Paloma Creek Elementary

October 2016

Important Dates

10/3- Beginning of 2nd Six Weeks

10/3-10/7- Early Release Week- 11:50 Daily/ Parent Conference Week

10/6 - BHS Spirit Day

10/7 - PCE Spirit Day

10/10- School Holiday

10/13 - BHS Spirit Day

10/14- PCE Spirit Day

10/14- Fall Festival

10/18- Fall Picture Day

10/18- Progress Reports Go Home

10/19- College Shirt Day

10/20 - BHS Spirit Day

10/21- PCE Spirit Day

10/24-10/28- Red Ribbon Week

10/24-10/26- 5th Grade Camp Jolt

10/27- BHS Spirit Day

10/28- PCE Spirit Day

Early Release and Parent Conference Week

This week (October 3rd – 7th) students will have early release for parent conferences. Students will be dismissed this week at 12:00. The lunch schedule for this week is different than our normal times. If you are planning to enjoy lunch with your students, please see the schedule below.

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Breakfast and Lunch Menu for Early Release Week

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PCE Spirit Stick

Did you know that each week the students compete for our PCE Spirit Stick? The hallway in which most students wear Paloma Creek spirit wear (PCE shirts or maroon, black or gold) wins the spirit stick for the week. Help your child's hallway win this week by remembering to wear spirit shirts on Friday!

Falcon Festival

The Falcon Festival is coming soon! We hope you will bring your family and friends for this fun event on Friday, October 14th from 5:30 to 8:30. Tuesday, October 4th envelopes will be coming home in Tuesday Folders to purchase tickets at a discounted price prior to the event. Tickets will also be available for purchase the night of the festival. There will be fun activities and food trucks will be on site to purchase dinner. We hope to see you there!

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Attendance Matters

Please call the office at 972-347-3700 to let your child's teacher know your child will be absent from school that day. Your child’s academic success is very important to us. In order for that to happen, his/her attendance in class is extremely important. We wanted to make sure everyone is aware of the attendance policy, as the state law is very clear on which absences are excused.

The following is a district-approved list of approved absence reasons with the proper documentation for elementary students:

  • medical illness
  • board approved extracurricular activities
  • medicals appointments, screenings and similar matters
  • juvenile or other court preceding
  • absences required by state or local welfare authorities
  • death and or serious illness of an immediate family member (with documentation)
  • religious holy days
  • family emergencies (approved by administrator)
  • weather and road conditions that make traveling dangerous
  • quarantine
  • deployment of immediate family members

All other absences, unless approved by an administrator, will be unexcused. Failure to turn in a handwritten note or send an email to palomanotes@dentonisd.org school within 72 hours of the absence will result in an unverified absence. Regardless of the reason, documentation is required for every absence.


A student is counted tardy if he/she is not in the classroom when the tardy bell rings (7:50 a.m. for Denton ISD elementary schools). Excessive tardiness may become a matter for the attendance officers. These are considered Loss of Significant Instructional Time (LOSIT) and can be addressed by the court the same as unexcused absences. Leaving school early (being signed out prior to dismissal) is also considered a LOSIT. If a child must leave early due to a medical/dental appt, please bring in the note from the doctor so it can be excused.


According to the Compulsory Attendance Law, an accumulation of 10 unexcused absences or LOSIT's in a six-month period may result in possible truancy court action.

Denton ISD policy states that a handwritten note or email sent to palomanotes@dentonisd.org must be received within 72 hours of the child returning to school in order to excuse an absence as long as it meets the excused criteria, even if you called the attendance line. (The call is to let the teacher know not to expect your child in class that day; the note is for proper documentation.) Please see the student code of conduct for complete details. Make sure the note has your child's full name, dates of the absences, reason for the absence, and your signature and date. If a handwritten note or email sent to palomanotes@dentonisd.org is received after 72 hours the absence will be considered un­excused. Please call our office if you have any questions.


10 Tips for Good Attendance


It's the Law

PTA Corner

Parents, we really encourage you to join the PTA!!! We would love to see as many kids as possible have a voice represent them! This year PTA’s mission is: Every Child. One Voice.


Whether you are looking for opportunities to get involved or just to be plugged in at Paloma Creek, join PTA to have a voice!


The membership goal for this year is to reach 200 or more members. Currently we have 148 members. If you haven't had the chance to come in and join your PTA, here's the link to do so online ---> joinpta.org.


We hope to see you at the next General Meeting on November 15th.