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Legislative Update

This week legislative rep Minda Caesar and several SBISD parents attended the State Board of Education Long-Range Plan for Public Education Steering Committee Community Conversation in Houston to provide input on the future of public education in Texas. They were also able to meet and chat with our State Board of Education representative, Donna Bahorich. If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can STILL provide input by taking the survey at:
Your opinions matter and the survey is a great way to have your voice heard on the topic!
In other news, the Commission on Public School Finance had their second meeting. The commission will be hearing public testimony at their March 19th meeting. Stay tuned for more details on how to participate.
Some upcoming dates to keep in mind:
February 20 — Early Voting begins for the primaries. Remember, parents can vote in EITHER primary and need only be a registered voter to participate.There are choices for all major offices in BOTH parties, so every vote counts!
March 2 — Texas Independence Day — last day to early vote
March 6 — Election Day for the primaries.
May 5 — Election Day for SBISD Board of Trustees for Positions 3 and 4. Position 3 is contested. Candidates are Minda Caesar and Noel Lezama. EVERY VOTE WILL COUNT, so please encourage your parents to vote. Early voting dates and locations for the trustee election will be released shortly. Chris Vierra is also running as an incumbent for her seat at Position 4. As of now, her position is not contested.

Chess Club News

Chess Club News
On Saturday, January 27, the CSA chess team once again played with intelligence and determination. Our team of Matthew Neomoto, Mario Reyes, and Cole Tanner fought hard against stiff competition, including the 4 top-ranked players in their section. Six middle school teams competed in their section, many larger and more experienced, and CSA emerged victorious with a 2nd place trophy. This could not have happened without the hard work of each of our team members. Mario Reyes and Cole Tanner also earned trophies after tying for 3rd place, each winning 4 of their 5 rounds.
We should be proud, not only of their accomplishments, but also of their conduct and sportsmanship. I was proud to be associated with these CSA Cougars, and I hope more students will consider joining us for the next tournament February 24 at the Village School. Mr. Gregg should have the details for that tournament, but please contact me if he needs it.
For those who may not know, this tournament took the top 3 scores from each school to determine team awards. If even one of our guys hadn’t been there or played well, we would have come home with experience but no trophy. They were paired up against students with rankings 200 to 400 points higher than theirs. And one of the schools we bested had a team of 9, 6 of whom were ranked higher than our highest-ranked player. I am still blown away by their performance.
Cole will bring the team trophy to the office tomorrow morning. We weren’t able to get a team picture with the trophy, as one member had to leave before the awards ceremony. So maybe Mrs. Wood could get a picture of Matthew Nemoto, Mario Reyes, and Cole Tanner (all 6th graders) with the trophy and Mr. Gregg at some point.
Once again, congratulations to another group of Cornerstone champions!

8th Grade Parent Social

Please join 8th grade parents on Friday, February 23rd from 6:00-8:00pm at the home of Roxanne Camden. Please bring a bottle of wine (valued at $20+) or a $25 gift card as a donation to benefit the CSA Birthday Bash (Carnival & Auction) on April 6th.  We’ll talk about High Schools, the Birthday Bash and how your family can get involved.

When:
Friday, Feb 23rd 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where:
The Camden home – 13919 Woodthorpe Lane, Houston, TX 77079
Entry:
Bottle of wine or $25 gift card
Libations will be available!

RSVP: emhhumphrey@gmail.com

Date Change: 6th Grade Parents – Get Together

PARENTS
Please join 6th grade parents on Friday, February 23rd from 6:00-8:00pm at the Vukadin home during the CSA Valentine’s Day Dance. Please bring a bottle of wine (valued at $20+) or a $25 gift card as a donation to benefit the CSA Birthday Bash (Carnival & Auction) on April 6th.  We’ll talk about our kids, the Birthday Bash and how your family can get involved.

 

When:
Friday, Feb 23rd 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where:
The Vukadin home – 210 Vanderpool Lane
Entry:
Bottle of wine or $25 gift card
Libations will be available!

Birthday Bash Update

Friday, April 6, 2018
5:30-9:00pm
@ Cornerstone Academy

The Cornerstone Academy PTA will host its largest annual fundraiser. The evening will include a carnival, birthday cake contest, live and silent auctions, raffles and so much more fun for the whole family.

Round up your CSA friends and family and start putting together those great auction parties! We are looking for events sponsored by parents or staff where spots are auctioned off and funds go to CSA.  Parties can be geared towards grade level, boy or girl, adults or individuals.  They can range from cooking, bowling, arcade, crawfish boil, college game day, dinner at a new restaurant, sports suite, movie time with a teacher, etc.

Contact Maria Galvan at  for party questions and donations.

We continue to need your help in the form of underwriting or in-kind donation for our raffles and auction to make this fundraiser a success for Cornerstone today and the future. Please consider providing your support, whether as a family, a business owner or helping to reach out to local business owners.  We will accept In-Kind donations (gift cards to local restaurants or experiences, weekend stay at vacation homes, tickets to local sports events, electronics, etc.), services or food specifically for the birthday bash.

Your response by Friday, March 23, 2018 is most appreciated.  Contact Annette Henry for auction questions, and Elyse Kunik for underwriting.

Event Chairs:
Stephanie Pancioli and Betsy Humphrey.

The committee meets the first Friday of every month at Newk’s on I-10.  Our next meeting is March 2nd from noon-1pm

School Bell Award Nominee – Ms. Laidlaw

The Cornerstone PTA would like to announce that our school’s  2017-2018 School Bell Award Nominee is Ms. Whitney Laidlaw.

The School Bell Award program recognizes the outstanding SBISD staff members who promote the purposes of the PTA and are advocates for all children.

Additionally, Ms. Laidlaw has been named the Cornerstone Academy Teacher of the Year.

Congratulations (twice) Ms. Laidlaw!! We are very proud of you and feel very fortunate to have you teaching at our school!

Stratford Spartanaire Dance Team Tryouts

Stratford Spartanaire Dance Team JV and Varsity Tryouts are April 24-27th 4:00-6:00 pm.  8th graders are eligible to tryout for the 2018-2019 JV team.

There is a mandatory Parent and Student Informational Meeting on Tuesday, April 17th at 6:30 pm, in the SHS cafeteria.

Memorial High Minikettes

Memorial High Minikettes
Auditions

Nurse Notes

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Did you get your flu shot this year?

 

There are many questions about flu shots. When should I take it? If I did not take it yet, is it too late in the season to get a flu shot? How long does the shot take to work? Do I really need a flu shot since I am not old and do not have any major illnesses? Should I take the chance of getting the flu and not take the vaccine this year since I never get the flu? Can the flu shot give me the flu? Do I need a flu shot every year? If the types of flu in the vaccine is not a match for current circulating flu, will it leave me totally unprotected? Why bother.
Flu shots are recommended for everyone 6 months or older unless there is a medical issue prohibiting flu vaccinations such as an allergy to the vaccine. Pretty much, every year, you need to get that flu shot since the protection wanes or lessens with time and flu viruses can change. Even if the viruses in the vaccine are not closely matched to what is circulating, cross-protection occurs for many people and provide protection from flu related symptoms. Which should I take, the Mist or injection? This year, injections are recommended. Flu season is generally from early October to late May so many get their flu shots during October and November but vaccinations are offered throughout the flu season. Actually, the peak of the flu season starts in January. Since it takes about two weeks to develop enough antibodies to be effective after getting the flu shot, it is time to get ready for possible flu exposure from work, school, travel, and other methods of exposure. There is now evidence persons with influenza breathe the virus out of their mouth and nose in tiny particles that stay suspended in the air for minutes to hours. The person can be contagious one day before symptoms present so a healthy appearing person can still be contagious. The injectable flu vaccine may cause minor side effects lasting a short time such as soreness at injection site, low grade fever, and aches. However, Influenza (flu) can result in minor complications such as sinus infections and ear infections to major complications such as flu triggered inflammation of the heart, brain or muscle tissues. Flu can cause pneumonia, multi-organ failure, and sepsis. If you have a chronic illness such as asthma or heart disease, influenza can make the condition worse. The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu but the flu can kill you. Depending on the year, deaths related to the flu range from approximately 3,000 to 49,000 in the USA. Don’t be a statistic, take your flu shot.

 

Hoops School

Hoops School

Spring & Summer 2018

Scholastic Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair
February 26th – March 2nd
Please sign up for Book Fair Volunteer!
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com.
  2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots – SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Birthday Bash – Parent Involvement

Friday, April 6, 2018
5:30-9:00pm
@ Cornerstone Academy

Parents, we would like every family involved with this Annual Fundraiser!
Make plans to attend one of the Parent Socials to learn about the fun ways families can get involved:
6th Grade Parents Friday, Feb 9th
6:15 – 8:00 p.m.
Vukadin home
210 Vanderpool Lane
7th Grade Parents Friday, Feb 9th
6:15 – 8:00 p.m.
Pancioli home
8421 Raylin Dr.
8th Grade Parents STAY TUNED Date/Time TBA soon!
Bring a bottle of wine valued $25 or more or a $25 restaurant/retail gift card and learn more about the plans for this year’s Birthday Bash. Snacks and libations available.The Cornerstone Academy PTA will host its largest annual fundraiser. The evening will include a carnival, birthday cake contest, live and silent auctions, raffles and so much more fun for the whole family.

We need your help in the form of underwriting or in-kind donation for our raffles and auction to make this fundraiser a success for Cornerstone today and the future. Please consider providing your support, whether as a family, a business owner or helping to reach out to local business owners at one of the following levels:

PINATA
In-kind, gifts cards, services, goods, food
Recognized in auction display and program
BIRTHDAY CANDLES
$500-$749
Recognized with above plus website
NOISE MAKER
$750-$999
Recognized with above plus banner at the event
PARTY HAT
$1000-$1499
Recognized with above plus carnival activity signage
CELEBRATION CHAMPION $1500+ Recognized with above plus the opportunity the host a booth at the Birthday Bash to promote business or organization.

Some in-kind donations ideas: gift cards to local restaurants or experiences, weekend stay at vacation homes, tickets to local sports events, electronics, etc.

Your response by Friday, March 23, 2018 is most appreciated. Contact Annette Henry (netthenry@yahoo.com) for auction questions, and Elyse Kunik (elyse.kunik@gmail.com) for underwriting.

Event Chairs: Stephanie Pancioli (s.pancioli@att.net) & Betsy Humphrey (emhhumphrey@gmail.com.

The committee meets the first Friday of every month at Newk’s on I-10.

Mar-2 from noon-1pm

Watch for future communications!

CSA Spirit Day – Peli + Peli

Join us at Peli Peli for the next CSA Spirit Day:
When: Wednesday, Feb 1st from 1p-10p
Where: 9090 Katy Freeway

Stratford Counseling Session – Incoming Freshmen

Stratford Senior High School
Counseling Department
February 21st
6:30-7:30pm
Cafeteria at SHS
 
Incoming Freshman (8th grade)
Parent Information Meeting (Class of 2022)

Nurse Notes

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CAN HEAVY BACKPACKS
BE A HEALTH HAZARD?
Backpacks are a great tool to organize the day if used safely. If worn incorrectly, heavy backpacks can be a health hazard. Even though Cornerstone Academy students do not have textbooks to carry, the backpacks are often stuffed with other items that can increase the weight of the backpack. Research shows that half of the students carry backpacks that are too heavy. The way the backpack is carried can also cause health issues.
Dependent on the backpack’s weight, heavy backpacks may cause increased disc compression and lumbar curvature resulting in back pain that can continue into adulthood. Degenerative changes can occur resulting in osteoarthritis. Back packs not properly worn such as slinging the backpack over one shoulder potentially produce postural misalignments and vertebral subluxation which can restrict spinal movement. The heavy backpack or backpack worn incorrectly can affect the student’s gait and posture along with causing discomfort such as neck pain, back pain, headaches, and pinched nerves with possible numbness and tingling in arms. Prevention is worth a pound of cure. What can a parent do?
Buy a safe backpack.
  • The straps should be padded and at least two inches wide.
  • The backpack should not be larger than the child’s back.
  • A waist strap is needed to transfer the weight to waist and hip muscles.
  • The pack needs to be 1-2 inches below the shoulder and not longer than four inches below the waist.
  • Pick a back pack that is light empty. Canvas over leather may be a better choice.
  • Wheels do help to carry heavy loads but are difficult to manage on stairs. Some schools do not allow wheels since it can be a tripping hazard especially in the hallways.
Pack it right and keep it light.
  • The backpack should not weigh more than 15% of the student’s body weight.
  • Heavier items need to be placed close to the center with lighter items on sides or in compartments so that the weight is evenly distributed preventing the child from leaning to one side.
  • Leave non essentials at home or school.
  • If school lockers or desks are available, stash what you don’t need and take only what you do need.
Wear it well.
  • Face the backpack. Bend your knees and not your back when picking up the backpack.
  • Use both shoulders to carry the backpack. Do not carry the backpack on one shoulder.
  • Backpack straps need to be snug so the back pack rests evenly on back and close to the body preventing the backpack from sagging down to the buttock area. However, avoid the straps being too tight that could cause constriction.
  • Don’t for get to fasten the waist strap so the backpack is close to the body.
  • Students wearing a backpack should not bend over at the waist. Use your knees to squat.
  • Take off the backpack when seated.
What can the student do?
  • Plan ahead. Carry only what you need and stash the rest in the locker, desk, or at home. Do you need your personal laptop, video games, extra library books, and other items at school that day?
  • Keep it light. Bring home only what you need for the night or weekend.
  • Use good body mechanics. Bending the knees when picking up the backpack and use both hands when lifting the backpack to the shoulders.

7th Grade Parents Get Together

PARENTS
Please join 7th grade parents on Friday, February 9th from 6-8pm at the Pancioli home during the CSA Valentine’s Day Dance. Please bring a bottle of wine (valued at $20+) or a $25 gift card as a donation to benefit the CSA Birthday Bash (Carnival & Auction) on April 6th.

 

When:
Friday, Feb 9th 6 – 8 pm
Where:
The Pancioli home – 8421 Raylin Dr (only 1 mile from CSA)
Entry:
Bottle of wine or $25 gift card
Libations will be available!

CSA Campus Improvement Team


Cornerstone Academy
Campus Improvement Team 
Cornerstone is seeking individuals willig to serve on the campus CIT committee (Campus Improvement Team). Our committee meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 3:30 pm.
Your participation and involvement is key in our success. Please fill out the Candidate Nomination Form or Parent Representative Application form if you are able to serve with us.
Forms are due February 16th.
We thank you in advance!
Parent Representative Form English/Spanish

High School Course Selection Scheduled

High School
Course Selection Schedule

 

Spring Woods
January 19th and January 26th

ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 20TH SPRING WOODS HIGH SCHOOL IS HAVING A COURSE SELECTION FAIR FROM 8:30 AM TO 12:00 PM. ALL STAFF, TEACHERS AND COACHES WILL BE ON HAND TO DISCUSS COURSES AND SELECTION.

Stratford January 29th
Northbrook January 24th and January 31st
Memorial January 18th
WAIS January 9th – all 8th grade presentation.
All meetings will be held in the CSA library beginning at 8:30 am. Parents are encouraged to come to the first meeting to obtain information regarding Endorsements and Course Selections as it applies to your child’s school.

 

If your child is applying for private schools, and you are in need of records, please send ANY records request to our registrar, Julie.Dougher@springbranchisd.com.

CSA Water Bottle Sales

CSA Water Bottle Sales
PTA will be on campus at lunch Thursday, 2/1 selling the CSA Water Bottle.

If you would like to buy one please send your child with a check made out to PTA or cash. Thanks for your support.

Parent Meeting: ABCs of Course Selections, etc.

Parent Meeting: The ABCs of course selections, endorsements, semester grades & attendance for incoming freshmen.

Tuesday, January 30th
8:30 a.m. AND 6:00 p.m.
Northbrook High School Lecture Room