Tiger Tales

Hemmenway Elementary - September 2019

Welcome to Hemmenway Elementary

Parents and families,

Welcome to the our electronic version of our campus newsletter. In the past years, the newsletters went home by paper twice a month. This year, we are sending home the newsletter electronically at the beginning (First Friday) of each month. Flyers will be attached electronically and will also go home in Tuesday folders. We hope you find this version of Tiger Tales informative and easy to read. Translation can be obtained at the bottom of the newsletter by clicking on the translation button and choosing the language you would like.

Dr. Silliman

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Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, September 10th - WatchDOG Kick-off (6p.m.-7p.m.)
  • Tuesday, September 17th - Back to School Night for PreK-2nd grade and LIFE Skills (5:45 p.m. - 7 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, September 24th - Back to School Night for 3rd-5th grade (5:45 p.m. - 7 p.m.)
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Watch-Dog Kick-Off

Hemmenway Elementary


(Dads of Great Students)

Kick-off Event

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Free Pizza, Drinks, and FUN!

6-7 p.m. Cafeteria

WHO’S INVITED: Students and fathers or father figures of Hemmenway Elementary.

Come join us for our first WATCH D.O.G.S. pizza night to kick-off a great year of Hemmenway’s successful father involvement/volunteer program. Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role model and to provide an extra set of eyes and ears.

***We love our mothers, but this is a father/father-figures event only!

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New Hemmenway Spirit Shirts on sale now!

Our new Hemmenway spirit shirts are here! Purchase them on school cash or at the front desk for $10.00.


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Arrival and Dismissal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is imperative that if your child is a car rider in the morning, that you please stay in the car rider line. A staff member will let your child out of the car and monitor them as they walk into the building. Please do not park and walk your child to the door. This creates a safety concern and upsets the flow of traffic.

In an effort to ensure all of our tigers are safely in the building and maximizing every instructional minute, we have begun opening our doors at 8:20 a.m., instead of the previous 8:25 a.m. time. This now gives us 25 minutes to greet and escort our students into the building on time, but we definitely need your assistance and support. Dr. Silliman begins morning announcements right after the 8:45 tardy bell. This bell signifies the start of the instructional day. We expect all of our tigers to be in the building, have received breakfast and in the classroom at this time. Our morning routine is announcements and a class meeting by 8:55 a.m. We have added a campus-wide intervention time from 8:55-9:25 a.m. that all students participate in. Therefore, it is imperative your child arrives to school on time.

We definitely understand life happens, so if you do run late and your child is not able to be in the building by the 8:45 bell, we ask that you please walk your child in and sign them in.

Thank you for your partnership in ensuring our tigers have the most successful experience they can have here at Hemmenway Elementary! We work hard to maximize instruction and maintain a safe school environment from the moment you enter our campus.

Our campus policy is that children cannot be checked out past 2:30 p.m. without a prior written note being sent to the front office. Please note that emergency contacts listed on your child’s file is for campus use. This means, these are individuals you have given us permission to call if we cannot reach you in an emergency situation. Emergency contacts cannot pick up your child without prior notice given to us in a written note with a copy of your ID attached. Student safety is our number one priority. We have to know it is you giving the permission for someone else to pick up your child. Thank you so much for your support so that your child and Hemmenway are successful and safe.

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What is Title I?

Title I is a federally-funded program designed to reinforce the basic and advanced skills of students who are struggling in school. Title I is part of the No Child Left Behind Act passed by Congress in 2002. A school is selected as a Title I school on the basis of the number of families within its boundaries who are eligible for free or reduced price meals. Students are selected to participate based on academic need.

In Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Title I students are those who need additional help in reading, writing, math, and science. Standardized reading, writing, math, and science tests and classroom performance scores help determine who will receive Title I instruction. Individual diagnostic tests are given when more information is needed. Most Title I funds are used to hire additional teachers; however, funds are also used to purchase instructional materials, provide staff development, offer extended time for learning, and increase parent involvement.

TITLE I ELEMENTARY CAMPUSES Adam, André, Bane, Bang, Danish, Duryea, Emery, Emmott, Fiest, Francone, Frazier, Gleason, Hairgrove, Hancock, Hemmenway, Holbrook, Holmsley, Hoover, Horne, Jowell, Kirk, Lamkin, Lee, Lieder, M.Robinson, Matzke, McFee, Metcalf, Millsap, Owens, Post, Reed, Sheridan, Tipps, Walker, Willbern, Wilson and Yeager

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Credit By Exam Information

Students in grades K-5 will have four opportunities during the school year to use "credit­ by-exam" to accelerate to another grade level. Students will only have one opportunity to test for each grade level considered.

To apply to take the test to skip kindergarten, a student must be S by September 1, and registered in a CFISD school To apply to take the test to skip grade 1 , a student must be 6 by September 1, and enrolled in a CFISD school.

Students who earn scores of 80% or better on each component of the credit-by-exam will qualify to advance one grade. Only one grade level may be "skipped" each year.

retests will be given.

If you are interested in getting more information about credit-by-exam, please contact the school counselor Mrs. Vicki Jones at Vicki.Jones@cfisd.net

Los estudiantes de kindergarten a 5to grado tendran cuatro oportunidades durante el a.iio escolar para usar el sistema de "credito por examen" para adelantarse y pasar al siguiente grado. Los estudiantes solo tendran una oportunidad de rendir la prueba por grado considerado.

Para rendir la prueba y saltarse kindergarten, el estudiante debe cumplir 5 aiios al 1ro de septiembre y estar inscrito en una escuela de CFISD. Para rendir la prueba y saltarse !!!:

grado,el estudiante debe cumplir 6 aiios al 1ro de septiembre y estar inscrito en una escuela de CFISD.

Los estudiantes que obtengan puntajes de 80% o mas en cada uno de los componentes de las evaluaciones de "credito por examen" calificaran para ser avanzados un grado. Solo se puede saltear un grado por aiio. No se pueden repetir las pruebas.

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Notification to Parents of Teacher Qualifications

Dear Parent or Guardian,

At the beginning of the school year, parents of students attending a campus receiving Title I funds must be notified that they may request information regarding professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers.

The federal law requires the school district to provide you this information in a timely manner if you request it. Specifically, you have the right to request the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers:

· teacher certificate and licensure for the grades and subject taught;

· college major or information regarding advanced degrees; and

· qualifications of teacher aides or similar paraprofessionals who provide services to a child.

If you would like to receive this information, you may contact the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Human Resources Department at 281-897-4099.

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Questions to ask your children after school instead of "How was your day?"

  • What made you smile today?
  • Can you tell me an example of kindness you saw/showed?
  • What did you do that was creative?
  • Who did you sit with at lunch?
  • Was anyone in your class gone today?
  • Tell me something you know today that you didn't know yesterday?
  • Did you like your lunch?
  • What was the hardest rule to follow today?
  • If you could change one thing about your day, what would it be?
  • What made your teacher smile?
  • What kind of person were you today?
  • How did you exemplify the ROARS matrix in class?
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Sitting w/Dr. Silliman

Dear Parents and families,

It is my hope that you each know how special you are to the Hemmenway family. We cannot do all we do without your support. This year, we have added a special time each month that you are invited to spend with myself and discuss various topics throughout the year. Some conversations will be informative and some will be times to get your thoughts on different events and situations. I will include the topics in next month's SMORE, but the dates and times for the sessions are below. I hope to see you there:

  • Friday, October 11th - 7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
  • Friday, November 1st - 7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
  • Friday, December 6th - 7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
  • Friday, January 10th - 7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
  • Friday, March 6th - 7:45 - 8:15 a.m.
  • Friday, April 3rd - 7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
  • Friday, May 1st - 7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

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Kroger Community Rewards Program

We would like to thank all of our parents who participate in the Kroger Community Rewards program. We received $295.59 for this past quarter. If you’re interested in joining the program our Organization Number is EP414.