Wrangler Weekly

January 2, 2022

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Back to School!

Happy New Year!!!! I hope everyone had a wonderful break and was able to relax and spend some quality time with your families. We can’t wait to see all the great accomplishments of our Wranglers as we embark on a new year, 2022!

If you haven’t already, please prep our Wranglers so they are ready to return to school this Tuesday. Teachers will review routines and procedures in class this week and we could use your support by getting our Wranglers to bed in the evening. They need their rest to grow and continue to strive toward excellence! I've included a chart below with a little more information regarding the benefits of quality rest.

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Beanstack Challenge!

From January 1 to January 31, Williams will participate in Beanstack’s Fifth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, “Read for a Better World,” sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group. We challenge our students to read at least 20 minutes every day during the month of January – more is better! - and keep track of their reading on Beanstack, found in ClassLink. Thousands of other libraries and schools across the nation are joining in too, for a chance at winning prizes including book collections, signed books, and virtual author visits. Happy reading, Wranglers!

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Dear Parents & Guardians:

Our school is about to take part in a special, communitywide shared reading event. Thanks to our wonderful and generous PTO, every student will receive a copy of the book! Families will be asked to read it together at home starting January 4, 2022. We are personally asking you to make the time so that your family can participate in this special activity.

Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader, and it is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. With this program, we aim to build a Community of Readers at our school. Everyone – students, parents, teachers, even administrative staff – will all be following along together.

Your child will receive a copy of the book for them to keep forever. Along with the book, you will receive a reading schedule so that you can keep up at home. Generally, you will be asked to read about 15 minutes each night. All students will receive their books on Tuesday, January 4th.

In school, your child will be invited to answer daily trivia questions to encourage and reward attentive listening. You will soon find that your child will take pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story. In class, students will explore the book through activities and discussion. You will want to make sure your family keeps up so that your child can be included. Throughout the month of January, everyone will be talking about the book!

This is a novel program in that children of all grade levels will all be listening to the same book. Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child's own reading level. We also believe that you can and should continue reading chapter books with your older children, even when they are able to read by themselves. We have selected a title that can be followed and understood and enjoyed by younger students. The book will also captivate and stimulate older children.

We know that you’ll enjoy this special reading time with your children. We hope to talk with both you and your student in January about what happened in the latest chapter! “When a whole school reads a book, there's a lot to talk about.” With your help, we can build a Community of Readers at our school.

Sara Smith, Librarian

Anitra Wilson, Principal

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Support Williams Elementary at Marco's Pizza on Wednesday!

Order from Marco's Pizza on this Wednesday, January 5, and Marco's will give our school 35% of the sales!

Place your carryout or delivery order of any menu priced item(s). When placing your order, be sure to mention that your order is to benefit your child's school.

Marco's Pizza at 4125 Williams Way Suite 170 Richmond, TX 77469


Lamar Educational Awards Foundation - Men Who Cook

The Lamar Educational Awards Foundation is a nonprofit community-based organization dedicated to securing and distributing resources to the students, staff and campuses of the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District that will supplement, enhance and enrich the quality of education. They are currently looking for "Celebrity Chef" participants for their upcoming "Men Who Cook" event. If you, your business, or corporation is interested in being a "Celebrity Chef" please complete the form at the following link: https://form.jotform.com/212993337782164

We Need Re-Zoning Committee Members

Re-Zoning process for LCISD’s newest campus, Maxine Phelan Elementary, will begin in January 2022. Zoning options may occur that impact Williams Elementary School. Due to this possible impact, parent representatives are requested that currently have students enrolled in Williams Elementary.

Please access the LCISD website. Select the “Community” tab. From the list of options, select “Advisory Committees.” Once there, select “Apply for Attendance Boundary Committee.”

The parent will then fill out the form and submit electronically. The deadline for submissions is Monday, December 13, 2021.

Science Olympiad

Attention all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade scientists: Science Olympiad is an exciting competitive science event where students get to practice and compete in exciting and challenging competitions. We will have 5 Thursday practices and will compete against the other LCISD campuses on Saturday, February 19th, 2022 from 8:15 am to 12:30 pm. If you are interested, please fill out the attached form (also coming home on Tuesday, January, 4th). Applications are due by Monday, January 10th. Applying to Science Olympiad does not guarantee you a spot as we are limited in how many students may attend. Thank you!

Practice at Home

We hope that you all were able to get some good rest in over the break! Here are a few resources below for additional practice at home if your Wrangler has free time :)
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Weekly Parent-School Connection

Connecting school and home makes us a great community of learners! You can also engage in learning by reading the weekly newsletter that usually goes out on Fridays from your homeroom teacher in Canvas. The weekly newsletter tells you what they will study in the upcoming week, any upcoming grades, and/or activities in class. #stayconnected



Make a list of things you would like to accomplish by the end of the month and explain why they are important.


Make a list of things you would like to accomplish by the end of the year and explain why they are important.

Join PTO!

Field Trips are underway! Did you know that every Wrangler will go on a PTO sponsored field trip by the end of the year? Please consider paying your dues to PTO just to help with that cost.

Membership Dues are $15 per family, pay here: www.Williams.ptboard.com/home

You may also order a PTO spirit shirt at the link above!

Also join our PTO Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/ManfordWilliamsPTO

Williams Bell Schedule

  • 7:00 am- Doors open (1st - 5th report to class - they may grab their breakfast before heading to class, PK & Kinder report to cafeteria)
  • 7:30 am- Tardy bell
  • 9:30 am- Attendance bell
  • 2:00 pm- Transportation Changes deadline
  • 2:55 pm- Dismissal

Spring Semester Important Dates

*All dates are tentative. New dates and/or changes will be italicized.

January 3 - Teacher Work Day

January 4 - Students return to school

Jan 4 - Jan 14 - One School, One Book (Mars nonfiction text - book coming home with students!)

January 4 - PTO Meeting 6pm - https://lcisd.zoom.us/j/87364453246

January 5 - College and Career Readiness - wear jeans and college shirt

January 5 - Marco's Pizza Spirit Night

January 7 - Middle of Year MAPs Math Testing 1st - 5th grades

January 10 - Middle of Year MAPs Reading Testing 1st - 5th grades

January 14 - Fairness Friday - wear orange

January 17 - MLK Day - no school

January 18 - Middle of Year MAPs Science Testing 2nd - 5th grades

January 20 - NW 2 Report Cards posted to Skyward

January 21 - Outdoor Lunch - pay $1

February 1 - PTO Meeting 6pm - https://lcisd.zoom.us/j/87364453246

February 2 - College and Career Readiness - wear jeans and college shirt

February 2 - Marco's Pizza Spirit Night

February 9 - Spring and Class Pictures

February 10 - Grade Level Talent Shows during specials

February 11 - Early Release at 11:30am

February 14 - Outdoor lunch - pay $1

February 28 - March 4 - Read Across America Week (daily themed dress up days)

March 1 - PTO Meeting 6pm - https://lcisd.zoom.us/j/87364453246

March 2 - College and Career Readiness - wear jeans and college shirt

March 2 - Marco's Pizza Spirit Night

March 3 - Art Night 6pm

March 4 - PTO Dance

March 10 - Jump Rope for Heart competition during specials

March 11 - Early Release at 11:30am

March 11 - School Wide Talent Show

March 14 - 18 Spring Break - no school

March 31 - Report Cards posted in Skyward

April 4-8 School Librarian's Week

April 5 - PTO Meeting 6pm - https://lcisd.zoom.us/j/87364453246

April 6 - College and Career Readiness - wear jeans and college shirt

April 6 - Marco's Pizza Spirit Night

April 8 - Citizenship Friday - Wear purple

April 29 - Field Day

May 3 - PTO Meeting 6pm - https://lcisd.zoom.us/j/87364453246

May 4 - College and Career Readiness - wear jeans and college shirt

May 4 - Marco's Pizza Spirit Night

May 10 - STAAR 5th Grade Math

May 17 - STAAR 5th Grade Reading

May 18 - STAAR 3rd and 4th Grade Reading

May 19 - STAAR 5th Grade Science

May 20 - Outdoor lunch - pay $1

May 23 - End of Year Awards for Grades 1-4 (times tbd)

May 24 - End of Year Programs for Kinder (9am) and 5th Grade (11am)

May 25 - Character Counts Day - wear color by grade level

May 26 - End of Year Awards for PK and ECSE/Pegasus

May 26 - End of Year Parties for all grades

May 26 - Final Report Cards posted in Skyward

May 26 - Last day of school

Manford Williams Elementary School

Mission statement:

The mission of Manford Williams Elementary School is to prepare students socially and academically to be lifelong learners and responsible, productive citizens in a competitive global society.

Vision statement:

The vision of Manford Williams Elementary School is to provide a rigorous and stimulating environment that engages all students while preparing them to become global innovators, well-rounded citizens, diverse thinkers, and lifelong learners.