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Welcome Back Sharks!

July 23, 2019


Dear Shark Family:


It is with great pleasure that I extend a warm welcome to all of our new and returning students to the 2019-2020 school year at Jan Schiff Elementary.  I am very excited about this year and anticipate working together with you in a very positive atmosphere that will create a truly productive school experience for all students.  Our faculty and staff are eager to begin this new school year.


The Student/Teacher assignments will be sent through Skyward on Thursday, August 8, 2019.  Please make sure you have access to your child’s information through Parent Access.  If you do not have access, please contact the school at (281) 634-9450. 


“Meet the Teacher” is scheduled for Thursday, August 8, 2019 5:00-6:00 p.m. Please remember this is not a time to hold conferences, but it is a time to meet your teacher and drop off any school supplies you may have already purchased.  (Please note that because this date is earlier than usual, classrooms may be still under construction.)


Please make sure that your child’s teacher is informed of how your child will get home each day.  If your child’s regular plan should change, we must have a note in writing from you with your signature on the day of the change.  In the case of an emergency, you may call the front desk to receive information on who to email the change request.  We need any changes at least 45 minutes prior to dismissal time to ensure that we can get the information to your child’s teacher.  Instructional time is very valuable; therefore, early dismissals are highly discouraged.


Save the Date: 9/12/19 6:00 – 7:30 PTO General Meeting & Fall Open House


A few reminders:

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 14, 2019.  The building will open at 7:30 a.m.  Teachers and parent volunteers will be available to assist students with finding their classrooms.  The first day of school, you are welcome to walk your child to their class, but please leave quickly so they may participate in the welcome back classroom activities teachers have planned. We ask that students walk to class without parents after the first day.  There will be staff stationed around the building to help students to their class.  The building will open at 7:30 a.m. the remainder of the year and students must be in their classroom by 8:10 a.m.  Morning announcements will begin at 8:10 a.m.


We will continue to implement our procedures that keep our students and staff safe during the school day.  Visitors in the building will be asked to show their I.D. and sign in through our Raptor system.  Visitors for lunch must be listed in Skyward or be accompanied by a parent who is listed in Skyward.

  • Rainy Day Dismissal – In the case of extreme rain, thunder or lightning a Rainy Day Dismissal will be called at 3:10 p.m. by the Principal or designee.  This will only affect our bikers and walkers.  Bikers and Walkers will be held until they are picked up or the weather subsides. Please be patient as it will take longer to dismiss on these days.

You may prepay your child’s lunch account.  Students that were approved for the meal program during the 2018-2019 school year are required to re-apply and a new approved application for 2019-2020 must be on file. If you have not applied for or been notified by the Child Nutrition Department of approval for a 2019-2020 meal program application, you need to re-apply to avoid a lapse in benefits. If a 2019-2020 application has been completed and is pending approval, a second application does not need to be completed.


The Fort Bend ISD Child Nutrition Department and Heartland School Solutions have partnered to bring parents and guardians the option of applying for meal benefits ONLINE!  The applications can be entered from any computer with internet access at  Computers will be available at various locations within the District and at the Child Nutrition Department’s Office.


Charge Policy - Parents are responsible for any charges made to a student’s account including those incurred prior to being approved for participation in the meal program.


Regular school attendance is essential for students to make the most of his or her education. Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s mastery of the instructional materials/objectives; therefore, the student and parent should make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences. When a student must be absent from school for any reason, the student must bring a note no later than the second (2nd) school day upon returning from the absence.  Handwritten notes must be signed and dated by the parent.  All notes must describe the reason for the absence and include parent’s contact numbers. A parent will be issued a truancy warning letter if/when a student has had three unexcused absences within a 4-week period.  If a student has three or more additional unexcused absences within a 4-week period then they will receive an invitation to attend a truancy diversion program in lieu of a citation.  Tardies will also be monitored by the campus.  If your child arrives at school after 8:10 a.m. a parent must come into the office to sign him or her in for the day.  The student will be marked tardy for the day.  It is important for students to attend the full school day to receive the instruction provided by their teacher.  We highly discourage the early release of students.  Students will not be released early from their class after 3:00 p.m. 


We have a great year planned for our students. I am looking forward to working with each of you.



Lucretia DeFlora. Principal

Jan Schiff Elementary


P.S.~ please note that due to enrollment counts, your child’s class placement may change.  If the placement does change, you will receive a phone call.  Thank you for understanding.