Ethridge Fall Family News

October Updates and Other Reminders

Deadline Oct. 2nd to Switch to In Person Or Virtual Learning Pathway

Happy Friday Eagle Parents and Welcome to October!

I will have to say this first 9 weeks has been a roller coaster of anticipation, excitement, and deep breaths as we settle into our new norm! We have a couple of weeks until the beginning of the 2nd 9 week period in order to prepare for any adjustments that lie ahead.

One of the anticipated adjustments that comes with the flexibility of being able to have choice in learning options is the need to adjust staffing to meet student needs and regulate class sizes. This will necessitate a few teacher changes as we add or reduce according to the outcome of the Learning Option survey. Mrs. Barentine and I have been discussing these impending changes in depth in an effort to be as prepared as possible to quickly make the needed changes. We promise to notify families as soon as schedules are set as to any class changes that might need to happen.

Let me say in advance that we appreciate everyone's flexibility and understanding in light of the current circumstances. I'm sure you know that our teachers are working themselves just about to exhaustion with the longer school day and extra hours in trying to prepare engaging lessons despite the constraints of masks, shields, sanitizing and social distancing. Your kind emails and gestures of gratitude mean a lot to them.

Remember Eagle parents-- "We Are Family" here at Ethridge and family sticks together!

Take care, stay safe, and I will be in touch again soon!

Tasia Thompson, Principal

Newsflash from LISD Child Nutrition!

LISD is excited to announce that the USDA recently released information and waivers that allow the district to provide free breakfast and lunch meals to ALL LISD students beginning Thursday, Oct. 1 through at least December 2020. This update also allows LISD to serve meals to any child age 18 and under at our curbside locations starting Monday, Oct. 5. For details and to view a list of menus and curbside meal locations, visit

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It's PUMPKIN Time!

That's right, Ethridge Eagles! Our annual "Pumpkin Deocrating Showcase" is fast approaching! Start picking out your pumpkin now and be ready to get creative! This year's showcase will be virtual, of course! More details included in the flyer that will be in teacher newsletters!

Rocktober PTA Membership Drive! Join today and support PTA!

What is Rock-To-Ber: PTA membership rally

When: October 1 – 31, 2020

Prize: Ice Cream Party (coupons for ice cream to each child in class) to 2 classes (1 virtual and 1 in-person). The classes with the highest % of family members enrolled by 10/31/2020. A 15 minute dance party with your class and bragging rights. 😊

House Awards: Coloring sheets to decorate the hall and house points to the house with the highest percentage enrolled.

What do you need to do? Scan the QR Code below and sign up for the PTA!

The 4 Houses at Ethridge Represent Courage, Giving, Friendship, Dreamers and so much more!

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Quarantine/Isoation Time Periods

A message from LISD: We have received several inquiries from families about contact tracing and quarantine periods. While we understand this process might be confusing or even frustrating for some, we want to assure you that we are following Denton County Health Department and CDC guidelines and recommendations when it comes to who is quarantining and for how long. The Texas Medical Association has put together a helpful flowchart that may answer some of your questions or concerns. Please know, LISD’s top priority continues to be the health and safety of our 50,000 students and 6,000 staff members.

Nurse Idalia has sent out very helpful information on where to get fast, approved Covid testing. Please don't hesitate to call if you have any questions. 469-713-5954