The Booker Bulletin
Weekly Newsletter - August 23 - 27
STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST INFORMATION!
Calendar of Events
Aug 30 - ANNUAL UPDATE DEADLINE
Sept 3 - Progress Reports uploaded in Home Access Center (HAC)
Sept 8 - Fall Picture Day (Individual Pictures)
Sept 9 - Open House
Aug 23 - Aug 31 - Attend to Win Kick Off
Aug 23 - Sept 9 - Beginning of Year Testing Starts - PreK -5th
DUE AUGUST 30TH
Parents and guardians, the annual update is a requirement for every child enrolled in Spring ISD. Please complete the ANNUAL UPDATE NO LATER THAN AUGUST 30TH! We will have to start pulling students out of class after the deadline!
WE ARE STILL MISSING 208 ANNUAL UPDATES!
LEVELING CLASSES & TEACHER CHANGES
Due to our current enrollment numbers and to a teacher shortage our nation is experiencing, we will be making adjustments to some of our grade level classrooms. We ask for your patience as we make the necessary moves to accommodate the needs of our campus and district. Please note that if your child transitions to a new class or receives a new teacher, we want you to know that we are aware how hard change is and often is all based on factors, often out of teachers' and/or campus control. Yet, we will ensure that our two counselors work closely with all who are affected by the upcoming moves.
SCHOOL STARTS AT 8:05AM
School hours: 8:05 - 3:25pm
Free Breakfast: 7:35am Announcements: 8:00am TARDY BELL: 8:05am
Dismissal: 3:25pm Transportation Change Cut off: 2:30pm
Tardies - Your child is tardy if they arrive after 8:05am. Instruction starts promptly at 8:05am. If your child arrives after 8:05am - you must park and sign your child's tardy pass in order for them to go to class.
Early Pick Ups - Parents must sign students out with valid ID and provide a reason for leaving.
Please be mindful that we are required by law to be in attendance for at least 75,600 minutes of instruction, including intermissions and recess. Early Pickup Cut Off is 2:30pm.
Transportation Changes - All transportation changes must be done by 2:40pm each day. We will not take any transportation changes over the phone. You may fax your request with a copy of your ID to 281-891-8751 and call to confirm receipt. Or, you may call the front office to speak with one of our receptionists and then email your request with your ID to the person you spoke with, by 2:30pm.
Absences - If your child misses a day, please provide a note informing the attendance clerk, the reason for the absence, sign and date and send it to school with your child, the following day. Parent letters are not required if your child has a doctor's excuse. Parents have 3 days to send in excuses so that attendance records can be resolved into excused/unexcused absences. Remember that notes only provide us the documentation and coding of the absence: Notes do not dismiss absences. The state requires students to be in attendance 90% of the time to avoid penalty.
Lunch Visits/Lunch Deliveries - Booker is closed for lunch visits and lunch deliveries. If your child forgets his/her lunch kit, please drop off their lunch kit in the front office before 9:45am, to ensure our staff has ample time to deliver it to them before their scheduled lunch time. Lunch visits are on hold to allow our teachers, staff, and students to get acquainted with being back in school and establishing our systems and routines, Lunch visits are scheduled to resume the week of September 20th, pending recommendations from Harris County/CDC. Please stay tuned!
Birthdays - You are more than welcome to celebrate your child's birthday by sending prepacked goodies and/or store bought cupcakes (sealed) with your child. No balloons or bouquets allowed.
Click here to read more about the Compulsory Attendance Law. All students are required to be in attendance at least 90% of the school year! Our attendance rate is too low! We need our scholars in school every day!
We need your help! Our Bengals are losing precious instructional time! We will be implementing our Attendance Plan, starting next month! So, to kick us off, all classes with PERFECT ATTENDANCE and NO TARDIES from Monday, August 23 thru Tuesday, August 31, will enjoy a popsicle party and a BOOKER SURPRISE!
Starting September 3rd, we will be doing a weekly incentive for attendance and no tardies! More details coming soon!
Parents, we need your help in helping us promote how important attendance is and being on time! Help your child's class win a treat! Please ensure your child is present and on time for learning each day! Don't forget the state requires 90% attendance rate for all scholars! Join the fun!
AFTER 8:06AM - STUDENTS ARE LATE & MUST HAVE A SIGNED TARDY SLIP BY THE PARENT
We want to say thank you for your patience with the late buses. Transportation is steadily working on securing more bus drivers and finalizing routes. We do understand the inconvenience of a late bus, but we ask for your patience. Often, the campus is unaware of which bus is running late or which bus will have to loop back to pick up another route. With the Transportation having to run for 26 elementary schools, it is extremely difficult for them to answer our calls, as well. So, we are often just left waiting for several buses, unaware of their arrival. We definitely know it's frustrating, but just ask that you give Transportation another week or so to work out the kinks with the shortage of bus drivers and also the new safety protocols below:
ZPASS badge scan
Sanitizing their hands upon entry
Seating only 2 students per seat
STARTS THIS WEEK!
Welcome back Booker Bengals!
We are so happy to have our students back on campus. We will work together to support our students for a successful year. We can’t do that without our awesome parents! You make a difference! We have BOY (beginning of year) assessments coming up next week, August 23rd. The window opens 8/23 and closes 9/10.
PK - CIRCLE ASSESSMENT
K-2 - mCLASS Reading / MAP Math
3-5 - MAP Reading & Math
ALL tests will be given 3 times a year
BOY (Beginning of Year)
MOY (Middle of Year)
EOY (End of Year)
Student results will be used for data purposes only to guide instruction and acceleration. As always, should you need clarification or have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Looking forward to another great year!
Campus Testing Coordinator (CTC)
ACCESS TO HOME ACCESS CENTER
Parents, your child's homeroom teacher and registered courses can be found in the Home Access Center (HAC). These are the areas in which your child will receive their grades. Please make sure you have access to HAC to keep up with your child's progress. If you have any questions about your student’s schedule, please contact 281-891-8750, press option 1.
NEED A CHROMEBOOK?
We are partnering with Koala Kare again this year! They offer before and after school services for parents! Hours of operation 6:30am - 6:30pm each day. Located in Booker's cafeteria!
READY TO VOLUNTEER?
In order to become a volunteer in Spring ISD, individuals must complete the online VIPS application, which includes a consent to perform a criminal history check. You will receive an initial email confirming submission of your application. You will receive an approval email once your background check has cleared. You may begin volunteering once you receive approval.
Here is the link to complete your VIPS application: https://www.springisd.org/volunteer
CHECK IT OUT!
Booker Elementary School
PRESS 1 - REGISTRAR - Ms. Velasquez - email@example.com
PRESS 2 - ATTENDANCE CLERK - Ms. Enciso - firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESS 0 - RECEPTIONISTS - Mrs. Sanchez - email@example.com
SPRING ISD GENERAL INFORMATION
IMMUNIZATIONS, VACCINATIONS & COVID TESTING SITES
Spring ISD and Harris County Public Health to Host Vaccination and COVID-19 Testing Clinics
In partnership with the Harris County Public Health Department and Inspire, the Spring ISD Emergency Management & School Safety will host several vaccination and COVID-19 testing clinics throughout the school year. The following campuses will host clinic sites Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
Westfield High School
Spring High School
The clinics are open to the public and pre-registration is not required.