Mrs. Pulido's News
From The Principal
Principal Update –
Parent and teacher conferences are approaching. One of the best ways to support your children is to stay in touch with their teachers, especially through parent-teacher conferences. Here are some ideas to make these meetings successful:
Before the conference...
- Review your child's school work and report card. Write down any questions you have.
- Think about your child's strengths and weaknesses so you can talk about them with your teacher.
- Talk with your child about what is going on at school: what they like best and least, what parts of school are hard for them.
During the conference...
- Ask the teacher how your child is doing.
- Feel free to offer any information, advice, or opinions that you think are important.
- Ask questions when something is not clear or you want to learn more.
- Ask the teacher about his or her plans for teaching your child.
- Ask how you can help carry out that plan; what can you do at home to help?
- Talk about how you and the teacher will exchange news about how your child is doing in school.
After the conference...
- Talk to your child about the conference. Be positive, and point out the strengths you and the teacher discussed as well as areas that need work.
- Talk about the areas you will work on and make plans with the child about how you will do it together.
- Be consistent and follow through with what you said you would do.
- Let the teacher know how the plan is working, and call the school if you need help.
- Praise your child for working hard to improve and do better in school.
- Ask for another conference if you want more information.
I hope these thoughts are useful for you. Be confident! Remember that you are the main supporter of your child. Work together with the teacher and share any information, ideas, and opinions about your child's education. Both families and teachers and administrators want children to do well in school!
KISD and Sundown Elementary Safety Net Program
The Katy Independent School District and Sundown Elementary will continue implementing the Safety Net Program this school year. The Katy ISD Safety Net is a proactive response to prevent student action related to school violence, suicide, gang involvement and drug or alcohol use. It gives students an opportunity to report a possible concern or "tip" - about either himself or herself or another student - in an anonymous manner.
Students will have access to written forms that they'll fill out and turn in to a teacher, counselor, or administrator. They may leave them on a teacher's desk or place them in a drop box located in the Library. The forms will be readily available in all classrooms and in central locations throughout the building. Safety Net forms will be included in campus newsletters, providing an opportunity for parents and community members to submit tips.
Students and parents may also use the Crimestopper's Hotline, which is also an element of the KISD Safety Net, by calling 713-222-TIPS to make an anonymous report of a possible concern.
I would like to stress that I feel that the Sundown campus and climate is now and will continue to be safe and positive and the overriding desire of the Sundown Safety Net Program is to provide an additional avenue for students to share knowledge of potentially dangerous situations.
Moment of Silence
The purpose of this communication is to make you aware that all Katy Independent School District schools observe a "moment of silence" during the early part of each day.
Texas law allows school districts to start the day with a moment of silence. At each KISD campus, the moment of silence will be preceded with the following announcement: "As we begin another school day, let us take a moment to silently think about our day, our activities and what we hope to accomplish."
As a parent, you may want to talk to your children about how to best utilize this time. Please stress to them that, although the way they spend their time is an individual decision, each student is expected to remain seated and quiet during the moment of silence.
In today's hectic society, all too few of our citizens are able to experience even a moment of quiet before plunging headlong into the day's activities. Katy ISD implements this moment of silence to give our students an opportunity to begin their school day in a positive, thoughtful manner. We hope that you and your children will work together to determine how they can make the best use of this time.
Special Notice to Parents
As a parent of a student at Sundown Elementary, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child's classroom teachers, and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner if you ask for it. Specifically you have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child's classroom teachers:
- Whether the State Board of Educator Certification in the state of Texas has licensed or qualified the teacher for the grade and subjects he or she teaches.
- Whether the State Board of Educator Certification in the state of Texas has decided that the teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of special circumstances.
- The teacher's college major; whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees.
- Whether any teacher's aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications.
More to Come.