Challenge News

September 2015

OVERVIEW OF CHALLENGE IN SEPTEMBER

We had a great first week in Challenge!


You did a GREAT job of getting the supplies for which we asked! Thank you! If you have not already done so, please make sure to send 1 expandable (5-7 pockets), 1 plastic pocket folder, and 1 picture of your child. (See the examples in the pictures below.)


Remember to send the Challenge homework folder (the thin plastic pocket folder), a snack & water to Challenge each week. SNACK MUST BE TREE NUT AND PEANUT FREE.

Suggestion: Let the Challenge homework folder STAY in the backpack ALL week. That way you will have less of a chance of forgetting to pack it on Challenge day.


We have begun to learn about our first unit, Geological Forces. This unit will last about 11 weeks. Don't forget to ask your child each week to share the wonderful things he/she is learning in Challenge. Also, feel free to let your child share resources that he/she thinks might be useful to our learning.



Please help us keep you updated by signing up to receive text messages from us via Remind 101. Text @bhegt to 81010 If you haven't signed up, yet, please do so.


Tara Bergman, who is our Challenge Communication Coordinator, will be sending out this newsletter the first week of each month.


We will also incorporate Twitter as a communication tool. You can follow us @JudySederholm and @RezaieMina. You can also search #BHEhuskies and see all the wonderful learning that goes on around our campus.


We have enjoyed working with your children, and are excited for what's to come!

Our Week

Monday: Second Grade

Tuesday: Fourth Grade

Wednesday: Third Grade

Thursday: Fifth Grade

Friday: First Grade

TECHNOLOGY

Please allow your child to bring his/her device on Challenge days, and make sure to label it with his/her name. We will update the list of apps periodically. A new app that we'd like you to download on your child's device is KAHOOT!


iMovie

Lightbot

Patterns!

ScreenChomp

Tellagami
KAHOOT!


Analogy is a great app that helps with analytical thinking, problem solving, perception and much more. This app is NOT FREE, it is 99 cents if you wish to download it. This is just a suggestion and is NOT REQUIRED.

CHALLENGE CURRICULUM NIGHT

Thursday, Sep. 24th, 7-8:30pm

21000 Franz Road

Katy, TX

Mark you calendar!!


Please make sure to come to this important night! It is for parents of GT Challenge students. If you can't make other arrangements for your child, you may bring them

with you.

Katy Parents of Gifted and Talented Students

KPGT is an organization for the parents of gifted and talented students in Katy ISD. This organizations brings wonderful programs, speakers, and resources to the parents and teachers of GT students. The first event is schedule for October 15th for parents and students! More information will be coming about this exciting event.


We are hoping to get 100% parent membership with KPGT this year at BHE. Please visit their website to get more information and to become a member.

Get Involved!

We need you!


If you would like to be a representative of the BHE Challenge program, please consider being our PAC representative. PAC stands for Parent Advisory Council. You would be required to go to three evening meetings during the school year. We can only have one PAC member to represent our school.


The other way you can help Challenge is to become a KPGT Liaison. KPGT stands for Katy Parents of Gifted and Talented Students. Your responsibility as our liaison is to assist us, the Challenge teachers, in various ways. We can have several helpers for this position.


Look at the chart below, and let us know if you are willing to accept either of these positions.

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AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

These are some programs we think are great for Challenge students.


DESTINATION IMAGINATION:


BHE is having an informational meeting on Thursday, September 10th from 5:30 to 6:30 PM for parents and students who are interested in learning about DI. The meeting will be held in the LGI. DI is a creative problem solving programs where teams work to create presentations and solve a challenge. It is a parent run program with support from the school and KISD.


MATH PROGRAM:


In a few weeks you will be receiving information in the Alaskan Pipeline regarding an after school math program for fourth and fifth graders. It will be on Mondays which is the same day as the Robotics Program. This program will be taught by some ex-BHE Challenge students and supervised by Mrs. Sederholm. It is a great way to enhance students' math skills.


ROBOTICS:

BHE is offering an after school Robotics program for third - fifth graders. The program is 6 weeks long and starts in November. The Robotics instructor thought Challenge kids would really enjoy this program. Check out the Alaskan Pipeline for more information.

BOOK STUDY FOR PARENTS OF GT CHILDREN

SENG is a book study offered to the parents of gifted and talented children in Katy ISD. The sessions are facilitated by Challenge teachers. A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children by Webb, Gore, Amend, and DeVries is the book used for this study.


This is an 8 week commitment. The study starts Tuesday, September 29th at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m. The location is Katy ISD's Educational Support Complex located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane.


Space is limited, only 20 spots. If you are interested in registering please contact Samantha Ridenhour at samanthaAridenhour@katyisd.org or 281-396-2383. Register by Friday, September 11th.

THANK YOU!!

We want to thank you for helping our Challenge rooms by supplying materials. These materials are used for hands-on lessons. Please be on the lookout for future SignUpGenius sign-ups.


We really appreciated all the items you sent for this first week. The children had a fun, educational week! We couldn't have done it without you!


If, in the last minute, you can't provide the item you have already signed up for, please let us know immediately so we can go out and purchase the items ourselves. We are depending on these items for our lessons.