Bray Family Blast

Week of March 7-11, 2022

Bray's Mission Statement:


The mission of Bray Elementary is to empower the whole child through self-recognition of their potential to excel in an evolving society.

Message from the Principal

Greetings Bray Families,


I'm looking forward to a great week with our scholars! Thank you to everyone who came out to support our scholars at the Black History Program and Living Wax Museum! It was an honor to highlight our scholars' gifts and talents on this special evening. Please have amazing spring break and I hope to see everyone at our STEM & Math Night this Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m.!


If you need assistance in any way, don't hesitate to contact me or any member of our leadership team. It is an honor to serve the Bray community.


Thank you for your continued support!


Humbly,

Dr. McCarther


Help us share our story by following us on Twitter, and liking our posts!

Twitter: @BrayiServe

Twitter: @brayelementary

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Important Dates-New Dates are Bold

Extended Day Last Week


Tuesday, March 8-Red Carpet Event (@1:40 p.m. link will be emailed)

Thursday, March 10 - STEM Night (See flyer below)

Thursday, March 10-Fundrasier Magic Show (During School)

Friday, March 11-Passion Club Friday


March 14 - 18- SPRING BREAK/NO SCHOOL


Thursday, March 24 - Where Girls Connect Club (3-4 pm)

Friday, March 25 - STEMspired Club Day


Thursday, March 31 - PTA & Campus Talent Show

Black History Program and Living Wax Museum

STEM & Math Night

We hope you can join us for this engaging and fun evening. There will be food, prizes and lots of fun! Thank you to everyone who signed-up to volunteer!
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Penny Wars Fundraiser

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Reoccuring Information Beyond This Point

Longhorn Futures Committee- Community Partnership

The Cedar Hill ISD Board of Trustees and administration are convening a committee of Cedar Hill stakeholders to evaluate, assess, prioritize and report their findings on the future capital project needs for the district.

The Longhorn Futures Committee (LFC) is invaluable to a master-planning process because it allows CHISD to hear from and incorporate many different perspectives from people in our community.

Any CHISD employee, parent, current junior or senior enrolled or Cedar Hill resident can submit their name for consideration to serve on the Longhorn Futures Committee. The CHISD communications department has shared this questionnaire online and those interested must complete the questionnaire by 5pm on Wednesday March 2, 2022.

Additional information and a link to the questionnaire is available at chisd.net/LonghornFutures

Meetings for LFC members will take place from 5:30pm-8pm and rotate through the district. Dinner will be served from 5:30pm -6:00pm, all meals will be sponsored by a community partner or CHEF. The tentative schedule is:

  • Meeting 1: Thursday, March 10

  • Meeting 2: Thursday, March 31

  • Meeting 3: Thursday, April 14

  • Meeting 4: Thursday, April 28

  • Meeting 5: Thursday, May 19

  • Meeting 6: Thursday, June 2

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Counselor's Corner

Good afternoon Bray Family! I hope everyone was able to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day. If you weren't, you can always do some random acts of kindness over the rest of our extended weekend. Please tag @BrayElementary on twitter with any pictures, or you can always send them to me at douglas.embry@chisd.net


As we start entering testing season, several different emotions and behaviors are often bound to pop up. If you (or your scholar's teacher) notice your scholar behaving differently, please send me an email to let me know. Anxiety, frustration, and irritability are some of the common things seen during this stressful time. Please let me be of any assistance that you and your family may need.


I'm working on an idea for a different style of career day, which allows our scholars more exposure to the wide variety of jobs out there (and more access to the fields that they may be interested in). If you feel that you have a career that scholars should be exposed to, and are willing to volunteer a very small amount of your time for a potential video, please send me an email with your name, your scholar's name, and your job title/career field. I want a wide variety of careers too, entrepreneurs, music industry, and I'm definitely looking for some quality careers that didn't require a college degree in order to expose our scholars to every avenue possible. So please reach out to me @ douglas.embry@chisd.net if you are interested.

Right At School Before/After School Program

Right At School Before/After School Program

Cedar Hill Independent School District elementary families have the opportunity to enroll their children in a productive and safe Before and After School program, known as “Right At School”, which is open from 6:30 - 7:15 a.m. in the mornings and from 3:00 - 6:30 p.m. in the afternoon/evening. It is an enrichment-based program that highlights crafts and fitness. Its focus is innovation, inspiration and efficiency.

For more information, log on to rightatschool.com

Face Masks Needed

Thank you to everyone who has sent in mask donations. We appreciate you so much! We are still accepting donations to help keep our school community healthy. Please donate face masks if you are able and remind your scholar to bring a face mask to school each day.

Bottle Tops Needed!

Thank you for sending us your water bottles! Now, we need bottle tops only! Please send us your bottle tops in all colors and sizes to complete a major project. Thank you in advance for your support!

Update on Chromebook Insurance

Parents will now be able to enroll in insurance for their scholars' Chromebooks, but it will only cover damages from the day they enroll. They will only cover damages, and not lost Chromebooks. There is going to be a 2 week window to sign up every month. The last opportunity will be April 30, and will cover Chromebooks until June 30.
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Morning Drop-Off and Afternoon Pick-Up Updates

Parents and families, thank you for working with us to ensure that scholars are getting to school by 7:30 each day. For scholars arriving later than 7:35, please continue to escort your children into the building. Additionally, if you park in the parking lot during the morning drop off, we ask that you walk your child through the parking lot to the crosswalk so that we can ensure that he or she remains safe.


In the afternoon, we begin dismissing scholars at 3:00 and continue until 3:20. Scholars who have not been picked up at this time are then escorted to the foyer at the front of the building. If you arrive after 3:20, please come to the front office to pick up your scholar.


Additionally, we want to remind you that we are unable to accommodate parents who walk to the front door or to staff members to pick up scholars. We ask that you remain in your car and use the carline. Walking up to the building delays the dismissal process considerably. We also want to reiterate the importance of walkers using the crosswalk to cross the street in order to maintain their safety.

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After School Activities

Bray Clubs

Advanced Art-Monday-3:15-4:15

Vocal Motion-Tuesday 3:30-4:30

Dance-Wednesday-3:15-4:30

Where Girls Connect-Thursdays Once a Month-3:00-4:00

* Remaining Dates

March 24, April 21, & May 19



Tutoring

Extended Day- Revised Date January 31-March 11

Rewards for Showing Growth in IXL

All scholars have regular opportunities to practice math skills on IXL while in the classroom. We also encourage them to continue this practice at home in order to increase their math levels by the end of the year. As they show growth, we are excited to reward them accordingly. All scholars have access to IXL by using the district launchpad, which is accessible from this link. Please reach out to your child's math teacher if you have any questions.
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Devices

Scholars who bring devices to school (cell phones, IPads, laptops, etc.) will be directed to put their devices in their locker or backpack during the school day. Devices should not be visible or used during the school day without teachers' permission for instructional purposes. Every scholar has access to a Chromebook to access applications or online assignments. To minimize disruptions throughout the school day, please remind scholars to leave devices at home or be prepared to put them away when they arrive at school. Please see the Acceptable Use of Technology section on the district's website for additional information.
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For Parents-Car Riders

For the safety of our scholars, we must verify the identity of anyone who picks up a scholar without a car tag. If you do not have a car tag to pick up a scholar during dismissal, you will be asked to park and go to the office for an ID check. Please take a picture ID into the office, and someone will assist you.

Attendance

It is vital that scholars are at school every day. According to compulsory school attendance, students are required to attend school 90% of the time and should not miss more than eight days of school per semester for a total of 16 days for the year. When scholars are absent, send a note to the school indicating why the scholar was absent. If absences are due to COVID, please communicate with our school's nurse aide.


We will recognize individual scholars for perfect attendance and classes with the highest attendance rates. Classes will receive a trophy, tangible rewards, and bragging rights! Please help us with this by bringing your scholar to school on time every day. When scholars are not at school, they miss valuable classroom instruction. Please note: If your scholar is sick, please keep them home; however, please send a note when your scholar returns.

Tardies, Arrival, and Dismissal

Tardies: School starts promptly at 7:30, and instruction begins immediately following the morning announcements. Scholars are tardy if they arrive after 7:35 am.

Arrival: Doors open from 7:15 a.m. to 7:35 a.m. Breakfast will be provided until 7:45.

Dismissal: There are four modes of transportation for dismissal-car riders, walkers, bus riders, and daycare riders. Parents cannot walk to the front door to pick up scholars. When parents walk to the front door, it delays dismissal procedures. Therefore, we ask that you stay in your car to expedite dismissal procedures.


**Call the front office and email your scholar's teacher if there is a change in transportation by 2:30 p.m.


Dismissal will begin at 3:00 p.m. If you need a car tag for car riders, please pick up your car tag. Parents/guardians will need a car tag to pick up scholars.


Car riders
7:10-7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.-You may pick up a car tag from the front office. Please bring your ID.


Daycare and Bus riders
Bus riders will dismiss from the library. Daycare riders will dismiss from the door by the gym.

Walkers
Walkers will dismiss from door 18 and meet the crossing guard on Roberts road. Parents/guardians may meet scholars at the crossing guard when we dismiss them. PreK-1st grade scholars must have an older sibling or family member with them to walk home.

Early Release of Scholars from School
Parents/guardians must sign out scholars who need to go for an appointment in the main office by 2:30 p.m. Scholars will not be released from the office after 2:40 since this is transition time for us.

Changes in Transportation
Call the front office and email your scholar's teacher if there is a change in transportation by 2:30 p.m.

We will continue to work diligently to streamline all arrival and dismissal procedures. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the front office at 972-291-4231.

Bray PTA Corner

  • It is not too late to order yourself and your scholar a Bray T-shirt. The cost is $12. To place an order, please fill out the order form and send in your payment via cash, Cashapp ($eaglelifecreations), or PayPal (eaglelifecreations@yahoo.com). If you need another order form, please contact the school office.
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WE ARE STEMspired!

CHISD STEM education will provide learning experiences that develop design thinkers equipped with the soft skills needed to adapt to our ever-changing global community. Our scholars will engage in STEM experiences to enhance their understanding of STEM to prepare for college, career, and military.


The implementation of STEM throughout our district will enhance community engagement and offer social and emotional support through counseling collaboration with Communities in School for behavior support and mental health resources.


STEM-focused extracurricular activities are great ways for scholars to build problem-solving skills in an encouraging environment. STEM extracurriculars are a safe space for scholars to build confidence and unleash creativity in a STEM setting, all while having fun. Scholars will participate in STEM clubs at least once a month.


All PreK-5th grade STEM clubs will participate in STEM Clubs.

CHISD Kudos

The CHISD Communications Department loves to share the positive experiences and interactions happening across the district.

If you want to share some kudos for a parent, employee or scholar who exhibits the Longhorn Essentials, please email a description/information to webmaster@chisd.net and you might see your kudos on one of the district’s social media accounts.

COVID19 Update

The Texas Education Agency provided school districts with an update on guidelines related to COVID-19 in schools. You can read the public health guidance here.


CHISD staff, additional guidance has been shared regarding school staff, you can read it here.


The Blueprint 2.0

Last year, CHISD presented “The Blueprint” to prepare for the return of scholars during the COVID-19 Pandemic. While some circumstances have changed and others have remained similar, the district is still preparing vigorously for the health and safety of its scholars and staff.


We currently have “The Blueprint 2.0” as part of Operation #SafeLonghorn. The Blueprint 2.0, much like its predecessor, includes procedures and protocols related to COVID-19. We encourage scholars, parents and staff to read and familiarize themselves with the document.

As communities continue to learn more information about the virus and steps which can mitigate its risk, Cedar Hill ISD administration will provide updates to the community and incorporate those updates into the plan.

Bray's Leadership Team

Dr. Amanda McCarther

Principal

amanda.mccarther@chisd.net


Mary Robinson

Assistant Principal

mary.robinson@chisd.net


Douglas Embry

Counselor

douglas.embry@chisd.net


Melonie German

Instructional Facilitator

melonie.german@chisd.net




Bray Elementary

Please continue to refer to our district website, www. chisd.net, our social media pages on (Facebook, Twitter-@brayelementary), and campus emails for additional information about events.

218 North Broad Street, Cedar Hill, TX, USAchisd.net/bray