Kirk Elementary

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Principal's Corner

Tiger Families,


I hope this finds you doing well and that you were able to enjoy some family time over the holiday. I am excited to see all of our Tigers next week!


The first day back, January 04, is our New Year Book Prom! Students are to bring their favorite book as their “date” to prom and dress up in their “fancy” clothes. We will have a little New Year celebration followed by book talks and reading.


Also, please remember we practice all of our crisis drills during the first two weeks of January. I wanted to provide this reminder in case your child says something so you know they are only drills.


We also hope to see you during our Parents Deserve It Week, January 24 - 28. Each grade level will have a 30 minute academic activity that you are invited to join your child in class to help students completed during the week. Please note this is a parent or guardian event only. Non-school age children are not able to participate.


  • AM Transitional ECSE (Irvin & Gutierrez): January 26 9:15am - 9:45am

  • PM Transitional ECSE (Irvin & Gutierrez): January 26 2:30pm - 3:00pm

  • Life Skills: January 26 10:30am - 11:00am

  • Pre-Kindergarten: January 26 2:30pm - 3:00pm

  • Kindergarten: January 25 9:30am - 10:00am

  • First Grade: January 24 2:30pm - 3:00pm

  • Second Grade: January 26 10:30am - 11:00am

  • Third Grade: January 27 1:30pm - 2:00pm

  • Fourth Grade: January 25 11:30am - 12:00pm

  • Fifth Grade: January 26 9:15am - 9:45am


The Kirk PTO is sponsoring donuts with grownups on January 27th and 28th. Students with a last name that begins with K - Z will have their donuts with grownups on January 27th at 7:30am and students with a last name that begins with A - J will have their donuts with grownups on January 28th at 7:30am. Please only 2 grownups per student. If you have a blended family with students of different last names, please pick one of the days to attend.


Our Parents Deserve It week will end with a Parents Night Out event on Friday, January 28th from 4:30pm - 7:30pm. Be on the lookout the week of January 3rd for directions on how to sign your Tiger up to attend.


As always, thank you for partnering with us to support your Tiger!


Dr. Bell

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January Calendar

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Student of the Month for the Character Trait of Service

DECEMBER CHARACTER TRAIT - SERVICE

Leader in Me


As the staff continue to learn more about living the 7 habits, we invite you to learn more as well by reading the Leader in Me parents guide found here: https://tinyurl.com/LIMparentguideenglish.

PBIS


Our Tigers are still working on earning signatures for their Executive Tiger Bingo Card. Ask your student what happens if they earn a “tiger paw” sticker from an adult in the building. Ask them what are some different ways they can earn stickers and signatures.

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Key Notices

This year we have gone digital with our title 1 meeting. To learn more about Title 1 at Kirk Elementary, please watch this short video. Turn on closed captioning for Spanish.


If you would like to give feedback on the parent involvement policy or the home-school agreement for Kirk, please view the documents listed here and send in any suggested revisions to Dr. Bell.

Notice to Parents

As a parent of a student at a campus receiving Title I funds, federal law allows you to ask for information about the certification, college major, and advanced degrees of your child’s teacher(s). You also have the right to request information about the qualifications of a teacher aide or paraprofessional providing direct services to your child. If you would like to receive this information, you may contact the Cypress-Fairbanks I.S.D. Human Resources Department at 281-897-4099.

School Messenger: Text Message Sign Up

The directions for adding text messages to your School Messenger account are in the link below. All parents need to update their School Messenger Information:


https://www.cfisd.net/domain/842

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Family & Community Engagement

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All Volunteers: Please Register on the CFISD Volunteer Portal

New Year, New Goals! And maybe one of those goals is to be more involved in the life of your child. An easy way that is super rewarding is to volunteer at school and get to see what your child is learning, meeting your child’s friends and teachers. Kirk Elementary and the PTO offer many opportunities to be involved at school.


It is the expectation of CFISD that if you are the parent, grandparent or legal guardian of a student enrolled in the CFISD school where you wish to volunteer, you must create a volunteer portal account with CFISD. The steps to volunteer are listed on this link: https://www.cfisd.net/domain/2617


If you haven’t already registered to volunteer with the school district, please take a moment to do so. You’ll only need to register once and you’ll be set for any event that you’d like to volunteer. Please consider giving your child the best gift - your time!


If you are a Watch D.O.G.S., a PTO volunteer, a volunteer in the Science Demonstrations, etc. you need to be registered with the school district as a volunteer.

On behalf of the Watch D.O.G.S. we would like to extend an apology for the delay in the delivery of the t-shirts to everyone who purchased a shirt during the event Pizza and Games with a Gent. Many of you know how much the pandemic has affected the supply chain in many different industries, and we were not immune to it. We were in touch with the company as soon as the order was not received back in October. They simply could not deliver what they didn’t have. We want to thank you for your understanding and continued support of the Watch D.O.G.S. program. The children and the teachers look forward to having you in the school monitoring the hallways, building relationships with the students in the playground and in the classrooms.

Science Demos and Nature Trails We have many science demos that need your help! Please view the training dates for demos in the following link. https://bit.ly/sciencedemos To handle animals, you must be trained. Click on this link to find the calendar with the dates of the Science Demos at Kirk. https://bit.ly/demosschedule To register or for more information, contact the Science PTO Coordinator Wendie Anderson at wendie.gustafson@gmail.com You can still help us and not be the presenter. Please consider helping us.

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Kirk Elementary is so lucky to have such an amazing group of parents in the PTO this year! You always go above and beyond in everything you do for the school, the students and for the staff. You outdid yourselves by bringing snow to our playground in December! The students, parents and staff loved it. It was so much fun! Our PTO is under the leadership of Ms. Cemone Pollard. Despite what her shirt says, she’s always on duty!

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Library Corner



Welcome to the Kirk Library!

Remember: Adventure is only a page away!




We have made it through the Fall. Students enjoyed listening to Dozen of Doughnuts by Carrie Finison. We covered hibernation and reviewed our math skills. We discussed how we can manage our anger by taking in deep breaths and counting to 20.

We had so many Kirk Tigers enjoy the CFISD Mobile Library this Fall. I am excited to share the upcoming dates for the Spring.


February 5

March 26

April 30


Please come and enjoy reading great books by visiting the CFISD Mobile Library from 12:30-2:30.


Chimney Hill Community Center

13720 Smokey Trail




During Winter Break, you can complete this Reading Bingo card. Color in Each square as you complete the activity and try to get a Bingo!

Primary Practices

This year continues to fly by! In January Kindergarten and First Grade students will begin their middle of the year District Progress Monitoring in Reading. This assessment will include high frequency words, independent reading level, mclass online assessment, & a writing sample.


Please also continue to read to your child daily and encourage them to write a short response to what is read. Below are some writing prompts and sentence starters to help them write about their reading.



  • What was your favorite part of the story?

  • What is the setting of your story?

  • What are some traits of the main character?

  • Did your character change in the story?

  • Do you have a connection to the story?

  • Did you enjoy the story? Why or why not?

Adventures in Mathematics

Happy New Year Tigers!


In the month of January students are focusing on Fractions.

Representing, comparing fractions can be found in grades 2-5.

In 3rd we start to add and subtract fractions.

4th and 5th grade work on fractions with unlike denominators and 5th takes on multiplying and dividing fractions. Miss you too!


Fraction Ideas For Home

Science Scholars

Welcome to the New Year Scientists!


2nd through 5th graders are exploring the Earth’s Resources. Natural resources, types of energy, and renewable and nonrenewable resources. Reading and writing are an important focus in all subjects, especially science.


SCIENCE NEWS FOR STUDENTS


Your student can read about current events happening related to science and write questions, create an idea to help or use a topic of interest to write a story.


The more you practice, the more students will be comfortable doing this in science.

Loving Literacy

I can’t believe January is already here! This year continues to fly. In the month of January, the students in grades 2 - 5 will take the District Progress Monitoring. The assessment will include several different components depending on the grade level. Some of the components are high frequency words, independent reading level, MClass, a writing sample, and a comprehension portion (grades 3-5 only). The students have been working so hard in Reading and Writing, so I know they will do great. Please make sure they continue to read and write every day at home. Below are a couple of activities that will help build your student’s vocabulary and story telling ability.


Thinking Up Categories: This is a fun game for the whole family. Explain that you are going to play a word game where everyone will have a chance to contribute a word that belongs in a specific category. Start by clapping with a slow beat and chant “Think-ing up cat-e-gories. Such as” and then name your category. Your category might be something your child is passionate about — dinosaurs, ice cream, ocean animals — or something that he recently experienced — a book about trees or a trip to a farm. After the chant, “Think-ing up cat-e-gories: fruit,” offer a word for the category, such as “strawberry.” Then the next player restarts the chant and gives a new word for the category. If a player can’t think of a word to contribute or repeats a word already given, he is “out.” Or if someone needs help thinking of a word, they can request hints. Continue playing until no players are able to contribute another word. Then start a new category!


Storytelling Sack: Kids often don’t know where to start when telling a story. You can help them find the words with prompts from a storytelling sack! To make a storytelling sack, get a fabric drawstring bag or a pillowcase. Fill the sack with small, interesting items — toy animals, LEGO figures, toy tools, craft items and other random objects. To start the storytelling, gather a group to unpack the sack! Each person takes a turn removing one object at a time. The first person uses the object to start a story. As each storyteller removes an object, she uses it as her prompt to add to the story. The person who pulls the last object from the bag has to end the story. You can also encourage your child to make her own sack filled with items important to her and then have her share stories that use some or all of the items in her sack.

Tiger Technobytes


Have your child try the Hour of Code during

Computer Science Education Week (December 6-12) or any day!


Hour of Code / Beach Cleanup

What is creativity?

Nurse’s Corner

I hope all of our Tigers and their families have a safe and Happy Holiday break! CFISD offers two rapid testing facilities for COVID testing. Please visit CFISD.net for testing site information.


The Clinic is in need of children’s shorts and pants of all sizes. Please consider donating your gently used clothing to the clinic.


2021. The SRC location will resume regular operational hours on Jan. 2, 2022 and the Berry Center and Pridgeon locations will resume regular hours on Jan. 3, 2022.

Counselor Corner

Monthly Character Trait: Self-control means choosing to do what you should even when you don’t want to.


In the elementary years, a child develops skills that equip their future.


Here are three questions that all elementary-aged children are asking:


1. Do I Have Your Attention?

In Kindergarten and first grade, a child craves adult attention

and approval.


2. Do I Have What It Takes?

In second and third grade, a kid wants to know how their abilities

compare with peers.


3. Do I Have Friends?

In fourth and fifth grade, a kid begins to prioritize friends in a

new way.


Relationships create a safe place to resolve who we are. Relationships bring clarity. When kids see themselves the way a loving adult sees them, it changes how they see themselves.

What’s happening in Large Group?

Musical Magic

Hello Kirk Mighty Tigers! I hope everyone had a great Holiday Break! All music students will be focusing on Famous composers. We will have lots of fun learning about the lives of our most famous composers. Take Care!


Ms. Craig

PE


Great to see everyone back again. I hope you enjoyed the winter break and are ready for a new and full of joy and happiness year. We will continue to exercise, play fun games and have fun as we’re staying strong and healthy!


Coach Mati

Art

Hello Mighty Tigers, It’s awesome to have you back after this amazing break!


This upcoming month we will be introducing Diego Rivera and Andy Warhol. I can't wait to see you creating awesome artwork again!


Ms. Pacheco

PTO Corner

We are so excited about this year and getting back into the groove supporting all of our Tigers. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to join PTO today by visiting http://kirkpto.square.site