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    Dear CISD Families, 

    Fall is probably my favorite season with the cooler temperatures, the leaves changing colors and the holidays around the corner. However, October can be one of the most stressful months for our staff, students and families. The "honeymoon" period of Back to School is over and, with the additional challenges brought on by COVID-19, the struggle is real. I think it's important we recognize these struggles and proactively respond to reduce stress. Therefore, I believe you should take some time to be mindful of stress reducing activities and do something for yourself.

    Get outside and take a walk or bike ride in this beautiful weather. Read a book for fun. Unplug and enjoy time with your immediate family. Write a letter to someone you cannot see because of COVID-19 or write a thank you note to a teacher. Close your eyes and take some deep breaths.

    I know many of us have a lot going on right now due to these extraordinary times. I encourage you to take some time to take care of you, so you can take care of others. In order to be good parents, educators, employees, leaders and family members, we need to take care of our own health and well-being.


    Dr. Brad Hunt

    FIRST Financial Hearing at Oct. 26 Board Meeting

    CISD will host a public hearing on its FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) rating report for 2019-2020 during the Oct. 26 Board meeting at 7 p.m. The rating is based upon the financial results of the 2018-2019 school year. CISD once again achieved a perfect rating of 100 on the Texas Education Agency FIRST rating. The Board meeting will be broadcast live at go.coppellisd.com/BoardMeetingLiveVideo. Read more at go.coppellisd.com/FIRSTRating.

    Red Ribbon Week Oct. 26-30

    CISD will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week Oct. 26-30 with the theme "Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free." Check with your campus for details about specific celebrations. Learn more about Red Ribbon Week at www.redribbon.org.

    CHS Theatre Halloween Drive-In Movie Experience

    See the work of the CHS Cowboy Theatre Company students who created "Terrifying Texas Tales" during a drive-in movie experience Oct. 29, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in the parking lot of CHS9. Tickets are $15. Read more at go.coppellisd.com/TexasTales.

    Save the Date — The CHS Cowboy Theatre Company is presenting a Virtual Auction and Variety Show on Saturday, Nov. 7. See www.coppellhstheatre.com for details.

    Early Voting Through Oct. 30

    Early voting for the Nov. 3 election continues through Oct. 30. Visit www.votetexas.gov for details on early voting. Cottonwood Creek, Lakeside, Mockingbird and Valley Ranch Elementary Schools will serve as polling sites on election day Nov. 3.
    Halloween Safety Tips
    CISD Health Services is passing along these safety tips from the CDC. Read more at go.coppellisd.com/HalloweenSafety.
    Dr. Jason Sykes TFA Hall of Fame
    CHS Debate Director Dr. Jason Sykes is one of only two debate educators in Texas inducted into the 2020-21 class of the Texas Forensic Association’s Hall of Fame during the group’s annual convention Oct. 8. Read more at go.coppellisd.com/Sykes.
    Ian VanderSchee Educator Award
    Ian VanderSchee, who teaches IB Mathematics and AP Calculus at CHS was chosen for the University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award Oct. 21. Recent CHS graduate and current University of Chicago first year student Dwija Dammanna nominated VanderSchee for the award as a teacher who made a positive impact in her life, and whose influence has brought her to where she is today. Read more at go.coppellisd.com/VanderSchee.
    Update iPad Reminder
    Reminder, that all students with a CISD iPad need to update to IOS (iPad Operating System) 14. It is available for download in “Settings” on all district-issued iPads. To do this, the user will go to Settings, go to General, touch Software Update, touch Download and Install. This will begin the process. The user will need to agree to the terms and conditions before the download begins. It should take fewer than 10 minutes to download the update, and another 15 or 20 minutes to install the software.
    Ed Foundation Teacher Grants Campaign

    The Fill Our Cups @ Coppell Coffee Shop grant for CHS would allow Transitional Pathways, Structured Learning and Adult Special Education learners to open and operate a coffee shop at CHS. This is one of the grants the CISD Education Foundation is asking the community to help fund through its Give for Grants campaign. You can give directly to a school or teacher’s program at https://give.livingtree.com/p/coppellisdef.


    Oct. 26 Board Meeting
    CISD’s September Board Meeting takes place on Monday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. Seating will be limited due to social distancing. See the agenda at go.coppellisd.com/BoardAgenda and view the live video of the meeting at go.coppellisd.com/BoardMeetingLiveVideo.
    Free Meals for Elementary & Distance Learners
    As a reminder, CISD will offer free meals to all in-person elementary students and all virtual students (PK-12 and all children under 18) through the end of December 2020.  No sign up is required for in person elementary students. Sign up is required weekly for virtual learners to receive these meals at go.coppellisd.com/CurbsideOrderForm. Read more at go.coppellisd.com/2020FreeMeals.
    • Oct. 26 - Regular Board Meeting 7 p.m.
    • Oct. 26-30 - Red Ribbon Week
    • Oct. 30 - Homecoming Football Game vs. Plano West 7 p.m.
    • Oct. 29, 30 and Nov. 1 - CHS Terrifying Texas Tales at CHS9
    • Oct. 30 - Homecoming Football Game vs. Plano West 7 pm.
    • Nov. 3 - Election Day

    In this Issue:

    Coppell has created a webpage with information and resources regarding COVID-19 as provided by the CDC. This page is regularly updated with information on Coppell-related impacts as well as resources on how to support local businesses.

    Visit coppelltx.gov/coronavirus for news, Council orders and actions, facility closures, restaurant information and more!

    At Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Irving, we provide comprehensive healthcare services to help you and your family get better. And because we care about building a healthier community, we’re renovating our hospital to fit your needs as they grow.

    Learn more at BSWHealth.com/Irving.
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