BPE Monthly

May/June, 2015

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Did You Know?

  • Kids can lose up to 3 months of educational ground over the summer months.
  • Research indicates over 2 months of reading progress (roughly 20% of the school year's gain) can be lost over a 3 month summer.
  • Teachers spend about a month reviewing prior learning at the beginning of the school year to recover the lost skills.
  • There is a cumulative effect to this regression when it occurs year after year. The result is a widening gap in educational skills.
  • It doesn't have to happen...

What Can Families Do to Keep Children Reading During the Summer?

As children's first and most important teachers, families have a major role to play in motivating children to read during the summer months. There are many strategies families might employ to encourage summertime reading:

Combine activities with books.

Summer leaves lots of time for kids to enjoy fun activities, such as going to the park, seeing a movie, or going to the beach. Why not also encourage them to read a book about the activity? If you're going to a baseball game, suggest that your child read a book about a favorite player beforehand. In the car or over a hot dog, you'll have lots of time to talk about the book and the game.

Visit the library.

If your child doesn't have a library card, summer is a great time to sign up for one. In addition to a wide selection of books to borrow, many libraries have fun, child-friendly summer reading programs.

Lead by example.

Read the newspaper at breakfast, pick up a magazine at the doctor's office, and stuff a paperback in your beach bag. If kids see the adults around them reading often, they will understand that literature can be a fun and important part of their summer days.

Talk it up.

Talking with your kids about what you have read also lets them know that reading is an important part of your life. Tell them why you liked a book, what you learned from it, or how it helped you—soon they might start doing the same.

Help kids find time to read.

Summer camp, music lessons, baseball games, and videos are all fun things kids like to do during the summer. However, by the end of the day, children may be too tired to pick up a book. When planning summer activities with children, remember to leave some time in their schedules for reading. Some convenient times may be before bedtime or over breakfast.

Relax the rules for summer.

During the school year, children have busy schedules and often have required reading for classes. Summer is a time when children can read what, when, and how they please. Don't set daily minute requirements or determine the number of pages they should read. Instead, make sure they pick up books for fun and help find ways for them to choose to read on their own. You may even want to make bedtime a little bit later if you find that your child can't put down a book.

Have plenty of reading material around.

Storybooks aren't the only thing that kids can read for fun. Be sure to have newspapers, magazines, and informational material on hand that might spark the interest of a young reader.

Use books to break the boredom.

Without the regular school regimen, adults and kids need more activities to fill the hours. Books that teach kids how to make or do something are a great way to get kids reading and keep them occupied. Don't forget to take your kids' favorite reading series along on long road trips.

Read aloud with kids.

Take your children to see a local storyteller or be one yourself. The summer months leave extra time for enthusiastic read-alouds with children, no matter what their age. Don't forget to improvise different voices or wear a silly hat to make the story that much more interesting!

We LOVE our teachers!

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Back to Pool Swim Safe Kick-Off Event...May 9 from 1:00-3:00 PM

All families are invited to attend the Swim Safe kick-off event, Back to Pool, scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Keller ISD Natatorium. Families will hear from speakers about the importance of staying safe in and around the water, get to witness a simulated drowning demonstration, and visit interactive safety stations for a chance to win prizes. There will also be a bounce house, food trucks, and a ton of great water safety information from local vendors.

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Hello Patriot Families!

Thanks for a great year!

We’ve had a great year here at BPES! As a PTA Board, we began the year with a brand new group people ready to serve our school. We had lots of ideas and big goals. With the help of dedicated board members, committee chairs and countless volunteers just look at some of the things the BPES PTA accomplished over the past 9 months! Membership rose this year as we “made PTA POP!” with our Fall Membership Drive. PTA successfully funded many projects, provided extra field trips and supplies for our kids through the Big Kahuna Fall Fundraiser, Box Tops for Education and monthly Dining Out Nights. We established a cool new way to recycle with the World Wear donation bin. We showed our school pride with new spirit wear designs and collected fun spirit sticks on Fridays! We hosted an awesome Back to School BASH and Fall Tailgate party. We roller skated with Santa! We partnered with the local medical and business community to host the 2015 Health and Wellness Expo. We found out that many Bette Perot families are really good cooks as we tasted chili at the first annual Chili Bowl Chili Cook Off! We preserved memories made at BPES through the annual yearbook and the Personalized Brick project.

Thank you for joining PTA, volunteering your time and talents to PTA projects and supporting activities at Bette Perot.

Before we break for summer our volunteers are busy working on just a few more fun events for our students and their families. Please join us Friday, May 15 for the Spring Sock Hop! Dust off your poodle skirts or leather jackets and get ready to step back in time for a fun night of music, soda floats, popcorn, raffle prizes and an old fashioned cake walk! Admission is free. Concession items will be on sale, as well as, raffle tickets and cake walk tickets. The fun starts at 6:30pm in the BPES gym. This event is open to all BPES students and their families.

We will celebrate the end of another school year with our annual End of the Year Parties on Thursday, June 4th. Look for more information coming home from your classroom teachers regarding party times and volunteer opportunities.

Again, thank you for making this a great year! Enjoy a fun and safe summer break.

Keli Garrett

PTA President

May Dates to Remember

· May 4-8 National Teacher Appreciation Week

· May 11-15 Book Fair BOGO (Buy one, get one!)

· May 14 Brown Bag Lunch w/ Dr. Reid,12pm @ Park Glen

· May 14 General Assembly Meeting/ Installation of Officers Program: 4th Grade Drama Presents Annie

· May 15 Spring Sock Hop; 6:30-8pm BPES Gym/Cafeteria

· May 16 Casey’s Kids Fun Run

· May 22 BPES Field Day

· May 25 Memorial Day Holiday

June Dates to Remember

· June 3 Kindergarten Graduation

· June 4 End of the Year Parties

· June 5 Last Day of School/4th Grade Send Off & Early Release 12:00pm

Enjoy a fun and safe summer! See you in August!

Bette Perot Elementary Severe Weather – Special Instructions Regarding Lightening, Hail, and Heavy Rain at Arrival & Dismissal Time

For the safety of staff and students we will not go outside the building when there is lightning or hail. We will not dismiss until 15 min. after the last sound of thunder or observation of lightning. If we are currently experiencing these types of weather, remaining in the building is the safest place to be. The awnings are effective protection from sun and rain, but they do not protect against lightning and hail.

Releasing 700 students safely during lightning will be a slow process. Please expect delays and help us by being patient with this process. The safety of our students is always our first priority.

Special Severe Weather Instructions:

Arrival- When there is lightning in the area, parents may wait until the weather has cleared or parents may park and walk their child into the building. District staff will not be outside to receive students. Staff members will greet students as early as 7:30 A.M. as they enter the building and we will supervise the students in the cafeteria and gym.

Dismissal- When there is lightning or hail we will not release students out of the building until a parent comes in and escorts them outside. Parents may not wave from the car for their child to be dismissed. Parents may wait until the weather has cleared or parents may park and walk up to the appropriate dismissal location (carrying their pick up sign).

Heavy Rain (NO Lightning or hail) – This process is slow. Thank you for your patience.

  • Walkers and bike riders will be held in the Music Room until the rain subsides or a parent comes to the North doors (by the gym) to pick up their child. Student will be escorted to the car by a teacher.
  • Kinder & 3rd grade will wait in the kindergarten hallway. Parents may walk up to the kindergarten hall doors to pick up their child or come through the car pick up line.
  • 1st grade will wait in the first grade hallway. Parents may walk up to the 1st grade hall doors to pick up their child or come through the car pick up line. Student will be escorted to the car by a teacher.
  • 2nd & 4th grade will wait in the second grade hallway. Parents may walk up to the 2nd grade hall doors to pick up their child or come through the car pick up line. Student will be escorted to the car by a teacher.

In Case of Lightning or Hail -

  • Students and staff will remain indoors when lightning or hail are present. Unless parent comes to the dismissal location, we will not dismiss until 15 min. after the last sound of thunder or observation of lightning.
  • Similar to the heavy rain process, students will be located in the hallways as indicated above. Parents may go to the appropriate dismissal location to request their child (with proper identification or car pick up sign). Students will be released to parent/guardian at that time. Teachers will NOT escort students to cars while we are experiencing lightning or hail.

Summer Sneak Preview

  • Campus Closed...June 22-July 12th
  • Residency Verification...August 4th, 1:00-7:00 and August 5 7:00-1:00
  • Meet the Teacher...August 20th
  • First Day of School....August 24th

Reoccurring Events in May

Calendar Events

June 5th...4th Grade Send Off


June 5th...Early Release


Camp Invention...July 13 – 16 (8:00 – 4:00)

Camp Invention is returning to Florence Elementary this summer! We are excited to bring this opportunity back to our community; last year’s camp was a HUGE success! We have a new exciting series of classes for our kiddos to enjoy!

In the Power’d™ module, children will assemble their own motorized creatures and bring them to life while helping a mysterious scientist explore alternative energy. The role of economics in the world is explained through the guise of a virtual world, whose marketplace needs rebuilt in the Hatched™ module. In the I Can Invent™ module, participants will take apart broken or unused appliances using real tools and turn them into something new! Finally, in the SMArt: Science, Math & Art™ module, patterns and relationships are examined to discover their connection to mathematics. It is going to be FANTASTIC!!!!

Click here to see what Camp Invention is all about: https://youtu.be/h6GSuPe-9kI

The Spring into Summer Discount of $15 ends on May 12, which is just around the corner!

Only at Camp Invention can children find inspiration from inventors, including National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees, whose inventions have changed the world! We expect to have a full camp very shortly and I don’t want any of our interested families to miss out.

If you have already registered, I just want to say thank you! I truly appreciate your support of Camp Invention.

If you have not registered yet, is there anything I can do to help you with the registration process? If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Again, I thank each of you for your continued support of Camp Invention. For additional information about the program please visit www.campinvention.org.