Cardinal Press- August, 2018

NORTHWEST CROSSING ELEMENTARY

CARDINAL PRESS

August, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF YOUR PRINCIPAL:

I would like to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year! I hope you enjoyed your summer and made memories that will last a lifetime. As we begin the 2018-2019 school year, I want to thank our parents for your continued support and involvement in your child’s education! We have a great year planned for our Cardinals!

I will be posting monthly bulletins via our school website and your child’s teacher will share them with you via email. You can access our website from the NISD homepage at https://nisd.net/northwestcrossing/.  Today's newsletter will provide you with important information about our school. We look forward to working with our parents and students!

 

Respectfully,

Priscilla Siano

Principal

 

ALL ABOUT NORTHWEST CROSSING ELEMENTARY

 

WELCOME OUR NEW VICE PRINCIPAL

We would like to welcome our new Vice Principal, Mrs. Lilia Brown.  Mrs. Brown comes to us from McDermott Elementary where she was previously a vice principal.  When you meet her give her a warm Cardinal welcome.  She is eager to begin her journey at NWC and meet everyone!

 

SCHOOL HOURS

The official school hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. We ask that students not arrive at school before 7:15 a.m. nor be left at school after 3:00 p.m.

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING

August 23: Meet the Teacher 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

August 27: First Day of School

August 28: Parent Orientation: Session 1: 5:30 pm-6:00 pm, Session 2: 6:15 pm-6:45 pm

August 31: Return Back to School Forms

 

SCHOOL SPIRIT

School spirit shirts are available in the school office for $10.00, cash only please. School spirit shirts can be worn every day but our designated school spirit day will be on Monday. Our school would also like to encourage college awareness. NWC will designate every Friday as college day. Students are encouraged to wear their favorite college t-shirt.

 

2018-2019 PTA

PTA PRESIDENT

Armando Mora

 

MEMBERSHIP

$ 6.00 per school year.

 

Meeting Info.

PTA Meetings will be held at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria the second Tuesday of the month.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT/SCHOOL ADVISORY TEAM

Northwest Crossing Elementary will be selecting parents, community members and business members for our Parent Involvement Committee and our School Advisory Committee. If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, please call Mrs. Siano at 397-0600 for more information.

 

VISITORS

We welcome parents and guests on our campus. For the safety of our students, all parents, visitors and volunteers must register through the front office using the Raptor Visitor Tracking System between 7:45 a.m. -2:50 p.m. Picture ID is Required to be scanned by our office staff; a photo ID will be generated that must be worn while on campus and turned in upon exiting the campus. The process takes a matter of seconds. All visitors must enter and exit through the front office doors. All other doors are locked during the school day and are not to be used. Thank you for your full cooperation that helps ensure every child’s safety.

 

PALS-PARENTS ASSISTING IN LEARNING

Please consider becoming a PAL. Parents are encouraged to volunteer their time at school. There are many ways parents may volunteer. Some ideas are to help teachers make instructional materials, make copies, serve as a room parent and/or field trip chaperone. If you are interested in serving as a parent volunteer you must complete a volunteer background check form. This form can be found online at http://www.nisd.net/schools/volunteer. All volunteers must be cleared prior to serving as a parent volunteer.

 

FIELD TRIPS

Parents who attend or chaperone a NISD field trip must be cleared through a NISD volunteer background check. These volunteer background checks must be completed and cleared each school year by anyone who wishes to volunteer at school or chaperone a NISD field trip. You may find the online volunteer background check form at http://www.nisd.net/schools/volunteer. Depending on the field trip location the number of attendees /chaperones may be limited. If you are interested in attending or chaperoning the field trip please talk to your child’s teacher in advance of the field trip.

 

ATTENDANCE

Attendance is extremely important for all students to be successful in school. The school day begins at 7:45 a.m. It is recommended that all children arrive by 7:40 a.m. Children arriving after 8:00 a.m. are tardy . A child who is not present at 9:00 a.m. is counted absent for the day. All students must bring a note when they return from an absence. If the student does not bring a note the absence is counted as unexcused.

 

EARLY PICK-UP

If your child must leave school earlier than 2:55 p.m, parents must come to the school office and sign their child out. Students will only be released to individuals listed on the Emergency Health Card and proper identification will be required. For the safety of all children, we will not release students to individuals who are not on the Emergency Health Card or individuals who do not have proper ID. It is therefore important for parents to update the Emergency Health Card information as changes occur. Please note that an Early Sign-Out is considered a partial-day absence.

 

PERFECT ATTENDANCE

Students who have not exceeded one tardy or one partial day absence during the 9 week period that is not categorized as a documented appointment with a healthcare professional will be recognized for perfect attendance.

In order to receive a perfect attendance recognition at the end of the year, students may have no more than 4 tardies or 4 partial day absences during the year that are not categorized as a documented appointment with a healthcare professional. See Student /Parent Handbook.

 

ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL

MORNING DROP OFF PROCEDURES

All Bus students, Day Care Students, PreK-1st grade students should be dropped off at the main entrance of the school. All students in grades 2-5 should be dropped off at the library entrance of the school. When dropping off your children, we ask that you pull up in a single line along the red curb to let your child(ren) out of the car. The left lane must be left open at all times to facilitate the flow of traffic. Please remember to obey cell phone laws, school speed zones and to drive carefully in the school parking lots. If you choose to walk your child into the building, please park in the parking lot in the front of the school. The parking lot by the library entrance is for faculty parking only.

 

AFTERNOON PICK-UP PROCEDURES

Parent Pick-Up (car riders):

Pre-Kinder and Kinder students will be escorted to the stage. Pre-K and Kinder parents will need to park in the front parking lot and pick up their children from the stage in the cafeteria.

 

Parent Pick-Up (car riders):

Students in 1st through 5th grades will be picked up at the library entrance. Please enter the drive-through from the northbound lane on Dover Ridge ONLY. Please pull forward as far as possible, double lane. Teachers will bring your child(ren) to your car as quickly as possible. We request that each parent picking up a child write their name(s) and grade on a sheet of poster board and display it in the front window of their car. It should be written large enough so that the staff members on duty can easily read the name(s) and immediately call for the student(s). Please use this system all year. (Poster Board will be provided upon request)

 

  • Bus Riders will be escorted to their buses.
  • Day Care students will be escorted to the cafeteria to await their Day Care vans.
  • Learning Tree students will be escorted to the gym.
  • Front Walkers – (Gallery Ridge),
  • Back Walkers – (Weybridge),
  • Bike Riders will be escorted out of the building to the sidewalk at Dover Ridge.

 

Please send a note to your child’s teacher if your child is going home differently than his/her usual way. If a student does not have a note, or we have not received a call, he / she will be sent home according to the plan filed with the classroom teacher. If there is an EMERGENCY that requires a last minute change of your child’s dismissal plan, please speak to a member of the office staff at 397-0600 no later than 1:00 if possible. Thank you for your cooperation in helping to ensure students depart safely.

 

LEARNING TREE

After-school childcare is available through the Learning Tree program. Learning Tree is a district sponsored childcare program from 2:50 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and there is a charge for their service. For more information you may contact them at 210-397-0600. The program at NWC has a direct phone number that can be used during Learning Tree hours. The number will be provided to parents when they register their children.

 

CAFETERIA

The cafeteria serves breakfast and lunch every school day. Breakfast is served from 7:10 a.m. until 7:35 a.m. Any parent wishing to fill out a Free/Reduced lunch form will be able to fill one out as they will be in 1st day packets or may pick one up in the front office.

 

LUNCH TIME VISITORS

Parents and grandparents are welcome to have lunch with their child. All visitors must sign in at the office and get a visitor badge. Parents may bring lunch to their child, but due to the State’s nutrition policy, parents may not bring in food for other students in the class. Special Guest Tables have been designated for family members who come to have lunch with their child. For safety reasons, only the child of the guest may join him/her at the Guest Table. All other students are to remain at the designated table for the class. For space and safety reasons, parents are asked not to sit at the table designated for the class.

 

DRESS CODE

All clothing must be modest and reflect the importance of education.

1. Shorts may be worn to school. In grades 3-5 they should be no more than four inches above the top of the kneecap. This also applies to skirts, dresses and culottes. There should not be a cut or slit in the clothing that extends beyond the four inch limit.

2. Clothes may not be significantly oversized.

3. Tank tops, muscle shirts, halter tops, spaghetti straps, exposed backs or midriffs, and see through garments are not permitted.

4. All pants are to be full length (Capri pants should be no less than four inches below the bottom of the kneecap) and worn at the waist (no “sagging” or “bagging”). Tight fitting pants, (e.g., tights, Spandex, bicycle pants) are also prohibited.

5. Cut-offs and intentionally frayed pants are also prohibited.

6. Indecent /inappropriate patches, writings, or drawings on clothing are prohibited.

7. Headwear must not be worn in the building.

8. Hair must be neat and clean. Unconventional colored, multi-colored, spiked, Mohawk or shaved designs in the hair are not permitted.

Please keep in mind that students have recess everyday and go to PE every other day. Rubber soled shoes or tennis shoes are the safest shoes for your child to wear. If students are wearing a skirt or dress on PE days they may wish to wear shorts under their skirt. Please make sure that all tops/shirts extend past the top of your students pants, shorts, or skirt when they lift their arms. Exposed midriffs in PE are not appropriate. Please refer to page D-8 in the District’s Student Parent Handbook or contact the office if you need additional information on standardized dress requirement.

 

COMMUNICATION

NEWSLETTERS: Monthly newsletters from the principal will be posted via our school website and via email through your child’s teacher at the beginning of each month announcing important events. You can access our school website through the district homepage at www.nisd.net.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS/BIRTHDAYS

BIRTHDAYS

Parents are welcome to send cupcakes or packaged small treats for student birthdays. These will be handed out during the last 15 minutes of school. Please consider that there may be students in the classroom with peanut/nut or other allergies. Balloons and/or flowers are not allowed to be delivered to classrooms. Let your child's teacher know if you do not want your child to participate in birthday recognitions.

 

INVITATIONS

Teachers or students may not pass out invitations to select children. Either all the class must receive one or all the boys or all the girls must receive one. It is never pleasant to be the one who is not invited.

 

SCHOOL CLASSROOM PARTIES

Our campus has two classroom parties: Winter and Fiesta. Teachers will provide more information as the dates approach.

 

EMERGENCY/MEDICAL INFORMATION

MEDICAL RELEASE AND EMERGENCY INFORMATION

It is very important that we have current emergency information on every student. Please notify the school via note or in person when you have a change of address or telephone number (at home or business) and if there is a change in the name of the person to be contacted if you are not available.

It is very important that we always have a number where we can reach you in case of an emergency. Please keep the office updated with any change of cellular numbers or telephone numbers at home or work. If you do not have a phone at home, we need the name of someone who can contact you