Robert L. Crippen Elementary Update

September 2021


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1st Nine Weeks!

The first three weeks of school have flown by and lots of learning, relationships, and routines and procedures have gotten under way. I hoped you have felt welcome and enjoyed the positive phone calls our teachers have been making via phone and Remind.

We have grown so much since last year. Many of our rooms have more students than we anticipated due to newly growing Crippen communities, and we have added some additional special education programs to our campus. Since this is elementary school, we are teaching social emotional skills and socially appropriate behavior to all students while still focusing on academics. Thank you for helping partner with us to make this a great school year.

Starting this week, all classes will have two designated restroom breaks to teach proper handwashing techniques, refill water bottles brought from home, and to help monitor safety. We will also try to social distance, to the best of our building capability, in the cafeteria during breakfast and lunch. Masks are encouraged, but not required. Masks will be available in the front office upon request for any students wanting one. Should your student be out ill or quarantined and want to continue learning, all PK-5 teachers will be publishing content in Canvas by this Wednesday if you would like learning to continue. This Canvas content option is also available for ANY student who wants extra help reviewing concepts in class, remediation, or extension as well. Should you have a question about Canvas, please enter a Helpdesk ticket and a staff member will assist you as soon as possible: Parent Help Desk Ticket

Let's make this a great year together by Throwing Kindness Around Like Confetti!

Your Proud Principal,

Crystal Mayes

September Important Dates

September 6 - Labor Day-Student Holiday

September 9- School Pictures

September 16- Dual Language Make and Take--some afterschool events will still remain in place for families to opt to come to.

September 17 - NEHS Induction for qualified 4th/5th graders

September 23- Open House 5-7 PM (A-L 5-6 PM; M-Z 6-7 PM)

September 30- PHS Spirit FB Stadium Night at Randall Reed Stadium

Save the Dates: October 1-7-Fall Book Fair

Car Rider Line This Year

In the morning starting at 6:45 AM, students may be dropped off at the front of the school. At 7:00 AM, once the buses have left the parking lot, you may drop off in the bus lane. Please look at the Aerial View link below to see the route. For drop-off after 7:30, please park in the parking lot and escort your student in. The side doors are locked at 7:30 a.m.

At dismissal, students and parents should be listening for directions about which cone to use at the front of the school. As stated in the parent handbook, parents must have the correct car tag hanging to pick up their child. In order to ensure the safety of all, we ask that parents not walk to the front doors to collect their children. Students will not be released in this manner.

Aerial View

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Counselor's Corner

A message from Mrs. West

This year our counseling program will continue to expand! I regularly provide guidance classroom lessons to all students on various topics. So keep an eye out for Counseling Letters from me that share the topic and skills discussed during guidance. To stay connected on the 7 mindset program please refer to the September Parent Newsletter. This month we will be focusing on the Passion First Mindset. Students will learn that we are all unique expressions of human existence.

Also as we begin a new school year, many students feel anxious either from moving schools, teachers, classrooms, being separated from parents, or from the difficulty of work. As a parent, it can be stressful and concerning to see your student adapt to these changes. After all, time is the best healer, but what kid wants to hear that? Try some of these kid-friendly books that may touch on the issues you see your student struggling with:

1. What To Do When You Worry Too Much by Don Huebner & Bonnie Mathews

2. I Don’t Want to Go to School by Nancy Pando & Kathy Voerg

3. The Invisible String by Patrice Karst & Geoff Stevenson

4. But What If? By Sue Graves & Desideria Guicciardini.

I look forward to working with your family! Please feel free to contact me at any time throughout the year if I can be of any service.

Kind Regards

Your School Counselor

Ms. West

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1st Nine Weeks Ends October 8

Reminder, you can use Family Access in Skyward to keep track of your student's grades. Canvas Grades only gives you information about individual assignments. If you want to check on your student's overall grade, you will find that information in Skyward. You can put in a Help Desk Ticket request if you need help remembering your log-in information.

How to Check Student Grades

Family Access Link

Parent Help Desk Ticket

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Pairing with a student in Canvas

Remember, you can pair with your student through Canvas. Once you have downloaded the app, you can follow the steps in the video to get a pairing code for your student.

How to get a Pairing Code from your Student's account

More information about Creating a Parent account

Robert L. Crippen Elementary

Our school serves three major neighborhoods and surrounding areas with approximately 720 students PK-5th grade. In 2019, we were a TEA rated "B" 84 school with a distinction. Our BHAG is: "All Crippen Astronauts will display stellar citizenship and perform at or above grade level in every subject."