Principal's Bulletin

Week 25: February 27-March 3, 2023

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Jerry D. Allen Elementary School

Message from Mrs. Zagala

Dear Allen Families,

It is hard to believe that we will be entering the month of March next week. Please continue to send your student to school every day and on time as important learning is still happening in all classrooms. We appreciate your support!


Mrs. Zagala


Learning Fun in Ms. Hill's 1st Grade Class

Allen Celebrates Read Across America Week February 27-March 3rd

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Western Day: February 27th

Allen Elementary will be celebrating Western Day on Monday, February 27th. Students will learn more about the Western and Rodeo culture and traditions with fun experiences. Students and staff are invited to wear their favorite Western Day attire on Monday, February 27th.

**Western Day events are only for students. Due to spacing and safety, no parents or guests will be able to attend the Western Day events.**

Parent Survey

Our district values your feedback! Allen Elementary is excited to invite you to participate in our Family Survey. We are currently surveying families in order to gain insight into your perception of our school and district effectiveness. To help us learn how to make your child’s schooling experience as positive and beneficial as possible, we need your feedback.

The survey shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to complete and will be a valuable source of information for us as we work to make improvements in our school and district. Families should take the survey focusing on the experience of their eldest child.
You may complete the survey online between Monday, February 13th and Friday, March 3rd using a computer, tablet, or smartphone by visiting the site

We thank you in advance for your thoughtful responses. If you have any questions about the survey administration, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 210-397-0800 or

Kid's Heart Challenge

Have you met heart hero, Finn? Finn’s Mission is to help kids with special hearts! He has set a goal to get 1.8 million families (in honor of his 18 procedures) to learn Hands-Only CPR! Download the Kids Heart Challenge app or go to and REGISTER TODAY!
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Early Outs no later than 2:40 PM

Effective Tuesday, January 3rd we will no longer allow early outs after 2:40 PM. If a parent arrives after 2:40 PM to sign their child out they will be asked to wait until regular dismissal at 3:00 PM. The reason for this change is that after 2:40 PM many of our student are in transition and preparing for dismissal which makes it difficult for our office staff to locate the child while preparing for regular dismissal.

We appreciate your understanding and support.

Now Accepting Applications for our Dual Language program

Would you like your child to learn high levels of academic English and Spanish? Consider NISD Dual Language opportunities!

We are now accepting applications for students that will be in kindergarten or 1st grade next school year.

Interested parents may apply at

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Reading and Math Family Monthly

Each month we will be sharing Reading and Math challenges for our families to participate in. Please see the link below to see our first installment of our Reading and Math Family Monthly

NISD Learner Profile: February Focus "Leader"

This month we will focus on the characteristics of a "leader."

A leader models the way while encouraging others.

An effective leader:

-Demonstrates positive and motivating behaviors

-Unites the team under a shared vision

-Inspires action toward reaching goals

As we will be working with students on being creators, we also invite you to extend the learning at home. Each week during February, I will link a child friendly video that is connected to being a critical thinker. I hope that you and your family are able to view these videos together and learn more about being a critical thinker.

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Kid President Asks "What Makes an Awesome Leader?"

Around the Community

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Buy Your Allen Spirit Shirts!

Allen Spirit Shirts can be purchased from the front office for $12 (cash only). All students are invited to wear their spirit shirts every Friday for our weekly spirit days.
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Box Tops for Education: Help Us Earn Money for our School!

Join us in earning cash for our school by using the Box Tops app. It’s an easy way to make a difference. All you have to do is buy Box Tops participating products (like Cheerios!) and scan your grocery receipt. Box Tops are worth $.10 each and they add up fast! Twice a year, our school receives a check to help pay for whatever we need - equipment, supplies or experiences the kids love!

Use this referral code B1KG0OSL when you sign up and you’ll get 20 Bonus Box Tops when you scan your first receipt now through 05/31/2023, while supplies last! Download the Box Tops for Education app here:

At the end of the school year, the grade level that has earned the most Box Tops will win an Ice Cream Party!

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STAY CONNECTED: Four Easy Ways to Stay Informed

Receive important messages and reminders from Allen ES by push message on your phone. Simply download the NISD Mobile App and select which schools you would like to receive notifications from. Follow us on Twitter @NISDAllenES, join our school on Class Dojo and ensure that your email address is up to date in the office.
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