March 6, 2020
A Note from the Head of Finance & Business...
Ginger
Dear Parents and Constituents of Crossroads School,
 
I write to you today in an effort to provide pertinent information regarding Crossroads’ preparation and guidance on the potential impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We want to ensure you that our Leadership Team is carefully monitoring the situation due to ongoing local and national concerns regarding the spread of this virus and its potential impact on families and schools. We are aware of the recent news regarding the virus’s newly discovered presence in the greater Houston area. We are continuing to follow the guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as our local health officials.  
 
Here are some things that we do know. The transmission of the disease in the community is largely person-to-person. The virus is spread by respiratory droplets through coughing or sneezing and close contact (within three feet) of others. Another mode of transmission is through touching a contaminated surface followed by touching one’s face or mouth. Here are some recommendations from the CDC to help protect you and your family:
 
  • Frequent hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds is the most effective method of germ control. 
  • The use of hand sanitizers with 60% or higher alcohol content is the next best method when soap and water are not available. (which is widely available on our campus)
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and promptly dispose of the tissue in the trash. 
  • Clean your hands after blowing your nose or using a tissue. If tissue is not available, cough in the upper sleeve of your clothing. 
  • Consider frequently disinfecting commonly shared areas and items especially if a visitor or family member is ill. 
  • Avoid touching your face and mouth
  • Substitute “fist-bumps” for handshakes in social situations 
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Discourage the use of face masks. There is no evidence that the use of face masks prevents healthy people from getting sick, and the use of face masks may limit the supply to healthcare providers who may need them.
 
Crossroads is currently working on developing contingency plans for any possible prolonged school closure. Our Leadership Team, IT coordinator, and Faculty are working on distance learning plans and accessibility should we need to close the campus. We will revise, monitor, and adjust these plans, as necessary, based upon the guidance of our local and national health experts. If our campus is closed for any reason as a result of COVID-19, we will await direction from the state and our governing body (TAAPS) regarding expectations and requirements regarding extending the school year, if necessary. At present we are not expecting to extend the school year nor are there any plans to make up missed school days or activities.  
 
For up to the minute updates, or if you or your family plan on traveling in the coming weeks, please use the following reference websites for your best source of information and travel advisories: 
 
  • https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ 
  • https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus 
  • https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/ 
  • http://publichealth.harriscountytx.gov/
 
As always, the safety and well being of all members of our school community is our utmost priority. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact a member of our Leadership Team and thank you for your continued support and partnership as we navigate this situation.
Ginger Cuellar
713-977-1221 x102
Got Gift Cards?

Do you still have a stack of unused GIFT CARDS from the holidays? Consider donating them to Crossroads for a Gift Card Tree that will be raffled off at the Breakfast Gala. No amount is too big or too small. Any type of card is welcome.

As Seen on Campus

To celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday, March 2nd, National Reading Month, and March Madness the students are participating in "March Book Madness". The middle and high school English classes have selected 16 short stories to read and compete against each other. Students will also identify literary elements of each story and grow their vocabulary as they read. Stay tuned to find out the winner at the end of the month!
Small Group Social Lunches - New on Campus

In preparation for our upcoming Breakfast Gala & Social Experience, students began having social lunches on campus this week to hone in on specific social skills. Social lunches are when a small group of students gather together during their lunch period each day to practice social skills involved with eating together. Developing and practicing social skills are important. Our goal at Crossroads is to prepare students for real world situations. This is best done in the safe and nurturing campus environment.
Cooking with Ms. Gemma

The rodeo’s in town! To celebrate, we cooked up a tried and true Tex-Mex treat – beef fajitas! Everyone jumped right in to prep the vegetables, spices, and marinade in no time. Then we cooked the meat and vegetables in under 15 minutes flat. The real record was how fast the kids chomped the fajita tacos after putting them on the plates. Yeehaw!
TEAM CROSSROADS
in memory of Ms. Patti-Brown

The next Team Crossroads event will happen this Saturday, March 7, 2020! Staff, students, and friends of Crossroads can participate in a race at 7 a.m. on March 7th at Minute Maid Park. (There are 10K, 5K and 1K options.) This will be the third event in which Ms. Azmae is coordinating Team Crossroads' participation this year!

Last December, our beloved teacher, Ms. Patti-Brown, ran in the Team Crossroads 5K in Sugarland. This next race, Team Crossroads will participate in her memory. All of our donations for this race will be in her honor. 

Our fundraiser goal for this event is $5,000. 93% of the donations raised for the race will come directly back to the school.  

The race takes place at Minute Maid Park on March 7. Click the link below to donate or join the team. Staff, parents, students and alumni are all encouraged to join.

Positivity Project - Fairness

Fairness is the product of moral judgment – the process by which people determine what is morally right and what is morally wrong. Moral reasoning has been explored and analyzed in two main traditions: the justice reasoning approach and the care reasoning approach.

Justice reasoning emphasizes the use of reason and logic. In justice reasoning, fairness is determined by objectively weighing what is right or wrong, as determined by a group, society, or universal ethical principles. Care reasoning, by contrast, emphasizes care and compassion. This approach
uses concepts like empathy – and understanding and accounting for the needs, interests, and well-being of another person – when making moral decisions.

Although the two approaches are different, most people use a blend of justice and care reasoning when making choices related to fairness.


Time to Spring Forward!
Important Events & Reminders

  • March 7, 2020 7am-10am: Team Crossroads Race at Minute Maid Park
  • March 10, 2020 2pm: DaCamera Young Artists Parent Presentation
  • March 16-20, 2020: Spring Break, School Closed
CROSSROADS SCHOOL, Inc.
5822 Dolores St.
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 977-1221