The Ultimate Back-to-School Checklist
for Shawnee Trail— 2019-20
Last updated Sept. 2019
▢ New to the district? click here to register. Otherwise...
▢ Bring in (or email) your utility bill to the school office
Your child will not be assigned a teacher until you have verified your address. This is usually done by bringing in a utility bill in your name to the school office. Or you can email your Proof of Residency to email@example.com. Be sure to include your student's name in the subject or body of the email. [ Other ways to prove residency. ]
▢ Buy school supplies
▢ Bookmark your child's "class site"
Each grade level has a website where spelling lists and grade-specific information are kept. You'll need to this information often. Bookmark it here.
▢ Lunch accounts —SchoolCafé
Fund your child’s lunch account. Even if you child will bring his/her lunch, consider putting some money in this account, just in case they forget it. schoolcafe.com
▢ School fees—online
The district uses the website below to collect field trip-type fees: onlineschoolfees.com
▢ ShawneeTrailPTA.org—Get involved!
• Register /Login— then join PTA!
Our PTA subscribes to Membership Toolkit —an online service that makes it easier to work together for the good of kids. (Registering is free for families!.) Once you've updated your family information and privacy preferences, join PTA for the current school year for $10! As always, volunteering and meetings are TOTALLY optional. But we invite you to do both, and hope you will! Already have a Membership Toolkit account (with another organization or from a previous year)? Use the same log-in here!
• My Volunteer Interests & Skills— Volunteering at Shawnee Trail is largely coordinated through the PTA. And we would LOVE to serve with you! Tell us how you would enjoy being involved at Shawnee Trail, and we will try to get you plugged in.
• Watch Dog Dads & Party Planners (Room Parents)— Two very important jobs at our school are Watch Dog Dads and Party Planners. Definitely consider those. Watch Dogs spend one day each year attending school with their kids, setting a good example of manhood, and helping with various tasks. Party Planners (aka. Room Parents) work together with other volunteers in their grade to plan and execute 3 simple parties per year. Click the links to learn more.
▢ Background Check
If you plan to enter our school for any reason (beyond the school office), you will need to request a background check from Frisco ISD. These need to be renewed each school year. FISD uses App-Garden's Volunteer Tracker for both background checks and recording volunteer hours. You can learn more about App-Garden here.
If you have never volunteered in our district and plan to do so, click here. If you volunteered in Frisco ISD last year, the system will send you an email to update your account when it expires. If you signed up in the past and no longer want to volunteer in the district, please let them know here, so you will not be bothered by emails.
▢ The Trailblazer
If your child is enrolled at Shawnee Trail, you are already signed up for The Trailblazer—an email update sent by our principal each week. Commit to spending 3 minutes each week reading it.
▢ Attend Meet-The Teacher Night with your child—
Bring your school supplies, meet your child's teacher, introduce yourself to Shawnee Trail staff (including the art, music and PE teachers), get to know the PTA, and get excited about school!
Plan to be at school early. The building opens for students at 7:15 and the tardy bell rings at 7:45.
If your child will go home a different way than normal (with a friend, for example), let both your child’s teacher and the office know— in writing.
All changes must be in writing
2019-20 Frisco ISD Calendar
If your child will be absent...
notify our data clerk and copy your child’s teacher. Include:
Note: You will get an "auto reminder" email when your child is absent, regardless of whether you've sent in a note already or not.
Keep your child home if...
he/she has diarrhea, pink eye, or a fever higher than 100.4
Have your ID scanned
If you would like to visit your child at lunch or attend parties, have your driver’s license or ID scanned at the front office.
A great help
... for the ups, downs and adjustments in life.
Good Morning Shawnee Trail
The "all school" monthly meetings have been moved back to mornings! This year, Good Morning Shawnee Trail is happening at 8:00 am— two fridays each month. Parents often choose to attend Good Morning Shawnee Trail, since it's a time when we celebrate student birthdays, acknowledge accomplishments, and connect as a school community.
Attending fun events helps kids feel they are part of a safe and thriving community. This year, the school and PTA are working together to bring to the fun events to Shawnee Trail. Plan to attend at least one event with your child. Here's what we did last year:
Watch Dog Kickoff
Fall Book Fair
Family Fun Night
Grade-Specific Learning Programs
Spring Book Fair
Family Movie Night
Carpool & Walking
The grade of your oldest Shawnee Trail child will determine which door ALL of your children will exit together.
Amazingly, it only takes about 15 minutes to dismiss 600 kids and clear the carpool lanes. So be patient. You’ll be home before you know it!
Kindergarten -2nd —( the Red Route)— If your oldest Shawnee Trail student is in K, 1st or 2nd grade, drop off and pick up your children in front of the school (facing Preston Vineyard Dr.)
3rd-5th Grade — (the Blue Route)— If your oldest Shawnee Trail student is in 3rd, 4th or 5th grade, drop off and pick up all of your children at the side entrance to the school (facing Hillcrest Rd.) There is one route for traffic in the mornings, and another in the afternoons (since afternoon is more crowded).
Park and Walk— (Black route)— If you prefer to avoid the carpool lanes, you can park and walk. Just be sure to use the crosswalks for safety.
When in Carpool Lanes
Display your child’s carpool tag
Stay in your vehicle and pull forward as far as you can. A teacher will bring your child to your car at pick up.
For safety, students should enter and exit vehicles — using the door closest to the curb.
ALWAYS use the crosswalks.
Do not cross in the middle of the street or parking lot.
Wait to ride bikes and scooters until you are off school property.
After School Care
AlphaBest and YMCA provide on-site services at Shawnee Trail.
If your child will go home a different way than normal, you must contact your child’s teacher and the school office in writing. firstname.lastname@example.org 469-633-2500
8 Great Ways to Get Involved
1—Join PTA — and use your powers for good
Shawnee Trail’s PTA is a great group of teachers and parents who combine talents to make Shawnee Trail a better place for kids. Explore membership, volunteering and leadership options on this website.
2— Become a Watch Dog dad
If you are a father, grandfather, uncle—or other type of father figure — set aside one day this year to attend school with your child. Your presence will absolutely delight kids, increase security and send a strong message that education is important to men. Learn more here.
3— Have a lunch date with your child!
Certain tables are reserved in the cafeteria each day, so that you can have lunch with your child. Bring Chick-fil-a or a cupcake and enjoy their company for 30 minutes. Note that classmates cannot join you. This is meant to be time with your own child.
4—Take part in the discussion
Attend the site-based Campus Improvement Team meetings. You can also join our school’s closed Facebook group. Search for “stePTASchoolLife” on Facebook— and ask to join.
5—Join the “Party Planners” team
Support your child’s teacher and work with others parents in the same grade to coordinate and lead 3 parties during the school year. Kids LOVE these parties, and look forward to them eagerly. More info here.
6—Attend the parties!
Join your child 3 times each school year for their class parties: Winter, Valentines and the End of Year party.
7—Do just a little
When we as busy parents commit to doing just a little each year, we accomplish a lot as a group! Whether it’s cutting shapes at home while you watch TV or laminating at school for an hour twice a month, your little effort can make a big difference in our community. Smaller jobs include: Power-of-an-Hour Volunteers Laminating/cutting Grade-level photography groups … and more!
8— Take on a leadership role
If you have some extra time, care about kids, and work well with other adults, leadership may be a good fit for you! Contact our PTA president if you would consider a more active role.
Support our kids!
You are invited to join us as strong supporters of kids at Shawnee Trail!
Our PTA subscribes to Membership Toolkit —an online service that makes it easier to work together. Please register —it's free to families. Then join PTA for the current school year for $10/person! Volunteering and meetings are TOTALLY optional— but we invite you to do both, and hope you will!
Already have a Membership Toolkit account (with another organization or from a previous year)? Use the same log-in here!