Swenke Paw Print

Friday, September 10, 2021 -- Issue #37

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Please have your car rider tag displayed once you have arrived in the car rider line. These tags were given out so that our staff can quickly and efficiently get your child to your car in a timely and safe manner. If you have accidently misplaced your assigned car tag, please send a note with your child asking for another. Please include your CHILD'S name and HOMEROOM teacher. Thank you!!!!


Our Swenke PTO is hard at work planning a lot of fun events for our Swenke Families. Join us for our 1st Spirit Night at Spring Creek BBQ on September 28 (K-2) and September 29 (3-5) from 5-9.

Swenke has also paired up with Spring Creek BBQ for a BBQ Sauce Fundraiser. Click on the flyer below for more details.

Finally, PTO is always in need of parent volunteers. Please take a minute to look at the attached flyer and see all the fun ways you can help volunteer this year!

Bridgeland Belles - Dance Clinic

Dear Parents,

The Bridgeland Belles will hold its annual dance clinic on Saturday, October 9, 2021. Please see additional information in the flyer to the right.

Thank you

Bridgeland Belles

Calling all 5th Grade Parents! It's time to plan our 2021-2022 5th Grade Celebration!

WATCH D.O.G.S - Dads of Great Students

Our Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program is a sure way for our students to be positively influenced by male role models! Fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, uncles, and other father figures are invited to serve one day a year in a variety of school activities by spending an entire school day on our campus. For more information about the program, see the organization's informational page at


*Plans are underway for bringing back our Watch D.O.G.S. program for the 2021-22 school year. Watch for more information to come!

Home Access Center (HAC)

UPDATE: If you are still having trouble with HAC, that is because the update to the security features is still not completed. Thus, HAC is still disabled.

CFISD recently upgraded the student information system, including HAC. With this new upgrade, several new security features have been introduced. HAC was activated for the student population on August 22. Students can access HAC by logging onto my.cfisd.net. Thank you for your patience as this upgrade is implemented.

Gifted and Talented Education

GT NOMINATION: This year, ALL Kindergarten students will be assessed for GT in early spring, so no referral is required. Currently enrolled students in grades 1-5 may be referred by parents or teachers for the HORIZONS program. Referrals must be received by the last school day in November in order for students to be assessed this school year. To make a referral, click the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdDtbRoga6qVcrcDAXcMbD4CICsPFOmRJoOfX179OgUarN-TA/viewform?usp=sf_link

In grades 1-5, testing is for services beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. For kindergarten, services will start in March, 2022. For more information about the HORIZONS program and referral process, please refer to the CFISD Gifted & Talented HORIZONS link below.

Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS)

At Swenke we participate in (PBIS) which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), the Technical Assistance Center on PBIS supports schools, districts, and states to build systems capacity for implementing a multi-tiered approach to social, emotional and behavior support. The broad purpose of PBIS is to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of schools and other agencies. PBIS improves social, emotional and academic outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities and students from underrepresented groups.
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Swenke Tech News

"Happy Fox" Information!

You may have noticed there’s a new folder in my.cfisd.net. It’s called “Happy Fox” and it is a way for students to report their own issues regarding their Chromebooks. They can now submit and track their own service tickets. Obviously our younger students will still need help from either their parent or teacher to submit the ticket but our older students should be able to do it on their own. (see attached flyer from the district)

Here’s the information from the district:

HappyFox is our new Help Desk for our CFISD LTE 1:1 Program!

  • We have successfully piloted HappyFox at the high school level for the last few weeks.
  • Elementary and middle school technicians have been trained on how to use HappyFox.
  • Students will have the ability to go to my.cfisd.net, click on HappyFox, and submit a ticket for issues they are having with their LTE hardware (Chromebook, charger, hotspot, stylus).
  • They only need to go to HappyFox if they have an issue with one of their CFISD LTE devices.

What about iSupport?

  • While we are turning on HappyFox, we will still continue to support students and their requests through iSupport until we return in the fall.
  • We are strongly encouraging the use of HappyFox as it is easy for students to use and they can track where their ticket is in the process.
  • The only exception to this is if a device is physically damaged – those tickets must be submitted through HappyFox so we can submit the student’s answers to our insurance company.

Access to Happy Fox:

  • Students can access HappyFox on any device and in any browser.
  • HappyFox can also be accessed on a smartphone.


All CFISD devices have insurance on them to protect against any type of accidental damage. When a device has physical damage, there are a few questions that must be answered by the student in order to process the insurance claim. These questions are in HappyFox.

If a student discovers that their device has physical damage at any time (or if the damage is discovered when a student is trying to withdraw) the student must go into HappyFox and create a physical damage ticket. They will be prompted to answer four questions:

1. Does the device power on? Yes/No

2. When did the damage happen? Select the date on the calendar

3. How did the damage happen? Describe how the damage happened in a complete sentence.

4. What damages are you seeing? List the damages (i.e. broken corner, shattered screen, etc.)

The critical question is #3. We need to ensure that students answer this question to the best of their ability in a manner that makes sense.

§ "I don't know", "IDK", or "Maybe" are all words that will cause the claim to be rejected.

§ If it fell, where did it land?

§ "Accidentally" is always a good word.

§ We aren't looking for a dissertation, just a short explanation of what happened... i..e. "I accidentally knocked my computer off my desk and it landed on the floor".

As long as the student is able to answer these questions, insurance will cover the damages. If they refuse to answer the questions or continue to say that they don't know how the damage happened, they will be charged for the damages.

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CFISD Quick Tech Links for Parents

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School Cash

How to sign up for School Cash.

Dear Parents,

In CFISD we use school cash a software program to pay for activities, and school items. You might be asked throughout the school year to use school cash. To the side of this brief summary you will find a document that will help you sign up if you have not already done so yet.

Thank you,

Swenke Staff

Covid19 Rapid Testing @ Behind the Science Resource Center

COVID-19 Testing

CFISD will resume offering free rapid COVID-19 testing for CFISD staff and students beginning today, Monday, Aug. 23. The testing site (new location) is located near the intersection of Highway 290 and Telge Road behind the Science Resource Center. Appointments are required for staff and students. For additional information or to sign up for a testing appointment, please see http://www.cfisd.net/c19testing.


On Saturday, Aug. 28, Harris County Public Health will be administering the Pfizer vaccine to individuals age 12 and older at the Berry Center between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Everyone who receives their first dose at this event will qualify for a $100 gift card. Parents of children age 12 and older must sign a consent form with incentive information. No appointment is needed. According to the CDC, vaccination is currently the leading public health strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. See a list of other area vaccine providers.

Self-monitoring for Symptoms

Students and staff must monitor daily for symptoms of COVID-19 and stay home when sick. If COVID-19 symptoms are experienced, individuals must not report to work or school, and test for COVID-19 or consult with a licensed healthcare provider.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

· Cough

· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

· Loss of taste/smell

· Nasal congestion

· Sore throat

· Headache

· Fever at or above 100°F

· Vomiting/diarrhea

Hand Hygiene

Students and staff will be frequently reminded to wash hands thoroughly and often, cover coughs and sneezes, and use hand sanitizer throughout the day. All classrooms are equipped with hand sanitizer dispensers, in addition to building and cafeteria entrances and buses.

The keys to a successful start to the school year are staying home when sick, practicing good hand hygiene, getting a COVID-19 vaccine if eligible, and opting to wear masks when indoors. For more details on the health and safety protocols for the 2021-2022 school year, please view the LEAD Safely plan, which will be updated as needed throughout the year.

From the Clinic: Nurse Jones, RN.

Please screen students daily before sending to school and do not send them if they have any symptoms or if given any fever reducing medication to mask symptoms.

Please refer to the Lead Safely Plan at https://www.cfisd.net/leadsafely for information on what to do regarding exposure, as well as returning to school if exposed or experiencing any symptoms at all.

Please contact our school nurse, Shannon Jones, @ shannon.jones@cfisd.net or

281-213-1211 with any questions after reviewing the Lead Safely Plan on the website.

From the Swenke Clinic - Nurse Shannon Jones, BSN, RN, NCSN

Dear Parents,

Please screen students daily before sending to school, and do not send them if they have any symptoms or if given any fever reducing medication to mask symptoms.

Please refer to the Lead Safely Plan at https://www.cfisd.net/leadsafely for information on what to do regarding exposure, as well as returning to school if exposed or experiencing any symptoms at all.

Please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Shannon Jones, at shannon.jones@cfisd.net or

281-213-1211 with any questions after reviewing the Lead Safely Plan on the website.

Thank you,

Mrs. Shannon Jones, BSN, RN, NCSN


Click on the link below for all the new and exciting information PTO has planned for the 2021-2022.

Administrative Team

Our Principal

Dr. Elizabeth Miller - Principal

Dr. Elizabeth Miller has been an educator for 32 years. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from St. Lawrence University, a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Mt. St. Mary’s College, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lamar University. She earned her principal certification from Sam Houston State University. She is a certified National Principal Mentor through the National Association of Elementary Principals. Dr. Miller has teaching experience in both middle school and elementary school. She began teaching in CFISD in 1999 before becoming an Assistant Principal in 2006. In 2009 she was named Principal at Swenke Elementary.

If you need to contact Dr. Miller her email is elizabeth.miller@cfisd.net or you may call the main line and ask for her secretary Mrs. Shelly Deloach at (281)-213-1200.

Our Assistant Principals

Mrs. Sarah Millerhouse - Assistant Principal

Mrs. Millerhouse has been an educator for 17 years. She has an undergraduate degree in Child Study and Language Development with a minor in Special Education from Southwestern University in Georgetown. She earned her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. She has taught special education in all elementary grade levels and content areas. She has also taught all content areas in general education. She was an English and Language Arts Instructional Specialist for 3 years at Swenke before becoming the Assistant Principal. She has served all of her years as an educator in CFISD, and this is her 6th year as an AP at Swenke.

This school year Mrs. Millerhouse serves grades ECSE, Kindergarten, Second Grade, Fourth Grade, and Life Skills. Please contact Mrs. Millerhouse at (281)-213-1206, Option 1 or by email at sarah.millerhouse@cfisd.net.

Mrs. Brandy Breaux - Assistant Principal

Mrs.Breaux has been an educator for 22 years. She has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Nicholls State University. Mrs. Breaux became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2009. She has teaching and administrative experience in both middle and elementary school. This is her 7th year in CFISD.

This school year Mrs. Breaux will serve grades prekindergarten, ECSE, First Grade, Third Grade, Fifth Grade. Please contact Mrs. Breaux at (281)-213-1206, Option 2 or by email at brandy.breaux@cfisd.net.

Our Counselors

Mrs. Stephanie Gable, School Counselor

Mrs. Gable has been an educator for 16 years. She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, and her Master's degree in School Counseling from Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. She has taught various grade levels over the years, and this is her fourth year as a school counselor.

While she works with all students, please note that for the 2021-22 school year, she will be the counselor to contact for grades Prekindergarten, ECSE, First Grade, Third Grade, and Fifth Grade. You may contact her by email at stephanie.gable@cfisd.net or by phone at (281)-213-1205, Option 2.

Dr. Scott Talley, School Counselor

Dr. Scott C. Talley has 9 years of public and private education experience. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Houston and his graduate studies at the University of St. Thomas. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Education, his Masters in School Counseling, and completed his Doctorate of Education in Ethical Leadership. He has taught various grade levels over the years, and this is his fourth year as a school counselor.

While he works with all students, please note that for the 2021-22 school year, he will be the counselor to contact for Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, and Life Skills students. We encourage parents to contact him with any questions or concerns regarding their students via email scott.talley@cfisd.net or by phone at (281)-213-1205, Option 1.

Our Librarian - Mrs. Angie Arnett

Mrs. Arnett has been an educator for 22 years. She has lived in the Cypress area her entire life and is proud to be a product of Cy-Fair ISD. She graduated from Cy-Fair HS and received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University (WHOOP!) After teaching for many years, Mrs. Arnett received her Masters degree in Library Science from Sam Houston. She opened Swenke in 2009. This is her 16th year as a librarian. She also serves as a district lead librarian and is passionate about reading.

Swenke Elementary

Year Opened: 2009

Deanna Swenke was selected as the namesake for Elementary #50. Swenke, who retired as the associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction in June 2008, spent 38 of her 44 years in education within CFISD