TAG Tales

Information for Parents and Students -- Seagoville North

Field Trip

TAG third, fourth and fifth grade students will go on a field trip Feb. 18 to watch the Dallas Black Dance Theatre perform. Students will board school buses at 9:30 a.m. and return about 12:30 p.m. TAG students going on the field trip will have lunch together when they return from the excursion.

The Arts Partners is providing funds for admission and transportation for 55 TAG students.

Permission slips went home this week. There is no cost to students for the trip. Students will wear regular school uniforms.

Several parents have volunteered to serve as chaperones.

TAG welcomes new members

Committee members set high standards for admission to the TAG program and selected 13 students to join TAG.

Some students nominated in the fall received "additional opportunity" notifications. That second chance came in the form of a different kind of test in January.

Kindergarteners were nominated for the January testing.

Talk Show presentations complete fall TAG projects

Students presented their projects to the class in a talk show format. Mrs. Anderson played the role of the "show host" and asked questions of the "guest speakers." After each speaker's interview, student audience members wrote a meaningful question about the presentation.

  • Second graders presented biographical information about an influential American.
  • Third grade "companies" demonstrated board games and toys they designed.
  • Fourth graders shared results of their interviews with older family members, discussing their childhood and aging issues.
  • Fifth graders showed their quilting products and discussed the meanings of design elements.

Common Sense Round Table lead successful fund raising

Gaby, a fifth grader, led a small but dedicated group of TAG students who met after school to raise money to help children attend summer camps sponsored by the Lions Club. Hector, Luis D and Adrian A stayed after to prepare posters and plan fundraising activities.

The Round Table sold snacks after school two days a week for several weeks, in addition to the pennies collected in the classrooms.

The 2016 total donation is more than $1,100. Several TAG students who served on the RoundTable will present a giant check to a representative of the Seagoville Sunset Lions Club Feb. 24 during a special after-school ceremony.

DonorsChoose.org funds two requests for TAG classes

Room 216, the TAG classroom, is now home to a color inkjet printer and a simple sewing machine, thanks to generous family, friends, charitable organizations and perfect strangers!

"See the Writing on the Wall" funded a request for a color inkjet printer, ink cartridges, brochure paper and transfer material. Special thanks to two other SNE teachers, several family members, the Melissa and Bill Gates Foundation and other local charitable groups. The inkjet printer allowed one fifth grader's quilt to feature hand-drawn pictures telling the Christmas story.

"A Quilting We Will Go!" requested a simple sewing machine, a rotary cutter and cutting mat, and a machine case. We will be able to work on quilts and other fabric projects in the classroom. One person, "Windy" from Nebraska, funded the whole project, saying, "I love quilting." We are certainly glad you do, Windy, and we love you, too.

DonorsChoose is a social network fund raising site for teachers approved of by the Dallas ISD.

BELOW: Fifth graders Gustavo, Saul and Joel examine the new sewing machine funded by DonorsChoose..

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Thanks for giving TAG permission to use pictures of your child

Last fall, all TAG students received a "parent information sheet" which included a place for parents to sign and indicate "yes" or "no" for using pictures with the children identifiable.

With the recent funding by DonorsChoose for two projects, we will need a different, specific form. The DonorsChoose photo/video release will cover pictures used to show our donors just how we are using the money they contributed for our projects (color inkjet printer and a sewing machine). promote the DonorsChoose. You'll be able to see the pictures on an Mrs. Anderson's page at DonorsChoose.org.