Bear Notes-Wk22 Feb. 1st - 5th

Serving kids. Growing scholars.

Note from the principal...


As you know STAAR is fast approaching. Our 1st opportunity will be March 29th and March 30th with 5th Grade Math and Reading and 4th Grade Writing. As we move closer, the needs become greater. It calls for all hands on deck. If you have any extra time I challenge you to spent time helping grades 3-5 to prepare for STAAR. Tutoring scholars, supporting teachers with resources you feel would be helpful or simply a word of encouragement letting them know you are behind them 100%.

This week we have a PD planned for reading teachers in grades 3-5 on Text-Based Questioning on Friday from 8:30 - 11:30, as well our PD- Grading activity scheduled for Monday after school in the cafeteria. Please make the necessary arrangements to make both of these PD opportunities meaningful.

And lastly, I was able to get into two more classrooms last week. I saw another effective Phonics lesson, this time in Ms. Garrett's classroom, her scholars are really showing improvement in their spelling and in Ms. Haines ' classroom math was coming to life with her grocery store where scholars have to figure out what they can buy and how much it will cost. Nice job guys!

Have an awesome week!


Congratulations are in order...

Below are areas where we are in the Top 20 in the district. And just in case you are wondering... there are 145 elementary schools in our district. Look for the complete list of JTB rankings in an email. Please note at this time there was no information provided on Specials.

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Brashear TEI - 45-minute Extended Observation Window open!

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Calling all writing experts!

Teachers and Staff,

We are looking for teachers in grades PK-2 and other staff members who are interested in helping grade 4th grade writing compositions. As we move closer to STAAR 4th grade scholars will be writing a composition per week. And that's a lot of composition. With all that writing the 4th grade teachers are going to need some help. That is where the writing experts will come in. They will commit to grading compositions each week. More details to follow, but in the meantime be thinking how you can support 4th grade writing. If you are interested please let me, Mr. Tovar or Ms. Alonzo know.

Babies. Babies. Babies.

Team, welcome some of the newest additions to the "den"... Ms. Garrett's grand baby Elizabeth Ruth, born Dec. 23rd.

Two lovely glam-mas and three beautiful babies! Need we say more!

Intervention (Failure) Plans

This week the CIC's will work with any teacher in grades 2-5 who has a failure rate of 10% or more in any subject. Coaches will be available to help create intervention plans for each scholar. Plans are due Friday, January 29th .


Moving forward please post the TEKS (standard) next to your Learning Objective (LO) on the board. This will help with the alignment between our daily lessons and our common assessment. Making sure that every lesson is purposeful and aligned with the 6-weeks assessment is the best way to guarantee results.

A quick an easy way to do this is to write your TEKS using a dry-erase marker on your sheet protector.

No PLC's this week.

Since we will not have Admin. PLC's this week please be sure to turn in your tutoring sign-in sheets, tutoring lesson plans and samples of scholar work from the week ending Jan. 29th by Tuesday, Feb. 2nd.

5th 6-Weeks Day of Planning Schedule

Friday, Feb. 12th - Grade 2

Tuesday, Feb. 16th - Reading (Grades 3-5)

Wednesday, Feb. 17th - Math (Grades 3-5)

Thursday, Feb. 18th - Writing/Science (Grades 3-5)

Friday, Feb. 19th - Grade 1

Teachers please go ahead and secure subs as needed.

Our condolences to Ms. Smith in the loss of her father.

Ms. Smith our prayers are with you.

Souper Bowl


This Friday is our Souper Bowl luncheon. Please sign-up to bring something. The sign-up sheet is by the timeclock. Food will be served during lunch times starting at 10:30.

Upcoming Events

Jan. 11th - Feb. 22nd - Extended Observation Window

Feb. 1st - 5th - Book Fair - Blackbox Theater

Monday, Feb. 1st - Math Consultants return (see email for schedule)

Monday, Feb. 1st - 4th Grade ACP Writing Composition 9:00 - 11:00

Monday, Feb. 1st - PD - Grading 4th Grade Writing Composition - Cafeteria 3:45 -4:30 - Ms. Cruz and Ms. Walton will present a brief overview of the grading procedure

Thursday, Feb. 4th - 5th Grade Choice Sheet/3 Year Plan Activity with Zan Wesley Holmes Counselors in 5th Grade Classrooms from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Friday, Feb. 5th - Jeans Friday, pay $2.00 and wear jeans

Friday, Feb. 5th - Text-based Questioning PD (Grades 3-5) 8:30 - 11:30 (Portable 1)

Friday, Feb. 5th - Souper Bowl luncheon

Feb. 8th - 12th - 4th 6-Weeks assessment window

Feb. 12th - 19th - 5th 6-Weeks Planning Meetings window (see schedule for more details)

Wednesday, Feb. 10th - STAAR Forum for parents 9:00 (Auditorium)

Friday, Feb. 12th - Blackout date

Monday, Feb. 15th - No school President's Day

Tuesday, Feb. 16th - Blackout date

Friday, Feb. 19th - End of the 4th 6-Weeks

Monday, Feb. 22nd - Start of the 5th 6-Weeks

Jacquelyn Burden - Principal

Affirmation of the Week - In service, I make a difference.

Quote of the Week - "The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart." Helen Keller