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See what all the buzz is about at BCE! - 4/7/19

Upcoming Dates and Reminders:

Apr. 9.........STAAR - 4th Writing/5th Math (No Visitors on Campus)

Apr. 10.......STAAR - 5th Reading (No Visitors on Campus)

Apr. 12.......Friday Assembly

Apr. 18.......SOS (Super Outrageous Science) Day!!! Parents are welcome to join us!

Apr. 19.......Student/Staff Holiday

Apr. 23.......Music Assembly with Members of the Josh Abbott Band

Apr. 24.......Final PTO Member Meeting with Board Elections @ 8:00

Apr. 26.......Friday Assembly (Glowing with Respect - Neon Colors)

May 1........All Star Burger Spirit Night

May 3.........Friday Assembly

May 6 - 10....Teacher Appreciation Week!

May 9.........Destination Kindergarten @ 3:30 (Incoming Kindergarten Parents)

May 13.......STAAR - 3rd and 4th Math (No Visitors on Campus)

May 14.......STAAR - 3rd and 4th Reading (No Visitors on Campus)

May 14.......Bahama Buck's Spirit Night

May 15.......STAAR - 5th Science (No Visitors on Campus)

May 17.......Friday Assembly (We Rocked this Year - 80's Theme)

May 20.......Kinder Celebration (8:30 - 9:30)

May 21......End of Year Parties (See schedule below)

May 21......Kinder Splash Day (11:30 - 12:30)

May 24......5th Grade Graduation (8:30 - 9:30)

May 24......Last Day of School/Early Release @ Noon

End of Year Parties

Tuesday, May 21st

Kindergarten -- 12:00 - 12:45pm

1st Grade -- 8:45 - 9:30am

2nd Grade -- 1:45 - 2:30pm

3rd Grade -- 2:00 - 2:45pm

4th Grade -- 10:30 - 11:15am

5th Grade -- 1:15 - 2:00pm

Please join us to celebrate an awesome school year!!

Class Placement Process/Parent Input for 2019 - 2020

It is time to solicit parent feedback for class placement for the upcoming school year. Please click HERE to fill out the input form. The following considerations are made when placing students:

  • Each student's educational needs
  • Equalizing the numbers of students in ALL classes
  • Balancing the numbers of boys and girls
  • Balancing the ability levels and needs of classes
  • Family input

Requests for specific teachers will NOT be honored.

As mentioned in previous Beehive newsletters, beginning next school year, requests for Legacy teachers will not be honored. This decision was made for the following reasons:

  • It is critical we have balanced classrooms for students. Assigning students to legacy teachers sometimes makes balancing very difficult.
  • With growth at BCE, the new students cannot benefit.
  • The oldest student in the family is not able to benefit.

We greatly appreciate your support in ensuring ALL students receive proper placement, which includes consideration of educational needs. We are a community of learners ensuring success for ALL.

Thank you!

Teacher of the Year - Keri Swanson

Congratulations to 2nd Grade Teacher, Keri Swanson, BCE's teacher of the year!! Mrs. Swanson was nominated and recognized by her peers for the outstanding job she does to support students and staff every day. We are blessed to have her as a part of our BCE family!

STAAR Testing

During STAAR testing, no visitors may be allowed on campus, April 9th or 10th. This applies to ALL grade levels. Thanks in advance for helping us keep a quiet and secure testing environment for students to have great success.

A few testing day reminders:

  • If your child is testing, please arrive on time and do not plan on taking him/her out early for appointments.
  • Water bottles/lunches cannot be delivered to testing rooms. Students will grab them on their way to lunch.
  • It is best for students to leave cell phones and smart watches at home or they will be collected during testing.
  • Sending a sweatshirt and dressing in comfy clothes is best.
  • A hug and an "I love you" goes a long way on these days. Our students are already rock stars. We believe in them and I know you do too. We will do our best to keep the environment on campus stress free.

Attendance Zone Information

The School Attendance Zone Advisory Committee has spent weeks analyzing and interpreting demographic data, student enrollment trends and projections, and the results of our recent Thoughexchange, along with creating and evaluating a number of options for possible new school attendance zones. At this point in the process, the committee is pleased to share draft maps for community feedback. The committee would like input on two possible options for new middle school boundaries and two possible options for new elementary school boundaries.

It is important to note the proposals are unofficial, draft maps which have yet to be presented to the Lake Travis school board. We fully anticipate that the maps may need further revision based upon community feedback. The School Attendance Zone Advisory committee will review all feedback received to reevaluate options and meet district needs. Only one attendance zone map for elementary school boundaries and one attendance zone map for middle school boundaries will be presented to the school board in mid-April.

The map options can be accessed on the LTISD website via the School Attendance Zones icon at the top of the district homepage.

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Volunteer of the Year - Mario Kauachi

Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Year, Mario Kauachi!! Mario has done everything from power washing our marquee to teaching Spanish as he reads to classes. He also currently leads a social group with some of our 5th grade boys, and is often on campus as a part of our Watch DOGS program.

He is the husband of our PTO president and supports our PTO in countless ways. He was very involved in our main fundraiser, Raise Craze, and even made the decorations that hung in our hallways. He built our playground Buddy Benches and is working on important playground renovations. He is a room parent and helps organize special classroom events for his two children. He is also often Bandit, our school mascot, and gives the best high fives.

Mario’s enthusiasm is contagious and his passion for children is evident in all he says and does. Thank you for everything you do for our Bobcats, Mario!!

BCE PTO Information

A Night in Old Bee Cave - Thank You!!!

We hope you all had an amazing time on Friday night! Thank you to everyone who generously supported our school and our children!

The success of our fundraising events depends on dedicated volunteers who offer countless hours of their time over several months of planning. Please join us in thanking the amazing volunteers who put on A Night in Old Bee Cave this year: Event and Auction Chairwomen Alysson Cozart, Miko Tachibana, Jo Youngblood, and Cynthia Jurado, and with help from Brooke Bauguess, Melissa Gonzalez, Carolyn Wheeler, and even previous parent/president/chairwoman Melissa Black! And a special thank you to our emcee, JR Martinez! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Look out for financial results and a link to photos in the next few weeks!

PTO Member Meeting 4/24/19

Please join us at our next PTO Member Meeting on Wednesday, April 24th at 8:00 am in Room 401. This is an important meeting as we will be voting on your 2019-20 PTO Executive Board, as well as the 2019-20 Budget. We hope you will join us to make these important decisions and learn about the proposed purchases for next year!

Parent Survey

Each year, we seek parent input to ensure that PTO spends donated funds in line with parent interests and fulfills our mission to enhance the education of all students at BCE. We would greatly appreciate it if you would take a couple of minutes to fill out our 2019 Parent Survey. We appreciate your feedback!

Book Writers Thank You

Congratulations to all students who participated in BCE's Book Writers Competition! And a special shout out to all of the winners! Great job, Bobcat writers!!

THANK YOU to the committee who made it possible: chairwoman Robin Hogan, Krishna Moturi, Deborah Mack, Kara Hardy, and Ash Seth! Also thank you for the BIG help from Miko Tachibana, Kendra Wright, Ally Nuttall, Susan Hart, and all of the parent judges!

PTO Purchase Spotlight

The 5th graders are busy preparing for the Science STAAR test and we are excited to be able to do what we can to help! The PTO has recently purchased new curriculum materials to help prepare for the exam, sponsored the fees for teachers to attend a Science STAAR workshop, and is bringing in the Trailblazer-Mobile Science Museum to BCE. Thanks for supporting the PTO so we can help to enhance the education of our students!

In addition, the PTO just helped to purchase 7 new wireless microphones systems for use around the school!

LT High Five Award - Shelia Bussemey

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Kinder Mall

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