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Reed Elementary School Newsletter - December 8, 2017

Our Mission/ Nuestra Misión

Reed Elementary, developing a community of leaders for a better world.

La escuela Reed, desarrollando una comunidad de líderes para un mundo mejor.

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Mark Your Calendar

Tue, Dec. 12- 4th grade Writing Campus Benchmark

Thu, Dec. 14- Snowy Social, 5:30-7:00pm

Mon, Dec. 18- School store

Tue, Dec. 19- Class winter parties (staggered times)

Dec. 20- Jan. 3- Holidays

Jan. 8-19 K-5th reading assessment window

Thu, Jan. 11- Spelling Bee; Dual Language Night @ Whitestone

Fri, Jan. 12- Blacklight Run, 6-7pm

Mon, Jan. 15- Holiday

Tue, Jan. 23- Pastries with Parents, 7:20am

Holiday Mystery Readers (K-3rd)

Sign up to come read a winter/holiday book to your child’s class. Shhh! It’s a secret. Don’t tell your child you are coming to read. You will get a reminder email the day before. Bring a winter/holiday book from home or borrow one from the library. You’re welcome to read a book in English or Spanish. We love to listen to books about all the holidays in December and learn about the diversity of our school.

Lectores secretos en la biblioteca. Anótese para leer un libro acerca de festividades, celebraciones o el invierno a la clase. ¡Shhh! ¡Es un secreto! No diga nada a su hijo/a. Recibirá un recordatorio por email un día antes. Traiga un libro de la casa o puede usar uno de la biblioteca. Ud. puede leer en inglés o en español.​

Practice Keyboarding at Home!

Students use their LISD computer username and password to log in:

Class Winter Party Schedule- Tuesday, Dec. 19th

Pre-K 8:00-9:30 AM, 11:30-1:00 PM

Kindergarten 10:30-12:00

1st grade 10:30-12:00

2nd grade 10:30-12:00

3rd grade 1:20 - 2:30

4th grade 11:00-12:15

5th grade 9:30-11:00 AM

ELE LEIP 9:00 AM ELE 11:00-11:45 AM

From the Nurse

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please remember, when you child is sent home with fever, vomiting, diarrhea or other contagious illness, he/she needs to be free of symptoms for a 24-hour period without the use of medication before returning to school. If the doctor prescribes your child antibiotics, he/she must be on the antibiotic for 24-hours before returning to school. These guidelines are followed to prevent the spread of illness to other students.

Thank you.

Respetado padre/guardian,

Por favor recuerde cuando su nino(a) es enviado a casa por tener sintomas de fiebre, vomito, diarrea u otra enfermedad contagiosa, el/ella necesita quiedarse en casa hasta estar libre de estos sintomas por un period de 24 horas sin el uso de medicamentos antes de regresar a la escuela. Si el doctor le ha prescrito antibioticos a su nino(a), el o ella debe haber tomado los antibioticos 24 horas antes de regresar a la escuela. Estas politicas se han establecido para prevenir el contagion de enfermedades a otros estudiantes.

Gracias por su comprension.

Accidents at school: It is important to keep an extra set of clothing at school in your child’s cubby or packed in your child’s back pack at all times. Cafeteria, playground and toileting accidents do occur even with the older students. The school/clinic does NOT have extra clothes to provide. You will be called to bring clothes for your student in the event that they are in need of clothing.

Illness: Illnesses are a common occurrence at school. Fever = 100 or higher. Texas Department of State Health Services states that if a child has fever, vomiting or diarrhea, they must be kept home until they are symptom free for 24hrs without the use of fever reducing medications.

Tanya Stephens, RN

Reed Elementary

512-570-7727 (Office)

512-570-9241 (Fax)


Attendance Matters

We have set a school-wide attendance goal this year of 97% or higher! Please keep in mind that regular attendance helps to ensure that students are receiving the instruction needed to succeed in school. Also, did you know that LISD loses an average of about $38 a day for each student who is marked as absent? Parents can help by scheduling appointments before or after school hours. If you must sign your student out during the instructional day (7:45 – 2:50) please note that it will count as a partial absence. Please send all attendance excuse notes to the office within 48 hours of the absence. If you have questions, please call the registrar, Catherine Ullrich, at 512-570-7713.

We're collecting Boxtops!

Please clip Boxtops from the products you buy and place them in a bag or an envelope labeled with your child's grade level. The Boxtop collection spot is in the front foyer. Thank you for helping our school!

Congratulations! Perfect Attendance!

Each week, a class can win the Golden Roadrunner, a special trophy for having the highest attendance in the school!

Week 1: Mrs. Garza's 1st grade class

Week 2: Ms. Pehl's 4th grade class

Week 3: Mr. Huddleston's 3rd grade class

Week 4: Mrs. Monroig's Kindergarten class

Week 5: Mrs. Killian's 2nd grade class

Week 6: Mrs. Karkosh's 1st grade class

Week 7: Mrs. Garza's 1st grade class

Week 8: Mrs. Karkosh's 1st grade class

Week 9: Ms. Castro's 1st grade class

Week 10: Ms. Castro's 1st grade class

Week 11: Mrs. Ponce's 3rd grade class

Week 12: Mrs. Summers' 1st grade class

Week 13: Mrs. Monroig's Kindergarten class

Field Trips

Each grade level will enjoy a field trip day this year to the following locations:

Pre-K- community park

Kindergarten- Sweet Berry Farms

1st grade- Zach Scott Theater

2nd grade- Thinkery

3rd grade- Bowling Lanes

4th grade- Bob Bullock Museum

5th grade- Reunion Ranch

About Us

Enrollment: 746

Mascot: Roadrunner

Colors: Red, Blue, Silver

Paige Collier, Principal

Janie Kelly, Assistant Principal

Sofie Lopez & Mary Hoofnagle, Guidance Counselors

Catherine Ullrich, Admin. Assistant

Adriana Portillo, Registrar

TBD, Receptionist

Tanya Stephens, Nurse

Melanie Cornell, Librarian

Bobbie Stephens, Cafeteria Manager

PTA Updates

Room Reps

If you have any questions, please contact Room Rep Coordinator,

Autumn Kieley at

Also, we please still need rooms reps for the following teachers: 2nd Ms. Ramon,

4th Ms. Pehl, Ms. Hansen and Ms. Hernandez

Thank you for your consideration!

Volunteer Orientation -If you're interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Adriana Portillo at

PTA Membership Drive - going on. Currently at 263 members. Please help us reach our goal of 300! With a student population size of 750, we know we can do it! #LeadReed

Join PTA so we can provide resources to help every child at Reed Elementary School do better academically and socially. It’s easy at or or compete the blue flyer and return to school.

Reed PTA sponsors and supports the following programs and events at our school:

Playground Shade Structures

Field Trips

Spelling Bee

Art Night / Reflections

Book Fair

Spring Carnival

Snowy Social

Movie Night

and more!

For questions, please contact Leslie Erin at

School Hours

  • School Day – 7:45 am – 2:50 pm
  • Pre-K Hours: 7:45-11:15 am & 11:15 am- 2:40 pm
  • Office Hours – 7:20 am – 3:30 pm
  • AM Drop-Off Schedule – 7:20 am – 7:45 am
  • Please be cautious of students and staff during arrival and dismissal. Please slow down. Using cell phones in the arrival and dismissal lines are prohibited. Let's be safe and responsible.
  • Parents are welcome to walk their children to class, but need to bring ID and obtain a visitor's badge in order to visit the classroom.
  • Students that have not been picked up by 3:00 pm will be brought to the office. Parents must come in to check out their child.


*Días de Escuela: 7:45 a.m.-2:50 p.m.

*Horario Puerta delantera: 7:20 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

*Horario de entrada: 7:20 a.m.- 7:45 a.m.

We Made a Change

On Mondays through Thursday mornings, children will go directly to their classrooms to begin goal setting, conferencing, and instructional activities. On Fridays, we will have assemblies to continue to build our community, foster school pride, and recognize our students.

We have a new secure entrance that automatically unlocks our doors at 7:20am and the bell rings to begin instruction at 7:45am. If arriving after 7:45am, students are required to get a tardy slip from the reception window before heading to class. Since learning is beginning, there is not a grace period for arrival.

Quisiera ponerlos al tanto de los procedimientos para este nuevo año escolar. Por las mañanas, de lunes a jueves, los estudiantes irán directo a sus salones para comenzar a establecer las metas del día, sus conferencias e instrucción. Los días viernes, tendremos asambleas que nos ayudaran a continuar con la construcción de nuestra comunidad, fomentar el orgullo de nuestra escuela y reconocer a nuestros estudiantes.

Tenemos un nuevo sistema de seguridad que libera los seguros de las puertas a las 7:20 de la mañana y la campana que avisa que la hora de instrucción ha comenzado suena a las 7:45 a.m. Los estudiantes que lleguen a partir de las 7:45 deberán parar en la recepción y obtener un pase de entrada por el retardo antes de dirigirse a sus salones. Como la hora de instrucción ya ha comenzado, no hay un periodo de gracia a la llegada.

The Roadrunner Pledge

We are teaching all of our students the school rules. Students are discussing and presenting what each expected behavior looks like and sounds like in the classroom, cafeteria, playground, neighborhood, hallway, and school bus.

In addition, we say the Roadrunner pledge on the announcements daily.

I am a Reed Roadrunner.

I will be safe and kind.

I will be respectful.

I will be responsible.

I will lead by example.

Soy un correcaminos de Reed.

Seré seguro y amable.

Seré respetuoso.

Seré responsable.

Seré un ejemplo a seguir.

Lunch Times

11:15-11:45 Kinder

11:45-12L15 Pre-K/ELE

11:50-12:20 1st grade

12:30-1:00 2nd grade

12:15-12:45 3rd grade

12:45-1:15 4th grade

11:00-11:30 5th grade

Teacher's Conference Times

8:00 - 8:30 - PE/Arts Team
11:50 - 12:40 - Kinder
1:45 - 2:35 - 1st Grade
9:30 - 10:20 - 2nd Grade
10:25 - 11:15 - 3rd Grade
8:35 - 9:25 - 4th Grade
12:50 - 1:40 - 5th Grade

Remind App For Parents

I started a Remind group for us to communicate throughout the year! Please join this group, by clicking, emailing or by texting @reedpare to 81010

Empecé un grupo de recordatorio para comunicarnos durante todo el año. Únase a este grupo, haciendo clic en , enviando un correo electrónico a o enviando un mensaje de texto @reedpare a 81010

Positive Behavior Priorities

We are working on our PBIS systems. PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Support. It is a research-based framework for decreasing negative behaviors in schools. The first steps to PBIS include developing a few school rules that can be learned and memorized by all students and staff, and then creating a common language throughout the school for what these expectations look like and sound like in all areas of the school. A matrix is created to provide common understanding and is displayed throughout the school. Next, we create systems to reinforce positive behaviors through a school-wide reinforcement system. Teachers commit to a 4:1 ratio of positive reinforcement to redirects. Students who follow the rules are reinforced and continue to lead efforts for a positive and productive school environment. Students who choose not to follow the rules are redirected, retaught, and given consequences including reflection and loss of privileges. I have 11 years of experience as an administrator leading efforts to promote school-wide positive behavior through PBIS implementation and I am excited to bring this experience to Reed. The staff is working as a team to make these efforts successful.

How can you help?

  • Learn and reinforce the Roadrunner pledge with your children. :)
  • Consider donating to our School Store. More information coming soon!

Second Step- Social Skills

Social Skills Learning is recognized as a key ingredient for school and life

success. To meet the social skills needs of our students and to teach

specific social skills, Leander ISD has purchased the Second Step


The overall goal of the Second Step social skills program is to increase our

students’ instructional time by helping students stay on task. Second Step

will also increase their capacity to learn, while decreasing behaviors

impacting learning.

Each Second Step grade level curriculum is comprised of four units.

1. Skills for Learning

2. Empathy

3. Emotional Management

4. Problem Solving

We are excited about implementing this new curriculum in Leander ISD.

Leader in Me- The 7 Habits

Each week we will recognize leaders in our school that demonstrate and model the habits. Here is a link to The Leader in Me parent guide:

Habit 1 – Be proactive – I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Habit 2 – Begin with the end in mind – I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.

Habit 3 – Put first things first – I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

Habit 4 – Think win-win – I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. When conflicts arise, I look for a win-win solution.

Habit 5 - Seek first to understand, then to be understood – I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoint (paradigm). I listen to others without interrupting. I listen with my ears, my eyes, and my heart. I am confident in voicing my ideas.

Habit 6 – Synergize – I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better solutions than what any one of us could alone. I look for Third Alternatives.

Habit 7 – Sharpen the saw – I eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep (body). I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school (brain). I spend time with family and friends (heart). I take time to find meaningful ways to help people (soul). I balance all four parts of myself.

Academic Goals

We are committed to double-digit gains in all content areas on STAAR. Our goal is to grow 10% points or more in Math, Reading, Science, and Writing during the 2017-18 school year. We can do this!

Attendance Goal

We have set a high attendance goal of 97%. We need your help by making sure your child is at school everyday!

The attendance bell rings at 8:45 a.m. and attendance is taken at that time. Students who arrive after the 8:45 a.m. bell are marked absent for the entire day.

Please send a written note to school within 48 hours of when your child returns following an absence. The note should include the student’s first and last name, teacher, date of absence, reason for absence and parent signature.

El segundo timbre suena a las 8:45 a.m. y es entonces que se pasa la lista de asistencia. A los alumnos que llegan después de las 8:45 a.m. se les considera como ausente.

Por favor mande una nota dentro de 48 horas después que su hijo regresa a la escuela si su hijo ha estado ausente. La nota debe incluir el nombre y el apellido del alumno, nombre del maestro, las fechas que no estuvo presente, la razón y la firma de los padres o representantes.

Helpful Tips

· Label clothing, coats, lunchboxes, water bottles, etc.

· Pre-K—1st graders—send a change of clothes that can be left at school for accidents/spills

· Call in transportation changes by 2:00 pm.

· Visit our campus website to stay informed!

· Watch for weekly folders to come home every Wednesday

· Talk with your child’s teacher before bringing snacks/treats for the class due to FMNV and student allergies (FYI—NO snacks can be distributed to the class in the cafeteria during lunch)

· All medication must be brought to the clinic and the appropriate paperwork must be completed before it can be administered to students

· Poner etiquetas en los artículos personales, ropa loncheras, botellas de agua, etc.

· Mandar un cambio de ropa para los de Pre-K, Kinder, y Primero, para dejar en la escuela en caso de accidentes

· Llamar los cambios de transporte antes de las 2:00

· Visitar la página web de la escuela para mantenerse informado:

· Este pendiente de las carpetas de los miércoles

· Hablar con la maestro/o de su hijo antes de mandar golosinas para todo el salón. ( No se permite distribuir golosinas a toda la clase en la cafetería)

· Entregar todo tipo de medicamento a la enfermera de la escuela y llenar los formularios indicados para que su hijo pueda recibir su medicina durante el horario de la escuela

Cafeteria Prices

Student lunch: $2.60

Student Breakfast: $1.40 (Breakfast begins at 7:20)

Forms for free & reduced lunch can be found in the office or online at

Almuerzo estudiantil: $2.60

Desayuno estudiantil: $1.40 (Desayuno comienza a las 7:20 a.m.)

Los formularios para comidas gratis o a bajo costo están disponibles en la oficina o en línea

LISD 10 Ethical Principles

September—Respect for Others
October—Pursuit of Excellence
November—Concern for Others
February— Honesty
March—Promise Keeping
May—Law Abidance/Civic Duty


Septiembre—respetar a los demás

Octubre—buscando la excelencia

Noviembre—tener consideración para los demás





Abril—ser justo

Mayo—ser buen ciudadano

Questions? Feedback? Please contact Principal Collier at