Academy of the Arts at Bransom

October 23-27 (School Days 43-47)

A Note From Your Principal

Academy of the Arts Families and Friends,

Last week was an active week at school with school pictures, Bobcat Pride Breakfast, BISD Ignite, and Mac & Cheese collection to support our Spartans/Harvest House. I did not even mention the great learning that took place throughout the building that kept everyone busy everyday.

One extra special happening on our campus last week was a WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students) was on campus. I can't tell you how much our students LOVE WatchDOGS when they go in classes, on the playground and in the cafeteria to interact and encourage our students. Sophia's dad, Mr. Kirkpatrick, was a welcomed guest. Thanks so much! If you want more information about being a WatchDOGS, contact our campus office.

This coming week will be no different in terms of being busy. I hope everyone has already planned for the special outfits for each day of Red Ribbon Week. As you checkout the calendar you'll also see that the Big Kahuna trips to Peter Piper in the Party bus is coming as well as a field trip to Mainstay Farms by first graders. Our PTO is also sponsoring a Spring Creek Night in Burleson Tuesday evening this week as well.

With all the busyness of school, work, and entertainment, we must remember to take time to count our blessings. Healthy families, protective homes, and reliable transportation are things we sometimes take for granted. Children sometimes forget that their technology devices, entertainment systems, and on-demand chauffeurs are not shared in all homes. Being grateful and appreciative for what we have has to be taught. As adults we must take the time to help our children understand how blessed they are.

Last week I shared with your children during our morning assembly (7:25-7:35) a couple of the Essential 55 guidelines that we use to help us all be more respect to others. One particular guideline was about doing Random Acts of Kindness. Seeing you doing random acts of kindness is a great way to show our younger generation that we can make a difference in the lives of other each and every day.

In closing, I want to remind everyone that we are preparing a fun night for all students and their families for next Monday, October 30. This S.M.A.R.T. Night is for folks of all ages - young and old. We will have things in Science, Math, Art, Reading, and Technology to enjoy. Also, don't forget our Relay for Life team will be on hand for a Hot Dog Supper to support the American Cancer Society. Please plan to join us for some or all of the event. (By the way, students are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes to this event. If you would like to donate candy for this event, please drop your donation off in the office.)

Thanks for your continued support,

Mrs. Burchfield

It's Beginning to Look a Bit Like Fall

Thanks again, Sophia and Mr. Kirkpatrick!

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Picture Day

I love Picture Day! Seeing the photographers work hard to guide our students to the right place and to smile at the right time is difficult but so fun to watch. Now, I can't wait to see the final cut. Photographs are so special in making and keeping memories. Have you taken some lately? Don't forget to print some occasionally, too.

Bobcat Pride Breakfast

For those who are new to the Academy of the Arts at Bransom, I want to introduce you to a ceremony we hold each 6-weeks to honor students who have shown tremendous character in their classrooms. It's the Bobcat Pride Breakfast. Teachers from different classes each 6-weeks, select a student from their classes who show amazing character. Teachers could depend on these children to do the right thing even when no one is watching. That kind of integrity starts at home and we appreciate every family's effort to build students of character.

We appreciate Mrs. McCrory our counselor who created and continues to coordinate the efforts each 6-weeks grading period. She invites the parents and family members to the Donuts and Juice Breakfast to hear the words from teachers read aloud to honor their children. It is a pretty touching gathering time.

We want to congratulate the first 6-weeks recipients.

Congratulations, Kindergartners!

The best attendance in the building last week was from our KINDERGARTNERS with 96.42%. Our overall attendance was 95.3%. Our goal is 97% or higher. Of course, the main thing is that children are present for the instruction so no one feels behind.

Don't forget to...

give your child the opportunity and tools to CREATE at home. Our teachers work hard at school to integrate the arts into their lessons and even devote time to learning about the arts. BUT the home can also be a perfect time for children to truly express themselves with song, with pen and paper (creative writing), through the visual arts, and even doing a bit of acting for the family. What a treat when your child loses their inhibitions and entertains!

BISD Ignite

BISD is always looking for ways to help students express their talents and ideas in creative ways. In BISD Ignite, students from across the entire district are encouraged to come and share their ideas with an encouraging and supportive audience. On Friday evening four Academy of the Arts students presented information or ideas they were passionate about. I am very proud to say that our students were amazing. I appreciated their courage to stand before an audience and present. They were great speakers! Their poise was incredible. Their stage presence was enormous.

Congratulations to these individuals and their families. I would also like to say thank you to Mrs. Modisette for her encouragement and assistance with preparations. She was instrumental in enlisting our interested students in the special program.

Upcoming Calendar

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This Week:

Monday - WESTERN DAY (Give Drugs the Boot); School Board Meeting at 6:30

Tuesday - HAWAIIAN DAY (Lei Off Drugs); PTO Spring Creek Night in Burleson beginning at 5:00

Wednesday - FAVORITE RED SHIRT and JEANS DAY (Drugs Make Us See Red); Big Kahuna Party Bus to Peter Piper for K, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders (sold 15 items); 1st graders to Mainstay Farms

Thursday - FAVORITE TEAM JERSEY OR TEAM T-SHIRT (Team Up Against Drugs); Big Kahuna Party Bus to Peter Piper for 1st graders (sold 15 items)

Friday- FAVORITE CHARACTER COSTUME DAY (Show Good Character and Stay Off Drugs)

Upcoming Events:

October 30: S.M.A.R.T Family Night; Harvest House Food Drive Begins

October 31: Halloween (No Costumes at School)

November 2: Character Luncheon at Pathway Church (Character Essay Winners)

November 3: End of 2nd 6-Weeks Grading Period

November 5 (Sunday): Daylight Saving Time ENDS, Fall Back!

November 7: Harvest House Food Drive ends

November 10: BISD Veterans Assembly at CHS; Bobcat Pride Breakfast

November 11: Veterans Day

November 13: BISD School Board Meeting

November 16: T.A.G. Field Trip to Reunion Tower

November 20-24: Student and Staff Thanksgiving Holiday


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Reading Tip of the Week from Mrs. Jackson

Comprehension depends upon the reader's background experiences, purposes, feelings, and needs of the moment. That's why we can read the same book or story twice and it will have very different meanings for us. We, as readers, are an equal and active partner with the text in the meaning-making process of comprehension. Encourage your student to read for a deeper understanding.