Weekly News Letter
February 23, 2018
Feb. 26 TELPAS testing begins
Mar. 1 Volunteer of the Year nominations due
Mar. 2 Fifth grade growth presentations @ 2:30 PM
Mar. 3 Destination Imagination Tournament
Mar. 6 Wear ivory for Character Trait Kick-off; Challenge Field Trip; Open House/Art Tour/PTO Election 5:30-7 PM
Mar. 7 KISD Family Night- No homework
Mar. 8 Third grade musical @ 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM; Smashburger Spirit Night; TELPAS testing ends
Mar. 9 Third grading period ends
Mar. 10-18 Spring Break
School Report Card
Katy ISD is sharing information about the State, district and your child's campus as part of our obligations under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). An information letter, along with a copy of the 2016-17 Federal Report Cards for the State, district and our campus are available for your review in the front office of our school, or online at www.katyisd.org or at https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/frc/2017/srch.html.
Volunteer of the Year
We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful and dedicated volunteers at KE! Please consider honoring these volunteers' service to our school and students by completing a nomination form for consideration to be selected as this year's KE Volunteer of the Year. The nomination forms are available on the PTO website. Hard copies of the nomination forms are available in the front office. Nominations are due March 1.
PTO Legacy Brick Sale
Every brick has a story...
Become a part of Katy Elementary history with an engraved brick to acknowledge your child/family, honor a beloved teacher, or a special dedication! Bricks will be used to create a beautiful courtyard by
the front entrance of the school surrounding our new historical marker. The bricks will become part of the school and will be seen by everyone who enters the school for generations to come. Please visit the website http://www.brickmarkersusa.com/donors/katy.html to order. These bricks can be used to honor your present family at KE, alumni, dedications, or businesses. Pass this information on to your friends and families too. Thank you for supporting KE PTO.
PTO Yearbook Ad Deadline Approaching
Yearbook ads are available to purchase for this year's school yearbook until March 10. This year's ads are available to order online only. You can design the whole thing on the Balfour website. You can
upload pictures, pick your design format, type your own text and add colors. Price for the ads are $16 for a 1/9 of a page size and $10 for a business card size ad. There is a limited availability and time left to order, so don't delay!
- Go to Balfour.com
- Type in Katy Elementary in the school name box in the middle of the screen
- Click on yearbook picture. You will see a choice for Ads
- Click on Ads, then you are on your way to creating your ad for the yearbook
If you have any problems there is a 1-800 number at the top of the page that can help you each step of the way. If you have any questions please contact Christy Boyd at firstname.lastname@example.org
KE Legacy Families
Katy Elementary School has many families who have had previous generations also attend our school. We highlight these families on our special collage in our foyer titled, "Families Are Our Legacy". If your family has had previous generations attend KE, please send a picture with the family members, along with the family name in an envelope labeled, "Family Legacy photo". Photos sent in will not be returned and will become part of a permanent, growing collage in our foyer. We look forward to highlighting all of our generations of KE families, past and present.
Early Morning Programs/Choir
Students wishing to participate in the before school activities, including choir, need to be dropped off in the parent drive no earlier than 7:30 a.m. Students need to remain in the car with parents until the crossing guard and/or staff member open the front door and are visible in the front drive to assist in unloading students from vehicles. Students should not be dropped off from parking lots across the street as there is not a crosswalk in front of our school. Due to safety concerns, any student dropped off before staff opens the door will have parents contacted by an administrator and lose the privilege of attending before school activities. Parents will also be notified if students do not demonstrate appropriate behaviors in before school activities and lose participation privileges. Only students participating in before school activities can be dropped off prior to 7:55 a.m. PK students can not arrive prior to 7:55 a.m. Thank you for your cooperation in helping to maintain the safety of all of our students.
Parents who wish to attend field trips are required to obtain Raptor badges through our front office. Younger siblings are not allowed to accompany parents on field trips. Any parent without a Raptor badge will not be able to accompany students at any time on the field trip. Parents may contact the front office to pick up Raptor badges in advance of the day of the field trip.
Seating at lunch is limited in our cafeteria. In order to provide maximum seating opportunities for guests during lunch, we ask that all follow these requests:
- Limit visits to birthdays or a maximum visit of once per week
- Visitors limited to a maximum of 3 per student
- Avoid Mondays, Fridays, and days before holidays, if possible
- Sit side by side at the visitor tables to provide maximum seating availability
- Visitors must sit with their child only at a table designated for visitors
We do not want to turn visitors away at lunch, but our first obligation is to provide optimal seating for students. We are hopeful that if all parents follow these requests, our school will continue to have daily seating available for all who wish to have lunch with their child/ren. Thank you for your consideration of this request. Please plan ahead to arrive promptly prior to your child's lunch time, as it is often upsetting to children when a parent arrives late and the lunch visit is shortened. Additional information regarding visitors and lunch procedures is located at http://www.katyisd.org/campus/KE/Documents/KE%20Student%20Handbook.pdf
Invitations for birthday parties or other special events may not be distributed at school. Due to privacy laws, teachers cannot provide parents with contact information for other students. Parents may send individual birthday treats (i.e. cupcakes, cookies) for the child to share with the homeroom class on his/her birth date. These treats must be purchased at a store with all ingredients clearly labeled. Parents should contact the homeroom teacher prior to sending treats as there are students with severe food allergies. Treats will be labeled and kept on a cart at the front office until the teacher picks them up to distribute at recess. Treats not complying with these guidelines will not be accepted or distributed. More information regarding birthday treats can be located in the student/parent handbook at http://www.katyisd.org/campus/KE/Documents/KE%20Student%20Handbook.pdf
The Katy Elementary Handbook contains lots of valuable information about our school and procedures and can be found at http://www.katyisd.org/campus/KE/Documents/KE%20Student%20Handbook.pdf Take the time to read the handbook and better acquaint yourself with Katy Elementary practices.
There are many ways to stay up-to-date with what is happening at Katy Elementary. This weekly enews will be sent out to parents containing upcoming events and additional information. We also use REMIND to send text alerts/emails to parents as reminders or regarding safety. Teachers and grade level teams communicate regularly through a variety of electronic sources. If you are not receiving information in regards
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