Hoot Hoot Herald

September 19-23, 2016


WOW - what a day! THANK YOU for your flexibility and fun attitude! Doss has never had so many PTA members! What a great testament to the partnership of our school and our parents.

The deadline for reimbursement of supplies from the PTA is September 30. Please get those receipts turned in.

If you have scheduled conferences with parents of your 504 students, please check with Shanna (K-2) and Alicia (3-5) to determine if a 504 meeting could take place at the same time.

Conferences need to be held for all GT students.

We have two author visits this week-Phil Bidner and Abby Hanlon. See the schedule below for details.

Staff Flu Shots are on Wednesday 21st in the lounge starting after dismissal.

The first leadership meeting is on Monday, 19th in the library at 3:15.

On Thursday 22nd, I will be inviting the Doss Dads to the cafeteria for coffee and conversation and to Kick Off our Doss Dads committee!

The CATCH Committee will have a brief planning after school on Friday the 23rd to organize for Marathon kids!!

The PTA is putting together a "bike safety" week for next week (26th - 30th). Details will be available as soon as I get them.

We did not complete the FLU SHOT clinic. We are working with the health team to determine what the next steps are. Once that is determined, we will communicate to you and to the parents.

I hope you have a great weekend!

Picture Day Wrap Up

Late Photo Orders:

We will not be taking late photo order envelopes this year. Please return all late photo order envelopes to the parents. Parents will need to order / pay online using our school code: 1617-0051 website: www.1stphototexas.com

Please refer the parent directly to 1st Photo Texas (512) 610-9990 to make arrangements for any necessary mail-in-orders.

ISIP Testing Information from Leah Thomas

ALL ISIP testing for grades 1-5 should be completed by September 27th! Our district i station trainer will be coming to Doss this coming Wednesday 9/21 to train teachers on student reports and interventions. The training will be in the computer lab during your planning time. Please write down any i station questions or issues that you have had so that they can be addressed at the training. We hope that this support is beneficial to you in working through this process.

Thanks- Leah

Mosiac Club is back and Needs You!

Volunteer with Mosaic Club this semester! It is such a unique and fun opportunity to learn from and bond with our refugee students. This semester alone we have kiddos from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Cuba, Sudan, Ecuador, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

We also have some pretty terrific 5th grade Doss students, middle school, and high school/college volunteers serving as family members/leaders for "family" groups of 4-6 refugee students, allowing them build stronger relationships over our weeks together. Together they'll be rotating through different stations of art, music, and team-building games.

We just need YOU amazing teachers to come support the club and join the fun! Mosaic Club meets just six times this semester, listed below. We invite you join us for one, or all! Helping can be as easy as helping with snacks or as involved as planning an activity (Shout out to Christina Tannert, Nicole Collins, and Donna Johnson for all their help :-))

Mosaic Club dates:

  • Week 1: September 23
  • Week 2: October 7
  • Week 3: October 21
  • Week 4: November 4
  • Week 5: November 18
  • Week 6: December 2

Library Schedule


Please note that Birthday Book Club will be during the week of October 3.

Author Visits and other News:

September 22-

Phil Bildner

9:30- 10:15 3rd & 4th - Sweeney & Crawford

10:30-11:15 5th grade + Sweeney & Crawford

Abby Hanlon

1:30-2:15 2nd &3rd-(knowing that recess will need to be pushed back 15 minutes)

September 29- Ridley Pearson

8:45 4th & 5th

October 3-7 BBC

November 4th Shannon & Dean Hale (1st &2nd)

November 14-18 AISD Dome

Counselor Corner

We will continue coming into classrooms to do Guidance focusing on Conflict Resolution.

Mentors: Adult, AHS PALS, Doss PALS -

  • Don't forget to fill out the yellow sheet that was placed in your box if you have students who would benefit from a mentor (Adult, AHS PALS or Doss PALS).

GT - Fall Screening Information:

Sept. 12 - 23: Fall GT Nomination Window for KG-5th - Nomination packets for parents are in the foyer by the office.

Oct. 17 - 21 CogAT online testing

Oct. 17 - Nov. 11: Teachers complete Survey and Inventory and collect student portfolio work samples - more info./conversations to come in reference to collection of portfolios, etc.

Nov. 4 - 30: GT Decision Making Committee Meetings

Computer Lab News and Schedule

Computer Lab News

We will have a Samsung tablet working session with K-2 teachers after school on Monday (9/19) at 3:15 in the Library. We will focus on how to add apps. Please bring one of your tablets so you can practice with it.

The lab will be closed all day Wednesday for Istation Report training.

Computer Lab Schedule

Sep 19 - 23


8:00 Soong (1)

8:45 Chiu

9:30 Stover

11:00 Mowry

11:45 Hello

1:15 Francis


8:00 Sprague (K)

8:45 Barrick

9:30 Collins

10:15 Jones

11:45 CI 4th

12:30 Evans

1:15 Hyvl

2:00 Wiley


Closed all day

Istation Reports


8:00 Johnson

8:45 Warner

9:30 Vrba

10:15 Folts

11:00 Raup

11:45 Means

12:30 Sprague

1:15 Gall

2:00 Singerman


8:00 Hodges

8:45 Lauck

9:30 Hayes/Baehr

10:15 Eddleton

11:00 Stone

12:30 5th Grade

1:15 5th Grade

2:00 5th Grade

Music Room Calendar

October 18:

Choir Concert, 7:00pm in cafeteria

October 21:

5th grade to Anderson High for the Anderson Choir Follies 9:45am

3rd, 4th, and 5th grade- Austin Jazz Workshop- 1:30pm in the cafeteria

5th grade musical auditions after school

December 1:

5th grade musical


Monday, September 19

No Hassle Fund Raiser

Library- A week

G/T Nomination Window continues (to end of this week)

Leadership Meeting, 3:15, Library

Tuesday, September 20

Wednesday, September 21

Teacher/ Staff flu shots, teacher lounge, after dismissal

Thursday, September 22

RAD author visits with Phil Bildner and Abby Hanlon, please Library schedule above.

Friday, September 23

CATCH Committee Meeting, 3:15, Conference Room

G/T Nomination Window closes today.

Monday, September 26

Bike Safety Week Begins

Library- B week

Staff Meeting, 3:15, Library, TA's do not need to attend

International Family Night

Tuesday, September 27

Wednesday, September 28

Sun and Ski will provide bike maintenance and helmet checks, 2:50-3:50

Coffee and Conversation: Janna meets with area churches and synagogues to talk about community.

Thursday, September 29

Friday, September 30