BBE News December 2017

Saying goodbye to 2017 - Have a happy holiday!!!

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PTO News

Greetings Bullfrog Families!

Can you believe the school year is almost half over? Your BBE PTO has been very busy these last few months. With your help, we have been able to accomplish many things to enhance the learning experience for the students and the campus environment for the teachers and staff. Despite Hurricane Harvey putting a damper on our Fall fundraising efforts, we were able to purchase the following items that were greatly needed for our campus: new seat sacks for the entire campus; new seating rugs for the kinder classes; 2 new microwaves and a new coffee maker for the teachers' lounge; grants for each teacher; grants for each grade level; paid for field trips for all students; and provided a Winter holiday party for all students. I hope your kids have taken time to share some of the exciting things that they have experienced with you.

Despite the fact that we have already made some substantial purchases, we still need your support. It is NEVER too late to join the PTO. Joining PTO does not obligate you to attend our meetings or volunteer at school. Although we would LOVE for you to attend our meetings (2nd Wednesday of each month) and volunteer at the school, we understand that it just isn't feasible for everyone to do so. Joining PTO is a small, easy gesture, yet it helps our school in a big way!

Speaking of membership, our Committee Chair organized a contest to reward the first 3 classes to reach 100% membership. Although no class actually reached the 100% goal, the top earning classes were still rewarded. The winners were, as follows: Mrs. Dees' class with 62% membership; and Mr. Portier's and Mrs. Morgan's classes were tied with 55% membership. Each class will be rewarded with a class party in order to celebrate their accomplishments. Be on the lookout for future contests!

Our VIPS Coordinator Team has been quite busy as well. We recently celebrated with our winter classroom parties. The students had a blast! There was food, fun, and games for everyone. I hope the kids had as much fun as the volunteers that participated did. We still have another party coming up at the end of the school year. If you haven't paid your party money yet, it isn't too late. Party money is only $11 and the covers both parties. We appreciate your contribution towards making our parties the best that they can be!

Our BBE volunteers have been busy during the first half of the school year. They have helped keep the library organized, taught Junior Achievement and Masterpiece Art, read with Kindergartners, covered classes during teacher planning, taken yearbook photos, operated the Champ Bucks store and Peppermint Village, as well as sorting supplies for the Winter Party. Thank you all for your help in supporting our amazing students and staff. As the second semester kicks off, many more opportunities will be available for our volunteers.

If you have some free time and want to join in on the fun, complete a background check at the following link: , then contact to be added to our list of dedicated volunteers and receive information on upcoming opportunities on, and off, campus.

In order to not tax our parents too much with donations, many of our PTO Board committee chairs have been working very hard to find creative ways to help raise money for our campus. These board members have sought out community sponsors, Spirit Nights, and the collection of items that would normally be disposed of to benefit our school.

We have raised $1400 by way of local business sponsorship. You can see the list of our sponsors on our PTO website, our Facebook page, and in our school directory that all PTO members received. Make sure you tell our sponsors, “Thank You,” for their support whenever you visit their places of business. We also utilize Box Tops, Tyson A+ labels, Community Coffee labels, Coca-Cola codes, Amazon Smile, and Shoparoo to earn cash for our schools. Labels are due by the 15th of each month. Each month, every child that submits 15 labels (any combination of the 3 labels that we collect) earns a small prize. We gave out a total of 106 prizes in October and November! The top classes in each grade, after the December collection will win a popcorn party in January.

Top classes as of November collection are Ms Williams, Ms Eapen, Ms Riesenberg, Ms Kulhanek, Ms Dees, and Ms McQuillan. So far Box Tops has raised $970.50 and Coca-Cola Gives has raised $21.95 as of December 1st. Enter codes from under caps or in cases at, or send them in with the labels and they'll be entered for you!!

Shoparoo has raised $144.46 as of 12/13. Shoparoo is a simple app you can download on your phone that allows you to scan your receipts to earn money for the school! See our website to find out more details on how to participate in any of these programs.

Also, on those nights when you just don't want to cook, consider attending one of our monthly Spirit Nights. Our hosting restaurant will donate a portion of whatever is purchased back to our school. We have raised over $500 so far this year on Spirit Nights, alone. Be on the lookout for upcoming venues!

Our PTO is doing our best to keep you informed. We have our wonderful website that is full of wonderful information. The website is BBEPTO.ORG. Although it is already a great website, we are working on making it bigger and better! If you would like to learn more about our website, or if you have any interest or experience working on websites, please contact us at

Our Facebook page is also a great source of information. We currently have 252 members. This page is a great resource for reminders such as spirit weeks, school events, and PTO meetings. The link to join is:

A big part of what makes BBE such a wonderful school is the fact that we have awesome teachers and staff. Our Hospitality Chair works hard at organizing events that show everyone who works at BBE just how much they are appreciated. So far this year they have experienced a wonderful welcome back breakfast, another day of kolaches, donuts, coffee, and juice for breakfast, and a winter holiday luncheon to end the year. There will be more goodies for our wonderful teachers and staff in the new year!

As you all may know, we decided to not hold a fundraiser this fall due to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Unfortunately, the hurricane put a damper on many events that we had planned to kick the first half of the year off. The Ways and Means committee focused solely on our Peppermint Village holiday shop. This holiday shop is more of a service to our students than a fundraiser. The store gives our kids the opportunity to shop for their family and friends at reasonable prices all while using the concepts that they learn in Junior Achievement regarding commerce. The experience is truly rewarding to all that participate.

In the Spring, Ways and Means will be holding our one, big fundraiser for the year. We will be trying something new- an obstacle course! We think that this will be a fun event for all of our Bullfrog families. Be on the lookout for more information in 2018 and be ready to participate!

As you have read, there is a lot going on both out in the open and behind the scenes with your BBE PTO. We truly appreciate your support as we could not do what we do with YOU! We will soon be on the lookout for people to fill board positions for the 2018-19 school year. If you are interested in getting involved, or if you have any questions, please contact us at We would love to hear from you!

Thank you for all that you do,

Tami Hawkins

BBE PTO President

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Notes from the Nurse

Clinic Happenings…

Even with the school year getting off to a slow start because of Harvey, the clinic has been busy throughout the semester. Here are a few of our highlights:

  • On September 25, Nurse Lynn conducted a Handwashing class for all the Kindergarten classes.
  • During the week of October 23-27, in conjunction with Red Ribbon Week, we emphasized the importance of avoiding all drugs, alcohol, and tobacco and to keep healthy by being “Drug Free.”
  • On November 9, about 160 students participated in the Healthy Schools Flu Shot clinic.
  • The display case has rotating exhibits to teach & encourage a healthy lifestyle, which included:
    • September: Legacy Health Heroes (They are now hanging on the wall in the clinic.)
    • October: Red Ribbon Week Emphasis – Effects of Smoking
    • November: National Diabetes Awareness and Your Healthy Skin
    • December: National Hand-washing Awareness – “The Gift of Health is Hand-washing”

Annual required health screenings ~ All states required screenings have been completed and referrals have been sent. If there was a screening concern, especially in hearing or vision, you were notified with a call and screening referral letter, which should be completed by your physician and returned to the clinic. Thank you for your prompt attention to any concern. Nurse Lynn will be following up on all referrals not returned to the clinic in early spring, as referral returns are required to be reported to the state.

Other Gentle Reminders:

  • Illness ~ To prevent exposing all students to illness, please keep your child home for: vomiting and/or diarrhea, a suspected contagious disease, an undetermined rash, temperature of 100.0 or above (must be fever free for 24 hours without the aid of medications before returning to school), or feels too ill to come to (remain in) school. If a student complains of any of these symptoms, we will ask that you pick them up promptly.

  • Medications ~ Students are not permitted to transport medications to/from school for the safety of all students, which includes cough and eye drops. Medications must be brought in the original container or pharmacy labeled bottle by the parent/guardian. Complete clinic guidelines and medical forms can be found on the FBISD website parent page.

  • Head Lice ~ As with every school year, we have had scattered cases of lice this semester. Even though this is an uncomfortable topic for many people and a nuisance to treat, it is a common happening. Lice do not spread disease and in-school transmission is considered rare. It is the position of the CDC and National Association of School Nurses that the management of lice should not disrupt the educational process. Once the clinic is notified of possible lice, the student is screened and monitored on a regular weekly basis until cleared. If nits are found, students will remain in school and parents will be notified to treat. If live lice are found, parents will be asked to pick up their student to begin prompt treatment. If a student is identified with nits/lice, an informative, anonymous letter will be sent home to that student’s homeroom. It is vital that all parents monitor your students regularly and treat as indicated.

Thank you for entrusting your student’s health to us and your partnership in keeping them safe and healthy.

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Counselor's Connection

Meet the Counselor

I am thrilled to be the school counselor this year at Brazos Bend Elementary. This will be my 16th year in education and my second year in the Fort Bend Independent School District. My goal is to empower all students and to be an advocate for them.

I cannot believe that it is already December! We have been busy with lunch bunches, Core Essentials, Profile of a Graduate, No Place for Hate, College of the Week, Red Ribbon Week, GT testing, Student Ambassador formation, PALS, and counseling groups. Below is a quick note of the great stuff that is going on.

Lunch Bunches

Counseling groups are a great way for kids to practice social skills, learn ways to help themselves and others feel better, and take a leadership role. All students grades K-5 have the opportunity to participate in a lunch group with Mrs. Scholl.

Core Essentials

We have covered five of the ten Core Essentials. Each month the students are presented with a lesson and activity that instills the power of that Core Essential. BBE also presents the monthly Core Essential on the morning announcement with a connection to Profile of a Graduate on Wednesdays.

Stitching Together a Community

NPFH Activities

This activity encourages others to think about the community both locally and at a national level. As we look at the many communities, of which we are members of and the ways in which our diverse communities provide support, strength, and pride in different and similar ways. All students created a quilt square that represents their idea of what a great community looks like to them. Come by and see our beautiful quilts that will be displayed in the halls throughout the month of January.

College of the Week

Each Wednesday on the morning announcements, we have a college that is introduced. That college is then showcased on our bulletin board for the week. At this time, we have had 15 colleges introduced.

Red Ribbon Week

RRW was a blast! Starting with the Ned Show at the being of the month as a kick off assembly. During RRW the ambassadors made daily announcements, we had daily themes that focused on the profile of a graduate, and a school wide poster contest. The winning grade was 4th grade with over 150 posters! We ended the week with another assembly from the Alley Theater.

Gifted and Talented

We had 129 students take the GT test during the month of November. Results will be mailed out in January. We are now in the planning process and getting our GT field trips ready for the year. Stay tuned to where our brains will take us.

Student Ambassadors

The Student Ambassador Program is a leadership opportunity for students that are currently in 5th grade and who are dedicated to serving and representing Brazos Bend Elementary. Student Ambassadors serve as representatives during Red Ribbon Week and perform duties at various school events that include college day and No Place For Hate activities. This years Ambassadors are: Bhavya Kansal, Neha Varghese, Bavid Bishop, Isobel Jensen, Emily Zeng, Robby St.Clair, Johnav Kanthan, Mackenzi Cole, Phillip Gupton, and Brenna Hoy.


We are so lucky to have six PALS from Travis High School this year. They come on Thursdays and Fridays. Linda Powell does a great job in organizing this great peer mentorship program for our students and the local high school students.

I cannot wait for January! Enjoy your holiday break.


Mrs. Scholl


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Student Council

Our BBE Student Council is off to a great start this year! Elections for Student Council officers were held in late September. In addition to our five elected officers, each fourth and fifth grade homeroom elected two class representatives.

In October, Ms. Nguyen and Mrs. Baker attended the TEPSA Student Council workshop with the five Student Council officers. At the workshop, students learned about important qualities of a leader and the responsibilities for each Student Council officer. They also learned different silly songs and have taught them to the other Student Council members at our meetings.

In November, Student Council had a canned food drive to help local Fort Bend families in need for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Student Council members were actively involved in making flyers to post around the school and gathering all the donated items for the canned food drive. We collected 163 canned foods and 34 bagged or boxed donation items. All canned food drive items were donated to the East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry. We appreciate all the students, families, and staff who helped to donate items!

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National Elementary Honor Society

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NEHS has started off this amazing school year with two service projects demonstrating their compassion for others in the community. In September, we had our “Teal to Heal” event, which helped raised money and bring awareness for ovarian cancer. The money collected was donated to the M.D Anderson Cancer Center Ovarian Cancer Research center in honor of our beloved teacher Mrs. Lamendola.

This month we are having our Holiday Toy Drive to collect new and unwrapped toys for children at Texas Children’s Hospital. Our NEHS members have done an amazing job collecting toys to put a smile on a child’s face!

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It has been an exciting first semester of Kindergarten! As the newest addition to the Brazos Bend family, Kindergarten students spent these past few months becoming familiar with the school, learning school and classroom expectations, and making new friends.

In the classroom, students had fun participating in different hands-on science activities. Learning about the different stages of matter and how they can change was one of their favorites. Students practiced changing a solid to a liquid by using their bodies to melt an ice cube and changed a liquid to a solid by freezing orange juice then enjoying the Popsicle! Students also enjoyed playing with instruments when we learned about sound energy.

One of the big events of the semester was our Turkey Trot parade and Thanksgiving feast in November. After learning about the Thanksgiving holiday, students created their own turkey at home. The students then showcased their turkey creations in the Turkey Trot parade around the school for everyone to see. After the parade, students enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast inside their classrooms.

We’ve had a great first semester and made many memories together. We can’t wait for the next semester and all the fun learning experiences to come!

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First Grade

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We have made it through a fun and exciting semester of first grade! It all began with “Meet the Teacher”. This was a great way to introduce the students to their teacher and explore their classrooms for the first time. The teachers loved meeting their students and families before the first day of school. This was an awesome approach to kick-off the new school year.

In October, we proudly marched through the hallways of Brazos Bend to display our creative spiders that we made at home. After reading nonfiction texts and learning facts about spiders the first grade students produced their very own spiders. Each student also had the opportunity to share their awesome spider creation with the class. Students explained their new species of spider they made and described how they made it. It was great to see all of their creative little minds at work!

Another entertaining event for first grade was SNOW DAY! Students were led outside to admire the beautiful sight. The first grade teachers allowed the students to spend some time playing in the snow. The students were thrilled! We loved watching them delve into the wintery fun!

Lastly, we had a special day in December when we had our winter party. The students enjoyed the food and fun that was provided for them. They ate, played games and relished a little holiday cheer before leaving for the winter break. Earlier that day we listened to holiday music, read holiday books and exchanged gifts. The winter party was a great experience for the students and teachers especially after learning about all of the wonderful holidays celebrated around the world.

The first grade teachers hope that each student has had the chance to create their own special memories of first grade. We look forward to the spring semester and all of the memories that are yet to be made.

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Second Grade

Greeting from Second Grade!

What a whirlwind of experiments and educational adventures we have had in the first half of the school year! It seems like just yesterday that we were meeting each other for the first time on “Meet the Teacher” night. We, teachers, are always excited to meet our new students and families. The butterflies of excitement and hopeful feelings of a great new year never gets old!

Since August, we have explored the Sciences through Energy, Force and Motion, Properties of Matter, Space, and fun Lab Experiments, just to name a few. Our second grade mathematicians have worked on becoming more fluent in their math facts using Reflex Math. We have practiced different problem solving strategies, strengthened our number sense, learned add, subtract, regrouped 2-Digit Numbers, and worked with Geometrical Shapes in Math.

Tons of practice and fun is happening in our workstations! We dug deeper into fiction by using our Schema, identifying Author’s Purpose, understanding characters, fairy tales and fables. Our second grade authors are blooming into great writers. We are continuing to learn how to revise and edit our work to bring more voice and personality into it. These young statesmen have learned how our local, state, and national governments work.

We recognize and appreciate all the supportive families, our wonderful volunteers, and motivated students we have the privilege of working help make BBE the very special school that it is!

We would like to thank our room parents for their efforts to make our holiday party so much fun! It was a wonderful way to head into our winter break.

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Third Grade

Our third graders have had a semester filled with new experiences and learning! After much anticipation, every third grader has mastered “switching classes” and the responsibility that comes with it! Being responsible is such an integral part of our daily life in third grade and our students also understand how being responsible helps in their success at school.

We are thrilled with how our third graders (and their parents) have embraced our classroom management system, Class DOJO. We can tell that our students are working hard on being responsible while participating and treating others with kindness and respect! The incentives aren’t too bad, either!

Interactive Notebooks, also known as…IAN’s, are an integral part of every day in third grade. Our students are creating their own “textbooks” for each subject and will be able to use them in years to come to refer back to. We love how each student has taken ownership of their own learning through the work they are doing in their IAN’s.

In our Reading, Language and Social Studies classrooms, we have really spent a lot of time with Mentor Sentences – recognizing parts of speech and going through the revising process each week. Our favorite day is Thursday when we get to imitate the mentor sentence! We’ve gone in depth in the genres of poetry and expository text, learning about the various types, features and structures of each genre. In Social Studies, we’ve dove into learning about communities, how they formed and important people who helped shape our country into what it is today. We also spent time learning about various map skills, such as cardinal and intermediate directions, latitude and longitude and scale.

Our Math and Science classrooms have been busy, too! In math, we started off the semester composing and decomposing numbers. They learned many ways to write a number. We worked on our addition and subtraction problem solving. Our kids were super excited to begin multiplication and division in November. In December, we focused on justifying and explaining our steps with the problem solving model. In Science, we began by learning about the scientific method and how to apply it in our experiments. We have spent time learning about different properties of matter and how they change based upon temperature. Our students especially enjoyed learning about the different types of energy, including mechanical, light, sound, and thermal energy. We concluded the semester learning all about Earth’s natural resources and how to categorize them, as well as the components of soil. The students have been especially overjoyed with using our new science lab!

As we head off for our winter break, we would like to thank our third grade parents for partnering with us to make third grade a year of success for each child. We wish you a wonderful holiday and look forward to seeing what 2018 has in store!

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Fourth Grade

Our 4th grade legacy builders were off to a fantastic start! They have been busy working hard and learning so much this first semester. They enjoyed voting for student council reps and officers, visiting George Ranch for our field trip, participating in the Water Detective program, celebrating Red Ribbon week, and of course our winter party. Thank you to all our parent volunteers who have helped make these activities so successful! Congratulations to all our spelling bee participants and all of our 4th graders in their holiday choir performance.

They have become inquisitive scientists by making observations and inferences. They are becoming experts on measuring and recording data in their IAN’s as well as taking notes and conducting investigations. We began our year discussing safety and tools and then measured and classified physical properties of matter, designed investigations on force and motion, built circuits during our forms of energy unit, and have observed different types of soil.

Our fourth grade legacy builders have had a busy first semester! Students have been collaborating in book clubs to analyze their novels using the Analysis Pyramid, sharing their own ideas about the author’s word choice, tone, craft, organizational structure, and theme. The children discovered how text and graphic features enable us to better comprehend nonfiction articles. Poetry has also been a focus. Students have enjoyed exploring both lyrical and free verse poems, searching for metaphors, alliteration, personification, and other effective imagery. We thank you for your support with your children’s reading at home, helping us to cultivate their curious, eager minds.

In Math, the students began the year reviewing number concepts. We practiced place value, addition and subtraction. Students also learned about stem and leaf plots and input/output tables. We learned how to add and subtract numbers with decimals. Students learned properties of multiplication and a number of ways to multiply, including connected arrays and using an area model. It is important that students utilize Reflex Math to build fluency in multiplication facts up to 10 x 10.

Our fourth graders have also challenged themselves to build a legacy as writers! Students have worked through the writing process by brainstorming, planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing both narrative and expository pieces. We have also practiced narrowing our topics and incorporated adding a theme to narratives and a thesis to informational pieces. Students have planned and developed poetry pieces, worked collaboratively to share ideas and make improvements, and incorporated figurative language to paint a picture for the reader. Through the use of mentor texts, students took concepts practiced in class such as: forming simple and compound sentences, using vivid verbs, creating comparative and superlative adjectives, capitalizing proper nouns, using apostrophes to show possession, adding dialogue, and used them to improve their writing. Fourth graders are truly learning to see and study writing through the lens of published authors!

In Social Studies, we discussed the geographic features, the climate, resources, as well as the plants and animals found in the four regions of Texas. We spent time discussing the American Indians in Texas and how these groups modified their land to help them survive. We learned about the Exploration of Texas by European explorers and how it led to the building of missions, many of which still stand in Texas today! The colonization of Texas came next. We discussed the difficulties settlers faced as they made a home in a new land.

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Fifth Grade

This school year is going by so fast! We had a wonderful Holiday party to finish out our first semester! Thanks to each room parent and all the volunteers who helped make the party a success! We also had a wonderful field trip to the Houston Zoo. The kids as well as the teachers and Chaperones had a great time reading about and seeing endangered species and a lot of the talk was about habitats. It was great to have this conversation with our students.

We continued with our curriculum right up to the last day before our holiday break and continue in this New Year. In each subject area we have concentrated on the following:

  • In ELA our fifth graders were in full swing with Expository reading and writing during the 2nd nine weeks. The students are having great reading conversations about their books for their Literature Circles. We also analyzed poetry and created our poetry books.

  • Decimals have been the focus in Math most of the second nine weeks. The students have done a great job dividing and multiplying with models, as well as adding and subtracting decimals. We just began our unit on geometry and will be working on different graphing strategies using ordered pairs.

  • In Social Studies, we have been studying the thirteen colonies and what has led to the American Revolution. The students have done a great job learning about the differences between England and colonies.

  • In science, we studied about matter, energy and forces and motion. We are utilizing our Science Lab to do our experiments. It’s a great place to do all the hands on activities.

We would like to thank all the parents who help make our job easier. You are all very much appreciated! We look forward to a great 2018 with all of our 5th graders.

The Fifth Grade Teachers

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Goodness, this has already been a busy kind of year! We have learned a lot about how an artist uses different kinds of line in their artwork. Upper grades all created a painting project that focused on incorporating line into the overall theme of the painting. Lower grades have also done several smaller projects that practice using line design. We are drawing, painting, cutting and pasting every day we go to art.

Currently, we are learning the secrets of how the color wheel works. Our tiniest grades practiced cutting and gluing as they made ROY G. BIV…the little guy that creates the colors of the rainbow. Second through fifth grades made a ‘custom’ strand of holiday lights that illustrate the concepts of complimentary colors, primary and secondary colors, as well as the spectrum of warm and cool colors. When we return from the holiday break we will do an multi grade level project illustrating monochromatic colors.

As we look forward to spring we hope to have many things on display in the hallways for Public Education Month in March. Till then, keep creating!

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If anyone would have told me what all would unfold at the start of this school year, I wouldn’t have believed it. We not only survived a massive hurricane that devastated the Houston area, but we also had a huge sports high, with the Houston Astros winning our first ever World Series Championship - and to top it all off, we had snow in December! As school started for the second time, we made sure our kids felt safe and secure returning to classes. We prepared and were ready to receive our kiddos for the second time.

Kinder, First and Second graders incorporated spelling and reading into P.E. activities as they’ve learned and engaged in loco-motor skills, and safely dodging, chasing, and fleeing from each other, while students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade have been preparing for their Fitness Gram Tests that will take place later in the school year. They have been practicing how to pace themselves and work on their abdominal strength.

Great job to our Dance and Running Clubs who have been taking care of business running and learning choreographed dances. It’s exciting to see the eagerness the students show each time they come to our club meetings.

Congratulations to all the students who have completed their first 26.2 miles!

  • 3rd Graders – Kimmy M., Jasiah H., Viktor P., Hayden H., Aida S.
  • 4th Graders- Karim A., Izyan H., and Miguel A.
  • 5th Graders- Erich C., Aalameen P., Anthony R., Sahil N., Mirsab A., Hayden A., Nursel E. and Bhavya K.

Extra kudos go to the who have completed 52.4 miles.

  • 5th grader- Riley P.
  • 4th graders- Ian D., Sarah M. and Christopher V.L.
  • 3rd graders- Ioanna A., Remi O.
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The music room has been a busy place so far this year! We’ve sung songs, played instruments, read and wrote music, and danced. Second graders presented their beautiful Veterans Day program. The third graders showed off their dancing skills during our Family Folk Dancing Night. And the fourth graders put on a fabulous musical called Snow Biz! Ms. Medlin also received two grants for a total of $3,785 to help purchase new instruments and equipment for the music classroom!

The rest of the year promises to be just as busy with performances on March 8th for first grade, April 19th for fifth grade, and the Kindergarten graduation program in May. Follow the BBE Music room on Twitter at @Ms.Medlin_BBE to see what the kids are up to!

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Brazos Bend Elementary library students are building a legacy of readers - one book at a time!!! Library students were welcomed in August with shelves of new books, both recently released titles and replacements of well-loved almost classics.

Like in years past, all BBE students come to the library once a week for almost an hour. Each library session includes time for book selection, check out, independent reading, and a specific lesson designed to enhance classroom academic objectives, library and reference skills, literature appreciation, and information literacy.

During the fall semester, instruction for primary students focused upon library behaviors and procedures, book selection strategies, favorite author studies, library organization, and the elements and text features of fiction and non-fiction. Intermediate students participated in learning activities related to the Bluebonnet Reading Program, card catalog and shelving basics.

The December Book Fair was a huge success. Thanks to all the parents and students who supported this yearly event. Your appreciation for books and literature and your dedication to school events certainly shined through. Proceeds from the book fair enable us to provide additional library materials and equipment to BBE.

The highlight of the first semester was a school-wide memorial dedication to our late beloved kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Kelley Lamendola. A tree was planted and a rocking chair and two books were donated to the BBE Library in her honor.

As always, I must recognize our faithful library volunteers. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, BBE students are able to view and select books from a well-organized, up-to-date collection. From shelving books, book repair, and the processing of old and new materials. Thank you, volunteers!!!

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