August 11, 2014
Dear Linda Herrington Families,
Welcome to the school year 2014-2015! I want to warmly welcome back our returning students and their families and would like to extend a special welcome to our new students and families. We hope you are enjoying your summer and are looking forward to the first day of school on August 26. We are very excited about the upcoming school year. Lots of interesting and enriching learning experiences are being planned, and we look forward to working with you in making this year the most successful ever.
I want you to know how honored I am to continue serving as the principal for Herrington Elementary. It is hard to believe that this year will be our fourth year. It just seems like yesterday that we opened. The Herrington community is still growing, growing, growing. When we opened three years ago, we opened with exactly 600 students. This year we are already well over 800 and enrolling more students every day. If you know of any new families in our neighborhood, please share this information with them or have them come to our school between 8:00 am to 3:00 pm to register. It is important to get our enrollment numbers as accurate as possible, as we are watching our class sizes very closely. With this growth, we are adding more classes and will be revisiting the traffic pattern. In addition, we will be making some changes to our Open House/Back to School Night on Aug. 22, 2014. Please be looking for future emails, to provide more details on these changes.
Our theme this year is “Growing Super Citizens”. We will be looking for ways to make learning more authentic and provide opportunities for our students to make connections between their learning and the real world. We are looking forward to showcasing special community helpers throughout the year and exploring ways to positively impact the community around us.
Parents and guardians who provide email addresses on student registration forms will AUTOMATICALLY receive eNews communications that are sent by Herrington and Round Rock ISD. Additional family members who wish to receive these communications should sign up at this site:
RRISD eNews Community Subscriptions: http://www.roundrockisd.org/about-rrisd/e-news-community-subscription/
If you need any additional information call 512-704-1900 or check out our website:
Herrington Elementary web site: http://herrington.roundrockisd.org/
Aug. 21 – PTA sponsored Kinder Play Date All Kinder students and families are welcome to attend the Play Date at the Herrington cafeteria and gym area on Aug. 21 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Pizza and drinks will be provided by the PTA or feel free to bring your own lunch. Crafts and games are planned for the remaining time. It will be an opportunity for families to visit with each other as well as the teachers and staff from Herrington.
Aug. 22 – Back to School Night (5-7 p.m.) Bring supplies and meet the teacher. At the PTA table in the cafeteria, school T-shirts may be purchased and pre-ordered packaged school supplies will be available for pickup. Representatives from transportation and food services will be here as well. Be watching for an email with more information about the night.
Aug. 26 - First day of classes (7:45 am) Yahoo Boohoo Breakfast (For Prek/Kinder parents after they drop off students)
Students will go directly to their classes on the first day of school. PreK/Kinder parents are welcome to come to the library for the Yahoo Boohoo Breakfast where supportive parent volunteers and the counselor will assist you during this time of transition into public education. Donuts and coffee will be provided by the PTA. More information will be given at the Kinder Play Date.
Sept. 2 – In the Know (ITK) Night and Ice Cream Social for PreK-2nd from 5:30-7:00 pm
Sept. 3 – ITK Night and Ice Cream Social for 3rd-5th from 5:30-7:00 pm
Sept. 5 – Coffee with the Principal
I invite parents to have “Coffee with the Principal” on the first Friday of every month from 8:00-8:30 am. This is a time when we discuss current Herrington events and encourage parents to ask questions about our school. It is a great time to get to know me while learning about the happenings at Herrington.
First Week Information
The first days of school are always busy. We will open the doors on school days at 7:15 am. On the first day of school, all students will go directly to their classrooms. Below is our morning arrival and dismissal schedule for all other school days:
Doors open at 7:15 am and students go straight to classroom/common area or cafeteria. Breakfast will be served from 7:15 – 7:35 am.
All students leaving school early must be signed out in the office. In order to check out a student, the individual must be listed on the registration form, emergency form, and/or the “Who Can Pick Up My Child Form”. If the individual is not listed, the student will not be released unless the office has been notified otherwise. Any individual checking out a student must provide identification before the student will be released from school, so please have your picture ID with you. Whenever possible, dental and doctor appointments should be made outside of school hours.
There is a map enclosed that will explain the traffic pattern for arrival and dismissal. Please adhere to this traffic pattern to help us move the line along as we respect your time and want to get all the students in and out of their cars quickly and safely. Please be patient as pickup is always super busy the first few weeks of school. Also, remember that cell phone use while driving in a school zone is prohibited.
As you prepare your children for the beginning of school, please remember the district’s policy on appropriate dress. Detailed lists are included in the RRISD Student-Parent handbook. Please help us abide by this policy by monitoring what your child wears to school. Due to the light dress for hot weather outside, we would like to suggest that you send a sweater, sweatshirt or light jacket for your child’s comfort in the classroom. You may also send a water bottle to keep in the classroom, especially during this hot weather.
Have a fun and safe remainder of the summer holidays. I will see you soon.
Julie Nelson, Principal
Linda Herrington Elementary
2850 Paloma Lake Blvd, Round Rock Texas 78665 | Phone 512-704-1900