Cub Connection Newsletter

Brenham ISD Newsletter and Tip Sheet

January 2019

January is School Board Recognition Month

January is School Board Recognition Month, and Brenham ISD joins the Texas Association of School Boards and other districts across the state in honoring the countless contributions of these locally elected advocates for Texas schoolchildren and public schools. School board members tackle a difficult job and shoulder enormous responsibilities. These men and women are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for our public schools. They provide vision and leadership in their roles as advocates, and they will continue to stand up for public education and guard against anything that takes away from our children or undermines our public schools.

Board members serving Brenham ISD are:

  • Natalie Lange, President

  • Melvin Ehlert, Vice President

  • Susan Jenkins, Secretary

  • Dr. Michael Altman, Trustee

  • Sgt. Kelvin Raven, Trustee

  • Mark Schneider, Trustee

  • Tommie Sullivan, Trustee

Our district benefits from the tireless work and countless hours contributed by these local citizens who work without pay. Serving as a crucial link between the community and classroom, our board is responsible for an annual budget of over $40 million, over 5,000 students, more than 700 employees, and 8 campuses. It’s more important than ever before that communities support public education so that today’s students are prepared to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow. Please take a moment and tell school board members ‘thanks for caring about our children and giving so much to our community.’ Let them know we support them and that their dedicated service is recognized and truly appreciated!

Arts & Appetizers has a new location for 2019!

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 5:30-7pm

107 West Commerce Street

Brenham, TX

The public is invited to join the Brenham ISD Education Foundation for the 2019 Arts & Appetizers event! Visit the exhibit featuring our young artists showcase beginning Tuesday, February 26 and don't miss the reception and live auction on Thursday, February 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Ant Street Inn.

If you are unable to attend Arts & Appetizers but wish to contribute to the BISD Education Foundation, please mail your gift to Brenham ISD Education Foundation at: 2211 South Day Street #330, Brenham, Texas 77833 or click here.

This event is sponsored by the Brenham ISD Education Foundation. All proceeds benefit Brenham ISD art students, art programs and the Brenham Public Schools.

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Spring Future Cubs and Meet the Cubs

Monday, Jan. 14th, 6pm

525 A H Ehrig Drive

Brenham, TX

It’s not too late to sign up for Future Cubs for the spring 2019 season! The Future Cubs program is open to youth ages 4 through 6th grade. For $20, Future Cubs will receive a Future Cubs T-shirt (with their name on the back) and free admission to home games for ALL spring sports. Future Cubs also have the opportunity to share the baseball, softball, and soccer fields with Varsity Cubs and Cubettes during the singing of the National Anthem.

Youth can sign up online at Registration forms will also be available at the spring Meet the Cubs event at 6:00 p.m. at Brenham High School on Monday, January 14.

New meal account balance check kiosks at BJHS & BHS

Students at Brenham Junior High School and Brenham High School have a new opportunity to self-check meal account balances on campus. New balance check kiosks in each cafeteria will allow students to scan their school ID card to check account balances before entering the serving line. Students will see a green check mark if they have enough money for breakfast and lunch, or a red X if they need to add money to their meal account.

Brenham ISD Child Nutrition Director Sandra Baxter says this is just one more way the child nutrition department can service students and families. “The kiosks are in addition to our online portal and will hopefully provide students with a discreet way to ensure their meal accounts have sufficient funding for breakfast and lunch,” said Baxter. Baxter also explained that students are afforded a charge limit of 10 breakfasts and 10 lunches before they are provided with an alternate meal. Students who are within the charge limit will also see the green check mark. Click here for more information about the Brenham ISD Child Nutrition Department.

Brenham ISD to host fourth annual EdCamp Grow

Brenham ISD is excited to host the fourth annual EdCamp Grow “unconference.” The EdCamp experience is unlike traditional conferences which have schedules set months in advance by the people running the conference. EdCamps are designed specifically for educators and their needs, and have an agenda that's created by the participants at the start of the event.

EdCamp Grow 2019 will be held on February 23, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Brenham High School.

EdCamp Grow is free to any educator who is interested in collaborating with other passionate educators, but pre-registration is required. Click here for more information or to register for this event.

New spring courses at Brenham Community Education

Fitness Boot Camp

Tired of boring cardio? Need a fitness challenge? Join our group to improve muscle tone & definition! (4 wks, 3 days/wk, 1 hr/day)

Cost: $75 Instructor: Heather Caswell

M, W, F: 2/4/19 - 3/1/19, 5:30am OR 5:30pm

P90X Live!

This exciting total body workout incorporates strength and cardio so you can get the most out of your workout.

Cost: $40 Instructor: Benita Schramme

M, W: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Gentle PiYo

PiYo combines the muscle sculpting, core firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of Yoga.

Cost: $40 Instructor: Benita Schramme

T, Th: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Hand Building Pottery

This class will introduce students to building with clay. All supplies for 3 pieces are included in course fee. All ages welcome!

Cost: $50 Instructor: Leslie Moore

M: 1/28, 2/24, 2/11 & 2/18, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Country & Western Dance Class

Bring a partner or come by yourself to learn the proper techniques for Country/Western dance and more!

Cost: $40 Instructor: Patrick Elliott

M: 2/4/19 - 3/11/19, 7:00pm -8:30pm

Canvas Paintings with Mrs. Cody Vega

Join BJHS art teacher Cody Vega for canvas painting. Several age/date options; different theme for each class.

Cost: $25 Instructor: Cody Vega

M, T: 2/4/19 - 2/12/19, 6pm - 8pm

Drillmatic Running

Join former UTSA, Brenham Cub and 3x All American track athlete Byron Taylor for Technical Running Drills.

Cost: $60 Instructor: Byron Taylor

W: 2/6/19 - 3/13/19, 5pm - 6:10pm

Curls That I Love!

Need a new approach to caring for your curly or wavy hair? Leave with a personalized hair care plan and samples to try at home.

Cost: $55 Instructor: Katherine Telford

M: 2/11/19 or Th: 2/21/19, 6pm - 7:30pm

Vegetable Garden Success

Are you interested in learning how to establish & maintain a vegetable garden? Join agricultural science teacher Travis Gonzales to learn 10 basic steps for growing vegetables for home use.

Cost: $25 Instructor: Travis Gonzales

T: 2/26/19, 6pm - 7:30pm

Cell Phone Photography

Have the perfect cell phone with the best camera, but can't figure out how to take the perfect photos? Join us to learn how to take pictures with the help of angles, filters & other new techniques!

Cost: $25 Instructors: Azuzena Mondragon, Johanna Reyes M: 3/4/19, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Have you set up Parent Portal?

Parent Portal is a great online tool to help you get involved in your child's education! Parent Portal allows you to monitor your child’s academic progress, attendance and receive grade alerts via text or email when grades fall below level.

Do you need assistance setting up Parent Portal? Do you have little to no time to set up Parent Portal? Come on over to the F.A.M.E. (Families Actively and Meaningfully Engaged) Cafe located in the Brenham Community Education building at 1301 S. Market Street. F.A.M.E. Parent Liaison Karem Chandler can help you set up Parent Portal in less than 30 minutes - all you have to do is show up or call (979) 277-3895 ext. 2175.

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