Multilingual Families Newsletter

September 2020

2020 Students Scholarship Recognitions

Dr. Tinou Tran (Director, Multilingual Programs) and Lili Dibai (ESL Coordinator) joined TexTESOL IV on August 1, 2020, for a virtual reception via Zoom to recognize and honor its 2020 Inaugural High School Scholarship recipients. Three of the six winners were Fort Bend ISD graduating seniors in May 2020. They each received $500 to help pay for college expenses. After a brief introduction of the educators in attendance and their relationships with the students, they took turns reading their winning essays. Each of the essays, detailing the students' unique experiences in an ESL or Bilingual Program, touched the hearts of all in attendance. We wish our recent graduate's much success as they embark on their continued educational journey.

TexTESOL High School Scholarship Winners

2020 Staff Scholarship Recognitions

Multilingual Programs congratulates Ms. Laura Rivera of Goodman Elementary School for being named a 2020 Suburban Houston Association for Bilingual Education Paraprofessional Scholarship. SHABE offers a $500.00 scholarship to paraprofessionals wishing to pursue a teaching career in bilingual education.

Ms. Rivera serves as a Special Education Aide at Goodman, and previously served as a Bilingual Aide. She is currently enrolled at the University of St. Thomas pursuing a degree in Bilingual Education. In her scholarship essay, she wrote of how she “hated school” as a language learner because of the injustices she faced, and how she finally encountered her high school ESL teacher right here in Fort Bend ISD who “was able to connect to all of her students regardless of language, gender or race.” Ms. Rivera further shared that she wants “to be the welcoming face that lets those students know that things are rough at the start, but they will turn out all right.”

To continue supporting our families, the Grab and Go free meals are back!

TDA waiver allowed FBISD to feed all our students at no cost through December 31, 2020. Please note you must bring your child’s ID card, attendance record from Skyward, or birth certificate to receive breakfast and lunch at no cost for your child. For more information and a list of distributing schools (look for the bus drop off, pick up area), visit Grab and Go is back!

Fall Gifted and Talented Referral Window Now Open (AUGUST 17, 2020-SEPTEMBER 30, 2020)

Students eligible for fall evaluation

  • Currently enrolled FBISD students in grades K-11.
  • Students who are not identified for gifted and talented services in FBISD in any content area.

Use this link to submit a referral: GT Fall Testing Referral Form

¡El plazo para recomendar alumnos para el programa de Superdotados y Talentosos (GT) ha comenzado!

(Del 17 de agosto al 30 de Septiembre del 2020)

Los alumnos deberán:

- Estar inscritos en FBISD en los grados K-11º; y

- No haber calificado para el programa GT del FBISD en ninguna área.

Visite este enlace para recomendar a un alumno Formulario de Recomendación al Programa GT

Learning Model Change

Will I have the option to change my child’s learning model if it is not at the end of a grading period?

We are asking parents to choose a selection for the entire nine weeks; however, Fort Bend ISD’s Department of Student Affairs has created parameters for parents to initiate changes due to extenuating circumstances during a grading period and outside of the defined selection window.

The Learning Model Change Request Form is available in Skyward Family Access, under “online forms.”

Campuses will consider each request on a case-by-case basis, with consideration of campus space, staffing, and teaching assignments.

¿Tendré la opción de cambiar a mi niño de modelo de aprendizaje aun cuando no sea el final del trimestre?

Les estamos pidiendo a los padres de familia que elijan un modelo para todo el trimestre, sin embargo, el Departamento de Asuntos Estudiantiles ha establecido parámetros para que los padres cambien a sus niños a otro modelo de aprendizaje, debido a circunstancias excepcionales, antes del final del trimestre y fuera del periodo determinado para la selección.

La solicitud para realizar cambios está disponible en el Acceso para las Familias en Skyward, en la sección formularios en línea.

Las escuelas revisarán caso por caso y considerará si hay lugares en la escuela, la disponibilidad de empleados y la asignación de maestros.

Skyward learning Model Change Request - English

Skyward learning Model Change Request - Spanish

Skyward learning Model Change Request - Chinese

Skyward learning Model Change Request - Urdu

Skyward learning Model Change Request - Vietnamese

2020 Multilingual Summer Programs

During the Summer of 2020, over 600 rising kindergartens and rising 1st grade English learners participated in Multilingual Programs' first-ever Virtual English Learner Summer School Programs. Several factors contributed to the summer programs' success and allowed student engagement and attendance to remain consistent.

Program Design, Curriculum, and Instruction

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ESL and Bilingual Program Coordinators and Specialists collaborated to choose instructional materials. They worked with curriculum writers to design a virtual curriculum offered over four weeks, with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction. The curriculum included lessons from the TEA’s Texas Home Learning Summer At-Home Learning for Prekindergarten and Kindergarten, as well as a web-based resource called Reading A-Z.

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Soccer Starts at Home

The Houston Dynamo and Dash formed a partnership with the Fort Bend ISD Early Childhood Department. They generously donated 100 soccer balls to the Multilingual Summer School Program students to encourage participation in the Soccer Starts At Home program designed by Tom Byer. With the soccer program built into the daily summer schedule, students could engage and submit photos/videos of their participation via Schoology media albums.


Because the curriculum courses were delivered through Schoology, Fort Bend ISD arranged to provide iPads and Wi-Fi hotspots to all students who indicated a need for the summer programs. Teachers took the time to build relationships and make English learners feel comfortable in their new learning environment by teaching them how to navigate Schoology and the virtual meeting platform.

Materials Distribution

The 2020 summer school principals were able to meet parents when they stopped by to receive their child’s summer instructional materials. Each student received a printed Texas Home Learning Workbook, technology (as requested), and the donated soccer balls were given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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ہمارا نیوزلیٹر کسی بھی زبان میں ترجمہ کر لیں

اب آپ درج ذیل سادہ اقدام سے ہمارے سمور نیوز لیٹر کو اپنی ترجیحی زبان میں ترجمہ کر سکتے ہیں:

1. دیا ہوا لنک استعمال کرتے ہوئے سمور ویب سائٹ پر نیوز لیٹر کھول لیں۔

2. وہاں نیوزلیٹر کے دائیں طرف اوپر دیکھ لیں۔ وہاں آسان رسائی بارAccessibility Bar ہے۔ آپ "Translate Newsletter" کے آپشن پر کلک کر لیں، اور گر کر آنے والی فہرست میں سے اپنی ترجیحی زبان منتخب کر لیں۔

3. ہمارے نیوز لیٹر سے محظوظ ہیں۔


ഞങ്ങളുടെ ന്യൂസ്ലെറ്റർ ഏത്ഭാഷയിലേക്കും വിവർത്തനം ചെയ്യൂ

ഈ എളുപ്പ ഘട്ടങ്ങളിലൂടെ ഇനി നിങ്ങൾക്ക് താൽപ്പര്യമുള്ള ഭാഷയിലേക്ക് ഞങ്ങളുടെ Smore ന്യൂസ്‌ലെറ്റർ വിവർത്തനം ചെയ്യാം:

1. നൽകിയിരിക്കുന്ന ലിങ്ക് ഉപയോഗിച്ച് Smore-ൽ ന്യൂസ്‌ലെറ്റർ തുറക്കുക.

2. അവിടെ എത്തിക്കഴിഞ്ഞാൽ, ന്യൂസ്‌ലെറ്ററിൻ്റെ മുകളിൽ വലതുവശത്ത് നോക്കുക. അവിടെയൊരു ആക്‌സസിബിലിറ്റി ബാർ ഉണ്ട്! "ന്യൂസ്‌ലെറ്റർ വിവർത്തനം ചെയ്യൂ" ഓപ്ഷൻ ക്ലിക്ക് ചെയ്യുക, ശേഷം ഡ്രോപ്പ് ഡൗൺ ലിസ്റ്റിൽ നിന്ന് താൽപ്പര്യമുള്ള ഭാഷ തിരഞ്ഞെടുക്കുക.

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Tinou (Angela) Tran, Ed.D.

(281) 634-0480

Assistant Director:

Marianella Moore, Ed.D.

(281) 634-0806

Multilingual Compliance Officer:

Youngmee Hsu

(281) 634-1138

Senior Administrative Associate Teaching and Learning:

Sandra Ontiveros

(281) 634-1137

World Languages Coordinator:

Melissa Vargas

(281) 634-1237

Bilingual Program Coordinator:

Sarah Martinez

(281) 634-8448

Bilingual Program Specialist:

José Barrera

(281) 634-1553

Elementary ESL Coordinator:

Lili Dibai

(281) 634-7990

Elementary ESL Coordinator:

Lee Glaesemann

(281) 634-5803

Secondary ESL Coordinator:

Joël Johnson

(281) 634-1365

Language Testing Center:

1555 Independence Boulevard,

Missouri City, Texas 77489

(North-West corner of Progressive High School)