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September 24, 2020

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September 29 - Final Decision Day for At-Home or In-Person Learning (9 weeks)

September 29 - Picture Day - AT-HOME & IN-PERSON LEARNERS

October 12-13 - Fall Break & Staff Development - NO SCHOOL

October 26 - Parent Conferences - Student Holiday - NO SCHOOL

Fall Picture Day is THIS TUESDAY - September 29th

Please review these notes about Picture Day for our In-Person & At-Home Learners. Please see the information that went home in your child's grade-level newsletter.

**IMPORTANT DECISION DEADLINE** - Allen ISD announces timeframe for changing At-Home or In-Person instructional model



Allen ISD understands that families may want to change their instructional delivery model selection during the school year. Due to the scheduling complexities inherent in both At-Home Learning and In-Person Learning, parents are asked to make a commitment for at least one full nine-weeks grading period.


The chart below outlines the timeframe for making a change in the selected instructional delivery model prior to the start of each new grading period. Parents wishing to change their child’s participation in either At-Home Learning or In-Person Learning for the next nine-weeks grading period will need to complete the Commitment Form in Skyward. Information will be sent to all parents about the process to request a change.


https://www.allenisd.org/cms/lib/TX01001197/Centricity/Domain/73/2nd%20Nine%20Weeks%20Commitment%20Form%20Directions%2020-21.pdf


https://www.allenisd.org/cms/lib/TX01001197/Centricity/Domain/73/2nd%20Nine%20Weeks%20Commitment%20Form%20Directions%2020-21%20Spanish.pdf


All changes will be effective on the first day of each new nine-weeks grading period as listed below:

Instructional Delivery Model Selection


Timeframe for Making Changes

Effective Dates


Sept. 23 - Sept. 29, 2020

(Wednesday - Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.)

Oct. 14 - Dec. 18, 2020

(Beginning of 2nd Nine Weeks through End of 2nd Nine Weeks)


Dec. 1 - Dec. 7, 2020

(Tuesday - Monday at 11:59 p.m.)

Jan. 5 - March 5, 2021

(Beginning of 3rd Nine Weeks through End of 3rd Nine Weeks)


Feb. 15 - Feb. 21, 2021

(Monday - Sunday at 11:59 p.m.)

March 15 - May 21, 2021

(Beginning of 4th Nine Weeks through End of 4th Nine Weeks)


Please note that adjustments in instructional delivery model selections across the district may impact teacher assignments and student schedules. Elementary students making changes to their instructional delivery model selection may not be guaranteed to be assigned to their home campus based on staffing and grade level seat availability.

**NEW** IMPORTANT UPDATES - MEALS FOR STUDENTS

Allen ISD will offer free meals for all elementary and middle school In-Person Learners, as well as all At-Home Learners (PreK-12) through December 2020. This is part of a nationwide waiver issued from the USDA.


Beginning on September 21, 2020 Allen ISD began providing free meals to students as part of the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) program. Sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), this program will allow any student in elementary and middle school (Pre-K-8th) to receive a free breakfast and lunch meal in the school cafeteria, with the option to purchase a-la-carte items.


Additionally, the District will offer pre-ordered meals for all At Home learners (PK-12) at no cost. Pre-ordered meals can be picked up daily at Boyd Elementary, Rountree Elementary, Curtis Middle School and Ereckson Middle School from 9:30 – 10:30 AM. The meal will include one lunch and next day’s breakfast. Heating and holding instructions will be included so that families can heat their lunch at their convenience. Sign up is required each Friday for the following week at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdjneQ53z65cLN8s8FDWLU8LyZR-n_R-AYexDmi0YoQJ9r0gA/viewform


Curbside menus for the pickup location can be found at https://schools.mealviewer.com/district/AllenISD


Lowery Freshmen Center and Allen High School do not participate in the federally funded program and therefore meals will be charged as normal in those cafeterias; however, freshmen & high school students who are learning virtually are able to pre-order and pick up meals at the curbside locations at no cost. Freshmen and high school students qualifying for reduced meals will receive free meals through December 2020. Students eligible for free meals will continue to receive free meals for the duration of the 2020-2021 school year.


For more information on how the federal program operates, please visit www.squaremeals.org or www.fns.usda.gov.


Parents are encouraged to continue filling out the free and reduced application online at https://www.allenisd.org/domain/37. The benefits from being approved for free or reduced-price meals, may include d

School/Home Compact Agreement

Please complete the survey to indicate your commitment and partnership agreement for your child's learning.

The school-parent compact is a written agreement between teachers and parents. It is a document that clarifies what families and schools can do to help children reach high academic standards. The compact is a written commitment and serves as a clear reminder of everybody’s responsibility to take action at school and at home so that children can learn what is required of them. The purposes of this agreement are to help parents and teachers come to a consensus on the responsibilities of the individuals influencing student achievement.

English Compact Agreement


Complete este cuestionario para indicar su compromiso de apoyo mutuo para el aprendizaje de su hijo (a).

El enfoque de este contrato entre La Escuela y El Hogar es para comunicar una meta común entre las responsabilidades de la escuela y las del hogar. Estas responsabilidades compartidas le dan al estudiante una oportunidad para una educación con calidad. Este es un trabajo colaborativo entre los estudiantes, padres y la escuela. Celebramos el trabajo colectivo entre la escuela y el hogar.

Complete este cuestionario para indicar su compromiso de apoyo mutuo para el aprendizaje de su hijo (a).

Spanish Compact Agreement

Such an Exciting Time!

Our local PTA is super excited about this year's Reflections contest! The theme is amazing! We will be sharing more information next week. In the interim, please start having conversations with your student(s) about this year's theme: "I Matter Because...." What a wonderful theme to explore through words, music, photography, film, visual arts and/or dance.


Feel free to check out this site - https://www.pta.org/home/programs/reflections. We will kick-off on Monday!

Rountree Virtual Book Fair Starts September 28th!

Calling all book lovers! Our Virtual Book Fair will be held September 28 - October 9th. Shopping will open on Monday September 28th at the link below! All orders will ship directly to students.

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/dlrountreeelemschool2

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Education through Diversity Spotlight - American Indian Heritage Day

Native Americans have played a major role in influencing the day-to-day development of American culture. The indigenous peoples of the Americas are from the North, Central and South America. These American people and their descendants are recognized this Friday September 25th for American Indian Heritage Day. Although some indigenous peoples of the Americas were traditionally hunters & gatherers—many groups practiced agriculture. One of the most well-known Native American influences on US agriculture is corn. Corn was/is one of the staple crops for many Native American tribes, and today, it is one of the most important crops cultivated and exported in the United States. Another aspect of American culture that has been influenced by Native Americans is the English language. Many names of certain regions and/or places of significance/symbols were named by Native Americans. The U.S. adopted the Iroquois Nation's symbol of the bald eagle, as the symbol for our own nation.

Mental Health Support Resources During COVID-19

Mental Health Support Resources During COVID-19


Looking for local resources during this difficult time? The links below may help provide additional resources for you and your family. If you need addtional assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out your child's counselor. His/Her information can be found at the bottom of this page.

AISD Community Resource List

COVID-19: Quick Family Resources

COVID-19: Recursos Familiares Rápidos

Collin County Cares

Grant Halliburton Foundation - HERE for Texas (mental heath resources)


During these uncertain times, we understand that you may be struggling to balance your child's at-home or in-person learning along with your own work and home commitments. We are here to support you! Join us at one of the times below by clicking on the date/time links below. We are here to provide a space for you to discuss your challenges and identify healthy ways to cope & problem solve. It will be a great way to connect with other parents facing similar struggles. We hope you will join us! Facilitated by the Allen ISD Support Counselors.

Please note: Registration will open 2 weeks prior to each event.


Elementary School Parent Chat

Tuesday, September 29 9-10 am

Thursday, October 1 3-4 pm

Thursday, October 15 3-4 pm

Tuesday, October 20 9-10 am

Thursday, October 29 3-4 pm


Platica Para Los Padres de Familia del Distrito de Allen

14 de Octubre 10-11 am

11 de Noviembre 10-11 am

16 de Diciembre 10-11 am

Community Education Afterschool Classes

Community Education’s afterschool classes will look a little different this fall! All our afterschool classes have gone virtual! Classes start the week of October 5, 2020. Our providers have all transitioned to a live online format. Available providers can be found at the Community Education home page - www.allenisd.org/communityed. Flyers are also available at each elementary campus’ peach jar link.

It's Voting Season

Parents & Community Members, the 2020 Election is fast approaching and is not only a general election, but also, a special election this year. General elections decide the candidate who finally “wins” and “occupies” an office (like the Presidency) and/or the legislative assembly seats (state representatives). It will also be a special election, which is an election held to fill a seat which has become vacant between regular elections. Voting information may be found here: https://www.cityofallen.org/1686/Voter-Information


REGISTER to VOTE by October 5

EARLY VOTING: October 13 - 30, 2020

ELECTION DAY: November 3, 2020


AISD BOND INFO: https://www.allenisdbond.org/


Please make your voice heard and Vote!

REMINDER: Student Absence - Notes & Skyward

Rountree Family,


As a reminder, please send an "excuse note” after your student has been absent. Also, please click here for Skyward tips regarding attendance: Attendance Tips.


The front office will gladly answer any questions regarding attendance - 972.727.0550. Thank you!