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GISD eNews | 11-4-21

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In this week’s eNews:

  • Georgetown ISD Voters Approve Bond Propositions Totaling $350 million
  • Dyslexia Parent Night & Instructional Resources for Reading & Math is tonight
  • GISD to Launch a COVID Testing Site for Students and Staff
  • K-8 Virtual Learning Will Launch Nov. 8
  • FAFSA Deadlines and New ParentU Resource
  • Georgetown ISD Celebrates Veterans Day Nov. 11
  • EVHS Theatre Upcoming Performance: Marvel Spotlight Double Feature
  • GISD's annual window for Gifted & Talented referrals now open through Dec. 7
  • Report Cards Are Available in Skyward
  • Fall Semester Exams
  • From the Georgetown Project: Parent Night for all GISD Families
  • From the Junior League of Austin: Coats for Kids
  • From the Georgetown Police Department: Applications for Blue Santa and Brown Santa
  • Important Upcoming Dates

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Georgetown ISD Voters Approve Bond Propositions Totaling $350 Million

Georgetown ISD voters approved two propositions on Election Day that will address future growth, academic programs and technology in the district. The $350 million bond is the largest in the district’s history. You can read more about the projects and the proposed timeline on our website.

Dyslexia Parent Night & Instructional Resources for Reading & Math is tonight

Dyslexia Parent Night will be presented by GISD Dyslexia Teachers & GISD Dyslexia Coordinator Sheri Ogden tonight at 6:30 pm at the Hammerlun Center for Leadership & Learning (building 2). The topics that will be covered include: Dyslexia 101 A Dyslexia Simulator – a brief glimpse into the struggles with Dyslexia Snap & Read / Co-Writer tools for our students with Dyslexia Instructional resources for reading and math will be presented by GISD special education teachers and support staff. The topics that will be covered include: Resource 101 Resource reading and how to assist your student Resource math and how to assist your student

GISD to Launch a COVID Testing Site for Students and Staff

GISD will begin offering Rapid Antigen COVID tests for non-symptomatic staff and students starting on Nov. 5. This free service is provided for those who may have been in close contact with a COVID-positive individual and are not experiencing symptoms.

For more information, please visit our website

K-8 Virtual Learning Will Launch Nov. 8

GISD’s Virtual Learning Academy for students in grades K-8 will launch on Nov. 8. Families who completed the commitment form have received information on next steps. If you have not received information and believe that you should have, please reach out to us at virtualschool@georgetownisd.org.

FAFSA Deadlines and New ParentU Resource

The Texas state priority deadline for FAFSA submission is January 15, 2022. The federal deadline for FAFSA submission is June 30, 2022.

Visit https://studentaid.gov/apply-for-aid/fafsa/fafsa-deadlines for more information.

Additionally, in accordance with Texas Education Code (TEC), beginning with students enrolled in 12th grade during the 2021-2022 school year, each student must do one of the following in order to graduate:
Complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
Complete and submit a Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA); or
Submit a signed opt-out form. The deadline for this is May 27, 2022.

Visit our new ParentU resource Finding Money for College for an in-depth video on how to navigate applying for financial aid.

Georgetown ISD Celebrates Veterans Day Nov. 11

We are excited to celebrate Veterans Day this year on November 11. There will be celebrations happening across the district with participation from all of our schools. Visit our website for more details on events that are open to the public.

EVHS Theatre Upcoming Performance: Marvel Spotlight Double Feature

The EVHS Theatre Students will perform their Marvel Spotlight Double Feature on Friday, November 12, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. at East View High School.

The double feature includes Hammered - A Thor & Loki Play- and Squirrel Girl Goes to College -A Squirrel Girl Play. The double feature is for all ages. Join in and bring the entire family, including all Marvel fans and children!

You can purchase tickets at https://www.evhstheater.com/tickets 

GISD's annual window for Gifted & Talented referrals is now open through Dec. 7

GISD's annual window for Gifted & Talented referrals is now open through December 7.

To find out what it means for a child to be considered Gifted & Talented, please check our website for articles, videos, and lists that can help you make an informed choice before you decide to refer a child to be assessed for Gifted & Talented.

If you would like to refer a child in grades 1-11, please:
1) Read the referral packet (English / Spanish),
2) Either submit the paper form in the referral packet to the student's campus or complete the eReferral form (Grades 1-5 use this form) (Grades 6-11 use this form).

An online presentation about G/T Referrals in GISD will be offered on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 6:30pm. If you are unable to join or want to know the information sooner, you can also view a video of the presentation.

Report Cards Are Available in Skyward

All 1st nine weeks report cards have been posted to Skyward Family Access. To view your student’s report card, log into Skyward Family Access, click on the Mailings tab, and click on the link for the posted report card to download a PDF copy.

Report cards and progress reports will be delivered electronically unless you have opted to receive a printed copy by mail in your Skyward Family Access settings. Click here to see how to change your report card delivery preference settings in Skyward.

Fall Semester Exams

Last school year, amidst the continuing COVID pandemic, fall semester exams were replaced with learning recovery options. As we close out the end of our first grading period, constant evaluation of our practices has revealed that an adjustment is again needed. In collaboration with our campus principals and other campus staff, we determined we will continue this path regarding semester exams as our campuses and community continue to navigate the pandemic. What this means for you and your learner is that schools will follow a normal class schedule closing out the semester and if a teacher elects to administer a comprehensive final exam, it will count as a test in the 2nd 9 weeks instead of as a semester final exam. As a parent you can expect more information from your campus and/or your child’s teacher explaining any specific details regarding closing out the semester this fall.

From our Community Partners:

From the Georgetown Project: Parent Cafe for all GISD Families

Join us for coffee and casual conversation! GISD families are invited to come and connect with other parents, learn new parenting strategies, and share support. The Georgetown Project's Lexy Largent and a GISD Counseling staff member will facilitate discussion on parenting topics applicable to all families.

11/9 @ 9 AM: Building Healthy Relationships
11/16 @ 9 AM: Communicating with Kids
11/30 @ 9 AM: Effective Discipline & Guidance

Register through eventbrite:

http://georgetownparentcafe.eventbrite.com  

From the Junior League of Austin: Coats for Kids

With cooler weather approaching, The Junior League of Austin is busy preparing for another successful Coats for Kids event, and we need your help in identifying eligible children who need warm winter coats. Distribution will take place at The Junior League of Austin Community Impact Center from Saturday, December 4 through Monday, December 6 during the following times:

December 4 & 5
10 am - 1 pm
2 pm - 5 pm

December 6
10 am - 1 pm
6 pm - 9 pm

Please note, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, coats ordered through the general coat order form available at www.jlaustin.org/coats will be distributed via curbside pickup, or through our Community Coats program. To protect the health and safety of our recipients and volunteers, we will not offer in-person coat fittings this year.

Eligibility requirements for coat recipients are as follows:

● Children must be 18 years of age or younger and live in the Central Texas area, and
● Have financial need (which may include free/reduced lunch qualification)

For more information about volunteer opportunities and to sign-up, or to request a coat for your child, please go to our website www.jlaustin.org/coats.

From the Georgetown Police Department: Applications for Blue Santa and Brown Santa

Blue Santa (for families living inside Georgetown city limits):

Families living inside the Georgetown city limits who need help providing holiday/Christmas toys, books, games and other items for their children (ages 0-17) may apply for assistance from Georgetown Police Department’s Blue Santa Program.

Applications are now being accepted through Friday, Dec. 3.Toy pickup will be held Saturday, Dec. 18 from 9 am–5 pm at the Public Safety Operations Center at 3500 DB Wood Rd.

Note: This year, applications are available online only.Click here to apply.

Not sure if your home is within the Georgetown city limits? Visit the website, scroll to the bottom, and enter your home address to determine if you are eligible. For more information, contact (512) 930-2747 or email bluesanta@georgetown.org.

Brown Santa (for families living outside Georgetown city limits):

GISD families who are not eligible for Blue Santa may apply for Williamson County’s Brown Santa program. The application deadline is also Friday, Dec. 3rd. Click here to apply. For questions, contact brownsantawilco@gmail.com.

Important Upcoming Dates

November 4 - Dyslexia Parent Night and Instructional Resources for Reading & Math
November 15 - School Board Meeting
November 22-26 - District Holiday/Thanksgiving Break

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