New to Twain

Welcome to Mark Twain Elementary!

Here are a few things you will need to know.

PARKING: Parents in all grades are welcome to park and walk their children into the building! Parking is available in the Braes parking lot by the ball fields, library and on the side streets off Braes Blvd. There is no parking on Braes Blvd. between Underwood and Aberdeen. There is also no parking allowed on Aberdeen between Braes and Stella Link. The Underwood parking lot is reserved for KINDERGARTEN PARENTS.

CARPOOL:  The following guidelines are in place for arrival and dismissal at Mark Twain: The carpool lane for drop-off and pick-up of all students in grades K-5 is located on Aberdeen (south side of school). Cars may enter only from the west bound lane of Aberdeen – turning right into the drop-off lane. Traffic heading east on Aberdeen will not be allowed to turn left into the drop-off lane. For morning drop-off pull into the carpool lane and Safety Patrol students will come to your car and escort your student to the cafeteria. Students will be allowed to exit cars only from the passenger side of the car. Dismissal for all students is at 3:15 p.m. To pick up your student from the carpool lane,  you will enter the lane in the same manner as drop-off.  A staff member will ask you the name of the student and call them out from the cafeteria.  A Safety Patrol student will escort your student to the car.  Parents must stay in their cars!

ARRIVAL:  Kindergarten Procedures – Parents may park in the Underwood lot and walk their children into the building through the gate at the northwest corner of the building (by the Kindergarten playground). All Grades – In the morning you may drop off your child in the classroom beginning at 7:50 a.m.

DISMISSAL:  After school you may pickup your child from the classroom or carpool line starting at 3:15.

LUNCH:  Students can pay for lunch with cash OR school issued lunch cards which can be pre paid in advance. Payments can be made in CASH to the HISD Food Services cashier in the cafeteria during drop off hours each morning or online  HISD Food Services Parent Online, an on-line using a credit card at www.parentonline.net. Please note that there is a five percent convenience fee per transaction.

JOIN YOU STUDENT FOR LUNCH:  Feel free to join your Twain student during his/her lunchtime – you can bring lunch or join them while they eat the school lunch. There are designated tables for parents and students plus your student can ask one friend to join them if they wish. See your teacher for their specific assigned lunchtime.

DRESS CODE: School colors are red, white and blue and our mascot is a Tiger! Click HERE for the daily dress code.  The last Friday of each month is a “free dress day”.  Sometimes students will be invited during announcements to wear theme shirts on a Friday like college shirts or football team shirts.  Every Friday students are allowed to wear “Twain Event” t-shirts from previous events such as our Spooky Spaghetti and Huckleberry Bash events. Typically a few weeks before each event t-shirts will go on sale at the school store and students are allowed to wear those shirts everyday leading up to the event.

COMMUNICATION: Mark Twain school information is distributed to the entire school every week on Tuesdays via:  Communication Folders for hard-copy items and the Twain Times Email newsletter. Class or Grade specific information will also be sent out via the communication folders and emails from your teachers and room parents.  This year we are adding Living Tree to improve communications.  You will be invited to join Living Tree by your students teachers and any other special organizations you may join.  Living Tree will be the tool for school wide, grade wide and classroom communications, the calendar and volunteer sign ups.  Information can also be found on the school website:  http://www.houstonisd.org/twaines and the PTO website:  http://marktwainpto.org

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS: There are after school programs available. Visit http://www.houstonisd.org/domain/22705 for more information.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED AT MARK TWAIN:  Mark Twain has a very active PTO and they welcome your involvement in any way.  Sign up sheets are posted outside each classroom for class volunteer opportunities.  PTO meetings are open to every Mark Twain family.  We are all members of the PTO.  These meetings are a great way to learn more about what is going on and ways to get involved.

MARK TWAIN ON THE WEB: The Mark Twain Elementary school website is http://www.houstonisd.org/twaines/.  The Mark Twain Elementary PTO website is www.marktwainpto.org. Both are full of valuable information pertaining to the school and its many activities both school and PTO sponsored.

THE MARK TWAIN COMMUNITY: Feel free to approach your Twain teachers, Twain staff and Twain parents about anything! We are all here to help and welcome you to our wonderful Mark Twain Community.

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