Helms Newsletter #4
September 18th, 2023
🗓 UPCOMING DATES:
- Wed 9/20 : PTA General Meeting 6:00PM @ cafeteria (free childcare available)
- Wed 9/20: Grade level baskets for auction due to your child's teacher.
- Thu 10/05: Ready to Grow Gardens for 1st/2nd/SLC (PTA sponsored)
- Fri 10/6: Walk/Bike to School with the PTA (details coming soon)
- Fri 10/6: Report Card available online, Lost & Found Cleanout
- Sat 10/7: Helms Masquerade Gala de Mascaras @ SPJST Lodge 88, 6-11p
- Wed 10/11: Coffee with Principal, 8:30am @ cafeteria
- Everyday: Playground open to Helms families 3:15pm-3:45pm. Enter through front reception. VIPS approval required. Playground is open to the public after 6:00pm once after school program ends.
- Helms Spirit Shirts can be worn everyday!
Helms School Schedule
Supervision is available for students beginning at 6:45 am through the Helms !Juntos! After School program for $22/month. Students will be allowed to enter the building beginning at 6:45 and will remain in the cafeteria until 7:15 when they are taken to their grade level designated area. Registration available on HelmsPTA.org.
6:45-7:15am Before school care available through the After School Program.
7:15 a.m. - Parents may begin dropping students off at the assigned drop off locations.
7:15 –7:25 a.m. - Students wait in their designated areas until they are picked up by their teachers.
7:30 a.m. - Instructional day begins
7:35 a.m. - Tardy Bell rings
2:50 p.m. - Dismissal bell rings
3:00 p.m. - Students are dismissed
3:20 pm - Student supervision ends
PLEASE NOTE: IN THE INTEREST OF STUDENT AND STAFF MEMBER SAFETY AND BUILDING SECURITY, PARENTS WILL NO LONGER BE ALLOWED TO WALK STUDENTS INTO THE BUILDING FOR DROP-OFF DURING MORNING ARRIVALS.
Helms Culture Calendar
Pre-Kinder Lunch Menu - September
Kinder-5th Grade Lunch Menu - September
Social Skill for the Week - Ask Permission
School Nurse Information
Information from Ms. P. Hernandez our Registrar
- Please remember to include complete student name and teacher or grade level when sending excuse notes for absences.
Accessing STAAR 2023 Results (3rd-5th grade)
2023 STAAR Results
- Below are the detailed instructions on how to access your child's STAAR results:
2) Locate the Family Portal under View Your Child's Test Results on the home screen.
3) Enter the Unique Student Access Code and Date of Birth. Select Sign On.
4) If you don't know the Access Code, select "Lookup unique access code" and enter the Student's First Name, SSN, or TSDS number if you have it, and Date of Birth
5) If successfully entered, the six-digit Access Code will appear.
6) Click on the unique code circle and the students' testing results will appear.
Thank You Grandparents
Thanks to the 2nd Grade team for coordinating a live performance for the guests.
Thank you Ms. Lozano for the music that was enjoyed by all!
HISD Board - Community Engagement Meetings & Survey
The HISD Board of Managers are in the process of developing their goals and constraints for the next 5 years. They want to learn our visions and values for the district. This is the time to let them know our shared value of high quality Dual Language Immersion Programs. Take the HISD Board of Managers Survey below and if you can, attend one of the scheduled community engagement meetings. More info on the survey and dual language is available on the advocacy page of our PTA website.
September PTA Meeting
Translators and free childcare will be available. The PTA meeting will start at 6pm in the cafeteria. An email from Hello@HelmsPTA.org will be sent out to PTA members before the meeting with the minutes from the previous general PTA meeting, the treasury report, and the proposed budget. You may email questions beforehand to Hello@HelmsPTA.org. Only PTA members may vote. Sign up for free PTA membership here to become a member and receive email updates.
Zoom Link (For listening only. Voting must be in person.)
Meeting ID: 861 3622 4073
What a turn out this year at our Hispanic Heritage Festival and Market!! Thank you to all who came out, the vendors, Helms faculty & staff, and the members of the PTA who put this together.
Our student performers were AMAZING! 🕺🏽💃🏽
A HUGE thank you to our volunteers who donated the delicious agua frescas, helped at the various stations, setting up or breaking down- we could not do it without you!! 🎉🎊
We hope to see you all Wednesday at our first general PTA meeting of the year!
It’s the night of the year you don’t want to miss! Buy your tickets today to support our school, teachers, and your student!
Enjoy dinner catered by BB's Tex-Orleans, music by Helms alumni and DJ Tony Hype, dance lessons by The Dance Barre HTX, face painting, drinks and more. Check out pictures from last year's Noche de Rock for examples of the fun. This party is an adults only event - we can't wait to see you there!
Looking for ways to help?
Grade Level Baskets
Kindergarten: My Favorite Toys- Sign up here
1st grade: Backyard Fun- Sign up here
2nd grade: Spa Basket- Sign up here
3rd grade: Fiesta Basket Sign up Here
4th grade: Gift cards in denominations $5 and up
5th grade: Scratch off tickets in any denomination
Want more info? email email@example.com
Host a Social!
PTA After School Program
We are excited to offer a wide range of activities such as hip hop, art club, sports, culinary, coding, and more. The enrichment programing may change based on instructor availability. For questions, please email AfterSchool@helmsPTA.org or visit the HelmsPTA.org website.
Boys on the Right Track
Practice begins Monday, Sept 18th at 3:15 pm.
Registration for the running club, Boys on the Right Track, is now open. This group is open to 3rd-5th graders. All students registering for Boys of the Right Track also must register with after school. This allows them to stay with after school until practice begins. There is not a separate charge from Helms Juntos After School for the time your son is practicing.
Parent Portal HISD Connect for PowerSchool
The district's Student Information System (SIS), HISD Connect by PowerSchool, includes student contact, enrollment, and demographic information, as well as grades and online resources.
Parents are given a unique code, or access ID, for each of their students and are able to use those codes to set up an account to access their students' profiles through the parent portal. Parents who haven't received their student's access ID should contact their school.
HISD 2023-2024 Academic Calendar
PLEASE NOTE: THE CALENDAR WAS UPDATED ON 8/24/23.
Winter Break is now Dec 22-Jan 5th.
Students are off Nov 10th instead of Nov 7th.
Students are now off Oct 13th.
School will be in session Feb 20th.Click here for the 2023-24 HISD calendar.
Register with VIPS to volunteer on campus
What is VIPS? VIPS stands for Volunteers in Public Schools. It is HISD's volunteer management program. You may also hear it referred to as RAPTOR.
Anyone volunteering for the school during school hours must be VIPS approved for safety reasons. Applicants register, complete an online orientation, and consent to a background check. Volunteers must reapply each year. After completion, look for an email verification from firstname.lastname@example.org confirming your application has been received. Approval process may take 0-5 days.
“Two Languages, Endless Possibilities”
Principal: Alexander Gonzalez email@example.com
Assistant Principal: Helen Anguiano firstname.lastname@example.org
Magnet Coordinator: Julie Hernandez email@example.com
Registrar/Attendance Clerk: Patricia Hernandez firstname.lastname@example.org
Nurse: Joanna Phillips Joanna.Phillips@houstonisd.org