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Tuscany Heights Elementary
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Can you believe that it is April already? We are beginning to head into the final weeks of this school year. The month of April and May are extremely busy for students, parents, and staff. Stay informed about dates using the "Tuscany Happenings" below.
We have the following test dates for his week as well as the May test dates listed for you below. Please note the closed campus dates. The office remains open for all families and visitors. We close the building to visitors only to ensure the students have as little traffic moving about during testing. Thank you for understanding STAAR is the only full day closed campus dates.
In thinking about testing, we are certain the anxiety is high in the home of many of our 3rd-5th grade students, as it is for our staff involved in those grade levels. Please help us share with the students that they are far more than a test score. It can often be assumed or felt when practicing and reviewing skills, but each individual student has a high level of talent that isn't just reading and math. We see it daily! We honor them for all of their special qualities, and enjoy watching them grow.
For April and May, please note the following dates for state testing. The school will be closed full day to campus visitors and volunteers on these dates to provide a safe, secure, and quiet testing environment for our students. As always, the office will remain open. However, the building will be secure all day. We often have students testing throughout the building in small groups. Some students have extended time, and they will take the day to test. Thank you for noting these dates and planning your schedules with these dates in mind.
STAAR Testing Dates- Our campus will be a CLOSED Campus ALL DAY on the following dates in April and May due to state testing. Closed Campus means the building is closed to visitors and volunteers while we have students testing in grades 3-5 testing. Thank you for understanding:
4th Grade Writing STAAR & 5th Grade Math STAAR- April 9th- CLOSED TO VISITORS & VOLUNTEERS
5th Grade Reading STAAR- April 10th- CLOSED to VISITORS & VOLUNTEERS
4th Grade Hyper Accelerated Math STAAR- April 11th- Closed Campus to visitors & volunteers until 10:45am since this is one class testing
3rd & 4th Grade Math STAAR- May 13th (Any 5th grade Math STAAR Retesters)
3rd & 4th Grade Reading STAAR- May 14th (Any 5th grade Reading STAAR Retesters)
5th Grade Science STAAR- May 15th
We continue to register students for next school year! Reach out to our office to schedule a tour and schedule an appointment for registration. All incoming PreK and Kinder students will be gifted with a special t-shirt and a yard sign when they register!
TUESDAY, April 9th- 4th Writing STAAR, 5th Math STAAR (Closed Campus to visitors & volunteers)
WEDNESDAY, April 10th- 5th Reading STAAR (Closed Campus to visitors & volunteers)
THURSDAY, April 11th- 4th Hyper-Accelerated Math STAAR (Closed Campus to visitors and volunteers until 10:45am)
THURSDAY, April 11th- SUNDAY, April 14th-NEISD Used Book Sale
FRIDAY, April 12th- 4th Grade Maturation for Girls 2pm
Also on the 12th, Military Child Month- Purple Up For Military Kids Day. On this day, we show our support and appreciation for military children for their strength and sacrifices by wearing purple. Texas is the second largest state in the United States with military dependents ages 0-18. The goal of Purple Up Day is for the children of military families to see the support in their communities and school.
MONDAY, April 15th -PVSA Hours Logged DEADLINE
MONDAY, April 15th- PTA Presents... Mad Science to K-5
WEDNESDAY, April 17th @9:30- We will celebrate our Volunteers! Our Volunteers our ON POINT!
THURSDAY, April 18th- NetSmartz- Tweens- Presentation- 5th Grade Only- 8am- Prior to field trip
THURSDAY, April 18th- 5th grade Field Trip to the Witte Museum, 4th Grade Maturation for Boys 2pm
FRIDAY, April 19th- NO SCHOOL- Good Friday
TUESDAY, April 23rd - Chick-fil-a Eat for a Cause
WEDNESDAY, April 24th- 2nd Grade Fairy Tale Bowl @ 8:15am
THURSDAY, April 25th- 3rd Grade Pencilmania and 1st Grade Fiesta Float Parade
FRIDAY, April 26th - NO SCHOOL - Battle of the Flowers Holiday
FRIDAY, May 3rd- 5th Grade Maturation for Girls, 2pm
MONDAY, May6th - FRIDAY, May 10th- SPRING DINO-MITE BOOK FAIR - Watch out for DINOSAURS
TUESDAY, May 7th- PTA Mtg @ 6:30pm followed by the Barnyard MOO-sical by 2nd grade Performance
FRIDAY, May 17th- 5th Grade Maturation for Boys, 2pm
MONDAY, May 13th - 3rd & 4th Math STAAR, 5th Math STAAR Retesters (Closed Campus to visitors & volunteers)
TUESDAY, May 14th- 3rd & 4th Reading STAAR, 5th Reading STAAR Retesters (Closed Campus to visitors & volunteers)
WEDNESDAY, May 15th - 5th Science STAAR (Closed Campus to visitors & volunteers)
FRIDAY, May 17th @ 7:15am Alumni Walk and Breakfast
TUESDAY, May 21st- 4th Grade Battle of the Books @ 8:15am, Jet's Pizza Eat for a Cause, PVSA Awards Ceremony @ 7:15am
FRIDAY, May 31st- FIELD DAY & End of the Year Party Day
TUESDAY, June 4th- 3rd Grade Battle of the Books @ 8:15am
WEDNESDAY, June 5th- Bill Perryman's 4th & 5th Grade Presentation between 8-11am
THURSDAY, June 6th- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for students, 5th Grade Celebration Ceremony
THE PTA Alumni Scholarship Application
The purpose of this scholarship is to offer financial assistance to two senior Tuscany Heights Elementary alumni students graduating high school. Scholarships will be awarded to students based on service and volunteerism in our community and school.
Reaching New Heights, Tuscany Heights PTA
Last Day to Enter PVSA Hours 4/15/19
The last day to enter hours on the PVSA website is 4/15/19! Please be sure you are entering hours on the correct account, if there is no age group listed, your student’s profile needs to be updated with date of birth. However the name appears in the student’s profile is how the award will be printed. Please verify that hours, name spelling and punctuation, and date of birth are all correct. Please contact Kelly Cardenas, PVSA/Community Service Committee Chair, if you have difficulties registering your student for a new account or with any questions at 210-409-2275 or communityservice@tuscanyheightsPTA.org.
For the 2018-19 school year, if your student attended all duties/practices/ meetings/events he/she could earn up to:
Safety Patrols - 73 hours
Broadcasting - 50 hours
Choir – 56 hours
Tiger PALS – 7 hours
Library Lifesavers – 6 hours
Geek Squad – 6 hours
If your student participates in a group that is not listed here, please contact that group leader/sponsor and inquire about the amount of hours that could have been earned during this school year.
NEISD Council PTA Used Book Sale
A big THANK YOU to our Tuscany Heights community for all of the books that were donated during the month of March! The NEISD Used Book Sale will take place in Littleton Gym at the Blossom Athletic Center April 12th – 14th, volunteers needed! Watch your email for a volunteer sign up.
Eat for a Cause at Chick-fil-A April 23rd
Join us for dinner at the Stone Ridge Chick-fil-A on 4/23 and help us raise some money for our campus! More details coming soon.
Open Executive Board Positions
We are still in the process of filling the Tuscany Heights PTA Officer and Committee Chair positions for the 2019-2020 school year, and we need YOU! A list of brief descriptions of each available officer and committee chair position are listed on a document attached to this eblast, or you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. If you enjoy school wide events like Field Day, Bike Rodeo, Family Dances, Run for the Heights with Boosterthon, and also want your students to enjoy field trips, assemblies and STEAM presentations throughout the year, then please consider stepping up and joining our amazing THE PTA.
Alumni Scholarship 2019
If you know of a high school student who is graduating this spring and attended THE for one or more years, please let him/her know about our THE Alumni Scholarship! This link will take you to the application page:
We look forward to celebrating this year’s THE “Alumni” at our Alumni Walk and Breakfast on Friday May 17th.
Lost and Found!
Please be sure to label your child's belongings...lunch boxes, water bottles, sweaters, jackets, backpacks, etc., this makes it easy for us to return lost items to students so that they don’t end up in our overflowing lost and found.
THE Tiger Spirit Store is still Open!
You can still access our online spirit store to purchase spirit items and/or donate to Greenbacks and join PTA. Go to www.TuscanyHeightsPTA.org and click on the Tiger Spirit Store section! Some quantities/sizes are limited, but we still have orange STEAM spirit shirts, navy boys and girls shorts, navy ladies shirt, and navy women’s hats so place your order today!
Save the Date!
Important Dates to mark on your calendars:
5/6 – 5/10 – Staff Appreciation Week
Tuesday 5/7 6:30pm – PTA Membership Meeting/2nd Grade Musical Performance
Friday 5/17 7:15am – Alumni Walk and Breakfast
Tuesday 5/21 7:15am – PVSA Awards Ceremony
Friday 5/31 - Field Day
Thursday 6/6 – 5th Grade Ceremony and LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!
Plug in with PTA and Back the Future!
THE PTA Website www.tuscanyheightspta.org