Hughston Elementary ENews

December 2, 2021

Important Dates

Important Dates:

  • December 3-10 Book Fair Week
  • December 9 - Book Fair Character dress up; Book Fair Night open to 7:30 pm
  • December 17 - Early Release 12:00 pm Dismissal
  • December 20 – January 3 - Winter Break

  • January 4 - Staff Development and Planning - No School for Students

  • January 5 - 2nd Semester Begins - Students Return to School

Science Fair Time!!

It’s time for the Science Fair!

This year’s fair will be held on January 12th!

If your child is interested in participating, please fill out the Google form linked below.

Science Fair Interest Form

We can’t wait to see all of our Hughston scientists hard at work!

Book Fair!


The Hughston Book Fair is BACK!!! Shop December 3 - December 10 from 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Parents may come and shop with their students from 7:00-7:30 (before school) or 2:45-3:30 (after school). Parents may come up to school and shop the Book Fair during the day, at their convenience. However, students will only be available to join you before or after school.


Book Fair will stay open late on Thursday, December 9th (open until 7:30 p.m.) and Book Fair will close at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 10th. You can also shop online at http://scholastic.com/bf/hughston. Book orders over $25 will ship to your home for free!


We will participate in community service by collecting new or like-new books for Children’s Advocacy Center. Donations will be accepted through December 17th. Students can choose to bring a new or like-new book to donate and receive a spirit stick for their generosity. If you have any questions please reach out at katy.brandeland@pisd.edu or 469-752-2027.


Book Character Dress Up Day is Thursday, December 9th. Students and staff can come to school dressed as their favorite book character! We ask that costumes are not scary and that all accessories/masks/etc. are left at home! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Visitors on Campus Update!!

Dear Hughston Families,

The purpose of this letter is to inform you of changes to our protocols for lunch visitors

and winter parties. As the Hughston campus begins to open up and the number of

volunteers and visitors allowed on campus increases, we have put in place some

procedures to assist with the process.


Beginning December 1, 2021, a reservation link will be available on the front page of

the Hughston website. Parents of students in Kindergarten through 5th grade, will be

able to sign up for a specific (date and time) reservation using the link. Only one adult

will be allowed to join his/her student for lunch. Only 5 reservations are allowed each

day for each grade level. No siblings or extra guests will be allowed at this time. In

order to accommodate our parents who have been waiting for this day to come, we ask

that you only sign up for one special day at this time. Our PreK program is not included

on the sign up as they follow different program requirements.


Class parties are allowed this year with our first one being the Winter Party on Dec. 17th

at 9:00 a.m. A limited number of classroom volunteers will be permitted on campus. At

this time, no party visitors/guests will be permitted on campus. For each class, one

PTA room parent, two randomly selected volunteers will be selected to help with

implementing party festivities.


All adults interested in helping at the party must be cleared through the Voly Application

Volunteer Process. A letter will be sent out in the Friday grade level newsletter asking

for volunteers. A randomized selector will be used to determine 2 volunteers for each

classroom with 2 alternates on standby in the event the first volunteer is unable to be

on campus.


We appreciate your patience as we are allowed to have more volunteers and visitors on

campus. We will continue to monitor our levels and will continue to communicate

changes in our plans as they are warranted. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing

learning environment for all students.


Sincerely,

Carrie D’Argo

Hughston Principal

Family Questions - NEW!

1. What brings you joy?

2. How can you bring joy to others?

3. Would you rather eat pizza or ice cream for the rest of your life? Why?

What is Joy?

December Staff Birthday's - NEW!

Katie Sralla - December 7th

Stephany Mittendorf - December 11th

Donna Bui - December 16th

Hannah Bennett - December 17th

Sally Current - December 21

Courtney Richardson - December 27th

Yearbook Cover Contest 2021-22

The Hughston PTA is inviting all Hughston students to submit their original artwork for the 2021022 Yearbook Cover Contest. Entries are due Friday, December 10th, 2021. Please turn in your admissions in the office by 12:00 on Dec. 10th.

2022 AUCTION NEWS!

Tickets are on sale NOW for the 2021-2022 Y2K Auction Event! The Auction Committee is excited to reveal our theme for this year's auction event is Y2K/The Year 2000!


Click on the link for more information and to purchase your tickets!

https://hughstonpta.membershiptoolkit.com/auction

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The Academic Calendar for the 2022-2023 school year has been approved by the board

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PLANO ISD IS NOW USING “LET’S TALK!” TO ENGAGE WITH FAMILIES, STAFF AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS


Plano ISD is now using Let’s Talk! to promote a culture of two-way communication between the district and all stakeholders, including parents, students, staff and community members.


Questions and feedback submitted through Let’s Talk! is automatically routed to the right Plano ISD staff member for a timely response. Topic-specific Let’s Talk! access points are conveniently placed throughout the Plano ISD website. Let’s Talk! will allow the district to better serve the community and make informed decisions based on the types of questions and feedback received.


Do you have a question, concern or compliment to share with Plano ISD district staff? Let’s Talk!


COVID TESTING

Plano ISD will be offering free COVID rapid testing to employees and students in grades K-12, with parent permission. Testing will be done on a voluntary basis for those employees or students who are experiencing COVID symptoms, and need a negative test to return to work/school. Appointments are required and individuals will be asked to complete a consent form. Each test site will offer drive-through, self-administered testing. Individuals will be informed of test results via email, which can then be provided to your supervisor or campus nurse in order to return to work or school.


Where:

  • Bird Center – 1300 19th St., Plano, 75074
  • Spring Creek Center – 2201 W. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano, 75023


When:

  • Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.


You may sign up for an appointment HERE. If you have questions, please contact Staci Antelo.

COVID-19 Student Reporting Form

This form should be filled out if your student tests positive for COVID-19.


Report any positive cases using the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form. Once a report is made, a campus nurse will follow up with information on return to campus instruction and timelines.


Click here for the COVID-19 Positive Cases Dashboard.

Volunteer Application - Required for ALL Volunteers

Technical Assistance For technical assistance, such as password retrieval and issues with your account, please visit vol.cayzu.com.

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IMPORTANT LINKS


  • Click here to view PISD's Student/Parent Policy Guide.
  • Click here to view breakfast and lunch menus.
  • Click here to learn about PASAR after school care.
  • Click here to fill out PISD's volunteer application (must be done annually).