9.25.12 - Campuses - Katy ISD

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					                                            RYLANDER UPDATE
                                           September 25, 2012
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                          Order forms were sent home today, Tuesday Sept. 25 . Pictures are Friday, Oct. 5 , Early
Dismissal Day. Please turn in order forms and money to the teachers as soon as you can. Last day to take orders is
Picture Day, Oct. 5 .

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                                 Please note that Friday, October 5 , is an early dismissal day. Students will be
dismissed at 12:40 p.m. We will also be following the Early Release Lunch Schedule that day. Monday, October 8 ,
there is no school for students.

COACHES’ CORNER:             Rylander Field Day is right around the corner and it’s time to purchase your
special homeroom colored Field Day t-shirt. The colors are great again this year with a new Field Day design.
Order forms went home last week and can also be found on the Rylander web site. These t-shirts are also used
throughout the year when going on off campus field trips. So order yours today and look great all year!! Orders
are due September 28! Thanks.


Oct. 30   Kindergarten 9:00 – 10:15 (in the gym)
          First Grade   1:45 – 3:00 (in the gym)

Oct. 31   Second Grade 9:00 – 10:30 (outside)
          Fourth Grade 1:00 – 3:00 (outside)

Nov. 1    Third Grade       9:00 – 11:00 (outside)
          Fifth Grade      1:30 – 3:10 (outside)


Campus Advisory Team:                 Thank you so much to all the parents who were willing to volunteer their time to
serve on the Campus Advisory Team. A lottery was held to select parents for the vacant parent positions on the
committee. There is a two-year term limit. Here is the list of parents who will be serving on the CAT this year:

                Amy Kindred – year 1
                Matthew Murray – year 2
                Natalie Boyd – year 1
                Jennifer Dawson – year 1
                Amy Stoker – year 1

Again, thank you to everyone who expressed a willingness to serve. If one of these members is unable to serve, we will
contact volunteers in the order they were drawn in the lottery. Our first meeting will be Tuesday, October 16, at 4:30 p.m.
Our CAT meetings are open to the public and visitors are always welcomed.

Thank you:           A very special thank you to everyone who came to Spring Creek and stood in line to participate in our
spirit night. Please know how much we appreciate your support! Spring Creek does very little advertising and relies
primarily on word of mouth marketing. They divert the saved advertising dollars into donations to schools. In the next
couple of months, a Spring Creek manager will come on morning announcements to present the school with a check and
announce the top three classes with the largest number of students in attendance. The students in these classes will
receive a Spring Creek t-shirt, a gift card, Spring Creek cup and pencil!

Nice surprise:           Mrs. Simmons just received word that Rylander Elementary is a recipient of the Texas
Comptroller’s 2012 Texas Honors Circle Campus Award, which recognizes schools that are achieving academic success
through cost-effective operations. Rylander was among 329 campuses in Texas to earn one of highest ratings,
demonstrating both academic` and financial effectiveness.
Home Access Center:                Please contact Kimberly Smith or Donna Leal in the front office if you are unable to
access the Home Access Center.

Arrival:       As many of you have experienced firsthand, we have a lot of traffic around our building at arrival. Below,
please find some guidelines that will help all our rhinos arrive at school in a safe manner.

       There is no adult supervision until 8:00 a.m. – students should not be dropped off until the coaches and
        Safety Patrol are on duty.
       Students walking independently should be instructed to cross Falcon Landing and/or Westheimer
        Parkway Boulevard with the crossing guards.
       It would be helpful if parents would use Westheimer Parkway and turn onto Falcon Landing Boulevard
        rather than use the cut-through street from the Katy Creek subdivision. It is difficult to turn into bumper
        to bumper traffic and often times ends up blocking the lane that leads to the Bus Barn.
       When exiting the parent drive, please turn right. This keeps the flow of traffic moving.

Parent drive dismissal:
               There is no longer a need for cars to begin lining up in parent drive before 3:15. Our classes
                begin to filter out to parent drive around 3:35. Once the classes are seated outside, our line
                moves quickly – students are listening attentively and moving to their “number” much more
               “Blue” and “orange” tagged cars should arrive between 3:25 and 3:30 – this allows our Pre K
                students to be loaded and does not cause back up in the kindergarten drive.
               Parent drive dismissal is for parents picking up in vehicles only – no one should walk to pick up a
                student from parent drive. Students being picked up by parents who are walking should be
                designated as walkers.
               Our time for dismissal in parent drive has improved! Please arrive on time to pick up your
                children. Teachers often have things they need to do in their classrooms before going home to
                their families.

Walkers/bike riders:
               We implore parents who are walking from the Katy Creek subdivision to please use the
                intersection with the crossing guards rather than cut through traffic waiting to enter the parent
                drive. This is an unsafe practice and puts students, parents and younger siblings at risk. The
                extra steps needed to walk to the intersection are certainly worth the effort in order to prevent an
                unfortunate accident.
               Parents who drive, park and walk to pick up students should consider rejoining the car rider line.
                We are much faster than the first couple days of school.
               Parents may want to consider organizing “walk groups” for their children walking independently
                to school.
               A third crossing guard has been hired and will be on duty as soon as the guard is trained.
               Rainy Day Dismissal: Walkers/bikers who become car riders when a Rainy Day Dismissal
                is called will be dismissed from the gym after buses leave. Parents should not arrive before 3:40
                to pick up students.

Parking:       Please do not park along the front curb of the school from 11:00-12:30 – that is the time we dismiss the
morning Pre K classes and the afternoon classes arrives.

Changes in way home:                 Changes in the way a child goes home cannot be made after 2:00 p.m. unless there
is a dire emergency. Each team has a dismissal plan, and a late change allows for the possibility that not everyone will
get the message. Please keep in mind that we are organizing the dismissal of over 1300 students. Teachers take care of
changes in the way a child goes home first thing in the morning since communication must occur with other team
members. Giving a teacher a change while he/she is in the midst of a lesson allows for human error. If your child is going
home a different way, the safest course of action is to write the teacher a note in the morning.

Checking students out early:                    All checkouts must be made through the office. Be prepared to show
photo identification whenever checking student(s) out early. Students should not be checked out after 3:15 p.m. since we
begin transitioning over 1,300 students for dismissal. Parents attempting to check students out after 3:15 p.m. should
expect delays in locating their child. Students will not be taken off the bus or out of the bus line in order to be released
early as this delays the dismissal of the school. Please remember that all early check outs are recorded as partial day
absences on attendance records.

Birthday treats:       Teachers prefer cookies or individually packaged snacks as birthday treats as they are easy to
serve and do not require cutting. If parents opt for cupcakes, teachers request the mini-cupcakes and the least amount of

Thank you to the Rylander PTA:                          The Rylander staff would like to thank our wonderful PTA for the
sweet treats – what a wonderful and delicious surprise! Next Saturday, PTA is funding registration for ten teachers to
attend the West Houston Area Council of Teachers of English meeting where the Texas Education Agency Director of
Reading, Writing and Social Studies will be speaking. We are very excited to hear the direction the language arts/social
studies curriculum will be going in the state and to find out “hot off the press” information related to the STAAR test. The
Rylander PTA rocks!!!

October 1        Love and Logic – 11:00 a.m. / 6:00 p.m.
October 2        WATCH Dog kick off
October 3        Core Essential – Individuality – wear turquoise
October 5        School Picture Day
                 Early Dismissal – 12:40 p.m.

October 8        No school for students
October 11       Grandparents’ Day – grades K, 1, 3
October 12       Grandparents’ Day – grades 2, 4, 5

October 15       Love and Logic – 11:00 a.m. / 6:00 p.m.
October 16       Campus Advisory Team meeting – 4:30 p.m.
                 Mission Burrito Night

Katy ISD Community Education: Katy ISD Community Education is
starting its Fall 2012 semester. We offer evening classes for adults that
teach Microsoft computer classes, archery, painting, photography,
guitar, sewing, bridge, jewelry, on-line classes and more. For more
information, call Community Education 281-396-6365 or view our catalog
on-line at

October 20th, 2012 PUMPKIN PATCH FEST! The Seven Lakes Orchestras Parent Organization will hold its
7th annual Pumpkin Patch Fest on Saturday October 20th, 2012. In addition to the pumpkin patch and photo
booth, activities will include a hay ride, games & prizes, face painting, moonwalks, dunking booth and more!
Don't miss the vendors, food, bake shop and water balloon slingshot! Live music will be performed by Seven
Lakes High School orchestra students. Children of all ages are welcome any time between 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
at Seven Lakes High School, 9241 South Fry Road, Katy, for great family fall fun! Proceeds from this event
help to support the orchestra program at Seven Lakes High School. Thank you, Sheryl Graeflin

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