Principal's Message

August 18, 2019

Dear Parents,

Welcome back for the 2019-2020 school year! We are looking forward to a great year! I just wanted to touch base with you on a few topics to keep our school running smoothly and safely. First, we hope you take the opportunity to walk your child/children to class these first few days of school so that you can help your child(ren) feel more comfortable and secure in our school. Beginning, Monday, August 26, we will need to minimize the flow of traffic within the school and maintain school security by asking that you drop children off at the drop off zone along the side of the school and allow the children to go to the cafeteria, gym, and/or classroom with school staff supervision. As we discussed at our parent meetings on August 14, we are asking all car traffic (except for the school bus and PPCD program) to enter the school from Shaver and drop students off on the side of the building. We will have school staff there to help unload and direct the students to the cafeteria. The traffic moves quickly in the morning since we don’t have everyone arriving at one time. You are welcome to drop your child off as early as 7:10 AM if they are eating breakfast. If your child is a walker, we ask that you use the crossing guards on Perez for their safety.

Dismissal traffic will also enter the school from Shaver. We ask that car traffic approach from Queens and take a right into our stack up lane. Please do not block the businesses along Shaver. Last year police officers gave tickets for this reason. We know that at dismissal, the traffic stacks up on Shaver. We are doing our very best to move the cars through as quickly and efficiently as possible. You can help by making sure that your car tag is visible and by taking a right on Shaver as you exit.

Car tags were passed out on August 14 to ensure that parents had the tags prior to the first day of school. The car-rider tags should indicate the name of your youngest child and the teacher’s name. We ask that parents please utilize these tags every day since it makes the dismissal traffic flow much more quickly. Please leave the car rider tag up until your child is in the vehicle so that car loaders can verify that they are loading the correct child in the correct vehicle. Beginning Tuesday, September 3, any parents picking up students in cars without car rider tags, will need to enter the office to show their identification and receive a new tag. Please help us keep your children safe by picking your child up at the appropriate school location. Please do not ask your child to walk to an off-campus location for car pick-up. This is very dangerous.

As a reminder, please understand that we are unable to differentiate between students that walk home alone and parents that walk-up to meet their child/children. If parents intend to meet their child at dismissal, it is the parent’s responsibility to be at the dismissal spot on time to meet the child. Please understand that when you indicate that your child is a walker, the expectation is that these children are independent enough to walk home on their own. It is fine if you choose to walk up to the walker dismissal area to meet them, but should a parent not be there on time, the students will be expected to walk home independently. For safety reasons, we do not allow PK and Kindergarten students to walk home alone. For those PK and Kindergarten parents that do not have vehicles, you will need to walk up to the PK pod (outside area) to pick up your child. Please bring identification. We will provide you with a car tag as well to expedite the pick-up process.

Please note that because we dismiss at 3:05 PM, early pickups are only allowed until 2:45 PM for valid reasons. After this time, parents will be required to wait until the normal dismissal time to pick up their child.

Since we spend the first 2-3 weeks of the school year working on classroom, hallway, and cafeteria routines, we ask that if you would like to visit your child’s classroom, you wait until September 9 at the earliest to do so. If you would like to visit, you are required to check in at the office, receive a visitor’s badge, and sign in. As a courtesy, please schedule your classroom visits through the classroom teacher.

As we begin this new school year, I just wanted to let you know that we will continue the policy we started several years ago regarding conduct grades and extra-curricular privileges. We will continue to require all students to maintain at least a “B-” average in conduct in order to participate in special activities (i.e. classroom parties, track and field, field day, field trips, special programs on campus, etc.). We will review the three weeks’ conduct grades prior to the special activity to determine eligibility. Based on the results from the last several years, we have found that this provides an incentive for students to strive for excellence in behavior.

All students (1st – 4 th grade) who maintain an “A” in conduct for the year and do not have any office referrals, will be invited to participate in our end of the year Splash Day Celebration. “A” conduct is based on an “A” earned on the report card for each 9-week grading period.

Kindergarten students will be invited to participate in Splash Day if they have maintained an “A” in conduct each week of school as reported in the weekly Tuesday folder (this begins with the 2nd nine-week period through the end of the school year). The first 9-weeks in Kindergarten will not affect our students’ participation in Splash Day since our Kindergarten students are still learning school expectations. Pre-Kindergarten students will not be eligible to participate in Splash Day.

As in the past, our students will bring home a Tuesday folder. This folder will include their weekly conduct grade, papers that they have worked on that can remain at home, and papers that should be signed and returned to school. We ask that you look at your child’s folder every Tuesday, review the conduct grade and papers with your child, sign the conduct folder, and return the folder to school the next school day. If your child is sent to the office for a major infraction during the week, this will result in an “F” for the weekly conduct grade. With most office visits, a parent will be contacted by one of the principals. It is our hope that by working together, we will be able to keep students on track.

Nine years ago, we implemented a lunch schedule so that parents could visit their child at lunch one day a week. Even though our school is beautiful, our cafeteria is still quite small so parents or grandparents will still be able to visit only one day a week for lunch. For ease of scheduling, parents are allowed to pick the day that is most convenient. We will maintain a parent lunch log where our lunch guests will sign in. We are unable to have parents visit for lunch until the week of September 9. This will give us time to work through all of our cafeteria procedures with our students. For security reasons, extended family is not allowed to visit during lunchtime.

Please feel free to call the school office at (713)740-0720 if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks so much for all your help and support! We look forward to a terrific school year!


Cathy Danna Letty Balderaz Araceli Rodriguez   
Principal            Assistant Principal       Counselor