From the Eagle's Nest

April Newsletter

Welcome, April!

April is known for beautiful spring weather, the start of warmer weather, and right about the time when the Easter bunny will make an appearance! April is also a great month for meteor showers.

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Eagle Pride Highlights

On Saturday, April 1st students participated in the arts festival visual arts competition held by the Texas Charter School Academic and Athletic League. We competed against charter schools from around Texas.

All of art club went to the art competition, and their artwork was proudly showcased. Thank you to the following students:

6th Grade - Emma Vieh

5th Grade - Pranav Pratheesh

4th Grade - Evalyn Allen, Victoria Castro, Yuri Pham, Ann Conte, Maanvitha Nizampatnam


Medalist are:

Elementary Sculpture - 1st place Jace Nowak (5th grade), 2nd place Portia Dugas (4th grade), 3rd place Kayla Riddle (4th grade)

Elementary Painting - 1st place Yani Nsa Akogho (4th grade)

Elementary Drawing - 1st place Amaziah Aguirre (4th grade)


Our Co-ed Soccer Team won their first district division championship on Wednesday, April 5th against Jubilee Wells 5-4. Congrats to Coach Ella and soccer team!


On Thursday, April 6th Coach T and the girls basketball team were surprised with a school parade and presented with their division trophy.


Go Eagles!

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📆 Important Dates

Please save the dates!

  • Spring Book Fair - April 10 - April 14 (after school hours will be shared on Monday)
  • PreK Graduation Photos – Tuesday, April 11​
  • EOY Ceremonies – Wednesday, May 24th ​
    • Event Times: ​
      • PreK Promotion 8:30 AM​
      • Kinder Graduation 11 AM​
      • Fifth and Sixth grades Promotion – 1 PM​
  • Field Day – Thursday, May 25​
  • Last Day of School – Friday, May 26th (Early Release at noon)

STAAR Testing Dates begin on April 18th

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Teacher Appreciation May 8 - May 12

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🙌 Teacher Shout-Outs

🗓 Coming Up!

Student Art Showcase and PTSA Family Picnic Day 👩🏽‍🌾

Saturday, April 29th, 12-4pm

1333 Fire Cracker Drive

Buda, TX

Please come out to support Ms. Donaldson for our student art showcase.


Families are also welcome to stay for our PTSA family picnic to celebrate Earth Day. Feel free to bring a blanket or lawnchair.


Vendors and food trucks will be onsite!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

💡 Reminders

🍎 Friendly reminders: Thank you for keeping our eagles safe and healthy!



  • Hands Free Zone in the loop - We are working on adding signage to ensure everyone's safety
  • Speed Limit - 5 MPH. We are working on signage to ensure everyone's safety
  • Student Cell Phone Policy - Must be off and away/Upper grades - stored with teacher. Phones may be confiscated if in use during the school day.
  • 10/10 Rule (3rd-6th grades) - Students will not be allowed to leave classroom during the first and last ten minutes of each class. This is not applicable for students experiencing an emergency, condition, or has pass to meet with school team such as counselor, admin.
  • Students are expected wear uniforms and school approved jackets only. No hoodies are allowed.
  • Students must wear closed sneakers/shoes. Sandals or crocs are not allowed for safety reasons.
  • Plastic water bottles are recommended. Metal water bottles are heavy and have caused minor accidents.

ASK YOUR CHILD ABOUT ❓

Families may support classroom activities by asking your child great dinnertime questions.


The trick is to ask about things that are specific, but still open-ended. Move beyond "fine" and "nothing" by asking your kids to describe their world. It's also great to start the conversation with an anecdote from your own day. Try one of these conversation-starters from Scholastic:


    1. Tell me about the best part of your day.

    2. What was the hardest thing you had to do today?

    3. Did any of your classmates do anything funny?

    4. Tell me about what you read in class.

    5. Who did you play with today? What did you play?

    6. Do you think math [or any subject] is too easy or too hard?

    7. What's the biggest difference between this year and last year?

    8. What rules are different at school than our rules at home? Do you think they're fair?

    9. Who did you sit with at lunch?

    10. Can you show me something you learned (or did) today?


    https://www.scholastic.com/parents/school-success/school-success-guides.html

    PARENT RESOURCES 🤗

    Is your child struggling with coming to school or with homework? Here's how we can help:
    • Reach out to your child's teacher about grades and assignments.
    • Reach out to our school counselor Ms. Eyhorn at counselor@doralacademytx.com.
    • Reach out to Ms. Mejia, K-2 Interventionist at kmejia@doralacademytx.com if your child is struggling with reading skills.
    • Reach out to Ms. Quigley 3-6 Interventionist at cquigley@doralacademytx.com if your child is struggling with reading and/or math skills.
    • Reach out to Ms. Garza, Instructional Coach and Campus Testing Coordinator at cgarza@doralacademytx.com for all testing related questions.
    • Reach out to Ms. Guido, Student Services Director at cguido@doralacademytx.com for all SPED, 504, Dyslexia, and other related services questions.
    • Need help with re-enrollment or want to schedule a campus tour? Reach out to Ms. Arriaga at iarriaga@doralacademytx.com.

    Embracing our journey and planning for the future

    On behalf of the School Board of Directors and myself, thank you for choosing Doral Academy as your school of choice. We are working diligently to refine our systems and look forward to the magic that happens over the summer. Administration and staff will be working over the summer to prepare for the opening of schools for the 23-24 school year. I'm happy to share that several teachers have expressed interest to particiapte in summer work to complete curriculum mapping and planning for the upcoming school year. I know several families have also been concerned with teacher turnover. Of our 21 teachers, only 3 have shared that they will not be returning next year. Rest assured, there are plans in place to fill those positions and offers have already been made.


    In terms of facilities projects over the summer, our GC's will be completing our library project, painting of the hallways, polishing of the classroom floors, and upgrading the playscape area. The crosswalk plans have already been approved and will be completed over the summer and ready for our opening in the fall. I am also very excited to share that we will also be working on campus branding to proudly display our mighty eagle pride!!!


    Please stay tuned for upcoming informational zooms for parents. I will be sharing information to include articulation into the next grade level, program enhancements, and middle school subject selections.


    Respectfully,


    Mrs. DeSousa

    Proud Superintendent/Principal