GALATAS GAZETTE

July 30, 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.

A Note From Mrs. Wilker, Principal

Dear Greyhound Families,


There is excitement in the air as our teachers and staff are busy preparing the campus for the first day of school! Leading up to August 11, we have several fun activities planned for our students and their families. This year, the events are structured to allow for smaller groups and easier parking. We have included in this newsletter the dates, times, and a brief description of each event.


Our top priority is to provide a happy and safe learning environment for all students. To achieve this goal, it will take our entire Galatas community working together to protect our in-person learning. If your child is ill, please do not send them to school where they may unintentionally transmit their illness to others. On campus, we will continue to encourage frequent hand washing, the use of hand sanitizer, and the regular cleaning of materials/equipment. Employees, students, and visitors may choose to wear a mask or face covering, but they are not required.


New families, please take a few minutes today and register for Parent Access (CISD website), so that you will continue to receive our parent newsletter, the Galatas Gazette. The newsletter is emailed to you weekly and is filled with important information and events that are happening at our school. In addition, Parent Access enables you to check your child’s attendance, cafeteria balance, grades, and other important information. Returning CISD families will not need to re-register for Parent Access.


On Friday afternoon, August 6, you will receive an introduction email from your child's homeroom teacher. If you do not receive an email by the end of the day on Friday, please contact the school and we will be happy to assist you.


I have the privilege of working with an amazing team of talented, dedicated, and caring teachers. Together with you, we will make this a great year for your child.


Sincerely,


Denae Wilker

Teddy Bear Tea

Teddy Bear Tea is our kindergarten version of Meet & Greet and New Student Orientation. While students are engaged in fun activities, parents will meet with our administrative team and learn more about the operations of our school. We ask that you please attend during the time slot that matches the first letter of your child's last name. This will help us minimize crowds and provide a smaller setting for your child to visit with their teacher.


Monday, August 9

1:00 - 1:45 PM (Kindergarten Students Last Name A-M)

2:00 - 2:45 PM (Kindergarten Students Last Name N-Z)

Students are invited to bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal.

New Student Orientation: Grades 1-4

This event is for parents and students new to Galatas Elementary in grades 1-4 only. You will learn about the operations of our school, available clubs, and fun activities offered throughout the school year. Representatives from our amazing PTO will also participate in the presentation.

Monday, August 9 (Grades 1-4 only)

4:00 - 4:45 PM

Meet and Greet

Our faculty and staff always look forward to this fun "come and go" event for students in Grades 1-4. It is a time for students to meet their teacher prior to the first day of school and drop off school supplies. If you pre-purchased supplies from our PTO, they will have already been delivered to your child's classroom.


Monday, August 9

4:40 - 5:10 PM (Last Name A-G)

5:20 - 5:50 PM (Last Name H-P)

6:00 - 6:30 PM (Last Name Q-Z)

Parent Orientation Nights

August 17 - Grades K, 1, and 2

August 24 - Grades 3, 4, and Self Contained Special Education Classes

This event is designed for parents. Additional information and times will be included in future editions of the Gazette.

Back to School Checklist

Please click below for quick links or to download a printable back to school checklist.

Back to School Checklist

Modes of Transportation

Parents may select from four modes of transportation for their child: Bus rider (eligible if home is 1 mile or further from school), car rider, daycare, or walker/biker. Bus routes are posted online on the Conroe I.S.D. website (Click on Parents/Students>Transportation>Find Bus Route). Please check the website to find your child’s bus number, pick-up/drop-off locations and times. Your child’s teacher will send out a link for you to indicate your child’s primary mode of transportation. Students must be eligible and registered to ride the bus. You can register at the website listed above if you did not ride the bus last year. Parents of car riders will receive a car rider sign (hot pink) at Meet & Greet and Teddy Bear Tea. The car rider line will be at the rear of the school and the bus line will be at the front of the school. You will receive additional information on the arrival/dismissal process and procedures closer to the start of school.


On severe weather dismissal days, students will not walk or bike ride home. If you select biker/walker as your primary mode, then you will also be asked to select a second choice for severe weather dismissals (bus if eligible or car rider).

If you missed Dr. Null's update on Wednesday evening, you may click below to view the presentation on YouTube.

The content on the Roadmap to Remaining Open webpages is 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.

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Join our PTO and Support the Greyhounds

Please support our school by joining our amazing PTO. The link below will take you to the Galatas PTO website. It is a great way to get connected with our Galatas community and other parents.

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Breakfast

Meal Includes Entree, Fruit, and 1% or Skim Milk Daily

There is no charge for student breakfast meals during the 21-22 school year

Non-Student Meal/2nd Meal $2.60

Lunch

Meal Includes Entree, Vegetable, Fruit and 1% or Skim Milk Daily

There is no charge for student lunch meals during the 21-22 school year

Non-Student Meal/2nd Meal $3.85

Entree A la Carte $2.25
Fruit/ Vegetable/ Juice/ Bread A la Carte $1.10
Milk A la Carte $.90


If your child will be purchasing a second meal or extra items, you may prepay by using My School Bucks. You will find a link to this service, lunch menus, and other helpful information by clicking on the child nutrition resource button below.

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A Message from the School Nurse

A Student Health Information Form should be completed online at the beginning of each school year. This form will give you an opportunity to list any medical conditions, allergies, medications, and concerns you may have regarding your child's health. It also includes emergency information for the clinic staff.


Should you need to drop off medication for your child, you may schedule an appointment by utilizing the sign-up link that will be emailed next week.


The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will require all immunizations to be up to date, current, or a current conscientious objection on file prior to August 11, 2021, for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have any questions, please contact your campus school nurse at kriggs@conroeisd.net.


Take care,

Katy Riggs, RN

Water Bottles

Children are encouraged to bring water bottles each day. Please clearly write your child's name on the bottle with permanent marker.

First Day of Classes

The first day of classes for the 2021-2022 school year will be Wednesday, August 11. School hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 3:10 p.m. Students should not arrive prior to 7:30 a.m.


The next edition of the Galatas Gazette will contain our procedures for the first day of school.

Senate Bill 1697

During the recent legislative session, Senate Bill 1697 established new Texas Education Code (TEC), section code 28.02124, Parental Option for Student Retention, which allows parents or guardians to opt to have their child:

  • repeat prekindergarten;
  • enroll in prekindergarten if the child was eligible to enroll in prekindergarten in the previous school year, under TEC, section code 29.153(b), and has not yet enrolled in kindergarten;
  • repeat kindergarten;
  • enroll in kindergarten if the child would have enrolled in kindergarten in the previous school year and has not yet enrolled in first grade;
  • for grades one through three, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in the previous school year;
  • for grades four through eight, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the 2020-2021 school year; and
  • for courses taken for high school credit, repeat any course in which the student was enrolled during the 2020-2021 school year.

To learn more, please visit TEA’s Restart Kindergarten or Repeat a Grade or Course webpages. Please note: UIL eligibility may be impacted by repeating a course or grade. Check UIL’s website regularly for updates.

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