September 2, 2019

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Tardies have Started! Students must arrive by 8:20

Please remembers students must be in the building by 8:20 each morning to be on-time. Students arriving after 8:20 will need a parent to bring them into the school and sign them in. Please also do not drop your student at the curb in front of the school. THIS IS VERY UNSAFE! Please use the car rider line to drop students off. The line has been moving quickly, so this is the safest and best way to bring your child to school if they are not riding the bus.

Thank you for your help!

The Bethke Parent Handbook

We are still waiting on official publication of the Katy ISD Parent Handbook, but we wanted to share the Bethke pages with you. This information and lots of other helpful information can be found on the Bethke Website. It can be found here:

The link to the parent handbook for Bethke can be found here:

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Fifth and First Grade Parent Orientations This Week!

We look forward to seeing our parents of fifth and first graders this week for our parent orientations! Our teachers will be sharing lots of curriculum information, and provide tips on how you can help support your student this year! See you then!

Fifth Grade--TUESDAY NIGHT--5:30

First Grade- THURSDAY NIGHT - 5:30

Our Five Rules!

We use "5 Rules" from Whole Brain Teaching. Your child should be able to model this for you. Having consistency throughout our building with these rules, helps our students understand expectations and creates a happy place for all to learn.

Here are the 5 Rules--- + the "Diamond Rule!" Ask your child to recite them for you and we appreciate you reinforcing them with us.

Rule #1--Follow Directions Quickly

Rule #2--Raise your Hand for Permission to Speak

Rule #3--Raise your Hand for Permission to Leave Your Seat

Rule #4--Make Smart Choices

Rule #5--Keep Your Learning Environment Happy

Diamond Rule--Keep Your Eye on the Target

School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an approach to teaching and supporting positive behaviors and meeting the needs of ALL students. This school-wide approach to discipline focuses on building a safe and positive environment in which all students can learn.

The foundation of PBIS at Bethke Elementary is BISON:

· Be Respectful

· Include Integrity

· Stay Safe

· Own Your Choices

· Never Give Up

In addition to our behavior expectations, PBIS has four other components: 1) a behavior matrix which explains behavior expectations in each school setting; 2) direct teaching of the expectations; 3) PBIS recognition cards (Bison Bucks); and 4) Reflection sheets to record and address inappropriate behaviors.

Bison Bucks

Students who are following school expectations in the various locations of the building can earn Bison Bucks.

· Bucks are given by staff to students to acknowledge their positive behavior.

· Once received, the students save their bucks until they earn enough to redeem for a reward of their choice from the incentive chart for their grade level.

· Visit our website to view the incentive charts:

Consequences for Inappropriate Behavior

At times, children may not make the best behavior choices and need redirection. To address unexpected behavior, a campus wide continuum of consequences will be implemented.

1. General reminder/verbal warning will be given about expected behavior.

2. A brief private student-teacher conference will occur to discuss behavior expectations.

3. Student will be asked to move to the reflection area in the classroom to complete a behavior reflection sheet, which we will be sent home for parent signature. The student returns to normal seat after completed.

4. Teacher will make a parent phone call.

5. An office referral will be sent to the assistant principal.

** Certain actions warrant immediate

administrative involvement such as fighting, possession of contraband or weapons, harassment and threats

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Track your child's Bus!

The Katy ISD Transportation Department is exited to communicate that all 2019 – 2020 route buses will be equipped with GPS systems. With the new GPS systems, parents, campuses and Transportation personnel will be able to track buses in real-time through a downloadable application from Edulog. Parents and patrons having children riding buses in Katy ISD, the link below contains information on how to download the application. We look forward to working with our parents and campuses as we continue to find new ways to improve safety, efficiency, and responsiveness within the Transportation Department.

Your school’s GPS district code to use in the application is : 52697930

Join the Bethke PTA

Guess what?! You can join the Bethke PTA today! Skip the crowds and eliminate the paperwork by signing up online! The funds from membership fees are used for various programs and activities, including the kids’ favorite BISON TIME! We are also trying to get some new playground equipment for our growing Bison family!

Grade Level Shirts!

At Bethke, we wear "grade level shirts" on Mondays to celebrate a new week. These are also worn on field trips, etc. Grade Level Shirts can be purchased at Meet the Teacher for $15.00 or at the front office during the school year! The grade level colors are posted below.
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Upcoming Events:

September 2nd - LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

September 3rd - 5th Grade Parent Orientation @ 5:30, 5th grade choir parent meeting after

September 4th - Character Trait - Trust-Wear Blue

September 5th - 1st Grade Parent Orientation @ 5:30

September 6th - Specials Day-Monday

September 10th - Kinder Parent Orientation @ 5:30

September 12th - 3rd Grade Parent Orientation @ 5:30

September 13th - Specials Day--Tuesday

September 17th - Choir Begins @ 7:30, Progress Reports go Home, RDR parent Meeting @ 5:30

September 18th - Family Night, No HW

September 19th - WATCH DOG Kickoff @ 5:30

September 20th - Specials Day-Wednesday, Bison Time Begins!

September 23rd - CAT Team Meeting @ 4:00

September 24th - RDR Begins

September 26th - Kinder PE Night @ 5:30

September 27th - Specials Day-Thursday, Bison Time

Bethke Staff Shout Outs!

We have a wonderful staff here at Bethke. Why not give a "Shout Out!" to a staff member who deserves celebrating? Click on the link below!

"The strength of the Bison is the Herd, and the strength of the Herd is the Bison! "