The Bray Blast

Parent Communication / February 1 - 28, 2019

From the Principal's Desk

We are headed into the long stretch of the school year. Winter and Spring season brings about colder weather, rain showers and May flowers. You have made some resolution for the new year and you are working very hard to achieve what you have set out to do. I know you are committed to one goal this year - "Perfect Attendance for YOUR Scholar!" Please do not allow my scholars to stay home unless they are sick. We have this 98% attendance goal and I still believe we can make it. For this to truly be a reality I need your help. I need EVERY SCHOLAR at school daily. We have crunched the numbers, did the math and we can only have approximately 15 scholars absent per week. We can still make our goal only if you bring my scholars to school DAILY. Bray Squad members are ready to take our scholars to the next level, but they must be in attendance for us to have an impact.

Our goal is 98% weekly attendance rate and I know that we can do it!

* Every Second Counts

* Attendance Matters

* Team Work Makes the Dream Work

Just a reminder:

The number one question I am asked by parents is, "How can I help my child at home?" Read to, with, and by your little scholar every night. The most impact any parent can have on their scholar's education and future is to foster a love of reading. Reading will unlock the doors to new worlds, opportunities, and a brighter future in any career path. Reading at home with your scholar for 20 minutes per day starting in Kindergarten will expose them to 1.8 million words per year. Start reading with your scholar today and open a world of opportunity and imagination tomorrow.


If your child has flu-like symptoms, please keep them at home until they are fever free for at least 24 hours. Also, remind them to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, and cover their cough. The influenza vaccine is available at many doctors' offices and the health department. If your child is not exhibiting any of flu-like symptoms then your child should come to school.

Thank You,

Principal Sterling

Read 20 Minutes a Day

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Yearly Attendance:
  • Campus - 96.4%
  • Pre-Kindergarten - 96.8%
  • Kindergarten - 96.6%
  • 1st - 94.2%
  • 2nd - 96%
  • 3rd - 96.1%
  • 4th - 97.8%
  • 5th - 96.5%
  • Total # of Absences Year - 809

Weekly Attendance: (January 21-25, 2019)

  • Campus - 97.1%
  • Pre-Kindergarten - 93.2%
  • Kindergarten -96.8%
  • 1st - 95%
  • 2nd - 97.4%
  • 3rd - 95.4%
  • 4th - 99.5%
  • 5th - 98.1%
  • Total # of Absences Week -52

Calendar of Events

3rd Marking Period

  • Monday, January 8 - Friday, March 8

4th & 5th grade Black History Concert/PTA Meeting

  • Thursday, February 7th
  • 6:30 p.m.

Valentine's Day Parties

  • Thursday, February 14th
  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Scholar's teacher will communicate additional information

Valentine's Dance (PTA)

  • Friday, February 15th
  • 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Bray Elementary gym
  • See flyer for additional information

Spring Pictures

  • Thursday, February 21st

Read Across America Week

  • February 25th - March 1st
  • Read Across America Day - Friday, March 1st

Looking forward

  • Benchmark testing: Friday, March 1st / Monday, March 4th - Thursday, March 7th
  • Spring Break: Monday, March 11th - Friday, March 15th
  • All Pro Dad's Breakfast: Friday, March 22 @ 7:45 a.m.
  • 18-19 LAST Red Carpet Series: Friday, March 22 @ 1:00 p.m.
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2018-2019 Yearbook

The 2018-2019 Yearbooks can be ordered TODAY - March 18th!

1) Cost per copy: $20 (No Checks Please)

Name Personalization: $5.50 / Icons: $3.50

  • Order online: / Click on "Buy your student's yearbook" / Enter the school name, city, and state Place your order!
  • Return the order form with payment in a sealed envelopment to Mrs. Paiz

2) We need your pictures for the yearbook. Text the Yearbook staff your pictures directly 740-401-9344

3) Buy an Ad in the Bray Yearbook: You may purchase 1/2 page for $20 or a full page for $40

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4th/5th Black History Concert & PTA Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 7th, 6:30-7:30pm

218 North Broad Street

Cedar Hill, TX

4th - 5th Grade Parents,

Your scholar's grade will be performing at the PTA Meeting on Thursday, February 7th. This will be a very special concert from the 4th and 5th grade general music classes and Orff ensemble entitled "the Road to Freedom." Scholars will be performing music and dance honoring Black History Month.

It is VERY important that every scholar from 4th and 5th grade can attend this concert so that we don't have parts missing. This concert does not include scholars enrolled in orchestra, unless they are ALSO involved in the Orff Ensemble. The participation of every scholar counts, so PLEASE help our performance be successful by coming!

As an incentive, EVERY SCHOLAR who comes to the PTA meeting will receive a FREE BLUEJEANS PASS!

Scholars will meet at 6:00 p.m. so we can set up before the performance. The performance will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

4th Grade: Wear black pants and a solid RED shirt

5th Grade: Wear black pants and a solid Black shirt.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Tiffany Mosley, Bray Music Instructor

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Read Across America Week

Monday, Feb. 25th, 7am to Friday, March 1st, 7am

Bray Elementary

Ways to Help!

Classroom Supplies:

  • Books
  • Kleenex
  • Lysol Wipes
  • Magnifying Glasses
  • Reading Trackers

Scholar Incentives:

  • Board Games
  • Gift Cards
  • Movie Passes
  • Snacks
  • Stickers

Faculty Morale Incentives:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Gift Cards
  • Snacks

Instructional Technology:

  • iPads

Zero-Cost Items:

  • Mentor
  • Positive Thoughts
  • Storytime Reader
  • Volunteer (Morning greeter / Office assistant / Lunch duty / Recess duty)

Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Corner

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PTA Newsletter

Click the link to go directly to the PTA Newsletter. The Newsletter contains all information regarding events, sign-up for events, and contact information.

All Pro Dads (APD) Corner

Friday, Feb. 22nd, 7:30am

218 North Broad Street

Cedar Hill, TX

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019

Time: 7:30-8:15 a.m.

*NEW Location: Bray Cafe'

Thank YOU dads for participating in our November All Pro Dad's Breakfast! We had a great turnout and we look forward to seeing you Thursday, December 20th.

CHISD New Programs 2019-2020
Bray Elementary: Website

Click the link to take you directly to Bray's website.

Volunteer Link

VOLY Sign-Up Information! Sign-up here to be a volunteer in CHISD and if you desire to attend or chaperone your scholars field trips.

Longhorn Insider

District Magazine - The Magazine for families of Cedar Hill

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