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December 4, 2017
Nov 3 - Dec 22           TAG Referrals Due
December 1                ABPA Home Tour
December 5                Keeping Your Children Safe in the Real & Virtual World
Dec 6 - 20                  Collection for Diaper, Sock and Tights Tree
This week Armstrong Elementary celebrates
Inclusive Schools Week!
Students will be challenged to be especially mindful of the ways we are inclusive every day while learning about differences/disabilities. 
Special activities are scheduled throughout the week to provide unique experiences for students at Armstrong! 
We encourage you to ask your students what they are learning throughout this week.  
At Armstrong, we strive to celebrate inclusivity every single day!
Watch for activities throughout the week (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) as Highland Park ISD celebrates this week!
Armstrong students enjoyed a DJ party during their regular lunch time on December 1 with games, music, and a sweet treat! The classes had 100% participation with the Auction Class Contest - way to go Armstrong!
  Attendees will walk away with tips and suggestions on best practices in keeping their children safe in real and virtual world scenarios.  Attendees will also learn statistics regarding the realities of child abuse in Dallas County and receive information on what the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center is doing to combat this issue.
Ray Lara is an Education Specialist at the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center (DCAC.)  In 2005 Ray began his career in child protection working for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.  Ray then transitioned to the DCAC where he worked as a Bilingual Forensic Interviewer and Multi-Disciplinary Team Coordinator.  With over 10 years of professional experience, Ray has interviewed over one-thousand children and continues to provide expert witness testimony in both civil and criminal cases.  Now, as an Education Specialist, Ray serves as a liaison for child-serving organizations at it relates to mandated reporter training, child protection policies and child abuse awareness training for staff, volunteers, community members and children.
Ray earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of North Texas.  He has also completed formal training on Forensic Interviewing through the Child Advocacy Centers of Texas in Austin.

TAG Referrals Accepted
Nov. 3-Dec. 22, 2017
All TAG referrals are due electronically on Dec. 22, 2017 at 11:59 pm.
 Late submissions will not be accepted.
Visit: https://goo.gl/bfNrxF for links to referral formsand detailed information.
Contact Kim Brooks with questions: brooksk@hpisd.org, 214-780-3082

National Geographic Geography Bee for
4th graders
 Thursday, December 7
9:30 AM
Room #212 (Mrs. Wiley's Classroom )
The preliminary competition is a written test. 
FINAL COMPETITION (top 10 scores)
Thursday, December 14
9:30 AM 
The final competition questions will be given orally by Dr. Moran. 

Click HERE
 for the registration form.
Registration forms due Monday, December 4


Armstrong's Diapers, Socks and Tights Tree
We are collecting diapers, children's new socks and new tights December 6th - December 20th. 
Items will be going to Hope Supply Company for distribution to area homeless children. 

Armstrong Principal's Book Talk
Monday, April 16, 2018, 6:00pm, Armstrong Library

Each semester, we choose one book that has important themes related to educating our kids to read together. The principal prepares a brief summary and discussion questions of important issues raised in the book. Everyone is welcome to join the discussion, whether you have read the book or not. Notes from the book and the discussion are posted online for everyone to review and keep the discussion going. 

Click HERE to show your preference for the spring book selection for the Armstrong Principal's Book Talk?
4th Graders Treated to HPHS's Park Version
HPHS's Park Version a capella choral group performed for Armstrong Elementary's fourth graders to help kick off the holiday season. The group, under the direction of Mrs. Natalie Walker, entertained the students with a winter holiday-themed program. In addition, the high school students answered questions about singing in this auditioned group.
Pictures include Park Version performers who are former Armstrong Elementary students sitting in the auditorium surrounded by current (and very excited!) Armstrong fourth graders.
It is not too late if you didn't purchase your Eagle Party ticket during the online auction!
If you need a ticket:
~please contact the grade coordinator below to RSVP
~ leave $40 (check to Armstrong PTA) in the Eagle Party envelope in the front office. Write your child's name and grade on the front of the envelope.
Tickets must be purchased in advance as these venues need final numbers prior to the partydates. Below are the dates and times of every grade level party. Your child will have a fun time with their Armstrong friends. We hope to see them there!
Kinder - Sunday January 28th 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Obstacle Warrior Kids (contact Jenn Terryjennterry@outlook.com or Kristi Merritt kristirossleymerritt@gmail.com
1st - Friday February 16th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Express Cheer Gym (contact Amy Henryamy.w.henry@gmail.com, Amy Beale amybeale@hotmail.com, or Kelly Novelkellynovel@yahoo.com
2nd - Sunday January 28th 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Obstacle Warrior Kids (contact Brooke Barksdaleeastrayn@gmail.com, Ashley Wheat ashley.wheat@ymail.com, or Lisa Whitmirelwhitmire14@gmail.com)
3rd grade girls - Saturday February 10th TBD at Bowl & Barrel (contact Suzi Ellissuzi.ellis@mac.com)
 3rd grade boys - Saturday January 21st from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Soar (contact and Sarah Pollanscpollan@yahoo.com)
4th - Friday February 9th from 3:15-5 p.m. at the Armstrong Gym (contact Ashley Biffleabiffle@adleta.com, Christy Abbott abbottfamily75205@gmail.com, or Michelle Whitewhitexwhite@msn.com)
**If you want information confirming whether you purchased a ticket during the online auction, please contact your grade level coordinator listed above.
Rachel Willis (rare14@yahoo.com)
Eagle Party Chair
Mom's Winter Socials
Come mingle with other moms from your grade! 
Kinder -  Tuesday 12/12 at Hillary Scurtis' from 7p-9p (contact Jenn Terry jennterry@outlook.comor Kristi Merritt kristirossleymerritt@gmail.com
1st Grade - Wednesday 1/10 from 7p-9p at Up on Knox (contact Amy Henry amy.w.henry@gmail.com, Amy Beale      amybeale@hotmail.com, or Kelly Novel kellynovel@yahoo.com)
2nd Grade - Wednesday 12/13 at Carie Heckler's (contact Brooke Barksdale eastrayn@gmail.com, Ashley Wheat ashley.wheat@ymail.com, or Lisa Whitmire lwhitmire14@gmail.com
3rd Grade - Thursday 12/14 from 7p-9p at Leah Ewing's (contact Suzi Ellis suzi.ellis@mac.comand Sarah Pollan scpollan@yahoo.com)
4th Grade - Thursday 11/30 from 7p-9p at Christy Abbott's (contact Ashley Biffle abiffle@adleta.com, Christy Abbott abbottfamily75205@gmail.com, or Michelle White whitexwhite@msn.com)
Regional Final Football Playoff Game
Highland Park vs. Mansfield Lakeridge

Location:                              ATT
Date:                                     Friday, December 8th
Time:                                     7:30 P.M.
Tickets:                                 $12 Online ($1.95 Per Ticket Fee) = $13.95 Thru Ticketmaster 
                                                $15 @ ATT Ticket Office During Week or Stadium Gates on Gameday (No Fee)
Go on sale Monday Dec4th at 10:00 A.M.   https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/0C00537BC0BA50C9

Tickets Will Not Be Sold @ The HPISD Athletic Office

ATT Bag Policy:                  http://www.dallasAT&T.com/bags
All Stadium Policies:        http://attstadium.com/guests/guestInfo.cfm 

Parking:                                $10 Credit Card/$15 Cash Per Car (Lots 5, 6, 7, 11).  
Parking lots/ticket booths will open at 5:30 P.M. 
Stadium doors (Gate C or H) will open at 6:30 P.M.

Other Info:                         Scots are the Home Team (Blue Jerseys), Fans Will Sit on the South Sideline

Note to Scot Fans from Coach Allen & Coach Ringo
First of all, we very much appreciate the awesome attendance and support from our fans and community last Friday @ SMU.  The huge Highland Park crowd definitely inspired our Scots to play a great game! 
We need that same great Highland Park crowd @ ATT this Friday @ 7:30 P.M. to support
the Scots when we play Mansfield Lakeridge in the 5A/D1 Regional Final game.                          The Scots are one of 8 teams remaining in 5A-D1!
Remember, when you play one of us, you play all of us!  See you Friday!
Seay Tennis Center.HP Tennis Academy Sign up information for 2018 Winter Spring Tennis Program
2018 HP Winter/Spring 15 Week Indoor Tennis
HP Tennis Academy HPISD - Highland Park Independent School District - Seay Tennis Center
Highland Park HS Campus - 4236 Grassmere Lane  -  Contact Johnny Tallent for any questions at tallentja@aol.com
Registration form and payment are both required to reserve a spot in each class - No reservations taken without either 

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