Daily News

December 14, 2022

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Counting Down the Days to the Holidays!

Our Winter Holiday program definitely got us into the holiday spirit! We welcome our students and staff members to join in on the "Holiday Cheer" as we count down to the winter holidays! Participation is optional. If students do not participate in wearing that day's theme, they must be school dress code attire.
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Winter Holiday Program

I hope everyone felt the holiday spirit at our Winter Holiday program yesterday! Our 5th Grade Choir, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students did an AMAZING job - there's something about hearing children sing that makes everything better that moment!

Thank you to all our students for practicing, teachers who gave up time for rehearsals, to Ms. Jordan for recording it on Instagram and taking pictures, to Ms. Perez for the beautiful winter backdrop, and to Ms. Neal for teaching, practicing, and directing our musical, talented Dragons!!

Thank you to all the parents who complied with our guidelines to enjoy the show! If you weren't able to attend, be sure to follow us on Instagram @raydailyes so you can view the recording of the show. As soon as we receive the pictures, we will make them available on our website, Class Dojo, and Instagram.

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Wednesday, December 21 – Last Day Before Winter Break

School is in session through Wednesday, December 21 at Daily Elementary. Please do not leave early for vacations and make sure you’re sending your healthy child(ren) to school each day. School will resume on Monday, January 9 at 7:30 a.m.

PreK Lottery for the 2023 - 2024 School Year

All applications for PreK must be completed on the School Choice site on the HISD portal at https://www.houstonisd.org/Page/177890. Due to the limited spaces, PreK enrollment is based on a lottery process.

Parents are able to submit applications online for their child to attend PreK at Daily Elementary starting today through February 2, 2023. Parents will be notified if their child received a place in the lottery on April 5, 2023. Then, if the space is accepted, the student needs to be tested and paperwork checked to ensure the student qualifies for pre-kindergarten. Applications are only completed online and the Daily front office does not have any part in the PreK lottery application process.

The pre-kindergarten program at Daily Elementary consists of two classes of 22 students. Students must qualify for the program by meeting one of several possible criteria such as Limited English or Economically Disadvantaged. Students must also be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2023.

Lottery priority is given to siblings of students currently enrolled (PreK-4th) at Daily Elementary. Next, the students living in our school zone will be included in the lottery. Due to the limited space in our pre-kindergarten program, we are unable to have any students out of our school zone apply.

Winter Family Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will also be open to families during the Winter Family Book Fair the evening of December 15 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. To help crowd control and accommodate parking, please plan to attend at the assigned time for your students. If you have students in multiple grades, please select one timeframe for your family to attend. We greatly appreciate your understanding!

  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (PreK/PALS through 2nd Grades)
  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (3rd - 5th Grades)

Volunteers Needed:

Parents can also sign up to volunteer at the Book Fair! All volunteers will need to be VIPS-approved and can sign up to volunteer by clicking on this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4fa5a823aaf85-book

Raffle Tickets:

PTO will be raffling off a few EXCITING items at the Winter Family Book Fair including:

  • an autographed picture of Jae'Sean Tate from the Rockets
  • an autographed picture of Martin Maldonado from the Astros
  • a $50 play card for Top Golf

Raffle tickets will be sold for individual items for $2 each ticket.

Participants do not have to be present to win.

Scholastic Book Fair

We are excited to offer a Winter Book Fair to students and our families to promote literacy and the joy of reading, and it is just in time for holiday gifts! All proceeds will be used to buy books for our library!

Who: PTO and Daily Library

When: December 15 - 20 from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm****

Where: Daily Elementary Gym (enter in the door closest to the parking lot). Parents who want to shop in the Book Fair during the instructional day will enter through the gym and have access only to the gym.


Winter Family Book Fair - Thursday, December 15 from 4:00 - 6:00 (see below for details)

Sunday, December 18 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm


Parents can set up a secure eWallet for their students or they can send cash for their students to shop during their library specials time. To set up an eWallet or look for more information, please visit: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/raykdaily

In addition to the physical purchases, all online orders made from December 14 - 20 will also count towards our school.

Dynamic Dragons in December

Remember the Boo Bags in October? For our Dynamic Dragons in December, we will have an Ugly Sweater Holiday Party! From December 1 - December 16, students who meet TWO or more of the criteria below will be eligible to participate in the Ugly Sweater Party on Monday, December 19.

Excellent Behavior - E average in conduct for the month of December (no office referrals)

Class Participation - Completed classwork and homework (0 missing assignments)

On Time to School - 0 or 1 tardy for the month of December

Amazing Attendance - 0 or 1 absence for the month of December

You don't want to miss out! Make sure you come to school on time, stay engaged in learning, and make good choices!!

Handbook Highlights


Since Daily Elementary is located on a major thoroughfare, Briar Forest, we have very strict rules at arrival and dismissal in order to keep our students safe and minimize disruption to the traffic flow on Briar Forest. Please abide by all arrival and dismissal procedures.

We have observed some parents engage in a very dangerous practice along Briar Forest – dropping off their students on Briar Forest and having them walk unsupervised. A child’s safety and well-being is not worth trying to save a few minutes of waiting in the carpool lane.

Children cannot be dropped off at the curb in front of the school on Briar Forest or on the east side of the carpool exit gate. This endangers the child and blocks the flow of traffic for parents who are attempting to abide by the rules and use the system properly.

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GT Applications for Current 1st - 4th Grade Students

If you are interested in having your 1st – 4th Grade student tested for the Gifted and Talented Program, please fill out the GT Application below and turn it in to your child’s teacher or email it directly to the GT Coordinator, Mrs. Steward at arodri30@houstonisd.org. Applications are due January 13, 2023.

Students will be taking an abilities test and achievements tests. All tests will be administered during the school day. Results of this testing will be sent home sometime in late spring. If your child qualifies for the GT program, he/she will be placed in a GT homeroom for next school year.

Parents Make the Difference - December Edition

Every month, we will include the link to a newsletter, specifically written for parents with elementary school-aged children, with information about how to help your children have a successful school year. Please click on the pictures below to access the newsletters.

West Briar Middle School Tour

Daily students and families are invited to tour West Briar Middle School on the following dates:

  • December 13 at 10:00 am
  • January 17 at 10:00 am
  • February 21 at 10:00 am

No pre-registration needed.

HISD to offer free COVID-19 testing for students and campus staff

Our goal in HISD is to foster a caring, joyful, and challenging learning experience for every student, every day. That’s why your school will provide free COVID-19 testing to all students, faculty, and staff in partnership with the Houston Health Department.

Testing is completely voluntary and requires parent/guardian consent first. Free testing puts our student’s health first, it allows us to maximize learning in school and promotes equity by ensuring every student has access to testing if they want it and if you, as their parent/guardian, provide consent.

  • Who will be tested? We will offer testing to everyone who consents - all students and staff - even if they don’t have symptoms of COVID-19.

  • How is the testing done? The COVID-19 testing is free, quick, and easy. Trained medical professionals will conduct testing with a short, shallow nasal swab.

  • Where and when is the testing done? Our school’s testing site will be in a room or area large enough to accommodate an organized flow to testers in and out of the space. Testing will take place every two weeks. Test results will be available within 24-48 hours.

  • How can I be sure that my student’s information will be protected? Sharing of information about your student will only be done for public health purposes and in accordance with applicable law and policies protecting student privacy and the security of your student’s data.

We are asking you to:

We are extremely grateful to our families and staff who continue to show great flexibility and resilience as we work together to contain the spread of this virus.

COVID-19 Testing will be available for students and staff members at Daily Elementary on November 28 and December 12.

LOVE Tutoring

Love Tutoring, a non-profit in partnership with Ashford United Methodist Church, is offering FREE tutoring on Saturdays (see below) to elementary aged students in West Houston to improve in reading and math. They do require masks to be worn. They are located at 2201 S. Dairy Ashford Rd. Please see the flyer below for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Lorraine White at 281-726-1852 or email her at tutor@ashfordumc.org.

Volunteers in Public Schools - VIPS

Throughout the year, there will be opportunities for parents and guardians to volunteer at school. All volunteers must complete a background check in order to volunteer. Please click on the link below to register for VIPS and volunteer at any of our school events.


Daily Elementary Carpool Morning/Afternoon/Walkers

Parent Handbook

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