Epps Island Monthly Newsletter

September 2021

Hello Tiger Families

We are in the fifth week of school and it is already flown by like a blink of an eye. We celebrated Grandparents Day last week and we enjoyed meeting several grandparents. Our students were so proud to show them off, and vice versa!


Throughout these first couple of weeks, teachers have been administering beginning of the year assessments to determine the needs and strengths of our students. In grades 1st thru 5th, teachers tested students' reading levels. We also administered MAP testing, which stands for Measure of Academic Progress. This assessment measures students' growth in all subjects and it is a good predictor for students' success in STARR in grades 3-5th. The beginning of the year MAP scores will give us a baseline. Teachers will send students' scores home so be on the look out for this information.


As we review assessment data, we are discovering that many students are reading below grade level and show below grade level skills in math as well. This decline in learning may be due to the learning loss as an effect of COVID. However, we are determined to work hard to bring students up to grade level. Please help by making your child read at home for 30 minutes and practice basic math skills such as adding, subtracting, and dividing (depending on their age.) We will need everyone involved to help our students be successful.


Progress Reports will be posted digitally in Skyward this week or you can request a paper copy. These grading periods serve as checkpoints for our Tigers' academic performance and we encourage our families to monitor their progress throughout the year and remain in contact with the teacher to know how to help. It truly takes a village! At the end of the year, we'll celebrate with you , the families, when our students show amazing growth because our work together.


Thank you for your support in kicking off our back to school season. Please see more information about upcoming school events throughout this newsletter. We look forward to seeing everyone in these events.

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Tiger Traits

Below are our Tiger Traits to help our students develop learning habits and build character:

Team Player- having a "we" not me attitude and thinking and helping others

Innovative- being a risk taker, trying new things avoid comments like, "I don't like math"

Golden Rule- Do unto others as you would want do unto you

Engaged- be prepared with your learning, be ready

Resilient- Never give up on your learning, try hard

Self Reflective- receiving and giving feedback, being reflective about their learning i.e. "Where am I in my learning?" "What do I need to do to get better? To reach my goal?"

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School Picture Day

Fall School Picture Day is October, 21st.

More information will be provided

Save the Date: Open House

Our Open House is September 22, 5:00-6:30. We will have 3 sessions:

5:00-5:25

5:30-5:55

6:00-6:25

The teachers are planning a 20 minute presentation to provide parents important information about our school and classroom expectations. We will announce when sessions are over to give families enough time to go to another child's classroom. Please be on time, as you may miss information if you arrive late.

If families have time, please visit the cafeteria for a free vegetable dish provided by Food Service. We will also have tables in the front hall for the Counselor and Administrators to answer any questions for you.

PAWsitive PLANNING WITH PARENTS

Please join us for our first "PAWsitive Planning with Parents" session. The administrators will host these sessions and on a monthly basis. The purpose of these sessions is to strengthen our relationships with families and to work together to help our students be successful. In the first session, we will explain how to submit absent notes digitally and how to interpret your child's MAP report.


Our first one is on September 24, from 9:00-10:00 via Zoom.

English Zoom Session


Spanish Zoom Session


At the end of the first session, we will provide a survey for feedback to allow parents to let us know if they prefer to meet face to face or virtual, and if they prefer to meet during the school day or after school. We also welcome suggestions on topics that you'd like to know more about.


Here are the future dates:

Oct. 29th

Nov. 19th

Jan. 28th

Feb. 25th

March 25th

April 29th

Gifted & Talented Referral Window

The referral window closes September 30th.

Please refer to the district's Gifted & Talented Webpage for more information:

https://kleinisd.net/Teaching&Learning/advanced_academics__gifted___talented


We will have a GT parent meeting before our Open House, September 22, at 4:45-5:00.

UPCOMING SCHOOL EVENTS

Sept. 22nd- Open House 5:00-6:30

Sept. 22nd- GT Parent Meeting 4:45-5:00

Sept. 24th PAWsitive Planning with Parents 9:00-10:00

October 8 & 11th- Student Holidays

October 21st- School Pictures

October 27th- STEM Night 5:00-6:30 (Family Engagement Event)

October 29th- PAWsitive Planning with Parents

School Visitors

  • Visitors should ring the doorbell located at the front door of the school in order to notify the front office staff of your arrival.

  • Visitors will be asked to present their IDs to the camera before entering the building.

  • Once inside, the front office secretaries will follow check-in procedures and issue a visitors' badge.

  • Students will not be released to visitors unless the adult is identified in Skyward as someone who has the authority to do so and without a photo ID. Thank you for understanding and for helping us to keep our Tigers safe.

Student Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures

Areas to DROP OFF students:

By car- please drop off by cafeteria. Helpers will open door for younger students.

Only cars with special tags can enter front parking lot to drop off students by the back/side doors.

Parents can park on the curb and have students use walkway to cross the street

Busses- enter front parking lot, unload students by back/side doors

For our students' safety, please do not enter the front/staff parking lot as this is a high traffic area with students walking across the parking lot and busses unloading.


PICK UP Areas & Procedures

Car Riders- are picked up by the cafeteria. Please arrive by 3:50. Parents without a car tag must wait until the end of car pool and pick up their child in the front office. Students will not be released to an adult without a car tag. Parents can not "walk up" to the car pool area to avoid the line and pick up their child.

Gym Walkers- parents must show a tag number to pick up their child

Front Door Walkers-this area is for students who are old enough to walk home alone. Students too young to walk alone, must be gym walkers.

Bus Riders- Load busses by the white awning


The end of the day is very busy for all school personnel as we prepare for dismissal. Therefore, requesting a change of transportation or early dismissal should occur prior to 2:30.

Arriving on Time

School doors open at 7:45.

Announcements are from 8:00-8:05

Instruction begins at 8:05


Teachers plan instruction for every minute of the school day. When a student arrives late, they miss instruction. If they are consistently late, the time lost in learning adds up. For example, if a student arrives at 8:20 or 8:25 every day of the week, that is up to 20 minutes late per day, and 100 minutes (over 1.5 hours) for the week. That is a lot of missed information.

Think about this in terms of money, who can afford to have 1.5 hours of their weekly salary deducted from their paycheck? Not many of us can.

As I mentioned above, at the beginning of this newsletter, we have many students performing below grade level. We need our students every day and on time to help them catch up with their learning. Please help us.

Attendance Matters... Every Day

Attendance Procedures


Regular school attendance is essential for a student to make the most of his or her education—to benefit from teacher-led and school activities, to build each day’s learning on the previous day’s, and to grow as an individual. Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s mastery of the instructional materials; therefore, please make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences.


Any student who is absent for the whole day is required to produce one of the following within 5 days of their absence(s):


· Parent Note

· Parent email (within 5 days of absence)

· Original medical note (copies or altered notes will not be accepted)

· Faxed notes must be sent from physician’s office

· Court note

· Official note for observance of approved religious holy days


***If a student is absent for part of the day for a doctor appointment, their absence will be temporary absence if the student returns the doctor excuse to the Attendance Office upon returning to school, the temporary absence will be removed.


If a student does not produce one of the items listed above within the allotted timeframe, that absence will be considered unexcused and counted toward their total semester absences.

Klein ISD takes attendance very seriously, and we want to see your child succeed at Epps Island. If you have any questions regarding attendance, please feel free to contact the grade level Assistant Principal.

A Special Note on Attendance

We are not recognizing perfect attendance awards for the 2021-22 school year. This is so we remain focused on the health, wellness and safety of our students.

Parent Lunches

Parents can drop off lunch for students. However, please let your child know ahead of time so they know to go by the office and pick it up. Our secretaries can not leave the front office to drop off lunches.


We will also resume having parents join their child(ren) during lunch. Due to our growing numbers and to continue being as safe as possible, we are scheduling parents of K-2nd graders on Thursdays and parents of 3-5th graders on Fridays.

We will begin this September 30th.

Parents who join us during lunch, must follow the following rules:


  • Parents can not interactive with students other than their own children
  • Parents and their child must sit in the white tables on the stage during lunch, separate from the other students
  • Please do not bring food for other students
  • If you have children in different grade levels and you want to wait for their lunch time, you must wait in the front office to free up space on the stage for the parents who are there to have lunch with their children at that time
  • To minimize the number of visitor, we are only allowing 2 visitors per family.



Please contact the principal if you have any questions.

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