A Communication Tool for The Dragon Family and Community
All information is subject to change based on State/District Guidelines. Thank you for your understanding.
A Note From Dr. Reeves, Principal
Dear Dragon Family,
I am so excited to get the school year started! Our hope is that throughout this unprecedented time, you've had the opportunity to spend a little extra quality time together with your families making amazing memories.
The administrators and teachers have been up at the school preparing the classrooms, common areas, as well as, instructional materials to welcome your child to campus either virtually or in person. Our AMAZING staff have volunteered their time this summer attending numerous training classes, as well as, participating in several student centered virtual book studies such as The Leader in Me by Covey, Covey, Summers & Hatch, Quality Questioning by Walsh & Sattes, Daring Greatly by Brown, and Thriving as a New Teacher by Eller & Eller.
As some of you may have heard, Deretchin Elementary was recognized by Solution Tree last school year as a Model Professional Learning Community (PLC) Campus. We are the only campus in Conroe ISD to hold this high level of honor and 1 of 27 schools in the state of Texas. This award is based on the collaboration levels of teachers, the systems that are in place to ensure the collaboration is happening on our campus, and how well our students perform compared to other similar schools over a four year time span.
Additionally, Deretchin received a Level 1 Certification through Marzano's Research as a High Reliability School. Through High Reliability Schools, we ensure that our systems are structured in a way that all staff will continue to invest in the top teaching practices, as well as, structure our systems to ensure all students reach their full potential no matter what class, format of learning or grade level they are assigned.
Our goals for the 2020-2021 school year are to include our community in the decision making process, as well as, ensure that we are communicating with you all of the incredible things that happen in person and virtually at our campus each day. We truly are blessed to be part of the Dragon Family.
Throughout the year, we will be sending different surveys for you to fill out and send back to us. We appreciate your honest feedback as our goal is to be the BEST school possible for your child.
We want you to know that SAFETY is our number one priority and we value EVERY PERSON that attends school or is part of the Dragon Family. You will see that all teachers on campus wear an ID badge, carry a set of keys, as well as, a walkie talkie. These things ensure that our classrooms are secure, and that we can be in constant communication with our staff at all times. Additionally, Officer Bob Mason will continue to office out of Deretchin for the 2020-2021 school year. He will be on campus frequently, and will be monitoring the building throughout the day.
With COVID-19 we have spent time ensuring procedures are in place to keep your children and our staff safe while we are in the building. You will see some of the changes listed below.
At this time, the district has decided that visitors will not be allowed on campus during the school day. This is to help minimize the risk of spreading COVID on campus. Our teachers have been brainstorming ways to still have our parent population involved in our classrooms. Some examples of ways to help include: Signing up for a take home packets to cut lamination, and virtual guest readers. More information will be coming to you as we get further into the school year.
As I stated before, communication and working with our community is our goal this year. Every Tuesday, your child's teacher will be sending home graded work and other information in a "Tuesday Folder". This will be done both virtually and for in person learners. We highly encourage you to check this each week and communicate with your child how proud you are of the efforts that they put into their work each day. Our focus is to build a growth mindset with all children. The term growth mindset was coined by Dr. Carol Dweck. Dweck found in her research that when students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger. Therefore they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement.
Please look for our newsletter every other Tuesday and ensure that you are paying attention to the dates that are listed. The newsletter will be sent to you via email. If at any time you need to update your email address, please contact Cory Ognisty at email@example.com.
During the first weeks of school, you will receive information about the online CISD student handbook, Deretchin handbook, information from the PTO and other important information about Deretchin Elementary and Conroe ISD. All parents and students will need to sign the student handbook forms and return them no later than September 1st, 2020.
Everyone at Deretchin hopes you take advantage of the last few weeks of summer! We look forward to seeing you virtually at our Meet the Teacher Event for grades 1-6 and in person for grades PK and 1 (see more information below). We truly feel blessed to serve you, your children and your family. We look forward to a GREAT school year!
--Alicia Reeves, Principal
ALL STUDENTS WILL BE IN ONLINE INSTRUCTION UNTIL SEPTEMBER 8TH.
Online Learning For All Students (Weeks 1-3)
Online Learning For Weeks 4-9 and for However Long You Choose
8:00-8:15 - Announcements and morning meeting (virtual)
8:15-8:45 - Reading lesson - Students will all logon during this time and the teacher will give directions on the assignment. Once the students begin working, the students will be placed in the waiting room. The teacher will pull small groups back into the virtual lesson to work with them while the children in the waiting room continue with their assignment. Once the teacher finishes the small group, she will pull another group and place the first group into the waiting room to continue working. At 8:40, the teacher would pull all of the kids back into the virtual classroom to close the lesson.
9:00-9:30 - Writing lesson - Taught same way as above.
9:45 - 10:45 - Math lesson - Taught same way as above.
10:45 - 11:15 - Science lesson - Student will watch a video and complete an activity online
11:15-11:45 - Social Studies lesson - Students will watch a video and complete an activity online.
11:45-12:15 - lunch
12:15 - 1:15 - Students will work on their work independently
1:15 - 2:15 - Student would watch the online fine arts or pe video
2:15 - 3:00 - Student would continue to work independently if needed
Professional Learning Community (PLC)
One of the great things about Deretchin Elementary is our campus functions as a Professional Learning Community. Teachers meet every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays with their team to discuss planning and student progress. Whether you choose online or in person instruction, the teachers will continue to collaborate to ensure that the needs of your child are being met.
PTO and Parent Involvement
Please don't give up on us now! Parent involvement is what makes our school an incredible place to be.
We are SO grateful for the amount of parent support we have each year on campus. We absolutely could not do the work that we do without your help. There are many ways that you can get involved at the school. One way is to join our PTO. We have an incredible PTO president, Shari Janke. Shari is excited to help connect you with the school, the teachers, and the community. Attending our PTO meetings will give you great insight on what our campus is focusing on, how you can help us, and strategies for helping your child with their school work. We will be holding these meetings online this year and more information will be coming your way with the link.
The PTO has also been a HUGE asset to our campus by helping raise money for supplies that are used in the classroom and around the school. This past year, the PTO donated $13,000 to our school. Through these funds, our campus was able to purchase items to help with social distancing for our school and additional technology for in class and the virtual learning. Each of these items help enhance the learning environment for our students. Our PTO surveyed the school community a couple years ago and found that our parents did not enjoy selling items for fundraisers. At that time, we moved to a check writing campaign, which has taken the pressure off of families asking their friends and neighbors to buy items they don't use. We will be sending you more information regarding the check writing campaign in the near future, and we want to thank you in advance for supporting not only your child's education, but all of the Dragon Family through this process.
The teachers and staff at Deretchin are very fortunate to have such a wonderful and active PTO. Some of the ways our PTO will help this year are:
- Volunteering for projects to be completed at home
- Organizing fund raisers that support the purchase of many instructional materials
- Creating our annual yearbook
- Supporting students who are on free and reduced lunch
- Keeping our grounds beautiful
- Updating our school marquee weekly
- Selling t-shirts and maintaining logo inventory
If you would like to learn more about the PTO, please feel free to contact Shari Janke at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also very excited to continue the official Deretchin Elementary PTO website. The website will keep you informed of important PTO information throughout the school year. Please visit the site at www.deretchinpto.org to learn more about our wonderful PTO.
- Cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing
- Chills or repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit
5th and 6th Grade Lockers
Mr. Bruner is a valued member of the Deretchin staff who is here to help take care of our students during the school day. Mr. Bruner is a registered nurse and is happy to help you with any questions you have regarding medications at school.
It is important that each child have a blue health form completed and on file in the clinic. This form is what we refer to in case of an emergency on campus. The form is part of the first day forms that were emailed out to you to complete. (If you are new to the campus, you filled this out at registration.) For the safety of all students, children are never allowed to bring medication to school on their own. An adult will need to drop this off to the nurse in the original bottle. We appreciate your help in keeping all of our students safe.
If a child is sick or injured during the school year, we want you to take comfort in knowing that we will be running two clinic locations this year. Teachers will take the following steps when a child needs to access the clinic.
Steps to Sending Student to Clinic for 2020-2021 School Year
- Student informs teacher he/she isn't feeling well or needs to go to clinic for any other reason
- Teacher writes student a pass
- Student reports to clinic area (hallway outside the clinics)
- Student will be screened by clinic staff prior to entering sick or well clinic
- If student has any signs/symptoms of illness he/she will be sent to sick clinic
- If student is injured or has no signs/symptoms of illness he/she will be sent to well clinic
If you have specific questions regarding the clinic, please contact Mr. Bruner @ 832-592-8700.
Addition to the Deretchin Dresscode This Year - MASKS
School Dress Code
Knowing what is appropriate dress for the upcoming school year is important for you to review prior to “back-to-school” shopping. The following guidelines are consistent with the CISD K-12 philosophy. We hope they are helpful.
*Shorts are appropriate for any time of the school year provided they are finger-tip length when the arm is positioned at the child’s side. Shorts that are not allowed are: bicycle shorts, boxer shorts and shorts that fit too tightly.
*No student may wear articles of clothing which display obscenities, advertise alcoholic beverages, narcotics or other prohibited substances. Clothing that depicts violence, weapons, and/or death, are prohibited. The same applies to badges, patches, decals or emblems of any kind or in any place that may be offensive to others or advocates the use of prohibited substances or actions.
*Items that detract from the educational environment or may be unsafe for physical activity are disallowed. This includes: hats, oversize pants and tops, pants with oversized pockets, see-through material, backless blouses, tank tops, or blouses with shoulder straps less than 1.5 inches, muscle shirts or shirts of that type, pants that drag the floor, and any see-through article.
*Stretch pants and leggings may be worn if accompanied by a dress or shorts of appropriate length (fingertip length).
*Blouses or shirts designed by manufacturers to be worn outside are permissible if they extend below the belt line. Shirts and/or blouses that reveal the midriff when the arms are raised above the head are disallowed.
*Shirts and blouses must be buttoned all the way, except for the neck button. Zippered articles of this type clothing should be zipped up in a comparable manner.
*Athletic-type tennis shoes are required for physical education classes. Please remove wheels from shoes.
*"Flip-flop" type rubber sandals and other bath-type rubber sandals should not be worn to school; this includes “Crocs”.
*Jeans, shorts, or long pants with holes should not have any holes that are above fingertip length.
*Make-up of any sort is not allowed. Students will be asked to wash off any makeup worn to school.
*No mohawks or sport letters should be shaved into the child’s haircut. Hair should be a natural color.
In short, our Deretchin dress code emphasizes comfort and modesty, acknowledging respect for the educational environment.
Cost for Breakfast
Student Breakfast $1.50
Student Reduced Breakfast $.30
Payment for school lunches is now available online at myschoolbucks.com. We HIGHLY encourage all parents to place money on their child's school account this year. Payments can also be made directly to the cafeteria with a check written out to “Child Nutrition Department”. If a child forgets their lunch at home, we will take them to the cafeteria to purchase a lunch.
Due to Covid-19, our district is not allowing visitors during the school day and therefore lunch drop offs are not allowed.
Cost for Lunch
Student Lunch $3.00
Student Reduced Lunch $.40
Students will be spaced 6 feet apart from each other at the lunch tables. This will allow for students to visit with their friends while maintaining a social distance from one another. Students will be assigned a seat that they will remain in for the school year unless the teacher determines that the child needs to move. A seating chart will be made and turned into the clinic for contact tracing purposes.
An example of the seating can be seen below. (Each child will sit on one of the dots.)
We will have students cleaning their hands prior to and after they play on the structures to help avoid the spread of germs.
Students will still be pulled for small group instruction during the school day. The teacher will wipe down the desk in between students to ensure there is a clean surface for the students to work.
Students will hang their backpacks on the back of their chair in the classroom. Additionally, students will hang their lunch kits in the hallways for easy access during the school day.
Transitions in the Hallway
5th and 6th Grade Student Placement
We will be holding a school supply parade for those that did not order school supplies from the school. This parade will allow you to drop your child's school supplies off prior to the first day of in person instruction. Additionally, if you have selected online learning, we will have your child's school supplies available for you to pickup during the parade if you ordered from the school. Please be on the lookout for the date of the school supply parade.
August 10th 3:00 - 7:00 PM (Virtually Grades 1-6 and in person for Grades PK and K)
We know that the first experience to school is extremely important for a 4 and 5 year old. At Deretchin we want to ensure a great start for your child. With this in mind, we plan to allow our PreK and Kinder students to come into the building and meet the teacher in a more low key environment. Our official Meet the Teacher for PREK and Kindergarten will be held on August 10th from 3:00-7:00pm. Teachers will email you on Friday August 7th after 4:00pm. indicating they are your child's teacher. Parents will receive a link to Signup Genius to choose a timeslot to come to the campus to meet the teacher and see the classroom. We will allow the child to enter the building escorted by one adult. The adult should wear a mask while in the building. If you forget your mask, we will provide one for you.
For students in grades 1 - 6, we will hold Meet The Teacher Virtually through zoom this year. Teachers will send you an email inviting you to sign up for a time slot with three or four other families in grades 1-4 and six to eight families in grades 5 and 6. During this time, students will Meet the Teacher, see the classroom virtually, and meet a couple other children in their class. Time slots for these meetings will be held on Monday, August 10 from 3:00-7:00pm. Please be on the look out for an email from your child's teacher on Friday, August 7th after 4:00pm.
Parent Information Night will be held virtually this year. Stay tuned for more information!
Pickup and Dropoff at School and Registration for Bus Services
Registration for Bus Services
Conroe ISD provides bus service for students who live more than one mile from the school. If you would like more information on the bus system, please visit http://www.conroeisd.net/transportation/#register for bus registration and routes. Remember, that it is difficult to predict pick-up and drop-off times especially at the beginning of the school year. Until each driver has an opportunity to gauge how many students on their route will ride the bus, times may vary. We appreciate your support and patience.
Arrival Procedures: (See Map)
Children may enter the front of the building at 7:30 a.m. Supervision is not available before this time. If you need to be at work prior to this time, we highly encourage you to check with one of our local Day Care Facilities or partner with a neighborhood friend so that your child is not left unattended.
For our Bike Rack A riders, the bike racks are located in the front of the school. Students may enter the building through the main front doors. Our Bike Rack B riders (students that live to the south of the school), will use the racks located beside the bus ramp, which allows bike riders to enter through the biker B doors. Although our official school day begins at 8:00 a.m. We ask that children be in their classrooms NO LATER THAN 7:55 a.m. to hear the announcements and have a great start to their school day. Children arriving after 8:00 a.m. will be considered tardy.
Car riders will enter the front of the building upon arrival to school in the morning. Bus riders will enter through the commons area. For the safety of our students, car traffic is not allowed in the bus area. If your child is a car rider, please enter the school from Terramont. Due to the high volume of students being dropped off in the morning, we close down our front parking lot until all of the cars have cleared the car line. As the cars are cleared, we will open the front parking lot again for parents who have parked to exit the school premises. We appreciate your understanding in knowing that this system is the best way to keep all of our children safe while parents are dropping their children off to school.
Dismissal will begin at 3:00 p.m. on the first day of school. After the first week students will begin dismissal at 3:10 p.m. For the safety of the children, all transportation changes need to be sent to your child’s teacher in writing. Teachers will not allow your child to go home a different route without a signed note from their parent. Please do not email your child’s teacher during the day to change your child’s transportation. Teachers will not check email during instruction and may not get the message.
Transportation changes must be made before 2:40 p.m.
Bikers and walkers will be dismissed prior to car riders and bus riders to make sure they are on the bike paths prior to the traffic flow. Older children will be dismissed ahead of the younger children. Our older children tend to walk a little faster than the younger children. This gives them time to exit the building safely, and also allows the older siblings the opportunity to stand and wait for their younger brother or sister. We strongly recommend students wear helmets while riding a bicycle, scooter, rip stick, etc. Biker/Walker A students will exit through the 5th/6th grade hallway (next to the bike racks). Biker/Walker B students will exit the back of the building by the bus ramp and a teacher will escort students to Merit Oaks. Parents meeting their children who are walkers can greet their child at the end of the sidewalk at Merit Oaks after bikers have been dismissed. Please know that this will be strongly enforced this year due to COVID 19. Please do not gather at the back door of the school.
Kindergarten students will not be allowed to walk home without an adult signing them out with the teacher on duty.
Car Riders will meet in the Kindergarten and 1st grade hallways alphabetically based on their last name and exit the building through the side door after the bikers and walkers have cleared the hallways. We will have plenty of adults in the hallways helping your child find their way the first few weeks of school. For the safety of all of our children, please make sure you are not parked in the “No Parking” zones on Merit Oaks Drive. Please do not park in the neighborhoods during arrival and dismissal as we want to respect those neighbors who live so close to the school. Signs provided by the school must be displayed in the car’s front window. These signs will be preprinted with your child’s first and last name on the sign so it can be read easily from a distance. Additionally, each car sign will have a barcode on it to scan at the end of the day. This will signal your child that you are here to pick them up. The sign also ensures that we are placing each child in the car of the person authorized to pick him/her up from school, and will help to speed up the car rider line.
Please refrain from using your cell phone while in the car rider line. Laws regarding cell phone use in school zones took effect on September 1, 2009.
Day care riders will be dismissed from their classroom and picked up in the bus loop. If your child is absent or not riding day care transportation, please notify the day care of the change. Day care drivers must account for all children before leaving the school.
By following these procedures arrival and dismissal will flow quickly. Please remember to be patient the first 2 weeks of school with the length of time dismissal takes. It will get better as students and parents learn the routines.
SEVERE WEATHER DISMISSAL
The weather can change very rapidly throughout the day. There are times when it becomes necessary to call for a “Severe Weather Day.” This would include heavy rain, thunder, and/or lightening in the area. If there is light rain falling, all bikers/walkers will be dismissed as usual. It would be a good idea for students who walk or ride their bike to have a rain coat to wear on such days.
When a Severe Weather Dismissal is called, all bikers and walkers must be dismissed in an alternate way. Most students become car riders and some elect to ride the school bus. This would be a good time to take advantage of neighborhood carpools in order to decrease the number of cars lined up on Terramont. Your patience on these days is appreciated.
We ask that parents do not walk up to pick up their child as teachers and staff will be working together to get children ready to board the school bus or organized for the car rider line. We appreciate your support and patience while we get all children home safely. We do our very best to call for a “Severe Weather Dismissal” as soon as possible. When we have severe weather dismissal, we will send out a Blackboard alert to all parents. Please remember to sign up for this through Parent Access Center.
*Please ensure that your child’s teacher knows how you would like them to go home on Severe Weather Dismissal days.
If you have not made your selection regarding in person or virtual learning, please do so ASAP. We need this information to move forward in our plan for your child's school year.
Deretchin Elementary School Shirts
Parent Access Center
CISD provides a system for parents to have online access to all of their child’s class assignments, grades, test grades, as well as, attendance, discipline, schedules, progress reports, and report cards. Please sign up on the CISD webpage under students and parents tab.
This system will allow the parent to set a criteria to monitor your child’s grade. If your child scores below that grade, you will receive an email with the assignment listed. This is a great way to help your child stay on top of their academic progress.
Our campus will be utilizing the Anonymous Alerts app designed to allow students, or anyone, inform our campus administration of any safety concern during the 2020-2021 school year. This app will allow any completely anonymous upstander and an administrator to engage in completely anonymous two-way confidential ongoing communication regarding an issue. The app can be downloaded either at the Google Play store for Android or Apple store for iOS.
Note the important following information to use when utilizing the app:
· Login/Password– conroeisd
For a complete overview of Anonymous Alerts and how it works, please view the following video on YouTube-
Please be aware 1-888-KIDCHAT will still be available. Anonymous Alerts is preferable as the app allows two-way anonymous exchange of tip information.
Lastly, we will reiterate to students constantly the importance and availability to come directly to an administrator with any concerns. Your assistance in reiterating this is much appreciated.