The October Howler

October 2021

Calendar of Events for October

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Principal's Message


We just want to welcome you and all the students back. We are asking that you opt into school messenger. This is where important messages will be sent from. Thank you for helping us keep the communication lines open.

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Counselor Information


Students in grades K-5 will have four opportunities during the school year to use “credit-by-exam” to accelerate to another grade level. Students will only have one opportunity to test for each grade level considered.

To apply to take the test to skip kindergarten, a student must be 5 by September 1, and registered in a CFISD school. To apply to take the test to skip grade 1, a student must be 6 by September 1, and enrolled in a CFISD school.

Students who earn scores of 80% or better on each component of the credit-by-exam will qualify to advance one grade. Only one grade level may be “skipped” each year. No retests will be given. If you would like for your student to be tested this summer, you will need to fill out an application and there are two options for testing. Credit by Exam testing will be June 6-7 and another round of testing is offered July 26-27. Please note that May 21st is the last day to turn in a completed application for credit by exam testing. Any applications received after May 21st, will not be accepted. If you are interested in getting more information about credit-by-exam, please contact the school counselor.

Enrolled In

Test Student Will Take

Will Accelerate To


1st Grade Math & Language Arts / Reading

2nd grade in 2021-2022 school year


2nd Grade Math, Language Arts / Reading & Science

3rd grade in 2021-2022 school year


3rd Grade Math, Language Arts / Reading & Science

4th grade in 2021-2022 school year


4th Grade Math, Language Arts / Reading & Science

5th grade in 2021-2022 school year


5th Grade Math, Language Arts / Reading & Science

6th grade in 2021-2022 school year


For fifth grade students who want to skip subjects in grade 6, follow the application procedures and timeline for middle school.

Review the STAAR Testing Dates below:

  • Tuesday, April 5th - STAAR Mathematics 5th Grade

  • Wednesday, April 6th - STAAR Reading 5th Grade

  • Thursday, April 7th & Friday, April 8th - Makeup testing for 5th Grade

  • Tuesday, May 10th - 3rd-4th STAAR Math / 5th STAAR Math Retest

  • Wednesday, May 11th -3rd-4th Grade STAAR Reading/ 5th STAAR Reading Retest

  • Thursday, May 12th - 5th Grade STAAR Science

  • Friday, May 13th - Makeup testing for 3rd-5th STAAR testing

GT/Horizons Testing

Before considering to have your child GT tested in the spring, please click on the link below:

HORIZONS: Who are the Gifted? A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the Concept of Giftedness

Please also visit our district website for more information on the Horizons/GT Program. Here is that link:

After reading the HORIZONS: Who are the Gifted? A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the Concept of Giftedness, and you would like for your child to be GT tested, come to Woodard Elementary and pick up a Parent Survey and Permission to Test form from the front desk personnel.

ALL GT forms are due to Mrs. Bitz, no later than Tuesday, November 30th, No Exceptions!

Rating Scales or Recommendation Forms

If you have a teacher rating scale form or any teacher recommendation forms for teachers to complete, please send those directly to Mrs. Harris or Mrs. Bitz. We must have parents complete a Release of Confidentiality form before the teacher can complete any documents. Each school year, a new release of information form will need to be completed.Once we’ve received the release, teachers will be able to complete the rating scales or teacher recommendation forms.

If your student is in Martial Arts USA and needs a recommendation for belt testing, please make sure you contact Mrs. Harris, or Mrs. Bitz, to receive your release of information form for the school year. Once the release of the information form is completed, your student’s teacher(s) will be able to complete the recommendation.
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Library News!

As Veterans Day approaches, we would like to

honor our veterans in a few different ways. First, on Friday, November 5th, we are having a patriotic dress up day. Students and staff are invited to wear their favorite red, white, blue, or any other patriotic outfits that they might have. That morning we will also have a parade to celebrate our own personal veteran heroes. Students and staff are asked to complete the following form in honor of a special veteran in their life. If your student is related to a veteran, living or deceased, that you would like to honor in our parade, please turn in this form by October 29, 2021 to be included on this year’s Veterans Day tribute. Finally, the Woodard Choir along with each grade level will be completing special Veterans Day activities in November. The activities will be recorded and compiled to make our 2021 Veterans Day program. Students will watch the program in their classrooms on November 11, 2021. The program link will be shared with families as well. Thank you for helping us to continue

to be "ALL IN" for those that serve our community and nation.

Form to honor a veteran hero in your life:

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Nurse Information

Nurses Corner

Link to the Nurses’ webpage: Clinic Website

School Nurse: Denise Knippers RN

Clinic # 281-213-8240 l Fax # 281-373-2304 l Main # 281-373-2303


What is happening in November:

  • Volunteers needed for Hearing & Vision Screening 11/11 & 11/16/21: Click Link Here to Volunteer (opt out spinal screening due by 11/8/2021 forms sent home)

  • Human Growth & Development for 4th and 5th graders 11/19/2021: Click Link for Form due by 11/16/2021




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We are bringing back all clubs to Woodard this year!

The website has all our club information on it. You will need to watch for the school cash link that will be emailed out when the club sponsor makes them available.

We have A few Clubs already up and running at this time. In an effort to help the clubs we are asking that only the student enrolled in the club be dropped off or stay after school. These activities are before and after school so only the Club sponsor will be there at that time to watch the children. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Pom squad Mondays 7:40 am drop off with a 7:45 start time.

Dance team Mondays 4:10pm start time. Please be here promptly @ 5pm for pick up.

Yearbook Club Thursdays 7:40 drop off with a 7:45 am start time.

Choir Club Fridays drop off at 7:50 and start time of 7:55am.

Young men of distinction Wednesdays 7:50 drop off with a 7:55 start.

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Early Release or Change of Transportation:

All notes must include the date, student’s first and last name, teacher's name, time of pick up and the person picking up the student(s). All transportation changes must go through the FRONT DESK, as they are the ones tracking and keeping up with all of our changes daily. We can not accept emails to the teacher for any transportation change or leave early per district policy. Emails are not accepted forms of communication for transportation changes or leave early because they require a parent signature. You may hand write and send it to school with the student(s) or fax-(281-373-2304) it with a copy of your ID. All Transportation changes/leave early must be received before 3:00pm to the Front Desk. If you have any further questions please call 281-373-2303.

NO CHANGES After 3:00pm without Administrative Approval for Transportation Change or Early Release without a note prior to 3:00pm. You may have to wait in order for this to happen. Thank you for understanding and helping us keep our children safe.

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When you are volunteering on campus, please notify the front desk receptionist so your hours can be logged as volunteer time. If you volunteer after hours or weekends, you can log your

hours manually. Visit the volunteer page at

Woodard uses the “Raptor System” to log volunteer hours. This assists us in getting you the recognition you deserve and an invitation to the VIPS Appreciation Event in April. Also, it is a portion of the annual report we submit to the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Trustees. We want the community to know how valuable our volunteers are, and how much they assist in the success of our school.
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Important Links