Longhorn Letter

October 2022

Dear Longhorn Families

I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of the school year thus far! As we progress to the end of the 1st grading period, we are seeing some attendance concerns arise and we want to make sure that we partner together to have our students at school as much as possible.


As you can imagine, attendance is a significant factor concerning student success. The more a student is absent, the increased chance he/she will fall behind in learning grade level content.


We appreciate your help with your child's regular attendance in school. Working together ensures success for our students.


Attendance is a campus goal this year. Last year our overall attendance rate for the year was 88.3%. Our goal for this year is 92% or higher!! Our current attendance rate is 91.3%. We are very close, but we have to all work together to be here each day to reach our goal by the end of the year.


COVID Leave:


NISD is not providing any models of virtual learning and will not be providing remote conferencing for the 2022-2023 school year. If your child is absent due to COVID or COVID protocol you will need to provide a health note to excuse the absences.

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SAVE THE DATE

October


5 - Chick-Fil-A Day (all day)

7 - Fall Pictures

14 - End of Grading Period

17 - Pumpkin Book Character Contest Begins

19 - Early Release

21 - Report Cards

24 - 28 Red Ribbon Week

28 - Book Character Parade

28 - Trunk or Treat


November 1 - Pajama Day!!

Attendance

Parents are required by Texas Compulsory Attendance Law to ensure their child(ren) are in school the full day of instruction (7:45 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) every day of the school year. Children who are absent miss valuable instruction. Absences affect the quality of a student’s work and negatively impacts the child’s learning.

All absences (excused or unexcused) count toward the compulsory attendance 90% rule. Students missing more than 10% of the school year are at risk of retention.


When a child is absent or tardy from school, the parent or guardian must send a note with parent signature within 3 days, explaining the reason for the absence upon the child’s return to school. A phone call will NOT be used as documentation towards an absence.

All notes must include:

  • The date of the note

  • The name of the child

  • The student ID # (lunch number)

  • The date of the absence or tardy

  • The specific reason for the absence or tardy

  • The parent’s signature


Tardies are considered a partial day absence and are documented. Students are tardy after 7:45 AM. Excessive tardies may result in an Attendance Warning Notice.


Early Outs are when a student is signed out early and picked up from school before 3:00 PM It is considered to be a partial day absence. Documentation for an appointment must be submitted within 3 days of the early-out to be considered excused. Attendance Warning Notice may be issued for excessive Early Outs.

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Birthdays

Birthdays will be recognized in the classroom, and parents are welcome to send or bring in easy-to-serve cupcakes (store-bought is best to lessen the chance for harm to students with food allergies). Cupcakes will be shared in the classroom the last 15 minutes of the instructional day. Cupcakes cannot be shared during lunch time.

  • Parents are not allowed to bring lunch (i.e. pizza) for the whole class, only for their child.

  • Whole cakes are not allowed.

  • Parents are not to go into the classroom to pass out the cupcakes

  • The delivery of balloons and/or flowers to students is not permitted. (this includes end of year celebrations)


Invitations to private celebrations may be passed out at school only if every child in the classroom receives one or if every girl in a classroom receives an invitation or every boy in the classroom receives an invitation.


Please let your child’s teacher know if you do not want your child to participate in birthday recognitions.

Visiting For Lunch

You may eat lunch with your child any time except on the days when we are a “closed campus,” (for example STAAR testing days) or if our stage is closed for pictures, celebrations, ceremonies, etc.


Certain tables are reserved on the stage and are to be used when parents eat with their children. To ensure student safety and supervision, only students whose parents (or immediate family members listed on the emergency card) may eat at the parent/student tables. No more than 2 visitors per child will be allowed each day. All other students must remain with their designated class. Please sign in at the front office and then go directly to the cafeteria to meet your child.


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Parking Lot Safety

All visitors should utilize the entrance driveway. It is very dangerous when cars enter the exit. We have 1 entrance and 2 exit driveways.

CAFETERIA MENUS - Child Nutrition Department


MealViewer

MealViewer is a platform that allows parents the opportunity to view daily menus, nutritional information and allergens so that they are aware of what their students are eating.

View Linton's Daily Menus

HOME ACCESS CENTER (HAC)

Stay connected 24/7 with quick access to your child’s attendance,

grades and cafeteria payment plan online! www.nisd.net/parent-connection

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Join the Linton PTA!

This year we have joined the PTA online system for memberships.