GALATAS GAZETTE

May 21, 2021

Contact Information

Denae Wilker, Principal

Candace Mathis, Assistant Principal

Kristi Tabor, Counselor


Through the collaborative efforts of all who pass through our door, we provide a safe learning community that develops lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

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School Supplies are Available to Order!

It is time to order school supplies! Please visit the school supply link to order, and enter GAL005 as our "School ID".


Early pricing is available through June 13, and sales will end on July 1, to ensure timely delivery.


See the link below for more information, or contact galatasschoolsupplies@gmail.com.

SPIRIT WEAR STORE IS OPEN!

Calling all Greyhounds! The Galatas Spirit Wear store is officially open! Click the link button below to shop the new designs for the 21-22 school year. The store features both youth and adult options.


All sales are final as these are custom produced. All orders will be produced once the link closes and then shipped to be distributed by PTO.


Your last day to order will be Tuesday, June 15, so order soon!

Medication Pick-Up

If your child has medication in the clinic, it must be picked up by a parent/guardian. Medication pick-up is by appointment only. Please sign up for a time to come to school to pick up the medication here: Medication Pick-Up.


Medication cannot be stored or kept in the clinic over the summer. Any medication that is not picked up by May 27 will be disposed of, per CISD Medication policy.


If you have any questions, please call 936-709-5013

Katy Riggs, RN Galatas School Nurse

Yearbook Update...Distribution Information & Extra Books Available


Yearbooks will be distributed to in-person students on Tuesday, May 25 (in time for yearbook signing). If you have any questions, please email galatasyearbook@gmail.com.


Remote students who ordered yearbooks will be able to pick them up from the front porch on Tuesday, May 25 from 8:30 AM-2:30 PM, or Wednesday, May 26 from 4-6 PM.


We do have a few extra yearbooks for anyone who did not get the chance to order, so here is your last chance to purchase a 2020-2021 yearbook! The yearbook is a hard-bound, 120 page, full-color book full of fun memories, and you can purchase one for $35. Please order your yearbook here: https://www.balfour.com. There are only a few left, so order soon!

Last Call for Lost & Found!

Please see close up photos of Lost & found items on the Galatas Elementary PTO Facebook page...if something belongs to your family, comment on the picture with your student's name and section number so we can get the item back to your child!


Items not claimed by May 25 will be donated.

Top Dog Celebrations

TOP DOG CLAP-OUT: MAY 26!

Clap-Out is a Galatas tradition held in honor of our Top Dogs. Even though we are not able to be together in school for this event, we would like to "Clap-Out" our fourth graders via a car parade. On May 26, we are inviting fourth grade families to join in the car parade through the school's front drive as our staff lines the route to cheer them on to their future endeavors.


· Please feel free to decorate your vehicle to celebrate your Top Dog!


· In an effort to keep the parade moving and not block traffic on Cochran’s Crossing Drive, we ask that you please follow the recommended times below to join the parade.


· Please enter the school drive from the north on Cochran’s Crossing Drive and exit south (turn right) onto Cochran’s Crossing Drive when leaving the school. This will eliminate crossing traffic.


· While waiting in your vehicle, please do not block cross streets. This will allow residents to enter and exit their neighborhoods with minimal interruption.

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PLEASE NOTE: LOCATION CHANGE FOR MS. GOODSON'S CELEBRATION

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Technology Return for Remote Learners

If your family borrowed Chromebooks or iPads for remote learning this year, please return these devices to the front porch on Thursday, May 27 from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM. There will be a box on the porch where you may place them.


If your family will not be available on May 27, you may turn your devices in before that date. Leave them on the bench on the front porch during school hours, and let us know you dropped it off by pressing the call button to the right of the doors to speak to someone at the front desk.

Greyhound Gab

Please visit the link below to read the most recent issue of the Greyhound Gab, our school's quarterly literary publication!
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CHANGE OF INFORMATION

If any of your phone numbers, your email addresses, or your physical address have changed, please contact the Galatas registrar, Robin Curtis, at rcurtis@conroeisd.net. Any address change will need to have a Proof of Residency such as a utility bill (gas, water, electric), lease, or buyers agreement/contract.


If you currently have plans to move over the summer please email our registrar, Robin Curtis at rcurtis@conroeisd.net. There will be a summer mover form sent to you via your child in the coming weeks. We ask that you complete it and send it back to school. This will help in planning for next year.

PreK, Kinder, and New Student Registration

Do you or someone you know in your neighborhood have a child that will be 5 on or before September 1, 2021? Help us spread the word: PreK, Kindergarten, & New Student Enrollment for 2021-2022 is underway!


Please be sure to register as soon as possible; it is important to know how many new Greyhounds we are expecting so that we are ready to welcome them to Galatas in August!


Registration is online, and you can upload all of the needed documents right to the registration application. Please click below for a direct link to the CISD registration page. Then, click "Family Portal 2021-2022" to begin registering.


If you have any questions please e-mail Robin Curtis, Galatas Registrar, at rcurtis@conroeisd.net.

Health Information

A Reminder About the Heat and Hydration

As the weather continues to heat up, please keep an eye on the forecast and plan for your students to be dressed for the weather. All students go outside for 30 minutes of recess each day (weather permitting), and frequently go out for PE, as well. Students can get hot quickly. Here are a couple of tips to help them get the most of their recess fun:


1. Dress for the outside weather: shorts and/or short sleeved tops are best for the heat and humidity.


2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Please send a labeled water bottle with your child every day. Our water fountains are open for students to refill their water bottles. If your student forgets their water bottle, each team has a very limited supply of bottled water for the students, but it is best for everyone to have their own bottle of water each day.


3. Apply sunscreen/bug spray in the morning before school. We are unable to apply either here at school, and students are not allowed to have it with them.

Medication at School

All medication must be brought to school and picked up by a parent or designated adult. This includes cough drops, over-the-counter, and prescription medication. All medication (including cough drops) must be kept in the clinic. If you have a question about whether something qualifies as a medication, please contact the nurse at 936-709-5013.


The school must receive a written and dated request from the parent or legal guardian to administer any medication. This permission must include the name of the drug, the exact dosage and reason or purpose the student is to receive the medication. Prescription and nonprescription drugs must be in the original container and properly labeled. You may print and fill out the form at the link below. To schedule an appointment with the nurse to drop off medication, please email the Galatas Nurse, Katy Riggs, at kriggs@conroeisd.net.

A Change of Clothes and Mask

Each student (K-4th grade) should have a full set of clothes and an extra mask in their backpack at all times.


Accidents happen, and a change of clothes is a good idea in the event of a spill, fall in the mud, or other accident. The clinic does not have a supply of clothes for students to use this year.


Also, masks may get soiled at lunch, recess, or specials. Please pack an extra mask with your student's extra change of clothes.

Can My Child Go to School Today?

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Lunch Box Deliveries from Parents

The district has changed the policy to now permit parents to drop off lunch for their child. If you are wanting to drop off a lunch, please enter the front office vestibule to find blue notes on which you can label your child's name and section number. Please tape the note to your child's lunch box.


Lunches should be dropped off no later than 10:00 AM to ensure that the students are able to get it before their lunch time.


You will need to email your student's teacher to let them know that you have dropped off a lunch. The student will then be sent to the office to collect their lunch.

No Deliveries of Forgotten Items at This Time

Due to the current campus and district safety protocols, we will not be making deliveries of items to students at this time.


As the weather gets warmer, please be sure to send a labeled water bottle to school with your child. This will ensure that our students stay hydrated throughout the day. Each grade level does have a limited supply of water if a student forgets their water bottle.


-Eye glasses are an exception. If a student forgets their glasses, please label them with the child's name and section number. When arriving on campus with the glasses, please use the call button to the right of the front center doors, and someone will assist you.

-A parent may bring a lunch for a student if necessary. Please see above article, "Lunch Box Deliveries from Parents", for instructions.

-If a student forgets their lunch, they can get a lunch from the cafeteria. At this time, the first lunch a student gets from the cafeteria is free each day.

-If a student forgets their water bottle, each grade level has bottles of water for students. Please email the teacher, and they will get your child a bottle of water.

-For forgotten homework or other class work, please contact the teacher and make arrangements for the student to turn it in the next school day.


**Please label your student's personal water bottles! If a bottle is left somewhere in the school, and it has the student's name on it, it can easily be returned to the student.

SUPPORT OUR PTO!

Science Camp was Aviation Awesomeness!

Check out our PTO website at www.galataspto.com for videos along with other activities! Thank you to everyone who helped us plan, decorate, and implement this amazing 3 day experience.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Athletic Summer Camp Opportunities

The Woodlands High School and The Woodlands College Park High School are both offering summer athletic camps. Please click the links below to check out the opportunities. These documents will be updated as more camps are added, so be sure to check it each week!

Other Information

2021-2022 School Calendar

The CISD Board of Trustees has approved the 2021-2022 calendar. For your planning purposes, please download the calendar here.


We thank you in advance for planning all vacations and travel outside of the school calendar. When students are absent, they miss valuable instruction that takes place daily. In addition to the loss of that instructional time, Texas schools are rated not only on academic performance, but also on student attendance. Daily attendance plays a large role in our accountability rating from the state.


We appreciate your support in this matter, and look forward to a great school year!

Parent Information Sheet

Please download and print this handy Parent Information sheet for quick reference of some of our school's most frequently accessed information.

Transportation Change Reminders

As the weather gets warmer and many activities are starting again, we wanted to remind families of the different ways to do a transportation change for your student. These procedures are in place to ensure that every student is safe and accounted for as they leave school each day.


All transportation changes must be received in writing by 2:00 p.m. We are unable to accept a phone call. You may fill out the Transportation Change form that was provided to you, send a written note, or fill out a form in the front office. Please include the date, your child’s full name, section number, bus number (if applicable), and your signature.


If an emergency arises, you may send an email to galatastransportation@conroeisd.net. The e-mail must include all of the above information, including a written parent signature, and must be received before 2:00 p.m.


Please send a new note for each day the change occurs; we cannot accept notes for multiple days or with multiple changes. District policy states that a student may only ride the bus they are registered to ride; students may not have a transportation change to ride a different bus.

Important Car Rider Information

We are asking for your help with the following procedures that will keep our car line moving, and keep everyone safe:


  • Please do not arrive earlier than 3:00 p.m. to line up for the car rider line. Our dismissal begins promptly at 3:10 p.m., and runs smoothly with all cars processed through the car line by approximately 3:25. Arriving closer to our dismissal time will help with the flow of traffic on Cochran's Crossing Drive.
  • Do not make U-turns on Cochran's Crossing Drive or in the adjacent neighborhoods. It is not safe for pedestrians or other drivers.
  • Do not obstruct the sight line for drivers exiting their neighborhoods. The police have placed cones on both sides of the entrance to Hayden's Run and Wyndspire to protect the sight line. Use caution and check traffic in all directions when driving in this area.
  • Be courteous and patient
  • Day care and students requiring extra time to load cars will be processed first in the car-line. These individuals and companies have received specific directions from the school.
  • If your child needs assistance buckling their seat belt, please pull forward and to the side after loading before assisting your child.
  • Use of cell phones is prohibited in a school zone and subject to a $200 fine.


Your assistance with this request is greatly appreciated. We want to keep everyone happy, healthy, and safe!

Walker/Biker Pick Up

Parents may meet walkers and bikers at the top of the hill at the front of the school for dismissal.


Please do not park in the Silvershire Neighborhood to drop-off or pick-up your child as a walker. Instead, we recommend parking in Cattail park and enjoying a short walk on the hike and bike trail to our campus.


Thank you for all your help!

Technology Information

Upcoming Events

May

24 Kindergarten End-of-Year Celebration

25 Yearbook Signing

26 4th Grade Clap Out (see article above for schedule)

26 Early Dismissal: 12:10 p.m. Last Day of School

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