Academy of the Arts at Bransom

February 12-16, 2018 (School Days 105-109)

A Note From Your Principal

Academy of the Arts Families,

I hope this finds everyone enjoying the interesting weather, wonderful family times, and amazing Olympics. There are so many learning opportunities that can be supported through family conversations during the supper hour and even around the television during the nightly Olympic broadcasts. Take the time to ask questions and answer questions with your child(ren). Just in terms of the Olympics, questions can range from the grit it takes to do a job well (work ethic) to geography awareness (social studies) to scores (math.) It can be a very insightful time for you both for sure.

I want to send a special thanks for all of the volunteers who help us on a regular basis in classrooms and around our campus. We love having you on campus. This past week we had a special group of parents who stepped out to volunteer in a unique and special way. Several (40 I believe) 5th grade parents attended the 3 day field trip to Camp Grady Spruce. I'm sure I will hear some amazing stories this week but there is enough evidence I believe i can say that the trip was a success. THANKS, parents who helped the teachers and counselors as well as the students throughout the event. I know it was difficult but the incredible adventure was great for the students. Your positive attitudes, your helpful conversations, and your leadership always matter, Thanks for making the trip memorable for all.

This next week will be a busy week for Bobcats. Please check the calendar below for specifics but I do want to highlight a couple of things. *First, this week we will celebrate Valentines Day. If you are planning to attend your child's party, please join us a few minutes early to get a parking spot and get checked in before 2:00. *Secondly, I realize I have had information about the Choice Night in the newsletter for several weeks. Well, this is the big week for the event. I think it will be an interesting night for all BISD families. If you are looking to see what other elementary schools are offering or you are preparing for middle school it will be a great time to see your options. Also, it is great to just be informed. Join the district on Thursday evening sometime between 6:00 and 8:00 for this informational extravaganza. *Finally, Friday is an Early Release Day for students. They will be released at 11:45. Make sure that you have made appropriate arrangements for your child's pick up. Teachers will be in meetings all afternoon after their lunch and not available to watch students. Childcare can only be provided through the prearranged After School Program. (For ASP information, call 817-245-3600 after 1:00.)

One additional calendar event that must be recognized is the student holiday on Monday, February 19th. There will be no school for students on Presidents' Day. There will be no on-campus childcare.

Thanks again for ALL you do,

Mrs. Burchfield

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Recent WatchD.O.G.S. are Alive and Well!! Thanks for your service.

Thank you, WATCHD.O.G.S. for sharing for time.
We need more to service.
Call 817-245-3600 and talk to Valerie Martin.


We are so glad to announce that the winning grade level with the highest average attendance for the week is .... 3rd grade with 95.06%. The overall campus attendance rate is 94.33%. Congratulations, 3rd Graders!!
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This Week:

Monday: BISD School Board Meeting @ 6:30PM at the BISD Administration Building

Tuesday: TAG Field Trip to Casa Manana/Trinity Park

Wednesday: Class Valentines Parties @ 2:00PM

Thursday: Popcorn for kids from PTO; BISD Choice Night at CHS @ 6:00-8:00PM

Friday: End of 4th Six Weeks/Student Early Release @ 11:45AM

Upcoming Calendar:

February 19: Presidents' Day - Student Holiday and Professional Development for Teachers

February 20: First Day of 5th Grading Period; STEAM Middle School Night for Incoming Students @ 5:00-6:00

February 22: Prospective Parent Night - Please share this date with families that may be interested in joining us at the Academy of the Arts at Bransom next year.

February 23: Bobcat Pride at Breakfast 7:15AM; Kinder Zoo Field Trip; Talent Show Auditions @ 3:00-4:00PM

February 28: Elementary UIL at CHS

March 5-9: Spring Scholastic Book Fair

March 6: Spring Pictures in parent determined apparel

March 8: Relay for Life Hot Dog Supper; Open House

March 11: Daylight Savings Time begins

March 12-16: Spring Break

March 20: PTO Spring Creek Spirit Night

March 21: Shrek Jr. field trip at Texas Hall for 1st-5th Grades

March 26: BISD School Board Meeting

March 30: Good Friday Holiday

Remember to stay in contact with your child's teacher for grade level/class events.


For more information on schools and programs of choice, application information and FAQs, visit:

Remember, if your child is currently enrolled as a "School of Choice" student and returning to the Academy of the Arts at Bransom, you do not need to do anything. However, if your child is currently enrolled as a "School of Choice student and you have an entering kindergartner or you have any other child you want to enroll, you must apply for their enrollment.


Join us Thursday Night at Centennial High School for this special night. You will be amazed at the all of the offerings of the district. Representatives will be onsite from the "Schools of Choice" elementary schools, all middle schools, and all high schools.

Our students will be performing on the CHS stage in the auditorium beginning at 6:15. Other performers include BHS Strutters, BHS Musical Theater, CHS Cheerleaders, and CHS Sparklers.