August 16, 2019

Welcome to Galatas!

We are so excited to be starting a new school year! We have had a fantastic start, and we are looking forward to a wonderful year full of learning and growing. There are a few items that we need your help in completing to ensure that families are connected to Galatas as we move forward:

  • Join and Get Involved In Our Amazing Parent Teacher Organization

There are many ways to be involved at Galatas. Please visit to complete the PTO checklist and learn all about involvement at Galatas.

  • Complete your Returning Student Registration:

Families must complete the Returning Student Registration link. This is required of all students. This process also includes the acknowledgement of the Student Handbook, which needs to be completed by Friday, August 24. The e-mail was sent in early July; you can check your “Spam” folder or alternate e-mail if you have not received it. If you have checked your email and did not receive the link, please e-mail Robin Curtis at as soon as possible.

  • Register for a Parent Access Account:

Visit to register. If you do not have your student's six-digit ID number, which is needed to register, please e-mail either your child’s teacher or Robin Curtis at to receive that number.

  • Access your Canvas Account

This system will allow you to access your student’s classroom activities, teacher courses, the Galatas School calendar, and other important information. For directions on how to register for Canvas, please visit:

For more information on how to navigate in Canvas, please visit:

  • Preload and Manage Your Student’s Lunch Account

If your child will be purchasing lunches in the cafeteria, take advantage of this service at

Included in this week’s Gazette you will find a link to our Parent Calendar, which contains important dates for both you and your child. You will want to keep a copy as a reference for those special events throughout the school year.

Our outstanding faculty and staff are very excited for the new school year and look forward to getting to know you and your child. Thank you for partnering with us in your child’s education. It is going to be a great year!


The Spirit Wear Store is open! Visit to order before August 31. Shirts will be delivered by mid-September, and all sales are final. Sample sizes will be available in the front office.

Important Safety Information

—Students should not arrive before 7:35 a.m. Students arriving for tutoring before school may come to the front desk for a pass at 7:30 a.m.

—All students who arrive after the 8:00 a.m. bell must report to the front office. Tardy slips are given from 8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. If it is after 8:30 a.m., parents must accompany the student to the front office to be signed in. If a CISD school bus arrives late, students will not be considered tardy. After 9:00 a.m. students are counted absent. If your child is at a dental or medical appointment at that time, please remember to get a note from their office before

returning to school. Your child will not be counted absent if he/she was at a medical appointment, returns to school the same day as the appointment, and provides a doctor’s note.

—All transportation changes must be received in writing by 2:00 p.m. You may send a written note to your child’s teacher, fill out a form in the front office, or send a fax to (936) 709-5003 with your signature. If the student will be riding the bus, we will need you to provide us with the bus route number. Students are only permitted to ride the bus that serves their subdivision.

—Please be sure you have discussed your preference for severe weather dismissal with your child’s teacher.

—Dismissal begins at 3:05. If it ever becomes necessary for you to pick up your child before 2:45 p.m., please come to the front office. We will check your identification and call the student to the front office to meet you. Please bring a driver’s license or photo ID. Please remember that we cannot interrupt any classroom between 2:45 & 3:10 p.m.

—Dismissal time can be very hectic. To ensure student and staff safety, if you will be picking up your children in the car line, we ask that you remain in your vehicle and display the pink car rider sign on the dash of your car. If you are meeting your child as a walker or bike rider, you may wait at the top of the hill by the Galatas sign. The Galatas staff is assigned to escort the car riders, walkers, and bike riders safely to the designated dismissal areas.

—Parents should not park on the shoulder of Cochran’s Crossing and/or allow their student to enter or exit the vehicle from the side of the road.

—U-turns are not allowed on Cochran’s Crossing.

—Please do not drop off students in, or drive through, the Good Shepherd Church parking lot.

—Please do not drop your student off in the employee parking lot. Using the car rider line, where adults are present to supervise, will ensure the safety of all of our students and staff.

—Finally, we have students who are highly allergic to or afraid of dogs. Please do not bring your dog onto the front porch during dismissal time.

Drop Off Procedures for Student Items

Please help your student be fully prepared for their day by ensuring that they have all needed materials (backpack, lunch, water bottle, etc...) as they arrive at school. Forgotten items may be placed on the Drop-off table before 10:00 a.m. at the front office. All deliveries need to be labeled with your child’s name and section number to ensure proper delivery. Deliveries are made daily at 10:00 a.m. to a drop-off table at the end of each hallway to avoid classroom interruptions.

Any class work, binders or homework that is dropped off after 10:00 a.m. will be placed in the teacher’s mailbox for her to pick up during the day. 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.

Parent Information Sheet

Counselor's Corner

Welcome to Galatas! My name is Mrs. Tabor, and I am so excited to be back this year. Your children seem so eager and happy to be back at school. As the school counselor at Galatas, I provide multiple services, including whole class, small group and individual counseling of students throughout the year. For more information on the role of a School Counselor, feel free to pick up a brochure in the office. If you need to speak with me, please do not hesitate to send an email to or call me at 936-709-5000.

Top Dog Safety Patrol

Being part of the Safety Patrol is such an exciting role for our Galatas Top Dogs. Currently, our Safety Patrol cadets have been assigned until October. Please be on the lookout in the next few weeks for information coming home about how your fourth grader can also be a Safety Patrol cadet in the future. Members serve for 6 week periods. Also note that we try our hardest to allow for all fourth graders interested to have a role in Safety Patrol, but sometimes, the amount of students interested exceeds our need for members. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Tabor at

Lunch Bunch Counseling Groups

As the school counselor, I cover student relevant topics through classroom guidance lessons. I meet with each class several times during the school year and discuss concerns that affect elementary students. With a proactive idea of classroom guidance, your child will learn coping skills that he will be able to use when in certain situations.

I also offer small group counseling in the following areas based on parent and teacher recommendations. The small groups will be in the form of a “Lunch Bunch” where your child will come to my office during his lunch time to meet with other students who have been recommended for the same group. Your child will meet for 30 minutes and then go out for his grade level recess time. If I do not have enough students to make a particular group, I will contact you with recommendations of other resources available to you.

The groups are as follows:

Changing Families- A group for students who are dealing with the recent divorce or separation of their parents, or the family dynamics in the home have changed.

Coping with Illness- A group for students who are working through their emotions when they have a parent or immediate care giver with a serious illness.

New Kids on the Block- A group for students who are new to Galatas and are having trouble adjusting to a new school.

Making Friends- A group for students who are having trouble making friends but are not new to Galatas.

If you or your student are interested in this opportunity, please print the form below and return it by Friday, September 6, 2019.

Assistance Needs

Throughout the year, different organizations offer students and the families at Galatas Elementary assistance with school supplies, clothing, and other various needs. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, a federal law that makes student educational records confidential, prohibits us from releasing student information to these agencies without your permission. To help us work with these groups in the most efficient waypossible, we ask that if you are interested in such assistance, you complete and sign the form below. The form should be returned to Kristi Tabor, Galatas School Counselor.

These assistance programs vary from year to year. Giving us permission to release your information does not automatically mean you will receive assistance. It does let us know that you would welcome such assistance and would be willing to have your information released to these organizations. In turn, these groups agree to use your information only for the purpose of their assistance program(s). It is also required that your consent for release of information be updated annually.If you have a question, feel free to contact me at

Please print this form below and and return to Galatas by Friday, September 6, 2019.

Contact Information

Denae Wilker, Principal

Candace Mathis, Assistant Principal

Kristi Tabor, Counselor



20 3rd, 4th, and Special Education Orientation-5:00 p.m.

22 Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Orientation-5:00 p.m.


2 No School: Labor Day Holiday

10 PTO Board Meeting – 9:00 a.m.

26 Individual Pictures


1 Walk to School Day

7-11 Book Fair

8 PTO Board Meeting-9:00 a.m.

8 Bedtime Story Night-6:00 and 7:00 p.m.

11 Storybook Parade-8:30 a.m.

11 Early Release Day, End of Nine Weeks – 12:10 p.m.

14 No School: Columbus Day Holiday

18 Group pictures for Kinder (8:15 a.m. ) and 4th grade (8:45 a.m.)

8-24 3rd and 4th Grade Skate Weeks

21-25 Red Ribbon Week

30 Fun Run

31 Science Day


7 Individual Picture Retakes

7 3rd Grade Program 2:00 (for students) and 6:30 p.m.

8 Veteran’s Day Readers’ Theatre for Fourth Grade

11 No School: Veteran's Day

12 PTO Meeting– 9:00 a.m.

15 Movie Night

22 Thanksgiving Festivities, 1st Grade

25-29 No School: Thanksgiving Break


9-13 Hour of Code

10 PTO Board Meeting-9:00 a.m.

13 4th Grade Choir Program-8:30 a.m.

16 Holiday Parties- 2nd (10:30 a.m.) & Kinder (1:15 p.m.)

17 Holiday Parties- 4th ( 8:15 a.m.) & 1st (2:00 p.m.)

18 Holiday Parties–3rd (10:00 a.m.) & Special Programs (1:45 p.m.)

19 Polar Express Day (Students wear p.j.’s)

19 Early Release Day, End of Nine Weeks– 12:10 p.m.

December 23-January 7 Winter Break


8 Classes Resume