Old Town Star Staff News

November 17th through December 5th

Our ROCK STAR of the Week Is...

Sadia Tabassam, one of OTE's Star 4th Grade Teachers!!! You are entitled to a week long jeans/shorts pass and the "traveling parking space trophy!!!" CONGRATULATIONS to you!!!!

A little about Mrs. Tabassam...

How many years have you been an educator?


Tell us about your family....

My parents were originally from Pakistan and migrated to England in the 1970s. I was raised in the North of England with my 2 older brothers and 1 older sister. I have an enormous extended family, as both my parents were 1 of 7 siblings. I married 3 years ago and now am blessed to have added a new section to my family.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love to play soccer, I play on a city league with my husband; though I am not very good! :(

What's the one thing you enjoy most about working with students and/or families at Old Town?

I love how tight-knit and friendly everybody is. I love how students and families at Old Town make an effort to know who you are and say "Hi!" You feel part of a large family.

Tell us about one strength you possess.

I am a very determined person, I will keep trying until I accomplish my goal.

*If you haven't already done so, please tell us a little about yourself here!

Weekly Reminders...

A friendly reminder to..
  • Greet your students each day!
  • Don't forget to sponsor Mrs. Rummel's and Ms. Ybarra's "Greenhouse for the Outdoor Classroom" project being one of seven projects selected to be highlighted on the PIE Foundation's website!!!!!
  • Please remind your parents to be sure to sign in as a volunteer and not as visitor when they are helping out in the classroom or around the school!
  • Take your attendance by 9:10am in TAC. After this time, you must print a roster, denote who's absent and who's tardy, sign and date it!
  • Please do not send students to office with money or with confidential documents to the Counselor!
  • Check the Professional Learning and Events Calendar regularly for updates! Also, email Shannon any dates and events you would like to have added!
Kid President's 20 Things We Should Say More Often

Our Next Week...

Monday, Nov 17

Mya’s Coaching Day

Scholastic Book Fair Preview for Students

TaG testing referral window opens

Tuesday, Nov 18

Minor’s Coaching Day

Scholastic Book Fair Open 7:30am-6:30pm

Mya’s Off Campus- District Vertical Leadership Team

Grades Entered for Progress Reports 3rd – 5th

Thanksgiving Lunch

Reading CBA (3rd, 4th)

Student Council Mtg 2:45pm

PTA Executive Board Mtg 6:30

Wednesday, Nov 19

Mya’s Coaching Day

Minor Off Campus to AP Mtg.

Reading CBA 5th Grade

3rd – 5th Load Progress Reports

Star Store 3rd – 5th

Scholastic Book Fair Sales 7:30-3:30

Faculty Mtg @ 3:10pm in Science Lab!

Thursday, Nov 20

ARD Mtgs. (see separate schedule)

Picture Retake Day

1st grade PBL planning PM

Kg Field Trip to Inner Space Caverns 9-2:00

Library closed – Scholastic Book Fair Pack Up


Friday, Nov 21

CAT Mtg 8:00am

Kg – 2nd SST’s

PTA Staff Pies

Breaking Bread! 3:05pm – Main Hallway

Saturday, Nov 22

Happy Birthday Beth Page!

“Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses” -Marilyn vos Savant

Link of the Week!

Click the link below to access the Thanksgiving Day website from Scholastic: http://goo.gl/jXnrnX

Aiming for the Stars...

What another full and exciting week!!! HUGE APPRECIATIONS to our Veteran's Day Committee for your great work in making our event so memorable! WAY TO GO Elizabeth Clawson and team for your great work with our Vision and Hearing Screenings! HUGE CELEBRATIONS in 2nd, 4th and TaG for your awesome effort that went into your student's PBL Exhibition, Poetry Cafes, and ISP Showcases! You and our students are AMAZING!!!! Finally, EVERYONE did a tremendous job getting all of our learning community out of the building during this month's Fire Drill! Thank you!!!

As always, THANK YOU for your hard work in preparing to deliver world class instruction to our STAR Texans! YOU ARE THE BEST!!!

Enjoy your well deserved weekend!

The Week After...

Monday, Nov 24-28

Thanksgiving Holiday!

Monday, Dec 1

Mya’s Coaching Day

Tuesday, Dec 2

Minor’s Coaching Day

Mya’s Off Campus Principal’s Mtg. AM

Math CBA (3rd, 4th, & 5th)

Progress Reports To Go Home Today 3rd – 5th

Interactive Word Walls with Dr. Jackson (conf. periods)

Wednesday, Dec 3

Mya’s Coaching Day

Character Ed. Nominations Due Today

Science CBA (3rd, 4th & 5th)

Fire Drill 8:15

Early Release 12:45

Just-In Time Training 1:45

Thursday, Dec 4

Mya’s Office Day

ARD Mtgs. (see separate schedule)

Popcorn Day

Old Town Times Mtg 3:00

SBAC Mtg 3:05

Friday, Dec 5

CAT Mtg 8:00am

3rd – 5th SST’s

Nutcracker Performance – 1st @ 8:30

Old Town Elementary Mission

To highly engage learners in a collaborative atmosphere of critical & creative thinking