May 19, 2023
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.
Location: 9001 Cochrans Crossing Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381
Yearbooks are in! They will be distributed on May 23 and students will have time to sign them in class.
If you still need to purchase a Yearbook, we have a few extra copies to sell! Yearbooks are $35 each, and must be purchased by midnight on May 21, 2023 to be distributed in class on May 23. To purchase a yearbook, either login (if you attended/bid on items at Springetti) or register at the link below.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any yearbook questions.
SCHOOL SUPPLY ORDERING IS LIVE!
It is time to order school supplies! Please visit the school supply link to order, and enter GAL005 as our "School ID".
Pre-ordering your school supplies can save money, as well as time spent searching for items at stores or online. In addition, your student will have their supplies delivered to the school, where they are placed in your child's classroom for the first day of school!
Please place your orders by June 16! All sales are final: no refunds.
For more information, see the flyer below or contact email@example.com.
Galatas students and staff are so proud of our former Greyhounds, the Class of 2023!
Fourth Grade Clap Out Information
Our Fourth Grade Clap Out will take place on Thursday, May 25, at 10:00 AM. This year, we will have an outside "Family Viewing Area" so that all fourth grade families can have a great view of our awesome Top Dogs!
The clap out will begin at 10:00 AM. The Top Dogs will parade through the Galatas hallways (so that our students can celebrate), and then they will exit through the gym doors at the rear of the school, around the car loop, and then back into the school through the other set of gym doors. Families will be able to view the parade around the car loop at the back of the school. Please see the map below for specific details.
Please do not park or drive through the Good Shepherd parking lot.
Phonics Showcase Vendors
The Conroe ISD Elementary Language Arts department is in the process of reviewing state-approved resources to assist in the teaching of phonics in grades K-3. A showcase of these resources is set up at the Jett TTC (9043 David Memorial Dr, Shenandoah, TX 77385) and is available for viewing weekdays from 8:00-4:30 through June 1. Additionally, community members can use the digital flyer attached to this newsletter to review each phonics option at home. The flyer includes links to general information and samples of the programs. Finally, a community survey is linked here and can be completed to provide the district feedback regarding the various options. Following the community showcase, a committee of Conroe ISD educators will review feedback, gather additional information from the vendors and make a formal recommendation to the school board prior to the June 20 meeting.
Click on the document below for additional information.
Bus Smart Tag Collection – Last day of School May 25
We will be collecting all students' Smart Tags on the last day of school. Please send your child with their backpack on the last day of school so that their Smart Tag can be collected.
Medication Pick-up Information
If your child has medication in the clinic, it must be picked up by a parent/guardian. Medication pick-up is by appointment only. Please sign up for a time to come to school to pick up the medication using the link below.
Medication cannot be stored or kept in the clinic over the summer. Any medication that is not picked up by 3:30 PM on May 25 will be disposed of, per CISD Medication policy.
If you have any questions, please call 936-709-5013
Katy Riggs, RN Galatas School Nurse
PreK, Kinder, and New Student Registration
Do you or someone you know in your neighborhood have a child that will be 5 on or before September 1, 2023? Help us spread the word: PreK, Kindergarten, & New Student Enrollment for 2023-2024 is open!
Please be sure to register as soon as possible; it is important for us to know how many new Greyhounds we are expecting so that we are ready to welcome them to Galatas in August!
Registration is online, and you can upload all of the needed documents right to the registration application. Please click below for a direct link to the CISD registration page. Then, click "Family Portal 2023-2024" to begin registering.
If you have any questions please e-mail Robin Curtis, Galatas Registrar, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Please note: Parents of current and returning students will complete a CISD enrollment verification (Snap Code) to be sent out this summer.
CHANGE OF INFORMATION
If any of your phone numbers, your email addresses, or your physical address have changed, please contact the Galatas registrar, Robin Curtis, at email@example.com. Any address change will need to have a Proof of Residency such as a utility bill (gas, water, electric), lease, or buyers agreement/contract.
If you currently have plans to move over the summer please email our registrar, Robin Curtis at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will help in planning for next year.
CISD 2023-2024 Virtual School Applications
The Virtual School is accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year for students entering grades 4 through 9. Please feel free to visit our website or attend a parent informational meeting. If you have questions, please contact the Virtual School at email@example.com or 936-709-8011.
Parent Info Nights
May 9 - 6:30 PM - York Jr. High
May 10 - 7 PM - Webinar
May 16 - 6:30 PM - McCullough Jr. High
May 23 - 7 PM - Webinar
Get Involved at Galatas
Galatas Yard Signs for Sale!
ExxonMobil Grant Program
Please sign up here and you will be contacted by the ExxonMobil Coordinator with further details.
CISD Summer School/Enrichment Programs Information
For information and registration for CISD Summer School and Enrichment Programs, please visit this link: https://www.conroeisd.net/department/tl/summer-school/
For questions about the programs, please email our Counselor, Lyndsey Christopher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMART Tag Student I.D. Information
The District is excited to announce a new addition to student safety with the implementation of the SMART tag™ I.D. system. Students in your child’s school will begin using this system on Tuesday, February 14, 2023, with the initial use to scan bus riders boarding or exiting a bus. SMART tag™ uses safe passive technology which enables your child’s I.D. card to be programmed with a unique student number. This number can only be read by the SMART tag™ tablet installed on each CISD school bus, and the I.D. number is the only digital information in the card. The goal is to have the SMART tag™ system fully implemented throughout the District by May 2023.
Upon full implementation, parents/guardians will have the ability to sign up to receive text notifications of when their child’s bus will arrive for pick up in the morning and drop off in the afternoon. When a student boards or exits the bus, the student will touch their SMART tag™ I.D. card on the SMART tag™ tablet (RFID reader) at the top of the stairs. This will allow the bus driver to determine if the student is on the right bus, as well as confirm that the student is getting off at the correct bus stop. The GPS capability is in the SMART tag™ tablet on the bus not the SMART tag™ I.D. card. All students will receive a SMART tag™ I.D. card and a lanyard in the coming days. The success of the program in large part depends on students having their SMART tag™ I.D. card with them when they get on and off the bus. We ask for your help in this regard.
The District is excited about offering its families this new service to increase safety, and we ask for your patience as we implement this new program. In the near future, your child’s SMART tag™ I.D. will also be used for cafeteria purchases and library book check-out. For more information on the program including how the passive technology works, please visit the District’s SMART tag™ website. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Conroe ISD Transportation Department’s The Woodlands Center at 832-592-8800 or visit our transportation website.
Conroe ISD Transportation Department
SUMMER 2023 ATHLETIC CAMPS
Please check back regularly, as camps are added frequently!
-INFORMATION FOR ONGOING REFERENCE-
Parent Information Sheet
Galatas Student Handbook Addendum
CISD Child Nutrition Information
CISD 2023-2024 CALENDAR
The CISD Board of Trustees has approved the 2023-2024 calendar. For your convenience, please download the calendar here:
Thank you in advance for scheduling vacations and travel during school breaks and holidays.
Reporting Student Absences and Attendance Information
When your child is absent, please call the school attendance line (936-709-5014), the front office (936-709-5000), or email Robin Curtis (email@example.com) before 9:00 AM to explain the reason for their absence. To ensure the accuracy of your child's attendance records, please call or email each day your child is absent.
Attendance is recorded at 9:00 AM each day. If your child is absent at 9:00 AM due to a doctor’s appointment, he/she will be counted present if you bring your child back to school on the same day with a doctor's statement that verifies the appointment.
If your child will be out for an extended period, please let us know by emailing Robin Curtis at the email above.
Please use the Transportation Change forms any time a student needs to go home in a different way from the permanent designated mode of transportation. If you need a notepad, please let your child's teacher know and we will send one home.
All transportation changes must be received in writing by 2:00 p.m. We are unable to accept a phone call. You may send a written note to your child’s teacher (place it in your student's PAWS folder), or fill out a form in the front office. Please include the date, your child’s full name, section number, bus number (if applicable), and your signature.
If an emergency arises, you may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . The e-mail must include all of the above information, including a parent signature, and must be received before 2:00 p.m. If you submit a transportation change by email, it must go to the email address referenced above; transportation changes should not be emailed directly to the teacher.
Please send a new note for each day the change occurs; we cannot accept notes for multiple days or with multiple changes. District policy states that a student may only ride the bus they are registered to ride.
Join the PTO and Support our Greyhounds
Please support our school by joining our amazing PTO. The link below will take you to the Galatas PTO website, where you can join the PTO and explore ways to get involved at Galatas.
It is a great way to get connected with our Galatas community and other parents.
Lunch Visitor Information
Lunch visitors are invited to enjoy our outdoor dining area (weather permitting). On rainy or other inclement weather days, we will have seating available in the Activity Room.
** Please consider limiting lunch visits to once or twice per month for each student, so that all parents have an opportunity to visit for lunch.
**Please limit the number of visitors to no more than four.
**A driver's license or government issued photo i.d. is required for adults each time they visit Galatas. We are unable to accept a photo of an i.d. Please allow time (about 5 minutes) to complete the required check-in at the front office prior to your child's lunchtime.
**We want to ensure the safety and security of everyone as they enjoy time together. If a grandparent, family member, or adult other than the parent of the student wants to visit your child during lunch, the parent must send in written permission to the front office. The note will only need to be sent in once, and at that time a notation will be made in the visitor system so that the school will have a record of the permission being granted. If a note is not sent, we will call a parent to grant permission before the visitor is allowed to join a student for lunch.
Lunchtime is limited to 25 minutes. A staff member will be monitoring the door, and will assist your child in returning to the cafeteria to join their class. Then, please head back to the front office to return your visitor sticker.
Kindergarten 11:30 AM-11:55 AM
1st Grade 11:15 AM-11:40 AM
2nd Grade 12:00 PM-12:25 PM
3rd Grade 12:25 PM-12:50 PM
4th Grade 11:50 AM-12:15 PM
Please be mindful that the next grade level parents are also excited to visit their children for lunch. We require parents to exit promptly at the designated time, to allow the next group to have lunch together.
All visitors must be able to provide a government issued, photo I.D. at each visit. Photos of the I.D. will not be accepted. Visitors will check in at the front office and receive a Visitor Badge which must be worn at all times in the building. When leaving the building, visitors must check out with the front office and return the badge.
In order to volunteer at school, a Volunteer in CISD Application must be completed.
Please visit volunteer-in-cisd to complete the process.
Drop-off Procedures for Forgotten Items
Please help your student be fully prepared for their day by ensuring that they have all needed materials (backpack, lunch, water bottle, etc...) before leaving for school in the morning.
To minimize interruptions to classrooms, please limit drop-offs to the following items:
- Water bottles and lunches may be placed on the Drop-off table before 10:00 a.m. at the front office. These items should be labeled with your child’s name and section number to ensure proper delivery. Items are taken at 10:00 a.m. to a drop-off table at the end of each hallway, so please email the teacher to let them know that you have dropped off the water bottle or lunch.
- If you need eye glasses delivered to your child, please do not put them on the drop-off table. Bring them to the office staff for immediate delivery to your child.
- Any class work or homework that is dropped off will be placed in the teacher’s mailbox to be picked up during the day.
Delivery of flowers, balloons, etc. to students at school are not permitted.
Student Cell Phone/Smart Watch Expectations
During the school year, some students received a cell phone and/or a smart watch. As a reminder, smart watches and cell phones should be turned off and placed in the student's backpack during school. Students should not use their devices to send or receive messages during the day. Please help us reinforce expectations by reminding your child of these procedures.
A Message from the School Nurse
Please keep your child home if they are showing any signs of illness or reporting that they do not feel well.
Medication at school: If your child needs medications while at school, please email the nurse at email@example.com to schedule a drop-off time. Students may not bring medication to school; all medication must be checked in with the School Nurse by a parent or guardian.
Prescription medications must be in the original prescription container and unexpired. Scheduled prescription medications must have a specific scheduled time on the prescription label, not a time range, and be in the original prescription bottle. Over the counter medications must be age specific and have directions on the manufacturer's label for your student's age.
All students who require an Action Plan must have a new and up to date form completed by the physician for the 2022-2023 school year.
Extra change of clothes: Please include a change of clothing in each student’s backpack in case of a spill, fall in the mud, or restroom accident. The nurse has a very limited supply of extra clothes and will try to find something suitable for the student to wear, but having their own set of clothes will save time and help the student be more comfortable.
If you have questions about COVID-19, please refer to the District's informational web page here.
Katy Riggs, RN
Monthly Vaccine Clinic
Celebrate Teacher & Staff Excellence!
- Log in to Parent Access.
- Click on communication.
- Choose Teacher/Staff Excellence from the drop down menu.
- Select the employee to receive recognition from the drop down menu.
- Click create TAE.
- Click any of the pre-populated choices that apply.
- Type any additional comments in the Additional Comment box.
- Click the box labeled Create Teachers Achieving Excellence button.
Parking Lot Request
If all the visitor spots are full, we ask that you please park at either Cattail Park, the row of spots closest to Galatas in the Community Baptist Church, or the closest end spots at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. These two churches have graciously offered these spots to us as our Galatas Family grows.
Thank you for your help with parking!
Student Early Check-Out
If you know that you will need to check-out your child during the school day, please let their teacher know so that they can help your child gather their belongings and prepare for an early departure.
As a reminder, to ensure the safety of all students at dismissal, the latest a student can be checked out of school is 2:45 p.m.
School Zone Safety Tips
In addition, cell phone use in a school zone is prohibited. As you enter areas around schools, please end your calls and put your phone away.
The CISD Police and Montgomery County Sheriff's Department patrol our school zones to ensure everyone's safety, and will issue citations if necessary.
Thank you for your help in keeping our community safe!
School Dismissal Safety Notes
--Only cross at crosswalks! Our crossing guards and staff are here to keep everyone safe and ensure that families cross intersections in an efficient manner.
--Please do not park behind staff cars in the school parking lot. Please park in a parking space, as blocking cars could cause a safety concern in case of an emergency.
--Please be considerate of our neighbors at Hayden's Run and Wyndspire South. Please keep the sight lines at the entrance clear for entering and exiting vehicles.
--Please be considerate of our neighbors at South Silvershire Circle. Please do not park on the grass or lawn of the homes. Take care not to block driveways and leave enough room for residents to easily drive in their neighborhood at all times.
2022-2023 CISD School Calendar
23 Yearbook Signing
25 4th Grade Clap Out: 10:00 a.m.
25 Early Dismissal: 12:10 p.m. Last Day of School