Conroe Independent School District The Tumbleweed Press Volume 13, Issue 7 From Mrs. Vandermark... November 4, 2014 Principal Tara Vandermark What are you thankful for? Assistant Principals Kindel Doucet—5th Thomas Polonyi—6th Counselors Racquel Johnson—5th Julia Rieke—6th Vogel Intermediate 27125 Geffert Wright Spring, Texas 77386 Phone 832-663-4300 Attendance 832-663-4308 Fax 832-663-4399 Clinic 832-663-4309 Transportation 832-592-8850 Check out our campus website at: vogel.conroeisd.net The month of November brings many things for staﬀ, students and parents to be thankful for. One of those is our troops who ﬁght to protect our freedoms. On Tuesday, November 11, Vogel Intermediate will be hos%ng a short Veterans’ Day program at 10:00am. We invite any veterans to a+end and be recognized for their service to our country. In our next Tumbleweed Press, our teachers will share what they are thankful for. This is a great opportunity to talk with students about what they are thankful for, a/er reading the teachers’ messages. Also, just a reminder that students are on Thanksgiving vaca%on the whole week, November 24-28. Please note that Friday, November 21 is NOT an early release day. Students will be in session un%l 3:45. Have a great week!! - Tara Vandermark Upcoming Events at Vogel Nov. 11 - Veterans’ Day Program Cafeteria - 10am Nov. 11 - Skate Night @ SK8 Town 6:00-8:30 Nov. 15 - Honor Band at Vogel 9:00-4:00 Nov. 17-21 - Generation Texas Week Nov. 18 - 5th Gr. Band Demonstra tion Concert - 7pm Nov. 24-28 - Thanksgiving holiday December Dec. 8-12 - Teacher Appreciation Week Dec. 9 - 6th Band Holiday Concert 7pm Dec. 11 - Orchestra Holiday Concert 7pm Dec. 16 - 5th and 6th Grade Holiday Concert - 7pm Dec. 17 - 5th & 6th In-school Choir, Band and Orch. Concert Dec. 18 - Holiday Parties Dec. 22-January 5 - Winter Break The Conroe Independent School District (District) as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates in or in employment matters. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner. For information about Title IX rights or Section 504/ADA rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA coordinator at 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, Texas 77304; (936) 709-7752. GT Testing Nominations The fall nomina%on window for GT screening is open un%l December 19. Tes%ng will take place in January. Nomina%on forms can be picked up by parents in the front oﬃce, ﬁlled out and returned to the front oﬃce no later than December 19. Please call Mrs. Doucet with any ques%ons at 832-663-4300 Transportation Changes Please send a note with your child if you know that they will have a transporta%on change before your child leaves for school. This is the best way to get a change to your child’s teacher. We ask that you do this instead of calling or sending an email, as we may miss an email before dismissal %me, and calling is for emergencies only. When sending a note with your child, please include your child’s ﬁrst and last name and HR teacher wri+en clearly. Please also include your ﬁrst and last name, signature, and phone number wri+en clearly so that we may call you if we have any ques%ons. Thank you for your assistance in making this process run smoothly! Parent Conferences Please contact your child’s teacher if you need a conference about your child’s progress. Also, the teachers are available to answer any ques%ons or address any concerns that you may have about classwork, homework, grades, behavior, etc. Teachers are available by email, or you can call the front oﬃce to leave a message for them to call you back. Our hope is that open communica%on lines will make for a be+er educa%onal experience for everyone. Lost and Found With cooler weather upon us, we are ﬁnding a growing number of coats, sweaters, sweatshirts and lunch kits on our Lost and Found table in the cafeteria. Please make sure your child’s name is in his/her jackets and lunch kits so that they may be returned to them. We display these items un%l the end of the 9 weeks, and then send any unclaimed items to charity. Attendance counts EVERY DAY!! Please make sure you send your child to school every day. When students miss school, they miss out on important instruc%on that can’t always be made up by sending home the work. If your child is sick, please call the front oﬃce to inform them of the absence. Otherwise, make every a+empt to have your child in school every day, all day. Thanks for your help!! We had a spectacular response to our “Stay Connected” contest! We have so many amazing parents offering support and help to our teachers and students. The classrooms that won will be announced soon. -------Thank you again for all your hard work and participation in the chocolate fundraiser! The remaining reward events are planned for December 18th, starting at 10:00 am. -------Yearbooks are on SALE NOW! Place your order by November 17th and pay only $30, that’s $10 off! Plus be entered to win one of 3 $10 Target Gift Cards! Order online at balfour.com or complete the form provided and send a check payable to Vogel PTO to your homeroom teacher. When we make our yearbook, we need pictures!! It’s now easier than ever to get your child’s picture into the yearbook! Parents can now upload pictures to the Balfour portal. Please follow the directions below to add pictures if you have any for special events at Vogel Intermediate!! -------Get those box tops in!! Students in 5th and 6th are currently tied! Box tops are due Dec. 5th. The winning grade will get a hat day! Skate Night is November 11th! Join us at SK8 Town from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Vogel receives a donation for every admission, up to 50% based on participation. We will be raffling a Dragonfly Helicopter and a few other fun items! Must be present to win. We hope to see you there! -------“Everything is cool when you’re part of a team!” There are still a few PTO Board positions open so come be part of our team! We are looking for a Volunteer Coordinator, Teacher Events Coordinator, and Spirit Night Coordinator. -------For questions or volunteer opportunities, email us at [email protected] Thank you so much for your generous support! -------Be sure to Like us on Facebook!! We now have an updated public page where you can get lots of information about what is going on at school! Check us out soon!! https:// www.facebook.com/ thevogelpto Follow these simple instruc%ons to upload pictures to the Balfour Website Portal 1. Weblink: h+p://images.balfour.com 2. Project number: 514448 (no need to enter the password, simply leave it blank) 3. Enter contact info for any ques%ons we may have about the pics (name and email only are ﬁne) 4. Select pic and include a cap%on that will help us get the pic on the right page 5. Click upload *** This can also be done easily from your smartphone!! How to prevent your child from getting sick Teach your child to wash their hands frequently using plenty of soap and warm water. Proper hand-washing takes about 20 seconds or the time it takes to say your ABC's. Remind your student to not put their hands or fingers in their mouth, nose or eyes, germ transfer often occurs in this manner. Teach children to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or their sleeve. Serve a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. Children need about 2 1/2 cups of vegetables a day and 1 1/2 cups of fruit a day. Ensure students are getting at least 8-9 hours of sleep each night. Do not allow your student to share food or drinks with others. If a family member is ill, minimize the time and contact other family members have with the sick family member. It takes cooperation to stop the spread of germs. If your child is sick, please call the front office to report the absence. If they have a fever over 100, they need to be fever free for 24 hours prior to returning to school. Information for 6th graders transitioning to Irons Jr. High for the 2015-2016 school year 2015-16 Irons Jr. High Cheerleading Tryouts February 16 - 6:00 pm - MANDATORY Tryout Parent Mee%ng in the cafeteria at Irons Clinic - March 9-11 from 4:30-6:00pm in the gym at Irons Tryouts - March 12 - 4:30pm in the gym at Irons Ques%ons? Please contact Coach Neal at Irons Junior High - 936-709-8500 2015-16 Irons Jr. High Drill Team Tryouts March 26 - 6:00 pm - MANDATORY Tryout Parent Mee%ng in the gym at Irons Clinic - April 6-9 from 5:30-7:30pm in the gym at Irons Tryouts - April 10 - 5:30pm in the gym at Irons Ques%ons? Please contact Drill Team Director, Jennifer Drabbant, at 936-709-8500 Immunizations The following immuniza%ons are required for all incoming 7th grade students. If your student already has had these vaccina%ons, bring the clinic copy to the school nurse at Vogel in order to update your student records. • Tdap—Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis vaccina%on One dose is required instead of the 10 year booster. If your child has had a tetanus-containing vaccine in the past ﬁve years, the Tdap will not be required un%l ﬁve years has passed. • Varicella (chicken pox) Two doses are required. If your child has had the chicken pox disease, this vaccina%on is not required. However, you must no%fy the nurse at Vogel. • Meningococcal (MCV4) One dose is required to protect from meningococcal meningi%s.
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