Tuscany Heights Elementary

168th Lighthouse School in the Nation, Building Leaders

Our Mission Statement

We, THE Tigers, will be inspired to LEAD, HONOR, and EXCEL today!


https://www.neisd.net/tuscanyheights

Message from Administration

Parents,


This week was just another example of why I am proud to be the principal at Tuscany Heights Elementary. We have some amazing things happening here, and it is made possible because of the brilliant minds of our students, hard working and dedicated staff, and the endless support of our family and community members.


During our PTA Lunch and Learn Meeting we had a chance to let our students teach us some things surrounding coding. It was absolutely INCREDIBLE! Now, I want more and more of it happening in our classrooms so my wheels are turning! I encourage you to read and/or scroll through to see these amazing kids at work.


As we embark on the first round of STAAR tests this week, I am reminding myself that this is a stepping stone, because I get to see the other wonderful activities students are taking part in daily. This is a small measure and certainly does not define any of our sweet children. We know they will do great, because we see great every day. To maintain a quiet and secure testing environment, please take note of the full day closed campus dates:


Upcoming CLOSED CAMPUS Dates for STAAR Testing- Closed All Day

Tuesday, April 10th - 5th Grade Math STAAR & 4th Grade Writing STAAR

Wednesday, April 11th- 5th Grade Reading STAAR

Monday, May 14th- 3rd & 4th Grade Math STAAR, 5th Grade Math Re-test

Tuesday, May 15th- 3rd & 4th Grade Reading STAAR, 5th Grade Reading Re-test

Wednesday, May 16th- 5th Grade Science STAAR


Thank you for understanding, and as always, our front office remains open to take phone calls or emails should you need to communicate with us on the closed campus dates.


Sincerely,

Tara Bailey

PTA Lunch & Learn: Makerspace

This week, we had some fun! Some of our student leaders taught the adults how to code, control a robot using wires and play dough, write a story using StikBot, and more. This was fascinating! We look forward to bringing more STEM lessons to all of our students.

Thank you for the jellybean donations, because those are going to good use in Mrs. Hunt-Patty's class. We will share photos soon!

Tuscany Heights Elementary PTA Alumni Scholarship Application

Deadline: May 7, 2018

The purpose of this $250 scholarship is to offer financial assistance to two senior Tuscany Heights Elementary alumni students graduating high school. Scholarships will be awarded to students based on service and volunteerism in our community and school. Please join us for breakfast, scholarship presentation and walk the halls of Tuscany Heights on May 23rd.

http://www.tuscanyheightspta.org/the-alumni-scholarship.html

Upcoming Events

Monday, April 9th- Kinder Round Up for all incoming Kindergartners 9:15pm

Friday, April 13th- Wear PURPLE for Military Child Month

Sunday, April 15th- Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) Deadline to enter hours

Tuesday, April 17th- Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon 10am, More Info to come

Friday, April 27th- Battle of Flowers Holiday for Staff & Students

Monday, April 30th- Friday, May 4th- Spring Book Fair

Tuesday, May 1st- PTA General Meeting & Kinder Musical Performance 6:30pm

May 7th- May11th - Staff Appreciation Week

Wednesday, May 23rd-THE PTA Presents...Author Math Sandback K-5

Thursday, May 24th- WatchDOG Breakfast 7:15am; 5th Grade's End of Year Party @ Gold's Gym

Monday, May 28th- Memorial Day Holiday for Staff & Students


Upcoming CLOSED CAMPUS Dates for STAAR Testing- Closed All Day

Tuesday, April 10th - 5th Grade Math STAAR & 4th Grade Writing STAAR

Wednesday, April 11th- 5th Grade Reading STAAR

Monday, May 14th- 3rd & 4th Grade Math STAAR, 5th Grade Math Re-test

Tuesday, May 15th- 3rd & 4th Grade Reading STAAR, 5th Grade Reading Re-test

Wednesday, May 16th- 5th Grade Science STAAR

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BrainPOP Access

Since we have a paid subscription to BrainPOP, our families can automatically access BP at home. Please use the link below so that as parents, you have the opportunity to sign up to receive timely tips on how to use BrainPOP's movies, tools, quizzes, and other resources to extend learning at home and reinforce what their child is learning at Tuscany. Your child's teacher can share the username and password to help get you started!


https://goo.gl/wr5f5N

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PTA News

Stick it to STAAR and Chalk the Walk- Monday @ 1pm

STAAR testing starts next week and we want our Tuscany Heights students to know that we support them! On Monday at 1:00, we are looking for some volunteers that will help write encouraging "Stick it to STARR" Post It Notes that will be placed on the desks of all students taking the STARR both this next week and in the future. We will then stay after school and "Chalk the Walk" by decorating the walkway into the school with encouraging words. We hope you can join us in getting our kids motivated to do their best! Sign Up

Kinder Roundup April 9th @ 9:15am

Join us for Kinder Roundup on April 9th at 9:15am in the library. Parents will have an opportunity to meet our administration and Kinder teachers, learn about the registration process, and see just what Kinder will look like for their new Tigers this fall. Spread the word! We can't wait to meet you!

Presidential Volunteer Service Award: It’s never too early to start logging your volunteer hours into the PVSA website: www.presidentialserviceawards.gov Hours must be turned in by April 15th.

Parents, each student in your household needs a separate email address and password to begin logging hours. When creating your student's account, please enter Tuscany Heights' Record of Service Key: QMT-49670

Full instructions are located on the PTA website. For questions please contact Kelly Cardenas at: communityservice@tuscanyheightspta.org

For more info, please visit: www.tuscanyheightspta.org/presidential-volunteer-service-award.html

PTA Executive Board Officers 2018-19-

Congratulations to THE 2018-19 elected PTA Officers:

President: Kelly Evans

1st VP: Mandy Howland

2nd VP, Ways and Means: Kelly Fitzmaurice

3rd VP, Programs: Shoni Power

4th VP, Volunteers: Susan Getter

5th VP, Communications: Erin Underwood

Treasurer: Tina Guerrero

Secretary: Alana Harris

One THE officers are in place, that means many committee chair spots need to be filled to keep our PTA as productive and effective as it has been. Email President@tuscanyheightspta.org to find out how you can get involved!

Warmer weather = Overflowing Lost and Found

Parents, as the weather warms up we find lots of sweaters and jackets around the school with no name on them – they end up in lost and found and it is OVERflowing! Help us out by checking closets and then sending your students on a mission to find what is lost and bring it home! ALL items will be donated to the NEISD Clothes Closet at the end of the semester.

5th grade students THE 5th grade committee is working hard to celebrate THE Class of 2018! They need your help collecting kindergarten photos of your tigers. Please send in photos to your teachers via email or actual photo by May 7th. A flyer is being sent home with more info or contact Kelly at kalepeska@yahoo.com

Plug in with PTA and Back the Future!

THE PTA Website www.tuscanyheightspta.org

Tuscany Heights Volunteers Link http://www.signup.com/group/35885320036

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NEISD's Family Engagement Link