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Williams Elementary - October 2020

Important Dates

October 6 - Fall picture day (See below for more information)

October 9 - Last day of first 9 weeks

October 12 - No classes

October 26 - Virtual book fair begins

October 6 Is Fall Picture Day

Tuesday, October 6 is fall picture day at Williams. Students will take pictures through their specials classes. Please look for the flyer in your child's Thursday folder to purchase or click here to go to the website. If you go to the website, you must use the following code: PTPUC


Virtual students should come to the school on Tuesday, October 6 between 11:00-12:00. Parents should enter the parking lot on the Buddy Riley side of the campus and park near the gym. Students will be escorted into the gym by a staff member and then brought back out to the car. Parents should expect to wait 5-15 minutes.

Reminders

*Students that chose to move from online learning to on campus learning at the end of the first nine weeks will begin coming to school on Tuesday, October 13.


*Students may change their learning option at the end of each grading period. The next time to change from online learning to on campus learning will be the middle of December. Changes will take effect when students return from the winter break.


*The last time to change a child's afternoon transportation is 2:30. Please send a note or call the front office at 281-356-6866.


*Please do not send treats or snacks for your child's birthday. Individually wrapped snacks/ice creams may be purchased through the MISD nutrition department. Treats range from $.060 each to $.085 each. Example: Individually wrapped vanilla cupcakes with icing would cost about $17 for an entire class.


*Remember to send a water bottle with your child to school with his/her name written on it.

Principal's Message

WES Parents and Guardians,


The 2020-21 school year is off and running. While this year has presented us with many new challenges, I believe that we have made it over the initial hurdle. We appreciate all of your patience and understanding with new policies that have been put in place. While some of the new procedures and policies may slow us down a little, they are meant to help keep your children safe. Your child's safety and education are our top priorities!


Please reach out to us if you have concerns or ideas.


Sincerely,


Claudia Dominguez

Principal

Our School Counselor, Mrs. Gonzales

Howdy, my name is Claudia Gonzales and I am the school counselor. I am an educator and a learner. This is my sixth year serving Williams Elementary students and loving every day of it. My goal is not to only help make Williams Elementary students better students, but better people by serving the whole child in a positive learning environment.


Please visit my webpage by clicking here. You can find information about student safety, community resources, and parent/student referrals. If at any time you need my assistance please don't hesitate to contact me at 281-356-6866 or cgonzales@magnoliaisd.org. I'm here to serve our students.

School Times

6:30 Early Morning Child Care Doors Open

(See below for more information)

7:35 Last Time to Drop Off Children at EMCC

7:45 School Doors Open

8:25 Doors on Buddy Riley Side of School Are Locked

(Main doors remain unlocked)

8:30 Classes Begin

2:30 Last time to call with a same day transportation change for your child

3:40 Dismissal

3:45-6:30 Hours of After School Adventures Program

(See below for more information)

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I eat lunch in the cafeteria with my child this year?

Not at this time. In an effort to keep your child safe, we are limiting the adults on campus to essential personnel.


I filled out the lunch application last year. Do I need to fill it out again this year?

Yes. This is application must be filled out every year. Children that were on this program last year will be allowed to continue eating for free or at the reduced price for the first 3 weeks of school, but the application must be completed again for the program to continue past that time. Families that fill out the form and qualify for the program, also receive discounts on the Adventures after school child care registration and, in some cases, a lower rate on home internet.


I want my child to wear a mask at school but he/she left it at home. What do I do?

Don't worry. We have all types of children's masks at school in different sizes and with different designs. Just call our main number and let the receptionist know that your child left his/her mask at home and you would like us to supply one. Not a problem.


I need to come in the school building for a meeting, but I forgot my mask. What do I do?

Call the receptionist and let her know that you forgot your mask. We will meet you at the front door with a disposable mask. Don't feel bad, it happens.


Has the dismissal process changed this year?

Yes, but only on the inside of the building. As a parent, you should not see a difference. Parents still drop off and pick up students on the Buddy Riley side of the building. Instead of putting all car riders in the gym to wait on parents, we have students waiting in different locations and divided by grade level so that we can continue to social distance during this process.


I know that the school is offering all meetings via ZOOM, but what if I need to meet in person for something?

If you feel that you need to meet face to face with school personnel or if you need to bring in documents, a meeting can be set up in the front office area. We have several offices in that front area and will gladly set up a place for the meeting to take place.


Can I drop off lunch for my child?

Yes. We ask that you do this only now and then to help us limit the number of visitors/adults on campus.


Can I still bring food/desserts for the class when it is my child's birthday?

No. The MISD nutrition department is now offering individually wrapped cupcakes, cookies, and ice cream desserts that can be purchased ahead of time and delivered to the class.


If the water fountains are not being used, what happens if my child is thirsty?

We are asking that you send a reusable bottle with your child's name on it which we can refill with our "no touch" water dispensers. For students that don't have/lose/forget their water bottle, we have water stations in each grade area that will either have small cups of water with lids or small water bottles, depending on the age of the students.


Will WES be having concerts and assemblies this year?

It is too early to say what will happen for the entire school year, but, at this time, we are not planning for anything that requires large groups on campus. Hopefully, this will change.


My child has to go to the clinic daily to take medication. I am concerned that he/she might be around a sick student. What can I do to avoid this?

We have expanded our clinic waiting area by converting our registrar's office into an area for students that feel sick and are showing covid-19 and/or flu symptoms. Sick students and students needing medication/asthma inhalers/band-aids, etc. will not use the same waiting area.


This has been a hard year for my family and we need help with school supplies and other things to get our children ready for the school year. Who do I contact if we need help?

Please reach out to our counselor, Claudia Gonzales at cgonzales@magnoliaisd.org. The year 2020 has been difficult for many families. Mrs. Gonzales is our resident resource expert.

Early Morning Child Care

MISD will once again be offering early morning child care (EMCC) for parents that need to drop off their children before 7:45 a.m. For more information on EMCC and a link to register your child, please click here. There is no charge for this service. If you have specific questions, please contact our campus coordinator, Ms. Lisa Yaudas at lyaudas@magnoliaisd.org.

After School Adventures Program

If you need your child to remain at WES after school is dismissed, we offer the Adventures after school program. The hours are 3:45-6:30. For information on this program, including prices and how to register, please click here.

What bus does my child ride?

If you need information on what bus your child rides, please click here.

CIP and TIP Review Meeting

We will hold virtual meetings on October 22 and October 26 at 5:30 p.m. to review the Williams Elementary CIP (Campus Improvement Plan) and the campus STAAR date from 2018-2019, as well as the campus report card and rating. All are welcome to attend via ZOOM.


Topic: CIP and TIP Review Meeting

Time: Oct 22, 2020 05:30 PM

Meeting ID: 917 1330 7337

Passcode: 01ktte


Topic: CIP and TIP Review Meeting

Time: Oct 26, 2020 05:30 PM

Meeting ID: 915 1265 3346

Passcode: 1aXY5Q

Motto

Dream It, Believe It, Achieve It


Vision

Empowering learners and leaders who will create a

better present and future.


Mission

Williams Elementary is committed to providing a safe and positive learning environment where everyone feels valued and empowered. We are a community of learners who continuously develop relationships, seek relevance, and embrace rigorous challenges.