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No School on Monday, February 19
Published: Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 08:02AM CST

Just a reminder that there will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 19th!
Enjoy your long weekend!

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Listen Up! Your Input Requested at Special PTO Meeting Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.
Published: Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 08:02AM CST

“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.” – Ralph Nichols

PTO leadership and Mockingbird administration want to listen to you! Plan to join us Tuesday, February 20 at 7 p.m. in the MKB cafeteria. We want your input and ideas on fundraising and building community. MKB PTO was formed to support and promote our children and school. There are several ways we fulfill that duty. One way is through financial support. We want you to understand why funds are needed and how they are used.

Even more importantly we want to hear your thoughts on fundraising – How much fundraising is enough? How much fundraising is too much? What fundraising events would you like to see Mockingbird consider hosting in the future?

However, it is not just about raising money. It is key that we build community. Everyone is welcome and an integral part of the MKB family. How can we foster that partnership between families and our school? What events could we plan to promote community building?

Take some time to process these questions, gather your thoughts, concerns and ideas. Bring them to our next PTO meeting for an open and honest discussion.

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Last Box Tops Collection for the Year is Feb. 23
Published: Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 08:02AM CST

The next box tops collection will be Friday, Feb. 23rd.

This will be the last collection for the school year. We will be collecting Box Tops by classroom and the class who has collected the most will win a surprise from the “BoxTop Grab bag."

Your child can bring in any number of Box Tops this year, there is no need to wait until you have 50! Mockingbird raised more than $1,000 last year, and we want to see if we can raise even more this year! Make sure when you are clipping your Box Tops to not cut off the manufacturer number or the expiration date. If you have any questions contact Melissa Watson at mkb.vicepresident@gmail.com

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Mavericks of the Week for Feb. 9, 2018
Published: Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 08:02AM CST

Congratulations to the Mavericks of the Week!

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Back row, from left: Diya Dasari, Vignesh Somasundaram, and Alexis Kim
Front row, from left: Maggie Goodwin*, Audrina Stapleton, Rajeev Ravindra and Eunice Min.
*Maggie Goodwin was a Maverick of the Week for Feb 2nd. She is pictured here, because she was absent.

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Fighting the Flu: Attendance Letter
Published: Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 08:01AM CST

CISD continues to see an increase in absences due to flu and flu-like illness. CISD Health Services is monitoring these illnesses in our district and communicates frequently with Custodial Services to ensure our campuses receive thorough, necessary cleanings. CISD understands that recovery from the flu and other illnesses often takes several days. The state does require the district to send parents a mandatory email notice after three unexcused absences within a four-week period in order to combat truancy, especially in secondary students. However, please note that all unexcused absences will be corrected in the parent portal once a note is received after a student returns to school.

A child who is sick cannot learn effectively and is unable to participate in a meaningful way. Keeping a sick child at home prevents the spread of illness in the school community and allows the child an opportunity to rest and recover. Click here for more information on health attendance guidelines. The actions of students and staff also can help prevent or slow the incidence of flu. According to the CDC, the first line of defense is getting the flu shot. Other preventative measures include covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands and keeping sick people away from others.

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Coppell It's Time Texas Community Challenge
Published: Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 08:01AM CST

Coppell has participated in the It’s Time Texas Community Challenge and WON in its category for the last three years, thus earning $1,500 for Coppell ISD schools. Help Coppell win it for the 4th year in a row! Register online at ittcommunitychallenge.com and choose Coppell as your community. Then, take a selfie while practicing healthy habits like exercising or eating a healthy meal and/or use a fitness tracker to track your physical activity and weight. Log your activity and upload your photos to your account to earn points. The challenge lasts through March 4.

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MKB Calendar - Upcoming Dates 2018
Published: Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 08:01AM CST

Feb. 14: Class Valentine Parties
Feb. 16: Fort Worth Opera
Feb. 19: President’s Day Holiday – No School
Feb. 20: PTO Meeting (7 p.m.) Cafeteria
Feb. 22: Mockingbird Mutual
Feb. 23: Rise and Shine Assembly and Last Box Tops Collection for the School Year

March 5-9: Spring Book Fair
March 8: Mockingbird Open House
March 12-16: Spring Break
March 21-29: Kindergarten Registration
April 9: Spring Creek BBQ Night

View the CISD Calendar at https://www.coppellisd.com/Page/2

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Class Pictures for Yearbook Set for Thursday, Feb. 8
Published: Tue, Feb 6, 2018, 07:05AM CST

Smile!!!

Please make sure your Mockingbird Maverick is picture ready for class pictures on Thursday, Feb. 8th.

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Buy StuCo 'Singing Valentines for $1 through Feb. 12 for Delivery Feb. 14
Published: Tue, Feb 6, 2018, 07:05AM CST

Students may purchase “Singing Valentines” for their Mockingbird friends or faculty for $1 from StuCo in front of the office from 7:20 to 7:40 a.m. through Feb. 12. Parents may purchase “Singing Valentines” for their children at the same time or by sending a completed form – which was sent home in folders or is available to download below – to your child’s homeroom teacher. All “Singing Valentines” will be delivered on the morning of Feb. 14th!

All proceeds will be donated to charity.

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Mavericks of the Week for Feb. 2, 2018
Published: Tue, Feb 6, 2018, 07:05AM CST

Congratulations to the Mavericks of the Week!

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Back row, from left: Shruti Pritmani and Zander Zeff
Front row, from left: Jyotsna Chengavarayan*, Chloe Booker and Cora Cassity.
Not Pictured: Maggie Goodwin
*Jyotsna Chengavarayan was a Maverick of the Week for Jan. 26. She is pictured here, because she was absent.

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Screenagers Film at CMS North Feb. 7
Published: Tue, Feb 6, 2018, 07:05AM CST

Back by popular demand, CISD is presenting the movie Screenagers at 6 p.m., Feb. 7, in the Coppell Middle School North Cafeteria. Filmmaker Dr. Delaney Ruston created this documentary about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help them minimize harmful effects and find balance in their lives. Parents and students ages eight and up are invited to attend and begin the discussion of how to create and maintain screen balance in our tech-filled world. For more information, visit www.screenagersmovie.com.

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REMINDER FROM THE ATTENDANCE CLERK
Published: Tue, Feb 6, 2018, 07:05AM CST

Thank you to those parents who are keeping sick children at home to recover. Students cannot learn while they are sick, and we do not wish to risk infecting students and teachers if they are ill.

If a student has a fever over 100F (37.8C), or is experiencing vomiting and/or diarrhea, they need to stay home until they have been symptom-free for 24 hours without medication.

  • If your child is too sick to attend school, please remember a few points:
  • Please contact the school before 10 a.m. at 214-496-8200 to let them know that your child will be absent. We will ask your child’s name, class and reason for absence.
  • Keep your child home until they are well enough to attend, according to the 24-hour rule above.
  • If you do take your child to the doctor, please ask for a note to excuse the absence.
  • When your child is well enough to return, please send an absence note. It can be a doctor note, a parent/guardian note, or one of each, if the doctor note does not cover all dates missed.
  • A parent/guardian note should be signed, and contain the student’s name, dates absent, and reason for absence. For your convenience, there is a form that you can use at THIS link.
  • Until we receive the note, the absence is recorded as Unexcused, and you may receive an automated phone call. This would just indicate that we have not yet received the note to excuse the absence.
  • If your child is absent for three days, an automated email will be sent to you. These emails are intended to combat truancy, particularly in secondary students, and extended vacations. If your child has been ill, and you have been in contact with the school, you do not need to be concerned about the email.

We appreciate your help in keeping our Mockingbird Mavericks healthy, and for staying in communication with us when your child is unwell. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us on 214-496-8200.

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Mavericks of the Week for Jan. 26, 2018
Published: Tue, Jan 30, 2018, 07:32AM CST

Congratulations to the Mavericks of the Week!

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Back row, from left: Meghan Chiang, Medha Kanamarlapudi and Will Christian.
Front row, from left: Anika Gowda and Nico Guerrero.
Not pictured: Jyotsna Chengavarayan

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Box Tops Collected THIS WEDNESDAY (JAN 31)
Published: Tue, Jan 30, 2018, 07:32AM CST

The next box tops collection will be Wednesday, Jan. 31.

We have new and exciting Box Tops competitions this year. We will be collecting Box Tops by classroom and the class who has collected the most will win a surprise from the “BoxTop Grab bag."

Your child can bring in any number of Box Tops this year, there is no need to wait until you have 50! Mockingbird raised more than $1,000 last year, and we want to see if we can raise even more this year! Make sure when you are clipping your Box Tops to not cut off the manufacturer number or the expiration date. If you have any questions contact Melissa Watson at mkb.vicepresident@gmail.com

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Reminder to Bring the Items You Signed Up For to the Teacher's Lunch Jan. 31
Published: Tue, Jan 30, 2018, 07:32AM CST

The PTO will host a Teacher Appreciation Soup/Salad Lunch on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Thank you to everyone who signed up to contribute! Please drop off all food no later than 9:30 a.m. on Wed Jan 31st, in the MKB teacher lounge. If possible, please use crockpot liners for easy cleanup. If you are making a soup or chili, please bring a ladle for serving. For more information, contact Melissa Urick at mkobjack@yahoo.com.

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Mavs’ Dads 3rd Annual Main Event Night & 3rd Dads Day is THIS FRIDAY, Feb. 2
Published: Tue, Jan 30, 2018, 07:32AM CST

Dads Day Place: Mockingbird Elementary
Dads Day Time: Lunch/Recess, Drop off/Pick up

Main Event Place: Main Event Lewisville, 2070 S. Stemmons Fwy.
Main Event Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Who: Every Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, or Male Role Model
 
What is Mavs Dads Day?
1. It is a special day for Dads/Grandfathers/Uncles or any male role model in your child’s life to be present on campus.
2. Have lunch with your child in the cafeteria. This is the primary focus and how most participate. 
3. Go to recess with your child’s class.
4. Don’t have time for lunch? Walk your child to school. Pick them up. Spend any time you can at Mockingbird.

What is Main Event Night?
1. Laser Tag, Bowling, Games, Food, and Fun!
2. This is a casual event.  Come and go as you please, do what you want.
3. If you want to bowl, please make your own reservations.
4. Siblings are welcome, but all kids must be accompanied by a Dad, Grandpa or Male Role Model.  This is not a drop-off event. 

Mavs’ Dads are responsible for paying for the activities and food for him and his attending child or children.
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Questions? Please contact Keith Hayden at hayden76@gmail.com.

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Lunch Times Reminder & Leave Time to Sign-in at the Office
Published: Tue, Jan 30, 2018, 07:32AM CST

With the upcoming Mav’s Dads lunch, here’s a reminder of the lunch times for learners by grade level. These also can be found on the Mockingbird Website. You also can find attendance information and other important information on the website.

Don’t forget to allow time to sign in at the office, and please bring your driver’s license.

Kindergarten 10:30 – 11:00
1st Grade 11:00 – 11:30
2nd Grade 11:30 – 12:00
3rd Grade 12:00 – 12:30
4th Grade 12:30 – 1:00
5th Grade 1:00 – 1:30

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2018-2019 & 2019-2020 CISD Calendar
Published: Tue, Jan 30, 2018, 07:32AM CST

The Coppell ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic calendars at its Jan. 22 meeting. Copies of these calendars can be found at www.coppellisd.com/Page/13470.

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Take the Strategic Design Questionnaire By Jan. 31
Published: Tue, Jan 30, 2018, 07:32AM CST

The next phase of CISD’s Strategic Design Effort is underway. The Strategic Design Questionnaire is now available to complete online. This is your opportunity to share your voice, input and perspectives about the current state of and future desires for the district. The anonymous questionnaire is available here and takes about 15 minutes to complete. Please complete the questionnaire by Jan. 31. If you have multiple roles within the district; we encourage you to take the survey more than once, to represent the roles you fill — such as once as a staff member and/or once as a parent or former student, etc. The questionnaire is available in English, Spanish and Telugu.

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Board of Trustees Applications Now Available
Published: Tue, Jan 30, 2018, 07:32AM CST

CISD is now accepting applications for a place on the ballot for the May 5, 2018, CISD School Board Election. Places 6 and 7, and the unexpired term of Place 2, are up for election in May 2018. The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.coppellisd.com/Page/8719.

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Soup Contributions Needed for Teacher's Lunch Jan. 31
Published: Sun, Jan 28, 2018, 04:55PM CST

We still need 2 soup contributions, as we honor our school teachers and support staff with a special luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

If you can help by cooking a fabulous chili or soup of your choice, 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 contact Melissa Urick at mkobjack@yahoo.com.

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Contributions Needed for Teacher's Lunch Jan. 31
Published: Tue, Jan 23, 2018, 07:47AM CST

We would love to honor our school teachers and support staff with a special luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

If you can help by cooking a fabulous chili or soup 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 contact Melissa Urick at mkobjack@yahoo.com.

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Mavericks of the Week for Jan. 19, 2018
Published: Tue, Jan 23, 2018, 07:47AM CST

Congratulations to the Mavericks of the Week!

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Back row, from left: Alicia Bellendir*, Lucia Johnson, and Tanishka Konda.
Front row, from left: Will Duff, Max Melton, Claire McSpadden and Aubree Lewis.
*Alicia was a Maverick of the Week Jan. 12 and is pictured here because she was absent.

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Dress Up as a Superhero Wednesday, Jan. 24 for the Great Kindness Challenge
Published: Tue, Jan 23, 2018, 07:47AM CST

The Great Kindness Challenge is one week dedicated to creating a culture of kindness on campuses nationwide. Our school is proudly participating in this proactive, positive, kindness initiative. All students will receive a GKC checklist with 12 acts of kindness (Kinder, 1st and 2nd grades) or 50 kind acts (3rd, 4th, and 5th grades). Please encourage your child to have fun and complete the checklist. We will also have a dress up day on Wednesday, January 24th. The theme is “Kindness is our Superpower!!!” Students are encouraged to dress up in their favorite superhero costume or create their own!

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Coppell Health & Wellness Expo - January 27
Published: Tue, Jan 23, 2018, 07:47AM CST

The City of Coppell, Coppell ISD and the Coppell Chamber of Commerce have partnered to present the Community Health and Wellness Expo from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 27, at The CORE. Free health screenings, demonstrations, fitness challenges and more will help you start 2018 on the right foot. Make sure to register for the 5K/1-mile fun run, presented by Pink Soles in Motion, to be held earlier that morning. Please head to https://psim.shutterfly.com/5k to register for the 5K. Click here for more information on the event.

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MKB Clothes Closet Needs Donations
Published: Wed, Jan 17, 2018, 07:39AM CST

Mockingbird maintains a clothes closet for learners who might need a change of clothes at school. We are in need of various clothes items.

1. Girls and Boys underwear
2. Girls leggings
3. Boys and Girl sweatpants/wind pants with elastic. (especially sizes 6-10)

If you have any of the above clothes items that you were looking to donate please consider donating them to Mockingbird. For more information, contact Mrs. Jones at maryjones@coppellisd.com.

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Mavericks of the Week for Jan. 12, 2018
Published: Wed, Jan 17, 2018, 07:39AM CST

Congratulations to the Mavericks of the Week!

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Back row, from left: Chandra Godithi and Jason Medrano.
Front row, from left: Angelica Bennet, Jenna Connell and Tobin Smith. Not pictured is Alicia Bellendir.

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Congratulations to Coppell Education Foundation Red & Black Super Star winners!
Published: Wed, Jan 17, 2018, 07:39AM CST

Congratulations to MKB Coppell Education Foundation Super Star winners!* All of these students and teachers have been awarded for going above and beyond for another student or co-worker and truly deserve this recognition. Way to go Red and Black Super Stars!!!

Mrs. Joni Taylor Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Eileen Fox 3rd Grade Teacher

Lillie Carlson 2nd Grade

Disha Kakarla Kindergarten

Naida Paschal 5th Grade

Saanvi Somani 3rd Grade

Avery Stokes 1st Grade

Mikail Yasir 4th Grade

The next nomination deadline is March 1, 2018. To submit a nomination, please follow this link http://www.coppellisdef.com/r-b-super-star.

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Take the Strategic Design Questionnaire
Published: Wed, Jan 17, 2018, 07:39AM CST

The next phase of CISD’s Strategic Design Effort is underway. The Strategic Design Questionnaire is now available to complete online. This is your opportunity to share your voice, input and perspectives about the current state of and future desires for the district. The anonymous questionnaire is available here and takes about 15 minutes to complete. Please complete the questionnaire by Jan. 31. If you have multiple roles within the district; we encourage you to take the survey more than once, to represent the roles you fill — such as once as a staff member and/or once as a parent or former student, etc. The questionnaire is available in English, Spanish and Telugu.

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Submit Your Pictures for Yearbook with ReplayIt App
Published: Wed, Jan 17, 2018, 07:39AM CST

The Yearbook Committee needs your help with pictures for the yearbook. If you have some great pictures from a field trip or anything that went on at Mockingbird this school year, please feel free to share via the Replay App, available for download via Itunes or Google Play stores. Please take a few moments to upload photos that you have taken directly to the Mockingbird yearbook site on the App. Pictures taken outside of Mockingbird that were not field trip related will not be approved. Please do not upload blurry pictures as those will not be considered at all for the yearbook.

Our goal on the yearbook committee is to make sure that every child is in the yearbook at least three times, if not more. We would love to see your pictures since we do not go on the field trips for every grade level.

Step 1 – Upload REPLAY IT app via the Itunes or Google Play store.

Step 2 – you will need to type in – Mockingbird Elementary

Step 3 – you will need to create an account using your email and a password of your choosing.

Our Mockingbird ReplayIt account is password protected so you will be asked for a separate password for the school which is – mkbyearbook

The committee is looking forward to seeing some really great photos!

If you have any questions please email mockingbirdyearbook@gmail.com.