Principal's Pen

Jack Funkhouser, Principal Braun Station Elementary

January 2021, Phone Number: 210-397-1550 Office

BSE website:

Happy New Year Bobcats!

The Holiday Break was peaceful and restful for myself. I hope that all of you were able to enjoy your family and rest as well.

Believe it or not it's already time to start registering kindergarten students for the 2021-22 school year. Starting January 19-22 is Kinder Round-up at Braun Station. Go to to register your Bobcat for the 2021-22 school year. Then go to Sign-Up Genius to schedule your very own personal tour of Braun Station, so that we can show you around our fabulous school! You will also receive a welcoming gift from our PTA and teachers. Can’t wait to see you. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to give the Braun Station Office a call at 210-397-1550.

Also please don't forget that January 13th is a Teacher Planning Early Dismissal. Students will be dismissed at 11:45 a.m. unless other arrangements have been made with the campus. You can let use know your plan by completing this linked form if you have not done so already.

Bobcat Pride is Deep Inside!

Jack Funkhouser


Music Notes

Registration is open now for any Fifth Grader who would like to learn to play a Violin or Cello. These asynchronous lessons as well as optional synchronous zoom lessons on Tuesdays from
4:00pm-5:00pm. Students are strongly encouraged to attend the zoom session if they can, as it will help them develop their skills, but they can still sign up and participate in the program asynchronously even if they cannot make it to the zoom sessions. Classes are free of charge, and there are local music stores to help you with renting an instrument, getting the method book, and other necessary supplies/accessories that we will go over with you in class.

To join this exciting class, go to the Bobcat Strings folder in the Music Course and click on the Bobcat Strings link. This will open up a virtual classroom. To register, click on the music stand and fill out the form. We hope to see you register for this class and have some fun playing an instrument!

If you have any questions, please email Mr. Klekar at

Have a wonderful day!!

Robert Klekar Music

Counselor’s Corner

Welcome back from winter break! We hope you enjoyed some much treasured family time. We will start the new year with some fresh looks at having a growth mindset. The week of January 18th is No Name Calling Week. The 5th grade students may attend CATS Camp on January 26th stay tuned with more information to come.


Reader’s Corner

Hey Bobcats,

Happy New Year! If you read over the Winter Break and someone snapped a picture of you reading, please email me the picture. It will be fun to see all the ways that our Bobcats read over the break. My email is Once I get all the pictures we will put them on BSN for everyone to see.

On Tuesday, March 2nd, we will celebrate Read Across America. This will be a virtual event with more details to come.

Happy New Year and KEEP READING!

Denise Lindquist Reading Specialist

Bobcat Mathematicians!

Happy New Year, Bobcat Mathematicians!

I am SO amazed and proud of all our Bobcats that are logging on to ST Math and completing those puzzles! Parents, please ask about your Bobcat's star as they are moving through the levels of the atmosphere to get to Jiji on the moon. I love to hear the kids talk about math concepts that they've learned before the teacher even shows them. Our Bobcats are learning that hard work and perseverance pays off! Let's go into 2021 with a positive attitude and a growth mindset.

Get Your Math On!

-Alisha Thomas, MSD



School Nurse

Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs. The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. ... Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu. Also as a reminder: non-prescription medication cannot be dispensed to, or carried by, a student at school - this includes cold medications, cough syrups, cough drops, throat lozenges, vitamins, and herbal remedies.

Jennifer Espinoza RN


CDC guidance provides that people should wear face covering in public settings to reduce the spread of COVID-19 where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Everyone (employees, students, parents, visitors, vendors, etc.) approved to enter a District facility will be required to wear a face covering in public areas and shared spaces such as workrooms, reception areas, break rooms, and public restrooms. Additionally face coverings must be worn in face to face meetings, where multiple employees spend time, or where social distancing cannot be sustained. Working alone in an office area does not require wearing a face covering unless social distancing cannot be sustained when someone enters your space.

  • All students are required to wear face coverings while in classrooms, common spaces, and when social distancing cannot occur.
  • Considerations will be made by staff in communication with parents for special needs, and/or medical concerns.
  • All face coverings should cover the nose and mouth.
  • Compare Permitted and Not Permitted Face Coverings for students and staff.
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Mrs. Robinson our Vice-Principal

Happy New Year Bobcat Family and Friends,

I hope your holidays were full of blessings and rest. It is customary for many to establish new year resolutions. Upon establishing my personal resolutions, one area of focus was to refine and finalize the plan for distance learning for my family and I. In doing so, I could not agree more with John C. Maxwell who says, "You'll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine."

I have found that establishing a daily routine that best meets the needs of my family fosters great attendance, as well as promotes high levels of student engagement. Creating, tailoring, and implementing a schedule to best meet the needs of your family is extremely beneficial when executed with fidelity. As you embark on establishing family resolutions, I encourage you to refine and tailor our Bobcat academic routines if and where needed to foster great attendance, as well as promote high levels of student engagement to best meet the needs of your family. Please feel free to reach out. We are here to support you.

Best Wishes,

-Mrs. Robinson

Online Student Homework Support

NISD offers Online Student Homework Support provided free of charge to all NISD students after hours and weekends. Our goal is to assist students with Schoology Support and in the academic content areas of Reading/ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, and/or Spanish. A certified Teacher Tutor will provide assistance to your child via video conferencing, screen share, or chat.

The Online Student Homework Support hours are:

Monday - Thursday

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Elementary)

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Secondary)

Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (All Levels)

Sunday 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM (All Levels)

Students will be able to access the link beginning Aug. 31 on HAC under the school links tab, and in the students NISD portal with an icon(pictured above) that signifies Student Homework Support.