Academy of the Arts at Bransom

February 5-9, 2018 (School Days 100-104)

A Note From Your Principal

Academy of the Arts Families,

It is a beautiful time of the year. Students are preparing Valentine cards for their classmates, the weather is giving us glimpses of "nice", and the Super Bowl commercials are fresh on our minds. Seriously, it is a good time to reassess, reorganize, and recommit to the resolutions and goals of the year.

This week is National Counselors' Week. I know many of you know our counselor, Sheri McCrory. She definitely gives of herself everyday to help the school run smoothly as well as help students become an integral part of the school community. She has been a part of Bransom Elementary since its opening in 2002. We appreciate her devotion to not only the teachers and students of the school but also the parents of our community. Thank you, parents, for showing her your support.

This week at the Academy of the Arts, fifth graders will be traveling to Camp Grady Spruce at Possum Kingdom Lake for a three day field trip to experience many outdoor learning opportunities along with further learning of science concepts introduced in the classroom. Please keep them in your thoughts as they prepare for the trip, travel to and from the trip, and participate in the trip's adventures. I would like to say thanks to the parents who will be attending for some or all of the trip. Our amazing fifth grade teachers appreciate the assistance of the parents to keep guard around the students. They are all so precious.

In closing, I want to say that the new schedule is working quite well. The changes have given teachers time to provide additional assistance to students as needed. I want to remind you that teachers have so much that they manage. Obviously, they are making differentiated plans and using a variety of instructional strategies that work for different students. Your support of your child's teacher as well as for your child is extremely appreciated. If you ever feel that you have time and you would like to volunteer within the school, let us know and we'll get you signed up.

Thanks again for ALL you do,

Mrs. Burchfield

Mrs. McCrory, Our School Counselor


We are so glad to announce that the winning grade level with the highest average attendance for the week is .... kindergarten with 96.09%. The overall campus attendance rate is 94.46%. I know so many are recovering from illness and working really hard to get back to school - THANKS. We need you! I am encouraged that our attendance will see some increase this week.

I appreciate everyone who takes attendance serious. Parents that see that their children are in their school seats everyday, understand the value of the school community, understand the value of planned lessons, and understand that engagement with a certified teaching professional makes the difference in their child's education.THANKS!

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This Week: National School Counselors' Week

Monday: Western Day - All students and staff are invited to dress in their western attire. During A.M.P. Camp, parents are invited to join students for square dancing in the gym.

Wednesday: 5th Grade to Camp Grady Spruce; 2nd Grade to Bass Hall

Friday: 5th Grade returns from Camp Grady Spruce

Upcoming Calendar:

February 12: BISD School Board Meeting

February 13: TAG Field Trip to Casa Manana/Trinity Park

February 14: Class Valentines Parties

February 15: Popcorn for kids from PTO; BISD Choice Night at CHS

February 16: End of 4th Six Weeks/Student Early Release @ 11:45AM

February 19: Presidents' Day - Student Holiday and Professional Development for Teachers

February 20: First Day of 5th Grading Period

February 22: Prospective Parent Night - Please share this date with families that may be interested in joining us at the Academy of the Arts at Bransom next year.

February 23: Bobcat Pride at Breakfast 7:15AM; Kinder Zoo Field Trip; Talent Show Auditions @ 3:00-4:00PM

February 28: Elementary UIL at CHS

March 5-9: Spring Scholastic Book Fair

March 6: Spring Pictures in parent determined apparel

March 8: Relay for Life Hot Dog Supper; Open House

March 11: Daylight Savings Time begins

March 12-16: Spring Break

March 20: PTO Spring Creek Spirit Night

March 21: Shrek Jr. field trip at Texas Hall for 1st-5th Grades

March 26: BISD School Board Meeting

March 30: Good Friday Holiday

Remember to stay in contact with your child's teacher for grade level/class events.


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Remember, if your child is returning to the Academy of the Arts at Bransom, you do not need to do anything. However, if you have an entering kindergartner, you must apply for their enrollment.


The district will be presenting information about educational/extracurricular choices provided to students and families throughout the district from elementary to high school. Our school will be fully participating in the event to support and highlight our unique opportunities.