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  • May 29, 2018

     

    Palmer Parents,

    We hope that you are enjoyed your Memorial Day Weekend. This will be the last message for the school year. Please take time to read about award ceremony procedures, lunch schedule and end of the year ice cream party, the end of the year REN 360 report, STAAR results, changes to the 2018-2019 progress report and report cards, summer calendar activities, and our summer office hours.

     

    The 2017-2018 yearbooks have arrived. Yearbooks will be distributed to students on May 29th. All students will participate in a yearbook signing party. Students without a yearbook will be given a Palmer Autograph book to use during the signing party.

     

    Please remember that Thursday, May 31st, is the last day of school for students and all students will be released at 12:10 pm.

     

    Remember at Palmer Elementary, Hustle and Heart, Set us Apart! Have a great week.

     

    Mrs. Clay, Principal and Mrs. Bailey, Assistant Principal

    (281) 634-4760

    Kellie.Clay@fortbendisd.com

    Glena.Bailey@fortbendisd.com

     

    End of the Year Award Ceremony Procedures

    We have two grade level award ceremonies this week, May 29th, 3rd grade from 8:45 am until 9:45 am and May 30th, 5th grade from 8:45 am until 9:45 am. In order to make this experience pleasant for our Palmer Bears and our visitors, we kindly ask that you follow the procedures below:

    1. No more than 4 visitors per student. Each visitor must present the Palmer Fast Pass and a valid ID on the day of the ceremony. Your child's homeroom teacher will email an electronic copy of the Fast Pass a few days before the ceremony for you to print and we will also provide a hard copy. Please complete and bring with you on the day of the ceremony.
    2. Please review the award schedule below. Make sure you allow enough time for parking and seating. Patience and courtesy is always appreciated towards the Palmer staff and other families.
    3. If Palmer siblings are attending and the award ceremony is in the AM, please have the Palmer sibling arrive and remain with you until after the ceremony. Make sure that they do not report to class. You may check them in following the award ceremony. If Palmer siblings are attending and the award ceremony is in the PM, you will need to check them out. Make sure you provide enough lead time to check them out before the ceremony. When there is a large crowd, delays will occur.
    4. We highly discourage early check out; however, if you choose to check out your child following the award ceremony, it will occur in the classroom. If you are checking out a sibling who did not attend the ceremony, you will need to check out from the front office.
    5. Please do not visit other classrooms or other grade level areas following the award ceremony. This will cause a disruption for our students.

     

    Lunch Schedule and End of the Year Ice Cream Party

    Thursday, May 31st, all students will eat lunch in their classrooms from 11:00 am-11:30 am and from 11:30 am-12:00 pm, students will have their end of the year celebration by having an ice cream sundae party. We are asking that all students bring a sack lunch and $2.00 to donate towards the purchase of ice cream, ice cream toppings, napkins, spoons, etc. To make the last day of school as smooth as possible and for the safety of our students, we are not allowing lunch or party guests. Please allow your child to enjoy the last of school with his or her classmates and teacher. School will end at 12:10 pm. We ask that you do not change your child's transportation on this day and be prepared to receive your child at 12:10 pm. We are still taking lunch drop offs on this day before 11:00 am.

     

    End of the Year REN 360 Student Score Reports available May 31st

    As you know, this year, the FBISD Board of Trustees approved the adoption of Renaissance 360 (Ren 360) – a universal screening tool in reading and math for our students. A universal screener is a brief, computer-adaptive assessment that is given to students in grade levels K-10 to determine students’ current skills and to identify gaps in learning. In addition, the use of a universal screener allows campus teachers, specialists, and administrators to examine the effectiveness of classroom instruction to meet the needs of all learners.

    As a reminder, the following students take these assessments three times a year in September, January, and April to monitor student growth over time. Campuses can choose to assess additional students as well.

    • All K-3 studentscomplete the Early Literacy Renaissance 360 screener
    • All K-5 students complete the Math and Reading Renaissance 360 screeners
    • All 6-10 students who did not achieve the “Approaches”performance level on the previous year’s Math and Reading STAAR assessments complete the Renaissance 360 Math and Reading universal screeners

    If your child has taken one of these assessments, you will be able to view your child’s end-of-year Ren 360 Parent Score Report in Skyward – Family Access on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Please see the job aid that provides the steps to access this report. If you would prefer a paper copy of your student’s score report, please notify Mrs. Bailey at (281) 634-4760.

    Thank you for your continued support!

     

    2017-2018 STAAR Results posted in Skyward late June

    The last round of STAAR testing is complete. The FBISD Accountability and Assessment Department will post the STAAR scores for students in third, fourth and fifth grade science no later than the fourth week of June. Be on the lookout for an email from FBISD notifying you that the scores are available and how to access student scores in Skyward Family Access.

     

    Report Card and Other Supply Pick up on June 1st

    In the event your Palmer Bear is absent on May 31st, you may pick up his or her report card and other belongings on or after June 1st.

     

    2018-2019 Progress Reports and Report Cards

    Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, Fort Bend ISD will no longer print and mail progress reports and reports cards. Parents will be able to access their student's grades through Family Access and will be notified via email when they are available to view.
    Online report cards will reduce printing, mailing and administrative costs, and will allow the District to communicate with parents more quickly and effectively. Parents will have the option to request a paper report card, if they choose to do so. More information will be provided in August. Parents and guardians who do not have a Family Access account should contact the school.

     

    Summer Calendar Activities

    Between the end of one school year and the start of the next every student risks summer learning loss. To help prevent the summer slide, please allow your Palmer Bear to participate in our Summer Calendar activities. These calendar activities will be placed in your child's report card and are posted below. All Palmer Bears who complete the activities will be rewarded when they return to school in the Fall.

     

    Summer Office Hours

    Starting June 4th through August 3rd, our office hours will be 7:30 am -12:00 pm and 1:00 pm-5:00 pm Monday through Thursday. We will be closed July 2nd-July 5th. If you need assistance, please contact us at (281) 634-4760.

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