North Notes

Newsletter for October 19, 2020-November 1, 2020

A Note from the Principal

Dear North Families,


It's fall!! What a wonderful time of the year! As we get ready to complete the first nine weeks grading period, I just want to take a minute to brag on our amazing and resilient children. They are working so hard and their "can-do" attitudes during our new normal inspires us each day.

Thank you for what you are doing at home to encourage their continued success. We have a lot of work to do, but I can assure you that together we can get it done.

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 October ---- District and Campus Dates

Wed., Oct. 21- Pink Out Day for Breast Cancer Awareness


Fri., Oct. 23- Last Day of 1st Nine Weeks Grading Period


Mon., Oct. 26- Fri., Oct. 30- Red Ribbon/Drug Free Week Dress Days


Mon., 26th- Pajamas

Tues., 27th- Neon/Bright Colors and Sunglasses

Wed., 28th- College/Military Shirt

Thurs., 29th- Superhero

Fri., 30th- Storybook Character


Thurs., Oct. 29- Drive-thru Trunk or Treat Parade, 5:30-6:30 pm

****Bring decorated pumpkins in by 10 am for contest


Fri., Oct. 30- Storybook Character Dress Day


Virtual Teaming and STEAMing Curriculum Nights-More info to come

5:30-6:15 pm on the specified evening.


Mon., Nov. 2nd- Kindergarten

Tues., Nov. 3rd- 1st Grade

Thurs., Nov. 5th- 3rd Grade

Mon., Nov. 9th- 2nd Grade

Tues., Nov. 10th- 4th Grade

Thursdays-GRIT House Color Day

Fridays-Royal Revolution BLUE Day

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WE ARE ACCEPTING DONATIONS OF INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED CANDY OR PRIZES.

We will be having a Drive-thru Trunk or Treat this year. Costumes are encouraged. We will be accepting donations of individually wrapped candy or prizes all month. You may bring your donations to the front office or send to school with your child by Friday, Oct. 23rd. Let's make this the best Drive-thru Trunk or Treat our kids have ever had!
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We would like to show our gratitude virtually through a slide show presentation. If you are a Veteran and/or Active Duty Military Personnel and would like to submit a photo of yourself or a photo with you and your family with the Veteran and/or Active Duty Military Personnel, please email your photo to lwilliams@wsisd.net by Friday, October 16, 2020. Please include the name of the Veteran/Active Duty Military personnel and the student’s first and last name. Thank you for your service and we look forward to honoring you through our website and social media on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2020!
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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.

3. We still need donations of toilet paper rolls.

Virtual Learning is Going Strong

We've worked out the beginning of the year kinks in our virtual learning program and everything is now going well. We are so proud of our 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.

If you feel In Person learning would better suit your student please complete this form. 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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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

Donations Requested

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

OPEN POSITION- Vice President

OPEN POSITION- Secretary

OPEN POSITION- Treasurer

OPEN POSITION- 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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