SGE Family Newsletter

For the Week of December 6th - 10th

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Looking Ahead...

  • Dec 1-16 - The Twelve Days of Christmas Dress-Up (See info below)
  • Dec 6 - Picture Retakes
  • Dec 6, 7, 9 - Marley Christmas
  • Dec 7 - 2nd Grade Christmas Programs
  • Dec 8 - 2nd Grade UIL Sign-Up Forms Due
  • Dec 8 - BHS Christmas Tree Lighting, 6:00-8:00pm
  • Dec 13 - Books & Cookies with Grandparents (see flyer below)
  • Dec 16 - Full Day of School, End of Six Weeks, Class Christmas Parties (Classroom specific information sent from each teacher)
  • Dec 17-Jan 4 - Holiday Break
  • Jan 5 - Students return from Holiday Break
  • Jan 6 - Report Cards Post to Family Access for 3rd Six Weeks
  • Jan 17 - MLK Day (See questionnaire below)
2021-2022 School Calendar

The BCISD 2021-2022 school calendar can be accessed here. (updated 11/8/2021)

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Classroom Christmas Parties

SGE Christmas parties will be held Thursday, December 16th. Please keep in mind that December 16th is a full day.

Each teacher has sent classroom-specific information regarding his/her party plans. Additionally, teachers have sent important information regarding sign-out procedures specific for this day.

If you have questions related to parties, please contact your child's teacher.

A fire drill will take place this week at SGE!

UIL is right around the corner! Sign-up forms are due back this week on Dec 8th!

Our 2nd graders have an upcoming opportunity to participate in the 2021-2022 UIL Meet.

What is UIL?

UIL created “academic” contests for students in grades 2 - 8 to compete in. The competitions are FREE for students to participate in and are designed to not only help prepare students for the larger competitions in high school, but to also give them an opportunity to showcase their talents now!

From the A+ Academics UIL website:

“A+ Academics includes 20 different events for grades 2-8. These events span the curriculum - they are designed to complement and expand upon what students learn in the classroom, both through learning specific subject knowledge, and through learning skills that are valuable in many disciplines. Approximately 3,000 Texas schools participate in A+ Academics, competing in more than 300 district meets each year.”

In “normal” years we compete with other schools in our UIL district. This year and last, the elementary schools have chosen to each host their own contests due to COVID. The benefit of this is that we are able to have more students on each team! Hopefully, we can return to “normal” next year.

"Sign-up information was sent home last week, with the deadline to indicate interest in an event on Wed. Dec. 8. Coaches will then send home after school practice (and try-out) dates and times with interested students. Tryouts (if needed) will be the week of Jan. 17, with teams being “set” by Wed. Jan. 26th. Practices will continue weekly until the contest. Our contest date will be Wednesday, March 2 during the normal school day.

Music Memory The focus of the music memory contest is an in depth study of fine pieces of music literature taken from a wide spectrum of music genres to expose students to great composers, their lives, and their music. Students will hear short clips of music from a provided and will identify the selection, major work (if applicable), and composer for each song.

Creative Writing The contest is designed to promote creativity in an academic format and to encourage writing skills at an early grade level. Through preparation for the contest, students in second grade will be able to evaluate their own writing and the writing of others. Contestants will be given a prompt with several captioned pictures. From these pictures, the students will create an original story based on their selections in 30 minutes. The stories must contain at least one of the pictured items, but it is not required that all items on the page be included.

Story Telling To tell a story, the participant must develop skills in listening, thinking and speaking. This contest also allows for the development of creative expression, something being given more attention in the professional world. For practice, teachers can use stories from any good children's books or magazines. Contestants in the second and third grades shall listen to a storyteller read a brief story (between 600 and 1100 words long) only once, and then retell that story in their own words before a judge or judges. There are no time restrictions on the length of the story the student creates.

Chess Puzzles Chess puzzle competition is very different from tournament chess play. Contestants in a chess puzzle contest receive a paper-and-pencil test that includes a series of chess boards with pieces in particular positions. Questions are based on analysis of material or possible moves in each given diagram.

Creative Art (various categories) Students will work with their coach to create a piece to place in the competition. Students in these events do not travel to the competition. Their art pieces are taken to the contest site and judged without students present.

We want your ideas!

January 17, 2022 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and for BCISD students, it is also a school day. Traditionally, BCISD has held school on MLK day to educate students about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his belief that "life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'what are you doing for others?'" The districts goal is for "students to learn about the contributions and sacrifices of Martin Luther King, Jr. by participating in service projects on their campus and around the community."

Our plan this year is to expand our outreach and have more of a presence within the community, and we want your feedback! Are you aware of an organization, business or establishment in need of service? (Be mindful of the abilities of students aged 4-8 years old.) If so, send us your ideas in the form below.

Visitors are welcome for lunch!

We are happy to announce that because of the continued decline in COVID case numbers, parents are once again permitted to visit Burnet CISD elementary campuses for lunch. Visitors will continue to be restricted during breakfast time so that the instructional day can begin without any delays.

Please read the following important information carefully prior to visiting during lunch beginning December 1st:

  • Because of previous visitor restrictions, we realize there may be a high demand to come for lunch, especially in the first few weeks. Large number of visitors will cause a delay of the check-in process at front offices. You can help by having your ID ready when going through the check-in process.

  • Visitor seating is limited, and we request parents limit their lunch visits to no more than one time a week. If we are unable to safely and efficiently accommodate the demand of lunch time visitors, we may need to implement protocols such as assigned days by alpha or a pre-registration system.

  • Because of supply chain issues in the food service industry, any visitors for lunch must bring their own food to ensure that we can reliably feed all students.

  • Only those individuals listed as an emergency contact for a child are permitted to visit for lunch.

  • A separate table will be designated for lunch visitors and their student. Friends of the child being visited are not permitted to join. Outside food may not be shared with friends of the student.

  • Lunch visitors are permitted in the cafeteria.

  • Please be respectful of the student’s instructional schedule. The student should return to the classroom with his/her classmates when the lunch time ends.

The health of the community is a driving piece in the ability to keep the campus open to visitors. As stated in the BCISD Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services plan, the District DOES expect each individual to screen himself/herself prior to arriving on BCISD property. An individual with symptoms of a contagious illness should remain home.

Click the link to read the complete document.

BCISD Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

Behind the scenes at SGE last week...

Ongoing BCISD & RJ Reminders and Links

Catching Kids with Character!

We're starting something new at SGE!

Students are recognized for many reasons, but starting this week, we are making a special effort to catch and recognize our students who show CHARACTER! All teachers and staff will be on the lookout for students who demonstrate exemplary character and outstanding personal qualities through their behavior and actions.

One of our biggest tasks as educators is to lead our students to academic achievement. While our teachers work diligently each day to teach your students in school, it's also important that we teach your students how to BE in school. Interactions within our school community play a big part in our campus culture. SGE is spreading the message that character is valued here! We're celebrating courageous students!

Students receiving the certificate will get his/her name announced on the announcements, the award hung in the hallway, and a positive phone call home from the principal!

Academics + Character = Success

Car Line Reminders

As a reminder, cars must remain in a single file line on County Road 200. Once in the school's driveway, cars may merge into the appropriate PK/K or 1st/2nd grade lane.

We have observed that some cars are driving past the line of cars on CR 200, turning into the fire lane, and then cutting into their lane in front of all of the cars who are following the appropriate car line procedures. Be kind in line!

Other general reminders:

-Help us keep the line moving as quickly and safely as possible by staying in your car, seating your student on the right side of the vehicle, and giving goodbye hugs and kisses before the drop-off line!

School Cafe Webpage

Complete an application for FREE or REDUCED priced lunch here. You can also add money to your child's lunch account by clicking here.

Shady Grove Elementary School

7:15am Office Opens

7:15am Student Drop Off/Breakfast

7:40am School Begins

7:45am Tardy Bell

9:00am Students not in attendance are marked absent

1:30pm Transportation changes due, please email:

3:20pm Student Dismissal

4:00pm Office/School Closes