The Hero Herald Week of August 31, 2020


Duff Elementary . . . No Ordinary Family!

Kindness in Action

What a wonderful treat greeted us this week as we arrived at school! Heartfelt and Handfuls of encouragement and inspiration. Kindness is one of the most amazing super powers we possess and it really does make a huge difference. We know you are working hard at home and our teachers are working long hours too! So thank you for the kind words of encouragement. It is just what was needed to get through the week.

It's hard to believe that August is drawing to a close and we are entering the third week of school and progress reports will be available on Wednesday, September 9th through Parent Self Serve. It is very important that students are logging in daily to Canvas/Seesaw to complete assignments in addition to attending Zoom meetings each day. Teachers are measuring progress and learning about how to best meet the needs of their learners by the work they produce. If you are having difficulty with Seesaw/Canvas/Zoom, please contact your child's teacher via Dojo, email, or phone and they can help or put you in contact with someone who can assist. Here is the link to sign up for Parent Self Serve if you have not already done so. https://www.aisd.net/district/resources/self-serve-portals/

Duff Staff is Unstoppable!

Please join class dojo

PLEASE sign up for Mrs. Harbison & Mrs. Hatchett's class dojo. This is your hotline to the most recent news and happenings around school each day. School and class news will be posted to Class Dojo FIRST! So don't miss out, sign up today.

Class Dojo is a free app and parents can use any device, iOS or Android, as well as their computer to connect!

Meet Mrs. Meriwether

Let's give a huge Duff welcome to our newest Kindergarten teacher. Mrs. Meriwether was born and raised in Dallas, and earned her Bachelor's degree at Texas State University. She has a husband of ten years, and a son in first grade. This will be her first exciting year in Arlington ISD, after previous work in Dallas ISD's Pleasant Grove. When she is not enjoying Kindergarten, she loves to garden and work in her yard.

zoom, Zoom

Just a few friendly reminders that will help set a successful learning environment during a Zoom meeting. Each teacher has discussed the expectations in detail with students to help make the most of the time they have together during synchronous instruction. We are ALL learning and expanding our skill sets daily! Technology is great...when it works. Thank you for your patience!

  • For security purposes, students should make sure they are joining Zoom with their name. Only student names on the class roster will be admitted to the meeting. Students should not change the name once admitted.
  • Muting is really important. All conversations, frustrations and background noise is heard by everyone when mics are not muted.
  • Helping your child think of a Zoom meeting as if they were in their in their classroom at school. Examples: staying seated in chair, wearing a shirt, not bringing pets or toys to the meeting unless asked to do so by the teacher.

Harbison Hero Time

Parents, you are invited to visit with Mrs. Harbison during Facebook Live on Wednesday, September 2nd, September 16th and September 30th. It is a great time to ask any questions you may have or just to say hi!

Mark Your Calendar

  • September 7th - Labor Day (No School)
  • September 8th - Pre-K Drive Thru 4:30 - 5:30
  • September 9th - Progress Reports
  • September 25th - End of 1st Six Weeks
  • October 2nd - Reports Card Day

Check out just a few of the new pta spirit items

How to Be In The Know. . .


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