October 2022 | Monthly Newsletter
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A Message from Nurse Waddy
Keeping our Field Students Healthy...
Welcome to another great school year! I would like to take this time to introduce myself as the school nurse here at Field Elementary. My name is Shay Roberts, and I am primarily known as Nurse Waddy. I have been an RN since 2011 and a school nurse since 2013, with a hospital background in Pediatrics. This is my eighth school year at Field Elementary, and I feel truly honored to be a part of such a wonderful and caring community. I’m very passionate about school nursing, and my goal here is to keep our students healthy, safe, and in school, so they can learn effectively.
As we transition into this beautiful Fall season, we should remember that communicable illnesses such as the flu, common cold, and strep throat will be more prevalent. Due to our students being in group settings and close contact most of their day, the transmission of illnesses from person to person can occur. It is especially important to use good hygiene practices to reduce the spread of germs, such as:
- observing your child each day for signs of illness which may include coughing, sore throat, fever, unusual rashes
- keeping sick students at home and seeking medical attention
- encouraging your child to wash their hands often, especially after using the restroom, before eating, and when they are visibly soiled
- Use an alcohol-based hand cleaner when soap and water are not available
- Adopting healthy practices, such as disposing of used tissues and coughing into a sleeve rather than into a hand, drinking plenty of fluids, eating nutritious food, being physically active, and getting plenty of sleep
If you need to discuss the health of your child or have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me! I am available on Class Dojo as well.
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH IS HERE!
Happy Hispanic heritage month to all! Hispanic Heritage Month is a month dedicated to celebrating diverse Hispanic communities that make-up our country! From September 15 - October 15, Hispanic Heritage month celebrates cultures from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The diverse Field community is further enriched by the Hispanic families that make up our school!
Field Elementary Ofrenda
In partnership with Field leadership and Field families, a Field community ofrenda will be displayed beginning next week for all to see.
An ofrenda, or altar, is one of the most focal points in Mexican Mesoamerican cultural traditions and is set up during the quintessential day of the dead. From October 31st to November 2nd, the ofrenda is set up with offerings to honor and remember loved ones. In modern-day observation, communities observe and appreciate the beauty of life. Field families are encouraged to send framed pictures of their loved ones or pets complete with a name, class, and grade by or before Friday, October 14 to be included in the ofrenda. To learn more about the ofrenda and the day of the Dead visit https://dayofthedead.holiday
A list of Heroes: An Interpretation la Loteria Mexicana
Have you seen our newest art installation tower at Field? We invite you to check out Chris Pinon's "A list of Heroes: An Interpretation of la Loteria Mexicana.
In this installation, Chris sheds light on his take on bringing the Loteria characters to life! Featured Loteria members in the collection are la dama, el valiente and more! For more on this creative take visit the featured gallery located in the main hallway or visit https://cpmediastudios.com/a-list-of-heroes
A very special thank you to our Fine Arts Liaison team for their hard work to bring this installation to Field.
Storybook Character Parade is 10/31
Get ready for the Storybook Character Parade!
On Monday, October 31st, 2022, students are invited to come dressed as their favorite storybook character. Remember:
- Bring a storybook that represents your character
- Wear school-appropriate clothing and shoes
- You should be able to get in and out of your costume by yourself
Some Story Book Character Recommendations Are:
- Fairy Tales
- Story Book Series (Ex. Fancy Nancy, Harry Potter, Dr. Seuss)
- Nursery Rhymes
- Famous Historical Figures
- Create your own character. Don’t forget to bring your self-published book!
Please refrain from displaying or wearing the following:
- Hair color
- face makeup
- fake weapons
Parents are invited to stand in the front courtyard on Monday, October 31st, 2022 at 8:00 AM, to view our parade as we pass by. We can’t wait to see your costumes!
Join us for the adults only Fall Fundraiser - food, dancing, drinks, great music and an all around good time with our Field Community!
Bid on incredible items donated by the local community. All proceeds will support Field Elementary - arts programs, teacher support, field trips and much more! We are hoping to set a new record, as our fundraising goal this year is $50,000!
It takes a community! We hope you will consider supporting Field Elementary and the fundraiser by donating, attending, and bidding in our auction.
Contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: You can bid from the comfort of your home as the auction items will be listed online. You do not have to be present to win. However, we hope you will join us for a night of fun!
ALL Teachers & Staff and their +1s are free! Field Staff should contact Ms Anderson for promo code to secure their 2 tickets to the fundraiser.
Reserve your commemorative pint and/or wine glasses and koozies at a discounted price before they sell out! Items can be purchased here. Quantities are limited.
Promo code: REACHFORTHESTARS
Offer: $10 off 2 rides (valid for Alto members only)
Valid on: 10/29/22 only
Looking for a ride to the Field Elementary Auction and Gala? App-based rideshare company, Alto, has you covered with a managed fleet of luxury SUVs that fit up to 4 passengers comfortably. With trained uniform drivers, in-app music control, complimentary waters, no-audio cameras and more, Alto offers a consistent, safe ride every time.
Enjoy $10 off rides to and from the gala with promo code REACHFORTHESTARS. To redeem this offer, download the Alto app and add code REACHFORTHESTARS under the "Profile" → "Promotions" section of the app. Valid for Alto members only on 10/29/22. You're welcome to order a ride on-demand but we also encourage you to preschedule your ride through the app. Just click the clock button instead of the Book button after entering your ride information.
A tremendous thank you to our amazing Field sponsors!
Lion's Pride & Title Sponsor ($3,500+)
Class Dojo is the main form of communication used by Field admin and teachers. Stay up to date with the latest from the PTO on social channels, as we help to share information provided by the school.
Please follow Field Elementary PTO on our social media platforms and check our website often to stay up to date on all things Field!
Recap of September PTO Meeting
Couldn't make the September PTO Meeting? You can find the meeting minutes here.
Join us Wednesday, October 12th for the October General PTO Meeting.
Teacher and Staff Wish Lists & Favorites
Our amazing Teachers and Staff are pouring their hearts and souls into our little ones every. single. day! Let’s help clear their Amazon Classroom Wish Lists and Donors Choose items for these incredible educators!
Want to learn more about a Teacher or Staff Member at Field? Check out their personal favorites!
Want to help even more? SHARE THIS LINK!
We are so proud and appreciative of this incredibly generous community and we know that together we can help make a huge impact this year for our teachers (students and parents)!
HISD 22-23 Academic Calendar
Click here for the latest 2022-2023 HISD calendar.
School Lunch Information
Curious what's for lunch, check out.... School Café
Parent's Lunch Week
Mark your calendars -- Parents/guardians who have been approved via the HISD VIPS program can now come to lunch with students! One week each month, parents will be afforded quality time at lunch. External food is allowed! Please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes before the student's lunchtime for check-in with Ms. Q. Update - some lunch times have changed. Please look out for more information from Field administration.
|Parent Week Dates|
|September 12-16||October 10-14|
|November 14-18||December 12-16|
|January 9-13||February 13-17|
|March 6-10||April 10-14|
Not VIPS certified? Volunteers in Public Schools, VIPS, is an annual background check through HISD for all volunteers who help assist public schools. ALL Field parents/guardians who want to volunteer or attend lunch visits for the 2022-2023 school year must register online. Turnaround for VIPS is about 2-3 weeks.
Ready to register? Click Here!
Visit the PTO site and update your student(s) classroom teacher. Select the teacher from the drop down under "My Account".
1. Log in and select "My account" > family info > verify parent info is up to date > select "next step"
2. Under the "active students" section, verify your student(s) have been added and select the homeroom teacher in the drop down.
Note: Under the "Resources" tab, you should now see a "Classroom Message board" option. Stay tuned as the classroom message boards will be rolled out soon!
Previous Lion's Roar Newsletters
Access previous PTO newsletters here.
Looking for Field Gear?
Finish your back-to-school shopping with some Field branded gear! All sales support our school improvements and are also a part of the uniform dress code. Have you seen the new shirt designs?! For more information please visit the link below. Check back often as we continue to add new spirit items! Any questions, reach out to our Booster Sales team at email@example.com
The PTO could not do all of the amazing things it does without the dedicated group of volunteers who are so generous with their time and efforts. Involvement with the PTO is a wonderful way to get to know the school, staff, students, and other parents.
There are many different ways to get involved. We encourage you to learn more about the events and activities that the PTO sponsors and volunteer where you can.
Please note that all volunteers who will be working with students on campus or on field trips need to be registered through the school district’s Volunteers in Public Schools program, or VIPS. VIPS requires all volunteers to register annually. For more information, click here.
HOST A SIGN UP PARTY!
CALLING ALL HOSTS AND HOSTESSES!!! The Reach for the Stars Auction & Fundraiser needs your help! HOST A SIGN UP PARTY!
Looking for a fun-filled activity for the kids? A much deserved adult-night out (or in!)? Think about hosting a sign up party!
What is a sign up party? A social event put on by a small-ish group (depending on the event/location) with a fun or unique activity or theme, that helps raise money for Field Elementary, as a part of the Reach for the Stars Auction & Fundraiser. Think Mom's (or Dad's) Night Out, grade level party, cooking class, movie night, game night, pool party, etc.
If you have an idea for a party/need an idea for one or want to host but need a co-host, contact our VP of Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Swap with Hogg & Helms
Thank you to our neighboring schools - Helms Elementary, Hogg Middle School and Garden Oaks Montessori for stepping in to volunteer at our Auction and Fundraiser! We appreciate our Heights community for their assistance and support so that our Field Lion families can enjoy a night of music, dancing, food and of course the Auction!
Field families, we'd like to offer that same support to our neighboring schools! There are upcoming opportunities to volunteer at Hogg and Helms this month. Visit here to sign up or reach out to our Volunteer Chair at email@example.com
Field of Dreamers Garden Club
Just in time for cooler weather, we are kicking off our Field of Dreamers Garden Club for our second season!
This amazing program, is run by parent volunteers who donate 20 minutes of their time every Thursday.
In this small amount of time students connect with the Earth, plant a thing or two, learn where their food comes from, sample fresh herbs or lettuce depending on what's growing, get a little dirty and explore the wonders of nature. So much goes on in those 7 beds at the front - you would be amazed!ðŸ› We also want to bring the students to the Butterfly Garden that was built and funded by grants and parent volunteers last year. The Butterfly Garden is located outside the PE room.
If you have 20 minutes to donate please let us know. You may reach Ebony Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org . More information can be found here.
LOOKING AHEAD - SAVE THE DATE
October PTO Meeting - October 12
Join us for the General PTO meeting on Wednesday, October 12th under the pavilion! (Bring your own chair or blanket)
Spirit Night @ Mastrantos - October 18
Join us at Mastrantos for a yummy Spirit NightðŸ´! Can’t stay? You can still support Field by ordering yummy takeout. Mention Field Elementary when placing your dine in and to-go orders between 5pm and 9pm. 10% of the sales will be donated to the PTO.
Choir Concert - October 27
Join us for the first Field Lion Choir Concert of the school year, featuring our 4th and 5th grade Lion Choir students. The concert is free and open to all! For more details, contact Mrs. Franklin.
SAVE THE DATE - October 29 Parent's Night Out Auction & Fundraiser
Join us for a Parent's Night Out Auction & Fundraiser at SPJST Lodge! Interested in volunteering? More information can be found here
Storybook Character Day - October 31
Get ready for the Storybook Character Parade! Students are invited to come dressed as their favorite storybook character. Parade begins at 8am. For questions or more details, contact Mrs. Eqsuivel.
Free Dress Friday - November 4
Donate $1 donation to the PTO and receive a free dress stamp for the day. Students must wear school-appropriate clothing. PTO volunteers will be at the school to hand out stamps to fashionably dressed Field Lions! Note: Free Dress Friday is the 1st Friday of every month.
Spirit Night @ Crust Pizza Co - November 7
Join us at Crust Pizza Co for a yummy Spirit NightðŸ´! Can’t stay? You can still support Field by ordering yummy takeout. Mention Field Elementary when placing your dine in and to-go orders between 3pm and 9pm. 15% of the sales will be donated to the PTO. (Heights location only)
Family Movie Night - November 11
Save the date! Join us on the Soccer Field for family movie night!
Donations are always accepted! All donations go directly to support the programs and events our organization offers. No amount is too small - please consider making a donation today!
Field PTO participates in the Amazon Smile program. Shop the same great choices and pricing you’ve always received from Amazon while giving a percentage of your purchase to Field.
Link your Amazon account to Field Elementary PTO in Houston, TX and shop at http://smile.amazon.com.
BOX TOPS MAKES IT EASY! All you need is your phone! Download the Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then use the app to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase. The app will identify Box Tops products on your receipt and automatically credit Field's earnings online. Twice a year, Field will receive a check and can use that cash to support the school!
Once logged into your Kroger account, search for Field Elementary PTO or KX612 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card.
*Customers must have a registered Kroger rewards card account
Don't forget your company's gift matching program!
Corporate matching gift programs match cash donations made by their employees (parents/guardians/family members) to non-profit organizations. Take advantage of this matching opportunity and your Field Elementary contributions can easily be doubled (or even tripled)! Corporate matching provides a substantial amount of extra donations to help our wonderful school. More information can be found here!
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