GALATAS GAZETTE

August 13, 2021

Contact Information

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.

A message from Mrs. Wilker

Dear Greyhound Families,


It has been an amazing first week of school! I have enjoyed visiting each classroom to welcome new and returning students. I know we will have a great school year with your adorable children.


As we enter our second week of school, I encourage you to consider sending your child to school with a mask. While this is not a requirement, it is a precaution we can take during this time of increasing COVID spread. Good hand hygiene will also continue to be stressed, and the district will continue to e-mist our building and classrooms every evening.


Part of our COVID-19 mitigation strategy includes restructuring our large events and reducing the number of people in our building at any given time, so we are moving our Parent Orientation Nights to a virtual platform. This will allow you to view the presentations from the comfort of your home. Your child's teacher will email you additional information and a link for your scheduled grade level event.


As each day passes, our dismissal times continue to improve. This is a group effort, so I thank you for your continued patience and support. We are currently safely processing over 125 cars in less than 30 minutes. That is an amazingly short amount of time for so many cars.


Thank you for partnering with us in your child's education and for assisting us in providing a safe learning environment for both our students and staff.


Kindest regards,

Denae Wilker

Virtual Parent Orientation Nights

Due to the current COVID positivity rates in our area, we will host Parent Orientation Nights virtually. You will receive an email from your child's teacher with a link to their presentation on the evening of their schedule orientation. Should you still have any questions after viewing the presentation, you are welcome to email your child's teacher.


August 17 - Grades K, 1, and 2

August 24 - Grades 3, 4, and Self Contained Special Education Classes

To-Do List

  • Register for a Parent Access Account:

Visit https://pac.conroeisd.net/parent.asp to register. If you do not have your student's six-digit ID number, which is needed to register, please e-mail either your child’s teacher or Robin Curtis at rcurtis@conroeisd.net to receive that number.


  • Update your contact information, etc...online

All returning students that registered prior to July 1 received an email in July with a "Snapcode". If you have not already done this, please use this link to complete the verification of Student Registration.


  • Acknowledge the Student Handbook

The CISD Elementary Handbook is acknowledged as part of your electronic verification of Student Registration.


  • Register for School Cash Online

This link is an easy to use and safe way to pay for your children's school fees. https://conroeisd.schoolcashonline.com/https://conroeisd.schoolcashonline.com/


  • Register to be a volunteer at Galatas

We look forward to providing opportunities for family members to volunteer at Galatas in the future. Please register here to be a volunteer!



  • Get Connected: Stay in touch with CISD by downloading our new mobile app


Download the app on your mobile device today by searching "Conroe Independent School District" and select ‘yes’ to receive push notifications with the latest news and updates from the District.



  • Sign Up For Emergency Notifications through School Messenger

Follow the instructions on the slide below

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Counselor's Corner

Congratulations to all our families on a successful end to our first week of school! I’ve truly enjoyed meeting many of your children and getting to see so many bright, smiling faces. As the school counselor, I am here to help support all student’s social and emotional needs so that they may thrive here at Galatas. If you think your child needs a visit with me, please reach out at lynchristopher@conroeisd.net.

Assistance Needs

Throughout the year, different organizations offer students and families at Galatas Elementary assistance with school supplies, clothing, and other various needs. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, a federal law that makes student educational records confidential, prohibits me from releasing student information to these agencies without your permission. To help me work with these groups in the most efficient way possible, I ask that you email lynchristopher@conroeisd.net with the information listed below. Please send the email with “Request for Assistance” in the subject line and only if you would like to receive assistance.

Assistance programs vary from year to year, giving me permission to release your information does not automatically mean you will receive assistance. It does let me know that you would welcome such assistance and would be willing to have your information released to these organizations. In turn, these groups agree to use your information only for the purpose of their assistance program(s).

Email with subject line “Request for Assistance” to lynchristopher@conroeisd.net

  • Parent/Guardian First and Last Names
  • Address
  • Telephone Number


I hope all our families have a relaxing and restful weekend!

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Support Our School!

Join our PTO and Support the Greyhounds

Please support our school by joining our amazing PTO. The link below will take you to the Galatas PTO website. It is a great way to get connected with our Galatas community and other parents.

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TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

Dismissal will begin at 3:00 PM, August 11-20, to allow time for connecting students with parents and buses to load. If you are meeting your child as a biker or walker, please be at the top of the hill by 3:00 p.m. for the first two weeks.

Car and Bus Rider Procedures

Buses will load and unload at the front of the school. Cars may not enter the front loop from 7:25-8:05 a.m. and 2:45-3:30 p.m.


Student drop-off and pick-up car lines will be at the back of the school. Students may be dropped off between 7:30-8:00 a.m. The back driveway will be closed to cars from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The back driveway will be open to cars to form a pick-up line beginning at 3:00 p.m. Dismissal will begin at 3:10 p.m. Cars must enter the driveway from the north (right turns only).


Car Rider Line Procedures


  • The car line will be a one-way entrance: please enter the line from the north side of Cochran’s Crossing.
  • Please ensure your child’s name is visible and easy to read. Include the first name, last initial, and section number for each child on the Car Rider form.
  • Look and listen to the line caller to direct you to the number your child will be assigned.
  • Pull up to the pole of the assigned number so your child can enter your car safely.
  • Pulling your car all of the way up to the numbered pole will allow all cars to fit safely in the car rider line.
  • Trained Safety Patrol students, or staff members, will assist your child into your vehicle.
  • Please wait for the line to move forward once your child has been loaded into your vehicle. For everyone’s safety, do not pull around other cars.
  • Remain in your vehicle while in the car rider line.
  • In order to keep the car line moving, please take the time to teach your child to unbuckle and buckle their own seat belt/safety belt. Please do not stop the line or exit your vehicle.
  • Day care and students requiring extra time to load cars will be processed first in the car-line. These individuals and companies have received specific directions from the school.



Cars will be permitted to make left or right turns out of the school driveway during dismissal. We ask that you use your turn signal to indicate which direction you are turning, so that our CISD Police Officer can assist with keeping our line moving quickly.

Transportation Changes

Transportation change notepads will be sent home with each student on the first day of school. Please use these forms any time a student needs to go home in a different way from the permanent designated mode of transportation.


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 galatastransportation@conroeisd.net . The e-mail must include all of the above information, including a parent signature, and must be received before 2:00 p.m.


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; students may not have a transportation change to ride a different bus.

Important Safety Reminders



  • Parents should not park on the shoulder of Cochran’s Crossing and/or allow students to enter or exit the vehicle from the road.
  • U-turns are not allowed on Cochran’s Crossing.
  • Please do not drop off students in either of the church parking lots. We also ask that cars not drive through the Good Shepherd Church parking lot.
  • Please do not drop your student off in the staff parking lot. All walking and biking students will need to enter school grounds from the top of the hill, near the Galatas sign.
  • All crosswalks must remain unblocked at all times to ensure pedestrian safety.
  • Please use designated crosswalks to cross the street and the driveway. Please do not cross between cars.
  • Cell phone use is prohibited in all school zones.
  • Please be kind and courteous to our neighbors by not parking in or blocking the entrances to their subdivisions.
  • Please do not bring your pets onto school property. We have students who are highly allergic to, and frightened of, animals.
  • If a student is arriving to, or dismissing from, school as a walker or biker, parents are asked to refrain from entering the bicycle rack or porch areas of the school. Parents should wait at the top of the hill, near the Galatas sign.

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...) as they arrive at school.


Water bottles and lunches may be placed on the Drop-off table before 10:00 a.m. at the front office. All deliveries need to be labeled with your child’s name and section number to ensure proper delivery. Deliveries are made daily at 10:00 a.m. to a drop-off table at the end of each hallway.


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, binders 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.

Parent Information Sheet

Please download and print the Parent Information Sheet for your quick reference.

Roadmap to Remaining Open

The content on the Roadmap to Remaining Open webpages are designed to provide information relevant for the 2021-2022 school year. The details on this page are subject to change as we receive guidance from the Texas Education Agency, Governor’s Office, and State and local officials. Please check back often for the most up-to-date information.

COVID-19 Considerations

Self-Prescreening: To ensure the health and safety of all students and staff, all individuals should conduct self-prescreening for COVID-19 symptoms. Individuals waiting for COVID-19 test results due to symptoms or individuals currently experiencing any of the symptoms listed that are new and/or not normal for them, should stay home and consider seeking medical care and/or COVID-19 testing.

Symptoms consistent with COVID-19 include:

• fatigue

• cough or shortness of breath

• sore throat

• congestion or runny nose

• significant muscle pain or body aches

• loss of taste or smell in the last 10 days

• diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain

• feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 °F


Individuals who test positive for COVID-19: Students should notify the school nurse. Employees should complete the employee self-report in the SSO portal. Conroe ISD is required to report positive cases to the Montgomery County Public Health District (MCPHD) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Positive students and employees are required to isolate for 10 days after the date of symptom onset or test date if asymptomatic. Individuals who test positive may reenter when:


1. at least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms or the asymptomatic test date, AND

2. at least 24 hours fever free have passed without the use of fever-reducing medications since recovery, AND

3. symptoms are improving. Individuals must be diarrhea free for at least 24 hours without the use of diarrhea-suppressing medications before returning to school or work.


Individuals must be diarrhea free for at least 24 hours without the use of diarrhea-suppressing medications before returning to school or work.


Individuals who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19:

Individuals experiencing new onset symptoms consistent with COVID-19 that are not related to a known chronic condition are required to isolate until re-entry criteria are met. An individual with symptoms that could be COVID19 who is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19 is assumed to have COVID-19. That individual may not return to school/work until he/she has completed the same three-step set of criteria listed on page 1 for positive individuals. An individual with symptoms that could be COVID-19 who wants to return to school/work before completing the stay-at-home period must obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual to return based on an alternative diagnosis OR obtain a negative acute infection test from a healthcare entity. Re-entry criteria for symptomatic individuals:


1. at least 10 days have passed since onset of symptoms, AND 2. at least 24 hours fever free without the use of fever reducing medications since recovery, AND 3. symptoms are improving


OR receive a negative acute infection test from a healthcare entity (No self-administered home tests are accepted to meet re-entry criteria.)


OR obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual to return based on an alternative diagnosis (The specific alternative diagnosis is not required on the return note.)


Students should not be sent to school when ill. The school nurse will assess students who become ill during the school day, and parents/guardians will be contacted as needed. Students with a temperature of 100.0 °F or higher, active vomiting and/or diarrhea, or any other signs of a communicable condition will be excluded from school until the readmission criteria for the conditions are met as required by the Texas DHSH.


Individuals who have had close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 should:


1. consider quarantining for 14 days after the date of last contact as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),

2. monitor for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 for 14 days after the date of last contact as recommended by the CDC,

3. consider wearing a mask/face covering if choosing to return to work/school prior to the end of the 14-day quarantine period,

4. consider testing between day 3 and day 7 after exposure and if symptoms develop.


Individuals who have had a known close contact with a positive individual AND develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should follow the guidance for “Individuals who have symptoms…” listed above.

A Message from the School Nurse

Please keep your child home if they are showing any signs of illness, or if they are waiting for results of a COVID test (even if they are asymptomatic). You may refer to the CISD Roadmap to Remaining Open at the link above for specific health information.


Free COVID-19 testing is available to all CISD employees and students Monday-Friday at the CISD Police Department located at 2900 N. Loop 336 E. Conroe, TX 77301. Everyone must schedule a test through the CISD SSO in the COVID Central app prior to arrival.


Medication at school: If your child needs medication while at school, please email Mrs. Riggs, Galatas School Nurse at kriggs@conroeisd.net to set up an appointment to drop off the medication.

Needed: Extra Clothes for the Clinic

The Clinic is in need of new underwear (boys/girls, all sizes) and socks, as well as boys and girls shorts/pants of all sizes. Thank you!

Water Bottles

Children are encouraged to bring water bottles each day. Please clearly write your child's name on the bottle with permanent marker.

Child Nutrition Information

Breakfast and lunch will be free for all students for the 2021-2022 school year.


Families are still encouraged to complete the free and reduced lunch application as the number of families who qualify for the program impacts other funding for the District.


If your child will be purchasing a second meal or extra items, you may prepay by using My School Bucks. You will find a link to this service, the Free and Reduced lunch application, lunch menus, and other helpful information by clicking on the child nutrition resource button below.

Save the Date!

Upcoming Events

August

17 Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Virtual Parent Orientation

24 3rd, 4th, and Special Education Virtual Parent Orientation


September

6 No School: Labor Day Holiday

14 PTO Meeting – 10:00 a.m.

16 Individual Pictures

23 New Comer Coffee- 9:00 AM


October

5 Walk to School Day

8 No School: Student Holiday

11 No School: Holiday

12 PTO Meeting-10:00 a.m.

15 Kinder and 4th Grade Group Pictures 8:15 AM

18-22 Book Fair

19 Bedtime Story Night-6:00 and 7:00 p.m.

22 Storybook Parade-8:30 a.m.

25-29 Red Ribbon Week

28 3rd Grade Program 6:30 PM

29 Science Day


November

9 PTO Meeting- 10:00 AM

11 Individual Picture Retakes

12 Movie Night 6:30 PM

15-19 Generation Texas Week

18 Thanksgiving Festivities, Kinder and 1st Grade

19 Galatas Fun Run

22-26 No School: Thanksgiving Break


December

6-10 Hour of Code

10 4th Grade Choir Program 8:30 AM

13 Holiday Party: Kinder (1:30 PM)

14 PTO Board Meeting-9:00 a.m.

14 Holiday Parties- 2nd (10:30 a.m.) & 1st (2:00 p.m.)

15 Holiday Round Robin–3rd (10:00 a.m.)

15 Holiday Party/Service Project- 4th (8:15 a.m.) & Special Programs (1:45 p.m.)

17 Polar Express Day (Students wear p.j.’s)

17 Early Release Day, End of Nine Weeks– 12:10 p.m.


December 220-January 4 Winter Break



January

5 Classes Resume

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