Armstrong E-BLAST- Campus Newsletter

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February 11, 2019
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
February 8                     Change For Children's Kick Off (Boxes Go Home)
February 15                   Early Release All Grades 1:00 PM Release
February 18                   STUDENT HOLIDAY / Staff Development
February 19 -22            Early Enrollment for Current Families
February 20                   PAWS General Meeting 7:15 AM SKY FLEX SPACE
February 21                   Science Fair
February 26                   New Student Round Up







PNO
Parent's Night Out
Friday, February 15
5:30 PM until 11:00 PM 
hosted by Mrs. Jeter and Mrs. Wiley
 
Registration forms available in the office or HERE.
 
 



 
February 1, 2019
 
Dear Armstrong Parents:
 
HPISD will hold early enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year to siblings of current Armstrong students who meet one of the following criteria: 
  • You have a student currently attending Armstrong Elementary School
and you currently live in the Armstrong attendance zone. You may early enroll your incoming kindergartner or new student at Armstrong. 
 
or
  • You have a student currently attending kindergarten through third-grade at Armstrong Elementary School who has been grandfathered as a voluntary transfer for a minimum of two school years.  You may early enroll your incoming kindergartner or new student at Armstrong.                     
or
  • You have a student currently attending fourth-grade at Armstrong Elementary School who has been grandfathered as a voluntary transfer for a minimum of two school years.  You may early enroll your incoming kindergartner or new student at his/her attendance zone campus.
The early enrollment window for your incoming kindergartner or new student
begins at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 and continues through 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019.  Beginning in early February, enrollment information and packets may be accessed online at http://www.hpisd.org/   The information required on the New Student Enrollment Checklist must be completed, printed and compiled prior to delivering it to the campus front office.
We will accept completed enrollment materials for new students that do not currently have elementary siblings beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at our New Student Round-Up.
 
On February 4, 2019 each student will bring home an Enrollment Declaration Form.   You will be asked to indicate plans for your current student(s) to return or leave Armstrong for 2019-2020.
 
If you have any questions, call the office at 214-780-3100 or e-mail Heather Turner atturnerh@hpisd.org
 
Sincerely,
 
Betsy Cummins
Principal, Armstrong Elementary
 
 
Armstrong Science Fair
 February 21, 2019
 
We are in need of a couple of volunteers to help students set up their displays during drop-off the morning of the Science Fair (Thursday, February 21st).
 
If you are available to help please contact Kristen Lin at k.lin987@gmail.com
 
Thank you!
 
 
The Science Fair is almost here!
 
Just a reminder that display boards are sold at the Eagle store for $3 each.
 
On the day of the Science Fair, bring projects to the Small Gym during drop-off. Projects will be evaluated beginning at 8:30 a.m. 
 
Questions? Contact Kristen Lin atk.lin987@gmail.com
 
 
 
New Student Enrollment 
 
New Student Round Up
Tuesday, February 26
9:00 a.m.
Armstrong Cafeteria & Auditorium
 
Join us along with your incoming kindergarten - 4th grade students for New Student Round Up.  Come learn about Armstrong while your students are treated to a tour of the school.
 
Enrollment packets can be turned in to the office following the meeting. Enroll your student online for the 2019-20 school year at hpisd.org and bring your enrollment packets to Round Up. Only complete 
 enrollment packets will be accepted. 
 
What is an enrollment packet? 
1. required pages from online enrollment
2. proof of residency: copy of contract, deed or lease AND copy of current water or electric bill at that address AND copy of drivers license at that address
3. copy of student's birth certificate
4. copy of student's social security card
5. immunization record
6. copy of custody papers, if applicable
 
Yearbook photos needed!  
 
Sports teams, Valentine class parties, recess, even while you are a Friday reader is a great time to snap some!
 
     From Your Mobile Device...
  
          1. Search for "Balfour Image Share" in your app store
 
          2. Download the app
 
          3. Enter project number - 923203 (no password is needed), your name & email
 
          4. Select the photo for upload (you can do 5 at a time but SELECT APPLY ALL TO THE CLASS NAME)
 
          5. Enter CLASS NAME ON ALL and upload
 
 
Allyson Blow & April Young 
2018-2019 Yearbook Chairs
 
 
Highland Park ISD to begin transparent process for drawing
new elementary school attendance boundaries
District seeks volunteers to serve on committee to recommend new boundaries
While Highland Park ISD is still more than a year away from operating five elementary schools for the first time in its history, the district is taking initial steps to re-draw its boundaries. The first step is seeking volunteers to serve on a committee to assist with the process and eventually recommend new boundaries to the HPISD Board of Trustees.
 
The district is creating a Boundary Rezoning Committee to include parents representing each elementary school, as well as community members and former trustees. The committee will work throughout the spring and early fall to recommend five elementary school boundaries, up from the existing four, to the full Board by October 2019. The new elementary school boundaries will go into effect in August 2020.
 
From February 1-18, 2019, the district will accept online applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve as representatives for each of the elementary schools on the Boundary Rezoning Committee. In addition to the eight parents who will be selected to represent the district's four existing elementary schools, the committee will include: 
  • Three Current trustees - Paul Rowsey, Stacy Kelly and Tom Sharpe
  • Two former trustees - selected by trustees
  • Two community members - selected by trustees
Three HPISD administrators, Superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg, Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Mike White and Chief of Staff Jon Dahlander will serve as ex-officio members.
 
A board subcommittee made up of trustees Rowsey, Kelly and Sharpe as well as district administrators have been working for the last several months to begin the planning for the new attendance boundary process. Their work focused solely on creating the process that will be used. Understanding that there will be significant interest from the community about where the lines are eventually drawn, the trustees have committed to having a process that is as transparent as possible.
 
"Since every elementary school boundary is going to be impacted, we believe it is imperative that the community have an opportunity to volunteer to help redraw the boundaries, as well as observe the process and provide feedback," Paul Rowsey, who will serve as the facilitator for the committee, said. "We recognize that parents, students and residents will be watching closely and we want everyone to understand the rationale for decisions that will eventually be made."
 
The district is seeking individuals to serve on the Boundary Rezoning Committee who have a district-wide perspective and are analytical, data-oriented, level-headed and holistic. To avoid any potential conflicts of interest, only parents whose youngest child is currently in the second grade or older will be considered, since they will no longer be impacted by changes in district-wide elementary school boundaries. During the 2020-21 school year, fourth-grade students will be given the option of attending their current school or attending the new school to which they will be assigned as the result of the new school boundaries.
 
Following the February 18 deadline to receive applications, elementary campus teams consisting of each principal, PTA president, PTA president-elect and Dads Club president will review and recommend no more than four applicants from each school to serve on the committee. Eventually, two parents from each elementary school will be selected by trustees.
 
The committee will begin its work in April and will allow the public to observe all of its meetings. The district will provide regular updates on the committee's work and post its minutes online. In addition, throughout the process, community members will have the opportunity to provide input and feedback through an online form. The committee's charge will be to develop a comprehensive, district-wide boundary plan for five elementary schools (Armstrong, Bradfield, Hyer, University Park and the newest elementary school located at 8385 Durham) to recommend to the Board of Trustees for its consideration in October 2019.
 
"This is the first time since Hyer opened in 1948 that HPISD has had such an extensive undertaking, and we do not expect it to be easy," Rowsey said. "It is important for everyone to know that there are no preconceived ideas at this point on where these new boundary lines will be drawn but that we have developed a fair and open process to complete that task."  
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Create a lasting tribute by adding your student's name to an auditorium chair!
 
With a gift of $500, your student's name will be engraved on a plaque on the arm of a chair in our auditorium.
 
 
 
QUESTIONS?
Please contact Suzie Forsberg @ suzieforsberg@gmail.com or 214.924.0221.
Please return form and check, if applicable, to the Armstrong Elementary Office.


 
COMMUNITY NEWS
2019 Winter/Spring
HP Tennis Academy/Lower School
 
Highland Park ISD Seay Tennis Center ~ Highland Park HS Campus
Greenball & Intermediate: January 14 - May 18
Elementary/Primary/Pee Wee: January 21 - May 3
 
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