September 1, 2023
Denae Wilker, Principal
Candace Mathis, Assistant Principal
Dawn Wright, Assistant Principal
Laura Heemann, Counselor
Through the collaborative efforts of all who pass through our door, we provide a safe learning community that develops lifelong learners and responsible citizens.
Spirit Wear Store Closes September 6!
**All sales are final. No returns or exchanges. Size charts are available on the website.
Order at the link below:
SMART Tag Backpack Tags
All students should have a SMART Tag on their backpack. Each day these tags are scanned by our staff members as part of our dismissal procedure to ensure that each student goes home the correct way.
SMART Tags are also used by our CISD Transportation Department, as a way to ensure authorized riders board our buses and improve the safety and security of students who utilize our bus transportation services. For more information on the SMART Tag system, please click here.
If your child loses their SMART tag, please notify their teacher and we will replace the tag. There is a $3.00 fee to replace a lost tag; that fee will be assessed in our School Cash system and you will be notified of the charge.
Galatas Student Council
This week, 3rd and 4th grade students were given application forms if they would like to apply to be on the 2023-2024 Student Council. We will choose 2 student representatives from each 3rd and 4th grade class. Members will be chosen based on the Student Council Code of Conduct and the applicant's questionnaire. Applications are due Friday, September 8th. The application is available below.
DESTINATION IMAGINATION- FOURTH GRADE STUDENTS
Destination Imagination (DI) is an educational program in which student teams solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at a tournament. DI is designed to teach three essential skills: creativity, teamwork, and problem solving. A typical DI team spends weeks preparing and rehearsing for a regional tournament that takes place in February or April.
If your 4th grade student would like to apply for a position on the Galatas Top Dog DI Team, please fill out the application below and submit it to Ms. Conrad or Ms. Thomas by Friday, September 15.
Ways to get Involved at Galatas!
Join the PTO and Support our Greyhounds
Please support our school by joining our amazing PTO. The link below will take you to the Galatas PTO website, where you can join the PTO and explore ways to get involved at Galatas.
It is a great way to get connected with our Galatas community and other parents.
Library Volunteers Needed!
The Library is looking for volunteers to help with shelving, straightening, organizing, checking in books, checking out books, assisting students in finding what they are looking for, minor book repair, and assisting our librarians.
For information, details, and to sign up, please visit the link below:
Birthday Book Club
The Birthday Book Club is a great way to celebrate your child’s birthday or half birthday and help support the Galatas Elementary Library. We have partnered with Bound to Stay Bound, one of our library book vendors, so book selections can be made directly from the website.
Please visit the link below for more information and ordering instructions.
Lunch Dash Drivers Needed
Lunch Dash is a quick, easy way to thank teachers with your time! Teachers place online orders for food from a restaurant and pay online. They may also ask you to place the order, but they still pay! The volunteer picks up the order and delivers it to the school for the teachers to enjoy. Teachers often use Lunch Dash deliveries to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions. Typically, there is one pick-up/delivery each month. Sign up today!
All visitors must be able to provide a government issued, photo I. D. at each visit. Photos of the I.D. will not be accepted. Visitors will check in at the front office and receive a Visitor Badge which must be worn at all times in the building. When leaving the building, visitors must check out with the front office and return the badge.
TWHS Lil' Cheer Clinic
For registration and information, visit twhscheer.com.
-INFORMATION FOR ONGOING REFERENCE-
Parent Information Sheet
Galatas Student Handbook Addendum
REPORTING STUDENT ABSENCES AND ATTENDANCE INFORMATION
When your child is absent, please call the school attendance line (936-709-5014), the front office (936-709-5000), or email Robin Curtis (email@example.com) before 9:00 AM to explain the reason for their absence. To ensure the accuracy of your child's attendance records, please call or email each day your child is absent.
Attendance is recorded at 9:00 AM each day. If your child is absent at 9:00 AM due to a doctor’s appointment, he/she will be counted present if you bring your child back to school on the same day with a doctor's statement that verifies the appointment.
If your child will be out for an extended period, please let us know by emailing Robin Curtis at the email above.
Lunch Visitor Information
Lunch visitors are invited to enjoy our outdoor dining area (weather permitting). On rainy or other inclement weather days, we will have seating available in the Activity Room.
** Please consider limiting lunch visits to once or twice per month for each student, so that all parents have an opportunity to visit for lunch.
**Please limit the number of visitors to no more than four.
**A driver's license or government issued photo i.d. is required for adults each time they visit Galatas. We are unable to accept a photo of an i.d. Please allow time (about 5 minutes) to complete the required check-in at the front office prior to your child's lunchtime.
**Please understand that if you arrive more than 5 minutes after your student's scheduled lunchtime, there is a possibility you will not be able to eat with your child, due to the limited amount of time allotted for lunch.
**We want to ensure the safety and security of everyone as they enjoy time together. If a grandparent, family member, or adult other than the parent of the student wants to visit your child during lunch, the parent must send in written permission to the front office. The note will only need to be sent in once, and at that time a notation will be made in the visitor system so that the school will have a record of the permission being granted. If a note is not sent, we will call a parent to grant permission before the visitor is allowed to join a student for lunch.
Lunchtime is limited to 25 minutes. A staff member will be monitoring the door, and will assist your child in returning to the cafeteria to join their class. Guests should then head back to the front office to return your visitor sticker.
Kindergarten 12:05 PM-12:30 PM
1st Grade 12:20 PM-12:45 PM
2nd Grade 11:50 AM-12:15 PM
3rd Grade 11:35 AM-12:00 PM
4th Grade 11:10 AM-11:35 AM
Please be mindful that the next grade level parents are also excited to visit their children for lunch. We ask parents to exit promptly at the designated time, to allow the next group to have lunch together. Thank you!
A Message from the School Nurse
- Medication: If your student requires daily or "as needed" emergency medication at school, please email the nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org, as soon as possible to set up an appointment to check in the necessary medication/medications and forms.
- All medications must be checked in by a parent/guardian. Students may not bring medication to school. **Cough drops/cough lollipops ARE considered medication, and also must be checked in through the clinic for student use.
- Change of Clothes: Please provide a daily change of clothes in your student's backpack. This is especially important for our kinder and first grade friends.
- Illness at School: If a student is sent home sick, per CISD policy, the student must be symptom free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before returning to campus or attending any school sponsored function.
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our Galatas family healthy! I wish everyone a happy and healthy school year.
Katy Riggs, RN
Transportation change notepads were sent home with each student at the beginning of the school year. Please use these forms any time a student needs to go home in a different way from the permanent designated mode of transportation.
All transportation changes must be received in writing by 2:00 p.m. We are unable to accept a phone call. You may send a written note to your child’s teacher (place it in your student's PAWS folder), or fill out a form in the front office. Please include the date, your child’s full name, section number, bus number (if applicable), and your signature. If an emergency arises, you may send an email to email@example.com . The e-mail must include all of the above information, including a parent signature, and must be received before 2:00 p.m. If you submit a transportation change by email, it must go to the email address referenced above; transportation changes should not be emailed directly to the teacher.
Please send a new note for each day the change occurs; we cannot accept notes for multiple days or with multiple changes. District policy states that a student may only ride the bus they are registered to ride; students may not have a transportation change to ride a different bus.
Drop-off Procedures for Forgotten Items
Please help your student be fully prepared for their day by ensuring that they have all needed materials (backpack, lunch, water bottle, etc...) before leaving for school in the morning.
To minimize interruptions to classrooms, please limit drop-offs to the following items:
- Water bottles and lunches may be placed on the Drop-off table before 10:00 a.m. at the front office. These items should be labeled with your child’s name and section number to ensure proper delivery. Items are taken at 10:00 a.m. to a drop-off table at the end of each hallway, so please email the teacher to let them know that you have dropped off the water bottle or lunch. You may email your child’s teacher to let them know to allow your child to check the drop-off desk after 10:00 a.m.
- If you need eye glasses delivered to your child, please do not put them on the drop-off table. Bring them to the office staff for immediate delivery to your child.
- Any class work or homework that is dropped off will be placed in the teacher’s mailbox to be picked up during the day.
Delivery of flowers, balloons, etc. to students at school are not permitted.
CELEBRATE TEACHER AND STAFF EXCELLENCE!
Do you want to recognize an AWESOME Galatas Staff member? If so, follow the steps below:
- Log in to Parent Access.
- Click on communication.
- Choose Teacher/Staff Excellence from the drop down menu.
- Select the employee to receive recognition from the drop down menu.
- Click create TAE.
- Click any of the pre-populated choices that apply.
- Type any additional comments in the Additional Comment box.
- Click the box labeled Create Teachers Achieving Excellence button.
Parking Lot Request
If all the visitor spots are full, we ask that you please park at either Cattail Park, the row of spots closest to Galatas in the Community Baptist Church, or the closest end spots at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. These two churches have graciously offered these spots to us as our Galatas Family grows.
Thank you for your help with parking!
STUDENT EARLY CHECK-OUT
Sometimes it is necessary for a student to be checked out of school before dismissal.
If you know that you will need to check-out your child during the school day, please let their teacher know so that they can help your child gather their belongings and prepare for an early departure.
As a reminder, to ensure the safety of all students at dismissal, the latest a student can be checked out of school is 2:45 p.m.
School Zone Safety Tips
In addition, cell phone use in a school zone is prohibited. As you enter areas around schools, please end your calls and put your phone away.
The CISD Police and Montgomery County Sheriff's Department patrol our school zones to ensure everyone's safety, and will issue citations if necessary.
Thank you for your help in keeping our community safe!
School Dismissal Safety Notes
--Only cross at crosswalks! Our crossing guards and staff are here to keep everyone safe and ensure that families cross intersections in an efficient manner.
--Please do not park behind staff cars in the school parking lot. Please park in a parking space, as blocking cars could cause a safety concern in case of an emergency.
--Please be considerate of our neighbors at Hayden's Run and Wyndspire South. Please keep the sight lines at the entrance clear for entering and exiting vehicles.
--Please be considerate of our neighbors at South Silvershire Circle. Please do not park on the grass or lawn of the homes. Take care not to block driveways and leave enough room for residents to easily drive in their neighborhood at all times.
2023-2024 CISD School Calendar
We thank you in advance for planning all vacations and travel outside of the school calendar. When students are absent, they miss valuable instruction that takes place daily. In addition to the loss of that instructional time, Texas schools are rated not only on academic performance, but also on student attendance. Daily attendance plays a large role in our accountability rating from the state.
We appreciate your support and look forward to a great school year!
4 No School: Labor Day Holiday
12 PTO Meeting – 10:00 a.m.
14 Individual Pictures
28 Newcomer Coffee--9:00 a.m.
3 Walk to School Day
6 No School: Student Holiday
9 No School: Holiday
10 PTO Meeting-10:00 a.m.
13 Kinder and 4th Grade Group Pictures 8:15 a.m.
16-20 Book Fair
17 Bedtime Story Night-6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
20 Storybook Parade-8:20 a.m.
23-27 Red Ribbon Week
26 Individual Picture Make-up Day
31 Science Day
7 No School: Staff Development
9 3rd Grade Program: 6:00 p.m.
10 Galatas Family Movie Night: 6:30 p.m.
13-17 Generation Texas Week
14 PTO Meeting- 10:00 AM
17 Galatas Fun Run
20-24 No School: Thanksgiving Break
4-8 Hour of Code
8 4th Grade Choir Program 8:30 a.m.
12 PTO Meeting-10:00 a.m.
12 Holiday Party: 2nd grade
13 Holiday Parties- Kinder & 1st
14 Holiday Round Robin–3rd
14 Holiday Party/Service Project- 4th & Special ProgramsParty
15 Polar Express Day (Students wear p.j.’s)
15 Early Release Day, End of Nine Weeks– 12:10 p.m.
December 18-January 2 Winter Break
3 Classes Resume