Principal's Bulletin

Week 29: April 4-7, 2022

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A Message from Mrs. Zagala

Dear Allen Families,

Thank you for another exceptional week of learning! This week we celebrated our Educators of the Year, Ms. Iracheta and Ms. Garcia at the NISD Educator of the Year Ceremony.

Eagles Rock!

Mrs. Zagala

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PreK Registration Begins Monday, April 4

NISD teachers and campuses are anxious to welcome new Pre-K students for the 2022-2023 school year. Schools are open and there is a seat for every Pre-K child who qualifies. Registration begins April 4.

“We are excited to welcome our new Pre-K students and want to ensure our parents that they will be nurtured in safe and inviting classrooms by teachers who inspire discovery and a love of learning,” says Dr. Brian Woods, NISD Superintendent.

NISD continues to expand Full Day Pre-Kindergarten campuses. Click here for a list of campuses.

Why consider Pre-K?

Pre-Kindergarten programs lay the foundation for your child’s future. Northside’s Pre-Kindergarten Program is committed to providing high-quality early childhood learning experiences in a nurturing and inclusive environment. Teachers work to ensure all early learners feel loved, respected, and encouraged to grow to their fullest potential.

Pre-K programs include:

  • Certified teachers with a college degree in every classroom who are specialized in early childhood education,
  • Specialized programming including bilingual, ESL, and Special Education,
  • Social and emotional learning and early literary and math skills, and
  • Play-based curriculum that prepares children to succeed in Kindergarten and beyond.

How to qualify

To qualify for free Pre-Kindergarten, a child must be four-years-old on or before Sept. 1. They also must be one of the following: educationally disadvantaged (income eligible), limited English speaker, homeless, currently or previously under the care of DFPS/Foster Care, a child of an active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces, the child of a family member that was killed or injured during active military duty, or the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas award.

Pre-registration for those who qualify for free Pre-Kindergarten is currently ongoing. If you feel you qualify, click here to register for the 2022-2023 school year.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions and additional information, click here.

Enroll now by clicking here.

Allen Elementary PreK Round Up: 4.29.22

Parents of incoming Pre-K students are invited to join us on Friday, April 29 from 8:00-9:00 AM for a cup of coffee. Parents will have the opportunity to learn more about our PreK program as well as tour PreK classrooms.

School Holiday: April 8th

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PTA Pictures with the Easter Bunny: Monday, April 11th

The Jerry D. Allen Elementary PTA would like to thank you for all of your support this school year with a very special Easter gift. All students at Allen Elementary are invited to take a picture with the Easter Bunny for FREE! The Easter Bunny will be visiting our school on Monday, April 11th. A permission slip will be required for any student who would like to have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Your child's digital picture with the Easter Bunny will be texted to you so that you can share with your friends and family. Although the pictures with the Easter Bunny are free, the PTA always appreciates donations.

Permission slips will be sent home this week with more information.

NISD Data Verification--Student Enrollment for 2022-2023

Parents and guardians of current NISD students received this very important email from NISD last week:

We are very honored to be working with your child in NISD this year! In preparing for the 2022-23 school year, NISD has opened Data Verification for all of our currently enrolled school students beginning today. It is important that Data Verification be completed by June 2, 2022 to ensure that your child has a space at their current or home campus for which they are eligible to attend next year. If a Data Verification form is submitted after June 2, 2022, it is possible that your child could be sent to a cluster campus if additional students enroll during open registration and classes become full. During this time, your child’s registration takes priority.

Please note that THE HAC ACCOUNT ATTACHED TO THIS EMAIL is the only one that has access to complete this process.

Here’s how to begin:

Go to the NISD Home Access Center (HAC) website

Follow the steps below:

If you already have a HAC account:

1) Your LOGIN is the email address to which the message was sent.

2) Your PASSWORD is the same HAC password that you have previously used.

3) After logging in, click on the REGISTRATION tab.

4) Click on Update Enrollment tab

5) Click START

6) The first time you log in you will be asked to certify that you are over 13 years old. You will then enter your student’s birthday to validate the registration account.

7) You will be asked if the student is returning to NISD for the 2022-23 school year. If your child will be returning to ANY NISD school next year, select YES. If your child will NOT be returning to ANY NISD school, select NO and follow the question prompt.

8) Click NEXT.

9) Review your child’s data and update any information needed. Click SUBMIT to complete the registration process for your child.

10) If you have multiple elementary students, click on the CHANGE STUDENT icon on the far right of your student’s name in HAC, select another student and follow the same steps above. Review data and complete the registration process for each student.

If you have any trouble accessing HAC or you do not see one of your children, please contact the school office and ask to speak with the Attendance Secretary as they may be able to assist you with this process. If the campus is not able to resolve your issue, please complete the form using the link below and District staff can reset your password or link students in a family if necessary.

HAC Assistance Request Form

Once again, we want to stress the importance of completing Data Verification by June 2, 2022.

We appreciate your attention to this important matter and thank you for taking the time to register your child in Northside.

If you have any questions or need any assistance completing the NISD Data Verification, please contact our campus Attendance Secretary, Mrs. O'Connor at 210-397-0800.

Allen Fiesta

It is almost the time of year that our city celebrates its history and culture with Fiesta, and Jerry D. Allen Elementary joins in the fun with our own Fiesta for children.

This year Fiesta will be held on Friday, April 22nd. It has been an ongoing tradition of having a Fiesta Float Contest in each classroom to determine the prince and princess for each class. We invite all children to participate in this by creating their own shoebox sized float and bring them into their classes by Thursday, April 7th. The children in each class will vote on the best floats for boys and girls to determine the prince and princess for their class. The prince and princess for each class are responsible for collecting “votes” or money, and the prince and princess who collect the most money will be crowned Fiesta King and Queen. To allow for counting, the last day to turn in money will be Wednesday, April 20th.

We will use the money raised to help fund field trips for our students and to help purchase flowers, plants, fish, and any other items to keep our campus beautiful for students and the community.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Jennifer Clemens at 397-0800.

Thank you for your support of this event and the support you give to your children.

2022 Fiesta Medals Now on Sale!

It's that time of year again! The official 2022 Jerry D. Allen PTA Fiesta Medal are now on sale. Medals can be purchased in the front office beginning on Tuesday. Each Friday during the month of March, our PTA will be selling our medals after school at dismissal. This year's medal is designed by 4th grader, Isabella I. The price of the medal is $10, and all profits go to to the Allen PTA. The PTA funds special programs for our school such as field trips, Western Day, Reading Carnival and Allen Fiesta.
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Learning Fun in Ms. Maldonado's 2nd Grade Class

Important Reminder--After School Dismissal

Recently during dismissal we have noticed parents parking their cars and calling their children over to them from across the parking lot. This causes a safety concern for our staff and students. Please help us keep our students safe by abiding the following after school dismissal procedures:

--Parents who are in their cars must use the car line to pick up their students. It helps us call for your child faster if the car has the name(s) and grade(s) of the student(s) hanging in the front window.

--If you are walking, please go to the bike rack and one of our staff members will call for your child. Please avoid approaching your child's teacher to pick them up, this often distracts the teacher and they are unable to listen for other students being called on the radio which slows down dismissal for everyone.

--If you do choose to park your car and pick up your child, we ask that you park your car in a designated parking spot and not block other parked cars. You may then go to the bike rack and ask for your child to be called.

We appreciate everyone's assistance with after school dismissal. Our procedures are intended to keep all students and staff safe as well as to be able to get all students dismissed efficiently.

What to do when your child is sick

If you find that your child has any Covid-like symptoms, please keep them home and contact our school nurse as soon as possible to go over options. The school nurse can be contacted by phone at 210-397-0800 as early as 7:45 AM Monday-Friday. If she is busy serving another member of our community at the time of your call please leave her a message and she will get back to you as soon as possible.

If someone in your home has tested positive for Covid-19, or if your child has been exposed to Covid-19 please keep your child home and contact the school nurse for further guidance.

We thank you for your support in these matters and for your patience as our school nurses are working hard to keep all of our students healthy and helping them to return to school as quickly as possible.

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Parent Handbooks

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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