Sister School Solution

Thank you to everyone who filled the Sister School Solution (SSS) chair position for their school. If you have not done so there is still some time, but you will want to fill this position very soon for your chair to start meeting with a representative from your Sister School. Who is that representative you may be asking yourself. In the past, it was recommended that your chairs meet with your Sister School partner school counselor, principal, parent liaison or Communities in School project manager. While these are great options, and your chair really needs to meet with whoever your partner school prefers, I would like to see the Sister School chairs begin to work closely with Communities in Schools (CIS) this year. CIS is in all SBISD Title I schools, schools where there are a high number of students from low income families, and have started moving into a few schools that are not Title I. The CIS campus Project Manager has a good feel for what the students of their school needs and are an excellent resource. If you are not familiar with how CIS can help students and their families I encourage you to visit their website www.CISHouston.org.

After your Sister School Solution chair has met with their contact at your partner school they need develop a plan for the year and email those plans to me so I can monitor the relationships throughout the year. The plan does not need to be elaborate; bullet points are great. Having your Sister School Solution plan helps me when I am asked to share successful Sister School Solution events or if someone simply wants more information as to the type of programs the SSS provides. If your chair needs any help with setting up a meeting I am more than happy to help them with this task, just have them contact me. In addition, if you would like me to come speak to your PTA at any time during the school year, I can do that as well.

Below you will find a list of the current Sister School Solution Partners. It is thrilling to look at the list and see how many schools have been added throughout the years. However, there are still a few schools without a partner, and this year I am requesting for those schools who feel they have a solid relationship with their Sister School, and who can do “a little more,” to consider adding another school who may be in need. This would be something new to the Sister School Solution and I ask that you contact me if you are interested so we can work through this together.

PTA President’s, please make sure your Sister School Solution chairs receive the weekly CPTA newsletter by adding their email to the link on the newsletter. The newsletter is an opportunity to communicate with the SSS chairs new information and focus on the fabulous work that the Sister School Solution does for our community. Pictures and/or a few lines of what your school is doing during the year for the Sister School Solution is appreciated so I can feature your school in an upcoming addition.

Lastly, this will be my fifth and final year as the Sister School Solution Director for the PTA Council. While I have enjoyed my time in this role, and have found it to be very rewarding, I feel it is time to move on and to bring in someone who may have new ideas and would like the opportunity to serve in this capacity. It is my hope to fill this position sooner rather than later so my replacement can work closely with me this year making the transition seamless. If you have any interest in this position, or know anyone else who would have an interest, please let me know and I will contact them. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about the Sister School Solution throughout the year you can reach out to me at ftodes@sbcglobal.net for more information.

Sister School Solution Partners:
Bunker Hill Elementary – Thornwood Elementary
Rummel Creek Elementary – Sherwood Elementary
Frostwood Elementary – Housman Elementary
Wilchester Elementary – Spring Shadows Elementary
Hunter’s Creek Elementary – Woodview Elementary
Memorial Middle – Landrum Middle
Cornerstone Middle – Ridgecrest Elementary
Memorial High School-Pine Shadows
Valley Oaks Elementary-Shadow Oaks Elementary
Stratford High School-Northbrook High School
Meadow Wood Elementary-Edgewood Elementary
Memorial Drive Elementary-Hollibrook Elementary
SBISD Admin (Finance, Technology, Community Relations)-Terrace Elementary
Memorial Area Women Give Back-Westwood Elementary
Spring Branch Memorial Sports Association-Spring Branch Elementary

Schools without a Sister School that may be interested in a partner:
Treasure Forest Elementary
Buffalo Creek Elementary
Northbrook Middle School
Thank you to everyone who filled the Sister School Solution (SSS) chair position for their school. If you have not done so there is still some time, but you will want to fill this position very soon for your chair to start meeting with a representative from your Sister School. Who is that representative you may be asking yourself. In the past, it was recommended that your chairs meet with your Sister School partner school counselor, principal, parent liaison or Communities in School project manager. While these are great options, and your chair really needs to meet with whoever your partner school prefers, I would like to see the Sister School chairs begin to work closely with Communities in Schools (CIS) this year. CIS is in all SBISD Title I schools, schools where there are a high number of students from low income families, and have started moving into a few schools that are not Title I. The CIS campus Project Manager has a good feel for what the students of their school needs and are an excellent resource. If you are not familiar with how CIS can help students and their families I encourage you to visit their website www.CISHouston.org.

After your Sister School Solution chair has met with their contact at your partner school they need develop a plan for the year and email those plans to me so I can monitor the relationships throughout the year. The plan does not need to be elaborate; bullet points are great. Having your Sister School Solution plan helps me when I am asked to share successful Sister School Solution events or if someone simply wants more information as to the type of programs the SSS provides. If your chair needs any help with setting up a meeting I am more than happy to help them with this task, just have them contact me. In addition, if you would like me to come speak to your PTA at any time during the school year, I can do that as well.

Below you will find a list of the current Sister School Solution Partners. It is thrilling to look at the list and see how many schools have been added throughout the years. However, there are still a few schools without a partner, and this year I am requesting for those schools who feel they have a solid relationship with their Sister School, and who can do “a little more,” to consider adding another school who may be in need. This would be something new to the Sister School Solution and I ask that you contact me if you are interested so we can work through this together.

PTA President’s, please make sure your Sister School Solution chairs receive the weekly CPTA newsletter by adding their email to the link on the newsletter. The newsletter is an opportunity to communicate with the SSS chairs new information and focus on the fabulous work that the Sister School Solution does for our community. Pictures and/or a few lines of what your school is doing during the year for the Sister School Solution is appreciated so I can feature your school in an upcoming addition.

Lastly, this will be my fifth and final year as the Sister School Solution Director for the PTA Council. While I have enjoyed my time in this role, and have found it to be very rewarding, I feel it is time to move on and to bring in someone who may have new ideas and would like the opportunity to serve in this capacity. It is my hope to fill this position sooner rather than later so my replacement can work closely with me this year making the transition seamless. If you have any interest in this position, or know anyone else who would have an interest, please let me know and I will contact them. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about the Sister School Solution throughout the year you can reach out to me at ftodes@sbcglobal.net for more information.

Sister School Solution Partners:
Bunker Hill Elementary – Thornwood Elementary
Rummel Creek Elementary – Sherwood Elementary
Frostwood Elementary – Housman Elementary
Wilchester Elementary – Spring Shadows Elementary
Hunter’s Creek Elementary – Woodview Elementary
Memorial Middle – Landrum Middle
Cornerstone Middle – Ridgecrest Elementary
Memorial High School-Pine Shadows
Valley Oaks Elementary-Shadow Oaks Elementary
Stratford High School-Northbrook High School
Meadow Wood Elementary-Edgewood Elementary
Memorial Drive Elementary-Hollibrook Elementary
SBISD Admin (Finance, Technology, Community Relations)-Terrace Elementary
Memorial Area Women Give Back-Westwood Elementary
Spring Branch Memorial Sports Association-Spring Branch Elementary

Schools without a Sister School that may be interested in a partner:
Treasure Forest Elementary
Buffalo Creek Elementary
Northbrook Middle School

 

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