The Booker Bulletin

Weekly Newsletter - January 10 - 14

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Booker's Calendar of Events

Jan. 10 - Beginning of the Year Testing (BOY Testing)

Jan. 17 - Martin Luther King, Jr Day - Student Holiday

Jan. 20 - Family Night Out: 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade STAAR Night

Session 1 - 5pm / Session 2 - 5:45pm

Jan. 28 - Rodeo Art Showcase

DOING OUR BOOKER BEST!

Our goal is to build a learning community that promotes academic and social development and empowers students to achieve excellence. At Booker Elementary, there are NO EXCUSES! It is our job to prepare every child for college!

BOOKER HAS DONE IT AGAIN!

REMEMBER THIS CONTEST?

Well, anything is PAWSIBLE WITH A BENGAL!


I am proud to announce two of our 4th graders won! They will be taking home brand new Kindle tablets to help them keep that love for reading going!!! We are so proud of these two gentlemen and their commitment to success! What a great example of setting goals and reaching them!

REMEMBER THESE DRAWINGS?

OUR BENGALS MADE THE DISTRICT FLYER

Save the Date!!

Hello Booker Family,

It is that time of year again where we celebrate our Spring ISD scholars and their amazing Rodeo artwork. Please come and join us for the Rodeo art reception and awards ceremony. There will be an art showcase featuring some of our own Booker Bengals, plus fun and games for the whole family. We can’t wait to see you at the Randall Reed Center at Planet Ford Stadium to show your support on January 28th, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m.

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OUTSTANDING JOB ON OUR CYCLE 1 TESTS! GREAT IMPROVEMENT!

PIZZA PARTIES COMING THIS FRIDAY- 3RD-5TH GRADERS WHO SHOWED THEIR WORK!

The data is in! The holiday break is over! Our students made so much growth on this assessment because they SHOWED THEIR STRATEGIES! & TOOK THEIR TIME!
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MIDDLE OF THE YEAR TESTING IS THIS WEEK PK - 5TH GRADE

Booker Parent Smore Week of January 10, 2022

Dear Booker Parents/Guardians,

Happy New Year and welcome back! As we roll in the new year, we are really want to amp up our efforts in preparing students for the upcoming assessments.

MOY TESTING (middle of year)

These screeners will begin this week, Jan. 10th - 14th for all Pk-5th grade students, in Math and Reading. This takes place during regular class time and will not disrupt the school schedule. The screeners are not counted as a grade. The data is used to track student progress and to guide instruction. Please explain to your student the importance of putting their best effort toward this. Attendance is imperative this week!

TELPAS TESTS: ESL Students/Bilingual Students in 2nd-5th grade

Students in grades 2nd-5th that are identified as ESL or Bilingual (LEP) will participate in our state's TELPAS Assessments in February. Some adjustments will be made to the master schedule. Details will be provided as the date gets closer.

STAAR TESTING - 3rd - 5th graders

Mark your calendars now. STAAR testing will take place in MAY ONLY. May 10th 4th/5th Math; May 11 3rd Math/5th Reading; May 12 4th Reading/5th Science; May 13 3rd Reading. Please do not schedule doctor/dental appointments on these dates.

It is important that your student(s) practice for TELPAS and STAAR through the new testing platform. All students need to get familiar with the online embedded tools that are available to everyone online through the Cambium Testing Center. Click for directions to access Cambium.

If you have any questions or need clarification, feel free to contact me at tdupont@springisd.org

Regards,

Teresa DuPont, Campus Testing Coordinator (CTC)


DO I HEAR PROGRESS PARTIES COMING SOON?

Let's motivate our Bengals!

MOY assessments & data help us determine:

-Who needs tutorials

- What level of progress did they make

- How much progress is being made

- Who may be at risk for being retained

- How we need to plan lessons, reteach and group students

PARENTS - THIS IS HOW YOU CAN HELP!

Do not allow your students unsupervised time on a device. There are many dangers on social media and we want to protect our children in every wat! Please supervise your child's usage! Also promote safe educational programs, aligned to the work we are doing! Help them by engaging in goal setting & supporting them to academic success! Ask your child to show your their progress in the following programs:


ST MATH

AMPLIFY READING

EDUCATION GALAXY (Reading & Math)

MyON Reading


Their username is:

last initial, first initial, and lunch number

Password is: Birth year, Birth month, Birth day

Example: Keisha Womack, Lunch ID 331108, Date of Birth 04/25/2001

Username: WK331108

Password: 20010425

Student Email Address: Last initial, first initial, lunch #, @students.springisd.org


If you cannot get in, email your child's teacher. This means that their password was changed. Now, there are reasons why your child's password may have been changed, so do not panic. Teachers often change the passwords to help younger remember and assist them in logging in their entire class, more quickly.


Parents, you may always log in to your child's account to see their email or all of the instructional programs available. They have access and don't let them tell you they don't!


HELP US CLOSE THE LEARNING GAPS!

I AM HAVING A

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MOMENT!

THANKS FOR BEING IN THIS WORK WITH US! LOOK AT THE AMAZING THINGS OUR BENGALS ARE DOING!

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PARENTS, WE HAD TOO MANY ABSENCES THIS WEEK!

WE CAN HELP

WE HAD OVER 100 ABSENCES PER DAY LAST WEEK!


Yet, to make you feel comfortable with sending your child to school, we are enforcing:

MASK MANDATE

QUARANTINE MANDATES for any staff or student who test positive

FEVER FREE POLICY FOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS

DISTRICT COVID POLICY


Testing is coming and we want to see all of the progress our Bengals are making! This is also a time for us to reiterate how important school is, but also let you know that we are in this together. We do understand that this is still a difficult time for all of us.

SCHOOL STARTS AT 8 AM!

COME TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY, ON TIME!

SCHOOL STARTS AT 8:05!

FREE BREAKFAST - 7:35AM

AVOID BEING LATE, COME BEFORE 8!!


GRADE PLACEMENT COMMITTEE WILL BE HOLDING ATTENDANCE MEETINGS IN JANUARY FOR ALL STUDENTS WHO ARE BELOW THE 90% ATTENDANCE RATE. Please be mindful that parent/doctor notes, help us code what type of absence it is, but it does not dismiss the absence. All students, regardless of their grade, will be subject to retention if they do not meet the 90% state requirement. See Compulsory Attendance Law for more details! A quick link is below.

ATTEND TO WIN, BENGALS!

Compulsory Attendance Law

Click here to read more about the Compulsory Attendance Law. All students are required to be in attendance at least 90% of the school year! Our attendance rate is too low! We need our scholars in school every day!

PARENT CORNER! CHECK IT OUT!

VOLUNTEER AT BOOKER!

WANT TO VOLUNTEER - LEARN MORE HERE!

We need you! Come volunteer at Booker and let's reach our CAMPUS GOALS together! We can be an "A" Campus with your help! Click now to sign up!

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION FORM - CLICK HERE

Register here to be a volunteer in our school! We need your help to get our campus to an "A" rating! Come and help us SHINE BRIGHT THIS YEAR!

SOLICITUD DE VOLUNTARIOS DE SPRING ISD

Register here to be a volunteer in our school! We need your help to get our campus to an "A" rating! Come and help us SHINE BRIGHT THIS YEAR!

BOOKER PARENT GUIDE 2021-2022

Find more details about campus policies and procedures, start times, tardies, absences, and so much more! A quick guide for information about your child's school!

SPRING ISD STUDENT & PARENT HANDBOOK

This handbook outlines the policies and procedures set forth by Spring ISD for all who attend SISD and their parents/guardians.

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NEED CHILDCARE BEFORE OR AFTER SCHOOL? CLICK HERE

We are partnering with Koala Kare again this year! They offer before and after school services for parents! Hours of operation 6:30am - 6:30pm each day. Located in Booker's cafeteria!

DEVICE REQUEST & ASSISTANCE

CHROMEBOOK REQUEST FORM


EVERY STUDENT NEEDS A CHROMEBOOK. IF YOU HAVE YOUR OWN DEVICE, NO NEED TO CHECK ONE OUT, BUT LET YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER KNOW A CHROMEBOOK IS NOT NEEDED!

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ARE YOU LOCKED OUT of your Chromebook?

Do you have a Chromebook that has been Locked or Disabled by Spring ISD, please send it to school with your student or stop by the Front Office for assistance? We will verify the Chromebook and begin the re-enabling process. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please call 281-891-8750 or email Lberry@springisd.org.
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PARENT CENTRAL - CLICK HERE

Click here for more info on HAC!

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Booker Elementary School

FOR ASSISTANCE: CALL (281)891-8750


PRESS 1 - REGISTRAR - Ms. Velasquez - dvelas1@springisd.org

PRESS 2 - ATTENDANCE CLERK - Ms. Enciso - menciso@springisd.org

PRESS 0 - RECEPTIONISTS - Mrs. Sanchez - ssanch5@springisd.org

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GENERAL INFORMATION

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CLICK HERE FOR SOME SAFETY TIPS!

CLICK HERE to learn different ways you and your family can stay safe this holiday season!

COVID TESTING & COVID VACCINATION INFORMATION

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Spring ISD Locations Offering Free COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations

Spring ISD Locations Offering Free COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations


Spring ISD is partnering with Houston Medical ER and Inspire Health to offer free COVID-19 testing and vaccine sites to the district’s students, staff and community.


Inspire Health mobile testing units will be at the following campuses starting Monday, October 4, Monday-Friday (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and Saturdays (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.)


  • Planet Ford Stadium (23802 Cypresswood Dr, Spring, 77373)

  • Spring ISD Family Community Engagement Center (17125 Ella Blvd., Houston, 77090)

  • Child Nutrition ( 15330 Kuykendahl Rd., Houston, 77090)



To expedite testing, students and staff members may pre-register beforehand here, but pre-registration is not required. Inspire Health plans to expand location options in the near future.


Additionally, Houston Medical ER (2306 Rayford Road, Spring, TX 77386) also is providing free vaccines and testing, Monday through Friday (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Staff & Students Preregister Here

A form for all staff and students to expedite the screeners and vaccines by registering before arrival.

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS OF SENIORS

New TASFA/FAFSA Graduation Requirement


Parents/Guardians of 12th-Grade Students:


The purpose of this letter is to remind you of a new graduation requirement that will go into effect beginning with the Class of 2022.


As a result of House Bill 3, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) adopted the graduation requirement for all students to complete and submit either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA).


TEA has allowed for three exceptions to this graduation requirement:


  1. The student’s parent or other person standing in parental relation submits a signed form indicating that they authorize the student to decline to complete and submit the financial aid application;

  2. The student signs and submits the FAFSA opt-out form on the student’s own behalf, if the student is 18 years of age or older or the student’s disabilities of minority (student emancipation) have been removed for general purposes under Chapter 31, Family Code, or;

  3. A school counselor authorizes the student to decline to complete and submit the financial aid application for good cause, as determined by the school counselor.


Annually, the financial aid cycle opens Oct. 1 of a student’s senior year, and the state priority deadline to submit the FAFSA or TASFA is Jan. 15 of a student’s senior year. Spring ISD will provide hands-on application workshops throughout the school year to assist students and families with the FAFSA and TASFA applications.


To fulfill this graduation requirement, the student must log into Naviance and upload either the mandatory TEA waiver or a Student Aid Report (SAR) to show an application was submitted.


For additional information, please contact your campus college counselor.


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