August 10, 2019

School is Starting Soon!

We are so excited to welcome back our returning Bison, and meet those who are new to our "herd!" School starts in just a few short days, and we know everyone is gearing up for a great 2019-2020. Each week, this newsletter will be sent out, usually on Sundays, with information about upcoming events and happenings at Bethke. We also post them on the Bethke website which is linked at This is a great resource for you and your family.

There are several items below that will be helpful as you plan for Aug 14th including Meet the Teacher information, school supply list and information about new procedures.

We can't wait to see you!

Welcome, and Finding Your Teachers!

Classroom placements will be posted in the HAC (where you previously saw your student's grades). If you are new, you won't yet have access to the HAC. Your child's teacher will begin calling to welcome you to their classrooms.

If you are still pending information for registration, your child will be placed in a classroom when we have received that information.

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Track your child's Bus!

The Katy ISD Transportation Department is exited to communicate that all 2019 – 2020 route buses will be equipped with GPS systems. With the new GPS systems, parents, campuses and Transportation personnel will be able to track buses in real-time through a downloadable application from Edulog. Parents and patrons having children riding buses in Katy ISD, the link below contains information on how to download the application. We look forward to working with our parents and campuses as we continue to find new ways to improve safety, efficiency, and responsiveness within the Transportation Department.

Your school’s GPS district code to use in the application is : 52697930

Join the Bethke PTA

Guess what?! You can join the Bethke PTA today! Skip the crowds and eliminate the paperwork by signing up online! The funds from membership fees are used for various programs and activities, including the kids’ favorite BISON TIME! We are also trying to get some new playground equipment for our growing Bison family!

Meet Mrs. Lowery, Your Principal

I am so honored to be the Principal at Bethke Elementary! I moved to Katy at the age of 10 and attended Hutsell, Katy JH and graduated from Katy HS. Many of the campuses in our district are named for my former teachers, so I know what a legacy our schools are for our community! When I graduated, I attended Texas Tech University where I met my husband of 22 years, Warren. He works for our family commercial landscape construction business with my parents and brothers. We are proud parents of our 19 year old twins, Blake and Brooke. Brooke is attending Texas Tech University, and Blake is serving in the United States Army. We are so very proud of both of them. This will be my 24th year in education. I taught 4th grade for 11 years at a couple of Katy schools, including Katy Elementary. In 2006, I became the assistant principal at Hutsell and the principal at Rhoads Elementary in 2011. Our school is focused on collaboration of teachers, students and our community. We value our students' interest and strive to meet their needs while also encouraging them to make a positive impact on their community.

I welcome your input and support as we all work to make Bethke the most amazing school in Katy ISD!

Carrie Lowery

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Grade Level Shirts!

At Bethke, we wear "grade level shirts" on Mondays to celebrate a new week. These are also worn on field trips, etc. Grade Level Shirts can be purchased at Meet the Teacher for $15.00 or at the front office during the school year! The grade level colors are posted below.
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More Parent Pick Up Information!

Please click the link below for more information about the parent pick-up line.

Traffic Flow Pattern for Parent Pick-up and Drop-Off

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Upcoming Events:

August 12th -- Registration ffor K-5 from 8:00-12:00

Meet the Teacher (K,1,2 @ 5:30-6:30) (3,4,5 @ 6:45-7:45)

August 14th -- First Day of School

August 14, 15 and 16th--Parents may walk students to class

August 16th - Specials Day--Tuesday

August 21st - Character Trait Day--Wear Green for Treating others right, Making smart decisions, and Maximizing your Potential

August 23rd - Specials Day - Wednesday

August 26th - Principal's Coffee @ 9:00

August 27th - 4th Grade Parent Orientation @ 5:30

August 29th - 2nd Grade Parent Orientation @ 5:30

August 30th - Specials Day-Thursday

September 2nd - LABOR DOAY HOLIDAY

September 3rd - 5th Grade Parent Orientation @ 5:30, 5th grade choir parent meeting after

September 4th - Character Trait - Trust-Wear Blue

September 5th - 1st Grade Parent Orientation @ 5:30

September 6th - Specials Day-Monday

September 10th - Kinder Parent Orientation @ 5:30

September 12th - 3rd Grade Parent Orientation @ 5:30

September 13th - Specials Day--Tuesday

September 17th - Choir Begins @ 7:30, Progress Reports go Home, RDR parent Meeting @ 5:30

September 18th - Family Night, No HW

September 19th - WATCH DOG Kickoff @ 5:30

September 20th - Specials Day-Wednesday, Bison Time Begins!

September 23rd - CAT Team Meeting @ 4:00

September 24th - RDR Begins

September 26th - Kinder PE Night @ 5:30

September 27th - Specials Day-Thursday, Bison Time

Bethke Staff Shout Outs!

We have a wonderful staff here at Bethke. Why not give a "Shout Out!" to a staff member who deserves celebrating? Click on the link below!

"The strength of the Bison is the Herd, and the strength of the Herd is the Bison! "