Mitchell ES Principal's Newsletter

January 12, 2016

2500 Austin’s Colony Parkway Bryan, TX 77808
Phone: (979) 209-1400
Fax: (979) 209-1420

Principal: John Rokenbrod
john.rokenbrod@bryanisd.org

Assistant Principal: Amanda Jackson
amanda.jackson@bryanisd.org
Dear Parents,

I hope you and your children had a successful week and are back in to your routines. We had a great week here. Two of our local television meteorologists spoke to our fifth graders on Tuesday and Wednesday, we had our first Watch D.O.G.S. volunteer on Thursday and Friday, and our third graders had fun making their volcanoes erupt on Thursday. We ended the week with our school-wide spelling bee on Friday morning. Remember that school will be closed to students and staff members this Monday, January 18.

I have added photos to the Smore edition of the newsletter to make it worth your click. You may have seen some of these on our Facebook page or in our Twitter feed. Some of these may have not been published before now. The photos are at the end of the newsletter.

Here is some information that was not available when the print version was copied.
  • The days and weeks after winter break are a good time for us to remind students of ways we can all cooperate with each other to ensure that all students have a disruption free learning environment. Today during morning meeting I reminded students of the dress expectations including such things as pants and shorts not having any tears or holes above the knee; that shorts, skirts, and dresses must all reach the middle of the child's thigh; and that students cannot wear any form fitting or excessively tight clothing. The complete dress and grooming standards can be found on pages 33 and 34 of the 2015-2015 Student Handbook that is available at http://www.bryanisd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=181674&type=d&pREC_ID=378441.
  • I am thrilled to share that last night the Board of Trustees approved the plan for renovations at Mitchell. Information on the plan is available at https://t.co/LtJ6INKNCm.
  • Talent show permission slips went home today. The talent show will be held after lunch on Friday, March 11.


The text that is in the print version of the newsletter is below.


I strongly encourage our students’ fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other male role models to spend a day volunteering as Watch D.O.G.S. Your children will appreciate the interest you show in their education and your presence will help them to be more successful. I am thrilled to share that Mr. Josh DeLeon, the parent of two of our students, will coordinate the program and serve as Mitchell’s ‘Top DOG.’ You may contact either Josh or me if you are interested in serving. He can be reached by phone at (979) 739-6209 or by email at spokes276@yahoo.com. I can be reached by phone at (979) 209-1405 or by email at john.rokenbrod@bryanisd.org.

Remember that you must complete the Bryan ISD volunteer form in order to be approved to volunteer at the school or go on a field trip with students. The form can be found at http://tinyurl.com/prklgum and it can be completed on a computer, smartphone, or tablet. You can also complete the form here at Mitchell if you don’t have Internet access at home. Please plan ahead and allow two weeks for your form to be processed. Information about the national Watch D.O.G.S. program can be found at http://www.fathers.com/watchdogs/allaboutwatchdogs/.

I would like to invite all parents and guardians to an informal coffee with me on Saturday, January 23 from 8:00 AM until 9:00 AM before the 4th Grade Math Saturday begins. I’ll be available to meet with you and answer questions you may have. Please call our secretary, Mrs. Brubaker, at (979) 209-1400 to R.S.V.P. so that we can purchase enough coffee, tea, and breakfast snacks.

Looking ahead, we will hold our Transition to Middle School night on Monday, February 1 at 6:30 PM in our library. All parents of fifth graders are encouraged to attend. Mrs. Skelton will share information about programs available at the different middle schools and answer questions that you and/or your children may have.


Thank you for your continued support of your child's education.


Sincerely,



John Rokenbrod
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