The Compass

"Unlock the Treasure in Every Child" - October 18, 2021

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Our focus this week will be on the character strength of Forgriveness

Forgiveness is the ability to move past being injured, and allow yourself to reconcile with the person who hurt you. Forgiveness can often be seen as a selfless act, but it also carries many benefits for those who practice it. Those who demonstrate forgiveness have the ability to move forward after someone has hurt them. Forgiveness is often rooted in the idea that all people are valuable and worthy of a second chance. Many who forgive have the ability to consider things from another’s perspective.

The parent virtue for the Forgiveness is Temperance. Strengths of temperance protect us from excess. Strengths comprised in this virtue are forgiveness, humility/modesty, prudence, and self-control.

Please use these quotes, video links, and character card to host conversations with your child about the character strength.

"Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them." ~Bruce Lee

"Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future." ~Paul Lewis Boese

Branch's Apology Song | TROLLS: THE BEAT GOES ON!

Cultivating Forgiveness

Character Card for Forgiveness

Check out the P2 for Families website, which contains 1 quote, 1 video, and 3 questions for your family to discuss. This is designed to be easy for parents to use to lead conversations around the importance of character strengths and positive relationships. It is differentiated for grades Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Most of these webpages are password protected and the password (very simple) is: P2

Additional Spirit Day!!

Friday, October 29 we are adding an additional spirit day!!!

Our Kindergarten Friends are invited to dress as their favorite LetterLand Character as they will celebrate with a LetterLand parade. Parents should look for more information to come from their child's teacher.

Our 1st - 5th Grade students are invited to dress as their favorite book character! Dress up as a character from Harry Potter, the mouse from "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," "Olivia the Pig," Alice from "Alice in Wonderland," or any other character from your favorite book!

Please remember the book character must be school appropriate. Traditional Halloween costumes and masks are not encouraged.

**Students should not bring items that resemble weapons, wear/use items that portray the use of blood, or that demonstrate an act of violence.

BoxTops for Education

Our PTA is continuing to collect BoxTops for Education.

Individually clipped tops can be sent in an envelope or baggie, with a slip of paper noting how many are enclosed. The most important thing will be for only clippable, unexpired tops be sent. This video is helpful for parents to understand which ones are collected and how they get bundled.

BoxTops submission video

We have also attached a collection sheet if you wish to print and utilize to gather your BoxTops.

Bruster's Spirit Night

Our PTA has scheduled a Spirit Night with Bruster's! The Bruster's Ice Cream Truck will be in our school parking lot from 4:30-6:30 on Tuesday, October 19. A portion of the sales will be donated back to our PTA!

Come and enjoy a little tasty treat!

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It Takes A Village!

The BCES Student Support Services invites you to the first meeting of our parent support group, "It Takes A Village." Our October meeting will be on Thursday, 10/21 at 7:00 pm and a repeat session Friday, 10/22 at 10:00 am.

A Google Link will be mailed out to all members of our school community just prior to the start of the meeting.

The purpose of this group is to connect with other parents, address common parenting challenges, and share effective strategies.

Agenda Items for the first meeting: Introductions of SSS Staff, Survey link for topics of interest, and Book summary of 1-2-3 Magic. *All parents in attendance will receive a complimentary copy of the book!

PTA School Beautification

Please join us for our FIRST EVER Buckhorn Creek Elementary School Beautification Event! Tasks will include pulling weeds, trash pick-up, and digging holes to plant the azaleas gifted to the school. Dates are 10/16 from 8a-12p and 10/23 from 8a-12p. Please see the sign up genius for more information and sign up to volunteer. We appreciate your help!

Returning To School After COVID-19 Diagnosis, Exposure, or Illness

It is important for the health and safety of our school for every member of our community to understand and uphold the health & safety protocols. Please take a moment to review the Returning To School After COVID-19 Diagnosis, Exposure, or Illness guidelines.

Please know we recognize that every situation for each family is different and that the process is not clear cut. Please feel free to reach out to the school and we would be happy to assist you with your individual situation.

Important Dates


  • Oct 19 - Spirit Night - Bruster's Ice Cream Truck

  • Oct 23 - PTA School Beautification Day

  • Oct 25 - Virtual 3rd Grade Parent - Read to Achieve Meeting

  • Oct 27 - No School - Teacher Work Day
  • Oct 29 - Kindergarten - LetterLand Parade
  • Oct 29 - 1st-5th - Dress like your favorite book character