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					MacGregor Elementary Magnet Newsletter
December, 2008                                                            Dr. Patricia Allen, Principal
Volume 3, Issue 3                                                     Laura Allen, Magnet Coordinator
                                                                   Melony Makey, Teacher Coordinator
                                MAGNET RECRUITMENT
                                    Laura Allen
                                      We believe that word of mouth and family and friend referrals
                                    are some of the best recruitment tools. We are now recruiting
                                    new magnet students for the 2009 – 2010 school year. Please
                                    tell your friends and extended family. If you have a favorite
 Students Today, Leaders Tomorrow
                                    daycare or pre-school, please let Mrs. Allen know so that she
                                    can be sure to recruit there. Applications may be downloaded at
           UNIFORMS                        or
   Reminder – We are a              picked up from our Magnet Department. All prospective
uniform school. Uniform students and 5 grade students and parents need to be
shirt colors are navy aware of the following important dates:
                                    12/06/08 Magnet Open House – Information sessions and
blue, yellow gold, and
                                                       booths for all magnet schools
white, with navy or jean                          Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center
bottoms.         Please make                       4400 West 18th Street, 9:00 am – noon
sure that your child is 12/08/08 – 12/12/08 Magnet School Tours daily at 1:00 pm
dressed in uniform daily. 12/09/08 Applications accepted at all Magnet Schools
Shirts may be purchased 01/09/09 Application deadline for 1st round consideration
for $10 – children sizes                       Applications accepted on a space available basis after this
and $12 – adult sizes.              03/27/09 Parent Notification Day (mailed)
                                    04/07/09 Parent Response Deadline
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Middle school Magnet Brochures and applications will be
  If     you        have       any distributed to 5th grade students after Magnet Open House.
questions, if you would like                         Thanks to all parents for making
to     submit         news       or      MacGregor Elementary your Magnet School of choice!
information, or if you want
to be removed from the
distribution list, please
                                 SANTA GOES GREEN!                           DATES TO REMEMBER
email     Laura    Rousseve        Our Winter Festival is Tuesday, 12/9      December
                                 at 6:00 pm. Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade      1     SDMC Meeting, 3:15 pm
Allen, Magnet Coordinator
                                 students have been rehearsing and are        5     Spelling Bee Practice
at                                                          Girl Scouts, 5:00 pm
                                 excited     about     the     upcoming
****************                 performance. The musical is right on         6     Tutorials, 8 am – 12 noon
  MacGregor Elementary                                                        9     Corduroy Read-A-Long
                                 time with current issues and is titled
 A Music and Science Magnet                                                         PTO Winter Program,
                                 "SANTA GOES GREEN". Yes, even                      6:00 pm
    4801 LaBranch Street         Santa will learn how to reduce, reuse,                           th
     Houston, TX 77004                                                        10    Ensemble, 5 grade
                                 and recycle. Other performers will           12    MLK Oratory Contest,
       (713) 942-1990
                                 include our kindergarten students                  1:30 pm
   Magnet (713) 942-1995
     FAX (713) 942-1993
                                 singing favorite Christmas carols,                 Parent Advisory Meeting,
                                 recorder students from Mrs. Gans and               8:00 am
                                 Mrs. Gilder's class, the MacGregor                 Boy Scouts, 5:00 pm
                                 Tiger Band, and the debut of the             13    Tutorials, 8 am – 12 noon
                                 MacGregor Steel Drum Ensemble. We            16    Kid’s Hope Mentors @
                                                                                    Chuck E Cheese
                                 have an exciting evening planned for
                                                                                    BenTaub Hospital-Music
                                 you. Don’t miss this wonderful evening        19   Sing-A-Long, 9:00 am
                                 of student performances!                           Early Dismissal, 12:30
                                           T.E.A. Recognized!
  MacGregor Elementary Magnet Newsletter                                                         Page 2
  Band,    String,    and    Piano       There will be a National      Kindergarten
students will perform at Ben           Read Along on Tuesday,          Mrs. Reyes
Taub Hospital on Tuesday,              December 9th at 9:00 am.          I would like to give a big thank you
December 16th at 2:00 pm. If you       Children all across America     to Mrs. Cheryl Jackson (Tomia's
are in the area, please join us for    will read Corduroy at the       mom),     Mrs.     Ana    Gil-Mendoza
some great holiday spirit.             same time in an effort to set   (Johann's mom), and Mrs. Anderson
                                       a new record for the            (Emari's grandmother) for donating
                                       Guinness Book of World          all the treasure box goodies for my
                                       Records.                        classroom. In addition, thanks to
                                                                       Mrs. McAfee for setting up my class
                                                                         We are also asking for donations
                                MLK, JR SPEECH                         of plastic gallon containers to make
EXTENDED DAY                                                           igloos with in January. Thank you.
  Our school based Extended Day
Program provides safe quality            The MLK, JR Oratory           Third Grade
enrichment opportunities for           Competition for MacGregor         All third graders will be bringing
students. Sample class offerings       Elementary will be held on      home a “Holiday Packet” containing
include Spanish, Theater Arts,         Friday, December 12th, 1:30     both math and reading practice for
Music, Photography, Arts /             pm. The contest is open to      over the holiday break. Those who
Crafts, etc. It is now time to         all 4th and 5th grade           do the work will receive extra
enroll and pay for the 2nd             students.    The MacGregor      credit on the following report card.
semester, January – May, 2009.         Steel Drum Orchestra will       Our Third Grade Team wishes you
Mrs. Gil, Secretary will accept        open up the competition         all a very Merry Christmas and a
your payment in the front office       with a song or two. Our         Happy New Year.
in the form of cash or money           very own Tiye McKethan won
order.    This fee is due by           2nd place in the contest last   JANUARY TESTING
December 12, 2008.                     year, which included a            There will be several tests
                                       $500.00 Savings Bond. The       administered to HISD students in
                                       law firm of Gardere Wynne       January. Please be aware of the
DEBATE/PUBLIC SPEAKING                 Sewell LLP sponsors the
 The      MacGregor     Public                                         following test dates, which will be
                                       contest and judges all school   detailed on the January, 2009
Speaking/Debate Club competed          competitions. All families
at the Carnegie Holiday Forensic                                       calendar. All students will need to
Competition on November 11th. Our
                                       are invited to come and         get a good night’s sleep, stay
students did great!      The results   watch the competition.          relaxed, and practice great test
were:    Public Speaking, grade 3                                      strategies to perform at their best
through 5 – 1st place – Ronson         FREE TUTORIALS!                 on these tests. The dates are:
Hawkins, 2nd place – Gerra Gistand,      Are you taking advantage       January
and 4th place – Noah Wilder; Public    of the free tutorial sessions       12 – 23 Stanford 10/Aprenda
Speaking, grade K through 2 – Janiya
                                       offered to students on                      Kindergarten
Alexander – Finalist Trophy; Oral
                                       Saturdays? This is a great          16 – 31 TPRI/TEJAS LEE
Interpretation, grade 3 through 5 –
Jordan Dora –3rd place.       These    and FREE way to get extra                   Kindergarten – 3rd
students received a trophy for         help for your child. It also                grade
outstanding participation:      Kyle   helps with test preparation         20 – 29 Stanford / Aprenda
Rose,     Andrew     Kirklin,   Tori   for upcoming tests.      The                grades 1 - 5
McCardell, and Trinity Lawrence.       sessions last from 8 am until
                                       noon. It is not too late to
                                       take advantage of this.
   MacGregor Elementary Magnet Newsletter                                                   Page 3
  Congratulations to Science Lab     PTO NEWS
Teacher, Mrs. Susan Cave, who        LaRonda Jones
is the MacGregor Elementary           The Cookie Dough Fundraiser was a big success! Thanks to all
Houston Area Association of Black    who participated! As a reminder, students were only to
School Educators’        (HAABSE)    receive one prize for the fundraiser based on the dollar amount
Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Cave       sold. There was some miscommunication on prizes. If you
will be recognized at a banquet      would like to get in touch with the PTO, you may email them
in February.                         at
  A standing ovation goes to 4th
grade student, Gerra Gistand,
who spoke and sang at the recent
HISD     Partnership    Breakfast.   PHYSICAL EDUCATION NEWS
Gerra’s speech tied into the         Suzanne Gomez
theme – Whose Shoes Will You           In Physical Education, 3rd-5th graders are going through a
Fill? She did an excellent job!      fitness evaluation (the Fitness-gram) to test flexibility,
                                     abdominal and upper body strength and cardio endurance.
                                     Parents can request their child’s results in January by
GARDEN    &          WELLNESS
                                     emailing me at:
COMMITTEE                             The PreK-2nd grade will also do fitness and holiday
Carlos Meltzer                       bowling. Students will learn how to set up bowling pins,
  After a semester interrupted by    count pins knocked down for score, and proper hand and
Ike and fueled by an election, the   foot technique. All classes will discuss holiday eating,
Wellness and Garden Committee        healthy food choices and goodies in moderation, and the
is back on track. There are 3        CATCH foods (Coordinated Approach To Child Health
meetings scheduled for the           categories of foods: WHOA, SLOW AND GO FOODS) plus
coming semester.        The first    utilizing exercise during their time off.
meeting will take place on                                    Merry Christmas!
January 13th, 3:15 – 4:15 pm.
There are exciting plans in the
works which will be discussed at
this meeting, including the first
ever Parent Kid Cooking Class
that will be provided by Recipe
for Success staff and chefs. This
will definitely be a delicious
event! The committee welcomes
and appreciates new members.
All you have to do to join is show
up at the January meeting.
                                        SPECIAL THANKS - WEBSITE WORK
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS                        We would like to give a gigantic thank you to the
  We would like to wish each and        parents of Kindergarten student, Aaliyah McAfee, Eric
every one of you a very Merry           and Jaye McAfee. They have taken on the long overdue
Christmas and a healthy and             task of updating MacGregor’s website. The website is
happy New Year. Winter holidays         just about finished and looks awesome! Thank you
include December 22 – January 5,        MacAfee family for all of your hard work and patience!
2009. Students return to school
on January 6, 2009.
MacGregor Elementary Magnet Newsletter                                                   Page 4

Inquiring Minds Want to Know . . .What do you want for Christmas?
       A Rescue Pet that swims to me, a puppy, and a Spa Factory – Michelle Lugo, 4th grade
       A Wii – Caylah Brooks, 5th grade
       A pink Nintendo DS with dogs – Nia Dixon
       A XBOX 360 – Shannon Lund, 4th grade
       Happiness for my family and friends – Ms. Supercinski, Instructional Support Staff
       A Karoke machine and a lot of clothes and money – April Grant, 4th grade
       A brand new bike – Jonathan Castelan, 4th grade
       PSP Play Station – Carlos Caceras, 4th grade
       To inspire others to consciously be their best – Mrs. Brown, 4th grade teacher
       Peace, joy, and happiness . . . and Super said don’t be a Grinch – Mrs. Bass-Baker, Magnet
       A miniature guitar because my dad is going to teach me to play it – Eric Diaz, 4th grade
       For my family to be together – Odalys Mojica, 4th grade
       Gift cards – WalMart, Lane Bryant, Pier 21, …, Mrs. Dennis, 4th grade parent
       A big flat screen TX – Mrs. Roch, Music Teacher
       A fire truck – Kameron Brown, Kindergarten student
       High School Musical Game and a computer – Milan Wilson, Kindergarten
       For my 5th grade students to be successful, happy, and productive students at MacGregor –
       Ms. Boys, 5th grade teacher
       A Hannah Montana lunch kit – Lian McKethen, 4th grade
       All I want for Christmas is for my mom to get well – Clinton Walker, 4th grade
       To give toys to other people – Noah McGee, 4th grade
       A Barbie – Ashlyn Delasbour, 4th grade
       A Nintendo DS – Janiya Alexander, 2nd grade
       A swimming pool – Anana Walker, Kindergarten
       A basketball goal and a car with a racing track – Donovan Pickens, Kindergarten
       Barbie Doll – Amanda King, Kindergarten
       A pony and a clock – Mya Hamilton, Kindergarten
       A 1955 Bel-Air – Mr. Jackson, Kindergarten teacher
       High School Musical toys – Aracely Quevedo, Kindergarten student

                                At MacGregor, you are all someone special.

     In the New Year, resolve to spend more quality time with family and friends and in helping
   others. Have you visited one of the museums lately? The following museums offer free
   general admission once a week during a certain time period for your family’s enjoyment:
   Houston Museum of Natural Science – Tuesdays, 2:00 – 8:00 pm; Museum of Health and
   Medical Science – Thursdays, 2:00 – 7:00 pm; Children’s Museum – Thursday, 5:00 – 8:00
   pm; and the Museum of Fine Arts – free on Thursdays all day, 9:00 am – 10:00 pm.
                                        Happy Holidays!
                              KROGER SHARE CARD PROGRAM

                        •     If you shop at Kroger in the states of Texas or Louisiana and want Kroger to
                              donate 1% of your grocery purchases to MacGregor, please present your
                              MacGregor Kroger Share Card. There is no cost to you. Simply have the
                              cashier scan your MacGregor Share Card before your groceries are scanned.
         •   If you did not receive your Kroger Share Card on the first day of school, contact Mrs. Allen.

                            RANDALLS GOOD NEIGHBOR PROGRAM

    •    If you shop at Randall’s and want them to donate 1% of your grocery purchases to MacGregor,
         simply complete a form at the courtesy booth to link MacGregor to your Remarkable Card. You
         provide them our organization number (981), and then MacGregor will receive credit whenever you
         use your card. The Randall’s funds benefit the Science Department.

                                   BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

                 Whenever you see this logo, cut it out and send it to the school.

              It’s worth 10 cents to us!!! We use the funds in the library.
              See Mrs. Hensley.
Box Tops for Education - Shooting for our goal of 1000!!!
Sponsoring Companies
  General Foods       Green Giant       Pillsbury    Betty Crocker       Old El Paso

                      Target donates 1% of your purchase by using your Target Visa or Target Guest Card
                      at a Target store or Target will also donate 1/2 % of purchases made
                      elsewhere. Just designate MacGregor as your school of choice. Our school ID # is

The Upromise Schools program will give HISD schools and students a percentage of sales dollars from
qualifying products and services at over 70,000 stores and businesses. This fundraiser is simple – it only
takes the swipe of a credit, debit, or grocery store card. Funds will support campus projects and supplement
students’ college funds. Registration is quick, easy, and free. HISD parents, family members, and friends
may sign up at or come by the school

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