Patriot Update

April 6, 2014

Wisdom Shared...

The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

“Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room …. just wait.”

“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.”

She went on to explain, “Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing.”

And with a smile, she said: “Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less

Best of the Best...

You are all the best of the best! Thank you for everything you did to aide in making this week a positive, quiet, calm, and uneventful experience. No one enjoys testing week, but this past week was as good as it gets thanks to you!

I would like to give some special shout outs...

Fourth grade team...your emotional investment and diligent support of your kids is heartwarming. If it were possible to will success of every child in your classes based on a teacher's heartfelt commitment, it would be so for our kids. Thank you for truly giving of your heart and soul.

Ulyana...It seems like a contradiction to say that a testing day was a pleasant day BUT your planning and organization paved the way for a seamless experience. From the well developed and executed plan to the way you ensured our bellies were full, our testing days were as pleasant and relaxed as is possible. Thank you!

Office Team...The quickest way to our hearts is through our stomachs. Thank you for embracing this philosophy. You're always quick to step up and provide yummies...not to mention calming oils to fill the air. Your flexibility and support is greatly appreciated!

Every educator who prepared these kids for the next bless these kids every day; pour your love, encouragement, and instructional gifts into them; and diligently strive to meet the needs of every child. You make my heart happy!

I feel so very lucky to be a part of this team!


  • The new audio system has been installed in the cafeteria. The vendor is coming to campus on Tuesday to show us how to operate it. I'm hoping to be blown away by the sound. Cross your fingers...
  • Save the Date...Patriot Pride Fun Run Fundraiser will take place on May 16th. Jessica is diligently working to finalize the plan, the rewards, and the information packet to keep you informed. The kick-off for the event will take place the end of April...more details to follow at GLC and the next Faculty Meeting.
  • The BPES PTA nominating committee met last week to present nominees for the executive board positions for the 2014-2015 school year. The following are people who have expressed interest in serving in these positions for next year. All interested parties found a position.

    The nominations are:

    President - (No interested parties to nominate)

    1st VP - Jenny Glick

    2nd VP - Membership - Elizabeth Marsh

    Secretary - Cyndy Jones

    Treasurer - Nicole Rodieck

New Alliance Traffic Light...

Coming Soon

The new traffic light at Feathergrass Lane and Heritage Trace Parkway will be installed very soon.

In order to get the light active as soon as possible, the entrance off Heritage Trace Parkway to Feathergrass Lane between Hobby Lobby and Bank of Texas will be closed starting this coming Monday, April 7th for up to 2 weeks. Please take caution and watch for traffic and detour signs starting today, April 2nd.

This much anticipated signalization of this intersection is a joint project between the City of Fort Worth and Hillwood Properties.

We believe this will greatly improve traffic flow to and from the center.

Just For Giggles...

Kid Snippets: "Math Class" (Imagined by Kids)

Upcoming Events...

April 7

  • Kindergarten Round Up, 8:30-2:30
  • Drama Team, 3:00
  • SIA, 3:00

April 8

  • Running Club, 3:00
  • Fame UIL Art, 3:00
  • Kindergarten Round Up, 8:30-2:30 & 5:00-7:00
  • Dining Out at Chik-Fil-A, 5:00-9:00

April 9

  • Kindergarten Round Up, 8:30-2:30
  • Drama Team, 3:00

April 10

  • Kindergarten Round Up, 8:30-2:30
  • Spring Pictures

April 11

  • Kindergarten Round Up, 8:30-2:30
  • 1st Grade field trip to the Zoo
  • PTA Board Meeting, 9:00

April 14

  • Drama Team, 3:00
  • Deadline for GT testing request

April 15

  • FAME/UIL Art, 3:00
  • Running Club, 3:00

April 16

  • Lisa off-campus at GAM...all day
  • Drama Team, 3:00

April 17

  • Faculty Meeting, 3:30
  • PTA General Body Meeting & The Critterman, 6:00

April 18

  • Staff Egg Hunt, 3:30