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February 20, 2018
February 19            Student Holiday / Staff Professional Development
February 23            Famous Americans 1st Grade
February 23            Change for Children Collection Drive
Feb 26- March 30   Dr. Seuss Week
February 27            New Student Round Up
February 20, 2018
Dear Armstrong Families,
We are shocked and saddened by another school shooting last week, this one in Parkland, FL.  While we grieve with the community and families there, we want to do as much as we can to maximize the safety of our own community and school.  Our school safety begins with having a strong crisis management plan, and depends on ongoing preparation for emergency situations, active partnerships with community resources, and open communication with our students and families.
Our campus safety plan begins with having a secured and monitored campus.  This is the reason that we have limited and monitored access points around our building, and all doors are secure throughout the day.  Please help us by using the main entrance, and not attempting to bypass our secured doors by asking students or staff to open alternative doors at anytime during the day.  Even during busy arrival and dismissal times, we want to use only doors that are monitored for access.  Families can also help us by securing a visitor or volunteer badge and always having that with you.  Anyone in the building without a badge will be stopped and brought to the office to check in.
Our teachers are regularly trained for addressing a variety of emergency situations, including lockdowns, severe weather, and building evacuations.  We also conduct regular drills of these procedures so that students know what to do.  Our HPISD Police Chief maintains a strong working partnership and conducts regular exercises with the Highland Park Department of Public Safety and University Park Police Department, including the SMU Police Department.  Regular patrols by these agencies in and around our campus support our safety procedures.  Finally, we depend on open communication with our students and families to address any safety concerns.  If you have a question or concern, please let us know so that we can involve all potential resources that may help us address an issue.  Safety for our students and staff is our number one priority.
This week I also wanted to give an update on the progress of construction around our campus.  We have had a couple of weeks of particularly loud work while the contractor prepared the area for the foundations of our building addition.  We have attempted to limit that noisiest part of the work to early morning and late afternoon when possible.  That work is drawing to a close and we expect fewer disruptions as work crews begin pouring foundation piers this week.  It will only take a few weeks for us to begin to see the new building take shape.  Teachers on the east side of the building have been given the option of relocating their classes during brief times when construction noise is particularly disruptive.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
As always, thank you for your partnership in providing the best educational environment for your student.

Dr. Skip Moran 
HPISD will hold early enrollment for the 2018-2019 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. 
  • 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.                       
  • 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 kindergartener or new student begins at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 19, 2018 and continues through 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2018. Enrollment information and packets may be accessed online atarmstrong.hpisd.org . 
Please read instructions carefully and enroll for the 2018-19 school year. 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 after the Round Up meeting on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.
If you have any questions, call the office at 214-780-3100 or e-mail Heather at turnerh@hpisd.org or Cindy at nienhuc@hpisd.org .

New Student Round Up
Tuesday, February 27
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 2018-19 school year at armstrong.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
Collection day: Friday February 23
Change for Children's is a simple, but powerful program that supports Children's Health and teaches our children the importance of giving back to their peers in need.
Each Armstrong student will receive a Change for Children's box this week.Please help your child come up with creative ways to collect change from family, friends and neighbors. 
Change, bills and checks are welcome!  (Make checks payable to "The Women's Auxiliary) Please return the change box the morning of Friday, February 23!
All funds collected will benefit the Children's "PAWS for Hope" Pet Therapy program.
Click video link to view and learn more about Children's Pet Therapy program!"


Sponsored by the Armstrong Outreach Committee
Questions? Please contact Carol Piering at eichinger@gmail.com.
4th Grade Video Picture Submissions due by March 2nd
At the end of 4th grade, there will be a video to celebrate the 4th grade class and their time at Armstrong.  We need your help by submitting 3 pictures (2 individual/1 group) per student by March 2nd.  We would like the pictures to be school or sports/activity related from different years at Armstrong.
TO SUBMIT:  Email your 3 pictures to armstrong4thgrade@yahoo.com with your student's name in the subject line.  Please only send in ORIGINAL files (we can only use pictures with high resolution).  We will use as many of the pictures as possible.
Also, if your 4th grader was not at Armstrong for kindergarten, please submit their kindergarten portrait picture as well. 
Please let us know if you have any questions. 
Thank you!
Allyson Blow, Elise Danner + Jessica Jones
Armstrong's Grandfriends' Day will be on Friday, March 23
9:00 until 10:30
 Please download the attached Save the Date to send to your student's grandparents or grandfriends.  We hope they can join us!  A schedule and detailed information for the morning will be provided in March.
This semester the Principal's Book Talk in April will discuss Tony Wagner's Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era.  Read about the book here: http://www.tonywagner.com/most-likely-to-succeed-preparing-our-kids-for-the-innovation-era/.  Get your copy now and join us in April to discuss this challenging call to overhaul our schools to promote creativity and initiative.
Sponsors needed for the Armstrong School Fair!  Please see attached documents for Sponsorship Benefits and Sponsorship Contracts!  
Sponsorship Contracts can be delivered to the office.  You can pay by check or credit card.  Please make checks out to the Armstrong PTA.
Thank you for supporting Armstrong!
Carnival Co-Chairs, 
Tanya Benbow, Elise Danner, Christina Hoctor and  Jessica Jones
Elise Danner
What I Wish I Knew When My Kids Were Young
February 23rd  11:30 am - 1:00 pm
City of University Park Library Community Room 
Come hear from a panel of veteran HPHS parents who will share what they've learned as their students have progressed through high school and beyond. Gain "insider" tips on how course choices made early on can influence your student's opportunities in high school, strategies for balancing a rigorous academic curriculum with extracurriculars, and applying to colleges. Our panel will speak frankly about their students' struggles and successes, what requirements caught them unawares, and what didn't matter after all.
This program will be especially helpful for elementary and middle school parents.
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 


Information about Challenge Success
Today's high-pressure, fast-paced culture can interfere with healthy child development. At Challenge Success, we believe that our society has become too focused on grades, test scores and performance, leaving little time and energy for our kids to become resilient, successful, meaningful contributors for the 21st century. Based on sound educational research, the strategies and tools that we provide can be used immediately to help reduce stress in your family and help your child develop the strengths and skills he/she needs now and in the future. To learn more about Challenge Success please visit their website www.challengesuccess.org.
Kindly click here to RSVP on Eventbrite by clicking on this link. 
Information about the Well-Balanced Student Faculty Professional Development
In a high-stakes, high-pressure culture, parent and school expectations may have unintentional but damaging effects on students. Increasing demands on students may lead to unhealthy stress, resulting in burnout, disengagement, or debilitating physical and mental health symptoms. This workshop examines the tension that parents, students, and teachers often experience over issues such as homework, grades, and the culture of competition, and offers tools for creating a healthier school climate. 
Information about the Well-Balanced Student Parent Education Presentation
When we are too focused on grades and performance, we deny our children the time and energy they need to tackle the demanding work of growing up. In this presentation, you'll learn how you can establish a healthier home environment for your school-aged child, reduce academic stress without sacrificing achievement, and increase your child's resilience, creativity, and well-being.
Margaret Dunlap, M.A. is the School Program Director for Challenge Success, providing support to school teams and coaches. Margaret had held roles in education leadership and program management for over 25 years serving as a teacher and leadership specialist. She has coordinated National Board Certification, new teacher support programs for districts, and speaks nationally to faculty and parents on the topic of student well-being. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and childre