August 26, 2018

Student Leadership Opportunities for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade!

This week Mrs. Lowery met with all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders to explain new opportunities for student leadership. Roles such as Media Interns, Announcement Managers, and Principal's Advisory Council are available for students. Yellow "job applications" were picked up by students if they are interested. These applications are due back to Mrs. Lowery by August 31st.

Bullying Prevention and Intervention Information

A safe learning environment for all Katy ISD students and staff is our top priority. Throughout this school year, you will see an increased focus on building awareness and enhancing systems that support both the physical and emotional well-being of all our children. This includes our video series on bullying prevention and intervention. Check out our latest video, “What Does Bullying Look Like?.” More information about policies and procedures related to bullying can be found here.


The forecast this week calls for some much needed rain! In the event that it is raining during dismissal, we call a "rainy day dismissal." On these days, bus, car and day care riders go their usual way.

Walkers must have a "rainy day" plan.

This will be the way they go home when a rainy day dismissal is called. Homeroom teachers should know how your walker is to go home if it is raining. Note--if your walker is a car rider on rainy day, please understand the car rider likely moves much slower on rainy days. Your child could still be a walker on rainy days, it just means they would still walk in the rain. We won't release students if there is lightening or severe weather. We would just hold them until the weather is safe for walking.

A text and email will be sent by 3:15 if it is called a "rainy day".

Parent Pick Up Line Update!

Things are moving much smoother in the parent pick up line. Here are a few reminders:

*Parents should not enter the line until 3:00 or so. We have cars getting in line as early as 1:40.....that's two hours before dismissal!

*You must be in line by 3:45 in order to have your number recorded. If you get in line after, it is likely you will need to come into the building to sign your child out.

*It is important that you stay in your lane. Switching lanes causes confusion, and hot tempers. Please remember we are standing in the heat and don't want to be out any longer than necessary. We also want our students to be cool and safe.

We so appreciate those of you who have been encouraging and patient. It is paying off.

A Couple of Quick Parent Tips!

This week students will walk to class by themselves. We will have monitors in the hallways to help guide them to their classes.

Lunches---If you need to deliver lunch, you'll have to RAPTOR in and deliver it to the table by the gym. Your student won't be called down to get their lunch. Door Dash! :)

Early Check Out--Students needing to leave early must be checked out by 3:10. There are no check-outs after this time as we begin dismissal and it makes it very hectic, and unsafe.

Students who are checked out early receive a partial day absence, so be sure to bring a note if you are making a doctor's appointment.

Changes of transportation should only happen occasionally. When students constantly have a different way home, they get confused. Changes must be made in WRITING, and sent to the school in the morning. We cannot make changes to transportation over the phone or by email. You can fax a note, but it must have a copy of your ID as well. It is recommended that if you fax it, you call to be sure it was received.

Other policies and procedures can be found in the parent handbook which is located on our website, or copies are available in the front office.

**Special Project** What are your Goals for 2018-2019?

A new year means new beginnings and a time for new goals.

We'd like to decorate our hallway with photos of our families and include the goals you have for your student.

We are asking each family to bring a 4x6 picture of your family. You'll give this to one of your child's teachers and also write a goal for your student on a piece of paper we provide. We'll hang our Bethke Family Photos and the goals in our main hallway for everyone to enjoy.

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Upcoming Events:

August 28th -- Fourth Grade Parent Orientation @ 5:30

Sept. 3rd-- Labor Day HOLIDAY

Sept 4th-- 5th Grade Parent Orientation 5:30

5th Grade Choir Parent Meeting 6:30

Sept 5th--Core Essentials--Initiative--Wear Khaki

Sept 6th-- 1st & 2nd Grade Parent Orientation 5:30

Sept 7th-- Specials Day--Wednesday

Sept 11th-- RDR Parent Meeting 5:30

Sept 12th--Family Night, NO HOMEWORK

Sept 13th-- Kinder and Third Grade Parent Orientation 5:30

Sept 14th-- Specials Day--Thursday

Sept 19th-- Progress Reports Go Home

Sept 20th-- WATCH DOG Kick off 5:30

Sept 21st-- Bison Time Begins!

Sept 27th-- Kinder PE Night 5:30

Sept 28th-- Specials Day Tuesday

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 for $15.00 or at the front office during the school year! The grade level colors are posted below.
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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!

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