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    New Parent Orientation and Back to School Information New Parent Orientation and Back to School Information Presentation Transcript

    • Welcome New Parents & Students! Important Information for Families Joining Eanes Elementary Last updated: 6/5/09
    • Table of Contents • Principal’s Welcome • Preparing for the First Week of School • How it All Works • Please Participate in our School & Community • Important Dates & Links Eanes Elementary, Austin TX Last updated: 6/5/09
    • Meet the Principal Welcome to our school! It’s a privilege to serve as the principal of Eanes Elementary. You have joined an extraordinary learning community where our teachers, staff, students and families are actively engaged in making excellence happen every day. Choose Your Attitude I look forward to meeting you Make Their Day and to a wonderful school year! Be There Play!!! -- Cindy Acosta Eanes Elementary, Austin TX Last updated: 6/5/09
    • Ingredients for Excellence • Eanes Elementary provides a loving environment for our  students and a world‐class elementary education.  We  have earned many top honors thanks to the devotion of  our talented teachers, the enthusiasm and effort of our   students, and involvement and interest of our parents  and community. – U.S. Dept. of Education Blue Ribbon School 1999, 2005  – State of Texas Exemplary School – every year since 1996 – Texas Successful Schools Award for Outstanding  Performance – See our consistently outstanding TAKS scores – Highest tenured teachers in the district – Texas' most historic campus  Eanes Elementary, Austin TX Last updated: 6/5/09
    • Cool Happenings • Many traditions and offerings make our campus  special and our school year memorable: – Daily class‐televised news reports by the 5th graders – Fully‐staffed library  ‐ all classes attend the library at least  once a week – Integrated computer curriculum • Dedicated COWs (Computer LaptopLab on Wheels) for grades 3‐5 • All classes have access to the computer lab (at least) weekly • Desktop and/or laptop computers in all rooms – The Science Center provides on‐site educational experiences – Special events like Holiday Happening, Evening at Eanes,  Mustang Mania Sports Day, Multi‐Cultural Assemblies and  Science Day build our community and inspire our children Eanes Elementary, Austin TX Last updated: 6/5/09
    • Cool Happenings (continued) – Digital Camera Lab used by all grades – Some grades maintain gardens on campus, and activities  are integrated with their lessons – Marathon Kids program available for all students to  encourage early fitness – Special art‐history introduction  with parent‐sponsored  Gallery Greats program – Music curriculum includes instruction in keyboard,  recorder, drums and guitar (specialized by grade) − you will be invited to many wonderful performances  throughout the year – 5th graders attend a 3‐day trip to Live Oak for team  building and personal development – All grades attend exciting field trips to Central TX  landmarks, historical sites, and museums Last updated: 6/5/09
    • Preparing for the First Week of School Eanes Elementary, Austin TX Last updated: 6/5/09
    • Learning About Your Class • We typically have 3‐5 classes of each grade,  enrolling close to 500 students • Classroom rosters will be posted on Wednesday,  August 19 at 4pm – check the website for details • Find your name (listed by grade) and learn who  your teacher and classmates will be • Join us for Mustang Morning to Meet your new  teacher & classmates and pick‐up your school  supplies before school starts on Friday, August 21 between 10:00 am and noon Eanes Elementary, Austin TX Last updated: 6/5/09
    • Mustang Morning/ Meet the Teacher • Anytime between 10am and noon on Friday, August 21 • Learn your bus route and schedule • Complete and collect essential paperwork • Visit the Cafeteria for important happenings: – Pick‐up your preordered school supply kits (everything you  need, packaged by grade and available to purchase online at  www.EanesElementary.org beginning 6/1/09 – only a few extras  will be available for purchase on Meet the Teacher Day) – Add funds to your lunch account (cash or check accepted) – Sign‐up for Scouts and Clubs – Parents sign‐up to volunteer in the classroom & around campus – Join our Eanes Elementary Parent Teacher Organization – Buy a new school t‐shirt to show your pride! Eanes Elementary, Austin TX Last updated: 6/5/09
    • The First Week of School • Each morning, students in Grades 1‐5 will report to  the playgrounds – 1st‐3rd Graders – Upper Playground – 4th‐5th Graders – Upper Field • When the bell rings, students will walk together to  their room. Parents do not need to proceed to the  classrooms! • Kindergarten students will meet in their classroom at 7:45 each morning − this provides them with a  tranquil introduction to school • Kindergarten parents are invited to a Welcome  Coffee in the Counselor’s office after drop‐off on  Last updated: 6/5/09 the first day of school
    • How it All Works Eanes Elementary, Austin TX Last updated: 6/5/09
    • Getting To/From School • If it is possible for your student(s) to ride the bus, please have them do so – Riding the bus alleviates traffic congestion on campus – It’s a safe and FUN school experience – Check the district website for bus routes at the start of the school year – If you have a new student, please let our registrar know if your child will be  a bus rider • If riding the bus isn’t possible, you may pick‐up and drop‐off your student(s) at  the Upper or Lower Car‐Rider locations.  Traffic safety is an ongoing concern at  our school; please follow all traffic rules and instructions by safety staff to keep  our drivers and kids safe! Please do not use your cell phone while dropping off  or picking up your child(ren). • 1st – 5th graders arriving on campus between 7:30‐7:40am will go to the  playground and be dismissed to their classrooms at 7:40. Kindergarteners will  report to the cafeteria after the first week of school for guided music and  movement. • Classes begin at 7:45am and end at 2:45pm Eanes Elementary, Austin TX Last updated: 6/5/09
    • A Typical School Week • Students arrive in their classrooms by 7:45 am Monday − Friday • Students who are tardy (arriving after 7:55 am) must get a  tardy slip from the office before joining their class • In addition to regular classroom activities, all students attend  specialized learning opportunities on a rotating schedule – Art – Computer Lab – Library        – Music  – P.E. (sneakers mandatory) • Classroom teachers have posted a daily schedule on their  web pages − login to your child’s class to see details Eanes Elementary, Austin TX Last updated: 6/5/09
    • The Cafeteria • All students eat lunch in the cafeteria.  Students may bring their lunch or purchase  one. Parents are always welcome! • Free or reduced‐fee lunch is available to families that qualify.  Please call  (512)732‐9015  for more information or visit the district website for an application • Menus are posted each day on the school website or monthly on the district  website • Depositing lunch funds into your child’s account is easy with your child’s account  number: – Visit the district website and pay online with a credit card – Deposit cash or check during Meet the Teacher Day at the start of school – Send a check to school  with your child in an envelope labeled “LUNCH  MONEY” made out to “EISD Nutrition Dept.” and include your child’s account  number. • Kids pay for lunch in the cafeteria by entering their personal lunch code assigned  the first week of school • Want to know what your kids really eat? Who they hang out with?  We need  Parent Volunteers to supervise students during lunch so their teachers get a well‐ deserved break.  It’s fun, it’s easy, your kids LOVE seeing you!  Volunteer Now by  contacting our Cafeteria Volunteer Chair on our PTO web page Last updated: 6/5/09
    • Special Needs • At Eanes Elementary, we seek to offer all students the support  and services they need to succeed • Some of the services we offer students with special needs  include: – On‐site Counselor – On‐site Licensed Specialist in School Psychology – Reading and Math Specialists – Gifted and Talented Programs – Speech and Communication Specialists – Occupational and Physical Therapists • Please contact the School Counselor about your child’s special  needs. (512)732‐9100 Eanes Elementary, Austin TX Last updated: 6/5/09
    • After School • EasyCare: Safe and fun after‐school care is provided from  2:45–6pm on campus through the Eanes Independent School  District (EISD). Visit the EISD website to learn more and  register.  Drop‐in care is offered on a first‐come, first‐serve  basis.  Reduced fees are available for families that qualify. • Enrichment: Eanes Community Education of EISD offers a  variety of after school enrichment classes such as Spanish  Language Instruction, Art, Gymnastics, Science, Sports,  Acting and many others. Class and registration information  will be available shortly after school starts.  Check the EISD  Community Education website for more information. The  district offers classes year round. Eanes Elementary, Austin TX Last updated: 6/5/09
    • Visiting Campus • All visitors to campus during school hours must REGISTER AT  THE OFFICE and obtain a visitor badge before entering any  building, including classrooms or outside areas on campus.  New visitors must bring a driver’s license to the office to be  scanned into the system. • Visitors badges must be worn at all times on campus. • After obtaining a badge, you do not need to check out at the  front office when you are ready to leave. • Meet students leaving campus early for appointments in the  front office − students must sign out (and back in if returning  to campus). • Parents are welcome (and encouraged) to join their students  for lunch in the cafeteria.  Please get a visitor’s badge from  the front office. Eanes Elementary, Austin TX Last updated: 6/5/09
    • Please Participate in our School & Community Eanes Elementary, Austin TX Last updated: 6/5/09
    • Budget Realities • You have joined a school in one of the best school districts in Texas.   We are proud that ALL our schools in Eanes Independent School  District are high‐performing schools. (about Eanes ISD) • Given the way school finance is structured in the state of Texas,  close to 60% of funds for schools that are raised through our  property taxes are recaptured by the State and distributed to other  districts in Texas • This system of financing public education leaves our school with a  serious gap between the kind of school experience we want for our  children and the funds available • At Eanes Elementary, we bridge this gap in two ways: – The tremendous involvement and successful fundraising by our  Parent Teacher Organization on campus – The generous support our community gives the Eanes  Education Foundation Eanes Elementary, Austin TX Last updated: 6/5/09
    • Please Support EEF • The Eanes Education Foundation (EEF) is a non‐profit  organization with the mission of providing and sustaining  district‐wide opportunities for educational excellence within  the Eanes Independent School District  • They are the ONLY organization that can legally fund  additional teacher positions and salaries at our school • Because of EEF, our school provides a full‐time librarian and  an instructional technology coach • Please support EEF when asked to do so − our teachers and  students benefit directly from your participation • Learn more about EEF Eanes Elementary, Austin TX Last updated: 6/5/09
    • Please Join our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) • The Eanes Elementary PTO provides funds for technology, classroom  equipment, field trips, books, teacher training and more.  More than  $100,000 was gifted by the PTO in each of the past two years; this is  more than three‐times the budget provided by the district for  purchases.  We contribute to our school by: – Volunteering directly on campus more than 200 hours a week, helping  in the classroom, cafeteria, library, and as additional teacher support  staff.  Parents do the work of five full‐time aides and bridge a $75,000  budget gap.  Because of our parents’ generous participation, our  teachers have more time to offer students individual attention, prepare  lessons, hold conferences with parents, and get a well‐deserved break. – Celebrating and recognizing our dedicated and talented teachers by  funding advanced teacher training and arranging special meals and  appreciation gifts. – Organizing events and fundraisers that build our school community such  as Fall Social and Carnival, Book Fair, Bingo Night, Science Day, and the  Eanes Elementary website.  Eanes Elementary, Austin TX Last updated: 6/5/09
    • Important Dates & Links Eanes Elementary, Austin TX Last updated: 6/5/09
    • PTO Events Community Building Events PTO Meetings & Fund Raisers – Sept. 3 − 8:15 am – Back‐to‐School Night, Aug. 20 – Oct. 1 – 8:15 am • K‐2 – 4:00‐5:00pm • 3‐5 – 5:00‐6:00pm – Nov. 5 – 8:15 am – Meet the Teacher, Aug. 21 – Dec. 3 – 8:15 am – Fall Social (Adults only), Oct. 23 – Feb. 4 – 8:15 am – Fall Carnival, Oct. 25 – March 4 – 8:15 am – Book Fair,  Nov. 9‐13 – Apr. 8 – 8:15 am – Holiday Happening, Dec. 9 & 10 – May 21 – Brunch – 11:30am – Bingo Night,  Jan. 22  – Science Day,  March 11 – Mustang Mania,  May 7 YOU ARE INVITED – Evening at Eanes, May 13 Please Join Us! Eanes Elementary, Austin TX Last updated: 6/5/09
    • How Can You Help? • PLEASE VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME and TALENTS with the PTO – Kids LOVE seeing their parents involved at school − and in elementary  school, they still publicly enjoy having us around! – It’s a great way to meet other Eanes families – We have volunteer positions to accommodate parents with both flexible  and extra busy schedules. Please let us know your skills and preferences  by completing a Volunteer Interest Form when you login on the school  website, we’ll do the rest!  Please contact our  PTO Board or Committee  Chairs with questions • Attend the fun community‐building events and participate in  fundraisers • Support our Corporate Partners by frequenting the local merchants  that support our school • Shop at Randall’s and enter Good Neighbor code 482. They have  donated close to $100,000 to our school! • Save BoxTops for Education squares from select grocery products Eanes Elementary, Austin TX Last updated: 6/5/09
    • Helpful Links • School Website: EanesElementary.org • Meet the Teachers • 2009‐2010 Eanes Elementary School Calendar • Bus Routes • Pay Online for Lunch • Register Online for After School Enrichment Programs and EasyCare • Meet the PTO Board and Committee Members • VOLUNTEER NOW: Contact a Committee Chair directly, or complete  a Volunteer Interest Form when you login on the Eanes Elementary  website • Campus Map • Eanes Independent School District (EISD) Website • Eanes Education Foundation Eanes Elementary, Austin TX Last updated: 6/5/09
    • Back to School Schedule • Aug 19: Class Assignments available, 4pm • Aug 19: Bus Schedule Posted • Aug 20: Back‐to‐School Night (Parent ONLY) • Aug 21: Meet the Teacher Day (10am‐Noon) • Aug 24: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL – Kindergarten Parents’ Coffee (8am‐9am) • Sept. 3: First PTO Meeting, 8:15 am Eanes Elementary, Austin TX Last updated: 6/5/09
    • THANK YOU! We are so excited to welcome you to Eanes Elementary! Your PTO plays an active role in our child(ren)’s education and experiences. Your participation in the PTO and school is an integral part of their success. We look forward to having you as a member of the Eanes community and hope you will become an active member of the PTO. ~ Colleen Jones cjones@austin.rr.com EEPTO President Eanes Elementary, Austin TX Last updated: 6/5/09