The Eagle Monthly

De Zavala Familia Edition September 2021

LEGO of the PAST and Start Building Better!

21-22 School Theme

De Zavala Eagle Pledge

As an Eagle I will do the best to be my best.

I am in charge of the choices I make.

I will treat others the way I would like to be treated.

I am safe, I am kind, I am accountable, I am a scholar.

Flag Etiquette

We had an amazing lesson on flag etiquette brought to us by our partner school, Daggett Middle School, Dr. Valerie Kitchens and the JCC. We appreciate their lesson in how to respect not only the flag of the United States but also how to honor the Texas flag. Ms. Darby has been using this lesson to teach De Zavala 5th graders how to put this lesson to use.

What's Happening in 1st Grade?

Mrs. Santizo's, Ms. Jones, and Ms. Olvera's 1st Graders are working on place value and have decorated their hallway with Place Value Monsters! Can you find your student's work?

Beginning of Year Testing

We have begun NWEA MAP testing students from Kindergarten to 5th grade for both math and reading along with MAP Fluency. This is an important assessment to help us understand where your child shows strengths and where there are areas of support we can work on with them. It is important that your child is getting enough rest and also getting here on time so that we can begin as scheduled.

De Zavala needs you!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, we have the right place for you! We will be needing volunteers for our Fall Festival on November 5th and possibly other events such as our annual Valentine's Dance in February 2022. If you would like to be a part of this please get signed up as soon as possible. FWISD requires that our volunteers have a background check and it does take some time to have that done. The link is:

Eagle of the Week

We have begun talking about our Eagles of the week September theme - E=Excellence in effort, this week Some 5th grade students worked on a video to explain this month's Eagles character trait. To watch this video:

After you watch the video we encourage you to speak with your student at home and ask them what they think that trait may look like, paying attention, finishing their homework and bringing an awesome attitude to learning.

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Golden Eagles of the Month

As faculty and staff, we are also held to the E = Excellence in Effort. Our two Golden Eagles of the month embody that in spades. Meet Mrs. Guardiola and Mrs. Rodriguez. Mrs. Guardiola is our new librarian and she has definitely improved the quality of our small library. Mrs. Rodriguez has moved into Pre-K effortlessly and both have gone above and beyond to ensure there was a smooth start to our school year. Thank you both!

September 11th

September 11, 2001 is a historical event in U.S. history. As we reflect on this anniversary, we need to note that even though our De Zavala students were not born when this happened, they have still been affected by our collective trauma. It is important to have discussions with them if they wish to talk about it so they can process this tragic event. We have added a link to the 911 Memorial Museum to facilitate these conversations.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15th to October 15th, we are honoring and recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month. We begin on the 15th because Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua celebrate their independence on this day. Mexico celebrates Independence Day on the 16th and Chile celebrates theirs on the 18th.

At home you can spend some time talking about what Hispanic Heritage means. Per Edsitement! some good questions to ask are:

How is Latino history woven into the fabric of U.S. history?

What are some cultural and historical connections between the U.S. and Latin America?

The Spruce Crafts has a how to for tissue paper flowers here:

Our own city, Fort Worth, has lots of fun events and activities you and your family can participate in, visit:

Arrival and Dismissal

Breakfast is from 7:20 to 7:45 am and instruction begins promptly at 7:50 am. Please ensure that your student is on time and ready to get started learning! Getting here on time for breakfast allows your student to have a nutritious start and also gives them time to decompress and spend valuable time socializing with their friends.

Students who arrive late (tardy) miss out on important announcements, scheduled assessments, and also may disrupt class instruction for themselves and others. Students who are on time usually are more successful and feel empowered and supported in their success. They are able to participate in more classroom activities and have more opportunities to perform well. We want ALL our students to succeed in every possible way and showing them that attendance and punctuality are important will go a long way in helping with that success.

Dismissal begins at 3:00 pm. Please wait until your student's teacher is standing in line with their class so they can release your student to you. This allows the teacher to know exactly who is picking them up without feeling rushed or unsure. Please be patient!

Early Dismissals

Just a heads up for families that need an early dismissal. We completely understand that if you have an emergency you may need to pick your student up, however, unless it is an extreme emergency, we do not allow dismissals after 2:30 pm because well, every minute matters. If it is after 2:30 pm, please hold off until after 3:00 pm.

Also, because your student's attendance matters, please make their doctor, dentist, etc... appointments at the latest times possible so they are in school and counted present for most of the day.

Thank you for your understanding. We all want the best for our De Zavala Familia!

Keep in Touch!

De Zavala Familia, we have several options to stay in contact with your students' teachers but there are two that work in real time. The first is Class Dojo, you can sign up for it and download the app, it is a valuable tool in teacher parent communication. This is the avenue ALL De Zavala teachers are using to communicate with families.

Second is FWISD's Parent Portal. Parent Portal is available to all FWISD families with a student enrolled in Pre-K through 12th grade. You can monitor your students' progress, their assignments, and their grades as soon as they are posted (real time). We are expecting every parent to join Parent Portal!

We welcome your involvement and have also added these quick links to our De Zavala FWISD website. We want to make sure you have every opportunity to Keep in Touch!

Get to Know Us!

Each month we want to highlight a different member of our faculty and staff so that you can get to know us better. This month, our School Counselor, Ms. Colleen Johnson met with us to give us some resources for families and to let us know what the School Counselor actually does.

What does she do?

· Help prevent and eliminate barriers to learning.

· Teach guidance lessons that help all students develop basic life skills.

· See children individually, in small groups, and during classroom presentations to support their social and emotional needs.

· Coordinate 504 services and Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) for students struggling academically or behaviorally.

· Provide resources to students and families.

· Work with community members to provide resources, programs and mentors to our students.

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Student FWISD Dress Code

All students need to observe the FWISD dress code. If you're not sure what that is, here is a link:

If you need assistance with having the attire to meet the FWISD dress code please call the main office at 817-814-5600.

Fort Worth After School Program (FWAS)

We still have room for additional students to participate in the onsite Fort Worth afterschool program. If you are interested please contact Sandra Medina at 817-879-3284.

PTA T-Shirt Sales and Sign-Ups

Our PTA is selling pre-ordered t-shirts and hoodies beginning Sept. 12th and ending Sept. 22nd. These purchases help our school fund projects, programs, and improvements for our students. Also, this is a great way for your students to express their individuality and still follow the dress code. A win, win for sure!

If you haven't already, please join our PTA, we need your support and the PTA ensures that every voice can be heard.

Pie in the Face Winners!

Mr. Favela's 2nd grade class was the winner of the PTA's Pie in the Face Contest! Congratulations guys! We know it was fun watching Principal Martinez get pied in the face! Great job families that came together to give Mr. Favela and his classroom their support. Thank you Principal Martinez, you were great and you did say that we could have this contest again, so keep signing up for PTA!

Upcoming Events and Important Dates

Please click the De Zavala Elementary School/ link for an updated calendar. We are constantly updating our De Zavala calendar to reflect what is happening in our school on a daily basis. Thank you!

Education Go Get It Week! Sept 13-Sept 17

Themes for the district are:

Monday 9/13= Career education

Tuesday = Post-secondary opportunities in Texas

Wednesday= Post-secondary opportunities outside of Texas

Thursday= Scholarship/Financial Aid

Friday=College Colors Day

We are so excited to share this week with our students! Information was sent out on Friday September 10th informing parents the activities our students will engage in.

September 15th World's Finest Chocolate Fundraiser Kick-Off

Please join us at 5:30 pm on Wednesday Sept. 15th in the De Zavala auditorium, we not only have our World's Finest Chocolate Fundraiser Kick-Off, we will also have several other things happening on this evening. We will present Title 1 information to our parents as well as a a Dual Language parent support session and with expectations for students in this program. We also have a PTA general parent meeting and really need all our De Zavala Familia to support us.

Scholastic Book Fair

Friday, Oct. 1st, 8am to Thursday, Oct. 7th, 7:30pm

1419 College Avenue

Fort Worth, TX

Books make great gifts any occasion! Our Book Fair begins on October 1st and ends October 7th on Hispanic Heritage Family Night. Please make plans to join us! We can't wait to see you!