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467 Freiling
San Antonio, Texas    78213
(210) 732-4962  (210) 732-5192 FAX

Michael Cole, Principal
Peggy Felan, Vice Principal 

August 2011 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The faculty and staff welcome you and your children to Arnold Elementary. We have been busy this summer preparing for another successful year.  Arnold has a history of excellence in education.  Despite the changes in the state assessments, our TAKS test results show that Arnold students continue to excel academically.  Our TAKS results for 2010-2011 exceeded the district and the state in all content areas with many students achieving Commended Performance.  Congratulations to Arnold staff, students, and parents!  Results like these can only be achieved with hard work, dedication, and parental support.

During the 2011-2012 school year, third through fifth grade students will take the STAAR reading and mathematics tests.  In addition, our fourth graders will take the STAAR Writing test and our fifth graders will take the STAAR Science test.  The State of Texas requires all third graders pass the STAAR reading test in order to be promoted and all fifth graders must pass both the STAAR reading and mathematics tests in order to be promoted.  Students who are in kindergarten through second grade will continue to take the Texas Primary Reading Inventory TPRI.  This assessment is required by law as a diagnostic tool that can be used to identify students at risk for reading failure.  After administering the TPRI, primary students with identified areas of need are given interventions during the regular school day to improve their reading/writing skills.

Please be aware that daily attendance will be carefully monitored. Please read the helpful information that is attached to this letter.   I want to thank you, in advance, for working with us to ensure that your child is in school everyday and on time!  I look forward to meeting each and every one of you.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at (210) 732-4962.

For our students, 

Michael Cole,


______________________ Helpful School Information _______________________


The instructional day for students begins at 8:10 a.m. and ends at 3:10 p.m.  Please, no student drop-off before 7:30 a.m.  Staff members designated to monitor students do not report to work before 7:30 A.M.  We want to be sure that your child is safe and cared for by an adult.  Your cooperation is appreciated.



         7:30 - 8:05        Breakfast (SERVING ENDS PROMPTLY AT 8:05)

                                            Please be aware that the cafeteria will close at 8:05.   No

                                            Students will be serviced after 8:10a.m.

         7:30a.m.              Students will line up in their designated area for teacher pick-up.

Teachers will meet their students promptly at 7:50a.m.and escort them to the classroom.

         8:15 a.m.          Pledge/Announcements

         3:10 p.m.          Dismissal ALL students (bus, walkers, and parent pick-up).




At the end of the school day, parents are asked to pick-up their children between 3:10pm. and 3:25pm.

  Please be prompt picking up your children.  Help us keep your children safe.



Each campus is required to closely monitor student attendance and report excessive absences to the SAISD Attendance Auditor for possible court action.  If your child is absent, the data clerk or his designee will call to verify that you are aware of the absence and determine the reason for such absence.

When your child must be absent, it is important that a written note explaining the absence be sent to the teacher upon his/her return to the school (first day back).  All notes for student absences must be submitted to the school within 48 hours of the student�s return to school or the absence will be unexcused.  Please make sure the note is dated and signed by you or a doctor.  An absence without a written note will be considered unexcused. 

At times, it is necessary to schedule an appointment with a doctor or dentist during the instructional day.  If possible, please try to arrange such visits toward the end of the day.  If a morning appointment is necessary and your child is able to return to school the same day, ask the doctor�s office for a note and your child will not be counted absent.  Most doctors will work with you to ensure that instruction is disrupted as little as possible.

If your child�s doctor issues special instructions or medication that must be given at school, notify the school nurse and classroom teacher immediately.  The parent must bring the medication and complete the SAISD Medication Consent form before any medication (prescription or over the counter) can be administered.  Students are not allowed to carry any type of medication (prescription or over the counter).  The school nurse is on duty from 7:30a.m. to 3:30p.m.  Together, we can keep your child safe and healthy.  See pg. 9-10 of the SAISD Student Code of the Conduct Booklet.



Students arriving after 7:55 a.m. will be considered tardy and will need to come to the office for a tardy slip.   The Texas Compulsory Attendance Law states that a student must be present at school throughout the instructional day, 7:55a.m. - 2:55p.m.  Having your child arrive on time and remain until the end of the instructional day allows him/her to participate fully in our instruction program.

Please note if a student accumulates four or more tardies in a nine week period that student will not receive a Perfect Attendance ribbon.


We invite you to have lunch with your child in our cafeteria.  You may purchase lunch from the cafeteria or bring something special for both of you.  Please check with your child's teacher for his/her lunch time.       

Reminder:  All visitors are required to stop by the office and sign-in before going to the cafeteria.


The Challenge Program provides after school care for students attending Arnold Elementary.  The Challenge Program is Sponsored by the City of San Antonio.  For more information on this program please call the main office at (210) 433-9922.

DRESS CODE:  See pg.19-20 in the SAISD Student Cod of Conduct Booklet

Students in the SAISD are required to wear a school uniform.  Failure to do so may lead to consequences.  Please review the Uniform Section in the Student Code of Conduct Booklet for a detailed description of the uniform. The office staff will gladly address any questions that you may have about the school uniform.  Note:  Students wear white or Hunter Green Polo Shirts.


See pg. 21-31 of the SAISD Student Code of Conduct

Please read and discuss the SAISD Student code of Conduct Booklet with your child.  This booklet carefully explains the rules, regulations, and consequences for violating the Code of Conduct.  When your child brings the Student Code of Conduct Booklet home, please, sign and return the required signature paper indicating that you have read the booklet with your child.

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