BETHKE BISON BULLETIN
February 11, 2019
Friendship Party on Thursday the 14th
Don't Forget EARLY DISMISSAL on FRIDAY FEB 15th!
Mindfulness In the Classroom by Allison Abbott (1st Grade)
Written by: Allison Abbott-1st Grade Teacher at Bethke Elementary
What is Mindfulness you ask? According to Webster’s Dictionary, Mindfulness is, “The quality or state of being mindful”. I implemented Mindfulness in the classroom 3 years ago through Yoga. During Yoga, we focus on deep breathing as we work through Yoga poses and meditate over first grade dilemmas. Some of the dilemmas I focus on with my first grade students are: calming their mind to focus on what the teacher is teaching, calming their body to not bother others, training their voice to use nice words to others, and training their mind and heart to not let others actions affect them negatively. After we finish Yoga, the students are calmer & more relaxed, think clearer, act kinder, and are more ready to learn. It is a time of the day my students look forward to and eagerly ask about. If you are interested in practicing Mindfulness with your child at home, you can find Mindfulness activities on GoNoodle under the Flow Channel. There are also a variety of children’s books on Mindfulness such as, Good Morning Yoga and Puppy Mind. Namaste!
Elementary #42 Information
If your student is moving to Elementary 42, you can take advantage of meeting your principal, Stephanie Vaughn at our Principal's Coffee on February 11th at 9:00 in the Science Lab. Mrs. Vaughn will be able to introduce herself, answer questions and find out who might be interested in helping form their parent group.
As always, Mrs. Lowery will be available for questions, suggestions and ideas.
We hope to see you there.
Feb 11th--Principal's Coffee @ 9:00 am Principal Vaughn from 42 will attend
Feb 12th--Progress Reports go home
Feb 13th--Spring Pictures
Feb 14th--Friendship Parties @ 2:30--Valentine's Day
Feb 15th--Early Dismissal @12:40
Feb 18th--STUDENT HOLIDAY --President's Day
Feb 22nd--Specials Day-Monday
March 1st-Specials Day-Wednesday
March 6th- Core Essential-Individuality--wear orange
Family Night--No Homework
March 7th--Principal's Advisory Council Meeting at 7:55 Science Lab
March 8th- End of the 3rd Nine Weeks
March 11th-15th SPRING BREAK
A Note from Nurse Mac about the Flu!
Our school community is currently being impacted by the flu virus. Please help stop the spread of the flu to our students by following the 24 Hour Communicable Illness Policy. KISD Administrative Regulation FFAD is in place to ensure the health and safety of all students and states that students who exhibit vomiting, diarrhea, or a fever 100 degrees or higher (Fahrenheit) must be excluded from school. Re-admittance is allowable as follows:
•Free of fever (greater than 100) for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication such as Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen. Common trade names of products containing these medications include, but are not limited to, Tylenol, Motrin or Advil.
•Food and liquids have been tolerated for at least 24 hours without vomiting and/or diarrhea, and without the use of medication to relieve these symptoms.
•Students diagnosed with a contagious illness that is being treated with prescription medication, must complete a minimum of 24 hours of the prescribed medication dosage prior to returning to school.
*** People with flu are most contagious in the first three to four days after their illness begins. People with flu may be able to infect others from 1 day before getting sick to up to 5 to 7 days after. Severely ill people or young children may be able to spread the flu longer, especially if they still have symptoms. (www.CDC.gov)
Federal School Report Card Information
Bully Prevention Information
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“Cyberbullying has no place in our schools. See what it may look like.”
“What is social bullying?”
Can you Volunteer? Have we got Opportunities for you?!
Please click on the link below to hear about volunteer opportunities for the Spring Semester at Bethke. Our volunteer coordinator, Kalee Harper has created this video for you!
Did you know we have a volunteer room?
Lunch Visitors Please Read!
Seating at lunch is extremely limited in our cafeteria for visitors due to continued increases in student enrollment.
Limit visits to birthdays or a maximum visit of once per week
Visitors limited to a maximum of 3 per student and must be persons who meet KISD visitor guidelines for elementary students.
Lunch visitors are restricted to parents/step-parents/guardians, non-school aged siblings, grandparents (with written permission from the parent) and campus mentors per GKC (REGULATION). Visitors do not include aunts, uncles, or neighbors.
Avoid Mondays, Fridays, and days before holidays, whenever possible.
Sit side by side at the visitor tables to provide maximum seating availability
Visitors must sit with their child only at a table designated for visitors
Due to Safety Rules, and guidelines from the Fire Marshall we cannot allow visitors sitting on the floor
Since our first obligation is to provide optimal seating for students, we will continue to monitor the number of visitors at lunch. If we continue to experience overcrowding with lunch visitors, we will consider implementing additional guidelines to ensure adequate seating during student lunches. We are hopeful that if all parents follow the requests listed above, our school will continue to have daily seating available for all who wish to have lunch with their child/ren. Thank you for your patience as our Bethke family continues to grow.
Bethke Staff Shout Outs!
We have a wonderful staff here at Bethke. Why not give a "Shout Out!" to a staff member who deserves celebrating? Click on the link below!