Parr Patriot News

August 2019

A Little About Mrs. Buckels

I am so excited to be joining the Patriot family! I would like to take this opportunity to share a little bit about myself.

I have been in education for 28 years. I spent 20 years in the classroom before becoming an administrator. I spent 3 years as an assistant principal at North Pointe Elementary and 1 year at Whitcomb Elementary. I was then fortunate enough to go back to North Pointe as a principal for the last 4 years.

My husband and I have four children. Leanne is a pediatric nurse in Dallas, Laynee will be a senior at Texas A&M majoring in communications, Lauren will be a sophomore at Texas State majoring in education and Cameron will be a sophomore at Texas Tech majoring in chemical engineering. I enjoy traveling, reading and my job!

My priority as a principal is to ensure that all Parr students receive the best education possible. Our challenge is to embrace the future of the 21st century and support our students so that they grow to become our future leaders. Parr Elementary has excellent teachers with strong instructional skills and a depth of knowledge that serves the students well. I am excited to join the Patriot family as we work and grow together.

My door is always open and I welcome the opportunity to learn how we can share in your child’s educational journey.

Go Patriots!

Proof of Residency

Please remember to send your proof of residency to school with your student. This needs to be a current electric, gas or water bill. Please make sure to write your child’s name at the top. This is a requirement of the district every year. Thank you helping us with collecting these.

Important Dates

August 22-1st grade parent orientation 5:30 p.m.

August 27-3rd grade parent orientation 5:30 p.m.

August 27-5th grade parent orientation 6:15 p.m.

August 29-Fundraiser Kick-off

August 29-2nd grade parent orientation 5:30 p.m.

August 29-4th grade parent orientation 6:15 p.m.

September 2-No school

September 3-Wear your college shirt to school

September 13-HLSR Western Heritage Day-wear your cowboy gear

September 19-PTA General Meeting/Safety presentation 6:30 p.m.

Starting 8/20-parents will need to be badged in to escort their students to class. On Wednesday, students will need to walk down by themselves.

Change of Transportation

Reminder, please note that any transportation changes during the school day should be in the form of a written note signed by the parent and/or guardian. If faxing your note to the office, please include student and teacher name, date, and change of transportation with a copy of your driver’s license. The school fax number is 281-284-4105. All transportation changes must be in the office by 2:30 p.m. so we can inform the teacher in time for dismissal. Thank you for your diligence in this matter. *Please note-if calling the school to change transportation, you must be able to fax in your request in writing with a copy of your photo ID. No calls about change in transportation will be allowed unless accompanied with this note. This allows us to ensure that safety procedures are followed and students’ whereabouts are closely monitored.

Attendance Matters

What to do if your child is absent

This information is help clarify some attendance questions and give you helpful information regarding our state’s mandatory attendance policies.

Excused/Unexcused Absences –

When your child is absent, you must provide a written, signed note within three (3) days of returning to school that includes the following information:

· Name of student

· Reason & date(s) the child was absent

· Parent’s signature

The Texas Education Code requires a written, signed note as phone calls and emails are not accepted. If a note is not received within three (3) days, the absence may not be excused. If a student has three (3) or more unexcused absences the parent will receive a truancy warning letter. Five (5) or more consecutive absences due to illness require a doctor’s excuse when returning to school.

Medical Appointments during school –

If your child attends a medical appointment during the school day and then comes to school after his/her appointment, please bring a note from the doctor’s office so your child’s attendance can be marked as “Medical” which will not count as a state absence.

Daily Attendance –

Students arriving after 10:00am are counted absent for the day, unless they arrive with a doctor’s note dated for a visit that day.

Tardy –

If a student arrives after 8:10 am, they will be counted tardy. If a student misses consistent instruction time by being tardy or checked out early, this information is sent to our attendance officer.

Unusual Causes of Absence (Ex: Vacations or Family Events) –

A “Request for Excused Absence for Unusual Causes” form may be picked up from the front office, signed and returned two (2) weeks prior to the absence to excuse unusual causes such as vacations or family events.

Additional attendance information can be found in the Student Handbook or on the district website at

Volunteer Application

Clear Creek ISD has implemented a new online volunteer application form for parents and community members, which now requires volunteers to register on an annual basis. As of July 15, all volunteer records have been deactivated, and effective July 16, both former and prospective volunteers must apply/reapply using CCISD’s new volunteer application to be eligible for upcoming volunteer opportunities in the 2019-2020 school year. It can take up to 3-4 days to be approved. If you think you may be volunteering this year, go ahead and take care of applying. We appreciate all our volunteers!

Volunteer Application Link-click on the white box below to take you to the application

Back to School Information from the Cafeteria

Join us September 19th for our first PTA meeting of the year and our annual safety presentation

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Ralph Parr Elementary PTA has earned the President’s Challenge Award for 2018-2019. Last membership year, each PTA was asked to be the strongest possible voice for our Texas students during the 86th Legislative Session, and we did just that! Thank you for helping PTA surpass the half a million member mark by recruiting at least 50% of our campus student enrollment.

Child Matching Requirements for Kinder Bus Students

CCISD requires a parent or a designated adult to be present at the child's bus stops during drop-off times and to present a pre-issued Yellow School Bus card. This yellow bus card must match the one that is on the child's backpack before the school bus driver will allow the student to exit the bus. This process is designed to ensure the youngest bus riders are exiting at the right bus stop and under the guidance of an adult on the way home from school.

Parent or a designee may take a picture of the yellow card on their cell phone and use the picture to receive the student. This is a daily requirement, even if the school bus driver recognizes the parent. Please understand this is for your child's safety.

Contact CCISD Transportation if you have questions or concerns: 281-284-0600

Bus Information on Skyward

CCISD has launched a new tool to identify your child’s bus stop location, times of arrival, and school bus route numbers. This personalized dashboard also reflects the routes for high school students who are grandfathered under the 2019 school boundaries, special education students who receive transportation, and students enrolled in bilingual and dual language programs. You may access this important information through you Skyward Family Access Account and by clicking on the "Busing" tab on the left side menu.

Clear Creek ISD has a phone bank open from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to answer transportation questions this week. If you have a question, please call 281-284-0600.

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