BENS BRANCH BARKER

NOVEMBER 2022

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Dear Parents / Guardians,


HAPPY HALLOWEEN! It was great seeing all the students and staff dressed up in their book character costumes today. We hope you and your family enjoy trick-or-treating this evening. And...GO ASTROS!


Only 13 more days until our Thanksgiving Break. With that being said, we have a lot of activities and events taking place the next few weeks. Please take a moment to read through our monthly newsletter for information and updates.


Your Proud Principal,

Kristie Kelley

UPCOMING DATES AND EVENTS

NOVEMBER

1 - U.I.L. Writing @ BBE 2:30-3:30

7 - Canned Food Drive begins

8 - 5th Grade goes to the Houston Symphony

8 - BBE will be a voting site (In the Gym)

10 - Holiday Lunch for ECSE, PK, Kinder, 3rd & 5th

10 - 5th Grade Music Program (Veteran's Day Program honoring our Veterans)

11 - Holiday Lunch for 1st, 2nd, & 4th

12 - District U.I.L Competition

14-17 - Kindness Week

15 - Canned Food Drive ends

15 - Family Literacy Night

16 - Pick up Big Kahuna Fundraiser items

17 - 5th Grade Health Talk

17 - 4th Grade Field Trip

18-25 - Thanksgiving Break

19 - Oakhurst Community Association Holiday Market (held at BBE)


DECEMBER

1 - Fall Picture Retakes

6 - NCISD Christmas Parade

8 - Pictures with Santa

14 - Grinch Day

15 - Christmas Class Parties

15 - End of the Second 9 weeks grading period

16 - No school for students

19-30 - Winter Break

REMINDERS

  • The latest you can change the way your child goes home is 3:00.
  • You must submit the change in writing to our BBE email.
  • The latest you can check your child out is 3:15.
  • Car rider dismissal ends at 4:05


Spirit Days:

Mondays - wear a BBE shirt

Wednesdays - wear your favorite college shirt

Fridays - wear a BBE shirt or NCISD shirt

CONGRATULATIONS MRS. BLANCO!

What an honor to see our very own teacher, Mrs. Blanco, being recognized at the Texas Teacher of the Year Awards. Mrs. Blanco was nominated as BBE Teacher of the year and NCISD Elementary Teacher of the Year. She was also named Region 6 Elementary Teacher of the Year which is an exceptional honor. Mrs. Blanco was one of 20 elementary teachers recognized. We are so proud of Mrs. Blanco's dedication and love of teaching. Our BBE students are blessed to have her!
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5th GRADE TO THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY (november 8)

BBE 5th graders will be taking a field trip to Jones Hall to listen to the Houston Symphony. We are very excited about this opportunity. There is no charge for the students. Buses will depart from the school on Tuesday, November 8th at 8:15 a.m. and will return at 12:00 p.m.


Students should dress in their Sunday best!


A permission slip must be signed in order for students to attend. If you're still needing to sign a permission slip, please get that done ASAP.


Houston Symphony Permission Slip form:

English

Spanish

HOLIDAY LUNCH (NOVEMBER 10 & 11)

Come eat with your child for a Holiday Lunch!

Thursday, November 10 - ECSE, PK, Kinder, 3rd & 5th

Friday, November 11 - 1st, 2nd & 4th


  • You must RSVP
  • You must pay in advance for your meal
  • Visitors are NOT allowed on the day that your child is eating in their classroom.


Holiday Meal RSVP form due no later than November 4th.

English

Spanish

"YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW" PARENT MEETING

NCISD Special Education Leadership Team will be hosting an informational meeting for parents. This event will be held on November 7th at the NCISD Annex Building (next door to New Caney High School).


Flyer in both English and Spanish

CAR RIDERS IN THE MORNING

Friendly reminder that only students in tutoring, U.I.L., Student Council or Art are to be dropped off in the front at 7:35. All other students are to be dropped off in the car rider line by the cafeteria.


If your child is participating in any before school activity, please remember that you must display your designated car tag in the front window so we can identify who is being dropped off.

canned food drive (November 7-15)

As the holiday season is getting close, many families are in need of assistance with food. Our Student Council is excited to host a Canned Food Drive. All items collect will be given to the Montgomery County Food Bank. The class from each grade level that collects the most cans will win a Pajama and Popsicle party.

family literacy & Math Night (november 15)

We are excited to host "CAMP LEARN A LOT"! You won't want to miss this. We'll have activities for reading, math and STEM. You and your family will get to play games, listen to read alouds, eat hot dogs and more! You'll also get to take home some helpful resources.


Camp Learn A Lot will be from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at BBE.

pick up big kahuna fundraiser (november 16) 4:15 - 6:15

The Big Kahuna staff will be located in our Gym for item pick up. You do not need to check in at the front office. Park in front of our big blue building and staff will be there to assist you.


This is the only day for pick up so please make arrangements to be here.

4th Grade field trip (november 17)

Fourth Grade is excited to visit the HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE. Permission slips are due Thursday, November 10th. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher.

parent volunteer badges

Parents/Guardians,

Please remember it takes several days to process and receive a volunteer badge. If you are wanting to attend any field trips, you must have a volunteer badge to chaperone. Please do not wait to apply for a badge a couple days before a scheduled field trip. The badge will not be ready. If you have any questions regarding this, please call the front office.

STOCK THE LOUNGE

The BBE staff is beyond appreciative for all the wonderful donations to help stock the staff lounge. Your contribution has definitely put smiles on our staffs' faces!

Thank you for donating items:

Blake Goodrick

The Magtuloy's

The Oden's

Khloe Schurdell

Bobbie Longoria

Mrs. Escobar

Tara Cameron

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ACCESS IT

We have a new library system called Access It. This is a system where students and parents can search for books or book topics in the search bar and see all of the available books that we have in our library. Sometimes it can be very overwhelming for students to find books because there are so many. This is a great way that you can help your child find books of interest.


Link to Access It

FROM THE COUNSELOR - MS. HILDEBRAND

WATCH D.O.G.S. Dad

Information in English

Information in Spanish

Sign up here


Counselor Referrals

If you're wanting your child to be referred to our counselor, please use this link.


Good information about Sleep Hygiene for Students


Encourage Grams for Students

Sometimes our kids have hard days. We would love for you to take a minute to write an encouraging note to your child to be delivered on days that BBE staff notices they need it. A simple way to brighten their day!

Here's what you do:


  • Write an encouraging message on a notecard or piece of paper.
  • Seal it in an envelope. Write your child's name and teacher name on the envelope.
  • Drop it off at the front office or send it with your child to give to Ms. Hildebrand.



If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Hildebrand. childebrand@newcaneyisd.org or call the front office at 281.577.8700

INTERESTED IN PTO...


We have a parent that is excited to help start up BBE PTO. If you're interested in more information, please contact Amanda Ryza at bensbranchpto@yahoo.com.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

  • Cupcakes or cookies must be store bought.
  • Goodie bags are not allowed.
  • Our Child Nutrition department offers birthday cupcakes for sale. You can purchase individually wrapped cupcakes for your child's class. They will deliver them at the end of the day in a festive basket. The cost is $0.75 each.

EATING LUNCH WITH YOUR CHILD


  • Please remember you may only eat with your child and must sit at the designated parent tables.
  • You may not walk with your child back to their classroom. Please say your goodbyes at the cafeteria doors.
  • If you're needing to meet with your child's teacher, please schedule a conference. Teachers are on a schedule and need to leave the cafeteria quickly in order to get to their next activity.


Lunch Schedule

PreK / Kinder..........10:50 -11:20

First Grade..............11:20 -11:50

Second Grade.........12:00 - 12:30

Third Grade.............11:30 - 12:00

Fourth Grade...........12:40 - 1:10

Fifth Grade..............12:15 - 12:45

7 MINDSETS

Mindset for the Month - WE ARE CONNECTED

Parent Newsletter Introduction - English

Parent Newsletter Introduction - Spanish


We Are Connected - English

We Are Connected - Spanish


Each month we focus on one of the 7 Mindsets. Lessons are taught daily during our SEL time. At the end of the month, one student from each classroom who did an excellent job exhibiting the mindset will be chosen as the "Student of the Month". Those students will be celebrated during lunch. Out of those students, one student will be chosen to be the "Grade Level Student of the Month" and will receive a yard sign to display in their yard.

REPORT CARD AND STAAR INFORMATION

Reminder, you can use Family Access in Skyward to keep track of your student's grades. Canvas grades only gives you information about individual assignments. If you want to check on your student's overall grade, you'll find that information in Skyward. You can put in a Help Desk Ticket request if you need help remembering your log-in information.


How to Check Student Grades

Family Access Link

Parent Help Desk Ticket

TITLE 1 INFORMATION

The Purpose of Title 1 Schools:


  • To provide students with extra instructional support beyond the regular classroom to help low-achieving children meet state standards in core academic subjects.
  • Coordinate and integrate resources and services from federal, state, and local sources.
  • In order to be considered a title 1 school, at least 40% of the students must be considered low-income. Our schools is currently at 43%.


School-Parent-Student Compact

Parents Right To Know

Parent/Family Engagement Policy

CAR RIDER FORM LINK

Please remember that in order to pick your child up in the car rider line, you MUST have a car rider tag. If you don't have one or you forgot it, you will have to go to the front office to get a new one.

FREE OR REDUCED ONLINE APPLICATION

This is also the same link if you want to put money on your child's lunch account.

SIGN UP FOR BENS BRANCH REMIND MESSAGING

Make sure you join our BBE Remind messaging. Updates and information are sent via text.

BBE CREED

We want all our students to have Bulldog Pride. We hope that your child memorizes the creed so they can say it each day with pride! We'll say it every day on the morning announcements.