January 13, 2023
Denae Wilker, Principal
Candace Mathis, Assistant Principal
Lyndsey Christopher, Counselor
Through the collaborative efforts of all who pass through our door, we provide a safe learning community that develops lifelong learners and responsible citizens.
Location: 9001 Cochrans Crossing Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381
School will be closed on Monday, January 16,
Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 17.
Galatas Open House and Science Fair-January 19!
We are excited about our Galatas Open House and Science Fair on Thursday, January 19, from 5-7 PM!
Please stop by to see your student's classroom, have your child show you where their Specials classes are, and be sure to visit our Science Fair projects in the hallways!
Science Fair Project Drop-Off Information
Science Fair display boards can be dropped off on the front porch on Tuesday, January 17 from 8:45- 10:00 AM.
Calling All Creative Writers
The Greyhound Gab is our school’s quarterly literary publication. Students can submit an original creative writing piece to the issue associated with the first letter of their last name. If your last name begins with A, B, C or D and you would like to contribute to the November issue of the Greyhound Gab, please submit your piece to Christina Benavides at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, January 13, 2023. Submissions should be labeled with student’s first name, last name initial, and section number. Publication date will be Friday, January 20, 2023. (See table below for future issue dates and when you can contribute.)
Examples of creative writing types/topics (no puzzles please):
· Book review
· Teacher/staff interview
· Original poetry
· School event report (ex. First Day of School, Reading Week, Book Fair, etc.)
While submissions should be student work, there may be a need for parent edits. The pieces do not need to be long; the purpose of the Gab is for our Greyhounds to be creative and see their work published!
Yearbooks on Sale Now!
THE DEADLINE TO PURCHASE IS TUESDAY, JANUARY 31,
SO DON'T WAIT!
Purchase your yearbook now at www.balfour.com.
Top Dog families: baby photos and Top Dog Ads must be received before January 29!
Top Dog Yearbook Shout Outs!
•Applaud your 4th grader’s achievements with a tribute in the Yearbook! You can purchase an ad for only $20 when you order your yearbook or separately.
• To purchase: go to the link above, click on Order Now, enter your student's information, then select TOP DOG SHOUT OUT. You will be able to design your own ad and submit it online!
For any questions, please e-mail email@example.com.
HELP WANTED: Top Dog Safety Patrol Officers!
Calling all 4th grade students! As a Top Dog, you have the opportunity to work as a Safety Patrol officer. Our Safety Patrol officers work on either a morning or afternoon crew out at carline or the bike racks. Safety Patrol officers help our staff assist all students in arriving and departing school safely. We are looking for responsible 4th graders who are interested in working as Safety Patrols during the 2nd semester. There are full-time and part-time opportunities available. Please see the 2022-2023 Safety Patrol Application below for more details if you are interested. You may contact our counselor, Lyndsey Christopher, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Get Involved at Galatas
ExxonMobil Grant Program
Please sign up here and you will be contacted by the ExxonMobil Coordinator with further details.
Business Owners: The PTO Needs You!
Do you have a business you'd like to advertise with Galatas families?
Your business can support Galatas Elementary School by becoming a Corporate Partner. There are new events this year that you can sponsor, as well as purchasing an advertisement in our 2022-2023 Digital Student Directory. The Galatas PTO appreciates all our sponsors!
Please contact Katie Leicht at email@example.com with any questions. Thank you for your support of our amazing elementary school!
CISD Guidance and Counseling Community Presentations
CISD Guidance and Counseling will offer three presentation for families this spring. Please see each flyer for information, dates, and locations.
TWCPHS Spring Musical
TWCPHS Performing Arts Department will present the musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
on January 19-22. Please visit here for more information and tickets.
TWHS Highstepper Dance Clinic
TWHS Highsteppers will host their Dance Clinic on January 28, 2023. For more information and registration, please visit twhshighsteppers.
CISD HUNSTMAN ELEMENTARY SCIENCE FESTIVAL: 2/4/23
The 2023 Sci://Tech Elementary Science Festival will take place Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at College Park High School. The festival is one of many events that makes up the four-week-long Sci://Tech Exposition which is organized by the Education for Tomorrow Alliance (EfTA).
During the Huntsman Elementary Science Festival, Conroe ISD elementary schools host interactive booths where students are able to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for Science and discovery.
-INFORMATION FOR ONGOING REFERENCE-
Parent Information Sheet
Galatas Student Handbook Addendum
Reporting Student Absences and Attendance Information
When your child is absent, please call the school attendance line (936-709-5014), the front office (936-709-5000), or email Robin Curtis (firstname.lastname@example.org) before 9:00 AM to explain the reason for their absence. To ensure the accuracy of your child's attendance records, please call or email each day your child is absent.
Attendance is recorded at 9:00 AM each day. If your child is absent at 9:00 AM due to a doctor’s appointment, he/she will be counted present if you bring your child back to school on the same day with a doctor's statement that verifies the appointment.
If your child will be out for an extended period, please let us know by emailing Robin Curtis at the email above.
Please use the Transportation Change forms any time a student needs to go home in a different way from the permanent designated mode of transportation. If you need a notepad, please let your child's teacher know and we will send one home.
All transportation changes must be received in writing by 2:00 p.m. We are unable to accept a phone call. You may send a written note to your child’s teacher (place it in your student's PAWS folder), or fill out a form in the front office. Please include the date, your child’s full name, section number, bus number (if applicable), and your signature.
If an emergency arises, you may send an email to email@example.com . The e-mail must include all of the above information, including a parent signature, and must be received before 2:00 p.m. If you submit a transportation change by email, it must go to the email address referenced above; transportation changes should not be emailed directly to the teacher.
Please send a new note for each day the change occurs; we cannot accept notes for multiple days or with multiple changes. District policy states that a student may only ride the bus they are registered to ride.
Join the PTO and Support our Greyhounds
Please support our school by joining our amazing PTO. The link below will take you to the Galatas PTO website, where you can join the PTO and explore ways to get involved at Galatas.
It is a great way to get connected with our Galatas community and other parents.
Lunch Visitor Information
Lunch visitors are invited to enjoy our outdoor dining area (weather permitting). On rainy or other inclement weather days, we will have seating available in the Activity Room.
** Please consider limiting lunch visits to once or twice per month for each student, so that all parents have an opportunity to visit for lunch.
**Please limit the number of visitors to no more than four.
**A driver's license or government issued photo i.d. is required for adults each time they visit Galatas. We are unable to accept a photo of an i.d. Please allow time (about 5 minutes) to complete the required check-in at the front office prior to your child's lunchtime.
**We want to ensure the safety and security of everyone as they enjoy time together. If a grandparent, family member, or adult other than the parent of the student wants to visit your child during lunch, the parent must send in written permission to the front office. The note will only need to be sent in once, and at that time a notation will be made in the visitor system so that the school will have a record of the permission being granted. If a note is not sent, we will call a parent to grant permission before the visitor is allowed to join a student for lunch.
Lunchtime is limited to 25 minutes. A staff member will be monitoring the door, and will assist your child in returning to the cafeteria to join their class. Then, please head back to the front office to return your visitor sticker.
Kindergarten 11:30 AM-11:55 AM
1st Grade 11:15 AM-11:40 AM
2nd Grade 12:00 PM-12:25 PM
3rd Grade 12:25 PM-12:50 PM
4th Grade 11:50 AM-12:15 PM
Please be mindful that the next grade level parents are also excited to visit their children for lunch. We require parents to exit promptly at the designated time, to allow the next group to have lunch together.
All visitors must be able to provide a government issued, photo I.D. at each visit. Photos of the I.D. will not be accepted. Visitors will check in at the front office and receive a Visitor Badge which must be worn at all times in the building. When leaving the building, visitors must check out with the front office and return the badge.
Drop-off Procedures for Forgotten Items
Please help your student be fully prepared for their day by ensuring that they have all needed materials (backpack, lunch, water bottle, etc...) before leaving for school in the morning.
To minimize interruptions to classrooms, please limit drop-offs to the following items:
- Water bottles and lunches may be placed on the Drop-off table before 10:00 a.m. at the front office. These items should be labeled with your child’s name and section number to ensure proper delivery. Items are taken at 10:00 a.m. to a drop-off table at the end of each hallway, so please email the teacher to let them know that you have dropped off the water bottle or lunch.
- If you need eye glasses delivered to your child, please do not put them on the drop-off table. Bring them to the office staff for immediate delivery to your child.
- Any class work or homework that is dropped off will be placed in the teacher’s mailbox to be picked up during the day.
Delivery of flowers, balloons, etc. to students at school are not permitted.
A Message from the School Nurse
Please keep your child home if they are showing any signs of illness or reporting that they do not feel well.
Medication at school: If your child needs medications while at school, please email the nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a drop-off time. Students may not bring medication to school; all medication must be checked in with the School Nurse by a parent or guardian.
Prescription medications must be in the original prescription container and unexpired. Scheduled prescription medications must have a specific scheduled time on the prescription label, not a time range, and be in the original prescription bottle. Over the counter medications must be age specific and have directions on the manufacturer's label for your student's age.
All students who require an Action Plan must have a new and up to date form completed by the physician for the 2022-2023 school year.
Extra change of clothes: Please include a change of clothing in each student’s backpack in case of a spill, fall in the mud, or restroom accident. The nurse has a very limited supply of extra clothes and will try to find something suitable for the student to wear, but having their own set of clothes will save time and help the student be more comfortable.
If you have questions about COVID-19, please refer to the District's informational web page here.
Katy Riggs, RN
Celebrate Teacher & Staff Excellence!
- Log in to Parent Access.
- Click on communication.
- Choose Teacher/Staff Excellence from the drop down menu.
- Select the employee to receive recognition from the drop down menu.
- Click create TAE.
- Click any of the pre-populated choices that apply.
- Type any additional comments in the Additional Comment box.
- Click the box labeled Create Teachers Achieving Excellence button.
Parking Lot Request
If all the visitor spots are full, we ask that you please park at either Cattail Park, the row of spots closest to Galatas in the Community Baptist Church, or the closest end spots at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. These two churches have graciously offered these spots to us as our Galatas Family grows.
Thank you for your help with parking!
Student Early Check-Out
If you know that you will need to check-out your child during the school day, please let their teacher know so that they can help your child gather their belongings and prepare for an early departure.
As a reminder, to ensure the safety of all students at dismissal, the latest a student can be checked out of school is 2:45 p.m.
School Zone Safety Tips
In addition, cell phone use in a school zone is prohibited. As you enter areas around schools, please end your calls and put your phone away.
The CISD Police and Montgomery County Sheriff's Department patrol our school zones to ensure everyone's safety, and will issue citations if necessary.
Thank you for your help in keeping our community safe!
School Dismissal Safety Notes
--Only cross at crosswalks! Our crossing guards and staff are here to keep everyone safe and ensure that families cross intersections in an efficient manner.
--Please do not park behind staff cars in the school parking lot. Please park in a parking space, as blocking cars could cause a safety concern in case of an emergency.
--Please be considerate of our neighbors at Hayden's Run and Wyndspire South. Please keep the sight lines at the entrance clear for entering and exiting vehicles.
--Please be considerate of our neighbors at South Silvershire Circle. Please do not park on the grass or lawn of the homes. Take care not to block driveways and leave enough room for residents to easily drive in their neighborhood at all times.
16 NO SCHOOL: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
19 Open House and Science Fair: 5:00-7:00 PM
4 SCI://TECH 10:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.
14 PTO Meeting: 10:00 a.m.
14 Valentine's Exchange
17 NO SCHOOL: Student Holiday
20 NO SCHOOL: Presidents' Day Holiday
24 Go Texan Day
28 2nd Grade Program: 6:30 PM
7 PTO Meeting: 10:00 a.m.
9 Field Day: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, & 2nd Grade
10 Field Day: 3rd Grade and 4th Grade
13-17 NO SCHOOL: Spring Break
20 NO SCHOOL: Student Holiday
23 Spring Pictures
30 Springetti Preview
31 Springetti Fundraiser
7 NO SCHOOL: Good Friday
10 NO SCHOOL: Holiday
11 PTO Meeting: 10:00 AM
13 Volunteer Appreciation Celebration
17-21 Book Fair
24-28 STAAR Testing-Campus Closed to Visitors
25 STAAR Reading, 3rd and 4th grade students
1-5 STAAR Testing-Campus Closed to Visitors
2 STAAR Math, 3rd and 4th grade students
9 PTO Meeting: 10:00 a.m.
11 4th Grade Program: 6:30 PM
15-17 Galatas Science Camp
23 Yearbook Signing
25 4th Grade Clap Out: 10:00 a.m.
25 Early Dismissal: 12:10 p.m. Last Day of School