First Week of School

Kramer PTA August 2018 - English Version

Yes, it is the first week of school!

Tomorrow is the first day of school. We have had a great week getting ready for August 20th. A big thank you to the teachers and staff. They have been organizing their classrooms and getting ready to teach our kiddos. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the Teacher Breakfast, Spirit Night, Meet the Teacher and delivering school supplies to the classrooms. Thank you all for investing your time and talents in Kramer Elementary.



We have several updates, so here goes! Don't forget the school calendar is here. You can pick one up at Boo Hoos and Yahoos tomorrow morning, the front office or at Colt Orientation.

Important Dates

August 20 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

August 20 After Drop Off until 8 am Boo Hoos and Yahoos Parent Coffee Kramer Learning Lab (the portable next to the Cafeteria)

August 21 New Carpool Procedures Begin

August 21 Colt Folders go home today

August 24 Kona Ice Truck 3:00 pm near the Playground

August 24 Spirit Shop on the Playground 3:00pm

August 28 Carnival Meeting 6 pm

August 30 Colt Parent Orientation 5-7:30 pm

September 3 Labor Day NO SCHOOL

September 11 Spirit Day at Shake Shack

September 13 Immersion Meeting 6 pm

September 20 North Texas Giving Day

September 21 PTA Back to School/Movie Night 7 pm

September 26 Coffee with the Principal 7:30 am-8:30 am

September 27 Hispanic Heritage Night 6 pm

Student Handbook 2018-2019

The Student Handbook is intended to be a resource for parents. Have you ever wondered about how to report student absences, the tardy policy, behavior expectations, uniforms and so much more. You can find all the answers to your questions in the Student Handbook. It is available online and in the printed school calendar that will be available to all families at Meet the Teacher.


https://kramerelementary.org/student-handbook/

Volunteers Needed

Here are three ways you can help Kramer get off to a fabulous start this year.


1. Boo Hoos and Yahoos Parent Breakfast, August 20th Bianca Noble is organizing this event for us and has asked for help to set up, bring food or take down. If you have any questions email her at bnbl4@yahoo.com


www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040F4CADAD2DA57-boohoos


2. Morning Carpool Helpers/Dads and Doors August 21-September 7 Kramer can use your help with morning carpool. Volunteers will help keep the carpool line running smoothly, open car doors and direct children to the front entrance. Shifts are from 7:15am to 7:50am each day.


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0949afab2faafb6-dads


3. Auditorium Helpers August 21-24. Let's help our littlest Kramer Colts in the auditorium during their first week of school. Volunteers will be stationed at the front entrance to help the PreK, Kinder and 1st Graders find their classroom spot in the auditorium. Shifts are 7:15am - 7:40am. Volunteers are limited to parents of 1st - 5th graders. We also ask that you be VOLY cleared for the 2018-2019 school year. VOLY instructions can be found at dallasisd.voly.org. Sign Up link is below


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0949afab2faafb6-auditorium

First Day of School and Boo Hoos and Yahoos Parent Breakfast

August 20

Welcome 2018-2019 School Year! This morning you can walk your child into the school beginning at 7:15 am. For the FIRST DAY only, parents are welcome to come inside the building and wait with their child in their waiting area: PK-1st in the auditorium, 2nd-4th in the gym, and 5th grade in the cafeteria. The teachers will pick up the students at 7:35 am to take them to their classroom. You area welcome to escort your child to the classroom. Parents are invited to attend our BooHoo/YaHoos breakfast in the Learning Lab at this time (more details below), or otherwise exit the campus, so our students can begin the new school year!



After drop off, join us in the Learning Lab, the portable building next to the cafeteria for coffee and pastries. You maybe team Boo Hoo or team Yahoo or maybe a combination of both but join us, we would love to see you. We ask that you do not exit the campus through the building. No one will be allow back into the school building. Thank you for making the first day of school a great one for our students.

Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures

August 21

7:15-7:45 am Drop Off

First day of carpool! The new carpool procedures will begin on August 21 at 7:15 am. Carpool will be open until 7:45 am when the tardy bell rings. The new procedures streamline drop off to one location, the front of the school. We ask that you "drop and go" in the carpool line, the driver cannot exit the car. Or you can also walk your child to the front door, please park along St. Judes or Tunica and walk your child to the front door. The PreK/Kinder door will not be open for drop off. If you arrive after 7:45am you will need to park and walk your child to the front door.


Take a look at our carpool video for more details.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/rR9WV3F1G7Q


3:00 pm Pick Up

All the students will be dismissed at 3:00 pm. Those who ride the bus, or are part of a partner after-school program will be escorted to the front of the school for dismissal. Car riders will be dismissed at various exits, depending on their grade: PreK/Kinder on St. Judes, 1st on Tunica (through the playground), 2nd/3rd on Tunica (near Mason Dells), 4th/5th grade on Mason Dells. If there are siblings leaving together, the older student will be dismissed at the exit of the younger sibling. There is no carpool at dismissal, so parents will have to park their car and walk up to the teacher to get their students. At 3:06, all students who have not been picked up will the sent to the Attendance office where parents will be asked to sign them out.

Let's Celebrate the First Week of School

Thank goodness it is Friday! The Kona Ice Truck will be parked near the playground on Friday, August 24th at 3:00pm. They will have their ice treats for purchase, with a portion of the sales returned back to Kramer. Prices range from $2-$4. Come on out support Kramer and celebrate the first week of school. Hope to see you on the playground!

Spirit Shop - open on the Playground August 24th at 3pm or Online

The Spirit Shop is back online

https://kramerelementary.org/shop/

Take a look at the exciting new spirit wear online. We have Kramer polos, glitter t-shirts, Kramer socks and new t-shirt designs. Remember you can wear a spirit shirt or college shirt on Fridays with your uniform bottom.


We will have the Spirit Shop open on the playground, August 24 at 3pm. You can purchase spirit wear or order a size we don't currently have in stock.

School Breakfast and Lunch

The Dallas ISD Food & Child Nutrition Services Dept. offers healthy meals, every school day at NO CHARGE for every student. Breakfast in the Classroom begins each morning at 7:35. Lunch schedules vary by grade level. Visit http://dallasisd.nutrislice.com/ to view the daily menu and download the Nutrislice app on your phone. You can still choose to send your own nutritious sack lunch for your student. For the first three weeks, we ask that parents NOT have lunch with their child to help establish proper lunch procedures and expectations.

Carnival Meeting

August 28

6pm

The school carnival is set for November 3rd and we would love your help. Come hear about this year's plans. Contact Rachel Rosen for details repugh@hotmail.com.

Colt Parent Orientation

August 30

5-7:30pm

Come and hear from your child's teacher about classroom expectations, plans, how you can help and much more. No children, please. Specific times for each grade level will be coming in August.

Remind App

Sign up on REMIND

Don't be left out of the loop! Kramer will use the Remind app school-wide to keep our families better informed about school emergencies, school announcements and events, PTA communications, and activities at grade levels. This FREE service allows Kramer to send quick messages through text messages, push notifications, or emails to all those who have chosen to participate. Instructions can be found in your Colt Folder and on our website https://kramerelementary.org/remind/


Want to receive your messages in Spanish. You can! Remind will automatically translate an English message into Spanish. You will need to have your phone language settings set to Spanish and open the Remind message in the Remind App. It is that easy.


JOIN REMIND FOR PTA UPDATES

Text the message @akramerpta to the number 81010 or join online at rmd.at/akramerpta.