Weekly News Letter
February 22, 2019
Feb.25-Mar. 8 TELPAS testing
Feb. 28 Wear purple; Last day to purchase a yearbook
Mar. 4-8 Book Fair
Mar. 5 Wear orange; Book Fair extended shopping 5:30-7:30 PM; Open House/Art Show 5:30-7 PM; Challenge Living Museum 6-7 PM
Mar. 6 PTO Board meeting @ 9:30 AM; KISD No Homework Night
Mar. 7 Third grade program 2:00 PM and 6:30 PM; Volunteer of the Year nominations due @ 4 PM
Mar. 8 End of third grading period; Fourth grade field trip; Second grade field trip
Mar. 9-17 Spring Break
Mar. 18 Students return; Fourth grading period begins
All parents are invited to attend our come and go campus Open House and Art Show on Tuesday, March 5 from 5:30-7 PM. Our challenge students will provide a Living Museum in the gym from 6-7 PM. The book fair will be open for extended shopping from 5:30-7:30 PM. We look forward to seeing all of our students and families!
Volunteer of the Year nominations
We are so fortunate to have many outstanding volunteers at KE! Please consider nominating a volunteer as this year's KE Volunteer of the Year using the link below by 4PM on March 7, 2019: https://goo.gl/forms/e5ZXJUU23TgONc583
You may nominate more than one volunteer. Please add as many details as you can about the volunteer's activities, contributions and service. A copy of the scoring sheet is attached for your reference. Nomination forms are also available in the front office. The campus Volunteer of the Year will be announced on Friday, May 10, at the KISD Volunteer Breakfast at the Merrill Center. Thank you to all of our wonderful KE volunteers! We love you all!
PTO Executive Board Candidates
The Katy Elementary PTO Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following candidates for the 2019-2020 Executive Board:
President: Carrie Singletary (uncontested)
1st Vice-President of Ways and Means: Gina Morgan (uncontested)
2nd Vice-President of VIPS: Jamie Goode (uncontested)
3rd Vice-President of Room Parents: Amanda Host (uncontested)
Treasurer: Ashley Shuler (uncontested)
Secretary: Kim Roberts (uncontested)
Parliamentarian: Brandi Traylor (uncontested)
Late Arrival Safety Procedures
In an effort to ensure the safety of our students arriving late to school, all parents are required to park and walk their children into the front office. A sign is posted daily in our front drive reminding parents of this new safety procedure. All students arriving after 8:00 AM will need to be escorted into the front office by an adult. Adults are required to show proper identification to gain entrance into the front office with the student. Our campus instructional day begins at 8:00 AM and students arriving after that time are missing important educational opportunities. Persistent late arrivals are detrimental to students' levels of academic achievement. Please make every effort to ensure your child arrives before 8:00 AM each day. We greatly appreciate your cooperation in helping us ensure the safety of our students with our new building security features.
Parents planning to attend any field trips are required to obtain a Raptor badge at our front office prior to attending the field trip. Parents who do not have a Raptor badge will not be able to participate or accompany students on the field trip, due to safety procedures. Badges can be obtained in advance by contacting our front office @ 281-237-6550.
KE PTO Membership
All families are encouraged to join the Katy Elementary PTO. The PTO provides continued support to students and staff in a variety of ways. All funds raised by the PTO are used to support students and campus programs. Student directory information is available to families through membership in the PTO. Join the PTO in supporting KE at https://katypto.membershiptoolkit.com/login?r=%2FOpen_Forms
YEARBOOKS are on sale!! Yearbooks and Ads will only be sold online. Go to https://www.balfour.com/shop/yearbook?smi=94861
Click on yearbook to buy a yearbook ($45). Click on Ads to build your ad! $16 for 1/9 of a page. Yearbooks will be on sale until FEBRUARY 28th! Ads will be on sale until they sell out!
Seating at lunch is extremely limited in our cafeteria for visitors this year. 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 and must be persons who meet KISD visitor guidelines for elementary students.
- Avoid Mondays, Fridays, and days before holidays, whenever 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 in the Parent/Student Handbook, under the Policies tab at http://www.katyisd.org/campus/KE/Pages/default.aspx
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.
There are many ways to stay up-to-date with what is happening at Katy Elementary. In addition to this weekly Enews, we also use REMIND to send text alerts/emails to parents as reminders or regarding safety. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @ketheoriginal. Make sure your child's teacher and the front office have current contact information to stay informed.
It is Katy ISD's responsibility to identify and evaluate students who within the intent of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 need special services or programs in order that such students may receive the required free appropriate education. A student who may need specialized instruction or programs within the intent of Section 504 is one who: has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of life's major activities; or has a record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such an impairment. Students may be eligible under the provisions of Section 504 even though they do not require services pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Parents who believe that they have a child who may qualify for special services or programs under Section 504 should contact Ashley Pierce, the campus 504 coordinator for Katy Elementary.
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