Cele Update: Sept. 2

Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 9/3/2019 7:00:00 AM

Colt Families,
Happy Labor Day! I trust you enjoyed the longer weekend with family. We have plenty happening during our four-day week ahead. Read on for all the details

Skyward Access for Parents
Skyward is our new information system in PfISD, and students and parents will have access to grades, attendance, and other student information via the portal. Parents should have received an email last week from Skyward including your Username and temporary password. This link includes a one-pager explaining how to log in, but you need the user name first. If you have not received an email for your child, send a message to ParentPortal@pfisd.net, and we will assist you. Please note, messages sent from Skyward currently cannot receive a reply. Instead, you will want to email us directly. For a list of email addresses for all Cele staff, you may visit the Cele Website at this link: www.pfisd.net/
Cele Middle School Team Shop FINAL WEEK
Our Cele Spirit gear Shop is open for one more week! We have special spirit wear available for students and families shipped to your house! Get your Colt Swag to show your pride this season by checking out the shop details below:
    - Shop Now: www.bsnteamsports.com
    - Store Open From: Aug. 21 - Sept. 10
Our football teams kick off their season with a scrimmage on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Tuesday, 7th grade will take on Pflugerville Middle School @ PMS. On Wednesday, 8th grade will play here at Cele. Please note that all scrimmages are FREE. Games for all middle school sports are $2.00 for students and $4.00 for parents/guests. All Cele Athletic Schedules linked here.
Our volleyball teams had a great start to the season with our scrimmages last week. Please come visit the Lady Colts this Thursday for their first official game. Seventh grade is away at PMS, and the eighth grade team will be here at Cele. Reminder: Tickets are $2 for students and $4 for parents/guests. All Cele Athletic Schedules linked here.
PTO Meeting
Our awesome PTO met last Wednesday. Thank you for everyone in attendance. If you did not make the meeting, it is never too late to get involved! Our next meeting is Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Cele library. Mark your calendars! We will have a public meeting to review our most recent campus performance report at 5:30 pm. All are welcome to join.
Round Up Reimagined
Round up is a 24-minute period during the day in which every Colt focuses on targeted skills to become a little smarter. This year, we are recommitting ourselves to growing each and every student by making higher learning relevant and engaging. Students who could use extra assistance with math or reading in order to master current learning will work with a math or reading teacher.

Students who are demonstrating mastery in their classes will work with teachers on an activity that extends that learning in a real world context. Each of our teachers has designed a three-week course aligned to their personal passions or areas of expertise. Students begin Round Up this week, and we would appreciate parent feedback as we roll it out.
Free and Reduced Price Lunch Applications
Did you know that at Cele roughly 40% of our kiddos qualify for free or reduced price lunches? Even if your child previously qualified, applications need to be resubmitted every year. Students have 30 days grandfathered at last year’s status, but it is very important to complete this application soon. Follow this link: www.myschoolapps.com/ . Parents, if you are unsure as to whether or not you might qualify, feel free to call (512) 594-0430.
$500 School Supply Competition
This year, to encourage all families to apply, there is a competition! The campus with the largest percentage of applicants (regardless of qualification) wins $500 in school supplies. That would be awesome for our counselor and social worker to have on standby for our kiddos who need them. In order to complete the application please utilize this link: www.myschoolapps.com/
Campus Academic Advisory Committee (CAAC):
Are you interested in learning more about the professional development plan at Cele? How about the accountability results? Intervention plans? Other important campus processes? If you answered yes to any of these questions then the CAAC would be a great committee for you to join. We are looking for parents, business representatives, and community members to join our team. If you are interested please simply email me at Ben.OConnor@pfisd.net
PAGE Applications Open
Pflugerville ISD parents of gifted learners are encouraged to apply to represent their campus feeder pattern as a Parent Adviser for Gifted Education (PAGE). PAGE’s will participate in district gifted advisory meetings; learn more about gifted education in Pflugerville ISD; share ideas to help continuously improve GT services districtwide. Interested parents should apply here. Applications are due by Sept. 25. Applicants will be contacted to serve on the committee by Sept. 30. The first meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 28.
Bus Routes
Most of our buses are running on time, and we are releasing buses six minutes after the bell to keep them on schedule. Our students are doing great with getting to buses quickly. To find your bus stop and pick up or drop off times, go to this link: Bus Routes 

You will be able to enter your address and find the necessary information about your child’s bus route. The routes are current. If you live on one of the Cele Community’s many brand new streets, you may not see your bus stop. If you experience this problem, please call us at 512-594-0450 and we’ll work it out together.
While the Number 1 best option is still “family time at the breakfast table”, that is often unrealistic. Our Café provides a free breakfast for every student. If breakfast at home doesn’t work for your family, please encourage your child to eat at school. We find that it is so much more difficult to learn when we are hungry. For information on menus, how to set up an online lunch account, and how to apply for reduced price or free lunch, visit www.pfisd.net
Ben O’Connor
Principal &
Colt Country Champion
Cele Middle School