The Buzz

12 August 2019

School Info

School Hours: 7:55 am – 3:20 pm

Tardy: any time after 8:00 am

Visitors: All new and returning visitors must sign in to the FRONT OFFICE with a valid photo ID


The Bear Branch Buzz is the place for info! The Buzz is emailed every Monday and can be found on the BBE website. The Buzz and BBE website is THE PLACE for all BBE information.

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ACTIVITY FEES

All activity fees should be paid on the BBE website. This activity fee covers field trip costs, planner costs (if your grade has one), Winter and Spring party costs, and any additional grade-level supplies. You can pay the fee on the BBE website by clicking on the Online Store under the Quick Links section or click on the Activity Fee Link below.

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BBE Permission Form for the 2019-2020 School Year

We are very fortunate to live in a community that offers surrounding greenbelts and parks as well as an active PTA and Room Parent population. Over the course of the school year, our classes may take nature walks on the greenbelt or travel across the street to the Bear Branch Gazebo and Park as a special recess or picnic. Additionally, if you would like parents in your child(ren)'s class to have your directory information, please complete the following permission form for the 2019-2020 School Year. You can give permission for up to three children per form. If you have more than three children attending BBE, please complete two forms.

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BBE Spirit Wear

BBE is excited to host an online BBE spiritwear event with tees, performance athletic shirts, and a hoodies. EPI will be taking online orders for the Bear Branch spiritwear thru August 23. We encourage our students to show their school pride every Friday by wearing a Bear Branch shirt. EPI will open their online store again before Fall Fest or as needed. Shirts will be distributed to your child at school after Labor Day. The link is also on the BBE website.

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College week Aug 19-23!

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BBE PTA Game Night September 13!

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Bear Branch PTA

Bear Branch has an active and supportive PTA. Each new school year begins a NEW membership year. Please join the Bear Branch PTA for only $8.00 and be a part of a fantastic support team for our students. Visit the BBE PTA website for all information on volunteer opportunities, membership directory, and more. Like the BBE PTA Facebook Page to keep current on PTA activities.

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Carline Etiquette

The first week of school is always exciting and it is easy to get distracted. If you are walking your child into the building on the first day, please make sure to park your car on Tree Lane and use the crosswalks.


Student safety is the number one priority of Bear Branch Elementary. That includes a safe arrival and dismissal process. One of the primary concerns during school arrival and dismissal is keeping our students, staff and safety patrol ambassadors safe. BBE would like to remind everyone of arrival and dismissal safety procedures and etiquette:


  • All school zones are No Cell PHONE zones. There should be no cell phone use in carline.
  • Always have your child exit your vehicle on the sidewalk only. This is the safest way for students to exit and enter the school. Never get out of your vehicle and have your student walk in front or back and cross other cars to enter the building. If you need extra time to help your student out of the car, or they are not buckled on the passenger side, please pull ALL THE WAY FORWARD past the first safety cone or into a visitor parking spot and out of the car line.
  • Ensure that your child is ready to exit the vehicle upon arrival. Do NOT hold up the line by sitting in your car while your student gathers backpacks, lunch kits, etc... The longer you sit, the longer those behind you must wait.
  • If your child is having trouble leaving the car, please pull ALL THE WAY FORWARD past the first safety cone or into a visitor parking spot. Do not hold up the car line.
  • Do not double park vehicles in the drop-off lane as this creates a dangerous situation for the children who must then cross in front of other cars to enter the building. Additionally, do not park your vehicle along Tree Lane and exit to retrieve your child. This holds up the traffic flow.
  • Do not block the intersection in the parking lot. Allow room for cars behind you to pull up and enter into the parking lot.
  • Students who will be regularly picked up at dismissal in carpool must have a carpool sign with the student name. Make sure your sign is visible. The sooner we see your name the quicker we can get students loaded. You may want to use a pant hanger to hang the number from your rear view window mirror. This will make it more visible and very easy for us to see.


Parents are to remain in the vehicles and keep the line moving. If your student needs extra help, please allow the Safety Patrol ambassador to load them in the vehicle from the sidewalk then pull ALL THE WAY FORWARD past the first safety cone. Finally, PLEASE do not sacrifice safety for convenience. We all have the same goal of keeping each and every one of our students safe. Please allow adequate time for the drop off and pick up of your student. Thank you for your support of BBE.

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BMX 101

We are excited to announce that this year's Bike Rodeo will be replaced with BMX 101. BBE and the PTA, together with the Harris County Houston Sports Authority and BMX USA, will present a fun and active program that provides experienced instructors, bicycles, helmets, equipment, and supplies directly to our school.


The program is structured to teach students between kindergarten and 5th grade how to ride bicycles, the importance of physical activity, and introduce them to the sport of BMX through active and engaging lesson plans. In order for your child to participate, please fill out the waiver and turn in to your student's teacher.


Dates: Thursday, August 29 & September 5. Specific times TBD soon. Stay tuned!