The Prairie Pulse - MARCH

DPES Family Newsletter

Please be sure to revisit for updates throughout THE MONTH.

Tomball ISD - Where we focus on the Social-Emotional well-being of our staff, students, and families, High-Quality Instruction, and Collaboration to ensure learning for all of our Tomball ISD students.


DECKER PRAIRIE -

Mission: Decker Prairie Elementary is dedicated to high levels of learning for all.

Vision: We will create an environment where everyone takes risks and collaborate respectfully through innovative learning.

WHAT'S NEXT?


4/4- ONLINE PreK Registration opens

4/14 - SAVE THE DATE - Paint the Prairie; Color Run and Field Day!

Paint the Prairie Events:


  • 9-9:40 4th grade

  • 9:40-10:20 3rd grade
  • 10:20-11 2nd grade
  • 1-1:40 Kinder
  • 1:40-2:20 Prek
  • 2:20-3 1st grade

Field Day Events:


  • 9:00am- 11:00am: Pre-K Kinder, 1st Grade
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm: 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grades


5/12 - 3rd Grade PE/Fine Arts Program "Standing Room Only" (RSVP NEEDED see info below)

5/17 - STAAR 3rd and 4th Grade

5/18 - STAAR 3rd and 4th Grade

5/19 - 1st Grade Grade PE/Fine Arts Program "Standing Room Only" (RSVP NEEDED see info below)

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Field Day Information Links

Field Day Events (Around "Paint the Priaire")

  • 9:00am- 11:00am: Pre-K Kinder, 1st Grade
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm: 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grades


Building access for visitors will be bathrooms only. Accessible through the "counselor door" near Kindergarten hall along the back side of the building. (Look for signs indicating the entrance.) There will be staff on hand to assist.


Click here for Assigned shirt color for field day events


Click here for FIELD DAY volunteer options - We LOVE our parent volunteers!


  1. Please provide your student with a sack lunch and LABELED water bottle.
  2. We believe this event to be highly attended event. We encourage you to carpool. Again, we will be parking staff in grassy areas to assist with parking, but due to needs for field day and fun run events, our extra space is limited.
  3. There is not a waiting area between events, and again parking is limited.
  4. We ask that you please exit the campus and return for child's next event. This is a great opportunity for you to grab lunch as well.
  5. Visitors, we encourage you to bring water to hydrate yourself and appropriate attire to stay cool while in attendance.

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Everything your need for your PTO Spring Fun Run is HERE!

Get Moving Fund Hub Link


Your student will wear a white shirt- purchased through the previous link or a white shirt from home.

Paint the Prairie Events:



  • 9-9:40 4th grade

  • 9:40-10:20 3rd grade
  • 10:20-11 2nd grade
  • 1-1:40 Kinder
  • 1:40-2:20 Prek
  • 2:20-3 1st grade

Standing Room Only - PE/Fine Arts Program

3rd and 1st Grade -

Click HERE to RSVP!

2022-2023 School Year Registration

ALL REGISTRATION IS DONE ONLINE (*Some part of registration may require students to be assessed on campus - your registrar will be in contact with you if that is necessary.)


March 4th

Kinder Regisration

Two-Way Dual Language Registration/Application (provided at Rosehill Elementary Campus)

March 21st

NEW TISD Student Enrollment for 2022-23 School Year

April 4th

PreK Registration

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A little Decker spirit shared in a local neighborhood...WE LOVE IT!

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Order your yearbook from our PTO!

We had another great visit with our Prairie Parent Partners!

Hear from our Prairie Parent Partners!

"It is obvious that all the teachers and staff genuinely care about each student’s success and well-being. Our son has grown tremendously since starting at Decker, and we look forward to watching our two younger kids grow at Decker Prairie as well. You are doing a tremendous job giving our kids an amazing education, as well as teaching them important life lessons. We feel so fortunate and blessed to be part of the Decker Prairie family.

" - Kobmann

Prairie Parent Partners

Soon we will begin again our parent walks. We began these walks in 2019-20 to see all that we have going on across the campus and we can't wait to begin them again.


This is an opportunity for our parents to walk our campus and see what Great Expectations looks like, our campus improvement plan efforts, implementation of professional development, and just the day-to-day inner-workings of an elementary campus.


SIGN UP - HERE

THANK YOU --- OUR ATTENDANCE IS GOING UP!

START THE NEW YEAR ON THE RIGHT FOOT - HELP US KEEP IT GOING!


We have had a drop in attendance due to recent attendance. We are currently at 93.7%


We know you keep your students home when sick. Please help get your students to school when not sick to avoid missing instruction. See tips below.


Let's keep it going ALL THE WAY T0 OUR GOAL OF 97!!!



  • Help your child select two outfits the night before to avoid conflict and the need to rush.
  • Locate needed items and secure a location to put them that is the same place each day.
  • Pack lunches ahead of time.
  • Set alarms (and back-up alarms?) to help kids begin to manage time and morning tasks.
  • Set timers to help kids learn time management (ex. about how long breakfast should take, so many minutes before the bus comes

  • Suggestion - Create a checklist near your exit door for the following:

    1. Water Bottle (labeled)

    3. Jacket, Scarf, Hat, Gloves

    4. Backpack

    5. Lunch

    6. Notes for School


    LABEL all of your student's items with their name. (first and last and preferable teacher/grade)


  • Last - send them off with a smile and positive encouragement!
First Semester Attendance Winners Announced

Join us in celebrating our 1st Semester Perfect Attendance Winners, Eva and Owen! Thank you to Living Stones Church for your generous donation!

We would like to welcome Dr. Barbi Seals - Interim Counselor

She will be serving as our interim Counselor 3 days a week (Monday/Thursday/Friday) this spring.

She has already begun to schedule her groups, check-ins and supports.

Please let her know if you need anything.

You can also let us know if you are needing anything and we will get you to the right person.

We are here for YOU!

Please let us know if your family needs support!

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PE Parent Letter

Please check out the latest PE Parent Letter

LUNCHROOM VISITORS AND VOLUNTEERS

LUNCHROOM VISITORS



MARCH 22-24; NO VISITORS PLEASE - AS WE REVISIT LUNCH EXPECTATIONS- Vistors allowed Friday, March 25th.


Assigned alpha days are as follows:


March Schedule:

Monday: Student Last Name A thru F

Tuesday: Student Last Name G thru L

Wednesday: Student Last Name M thru O

Thursday: Student Last Name P thru Z

Friday: Student Last Name G thru L


(April will be M-O)


Assigned lunch visitors will be divided over 4 days, Monday through Thursday, with Friday’s rotating each month for an assigned alpha. (Based on campus numbers and spread in the alphabet)


Visitors ARE REQUIRED to be listed as an emergency contact if not accompanied by a parent/guardian. Identification IS REQUIRED to enter any TISD building.


REMINDERS - VISITORS MAY ONLY BRING FOOD FOR THEIR CHILD AND MAY ONLY SIT WITH THEIR CHILD.


Volunteers - WE ARE SO EXCITED TO SEE ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS BACK ON CAMPUS.

All school volunteers must complete a volunteer application.

BIRTHDAYS

REMINDER -


We are NOT allowing birthday cupcakes.


If you are interested in sending a birthday treat, please a Pre-wrapped/Store-bought items to share.

Ex. Litte Debbie, Ding-Dongs, Twinkies, etc.

How to log into Lexia:


  • Go to the DPES homepage at dpes.tomballisd.net
  • Click Academics
  • Click ClassLink
  • Login with username (student 6-digit lunch#/ID#) and password (tisd+8-digit birthdate)
  • Ex: 123456, tisd01012011
  • Click the Lexia Core5 icon
  • Click login with Google
  • Enter email (student 6-digit lunch#/ID#@elem.tomballschools.net) and password (tisd+8-digit birthdate)
  • Ex: 123456@elem.tomballschools.net, tisd01012011
  • Lexia Core5 will then open.
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Math Fact Fluency

Mastering basic facts is essential to being proficient mathematicians. Below is more information about the importance of fact fluency.


*What is fact fluency?*

Math fact fluency, or the ability for students to recall basic math facts quickly, accurately, and effortlessly, is an essential component of students’ math knowledge. It would take you ages to write a paper if you had to look up the spelling of each individual word. In the same way, lack of fact fluency can slow down students’ processing of more complex math problems and situations.


*How do we build fact fluency?*

It is important to realize that fact fluency is not just memorizing the basic facts. It is building students’ conceptual understanding of the basic math facts, rather than focusing solely on memorization. We encourage children to focus on looking for patterns and relationships between the facts, building on and connecting to what facts they already know (for example, if students know 5+5=10, then 5+6= one more than ten, or 11). This conceptual framework anchors students’ recall in meaning. In other words, students are making meaningful connections that make remembering the facts easier.


*What can you to help?*

Students should practice math facts at home. This extra practice helps the brain transition facts from short-term memory into long-term storage. Practicing can be as easy as creating and using flashcards or quizzing your child in the car on the way to school or while cooking dinner. They could also do the Fact Practice in Freckle. In addition, a quick internet search will provide tons of great websites and apps that provide practice opportunities.


Please reach out to your classroom teacher or Mrs. Finney if you have any questions about how to help your child master their facts.

DPES Problem Solving Model

The campus utilizes a problem solving model that encourages students to paraphrase and visualize actions happening in word problems. We promote using models such as pictures/drawings or strip diagrams to support visualization.


Here are examples to familiarize yourself with our model. If you have questions or would like additional support, please reach out to Mrs. Finney at BrandyneFinney@tomballisd.net

IMAGINE MATH - Math at Home

Below you will find steps on how to access Imagine Math from tablets and computers.

  1. Go to the DPES homepage at dpes.tomballisd.net

  2. Click Academics

  3. Click ClassLink

  4. Login with username (student 6-digit lunch#/ID#) and password (tisd+8-digit birthdate)

Ex: 123456, tisd01012011

  1. Click the Imagine Math icon

  2. Enter email (student 6-digit lunch#/ID#@elem.tomballschools.net) and password (tisd+8-digit birthdate)

Ex: 123456@elem.tomballschools.net, tisd01012011

  1. Imagine Math will then open.

Do you want to be a Watch Dog?

WATCH D.O.G.S. is one of the nation’s largest and most respected school-based, family, and community engagement, organizations in the country. Since the program’s creation in 1998, more than 6,800 schools across the country have launched a WATCH D.O.G.S. program of their own. Each school year hundreds of thousands of fathers and father-figures make a positive impact on millions of children by volunteering millions of hours in their local schools through this amazing one-of-a-kind program.


OUR WATCHDOG DAD SIGN-UP IS BACK UP AND READY TO GO!


  • Link to sign up - BE sure to have your VOLUNTEER BACKGROUND CHECK approved through the district volunteer background check prior to your visit to ensure you are cleared for this school year's visits.
  • Please check in with Mrs. Watson prior to signing up more than once. This may be allowed when Watchdog attendance is down.


ALL-NEW :


  • 5 DAYS A WEEK
  • FULL DAY SCHEDULE
  • ALL NEW ACTIVITIES

NURSE

Clinic

If your child will require medication administration during school hours, please note that all prescriptions must have a written/signed order from a medical doctor licensed in the state of Texas. Medication will not be administered without the correct documents.


Please contact the clinic in advance to drop off medication. Students should NOT be sent to school with the medication. Please contact the DPES nurse, Lance Culver, at 281-357-3134 EXT 3006 if you need to schedule a time to present documents and drop off medication for your child.

COVID

Isolation and Readmission Criteria for a Positive Lab-Confirmed COVID-19 Student Students who test positive for COVID-19 must enter isolation.

Parents must notify the school nurse if their student is lab-confirmed positive via the District’s online reporting tool.


● Isolation/ Return Criteria- please see most recent guidance sent 1/4/21 to all families in regards to updates


Please refer to the district website for updates,

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The district continues to provide tremendous resources available to students, teachers, and parents. Please be sure to check out the link by clicking on the button above.

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All DPES Families - Stay Updated!

Join our Decker Prairie Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/TISDDPES
Join our Twitter - @TISDDPES

Join our Decker Prairie Facebook PTO page - https://www.facebook.com/ptodpes

Decker Prairie Elementary

Administration:

Principal - Brenda Blackmon

Pk-2nd grade Asst Principal - Tammy Sebesta

3rd-4th grade Asst Principal - Justin Pluckhahn

Librarian - Mandy Watson