Friday Communication

Sem Elementary - Dedicated Every Day in Everyway!

Dear Sem Families,

Here in a few short weeks, the book fair will be all setup and ready to go at Sem Elementary. Students seem to absolutely love the book fair and all that it brings so I hope you will plan to join us for some different events during that week. In addition, please consider volunteering for the book fair. It is a great way to get involved and see all the students at Sem Elementary. Please email Alison Andrews at with the day and time you are available to help. You may also go to to sign up through our volunteer link as well. Thanks so much!

Are you interested in learning about a fixed mindset vs. a growth mindset? If so, please check out the link below that will lead you to some videos on the differences. As a staff we have talked about having a growth mindset, so we will be looking to learn more as well. At some point, it would be great to also talk to students about having a growth mindset. Please feel free to share with your child as you see fit as well!

Hope you all have a great weekend and stay warm!


Mr. Gonzales


Order your yearbook TODAY!

Yearbook: $20.00 each

Love Notes: $5.00

This year, we have added a new section to each yearbook!

“The Rewind” is a look back on all the top events, music, and artists that were popular in 2015-2016.

There are 3 easy ways to order:

1. Order online at

Click “Locate Your School” to begin the ordering process.

2. Print the order form (attached) and mail it in with your check or money order.

Balfour P.O. Box 150069

Austin, TX 78715-0069

3. Call 1-800-853-1337 to order with credit/debit card.

*Please do not send in cash or a check with your student. Orders are accepted in the 3 ways above.

The last day your child is guaranteed a yearbook is 2/1/2016.

Photo Posters

Photo posters are a great way to celebrate birthdays or any event in our students' lives. Your child's poster will be displayed in the mail hallway at Sem and sent home the next month as a keepsake. Poster orders for February are due by Friday, 1/22. Please place your order by the due date to ensure that your poster order can be completed. If you have any questions, contact Dina Radcliffe at

Art Supply Drive

Extra Recess is as Easy as Helping Kids!

What: Classes that collect 20 items or more will get an extra recess.

Where: Please give donations to your class teacher.

When: Januray 19th – 29 th

Help us collect ITEMS for the patients at The Children’s Medical Center. We will create care packages with the items donated to bring some cheer to the children and their families.

List of Items (New items only)

· Crayons (4,16,and 24 count)

· Play-Doh

· Sound books (English/Spanish)

· Bubbles

· Infant rattles and teethers

· Shape sorters

· Color markers

· Books

· Coloring books

· Crayola model magic

· Foam Art

· Individual Art Activity Kits

· Paint by number crafts

· Stickers

· Plastic animals and dinosaurs

· Wood puzzles

Multicultural Minute

We are excited to let you know about something new at Sem. We are going to start learning about all of the cultures represented at our school. Once a month at Sembly we will celebrate our diversity through the Multicultural Minute. We will also have information about the month’s country on a bulletin board in the hall.

For more information, please refer to the attachment in the email.


The Multicultural Committee

Save the Date

Save the date for the Sem Elementary 10 year birthday celebration on April 22nd at 3:00 pm. More information to come!


February 8th-12th: Book Fair

February 9th: Donuts with Dad or someone special

February 11th: PTA General Meeting/Cybersense Presentation 7-8 pm

February 12th: Valentine's Day Parties

February 15th: FISD Holiday - No School for students