North Notes

Newsletter for February 1, 2021- February 21, 2021

Coming soon!!

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A Note from the Principal

Dear North Families,


I want to send a thank you out to our our parents and guardians. We appreciate what you are doing at home to encourage and support your children in their learning. Our students are coming to school each day eager to learn and it shows by improvements in their academic achievement.


We have looked at each student's middle of the year assessment information and we are implementing tutoring and intervention plans to help every student get to where they need to be. It's going to be a great spring semester!!


We can't wait to get February started! As you can see by the calendar below, February will be a full month of activities and learning.


You can continue to help support your child at home by having them read daily and checking their folder for any other practice assignments and/or information that is being sent home.


If your child is in virtual learning and you are ready for them to return to in-person to help them get used to being back on campus before the year ends, we would love to see them. They have been away for almost a year now. We miss seeing their smiling faces.


Please do not hesitate to contact me, Mrs. Alexander, Mrs. Barber, or Ms. Bautista if you have any questions or suggestions.


Love, Mrs. Bitters


Principal- cbitters@wsisd.net

Assistant Principal- lalexander@wsisd.net

Assistant Principal- cbarber@wsisd.net

Counselor- jbautista@wsisd.net

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Dates for February 2021---- District and Campus Dates

Mon., Feb. 1- Fri., Feb. 5- Counselor Appreciation Week

Thurs., Feb. 4- Character Luncheon

Thurs., Feb. 4- Kids Heart Challenge Kick-off

Mon., Feb. 8- Fri., Feb. 19- Districtwide Paw Pantry Food Donation Drive

Mon., Feb. 8- Fri., Feb. 12- HOPE Week Activities

Mon., Feb. 15- Staff Development Day/Student Holiday

Mon., Feb. 15- Fri., Feb. 19- Random Acts of Kindness Week Activities

Tues., Feb. 16- PJ DAY

Mon., Feb. 22- School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

Tues., Feb. 23- Hat Day

Wed., Feb. 24- College/Military Blitz Day

OR

Wed., Feb. 24- 100th Day of School Dress Day

Fri., Feb. 26- Spring Individual Picture Day (No group class pictures)

Thursdays-GRIT House Color Day

Fridays-Royal Revolution BLUE Day

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Contact Mrs. Bitters at cbitters@wsisd.net, if interested in applying.

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1. When sending breakfast, lunch, or snack items to school with students, please send items that the student can open.

2. Students that wish to pick up breakfast in the mornings should be in the cafeteria by 7:15 am.

Virtual Learning is Going Strong

We are so proud of our virtual students that are attending class each day and completing all assignments! Keep up the great work.

Families that prefer for their student to return to in-person learning will be allowed to do so.

Please email Mrs. Alexander at lalexander@wsisd.net if you would like more information.The campus will follow up with you to let you know your child's teacher.

Birthday Celebrations

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Upcoming Birthdays!!!

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Donations Requested- We still need these items.

Welcome Back! Enjoy our North Elementary Virtual Tour!

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Please help morning arrival move more quickly by having your child's backpack ready and mask on when arriving. Children should be ready to quickly exit the vehicle. Thanks!

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Stay connected through Skylert and School Status.

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Mrs. Tijerina, Receptionist

Please join us on our North Elementary and WSISD Facebook pages for important information and to see all of the great things going on!

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Students should not walk to school or be dropped off before 7:00 am. For safety reasons, we cannot have students outside on the campus before the school opens. Thank you for your cooperation.

If you arrive after 3:00 pm to pick your child up for early dismissal, please park across the street so you do not get blocked in by our daycare and school buses. You will not be able to get out easily.

Morning Arrival & Afternoon Dismissal Traffic Flow Maps

Friendly Reminder

To help us keep traffic moving quickly and not stalling on the main roads surrounding North, please consider not arriving until traffic has started moving after school. Traffic usually starts moving at 3:35.

Administration

Connie Bitters- Principal, cbitters@wsisd.net

Lynette Alexander- Assistant Principal, lalexander@wsisd.net

Carla Barber- Assistant Principal, cbarber@wsisd.net

Jessica Bautista- Counselor, jbautista@wsisd.net

Front Office Staff

Brenda Tijerina- Receptionist, btijerina@wsisd.net

Kristine Franco- Principal Secretary, kfranco@wsisd.net

Jen Tyler- PEIMS, jtyler@wsisd.net

Kasey Wright- Nurse, kwright@wsisd.net

Here's Your 2019-20 North Elementary Staff- We will update when COVID restrictions allow.

Looking for PTO Volunteers

We would still love to have more support and volunteers. Please reach out to a PTO Board Member if you are interested in helping.The PTO Board would love to meet you and include you in the discussion about the wonderful things that are planned for our students and staff this year. We would also love to have everyone join and participate in our PTO this year. Everyone can be a valued member and help make our school even better for our children.

Brenda Tijerina- President

Autumn Balfour- Vice President

Keyona Boatwright- Secretary

Keithanne Davis- Treasurer

Jacqueline Mejia- Volunteer Coordinator


Email btijerina@wsisd.net for information regarding PTO.

School Schedule

Kindergarten- 4th Grade

Doors Open: 7:00 am

Grab and Go Breakfast can be purchased: 7:00-7:25

Breakfast in classroom: 7:20-7:40 am

First Bell: 7:30 am

TARDY BELL: 7:40 am

Dismissal: 3:30 pm

Skylert Messenger- Emergency Alert System

We will be using Skylert Messenger. If you would like to receive emergency notifications and friendly reminders, please text "Yes" to 67587.

IF YOU HAVE EVER UNSUBSCRIBED TO THESE ALERTS, PLEASE FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO SUBSCRIBE BACK IN.

Applying for the Breakfast and Lunch Program is Easy

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We are excited to present our new logo as we prepare to open next year as North Elementary STEAM Academy! Our staff has been preparing over the last twelve months by attending various professional development trainings, utilizing new instructional materials, and implementing an elementary engineering curriculum. North staff will implement an integrated STEAM curriculum as an innovative approach in order to continue inspiring and challenging our students. We will be sharing more with you soon as our journey continues to unfold.

The video below is a glimpse of our journey into becoming a STEAM Academy. We are so excited about this year and what is to come!!

https://youtu.be/ebyaN5aaxPE
This year your child will be challenged to think critically, be creative, collaborate with peers, and communicate their learning through a variety of methods. Hopefully, you will hear them discuss the design process that has been implemented for working through many instructional activities. The design process is used during our engineering units, in makerspace, science class, many cross-curricular classroom units of study. The design process is also used for finding solutions to many real-life problems and for working on those solutions in a process of continuous improvement.
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