Davis Elementary Communication

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Calendar

December 8 (Thursday) Pajama DAY and Bedtime Story NIGHT- The Polar Express! 6:30-7:30 pm

December 15 (Thursday) Winter Parties

Kindergarten: 9:00

1st Grade: 10:30

2nd Grade: 1:00

3rd Grade: 12:15

4th Grade: 1:30

5th Grade 1:30

December 16 (Friday) Early Release Day- Students Dismiss at 12:00 pm

December 19- January 2 Winter Break

January 3 (Tuesday) Students return to school

January 9-13 College Week! Details to come!

January 16 (Monday) Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday No School

February 14 (Tuesday) Valentine's Day Parties- Schedule to come!

February 20 (Monday) Presidents' Day Holiday for students/ Teacher Learning Day

March 2 (Thursday) Open House 6:00-7:30 PM

March 6-10 Spring Break- No School

Notes from the Principal's Office

Dear Parents,


As we move towards winter break, I thought it would be timely to share with you one of the topics our fifth grade students cover during their social emotional learning circles, and ongoing through the day in the classrooms.


Internet safety and Digital Citizenship are words that didn't exist when we were kids. My parents worried about who I might run into on the street walking home from school, and that was a limited number of people. They taught me to not talk to strangers and how to run away from danger and get help from a trusted adult. I remember being threatened by kids at the park, but I knew that a helper in my school classroom lived nearby, and my friends and I ran straight there.


Now, if our children have internet and social media access, there aren't many limits on how many people they may encounter or who our children may meet in the virtual world unless the adults put limits in place. I know there are now many safety features that you use at home to limit your children's access to areas you cannot monitor. At school, we talk about what to do when you encounter something online that makes you uncomfortable or something that doesn't feel right. We encourage telling a parent or a teacher, because we have ways to get help and support to prevent online bullying and harassment. We teach them to not share any personal information.


In the classrooms, we also talk about how to handle yourself on social media. And it's pretty much exactly how we expect the kids to behave at school. Respectful, responsible, and ready. One of the differences is that, in the virtual world, nobody can see your face, nobody can hear your tone, and it is very difficult to undo something once it is out on Instagram or a text. We often use a tube of toothpaste as an example...squeeze it too hard, all that toothpaste comes out and makes a mess. Can you put all that toothpaste back in? No. In a similar way, kids on social media can say something they don't mean or something they wouldn't usually say because they are not face to face with that person. The social norms get a little fuzzy when you are not in person. And it's hard to get those words back after they've been published (and then screenshot!)


Social media is probably not going anywhere, so we want the children to learn strategies for keeping themselves safe. The staff and I would love to hear about apps and programs you are using to help keep your children safe on the internet. We'd also like to learn about strategies that you are using that we haven't covered here. This kind of sharing between home and school can benefit our whole community. We look forward to hearing from you.


Kristin Bishop

Davis Elementary Principal

Need a student transfer for next year Middle School or High School- see below! Deadline appraoching!

Parents,

If you are needing a transfer to a middle school other than the middle school that your child's home is zoned to attend, you will need this information.

2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR
DECEMBER 12-15, 2016
SECONDARY TRANSFER ONLINE NUMBERING SYSTEM
FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

The Office of Student Administrative Services has an online numbering system for secondary transfer requests to reduce the need for long lines on the January 2 transfer request day.

Beginning December 12 at 6:30 AM, parents must log onto the Plano ISD website at HTTP://K-12.PISD.EDU/TRANSFER to receive a number that will hold a place in line for requesting a transfer for the 2017-2018 school year. Online access will end December 15 at 5:00 PM.

Transfer day will be Monday, January 2, with doors opening at 7:45 AM at the Plano ISD Administration Building on 2700 W. 15th Street.

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Would you like to join a Davis Parent Advisory group?

As most of you know, I was lucky enough to receive a full scholarship to Harvard University's Parent Engagement Institute this past summer. Now it is time for me to put into place some of what I learned.


I would like to assemble a group of parents to help me reflect on the curriculum and learning at Davis. I am not looking for parents who are knowledgeable in the public education system or with an education background, nor am I looking for parents to come in and make suggestions. Our school district provides us with a great curriculum as our base, and the teachers have, over the years, asked to overlay other learning options and systems (such as technology and project based learning) to our kids. I would like our Parent Advisory Group to help us explore those new ideas, learn alongside the staff, and visit with the staff and I to let us know what you need from us as parents who want to support your children's educational growth.


I am hoping to make the Parent Advisory Group representative of the rich diversity in our community. At this time, I am only asking for a commitment of 3 group visits ( most likely an evening meeting) for this school year. We would most likely meet here at the school. If you are interested in participating, please let me know at Kristin.Bishop@pisd.edu Thank you for considering joining the staff and I in the learning process.

Don't Forget!

Don't forget to label your lunch boxes and jackets now that winter is arriving! Our lost and found is already full!
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Help Davis Earn $$$$ for our school!

The World Wear Project collects gently used clothing, and then returns funds to our school. Simply drop your gently used clothing in the big blue bin at the entrance to our parking lot. The World Wear Project will collect the items, and at least 40% of the net proceeds will be returned to Davis each month. It's one of our easiest fundraisers ever! The funds will be used to add iPads and apps to the classrooms, as well as for training for the teachers on new initiatives that we think the Davis teachers need to learn about. AND you get some of that old clothing out of your house. Win-Win!

Communication Reminders

Just a few communication reminders. This newsletter will be sent weekly via email to all parents with an email address listed on the child's contact information, which can be updated at parentviewer.pisd.edu . We will also send the link to this newsletter to the Davis_Dolphins Facebook page and through the Remind text message service. To receive text messages from Davis Elementary, please text @4hhkb to 81010. Text messaging charges and fees may apply.


As always, the front office staff- Mrs. Bowen, Mrs. Perez, and Nurse Montgomery are ready to assist with any needs you have. Also, our assistant principal Mr. Gibson, as well as our counselor Mrs. York and are available as well. I, too, am more than happy to visit with you to assist with any celebrations or needs that may arise for your family.

Interested in Volunteering at Davis Elementary?

· Volunteers are needed for field trips, Field Day, class parties, library assistance, and other areas.

· Please fill out the Volunteer Application located at:

http://www.pisd.edu/volunteer

PACE (Plano Academic and Creative Education) Referral Process

PACE provides services for student who require academically gifted enrichment services and have demonstrated a need for advanced, differentiated instruction. If you have a child you feel is in need of possible gifted services, please notify your child’s teacher or Mrs. Seymour, Davis’ Gifted Specialist.

· Students in grades K-5 in need of assessment must have their referral packets turned in by December 7, 2016.

For more detailed information and access to the referral packets, please refer to the following link:

http://www.pisd.edu/parents/advanced.academics/gifted.pace/index.shtml

Contact Mrs. Seymour with any questions at: Julie.seymour@pisd.edu or 469-752-1033

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Davis Elementary PTA Store is now open ONLINE!

2016 -2017 Spirit Wear & PTA Memberships are now available for purchasing online https://squareup.com/store/davis-pta ! This is our current inventory of shirts, so only the sizes listed on the site are available.

Once the order is placed, your child will receive the shirt(s) at school within a few days. Please be sure to include your child’s name/grade/teacher in the notes section of the check-out page.

What is InfoCenter?

Plano ISD has implemented InfoCenter, allowing you to better control how you receive communications from your school or district. The following is a guide to help you get started.


What is InfoCenter?: InfoCenter provides access to all the messages and information sent by your organization. Accessible from any internet-enabled device, InfoCenter visually displays and organizes alerts, notifications, and attachments for easy review and reference. InfoCenter also allows you to customize how you receive communications from PISD (campus and district).


How do I sign up for InfoCenter?: Signing up for InfoCenter is easy. Using the email address that you have on file for your district (emergency card), follow these three steps:


1. Download the InfoCenter by SchoolMessenger app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Market. You can also access the InfoCenter web portal at https://infocenter.schoolmessenger.com/


2. Click the “New User” button, enter your email address, and create a password. An email will be sent to that address with a secure token. Note: If you receive an “already claimed by another user account” error message that means you’ve already created a SchoolMessenger account via another SchoolMessenger product, such as Contact Manager. Simply follow the “Return to login” link and login. Use the “Forgot your password” link if needed.


3. After authenticating via the token sent to your email, return to InfoCenter and sign in using your email and password.


What’s in InfoCenter?:​Once you’ve created your account, the records associated with your email address will be linked automatically. You can then:

  • ​View the records associated with your account.
  • ​Review the last 30 days worth of messages for all your associated records.
  • ​View your contact information, and configure how you’d like to receive notifications.

Important Things to Know:

  • ​Regardless of how you choose to receive notifications, all messages associated with your records will be retained in the InfoCenter inbox for 30 days.
  • You can opt into receiving Device Notifications (Push) under Notification Preferences. When choosing to receive Device Notifications, a badge or alert will appear when you receive new communications from Plano ISD.

Our provider, SchoolMessenger, makes the security and privacy of your data a top priority. As one of over 100 approved signatories to Student Privacy Pledge, you can feel ensured that your student’s information is safe and will never be sold, rented or shared.

Do you love FUN?

Then help us out! Join the Davis PTA! Each year, the Davis PTA provide fun assemblies, parties, picnics, and carnivals for our community. Parents are the first letter in PTA, and they can't do it without YOU! Please check out their website at www.davispta.net for more information!

Davis Dolphins use Social Media!

Follow the Davis Dolphins on Twitter at @Davis_Dolphins and #DavisGrows

Follow the Davis Dolphins on Facebook at Davis_Dolphins

Follow the Davis Elementary PTA at https://www.facebook.com/groups/daviselementarypta/