The Leopard Tale

March-2019

Principal's Points

During our short month of February, our Leopards have accomplished much! Many students from all grade levels have shared important facts about famous African Americans during our morning announcements. Kindergarten celebrated the 100th day of school, and our students celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday with dress up days and guest classroom readers.


Over 600 families attended our Safari Night, the largest attended curriculum night in the history of Andre’. Leopards at all grade levels enjoyed listening to the singing zoologist, building Lego robotics with Bricks for Kids, and eating nachos and Frito pie. Later in the month, our fourth grade entertainers showcased their talents at our annual multicultural celebration. Singers, dancers, and speakers worked hard to prepare a memorable performance that was truly inspiring. Hopefully everyone had a chance to see our amazing twirlers and step team at the Superintendent’s Fun Run last Saturday. They were fantastic! Thank you to everyone who participated by running or supporting the efforts with a sleep-in-pass. The money raised will provide funding for college scholarships to CFISD graduating seniors! Finally, thank you to our dedicated PTO for hosting the Enchanted Garden Father/Daughter Dance. Tiara clad Lady Leopards were dressed to the nines and were swept away for a night to remember. Thank you to all the fathers for putting their best foot to the dance floor and to all the moms for making it happen! I am excited to Welcome March, the new Winter, and am looking forward for more pirate adventure!

Important Information

Benchmark Testing

In March, the benchmark testing cycle continues. The benchmark tests are similar to the STAAR test. They provide a practice opportunity for your child to experience the four-hour testing window. They also provide critical academic data that helps guide our instruction.

Our last round of benchmarks will take place on Monday, March 25th and Tuesday, March 26th for all 3rd and 4th graders. Wednesday, March 27th, all 5th graders will test. We will have no lunch visitors or deliveries on testing days. Please help ensure your children’s success by having them at school, on time and rested on Benchmark Testing Days. Thank you as always for your support!


Federal Report Cards

Federal Report Cards for the State, the District, and each of the District’s campuses are now available on the District’s website. Please see the letter below for more details.


Andre’s Rodeo Dance Extravaganza

Who: 1st and 2nd grade students

Where: Cafeteria

When: March 7th

2nd- 9:00

1st- 10:00

*Siblings (this includes babies, toddlers, school-age children, including elementary, middle and high school students) may not attend due to safety concerns and space constraints.


Stay Connected

We want to stay connected with you! Please visit our website at www.cfisd.net, select schools and facilities, elementary schools, and then Andre’. This will take you to our website. We will also regularly post photos and news on the Official Andre’ Facebook page. To locate our page, search @CFISDAndre. Make sure you follow us on Twitter, @CFISDAndre, as well.


Lost and Found

Have you been searching the house for your child’s missing jacket or lunch kit?

We have quite a collection of found items that we have on display in the cafeteria. Students will have an opportunity each day during lunch to look through the items to reclaim things that belong to them. It is getting cooler outside, and jackets will be needed.

Please remind your child to look for missing items. Thank you for your support.


District Guidelines for Keeping Sick

Children Home from School

A sick child who is unable to participate in school in a meaningful way should be kept home to rest and recover until symptoms resolve. Keeping a sick child home also protects other children, school staff, and visiting community members from contracting an illness that can be spread from person to person. Please be aware of the following guidelines for school attendance.


· Fever: A child should remain home with fever greater than 100° F and should only return after he/she has been fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Motrin.

· Diarrhea/Vomiting: A child with diarrhea and/or vomiting should stay at home and return to school only after being symptom free for 24 hours.

· Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): Following a diagnosis of pink eye, a child may return to school 24 hours after the first dose of prescribed medication has been administered.

· Rashes: Common infectious diseases with rashes are most contagious in the early stages. A child with a suspicious rash should return to school only after a healthcare provider has made a diagnosis and authorizes the child's return to school in writing.


If you take your child to a healthcare provider for an illness, please be sure to request a written letter stating when your child may return to school.

A healthy school community requires parents and schools to partner with each other. To prevent/minimize local outbreaks of contagious disease, parents must keep children at home who have an illness that can be spread from person to person, and CFISD school nurses will exclude from school attendance, any students with symptoms of a communicable illness.


Student Holiday

March 11th-15th - Spring Break- Student/Staff Holidays

Students/Staff return on Monday, March 18th

No Lunch Visitors or Deliveries March 8th or March 18th

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Title I Survey

Your child's school is a Title I school, and you are an important part of the Title I team. Your input is vital. The following survey is confidential and will be used to assist us with future planning for parent and family engagement activities and events at your child's school. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

Destination Imagination

For the first time Andre' had two Destination Imagination Teams. The Mysteriously S.H.A.R.P. Leopards, did an amazing job at the their competition earlier this month. The team worked hard all year long, and it definitely showed when they competed in the Medical Mystery Challenge showing exactly what being an Andre’ Leopard is all about!! We couldn't be more proud of our team for earning 3rd place in their challenge.

Congratulations to Ayesha Khatri, Emily Fraser, Alex Montoya, Tania Marte'-Suarez, Jaxson Sellers, Livia Teixeira, and Jackson Tate for your commitment and dedication!


The Bright Adventure Team, partnering with students from Postma Elementary competed in an Out of Space Wack-an-Alien Game On Challenge. The team displayed all of the work and practice needed to compete at a high level. Congratulations on a great effort! We are very proud of you! The Andre' members of the team are: Brian Pease, Ryan Chambers and Raymond Chambers.


Thank you again to both of our teams for showing everyone what being an Andre' Leopard is all about!

Counselors' Corner

5th grade parents: Make sure your child has spoken to you about electives for 6th grade and that you have signed and returned the registration sheet. Some electives fill up quickly, so it is important to return your request as soon as possible to ensure your first choice.


The Core Essential Value for March is Individuality; discovering who you are meant to be so you can make a difference. Ask your child:

· Think of all the things you enjoy doing. Do you like to paint, play outside, swim, build things, etc.? Think of how these interests and talents can help you make a difference in the lives of others.

· Are there activities that you are interested in, would like to learn more about or would like to try? Talk with your parents and see if you can explore these options. Trying new things can be a way to help you discover what you are good at and who you are meant to be.

Words From the Library

Mobile Library

The CFISD Mobile Library will be at the Yaupon Ranch Pool on Saturday, March 23rd from 9:30-11:30. Enjoy books, snacks and story time.


Name That Book

Congratulations to the Name that Book team from Ms. Berry's and Ms. Montgomery’s 3rd grade team! They will represent Andre’ on March 26, competing at the Regional/District contest against the other CFISD elementary schools. Team Members: Addison Travis, Eva Escobar, Livia Teixeira, Ben Dang and Andie Duke. WAY TO GO!!!!


Weather Wonders

First and second graders will attend the “Weather Wonders” presentations on Wednesday, March 6th. Meteorologist Maggie will perform magic that will demonstrate various weather phenomena.

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Notes from the front desk

Lunch Visitors

Please limit your lunch visits with your child to one time per week. We have close to 1,000 students and want to make sure we have space for all parents who would like to eat lunch with their children. A note is required from a guardian for anyone other than a guardian to have lunch with your child.

Absences

If your child is absent, please send a note on the first day of your child’s return to school stating the reason for the absence. Thank you.

Transportation Changes

If a child’s end-of-day transportation changes, the parent/guardian must send a note with the date, necessary changes and parent/guardian signature. If a note is not received, the usual method of transportation will be followed.

For safety purposes, no changes will be made after 3:30 P.M. and PHONE CALLS or E-MAILS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED.

Student Council

Box Tops for Education

Each Student’s Goal= 10 Box Tops in March!

Did you know that Andre’ receives 10₵ for every General Mills Box Tops for Education we collect? Please remember to cut out Box Tops from participating products and send them to your child’s homeroom teacher.

You can send box top clips and certificates in a bag, envelope or on the attached collection sheet.

If each student turns in 10 box tops, our school will earn over $1,100! Wow!

Our next collection date is April 1st!

PTO

Ahoy Andre’ Families,

As always, we would like to thank you all for your continued support. Below you will find information of upcoming events and ways for you to get involved. Please feel free to reach out to the PTO Board if you have any questions or if you would like to become a member.

Sincerely,

Andre’ Elementary PTO Board


***Reminder***

Don’t forget to order your yearbook!

Order Deadline- March 8, 2019

Price- Soft Cover $20.00 Hard Cover $25.00

Order online- ybpay.lifetouch.com

Yearbook ID Code-10110819


Upcoming Spirit Nights

March 6th- McDonalds

Address: 10912 Fry Rd, Cypress, TX 77433

Time: 5PM-8PM

“McTeacher Night” Join us at McDonalds for dinner! The teachers will be working behind the counter, and Andre’ will receive 20% of all sales garnered during the three-hour period.


Help Andre’ Earn “Free Money”

My Coke Rewards-: https://us.coca-cola.com/give/schools/ When you make Coca-Cola purchases, you simply enter the product codes on the website, or send them in a baggie to school with your child and we can scan them in for you.

Amazon Smile-http://smile.amazon.com/ch/56-2612718 Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Andre’ PTO. Please be sure to add Andre’ PTO as your charity.

Kroger Plus-www.krogercommunityrewards.com (You must select Andre Elementary PTO Inc. as your community rewards organization under ‘My account.’ )

Box Tops- The next submission date for Box Tops is April 1st.


PTO Membership
We currently have 145 family members covering 164 of our 900+ students. Spread the PTO Word! We would love to grow our membership to 100%. Your $15 membership fee is a show of support for all the programs and events the PTO puts on during the year, since PTO is primarily run off of funds from fundraising, donations, and volunteering. As a member, you are not obligated to attend meetings or volunteer.


YEARBOOK PICTURES NEEDED
Do you have pictures of your kids in their classroom or school events? Would you like to possibly see them in your child’s school yearbook? We would love to see pictures of kids in their classrooms, on field trips, with their friends, and any other special school event. Get your pictures in! You may just find your child’s photo(s) front and center! Upload images to: Community.lifetouch.com Access code: IOBHMC


Next PTO Meeting

Want to know more about what’s going on with PTO? Our next meeting is Monday, March 18th at 4:30PM at Andre’ Elementary School in the library. Please join us!


PTO Contact info
Facebook: Andre’ Elementary PTO
Twitter: @AndreElemPTO
Website: https://sites.google.com/view/andrepto/home

Email: andreleopardpto@gmail.com

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Healthy Bodies

Mark your calendar

3/1-Character Parade-Kindergarten

3/1-Father Daughter Dance

3/2-8:00-Superintendent Fun Run

3/4-3/5-TELPAS Testing

3/4-3/5-No Lunch Visitors or Deliveries

3/6-Weather Wonders-1st and 2nd

3/6-McTeacher Night 5-8 (McDonalds on Fry/Cypress N. Houston)

3/7-Go Western Day

3/7-Rodeo Dances-1st and 2nd

3/8-No Place for Hate Activity

3/8-9:30- Book Trailers-3rd Grade

3/8-Human Growth and Development-4/5

3/8-No Lunch Visitors or Deliveries

3/11-3/15-Spring Break

3/18-Students and Staff Return

3/18-No Lunch Visitors or Deliveries

3/19-6:45-Cub Scout Meeting-Cafeteria

3/20-7:45-Student Council Meeting

3/20-9:00- Andre's Big Clean-up

3/22-Hopper MS and Anthony MS Visits-5th Grade

3/25-3/28-No Lunch Visitors or Deliveries

3/25-3/26-Benchmark Testing 3rd and 4th Grades

3/27-Benchmark Testing-5th Grade

3/29-End of 3rd 9 Weeks

4/1-6:45-Girl Scout Meeting

4/2-6:45-Cub Scout Meeting

4/5-Report Cards Go Home

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