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Northwest Elementary Update: Feb. 12-16Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 2/12/2018 10:00:00 AM
Good afternoon Northwest Elementary parents and Families!
Happy 100th day of school! Well, technically today is the 99th, but we are celebrating it today as there was a shift in days due to the weather day a few weeks ago. Our teachers and students are conducting great 100th day of school activities today, so ask your child about his when he/she gets home this evening.
Next week, our 5th graders will travel to Camp Mabry to engage in their first Star Base camp. Star Base “focuses on the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math and dedicated to enhancing the performance, success and personal growth of youth.” This program was brought to our attention via Ms. Kettisha Jones (assistant superintended of elementary schools) and board member Dr. Carol Fletcher. We thank them very much for their suggestion and look forward to engaging our 5th graders in this wonderful event!
WVMS Instrument Fair
- Monday, Feb. 19 from 5-7 p.m. at Westview Middle School
- See attached flyer for more information.
- If you child is interested in playing a stringed instrument in middle school then please join this wonderful event!
- Dream Box is an online math resource that our students began using this week.
- The program supports each child’s individual math needs from kinder through fifth grade.
- We are currently testing this program to see if the data supports its purchase next year.
- I have attached a flyer for your records and how your child can use Dream Box at home on your PC, laptop, tablet and smartphone!
PTO Meeting and 3rd Grade Choir Performance
- Tuesday, Feb. 13
- 3rd Grade Performance: 6-6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria
- Monthly PTO meeting: 6:30-7:30 in the library. Free child care provided! We will begin discussing our annual Spring Fling so all parent support and suggestions are welcomed.
Northwest Elementary’s Annual Musical, 'Aladdin'
- Each year, the wonderfully talented Ms. Sharla Wilkinson and her team of students perform a spring musical.
- This year, these students will perform Aladdin. Ms. Wilkinson’s musicals attract top district officials and community members. In the past, they have even performed in front of all PfISD staff at convocation!
- Be sure to see the play at any one of three performances!
- Performance 1: Friday, Feb. 16 from 6:30-7:30
- Performance 2: Saturday, Feb. 17 from 2:30-3:30
- Performance 3: Monday, Feb. 19 from 1:30-2:30
Valentine’s Day Parties
- Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 1:30-2:30
- Special Note: 5th grade will have their party on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 1:30-2:30 due to Star Base on Feb. 14.
Principal Northwest Elementary
Northwest Update: Feb. 5-9Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 2/2/2018 2:00:00 PM
Good morning wonderful NES parents and families!
We’ve officially finished our first month of 2018 and our staff and students have completed so much! In January, we began our after school tutoring program, conducted a successful Math/Science night, Science Fair, and improved our online capabilities with mathematics. We are very proud of the progress we have made.
February will bring Valentine’s Day class parties and dances. In addition, we will have our next PTO movie night and, more importantly, our annual musical play put on by the wonderful Sharla Wilkinson. Communication will be sent home and via email as we get closer to these events.
Lastly, NES purchased the Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) program at the beginning of the year. This program is utilized by our reading interventionist to support our students in need of additional reading support. It touts at least two years’ worth of growth in one year. So far we have about 55 percent of our students at one to one and a half year’s growth of reading progress so far! This is great! Our interventionist are continuing to grow with this program to ensure 100 percent of our students are making progress.
100th Day of School
- Friday, Feb. 9
Citizen of the Month
- Friday, Feb. 9 from 7:20-7:40
If your student is selected for Citizen of the Month, please try to be in the library by 7:20.
PTO Valentines Dance
- Friday, Feb. 9 from 6-8
$2/student. Snacks and drinks available for purchase. $1 Bingo for parents!
Northwest Elementary Update: Jan. 30-Feb. 3Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 1/26/2018 7:00:00 AM
Good afternoon Northwest Elementary Parents and Families.
As you know, our annual attendance goal is 96.6%. If we achieve this goal, we will receive $2,500 to be used however we would like. Let me just say, we can VERY much use this money! While we were doing well towards the end of December, we are drastically losing ground. I assume it is because of the current flu epidemic.
With that said, please keep your child at home if he/she is sick. Sending children to school sick spreads the flu to more children and makes things worse in the long run for our attendance. Below are some things you can do to support our goal:
- Schedule doctor’s appointments after 3 if at all possible
- Arrive on time with your child in class no later than 7:40 a.m.
- Teach your child to wash his/her hands regularly and sneeze/cough into their sleeves.
Who knows, your Northwest Elementary principal may do something fun for our students if we reach our goal.
Chick-Fil-A Night Tonight!
- When: 5:00-8:00 TONIGHT
- Where?: Chick-Fil-A at Parmer and Mo Pac
Please tell the cashier inside or in the drive through you are with Northwest so we may receive 10 percent of your purchase.
Campus Academic and Advisory Committee (CCAC) Meeting
- When: Tuesday, Jan. 30 from 3:30-4:30
- Where: NES Library
We will be reviewing our middle of the year growth information and allow for feedback.
Early Release (Noon Dismal)
- When: Wednesday, Jan. 31
- Dismissal at noon
Class Picture Day
- When: Friday, February 2nd
Northwest Elementary Update: Jan. 22-26Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 1/18/2018 4:00:00 AM
Happy week, Northwest Elementary parents and families. I hope you stayed warm and cozy over the very limited school week this week.
Can you believe that January is almost over? The first month of 2018 has been a good one, with many of our students reading more and more books to reach their AR goals.
NES teachers continue to work with each child to ensure he/she is reading on a regular basis. As a reminder, each student should be reading with someone at home for at least 30 minutes each evening. Have your child read a book to you or ask them about the chapter book they are reading. If your child is reading fluently, it will greatly support their learning at school every day!
I received word after work yesterday that we will not be starting school at 7:35 as reported yesterday. So, school will start at normal time, 7:40, for the remainder of the year. To make up for the weather day all students will come to school on Monday, Feb. 19 (previously a staff development day).
If you have any questions regarding this change, please feel free to email me.
Math/Science Night and PTO Meeting (RESCHEDULED)
- When: Tuesday, Jan. 23
- Math/Science Night: 5:30-6:30
- PTO Meeting: 6:30-7:30
Texas Lesson Study
Our first grade team, in conjunction with Region 13 learning center, will be working together each week to support student learning.
The Texas Lesson Study is a program that helps develop teachers’ ability to desegregate student achievement data to focus on student learning.
While it takes a considerable amount of time for our team, it shows their commitment to our students!
- Thursday, Jan. 25 from 5-8 p.m. at the Parmer/Mo Pac location
Stop by between 5-8 p.m. to enjoy some great Chick-Fil-A food! Please make sure to tell them you are with Northwest Elementary.
All proceeds go directly to Northwest Elementary.
Northwest Elementary Update: Jan. 15-19Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 1/11/2018 7:00:00 AM
Good morning Northwest Elementary parents and families. I hope you are having a fabulous week.
We’ve had a very energetic first week of 2018 so far. Our teachers are working hard to review classroom and school-wide expectations and re-establishing a positive classroom culture in each class. After spending many hours in class this week, I can feel the energy from all of our students and teachers. I am so happy to be back!
We’ve got a busy week coming up next week. First, on Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 5:30-6:30 we have our annual Math/Science night. Each classroom teacher will have a fun math game/activity for each student to play. In addition, Ms. Toy, our 5th grade science teacher, is leading the science fair. Many of our 3rd-5th grade students produced a science project that they can present to you! We had a really big turnout last year and fully expect many more parents this year!
Martin Luther King Holiday Break
- NO SCHOOL Monday, Jan. 15
Interim Assistant Principal
As you all know, Mrs. Thompson had her baby just before we left for the holiday break. Mr. Johnson, a retired long-time administrator and teacher, will be here to support us until March 28 when Mrs. Thompson will return. Mr. Johnson has served at NES as a sub several times and knows our teachers and students well. Please say hello to him if you see him!
Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- 1st grade is doing the addition roller coaster and estimation station.
- 2nd grade is doing an awesome frog hop measurement activity.
- 3rd grade has some great hand-on activities planned.
- 4th grade is doing a paper airplane measurement activity and a recipe conversion.
- 5th grade is doing the 3D shape activity from the packet.
PTO Movie Night
- Friday, Jan. 19 from 6-8 p.m.
Please see attached for January’s Intervention Newsletter.
- Every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-3:30
- Teachers will be reaching out to select parents to have their students stay after school to receive additional academic support starting Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 3-3:30.
- Students will focus on reading skills to ensure positive growth.
- If your child is selected for tutoring, please ensure you are on time to pick them up promptly at 3:30. Parents who are habitually late will result in the student being exited from spring tutoring.
Northwest Elementary Update: Jan. 8-12Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 1/8/2018 7:00:00 AM
Happy New Year NES Parents and Families!
I hope you all enjoyed the time with your kiddos during this two-week break. The NES staff has been resting in order to be fully prepared to serve your children when they return on Tuesday, Jan. 9. It’s been a very nice two weeks off but we are ready to get back to work.
The spring semester is upon us and, in order to prepare your students to meet their individual goals, we will need all of your support and cooperation. Our student data indicates there is much work to be done in the area of reading, which is one of our three strategic goals this year. In order to help, continue reading with your child at least 30 minutes every day and discuss the importance of becoming fluent readers. Please keep in close communication with your child’s teacher about your child’s reading goals and how to keep them motivated to read.
My staff and I look forward to continuing to work with you in order to serve and support your children each and every day in 2018. See you Tuesday!
Monday, Jan. 8
- No school, teacher work day
Tuesday, Jan. 9
- Students return
- All students need to be in their classroom by 7:40 A.M.
Friday, Jan. 12
- POPS Rally at 1:45
- Come celebrate your child's achievements of the second nine-week period!
- Reminder: Students will return to class at the conclusion of the POPS Rally. Please wait to pick them up outside during normal dismissal.
Northwest Elementary Update: Dec. 18-21Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 12/18/2017 9:00:00 AM
Good afternoon Northwest Parents and Families,
The district has already begun making plans to propose another bond election in November of 2018. Proceeds from a bond issue can be used for the construction and renovation of facilities, the acquisition of land, and the purchase of capital items such as equipment.
If you recall, PfISD passed its last bond in 2014. Major budgeted items included a new high school (Weiss High School), two new elementary schools (Mott and rebuild of Timmerman Elementary), unified stadium (The Pfield), technology upgrades (laptop carts, updated Wi-Fi and systems upgrades), and school renovations (new paint, HVAC systems, and flooring at NES). This bond was tremendously helpful to not only our school, but the entire district.
For more, please visit this webpage.
On Tuesday, Dec. 12 I attended the Citizens Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) at the administration building. The CFAC makes recommendations for upcoming bonds elections that, as you know, greatly impact the work we do every day.
The committee is made up of the superintendent (Dr. Killian), other district personnel, and community members. Dr. Killian asked that we invite other community members to represent their view at these meetings in order to get a full understanding of the needs for the next bond election. While I am not clear on the exact needs for the next bond election, know that your input matters! I do not know when the next meeting will be, but would be honored if members of the Northwest community would join me. If you are interested, please let me know.
On another note, this will be my last email update for the year! Well, 2017 that is. I hope everyone has a SAFE and RELAXING time with your kiddos over the break. We have a VERY full spring semester, so please get some rest!
Student Holiday Parties
Date: Thursday, Dec. 21
Time: Check with your classroom teacher
Half Day/Early Release
Date: Thursday, Dec. 21
Dec. 21-Jan. 8
First Day Back: Tuesday, Jan. 9
Northwest Elementary Update: Dec. 11-15Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 12/8/2017 7:00:00 AM
Good morning Northwest parents and families! I hope you are all staying warm on this 2-hour delayed Friday!
We are moving closer to the end of the fall semester and 2017. Our staff continues to work hard to support our students and have been having fun dressing up in our holiday-themed gear. I hope your child has been able to partake in the fun!
Earlier in the year I informed you about our attendance goal of 96.6 percent. To this point, we are holding strong at 97.1 percent. That’s 0.7 percent higher than this point last year!
Thank you to all of our parents for getting your students to school each and every day.
If we reach our goal by April, we will receive $2,500 from the district!
As you know, there have been many days of cold weather over the past week. Several that have dipped below the 50-degree mark and a few in the low 40's and upper 30's.
We ask that you not drop your children off until 7:10 on cold weather days as this is when our staff arrive for morning duty.
Citizen of the Month
The Citizen of the Month scheduled for today will take place next Friday, Dec. 15 from 7:20-7:40 in the library.
PTO Movie Night Tonight
- The PTO movie night scheduled for this evening will still take place from 6-8 p.m. in the cafeteria.
- Santa will be in attendance at 7:30, so come say hello!
Holiday Themed Attire-Week 2
- Monday, Dec. 11: Wear Red or Green
- Tuesday, Dec. 12: Dress Like a Snowman
- Wednesday, Dec. 13: Holiday Scarf Day
- Thursday, Dec. 14: Dress Like a Grinch (or any other character from the story)
- Friday, Dec. 15: Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
3rd Grade Musical Performance/PTO Meeting
- Tuesday, Dec. 12
- 3rd Grade Musical Performance: 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria
- PTO meeting: 6:30-7:30 in the library (child care provided)
St. David’s Dental Foundation has chosen our school once again to provide free dental services to our students! Last school year total value in treatment was over $126,000!!
They will be here Wednesday, Dec. 13 and Thursday, Dec. 14 to conduct screenings. This involves a quick look in each student's mouth with a mirror. Dental treatment will take place in Jan/Feb.
Please inquire with the front office or your child’s teacher for more information.
Visit from SantaPosted by Marcial Guajardo on 12/8/2017 7:00:00 AM
Good afternoon NES parents and families,
I was just informed that Santa will be at the NES movie night on Friday, Dec. 8 around 7:30. Movie night will run from 6-8 p.m., so we hope to see you then!
Northwest Elementary Update: Dec. 4-8Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 12/5/2017
Good afternoon Northwest Parents and Families! I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday break.
Our teachers and students are back at it this week. Although we have about 3½ weeks until our next break, our teachers are working hard to ensure the BEST education for your children.
Over the next few weeks we will be having holiday themed dress attire. Feel free to send your son or daughter to school dressed up! For more information please see below.
Holiday Themed Dress Attire 12/4-12/8
- Monday: Wear a Christmas color day(red/green/silver/gold/white)
- Tuesday: Dress like a reindeer day
- Wednesday: Dress as your favorite holiday character
- Thursday: Holiday sock day
- Friday: Holiday pajama day
PTO Holiday Store
- When: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (12/6-12/8) from 8 a.m. to noon (cafeteria)
Send your student to school with money to purchase holiday gifts for you and your family.
The store is a great way for your student to be thoughtful about the gifts they give this year. We hope they enjoy!
Thanks to the PTO and volunteers for running the store!
PTO Movie Night
- When: Friday, Dec. 8 from 6-8 p.m.
- Movie: "The Polar Express"
The PTO will sell food for $1 and admission is $2.
Citizen of the Month
- When: Friday, Dec. 8 from 7:20-7:40 in the library
I will begin announcing students directly at 7:20, so please arrive early.