The Pony Express

Parent Newsletter: Week of January 18th - 22nd

We Need Your Help!

Greetings Pony Parents,

As we continue with our strong start to the second semester, we wanted to take the opportunity to remind you of the district's policies and procedures involving COVID-19.

DO NOT send your child to school if they exhibit any of the following symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath/Difficulty Breathing
  • Chills
  • Muscle Pains
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Loss of Taste or Smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever above 100 Degrees

DO NOT send your child to school if either of the following statements are true:

  • Your child had a known contact with anyone who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19
  • You have taken your child to get tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results

If you have specific questions about the symptoms your child may be experiencing, please contact our school nurse to receive assistance.

We must continue to look out for each other and work together to stop the spread! Remember, if you child is exhibiting any of the symptoms, they can always participate with their class virtually until they feel better.

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Pony Reminders

  • School Hours are 8:35am - 3:40pm
  • Doors open at 8:10am (please don't drop students off prior to this time)
  • Car riders may not exit the vehicle until all temperatures are checked
  • Attendance Matters!
  • Ensure technology is brought to school daily
  • No transportation changes after 3:00pm
  • Dismissal begins at 3:30pm
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MAP Testing

MOY MAP Testing continues for grades K-5. Please be flexible with teachers as they work hard to get all students tested, virtual and face-to-face. We look forward to sharing your child's progress so far this school year with you soon!
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Monitoring Student Grades

We are off to a strong start to the spring semester and wanted to remind you to constantly check your child's grades on the Home Access Center and to communicate with their teachers.

Staying connected with your child's academic progress is a great way to ensure your student's success this school year.

Keep in mind that Spring ISD's promotional standards require students to have a 70% or higher in all core classes (Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies) and to maintain an attendance rate of at least 90% for the school year.

See Below for additional resources:

Free Internet Hotspots Now Available for Eligible Students

Spring ISD is excited to share that the district is providing free internet hotspots for eligible students. Families who take advantage of this free service will get unlimited data, so you won’t need to use your own. You can also connect up to eight devices on one hotspot. Most importantly, students will be able to complete their school work and homework and connect with their teachers with more reliable internet.

Spring ISD is also partnering with Comcast Internet Essentials to provide free internet services for eligible families. For more information and to sign up, please call 281-891-6850.

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How Spring ISD is Preparing for the COVID-19 Vaccines

Parents, as we head into the spring semester, we are all looking forward to the availability of vaccines against COVID-19. Our school district is following the guidance of Harris County Department of Health, which has recently opened up the distribution of vaccines to educators over 65 or those with a pre-existing health condition.

Of course, we’re encouraging any eligible staff members to receive the vaccine when it’s available to them. We’ve been heartened that some of our employees have already been able to get the first dose. In the weeks to come, we expect more staff members will be receiving appointments for the vaccine and may need to take time off during the school day to do this. We want to minimize any impacts on our students but we wanted to let you know that in some cases, we may need to move classes (whether remote or in-person) to asynchronous learning if there are staffing/coverage issues.

We promise to keep you updated and give you the most notice possible should we need to move your student to asynchronous learning for a day, half a day, or a few hours. Thank you for your ongoing support as we all continue to work together to stop the spread!

Spring ISD Rapid Testing Consent Forms

We take the health and safety of our students and their families very seriously. As such, in addition to steps to screen for the virus and prevent its spread on campus, we are adding a voluntary K-12 COVID-19 testing program for students.

Last week all parents should have received a Rapid Testing Consent Form. We are hoping to get 100% of the consent forms returned to the campus (whether you are opting-in or opting-out).

If you have any questions or need further clarification about the consent form, please don't hesitate to reach out to our campus nurse.

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Get Involved During National Mentoring Month this January

This month is designated as National Mentoring Month and is a good reminder that adult mentors can make a key difference in the lives of young people by providing them with an important source of social and emotional support. During the current pandemic, it’s especially essential that the young people in our communities have dependable people to look up to and follow in their footsteps.

Ways to help mentor during the ongoing pandemic

  • Be mindful. As COVID-19 spreads it can trigger trauma for kids any age. Let students know that you are there for them.

  • Be intentional. Preserve continuity in the relationship.

    • Acknowledge what is going on and talk about it.

    • Understand their emotions.

  • Be in it together. Let your mentee know that you are in this together and here to help.

  • Be communicative. Healthy and supportive relationships are crucial during this time.

Want more tips? Check out the National Mentoring Resource Center.

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Remote Asynchronous Learning Days Expectations

  • Students must log in to Schoology during the remote learning day.
  • Students will complete assigned lessons for the day such as pre-posted lessons, activities, or specified intervention or enrichment activities.
  • Attendance will be taken via Schoology using evidence of assignments completed and submitted or time spent on the online enrichment/intervention lessons on Schoology.
  • Teacher-led instruction, intervention, and/or enrichment will not be provided during the remote learning day.
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Family Talks Improve Social-Emotional Health

It can be difficult to connect with children and teens, but you should know that by conversing with them, it has a great impact on their social-emotional health. Having family talks whether at home, over the phone or virtually creates positive emotions such as happiness and empathy. Healthier Generation gives us great communication points to get you connecting:

  • Start with shared experiences or interests.

  • Make sure the environment is quiet and free of distractions, such as phones and electronics.

  • Approach family conversations with an open mind.

  • Be willing to pause what you are doing to listen when your child initiates a conversation.

  • If kids are not talkative, do not give up. Share a story about yourself that relates to their interests.

As you take a walk, drive home or even share a meal with your kids, open lines of communication to begin sharing stories and building conversations.

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January is National Blood Donor Month

The winter months have historically been a tough time for blood banks, with increases in seasonal illness raising demand while inclement weather and families’ busy schedules around the holidays often result in decreased blood donations. This past year, due to COVID-19, thousands of blood drives have had to be canceled, but the need – as always – remains.

The good news is that, no matter the time of year, giving blood is always in season! Donated blood can only be kept for a limited amount of time, making it important to continually replenish the supply. Someone in the U.S. requires a blood transfusion every two seconds, and National Blood Donor Month is an important reminder of this vital service that we can take part in to help others in their time of need.

Students and staff 17 or older may be eligible to donate, and students who are 16 years old may also be eligible with parental consent. For more information, check out Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, one of the largest community blood centers in the country. Their location finder can even help you find a donation opportunity near you!

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