August 2021 Newsletter

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Welcome to Woodland Acres Elementary

Dear Wildcat Families,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year at Woodland Acres Elementary. We are thrilled to welcome back our students after summer vacation. As educators, the students are our purpose and we can't wait to get them here.


The first day of school is Thursday, August 12th. But before then, please take a moment to read through this August newsletter for important information.


We appreciate your support as we transition back into full face-to-face instruction.


Best regards,

Mrs. Sandra Rodriguez, Principal

August Events

August 12: First Day of School

August 16-August 20: New Student Enrollment @ Zotz

August 17: Chromebooks inspections begin

School Hours of Operation

The school day is from 7:40 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.


The school front office is open from 7:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.


The school phone number is 832-386-2220.

Please call ahead to make an appointment as campus entry is restricted.

Arrival

Students must be dropped off through the carpool lane

near the staff parking lot between 7:00-7:40 a.m.

Parents should enter the lane from Sheffield Blvd and turn right into the carpool lane.


PK students should be dropped off at the 1st stop near door 16.

This entrance leads them into the cafeteria.

Other grades can be dropped off at any other stop.


Please help keep the line flowing by ensuring your child has everything ready to exit the vehicle swiftly and independently.


Students that ride the bus will enter through the main entrance in front of the school.


***On the 1st day of school, parents of Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students

may walk up to Door 3 to drop off their child.

This door is next to our main entrance.

No parents will be permitted to enter the building.***

Tardies

Any student arriving at 7:40 a.m. when the tardy bell rings is considered late.

The carpool lane is closed at this time and the students must be dropped off in the office.

The front office staff will provide them with a tardy slip before heading to class.


Please keep in mind that consistent tardies impact students on specials transfers and that

excessive tardies may lead to address verification.

Breakfast

Breakfast is free and served daily free of charge for all students, all year long.

Students will be served breakfast from 7:00 -7:30 a.m. and will eat in the cafeteria.

Lunch

Lunch is free of charge for all students, all year long.

Students may bring a lunch from home,

but no food deliveries will be accepted throughout the day.

Water Fountains

Water fountains will be open this year for students to use. However, you may choose to send your child with a water bottle daily, especially on PE days.

Dismissal

Car riders will be picked up through the carpool lane near the staff parking.

Please have your cartag visible.


If you were unable to pick up your tag during "Meet the Teacher", your tag will be sent home with your child. If you need an extra tag or a replacement, you may purchase more through Revtrak.


Upon exiting the carpool lane, parents are asked to turn right towards Miles St.

This will help with the flow of traffic.


Daycare vans and bus riders will be picked up from the front of the school.


Front door walkers may pick up students at the front side door.

Please be respectful of our neighbors’ property by not parking in our neighbors’ property and walking up to the school.


Back walkers will be escorted through Woodland Acres Middle School

and released to an adult.


Any changes to your child’s dismissal should be communicated to the front office by 2:30 p.m. each day.


Students early check-out stops at 2:30 p.m.


After 2:30 p.m., parents will have to wait until regular dismissal time to pick up their child.

The front office closes at 3:45 p.m. Arriving late excessively to pick up your child can lead to referrals to Child Protective Service and can impact students on special transfers.

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Dress Code

This school year, we return to standardized dress code for all students.

Top must be collared/polo-type shirt with no designs or logos of any color. For bottoms, students may wear pants, shorts, skirts, dresses or jumpers. All bottoms must be khaki, navy or black. Leggings are not allowed as pants, unless they are worn under a uniform skirt or dress.


Shirts should be tucked in.


Belts MUST be worn with bottoms that have belt loops.


Skirts and shorts must be long enough to pass the fingertips when arms are down by the side.


Pants should not have tears or allow for exposed skin.


All shoes MUST have a back.


Sweaters, wind jackets, jackets MUST be a solid color with no designs or logos.


No symbols, shapes or designs should be cut into hair and hair should be of natural color.

(ex: no Mohawks, no dyed hair color, no shaved logos)


All backpacks must be clear or mesh.

Wildcat Spirit

We are the "Home of the Wildcats" and on Fridays we show our wildcat spirit.

Students may wear a Wildcat Spirit shirt with jeans or uniform bottoms on Fridays. To purchase a wildcat shirt, visit this link.

In addition, students may wear a college shirt too.


At times, we may offer various dress up days.

These will be approved by campus administrators and communicated to you as needed.

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Masks

An executive order issued by Governor Greg Abbott earlier this year prohibited

public schools from mandating masks as of June 5th;

therefore, Galena Park ISD does not have the legal authority to enact a mask mandate.

However, we are asking our staff and students to wear masks for their protection and the protection of others.

We want to keep our children healthy and in school.


Stay up to date with any information regarding our district's safety plan HERE.

Chromebooks

Students who have Chromebooks from last year may begin bringing them to school in the campus-issued case. Kindergarten students who had chromebooks as PK students will be checking those back.




All devices will be inspected for damages and any fines will be added to student accounts beginning August 17.

Character Education Theme

The character education theme for the month of August is citizenship and school pride.

Stay Connected with Us!

-Check our campus website: https://www.galenaparkisd.com/waes

-Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WAEWildcats/

-Keep your phone number and email updated in Skyward to receive Blackboard, School Status and Skyward messages.

Thank you for reading our August newsletter!