Parr Patriot News

September 2019

Bus Transportation

Thank you for being patient with transportation. In the future, I will be sending an email blast to that particular bus that may be running late in the morning or afternoon. I did not have the ability to send that kind of email until recently. If you are waiting at the bus stop for a bus and it is late, please call the front office so that we can reach out to transportation and get information that can be shared via email. I know this is a frustrating situation but I am hopeful that a resolution is coming soon. Please continue to reach out to me with your concerns.

Rodeo Day-September 13th

Dear Families,

We are excited to announce the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is coming to Parr Elementary this year! On Friday, September 13th, all students will be participating in our Rodeo Day. The students will be rotating from classroom to classroom to learn about different components of the rodeo.

Here is some important information you need to know:

· The campus will be closed to parents this day. The parking lot will be full due to speakers on campus and students will be rotating through varied locations around the building.

· Students are encouraged to dress in “rodeo attire” (boots, cowboy hats, belt buckles, etc) as long as it appropriate for school.

· The cafeteria will be serving sack lunches. If your child brings his/her lunch, they may still do so. All students will eat lunch from 11:30 – 12:30. Parents will be unable to eat lunch with their student(s) on this day.

· If you plan to pick up your child early for any reason, please either let his/her teacher know in advance. This will allow the teacher adequate time to have your child ready and will assist the office in locating your child’s class in the day’s schedule.

· This will be like a field trip for your child. Please discuss with him/her appropriate behavior and encourage them to be respectful to all the speakers we have present.

This is a free event that the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is providing for our campus. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

Important Dates

September 12-Fundraiser orders due

All Pro Dad meeting 7:15 a.m.

September 13-HLSR Western Heritage Day-wear your cowboy gear

September 17-Bahama Buck's Spirit Night 5:30-8:30 pm

September 18-Watch D.O.G.S. Launch 6:30 pm

September 19-PTA General Meeting/Safety presentation 6:30 p.m.

September 20-Volunteer/room mom meeting

September 26-Lock Down Drill

Fit Night-5:30 pm

October 1-wear your college shirt

Counselor Update

Kinder, 1st and 2nd recieverd the personal safety lessons with the counselor this week. A home connection note was sent home. Use the ideas on the note to reinforce the lessons they learned about assertiveness and personal safety. The respect newsletter will be sent home next week but is also in this newsletter. The purpose of the newsletter is to support you in having conversations at home about our Core Values.

Click on the link below for the Respect newsletter

Parr Counseling Program Information

Lunch Money

We are trying something new this year with lunch money. In the past, if a student had no money in their lunch account, they received a cheese sandwich and milk in place of a tray lunch. We understand that this can be upsetting to a student so we will be allowing a student to borrow money from the principal's account. If your student goes through the line and the cashier sees that they do not have money in their account, she will send the student to the office to borrow money. The student will receive an envelope with a note stating that the student had to borrow money and a request for the money to be returned the next day. Please help us be able to offer this to our students by sending in the money the next day so that we can sustain this process.

Thank you!

Upcoming Author Visit

Susan Stevens Crummel, award-winning author of picture books, will be at Parr Elementary on Tuesday, November 12th. She will be making presentations to K-5 and autographing books. We will be taking orders for her books before her visit. If you wish to purchase a book, please click on the link below and print out the form and send it to school with the money or check.

Volunteer Application

Clear Creek ISD has implemented a new online volunteer application form for parents and community members, which now requires volunteers to register on an annual basis. As of July 15, all volunteer records have been deactivated, and effective July 16, both former and prospective volunteers must apply/reapply using CCISD’s new volunteer application to be eligible for upcoming volunteer opportunities in the 2019-2020 school year. It can take up to 3-4 days to be approved. If you think you may be volunteering this year, go ahead and take care of applying. We appreciate all our volunteers!

Volunteer Application Link-click on the white box below to take you to the application

Cafeteria Information

Please click on the link below for information from the cafeteria. Please remember that the grace period for free and reduced lunch ends soon. You may apply for free and reduced lunch online. If you need a paper application, please email Mrs. Buckels at

Join us September 19th for our first PTA meeting of the year and our annual safety presentation

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Dine Out to Donate

The Clear Creek Education Foundation is gearing up to host its sixth annual “Dine Out to Donate” on Monday, October 7. The process is simple – citizens enjoy a meal at a participating restaurant, and in return the restaurant will donate a portion of the proceeds to CCEF to benefit the students and teachers of the Clear Creek Independent School District.

This event brings fun, district-wide competition between all CCISD schools. The top three elementary, intermediate and high schools with the highest percentage of participation based on student population will each win the following 1st - $1,000, 2nd - $500 and 3rd - $250. Overall, the top school wins the “Top Dog Trophy” which comes with very special bragging rights.

List of participating restaurants

Bahama Buck's Spirit Night

Tuesday, Sep. 17th, 5:30pm

1355 East League City Parkway

League City, TX

Join us for sno-cones at Bahama Buck's! A portion of the proceeds will be given to the PTA to support Parr students.

Change of Transportation

Reminder, please note that any transportation changes during the school day should be in the form of a written note signed by the parent and/or guardian. If faxing your note to the office, please include student and teacher name, date, and change of transportation with a copy of your driver’s license. The school fax number is 281-284-4105. All transportation changes must be in the office by 2:30 p.m. so we can inform the teacher in time for dismissal. Thank you for your diligence in this matter. *Please note-if calling the school to change transportation, you must be able to fax in your request in writing with a copy of your photo ID. No calls about change in transportation will be allowed unless accompanied with this note. This allows us to ensure that safety procedures are followed and students’ whereabouts are closely monitored.

Attendance Matters

What to do if your child is absent

This information is help clarify some attendance questions and give you helpful information regarding our state’s mandatory attendance policies.

Excused/Unexcused Absences –

When your child is absent, you must provide a written, signed note within three (3) days of returning to school that includes the following information:

· Name of student

· Reason & date(s) the child was absent

· Parent’s signature

The Texas Education Code requires a written, signed note as phone calls and emails are not accepted. If a note is not received within three (3) days, the absence may not be excused. If a student has three (3) or more unexcused absences the parent will receive a truancy warning letter. Five (5) or more consecutive absences due to illness require a doctor’s excuse when returning to school.

Medical Appointments during school –

If your child attends a medical appointment during the school day and then comes to school after his/her appointment, please bring a note from the doctor’s office so your child’s attendance can be marked as “Medical” which will not count as a state absence.

Daily Attendance –

Students arriving after 10:00am are counted absent for the day, unless they arrive with a doctor’s note dated for a visit that day.

Tardy –

If a student arrives after 8:10 am, they will be counted tardy. If a student misses consistent instruction time by being tardy or checked out early, this information is sent to our attendance officer.

Unusual Causes of Absence (Ex: Vacations or Family Events) –

A “Request for Excused Absence for Unusual Causes” form may be picked up from the front office, signed and returned two (2) weeks prior to the absence to excuse unusual causes such as vacations or family events.

Additional attendance information can be found in the Student Handbook or on the district website at

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