The Hero Herald Week of April 12, 2021


Duff Elementary . . . No Ordinary Family

monday, april 12th is a student holiday

Friday, April 16th is the long awaited FIELD DAY!!! Like most things this year, it will look a little different; but like every year, students will be super excited! Our FABULOUS PTA has provided a t-shirt and pre-packaged treats for every student. Although parents will not be allowed at field day this year, we will post pictures for you to enjoy.

We miss you, virtual learners, & would love to have you back as a face-to-face learners for this last six weeks of school!

These are a few of things you will get to enjoy:

  • End of Year PICNIC
  • End of Year CELEBRATIONS
  • LUNCH in the Courtyard
  • LIBRARY Time
  • Making kites in the STEM Lab
  • Playing on the NEW PLAYGROUND
  • Watching the baby DUCKS hatch
  • 6th Grade CLUSTER
  • 6th Grade CLAPOUT
  • RECESS with your friends
  • FUN learning in your classroom

Thursday, April 15th is Kindergarten Cap & Gown Picture Day!!! See information below. This is also the day that virtual students and face-to-face learners can have their picture made is they missed picture day or would like a retake. Virtual students will be sent the link to schedule a time for pictures.

If you have not seen the proofs from Glamourcraft with your child's picture, please read information below.

Thank you for connecting in Class Dojo! Last week there were 270 messages sent home, 3 stories shared, 2,057 skills celebrated and 98% positive feedback! Now that's worth celebrating!

COVID Safety reminders

  • Please complete the Wellness Survey each morning before bringing your child to school. https://www.aisd.net/duff-elementary/
  • If your child is quarantined due to an extracurricular activity please call the school (682.867.2000) and let us know your student will be virtual for the quarantine time.

we need your help

Your help is needed in the front circle drive to help with a safety concern. We must let busses access the inside lane of the circle drive to load and unload students. Please allow school busses to have priority access to enter the drive. We are making every effort to efficiently get students on and off busses to keep the flow in the driveway running smoothly. In addition, please do not drive down the center of the circle drive. We appreciate you waiting patiently for the cars in front of you to move through the line. If you walk up to meet your child, please use the sidewalk and please do not walk through the driveways. Your adherence to these protocols will help keep safety a priority.

Important reminders

  • Please complete the wellness survey each day before your child arrives at school. https://www.aisd.net/duff-elementary/
  • If you arrive to drop your student off in the circle drive or back parking lot and the doors are closed, students will need to enter the front door and have the temperature taken when they enter.
  • Have your child ready to exit the car quickly with their backpack, water bottle, and mask each morning.

Mark Your Calendar

  • April 12th - Student Holiday
  • April 15th - Make-Up/Retake and Kindergarten Picture Day
  • April 16th - Field Day
  • April 16th - Report Cards
  • May 10th - STAAR Math Gr. 3-6
  • May 11th - STAAR Reading Gr. 3-6
  • May 12th - STAAR Science Gr. 5
  • May 17th - Asynchronous Day
  • May 19th - Progress Reports Home
  • May 26th - Last Day of School

Attendance matters

  • Virtual Learners: Attending daily Zooms and completing required work is the best way to experience the online learning environment and is crucial to make adequate progress. In order to be counted present, you must attend Zoom(s) and/or complete all daily work.
  • Face-to-Face Learners: We have been thankful to have 300+ face-to-face learners each day. When students need to miss school due to illness, quarantine, or appointments, they may choose to attend class via Zoom and/or complete required work in Canvas/Seesaw and be counted present.
  • Administration will reach out after 3 unexcused absences to discuss a plan to improve attendance. When a student has 5 unexcused absences, the truancy officer is notified.
  • Parents will complete a Change for Instructional Setting Request form when students are required to be quarantined. (please see link below)
  • We look forward to the day when we have 100% of our students as face-to-face learners where we can give them our very best and know they are well prepared.
  • The student code of conduct book discusses the Texas Attendance Law in more detail. https://www.aisd.net/district/departments/administration/student-behavioral-support-systems/

The Week In Review

We LOVE this part of the weekly newsletter. If you are a virtual learner, we would love to add some photos of your learning as well. Please send photos to charbiso@aisd.net or jhatchet@aisd.net and we will add your photos too!

Students wrote notes to Mr. Brandon because he is moving to a different position in the district. He will be missed! :)
4th Grade celebrated GLOW DAY!
6th Grade Tie Die Day and Getting Ready for Field Day!


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