• May 26, 2020 Update

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 5/26/2020

    Good Afternoon DRES Families,

    It is hard to believe that the end of the year is upon us and what an end, it has been. We’ve rallied together to get through a situation that is not ideal. Despite the many obstacles that we faced, most students were able to access technology and/or learning packets to continue moving forward and we definitely have you to thank for that, as there is no question that it was a partnership and nothing would have happened without YOU!

    Just before we say good-bye, I had just a couple of things to share:

    • Please continue to share with your friends and neighbors that we will continue to provide and takeenrollment packets. We have a table in the front of the school with needed materials and drop-off buckets. If you or a neighbor has questions about enrollment, he/she can email our registrar directly at Dianna.Gutierrez@pfisd.net.
    • Pre-K, K and 5th drive-through graduations are scheduled as follows:
      • Wednesday: 5th Grade 4-6 p.m.
      • Thursday: Pre-K 4-6 p.m.
      • Friday: Kinder 4-6 p.m.
    • If your child has any other learning packet work that has been completed, please scan or take a picture and email/text to your child’s teacher as soon as possible.
    • We are looking for a little feedback from you about your experience as a Dearing/PFISD parent. The survey will close on May 29th. Click Here for Survey

    Many of you have asked about what you can do to support your child during the summer. The best thing you can do is have your child read. It is equally beneficial to read to your child and have discussions about what is read. Additionally, as when I come across high interest activities, I will send out to you. (I have one below that might be high-interest for tomorrow.)

    In close, I thank you for sharing your child with us this year. We look forward to a new school year, having the opportunity to see both your child and you.

    Warmest Regards,
    Christy Chandler

    Space Launch Scheduled Tomorrow, Wednesday, And You Can Watch
    NASA and SpaceX will be making history tomorrow, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. NASA astronauts, partnered with the private company, SpaceX, are set to be launched from U.S. soil for the first time since the space shuttle program ended in 2011. Prior to launch, you can learn more about American space program and SpaceX.

    If you would like to watch the launch scheduled for tomorrow, it can be seen live by clicking here. If you miss, you can still view on SpaceX website.

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  • May 11, 2020 Update

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 5/11/2020

    Good Afternoon Eagle Families,

    Thank you for sharing with your neighbors the registration dates that we had last week. Word of mouth is very helpful and we were able to capture many new eagles for our 2020-21 school year. Additionally, we will have summer registration, as well. You can see those dates and times below.

    ▪ Wednesday, July 29th (11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
    ▪ Thursday, July 30th (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

    If you still have documents to send in to complete registration and/or you’ve had an address or phone number change, you can email our registrar directly at Dianna.Gutierrez@pfisd.net.

    As we head towards the end of the school year, teachers are doing their best to make sure that all students are learning and on track for grade level promotion. If your child is struggling with remote learning or has missing assignments, please reach out to your child’s teacher. We have a team of people waiting to help any struggling students.

    Pflugerville ISD is holding a virtual public display of instructional materials (textbooks and other instructional resources) offered for adoption in Proclamation 2020. Community members are welcome and encouraged to review samples of materials and provide comments.

    Please use this information to access the materials and utilize the comment form to provide anonymous input and feedback. Materials can be viewed until May 18.

    Proclamation 2020 calls for instructional materials adoption for:

    • English Language Arts and Reading, English 1-4

    • English for Speakers of Other Languages, ESOL 1-2

    • English Learners Language Arts, grades 7-8


      Thanks so much Eagle Families! Stay safe and we hope to see you very soon!

      Warmest Regards,
      Christy Chandler

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  • May 1, 2020 Update

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 5/1/2020

    Dear DRES Families,

    I hope this finds you well. It has been so good to see many of you and our students, as belongings have been picked up. To catch a glimpse, a smile, a wave, maybe even a giggle has been incredibly uplifting for our staff, as the absence of children at school and in our daily lives, is very difficult. I know all of us are struggling with this situation on some level and I know we will get through it together. I truly look forward to the day that our normalcy returns and you are again able to share your wonderful children with us on a daily basis.

    I have a few things that I wanted to remind you about. Today is the end of a progress period, so at 4:30 today, we will run progress reports. Students will receive a P (Passing) or an I (Incomplete). If a student receives an I, that will tell you that there are missing assignments or the student didn’t complete the assignment to mastery. You will receive the progress report next week. Keep in mind this is a progress report, not the report card, so there is still time for your child to turn in missing assignments. Be sure to reach out to your child’s teacher, as they are ready and waiting to help students.

    Next week, we will begin the registration process. We will launch a contactless registration process for pre- kindergarten and new-to-PfISD students for the 2020-21 school year.

    Registration packets may be picked from home campuses on the following dates:
    • Monday, May 4 (8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), Tuesday, May 5 (8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) or Wednesday, May 6 (4-6 p.m.)

    Completed registration packets may be returned to home campuses on the following dates:
    • Wednesday, May 6 (4-6 p.m.), Thursday, May 7 (8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.) or Friday, May 8 (8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.)

    We encourage you to attach copies of necessary documents to registration packets and or email them to our registrar. Taking a picture of document and emailing will do. Required documents include parent ID, student birth certificate, student social security card, lease agreement/mortgage statement and a utility bill. Our registrar’s email is dianna.gutierrez@pfisd.net and her number is 512-594-4538.

    Families will be notified once registration is complete. If parents miss registration packet pick-up, they are asked to contact their child’s campus registrar by email. For more information and questions about PK eligibility, please visit http://www.pfisd.net/prek.

    Warmest Regards,

    Christy Chandler DRES Principal

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  • April 17, 2020 Update

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 4/17/2020

    Greetings DRES Families,

    Well, as of noon today it is official. Governor Greg Abbott announced an executive order to close all schools in the state of Texas for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. While many of us suspected this was coming, it was very difficult to hear.

    As we continue to navigate through the unknown together, we will become more and more proficient with remote learning. It has been amazing to see, in just a short time, the products that our hard-working teachers are creating, as well as the amount students are interacting with various digital platforms. I had the pleasure today to join in a Zoom chat with some fourth graders. There teacher had planned an informal get together for the students to connect. It was a lot of fun and so great to see some of our Eagles.

    While there will continue to be two options for learning: the paper learning packets and the technology based, we want your student to do what works best for your family. I am aware that there are still devices available for check-out from the district. I will include the link below. Keep in mind that the process requires you to list an email. This email is how our technology department will contact you to let you know when to pick-up the device, so it is important to check email frequently. We have had several families miss their pick-up time. Additionally, the technology request will ask for your child’s ID. If you don’t have this, I am happy to help or your child’s teacher can help, as well.

    • English Access Survey: https://forms.gle/iFBapTtCJGczPmWaA

    • Spanish Access Survey: https://forms.gle/9h1DRgpgF4Lsn5QW9

    • Vietnamese Access Survey: https://forms.gle/Fq8zAjsumAPc7xHQ6

      Now that we know this will continue to be our instruction for the remainder of the school year, it becomes even more critical to ensure that your child’s work is received by the teacher, so that the teacher can provide feedback and keep learning going. Additionally, this week teachers began assigning grades. The grade for each assignment is either a P for PASS or an I for Incomplete. If your child does not submit work or if your child’s work is not demonstrating mastery, then an “I” will be assigned. If this should happen, your child’s teacher will be reaching out to provide remediation for your child to ensure that he/she masters the concepts taught.

      Our second-fifth grades are using Google Classroom, which allows for your child to submit work electronically. Primary grades are utilizing See-Saw and other platforms that may have some ability to submit work electronically, but I am also aware that many students are snapping a photo of their work and texting or emailing it to teachers. If your child is doing the paper-based packets, they can be dropped off at meal sites on Monday, during distribution or you can take pics of those assignment and email or text.

      Again, I thank you for all of your patience and support. We will get through this together!! Warmest Regards,

      Christy Chandler
      Dearing Elementary Principal

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  • March 31, 2020 Update

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 3/31/2020

    March 31, 2020

    Good Morning Eagle Families,

    We got through our official first day of virtual instruction, yesterday, and are beginning day 2. The first day did not go off without glitches. Teachers have shared with me various technology issues that came up and have worked through many, but are continuing to problem solve solutions. Overall, I’ve seen quite a few positive responses, which we really appreciate. Most of all, we appreciate your patience and working with us to provide the best education that we can for our students, considering the circumstances.

    A couple of things that I wanted to quickly address:

    • First, I know you are inundated with communications from the district, teacher and campus. I will do my best, moving forward, to try and send out only one communication, per week.

    • If you have not received a communication from your child’s teacher, please send an email to teacher and to our registrar @ Diana.Gutierrez@pfisd.net as we may not have an up to date email on file.

    • Some teachers would like to use Zoom, as the platform for interaction with your child or small groups of children, which is a live interaction. I will be including a link below for you to complete, if you are NOT comfortable with that. By completing the form, you will opt your child out of any live interaction.

      https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc1bCQTOcL_7l_PtISFQfj-S25Xd7Xk54xT-unC2VlM6RO4zA/viewform

    • While your child’s teacher may be including social emotion learning with their lessons, our counselor and social worker also wanted to share some information about additional support during this challenging time.

      Support from DRES Counselor

    • It is not necessary for your child to do the digital learning that teachers are sharing AND the paper learning plan that is provided at our breakfast and lunch locations.

    • If you are choosing for your child to do the paper learning plan, be sure to pick-up from one of the breakfast/lunch locations that have been shared, NOT at Dearing.

    • Last, remember that breakfast and lunch are available at those locations for ALL children PK-12th grade for free.

      Again, I thank you for all of your patience and support. We will get through this together!! Warmest Regards,

      Christy Chandler
      Dearing Elementary Principal

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  • March 23, 2020 Update

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 3/23/2020

    Dear Eagle Families, 

    I hope this letter finds you well, in the midst of these unprecedented times.  I know you are probably feeling similar to me with some uncertainty and even fear, as the unknown often creates.  I’m sure you’ve seen multiple communications from the district and taken information from local and national news, as well.  The schools are temporary closed, which is like nothing that most of us have ever experienced. 

    I know with school closures and local business closures due to Covid-19, our lives are anything but normal, but the Eagle Staff would like to do anything we can to support our students and our community.  Staff members are working diligently on ways to communicate with our DRES families, so that we can support learning from home.  In the meantime, we will be posting a little something on our facebook page, each day for learning or connection piece that we hope you and your child will watch.  Please keep an eye out for updates from your child’s teacher in the upcoming days for resources and suggestions.  Keep in mind, activities shared on facebook and/or by your child’s teacher are not intended to add something to your plate in these difficult times, but just a little something to keep our students going and help us stay connected with them. (We miss our Eagles.) 

    In addition to learning, keeping our spirits up is equally important.  This week we have a Virtual Spirit Week.  This was sent out both on PTO facebook page and DRES facebook page, but I will include with this message, as well.  We invite you to participate with your child and encourage you to post your pics on our facebook page.  We want to keep our community as connected as possible and we love seeing our DRES families.

    I will share more information with you, throughout the week, as I receive it.  Stay safe! 

    Participate in our Virtual School Spirit Week! Check out this link for activities and ways to stay connected with your fellow Dearing Eagles all week long by posting photos and tagging Dearing's Facebook page!

    Virtual School Spirit Info

    Warmest Regards,

    Christy Chandler
    Dearing Elementary Principal

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  • December 2019

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 11/20/2019

    The holiday season has arrived and it is off to a great start. We will be kicking it off by participating in the annual Pfestival of Lights & Christmas Parade. This is a great community event! Thanks for helping with donations and pulling this off. Dearing is lucky to have such a greart PTO and group of volunteers.

    Additionally, Thursday, Dec. 19, is our designated class party day. Be sure to check with your child's teacher for details. Don't forget that Friday, Dec. 20 will be an early release day at noon.

    Last, but not least, as your child heads off for winter break, please encourage him or her to read daily over the break. We are very excited about the gains we are seeing and don't want to lose ground. Daily reading will help sutdents maintain their current performance levels. We will do mid-year assessments in January and want to be able to celebrate growth.

    As usual, thanks for sharing your child with us! We love that we are partnering with you in your child's education.

    Below you will find a link to the full version of the December edition of the Dearing Digest. There is information from Nurse Laura about signing up for free flu shots at school and dates/times when our float for the Pfestival of Lights Parade will be built!

    Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!

    Christy Chandler
    Principal, Dearing Elementary

    Link to full Dearing Digest

     

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  • November 2019

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 11/14/2019

    Happy Fall Dearing Families!

    We are in full gear at this point in the year and I thought I would take the opportunity to let you know about one of our biggest focuses this year and that is student talk. We are providing many “talk” opportunities throughout instruction, but it’s not just chit-chat. Students are working to have focused conversations that are academic in nature. We are working on this for several reasons. Conversations build academic language, vocabulary, literacy skills, oral language, communication skills, critical thinking. The also foster creativity, promote different perspectives, cultivate connections and help students to co-construct understanding. All of these are life skills that will benefit students across all core areas of instruction.

    We began this journey last year, focusing on students connecting to one another’s ideas. Sometimes it was a simple connection and sometimes a student would disagree or agree, but would provide justification for their thought. Our students became quite proficient with this skill.

    While we continue to work on refining this, we have expanded our focus this year, teaching students to prompt one another and the teacher with clarifying questions. Sometimes the purpose of the question is to better understand what was said, but many of our students are already learning to prompt one another for reasons and/or examples of a statement, which really supports deeper understanding. It’s exciting to watch this develop.

    You may be wondering what you can do to help us foster these skills? You can ask your child about sentence stems and how they are used in the classroom. When your child shares something with you, ask them to provide evidence for their thinking or to “justify” their thinking. It’s a tiny step that requires a deeper level of thinking. Don’t be surprised when your child asks you to justify your position. Don’t be too hard on him/her, as your child is turning into a critical thinker and we love that!

    Christy Chandler
    Principal, Dearing Elementary

    To read the full newsletter please click the link below.

    Dearing Digest - November 2019

     

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  • October 2019

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 9/25/2019

    Dearing Families!

    Thank you for helping us get off to a great start to this year. There are so many tweaks that we've made this year that I'd like to make a point and share one each month with you. 

    As I mentioned last month, we have implemented morning assemblies, every day. We gather all students together to begin our day and one of the special things we are doing is a focus on character traits. We talk about the trait and recognize students that have displayed the trait. We also have a home school connection with character traits. Whichever character trait we are working on at school, you will see a giant pride buck come home where you can reinforce your child for the same thing we do at school. I think working on these qualities both at home and school will be that much more impactful. Additionally, when students bring those pride bucks from home, their names are dropped in a bucket for a special drawing each month. Besides recognizing students for great character, we will soon begin recognizing our students for mastering their math facts. They can practice their math facts on xtramath.com at home as well as school, so get them online for a few minutes a day to get them going.

    Aside from new programs or tweaks and such, I wanted to remind you 'tis the season for parent conferences. We completed our beginning of year assessments about two weeks ago, so we have data to share with you about where your child is beginning the year academically and what goals we have set for them. Teacher will be reaching out to schedule conferences with you, but don't wait. Shoot an email or phone call to your child's teacher, so she/he can get you scheduled quickly.

    Thank you for all your support! We are so happy to partner with you in your child's education.

    To read the full version of this month's newsletter please click the link below.

    Also, the Fall Festival is coming up on October 25. Wristbands go on sale Sept. 27. For more information on the Fall Festival click HERE

    Christy Chandler
    Principal, Dearing Elementary

    Dearing Digest - Oct. 2019

     

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  • September 2019

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 9/3/2019

    Welcome Back, Dearing Families!!

    It’s hard to believe that we are already into September. We have our routines and procedures down and are off to a great start. Our dismissal process is beginning to level off and we really appreciate the patience that our community has shown us.

    A couple of reminders for you:

    • We serve free breakfast to all, every day. The serving line opens at 7:00 and closes at 7:20. A bag breakfast will still be available until 7:30.
    • The school day begins at 7:30, and we kick off the day with our morning assembly in the gym. Please make sure your child is here on time, so he/she doesn’t miss it.
    • Lunch applications are on the website and we encourage everyone to apply, even if you don’t think you’ll qualify. Our campus receives funding for supplies, materials and teacher training based on the number of students that qualify.

    As always, thank you so much for sharing your child with us! We are looking forward to the best year ever!

    For the full newsletter, click below.

    Dearing Digest

    Principal Chandler

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