BSE Homegrown

January 18-22

Weekly Events

Monday, January 18th

  • No School-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Tuesday, January 19th

  • Cookie Gram order forms go home
  • Report Cards/Signed papers go home
  • PBIS/RtI Team Meets 2:45
  • Art Show at Chapman Cultural Center 5-6:30

Wednesday, January 20th

  • Club and Class Pictures
  • Data Meeting with 3rd Grade Teachers 2:45

Thursday, January 21st

  • Fire/Earthquake Drill
  • Math Visits from Glenda Brown
  • CPI certified staff to meet at 2:45

Friday, January 22nd

  • Top 4 Mascot Names shared with students
  • Published Pups Celebration
  • Award's Day (1st-12:30, 2nd-1:00, and 3rd-1:30)
  • Grade Reps to turn in TOP Mascot name for their grade level (Remember each homeroom in the gradelevel selects a name. The grade level rep will share the top picks from each homeroom and students will vote on their favorite). The grade level rep will collect the top name from each homeroom, select the winner based on popular vote, and email that name to Mrs. Kimbrell)

Need to Know News

Cookie Grams

Each year, we have a Cookie Gram fundraiser to support Relay for Life. If you would like to send a Cookie Gram to your little one, you may do so by completing the order form sent home recently. The last day to place an order is February 4th. Cookie Grams will be delivered on February 12th.

Inclement Weather Reminder

In case of inclement weather, please watch our local news stations, check our school Facebook Page, or listen for our School Phone Messenger. We communicate any decisions as soon as they are made and communicated with us.

Donuts for Dads

A HUGE shout out to all of our dads and guardians that came out Thursday and Friday. Please know that we loved having you at school with us.

Class Pictures

Class pictures are on sale now for $9.00.

Name that Mascot

There was a recent conversation about school mascot, who we call bulldog puppy, and the fact that he does not have a name. So, we have asked our students to help us out. Over the next few weeks, students will be nominating names for our school Mascot. We will have the top four names after this week. Students will vote on January 29th. I will keep you posted on the progress.

Science Fair Family Night

Due to some scheduling conflicts, we have went virtual with our Science Fair Family Night scheduled for Monday, January 11th. Instead of having a face to face meeting, we have posted the video on our school Facebook page to assist with preparation for our upcoming science fair. All 3rd students are required to complete and project while 1st and 2nd graders have the option to do a project. You can also watch the video by clicking on the link below. The first 50 people to watch and complete the survey will receive a free Science Fair Board. We hope you find this beneficial.

Link to the Video:

Link to the Survey:

Inclement Weather Reminder

In case of inclement weather, please watch our local news stations, check our school Facebook Page, or listen for our School Phone Messenger. We communicate any decisions as soon as they are made and communicated with us.

2nd Grade Pet Club

The 2nd Grade Pet Club is collecting donations for the Humane Society through Friday, January 15th.

Due this Week

-Make sure you emailed your club pic to Laura Galloway with the name of the club in the subject line along.

-You should have your award request forms turned into Mrs. Leonard.

-Keep in mind, we have a board member visit February 1st.

-Go ahead and get those webpages updated......a new year with new information.

What's Going on in Classrooms at BSE

Learn by Doing-that is what I saw in classrooms this week and I loved it. It is often difficult for teachers to "let go" of some of that control for students to be able to "learn by doing".

In one first grade classroom, I observed a teacher guiding a discussion about a timeline of events of someone's life. The students had read a book and the teacher modeled the use of illustrations to help sequence the events. As a result, the teacher had them to apply what they had learned to create their own timeline. You have to kind of think of it as a gradual release of responsibility or GRR. You model for them and let them go. The more we try to SHOW them, the less time they have to learn by doing.

I looked up this concept and found this definition:

Learning-by-doing is a concept in economic theory by which productivity is achieved through practice, self-perfection and minor innovations. Take a look at the image in this section. How often to we rob our students of opportunities to learn by doing because we use up this time trying to explain, show, or tell them something. This makes me think of our faculty meetings. I have more time into prepping for those meeting, with preparing notes, so that more time is given for you to learn by doing in some of the stations. Over the next few weeks, we are going to explore this concept more. As you are planning your lessons, be mindful of providing students with hands on experience to learn by doing. Keep in mind that this is not referencing a worksheet as doing......let it involve all of their senses, creating, problem solving, etc.....

Yearbooks on Sale

Yearbooks will be available for purchase online starting September 14. We will make them available online through March 31. The cost is 15.00. You will need to follow the link below and enter the school code 21001.


Lunch Menus will now be digital. Parents are able to download an app that will allow them to check daily menus. The app is titled NurtiSlice. Parents will search for Spartanburg District Two. They will have the option to choose elementary, middle, or high school. Once you have selected the school, parents will be able to view the breakfast or lunch menu.

Parents are also able to pay their lunch bill online. I have include a link below titled "Pay your Lunch Bill" below.

Upcoming Events

January Events

25th-PTA Board meeting, Discovery Ed Lessons, RtI Meetings

26th-Faculty Meeting (3:00)

27th-BSFBC Evacuation Training for non-homeroom teachers

28th-Terrific Kid (8:30), 3rd Grade Energy Presentation

29th-Principal Pals, signed papers go home, First Draft of Yearbook due

February Events

1st-School Board Member, David Sereque, visits BSES, Guidance Attendance Meeting

2nd-ESOL Testing Begins, SC State Dep. Rep to visit BSES, Tech Tuesday for 2nd and 3rd Grade 2:45

3rd-Jump Rope for Heart Presentation

4th-Last day to order Cookie Grams, Yearbooks on sale at school, Teachers Review Yearbook pages

5th-Spirit Day, Sign-up sheet for DO snacks

8th-BSES Science Fair (6:30), RtI Meetings

9th-Grades Due, Faculty Meeting

10th-Furman, Exceptional Eats delivered

11th-Watershed for 5K, Chick-fil-a Spirit Night (4:30-8:00)

12th-Valentine's Day Parties (1:15)

Birthday Wishes Go Out to......

To my December apologies!


4-Mistry Bonasia, 8-Cindy Nichols, 9-Patti Hardee, 12-Sheila Ballington, 13-Evangeline English, 18-Dorothy Crite and Brenda Reid, 22-Janice Koman, 25-Maureen Bowen, 30-Carla Jolley, Nanda Mitchell, and Kelli Smith


8-Necole Miller, 17-Bethany Revis and Richard Bevins (cafeteria)

A Day in the Life @ BSE

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