Giesinger Gazette

August 8, 2021

Eagles Soar to Excellence

Our Campus Mission:

The mission of Giesinger Elementary is to ensure high levels of learning to facilitate continuous growth of the whole child.


Our Vision:

We envision a school in which staff provide a safe, caring, and positive learning community for all children; create a collaborative culture among children, families and staff; establish high levels of learning by frequently monitoring student progress; and demonstrate a personal commitment to the academic success and general well-being of each child .


2014 National Blue Ribbon School

A Note from the Principal

Hello Giesinger Eagle Families,


We are excited to welcome students back to our building on Wednesday, August 11th! Our goal is to provide the safest learning environment for our students and staff. With the rise of COVID-19 cases in our community, we continue to encourage hand washing and staying home when sick. Wearing a mask or face covering, while optional, is also encouraged. These measures helped keep our schools open last year, and we are confident they can help slow the spread this year.


COVID Update

The number of positive cases have increased in Montgomery County. The county is seeing vaccinated and un-vaccinated individuals get the virus. With that said, the county is reporting that the severe cases and hospitalizations are 95%+ un-vaccinated individuals. The county is reporting that vaccinated individuals appear to be having more minor symptoms (fever, aches, flu like).

Illness

If your child is running a fever or showing symptoms of illness (throwing up, diarrhea, etc.), you should keep them at home until symptoms subside and they are fever free for at least 24 hours. Please consult your family doctor if you feel necessary for guidance.

COVID-19

If your child is not feeling well and you suspect COVID-19 and/or have them tested and they are positive, you should report the positive test (with documentation) to the nurse immediately. You will be required to keep your child at home for at least 10 days. COVID symptoms must have subsided and they are fever free for at least 24 hours. Please consult your family physician for additional steps and assistance as needed.

Please note that if a student tests positive for COVID-19, we will send out a general email notifications if the positive person was on campus all or part of the day. We will also notify parents of children that were in the same class as a positive person with a classroom email notification. Please note that we will not be quarantining students or conducting contact tracing this year.

Masks

The wearing of masks is optional but encouraged. We respect everyone’s personal choice regarding wearing a face covering and expect everyone to handle the situation with respect and appropriateness.

Attendance

Please know that students are still required to meet the elements of the state attendance laws.

Building Access

During this time of increased COVID cases, we ask that visitors limit their campus visits.

Communication

We ask that you communicate with the school when your child is absent for any reason. We are able to support you and your child when we are aware of the situation. We appreciate the communication and your support.


Thank you,

Melissa Ralston, Principal

Meet-the-Teacher: Monday, August 9th

Welcome back, Eagles!


Monday is Meet-the-Teacher! In an effort to reduce the amount of traffic, we are staggering this event by your child's last name. If possible, please visit our campus during the following times:


A-L: 4-5 PM

M-Z: 5-6 PM


This is a come-and-go event. It is also a great time to drop off your child's school supplies in his/her classroom. Please pick up car/walker dismissal tags from your child's teacher.


All registered students should have received an email with a video link telling you who your child's teacher is for this year. You may stop at the front office during Meet the Teacher if you did not receive the email.


Our teachers and staff are excited to welcome our Eagles back to school!

First Day of School

Our front doors will open at 7:30 AM. Parking is available at Conroe Church of Christ on Longmire Road. If possible, please take advantage of our front porch for first day photos.

Transportation

It is VERY important for you to register your student for the bus, if you require transportation. You will need your child’s I.D. Number and Date of Birth to complete the process. It may take up to five (5) business days to process depending on the volume of request. This is important to remember, if you would like your student to be permitted to ride the bus on the first day of school.

https://www.conroeisd.net/transportation/

ATTENTION-ACTION REQUIRED for Returning Students

It is VERY important, if you have not completed the returning student registration for the 2021-2022 school year. "Meet the Teacher" is Monday, August 9th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. All students must complete this registration before they will be placed in a classroom.

To register, please follow the steps below:

1. Go to the Conroe ISD website.

2. Click on Parents/Students link.

3. Click on Enrollment and Transfers.

4. Scroll down to Family Portal 2021-2022, click on it to begin log in.

If you need help or need your student's Snap Code, Giesinger is open from 8-3 PM.

Conroe ISD Meal Programs

It's more than a meal application...

Did you know that meal applications assist in so much more than just meals?

* P-EBT

* AP Tests

* College Application Fees

* Most Sports

* School Funding

* Internet Access

* School Meals

Conroe ISD families can complete an online meal application beginning July 19, 2021. Applying is fast and easy at www.myschoolapps.com

Lunch and Specials Schedules:

We will not open our cafeteria to lunch visitors until September 7th. Please allow our students time to practice routines and procedures.


Lunch Schedule:

  • Pre-Kindergarten 11:10-11:40
  • Kindergarten 11:10-11:40
  • First Grade 11:20-11:50
  • Life Skills 11:45-12:15
  • Third Grade 12:00-12:30
  • Fourth Grade 12:25-12:55
  • Second Grade 12:35-1:05


Specials Schedule:

  • Fourth Grade 8:35-9:20
  • Third Grade 9:25-10:10
  • Second Grade 10:15-11:00
  • Pre-Kindergarten 11:05-11:50
  • Kindergarten 1:15-2:00
  • First Grade 2:05-2:50

Home & School Connection: Working Together for School Success

Asking "How was school today?" might not get you far. Instead, ask questions like these for a better picture of your child's day:


"What's the coolest thing that happened today?"

"Pretend you're the teacher. How would you describe the day?"

"What made you laugh?"

"What was the most creative thing you did?"

"How were you kind or helpful today? How was someone kind or helpful to you?

Sign-up for School Messenger

All SMS messages received from the Conroe ISD District Office and your child's campus will begin with "Conroe ISD:" and come from the subscribe code 67587. If you have not yet opted-in to receive SMS messages, you can do so at any time throughout the school year by texting "Y" to 67587.
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Get Connected!

Stay in touch with CISD by downloading our new mobile app!


Download the app on your mobile device today and select ‘yes’ to receive push notifications with the latest news and updates from the District.


Key Features:

  • Push Notifications - Select ‘yes’ when you download the app to receive the latest push notifications from the District.
  • Calendar Events - Add events to the calendar on your personal mobile device directly from the calendar section on the app.
  • News - Check out the latest District-wide and school news all in one place!
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Parent Access Login

By logging into Parent Access, you can check your child's grades, assignments, and attendance.


To access your child’s information online you must register for an account.

Please go to the following link and follow the directions below:


http://www.conroeisd.net

Click the “Student/Parent” tab

Click on “Parent Access Center”

Click “Register”

Would You Like to Join the Giesinger PTO?

Our PTO believes in the students, staff, and families at Giesinger. By contributing to our fundraisers, you are making all kinds of quality programs and events available to ALL of our students!


Membership Donation Levels:

$10 Bronze Individual Membership

$25 Silver Individual Membership

$50 Gold Individual Membership


https://giesinger.conroeisd.net/committee/get-involved/pto/


The purpose of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is to:


(a) promote the welfare of children at Giesinger

(b) to foster cooperation between parents and teachers in the education of children at Giesinger

(c) to unite school and community efforts in securing for all children the best education

(d) to engage in fundraising activities for the educational and recreational benefit of Giesinger, its children, teachers, and staff as determined by the PTO and in accordance with the PTO by-laws.

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Select Giesinger Elementary School as your charity!


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How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.


How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

School Information

  • Our doors open at 7:30 for all students.
  • Students are counted "tardy" after 8:00. Instruction begins promptly at 8:00 and we want our students present and ready to learn!
  • Please do not drop off students before 7:30 as there is no adult supervision on the front porch.
  • Breakfast is served from 7:30-7:55.
  • Transportation changes need to be made by 2:00. Emergency transportation changes can me made no later than 2:30.
  • Students will not be checked out after 2:30.
  • Dismissal begins at 3:10.
  • Please display your car or walker sign when picking your students up each day. This is for the safety for all students and to help our staff and substitutes on duty.
  • Thank you for your continued support. Eagles Soar to Excellence in All We Do!

Connect With Us!

Giesinger Eagles Motto:

"Eagles Soar to Excellence In All We Do!"

The Conroe Independent School District (District) as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment matters. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner.

For information about Title IX rights or Section 504/ADA rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA coordinator at 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, TX 77304; (936) 709-7752.

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Classroom Libraries - Book Donations Requested

We are accepting gently loved children's books for classroom libraries. There will be a book drop in the front office lobby during Meet-the-Teacher.


Thank you!