Nance News

September 30, 2016

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Early Release Day- October 7

Dismissal on Friday, October 7 is at 11:40 AM. Dismissal procedures will remain the same as a regular day; just earlier.


This also means that lunch will be a brown bag lunch from the cafeteria. Students will grab a lunch bag and eat in their classrooms or outside (weather permitting).

Visitor Stickers

Please be sure to select the correct location that you will be visiting when you sign in. If you are signing for lunch, then your visitor sticker should have "Cafeteria" on it. It is important that we know where are visitors are in the building. If you sign in for "classroom" you should not be in the cafeteria and vice versa. If you are not sure what your location should be, please ask, the front office staff will be glad to assist you! Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this safety concern.

Breakfast Changes

We are making some adjustments to breakfast to accommodate students who are arriving after 7:30 and need to eat breakfast. Students will be given a breakfast-to-go-bag that can be taken to the classroom. They will be allowed to eat their breakfast in flex space areas and still be able to participate in morning meetings.


Students who arrive before 7:30 and are still finishing their breakfast at 7:35 will be given a pass to get into class without being marked tardy. All students must exit the cafeteria at 7:40 to go to class. Staff members are in the cafeteria to monitor students until 7:40 and then must leave to begin their school day. Staff members encourage students to eat and not visit so much that they can't finish their breakfast in a reasonable amount of time. We need your help in reminding students to not get more food than they eat. Some students have more food on their trays than an adult would eat, therefore not being able to finish all of their food in the allotted time.

October Character Trait is Courage

Our October character trait is courage. We will be focusing on the different ways we can be courageous throughout the month during our morning meetings. Our book of the month is Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman.

“You can do anything if you put your mind to it!”

Amazing Grace is a story about a little girl that loves acting out stories. She wants to be Peter Pan in a class play, but her friends discourage her from trying out because she is a girl and African American. Grace auditions anyway and wins the part, proving that she can be anything she wants to be!

I chose Amazing Grace as our October Book of the Month because I want all our students to believe that they can do anything they put their minds to! The character trait for October is Courage and Grace shows amazing courage even when people told her she could not do something and she proved them wrong! I hope that all our students see that they can do anything no matter their race, gender, religion, or economic status.

Destination Imagination

Temperatures are dropping, which means it must be time to start forming our Destination Imagination teams. DI is a non-profit program that encourages and develops creative learning and problem-solving skills. Using Art, Technology, and Performance - teams will attempt to solve a complex and creative challenge. Teams will generally meet 1 to 2 times a week to work on their solution, culminating in a tournament on Feb. 25th to present their solution. Children in grades K – 2 will participate in a non-competitive category, while those in grades 3 – 5 will be competing against age-equivalent teams for a chance to go to the National Tournament.

Keep in mind that teams are comprised of approximately 4 – 5 students and 1 – 2 volunteer coaches. If we do not have enough parents willing to coach, then we will not be able to accommodate all the children we would like.

If you are interested in this fun and fascinating program, please go to nance.nisdtx.org for more information and to fill out the registration form. Registration forms are due Fri. Oct 7th.

Red Ribbon Week October 26-28

Storybook Character Parade

We will end our Red Ribbon Week with a Storybook Character Parade on October 28th at 8:00 AM. Please send the students to school wearing their storybook costume over their regular school clothes. After the parade and sing-a-long, students will take their costumes off and put in their lockers.


The parade will begin in the front of the building. We will exit Door number 3 on the 5th grade hall and walk up the sidewalk in front of the school and through the playground around to the gym. We will gather in the gym for a sing-a-long.


If prefer that your child not participate, please let your child's teacher know. We will provide an alternate activity for students who can not participate.

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Student Council Socktober!

We are collecting socks during the month of October as a community service project led by our Student Council. Please donate new socks for all ages. The grade level that collects the most socks wins a "Crazy Sock Day" in class. If you donate a package of 6 pairs of socks, then that counts as 6 socks for the grade level. All socks collected will be donated to the Community Warehouse.

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Important Events

October- 1-31- Socktober Month- Community Service Project

October 5- Picture Day

October 6- Birthday- Carie Roberts

October 7- 2-3 Awards Ceremony 8:00-9:00 in the gym

October 7- 4-5 Awards Ceremony 9:15-10:15 in the gym

October 7- Early Release @ 11:40

October 7- Birthday- Paige Brittain

October 10- Holiday- No school

October 13- Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A; 4th grade hosts

October 17-22 Book Fair Week

October 18- Book Fair Family Night 5:00-7:30

October 21- Cookie Dough Delivery

October 22- Fall Carnival 2:00-6:00

October 22- Book Fair is open 2:00-6:00

October 24- 28- Red Ribbon Week

October 28- Storybook Character Parade Day