The Leopard Tale

September 2021

Principal's Points

Andre’ Families,

We are so excited to begin a magical new year! We love having our Leopards back at school, and we look forward to planning for some of our annual Andre’ traditions that our kiddos look forward to each year. Our beginning of year parent night will once again be held at Andre’. APPLE Night stands for Andre’ Parents Preparing to Lead for Excellence and is our opportunity to partner with you in setting up our Leopards for a successful year. Please save the date for Sept. 14 to visit kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th grade classrooms and September 21 to visit pre-k, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade classrooms. We can’t wait to see you soon and share a slice of Andre’.

Hopefully your children shared with you about our emergency drills. We practiced a fire drill, a secure building drill, and a lockdown drill. Our teachers did a great job discussing the importance of “Locks, Lights, Out of Sight.” With any emergency, it is important to think on your feet to determine “Run, Hide, or Fight." Depending on where and what is happening, it may not be possible to go to the exact place or do the exact same thing that you practiced. We talked in depth about what we would do in a real emergency, and how that could look different. For example, due to Covid-19 being our most immediate safety concern, we did not pile kids nose-to-nose in closets. Instead, we showed students where closets were located in our building. Thank you for reinforcing the importance of critical thinking skills when visiting with your children at home. We are a partnership, and we value our collaborative efforts.

As we plan for the next few weeks of instruction, we are preparing for after school tutoring. If your 4th or 5th grade child qualifies for accelerated instruction to prepare for State testing in the spring, your child came home with a waiver letter that will allow us to pull more than three students together at a time. With your permission, we will be able to provide support to a greater number of students utilizing our actual Andre’ teachers. Please know, small groups would be no larger than six students. We value the power of a small student-teacher ratio for intervention. Please return signed waiver letters as soon as possible. This will help us to begin forming groups, as well as offer after-school tutoring.

We are excited about this year and appreciate you entrusting your children with us. Your kiddos will have a magical year! Check out our good news on Twitter and Facebook. #AndreInAction

News From the Nurse


Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I am Nurse Ursula, your school nurse. Here are a few reminders for this magical school year:

  1. Students need to bring a change of clothing daily. Please send a shirt, pants, underwear, and socks.
  2. Please screen students daily, and do not send them to school ill.
  3. All medication will need to be signed into the clinic by an adult. Students are not allowed to transport medication to and from school.
  4. All students should bring a reusable water bottle to school for proper hydration. Water fountains are not available.

Healthfully Yours,

Ursula Staten BSN, RN

Notes from the front desk

Lunch Visitors

Due to new health and safety protocols, we are not yet ready to welcome lunch visitors or deliveries. We will communicate when this changes.


If your child is absent, please send a note on the first day of your child’s return to school stating the reason for the absence. Thank you.

Transportation Changes

If a child’s end-of-day transportation changes, the parent/guardian must send a note with the date, necessary changes and parent/guardian signature. If a note is not received, the usual method of transportation will be followed.

For safety purposes, no changes will be made after 3:45 P.M. and PHONE CALLS or E-MAILS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED.

Early Departure

If you need to pick up your child prior to 3:45, please send a note in the morning, with the reason for leaving, as well as the name of the person who will be picking up your child. This person must have an ID that matches the name you provide for us to release your child. We will not dismiss your child from class until you arrive. Again, the ID must match the name of the person you provided in your note that you sent with your child.


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Counselors' Corner

If you are interested in having your child tested for the GT program, please email with your request. The deadline is November 19, 2021.
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Technology Tidbits

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School Cash

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Stay Connected

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Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is So Much Fun!

Are you a girl in 3rd, 4th or 5th grader? Do you want to make new friends? Accomplish big things? Complete a 5K with your team? Make a difference in your community!

Join Girls on the Run!

Registration: Open Now

Season starts: Sep 13, 2021

Meeting days: Mondays & Wednesday 4:15-5:45 pm

Girls on the Run 5K: November 6th @ Rice University

**Financial aid available

**Learn more and register before September 10th at

Art News

The link below contains this month's Art Newsletter.

September Art Newsletter

Child Find

The Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District Special Education Department provides educational services to over 10,000 students with special needs.

Teachers, instructional aides, speech pathologists and related service personnel provide instruction and related services to students who have a disability. Students are eligible for special education services from the age of 3 through 21. Students who have hearing and vision disabilities may receive services from birth.

To be eligible for special education services, students must meet eligibility requirements as a student with an orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, auditory impairment, visual impairment, diagnosis of deaf/blind, intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbance, learning disability, speech impairment, multiple disabilities, autism, non-categorical early childhood, or traumatic brain injury.

Cypress Fairbanks ISD instructional arrangements for elementary school-aged students include in-class support, resource classes and speech/language therapy. Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE, formerly PPCD), adaptive behavior, and LIFE Skills classes are offered as cluster services at the elementary level.

In-class support, resource classes, LIFE Skills, adaptive behavior and speech/language services are available at all secondary level campuses.

Related services may include psychological services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, orientation and mobility training, school health services, adaptive equipment and special transportation.

Other special education service options include the Dorothy Carlton Center, the Maybelline Carpenter Center, homebound, adaptive physical education, itinerant and on-site services to the visually impaired.

As part of the Northwest Harris County Cooperative for the Hearing Impaired, services for students who have auditory impairments are offered at Birkes Elementary, Matzke Elementary, Spillane Middle School and Cy-Ridge High School. In addition to receiving instruction at the on-site campuses, students may be served by itinerant teachers, speech pathologists, and/or an audiologist at their home campus.

Are you the parent of a pre-school (3-5 years) or school aged child and have concerns regarding your child’s physical, speech, and/or emotional development? Is your child experiencing academic problems which could interfere significantly with educational success? If so, contact the Special Education Department at 281-897-6400 to discuss your concerns and learn more about the referral process.

Student Council

Did you know that Andre’ receives 10₵ for every General Mills Box Tops for Education we collect? Please remember to scan your receipts for Box Tops from participating products. See the flyer below for information on how to download the app and scan receipts.

If each student turns in 10 box tops, our school will earn over $1,100! Wow!

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Cafeteria- Breakfast and Lunch Information

Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued guidance allowing Cy-Fair Nutrition Services to offer meals to all students at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year.

  • SchoolCafé is a safe and secure way for parents to make online payments to their children’s cafeteria accounts.
  • School Café also allows parents, students and staff to view and interact with school cafeteria menus, view nutritional analysis, ingredient and allergen information.
  • Free/Reduced Price meal applications can also be accessed and completed on School Café.
  • Visit or the SchoolCafe app to apply.
  • Call 281-897-4550 or visit the Food Production Center at 11355 Perry Road with questions and for assistance.
  • Paper applications are available upon request.
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Mark your calendar

9/6- Student/Staff Holiday​

9/8- Girls on the Run Parent Meeting

9/9- Step It up Kids Kick-Off- During Large Group​

9/14- APPLE Night- K/2/4​

9/17- No Place for Hate Activity​

9/21- APPLE Night- PK/1/3/5/LS​

9/24- Teacher Planning Day/Student Holiday​

9/30 and 10/1- Nature Trails Field Trip- 3rd and 5th