Scott Elementary

Mini Pack Update 1/15/2016

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Principal's Pen

Dear Scott Family,


We want to welcome all our new students and families. Scott Elementary started with a dream and an idea of what learning in a public school should be like. When Scott Elementary opened its doors in August 2014, the Beliefs upon which the progressive and strong culture were founded were crafted from extensive research on the growth mindset and professional learning community. The four key principles selected were: Transparency, Honesty, Accountability, and Flexibility.


As we enter the second half of our second year, we want to encourage you bring your questions forward. Do you have questions about homework, school activities, attendance, class schedules, in-school assignments and projects, or assessments? We want to answer those questions. Your child's academic, emotional, and behavior growth is the sole purpose behind everything we do. Partnering with you in this quest is critical to supporting your child in their personal growth.


Our Scott Motto is "Whatever it takes" and is at the heart of every decision we make. If you haven't visited Celebrate Scott, we encourage you to attend and see how we celebrate the hard work of our students each Friday. Be sure to check out the Scott PTA website for ways you can get involved at Scott and be a part of our exciting Scott Team. Come have lunch with your child. They are so excited when you show up and see them at school. At Scott, we LOVE our students. Thank you for sharing your children with us.


As we go into this 3 day weekend, we want to leave you with some inspirational words from Martin Luther King Jr., a man who had a dream and a progressive vision of social reform; a man who saw and believed in a future beyond his current reality; a man who strived for progress through active and peaceful communication.



  • We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools.
  • The reason I can't abide by the eye-for-an-eye philosophy is that it ends up leaving everyone blind.
  • Love is the only force capable of transforming enemies into friends.
  • Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
  • The time is always right to do what is always right.
  • The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.
  • We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
  • I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.


At Celebrate Scott, our students watched a Kid President video entitled, "The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr." We have provided the link video below if you would like to watch it and talk about it with your child.


Enjoy your 3 day weekend.



Fondly,

Paige and Leanne

The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Kid President

Shout Outs

  • A HUGE thank you to Kedra Armstrong! She dropped off a treat for all the staff that work carpool! We appreciate you.
  • A HUGE thank you to PTA for providing breakfast for lunch for the staff Friday!!
  • A BIG Scott Shout Out to our KINDERGARTEN students! We had over 30 students move up an entire DRA level! We are proud of all our amazing readers!
  • HOLLER to the 4th Graders! They have been playing around with beach balls in class this week! They have been using the beach balls to reinforce prefix and suffix skills! IMPRESSIVE!
  • You should see the 5th Graders! They have been learning about phenomenons in myths! Amber had to teach Mrs. Brewer what they were learning! Wow!
  • Congratulations to Akshar Chunduri! He is currently in 8th place IN THE NATION for the SumDog contest! More than 29,000 students across the nation participated. IMPRESSIVE!

PTA Reflection Participants Moving On!

PTA Reflection Participants!

Makayla Conway tried out and made the American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive in New York City! Wishing you the very best of luck!

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Isaac Philo Representing Scott Elementary at the District Spelling Bee!

Isaac made it to the 5th round! Isaac, we are PROUD of you!
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"Owl Love You Forever"

This week in art, students painted their owl crayon relief paintings. They are super excited about their upcoming Art to Remember projects. Order forms will go home in March to begin ordering these precious "Owl Love You Forever" memories of your child's artwork.

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PTA Meeting: You're Invited

Save the Date for the first PTA meeting of the New Year. Join us Thursday, January 26th at 6:30 pm in the Scott Cafe for important information on upcoming events and more, including our progress toward our 2016 goal. See more school events on the online calendar.


http://bit.ly/1kmxQ0v

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SCOTT PTA UPDATES

21 Day Challenge

Sign ups begin on January 11, 2016 and end January 24th. Please sign up at

www.kids-teaching-kids.com. Sign up online and help your child make healthy choices. Access free, delicious healthy recipes using everyday items from your fridge and pantry. The challenge will begin on January 25th and run through February 14th. Students will be competing against Lewisville ISD. Yum! http://bit.ly/1ShCjQo


Scott Spirit Nights

Mark your calendar for the remaining Spirit Nights for the school year. More details to come. Be sure to visit the Scott PTA website for more updates.

  • January 26: Jersey Mike's Subs (3-9pm)
  • February 23: Raising Cane's
  • March 22: Mooyah (3-9pm)
  • April 27: Chick-fil-A (4-9pm)


GET GROWing

Pick up your produce with you pick up your kiddo. Order fresh goods from GROW and they'll deliver your produce to Scott and save you a trip. learn more about GROW here.


Wanted: Box Tops and Labels for Education

We're far from the end of the month, don't forget to bring in those Box Tops and Labels. Learn more and see which products qualify: Scott Box Tops and Labels


We Need You!
Looking for ways to get more involved? There's a slot for everyone and every busy schedule. Scott PTA Volunteers


Scott Spirit Store

Stay warm with a Scott sweatshirt - new for 2016! Zip up sweatshirts are available in both youth and adult sizes. Get them while they last here!


Link your Kroger and Target Card to Scott

Yes...it's free and it supports our school and students. Find out how to do this.


Stay Connected to Scott

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Order Birthday Spirit Sticks for $1.00

Birthday cakes come and go, but spirit sticks last a lifetime. Give your Scott kid a gift they can sport on their backpack. Purchase for $1.00 and we'll deliver to their class. Summer birthdays are eligible, also! http://bit.ly/1gzoKLv
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Safety Reminder

We have had some near misses with our students and staff during morning and after school carpool. Please be patient with our staff and students as they exit cars and drive on and off campus. It may not always be obvious to you as to why you are being asked to stop and wait, but know that student safety is ALWAYS our top priority. Give yourself extra time as the weather gets colder so that you can have the patience needed if delays occur.

Updates and Reminders

Morning Drop-off: Please DO NOT drop off your children in the middle of Millbend Drive. The only drop-off allowed in the mornings is around the back of the school in the FIRST carpool lane. We have had numerous parents allowing their children to hop out of the car on Millbend and run across the street. This is extremely dangerous and can't happen; your children's safety is our #1 concern.


Parking on Campus: Please do not park in the fire lanes at anytime including lunch or Celebrate Scott.


Texting/Calls: Please refrain from texting in/around the school. We are responsible for getting 650 students safely to and from school. Please help by keeping your eyes on the road and not looking at your phone.


Bikes on Campus: Parents, please talk to your child about not riding his/her bike or scooter on campus grounds. We also will be talking to all our students. We have had some near misses with student safety because of bike riders nearly running into other students or failing to stop at the crosswalk. Again, your child's safety is always our #1 concern.

All FISD Community Workshops are held at the FISD Administration Building.


February 16: Strategies for Raising a Healthy Child

  • 6:00-7:00 pm

Reminders

Elementary students may only bring items for distribution to classmates on the three party days: Winter Party, Valentine’s Day and end of year celebration.


In addition, students issuing invitations to individual birthday parties or other celebrations may only do so at school if all students in the homeroom class are invited. These birthday invitations must be passed out at the end of the day with permission from the teacher.