Scott Elementary

Mini Pack Update 3/4/2016

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Owl Love Your Forever!!

This week, in your child’s Thursday folder, you will find a personalized fundraiser order form with some of your student’s original artwork. All money raised through this very special fundraiser stays at Scott Elementary, and more specifically, it goes towards buying equipment and supplies for our art room. You can order online, or send the forms back with a check made payable to Scott Elementary. Order forms are due back on March 21st. We expect to receive the ordered merchandise back at the end of April, which is just in time for Mother’s Day. Thank you so much for your support!

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Principal's Pen

Dear Scott Families,


Can you believe it is already Spring Break? I found a great article this week on Zig Ziglar's site entitled, "Raising Positive Kids: The Difference Between Punishment and Discipline." I thought this might be a great article to share with you all.


Ziglar shares that understanding the benefits of discipline is essential to raising positive, mature, and responsible young people. Discipline literally means to train, and our young children need a lot of training. As you are well aware, we are born into this world without any prior schema. We are born and we start to grow soaking up all the information handed to us. As parents, we are the closest and most influential source of information and modeling for our children.


The key to raising positive children is understanding the very crucial role you play as a parent in training and teaching your child about discipline, control, morals, habits, and life. "One of the most significant aspects of maturity is learning to be self-disciplined. A young child will simply not have this kind of maturity." This is why parenting is so critical. As a parent, we know that there are times that we need to restrict our children from time to time. You must use restrictions to teach them the value of things. For instance, you may restrict them from a video game after 6pm to teach them the value of family time.


As a parent, the secret to raising positive children is simply to assume the role as your child's guide in life and to teach them right from wrong and to lay the law down when you need to and to not feel guilty about it. Believe me, I know this is a LOT harder than it sounds. It is hard enough to lay the law down, but then to also stick to it becomes even more difficult. With the amount of time we spend second-guessing ourselves as parents, it can be difficult to understand that we are still the ones with the power and the ones who will influence our child the most. We are also the ones that know what is best for our child. Stick to your guns and never back down when you know what is honestly best for your child. They will thank you later.


This is something we talk about often at Scott. We believe the ultimate goal of discipline is to help students understand the choice they have to make. We also believe that discipline is used to help children understand that consequences are a natural thing that we all face. We need to take the time to think before we act and then make a good choice. I hope this has been your experience here at Scott. We tell our kiddos all the time that we want them to use this time to learn about choices, natural consequences, and learning what to do the next time.


We very much appreciate you sharing your children with us. This is something that we truly do not take lightly. We hope you have a safe, fun-filled spring break. Make memories and enjoy this week.


Paige and Leanne

Second Grade Working on their Koi Fish Stained Glass paintings!

Special Shout Outs...

  • A BIG Shout OUT to Mrs. Bassinger's First Grade Class! They had the most participation in Jump Rope for Heart! Woo! Hoo!
  • We are so proud of 2nd grade! They went on a field trip and represented Scott well!
  • A GREAT BIG shout out to all our students! They had a great day taking part in Jump Rope for Heart!
  • A BIG Happy Birthday to Mrs. Denise!
  • Thank you to 3rd grade for doing a great job on their field trip!
  • A HUGE Shout Out to our Peer Mentor Buddies! Thank you for making a difference!
  • A BIG shout out to Emily Parchman! You will be missed!
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Attendance FAQ

How many unexcused days does the State of Texas allow me to miss?
  • The State of Texas only allows 10 unexcused absences. If you go over this, you face possible court charges and a court appearance with your child.


What is considered an unexcused absence?

  • Any full-day absence without a note from you or the doctor. You can send in an actual note, fax the note, or email the note. Phone calls only are not excused.
  • All tardies are unexcused without a medical note from a doctor. A note or email from you does NOT excuse this.
  • All early dismissals are unexcused without a medical note from a doctor. A note or email from you does NOT excuse this.
  • If your child is absent more than 3 concurrent days, you must have a doctor's note to excuse the absences.


How many days do you have to turn in the note?

  • We must have the note within 3 school days of the absence.

What happens if my child receives multiple unexcused absences?

  • When your child receives 3 unexcused absences/tardies/leave earlies, you will receive a courtesy notification from your child's teacher.
  • At 7, you will receive a courtesy phone call from the Assistant Principal and your child will be placed on an FISD Attendance Contract.
  • At 11 unexcused absence/tardies/leave earlies, the attendance information is turned over to the State and our Truancy Officer takes over handling your attendance case.


Please send in your notes so you can avoid this difficult situation. There is a link on our Scott Website to email your note directly to our attendance clerk, Suzanne Edwards.

CALLING ALL WATCH D.O.G.S.!!


The WATCH D.O.G.S. calendar has been updated with time slots for the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year. For info or to get on the schedule, go to www.scottpta.com/watchdogs. Watch D.O.G.S. shirts are available for purchase in the front office. The kids love you here, and it makes our school a safe and special place to be!

SCOTT PTA UPDATES

Scott Spirit Nights

Mark your calendar for the remaining Spirit Nights for the school year. More details to come. Be sure to visit the Scott PTA website for more updates.

  • March 22: Mooyah (3-9pm)
  • April 27: Chick-fil-A (4-9pm)


GET GROWing

Pick up your produce with you pick up your kiddo. Order fresh goods from GROW and they'll deliver your produce to Scott and save you a trip. learn more about GROW here.


Wanted: Box Tops and Labels for Education

We're far from the end of the month, don't forget to bring in those Box Tops and Labels. Learn more and see which products qualify: Scott Box Tops and Labels


We Need You!
Looking for ways to get more involved? There's a slot for everyone and every busy schedule. Scott PTA Volunteers


Scott Spirit Store

Stay warm with a Scott sweatshirt - new for 2016! Zip up sweatshirts are available in both youth and adult sizes. Get them while they last here!


Link your Kroger and Target Card to Scott

Yes...it's free and it supports our school and students. Find out how to do this.


Stay Connected to Scott

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Order Birthday Spirit Sticks for $1.00

Birthday cakes come and go, but spirit sticks last a lifetime. Give your Scott kid a gift they can sport on their backpack. Purchase for $1.00, and we'll deliver to their class. Summer birthdays are eligible, also! http://bit.ly/1gzoKLv
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Updates and Reminders

Morning Drop-off: Please DO NOT drop off your children in the middle of Millbend Drive. The only drop-off allowed in the mornings is around the back of the school in the FIRST carpool lane. We have had numerous parents allowing their children to hop out of the car on Millbend and run across the street. This is extremely dangerous and can't happen; your children's safety is our #1 concern.


Parking on Campus: Please do not park in the fire lanes at anytime including lunch or Celebrate Scott.


Texting/Calls: Please refrain from texting in/around the school. We are responsible for getting 650 students safely to and from school. Please help by keeping your eyes on the road and not looking at your phone.


Bikes on Campus: Parents, please talk to your child about not riding his/her bike or scooter on campus grounds. We also will be talking to all our students. We have had some near misses with student safety because of bike riders nearly running into other students or failing to stop at the crosswalk. Again, your child's safety is always our #1 concern.

Reminders

Elementary students may only bring items for distribution to classmates on the three party days: Winter Party, Valentine’s Day and end of year celebration.


In addition, students issuing invitations to individual birthday parties or other celebrations may only do so at school if all students in the homeroom class are invited. These birthday invitations must be passed out at the end of the day with permission from the teacher.