Shetland Express

2601 Shady Brook Dr. Bedford, TX 76021

"Celebrating Superheroes!"

November 13, 2015

From the Principal's desk. . .

Tomorrow is the "Let Your Colors Run" Fun Run event for PTA. Mr. Scott and I are looking forward to participating in this event. We've got our t-shirts, sunglasses and running shoes ready! The money will go towards the 4th Grade Field Trip to Austin and the 6th Grade End-of-Year Field Trip to GDX. We look forward to seeing you there!

Also, be sure and ask your student about the Prize Patrol. This will be a great opportunity to use those Brook Bucks they've been saving for the first two six weeks. Our CHAMPS team has worked to collect many great prizes for the students to "purchase". This is sure to be a great event to celebrate positive behavior.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Shannon Gauntt


Shady Brook Elementary

Shannon Gauntt, Principal, Shady Brook Elementary

Please feel free to contact me at any time. Thank you for your support!

Clarence Scott, Assistant Principal, Shady Brook Elementary

Please feel free to contact me at any time. Thank you for your support!

BINGO for Books

BINGO for Books

When: Thursday, November 19th from 6:30-7:30

What: Come join us for BINGO for Books. Bring your whole family for a free dinner of FRITO PIE provided by our wonderful PTA and win a free book.

Where: SBE Cafeteria

The book fair will be open from 8am-8 pm in the library.

****Door Prizes****Frito Pie****Books****Reading Strategies to use at home****

Important Dates. . .

11/14 - PTA "Let Your Colors Run" Fun Run Event!

11/16 - Christmas Providers Food Drive begins

11/19 - Report Cards go home

11/19 - Bingo for Books - 6:30 p.m. SBE Cafeteria

11/20 - Hat Day - help support field trips

11/23 - Netzsmart Presentation for grades 1, 3 and 5

11/24 - KG Thanksgiving program at 9 a.m.


12/1/ - PTA Board meeting in the library at 6:30 p.m.

12/3 - Family Science Night/ Fort Worth Science Museum comes to the Brook beginning at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria

12/7 - Progress reports go home

12/8 2nd Grade Field Trip to Casa Manana

Christmas Providers 2015

November 16 through December 3 will be our annual Christmas Providers food drive. Please help Shady Brook by collecting non-perishable food items such as canned fruits, canned vegetables, boxed macaroni & cheese, peanut butter, cereal, breakfast items, boxed Hamburger Helper, rice, beans, pasta, etc. for families in need. The class who brings the most food will win cookies.

Counselor’s Corner

Our current guidance lessons for Kinder through 6th grade are on the topic of personal safety. In Kinder and 1st grade, I am using the Yellow Dyno program (that includes a yellow dinosaur puppet) that shares safety tips and what to do if you are ever in a dangerous situation. Yellow Dyno says to use your eyes to see if there is danger around you. If so, take 3 steps back and run like the wind. If you ever find yourself in a situation where someone is trying to take you, you can yell the Yellow Dyno yell: “Help, this is not my mom, or help, this is not my dad.” Then, tell a trusted adult what happened. Our 2nd through 5th grade classes watched videos showing various situations that could be potentially dangerous and the safe way to handle those situations. The students learned a 3 step process: stop, get away, and tell an adult. Our 6th graders were given various unsafe scenarios and discussed the best way to handle those situations to stay safe. Parents, please talk with your student(s) about situations such as what to do if they are at home alone and someone comes to the door, if they are home alone and the phone rings, what to do if someone in a car pulls up beside them and tries to get them to come nearby, tricks that people may use to persuade kids to come with them, etc. The best way to keep our kids safe is to educate them on the potential dangers that are out there.

HEBISD Family Support Services

Are you in a transitional living situation due to financial hardship or loss of housing?

  • Doubled-up with friends or family

  • Living in a hotel or motel

  • Living in a shelter

  • Living in a car or unsheltered

There are services to help you! Call HEBISD Family Support Services 817-399-3470!

Notes from the Nurse... Asthma 101

Asthma is a common long term disease that causes swelling and narrowing of the airway. It currently affects more than 6 million children in the United States and is a major contributor to missed days of school when not controlled. Although asthma can be a serious disease, the severity can be lessened by recognizing symptoms for early diagnosis, identifying common triggers and avoiding them if possible, and seeking proper treatment.

Signs and Symptoms of Asthma

  • Wheezing

  • Breathlessness

  • Chest tightness

  • Coughing (especially at night or early mornings)

Common Asthma Triggers

  • Tobacco smoke

  • Dust mites

  • Pets

  • Outdoor air pollution

  • Mold

  • Exercise

  • Respiratory Infections

Asthma Treatment and Prevention

  • Avoid triggers-Learning and avoiding an individual’s specific triggers is a key in preventing the severity of asthma.

  • Controller medications –These medications help reduce the number of asthma attacks but do not help during an attack. Examples include Advair and Symbicort.

  • Rescue medications- These are quick relief medications and are used during an asthma attack. Examples include Albuterol and Xopenex.

  • Collaboration with your doctor, family and school nurse to promote and individualized action plan.

Getting to Know our Staff...

Paul Brodie, a special area teacher, graduated from the University of Texas in Arlington and received his M.A. from Louisiana College . Mr. Brodie is an animal lover and has two dogs, Zeus and Athena as well as a cat, Marco, at home. Mr. Brodie says his favorite subject when he was in school was U.S. History. His hobbies include traveling, writing and spending time with friends and family. Some of his favorite things include jazz and Top 40 music, the movie - Rocky, Mexican food and Texas deBrazil. One interesting fact about Mr. Brodie is that he received a vocal scholarship from UT Arlington. We are so happy to welcome Mr. Brodie to the Shady Brook family.

Something to think about...

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” – Ralph Marston