Bee Cave Beehive

See what all the buzz is about at BCE! - 8/12/18

Upcoming Dates and Reminders:

August 13.......Class Placement Info Sent Out at Noon

August 13........Meet the Teacher

Kinder from 9:00 - 11:00

1st - 2nd from 5:15 - 6:00

3rd - 5th from 6:15 - 7:00

August 15........First Day of School!!!

Kinder Tears and Cheers from 7:30 - 8:30

August 24........First Morning Assembly - Join Us!!

August 29.........PTO Member Meeting @ 8:00

August 30.........Parent Information Night

K - 2nd from 5:30 - 6:15

3rd - 5th from 6:30 - 7:15

September 3...Labor Day - Student and Staff Holiday

Meet Our New Staff Members!

Kim Kellner - Assistant Principal


Kimberly has served kinder through post high school-aged students with disabilities, their families, and fellow educators for the past 21 years. In 1995, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a major in interdisciplinary studies and a minor in Special Education from Texas State University. In 1996, she went on to earn her Master of Education degree with a major in elementary education, and then in 2005, she completed a Graduate Certification at Texas State University in Educational Administration. Her years as a special education teacher included supporting students in areas such as resource, inclusion, class with-in-a class, co-teaching, and content mastery. In recent years, Kimberly has been an elementary Assistant Principal, as well as, a district coordinator supporting at-risk student programs.


Teachers and Aides

Kindergarten - Maria Steele (Taking Mrs. Peacock's place)

3rd Grade - Laura Mason and Leigh Ingram (New positions for growth)

4th Grade - Laura Crawford (Taking Mrs. Budai's place. Mrs. Budai is now the new AP at Lakeway Elementary!)

Sped Teacher - Desi Chavez (Taking Mr. Simmons place)

PE Aide - Amy Ledbetter (Taking Coach Nelson's place)

Sped Aides - Louie Graham, Jenny Saville



We have also had a few moves as well:

Kindergarten - Michealla Searan moved from 2nd grade

3rd Grade - Desiree Pacheco moved from Kindergarten

Sped - Alexis Tuckness moved from aide to teacher


We have an amazing staff, ready and waiting to welcome our Bobcats! It is going to be our best year yet!!

1:1 Technology at BCE!

We are so excited that every student at BCE will have his/her own Chromebook in the classroom for the upcoming school year. We will be not only working to help students become more proficient with technology, focused on our Tech Application TEKS, but are also discovering new ways to use technology to enhance instruction.


It is understandable, with the use of technology comes concerns about student safety. Our students will be using a new platform called Classlink. This is a dashboard that all students will log into, containing apps and programs that students are allowed to utilize. In addition, students will only be allowed to use the internet, if given permission by the classroom teacher.


Please see at photo of the Classlink dashboard below. It is our top priority to keep students safe while using technology. If you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher.

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Action Required for ALL Returning Students

Please visit our District and BCE websites for all your back-to-school needs. Speaking of websites, we are excited to share with you that we have updated our district and campus websites! We hope that you will find our sites to be more dynamic, engaging and user friendly.


While returning students are automatically enrolled for the coming school year, student information must be verified and/or updated annually. Therefore, all returning students must complete a Returning Student Packet. The packet is available online. Be sure to follow each step carefully. Please note, in order to complete your child’s Returning Student Packet, you will need to access txConnect, a web-based system that provides online access to school-related information about your child including attendance, grades, discipline, assessments and immunizations. If you already have a txConnect account, you are ready to complete the Returning Student Packet online.


Please be sure to visit our Enrollment webpage and the numerous back-to-school resources located on the left side bar of the page!

Stay Connected

Take a few minutes to download the Lake Travis ISD mobile app for iOS or Android. Get notifications on important updates, add money to you child's lunch account and check your child's grades, just to name a few things. It is user friendly and a must have for all parents!!

Things to Remember for the Start of School:

Meet the Teacher Night:

Come on out! Join us at BCE on Monday, August 13th to meet your teacher for this school year! Kinder will visit classrooms that morning from 9:00 - 11:00, Grades 1st - 2nd will visit the classroom and meet the teacher from 5:15pm to 6:00pm, and Grades 3rd - 5th from 6:15pm to 7:00pm. School supplies that were pre-ordered online will be waiting in the classroom for you. Students who purchased school supplies can bring the supplies to the classroom on Meet the Teacher Night.


Kindergarten Meet the Teacher will last the entire two hours, from 9:00 - 11:00, with parents/students rotating through stations. Please plan to leave siblings at home if possible, and to be there the entire time.


We look forward to seeing you!


First Day of School:

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 15th. All students will report to their

homerooms. Kindergarten parents, please join the principal and PTO in the cafeteria for Kinder Tears and Cheers starting at 7:30am.


School Hours:

Class Start Time: 7:40am; Dismissal Time: 3:00pm (5 extra minutes added to the day)

Doors to BCE open at 7:20am. Students who arrive after the 7:40 bell are tardy. Students will need to sign in at the front office and receive a tardy slip to give to their teacher.


Arrival & Departure Routines:

Bee Cave is a family friendly community school where safety is our first priority. Knowing the importance of modeling safe, respectful behavior for our children, we appreciate our parents and staff establishing a positive tone to our mornings and afternoons. Parents help our students to arrive and depart school safely each day. In the mornings, students arrive by car or bus, and in the afternoons, students are picked-up by car, bus or our parent pick-up option. Please see attached map below for drop-off and pick-up locations.


All parents will be allowed to walk students to classrooms on the first day of school. After the first day, parents can walk students to class, but must check-in to the front office first. Starting August 27th, parents will only be allowed to check-in and go to classrooms with a prior appt. scheduled with the teacher. Thank you for helping to promote safety, independence and responsibility for all students.


For parent and student safety, visitors/parents are always required to check-in at the front office. We appreciate your help in ensuring our campus is safe for all.


A separate email will be sent for updating information in School Dismissal Manager.


Bus Transportation Information:

Bus routes and estimated morning pick-up times can be found on the district website:

https://www.ltisdschools.org/Page/131


Reporting an Absence:
Consistent school attendance is critical for the development of your child. When they miss school, we miss them! The entire school day is needed to deliver the full instructional program. Students need to come to school and attend the full day unless they have fever, communicable disease, or family emergency. Help us communicate the importance of daily attendance to your child and schedule necessary appointments around school hours. When an absence is necessary, e-mail the registrar, Pam Anderson at myliusandersonp@ltisdschools.org if your child will not be in school that day. A note explaining any absence is required upon the student’s return to school.


Communicating with the School:

Communication is a top priority for the BCE community. For classroom concerns, please begin by speaking directly to the teacher. Teachers have limited phone and email access while they are with your child. Our standard response time is within 24 hours. If a concern requires immediate attention from a campus administrator, contact assistant principal, Kim Kellner at kellnerk@ltisdschools.org, or counselor Courtney Trimmer at trimmerc@ltisdschools.org. When scheduling a meeting with the principal, contact administrative assistant, Susan Hart, at harts@ltisdschools.org.


Morning Assemblies:

Morning assembly is held in the gym on Friday mornings at 7:40am. Our first assembly will take place on Friday, August 24th. Join our community of students for our morning routines, skits, announcements, and celebrations!


Lunch Information:

Student lunches (including milk) will be offered each day for students who wish to purchase a school lunch. Students who bring a lunch may purchase a drink or snack a la carte through the lunch line. The Federal Lunch Program forms are available online at https://www.ltisdschools.org/Page/62. Lunch accounts can be set up online at the “Online Meals Prepay” link. It is suggested that all students have an account with a few days credit on it in case lunches or money are misplaced or forgotten. Please visit the Bee Cave or district website to access the district’s Food and Nutrition (FANS) website to add money to your child’s lunch account, view your child’s purchases, access the daily menu, and to set restrictions for your child’s lunch. It is not permissible for the cafeteria and school staff to restrict your child’s purchases. Please take the time to review the FANS site and establish your child’s lunch account.


We ask parents to begin visiting for lunch after the first full week of school. The first days of school are spent with our staff assisting students with lunch account information, seating in the cafeteria, lunchroom etiquette, and arrival and dismissal routines. This time is sacred for us to establish routines in the lunchroom. Please check the campus website for grade level/teacher lunch schedules.


Please note that your visit to lunch is time to spend with your child. Food may not be brought and shared with other children. For your convenience, we have cafeteria monitors who will assist the children in the cafeteria. Please report any concerns to the monitors at the end of the lunch period. Recess time is a sacred time for your child to socialize and play with others. Parents are not allowed on the playground during recess.


Parent Information Night:

Please join us on Thursday, August 30th for Parent Information Night. Learn more about curriculum, instruction, grading policies, homework, etc.

Kinder - 2nd Grades from 5:30 - 6:15

3rd - 5th Grades from 6:30 - 7:15


Medication with the Nurse:

Nurse Hicks is our full time nurse at BCE! She will assist you in keeping your child’s medication locked and stored in the nurse’s office. Refer to the Student Handbook for specific information on medications at school. If you have additional questions, please contact Nurse Hicks at hicksa@ltisdschools.org.

2018 - 19 BCE Arrival/Dismissal Map

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Student Planners

Student planners will be sold during Meet the Teacher for all 3rd-5th graders. The cost is $6 for a planner. Please bring exact change, or write a check. See attached flyer for more info.

Celebrating Birthdays

A state law passed in 2011 requires school districts to adopt and administer a policy for the care of students with diagnosed food allergies at risk for anaphylaxis. In response, Lake Travis ISD developed a comprehensive Food Allergy Management Plan which is implemented annually in various environments throughout our campus. Our Food Allergy Management Plan has been in place for several years. However, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, additional measures will be implemented to best support students and reduce the risk of exposure to common food allergies. These include:

  • Birthdays will no longer be celebrated in the classroom with food. Students celebrating a birthday will receive a coupon for a treat to be redeemed at our school café. Parents, grandparents and other family members are welcome to join their child for lunch. Students whose birthdays occur on a non-instructional day will receive their coupon on the next available instructional day.

  • On designated ‘party days’ (winter party, end of year, etc), the following general procedures will be implemented in classrooms where one or more students have been identified as having a severe food allergy:

  1. Food brought into the classroom must be store-bought or purchased from the LTISD Food and Nutrition Services Department. Other than fruits and vegetables, food must be delivered to the classroom in its original packaging.

  2. Teachers and/or paraprofessionals assigned to the classroom will monitor the food brought in by students/parents for the identified allergen. Students/parents will not be allowed to bring in food with the identified allergen listed as an ingredient.


To review the District’s Food Allergy Management Plan in its entirety, please visit our Food and Nutrition Services Department website.


We are excited to implement these important measures that will best support our students. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.


Seat Belts on Buses

We now have seat belts on all of our school buses. Bobcats will get an extra measure of safety this year by wearing their seat belts on the bus. Safety first!

BCE PTO Information

Back to School Info from PTO!

Welcome to the over 150 families who have registered at our new website and become PTO members this week! If you would like to learn more about what the PTO does and how YOU can get involved, check out www.bcepto.com and join our community of committed volunteers!


You can also find all of your PTO-related back-to-school needs on our new site:
  • BCE Spirit Wear: Orders placed by TODAY, Sunday 8/12 at 5pm, will be available for pick-up in the cafeteria tomorrow at Meet the Teacher. Shirts will also be available for purchase at Meet the Teacher.
    • Birthday Marquee: Sign-up to have your child’s name listed on our “Happy Birthday” marquee at the front entrance to the school. Most weeks sold out last year (only 5 names fit!), so grab your spot today!
    • Parent Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteering at BCE is the best way to get involved, meet new people, and directly impact your child's school experience! Check out all of our volunteer opportunities HERE
    • Be Bandit: For those of you out there who like to dance like no one is watching, we have the job for you! We are looking for volunteers to be Bandit (our bobcat mascot) at Friday assemblies. Get ready to be able to show your coolest dance moves anonymously! Sign-up on the PTO website
    • And finally… Become a BCE Family Sponsor!: With the support of our members, PTO is able to fund many programs and activities to enrich the education of BCE students and support BCE staff. Key purchases include educational applications/technology for all grades, staff appreciation, tutoring, teacher conferences, field trip transportation, and much more. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to BCE PTO. Donors will be recognized in the front hallway at BCE and on our website. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated!
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    Kinder Tears and Cheers

    The first day of Kindergarten can be an emotional and exciting experience for both parents and students! Whether you feel like tearing up or cheering loud, please join us in the cafeteria on the first day of school, August 15 after drop-off (7:30-8:15am, presentation at 7:45). The PTO will provide coffee and breakfast items.

    PTO Member Meeting

    Save the date for the first PTO Member Meeting of the year – Wednesday, August 29 at 8am at BCE! At this meeting we will discuss what the PTO has planned for this year, hear our amazing counselor Courtney Trimmer speak about new initiatives, listen to a guest speaker explain more about the new technology at school (1:1 chromebooks!), and more. We hope to see you there!

    PTO Purchase Spotlight

    PTO purchases are already underway! This week, each classroom teacher received a giftcard to purchase consumable items for their classrooms. New teachers also received additional funds to help set up their classrooms. Thank you for supporting the PTO so we can all support our amazing teachers!
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    GO BOBCATS! #BCEInspires