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Lights, Camera, Appreciation! for Teacher Appreciation Week May 1st - 5th!
Published: Tue, Apr 25, 2017, 07:53AM CDT

Please help us celebrate “Lights, Camera, Appreciation!” during Teacher Appreciation Week May 1 – 5, 2017! The Teacher Appreciation Committee will be hosting a fun filled week for our MKB teachers and staff. Below is a schedule of events, and opportunities for learners to participate.

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Teacher Appreciation Week
May 1-5, 2017

We would like to invite all learners to show extra gratitude to teachers during this week.
Here are the daily themes:

Monday – “Fan Mail” Write your teacher a note and tell them why they are a super star.

Wednesday – “Swag Bag” Bring your teacher some of their favorite treats.

Friday – “Curtain Call” Bring your teacher a flower.

We hope you join in letting our teachers know how much they are appreciated! See the Flyer Below for More Details

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Contributions Needed for Teacher Appreciation Lunch May 3rd
Published: Tue, Apr 25, 2017, 07:53AM CDT

We would love to honor our school teachers and support staff with a special luncheon on Wednesday, May 3rd of this special week. Your PTO Hospitality committee & Homeroom committee help host and decorate and this year our theme is “Under the Tuscan Sun.”

If you can help by cooking a fabulous main dish or simply help provide salad or warm baked bread please sign up using the link below quickly so we can make sure to have a great lunch for them! Thanks for your help and please call Lisa Knowlton 972.983.6141 or email lknowlton128@gmail.com if you have any ideas to share or add.

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Mockingbird Mavs’ Dads Movie Night Under the Stars & Optional Campout - April 28
Published: Tue, Apr 25, 2017, 07:53AM CDT

We are combining 2 great traditions into one event Spring Movie Night under the Stars PLUS Schoolyard Campout!

This is our last Mavs’ Dads event for 2016-2017

Date: Friday, April 28
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Mockingbird playground (north side)

Bring chairs or blankets, your own snacks and drinks, and watch a cool movie under the stars. The campout is optional (bring a tent, sleeping bags and flashlights). Usually, there are 40 or so tents for the camp out. Come early to set up your tent, play sports and hang out with the kids before the movie.

The movie will start after dark, around 8:45 p.m.

Have games on Saturday morning? We all do. Leave when you need to leave.

There is no cost to attend. The event is ONLY for Mockingbird students. No non-student siblings please and all students must be accompanied by an adult male.

If your child/children would like to attend Movie Night, but there is no adult male to accompany them, please let us know or contact another Mavs’ Dad through the school office.

It’s been another great Mavs’ Dads year. Thank you to all. We hope to see you there on April 28!

Greg Jenkins: jenkinsgs@verizon.net

In the event of inclement weather, movie night will be moved indoors to the cafeteria and the campout part of the event will be cancelled.

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Volunteers Needed for Field Day!
Published: Tue, Apr 25, 2017, 07:53AM CDT

Parents,

Mockingbird “FIELD DAY” is Friday, May 19th and we have lots of volunteer opportunities available for parents. This fun volunteer opportunity is a great way to help celebrate your child’s year at Mockingbird.

Lunch will be provided to all volunteers. When signing up to volunteer please be sure and indicate if you will be joining us for lunch.

Just click on the green box below to volunteer. We will contact you about your specific Field Day job prior to the event.

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Corrected Field Day T-Shirt Order Form, Order before prices go up May 2nd!
Published: Tue, Apr 25, 2017, 07:53AM CDT

Parents,

The Field Day T-Shirt Order Form that went home with learners last week didn’t have all the available sizes on it. Available sizes are: Youth XS, Youth S, Youth M, Youth L, Youth XL, Adult S, Adult M, Adult L, Adult XL and Adult XXL.

PLEASE WRITE IN THE SIZE ON THE PRINTED FORM OR USE THE LINK OR FORM BELOW TO ORDER YOUR SHIRT!!!

Field Day is May 19th! Get your field day shirt now. Prices will increase after May 2nd, so buy now and save!

We have 2 options of shirts available: Dri-Fit and 100% Cotton.

100% Cotton shirts will be $10
Dri-Fit shirts will be $12

Click here to order COTTON

Click here to order DRI-FIT

Additionally – please include your child’s name in the section online where it asks for the teacher’s name and section. For example, Michael Smith KB.

Don’t want to order online? Click here and fill out this form

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Red & Black Super Star - Deadline Friday MAY 5TH
Published: Tue, Apr 25, 2017, 07:53AM CDT

NOMINATE a School Staff Member to be a Red & Black Superstar!

Red & Black Super Star is a program started by the Coppell Education Foundation to recognize elementary and middle school students and CISD employees.

NEXT SUBMISSION DEADLINE MAY 5th!!
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· Elementary school parents can submit nominations at the end of each 9-week grading period for any CISD staff member on their elementary school campus they feel deserves recognition.
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· This could be for going above and beyond for a student or co-worker, an ability to inspire, dedication to their profession and/or commitment to mentoring students or colleagues.
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· At the end of each grading period, at every elementary school, one to two CISD employees will be selected from all the nominations to receive a Red & Black Super Star award.
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· Please click here to submit your nomination by the May 5th deadline.

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The Coppell Education Foundation’s Annual Red & Black Run to Fund May 6
Published: Tue, Apr 25, 2017, 07:53AM CDT

The Coppell Education Foundation’s Annual Red & Black Run to Fund 5k and 1-Mile Fun Run will be on Saturday, May 6. Online registration and race information is available now at www.coppellisdef.com. Discounted rates are available for CISD students and staff.

The Foundation will contribute $2 from every race entry to your school’s Physical Education program. In addition to this contribution, the funds raised by this event are given back to CISD in the form of classroom grants.

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Mavericks of the Week for April 14
Published: Tue, Apr 25, 2017, 07:53AM CDT

Congratulations to the Mavericks of the Week!

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Left to Right: Anita Somasundaram, Shiv Patel,
Emma Trevathan, Elizabeth Nims, Trevor O’Brien,
and Devon McGivney

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Mavericks of the Week for April 21
Published: Tue, Apr 25, 2017, 07:53AM CDT

Congratulations to the Mavericks of the Week!

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Back Row (left to right): Shriya Nadagouda, KeTurah Richey, Mitch Smith
Front Row (left to right): Eva Lewis, Sanjana Mallidi, Cora Cassity

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MKB Calendar - Upcoming Dates 2017
Published: Tue, Apr 25, 2017, 07:53AM CDT

April 28: Mavs Dads Spring Movie Night and Campout
May1st – May 5th Teacher Appreciation Week
May 3rd Teacher Appreciation Lunch
May 4: Kindergarten Round Up 5:30-6:30 pm
May 8: 3rd and 4th grade STAAR math
May 9: 3rd and 4th grade STAAR reading
May 10: 5th grade STAAR science
May 15: Colt Camp for incoming 6th graders and their families, 6-7:30pm, CMSE
May 17: Coppell ISD Night at the Ballpark
May 19: Field Day
May 31: End of Year Assembly
June 1: Last Day of School; Kindergarten and 5th grade graduation

Looking ahead to Summer
Aug. 11: Teacher Verification Day
Aug. 18: Meet the Teacher Night
Aug. 21: First Day of School

View the CISD Calendar

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Order Your Field Day T-Shirt before prices go up May 2nd!
Published: Tue, Apr 18, 2017, 07:48AM CDT

Field Day is May 19th! Get your field day shirt now. Prices will increase after May 2nd, so buy now and save!

We have 2 options of shirts available: Dri-Fit and 100% Cotton.

100% Cotton shirts will be $10
Dri-Fit shirts will be $12

Click here to order COTTON

Click here to order DRI-FIT

Additionally – please include your child’s name in the section online where it asks for the teacher’s name and section. For example, Michael Smith KB.

Don’t want to order online? Click here and fill out this form

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Coppell ISDBoard Of Trustees Election May 6th
Published: Tue, Apr 18, 2017, 07:47AM CDT

Coppell ISD has two seats on its board of trustees up for general election on May 6, 2017.

There are two places up for election, and two candidates for each seat.

Place 4: Thom Hulme (incumbent); Ron Hansen

Place 5: David Caviness, Vara Kuppam (no incumbents)

Where/when can I learn more about the candidates and their positions?

The PTO presidents for all CISD schools will host a candidate forum on April 20th, 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Coppell High School lecture hall.

Key dates to know:

Early voting runs from April 24, 2017- May 2, 2017
General Election (last chance to vote): May 6, 2017

What are school board members responsible for?

Coppell school board members are responsible for determining school district priorities and policies, approving personnel decisions, and managing the district’s budget. Budget management includes reviewing district expenditures and managing for growth, sometimes resulting in requests to voters for bond issuance or changes in tax rates. Their decisions directly impact all the children served by the Coppell ISD, including yours!

I usually only vote in the ‘big’ elections. Why should I take time out to vote?

Local elections provide, by far, the most direct opportunity for people to make a change in their community. There are many challenges facing Texas public education at this time, from school voucher options to changes in school rating systems, not to mention the direct challenges Coppell ISD is facing as our enrollment numbers continue to outpace predicted rates. Your vote matters to determine how our schools are being managed.

Want to read more?

Check out vote411.org
and the Dallas Morning News Candidate Questionnaires

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CISD Night At the Ball Park May 17th!
Published: Tue, Apr 18, 2017, 07:47AM CDT
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Join CISD Wednesday, May 17th, for Coppell ISD Night at the Ballpark!

Tickets on sale NOW! Click here.

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NTH@C Photo and Film Summer Camp June 12-15 and June 19-22
Published: Tue, Apr 18, 2017, 07:47AM CDT

Are your kids interested in digital photography or filmmaking? Then NTH@C Photo and Film Camp is where they want to be! Learn how to use industry standard equipment and Adobe software, such as Photoshop, Camera Raw, Bridge and more. Since this camp has become extremely popular, we are now offering 2 weeks to choose from! The morning session is reserved for incoming 4th & 5th graders, while the afternoon session is for incoming 6th-8th graders. Check out samples from previous campers and sign up with the link below. This camp is fun and creative! Snacks will be provided. Space is limited so don’t delay, sign up today!

http://newtech-mooney.weebly.com

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MKB Dreams of STEAM! Hear More at April 11 PTO Meeting
Published: Tue, Apr 11, 2017, 08:13AM CDT

Parents, you may have heard about the emphasis lately on STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to help prepare our learners for the future job force. Children who study STEM also develop a variety of skills that are essential for success: critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, communication, collaboration, and entrepreneurship, to name a few. Recently, there has been further research showing the addition of the arts (STEM to STEAM) can help foster increased creativity and develop the whole child while working on these critical skills. Mockingbird is ready to offer these unique experiences and real-world problems to our learners through the creation of a STEAM lab, opening next year. Would you like to hear more and know how you can get involved or help? Please join us at our next PTO meeting on April 11th at 7pm to hear a brief presentation and have your questions answered. See you soon!

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"Dare to Draw in 3-D" April 12 at Mockingbird
Published: Tue, Apr 11, 2017, 08:13AM CDT

On April 12th, our learners will be attending a “Dare to Draw in 3-D” assembly with artist Mark Kistler. Mark will invite all the children to return that evening for another fun-filled drawing in 3-D adventure with the entire family! This will be held from 6-7 pm in the MKB gym with an opportunity for photos and autographs directly after. This magical evening family program motivates children to draw on their boundless imagination and even adults who think they “’can’t” draw will be confidently sketching cool 3-D illustrations. This delightful evening of creative magic is fun for the entire family. We look forward to seeing all of our wonderful Mockingbird families there.

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Reminder - No School this Friday, April 14
Published: Tue, Apr 11, 2017, 08:13AM CDT

There is no school this Friday, April 14th. It was designated as a bad weather make-up day in case needed. Enjoy the 3- day weekend.

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Thank You to Our Auction Committee
Published: Tue, Apr 11, 2017, 08:13AM CDT

Thank you for all the hard work our auction committee put in for a successful auction! Thank you Andi Pafford, Emily Polk, Jaime Duncan, Lisa Price, Stacey Chiang, and Shevawn McSpadden!

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Mavericks of the Week for March 31
Published: Tue, Apr 4, 2017, 09:13AM CDT

Congratulations to the Mavericks of the Week for March 31st!

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Back Row (left to right): Deepthi Suresh, Isha Yeluri, Eliana Bradford
Front Row (left to right): Kingston Velasquez, Grace Ryan, Sienna Stephen

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Attn: 5th Grade Students Interested in Band at CMS East
Published: Tue, Apr 4, 2017, 09:13AM CDT
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Get Involved with Coppell Education Foundation
Published: Tue, Apr 4, 2017, 09:13AM CDT

The Coppell Education Foundation is seeking candidates for its Board of Directors. Board members oversee and implement all of the Foundation’s programs, including administering grants for innovative programs, student and teacher recognition programs and events, educational camps, and individual and corporate fundraising. Board members also serve as ambassadors for the Foundation in raising community awareness and supporting the mission of excellence in education in Coppell ISD. Click here to find out more information about the Foundation and the board member application process. The deadline for submitting applications is April 21st.

Angie Arthur
Administrative Assistant
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COPPELL EDUCATION FOUNDATION
200 S. Denton Tap Road
Coppell, TX 75019
www.coppellisdef.com
214-496-6054

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Reminder of April 7th Auction Event
Published: Tue, Apr 4, 2017, 09:13AM CDT

The Mockingbird Auction is Friday, April 7th starting at 7 p.m. at the Coppell Senior Center! It is a special school event just for you adults! Plan to enjoy an adults only night out with other Mockingbird parents and community members. Live music, delicious food, fun with friends and support for our students all in one incredible night!

Did you know that the Auction is one of the PTO’s biggest fundraisers for the year, providing funds to purchase classroom resources, technology, enrichment programs and much more?

Visit https://mockingbirdpto.revtrak.net/Auction-Night. Tickets are $30 per person and $35 at the door. Additional Sponsorships also are available.

We have some pretty amazing and unique items for you and your family to bid on this year. We hope you can make it out!! Auction items include:

School wide Art Project – All the Kids of MKB are hard at work with Ms. Kitts to create a one of a kind piece of art. This will be auctioned off at the LIVE Auction.
Principal for the Day
Hoop it up K-2
Hoop it up 3-5
Trips to the Beach and Skiing – email “Emily Polk”: for details.
Exciting Class Baskets

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MKB PTO INFO: Message from the PTO President
Published: Tue, Apr 4, 2017, 09:13AM CDT

PTO is proud to support Mockingbird! One of the ways we do so is through financial support. We have been able to fund various classroom resources, guided readers, technology, playground equipment, enrichment programs and much, much more to benefit our students.

However, did you know that just as important as financial support is volunteer support? Mockingbird PTO offers multiple volunteer opportunities. It takes all of us to work together for the benefit of our children, as well as the teachers and staff at Mockingbird. There are many opportunities to get involved depending on your interests, talents and availability. Here are some specific committees where we need your help:
• Fundraising – Annually PTO holds a Write A Check campaign and a large fundraising event to raise funds supporting MKB.
• Enrichment Programs – Several outside educational programs are brought in for the students each year. PTO schedules these exciting activities.
• Membership Directory – PTO creates an annual school directory, requiring computer work and graphic design on advertisements.
• Field Day – Field Day is a one-day event held in May to celebrate the fast approaching end of the school year. This is always a highlight for the students! Join the fun in planning games, activities and snacks.

If you have any questions about PTO or are would like to get involved, please feel free to contact Sara Hardy at mkb.president@gmail.com. We look forward to working together for the sake of our kids and superb school.

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Attn. 5th Grade Parents: Message from East PTO
Published: Tue, Apr 4, 2017, 09:13AM CDT

East PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is an organization that forms a partnership between parents, teachers and school administrators to make our school great!

Parent involvement at the middle school level is CRITICAL as we raise money to provide needed items for the classroom, facilitate communication between the school and parents and community, sponsor guest speakers and other enrichment activities for our students, coordinate teacher appreciation, and provide social events for students, parents and staff to
connect.

We are in the process of recruiting for the 2017-2018 PTO board. Our goal is to have a diverse and representative group of parents working together to support the great work of our teachers and administrators. If you are interested in joining this critical team of parent volunteers please email Susie Evans

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STAAR Testing Tuesday and Wednesday
Published: Tue, Mar 28, 2017, 07:53AM CDT

Mockingbird will administer the STAAR tests for 4th and 5th graders on Tuesday, Mach 28 (4th grade writing, 5th grade math) and Wednesday, March 28 (5th grade reading). Remember no parent lunches with children or parent volunteers on STAAR testing dates. For more information and additional STAAR information, see the letter below from Mrs. Flynn.

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Sponsor a Teacher's Auction Ticket
Published: Tue, Mar 28, 2017, 07:53AM CDT

We have had a great response in help purchasing our teacher’s tickets to the event However we are still in need of additional help. Our goal is to cover the costs for all our teachers and MKB staff. Sponsor a teacher’s ticket here.

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Mavericks of the Week for Mar. 24
Published: Tue, Mar 28, 2017, 07:53AM CDT
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Back Row (left to right): Krish Agarwal, Alexis Kim, Mikail Yasir (not pictured)
Front Row (left to right): Nikki Balaji, Sydney Wilkinson Dingfield, Ronav Nayar

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Mavericks of the Week for Mar. 10
Published: Tue, Mar 28, 2017, 07:53AM CDT
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Congratulations to the Mavericks of the Week for March 10:
Back Row (left to right): Charley Dobson, Chandra Godithi, Anushree De
Front Row (left to right): Diya Danda, Henry Webb
Not pictured: Stephen Medrano

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Don't Forget to Register Your Child for Kindergarten
Published: Tue, Mar 28, 2017, 07:53AM CDT

Incoming 2017-18 Kindergarten Registration information. Please complete these 3 steps for kindergarten registration:
1. Kindergarten registration is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, Click Here.
2. Please fill out this Kindergarten Information Form.
3. Finally, complete this INFOSNAP form (create an account, if needed).

Click here for enrollment requirements.

Mark your calendar for Kindergarten Round Up: Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 5:30-6:30 pm!

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Auction Volunteers Needed
Published: Thu, Mar 23, 2017, 07:56AM CDT

Auction volunteers HELP NEEDED! Please email Jaime Duncan to volunteer to help out with the Auction.