North Notes

Newsletter for November 16, 2020- December 6, 2020

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A Note from the Principal

Dear North Families,


I hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall weather!

Thank you for your support of our fall fundraiser and the WSISD Thanksgiving Food Drive. Many families will be helped by your generous donations.

We were excited to see so many of you participate in our Teaming and STEAMing Night to see how you can continue to support your child's growth and success. We love visiting with our families.

Please do not hesitate to contact me, Mrs. Alexander, Mrs. Barber, or Ms. Bautista if you have any questions or suggestions.


Enjoy your Thanksgiving break!!


Love, Mrs. Bitters


Principal- cbitters@wsisd.net

Assistant Principal- lalexander@wsisd.net

Assistant Principal- cbarber@wsisd.net

Counselor- jbautista@wsisd.net

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Dates for October ---- District and Campus Dates

Tues., Nov. 17- Big Kahuna Fundraiser Collection Day- Orders and Payment Due and A/AB Honor Roll Parties

Wed., Nov. 18- Cancer Awareness Shirt Day

Thurs., Nov. 19- House Costume and Pep Rally Day

Fri., Nov. 20- Student Holiday/Staff Development Day

Mon., Nov. 23rd-Fri., Nov. 27th- Thanksgiving Break

Thurs., Dec. 3- Character Luncheon

Thursdays-GRIT House Color Day

Fridays-Royal Revolution BLUE Day

Fundraiser ends on Tuesday, November 17th. Please bring or send order form and payments to front office. Thanks for your support!!

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Contact Mrs. Bitters at cbitters@wsisd.net, if interested in applying.

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1. When sending breakfast, lunch, or snack items to school with students, please send items that the student can open.

2. Students that wish to pick up breakfast in the mornings should be in the cafeteria by 7:15 am.

3. We still need donations of toilet paper rolls.

Virtual Learning is Going Strong

We've worked out the beginning of the year kinks in our virtual learning program and everything is now going well. We are so proud of our students that are attending class each day and completing all assignments! Keep up the great work.

Families that prefer for their student to return to in-person learning will be allowed to do so.

If you feel In Person learning would better suit your student please complete this form. The campus will follow up with you to let you know your child's teacher.

Birthday Celebrations

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Upcoming Birthdays!!!

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Donations Requested

Welcome Back! Enjoy our North Elementary Virtual Tour!

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Please help morning arrival move more quickly by having your child's backpack ready and mask on when arriving. Children should be ready to quickly exit the vehicle. Thanks!

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Stay connected through Skylert and School Status.

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Mrs. Tijerina, Receptionist

Please join us on our North Elementary and WSISD Facebook pages for important information and to see all of the great things going on!

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Students should not walk to school or be dropped off before 7:00 am. For safety reasons, we cannot have students outside on the campus before the school opens. Thank you for your cooperation.

If you arrive after 3:00 pm to pick your child up for early dismissal, please park across the street so you do not get blocked in by our daycare and school buses. You will not be able to get out easily.

Morning Arrival & Afternoon Dismissal Traffic Flow Maps

Friendly Reminder

To help us keep traffic moving quickly and not stalling on the main roads surrounding North, please consider not arriving until traffic has started moving after school. Traffic usually starts moving at 3:35.

Administration

Connie Bitters- Principal, cbitters@wsisd.net

Lynette Alexander- Assistant Principal, lalexander@wsisd.net

Carla Barber- Assistant Principal, cbarber@wsisd.net

Jessica Bautista- Counselor, jbautista@wsisd.net

Front Office Staff

Brenda Tijerina- Receptionist, btijerina@wsisd.net

Kristine Franco- Principal Secretary, kfranco@wsisd.net

Jen Tyler- PEIMS, jtyler@wsisd.net

Kasey Wright- Nurse, kwright@wsisd.net

Here's Your 2019-20 North Elementary Staff- We will update when COVID restrictions allow.

Looking for PTO Volunteers

We would still love to have more support and volunteers. Please reach out to a PTO Board Member if you are interested in helping.The PTO Board would love to meet you and include you in the discussion about the wonderful things that are planned for our students and staff this year. We would also love to have everyone join and participate in our PTO this year. Everyone can be a valued member and help make our school even better for our children.

Brenda Tijerina- President

Autumn Balfour- Vice President

Keyona Boatwright- Secretary

Keithanne Davis- Treasurer

Jacqueline Mejia- Volunteer Coordinator


Email btijerina@wsisd.net for information regarding PTO.

School Schedule

Kindergarten- 4th Grade

Doors Open: 7:00 am

Grab and Go Breakfast can be purchased: 7:00-7:25

Breakfast in classroom: 7:20-7:40 am

First Bell: 7:30 am

TARDY BELL: 7:40 am

Dismissal: 3:30 pm

Skylert Messenger- Emergency Alert System

We will be using Skylert Messenger. If you would like to receive emergency notifications and friendly reminders, please text "Yes" to 67587.

IF YOU HAVE EVER UNSUBSCRIBED TO THESE ALERTS, PLEASE FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO SUBSCRIBE BACK IN.

Applying for the Breakfast and Lunch Program is Easy

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We are excited to present our new logo as we prepare to open next year as North Elementary STEAM Academy! Our staff has been preparing over the last twelve months by attending various professional development trainings, utilizing new instructional materials, and implementing an elementary engineering curriculum. North staff will implement an integrated STEAM curriculum as an innovative approach in order to continue inspiring and challenging our students. We will be sharing more with you soon as our journey continues to unfold.

The video below is a glimpse of our journey into becoming a STEAM Academy. We are so excited about this year and what is to come!!

https://youtu.be/ebyaN5aaxPE
This year your child will be challenged to think critically, be creative, collaborate with peers, and communicate their learning through a variety of methods. Hopefully, you will hear them discuss the design process that has been implemented for working through many instructional activities. The design process is used during our engineering units, in makerspace, science class, many cross-curricular classroom units of study. The design process is also used for finding solutions to many real-life problems and for working on those solutions in a process of continuous improvement.
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