Epps Island Monthly Newsletter
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.
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?"
Hispanic Heritage Month Display Case
A "Shout Out" to Ms. McDermott, our librarian, and her assistant, Ms. Jones, for overseeing the decoration of our display case with current celebrations.
1st Gr. Enjoying Their Handmade Windsock
Fun learning happening at Epps Island! First graders enjoyed learning about the wind and creating a windsock.
Dedicated Forever Learners
Our 2nd grade teachers are dedicated to learning and to our students. They spent last Saturday in an all day professional learning. Thank you ladies!!
Hispanic Heritage Month Display Case
1st Gr. Enjoying Their Handmade Windsock
Thank you to all the Grandparents who joined us and thank you for pre-registering. We had a big turn out of families who registered ahead of time to save time!!
Klein Forest Orchestra
These talented students performed for our 5th graders to encourage our students to join the music pathway as early as Intermediate school to be eligible to join the Klein Forest Orchestra in high school. Many colleges also give scholarships to be in their school band!
Ms. Morales Receives Student Feedback
Here's an example of our teachers building relationships with students! "What do you like least about school?"
"I love how you teach us!"
Klein Forest Orchestra
Save the Date: Open House
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
Our first one is on September 24, from 9:00-10:00 via Zoom.
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:
Gifted & Talented Referral Window
Please refer to the district's Gifted & Talented Webpage for more information:
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
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
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
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
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.
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.