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Notes from the Den | Volume 2 : Issue 7 - August 30, 2021
Happy Monday Team Bear Creek,
I think we are officially in rhythm. Thank you for everyone's support and patience.
Much Love and Light,
We have gotten into the rhythm and we are now completing dismissal in approximately 22 minutes which is where we were last year and we have more folks in the building. Thank you for your patience during the first two weeks of school. My favorite coach (who of course is the coach of my favorite team) uses the catch phrase "trust the process" and this a good example of that!
Walker and Biker Dismissal
It is now time to turn attention to this and there are some basic things that we will do to improve this and we, as always, need your help. The "process" is a simple one, once I get cars taken care of I start looking north towards the bikers and walkers. I have been doing this over the past week in an effort to clean this piece up and these are my observations:
On our end
- Bikers will be released first and they will WALK their bikes ON THE SIDEWALK until they get to the stop sign and then they may ride home.
- Assisted walkers will be released next and you will continue to LINE UP in the staff parking lot.
- Unassisted walkers will be released last.
On your end
- Please discontinue riding your bike on the grass, this is not an extension of the sidewalk
- Some dogs are popping up, please leave them at home or turn your child into an unassisted walker and arrange pickup well beyond the school (e.g. the roundabout perhaps)
- Do not walk through or ride through the parking lot ... there are cars picking up children at the bus ramp ... this is a basic safety/common sense protocol that I have previously requested
- USE THE SIDEWALK ... the reason for a pronounced staggered dismissal is to allow for all to use the sidewalk
A NOTE ABOUT LEVELING/BALANCING CLASSES
As the virtual learning piece starts to settle out please know that the district is about to go through the leveling / balancing process which means that some grade levels may receive relief in the form of a new teacher unit.
I have shared this with you previously.
Potentially impacted grades would be Kindergarten, Third Grade, and Fourth Grade.
On a local campus level we have gone from 55 virtual learners to 28 virtual learners.
If we have to form new classes we will do so randomly ensuring a balanced set of classes in regard to gender, academic ability, and social-emotional development.
No one is immune to this so please start thinking about how you will support your child and the school through this potential process.
Safe and Ready Schools Presentations (Updated Covid-19 Protocols)
You can reference the slide deck here which includes new guidance on quarantines and close contact. Also please take the time to read the AISD Family Newsletter which is generally released on Thursday afternoons. I am informed of new protocols in the same manner you are often times.
The two new items are reflected in the graphics below - the focus is on a new definition of close contact and new quarantine periods. Both of these shifts are in line with new CDC guidance.
I Need Your Help With The Following Item ... I NEED TO BE CONTACTED IF YOUR CHILD IS NOT FEELING WELL
What To Do If Your Child Is Not Feeling Well
What Do If Your Child Is Not Feeling Well
If your child is ill with symptoms consistent (cough, sore throat, stomach issues, headaches, fatigue, congestion, etc ...) with Covid-19 contact Mr. Crissey and your child's teacher and then the following protocols must be followed:
Students May Return After
10 days have passed since symptoms started, and improvement in overall symptoms, and 24 hours have passed without fever and use of fever-reducing medication.
Provide doctor’s note to campus health room staff stating that symptoms are not COVID-19-related and student can return to school.
Provide a negative COVID-19 test. This MUST be a PCR test not a rapid test.
As an FYI the same holds true for staff members.
Check Outs After 230pm
We need all checkouts to occur before 230pm please. Things become a little hectic after 230pm. This is a relatively common ask across schools. Make sure you bring your license when you check your child out. Thank you!
Enrichment Fees Update
Thus far we have received 197 enrichment fees which is a 37% return rate. If you can please see below and try to render payment.
Thank you to the families that have done so already!!
As we begin to start our second year in existence we are busy planning enrichment activities and naturally budgeting becomes a focus. The Austin Independent School District allocates approximately $60 per projected student which comprises our annual district budget. This budget funds operational and instructional basics such as copiers, instructional material, and custodial supplies.
Even with this assistance we still request your individual support in funding enrichment activities for your children. Collecting enrichment fees is a regular part of a school year cycle, however based on the pandemic and the endless pivots, twists, and turns I felt strongly about not asking for funds during our first year.
Enrichment fees are student centered. By policy we can only use the enrichment fee for student materials and activities. Should there be any money left over in the grade level account at the end of the year, it will be advanced with the students to the next year’s grade level.
Please note that $1 of each enrichment fee goes to the Bear Creek Elementary Physical Education Department.
Class t-shirts will also be provided using portions of this fee.
If you are unable to pay this fee, the administration and the PTA have set aside some scholarship funds.
Please submit payment no later than September 20, 2021. Payment may be made online only.
PreK, Kindergarten, First Grade, And Second Grade Enrichment Fee = $30
Third Grade, Fourth Grade, And Fifth Grade Enrichment Fee = $80
The additional $50 for grades 3-5 is allowing us to have Hello World come in a provide one hour of coding language instruction per week starting in October. We are VERY EXCITED to partner with them and we are VERY PROUD to be the first elementary school in the district to have coding as their second language for every child in the intermediate grade levels.
Hello World has an established and respected presence in our community and we are so fortunate to directly partner with them during the school day. The partnership was vetted through our campus advisory council during our May meeting.
For more information about Hello World read the brief article below the payment links.
Enrichment Fee Payment Links
Bear Creek Elementary is incredibly excited to welcome Hello World back to our school! Hello World computer science programs are designed by PhDs from Harvard, UT, and Rice University, with the ultimate goal of having students think and tackle challenges like engineers, a skillset that enables students to thrive in any career.
Our school will be integrating Hello World into our curriculum for all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to strengthen students' computational thinking, applied creativity, and problem solving capabilities. Hello World curriculum is aligned with various rigorous learning standards including the Math TEKS, CSTA, NGSS, as well as the AP computer science exams, which we hope students take by the time they're in high school! Past students have developed impressive portfolios as a result of participating in Hello World courses - see example student projects here.
PTA Paw Prints
Welcome back, Cubs! The 2021-22 year is off to a great start!
A new school year means a new PTA year as well! Start the year off right by joining the Bear Creek PTA. Together we can support our teachers, build community, and help Bear Creek thrive.
Join today at https://bearcreekptamebership2021-22.cheddarup.com
The new school year is beginning and Bear Creek PTA is looking for Cub volunteers! Two important needs include a Yearbook Coordinator and volunteer crossing guards. Please email email@example.com if you are able to support in these areas!
If you would like to volunteer in other ways, please complete our PTA Volunteer Interest Form. We’ll record your interest and be in touch as soon as we are able to utilize volunteers on or off campus. Thanks!
Hunter 5K - Save the Date! 10-30-21
It’s back y’all!
Save the date for the 3rd annual Hunter 5K, honoring the life and legacy of Hunter Henderson.
In-person and virtual options available.