Panda PAWS 2.4

October 18-22, 2021

Important Events for the Week

October 18:
  • Lifetouch Picture Day (see schedule below-uniforms NOT required)
  • Model PLC Mondays for Staff
  • 4:00-5:30 PK 4 SWAG @ Admin Building
  • 7:00 Board Meeting: Pierce is being recognized by Solution Tree as a Model PLC!

October 19:
  • Ms. Dickson-Principal meeting in person all day

October 20:
  • Well-deserved Wednesday for Staff
  • 11:00 Admin Team meeting by Zoom
  • 3:30 Guiding Coalition Meeting in Cafe
  • Shel'si on campus

October 21:
  • AM PK 4/ECSE Purposeful Planning in cafe
  • PM PK 3 Purposeful Planning in cafe
  • Jeans & Pierce shirts for Staff who donated to ISF
  • Carey on campus
  • Shel'si on campus
  • Ashley B on campus

October 22:
  • In person Parent Meetings in cafe
  • Spirit Day for Staff & Students
  • #EPED Prizes go home

Picture Day Schedule

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Planning Ahead: Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week will be October 25-29! Details are below:

We will have our Book Character parades for classes this year. Ms. Jenkins, our Admin Intern and Ms. Popkin will be going live on Facebook to so that parents can watch from home. Parents will not be allowed to attend in person, but can watch on Facebook.

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Halloween Reminders for parents:

  • Halloween is not one of our party days.
  • No food should be brought to school to share on October 29 since no parties will be held.
  • Parents may send treat bags with non-food items like pencils and stickers. Teachers can place these items in backpacks at dismissal.
  • October 29 we will be dressing up as our favorite book characters.

ISF Update from Ms. Jenkins:

I would like to thank everyone for giving during this amazing campaign! This will feed our kids over the weekend, they will send our kids to college, and they will enrich our students lives through innovative programs (Scanio, ISF). Thank you again!

This is our preliminary amount raised. There are still funds to be calculated. Awesome job Pierce!

Congratulations to week 2 highest giver, Nurse Karen Nichols! She returned to her office with her prize on her desk!

Congratulations to week 3 highest givers, Mrs. Jacqueline Knutson and Mrs. Lourdes Fierro! I will bring your prizes to you!

Week 2 was a great week for giving. I would like to acknowledge some givers that I call


Jeanette Moreno

Julie Svoboda

Cystal Alonso

Antonio Vega

I have something for this giving group as well.

Remember if you donated $10 or more, you can begin wearing jeans WITH A PIERCE SHIRT, PLEASE on the remaining Thursdays until December starting October 21.

Flu Shot Opportunity for Staff:


Passport Health/Staying Healthy Medical Services will be providing

on site vaccination clinics for Irving ISD this fall.



To sign up please copy/paste the link into your internet browser:

We are able to accept the following PPO type insurances:

  • ALL TRS Plans offered through Blue Cross Blue Shield- covered at 100%
  • Aetna*
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield*
  • Cigna *
  • Humana
  • United Health Care
  • Medicare Part B (Flu & COVID-19 shots only-please provide a copy of any supplement plans also)
  • Scott & White (Flu & COVID-19 shots only)

We do not accept HMO plans other than BCBS Primary, Primary+ and Scott & White.

*We are unable to accept Aetna & Blue Cross Gold, Silver & Bronze plans and Cigna Local Plus. Please see the consent forms for other known exceptions of plans that do not cover vaccines at 100%.

A paper copy of your current insurance card and driver’s license are required. Please bring your paper copies with you when you receive your vaccines. Electronic cards cannot be accepted.

We will have the following vaccines available:

With insurance Without an accepted insurance

Quadrivalent Flu Shot No charge $ 20.00

COVID-19 Vaccine (Moderna) age 18 and up No charge No charge

Hepatitis A No charge $ 90.00

Hepatitis B No charge $ 80.00

HPV (Gardasil) up to age 45 No charge $240.00

Meningitis No charge $130.00

MMR No charge $100.00

Pneumonia (Pneumovax23) ages 50-64 if using insurance No charge $120.00

Pneumonia (Prevnar 13 ) ages 50-64 if using insurance No charge $210.00

Tetanus Diphtheria with Pertussis No charge $ 70.00

Shingles (Shingrix) ages 50-64 if using insurance No charge $190.00

B12 Shot $ 20.00 $ 20.00

If paying for any vaccines and/or B12, we accept cash or check made out to Staying Healthy Medical Services.

After you sign up online, you will see a confirmation page. There will be a link for you to print out the consent form for vaccinations. You only need to print out one consent form for vaccinations. B12 will require a separate form. If you have questions about any particular vaccination, please see our nurse on the day of the clinic.

The new Shingles vaccine (Shingrix) will be available for employees (age 50-64 only if using insurance). Please note that this vaccine is known to cause more frequent local reactions than other routine immunizations and cannot be given to anyone younger than 50 years old.

For individuals age 65 and over, only flu and COVID vaccines can be administered if using insurance. Age appropriate vaccines can be administered to those 65 and over that are paying out of pocket for the vaccine.

If you received routine vaccinations from Staying Healthy Medical Services, other than flu, in previous years and need a copy of your records, please email us at In the email you will need to include your name and birthdate. Depending on the carrier, insurance claims may be filed as Community Health and Immunization Services or Staying Healthy Medical Services.

Questions? See Karen Nichols.

Employee Wellness Needs Your Help!!!

Hello Pierce ECS!!

I hope your day is going great! As some of you may know, Irving ISD is implementing an Employee Wellness & Support Program. We are here to be of service to all IISD staff. As we begin to roll out this new service for the employees, we want to get feedback from you. This is a pilot survey to gain a better insight of your needs. We know you are busy and we greatly appreciate your time. Therefore, this anonymous survey is only 4-5 questions and probably take 2-3 minutes to let us know what you are thinking. We look forward to working with you all! Have a great week! 😊

Survey Link:

Please be sure to follow us on Twitter @IISD_Wellness

For additional questions, concerns or to speak with a staff member, email us at

Veronica Maples, MPH, CHES

ESSER Employee Wellness Support Cluster Lead

Irving Independent School District

2621 W. Airport Freeway | Irving, TX 75062

P.O. Box 152637 | Irving, TX 75015-2637 - IISD Employee Wellness Page

Calhoun's Comments

October is AAC Awareness Month!

TarHeel Shared Reader provides free materials which support development of communication and literacy skills. Choose stories from an online library on a variety of topics. Each story is supported by picture communication symbols. If you have a student who is using a communication board, this is a great way to engage your student in a shared reading activity.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!

Virtual Office or Website

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Congratulations to our Row Boat Award winners for October!

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Shout Outs!

From Jennifer Dickson & our Pierce Staff:

We want to wish Sandra Hall well as today is her last day as part of the Pierce Panda Team! Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication to our students, families and staff here at Pierce. We wish good luck in your future endeavors! Sandra, you will be missed!

From Sandra Hall:

Thank you so much for the taco lunch I was surprised by! Thank you for organizing the surprise, Mrs. Buchelli, and also a big thank you to everyone who brought wonderful food!! I am so thankful for your thoughtfulness and generosity!

I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing school!

You are all so special to me and I will always treasure my time here!!!

From Ashley Pence:

Karen- for saving Charolette from the playground 😁 Glad you appreciate the spiders too!

PreK 4 Team- Planning has been a breeze lately and I feel that's a big thanks to you guys ❤️