GALATAS GAZETTE

October 1, 2021

Contact Information

Denae Wilker, Principal

Candace Mathis, Assistant Principal

Lyndsey Christopher, 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.

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CURRENT CISD COVID-19 SAFETY ALERT LEVEL 3

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Galatas Lunch Visitors Sign-up

With the change in the CISD COVID Alert Level, we now have an opportunity to welcome back lunch visitors to our campus. This is a very exciting time for us and we hope to make it a special experience for our Greyhounds and their guests!


The health and safety of our students and staff remains our top priority, so as we begin to reopen to lunch visitors we will have a limited number of guests per grade level, per day. This will allow us to maintain our current spacing for students and provide a pleasant experience for our guests. We will only allow parents who have made a reservation through SignUp Genius to enter the building, so please do not show up for lunch without completing this step.


Once you have secured a lunch reservation, you will enjoy a picnic lunch outside on our fourth grade hard top area, located adjacent to our cafeteria. Unfortunately, this means that on rainy days, we will not be able to host lunch guests. If this happens, you may sign up for a different date. If all of the slots are full for the month, please contact the front office and we will help you reschedule.


Lunchtime is limited to 25 minutes. Please allow time (about 5 minutes) to complete the required check-in at the front office prior to your child's lunchtime (a driver's license is required for adults each time they visit Galatas). You will meet your child at the cafeteria, and then proceed to the 4th grade hard top for lunch.


Once the lunch time has ended, you will drop your child at the cafeteria doors to return with their class to the next activity. Then you will head back to the front office where you will return your visitor sticker.


Please be mindful that the next grade level parents are also excited to visit their children for lunch. We require parents to exit promptly at the designated time, to allow the next group to have lunch together.


Here are the lunch times for each grade:

Kindergarten 11:30-11:55 AM

1st Grade 11:05-11:30 AM

2nd Grade 12:20-12:45 PM

3rd Grade 12:30-12:55 PM

4th Grade 11:55 AM-12:20 PM


Please sign up below, using the following guidelines:


1. Please be sure to sign up under the correct grade level and date.

2. When signing up, please add your child's name first, then add the visitor names in the comment section. We ask that you limit the number of visitors to three, please!

3. Please sign up no more than once per month for each student, so that all parents have an opportunity to visit for lunch.

4. Please remember that family members may only eat with their child.

Conroe ISD Update #21 - September 30, 2021

Yearbooks on Sale Now...Early Bird Discount!



Yearbooks are on sale, and

early bird pricing ends November 20!


Purchase your yearbook now at www.balfour.com.

For any questions, please e-mail galatasyearbook@gmail.com.

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.

Walk to School Day: October 5

Please join us on Tuesday, October 5, for our annual Walk to School Day! You will feel the Galatas school spirit as your student walks down the front sidewalk with fellow GREYHOUNDS!


If you would like to participate, but live far from school, you can park at Cattail Park (please be courteous of our neighbors by not blocking driveways or intersections) and walk to Galatas. Please plan to arrive in time to be in class by the 8:00 bell. Come join the FUN as families participate in this fun community event and meet local mascots!


We look forward to seeing everyone promoting healthy living, a fun community, and Galatas spirit!

New Dates Added: Volunteer Opportunity

We are able to have a few volunteers assist in the Office Copy Room. This volunteer opportunity will be in the Copy Room off the front office only; it will not involve any interaction with students.


All volunteers must have completed the CISD Volunteer by visiting https://apps.conroeisd.net/volunteer/


Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up.

  • Copy Room volunteers will make copies and laminate materials for staff members. Prior Copy Room experience is preferred; we cannot provide training on how to use the copier. If you have volunteered in another school making copies, this copier is the same as other schools.
  • Volunteers must adhere to all current District and Campus guidelines relating to health and safety. When checking in at the front desk, staff will ensure that guidelines are understood and followed.
  • Only the volunteer that signs up may enter the building. We cannot accommodate children or other visitors at this time.


Please call 936-709-5000 with any questions. Thank you!

Counselor's Corner

19th Annual CISD Police Coats for Kids Drive: October 4-18


The Conroe ISD Police Department is pleased to present the 19th Annual Coats for Kids Drive for the children of Conroe ISD. On October 4th, students will be able to drop off new or gently used coats, jackets, and hoodies in the collection bins by the front and back doors of the school. Items will be collected through October 18th, and then the collected coats, jackets, and hoodies will be distributed to campuses in need.


Last year, 700 coats, jackets, and hoodies were collected and distributed!

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Save the Date!

Gifted and Talented Nomination Window Now Open

The window is now open for parent nominations for the Spring, 2022 Gifted and Talented screening. Nominating packets are available by contacting our Assistant Principal, Candace Mathis, at cdmathis@conroeisd.net.


Parents of 3rd and 4th grade students may nominate their student by completing the District GT Nomination packet. It is strongly encouraged that parents consult with their child’s teacher(s) prior to nominating their child. If your child has already qualified for Gifted and Talented services in some content areas but not all, you must nominate them again if you would like for them to try to qualify in additional areas. Students must take the full battery of tests as specific subject areas cannot be isolated for testing purposes.


Parents of 2nd grade students: Please do not nominate your 2nd grade child at this time! All second grade students will participate in the CogAT assessment in late October which will serve as a GT screener for second grade students. More information to come at a later date.


Parents or Kindergarten and 1st grade students may nominate their student, but it is highly advised that parents consult with their child’s teacher prior to nominating their child as tests can be frustrating for younger students due to the amount of time involved in testing.


Spring GT testing will take place at Galatas Elementary during the school day, on dates yet to be determined in late January/early February, 2022.


All completed nomination packets must be returned to Candace Mathis on or before December 10.

CALLING ALL CREATIVE WRITERS!

The Greyhound Gab is our school’s quarterly literary publication. This year to accommodate both traditional and remote learners, students can submit an original creative writing piece to the issue associated with the first letter of your last name. If your last name begins with A, B, C or D and you would like to contribute to the November issue of the Greyhound Gab, please submit your piece to Christina Benavides at galatasnewsletter@gmail.com no later than Friday, November 12, 2021. Submissions should be labeled with student’s first name, last name initial, and section number. Publication date will be Friday, November 19, 2021. (See table below for future issue dates and when you can contribute.)


Examples of creative writing types/topics (no puzzles please):

-- Book review

--Teacher/staff interview

--Original poetry

-- School event report (ex. First Day of School, Reading Week, Book Fair, etc.)


While submissions should be student work, there may be a need for parent edits. The pieces do not need to be long; the purpose of the Gab is for our Greyhounds to be creative and see their work published!

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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.
  • 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.

DID YOU KNOW...

If you label your student's belongings (lunch boxes, coats, jackets, sweatshirts, etc...) with their name, those items will be returned to the student if they are lost or left behind.


As the weather gets cooler, more items turn up in our Lost and Found each day. Please label the tag or inside of personal belongings with your child's name so that these items can find their way back to the right classroom.


The Galatas Lost and Found is located in the gym. If your child is missing an item, they may look for it during PE time.

Reporting Student Absences and Requesting Make-up Work

To report an absence for your child, please do one of the following before 9:00 a.m.:


  • Call our attendance line at 936-709-5014 and leave a message stating your child’s name, teacher’s name, reason for the absence, person reporting the absence, and a phone number,
  • call the main number (936-709-5000) to report the absence, or
  • email rcurtis@conroeisd.net with your student's absence information


If your child will be absent for an extended amount of time, you may request missed classwork from your child's teacher. The teacher will let you know when the work will be available to pick up from school or when the work is loaded onto an electronic learning platform (Canvas or See Saw). At this time, there is not an option for an absent student to learn virtually.


When your child returns to school, a note explaining the absence should be brought to their teacher, and/or families should follow the return to school guidelines provided by our school nurse.

Safety Tip for Car Line

Please be courteous and patient as you wait your turn in the car line, and avoid obstructing the sight lines for our neighbors as they exit their neighborhoods. The police have placed cones on both sides of the entrance to Hayden's Run and Wyndspire to protect the sight lines. Please use caution and check traffic in all directions when driving in these areas.


Thank you for your help in keeping everyone safe!

Transportation Changes

Transportation change notepads will be sent home with each student on the first day of school. 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 galatastransportation@conroeisd.net . 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.

Roadmap to Remaining Open

The content on the Roadmap to Remaining Open webpages are designed to provide information relevant for the 2021-2022 school year. The details on this page are subject to change as we receive guidance from the Texas Education Agency, Governor’s Office, and State and local officials. Please check back often for the most up-to-date information.


Currently, the District Safety Alert Level is Level 4. To see the full Safety Alert Levels chart, please click on the Roadmap to Remaining Open button below.

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A Message from the School Nurse

Please keep your child home if they are showing any signs of illness or reporting that they do not feel well.


For example, if your child comes to you in the morning and reports any of the following symptoms: cough, sore throat, stomachache, or headache, or tells you they had diarrhea or vomiting, DO NOT send them to school. Please keep your student home and monitor the symptom or symptoms until they resolve.


Keep students home if they are waiting for results of a COVID test (even if the student is asymptomatic). You may refer to the CISD Roadmap to Remaining Open at the link above for specific health information.


NEW Update - When a student has a positive COVID result, parents will now self-report through their student's SSO at sso.conroeisd.net

  1. Log-in to the student's SSO portal (same as scheduling a test) and click on the Self Report button.
  2. Parent acknowledges they are the parent/guardian of this student and enters their name.
  3. Parent completes the required information and clicks submit.
  4. Parent receives a popup with information about isolation, severe symptoms, attendance, and a return to school date.
  5. Parent receives an email with the information contained in the popup.


Free COVID-19 testing is available to all CISD employees and students Monday-Friday at the CISD Police Department located at 2900 N. Loop 336 E. Conroe, TX 77301. You must schedule a test through the CISD SSO in the COVID Central app prior to arrival.


Medication at school: If your child needs medication while at school, please email Mrs. Riggs, Galatas School Nurse at kriggs@conroeisd.net to set up an appointment to drop off the medication.

Upcoming Events

October

5 Walk to School Day

8 No School: Student Holiday

11 No School: Holiday

12 PTO Meeting-10:00 a.m.; Second Grading Period Begins

14 Fine Arts Day at the Pavilion (4th Grade)

15 Kinder and 4th Grade Group Pictures 8:15 AM

18-22 Book Fair

19 Bedtime Story Night

22 Storybook Parade 8:30 a.m.

25-29 Red Ribbon Week

28 3rd Grade Program 6:30 PM

29 Science Day


November

9 PTO Meeting- 10:00 AM

11 Individual Picture Retakes

12 Movie Night 6:30 PM

15-19 Generation Texas Week

18 Thanksgiving Festivities, Kinder and 1st Grade

19 Galatas Fun Run

22-26 No School: Thanksgiving Break


December

6-10 Hour of Code

10 4th Grade Choir Program 8:30 AM

13 Holiday Party: Kinder (1:30 PM)

14 PTO Board Meeting-9:00 a.m.

14 Holiday Parties- 2nd (10:30 a.m.) & 1st (2:00 p.m.)

15 Holiday Round Robin–3rd (10:00 a.m.)

15 Holiday Party/Service Project- 4th (8:15 a.m.) & Special Programs (1:45 p.m.)

17 Polar Express Day (Students wear p.j.’s)

17 Early Release Day, End of Nine Weeks– 12:10 p.m.


December 22-January 4 Winter Break


January

5 Classes Resume

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