TES Family and Community News
Week of March 1-5, 2021
Celebrating Womens History Month and Read Across America at TES!
I pray that each of you and your families had a GREAT weekend! Can you believe it, we are already in entering the month of March and boy has it been a journey. I encourage you to help your children, our scholars, focus on the positive attributes of our past, present, and our future. If you're like me, there is always something to be thankful for.
We are celebrating Women's History Month and Read Across week (3/1-3/5) this entire month and we invite you and your scholars to participate.
Tuesday, March 2nd: Wear Cat in the Hat Attire
Wednesday, March 3rd: Wear silly or mismatched socks
Thursday, March 4th: Wear Green
Friday, March 5th: Wear your favorite Dr. Seuss book character attire
If your scholars will not participate, regular school dress is required.
Enter for a chance to win a Ready-to-Read Prize Pack
In honor of Read Across America Week, Ready-To-Read is giving teachers an opportunity to win a prize pack for their classroom library!
Twenty winners will be chosen to receive a collection of Ready-to-Read and Ready-to-Read Graphics titles. Ready-to-Read is a leveled reader program by educational experts designed to develop beginning readers into confident readers. This giveaway is sponsored by Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Click here to enter for a chance to win!
Please be sure to review your child's Tuesday folders with other pertinent information for the upcoming weeks.
Updating your child's Learning Location---in-person or virtual
Many scholars learning location has not been updated and this information is pertinent to accurate school records.
Please take the time to ensure if your learning location is Virtual, that child remains at home and online for all classes.
If your child's learning location is in-person, we expect for them to be present on campus daily.
Learning locations can only be changed at the end of the marking period or with the prior approval of the Principal.
If you have any questions, please contact our SIMS clerk/Registrar, Mrs. Carrillo at 281-891-8480.
Thank you for your support!
Winter Storm Resources You Can Use
Greetings Parents and Guardians,
On Feb. 20, FEMA announced federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Texas to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in areas affected by a severe winter storm beginning on Feb. 11, 2021 and with impacts continuing.
The president's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in 77 counties, including Harris and Montgomery counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.
Additional community resources available:
NAM (Northwest Assistance Ministries)
15555 Kuykendahl Rd
Houston, TX 77090
Monday - Friday
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Food Pantry open 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Rent and mortgage assistance - Currently available and must apply online at www.namonline.org
Domestic Violence Support
Monday - Thursday
9 a.m.- 5 p.m. by appointment only
Houston Food Bank
832-369-9390 (Call to find nearest food distribution site)
*Call Monday - Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; or Sunday 9 a.m.-12 noon and they will help identify a hunger relief partner that serves your area.
If you're in need of any resources due to the recent winter storm please let me know. My email is email@example.com.
Parents if you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rashaun Gabourel M.A.
School Counselor/ 504 Coordinator
Refresher on Uploading Assignments into Schoology
How to upload using Classlink:
How to upload into Schoology using the computer:
Now is the time for scholars to get caught up on any missed assignments they may have for their classes. Please reach out to your childs teacher to see what is missing and get it uploaded before the marking period ends.
With online learning, we know there are some questions on attendance and how to ensure students are marked present for the day. Here’s what families need to know:
Log in and attend class in real-time with your teacher during the morning and the afternoon.
If you were unable to attend a session because of a technology issue, don’t panic. Students attending either the morning or afternoon session will be counted present for the day.
We know some families may have trouble sticking to the daily schedule because of a variety of issues, including parents’ work schedules, power outages, technology problems or distractions at home.
If your student for some reason misses both the morning and afternoon live instruction with their teachers, they can still make up the work by logging into Schoology and completing the day’s assignments. For that effort to count, however, students must do this before 11:59 p.m. each day to be counted present.
Even with all the challenges of online learning, attendance is still being tracked and still counts. Attendance matters, and we want our students in class and learning every day, 100 percent of the time. At a minimum, state standards require students to attend school at least 90 percent of the time the class is in session to receive credit.
If your family is struggling with getting to school and its affecting your scholars attendance, let us know now so we can help!
Here’s a Closer Look at How Spring ISD Records and Communicates COVID-19 Cases
Since the start of the school year, we’ve been tracking COVID-19 cases in Spring ISD among students and staff, and notifying our school community about relevant cases specific to their campus or building.
When students and staff are on break or there’s an extended period of time when no one has been in our buildings, like during the recent winter storm, we often just update our dashboard at www.springisd.org/covidtracker, rather than send out communiques. Here’s a look at how we make those decisions:
Primarily, we look at the date the student or staff member was last on campus. If it’s more than 10 days ago, chances are we’ll only update the dashboard, rather than send out a communication. Of course, our Office of Emergency Management & School Safety always notifies anyone who may be a close contact if they determine there is a need to do so.
Remember, our communiques are intended to help families and staff stay informed about cases so they have a line of sight on COVID-19 activity in their school or building. But when cases no longer pose a transmission risk, the district may opt to just record the case on the dashboard. That’s why after some breaks and holidays, you will see a spike on the dashboard. Often, we’re catching up with cases that happened before or during the time off from school.
The district is always seeking to be as transparent as possible without causing undue alarm. We hope this explanation gives you some more insight into how these decisions are made.