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Friday, September 24, 2021 -- Issue #39

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WATCH D.O.G.S - Dads of Great Students

We are so excited that our WATCH D.O.G.S are BACK!!! This year's Watch DOGS training will be held Tuesday, October 12, 2021, from 5:30-6:00 in the Swenke cafeteria. This is a REQUIRED training, and ALL dads planning to participate in the program this school year MUST attend. We look forward to relaunching this program and can't wait to get started!

Our Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program is a sure way for our students to be positively influenced by male role models! Fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, uncles, and other father figures are invited to serve one day a year in a variety of school activities by spending an entire school day on our campus. For more information about the program, click on the Watch DOGS photo.

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Notes from the Attendance Office

When a student is absent, a signed parent/legal guardian note, or physician's note must be submitted to the campus attendance office within 3 days of the student's return to school. This note is to include the following information:

  • Student's full name
  • Date of absence
  • Reason for absence
  • Signature of parent/legal guardian
Acceptable excuse notes by email must include the above information along with a copy of the parent/legal guardian's ID. If a note is not provided, the absence will be counted as unexcused.


Student ID cards are provided by the district and used by all students for utilizing transportation services, making meal purchases, checking out library/textbooks, and identification of students in common areas. If the ID card is lost or damaged it must be promptly replaced. For ID cards that are lost or damaged due to the student's mishandling or negligence, there is a replacement fee.

If your student's ID card has been lost or damaged and must be replaced:

  • Please click on the SCHOOL CASH Image

Items to be purchased for Bus Card Replacement:

  • Badge
  • Lanyard
  • Plastic Sleeve

LUNCH CARDS ARE $3 (No Lanyard or Plastic Sleeve Included)

We will replace the card as soon as payment is received. Please allow the card number to update in the system up to 48 hours. Email yvette.jones@cfisd.net with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Swenke Elementary Administration

Bridgeland Belles - Dance Clinic

Dear Parents,

The Bridgeland Belles will hold its annual dance clinic on Saturday, October 9, 2021. Please see additional information in the flyer to the right.

Thank you

Bridgeland Belles

Gifted and Talented Education

GT NOMINATION: This year, ALL Kindergarten students will be assessed for GT in early spring, so no referral is required. Currently enrolled students in grades 1-5 may be referred by parents or teachers for the HORIZONS program. Referrals must be received by the last school day in November in order for students to be assessed this school year. To make a referral, click the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdDtbRoga6qVcrcDAXcMbD4CICsPFOmRJoOfX179OgUarN-TA/viewform?usp=sf_link

In grades 1-5, testing is for services beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. For kindergarten, services will start in March, 2022. For more information about the HORIZONS program and referral process, please refer to the CFISD Gifted & Talented HORIZONS link below.

Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS)

At Swenke we participate in (PBIS) which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), the Technical Assistance Center on PBIS supports schools, districts, and states to build systems capacity for implementing a multi-tiered approach to social, emotional and behavior support. The broad purpose of PBIS is to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of schools and other agencies. PBIS improves social, emotional and academic outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities and students from underrepresented groups.


See information below on how to navigate through the CFISD website for Happy Fox details.
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CFISD Quick Tech Links for Parents

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Covid19 Rapid Testing @ Behind the Science Resource Center

COVID-19 Testing

CFISD will resume offering free rapid COVID-19 testing for CFISD staff and students. The testing site (new location) is located near the intersection of Highway 290 and Telge Road behind the Science Resource Center. Appointments are required for staff and students. For additional information or to sign up for a testing appointment, please see http://www.cfisd.net/c19testing.


Self-monitoring for Symptoms

Students and staff must monitor daily for symptoms of COVID-19 and stay home when sick. If COVID-19 symptoms are experienced, individuals must not report to work or school, and test for COVID-19 or consult with a licensed healthcare provider.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

· Cough

· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

· Loss of taste/smell

· Nasal congestion

· Sore throat

· Headache

· Fever at or above 100°F

· Vomiting/diarrhea

Hand Hygiene

Students and staff will be frequently reminded to wash hands thoroughly and often, cover coughs and sneezes, and use hand sanitizer throughout the day. All classrooms are equipped with hand sanitizer dispensers, in addition to building and cafeteria entrances and buses.

The keys to a successful start to the school year are staying home when sick, practicing good hand hygiene, getting a COVID-19 vaccine if eligible, and opting to wear masks when indoors. For more details on the health and safety protocols for the 2021-2022 school year, please view the LEAD Safely plan, which will be updated as needed throughout the year.

From the Swenke Clinic - Nurse Shannon Jones, BSN, RN, NCSN

Dear Parents,

Please screen students daily before sending to school, and do not send them if they have any symptoms or if given any fever reducing medication to mask symptoms.

Please refer to the Lead Safely Plan at https://www.cfisd.net/leadsafely for information on what to do regarding exposure, as well as returning to school if exposed or experiencing any symptoms at all.

Please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Shannon Jones, at shannon.jones@cfisd.net or

281-213-1211 with any questions after reviewing the Lead Safely Plan on the website.

Thank you,

Mrs. Shannon Jones, BSN, RN, NCSN

Administrative Team

Dr. Elizabeth Miller - Principal

Dr. Elizabeth Miller has been an educator for 32 years. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from St. Lawrence University, a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Mt. St. Mary’s College, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lamar University. She earned her principal certification from Sam Houston State University. She is a certified National Principal Mentor through the National Association of Elementary Principals. Dr. Miller has teaching experience in both middle school and elementary school. She began teaching in CFISD in 1999 before becoming an Assistant Principal in 2006. In 2009 she was named Principal at Swenke Elementary.

If you need to contact Dr. Miller her email is elizabeth.miller@cfisd.net or you may call the main line and ask for her secretary Mrs. Shelly Deloach at (281)-213-1200.

Mrs. Sarah Millerhouse - Assistant Principal

Mrs. Millerhouse has been an educator for 17 years. She has an undergraduate degree in Child Study and Language Development with a minor in Special Education from Southwestern University in Georgetown. She earned her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. She has taught special education in all elementary grade levels and content areas. She has also taught all content areas in general education. She was an English and Language Arts Instructional Specialist for 3 years at Swenke before becoming the Assistant Principal. She has served all of her years as an educator in CFISD, and this is her 6th year as an AP at Swenke.

This school year Mrs. Millerhouse serves grades ECSE, Kindergarten, Second Grade, Fourth Grade, and Life Skills. Please contact Mrs. Millerhouse at (281)-213-1206, Option 1 or by email at sarah.millerhouse@cfisd.net.

Mrs. Brandy Breaux - Assistant Principal

Mrs.Breaux has been an educator for 22 years. She has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Nicholls State University. Mrs. Breaux became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2009. She has teaching and administrative experience in both middle and elementary school. This is her 7th year in CFISD.

This school year Mrs. Breaux will serve grades prekindergarten, ECSE, First Grade, Third Grade, Fifth Grade. Please contact Mrs. Breaux at (281)-213-1206, Option 2 or by email at brandy.breaux@cfisd.net.

Mrs. Stephanie Gable, School Counselor

Mrs. Gable has been an educator for 16 years. She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, and her Master's degree in School Counseling from Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. She has taught various grade levels over the years, and this is her fourth year as a school counselor.

While she works with all students, please note that for the 2021-22 school year, she will be the counselor to contact for grades Prekindergarten, ECSE, First Grade, Third Grade, and Fifth Grade. You may contact her by email at stephanie.gable@cfisd.net or by phone at (281)-213-1205, Option 2.

Dr. Scott Talley, School Counselor

Dr. Scott C. Talley has 9 years of public and private education experience. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Houston and his graduate studies at the University of St. Thomas. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Education, his Masters in School Counseling, and completed his Doctorate of Education in Ethical Leadership. He has taught various grade levels over the years, and this is his fourth year as a school counselor.

While he works with all students, please note that for the 2021-22 school year, he will be the counselor to contact for Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, and Life Skills students. We encourage parents to contact him with any questions or concerns regarding their students via email scott.talley@cfisd.net or by phone at (281)-213-1205, Option 1.

Our Librarian - Mrs. Angie Arnett

Mrs. Arnett has been an educator for 22 years. She has lived in the Cypress area her entire life and is proud to be a product of Cy-Fair ISD. She graduated from Cy-Fair HS and received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University (WHOOP!) After teaching for many years, Mrs. Arnett received her Masters degree in Library Science from Sam Houston. She opened Swenke in 2009. This is her 16th year as a librarian. She also serves as a district lead librarian and is passionate about reading.

Swenke Elementary

Year Opened: 2009

Deanna Swenke was selected as the namesake for Elementary #50. Swenke, who retired as the associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction in June 2008, spent 38 of her 44 years in education within CFISD