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We're All In This Together 8.16.2020

~First Day of School~Monday, August 24, 2020

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YMCA ~ After School Child Care at Culver

Registration is currently open. Click HERE to register your child.
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Wednesday, August 19 ~ VIRTUAL Learning DRIVE THRU ~ PreK - 5th grade parents will follow the RED arrows when checking out technology for Virtual Learners. Parents will follow the BLUE arrows when picking up supplies and materials for VIRTUAL Learners.

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Meal Distribution for VIRTUAL Learners

Curbside Pick-up locations for Virtual Learners

The following 14 sites have been chosen as our curbside pick-up locations for virtual learners:

  • Arredondo Elementary
  • Beasley Elementary
  • Culver Elementary
  • George Ranch High School
  • Foster High School
  • Fulshear High School
  • Hutchinson Elementary
  • Jackson Elementary
  • Lamar Consolidated High School
  • McNeill Elementary
  • Pink Elementary
  • Tamarron Elementary
  • Terry High School
  • Taylor Ray Elementary

Families will receive a multi-day meal kit with items that are fully cooked and pre-packaged to just heat and eat. Child Nutrition will be providing contactless curbside pickup on Mondays only. Meals will be placed inside of vehicle trunks, truck beds and/or backseats. Families will have the option to choose a multi-day meal kit consisting of 5 breakfasts and/or 5 lunches. Families are required to fill-out an online form every Wednesday by 8pm prior to meal pickup. Meals will not be provided if the form is not submitted. Upon picking up meals for the first time, families will receive a re-usable car sign to display for faster pick up in the future. Students do not have to be present for meal pickup. A detailed email will be sent to the parents of all virtual learners.

Canvas Guardian Webinar

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Smart Tag

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All District campuses will be closed to nonessential visitors, parents, volunteers and activities involving external groups or organizations for the first semester.

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Friday, August 21 ~ Parent DRIVE THRU ~ PreK - 2nd grade parents will follow the RED arrows and 3rd - 5th grade parents will follow the BLUE arrows when dropping off supplies and picking up car and bus rider tags.

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Virtual Instruction

In Lamar CISD, our virtual option will require support from caring adults at home and within the online classroom environment. Activities are designed to ensure that students continue learning at the pace of the current Lamar CISD scope and sequence, as well as continue to develop a love of learning and gain appropriate academic and social-emotional skills. Through a well-developed virtual instruction model, students will continue to meet their goal of being future ready.

Classes within the virtual instruction option are created by Lamar CISD and follow the schedule of classes at the student’s home campus (secondary) or daily time expectations per content area (elementary). We will ensure open lines of communication between teachers, students and parents. Based upon the guidance from the State, the level of rigor, workload, time commitment and timing of classes will be the primary differences from the virtual instruction that occurred in the spring of 2020.

Lamar CISD will structure our students’ virtual instruction schedule to require students to participate in asynchronous and synchronous learning. Asynchronous learning is a curricular experience where students engage in the learning materials on their own time, interacting intermittently with the teacher via the computer or other electronic devices. Synchronous learning is two-way, real-time, live instruction between teachers and students through the computer or other electronic devices.


Lamar CISD expectations for asynchronous (online without real-time interaction) virtual instruction:

  • Complete asynchronous activities assigned each day.

  • Students show proof of participation in daily virtual instruction by satisfactorily completing assigned activities to demonstrate evidence of student learning (i.e. video, picture or activities submitted as lessons and/or completing assignments). Please note, not all lessons must have an assignment, as there will be teacher discretion on the number of assignments, as they follow the Lamar CISD grading guidelines.

  • Students and parents will communicate with the teacher when needing additional assistance, tutoring, etc.


Lamar CISD expectations for synchronous (real-time) virtual instruction classes:

  • Students will participate in synchronous class activities as assigned.

  • Students will follow the Lamar CISD dress code (uniform dress is not required).

  • Students are ready to learn.

  • Workspace is designated for the student.

  • Students will show their face on the screen to engage with the teacher virtually.

  • Students will sign in to Zoom with their first name and last initial.

  • Students will actively participate in the class.

  • Students will follow the District Code of Conduct.


The virtual instruction option has numerous differences based on feedback received from parents, students and teachers. Students who receive supplemental services or are in different grades will find that their services are developmentally appropriate. Key aspects of


Lamar CISD’s virtual instruction option include:

  • An improvement upon quality and depth of the curriculum.

  • Personalized learning opportunities.

  • A mix of pre-recorded videos and real-time virtual lessons.

  • Data-driven, personalized enrichment and intervention.

  • Some mandated related services, to be scheduled on an individual or small group basis, may also be offered on campus.

SKYWARD Family Access - Most Frequently Asked Questions

Top 3 Skyward Family Access Questions

Q: I’m logged in and don’t see the Online Forms button. What have I done wrong?

A: A few things could be the cause of this. Things to check are:

1. Is the parent logging in via an internet browser, not via the app? This functionality is only available through a browser.

2. Is the parent logging in as themselves – i.e. not as their student? Only guardians can fill out the form.

3. Is the parent a member of Family 1 in Skyward? Only Family 1 guardians can fill out the form.

Q: The parent says they are logged in as themselves and they are a guardian in Family 1 – they cannot see the Online Forms button. What do we do?

A: Please verify they are REALLY logged in as their guardian self. If you are logged in as a guardian, you will see “Family Access” above the student name in the top right corner. If you are logged in as the student, you will see “Student Access” above the student name in the top right corner. If they really are logged in as themselves and still cannot see the Online Forms button, submit a Skyward support ticket.

Q: The parent has forgotten their username or password. How can they get that?

A: Point them to https://www.lcisd.org/students-parents/family-access and have them click on the “Forgot Username/Password” button. They will then enter the email address we have in Skyward and the UN/PW reset link will be emailed directly to them.

If you have further questions, please call the front office at 832-223-5600.

For Your Information

Commitment Form

Thank you all so much for completing the Commitment Form by the deadline.

59% - Virtual Learners

41% - Face to Face Learners


CEP Campus (Community Eligibility Provision)

Culver Elementary will participate in the Community Eligibility Provision Program for free breakfast and lunch. All students attending Culver Elementary during the school year will receive free breakfast and lunch. Students can bring lunch or enjoy a lunch from the cafeteria. Students receiving virtual instruction will have an opportunity to participate as well.


Meet the Teacher Event, August 20, 2020

Meet the Teacher will be held virtually. Parents and students will have the opportunity to meet and greet their teacher(s) and receive helpful classroom information to better the learning experience.


Back to School Drive Thru, August 21, 2020

Parents will have an opportunity to drop off their child's supplies and collect items your child's teacher has prepared for the first day of school.


Technology Distribution

In order to receive a district device, parents MUST complete the 2020-21 School Year COVID-19 Student Commitment Form and Beginning of the Year Forms in Skyward. Technology distribution is scheduled for Wednesday, August 19, 4-5 p.m.


At Home Learning Materials

In order to ensure success during virtual learning, Our Cheetahs will be provided with consumable textbooks to use at home during their asynchronous and synchronous learning. Any materials that are distributed should be kept so students may use them if they transition to face to face learning. These are not for personal use, but classroom learning materials. Expect more information regarding dates and times for distribution.


Dress Code

The campus dress code should be followed with both virtual and face to face instruction. We will follow the District's dress code as we did last school year.


Campus Communication

Effective two-way communication between families and schools is necessary for our Cheetahs success. During the school year, you can look forward to a bi-weekly campus-wide newsletter with information for the upcoming month. Please ensure that your Skyward email is up to date so that you receive current communication and plan accordingly.


Our teachers will communicate with parents and students via Canvas weekly with classroom updates. You also want to get signed up with Canvas. Canvas streamlines classroom communication. It is a “one stop shop” dashboard for you to stay “in the know” with upcoming classroom happenings, due dates, assignments, and links for your students to access additional resources that your child will need to find success. Your child's teacher will share more information with you before the first day of school.


You may also follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thomas-Culver-Elementary-689159464830984/. Follow us for current announcements and pictures of fun and interactive learning taking place within our classrooms. You'll want to stay connected!

Beginning of the Year Forms

For the 2020-21 school year, all required Lamar Consolidated ISD beginning of year forms must be completed online through the Skyward Family Access Center.

Offering these forms digitally allows you the convenience of only updating information that has changed from last school year, while also helping us maintain accurate information to our student information system. Online forms will be available through the Family Access Center starting August 1 and all forms need to be submitted no later than Sept. 18. Your student’s schedule will not be available online through the Family Access Center until all of the beginning-of-year forms are completed for your student. Student schedules will be viewable online on Wednesday, August 19, if all online forms have been completed.

For those who need access to a computer or the internet, please call the front office for assistance (832-223-5600).

Today is the Last Day to Order School Spirit Shirts and Masks

Our online store is open. You will have an opportunity to place an order until, Sunday 8/16. Click on the link below to order.

https://gogearonline.com/culver-corner-202

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Supply List 2020-21


2020-21 School Supply List

Please feel free to call the school with any questions, 832-223-5600.


https://www.lcisd.org/docs/default-source/students-parents-documents/elementary-education/2020-2021-elementary-school-supply-list.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Administrator's Contact Information

Principal C. Thomas, cathomas@lcisd.org

Asst. Principal C. Flemming, carolyn.flemming@lcisd.org

PreK-Kindergarten Registration

We are encouraging our families and community to enroll their eligible children in

PreK-Kindergarten. Please click on the link below to view the District's web page for detailed registration information.

https://www.lcisd.org/news/2020/03/31/2020---2021-pre-k-and-kindergarten-registration

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Upcoming Events

AUGUST:

  • August 18 - Beginning of the Year Forms are due
  • August 19 - Student schedules will be viewable online on Wednesday, August 19, if all online forms have been completed.
  • August 19 - Virtual Learning Drive Thru...4-5 p.m. (Distribution of technology and materials for our virtual learners.) This event is for virtual learners only.
  • August 20 - Virtual PreK-K, ECSE, & Pegasus Orientation...3-4 p.m. This event is for virtual and on campus learners.
  • August 20 - Virtual Meet the Teacher...4-5 p.m.This event is for virtual and on campus learners.
  • August 21 - Parent Drive Thru...4-5 p.m. (Distribution of materials and collect supplies for face-to-face learners.) This event is for on campus learners only.
  • August 24 - First Day of School. Doors will open for on campus learners at 7 a.m.

SEPTEMBER:

  • September 7 - Labor Day (Student/Staff Holiday)
  • September 17 - VIRTUAL Parent Night (PreK, K, ECSE, Pegasus and 1-5) This event is for virtual and on campus learners.
  1. Session I.....4-4:45
  2. Session II....5-5:30
  3. Session III...5:30-6

~OUR MISSION~

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