Eagle Updates Week 15

December 7- 11, 2015

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My Southwest Airlines Experience

The people of Southwest Airlines are the creators of what we have become--- and of what we will be.

Our people transformed an idea into a legend. That legend will continue to grow only so long as it is nourished—by our people’s indomitable spirit, boundless energy, immense goodwill, and burning desire to excel.

Our thanks – and our love – to the people of Southwest Airlines for creating a marvelous family and a wondrous airline. -Herb Kelleher, Founder & Former CEO of Southwest Airlines

This is the message displayed on a glass wall as you enter the building of Southwest Airlines in Dallas.

I had the opportunity to attend a Game Changers Event hosted by Friends of Texas Public Schools, Engage2Learn, and Southwest Airlines where a limited group of Superintendents and Principals from all over the state of Texas gathered to learn about Southwest Airlines unique culture and ways these experiences could be transferred into public schools.

Established in 1967, Rollin King and Herb Kelleher got together and decided to start a different kind of airline. They began with one simple notion: If you get your passengers to their destinations when they want to get there, on time, at the lowest possible fares, and make sure they have a good time doing it, people will fly your airline. And you know what? They were right (https://www.southwest.com/html/about-southwest/index.html).

Today, more than 38 years since the airline was founded, they’ve always known the secret to success was its customers and the people that serve their customers – their employees. During the Game Changers event we heard from leaders of Friends of Texas Public Schools, Engage!, and the CEO of Southwest Airlines, Gary Kelly and his team, who confirmed that the world’s most successful organizations build their brand and unite their people by having a warrior spirit, servant heart, and fun-luving attitude.

So what does this mean for us as educators?

Warrior Spirit
Having a warrior spirit does not mean we are going to war with anyone. It simply means that the people that make up our organizations are passionate about their professions and don't give up easily when faced with challenges. Having a warrior spirit is more about having a winning attitude where you're constantly exploring solutions to ensure that our customers (students, staff, families, community) stay engaged. QVE Example: This was demonstrated by our strong commitment to winning the 1st Annual Sugar Shindig event! Each day Ms. Portugal, our Sugar Shaker, found ways to inform and motivate staff members to purchase tickets. The outcome? Well we all know what happened next!

Servant Heart
I believe that having a servant heart comes easy for us as educators. Many of us enter this profession because we want to help others and make our world a better place. In our school, this doesn't mean just serving the students and families in our care but reaching out into the community and teaching our students the importance of service. I believe that we are all here to serve in one way or another - teaching our students to have a servant heart by modeling through our own behaviors help prepare our students for learning beyond the classrooms. QVE Example: This was demonstrated by our GENTS and QVE Student Council as they collected can goods for families in our community.

And last but certainly not least -having a Fun-LUVing attitude.
The Leaders of Southwest Airlines stressed the importance of hiring people with the right attitudes. The people and their personalities, behaviors, and attitudes help to create the right culture. Having a Fun-LUVing attitude does not mean that we play all day. It simply means that we take our work seriously but not ourselves. We work hard to play hard! QVE Example: Two words: Holiday Party!

So when you think about building Quail Valley's brand- what are some of the things that set us apart from other schools? How does your heart feel when you hear Quail Valley Elementary? What is your Quail Valley Elementary Story?

With something to think about. This is you spirited leader Ms. Spears. Make it a great week or not. The choice is yours!
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What's Up This Week?

December is 2nd Grade Lounge Clean Up and Potluck!!!

December 7, Mon.
  • Wellness Committee Meeting in Main Hall Science Lab at 3:30
  • GEMS Induction Ceremony at 5:00 pm in QVE Cafeteria

December 8th, Tues.

· PLC for Pre-K - 2nd

· PLC Lead Meeting at 3:30 CANCELED

December 9th, Wed.

  • Team Leader Meeting
  • Chick-fil-A Night 5-8

December 14th, Mon. Spelling Bee 4:00 - 6:30

December 15th, Tues. PLC for Math Team

December 16th, Wed.

· Polar Express Day – Students wear pajamas

· Committee Meetings at 3:30

· Nursing Home Visit--Oyster Creek Manor at 6:00 pm

December 17th, Thurs.

  • Classroom Parties
  • Winter Program 6:00pm - 7:00 pm


December 18th, Fri.
  • Winter Sing-Along 9:15-10:15
  • Early Dismissal at 12:10 for students
  • End of 1st Semester/Nine Weeks
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Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

Wow! This morning, I was telling Reba Cook and Pam Shaw about all the wonderful things happening at QVE and got a little misty-eyed talking about our sweet tour guides, Caydan and Caleb. Thank you so much for allowing us the honor of spending the day at your outstanding campus. From the colorful habits banners to the charming students and inspired teachers, it was a fantastic day for everyone.

The photos have been posted to Facebook, so please feel free to tag and share with your amazing staff.

Pam Hubenak
Marketing Coordinator
Fort Bend Education Foundation
16431 Lexington Blvd.
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
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You Are Invited!

Greetings Eagle Families!

One of the greatest gifts we can share with others this season is the spirit of “Giving.” This time of year, many of our students are so focused on what they will receive for the holidays, that they never experience the true meaning of the season- the kindness and gratitude we give to others.

We would like to take this opportunity to help our students experience the gift of giving by adopting a nursing home community. We have participated in this for the past two years and each year our students are overwhelmed with a spirit of giving. The nursing home we are adopting this year is Oyster Creek Manor located at 3505 FM 1092 Road in Missouri City, TX 77459.

We would like to provide the residents of these facilities with a small gift that will warm their hearts and brighten their spirits.

We are asking students to bring “one” item from the list below by Tuesday, December 15th. The Office Staff will wrap gifts so that they can be delivered.

On Wednesday, December 16th at 6:00 pm – you are invited to sing carols and help deliver these wrapped gifts to the residents of Oyster Creek Manor.

This opportunity is to totally voluntary as we know you have a lot to do this holiday season. You and your family are invited to join us as we teach our students the importance of service. We have outlined a list of items which can be donated to residents. Please only choose from the list below as occupants are on a strict diet/routine.

Word Finds/Pencils






Unscented Lotion


Photo Album


Chap Stick


We appreciate your partnership!
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Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee News!

The 2015-2016 QVE Spelling Bee is scheduled for Monday, December 14 at 4:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.

All participants will stay after school. We will be ordering pizza and providing juice boxes for all participants. We are asking for a $3.00 donation from each parent to help with the cost of the pizza and juice. If you choose for your child to not have pizza, please provide them with a snack or meal of your choice on that day.

We will call all Spelling Bee Students to the Library at 3:00 – provide pizza & juice, restroom breaks, pass out numbers and line up to sit on the stage at 3:40. The doors will open to parents at 3:45 and the Spelling Bee will begin promptly at 4:00 in the cafeteria.

If you are unable to attend, please make sure you are at QVE to pick up your child at 6:00 p.m. While we cannot predict how many rounds we will have, it usually runs 2 hours.

If you have questions- please contact Ms. Portugal at 281-634-5040.

We are looking forward to a great Spelling Bee!

Happy Spelling!

Ruby Portugal,

Reading Specialist

Reindeer Challenge Bonus!

Tell your QVE Story and earn points for your team!
Take your time, no rush. I want to know the following:
What makes Quail Valley a special place? Describe our culture which can easily be communicated to our stakeholders? What are feelings that come to mind when you hear Quail Valley Elementary.

For each story I receive - your team will earn an extra 25 points towards your total! And get this! If your story is displayed in the next Updates you will earn an additional 50 points!

Happy Writing!
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Message from Mr. Strutton

Dear Team,

The total number of discipline referrals for the month of November were:

31 office referrals







I would like to say thank you to the whole kinder team (first team to have all documentation turned in) and to the teachers that contacted the parents/guardians of the students with 3 or more absences in the month of November and providing me with the documentation.

Please continue to communicate with families when student are missing multiple days and/or have repetitive tardies. The best way we can increase our chances to positively influence the learning of a student is to work diligently to en sure they are in our classrooms.

Your Inspiration for the Week!

Fight Song - Thane Wooley Benefit - Calysta Bevier