Principal's BLOG

~Gratitude ~Resilience ~Integrity ~Tenacity

Thankfulness is in the AIR!

Hello Cross Timbers Family!


I love the month of November! It's the month when people really think about gratitude and thankfulness which is something Cross Timbers focuses on ALL YEAR LONG!


Gratitude is the G in GRIT and the staff, students and I talk about it on a daily basis. We try to show appreciation and return kindness every day. We know that people who have gratitude appreciate the things they receive and acknowledge the good things in their life.


With that being said, I am so grateful for you parents! Thank you for raising such wonderful students. Cross Timbers has the best of the best! Our school is without a doubt blessed beyond measure.


I am thankful for a school year that is "normal-ish". A year that we can welcome our families back into the building and begin to re-establish our family atmosphere.


I appreciate every staff member that works so hard everyday to do what is best for our students. From our teachers to our paraprofessionals to our custodians to our cafeteria staff, every adult in our building has ONE focus, and that is THE KIDS!


Best of all, I am so entirely blessed that I get the privilege to be the principal to 547 uniquely gifted children. I am sincere when I say "IT IS THE BEST JOB EVER!" Even on the hard days!


I hope all of you join with me and enjoy this season of thankfulness!


Shelly Wynns, Principal, Cross Timbers Elementary

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Thanksgiving Luncheon details below....

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Remote Conferencing

While potential state funding for virtual learning is still pending approval in the Texas Legislative Second Called Special Session, the Texas Education Agency is allowing “Remote Conferencing”. Remote Conferencing is not the same as virtual learning.

Remote Conferencing allows a student to work remotely from home in 10-day increments, with a maximum of 20 days for the school year, without being counted absent, provided certain requirements are met.

Per TEA, requirements that must be met for a student to participate in Remote Conferencing:

  • The student is unable to attend school because of a temporary medical condition. The temporary medical condition must be documented by a physician and include a statement that the student is to remain confined to their home or a hospital, or
  • The student has tested positive for a communicable condition listed in 25 TAC §97.7 (including COVID), or
  • The student has been identified as having been in close contact with COVID-19.

Students who meet these requirements are not required to participate in Remote Conferencing. It is optional.

Remote Conferencing in Azle ISD began on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

Remote Conferencing allows a student to be marked present if they meet the daily instructional requirements. This means that if all conditions are met, the student will be marked present for the school day. Remote Conferencing will be available for eligible students in grades PreK-12. Special services will not be provided during this time.

Remote Conferencing must be synchronous instruction, meaning the online facilitator and the student must be face-to-face via Zoom meeting format, for a total of 2 to 4 hours depending on the student’s grade level. Remote Conferencing cannot be asynchronous. For additional details, visit www.azleisd.net/RemoteConferencing.

On days a student participates in Remote Conferencing, the student may not take part in extracurricular on-campus activities, including but not limited to UIL sanctioned activities and practices and/or all after-school activities.

Remote Conferencing provides academic support while helping to avoid:

  • Truancy.
  • Make-up hours.
  • Possibly not gaining credit due to the 90% attendance rule.


Dr. Amy Tong (atong@azleisd.net) will be the administrator overseeing Remote Conferencing in Azle ISD. For more information, please visit www.azleisd.net/RemoteConferencing. If you have any questions please contact your student’s campus administrator, Dr. Tong, or the Azle ISD Curriculum Department at 817-444-3235.
PTO Volunteer Opportunities

Please click the button to select the opportunity that best fits your schedule.

PTO Needs Your Help!

CT Families:


If you love our school and are looking for ways to help make it even better for our students and our staff please consider joining our PTO!


Please use the button above to let us know you are interested!


-Mrs. Wynns, Principal

HAPPENING In November & December!

November

  • November 2 - Happy Birthday Trey Shaw

  • November 5 - Progress Report

  • November 11 - Veteran’s Day

  • November 17 - Thanksgiving Luncheon (Last Names A-M)

  • November 18 - Thanksgiving Luncheon (Last Names N-Z)

  • November 19 - Campus Science Day

  • November 22-26 - Thanksgiving Break

  • November 23 - Happy Birthday Sheri Spikes

  • November 29 - Student Holiday

  • November 29 - Progress Report


December

  • December 2 - 4th Grade Music Performance 2pm & 6pm

  • December 2 - Happy Birthday Cheryl Jordan

  • December 9 - Happy Birthday Belinda Pennington

  • December 17 - Christmas Party

  • December 17 - Early Release Day (Staff & Students)

  • December 20 - Happy Birthday Traci Rabe

  • December 29 - Happy Birthday Meleasa Clements and Charlean Roberts

  • December 30 - Happy Birthday Christy Taylor

  • December 20-31 - Christmas Break

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Students, teachers and staff will be focusing on the characteristics of GRATITUDE, RESILIENCE, INTEGRITY and TENACITY this school year.


Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful, readiness to show appreciation and readiness to return kindness.


Students will practice demonstrating gratitude in all areas of the school, ie. the cafe, the classroom, and at recess.


Resilience is defined as the ability to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions. I will be describing resilient people, those that can bounce back from any setback and have a positive attitude and are optimistic about challenge.


Resilience at school looks like taking chances to learn new things, knowing that mistakes are ok, following directions the first time, and being "teachable".


Integrity is the practice of being honest and consistently doing what is right.


Students can demonstrate integrity by following directions the first time, making choices that will make the student proud, telling the truth and treating others kindly and fairly.


Tenacity is being persistent, never giving up, doing whatever is required to accomplish a goal.


Students can demonstrate tenacity by giving their best effort, setting goals, using their time wisely and learning with purpose.


When we put the characteristics together, they make GRIT.


GRIT is strength of character; firmness of mind or spirit; unyielding courage in the face of hardship; the drive, stamina, and fortitude to push through ANY challenge or obstacle until success is achieved.


Please join me in teaching these characteristics at home!

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From our Azle ISD Handbook on Attendance:

Parents must document reasons for an absence for the absence to be considered excused. Parents of students in all grades shall provide written notice of why an absence occurred within two days of the absence unless there are extenuating circumstances as determined by the principal. Notice received after two days of the absence shall not be considered for establishing excused absences except in extenuating circumstances as determined by principal or superintendent.


Please email ctaylor@azleisd.net with parent/doctor notes.

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Attendance makes a difference!

School starts at 7:45am and ends at 3:15pm.


Please help your child attend every minute they can.


Attending school every day = 100% attendance

Attending 4 days a week = 80% attendance = more than half a term missed per year.

Attending 3½ days each week = 70% attendance = more than a quarter of the school year missed.


An average attendance of 80% or less across a child’s school career adds up to missing a whole 2 years from school.


Being late for school reduces learning time. If your child is 5 minutes late every day they will miss three days of learning each year. If your child is 15 minutes late every day they will miss 2 weeks of learning each year.


-Mrs. Mahoney, Assistant Principal

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Parent Reminder:


If your student is absent from school due to illness please email the teacher to let them know.


Our current district health and safety plan follows the CDC and Texas Education Agency Public Health guidelines regarding keeping students home or sending home students with symptoms which include:


-Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees

-Loss of taste or smell

-Cough

-Difficulty breathing

-Shortness of breath

-Fatigue

-Headache

-Chills

-Sore throat

-Congestion or runny nose

-Shaking or exaggerated shivering

-Diarrhea

-Nausea or vomiting


We realize that these symptoms can occur with many common illnesses or conditions such as seasonal allergies or asthma. The nurse will contact you to discuss any of these that may be a caused by other conditions, the severity, your student’s ability to participate in class, current outbreaks at school etc.

If your child goes home with possible COVID-19 symptoms you will get an information sheet with criteria for when your student can return to campus. This includes fever-free for 24 hrs and 10 days since symptoms occurred and have improved. They may return before the 10 days if they are cleared by a doctor and have a note or a negative COVID-19 test and symptoms improved.

If you don’t receive a form, your student is being sent home with symptoms due to a known condition for monitoring and may return when symptoms improve.


Please keep your child home if experiencing fever until 24 hrs fever-free, no episodes of vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hrs and all over symptoms have improved.

If you have any questions or need some help deciding if your child should stay home from school or not for a symptom or illness, please contact Nurse Stowe at 817-444-3802 or mstowe@azleisd.net

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Suite 360

Cross Timbers Elementary is proud to be piloting a new program for Azle ISD called “Suite 360”.


“Suite 360” is a digital character development and social and emotional learning program. Each week Cross Timbers is focusing on a specific learning characteristic that is discussed every morning on announcements. Each grade level is assigned a lesson that is customized to their developmental level.


So far we have learned about friendship, expectations, time-management, growth mindset, goal setting, bullying, conflict resolution, relationships, and teamwork!

Hello families!

I have created a Bitmoji classroom for students to utilize at any time. Every picture has a link to books, videos, and calming tools for you to use at your discretion. If your student would like to tell me something, whether it be something that is concerning them to something exciting that is happening, they can click on my name and it will take them to a google doc they can use to do so.


Click here to access Mrs. Dowell's Bitmoji Classroom!


Parents, feel free to email me anytime at kdowell@azleisd.net! We have already come so far in this short amount of time this year. I can’t wait to see how much we continue to grow!


– Mrs. Dowell, Counselor

First Day Procedures and Beyond...

The first day of school is Wednesday August 11th, 2021. Approximately 600 students will arrive at Cross Timbers each day by bus or car. Be prepared for a crowd! Courtesy and patience is appreciated as we all get accustomed to the routine! It gets better as we all get better at it!


Morning Drop Off:


Doors will open at 7:30am. Parents are welcome to walk students to their classrooms on the first day of school. We ask that parents have all photographs taken and hugs and kisses given by 7:45am, so that students can eat breakfast and get into the routine of school.


After the first day, beginning Thursday August 12th, per district policy, parents will need to drop off students in the parent drop off loop. Cross Timbers staff will be outside waiting to open car doors and make sure that students enter the building. Students will be counted tardy after 7:45am. Parents are required to sign in all students that are tardy in the office.


Afternoon Pick Up:


School dismissal is at 3:15pm. If students are checked out early for an appointment, it must be before 3pm. Checking out early (even at 3pm) affects student perfect attendance and star student eligibility.


If you need to change how your child is going home, this must be submitted prior to noon.


  • K-2 grade students will be picked up on the north side of the school where the kindergarten playground is located.

  • 3rd & 4th grade students will be picked up on the south side of the school where the cafe is located. (3rd & 4th siblings of K-2 students will be picked up on the K-2nd side)

  • Staff members will load students into the cars while parents remain in their vehicles.

  • Parents MUST have a school issued car tag hanging from their rearview mirror, otherwise the parent will be asked to pull around, park and go inside the office to present a photo ID.


Breakfast:


Breakfast is served FREE to all students each morning 7:30-7:45am in their classroom. If your child plans to eat breakfast at school, please have them here before 7:45am.


Lunch with Your Student:


You are welcome to come eat lunch with your student! Make sure to check in through the office and get a visitor’s badge. Please sit at the parent table with your student. You may bring in outside food, but only for you and your student. No other guests may eat with you at the parent table. No lunch visitors will be permitted the first week of school to allow your child some time to make friends and learn cafeteria procedures. The campus is closed to lunch visitors on various days throughout the school year. These dates will be communicated with our families in advance. Please make sure to get your student back in line with their class to return to instruction on time.


You can add lunch money to your child's account by sending it in their daily folder (Please make sure that it is clearly marked for the cafeteria account. We cannot make change or break large bills. All money sent will be applied to the account.) or online. To add money online, visit the Student Nutrition Accounts page.


Visitors to Campus:


Campus doors will remain locked throughout the school day, and visitors are buzzed in from outside the main office. Inside the office, visitors will need to present an ID to receive a visitor’s badge that must be worn while in the building. Please return your visitor’s badge to the front office as you leave campus so that you can be signed out through our visitor tracking system.


Volunteering:


We love and appreciate our volunteers! If you want to help make copies or volunteer for events, we encourage you to get in touch with your child's teacher or the Cross Timber's PTO. An Azle ISD approved background check is required for all volunteers on our campus. To protect instruction time, parents and volunteers are asked to go directly to the workroom after obtaining a visitor's badge in the front office. If you have a question for your child's teacher, please send them an email or leave them a message to call you during their conference time. While students are in the classroom, we ask that you understand and respect that the teacher's focus and attention should be on their students. If you would like to meet with your child’s teacher, please contact them to schedule a time to meet in advance.


Attendance:


Attendance is important. Make sure to be on time everyday and stay the entire time. Anytime a student is not in class from 7:45-3:15 a note is required. After three days of absence, a doctor’s note is required.


*Missing just 15 minutes of instruction every day equals 2 weeks of missed learning per year!


Birthdays:


You are welcome to send store bought, pre-packaged snacks/cupcakes to school, so that your student can celebrate their birthday with their classmates. Please do not send any homemade items.

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I have so many questions...who can I talk to?

Help logging into the Parent Portal to register your child: Technology Support for Registration Help


Other Registration Questions - email the campus secretary Leslie Idell or call the campus (817) 444-3802 - office hours are 8:00-4:00 until the first day of school, then they will be 7:45-3:15


Nurse - email Nurse Misty Stowe


School Supplies - email Counselor Kristi Dowell

How do I sign my child up to receive bus services to or from school?

Any parent who wishes to use district bus transportation this year has to sign up online for the service. This option was available when you went online to re-register for the year and update your proof of residence info. If you did this, skip to step 2 below. If you did not, go to step 1 below.


Step 1: To request bus service for your student, go to the Azle ISD Trasportation website and select “2020-2021 Registration for Transportation” (on the left-hand side). You will fill out a google form that goes to transportation for them to add your students to their list.


Step 2: Once you have signed up for bus services (step 1 or during re-registration) and the transportation department has had time to process the request, you can go to the Azle ISD Transportation website and click on “Azle ISD Bus Routes” (on the left-hand side) and follow the directions to set up an account and get info about drop-off and pick-up times and the bus number for your student.


If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Azle ISD Transportation Department at (817) 444-1322.

What time does school start daily?

Instruction begins at 7:45 AM. Students who arrive after 7:45 AM will be considered tardy.


Please note that FREE breakfast in the classroom is served daily to ALL Cross Timbers' students 7:30-7:45 AM. If your child plans to eat breakfast at school, please make sure that you drop them off early enough to give them time to walk to class and finish eating before instruction begins at 7:45 AM.

What time does school dismiss daily?

School dismisses at 3:15 PM. Students will be loaded into cars in the parent pick-up lanes from 3:15-3:45 PM each day. Please make sure that you arrive before 3:45 PM to pick up your child. All parents/guardians picking up a student must have the campus issued parent pick-up car tag hanging from your rear view mirror.


*While our students are settling into their new routine, it is likely that parent pick-up will be slower the first few days of school. Please be patient with us as we work to load everyone safely into their vehicle. It will get better!

Will my child be able to bring a water bottle?

Yes, we encourage your child to bring a water bottle. Our water fountains have water bottle filling stations available to fill your child's water bottle. Please make sure that you send a bottle with a lid that screws on and off - no cups with straws that can be spilled.