The Hoot Owl

MARCH

Notes from the principal

Who would have ever guessed we'd have a snow day in Texas that would shut us down! I hope, no matter what, your families made the best of it and enjoyed some time in the snow.


March is here and Spring Break will be upon us before you know it. Then hopefully some warmer weather will follow.


It is more important than ever that you continue to work in partnership with your child's teacher and support learning at home. We need students reading daily at home and practicing math facts. Be creative, don't just sit at the table and do these things...Read signs while traveling in the car, skip down the sidewalk doing math facts, take turns reading a story with your child (you read page, your child reads a page), ask questions while reading...what is the story about? Where is it taking place? What is the problem? How do you think they will solve the problem? How did they solve the problem? As much as you can support your child, the better your child will be in progressing.



Attendance is also important to your child's learning. If your child is sick, your teacher will be happy to upload some work that can be completed at home when your child feel good enough to do work. This actually allows us to count your child as present and helps him/her stay current in his/her learning. Please make sure and communicate with your child's teacher on days when they are out of school.


As we get closer to Spring Break, you might see anxiety in your children since last year we did not return to school after Spring Break. Do your best to reassure your child that we plan on returning to school on March 22. Calm their fears and help them relax and enjoy their time off from school.

Reminders...

*Dress Code - As we return from Spring Break and warmer weather is upon us, please remember to check the length of your child's shorts. Most children have grown an inch or two since the start of school and those once long enough shorts, skirts and even shirts, might no longer be long enough. We want them to comfortable and covered.

*Tardies - start at 8:01 a.m. We are seeing an increase of tardies with over 30 students almost daily. Teachers start lessons right at 8:00 and if your child comes in after that, they are missing valuable education. Please do your best to adjust your schedule to leave a few minutes early and have your child here before 8:00. Our doors open at 7:35.

*Car rider line entrance is between Saltgrass and the hotel. Right turn lane from our driveway is blocked so you will be forced to turn left and join at the end of the line.

*Jackets - With the weather turning cooler, we are already starting to accumulate jackets without names in them. Please do your best to label your child's jackets so that if they are lost, they can be returned. We donate a number of jackets yearly that are left. Found jackets are in the gym area.

*Lunches - We are still not accepting lunches dropped off at school. If your child forgets their lunch for the day, they can eat free in the cafeteria.

*Visitors - are being asked to stop at the door and ring the bell for help. If you must enter the building, you have to complete the Covid check-in on your phone or on a piece of paper we have before you can enter the foyer. Visitors are not allowed past the foyer at all.

*Transportation Changes - If you need to change your child's transportation home, we ask that you send a note to the child's teacher in the morning. Calling the front office is reserved for emergencies only.

*Masks - Students are still expected to be wearing a mask while at school so please do your best to make sure they have one on a daily basis.

NOTES FROM THE NURSE

Spring Safety Tips


  • Make outdoor time a safe time - wear a helmet when riding bikes, skateboards, and scooters. Knee pads and elbow pads are easy to wear and add more protection.
  • Limit outdoor exposure when the pollen or mold counts are high if you have sensitivities. You can check daily particulate counts on the weather channel.
  • Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac contain oil causing an allergic skin reaction that looks like swollen itchy red bumps and blisters appearing wherever the oil has touched the skin. Check the areas around your home and teach your kids to recognize and avoid it.
  • Stinging insects are back - if you are stung, remove the stinger as soon as possible with a scraping motion. Wash with soap and water and apply a cold compress. If trouble breathing, severe swelling or fainting occurs, call 911 or an emergency number right away.
  • Animal bites - don’t disturb a sleeping dog or a dog that’s eating! Wash wounds well with soap and water and call the pediatrician. A tetanus or rabies shot may be needed.
  • Ticks can be a problem in some areas - use fine tweezers to grasp as close to the head as possible and pull the tick away from where it is attached. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick. Call the pediatrician for symptoms of a rash or fever.
  • Review water and sun safety rules every day, and don’t forget to use sunscreen. Especially during 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. when sun rays are the strongest. Use SPF 15 or higher even on cloudy days.



Have a safe and restful Spring Break

Nurse Sims

PTO

PTO Meeting - will be on March 2 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. We will be planning for the fundraiser and finalizing plans for the remainder of the year.


SPRING FUNDRAISER -

We kicked off our Spring Fundraiser Friday. We are doing a Bubble Run this year and students are getting pledges for running. It is a blanket donation this year, not a per lap donation. The Bubble Run will take place on March 10 and 11 - depending on your child's homeroom teacher. Please help us by registering your child on the online platform and send a few emails to family and friends asking for sponsorship. A letter was emailed home explaining the details. If you still have questions, please reach out to Robin Alexander, PTO President, at robinorepto@gmail.com.

FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

Students attending CISD schools are currently receiving free breakfast and lunch. This will continue until further notice.


For those who are virtual, feeding locations have changed for picking up lunches. Pick up will now be at Irons Junior High School off Hwy 242. Pick up dates are still Tuesday and Thursday.

DATES TO KNOW

MARCH

2 - PTO meeting via Zoom @ 5:30 p.m.

10 & 11 - Fun Run for PTO

12 - Staff development day - student holiday

15-19 - Spring Break