Volume 25 - February 15-19
Mark Your Calendar
February 15 - Student Holiday
February 15-21 - Instructional Delivery Model Selection Dates
February 15-19 - Love Week - Please go to the Love Week web for information, activities, T-shirt sales, etc. Love Week 2021 - Elementary Schools are collecting socks for ACO.
February 19 - Coffee with Coffman
February 25 - PTA Board 5:00 PM and PTA General Meeting 5:30 PM
February 27 - Eagle Run
Instructional Delivery Model Selection Dates
Parents wishing to change their child’s participation in either At-Home Learning or In-Person Learning for the next nine-weeks grading period will need to complete the Commitment Form. Only parents that want to make a change need to complete the form on February 15-21.
Information will be sent to all parents about the process to request a change via email. All changes will be effective on the first day of each new nine weeks grading period as listed below:
Staffing Impacts on Changes to Instructional Model
Allen ISD understands that families may want to change their instructional delivery model selection during the school year. Due to the scheduling complexities inherent in both At-Home Learning and In-Person Learning, parents are asked to make a commitment for at least one full nine-weeks grading period.
Please note that adjustments in instructional delivery model selections across the district may impact teacher assignments and student schedules.
Staff may need to shift to align with new instructional model choices. Therefore, even students who do not change instructional models could experience a change to their teacher(s), course availability or class schedule as teachers are assigned based on the numbers of students and course requests in each environment. Elementary students making changes to their instructional delivery model selection may not be guaranteed to be assigned to their home campus based on staffing and grade level seat availability.
Valentine's Day - No Deliveries
We understand that students will miss having a candy treat that day, and we want them to celebrate Valentine's Day. Therefore, we are currently preparing for every student a small treat bag with candy and a pencil. These bags will be put together using gloves and then sit for at least 3 days prior to being provided to students.
On February 12, In Person students will receive their treat bags at school. The At Home students can pick-up their treat bags from the teachers at 10:00-11:00 during the asynchronous time. This is intended just as a small treat and At Home students are not required to pick-up.
Please do not send any candy or treat with your students to share with friends. If you would like for them to give their friends candy or cards, please consider the option of purchasing Candy Grams next week.
Coffee with Coffman
Take a Coffee Break with Mrs. Coffman!
Communication, Collaboration, and Coffee are a perfect combination.
Join Mrs. Coffman and other parents via Zoom for a time to
Provide feedback, ask questions, and collaborate
on improving procedures and practices at Boyd Elementary.
February 19, 2021
8:00-9:00 AM – In English
9:00-10:00 – In Spanish
Meeting ID: 859 2432 1741
- Watch DOGs - outside of the building greeting students and support with car line at arrival and dismissal.
- Library - support with shelving books
Please complete the following form if you are interested in volunteering as a Watch DOG greeter or as a library volunteer. https://forms.gle/82bX8ukojVyobWMT8
Volunteer Protocols while on Campus:
Background check must be completed prior to the time on campus https://www.allenisd.org/page/214
Adhere to Allen ISD Volunteer Guidelines found here: https://www.allenisd.org/page/214
COVID self-assessment check must be done. Please see the student screener linked here for questions to consider prior to coming to campus.
Masks must be worn at all times.
Keep social distance from staff and students while on campus. No close contact interaction with students and limited interaction with staff members in the designated areas.
Stay in the designated volunteer area during the time on campus. No visits to classrooms or areas with students such as the cafeteria.
Watch Dogs at dismissal/arrival will be limited to the use of air hugs, elbow bumps, or air high fives when greeting students to avoid direct physical contact.
Library volunteers will be limited to one volunteer per day at the designated time frames.
Information from PTA - Box Tops
In the past, we have had many involved parents and educators bringing in their clipped Box Tops to help raise money for school field trips and necessary supplies.
I would love for you to join me in earning cash for our school by using the Box Tops app. It’s an easy way to make a difference. All you have to do is buy Box Tops participating products (like Cheerios!) and scan your grocery receipt. Box Tops are worth $.10 each and they add up fast! Twice a year, our school receives a check to help pay for whatever we need - equipment, supplies or experiences the kids love!
Use the referral code XCS06DDR when you sign up and you’ll get 30 Bonus Box Tops when you scan your first receipt now through 02/17/2021, while supplies last!
Download the Box Tops for Education app from the app store or copy and paste this link: https://btfe.smart.link/c2jjdifkw?referral_code=XCS06DDR
Thank you for your support!
Alton Boyd Elem PTA
Ways and Means VP
Kinder Registration for Next School Year
Pre-K students currently enrolled and attending Allen ISD at Rountree or Cheatham do not need to re-enroll for kindergarten.
The first day of school is scheduled for August 11, 2021.
Enrollment forms and information are available on the Allen ISD enrollment website. https://allenisd.org/Page/58088
6th Grade Parents - Immunization Requirement for 7th Grade
In order to comply with entry requirements for 7th Grade, your student will be required to have the following immunizations:
- Tdap (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis)
Turn in proof of immunization to Nurse Terry as soon as possible.
Take-Home Skill: Making Amends for Kids
Like adults, children can find themselves in situations where they recognize they’ve hurt or wronged someone either on purpose or by accident.
Although you might be tempted to ask your child to say they’re sorry, not all apologies are effective. A more helpful approach is to invite your child to think about how to make amends by following the steps below.
- Empathize: Begin a conversation—either about something that happened to your child, or about a story your child is reading or watching where one character harmed another, regardless of their intention. Open by helping your child notice how the victim could be feeling.
- Brainstorm Actions to Help: Ask your child, “What do you think you (or the character) could do to help right now?” Encourage them to move beyond a perfunctory and half-hearted “Sorry” to think about possible actions they could take to alleviate the hurt or right the wrong. This could be helping someone rebuild a tower of cards that they knocked over, bringing an ice pack to someone who tripped over their foot, re- placing someone’s markers that they let dry out, or asking someone they left out of a game to play with them.
- Act: Encourage your children to commit to an act of reparation (like the examples above) alongside their apologies.
Parent Chats—AISD Support Counselors are continuing to offer support to struggling parents through support chats. Parents can register up to two weeks in advance by going to the District Counseling page.
How to Talk to Your Kids About the Chaos at the Capitol—From National Geographic
The events at the U.S. Capitol caused fear and confusion. Here's how to help children make sense of it all.
- First and foremost, assure them they are safe.
- Have a conversation so they know it’s okay to talk about it and ask questions.
- Maintain a sense of calm by using your own coping skills
In Person Leaners - Do not send student to school with ANY COVID-19 symptoms
Everyone has to do their part to reduce the spread of COVID. Each day parents are asked to assess their students prior to sending them to school. The self-screening consists of parents answering questions regarding exposure to and symptoms of COVID-19. If your child or someone in the home has symptoms that may be COVID-19, please do not send the student to school. For example: If a parent or sibling has multiple symptoms and is being tested, please do not send the student until you have the result from the test confirmed negative. Contact the school nurse for guidance if you are not sure.
Students should not be sent to school if;
- they have been in close contact with any person with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 10 days (CDC updated this time from 14 days to 10 days)
- they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 until released by the doctor, or
- they exhibit any of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit.
Students that have had close contact, been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are exhibiting any of the symptoms will need to communicate with Nurse Phillips at 972-727-0560.
PTA needs your help!
Due to our current COVID guidelines, the PTA has been unable to grow our membership as we have traditionally done in the past. Our school benefits greatly from the PTA’s membership income each year.
Please consider joining our PTA for the 2020-2021 school year at joinpta.org for $10. Once at the website, click on the white “Join PTA” in the middle of the screen and then use the drop-down menus to find our school. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Free and Reduced Lunch Application
It is an unusual year due to coronavirus disruptions. Nevertheless, one thing has not changed, parents need to complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Application. This is important data because it can impact school funding from federal grants. The Title 1 federal grant provides our school with funding for additional staff and resources needed to meet the needs of all of our students.
- Information: Free and Reduced Lunch Storyboard for Parents in English and Spanish, https://www.esc16.net/page/title1swi._PFE.Video.FRL.Strybord.Parents
If you qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch, please assist our school in receiving the needed funding to meet the needs of all of our students by completing the Free and Reduced Lunch Application.
Parent, Student, & Teacher Compact
The compact is another word for “contract” or “agreement.” The Boyd Elementary Parent – Student – Teacher Compact is an agreement between parents, students, and the school (teachers and staff) to foster student achievement. Please read and complete the form below and let’s all take active roles in improving student academic achievement and in building and developing a partnership that will help children achieve success in school and in life.
Please visit the Student Nutrition webpage for menus, meal prices, and updates to the curbside lunch pick-up.
Daily meal pick-up will be 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Student nutrition personnel will greet and assist at the pick-up area. Heating instructions will be provided daily with meals.
Parents/guardians will need to provide proof of AISD enrollment (Student ID#).
Please pick-up meals in the following areas:
- Boyd Elementary, 800 Jupiter Rd, Allen, TX 75002– In front of the school drop-off next to the cafeteria.
- Rountree Elementary, 800 E. Main St., Allen, TX 75002 – In front of the school drop-off next to the cafeteria.
- Ereckson Middle School, 450 Tatum Dr., Allen, TX 75013 – Enter the first driveway from Tatum and follow to the back of the school.
- Curtis Middle School, 1530 Rivercrest Blvd, Allen, TX 75002– From Malone take the second left at the athletic fields and follow the road to door #10.
Alton Boyd Elementary School
800 S Jupiter
Principal: Judith Coffman
Asst. Principal: Jenna Capps
Asst. Principal: Wendy Williams
Secretary: Elaine Gamboa
Registration: Gabby Villegas
Receptionist: Ale Reyes
Nurse: Terry Phillips
Counselor: Patricia Chavez
CARE: Marisol Puterbaugh
Campus Intervention Specialist (CIS): Yessica Schessler
PTA President: April Cheney