Volume 28 - March 15-19
Mark Your Calendar
- March 5 - Early Release Day (12:00 PM)
- March 8-12 - Spring Break
- March 15 - 4th Quarter Starts
- March 16 - Spring Picture Day
- March 18 - CARE Van Immunization Clinic - 4-6 pm
- March 29-30 - 5th Grade STEAM City
- April 2 - Holiday
- April 6 - 4th Grade Writing STAAR Both At-Home & In-Person Students will be testing on campus
4th Quarter Starts on March 15
As previously communicated, the changes in learning format will result in needed changes to staffing to accommodate balanced classes and teacher to student ratios. The changes may result in having a different teacher for the 4th Quarter, even if you did not change the learning format. Teachers will communicate with families that will have changes to their schedules.
In-Person Learners - 4th Quarter
If your student is an In-Person Learner for the 4th Quarter, please review the In-Person Information Newsletter prior to starting the new Quarter on March 15.
TEA Guidance on Face Covering
On March 4, 2021, Texas Education Agency (TEA) held a statewide conference call to discuss the Governor’s Executive Order GA-34. Following TEA’s guidance, Allen ISD will continue its current practice of requiring face coverings for all students in grades 4 through 12, as well as all staff members, for the remainder of this school year.
The TEA guidance states, in part: “Schools must comply with the following requirements: Every student, teacher, or staff member shall wear a mask over the nose and mouth when inside a school building, school facility, facility used for school activities, or when in an outdoor space on school property…” This guidance also applies to any adult visitor on a campus or school facility for any event or activity. Allen ISD will continue its social distancing and cleaning procedures as outlined in AISD’s “COVID-19 Prevention, Mitigation, and Response Procedures.”
AT-HOME LEARNERS - 4th QUARTER
If your student is an At-Home Learner for the 4th Quarter, please review the At-Home Information Newsletter prior to starting the new Quarter on March 15.
Resources for Families in Need
Marisol Puterbaugh, CARE Coordinator
Spring Picture Day is March 16
HOW TO ORDER YOUR PICTURES
Both In-Person and At-Home Learners may order before Picture Day on mylifetouch.com with your ID code: EVTV3XDJF
In-Person Learners may also bring the completed form sent home last week with payment on March 16 when their picture is taken.
PICTURE DAY INFORMATION FOR AT HOME LEARNERS
Date: March 16
Day of Pictures Procedures:
- You will bring your student to the school between 12:30-2:00. We will not have a sign-up time, however, there is a window for At-Home learners to come to take their pictures.
- Pull up to the side entrance door of the school located next to the gym. See the picture below.
- Students will need to stay in their cars until a staff member comes to get them. The parent will remain in the car during the picture timeframe.
- Make sure your child is wearing a mask when entering the school.
- Your child will come in and get their picture made.
- The staff member will walk them out and watch them get back into your car.
The process to take the pictures should not take more than 5 minutes, but depending on the number of cars waiting, there will be a short wait for your turn.
6th Grade Parents - Immunization Requirement for 7th Grade
In order to comply with entry requirements for 7th Grade, your student will be required to have the following immunizations:
- Tdap (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis)
Turn in proof of immunization to Nurse Terry as soon as possible.
Great opportunity to have your 6th graders vaccinated at Boyd Elementary!
- CareVan clinic for 6th graders. Thursday, March 18 from 4 pm – 6 pm at Boyd Cafeteria.
5th Grade STEAM City Trip - March 29-30
We are excited to let you know that 5th Grade students are headed to the Allen ISD STEAM Center this Spring either virtually, if in an at-home classroom, or in person, if you’re in an on-campus learning classroom.
ON MARCH 29TH & 30TH, BOYD 5TH GRADERS WILL BE ATTENDING STEAM CITY!
5th Grade parents need to review the information below regarding this great opportunity and complete the permission forms.
GATE Academy Information
Each year, Allen ISD hosts an informational meeting for parents providing information on the GATE Academy and the lottery process. This year’s informational meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be facilitated via Zoom webinar. To join the webinar meeting, please go to https://zoom.us/s/93895219688. There is no need to register for the meeting. The recording of the meeting will be posted to the Gifted & Talented Services webpage and to the GATE Academy webpage for those who cannot attend the live webinar session and for those who wish to review a recording of the information.
The window to apply for a 2021-2022 GATE Academy seat will be open from March 23-April 5, 2021. Once the application opens the evening of March 23rd, it can be accessed at https://forms.gle/WD7Bvro2QH19ewSN7.
Please note, the GATE Academy lottery is open to Allen ISD students currently in grades K-5 who are already identified gifted and have participated in AIM this year. Students who are in the process of testing for potential gifted identification this spring are not eligible for this year's GATE Academy lottery. This is the same as previous years. Should your student be identified through this year's testing and begin AIM in the 2021-2022 school year, they will be eligible for next year's GATE Academy lottery.
Ways to Cultivate Joy in Your Family
1. As always, it starts with you
2. Spend time together
3. Give out hugs
4. Encourage contentment
5. Practice gratitude
6. Help others
7. Unplug and get outside
8. Slow down
9. Make time for play
10. Encourage laughter
Parent Chats—AISD Support Counselors are continuing to offer support to struggling parents through support chats. Parents can register up to two weeks in advance by going to the District Counseling page.
Upcoming Attendance Credit Election
Allen ISD will hold a special election, known as an Attendance Credit Election, on May 1 seeking voter approval for the district to pay recapture by purchasing attendance credit from the State with local tax revenue. An attendance credit is simply the name given for a district to equalize its wealth through recapture payments.
To learn more about the election and it's impact on our district, please visit:
- Watch DOGs - outside of the building greeting students and support with car line at arrival and dismissal.
- Library - support with shelving books
Please complete the following form if you are interested in volunteering as a Watch DOG greeter or as a library volunteer. https://forms.gle/82bX8ukojVyobWMT8
Volunteer Protocols while on Campus:
Background check must be completed prior to the time on campus https://www.allenisd.org/page/214
Adhere to Allen ISD Volunteer Guidelines found here: https://www.allenisd.org/page/214
COVID self-assessment check must be done. Please see the student screener linked here for questions to consider prior to coming to campus.
Masks must be worn at all times.
Keep social distance from staff and students while on campus. No close contact interaction with students and limited interaction with staff members in the designated areas.
Stay in the designated volunteer area during the time on campus. No visits to classrooms or areas with students such as the cafeteria.
Watch Dogs at dismissal/arrival will be limited to the use of air hugs, elbow bumps, or air high fives when greeting students to avoid direct physical contact.
Library volunteers will be limited to one volunteer per day at the designated time frames.
Information from PTA - Box Tops
In the past, we have had many involved parents and educators bringing in their clipped Box Tops to help raise money for school field trips and necessary supplies.
I would love for you to join me in earning cash for our school by using the Box Tops app. It’s an easy way to make a difference. All you have to do is buy Box Tops participating products (like Cheerios!) and scan your grocery receipt. Box Tops are worth $.10 each and they add up fast! Twice a year, our school receives a check to help pay for whatever we need - equipment, supplies or experiences the kids love!
Use the referral code XCS06DDR when you sign up and you’ll get 30 Bonus Box Tops when you scan your first receipt now through 02/17/2021, while supplies last!
Download the Box Tops for Education app from the app store or copy and paste this link: https://btfe.smart.link/c2jjdifkw?referral_code=XCS06DDR
Thank you for your support!
Alton Boyd Elem PTA
Ways and Means VP
Kinder Registration for Next School Year
Pre-K students currently enrolled and attending Allen ISD at Rountree or Cheatham do not need to re-enroll for kindergarten.
The first day of school is scheduled for August 11, 2021.
Enrollment forms and information are available on the Allen ISD enrollment website. https://allenisd.org/Page/58088
In Person Leaners - Do not send student to school with ANY COVID-19 symptoms
Everyone has to do their part to reduce the spread of COVID. Each day parents are asked to assess their students prior to sending them to school. The self-screening consists of parents answering questions regarding exposure to and symptoms of COVID-19. If your child or someone in the home has symptoms that may be COVID-19, please do not send the student to school. For example: If a parent or sibling has multiple symptoms and is being tested, please do not send the student until you have the result from the test confirmed negative. Contact the school nurse for guidance if you are not sure.
Students should not be sent to school if;
- they have been in close contact with any person with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 10 days (CDC updated this time from 14 days to 10 days)
- they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 until released by the doctor, or
- they exhibit any of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit.
Students that have had close contact, been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are exhibiting any of the symptoms will need to communicate with Nurse Phillips at 972-727-0560.
PTA needs your help!
Due to our current COVID guidelines, the PTA has been unable to grow our membership as we have traditionally done in the past. Our school benefits greatly from the PTA’s membership income each year.
Please consider joining our PTA for the 2020-2021 school year at joinpta.org for $10. Once at the website, click on the white “Join PTA” in the middle of the screen and then use the drop-down menus to find our school. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Free and Reduced Lunch Application
It is an unusual year due to coronavirus disruptions. Nevertheless, one thing has not changed, parents need to complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Application. This is important data because it can impact school funding from federal grants. The Title 1 federal grant provides our school with funding for additional staff and resources needed to meet the needs of all of our students.
- Information: Free and Reduced Lunch Storyboard for Parents in English and Spanish, https://www.esc16.net/page/title1swi._PFE.Video.FRL.Strybord.Parents
If you qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch, please assist our school in receiving the needed funding to meet the needs of all of our students by completing the Free and Reduced Lunch Application.
Parent, Student, & Teacher Compact
The compact is another word for “contract” or “agreement.” The Boyd Elementary Parent – Student – Teacher Compact is an agreement between parents, students, and the school (teachers and staff) to foster student achievement. Please read and complete the form below and let’s all take active roles in improving student academic achievement and in building and developing a partnership that will help children achieve success in school and in life.
Please visit the Student Nutrition webpage for menus, meal prices, and updates to the curbside lunch pick-up.
Daily meal pick-up will be 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Student nutrition personnel will greet and assist at the pick-up area. Heating instructions will be provided daily with meals.
Parents/guardians will need to provide proof of AISD enrollment (Student ID#).
Please pick-up meals in the following areas:
- Boyd Elementary, 800 Jupiter Rd, Allen, TX 75002– In front of the school drop-off next to the cafeteria.
- Rountree Elementary, 800 E. Main St., Allen, TX 75002 – In front of the school drop-off next to the cafeteria.
- Ereckson Middle School, 450 Tatum Dr., Allen, TX 75013 – Enter the first driveway from Tatum and follow to the back of the school.
- Curtis Middle School, 1530 Rivercrest Blvd, Allen, TX 75002– From Malone take the second left at the athletic fields and follow the road to door #10.
Alton Boyd Elementary School
800 S Jupiter
Principal: Judith Coffman
Asst. Principal: Jenna Capps
Asst. Principal: Wendy Williams
Secretary: Elaine Gamboa
Registration: Gabby Villegas
Receptionist: Ale Reyes
Nurse: Terry Phillips
Counselor: Patricia Chavez
CARE: Marisol Puterbaugh
Campus Intervention Specialist (CIS): Yessica Schessler
PTA President: April Cheney