Wrangler Weekly

January 9, 2022

Beanstack Challenge!

We are off to a great start with our Beanstack Challenge!

From January 1 to January 31, Williams will participate in Beanstack’s Fifth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, “Read for a Better World,” sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group. We challenge our students to read at least 20 minutes every day during the month of January – more is better! - and keep track of their reading on Beanstack, found in ClassLink. Thousands of other libraries and schools across the nation are joining in too, for a chance at winning prizes including book collections, signed books, and virtual author visits. Happy reading, Wranglers!

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One School, One Book - Mars

On Tuesday, Williams students were so excited to unwrap a New Years gift from the school – a copy of the nonfiction book Mars! Thanks to our wonderful PTO, Williams Elementary has embarked on a reading adventure in planetary studies! Follow the schedule to read along with us and remind your student(s) to answer the daily trivia question, found in Beanstack as an activity badge.

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Student Masks

Masks are optional for all in LCISD. Please send your child with an extra mask (just in case of an accident, etc) if you would like for them to wear a mask.

Williams Elementary Grade Level Talent Show Coming Soon...

Be sure to read the flyers below and follow the instructions if your child would like to participate in the upcoming grade level talent shows.
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Lamar Educational Awards Foundation - Men Who Cook

The Lamar Educational Awards Foundation is a nonprofit community-based organization dedicated to securing and distributing resources to the students, staff and campuses of the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District that will supplement, enhance and enrich the quality of education. They are currently looking for "Celebrity Chef" participants for their upcoming "Men Who Cook" event. If you, your business, or corporation is interested in being a "Celebrity Chef" please complete the form at the following link: https://form.jotform.com/212993337782164

Science Olympiad - Due Tomorrow

Attention all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade scientists: Science Olympiad is an exciting competitive science event where students get to practice and compete in exciting and challenging competitions. We will have 5 Thursday practices and will compete against the other LCISD campuses on Saturday, February 19th, 2022 from 8:15 am to 12:30 pm. If you are interested, please fill out the attached form (also coming home on Tuesday, January, 4th). Applications are due by Monday, January 10th. Applying to Science Olympiad does not guarantee you a spot as we are limited in how many students may attend. Thank you!

Practice at Home

We hope that you all were able to get some good rest in over the break! Here are a few resources below for additional practice at home if your Wrangler has free time :)
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Weekly Parent-School Connection

Connecting school and home makes us a great community of learners! You can also engage in learning by reading the weekly newsletter that usually goes out on Fridays from your homeroom teacher in Canvas. The weekly newsletter tells you what they will study in the upcoming week, any upcoming grades, and/or activities in class. #stayconnected

Winter Reading


Read a winter-themed book, then create a different ending for the story. Draw a picture for the new ending.


Read a winter-themed book, then create a new chapter or a different ending for the story.

Join PTO!

Field Trips are underway! Did you know that every Wrangler will go on a PTO sponsored field trip by the end of the year? Please consider paying your dues to PTO just to help with that cost.

Membership Dues are $15 per family, pay here: www.Williams.ptboard.com/home

You may also order a PTO spirit shirt at the link above!

Also join our PTO Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/ManfordWilliamsPTO

Williams Bell Schedule

  • 7:00 am- Doors open (1st - 5th report to class - they may grab their breakfast before heading to class, PK & Kinder report to cafeteria)
  • 7:30 am- Tardy bell
  • 9:30 am- Attendance bell
  • 2:00 pm- Transportation Changes deadline
  • 2:55 pm- Dismissal

Spring Semester Important Dates

*All dates are tentative. New dates and/or changes will be italicized.

Jan 4 - Jan 14 - One School, One Book (Mars nonfiction text - book coming home with students!)

January 10 - Middle of Year MAPs Reading Testing 1st - 5th grades

January 14 - Fairness Friday - wear orange

January 17 - MLK Day - no school

January 18 - Middle of Year MAPs Science Testing 2nd - 5th grades

January 20 - NW 2 Report Cards posted to Skyward

January 21 - Outdoor Lunch - pay $1

February 1 - PTO Meeting 6pm - https://lcisd.zoom.us/j/87364453246

February 2 - College and Career Readiness - wear jeans and college shirt

February 2 - Marco's Pizza Spirit Night

February 8 - STAAR Information Zoom for parents of students in grades 3rd - 5th

February 9 - Spring and Class Pictures

February 10 - Grade Level Talent Shows during specials

February 11 - Early Release at 11:30am

February 14 - Outdoor lunch - pay $1

February 24 - Books Alive! Theatre production at Williams

February 25 - Go Texan Day - wear Western gear

February 28 - March 4 - Read Across America Week (daily themed dress up days)

March 1 - PTO Meeting 6pm - https://lcisd.zoom.us/j/87364453246

March 2 - College and Career Readiness - wear jeans and college shirt

March 2 - Marco's Pizza Spirit Night

March 3 - Art Night 6pm

March 4 - PTO Dance

March 10 - Jump Rope for Heart competition during specials

March 11 - Early Release at 11:30am

March 11 - School Wide Talent Show

March 14 - 18 Spring Break - no school

March 25 - Dare to Care Friday - wear red

March 25 - Outdoor Lunch - pay $1

March 31 - Report Cards posted in Skyward

April 4-8 School Librarian's Week

April 5 - PTO Meeting 6pm - https://lcisd.zoom.us/j/87364453246

April 6 - College and Career Readiness - wear jeans and college shirt

April 6 - Marco's Pizza Spirit Night

April 8 - Citizenship Friday - Wear purple

April 15 - No School

April 18 - No School

April 25-29 - Book Fair!

April 29 - Field Day

May 3 - PTO Meeting 6pm - https://lcisd.zoom.us/j/87364453246

May 4 - College and Career Readiness - wear jeans and college shirt

May 4 - Marco's Pizza Spirit Night

May 10 - STAAR 5th Grade Math

May 17 - STAAR 5th Grade Reading

May 18 - STAAR 3rd and 4th Grade Reading

May 19 - STAAR 5th Grade Science

May 20 - Outdoor lunch - pay $1

May 23 - End of Year Awards for Grades 1-4 (times tbd)

May 24 - End of Year Programs for Kinder (9am) and 5th Grade (11am)

May 25 - Character Counts Day - wear color by grade level

May 26 - End of Year Awards for PK and ECSE/Pegasus

May 26 - End of Year Parties for all grades

May 26 - Final Report Cards posted in Skyward

May 26 - Last day of school

Manford Williams Elementary School

Mission statement:

The mission of Manford Williams Elementary School is to prepare students socially and academically to be lifelong learners and responsible, productive citizens in a competitive global society.

Vision statement:

The vision of Manford Williams Elementary School is to provide a rigorous and stimulating environment that engages all students while preparing them to become global innovators, well-rounded citizens, diverse thinkers, and lifelong learners.