of bedtime, including hearing a bedtime story. According to the National Education Association, only 53 % of children are hearing stories read to them at home at least two to three times a week. Research indicates that reading at home to children promotes a lifetime of literacy in three main ways.

First, reading with a child at home promotes a sense of intimacy between the parent and child. This intimacy helps the child become more intelligent and experience a sense of well-being and joy. As the children grow older, they read to regain those feelings of joy they found in being read to when they were younger.

Second, when parents read to their children, the children become calmer and less restless. Reading to a small child teaches the child to focus on one task for a longer period of time. These children will grow up to read more and relax after a long day. The longer the attention span on a single task allows them to enjoy reading more than a child that wasn't read to from an early age. Reading also stimulates a different portion of the brain than activities such as video games. We live in such a fast-paced world that we need to make time to decompress and read.

Lastly, children who hear their parents read to them at home learn from an early age that reading is fun. As they look forward to hearing a bedtime story or reading time, they don't view reading as a chore. When these children reach school age, they enjoy reading, and it doesn't seem like work to them.

One of the best gifts a parent can give their child is a lifelong love of reading. Our students love to read and love being read to. It is so exciting when they share their favorite story their parents have read to them.

So the question becomes, "When do I stop reading to my child?" You are never too old to have a story read to you. When someone reads to a child, it allows them an opportunity to hear vocabulary that may be outside of their reading level.

(Article taken from

Please enjoy your weekend and take the time to read to your children!

Paige and Leanne

Special Shout Outs...

  • A BIG thank you to the Roodenbergs for the cookies!
  • A Loud and Proud Happy Birthday to Ms. Janice Scott! We appreciate you!
  • A GREAT BIG thank you to our parents and PTA Board for providing lunch for the teachers!

Happy Birthday Ms. Scott!

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3rd Grade Sports Musical!!

Wyatt, a 4th grader in Ms. Maynard's Class Shares his Expository Essay! Please Enjoy!

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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.


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 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 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)


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'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:

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!
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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.


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.