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Hi families!

Welcome to February! February is an exciting month at NCE! I am looking forward to all the fun events and activities our SARKS will get to enjoy this month. On February 2, we celebrated our 100th day of school! This day is full of fun for every SPARK where we celebrate our learning so far this year! It is a huge milestone, and we are so proud of everyone for the hard work they have done this year!

Throughout February, we recognize Black History Month with a variety of events and activities. We will have several dresses up days to acknowledge this important month. Notably, we will have our 2nd annual I Have a Dream Day where students can dress up as what they want to be when they grow up as a testament to Dr. King’s dream speech and how Yes Prep is breaking down barriers for students, ensuring every student has an equitable opportunity to be college ready. We also have my favorite event, The Black Excellence Showcase. This will be our 3rd showcase and it is an amazing way for students to celebrate the contributions of Black and African American people throughout history and to celebrate and learn from the cultures and diversity that exist here at NCE.

I hope you will all join me for the events throughout February, talk about Black History with your students, and commit to celebrating Black Excellence this month and every month.


Mrs. Ybarra


Week of 01/29 - 02/01

  • PreK- 93.19%
  • Kinder- 89.82%
  • 1st- 92.74%
  • 2nd- 94.31%
  • 3rd- 92.74%
  • 4th- 93.83%
  • 5th- 94.49%

Total Attendance: 93.05%


The Parent Family Association will be selling Valentine grams from January 22nd- February 8th to fundraise for Teacher Appreciation Week. The Valentine's gram will include a red carnation and a small heart-shaped box of chocolates for $5.00.

Parents, students, and staff may purchase a Valentine's gram to send to students and staff at our school. Your student should have received an order form in their red folder. If you are interested in purchasing a Valentine's gram, please return the form with the money (in an envelope or Ziploc bag) by February 8th.

Please note that we will only have a limited amount of Valentine grams available for purchase. We will not be taking any orders and may not have extra arrangements for sale after February 8th. All purchased Valentine grams will be delivered on Wednesday, February 14th. Show some love and send your Valentine or favorite teacher/staff member a Valentine's gram!



On Tuesday, February 6th our students will be taking their Common Assessment, this test mocks the STAAR test. We will NOT have early pick-ups for ANY student in ANY grade level, please plan accordingly.


Families, if you need to pick up your student from the front office, you MUST present your physical ID. If the school nurse or the legacy clinic calls you to pick up your student, make sure you have your ID BEFORE you come and get the student from the office. We accept driver’s licenses, passports, matricula consular, and EAD Cards... Documents MUST have a picture to be accepted.

We WILL NOT accept picture IDs when picking up from the front office. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Some other reminders:

  • The cut-out time for early pick-ups is 2:15 pm, please make the necessary arrangements to be on campus on time to avoid any inconvenience.
  • The front office closes every day from 2:45 pm to 3:15 pm to prepare for dismissal.
  • If you forget your car tag, you can pick up the student from the front office at 3:15 pm, MUST have an ID.


Families, there are 16 days left to submit applications for the 2024-2025 school year.

Visit https://yesprep.schoolmint.com/login and submit your student's application. Applying early can result in higher opportunities to get a seat! If you need help by filling out an application, please message Ms. Bustamante or stop by the front office.

PS: If your child is already a YES student, YOU DO NOT NEED to reapply.




Do you know family members, neighbors, or friends with elementary-age students? recommend them to us and win a YES Prep tumbler.

Click here to submit your referral https://www.yesprep.org/families/enrollment-lottery/refer-a-family


Dear Sparks Families,

Friendly Reminder for families to please review any communication sent to you about immunization records and submit an updated copy to the school nurse. All students must have extra clothes in their backpacks for any accident. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me via phone/email.



Nida Ahmad,

RN School Nurse

(713) 924-5513




February 5: Dress in your favorite 90's fashion

February 6: Wear bright/neon colors

February 6: Common Assessment, NO early pick-ups or visitors allowed

February 7: Wear all black for unity

February 8: Dress as the profession you want to be in the future or dress to impress

February 9: Family Conferences- NO SCHOOL for students





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