Principal's Pen

Jack Funkhouser, Principal Braun Station Elementary

December 2020, Phone Number: 210-397-1550 Office

BSE website:

Hey Bobcats!

Wow, it's already December. I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday and were able to take some time to reflect and to give thanks. More than ever, I spend time thinking about all the things I am thankful for. I am very thankful for the health of my family and friends, my work, and being a part of Braun Station Elementary and the community. It brings me joy everyday!

As we start this month we are thinking about preparations for winter parties. PTA will provided each party with a treat to include a prepared wrapped treat (store bought), a craft and a movie. Everything we prepare for in-person students will be available for our virtual Bobcats. I am especially thankful for our wonderful PTA. Thank you PTA!

Look for more information about the winter parties to come from grade level teachers.

Bobcat Pride is Deep Inside!

Jack Funkhouser


Inclusive Schools Week

Hello Bobcat Family,

We are excited to announce that Inclusive Schools Week will be celebrated this year from December 7th- 11th. This year’s theme is The Time For Inclusion is Now! As this year has progressed, we have an unusual vantage point for understanding an even broader meaning of inclusion. Across the world, we are experiencing a new form of isolation that is required in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

During this week, schools and communities around the world raise awareness about the benefits of inclusive educational practices. Our school community collaborates to support ALL of our students including students who are marginalized due to their cultural background, disability, language preference and a variety of other factors.

In order to practice and embrace changes to our increasingly diverse student population, we have some fun activities planned for the week. This includes theme dress-up days and Guidance Class rotations centered around practicing inclusion.

Please help spread the word and encourage our students to practice inclusion!

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Music Notes

Merry Christmas Bobcats!

We do hope that you and your families are doing well and are staying safe. We want to invite all of our Bobcat Families to join us for some Christmas Cheer as we will host several virtual Christmas Sing-a-longs on December 11th, 18th, and 25th from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. each day. We will be singing carols karaoke style, so log on, turn your speakers up and sing along with us! our hope is to spread a little good will with your families. We can't wait to see you then! Bobcat Pride!!

Zoom information:

December 11th

Meeting ID:815 8811 6099

Passcode: Caroling

December 18th

Meeting ID: 821 7821 5835

Passcode: Caroling

Robert Klekar Music

Counselor’s Corner

This month in guidance we will be talking about recognizing our emotions so that we can be more sensitive to the feelings of others. The week of December 7th we will be celebrating Inclusive Schools Week. This annual event celebrates the inclusion of all students while finding new ways to ensure that every student feels welcome regardless of individual differences or disabilities.

Parents of 5th grade students, important announcements for Stevenson have been posted in the Schoology Counselor Course. December 1st at 6:30 is the Virtual Elective Fair. See the blue google poster in the counselor schoology course for the zoom link. You will only have access through a northside email address. December 7th and 15th are school tours. You must pre-register to attend. The students will be looking at the course catalog and fillable registration cards in guidance. They must fill out their selection on the posted google form with parents present. Please contact me if you have any questions.

-Stacy Fosmire, K-5th Counselor


Reader’s Corner

Hey Bobcats,

The Holidays are just around the corner! It is important that you keep on reading even while on Winter Break. So, when you pick up your favorite book, have someone snap a picture of you. Then email me your picture and you will be one of the star readers on BSN. I am so excited to see how many of you Bobcats will be reading over the Holidays.
Send your emails to:

Happy Holidays and KEEP READING!

Denise Lindquist Reading Specialist

Bobcat Mathematicians!

Happy Holidays Bobcat Mathematicians!

I KNOW y'all are working hard on ST Math and practicing your math facts daily!

I am so excited for the classes that have already earned PAJAMA DAY for their consistent work on ST Math!

Check out our new ST Math To Infinity and Beyond Student board made by our very own PTA President, Tasha Eichorn.

Keep working hard so that your Bobcat can travel up through the atmosphere!

Keep working hard, Bobcats!

Christmas is right around the corner!

-Alisha Thomas, MSD



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School Nurse

It’s starting to get cold outside and we are starting to see allergies, strep throat and cold/flu symptoms. We have had a couple of cases of strep throat within the school in the past few weeks. As you may already know, washing your hands several times a day can help you avoid getting sick during the cold and flu season. Make sure you keep your mask on throughout the day and bring extras in case they get dirty or break. Other habits that can help aid in keeping you healthy is by good respiratory hygiene, cough etiquette and getting your flu shot. Follow these simple tips to make it a habit and help keep the germs away. Reminder: students are not able to carry/consume cough drops, cough medicine or throat lozenges in the classrooms, all medications, even over-the-counter remedies, must have a Doctor's order accompany them.

Jennifer Espinoza RN


CDC guidance provides that people should wear face covering in public settings to reduce the spread of COVID-19 where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Everyone (employees, students, parents, visitors, vendors, etc.) approved to enter a District facility will be required to wear a face covering in public areas and shared spaces such as workrooms, reception areas, break rooms, and public restrooms. Additionally face coverings must be worn in face to face meetings, where multiple employees spend time, or where social distancing cannot be sustained. Working alone in an office area does not require wearing a face covering unless social distancing cannot be sustained when someone enters your space.

  • All students are required to wear face coverings while in classrooms, common spaces, and when social distancing cannot occur.
  • Considerations will be made by staff in communication with parents for special needs, and/or medical concerns.
  • All face coverings should cover the nose and mouth.
  • Compare Permitted and Not Permitted Face Coverings for students and staff.
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Gym Shorts

Hi Bobcat families! The end of this year is almost up. Did you reach your goals? It’s never too late. Taking care of your mental health is as important as your physical health. Usually this time of year, we get less exercise and drink less water because of the cold weather. Don’t let it happen to you! Get creative and move around your house. Get the people who live with you together and do something fun that does not include electronics like a board game, card games or games that involve more than 1 person. Laughter is the best medicine for both heart and mind. Get your dose of laughter every day!

Don’t forget to log into Schoology PE and complete your assignments. If you are up to date, thank you so much for moving and working hard! You can go on HAC to check your grades. Keep it up! Half the year is almost gone!

Coach Sanchez’s (Student teacher) last day is, Friday, Dec. 11th. We wish him well and thank you for doing a great job with our bobcats both in person and online. Congrats to him and GO ROADRUNNERS!

Mrs. Robinson our Vice-Principal

Welcome Back Bobcat Friends and Families,

I hope that your fall break was full of blessings, joy, and lots of laughter! Despite having to be creative about ways to gather non traditionally, I hope you had an opportunity to enjoy the time off. Remember, "Never let the things you want make you forget about the things you have."-- Author Unknown. There are 14 days until our winter break. We encourage you to continue to push forward and remain safe! In doing so, please remember to wear a mask if you are walking up to pick up students. We appreciate your support and understanding.

-Mrs. Robinson

Online Student Homework Support

NISD offers Online Student Homework Support provided free of charge to all NISD students after hours and weekends. Our goal is to assist students with Schoology Support and in the academic content areas of Reading/ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, and/or Spanish. A certified Teacher Tutor will provide assistance to your child via video conferencing, screen share, or chat.

The Online Student Homework Support hours are:

Monday - Thursday

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Elementary)

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Secondary)

Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (All Levels)

Sunday 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM (All Levels)

Students will be able to access the link beginning Aug. 31 on HAC under the school links tab, and in the students NISD portal with an icon(pictured above) that signifies Student Homework Support.