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GISD eNews | 11-18-21

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In this week’s eNews:

  • Progress Reports Available for Review in Skyward
  • GHS Football Playoff Game Round Two Tomorrow Night - Purchase Tickets Online
  • Special Programs Event: Our Gift to You… Resources to connect with your student at home
  • GHS Show Choir Presents: A Holiday to Remember
  • Daily Lunch Menus: A Note from Food Service
  • GISD Launches a COVID Testing Site for Students and Staff
  • FAFSA Deadlines
  • GISD's annual window for Gifted & Talented referrals now open through Dec. 7
  • GHS Jazz Band Holiday Tunes
  • 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
  • From the The Rotary Club of Sun City: Breakfast with Santa
  • Important Upcoming Dates

In Case You Missed It: Great News in GISD Schools!

Teacher of the Month - October
GISD Culinary Arts Student Wins Cake Competition
Juliet O’Shoney: EVHS Nurse, Triathlete, Inspiration
November Board Briefs
Liberty Battalion NJROTC Receives “Outstanding” Rating for Annual Military Inspection
Family Updates: Read Dr. Brent’s Latest News 

Progress Reports Available for Review in Skyward

Progress reports are now available in Skyward. These reports are a great tool that helps teachers personalize learning to support students find success in their learning. We encourage you to log in and review these reports with your students as well.

GHS Football Playoff Game Round Two Tomorrow Night - Purchase Tickets Online

Georgetown HS football playoff game vs. Fort Bend Hightower @ Legacy Stadium (5175 Franz Road) in Katy on Friday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Ticket prices - Pre-sale: Adults $8/Students $6 Game time: $10. Online tickets only, no cash at the gate. If you plan to bring a bag to the event, please review the bag policy online.

Passes accepted are: THSCA, TGCA, District 11-5A and 10-5A

Special Programs Event: Our Gift to You… Resources to Connect With Your Student at Home

Special Programs Event: Our Gift to You

GISD Special Programs will be hosting an event Our Gift to You: Resources to Connect with Your Student at Home
December 2
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Hammerlun Center
507 E. University Ave.

Learn more:

Parent Learning Community Event Flyer (English & Spanish)


GHS Show Choir Presents: A Holiday to Remember

Begin your holiday season with an evening of song and dance as Georgetown HS Show Choir performs A Holiday to Remember.

December 2 - 4 @ 7 p.m.
December 5 @ 2 p.m.

All performances will take place at the Klett Performing Arts Center. Purchase tickets online.

Daily Lunch Menus: A Note from Food Service

Child Nutrition Services is committed, first and foremost, to providing our students with a healthy and nutritious meal in all our cafeterias across the district. We are excited to see new faces each and every day eating in our cafeteria, and we are experiencing a massive increase in the number of students dining with us daily. Working with our vendors, our main focus is on our students' dining experience. We continually strive to meet the highest standard of food quality, presentation and taste.

Although we all are having to navigate the continuous changing environment of Covid-19, we have experienced supply chain shortages like never before. For these reasons, our menus are constantly being modified, and daily items changed, to meet with these shortages. While we have to make these changes to our daily menus, we want to assure you that we remain committed to providing our students with a healthy, nutritious and federally compliant meal. We have provided numerous ways to find our daily menus, through a paper copy, our Nutrislice app, and the GISD website. However, we are asking for your continued patience, as now more than ever, our menus are “subject to change.”

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to serve the students of GISD and provide them with a nutritionally balanced meal, which is an important part of their learning experience each and every day.

GISD Launches a COVID Testing Site for Students and Staff

GISD is now offering Rapid Antigen COVID tests for non-symptomatic staff and students. 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.

FAFSA Deadline - Find Money for College

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. This ParentU Resource: Finding Money for College provides an in-depth video on how to navigate applying for financial aid.

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.

GHS Jazz Band Holiday Tunes

Georgetown High School Jazz Band is sending out virtual holiday carol packages this year! When you sign up for a personalized package, you can send season's greeting to any relative, friend or loved one, no matter where they live!

You can select your favorite tunes and even include shout-out messages along with them. Reserve your spot online at https://gband.org/holiday-carols-2021. Donations are accepted when you feel out the sign-up form.

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.

11/30 @ 9 a.m. : 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 a.m. - 1 p.m.
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

December 6:
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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 a.m.–5 p.m. 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.

From The Rotary Club of Sun City: Breakfast with Santa, Dec. 11

The 21st annual Breakfast with Santa event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Sun City and the Georgetown Fire Department is returning to the Community Center in San Gabriel Park on Saturday, Dec. 11. In the interest of safety, no breakfast will be served this year, but Santa will still be outside the Georgetown Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9 - 11 a.m. Families are invited to drive by, take a picture and wave to Santa.

Rotary Club members will be handing out “goodie bags” to the first 500 kids that include treats and certificates to local restaurants.

There is no cost to attend the event this year. Donations leading up to the event help the Club feed families for the holidays.

For more information including a map of the event, visit: www.sctrotary.com

San Gabriel Community Center (Drive-by ONLY)
445 East Morrow Street
Georgetown, TX 78626

Important Upcoming Dates

November 22-26 - District Holiday/Thanksgiving Break
December 3-7 - State Testing
December 7- Gifted and Talented Referrals Deadline
December 13- Monthly Board Meeting
December 17 - End of Semester/End of Grading Period

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