Shetland Express

2601 Shady Brook Dr. Bedford, TX 76021

"Celebrating Superheroes!"

December 4, 2015

Shady Brook Vision Statement:

Knowledge Informs and Determines Success for Students

Shady Brook Mission Statement:

The mission of Shady Brook Elementary is to educate all students for success today and tomorrow.

From the Assistant Principal's desk. . .

To stay on track in school, students need to be present every day. Being absent for just two days every month of the school year can put a child behind academically. Students with regular attendance are more likely to ready well by the third grade and score higher on tests. They also tend to be more engaged in school and feel better about themselves.

Put your child on the path to success with these attendance strategies:

Make school a priority. Every absence (excused or not), can impact a child’s academic achievement. Talk to your child about how important their education is. Make daily routines for homework and waking up on time for school.

Make a plan. If your schedule or transportation situation makes getting your child to school a challenge, ask for assistance. Make a carpool or transportation plan with other parents or family members.

Report In. Know your school’s attendance policies. If an absence or early dismissal is unavoidable, contact us. If your family’s religious observances fall on school days, let teachers know early on which days your child will miss.

Carefully weigh sick days. If your child is sick, talk with your health care provider to determine whether they should stay home from school. If the doctor or nurse recommends that your child stay home, find out exactly how long and on what conditions he or she can return to class (for example, after 24 hours of antibiotics). Before keeping your child home make sure they aren’t faking symptoms.

Schedule wisely. Know your school’s calendar, and arrange doctor and dentist appointments after school, on weekends, or during holiday breaks, if possible. Resist the urge to schedule vacations when students will miss school. This gives students the impression that school is not a priority.


Clarence Scott

Assistant Principal

Shady Brook Elementary

Shannon Gauntt, Principal, Shady Brook Elementary

Please feel free to contact me at any time. Thank you for your support!

Clarence Scott, Assistant Principal, Shady Brook Elementary

Please feel free to contact me at any time. Thank you for your support!

Important Dates. . .

12/7 - Elementary Honor Choir field trip; Progress reports go home

12/8 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to Casa Manana

12/11 - Bedford JHS Choir will perform in the morning; Santa Night in the cafeteria at 6:30pm

12/14 - 12/16 - No After School Tutoring

12/14 - LD Bell Choir performs in the morning

12/15 - Trinity Harmony Choir performs in the morning

12/17 - Campus Spelling Bee at 1:30 in the cafeteria

12/18 - Santa arrives by helicopter at 10:25; Suzuki Strings field trip to nursing homes; Bedford JHS Band performs in the afternoon; Winter Parties begin in the classrooms at 2pm-please read article below if you plan to attend the party.

Winter Break begins Dec. 19 and goes through Jan. 3, 2016. Enjoy your time with family!

1/4 - School starts; First day to apply for a school transfer for the 2016-2017 school year

1/4 - First day to apply for Suzuki Strings for the 2016-2017 school year

1/5 - PTA Board meeting in the library at 6:30pm

1/8 - Campus Geo Bee at 1:30 in the cafeteria

Winter Break Holiday Parties

Friday, December 18th will be a very busy day at the Brook. We will have performances from our own Suzuki Strings students as well as the Bedford JHS band. Santa will be arriving by helicopter (weather permitting) around 10:25am. All the classrooms will have their Winter Holiday party starting at 2pm. In order to go to the classrooms for the party, you must sign in at the office using our Positive Proof system. There will be no paper sign-ins. Be sure you have your driver's license with you to sign in. We ask you to please be patient as there is only one sign-in machine per campus, so the line could be long.

We want to wish all our families a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Suzuki Strings Applications for 2016 - 2017

Shady Brook is one of HEB ISD’s Schools of Choice, offering the Suzuki Strings Program in Kindergarten through 6th grade to prepare students for the secondary orchestra program. Applications for new students will be available in January 2016 for the 2016-2017 school year. If you are interested in this program, please see Mrs. Campbell in the office for an application.

The Suzuki Method is an internationally renowned method for teaching young children to play an instrument. It is modeled on the Mother Tongue approach of language acquisition, and parents are integral to the process. For students to participate, a parent (or grandparent) must be available to attend a weekly lesson during the school day (during the FA/PE time) and practice daily with the child at home.


Lost and Found

Parents, please check the Lost and Found in the cafeteria if your Shetland is missing a jacket, hat, lunchbox, etc. Anything left on Friday, December 18th will be donated to the HEB Clothes Closet.

Shady Brook PTA and Gaylord Ice

Shady Brook PTA has partnered with Gaylord Ice Grapevine to offer discounted tickets to our families. A form will come home with your student. All forms and money need to be returned to school no later than 3 p.m. Friday December 11th. Tickets will be delivered to your child's homeroom teacher by Thursday, December 17th.

KAB Club

If you want to be a part of the KAB Club at Shady Brook, it is not too late. KAB stands for Kids Against Bullies. We meet once a month to learn about bullying and to try to spread the word of the Golden Rule on our campus. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, December 8th until 4:00pm in Room 115, Mrs. VanKleef’s classroom. If interested in being a part of the club please email Mrs. VanKleef.

HEBISD Family Support Services

Are you in a transitional living situation due to financial hardship or loss of housing?

  • Doubled-up with friends or family

  • Living in a hotel or motel

  • Living in a shelter

  • Living in a car or unsheltered

There are services to help you! Call HEBISD Family Support Services 817-399-3470!

Counselor’s Corner

With Christmas soon approaching, it is a great time to teach children about the act of giving. Here are some simple ways to emphasize the message that giving can be as satisfying as receiving.

  1. Take part in helping out a needy child/family at Christmas time. There are many non-profit organizations that sponsor programs to adopt children/families during this holiday season. Allowing your child to help pick out clothes, toys, and/or other needed supplies is a great way to get them directly involved and build empathy.

  2. Donating to relief organizations in the aftermath of disasters is another way to engage children in giving.

  3. Volunteer locally…help or have your child make cookies to take to a hospital, make cards to give to residents at nursing homes, or serve at a food bank or kitchen is a great way to get them involved in giving and serving.

Of course, kids are excited about the holiday season and the gifts they receive (it’s a wonderful time of the year), but at the same time, we can teach them about giving to others as well. Have fun, and Merry Christmas! Mrs. Evans

Notes from the Nurse... Catch some Zzz's

With so many items on our “to-do” list this holiday season, it is easy to forget the importance of getting a good night’s rest, especially for our children and students. Sleep is essential to a child’s health and growth and promotes alertness, memory and performance. Children who get enough sleep are more likely to function better and are less prone to behavioral problems and moodiness.

How Much Sleep Should My Child Get?

Age-----------------------------Hours of Sleep

0-2 months------------------10.5-18

2-12 months----------------14-15

1-3 years---------------------12-14

3-5 years---------------------11-13

5-12 years-------------------10-11

Helpful Hints

  • Make bedtime the same every night

  • Develop a bedtime routine

  • Avoid television or video games before bedtime

  • Keep the bedtime environment the same all night (e.g. light, temperature)

  • Have a light snack an hour before bedtime

  • Avoid heavy exercise or play 2 hours prior to bedtime

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Getting to Know our Staff...

Kirsten Smith, is our ESL teacher. She is a Texas Tech graduate. When she was in school her favorite subject was Art, which explains why she lists her hobby as coloring. Kirsten says she likes all kinds of music and LOVES dogs. When she is reading she enjoys Ken Follett and loves the Marvel Avenger movies. When she can she likes traveling to Colorado. We welcome Kirsten to the Shady Brook family this year.

Something to think about...

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go..” – Dr. Suess