Andrews Elementary

On Wings of Excellence

Dear Andrews Family

It has been a productive week at Andrews. We hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving week spent with friends and family. Please read the following newsletter for more information about our upcoming week!

Joy Lovell, Principal

Andrews Elementary

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Week at a Glance...

Monday, December 7th
  • NTCC Choir Rehearsal (2:45 pm - 3:45 pm)

Tuesday, December 8th

Wednesday, December 9th

  • Parent CogAT information meeting (7:45 am in the library)

Thursday, December 10th

Friday, December 11th

  • S.T.O.P. Meeting (2:45 pm in the library)

Note: We advise that no party treats are sent to school for birthdays on December 17th (holiday parties) & December 18th (early release). Since we are wanting to reserve this special moment for our students, we don't want our events to overshadow their special day. Thank you in advance.

2015-2016 MAP TESTING DATES: 1st - 5th

Below are all of the testing dates and testing windows.

Winter MAP Testing Windows:

o Math MAP: November 30 – December 4

o Reading MAP: December 7-17

o Language Usage MAP: December 7-17

o Science MAP: January 5-15

Safety First

  • For students who walk home - Please encourage your children to directly head home after school due to NO adult supervision.
  • Students should be walking bikes/scooters upon arrival on school property during BOTH arrival and dismissal times. Thank you!
  • If you are in the building during a lockdown drill, please enter the closest room, close the door, turn the lights off and remain out of sight.
  • During a fire drill, please exit the building (200 feet away from building) until further notice.
  • When coming to obtain your child from school during an emergency, please remember to bring a form of identification for verification purposes (e.g. Driver's License, Dismissal Cards/Tags with child's name, etc.).

Upcoming Parent Meeting - CogAT

In October, your child in the third or fifth grade was administered the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test). Fourth graders who were new to the district or who, for some reason, had an incomplete score were tested as well. The tests have been scored and the results returned to the Andrews campus where they will be placed in your child’s permanent record. You can view your student’s scores now online through parent portal.

If you would like more information about your child’s score, an informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 at 7:45-8:15 in the library. The meeting should last about 30 minutes.

***more information provided below***

Community Feedback

The Facilities and Technology Study Task Force, assembled by the Plano ISD Board of Trustees in August, is hosting a public hearing to gather community input as they evaluate district needs with regard to a possible bond initiative. I encourage our parent community to attend this public forum, as this will be your opportunity to provide feedback or ask questions related to the committee's work of reviewing enrollment trends and projections, as well as establishing construction, renovation and technology needs. The hearing will be hosted as follows:

Facilities and Technology Study Task Force Public Hearing
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Plano Senior High School Doyle Dean Performing Arts Center
2200 Independence Pkwy, Plano, TX 75075

Speaker cards will be required from all who wish to speak at the hearing and will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. through the end of the meeting.

Additional opportunities for input are available at the regular school board meetings scheduled for January 12 and February 2, 2016, and via district e-mail at For more information on the work of the Facilities and Technology Study Task Force, please visit the Plano ISD website at:

Thank you so much,
Plano ISD

Message from our nurse...

Lice are spread by some form of direct or indirect head contact. They cannot fly or jump, but they do crawl. To prevent the spread of lice please teach your children not to share:

  • combs, brushes, hats, headgear, scarves, or jackets
  • towels, linens, pillows
  • stuffed toys, dolls, cloth toys

Please take a moment to inspect your child’s head. An adult louse is about the size of a sesame seed and is tan to grayish white in color. If lice are found, the Center for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend treatment with a medicated lice killing shampoo that can be found at your local supermarket or drugstore.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Julianne Sherbert, RN

Andrews Elementary

Online Transfer

5th graders who would like to apply for a transfer to a middle school outside of their attendance zone for their upcoming 6th grade year - and for 5th graders who are currently on transfer: You must apply for atransfer to the next feeder school if it falls outside your attendance zone.

The On Line Numbering System for SECONDARY transfer requests will be available beginning December 14th at 6:30 am. Parents must log in beginning December 14th to receive a number to hold a place in line for them on the January 4th transfer day. See link below for more information.

PACE Referral Deadline

Referral deadline for regular testing K through 5th grade students is December 9th, 2015. Referral packets may be obtained from the front office, classroom teacher, PACE teachers, or online

For additional information about the PACE program please refer or contact PACE teachers Mrs. Priya Subramanian ( or Mrs. Amy Moore (

Science & Engineering Fair

It is time once again to prepare for Andrews Elementary Science and Engineering Fair. Though participation in this annual event is voluntary, we want to encourage interested students to take advantage of this opportunity to exhibit their knowledge.

Please complete and return the form sent home through your classroom teacher to receive the Science and Engineering Fair Student Handbook. This book has specific information about rules governing the judging of projects.

Andrews Elementary Science and Engineering Fair Projects are due on January 13, 2016. If you have any questions please or

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December Parent Workshops

Attached you will find our listing of December parent workshops for the Plano Independent School District. Most workshops last approximately one hour. Please see attached flyer.

Plano West Socks

Just in time for the holidays! Plano West socks are on sale for $10 a pair. Crew socks are white with a blue wolfhead, available in adult medium and large. Please see attached flier.