Principal's Monday Message

  • March 20, 2017

    Greetings, Palmer Parents!  I hope our Palmer Bears and you had a wonderful Spring Break.  Thank you to all of the Dads and other guests who attended our 2nd Annual Dads’ Day Picnic.  We had 200 plus visitors.  The kids enjoyed the extra time with you and it was nice to see the family interactions.  Your attendance made our Friday before spring break a special day.  Hats off to our 1st grade students, teachers, and Mrs. Alvarado for their grand performance in  The Texas Hoedown. 

    Can you believe that we are in our last grading period of the school year?  It seems has if this school year as moved so quickly.  We will soon be sending off another group of Palmer Bears to middle school.  The last grading period is one of the most important grading periods.  There is lots of testing during this grading period.  Please be sure to remind your Palmer Bear to remain focused on their school work and continue to follow the school rules.

    Please make sure your voice is heard.  Take time to complete the School Climate Survey emailed to you from the K12 Insight group.   If you have completed the survey online, please complete the verification form that will be in March 21st’s Tuesday folder and have your child turn in to the front office.  Each student who submits a verification form will receive a decorated pencil.  Thank you for taking time to complete the survey.

    Due to the upcoming STAAR testing for our 4th and 5th grade students, no campus visitors will be allowed on Tuesday, March 28th and Wednesday, March 29thThis includes eating lunch with your child.      Our 4th grade students will take STAAR writing and our 5th grade students will take STAAR Math on Tuesday, March 28th.  Our 5th grade students will continue testing on Wednesday, March 29th.  They will take the STAAR Reading assessment.  We will resume normal school operations on Thursday, March 30th

    Congratulations to our 4th and 5th grade Science Fair winners Jason N., Douglas W., Noah G., Kelsey R., Layna G., and Julia M.  The first and second place winners will represent Palmer Elementary at the District’s Science Fair Expo on March 23rd

    A Note from the Counselor, Katrina Branch-Scott

    At Palmer Elementary we are aiming to promote friendships and ensure that every child has a place on the playground.  It is our desire to teach our Palmer Bears cooperative games, inviting all to participate and increasing their social emotional learning. We all know when children feel excluded, it’s painful, lonely and confusing.  We don’t want any of our children to feel disconnected from their school community.

    Therefore, we have designated a “Buddy Bench” in order to create a more positive place for kids. It will be part of a coordinated effort to create an inclusive school climate.  We will introduce the Buddy Bench to our students one day this week.  A bench on the primary and upper grade playground will be designated as our “Buddy Bench”.  I will explain the following to our Palmer Bears:


    • Before you sit on the Buddy Bench, think of something you would like to play.   Ask someone else to play with you.
    • The bench isn’t for socializing. Only sit on the bench if you can’t find anyone to play with you.
    • While you’re sitting on the bench, look around for a game you can join.
    • If you see something you want to do or a friend you want to talk to, get off the bench and join.
    • When you see someone on the bench, ask him or her to play with you.
    • If you’re sitting on the bench, play with the first classmate who invites you.
    • Keep playing with your new friends.


    Please reinforce these rules with your child, the importance of not leaving any child out and that Palmer Elementary is a “No Place for Hate” campus.  Inclusiveness is our goal.

    If you have a question, concern, or just want to share information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

    Mrs. Clay, Principal

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