Principal’s Update

Eliza M. Loyola

Happy New Year Families,
We hope everyone is coming back to the semester feeling rested and relaxed.  As the semester takes off there are some reminders about procedures I wanted to make sure our families knew.

  1.  A tardy is considered any time after 7:45am.  This includes our PreK and PPCD classes.
  2. All students must be dropped off at parent drop- off area.  If you have a special circumstance, then prior approval and a pass are required.
  3. For the safety of your child, please park in designated areas only.  Macho Taco parking is not permitted.

On a more academic note, gifted and talented nominations are open.  Does your child think about the world in a different way, ask questions no one else does, and solves problems in a creative way?  Then your child might be gifted.   Parent nomination forms are available in the front office.  Students undergo academic testing and a portfolio review.  If you have further questions please talk to your child’s teacher.

PTA News
A note from your PTA

Laura Dill
Happy New Year Mustang Families!

We hope you all had a great winter break! 2015 is going to be an exciting year at Menchaca!
The Menchaca PTA is thrilled to announce that we will be purchasing 28 new computers for our school’s computer lab!! This will help every child at our school in learning with technology!!  The money earned from all of your hard work selling items for our fall fundraiser, purchasing spirit items, buying Santa pictures etc…  will be helping to fund our new computer lab.  In order to pay for the remainder of the computers needed for the computer lab we need to have a very successful Mustang Round-up! We know March 28th seems far away, but it will be here before you know it. If you have a business that would like to contribute items for our raffle or you want to help out planning this great event, please let us know!! Lets make this our most successful Mustang Round-up yet!!

The next PTA meeting & 5th grade performance night will be January 22nd . We will be selling pizza and drinks starting at 6:00pm.

Our Vice President, Becky Carmichael, is already starting work on this year’s yearbook! Please send any pictures you have taken at class fieldtrips, performances or school events to menchacamustangsyearbook@gmail.com and put the grade in the subject line. We want all grades and classes to be represented and need your help to make it happen!

Please remember if you have a special talent or skill or just the desire to get involved you can email our President Laura Dill ( lauradill@rocketmail.com) anytime. Even if you volunteer one hour of your time this year you’re making a difference!

Thank you,
Your Menchaca PTA

Drummond’s Dispatch

Happy New Year!  The next few months of school are going to race by! Our student’s success takes all of us working for the same purpose.  As a parent, your influence makes a huge impact on your child’s academic performance.  There are many ways to engage your child at home that extends beyond homework. We all know that reading to your children is important. Two suggestions to that can take your time together a step further include:
1.      Ask “Why” questions to encourage a deeper level of thinking along with the “Who” or “What” questions we commonly ask.

2.      Encourage your child to make educated predictions by saying something like, “Hmmm, I wonder what is going to happen next? Let’s read to find out.”  “Did your prediction match the reading?”
Happy Reading!!!

Caregiver’s Corner

Social and Emotional Learning continues at home!
If we believe that our children are kind and compassionate, they will live up to our expectations.

1) Continue to model acts of kindness. Each time that you, as a parent, helps an elderly neighbor go to the store, or comfort a friend that is sad, you are showing what it’s like to be open and sensitive with others.

2) Tell your children that it’s important to you how they treat others. For example, if your child begins to laugh when someone falls, you can say “He’s not laughing. Look at his face; it’s red, and he’s grabbing his leg. lt looks like he really got hurt.”

3) Ask your children questions so that they may begin to solve problems on their own. When parents hear that their children have a problem, it’s tempting to get in the middle and solve it themselves. But this does not allow them to develop the skill to solve the problem on their own. One way to help is to ask useful questions.

For example, what could you do in this situation? If you decide to solve it this way, what consequences does your decision have?

* Adopted from SELebrations

Library News

Our fall semester in the Menchaca Library was a whirlwind of activity! We hosted two fabulous authors, Audrey Vernick and Dav Pilkey, during the month of September.  Our Mustangs loved meeting them and purchasing autographed books!

Our Fall Book Fair was a huge success; we raised over $3,000 for our library.  It was nice to see so many families excited about books!  Also, our readers have been reading up a storm; they have checked out over 9,400 books during the fall! Wow!

Menchaca Mustangs in grades K-5 are invited to participate in the annual Six Flags Read to Succeed program.  Reading logs were sent home before the Winter Break.  As soon as your child has read for 360 minutes (6 hours) simply return the signed reading log to the library.  That’s it! A FREE ticket to Fiesta Texas will be given to your child during the last week in May.  Remember, the deadline to return the reading log is FRIDAY, JAN. 30th. Good luck, and keep reading!

Dates to Remember:
01/22 5th Grade PTA performance Night
01/23 Principal Coffee
01/28 Class Pictures
01/29 Science Fair 6:30pm-8:30pm
01/30  Last day to submit Gifted and Talented nominations. Please contact Ms. LaChance if you have any questions.