Tomball Intermediate School

Where Champions Are Made

December 2017

Administrator Greetings

It's the most wonderful time of the year! As we wrap up the fall semester and celebrate the upcoming holidays, we would like for our students to join in on the fun.


Monday, December 18th: wear holiday shirts

Tuesday, December 19th: wear holiday hats

Wednesday, December 20th: wear holiday pajamas

Thursday, December 21st: wear holiday socks

Friday, December 22nd: wear "ugly" holiday sweaters

No School - Christmas Break

There will be no school on Monday, December 25th - Tuesday, January 9th. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are excited to welcome our students back on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

Staff Member Spotlight

For the month of December, PTO would like to spotlight Mrs. Collora, 5th Grade Math Teacher. Parents of students in Mrs. Collora's class noted, "she is not only teaching math in a fun and exciting way, but she builds her students' character through life lessons. She goes out of her way to reach the children and communicate with her families." Thank you Mrs. Collora for building champions at TIS!!!

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) News

On Thursday, December 21st, PTO will be hosting a Sweet Treat Exchange for staff members. We will be providing the staff with a variety of homemade sweets to fill up their to-go boxes. A 1 1/2 dozen treats per staff member will make for a festive start to the season! Watch for an email coming from SignUp.com on how you can help with the sweets.


It is not too late to add your information to our email list. No payment needed, no obligation. Just enter your information: https://goo.gl/forms/pUsSn1oNCxFHJC783


PTO wishes you the best holiday season. We will see you at our first PTO meeting of 2018 on Thursday, January 11th. Everyone welcome, including the little ones!

Campus Visitors

Please don't forget when you come to visit TIS or pick up a student, a valid ID is required. We greatly appreciate our visitors who pre-register for campus events!

Library News

“Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it's much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!”― Neil Gaiman


I hope this upcoming holiday break, your student will find time to curl up with a good book. If you need gift ideas check out the following website for this year’s Bluebonnet Award nominees.


https://goo.gl/AeV631

Parent Prep Academy

TIS will be hosting the second Parent Prep Academy class on Friday, December 8th at 8:30-9:30am and 1:30-2:30pm. The topics being discussed are bullying and cyberbullying. The updates from the first class will be discussed as well regarding how to help your child succeed. We hope you can make it!

Title I Teacher and Paraprofessional Qualifications

As a parent of a student attending Tomball Intermediate School, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher(s), and federal law requires the Tomball Independent School District (TISD) to provide this information to you in a timely manner, if you request it. Specifically, you have the right to request the following information about each of your child's classroom teachers:

· The teacher’s certification in Texas for the grades and subjects he or she teaches.

· The teacher's college major, whether the teacher has any advanced degrees, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.

· The teacher’s certification status, such as emergency or provisional status because of special circumstances.

· Paraprofessionals’ (teacher aides) qualifications if they provide services to your child.


If you would like to receive any of this information, please call the front office at (281) 357-3150.

WATCH D.O.G.S.

Calling all Watch Dads Of Great Students (Watch D.O.G.S.)!


Please consider volunteering your time to support your student and all of our students by being a Watch D.O.G.S.


Who can be Watch D.O.G.S.?

· Watch D.O.G.S. are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures.


Why Be a Watch D.O.G.S?

· To provide a positive male role model for the students, demonstrating by your presence, that education is important.

· To provide an extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.


In order to volunteer on any Tomball ISD campus or school sponsored function, you must complete the Volunteers/Classroom Observations application. It is available on the Tomball ISD website www.tomballisd.net, under the Employment tab.


Watch D.O.G.S. sign up forms are available at the TIS front desk. If you have any further questions, please contact Mrs. Lisa Pedersen at lisaannepedersen@tomballisd.net or 281-351-3105 x 4205. Thank you in advance for sharing your time with our students.

School Breakfast - Good for Kids and Good for Parents!

For parents with busy schedules, it can be hard to make sure that kids are eating a healthy breakfast before they go to school in the morning.


Sometimes children aren’t hungry right after waking up, and it’s hard to find food they like to eat that is also healthy. Also, some kids refuse breakfast at home but are hungry when they arrive at school. Fortunately, we have a great breakfast program for students, and it’s available at school every day.


If morning meals are difficult for your family, let the School Breakfast Program help you out!

Attendance Notes

Doctor’s Note after an Absence for Illness

Within 3 days of returning to school, a student absent for more than 5 consecutive days because of a personal illness must bring a statement from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness or condition that caused the student’s extended absence from school. Otherwise, the student’s absence may be considered unexcused and, if so, would be considered to be in violation of compulsory attendance laws.

Should the student develop a questionable pattern of absences, the principal or attendance committee may require a statement from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness or condition that caused the student’s absence from school in order to determine whether the absence or absences will be excused or unexcused


Excused/Unexcused Absences

Absences will be classified as “excused” or “unexcused.” Absences that are documented and verified for the following reasons will be classified as excused:

 Personal illness (with a doctor’s or parent note)

 Serious illness or death in the immediate family

 Medical or dental appointments (with a doctor’s note)

 Weather or road conditions making travel dangerous

 Extenuating circumstances approved by the Principal (5 day maximum per school year)


Absences for reasons other than those listed above will be considered unexcused

*More information can be found in the TISD student handbook

Curriculum Access Tools (CAT)

There are some great tools for our students to use both at school and at home, which we refer to as Curriculum Access Tools (CAT). These tools include Snap & Read, and Co-Writer. We encourage you to ask your child(ren) to show you these and for them to utilize them when reading at home.

TIS Choir Concert

Thursday, Dec. 14th, 7pm

723 West Main Street

Tomball, TX

TIS Band Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 19th, 6:30pm

30330 Quinn Road

Tomball, TX

Auditorium

TIS Orchestra Concert

Wednesday, Dec. 20th, 7pm

30330 Quinn Road

Tomball, TX