Isbell Elementary

Loving Every Minute of Learning

Dodson’s Dish

The weather outside has been gorgeous! I had the opportunity to go outside and play Connect Four with some of our students. If you have not seen our huge Connect Four game boards, go check them out. Our students love them, and so do the adults. Thank you again for your generous donations during our Fun Run! Your contributions allowed us to purchase them for our students. Special shout out to Mr. Harper for spending an afternoon installing them on our playground.

If you have a few minutes to spare tonight, come by and vote on our 2016-2017 PTA Board. The slated officers are:

Stacy Miller- PTA President

Amy Guest- 1st VP/Fundraiser

Ashley Jarzombek- 2nd VP/Programs

Julie Delage- 3rd VP

Meredith Suder- Treasurer

Charissa Painter-Wang- Secretary

If you would like to serve our school by joining the PTA Board, please contact Stacy Miller at I must say, they are a great group to work with. I enjoy my time with them...lots of laughs!

Enjoy your day,

Serita Dodson

5th Grade Parents

May 6th – 5th Grade Track Meet – Students will leave Isbell at 9:15am and return at 2:30pm. Event is at Memorial Stadium.

May 16th – Strikz Day! 5th Grade will leave Isbell at 9:30am and return at 2:30pm. Please make payments on your child’s My Payments Plus account for this event. Cost is $18.00 per child and includes Bowling, shoe rental, Lazer Tag , $10 Game card, 2 slices of pizza and a small drink.

May 19th – Book Parade @ 8am at Isbell

May 27th – Field Day - Times TBD (If we do not need to use this Day as a make-up day then Field Day will be May 26th)

June 2nd- 5th Grade Celebration from 1-2:30pm

June 3rd – Last Day of School

8am – TBD (Dennis Lee might not make it to our annual Nana Puddin Program)

End of School Parties – Times TBD

Student Council News

Spirit Sticks will be sold by student council every Wednesday morning starting at 7:20am! Perfect Valentine’s Gift for you valentines.

News from the PE department:

As you know our school has been classified as a Healthy School Zone, which is a school that promotes healthy behaviors at our school and in our community.

Attached is a fun activity that can be completed at home, Get Moving Bingo. We are encouraging all students to play the game at home with their families in an effort to promote physical activity. After the game card is completed have your student bring the bingo sheet to PE and they will receive a Pride Ticket in recognition of their efforts.

Thanks a million,

Katie Rodriguez

Isbell Library

Pre K Story Time!

Our next story time is April 20th at 8:30! Please RSVP if you can attend!

Lonestar Storytelling Festival Auditions!

Does your child love to tell stories? If so, have them try out for the 2016 Lonestar Storytelling Festival. For more information, check out this Google presentation:

Free books from Snapple/Dr. Pepper!

Save your Sunny Delight and Fruit 20 labels to earn free books! Check out this link for more info:

Artwork Wanted

If you love to draw and paint, then this project is for you!!! The Isbell Library is looking for amazing artwork to help decorate the library walls!! If you would like your artwork featured in the Isbell Library, please read the guidelines below:

Library Art Guidelines:

· All artwork must have a “reading theme”. For example: it could be the cover of your favorite book or just a picture that shows that reading can take you places. Get creativity!

· The artwork needs to be on a 16 x 20 sized canvas. You can

purchase the canvas at any local art store (Hobby Lobby, Michaels etc).

· There is no deadline for this project, we will display the artwork as they come in!

· Turn your artwork in to Mrs. Beathard when finished!

I’m looking forward to seeing your art come to life in the Library!

Questions? Email Mrs. Beathard at

Do you Have an incoming Kindergartener? Or know someone who is?

Please see the attached document with important incoming kinder information.

Calendar of Upcoming Isbell Dates:

4/7-4/8 – Kinder Round-Up see attached flyer

4/7- PTA Meeting @ 6:35pm in Café

4/7 – 2nd grade performance 6:45pm in café

4/20- Pre K Story Time

4/22 – CARNIVAL 5:30-7:30pm Isbell- In the back.

4/25 – No School

4/26 –Open House 5:30 - 6:30

5/2-5/6 – Teacher Appreciation Week

5/9-5/13 – CAMPUS Closed for STARR Testing

5/18 Pre K Story Time

5/19 – Book Parade 8-8:30am

5/26- Field Day Times TBD

6/3 – Last Day of School

2016- 2017

I cannot believe it is time to send out this email regarding teacher placement for the upcoming school year. The faculty and staff at Isbell care individually about each child. We spend a lot of time creating class lists based on each child’s individual needs. Teachers go through an extensive process to ensure that each class has the best balance possible of all types of students. We strive to weigh each student’s needs so that every child will have a year of loving every minute of learning.

If there are specifics you want to make sure we keep in mind about your child with regard to choosing a comfortable fit for your child’s class next year, please email me by April 25th. Please know that FISD does not allow individual teacher requests.

At Isbell, we truly believe that elementary sets the stage for a child’s school experience and therefore is an especially crucial time. Additionally, as a Professional Learning Community (PLC), Isbell holds tight to the belief that each student at our school is the responsibility of each employee on campus. We all work every day towards the goal of ensuring our students Love Every Minute of Learning! With these beliefs in mind, I want to share with you that all of our teachers collaborate together for the lessons that will be taught in the classroom. They also collaborate to discuss any data, student needs, or anything else that impacts student achievement. Rest assured, your child will be in great hands.


Serita Dodson, Proud Principal, Isbell Elementary School