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1302 N Dowling, San Benito, TX 78586 Phone: (956) 361-6720 Fax: (956) 361-6728

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Parenting Classes @ Ed Downs 2018

Parenting Classes will begin on Monday - January 29, 2018. We invite you to come join us at the Parent Center on Mondays at 9:00 am. We are looking forward to seeing you on the following dates:

Young Child Curriculum
1 January 29, 2018 “Interrupting Telephone Calls and Conversations”
2 February 12, 2018 “Refusing to Go to Bed”
3 February 19, 2018 “Acting Up In Public”
4 February 26, 2018 “Homework and Poor Marks”
5 March 5, 2018 “Conflict with other Children”
6 March 19, 2018 “Getting Ready for School
7 March 26, 2018 “Sibling Conflict”

Everyone attending all sessions will receive a certificate and an incentive.
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SCHOOL CLOSING Wednesday 1/17/18

In anticipation of potentially hazardous driving conditions due to probable pending precipitation and freezing temperatures overnight, all campuses, departments, and offices of San Benito CISD will be closed on Wednesday, January 17th. We will plan to resume all normal operations beginning Thursday, January 18th. Please be safe.
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Ed Downs School Board Honoree 2018

January 2018 is School Board Recognition Month and this year’s Ed Downs School Board Honoree is ANGEL MENDEZ!!
Some highlights gathered from a San Benito News post included that Mr. Mendez’s occupation is with Texas A & M University Kingsville where he serves as a Liaison for the Rio Grande Valley.
His educational highlights included: PhD Candidate, Leadership Studies - Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX; August 2017 Master of Education - Major in Education Administration, The University of Texas at Brownsville, May 2000
Bachelor of Science - Kinesiology and Business Administration, The University of Texas at Brownsville, August 1997.
Mr. Mendez has been in the educational setting for over 20 years as a teacher, administrator, and higher education administration.
Mr. Mendez continues to support the journey toward a clear vision for San Benito CISD including support for current and innovative programs, salary studies, and clear goals to take the district to be the Gold Standard in every area of Public Education. Thank you Mr. Mendez for all you do for San Benito CISD!! We want to take time to honor all your hard work and efforts in making San Benito CISD the best school district around!
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STUDENT/Staff DROP OFF Safety

As campus administration evaluated safety for staff and students, drop off locations for students will be only at the front of Ed Downs or at the side Student Drop off location. Teacher assistants are on duty to serve all students and assist. Students should not be dropped off at the Rear Faculty Parking lot. If special accommodations are needed for student drop offs, the teacher assistants are available in the front of the school and at the side student drop off location to assist and arrangements can be made by calling the office at (956) 361-6720. All Greypups' Safety is important here at Ed Downs and we appreciate the continued support from all our Greypup families in maintaining a safe school. #GREYPUPPRIDE
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WINTER READING CONTEST 1st-5th Grade

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Ed Downs Elementary will be having a winter reading contest for students in grades 1st to 5th. Students will choose one of our two amazing reading programs, myON or AR. Those who meet their minimum required reading for the upcoming 2 weeks will be invited to the library’s New Year’s party!

Contest Reading Dates: Dec 23, 2017 – Jan 7, 2018.

myON goals:
• Kinder – 240 min.
• 1st and 2nd – 320 min
• 3rd and 4th – 400 min
• 5th – 480 min.

AR goals: (70% passing or higher)
• 1st – 6 pts
• 2nd – 8 pts
• 3rd – 10 pts
• 4th – 12 pts
• 5th – 12 pts

Students may go to our public library to check out books or download ebooks from MackinVIA. This can be accessed through the School District website under “For students” tab and click on “District Applications.” Username and Password are the 6 digit I.D #. AR quizzes will NOT be available from home for this 2 week period. Happy reading and Enjoy!!!
(Unfortunately due to the license agreement with AR (Renaissance), students can’t quiz from home. It is against the site license. Sorry for any inconvenience.)
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Pictures with Santa @ ED DOWNS Mon. 12/18/17

Ho! Ho! Ho! Guess who's stopping by Ed Downs? Santa will stop by and visit for a while, but he must hurry on his way to get ready for Christmas. Be sure to visit him and take your "Christmas at Ed Downs" photo with Santa!! You don't want to miss it!

Please send $5 (single child) or $10 (2 or more children) on Monday with the student(s) to receive 1-5X7 photo of this wonderful time in their life.

*Students can wear PJs or their favorite Christmas attire. Photos will be delivered before we leave for the holidays.
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STEM(S) ACADEMY begins 12/9/17

"STEM(S)" is the buzz word around school⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
5th and 4th graders were selected for this prestigious honor of participating in the ED DOWNS STEM(S) ACADEMY.
This Saturday is our first STEM(S) ACADEMY 9:00-12:00
BY INVITATION ONLY⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
STEM(S)= Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Skills (career skills)
#Greypup pride
Day 1-Dec. 9, 2017 Geneticist: Extraction of DNA
Forensic Scientist: Paper Towel Chromatography
Day 2-Dec. 16, 2017 Civil Engineer: Water Supply Distribution System
Day 3: Jan. 20, 2018 Dietitian: NASA Needs Us! Nutritional Plan for Space
Day 4-Jan. 27, 2018 Architect: The Tiny House Movement
SOOOOOO COOL!! :) WE can't wait to see the students enlightened by what they are learning. GOOOOO GREYPUPS!
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Glasses from Lens Crafters - Ends Dec. 12, 2017

ATTENTION ED DOWNS Parents!!!

If you still have the current prescription and are an SBCISD-Ed Downs student, you may be eligible for a brand new pair of glasses from LensCrafters!

Please notify your school nurse if you are interested.

*This offer ends December 12, 2017*
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HOLIDAY SPIRIT WEEK Dec. 18-22

Merry Monday Morning Dec 18th
Just wake up and come to school in your pajamas

Tasty Tuesday Dec 19th
Dress up in red and white to celebrate our favorite Christmas treat CANDY CANES!!

Wacky Wednesday Dec 20th
Bring out your wacky Christmas sweaters!!

Twinkle Thursday Dec 21st
Wear your favorite Christmas Lighted accessories – necklaces, earrings, Santa hats etc.

Festive Friday Dec 22nd
Be part of Santa’s workshop festivities by dressing up like Santa, elves, toys, Christmas trees, reindeers or a present.
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