Bray Family Blast

Week of August 29- September 2, 2022

Unlocking Every Longhorn's Potential

Message from the Principal

Greetings Bray Families,


I'm looking forward to seeing all of our scholars in the morning! We are off to a great start and I want to thank each of you for helping us transition into the new school year smoothly. This week our K-5th grade scholars with take the beginning of the year assessment for NWEA. We will use the data from the assessment to determine where our scholars are academically to develop targeted interventions and extensions. It is important that all scholars are present, on time, and ready to do their best work this upcoming week. If you have any questions about NWEA, please contact your scholar's teacher. Thank you in advance for your support!


Below are a few reminders:


*If you scholar arrives after 8:05, you will have to go inside the building to sign your scholar in for the day.

*Please do not drive on the left side of the street to skip the line to drop off or pick up scholars in the car line.

*Have a 22-23 car tag visible when picking up scholars during dismissal.

*Have your ID ready before you enter the building .

*Visitors are not allowed in any CHISD building for lunch due to COVID protocols.

*No scholars can be released early after 3:15 p.m.


I hope you find the information in this newsletter helpful. If you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call our front office at 972.291.4231.


Humbly,

Dr. Amanda McCarther

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chisd bond & vatre information

WHY DID CHISD CALL A VOTER-APPROVAL TAX RATE ELECTION?

CHISD currently has the lowest revenue-per-student in the area. Among Dallas County school districts, CHISD ranks 15 out of 15 and is not able to allocate as much money to teaching and learning as other districts. A VATRE would generate an additional $6 million annually, which would be used for teacher and staff salaries, pay raises, classroom materials and academic programs.

WHY DID CHISD CALL A BOND ELECTION?

School districts are required by state law to ask voters for permission to sell bonds to investors in order to raise the capital dollars required for projects such as building a new school. Essentially, the voters are giving permission for the district to take out a loan and pay that loan back over an extended period of time, much like a family takes out a mortgage loan for their home. A school board calls a bond election so voters can decide whether or not they want to pay for proposed projects.

The 2022 bond proposal asks voters to consider giving CHISD authorization to issue bonds to fund capital improvement projects at existing schools, safety and security, technology, STEM additions, CTE and science renovations, fine arts additions, athletic facility maintenance, and a new fine arts academy. Cedar Hill ISD has not passed a bond since 2012.

Helpful Links

Bond/VATRE Election Website (chisd.net/election2022)

Bond/VATRE Election logos and deliverables (Google folder)

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calendar dates *New dates in bold

  • August 29-NWEA BOY Math Assessment (K-5)
  • August 30-NWEA BOY Reading Assessment (K-5)
  • August 31-NWEA BOY Sci/Fluency Assessment (K-5)

  • September 1-NWEA Lang. Assessment (K-5)
  • September 2-NWEA BOY Assessment Makeup
  • September 5-NO SCHOOL-Labor Day Holiday
  • September 6-Progress Reports Go Home
  • September 6-First Grade Level Newsletter Go Home This Week
  • September 9-Grandparent's Breakfast
  • September 13- Cub Scouts Recruitment Night, 7-8pm

birthday celebrations

We look forward to celebrating every scholar's birthday at Bray and make it a point to acknowledge every birthday during announcements. We have also begun giving small treat bags to our scholars on their birthdays. Parents, if you wish, you may send store-bought snacks to school on your child's birthday (e.g. cupcakes), but we are asking that nothing larger than that is sent. Please communicate with your child's teacher ahead of time so they can make preparations and let you know how many scholars are in your child's class. Also, our campus policy on parties is listed below.


Parties

Parents are not allowed to celebrate birthdays during instructional time, not even the last 15 minutes of the day. Parents are also not permitted to celebrate students’ birthdays (with cupcakes, ice cream, etc.) in the cafeteria during lunch periods, (Consider instructional time, religion and health concerns.) We are allowed three days for student celebrations during the school year (Thanksgiving, Christmas, & Valentine’s Day). Parents will be allowed to bring store-bought snacks that can go home with scholars at the end of the school day. *Student celebrations are subject to change based on board approval.

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Lunch with Scholars

Currently, visitors are not allowed in the building during the day due to our COVID protocols (this includes lunch time). However, families are allowed to drop off lunch for scholars to enjoy during their lunch period.


The Blueprint 3.0 that contains our district's COVID protocols and processes. Below is an excerpt from the blueprint regarding visitors. This document can be viewed in its' entirety on our district website and using the link below.


The Blueprint 3.0


Visitors (The Blueprint 3.0 page 5)

● Cedar Hill will follow the Dallas County Health codes for

Covid-19 levels. If the level reaches red, we will not allow

visitors on campus.

● With the primary focus of safely keeping schools open, the

district will continue to limit visitors, volunteers, and activities

involving external groups or organizations as much as

possible.

● The district’s visitor protocols will be reassessed at the end of each month.

Right at school

Right At School is an on-site before and after school program that works well for our families who have work and other obligations that conflict with the normal start and end times of school. Currently, Right At School is offering a discount through August 31st for signing up. For more information, please visit www.rightatschool.com.

PTA is for Everyone!

Partner with us this year and become a PTA volunteer! Forms and an envelop for your membership dues will go home with scholars this week. Membership is only $10 per person and all family members can join PTA.


When you sign up to join PTA, you will receive a Bray t-shirt (while supplies last)! We would like to thank you in advance for partnering with us to achieve the goals we have set for our scholars this school year!

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Spirit Shirts

Currently, we are not accepting orders for spirit shirts. Please do not send any spirit shirt forms or monies to the campus. We will inform you when you can purchase spirit shirts soon!

Reoccurring Information

Car Tags are required

Issuing car tags is a precautionary measure we take to ensure the safety of all of our scholars. We began distributing car tags for car riders on Meet the Teacher Night this past Thursday. Beginning August 15 on the first day of school, you can also pick up a car tag from the front office for your scholar. Bring your ID as we have to verify information before we distribute car tags. Make sure your car tag is in your window during dismissal. If you do not have a car tag on the first day of school or any day thereafter, you will need to park in the parking lot and come in the building to present your photo ID.

tardy accounting

Scholars are considered on time if they arrive by 8:05 a.m. Scholars are considered tardy if they enter the building at 8:06 a.m or any time after. Parents must accompany scholars who are tardy into the building to sign them in for the day. The scholar will receive a tardy pass and then proceed to class. When the scholar has reached 10 tardies, he or she will be required to serve 1 hour of Saturday School to make up for lost instructional time.

Meal Changes Letter to Parents

Please click the link below to learn about the changes to our school meals.


Letter to Parents

building positive culture

One of our main goals at Bray is to ensure that every child has a positive, welcoming place for learning each day. Last week, teachers focused on building positive relationships with their scholars and teaching building expectations. Our teachers did such a wonderful job with this and so did our scholars! We believe this is so important to Bray being a safe and fun learning environment for all. Please follow the link below to view our campus expectations for the hallway, cafeteria, restroom and playground and join us in reviewing these expectations with your scholars.

Refillable water bottles and Snacks

Please send your scholar with a refillable water bottle each day. Since the pandemic, water fountains in schools have been replaced by contactless water stations so a water bottle is needed.


Also, lunch times range from 10:30 to 1:00 so scholars will be allowed to have a mid-morning or afternoon snack, depending on their grade level schedule. Please feel free to send your scholar with a snack each day if you choose. Some teachers may also choose to create a snack schedule where parents rotate sending in snacks for the class each week.

School Supply Lists

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Tardies, Arrival, and Dismissal

Arrival: Doors open from 7:45 a.m. to 8:05 a.m. If a scholar arrives before 7:45 a.m., they are expected to remain in front of the school until the doors open. They may sit on the pavement under the awning, on the bench, or they can choose to stand until the doors open. They should not touch the windows or doors of the building or block entry into the building for staff. Breakfast will be provided until 8:05. Additionally, if you park in the parking lot during the morning drop off, we ask that you walk your child through the parking lot and to the crosswalk so that we can secure his or her safety.


Right at School: Scholars enrolled in the Right At School program may enter as early as 6:30 a.m.


Tardies: School starts promptly at 8:05 a.m., and instruction begins immediately following the morning announcements. Scholars are considered tardy if they enter the building at 8:06 a.m or any time after. Parents must accompany scholars who are tardy into the building to sign them in for the day. The scholar will receive a tardy pass and then proceed to class. When the scholar has reached 10 tardies, he or she will be required to serve 1 hour of Saturday School to make up for lost instructional time.


Dismissal: There are four modes of transportation for dismissal: car riders, walkers, bus riders, and daycare riders. Please refer to the map below for an outline of the multiple lines of traffic Bray families take along city streets during school dismissal. For this reason, parents cannot walk to the front door to pick up scholars. When parents walk to the front door, it delays dismissal procedures. Therefore, we ask that you stay in your car to expedite dismissal procedures.


Dismissal will begin at 3:35 p.m. Parents/guardians must present a car tag to pick up scholars.


Car riders

For the safety of our scholars, we must verify the identity of anyone who picks up a scholar without a car tag. If you do not have a car tag to pick up a scholar during dismissal, you will be asked to park and go to the office for an ID check. Please take a picture ID into the office, and someone will assist you.


Additionally, we begin dismissing scholars at 3:35 and continue until 3:55. This time will change after the first several weeks of school. Scholars who have not been picked up at 3:55 will be escorted to the foyer at the front of the building for pick up by a parent or guardian.


Daycare and Bus riders

Bus riders will dismiss from the library. Daycare riders will dismiss from the door by the gym.

Walkers
Walkers will dismiss from door 18 and meet the crossing guard at the intersection between Roberts and Bennett Road. Walkers must use the crosswalk to cross the street in order to maintain their safety. Parents/guardians may meet scholars at the crosswalk where the crossing guard stands when we dismiss them. PreK-1st grade scholars must have an older sibling or family member with them to walk home.

**Parents & guardians: If you do not want to wait in the car line during dismissal, you can elect for your child to be a walker, and meet him/her at the intersection between Roberts and Bennett Road where the crossing guard stands. Please be sure to cross the street to collect your child so he or she does not have to walk through the parking lot on their own.


Thank you in advance for adhering to these procedures and processes.


We will continue to work diligently to streamline all arrival and dismissal procedures. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the front office at 972-291-4231.

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Changes in Transportation

Early Release of Scholars from School

Parents/guardians must sign out scholars who need to go for an appointment in the main office by 3:15 p.m. Scholars will not be released from the office after 3:15 since this is transition time for us.


Changes in Transportation

If there will be a change in how your scholar will go home, please call the front office and email your scholar's teacher by 3:00 p.m. This will ensure that your scholar gets home safely in spite of changes and in the manner you choose.


**If your child is a bus rider and you want to allow him or her to exit the bus with another scholar on the bus, you must provide a written note outlining the change in your child's transportation. The scholar will give the note to his/her teacher, and the office will ensure he or she receives a temporary bus pass. Be sure to include the dates that you would like the change to be implemented. Temporary bus passes are valid for 30 school days.


**If you are wanting someone to pick up your child who is not on the approved list in Skyward, you will need to communicate this to your child's teachers and Ms. Amadi, the campus secretary via email by 3:00 pm. In this communication, you will need to include your name, your child's name, who will be picking your scholar up and a picture of your photo ID. This email communication will take the place of a car tag and your scholar will be released in the car line.


**If you have approved for someone else to pick up your child, but a change of transportation email has not been sent by 3 pm, that individual will need to park and come into the building before the scholar is released to the individual. At this time, office staff will call you and ask that you send an email granting permission to the individual along with a copy of your photo ID.

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Attendance

It is vital that scholars are at school every day. According to compulsory school attendance, students are required to attend school 90% of the time and should not miss more than nine days of school per semester for a total of 18 days for the year. When scholars are absent, send a note to the school indicating why the scholar was absent. If absences are due to COVID, please communicate with our school's nurse aide.


We will recognize individual scholars for perfect attendance and classes with the highest attendance rates. Classes will receive a trophy, tangible rewards, and bragging rights! Please help us with this by bringing your scholar to school on time every day. When scholars are not at school, they miss valuable classroom instruction. Please note: If your scholar is sick, please keep them home; however, please send a note when your scholar returns.

Dress Code

Dress Code guidelines for ALL Elementary and Middle School campuses, Collegiate Academy and Collegiate High School 9th-10th grades


Acceptable Dress

  • Solid color red, black or white* shirt with collar
    • Small logo (1 inch or less) located on the chest is acceptable
    • Long sleeve or short sleeve polo or button up shirt is acceptable
  • Black or khaki pants/shorts/capris/skirts/jumpers
    • Shorts at least fingertip length
    • Cargo pants
    • Cargo shorts at least fingertip length
    • Skirts and jumpers at least knee length all the way around
    • A belt if needed to prevent pants from dragging or sagging; pants must be worn at the natural waist
  • Shoes with a heel and closed toe
  • Tennis shoes/sneakers
  • Boots
  • Dress shoes/loafers
  • Solid color red, black or white sweaters, cardigans, hoodies and sweatshirts
  • School issued hoodies or sweatshirts
  • Red, black, white or gray CHISD spirit hoodie or CHISD spirit sweatshirt
  • Solid color red, black, or white collared shirt must be worn under sweater, cardigans, hoodies or sweatshirt*
  • Jackets and heavy winter coats – any style or color
  • Solid color red, black, or white collared shirt must be worn under jacket or coat*

Unacceptable Dress & Accessories

  • All shirt colors except white are permissible at Collegiate Prep Elementary
  • Wind pants, yoga pants, athletic pants/shorts, sweat pants, or knit jogger pants
  • Leggings or tights may be worn as pants
  • Slippers, house shoes, sandals or flip flops
  • Unnatural hair colors or distracting hairstyles

Spirit Fridays

Acceptable Dress

  • Single color dark blue or black hemmed denim jeans may be worn with CHISD spirit shirt or solid color red, black or white collared shirt
  • Jean shorts at least fingertip length
  • Jean skirts at least knee length all the way around
  • A belt if needed to prevent pants from dragging or sagging

Unacceptable Dress

  • Sagging or dragging jeans, cutoffs and free from holes or tears
  • Leggings, “jeggings” or tights worn as pants
  • Jeans with patterns, designs or colored denim

Devices

Scholars who bring devices to school (cell phones, IPads, laptops, etc.) will be directed to put their devices in their locker or backpack during the school day. Devices should not be visible or used during the school day without teachers' permission for instructional purposes. Every scholar has access to a Chromebook to access applications or online assignments. To minimize disruptions throughout the school day, please remind scholars to leave devices at home or be prepared to put them away when they arrive at school. Please see the Acceptable Use of Technology section on the district's website for additional information.

Protective Face Coverings

In CHISD, scholars have been strongly encouraged to wear face masks as a preventative measure against the spread of COVID-19. Please send a mask with your scholar daily as we may not have masks available. We will gladly accept any donations for masks for our scholars.
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