Rattler News

Newsletter for the Week of December 4th, 2022

Message From Mrs. Chavira, Campus Principal

Rattler Community,

We hope everyone is having a great month. We are only two weeks away from winter break and we need to make every minute count. Last week we launched our month with great events and activities. We had or 2nd Pink Socks Rally after four years to honor an amazing teacher and remind our students and our staff of the joys that come with kindness. KVIA featured our event on their Sunday Funday Moment. You can see the news story below.

This week we will have multiple opportunities for our families to donate. Each day is focused on a different form of giving. You can take part in all or one and you can send your donation at any time. Donations collected benefit our own area students, shelters and animal rescue centers. You can find the types of donations below.

We thank you for your support in ensuring students continue to attend their afterschool programs. This is our last week of afterschool tutoring.

Please continue reading our newsletter for important updates and events happening this week. Things you will find below include

  • Celebrating our Rattlers
  • Christmas Program Information
  • Holiday Donations
  • Lexia Recognitions
  • And much more.

Thank you again for your continued support of Dr. Sue A. Shook Elementary and #TEAMSISD.


Cristina Sanchez-Chavira

Proud Principal of Dr. Sue A. Shook Elementary

School Office Number: 915-937-7102

Email: cchavi@sisd.net



“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – J.K. Rowling

Sunday Funday Moment: Pink Socks Kindness Pep Rally

Share the Warmth: Donation Drive

We are a very fortunate community and I want to thank our Faculty and Staff as well as our community. Next week we will be holding our annual Share the Warmth Donation Week. (12/5-12/9) The holidays are a wonderful time to give back to others within our community who are in need. All donated items will be distributed to families in need within our campus as well as different organizations within our community. Students can bring items in with them when arriving to campus or parents can drop them off in the front office. We will have large donation boxes for the different items placed within our foyer for collection which our staff members will assist with ensuring the items get placed in.

Shook Holiday Programs

We are excited to announce the return of our in-person Christmas programs here at the Ranch! Attached you will find the schedule by grade level. These programs will be held in the Shook cafeteria during the school day. Students will perform on stage and then return to class. No ticket is required to attend. If your child cannot perform due to religious reasons, please reach out to your child’s teacher. Teachers will share with parents the desired dress or theme for their performance.

SAVE THE DATE: Early Release December 16th

We want to inform you that Friday, December 16 will be an Early Release Day for all students. All grade levels, PK-5th grade, will be released at 11:45 am. Due to all grade levels releasing at the same time, we will be following inclement procedures.

To help this process run smoothly, parents with students in PK/Kinder AND 1st-5th will need to visit both classrooms as they would on a normal inclement dismissal day when they are usually staggered.

Prekinder and Kinder students will need to be picked up from their classrooms as they do during their inclement weather dismissal.

1st through 5th grade students will follow their regular procedures with older siblings being held in the youngest sibling's classroom.

Bus transportation and daycare service include the Y afterschool will continue as usual.

No Tardies. Breakfast is from 7:30 to 7:45 am

Effective Monday, November 28th, 2022

Tardies will count against Monday's Free Dress Pass.

Note that traffic slows down by 7:35. We are seeing a pattern with individuals speeding in the school zone to avoid being late. We highly reccommend that you take your time and ensure you are arriving on time rather than speeding. Accidents can happen when we are not thinking clearly. We are seeing the same students arrive tardy on a daily basis. Note that frequent tardies are also subject to disciplinary measures as indicated in SISD Student Handbook.

Transfer students: Any students on a transfer for Dual Language or any other qualifying reason, will be up for review in December. Trends of frequent absences or tardies can result in the transfer being REVOKED for the Spring Semester, resulting in students having to return to their home campus

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

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UIL (University Interscholastic League) Events

Sponsorsof UIL Events will begin to finalize their competition teams. If you are interested in having your child taking part in one of these events or have questions, please reach out to the event sponsor.
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Weekly Attendance Report

This week we hope our ill students have recovered and we are able to get back on track with our attendance. As a reminder, every student absence will negatively impact the instruction of the other students in class. Teachers will have to reteach and to accommodate students that are out. For this reason, we ask that we make sure that all healthy students are attending school every day.

We will continue to reach out to parents of students that are at risk of Loss of Credit and continue our state mandated 45-day attendance contracts. If you have any questions, you can contact our attendance office. Attendance is getting better.

We will continue to do our part to keep students healthy and minimize the spread of germs.

Attendance for the week of November 28th by Grade.

  • PK 92% (Maintained)
  • Kinder 91% (Increased for a 2nd week in a row)
  • 1st 96% (Increase from last week)
  • 2nd 94% (Maintained)
  • 3rd 96% (Increase for a 2nd week in a row)
  • 4th 95% (Increase from previous week)
  • 5th 95% Increased from last week)

Congratulations to all classes for maintaining or increasing

We will be posting top classes on ClassDojo

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Mark your Calendar

Week of Giving: Donations Week

Monday, December 5th

  • Full School Uniform Day OR Free Dress for Students with perfect attendance week of Nov. 28th through Dec. 2nd. Teachers have informed parents of student lists.
  • No afterschool practices for students due to Staff Meeting
Tuesday December 6th
  • Regular Uniform Day
  • Rattler Round-up Tutoring Session 3:30 -4:30pm
  • Latino Literacy Family meeting: in Library
  • Christmas Performances 2nd Grade: 8:30 am
  • Christmas Performance Kinder 1:30 pm

Wednesday, December 7th

  • Christmas Performances 4th Grade: 8:30 am
  • Christmas Performance 3rd 1:30 pm
  • Regular uniform Day: Club shirt day with Uniform Bottoms (Cheer, NEHS, VSP, STUCO Robotics, DI ETC. )
  • Robotics 3:30-4:30
  • Competition Cheer Squad Practice 3:30-4:30
Thursday, December 8th
  • Christmas Performances 5th Grade: 8:30 am
  • Christmas Performance 1st 1:30 pm
  • AVID College shirt day with Uniform Bottoms
  • Rattler Round-up Tutoring Session 3:30-4:30pm
  • Folklorico Practice 2nd grade: 3:30-4:30
Friday, December 9th

Rattlers Spread Kindness: Wear your pink socks with your 2022 School Spirit Shirt with Jeans.

  • Christmas Performances PK: 8:30 am
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PinkSocks Tribe Kindness Rally

The week of November 13th is usually known as Kindness Week. In order to be able to plan a week filled with kindess and support, Dr. Sue A. Shook will be celebrating Kindness week this upcoming week. Pinksocks Life, Inc. is a worldwide non-profit charitable organization focused on promoting human connection around the world focused on empathy, caring, and love.

Four years ago a Dr. Sue A. Shook Elementary teacher Ms. Zelene Blancas posted a Tweet of her students that within two days went viral. She posted a video of her first graders leaving the class room and selecting a fist bump, a high five, or a hug to share with one of their classmates as they filed out of the room for the day. This video received recogntion worldwide and was featured by nationwide media outlets.

This tweet received the attention of a pinksocks member from Pittsburgh, PA I reached out to Ms. Blancasto send pinksocks for her class. In 2019, right before the pandemic, the PinkSocks Tribe began a gifting campaign to deliver 1337 socks to Dr. Sue A. Shook Elementary for the largest pinksocks rally. November of 2019 Board Members traveled to El Paso to recognize Ms. Blancas and gift socks to the whole campus. Unfortuantly, in 2020, Mrs. Zelene Blancas passed away bringing great sadness to our community.

It has now been three years and the students featured in this video are now 5th graders. As a tribute to Kindness Week, we are excited to announce that the The PinkSocks Tribe will return to El Paso to gift socks to all of our students and staff at Dr. Sue A. Shook Elementary. We are honored to be able to take part in this great event. This event will take place November 30th. All of our Rattlers will receive PinkSocks from the PinkSock Tribe to be work every Friday with their spirti shirt.

This will serve as a reminder that our Rattler community anchors itself on establishing a community filled with support and kindness.

To read more about this great organization and how they made an impact at Dr. Sue A. Shook Elementary, you can read the full story at PinkSocksTribe.

To donate to this great cause, please use the following link Purchase or Donate

In order to accommodate the concerns parents have with sharing snacks or special diets, as a reminder we are not accepting Birthday Deliveries

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Campus Personnel

Mrs. Chavira: Principal

Email: cchavi@sisd.net

Assistant Principals

Mr. Estrada: restra18@sisd.net

Mrs. Hurtado: nhurta@sisd.net


Mrs. Duarte: cduarte@sisd.net

Ms. Galvez: mgalve01@sisd.net


Ms. Jones: bjones01@sisd.net

Parent Liaison

Mrs. Brittany Burnette: bburne01@sisd.net

Community in Schools

Mrs. Sonia Esparza: sonia.esparza@sisd.net