Giesinger Gazette

August 19, 2019

Our Campus Mission:

The mission of Giesinger Elementary is to ensure high levels of learning to facilitate continuous growth of the whole child.


Our Vision:

We envision a school in which staff provide a safe, caring, and positive learning community for all children; create a collaborative culture among children, families and staff; establish high levels of learning by frequently monitoring student progress; and demonstrate a personal commitment to the academic success and general well-being of each child .


2014 National Blue Ribbon School

Attention - Action Required!

We do not have 100% completion yet from our Giesinger families. If you need help finding the Infosnap number for your child, please contact us at 936-709-2600.


It is VERY important for all new and returning students to have updated information on file. If you have not completed new student or returning student registration for the 2019-2020 school year please follow the steps below.


To register, please follow the steps below:

1. Go to the Conroe ISD website.

2. Click on Parents/Students link.

3. Click on Enrollment and Transfers.

4. Scroll down to Family Portal 2019-2020, click on it to begin log in.

If you need help or need your student's Snap Code, Giesinger is open Monday- Friday 8am-3pm. if you will not be returning to Giesinger Elementary for this school year, please contact us at 936-709-2600, so we are able to release information to your new school in a timely manner.

If additional help is needed or you need access to computers, please see the dates and

Bus Cards for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Students

Giesinger Families,


In a continued effort to increase student safety, the transportation department in conjunction with Giesinger Elementary is implementing Pre-K and Kindergarten bus cards.


Parents, designated adult, or approved sibling must be at the bus stop with the yellow card to receive Pre-K and/or kindergarten students. If no one is there to receive the student, they will be returned to school. It is the responsibility of the parent to pick up the student(s) from the school.


This week, yellow bus rider cards will go home with our current bus students. If you need an additional sign or have changed your student's transportation to the bus, please email your child's teacher and we will get you a sign sent home.


We are excited about this new step in ensuring our pre-k and kindergarten students are connected to the correct people at their bus stop.


Thank you,

Giesinger Elementary

SMS/TEXT Message OPT-IN

Conroe ISD is in the process of switching emergency notification platforms used to communicate with parents and staff. This change requires an opt-in to the new system to continue receiving text messages. If you would like to receive SMS (text message) notifications on your mobile device, please text "Y" to 67587.



Failure to opt-in by August 20 could result in not receiving timely or emergency text messages from Conroe ISD or your child’s campus.


Click here for more information.

Positivity Project

The mission of the Positivity Project (P2) is to empower America’s youth to build positive relationships and become their best selves. The program is a study of 26 character strengths and the differences that we all have. Starting in September, each week we will discover a new character trait. This program strives to foster better connections among people of all ages. You may notice P2 signs outside of all the classrooms. These list the top 3 character traits for the teacher or teachers in that classroom. Second through fourth grade students will also find out what their top strengths are, and PK through first grade students will explore and gain understanding of these character traits. If you would like to take the character strengths survey please go to http://www.viacharacter.org/www/Character-Strengths-Survey



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We are very excited about this program. If you have any questions please contact the counselor, Mrs. Barton.

Would You Like to Join the Giesinger PTO?

Our PTO believes in the students, staff, and families at Giesinger. By contributing to our fundraisers, you are making all kinds of quality programs and events available to ALL of our students!


Membership Donation Levels:

$10 Bronze Individual Membership

$25 Silver Individual Membership

$50 Gold Individual Membership


https://giesinger.conroeisd.net/committee/get-involved/pto/


The purpose of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is to:


(a) promote the welfare of children at Giesinger

(b) to foster cooperation between parents and teachers in the education of children at Giesinger

(c) to unite school and community efforts in securing for all children the best education

(d) to engage in fundraising activities for the educational and recreational benefit of Giesinger, its children, teachers, and staff as determined by the PTO and in accordance with the PTO by-laws.

News from our Nurse

Hello Giesinger Families!

A few key points: If desired, please apply insect repellent to your child before school as our campus/playground is heavily forested. Any sort of medication-from cough drops to anti itch cream to prescriptions MUST be brought by an adult to the Nurse. Permission forms MUST be completed by an adult before dispensing. All medications must be in a CHILD STRENGTH form and must be in original packing including Prescription containers with original labels from the pharmacy.

I will be keeping in touch through the weekly newsletter on various topics and seasonal updates.

Welcome Back! Dana Corbit, RN

Important School-Wide Dates:

September

2nd - Labor Day/No School


5th - Open House & PTO/Title I night

5:00-6:00 p.m. for Pre-K, Kinder, 1st and Life Skills

6:00-7:00 p.m. for 2nd-4th grades


11th - Read for a Better Life


30th - Fall pictures

Home & School Connection: Working Together for School Success

Asking "How was school today?" might not get you far. Instead, ask questions like these for a better picture of your child's day:


"What's the coolest thing that happened today?"

"Pretend you're the teacher. How would you describe the day?"

"What made you laugh?"

"What was the most creative thing you did?"

"How were you kind or helpful today? How was someone kind or helpful to you?

Parent Access Login

By logging into Parent Access, you can check your child's grades, assignments, and attendance.


To access your child’s information online you must register for an account.

Please go to the following link and follow the directions below:


http://www.conroeisd.net

Click the “Student/Parent” tab

Click on “Parent Access Center”

Click “Register”

Canvas Login

By logging into Canvas, you can check your teacher's website. This should be the same username and password as Parent Access above.

Breakfast is Available

Breakfast for students is served at school! School breakfast will give your child a healthy start to the day. A nutritious breakfast helps students be more alert so they can learn more in class. Breakfast has vitamins and nutrients for a strong and healthy body.


Breakfast at school is affordable at only $1.35. If you qualify for free and reduced price meals, you also qualify for the breakfast program, with no additional paperwork. You can’t find a healthy breakfast at such a low cost anywhere else. Reduced price is $.30 and non student meal and second meal is $2.30.


Help your child start the day right with school breakfast! Breakfast is served beginning at 7:30 a.m.and our instructional school day begins at 8:00 a.m.

2019- 2020 Meal Prices

Beginning on the first day of school, parents may send money (cash or check) for their child to set up a lunch account. My School Bucks in an online account that may continued to be used from year to year or a new account set up at www.myschoolbucks.com Online credit card payments can be made at www.myschoolbucks.com.


Menus are posted on the serving lines in the cafeteria, on the Child Nutrition website and attached to the school's website.


Free and Reduced applications will be processed online. The website to complete a free and reduced application is www.myschoolapps.com.


Lunch Prices:

Full price student $2.85

Reduced price student $.40

Non student meal and second meal $3.60

Lunch and Specials Schedules:

Lunch Schedule:

  • Kindergarten 11:00-11:30
  • First Grade 11:25-11:55
  • Second Grade 11:40-12:10
  • Pre-Kindergarten 11:55-12:20
  • Life Skills 11:55-12:20
  • Third Grade 12:00-12:30
  • Fourth Grade 12:20-12:50


Specials Schedule:

  • Fourth Grade 8:35-9:20
  • Third Grade 9:25-10:10
  • Second Grade 10:15-11:00
  • Kindergarten 1:15-2:00
  • First Grade 2:05-2:50

Active Start: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Our students love Active Start and the weekly schedule for each grade level is:

Monday - Fourth grade

Tuesday - First grade

Wednesday - Third grade

Thursday - Kindergarten

Friday - Second grade

Morning Arrival and Afternoon Dismissal

To ensure safety of our students and families, please stay in your car during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal. Our car line begins at 7:30a.m. for arrival and 3:10p.m. for dismissal. Please do not park along White Oak Blvd. and walk your children to school. The car line will get better and it is safer for everyone if we follow the same procedures. Students walking and biking to school live within one mile of Giesinger. We ask that students either ride the school bus or get dropped off in our car line if they live farther than the one mile radius of our school. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. The safety of our students, staff, and families is the number one priority.


Please do not park on White Oak Blvd during arrival and dismissal times. To ensure the safety of everyone, please unload and load all students from our car line.

Register for Bus Transportation

If your child is riding a school bus, then please confirm that he/she is registered through Transportation. In order to do that, go to www.conroeisd.net. Click on the Parents/Students tab at the top of the page. Then go to the Transportation link under the Parent Resources column.

You will be able to register for bus transportation online, confirm your child’s bus number, and also have the accurate pick-up and drop-off times.

Transportation Changes

Transportation changes need to in written form. Please send a note with your child to give to their teacher or email at giesinger@conroeisd.net before 2:00 pm.


After emailing, please call the front office to verify that it was received.

Our phone number is 936-709-2600


We will not make any transportation changes after 2:30 pm. Early pick-up also ends at 2:30 pm. so that we can alleviate any last minute confusion. Please try to schedule appointments after school.

Attendance and Tardies

Attendance: Our school-wide attendance has been great! On average, 98% of our students have been present each day this year. Attendance is the number one indicator of student success. The instruction and learning that occur on a daily basis in the classroom is our central mission. Parents who make regular school attendance and punctuality a high priority are helping their children learn to accept responsibility, which is an important lesson for a successful life. We encourage students to become N.E.A.T. Kids—Never Ever Absent or Tardy. Students with no absences or tardies each grading period will receive a certificate and participate in a fun celebration. We strive for all our students to arrive at school before 8:00 each and every day!


Tardies: Our school doors open at 7:30 a.m. and may go to the cafeteria for breakfast or to their classroom to begin their day. Students are tardy if they are not in the builing at 8:00 a.m. Our instructional school day begins at 8:00 a.m and teachers/staff leave the front porch at 8:00 a.m.


Please email our front office for attendance questions at giesinger@conroeisd.net or Mrs. Rickwalt, the registrar, at rrickwalt@conroeisd.net. You may also call the front office at 936-709-2600.

Morning Arrivals on the Front Porch

Students should not arrive at Giesinger before 7:30 AM. Before this time, staff members are not on duty to supervise students. Our doors open at 7:30 and staff members will not be on the front porch to unload students from cars until 7:30. Your cooperation in dropping your student beginning at 7:30 is needed and appreciated. Thank you.

Safety Drills

Just like we practice walking in the halls, washing our hands before lunch, and following our safety rules on the playground, our school practices monthly safety drills to know what to do should an emergency arise. Our drills include fire drills, lockdown, lockout, evacuate, and shelter drills. Our district uses the Standard Response Protocol when practicing drills or in a true emergency situations. This protocol helps to standardize the vocabulary so all stakeholders involved share a common language. We encourage you to talk to your children about what to do both at school and at home in the event of an emergency. The safety and welfare of our students and staff are our highest priority.

School Cash Online

For safety and efficiency reasons, Conroe ISD would like to reduce the amount of cash and checks coming into schools. Please join the many parents who have already registered and are enjoying the convience of paying online. It takes only minutes to register. Please follow the attached step-by-step instructions, so you will begin to receive email notifications regarding upcoming events involving your children.

Give the Gift of a TAE "Teacher's Achieving Excellence"

Log Into "Parent Access" by clicking:


https://pac.conroeisd.net/


and click on the "Teachers/Staff Excellence" Tab.


Feel free to type your own message and send any staff a positive message!

Giesinger and CISD Bullying Information

The policy of Conroe ISD is that all students be free from bullying, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. All charges of bullying, discrimination, harassment and retaliation are taken very seriously. If you believe your child is a victim of bullying, discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation, please contact Mrs. Ralston, Mrs. Barber, or Mrs. Barton, immediately as we do take any complaints very seriously.

Did You Know?

Giesinger has earned the No Place for Hate® designation for the 2018-2019 school year!


No Place for Hate® is an initiative of the Anti-Defamation League offered free to schools. The initiative is designed to rally the entire school around the goal of creating a welcoming community committed to stopping all forms of bias and bullying.

Amazon Smile~ You shop. Amazon gives.

Select Giesinger Elementary School as your charity!


What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization


How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.


How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

Box Tops for Education

Traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out of production, but may continue to be found on many products throughout the store. You can still clip and send them to school. Please give them to your school's PE teacher to help with purchasing new equipment.


Eventually the Box Tops program will become digital-only. Participating brands are starting to change their packaging from a traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box top label. If you see this label, use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt. Make sure to register Giesinger Elementary for your school to earn credit. Box Tops are still worth 10¢ each for your school. The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online.

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First Day of School on our Front Porch! Welcome Back, Eagles!

School Information

  • Our doors open at 7:30 for all students.
  • Students are counted "tardy" after 8:00. Instruction begins promptly at 8:00 and we want our students present and ready to learn!
  • Please do not drop off students before 7:30 as there is no adult supervision on the front porch.
  • Breakfast is served from 7:30-7:55.
  • Transportation changes need to be made by 2:00. Emergency transportation changes can me made no later than 2:30.
  • Students will not be checked out after 2:30.
  • Dismissal begins at 3:10.
  • Please display your car or walker sign when picking your students up each day. This is for the safety for all students and to help our staff and substitutes on duty.
  • Thank you for your continued support. Eagles Soar to Excellence in All We Do!
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Connect With Us!

Giesinger Eagles Motto:

"Eagles Soar to Excellence In All We Do!"

Giesinger Student Handbook

Please copy and paste the link below to access the Giesinger Student Handbook for the 2019-2020 school year.


file:///C:/Users/mhammond/Desktop/Giesinger%20Student%20Handbook2019.2020.pdf

Thank you for all YOU do!

From your Giesinger Staff and PTO