GALATAS GAZETTE

February 28, 2020

Contact Information

Denae Wilker, Principal

Candace Mathis, Assistant Principal

Kristi Tabor, 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.

EARLY DISMISSAL: Friday, March 6 at 12:10 PM

School will dismiss early at 12:10 PM on Friday, March 6. Students will pick up their lunch in the cafeteria and eat in their classrooms that day. The lunch schedule is below:


Due to limited space in the classroom, we will not be able to accommodate lunch visitors on early dismissal days.


Kindergarten: 10:30-11:00

First Grade: 10:45-11:15

Second Grade: 11:00-11:30

Third Grade: 11:15-11:45

Fourth Grade: 11:30-12:00

Field Day is Coming Soon...Help Wanted!

Field Day is almost here! Kindergarten, 1st grade, & 2nd grade will have theirs on Thursday, March 5, while 3rd and 4th grades' will be Friday, March 6. Please review the volunteer opportunities and sign up for one that works for you!


https://www.signupgenius.com


Directions for each game will be located at the game station (a map will be located at the front office and in the gym), so no experience is required. We look forward to seeing you all at Field Day!

U. S. S. Springetti Admission & Tickets on Sale Now!


Sail on over to the Springetti website and make your purchases for what is sure to be a fun and memorable event for the entire family!


Go to the PTO Website and click on Springetti, or use this link:

https://galatas.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/Springetti2020


· Admission Wristbands – provides entry into the event, dinner and show.

· Tickets – used for the Kid and Adult Raffles, General Store, carnival games & entertainment, cotton candy, popcorn, slushies.

· Featured Raffle Tickets – for the Reserved Parking spot for 2020-2021 and the Razor Pocket Mod Miniature Electric Scooter

· Stuffed Animal Walk Tickets – similar to musical chairs, each participant will walk the course while music plays. When the music stops, the participant standing on the winning square takes home a stuffed friend!

· Springetti Superstar Family – make a cash donation when you buy your tickets and your family will be recognized the night of the event!


All this information and more is available on the U.S.S. Springetti website!

Welcome aboard!

Counselor's Corner


Prevent Sleep Problems in Kids: Keep Technology Out of The Bedroom

Written by Craig Canapari MD - director of the Yale Pediatric Sleep Center


It is critical that you do not let your children start using these powerfully addictive devices in their rooms at night. Falling asleep with a television is bad enough. I think smartphones and tablets represent a greater threat to quality sleep for children and teens, for several reasons:

  1. Both the proximity to the face and the emission of blue-white light from a tablet or smartphone make these devices more likely to suppress melatonin, resulting in insomnia and later sleep onset.
  2. Remember that most apps (video games and social media especially) are designed to give you inconsistent reinforcement, like slot machines. Every app on your phone is competing for your attention, and the best way for them to get it is to make you addicted to checking it.

More and More Children Are Struggling with Screen Addiction

In a recent New York Times article, “Screen Addiction Is Taking A Toll on Children”, Jane Brody quotes a Harvard clinical psychologist named Catherine Steiner-Adair: “We’re throwing screens at children all day long, giving them distractions rather than teaching them how to self-soothe, to calm themselves down.” I can tell you that in my practice, I have seen more than a few kids who have been failing out of school, and life, because they simply could not pull themselves away from video games.

Healthy Rules for Technology At Bedtime

  1. I recommend that all technology should be out of the bedroom an hour before sleep, including for mom and dad. There is no substitute for physical control of the device.
  2. Download this terrific guide from the Harvard School of Public Health, Outsmarting The Smart Screens, which has advice about technology which can help you manage this issue, and how you can discuss this with your children.
    1. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/prc/2015/01/07/outsmarting-the-smart-screens/
  3. Put computers in common areas of the home as opposed to in kids’ bedrooms. Why? Because you can monitor what your kids are doing on them.
  4. Set a good example yourself. Turn off your phone when you get home. Make it clear that time with your family is more important than being on your phone. If you must check something (e.g. for work), explain what you are doing and why.
  5. If kids (or grown ups) need to use computers for schoolwork, use strategies to mitigate blue-white light exposure. Here is my guide on how to go on a light diet as much as you can.
    1. https://drcraigcanapari.com/light-is-like-caffeine-avoid-insomnia-by-managing-your-screens/

For more on this topic, here is an article on “The Five Pieces of Advice about Screens I’d Give if Parents Ever Asked” https://www.huffpost.com/entry/advice-id-give-about-screens-if-parents-ever-asked_n_7787212

Generally, our rules include:

  • no electronics in the bedroom,
  • no video games on school days,
  • limited television after school only, and
  • some soft limits on screen time and video games on the weekend

Illnesses and Absences

If your child is sick, please have them stay home, and rest. If they come back to school too early, they can relapse and end up missing even more school.


  • If your child is running a temperature of 100° or greater, or has obvious symptoms, he or she needs to remain out of school.
  • Even if a student’s temperature can be lowered to below 100° with a fever-reducing medication such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol), the student should stay home.
  • A student may return to school when fever-free for 24 hours without a fever-reducing medication.
  • Please take a few minutes to teach and practice effective hand washing at home. Frequent and thorough hand washing is a must to help prevent the illness from spreading from one student to another.
  • Encourage your child to cover coughs and sneezes.


When your student will be absent for any reason, please call our attendance line (936-709-5014) or the front office (936-709-5000) before 9:00 a.m. every day he or she is absent. You may also email our registrar, Robin Curtis, at rcurtis@conroeisd.net to report the absence. Thank you!

Early Childhood Resource Fair

Saturday, April 18, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Wilkinson Elementary.


Join us for FAMILY FUN!

  • Houston ZooMobile (10-12)
  • Hands-on activities
  • Games
  • Classroom tours
  • Face painting
  • Tour a school bus, a firetruck, a police car, and an ambulance!
Student registration available for kindergarten & prekindergarten (if eligible)

Galatas Car Rider Line Video

Our amazing staff and some of their children put together an instructional video of our car rider line procedures. Please take a look at the video below.
Car Line Procedure

CISD 2020-2021 School Calendar

The CISD Board of Trustees has approved the 2020-2021 calendar. For your planning purposes, please download the calendar here.


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 in this matter, and look forward to a great school year!

UPCOMING EVENTS

https://galatas.conroeisd.net/events/


March

5 Field Day: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, & 2nd Grade

6 Field Day: 3rd Grade and 4th Grade

6 Early Dismissal, End of Nine Weeks-12:10 p.m.

9-13 NO SCHOOL: Spring Break

17 PTO Meeting: 9:00 a.m.

26 Spring Individual and Class Pictures

26 Springetti Preview Night 3:30-5:30PM

27 Springetti Spring Fundraiser 5:00-8:30 PM


April

6-9 Campus Closed to Visitors for STAAR Testing

7 STAAR Writing, 4th grade students

10 NO SCHOOL: Student Holiday

14 PTO Meeting: 9:00 a.m.

20-24 Spring Book Fair

24 3rd/4th Grade Choir Program- 8:30 a.m.

29 Volunteer Luncheon


May

4-8 Teacher Appreciation Week

5 PTO Meeting: 9:00 a.m.

5 4th Grade Program 2:00 p.m. (Students) and 6:30 p.m. (Families)

8 1st Grade Moms and Muffins-8:45 a.m.

11-15 Campus Closed to Visitors for STAAR Testing

12 STAAR Math, 3rd & 4th Grades

13 STAAR Reading, 3rd & 4th Grades

20-22 Galatas Science Camp

25 NO SCHOOL: Memorial Day

26 Kindergarten End-of-Year Celebration

27 Yearbook Signing

28 4th Grade Clap Out: 10:30 a.m.

28 4th Grade Picnic: 11:00 a.m.

28 Early Dismissal: 12:10 p.m. Last Day of School

Big picture