Parent Eagle News

September 2015

We're Off to a GREAT Start at QVE!

Dear Eagle Families,

Last week we welcomed more than 500 students to the 2015-2016 school year! Our teachers and staff worked hard this summer to prepare our community for a successful learning year and last week we witnessed our vision come to life!

We understand the importance of practicing and reinforcing expectations- therefore teachers and staff were prepared to practice arrival, dismissal, lunch, restroom, recess, and other transitional procedures. Students also discussed and practiced learning expectations.

This year all grade levels (Prekindergarten-5th) are implementing Daily 5 for their ELA (English Language Arts) Block and Daily 3 for their Math Block. Daily 5/Daily 3 is a way for teachers to structure their literacy and math blocks so that students can work independently successfully toward learning goals while the teacher works with her small groups. Another important component of Daily 5/Daily 3 is the ability for students to choose the order of their learning stations.

The benefits of Daily 5/Daily 3 are:

  • students develop independence, stamina, and accountability;
  • less time consumed by classroom management leaves more for instruction;
  • the framework adapts flawlessly to district-adopted curriculums and state mandates;
  • improves schoolwide literacy achievement; and
  • behaviors of independence transfer to other content areas. (https://www.thedailycafe.com/daily-5)


We are creating a learning community where students, teachers, and staff are leaders and where our behaviors and expectations determine our results!


We will continue to strive for excellence as we share our passion, knowledge, and skills with our students so that they develop a love for learning and discovery! Will you join us?


We appreciate your partnership,

Principal Spears and the QVE Teachers/Staff



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September is Attendance Awareness Month!

This fall, Community Relations and the Department of Student Affairs are working together to launch an attendance awareness campaign for the 2015-16 school year to educate students, parents, staff and community members about the importance of attendance. Student attendance can improve when schools and communities work together with students and their families to overcome barriers and cultivate a culture of attendance.

The bottom line: Students cannot learn if they are not in school and engaged in learning. Research shows that attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways, and when schools provide support for students who are chronically absent.


Additional ideas for engaging students and parents may be found at www.attendanceworks.org.

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Safety First - Transportation

Dear Parents,


Welcome to Quail Valley Elementary School! To ensure the safe arrival and dismissal of our students, some important information that is specific to the Quail Valley is provided in this document.


You are recognized as the most important person in your child’s educational success. Cooperation of home and school will help create a culture in which every student will be inspired to pursue intellectual excellence throughout his/her life. On behalf of the staff, I wish you a great year and look forward to seeing you and your child.


STUDENT DROP-OFF / PICK-UP PROCEDURES

The following drop-off and pick-up procedures have been established in order to assure the safety of our students. Please be courteous to other drivers and vigilant in watching out for the safety of our students.


School Hours

The first day of school is Monday, August 24, 2015. Students may be dropped off no earlier than 7:30 AM, since we do not have supervisory coverage available until that time. Students are considered tardy after 8:10 AM. Dismissal begins at 3:10 PM. Your punctuality is greatly appreciated.


Drop Off

Parents/guardians are asked to drop off students at the sidewalk only in the designated drop-off/pick-up areas that are directly in front of the school. There is no parking in these areas. You must drop your child off at the sidewalk and then move on immediately to keep traffic flowing.


Pick Up

When picking up children in the afternoon using the drive up method, you are asked to remain in your car in one of the designated pick-up areas along the sidewalk and have your child come to your car. Please do not park and leave a car unattended in a drop-off/pick-up area. If someone other than a parent/guardian will be picking-up your child, please send a note to the school indicating such. Any change in dismissal or early dismissal requires a note with parent/guardian signature.


Traffic Pattern

Pre-k-1st grade parents will stay straight and travel in front of school all the way past school and follow driveway as it curves to the right towards the back of school by the Pre-k door and outside garden. 2nd-5th grade will immediately turn right and proceed down the side of the school and follow the driveway around back of school through the teacher’s parking lot.


If you choose to carpool, please notify the school office and your child’s teacher in writing of the arrangements and the names of the adults with whom your child may be transported.


We are looking forward to an amazing year!


Thank you for your partnership!


Jason Strutton

Assistant Principal

Ms. Miriam Vasquez, QVE Teacher Leader Spotlight

Ms. Vasquez graduated with honors from the University of Houston (Go Coogs) in 1997. She is entering her fourth year at QVE and Fort Bend ISD. Prior to Fort Bend she taught in Houston ISD for fourteen years where she taught first grade Bilingual, Bilingual Reading Intervention, 5th Grade Bilingual, Science Lab (K-5th), and third grade ESL. She decided four years ago, that it was time for a change, and she also wanted to keep her family close . She shared that she is super excited to be a part of the QVE family. She intends to motivate students while teaching them to be intrinsically motivated through challenging yet supportive lessons and assignments. As our campus ESL teacher, she desires to help the students understand and continue to learn about their language, while developing an appreciation for English language and literature. We are honored to recognize Ms. Vasquez as a QVE Teacher Leader!
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We Need YOU!

We are off to a great start of the 205-2016 school year! In an effort to continue the momentum for a successful year, I would like to invite you to submit your name for our Campus Based Leadership Team (CBLT). The CBLT committee serves in an advisory role to assist the principal. The CBLT committee members meet 4 times a year for the purpose of implementing planning processes and site-based decision making in accordance with Board Policy and administrative procedures. The CBLT committee is comprised of principals, teachers, parents, business representatives and community members.

If you are interested in serving on the CBLT committee, please complete the bottom of this form and return to your child’s teacher by September 4, 2015. We will conduct a random drawing to determine the committee members and will notify you if you are selected to serve on this team. Our first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at 3:30 in the QVE library.

We are also looking for business representatives and community members. Please let us know if you know of anyone who may be interested in serving on our CBLT in this capacity.

Qualifications for parent members:

  • He/she must be a parent of a currently enrolled FBISD student
  • He/she cannot be a FBISD employee

Qualifications for business representatives:

  • He/she must own or work for a business
  • He/she may not operate or conduct business with FBISD

Qualifications for community member:

  • He/she cannot be a parent of a FBISD student
  • He/she must reside in FBISD

Sincerely,

Shenique Spears, Principal

Return this portion to your child’s teacher by September 4, 2015

CBLT Committee Volunteer Form

Name: _________________________________Telephone number: _______________

E-mail address: __________________________________________________________

Child’s Name: ______________________________Teacher_________________Grade:_____

Please circle one:

Parent Business Representative Community Member

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What's Happening at QVE?

Thursday, September 3rd QVE PTO Meeting 6:30 in the Library
Monday, September 7th Labor Day Holiday/No School
Wednesday, September 9th CBLT Meeting in QVE Conference Room
Monday, September 14th Grandparent's Day
Thursday, September 17th QVE Open House 6:00 - 7:30
Tuesday, September 22nd QVE Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Wednesday, September 23rd Fall Picture Day
Friday, September 25th Fort Bend County Fair/No School
Wednesday, September 30th GT Referral Deadline
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Volunteers Needed at QVE!

Quail Valley welcomes and encourages parents and community members to get involved and share their time, talents, and skills with our students by becoming a VIPS.

Become a school volunteer by completing the FBISD Volunteer Criminal History Application and contacting the Campus or by calling the Volunteers & Partnerships office at (281) 634-1109.


Visit: http://www.fortbendisd.com/Page/659

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Atomic Learning

Atomic Learning is a resource that is available for families of Fort Bend ISD students. If contains nearly 50,000 step-by-step tutorials on how to use software such as Excel Spreadsheets, Word, and many others. There are also lessons on Internet Safety for you to use with your family so everyone is safe while on the computer.


Interested? Go to: https://www.atomiclearning.com/k12/en/login/fortbend


Your log in will be the following:

Parent Username: parents-fbisdQVE

Password: Fortbend

Log in and learn on Atomic Learning!

For more information contact Ms. Briggs, QVE Librarian

GT Referral Process

  • GT Referral Form

    Parents who would like to refer their child for GT Identification should complete the Parent Referral Form and return the Form to their child's counselor by the September 30, 2015 deadline. Additional information about GT testing is available at http://www.fortbendisd.com/Page/361.

For more information contact Ms. Rodriguez, QVE Counselor, at 281-634-5040.

Homeless Children and Youth

Fort Bend ISD offers services to homeless students and their families according to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act to address students' educational needs and ensure their academic success. For more information on these services, visit http://www.fortbendisd.com/Page/670.

Let's Talk!

Parents- there's a new way to voice your ideas and concerns. When you visit our website at
http://quailvalleyeagles.weebly.com/ there's a button titled "Let's Talk." The Let's Talk tool is just another way we are expanding our communication efforts by providing you opportunities to provide feedback. We look forward to hearing from you!

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