BPE Monthly

December 2015

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My Wish for You...

As I unpack the season's decorations, memories accompany each item pulled from the boxes. Visions of pajama covered feet excitedly running through the house, glittered ornaments glued together by chubby little fingers, and a flour dusting over every kitchen counter that only a young baker can accomplish flood my mind. Twenty-seven years of cherished childhood moments I would joyfully relive. My learning is this...embrace and enjoy every glittery, flour-coated, messy moment. Sooner than you can imagine, those moments will have passed and you'll find yourself wishing for their return. Enjoy this special time of year with these precious little people you share with us.

May peace be your gift and your blessing all year through!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Fa La La La La La La La La

Nuggets of Bombeck Wisdom

The Green, Green Grass of Home

by Erma Bombeck, written November 1971

When Mike was 2, he wanted a sandbox, and his father said:
"There goes the yard. We'll have kids over here day and
night, and they'll throw sand into the flower beds, and cats
will make a mess in it, and it'll kill the grass for sure."

And Mike's mother said, "It'll come back."

When Mike was 5, he wanted a jungle gym set with swings that
would take his breath away and bars to take him to the summit,
and his father said: "Good grief, I've seen those things in
back yards, and do you know what they look like? Mud holes in
a pasture. Kids digging their gym shoes in the ground. It'll kill the grass."

And Mike's mother said, "It'll come back."

Between breaths, when Daddy was blowing up the plastic swimming
pool, he warned: "You know what they're going to do to this
place? They're going to condemn it and use it for a missile site.
I hope you know what you're doing. They'll track water everywhere
and have a million water fights, and you won't be able to take
out the garbage without stepping in mud up to your neck. When we
take this down, we'll have the only brown lawn on the block."

"It'll come back," Mike's mother said.

When Mike was 12, he volunteered his yard for a campout. As they
hoisted the tents and drove in the spikes, his father stood at the
window and observed, "Why don't I just put the grass seed out in
cereal bowls for the birds and save myself the trouble of spreading
it around? You know for a fact that those tents and all those big
feet are going to trample down every single blade of grass, don't
you. Don't bother to answer. I know what you're going to say.
'It'll come back.'"

The basketball hoop on the side of the garage attracted more crowds
than the Olympics. And a small patch of lawn that started out with
a barren spot the size of a garbage can lid soon drew to encompass
the entire side yard.

Just when it looked as if the new seed might take root, the winter
came and the sled runners beat it into ridges. Mike's father shook
his head and said, "I never asked for much in this life - only a
patch of grass."

And his wife smiled and said, "It'll come back."

The lawn this fall was beautiful. It was green and alive and
rolled out like a sponge carpet along the drive where gym shoes had
trod ... along the garage where bicycles used to fall ... and
around the flower beds where little boys used to dig with
iced-tea spoons.

But Mike's father never saw it. He anxiously looked beyond the
yard and asked with a catch in his voice, "he will come back,
won't he?

It's a win-win...support a great cause while working out!

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Six Tips to Help Parents Stay Involved

Decades of research show the positive effect of parents being involved in their child’s life and education. According to the National PTA, when parents are involved, students have higher achievement, better attendance, and higher rates of graduation and postsecondary enrollment; more motivation and better self-esteem; and fewer disciplinary problems. These positive benefits hold true for all ages and grade levels. Try some of the tips below to help your child succeed.

1. Communicate… Don’t wait for trouble before you talk to your child’s teacher. Stay in touch with e-mail, phone, or notes. Stay informed through the school Web site, newsletters, and school events. Be aware of school policies and be familiar with the curriculum.

2. Expect… A Harvard Family Research Project study shows that parents’ high, but realistic, expectations—clearly communicated—translate into student success. Urge your child to take challenging courses. Help her “dream big” and support her postsecondary planning.

3. Read… Whether you’re reading to your child, reading with him, or talking about what you’ve read, this literacy focus demonstrates that education is important to you. Even older children may enjoy a read-aloud of a family favorite.

4. Set routine… Help your child choose a good time and place for homework and studying.

5. Supplement learning… Choose family field trips that focus on learning, and take advantage of educational resources at the public library, nearby museums, and parks. Use TV wisely. Watch with your child and discuss what you see.

6. Talk— and listen… Set aside family time to talk and to share common activities. Listen to your child’s concerns. Be supportive and offer help with difficult situations.

Winter Weather What If...

The winter season is upon us. Our district staff understands that our decision to open or close schools in bad weather has a significant effect on families. We also understand that our students are better served – both academically and socially – by being in school. But as always, our top priority is the safety of our students.

The superintendent will make the decision to open or close the schools in bad weather by 5:30 A.M. based on analysis of all relevant factors, such as:

· Information on road conditions from transportation staff and from the police

· Amount of snow and ice accumulated

· Whether precipitation is continuing

· Building conditions (such as whether we have electricity and heat)

· Parking lot conditions

· Temperature and wind chill

· Weather predictions

· Sidewalk conditions

· What other school districts are doing

Families will be notified of decisions through a variety of media resources. Tune to WBAP-820 AM or KRLD 1080 radio, WFAA8, NBC5, FOX4, KTVT11 or KTXA21 television stations or KSTV for up-to-date information on school closings. Keller ISD does not recommend that you call the school or district office unless it is an emergency. You can also sign up for e-mail notification service through the district’s website. Check our district Web site www.KellerISD.net for information. A red alert bar will appear across the top of the KellerISD.net home page should campuses be closed

PTA Heart at Work at BPE

Our Sincerest Thanks!

Dear BPES Families,

All we can say is WOW and Thank You, to all the BPES Families that supported our children and school by generously participating in our Fall Fundraiser!!! Our BPES Families raised just over $13,000 with the Pledge Drive.

The money raised from the Pledge Drive will help pay for things that are not fully covered by the school budget, such as: field trips, enhancements to playground equipment, school parties/activities, fun family events, classroom supplies, teacher appreciation, Art Reflections Program, and much more.

Even though we fell slightly short of our $15,000 goal, we feel our alternative fundraising option was a success and it helped us earn the money we need to continue to offer the wonderful programs and extracurricular activities that help us play our part in keeping Bette Perot one of the most highly respected schools in the area.

Over the next several weeks, we will be giving out all our Thank You Gifts and One of Kind Recognition to all Children and Families that participated in the Pledge Drive.

We would like to announce the winners of the special Drawing Thank You Gifts:

Lexi Romanelli - Ride Home in a Fire Truck

Noah Bates - Vice-Principal for the Day

Benjamin Clement - Principal for the Day

We deeply appreciate your dedication to your child and our school.

Please contact us with any questions at bpespta2015@gmail.com.

Sincerely - Your PTA Board Officers,

Misty Wolfe

Kim Puckett

Carolyn Vorwerk

Alicia Whitehead

Jennifer Lane

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Friday Fun! Smencil & Spirit Monkey Sales Continue While Supplies Last

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Arrive Before 9:15...

Due to a change from the Texas Legislature, children who arrive at school after 9:15 without a doctor's note will be considered absent for the entire school day.

Dates to Remember

Tuesdays (As weather permits)....Running Club

Registration must be completed in order for students to participate. To register your child, visit bpespta.org or click here to access registration information.

December 3rd - 2nd Grade Field Trip to Nutcracker

Dining Out...Remember to mention you are from BPE

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December 4 - Preschool Patriots

December 18 - Early Release at 12:00

December 19 - January 4th...Winter Break

Happy Holidays!! Enjoy!

Register to Receive Remind Text Messages from BPE

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PTA Presents...