February 15, 2019
A Note from the Head of Finance & Business...
Re-enrollment is Open!

Happy February Crossroads Parents & Constituents,

This school year has been a truly special and exciting one thus far, filled with renewed vision and purpose, creative possibilities and ideas, and improved communication and collaboration. We have had the privilege of welcoming many new students this year and we look forward to continued and diversified growth in our student population into the coming year.   

As we look ahead to the 2019-2020 school year, it is that time when we are thrilled to open up re-enrollment to our currently enrolled families. Our parents received an offer of re-enrollment as well as a tuition agreement via email on Friday, February 1st. The deadline for our current families to secure a place for their child(ren) in the 2019-2020 school year is Friday, March 8th. Open enrollment to the public will begin on Monday, March 18th and enrollment information will be sent out via email and posted on our website  www.crossroadshouston.org

New for us this year, we have greatly improved our method of information collection and the criteria for financial aid funding allocation through the use of a third party program. Moving to this method of financial aid allocation has been a part of the Crossroads strategic plan for several years and we are delighted to finally have it in place for the convenience of our parents. Information about this program can be found at    www.solutionsbysss.com/parents   .

It is an honor to be the school of choice for our current families and we look forward to seeing many new and familiar faces in the 2019-2020 school year!

Ginger Neely
Crossroads Head of Finance & Business
(713) 977-1221 x120
As Seen Off-Campus ...Crocodile Encounter Field Trip

Crossroads students and staff enjoyed a trip to Angelton this week. We spent the day learning at one of the nation's largest outdoor crocodilian facilities! Our educator/guide, Carlie was impressed by the questions and enthusiasm of our students. She shared that she offers a Summer Zoo Camp. You can contact her at ZooKeeperCamp@gmail.com for more information.
Students loved feeding the tortoises! We learned that turtles are aquatic and tortoises are terrestrial.
Update on this week’s cooking club...

Rounding out a cooking segment on Asia, the kids made onigiri, or Japanese rice balls. 

While the rice was steaming, the kids prepped the fillings, wrappers, and spices, including: shaved cucumber; nori (seaweed) strips; smoked salmon; chicken salad; avocado; carrot; shiso (mint); furikake (sesame seeds & seaweed; and togarashi (chilies, sesame, orange peel, and nori). 

Once the rice was cool enough to handle, the kids formed it into triangles or balls, and added fillings into small wells in the center. They finished it off by wrapping the balls in nori or cucumber strips. They couldn’t wait to stuff their faces with the delicious rice “sandwiches!”
As a general policy, we recommend that students not bring electronic devices to school. However, we recognize that electronic devices can support student learning if used appropriately. Being Responsible is part of the Crossroads Campus and Classroom Values and specifically includes being actively engaged in learning. The following guidelines have been made to reduce distraction from electronic devices and enhance the educational process. The updated policy was sent to parents earlier but can be accessed through the link below.

Community Events of Interest
The ReelAbilities HOUSTON FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL is a FREE citywide event that promotes inclusion and celebrates the lives, stories and talents of people with disabilities, making an impact that lasts far beyond the Festival.
The host organizer is JFS Alexander Institute for Inclusion. There are many events included in this festival including speakers, films, art and music. All films are shown at the Edwards Greenway Theatre. For more information go to: www.ReelAbilitiesHouston.org
F or a full brochure of all events click here: Full Brochure
Crossroads staff members will view the three movie short films on Monday afternoon, February 18 in place of our weekly staff meeting. This is a great opportunity for the staff to learn and enjoy time together. WE ASK PARENTS TO ARRIVE A FEW MINUTES EARLY FOR PICK-UP ON MONDAY (2/18) to make sure staff can arrive on time to this event. (Ms. Gemma will teach Homework Skills as usual for students who stay on Mondays.)
Contributions can be mailed to the school address or donate online at: www.paypal.me/CrossroadsHouston
Crossroads School Events & Reminders

Early Dismissal: 12:30 PM on Wednesday, February 20
Spring Break: March 11-15
5822 Dolores St.
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 977-1221