Park Crest Panther Paper

September 21, 2020

Newsletter Translations

Newsletter Translations

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Conversation with the Counselor (and administration too!)!

Please join us for our first monthly parent meeting with our counselor, Mrs. Johnson! This will be an opportunity for you to connect with other parents. Connecting with other parents and talking with member of the school is VERY important. We want to be there for you! We know you might be struggling to balance work, child care, and self-care while keeping worries under control. You don’t have to do it alone. We're here, ready to listen and help!

Thursday, September 24 at 8:30AM or 2PM using the Google Meet link below!

To join the video meeting, click this link:

Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 320-400-3261 and enter this PIN: 151 138 697#

Our agenda includes:

  1. Back to school celebrations, questions, concerns. How can we help? We want to hear from you!
  2. Next steps for Parent Involvement. How can you be involved?
  3. Title I: What is it and why is it important for your student? The attached video provides background information on Title I.
    Title I Video English
    Title I Video Spanish
    Title I Video Vietnamese

A Message From Garland ISD Superintendent Dr. Ricardo López

“For more than 100 years, Garland ISD has focused on providing an exceptional education while stretching our budgets to protect our taxpayers. This year, GISD is once again leading the state and the nation with our innovative Tax Rate Election that will be on the November 3rd ballot.

Unlike most TREs, ours could actually be called a Tax Reduction Election. If the TRE is approved by voters, our new property tax rate would be approximately $1.34 – a nearly .05¢ decrease from last year and a nearly .12¢ decrease from 2018-19. In fact, the tax rate would be the lowest our community has seen in six years.

The TRE will impact every student at each of our 72 schools and increase their opportunities while providing property tax rate relief for every business and homeowner.

Please take a moment to review this website to learn more about our TRE. Our goal is to make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed vote on November 3rd.”

The following resources can help you learn more.

• TRE website -

• Informational video -

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Observe the Moon Night Student Challenge!

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On September 26th, the GISD Planetarium will kick the our first student and family virtual outreach program, NASA'S International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN).

Students and their family members can participate in two ways:

Level 1: Take a selfie with the moon on September 26, the official day of InOMN, and submit it through our tri-district planetarium website Participants will receive a NASA "I Observed the Moon" Certificate.

Level 2: Take a selfie and complete three challenges (moon journal, lunar lander, and a moon myth) as an individual or as a family. GISD participants will enter to win a "small group" planetarium show in a socially distant environment.

NASA will present a virtual short program to the class with the most students who complete Level 2. Additionally, the winning school will host the exclusive NASA International Observe the Moon Night banner until winter break.

The deadline to submit photos/videos for the three challenges and the moon selfie is October 25th.

Important Dates to Remember


24 - Conversations with the Counselor (8:30am and 2pm)

24 - Progress Report will post in Skyward under the portfolio tab.


Drug and Alcohol Prevention Month and Anti-Bullying Month

2 - 1st Cycle Ends

5 - Fair Day - student break

6-9 - Fall Intersession (Only students who were invited will attend, all other students will have fall break)

13 - Report Cards posted online in Skyward under the portfolio tab.

Mrs. Nethaway's Library 'LANDING PAGE'

Students have the opportunity to check out library books even while learning at home. Read more in Mrs. Nethaway's newsletter!

Counselor’s Corner

If you need assistance with individual concerns or counseling services, please reach out to Mrs. Medrano-Johnson at, or fill out the following Park Crest Request for Counseling Services form by using the QR code or clicking on the link.


Park Crest is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Like OUR PAGE on FACEBOOK for up to date information! FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @PCES_Panthers for our virtual spirit weeks and find us on Instagram at ParkCrestElementary to see what students and staff are up to!

Past Panther Papers

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